Hop Syndrome Lager | Epic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
284 Ratings
Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deliciously hoppy lager, this clean, spicy, yet fruity addition to the Exponential series is sure to quench your summer palate just right!

Added by Viciousknishs on 07-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
284
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours clear and devoid of a head. Looks flat. Smells musty. This combination of hops and lager yeast isn't necessarily the most inviting. Some floral & lemon hops and honey malt and lager yeast. Flavor is a bit soapy. Rather light yet the hops seemed forced initially. Then all flavor just drops off. Watery finish. Metallic flavor pops up. Bought a single. That'll be enough.

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Photo of garyloveman
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can @4.5% ABV, this one was apparently made in Denver.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, very loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some thin, spectral, and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of crisp, crackery pale malt, underripe lemon peel, a prominent hard-water flintiness, and some tame leafy, herbal, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and biscuity pale malt, muddled aged domestic citrus pith, wet stone paths after a rain storm, a touch of those gritty Valentine's Day chalky candies, some ethereal white pepper dust spice, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their palate-pleasing frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, but for a small, probing pithiness that works and needles its way in over time. It finishes just a smidge off-dry, the malt seeming like it's about to pack 'er in, while the citrus and verdant hops consider their late-night options, as such.

Overall, an enjoyable enough Bohemian-style American lager, the crispness and mandated hop affliction real and worthy of pursuing. However, I think that the brewery's marketing wags have got it wrong - I wouldn't recommend drinking this around yer bolder (not a Colorado in-joke, I swear!) IPAs, as it just won't hold up - consider it on its own, or with others of its ilk.

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Photo of American_Hawk
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of erk0607
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can into a goblet. No freshness date.

Smells of cascade-esque hops and some lightly toasted malt.

Hops hit first, but are quickly followed by a brisk rush of nicely layered light malts with good texture and complexity. There is a quick flash of sulfur, and the hops are an interesting balance. Well done.

Look/Feel: Light gold and almost totally clear with a bit of haze. White head that falls slowly. The feel is right in the right medium-light range to make this very refreshing.

Conclusion: A nice and non-traditional lager. More of these are welcome any time!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Banquet tumbler glass.

Look : Hazy pineapple glow, 70% opaque, shadowed fingers on the opposite side. Head is large and frothy, creamy cap with billowing fluff. 3 fingers.

Smell : It's pretty faint, but what's there is very nicely balanced...saltine cracker with light fruity flesh and faint peels. Not overpowering at all.

Taste : High pale and biscuit malt character, a bit of grassiness, light pine, some of that saltine, and some blueberry. It finishes out with more pale malt character and light pine.

Feel : Light and crisp all the way through. Light bodied, straight through. Crisp finish.

Overall : Sure I'd have it again. It's a beer, it's crisp, it's fresh, it's easy drinking. Nice pine and biscuit malt.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MFMB
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kotzbauerm
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npendres
1.4/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of TetonMike
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can did come courtesy of the sultan of canned beer, woodychandler. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light hops, grains. Taste is floral hops, some sweetness, a touch dry at the finish. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
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