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Hop Syndrome Lager | Epic Brewing Company

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81
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77 Reviews
Hop Syndrome LagerHop Syndrome Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
275
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.61%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
27
For Trade:
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 275
Photo of FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a healthy head of soapy foam on top. Aroma is crisp, with lemon and lime the predominant aromas.

First sip is a bit grainy, with a kick of hop flavor, and finishing sweet with a tiny metallic/minerally aftertaste. Certainly a lot more hop flavor than a typical pale lager beer. Drinks pretty nice.

Overall, this is a decent brew, if a bit simple compared to other beers sold in the 22oz format. When I think of words to describe, I just kind of shrug my shoulders and say "meh, pretty good".

I got this as a gift - I won't be seeking out another bottle, but have no real criticisms other than it just doesn't excite my palate.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #7

Clean and clear straw colored body. A four finger bonce white colored head develops atop. The head recedes quite quickly leaving a slim cap lingering for the duration. Splotchy lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

For a beer called Hop Syndrome there is a surprising lack of hops in the aroma. The nose is driven but a gritty grainy character. The German Pilsner malt delivers a sweet cracker aroma. Getting past the malt you find a pleasant grassy scent. The aroma is plenty enjoyable but lacks depth.

The flavor manages to expand upon the elements picked up by the nose. The sweet cracker malt still finds itself in the drivers seat. A bit of earthy flavor develops just behind. Grassy, herbal hops balance the sweet malt rather well. Subtle lemon flavor is noted beneath.

Light bodied Pale Lager. The carbonation is a bit lower than what I would expect but still is works for this beer. A smooth texture compliments the flavors rather well, the flavors being a bit less than bright I do not miss the usual crispness of the style. Rather dry finish, as you would expect.

Good beer, enjoyable but does leave you wanting more. I brighter hop aroma and flavor would really take this beer to another level. If this beer were sold in six packs I would purchase it for various barbecues or other summer activities, the bottle size is not the most my favorite for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but somewhat light in my opinion.

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Photo of argock
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Nearly clear golden with a shrot cap of off-white head with no lacing.

S: Grassy, earthy herbal aromas capped with some floral and citrus components. The maltiness is lightly bready but a bit lost.

T: The flavor is above-average, but not more than that. I am not sure if I have the hops syndrome but I must not because this drinks like a slightly hoppy lager with some floral, herbal flavors and a light citrus kiss.

M: Fairly crisp but nothing special with a light body and medium carbonation.

O: It's a mildly above average lager with a little bigger hops presence.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

interesting hybrid brew from epic. what struck me first was the greenish tinge when poured into my epic logo pint. frothy white head with larger bubbles rising from the bottom, but it didn't stick around. herbal, almost medicinal aromas wafting out of this one; increased in intensity as the beer warmed up a few degrees. something grassy, too. light body as expected with a dry, dry finish. not as thirst quenching as i would have expected; those american hops really dry this beer out. taste is like a german pilsner that received an extra dose of u.s. hops. i suppose that's what they were going for in this one. certainly ok, but i wouldn't rush out to find another.

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Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.

Appearance: Clear, light straw with thick stark white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Very grainy, with straw, grass, pepper and light citrus.

Taste: Straw, grain, and lemon predominately. Some pepper on the finish, and very bitter as the malts are wafer thin.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a very light body. Very dry.

Overall: This is a very hoppy, bitter lager. Too bitter for the low abv and light malts IMO. Quite simply there is not enough oomph or taste to back up the bitterness. Just as a point of comparison, Victory Prima Pils is also very bitter, but has the necessary taste to make it a world class beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a batch #.

LOOK: Clear yellow, more than sufficient frothing

SMELL: Spicy, fresh cut grass, lemon pith, leafy, crackers, yeast

TASTE: Smooth, lighter body, oily hop, soft bitterness, fluffy, bready, grainy, lemon grass, herbal, dry grassy finish

A very solid lager all around, the hopping is obviously the showcase here but the maltiness does hold its own. Very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #1; tasted 3/25/12

Appearance: Loads of foam spew out of the bottle and perch atop the goldenstraw colored liquid, leaving a dense coating of lace

Smell: Surprisingly sweet and lemony

Taste: Tastes like a lemon Life Saver - sweet and lemony from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and overcarbonated

Overall: Clearly not a beer that I should have been sitting on for this length of time, but it is not undrinkable - just has become a bit of an alcopop; surprising, as I have not tasted a beer that has aged like this before

Thanks, Douglass88, for the opportunity

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on the bottle but the description, the label, and the big greenhop on the label grabbed my attention. Beautiful looking beer it's almost glowing a neon lemon slight haziness but it's bright looking. Glistening white head with thick layers of tiny bubbles filling the top portion of the glass. Aroma has a bright lemon citrus quality, the label says their American hops with American yeast, and German pilsner malt. The smell is great I just keep smelling fresh picked ups with green, herbal, bright lemon citrus, and earthiness jump out of the glass. Flavor has a clean lemon citrus punch that brings with it layers of grassy/herbal quality, dusted with some yeast nuttiness and pale malt sweetness. Becomes a bit hop pellet focused with each sip, but I really can't hate on the hops this is a delicious hoppy lager that is their #5 relase in the Exponential series. This bottle label says 5% abv, which is still right in the sessionable level, 22 ounce bomber for 6 bucks well worth it for my tastes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with slick hop oils lubricating the palate this beer is actually making me salivate from all of the hop additions. Carbonation is dead on not overdone but sturdy enough to carry it all through with each sip. Quite the enjoyable creative hopped up lager, that I wish I had regular access to.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale yellow color. White head holds for a minute, then fades to a thin layer. There are some nice patches of lace on the glass.

Pale, grainy malt aroma. A citrus zest note, with some herbal and grassy notes.

Pale, cracker-like malt up front, with just a hint of sweetness. Herbal and grassy hop flavors. Enough bitterness to balance things. Finishes a bit more on the dry end.

Light body, but not too thin. Carbonation is good. If it was hot outside, this may hit the spot. Not very interesting, but not terribly flawed.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a weizen glass.

a - Pours a hazy pale yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. No real retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells grassy, earthy malts, dirt, and some wheat. Overall pretty bland, though not bad. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of earthy notes, lemon, citrus, grass, hay, and wheat. Definite step up from the nose, some nice citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average pale ale. Easy to drink but the nose is very muted, though the taste is a bit better. Not something I'd probably seek out again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a gorgeous, hazy yellow in color with a big, beautiful head that showed fantastic retention. This is exactly how a beer should look.

Smell – The grain is clean with some light, leafy hops. Overall the aroma is rightly understated with none of that disgusting sweetness typical of lesser efforts.

Taste – The grain is nice and pure at the tongue. If the APLs are our best effort at a Euro-style pilsner than this is a home run. It has that light, refreshing summertime taste that you look for in the style and it is impeccably balanced. There’s even a faint lemon zest note here that sparks up the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a lively carbonation and very quenching.

Drinkability – There’s no one thing here that blew my socks off but it is more of a symphony on display. It is amazingly balanced, quite refreshing, and approachable to just about any drinker.

PS: This is Release #4.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves a bit of layer lacing.

S- A bit of a grassy hop, tons of grains, and lemons. Not really anything strong here and nothing to write home about. All pretty mellow and blah.

T- Is a lot like the nose. A bit of Earthy and grassy hops, touch of lemon sourness and that about sums it up. Pretty boring and really nothing going on.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was about right on.

O- I struggled with this one and was glad it was finally gone. Pretty one dimensional and boring. I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a pale, straw yellow with a one-finger white head that reduces to a soapy skim, with decent white lacing down the sides.

Has an earthy, grassy aroma, with a bit of that Heineken skunk smell. Bitter malt and dandelion green smells are also present.

Starts with a bitter grass taste, with oak leaves and mild malt, giving way to a slightly creamy middle, before finishing dry and hoppy.

Light bodied, this is a dry beer, with a lingering tackiness on the tongue.

A decent beer, to be sure, but not one of Epic's better efforts. Dry, slightly skunky, and light bodied, there's not a lot going on here, and what is happening is something I could take or leave. Better to grab a Smoked and Oaked if you're looking for something Epic.

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I liked the straw yellow color with small head and significant lacing.

S: Earthy like but de German influence pilsner hops, I like it.

T: Nice lager love the pils influence and the earthy/ grassy finish.

M: Light body, easy drinking "lager".

O: Def drinkable, my first Epic from CO experience , and I enjoyed it

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale lemon shows a rapid, bubbly rise of effervesce within. The head is a finger high, with a spongy and pitted surface that was eggshell white in color. Spongy coating with a very good coverage rate is left on the glass.

S: The nose had light pine, pale citrus, and grassy notes. Dry grains with earthy dry twigs were also present. Lightly hopped overall but still noticeable.

T: The flavor was crisp, of dry pilsner grains trying to sneak out from under the strong American pine hop influence. Pale citrus, nicely hopped per style with a lingering flowery hop, almost pollen like coating, on the tongue.

M: sharp, semi-crisp and bubbly from the strong carbonation. Light bodied with a dry hoppy pine bite upon the swallow.

O: Overall a crisp offering with its fair share of hops makes for a great summer time drink. The hops overshadow the fine german pilsner malt, but this is an American pale lager not a pilsner so much can be forgiven. Would like to see this in six packs. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of kagent777
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #4 brewed on July 15, according to the Epic website. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy light yellow. A white head sits on top for a little while and then settles to leave a small ring and islands of foam. This beer even leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Clean pilsner malts with some fruitiness and spiciness from the malts.

Taste: Really clean crisp malts with mild but noticeable hops character. These one seems to be an extension of the Pfiefferhorn Lager, also brewed by Epic. The hops notes are subtle, but very pleasant. If I wanted to be hit over the head I would choose an IPA, on the other hand, if I want a nice drinkable beer with plenty of character, I will choose this one or the Pfiefferhorn. The slight bitterness from the hops does have a noticeably long finish

Mouthfeel: The body is light like a summer beer should be. The carbonation does not come on too strong.

Overall: I think this is a solid beer. The American Pale Lager is a tough category because it is dominated by the big boy on the macro market. Many craft drinkers will hold their noses up as they walk past this one to get something a little stronger. This is a shining example of a beer that can be used to win over craft converts. It tastes familiar enough to them, and yet is still well made with a solid taste.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$7.99 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Good clarity. Yellow body. Three fingers of rocky white foam.

Pleasant grassy aroma.

Soft sweet malt beginning. Good bitter bite at the swallow. Clean finish.

Good fri light/medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a nice lager, though not as big and hoppy as I expected from the name and packaging. I was thinking something along the lines of an imperial pilsner. Not bad, but somewhat overpriced.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a short 1" head that breaks apart to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: loads of lemons, grass, and a hop bitterness is easily detectable.

Taste: grass, lemon zest, tart green grapes, and a bit of spiciness. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness late.

Overall: easy to quaff lager that is mildly refreshing too. Pretty good beer after doing some yard work and you need to quench the thirst.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very light golden yellow with just a ring of bubbles around the glass
S - light grain aroma, very earthy grassy smell with some hints of lemon as well
T - grassy earthy taste, some grain and lemon as well. not alot there but a slightly bitter finish
M - crisp light-medium bodied, good carbonation
D - not the best flavor but fairly easy to drink, I probably wouldn't pick up another, but then again, i'm not the biggest lager fan.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured straw-yellow, slightly hazed, with a thin white head that receded to a thin ringlet. Noticeable carbonation. Clean, light aroma, decent balance of sweet malts and citrusy hops. Basic taste of grains and sweet malts, lightly hopped for a good balance and a mostly dry finish. A little bitter. Light body, crisp, and pretty drinkable. Not bad for a lager.

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Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, release #1 bottled on 5/4/11 and 4.5% ABV. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a smallish white head that quickly goes down to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet corny malts with some slightly metallic noble hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with a decent noble hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, very similar to an above average euro lager with a little more hops.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- SLightly hazy pale yellow. Head is thin, but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.
S- Smell is relatively clean but there is just a bit of citrus aromas in there. Some spicyness too. But a clean aroma is the predominant charactersitic here.
T- Taste is initially pretty clean as well, sweet grains. In the finish the flavors really show, with a spicy and citric aftertaste, spice moreso than citrus. This is how a lager can be clean and still have flavor.
M-Pretty light and clean on the tongue. Could have used a boost in carbonation I think. Dry finish, however.
O- By American Pale Lager standards this is near the top. I would gladly pick this up for tailgating, or as my beer for over the course of a night. It doesn't push the boundaries quite so much as it advertises, but it still tastes good and that's what counts.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Yep, looks like a lager...straw yellow in color, a thick, white creamy head, sticky lacing, mild carbonation.

S - Pungent earthy, grassy, grainy, with a little bit of dankness and light lemons dominate the nose.

T - Earthy, grassy, and mild lemons with a mild to moderate citrus bitterness are the main attraction on the palette, not much more. Leaves a slight citrus aftertaste.

M - Light side of medium body, crisp, and leaves a coating of citric grassy aftertaste in the mouth. The grassy citrus bitterness lingers for several minutes after the sip.

O - This particular beer in the Exponential series doesn't do it for me. It's hoppier than the average lager but compared to the other beers I've tried in the Exponential Series from Epic, it seems out of place. Yeah, it's hoppier, but it's only 5.1%, I don't see how this would be classified in the same category as some of their bigger beers...maybe I'm missing something?

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

Release #2.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours straw yellow with a one finger white head. (as expected for the style)
S: Pilsner malt with a lightly hoppy background.
T: Reminds me of your run of the mill light lager while cold, but after warming up a bit, the hops start to show through with a fruity presence.
M: Crisp, clean, light bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Once I let this warm up to about 45-50 degrees rather than the colder temperatures lagers are traditionally enjoyed at, the beer became more than just your average pale lager, yet not as hoppy as advertised. So good for the style, but falls short of expectations of a hoppy lager, and probably my least favorite Epic offering as of yet.

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Hop Syndrome Lager from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.
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