Tyranny | Lager Heads Smokehouse & Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Lager Heads Smokehouse & Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JamnesCameron on 10-14-2011

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, this was a new arrival at Blacklick Wine and Spirits and it's always nice to try a new beer from an in-state brewery that I'm not familiar with. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, and some caramel malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the citrusy hop flavors seem weaker in the taste. It's still a good, hoppy brew. There's also a lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. I think it's a solid beer, and at $4.99 a bottle I'd pick this up again. Hopefully I'll see some of their other offerings in the area soon.

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Photo of wingman14
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a redish orange with a white head. Smell is dominated by hops, malt is ther with some sweet notes. Taste is mostly hops but the sweet almost candy flavors come in as well. Mouthfeel is decent almost medium. Overall a good beer, good flavors, nice balance. Good beer worth checking out.

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber hue with a big light tan head.

Aromas of piney and citrus hops. Good caramel malt base.

Flavors of pine and grapefruit citrus hop bitterness and caramel malty base.

Mouthfeel is medium, mouthcoating bitterness, good level of carbonation.

Overall a decent APA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For a group who call them "Lagerheads", they sure do make a lot of ale! Their Pale Ale is uncharacteristically toasty, nutty and malt-balanced. But that doesn't mean that the hops take any backseat.

The ale kicks off with a rich copper pour that hinges on hazy bronze and deep amber. Its creamy and sandy-stained head is long in retention and trails with fingerling lace. Its foam stance is impressive.

Toasty sweet aromas capture the essence of toast, pecan and toffee; just ahead of its spicy balance of grapefruit, orange peels, torn pine needles, fresh-cut grass and acute herbal notes. Its vegetative spiciness has no problem with that rich and malty nose.

As that malty sweetness wraps round the tongue it seeps in with savory caramelized taste- once again resembling toffee, honey-dipped pecan and heavy crusted breads. As the ale turns fruity from hops, the orange peel and honey flavors align on the tongue for impressions of marmalade. But then the finish comes and an acute bitterness is revealed; dragging with it the acidic tones of grapefruit and also grassy, stem and herbal flavors of resinous pine and chive.

Its firm texture is creamy and sweet early on. But once the carbonation dispels, a malty-dry backbone is revealed- also exposing its hop sharpness and mild grassy-type astringency. Somewhat of a peppery bite closes the session with a balanced finish with lingering sweetness and bitterness.

Tyranny is certainly an anti-establishment type of Pale Ale- it simply doesn't conform to the style norms. With the hearty malt sweetness of big Amber Ale or even Scottish-type maltiness, but then the hops required to balance the taste is nearer American IPA. After all, what would "lagerheads" know about Pale Ale?

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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

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Photo of HopHead29
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass

Pours clear darkish brownish color. Biscuity head with decent retention and lacing. I got a big wiff of the the smell on this right after I opened the bottle! Nice citrus notes and a bread like background. Really well done.

Taste is really just a lot of malt and hops right up front. However, the hopyness is not nearly as powerful as it was in the nose. The is a strong presence of a metallic like taste and more so of a feel to it.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weird label with this one. A British soldier with a rattlesnake and a bunch of boxes and crates. I am sure there is some story somewhere about this one.

Beer pours quite clouded with minimal head off a fairly gentle pour. Flavor is a gob of piney malty character that seems to fall off quite quickly. At least, way quicker than I would like. This may be a bit past its prime as the malt is quite forward, but maybe that is the way it's supposed to be. Either way, an okay pale ale, at best.

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2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have been a bit generous with all the ratings. It's a little cloudy - just a little. The aroma is a bit weak. The taste has a metalic something - from the hops, not an infection, I think. Not horrible at all. The hops are making a statement as they should for an APA.

It's getting better as I go and as it warms. Now it'smore like just a decent APA. I would try this again, but I would want it on tap, and not a $5 bomber.

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

I got this in a beer exchange. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky orange/amber color with a thick off-white head that left lots of lacing.

S - pungent hops - earth, pine and citrus.

T - good deal of hops, balanced out for the most part with some bitter tea-like flavor going on at the finish.

F - medium/full bodied, slightly creamy.

O - a decent beer worth trying.

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Tyranny from Lager Heads Smokehouse & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 37 ratings