Spectral Focus New England Style Lager
South County Brewing Co.

Spectral Focus New England Style LagerSpectral Focus New England Style Lager
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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #80
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #25,473
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 6.51%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
17
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South County Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Spectral Focus New England Style LagerSpectral Focus New England Style Lager
Notes: Spectral Focus is a modern take on India Pale Lager. This beer starts as a Helles style lager base recipe and but gets large amounts of whirlpool/dry hops with American Northwest and Australian hops. The body is medium and finishes with a unique honey bread note. The contrast of the single German malt and lager yeast with a modern hop profile is just killer.
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Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 8/31/18 (direct from the brewery's cooler) into pint glass. Pours a clear pale yellow with a persistent bright-white head. Initial impression is citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and melon, with bready malts balancing to some extent. Mouthfeel is crisp and a little thin. Finish is dry and has a noticeable hops bite.
The can says "India Pale Lager". Didn't know that was a style, but apparently it's a hoppy lager - ?
South County is my favorite local brewery, but this is not one of my favorites.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz.can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. smell is of citrus, light malts. Taste is hoppy for the style, grapefruit, light malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but if you are looking for an authentic helles lager, keep on looking, because this ain't it.

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Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pounder can into snifter appears clear yellow with a white cap.

An aroma of sulfur, bready grain and herbal hops.

It tastes bitter with herbs yet grainy and sweet with a touch of sulfur in the finish.

Not bad, its crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am CANfounded by this one! What is a "New England Style Lager"? The CANQuest (tm) CANtinues to unearth all sorts of new & different beers.

From the CAN: "Best kept cold; Drink fresh; Do not age; Pour into a glass".

My my, so many dictums! It is a good thing that it was a 16-fl. oz. pint CAN or I might have taken out my irritation in the form of an inverted Glug! When I Crack!ed open the CAN, I got a small spritz, revealing a brimful craft CAN. This further cemented the idea that a gentle Glug was in order. It seemed to work out as my chosen glass allowed for nucleation, so loads of CO2 bubbles were visible and an in-glass swirl raised nearly three fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) (CAN read "3.4") with NE (Nebraska, NOT New England)=quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus. Nose was quite hoppy for a Lager, making me think that it is perhaps an IPL, instead of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but about what I generally expect & get from a Lager. The taste had a sort of citrusy bitterness, kind of grapefruity, but not exactly. It did NOT have the clean maltiness of a Helles, though. The eerie label depicts a lot of hops, suggesting that it was meant to be hop-driven. In that case, it was not bad, although everything else got lost in the mix as a result. Finish was dry and pleasant, but at the same time, it was awfully hoppy for its current style. I am going to look into this one & report back!

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Photo of citizencane
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale to moderate cloudy yellow with slight head and abundant lacing from can to glass. Smells of diluted corn and a hint of malt. Taste is malt with some lemon. Feel is crisp and okay. Not thin, but I have no idea why this is considered a New England style lager. Currently debating cutting my losses and giving this away or making this one a drain pour.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2017-07-29 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz canned on 2017-07-21

A - Moderately-clear gold with a 1-finger white head and decent lace.

S - Melon, melon, melon. Honey, white bread and floral. Sweet and nice.

T - Echos the smells quite well with the addition of light-medium piney bitterness to balance the sweetness. This lingers into the finish and sticks around awhile. More so than the Surly Hell lager I had two days ago.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy at first then finishes with some dry prickle.

O - It's a very tasty lager. Plenty of flavor for 5% and it smells good too. A nice take on the IPL style.

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Spectral Focus New England Style Lager from South County Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 17 ratings