Beer Review: EPIC HOP SYNDROME LAGER

Beer Review: EPIC HOP SYNDROME LAGER

Epic Brewing, based in Utah, presents its latest creation, the Epic Hop Syndrome Lager, as part of the ever-expanding Exponential (Seasonal) Series. This premium lager boasts Crystal hops for a clean spice and Calypso hops for a delightful, almost fruity aroma – a promising option for those seeking an easy-to-drink beer, especially on a summer day out.

Appearance

The beer pours a hazy yellow gold with visible rising bubbles, topped by a creamy, thin cap of white froth that leaves behind a substantial amount of lacing.

Aroma

The unmistakable yellow beer/pilsner aroma dominates, slightly skunky and wet grainy, accompanied by bright grassy hops that add a refreshing note.

Taste

Featuring dry pilsner malt and bitter earthy hops, the flavor profile concludes mostly dry with a subtle sour twang, providing a nuanced drinking experience.

Mouthfeel

With a thin consistency and modest carbonation, the beer offers a light and crisp mouthfeel, enhancing its overall drinkability.

Critique

Despite being labeled as a hoppy lager, the hops do not take center stage in this brew. The ‘hop pun’ might be a bit misleading, as the hop presence was not as pronounced as anticipated during the tasting. The bitterness from the earthy hops and the dry finish, however, contribute to a solid and clean drinking experience.

Overall Verdict

Epic Hop Syndrome Lager stands out as a commendable addition to the Exponential Series, delivering a well-crafted and clean drinking lager. While the promised hoppy character may not steal the show, the beer’s overall balance and refreshing qualities make it a suitable choice, particularly for those warm summer days.