Before we get into the review, I have to say, I was absolutely blown away. What a beer.
As I sat down on the beach, my son down for his early nap, my wife sunbathing, I popped open my bottle of Hop Syndrome Lager (official vacation house rules, I can drink before noon).
The distinctive sharp edge of a lager, easily drinkable and refreshing. This is a working man’s lager but with an incredible hop presence.
Apricot, mango and orange coming through in the flavor, with a nice dry and malty wheat lager body leading to a dry and refreshingly bitter finish.
Feels thin, with modest carbonation. This is a solid, clean drinking lager with bite. The hops blend very nicely with the malt flavor.
That night, I headed right out to grab a second bottle from Crest Tavern. It was just too good to only have one.
Plus, I needed to get a good look at this in a glass, along with a better sense of the aroma.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold. Plenty of visible carbonation, with a large creamy cap of white froth leaving plenty of lacing. Almost resembles a pilsner with the color.
A distinct spiciness on the nose, but you can sense the presence of the bright grassy hops, along with apricot, mango, and orange.
Crisp, Refreshing, Drinkable. A wondrously hoppy lager, this is a clean, spicy, and fruity brew that hits your summer palate just right.
There really aren’t enough hoppy lagers like this in the world.
- ABV: 4.8%
- IBU: n/a
- Style: American Pale Ale
- Taste: Malt, Hops
- Glassware: Pint, Pilsner
- Food Pairings: Hearty, Spicy foods, BBQ, Soft Cheeses
- Rating: 4.5/5
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