While perusing the shelves at my local beer spot, I noticed a classy looking bottle with a giant green hop on it.Â "This is it," I thought, "the last piece to the puzzle - the final beer to fill my basket perfectly."Â The bottle said that it was one of only a few thousand, making this a very special brew indeed.Â The label taunted me, offering measurements of its level of intrigue, daring me to find out more.Â Being an avid hop addict, I had to take them up on this dare. Â I mean, with a giant hop on the bottle, what's not to love?
Out of all the beer I bought that night, I was anticipating this one the most. Â This was my first taste of Epic and I was really excited at the chance of finding a really hoppy lager that could rival my love of Prima Pils.
The Hop Syndrome pours a golden hay color with a frothy white head which dissipates quickly. Â It has the aroma of straw with grassy and grainy notes. Â The smell reminds me of a farm or a large field filled with dandelions on a hot summer day. Â This beer just screams summertime drinking. Â It is light, dry, and very carbonated. Â The body and aroma are supported by the taste of Â sweet grains with a hint of citrus - more specifically lemon. Â This is a solid, balanced lager, but also (to my disappointment) not the hop indulgence I was hoping it would be.