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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Well, sure, the Cold War might be over, but you can’t be certain, can you? You’ve got brewers putting all sorts of crazy things into your beer – do you ever really know where they came from, or why they’re even there in the first place?
You need a beer you can trust, and that’s why we make Purity of Essence. It’s an overstuffed blend of the best malts, fresh Noble hops, yeast, and water, brewed according to the German Reinheitsgebot – the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 – but you won’t find anything like this in the Old Country. Vienna and Munich malts add just a bit of color and malty firmness to balance the intense hoppy flavors and aromas that make this brew distinctly American.

Malts: German Pilsner, Vienna, Cara-Munich, and Wheat malts
Hops: German Perle, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker
Available in 22 ounce bottles and in kegs.

NOTE: ABV is stated as 6.5% on the bottle but 5.4% on the website. The former appears to be correct.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Orange, thin ring of foam. Woody, earthy, and citrusy aroma. Flavor is...mushroom? is that right? In addition to what we’ll call mushroom, there were some dryish, woody notes. Tasty, if pretty simple.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2010
From cask. Pours hazy orange with a fully gone and white head. Aroma is fruity and caramelish malty. Sweet malty, citrusy and peachy. Bitter and fruity finish with a sweet caramelish malt base. Ends dry and bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13156) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle at ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting. Gold, slight haze, thin beige head. Some hop on aroma. Good in mouth. Nice enough hop.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO’s Back in the UK tasting, 22nd May 2010. End of the bottle - so bitty, cloudy amber with a white head. Hint of Humbrol enamel paint on the nose - obvious alcohol. Dry, quite perfumy hop taste. Nice finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
22nd May 2010. ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting! Hazy gold amber beer. No real head. Softish dry palate. Lagerish malt with a little orange grapefruit hops. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2010

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ chrisos Back In The UK Tasting.

Clear medium amber color with a large to huge, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus - orange, hoppy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100522]

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2010
bottle at chris -o ... copper bubbly white head ..light fruity lemon hop nose ... bitter hop fruits .. not my thing ....

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Pours hazy dark golden color with huge white head. Grassy aroma with some bready malts. Doughy and grassy flavor with some hop bitterness. Slightly fruity. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010

Date: April 13, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Knightly Spirits, Orlando
Appearance: cloudy amber, big off white head, lots of sticky lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light spicy earthyness
Flavor: dry malt flavor, touch of fruity character, plenty of earthy bitterness, light spicyness, lasting spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Tampa, Fl. - Whole Foods - 22 oz bomber - murky, dark golden pour with a nice sticky white head that leaves plenty of lacing - marked down a notch due to the overpowering head that would not go down. Pungent aroma with plenty of grassy goodness and some white grape frutiness. Crisp lager flavor with some mintiness, melon-like fruitiness and a touch of pepper. Full, crisp mouthfeel - great for a lager.


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