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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2567) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Sampled at vt brewfest 09. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma was grassy and grainy with a touch of spiciness. Flavor follows the aroma and has a crisp and bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
In short: A cross between a lager and a grassy thirst IPA. Good brew.
How: Tap at Vermont’s Brewers Festival 2009
The look: Almost clear dark blonde body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: The hoppy nose blends grass and pine-tree. Slightly toasted malts with a light-moderate caramel presence. Well hopped but not overly so. Hops blend dry grass and pine-cone needles to create a bitterness of medium intensity and a nice moderate dryness. Hops dominate here, had I not known that this is a lager I’m not sure I would have guessed it. I didn’t know High & Mighty were making hoppy lagers like this. Nor did I know that they had hired the marketing team of Kelvin Klein perfume to name their beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully drinkable Kellerbier (with American flair) is the scene for the refreshing equilibrium of lightly caramelized, toasted malts and herbal, almost zesty hops. This is the kind of beer I would like to have in the fridge all the time, but which is sadly quite rare in these parts.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A rocky head of foam decorates the hazy, bright amber, lacing admirably.
-The body is lean and the flavor profile balanced until the hop finishing bitterness, whose leafy zing has a lot of endurance.
-Herbal (noble) hops are more present in the nose than the malts.
-Orange zest highlights appear towards the end.
-Carbonation is frothy and made of big but soft bubbles.

Bottle.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blipp (5826) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottled June 2008. Pours amber with an off white head. Off malty aroma with a hint of hops. The flavor has the same off malt, a little bit musty I guess, and light hoppy notes. Definitely past it’s prime. Still drinkable, but if you see an old bottle on the shelf pass it over.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a cloudy brown with a faint soapy head. Aroma is of spicy fruit, almost like hot sauce. Almost no malt aroma. Medium body with some sweet potpourri and horse blanket mustiness. Very smooth finish with an amazing balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 23, 2009
22 oz brown bottle with bottled on date (June 4, 2008) poured into an American pint glass. Appearance: Almost tawny amber hue with nice white head. A very thin layer of white remains after settling. It’s unfiltered, but duh, it says that on the label. Nose: Orange is immediately noticeable, and sweet malt, sarsaparilla, and Indian spices register. Palate: Carbonation is moderate to high. Agitation reveals a lot of dry-hop characters and a little dustiness. There is an umami character here poking out between bursts of bitter hops (leaning on the pine-y side of things, not the citrus side). Nice and bitter, decent body, with a red kool-ade note right in the mid-palate. Notes: Although this beer is sufficiently bitter and gets points for that IPA-esque extremeness, it seems to lack something in the middle. I get a strong nose, and an initial bitterness on the palate, a quick mid-palate of fruit and then immediately on to bitterness and dry hops again. I wish there was more in the middle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
<i>My bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus & tupalev.</i> Pours a cloudy orange-amber with lots of tiny sediment and an average size diminishing creamy white head. Aroma’s pretty decent, toasty and nice and hoppy. Flavour’s simple and delivers what it says, a hopped up Lager, also a little fruity and with a good bitter finish. Average bodied. I quite enjoyed this -- solid stuff!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bomber - Poured a slightly cloudy dark amber in color with a foamy off-white head that settled to a thin covering over the top of the beer. Aroma is clearly hops... flowery with a hint of spice. Flavor is medium bitter with plenty of flowery hops. Finishes mildly bitter and is slightly sweet right at the very end. OK, not great... refreshing though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2008
20081220 Bomber from Abes. Bottled June 08. Hazy motor oil amber colored with excellent, rocky, sea foam head that seriously looks like it just blew up on the beach during a noreaster. Cool. Aroma and initial sip at first had some acetaldehyde green apple and metallic notes but those faded quickly and nice saaz grassiness became prominent. I probably should wait for a fresh sample and re-rate this summer. Mouthfeel has some aggressive eff and tinny notes mixed with definite earthy, grassy saaz. Yup, this one is a bit off but it could be worse. Stores need to to a better job of rotating out old stock.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Gathicus, Hogtown Harry and GregClow, courtesy of blankboy. Nice dark yellow, medium white head. Slightly toasty, hoppy aroma - maybe a touch of ginger? Big acidic hoppy taste over such a thin body. More ginger. Very refreshing. A was just about to say a nicely hopped unfiltered lager, but there it is in the commercial description.


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