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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2008
A very hazy copper pour, with a soapy, lasting head - interesting and complex aroma of grapefruit, bread, brown sugar, floral notes, hay, a lot of earthy, musty character - the fact that they left this unfiltered has given the beer a lot of earthy complexities in the flavor - smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body - strong, leafy, herbal hops - a little bit of tartness - bready malts, spices, a bit of fruity character, notes of rye, toasted grains, even hints of smoke at times - grapefruit pulp and a touch of citric acidity arrive late - an interesting and tasty beer - this is no premium lager, though - it is definitely a kellerbier. (Note to the brewer, though: quit it with the pretentious names for your beers)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (5535) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle. Yellow orange pour. Dry malt with a slight spice flavor and aroma. Bitter hop but much less than i was looking for. Not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle thanks for another tic vic. Pours an orange body with a white head. Grainy dry lagered notes with a spruce character. Bitter dry hop character. Dry with a hint of fruit in the finish. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5319) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Hazy golden coloured body with a nice large white head. Aroma of very strong, pungent alcohol, malt, metal and a touch of light frutiness. Medium-bodied; Strong malt flavours with a dose of light hops, some apricot and peach tastes, a bit of floral notes and some major metallic tastes. Aftertaste is relatively nice, some deep pungent maltiness, some good hop balance and a mild dryness that couples well with the finish. Overall, a good beer, not amazing, but definitely good for the style and a welcome sample! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Knightly Spirits (Orange Blossom) in Orlando, Florida on 15-November-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 27-November-2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (5249) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 10/17/10
Bottled on Date: 9/9/09

Aroma: The nose has some earth, spice, yeast, a bit of fruit, grass, and herbs
Appearance: It pours a giant gusher: Once I’m able to slow that down, this beer is cloudy, it has kind of a burnt orange color and a huge, fluffy, off-white head leaving lots of lace on the glass
Flavor: The flavor is alright, some malts, dry, earthy notes, and a somewhat herbal aftertaste
Palate: Light-medium bodied, the carbonation is rather high to the point that it minimizes the drinkability
Overall Impression: This is my first rating for High & Mighty. No, not a gusher! There is wasted beer everywhere... Well, lets not hold that against this one. Anyway, this stuff isn’t particularly impressive. It isn’t bad, but that flavor isn’t something I’d rush back for anytime soon, and the drinkability isn’t that high either. Decent, may have been better if it was closer to the bottled on date, but I can’t say for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5125) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pours a pale copper into a shaker. Large white head recedes leaving spot lacing. Caramel and grass aromas. Bitter with little malt balance from front to back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5011) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Thanks to Tony at Oldsmar Tap House for sharing this one. Pours yellow with a white head. Nose is light malt, spice, grass, barely noticeable lager, but mostly clean. Flavor is similar: light malt, hint of spice, maybe some sage, a touch of grass, and this light-medium bodied beer finishes clean. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Draught at TDR Ex.: Aroma of fruit, floral hops, and light malts. If you read the 4 existing reviews, people thought there was a wide variety in the aroma. Interesting. Poured copper with a hint of amber in color and a small white head that disappeared instantly. Hazy. Not sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor of yeast, spices, bubblegum, and a hint of chocolate malts. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Yeasty, fruity, lightly malty, dry finish. An ok lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4834) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Slightly sour, almost Bohemian Pilsener aroma. Medium, foggy, amber brown. Sweet, with raisin/bock/vienna toastiness, and good German hops. Medium to medium-heavy body. Crisp, citrus pith finish at first which mellows out into a chalky aftertaste. Not bad. New Leaf Market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4817) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2011
On tap at Beer Temple. Golden body with thick head. Nose of hops and citrus. Taste is nice and crips. Really cool pilsener really with lots of IPA traits. Nice and bitter finish.

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