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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22 oz. bomber from redlight redlight. Pours a golden amber with a generous white head. For all of their grandiose names, High and Mighty’s beers tend to be fairly tame but drinkable and enjoyable none the less. Not so with the Purity of Essence. The nose has a lot of malts up front and a decent amount of hops for a lager, but an unpleasant foot odor throws everything off. The flavor starts well enough with a nice balance of malt and hops and very crisp but leaves a stale aftertaste. Seriously, why brew according to the German Reinheitsgebot unless you’re going to make a really excellent, even if straight-forward and not exceedingly complex, beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (341) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 19, 2014
The label on this bottle says it is 4.9% abv. It pours a slightly hazy medium gold colour with over a 1 finger head of foam but doesn’t leave a lot of lacing. The smell is big grain that reminds me of an AAL. I truly can’t smell anything else. The taste took me by surprise. Very hoppy and very bitter. Grapefruit flavour that is more bitter than I’m used to. It has an earthy malt presence that doesn’t seem to bring any balance. Some grainy notes now just showing up. Weird. Lots of carbonation, imho...too much. The body is nice. Interesting brew but not something I’d want to drink again.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle at Earth. Cloudy darker copper body with a rich and frothy off-white head. The smell is a bit subdued, but has notes of pine-sol, grass and honey. The taste is much different and packed full of flavor. Grains galore with a really rich caramel and bread base. The hops come through well with some pine and grass. The finish is clean and refreshing without a lot of the overly crisp lager notes. I really dig this brew and can’t wait to try more from High & Mighty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2008
tap @ drafting room. pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head. aromas of citrus, yeast, and floral notes. taste is very hoppy, mostly floral and citrus notes. lemon, grapefruit, yeast, wheat. lingering, bitter aftertaste. i would have thought it was a belgian strong ale or something. odd, but good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2008
A new brew from High & Mighty, contract brewed at Paper City. 22oz bomber. Pours a medium to dark-ish amber color with a pretty nice pillowy off-white inch of head. Aromas of crisp lager yeast, some citrus and floral hops, and some toasted biscuit notes. Flavor starts with a fair amount of citrus bitterness and notes of lemon and grapefruit. Crisp, smooth toasted malt notes in there as well, but very much take the backseat to the hop profile. On the mellow side, not overdone on the flavors. Very smooth and crisp on the palate, with a clean finish. Decent brew, but nothing especially impressive.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
damzz (265) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2013
This the 4.9% version in a 22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque, cloudy light yellow. The head is long lasting, fluffy white with lacing and sculpting. The nose is hops. The palate is light medium body that is dominated by hops. there is no balance to this beer. It is a dry beer.

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.

3.6
   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.


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