RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Well, sure, the Cold War might be over, but you cant be certain, can you? Youve got brewers putting all sorts of crazy things into your beer do you ever really know where they came from, or why theyre even there in the first place?
You need a beer you can trust, and thats why we make Purity of Essence. Its 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 wont 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (6230) - 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 Im 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 isnt particularly impressive. It isnt bad, but that flavor isnt something Id rush back for anytime soon, and the drinkability isnt that high either. Decent, may have been better if it was closer to the bottled on date, but I cant say for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
In short: A cross between a lager and a grassy thirst IPA. Good brew.
How: Tap at Vermonts 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 Im not sure I would have guessed it. I didnt 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (6096) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5898) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bulk_Carrier (5871) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pilsener. The appearance was a soft golden yellow color with basically all head. I have had this beer three times and all three times, the head was always the same, no matter how slow I poured it. The smell had some light sweet corn to light spice. The taste was mainly sweet but still had a light spice to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was, well lets just say, it was more than definitely seen in the beginning appearance and once again its definitely felt in my mouth. Overall, interesting to say the least, perhaps a bit too carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5855) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5851) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5434) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5251) - 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.

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