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 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10931) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle Pours mostly clear and yellow with a large, frothy, white head. Good retention. Biscuity, peppery aroma proffers light roastiness as well. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp, (a bit) metallically bitter, refreshing flavor and finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Not my cleanest pour, but this had huge chunks of yeast floating in a murky orange body. Aroma was sharply citrus, reminded me of lemon Palmolive dish-washing soap. Flavor was pretty crisp with a nice balance between the citrus and some maltiness. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle. After a journey in a suitcase, I wonder if the yeast unsettlement affected this. Very sour aroma, deeply fruity with a tart, astringent finish. Lots of fruit cake and spices late on. Extremely lively, ended up pouring a 660 ml bottle into a jug, a pint glass and a half pint too. Hugely foaming headthat never settled down. Very unusual

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (908) - 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 doesnt leave a lot of lacing. The smell is big grain that reminds me of an AAL. I truly cant smell anything else. The taste took me by surprise. Very hoppy and very bitter. Grapefruit flavour that is more bitter than Im used to. It has an earthy malt presence that doesnt 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 Id want to drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
The aroma is definitely hoppy with grass, citrus, malt, and yeast. The appearance is hazy gold with a large foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a very bitter finish. The palate is what I expected for the style. Overall a really nice attempt at improving a lager but its too astringent to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (22709) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2010
bottle at chris -o ... copper bubbly white head ..light fruity lemon hop nose ... bitter hop fruits .. not my thing ....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (6071) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (24814) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2011
Cask gravity @GBBF 2010. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty grainy caramel aroma. Fruity malty grainy flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty grainy finish.

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