Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale AlePond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

201 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mwilbur on 05-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Uses English malts and American hops, the brew takes cues from the countrys' best ingredients.
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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by RoyalT:
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a nice, super thick and hazy dull orange in color with a massive English-style head.

Smell – The hops are substantial but overwhelmed by the big British biscuit. I guess they put some Australian galaxy hops in here so was looking forward to getting a whiff but the British malts overpowered the hop profile. It’s a big, pleasant aroma, just not what I’d expect from a DIPA.

Taste – The hops are curiously much bigger at the taste. The biscuit is still sharp but more balanced and there’s a nice malty sweetness here that I didn’t pick up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium with a light bitterness offset by residual sugars.

Drinkability – This is a very different interpretation of the style, as collaborations often are, but it went down extremely well for a big 9.5 ABV beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel/crystal biscuity malts with some grassy slightly fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary and slightly soapy caramel malts with some slightly metallic and fruity hops that add decent bitterness in the finish. There's a bit of alcohol burn in the finish too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's decent but a bit too sweet and on the English side of the style for me.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed golden amber, dense head, perfect retention

SMELL: Citrus pith, cantaloupe rind, biscuity, nutty yeast, estery, herbal, spicy alcohol

TASTE: Big smoothness, creamy body, bisucity, grassy, herbal resin, hoppy, bitter, pineapple skin, yeast, very warming, cactus fruit, dry grain bitter finish

Collaboration with the Thronbridge Brewery, keep in mind that this is a double extra pale ale ... not an IPA. There is balance here though the alcohol does work a bit hard to be in the forefront. You'll want to share this bottle and make sure you have some time with it, great work everyone!

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle served cold into a goblet.

Pond Hopper is a golden amber color with thick which head. It settles slowly leaving some nice lacing behind. Clarity is very good for the style.

Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Odell makes some of the best hoppy beers around and this is no exception. Big grapefruit and other citrus hits you in the nose right away. Not so much a British IPA yet.

The flavor is a little more of an American British compromise with a richer malt body and more toasted malt chacter. Very nicely balanced with healthy doses of hops to takes down the sweetness. Citrus, pine, and earthy grassy hops all present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well balanced for a big IPA, and surprisingly drinkable.

Overall a really great collaboration and worth picking up a bottle even considering the relatively high price.

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy with an apricot hue and a huge foamy head; decent lacing

S: Great hop forward aroma--lots of citrus and floral aromatics--there is a sweet malty undertone but no indication that this is a 9% beer

T: Interesting hop profile: some citrus but also some grassy and herbal notes and then a sweet boozy quality comes through; bitter up front but there is some balance in the finish

F: Medium body; oily and sticky which works well with this beer

O: Pond Hopper is an interesting hop-forward beer; I like it and it warms you up quickly--surprisingly so because the alcohol doesn't seem overwhelmingly present; but it has a somewhat odd hop profile but it does come together as a collaboration beer should (and often does not)

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed bronze with a pinky of beige head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple, not much else

T: Follows the nose, some grapefruit, some cakeyness hiding underneath up front. More pineapple, grapefruit, dryness & a touch of pear & white grape buried way down along with some more pronouced breadyness. Finishes with much grapefruit, pineapple & a nice juicy hop flavor

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, great balance

THe ABV is well hidden, this is a fairly assertive hop bomb, I really enjoyed this one> Not perfect, but damn close. I wonder if they actually sold any of this monster across the pond?

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to caSSino for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and tangerine. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and orange peel. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was definitely a very citrus intense brew. The orange peel in the flavor was definitely a nice refreshing touch while I was sweating my ass off in the sun. The aroma had a nice kiss of citrus going on as well which made the brew quite approachable even for new craft beer drinkers. Definitely a well done brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try.

Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber color with a large head that quickly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma. Unusual hop/malt combination. I like the English biscuit malt but unsure that it meshes well with the citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas.

The answer is that it does not mesh that well in the flavor. The first sip seemed like pure alcohol. After that initial blast, this seems like a more balanced DIPA. Nice sweetness and flavor from the malt. The hops add citrus and tropical fruit. I find it quite bitter but the malt sweetness nuetralizes it a bit. Too much alcohol flavor for my taste in a pale ale.

Big body with solid carbonation. A little too lively at first but mellows out as it sits in the glass. Enjoyable texture.

The combination did not really work for me. Good individual components but did not work well as a team. I would of preferred a 12oz bottle as well as getting through a 750ml may be a little taxing.

Photo of TSJ4000
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, I think this is mislabeled on the BA page. I'm pretty sure this is a double ESB and not a double IPA. Either way it had a lot of English malt and hop profile but the hops had a familiar American touch. I could swear that there was some Amarillo or Cascade in here but my sources told me no on this one. Big mystery beer here. I would like to try this on cask. The alcohol is completely hidden as it drinks soft and approachable like an English-style ESB.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but there are also some hints of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice IPA that is well balanced and has a nice amount of hop flavors but isn’t overly bitter.

Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a duel tulip. pours a nice shade of cloudy gold with a couple fingers of slightly off white head with excellent retention
S: smells of pine, citrus and floral hops. a little bit of sweetness and alcohol seems to come through in the nose as well
T: sweet malts up front give way to a solid blast of hop flavor with some nice citrus, earthiness and a dash of pine. tropical fruit sweetness comes in as well. swallow brings a nice amount of caramel sweetness with some further instances of the aforementioned hop flavors. finish lingers for some time as well.
M: medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation but the carb doesn't stay prickly long in the mouth and gets much softer. drying finish as well.
O: a very interesting beer. Odell makes some great product and this beer is no slouch. I'm not sure if they're making up styles or not but it definitely drinks a bit lighter than a double IPA. definitely glad I picked up a bottle of this.

Photo of mwilbur
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A collaboration brew between Thornbridge and Odell. Double extra pale ale. Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy mango hue with high carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly white head. Good retention and a hint of lacing. Some sediment floating about the glass.
S: Clear and crisp hop notes up front--citrus, mango, and mint. Tropical and refreshing. Hint of British malt in the background.
T: Aggressive hop smack up front...takes a few sips to sort it out. Citrus, mango, melon, some spice, and a hint of pine and mint. The alcohol bite seems to augment the hop notes even further. In the background--but holding its own--are the British malts. I really like use of them in this beer...provides some degree of balance in a clean and uncomplicated manner thereby allowing the hops to continue to shine.
M: Soft and creamy to start. Quickly turns toward a shot of bubbly effervescence that bursts across the palate. Then turns spicy and moderately bitter. Dry and mildly malt-sweet finish. Light-medium body...drinks a bit lighter than the ABV. Very nice.
D: The definition of drinkability. Nicely complex and interesting with a moderate alcohol kick. Wonderfully refreshing. An excellent spring/summer beer. Perfect for picnics, drinking on its own or pairing with grilled food. I'm glad I got a chance to try this solid brew. Seek it out!

Photo of FroggerMan
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber orange color with a relatively large head that settles quickly leaving behind sporadic lacing. The first pour is clear but subsequent pours have a slight haze from the yeast.

S: I imminently could tell Pond Hopper has many characteristics similar to Odell's IPA and Myrcenary DIPA. A strong citrus smell is present with grapefruit and peach most apparent.

T: The citrus hops a very noticeable with a subtle sweetness from the English malts. I noticed a small amount of alcohol coming though but that is to be expected with the 9.5% abv.

M: It has a medium body with an obvious hops presence. The English malts are much less noticeable but did add a unique sweet touch. It is slightly over carbonated but nothing too extreme.

O: I am rather pleased which is not surprising because Odell's rarely lets me down. I'm glad I took notes after my first glass because after finishing the bottle I was in no position to form any coherent thoughts. Despite the above average price I would buy again.

Photo of blakelive784
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy light golden orange color with three fingers of soapy white head. Retention is very good, especially for 9% alcohol, and it leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Buttery caramel, honey, sweet pale malts, light floral hops, sweet alcohol and biscuity yeast make up the majority of the nose. Balanced and inviting, if a bit restrained.

T - Crystal malt and caramel make up the body, with the bittering hops coming through on the finish. Light fruity esters throughout. Boozy finish. What's there is built well, but it's a bit too simple. Far from complex. Restrained.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and thick.

D - Not a bad beer by any means, but it suffers from simplicity. Definitely won't satisfy hop heads, though it is balanced fairly well.

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super viscous (for the style), hazy dull orange color with a massive white head that mostly dies down but never completely fades away.

Aromas begin with ample amounts of grassy, piney and floral hops. Beyond that there are some lesser citrus hops notes with emerging tropical fruit notes. As it warms there are copious amounts of toasted bready, biscuity and nutty maltiness. Some spicy alcohol emerges as well.

The tastes begin with copious amounts of toasted bready and biscuity maltiness. The sweeter nutty and caramel maltiness then comes in but soon after there is the wave of grassy, floral and pine hop flavors with underlying resinous grapefruit and citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation. Finish is slighly sweet and a bit too creamy for my liking. I understand why because they are making it English in nature with lower carbonation, but the increased ABV could use a slight bump.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer as I am a fan of English style IPAs because of their strong hop presence (sans the resinous nature most American styles take) and balanced malt backbone. I feel there was something a tad off that just didn't work for me here. Maybe the citrus and pine hoppiness clashed with the huge toasty English malt flavors or maybe the increased ABV made the mouthfeel a bit too syrupy for my liking but I won't be revisting this again.

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange color, perfectly clear save for some active bubbles. First whiffs bring strong grassy and spicy hop notes, under ripe tropical fruits, floral and herbal - just about every hop note one could think of. Faint notes of toasted and lightly sweet malt. First sip quite bitter and spicy before tropical mango and papaya rind come through, floral, minty and some lightly sweet and toasty malts, citrus and pine on the back end. Interesting body as it is equal parts bubbly and bright and dense and slick, dry. A quite unique brew, strong hop presence whith big bitter spicy notes.

Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this brew into a sniffer, and the brew makes a three finger thick bright white head, with perfect retention. The body is a little hazy and is golder copper in color.

The aroma is piny, spicy, floral and fruity, with slight hints of toffee.

Taste wise it's very fruity in the way of orange and grapefruit mixed together, and kind of soapy all the way around.

Feels full in body, spicy, bitter, warm in the end, and a pretty solid offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus and tropical hops along with some spicy notes.

T: Very enjoyable. Strong flavors of tropical (pineapple/passionfruit) hops, citrus hops, and some spicy notes over the caramel malt body. Moderate amounts of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: Very enjoyable, very easy to drink, and one that I would have again. There is a nice balance of the hop flavors and malt sweetness without being overly bitter. Very nice collaboration beer.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-peach color with two fingers of creamy off-white head. Light sticky lacing left behind.

Big bright aroma of peaches, tropical fruit and savory herbs along with malty biscuit notes.

Tasted of juicy oranges, tropical fruit and savory herbs. Malty biscuit followed for a nice balance. The 9.5% abv was well hidden.

Medium bodied with a sticky dryness and moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this Double Extre Pale Ale from Thornbridge and Odell. Sometimes collaborations work, sometimes they don't. This one did.

Photo of riored4v
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, rocky, white head with a slightly hazy, copper colored body.

Aroma was a bit bready and grainy. Some citrus and floral aromas. Slight tropical hop aroma. Mild caramel.

Taste was bready and grainy upfront with some mild sweetness and mellow maltiness. Good amount of hop flavor that was tropical and fruity that finishes a bit lemony. Light bitterness in the finish that was slightly grassy and tropical. Light signs of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium body, medium carb and a light finish.

Good beer with good drinkability for being so big. Nice blend of flavors.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I subscribe partially to Mamet's assertion on second chances from State and Main, but I hope it's wrong this time. This stuff pours a hazy amber-gold topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises pine needle, lemon rind, earthy greens, mild toffee, and a few sprigs of spearmint. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lightly richer toffee character (along with a bit of a buttery vein). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice English-style IPA, one that creates a solid balance without sacrificing a bold hop character.

Photo of foss69lh
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not only did the component characteristics of this ale seems a trifle out of balance, but the bottling I had tasted somewhat flat and watery. In all fairness, this may be due to how the bottles were handled or stored, either by the distributor or the merchant, but nevertheless, the bottle I had was bland and disjointed in taste.

Photo of JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged. Nice looking glowing orange, slightly hazy, white head, though not much lace. Smells of oranges and pineapples. Good. Taste absolutely has a mango element initially but it's contravened by an odd soapy malt flavor that I can't quite place. Alcohol is noticeable and it seems fairly astringent as well. Mouthfeel is zingy with a medium body. Finish is slightly on the bitter side but with a woody, soapy, odd aftertaste, which again, I'm having trouble placing although I'm sure it has something to do with the British malts. Never been a huge fan of the British pales.

Overall this one is promising absolutely with mangos and pineapples but the malts I don't really care for.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.26.12

A - Pours a hazy golden-medium orange with a yellowish fluffy head with good retention.

S - Fruity, peaches and some mango.

T - Citrus, candy, peaches, nectarine, mango as well. Subtle hoppiness.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter to medium body.

O - Fruit, sweet and hoppy. Nice.

Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like Odell.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

Cork hit the ceiling HARD upon opening. I'd say it's a fair bet this is overcarbonated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head - quite thin - of fair cream and decent thickness, and great retention for the high ABV - though the retention does further suggest severe overcarbonation. Body colour is a golden-orange; nontransparent but translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange/citrus fruit esters, fresh pale malts, and floral & citrus hops. A fresh appealing aroma. Buttery. Some troublesome bitterness is present when I look for it by a friend's suggestion. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange fruit esters and alcohol heat. Some decent floral hop character. Imbalanced and even simple. Hints of orange juice in the third act. The aroma promised a better beer. Not real well built. They tried to pack so much flavour into the body of a much smaller profile and it didn't really work. I applaud the experimentation and boldness, but I wouldn't call this an effective beer, even for their declared style. Still, it's not bad. No yeast character.

Mf: Smooth and wet, yet surprisingly dry on the climax - to its benefit. Too thin to support its flavours, but again they tried to cram flavour in where it wouldn't fit. Overcarbonated, though not as much as anticipated given the cork performance and high head retention as abovementioned.

Dr: Drinkable for its high ABV, but I'll still have trouble killing the bottle with me friend. It's like a sipper with the attempted refreshing feel of a pale ale, but the effect is not a good one. A disappointment from Odell, but I'm glad they attempted it. If you want a pale ale packed with more flavour than it ought to have, stick to Russian River's Happy Hops or Three Floyds' Zombie Dust.

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.