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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

51 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 201
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 4.62%
Wants: 11
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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Photo of BDIMike
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a bit of cloudiness to it. A slight bit of carbonation, but a very frothy white head that sits on top of the beer throughout the drink.
Aroma may be the best part of this beer. Hops dominate the smell, but very complex hops. Very piney hops, citrusy hops, and a bit of spice too. A good malt backbone too, like those British toffee malts you would smell in a Newcastle.
Taste holds up very well to the great tastes. Dominated by all the varieties of hops. The malts keep it in check, but you can taste all the different malts, tropical, citrus, pine, etc. A good alcohol tinge too.
Mouthfeel is right where it needs to be. A good malt thickness and a good crispness from all the hops. Nice balance, great feel.
Drinkability is good on this beer. For all the hop bombs in this, they balance each other out with the wide variety of tastes. I wouldn't drink more than one of these, but obviously a great beer. So glad I was able to get my hand on one of these bottles. (998 characters)

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! (1,375 characters)

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. (1,011 characters)

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? (634 characters)

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. (553 characters)

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. (790 characters)

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle picked up on business in St Peter Minnesota. Love finding beers like this on the road. A good beer with a lot going on. Pours a solid 2-3 finger head, very cloudy and golden. Definitely English and American hops on the nose and pallet. Also has citrus has on the nose and I can pick up the peach flavor as well. Overall this is a good beer, I'd definitely recommend trying it. Cheers! (397 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Niiice bang from the cork popping.

Five-finger white thin foam head. Hazey orange color with some reds and yellow. Head reduces to nice crust, but not much lacing or clarity.

Great usage of Amarillo hops. Very sweet citrus rolls off the top. Heavy melon is a great addition. English bitterness goes detected.

Suuuuppper smooth, buttery, creamy, and perfectly sweet. Slightly hot and bitter, but in a weird way. This one numbs your tongue. Malty, but well hidden by the hop addition. Too much carbonation.

A great collaboration. It takes the best of the UK and combines it with a decent US addition. Recommended, not quite what I hoped for, but still refreshing, unique, and complex. (688 characters)

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. (836 characters)

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

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a lightly clouded brownish-coppery color with a really nice and tall foamy head that leaves excellent lacing behind on the surface of the glass.

Smells and tastes of cloves, black pepper, mangoes, pineapples, mint, jasmine, tofee, honeyed sweet tea, subtle peach flavor, and a medium-level booze sting in the midst of it all. Very nice complexity levels with all the elements working in relative harmony, even the ABV sting is helping out by accentuating the fruitiness levels.

Medium body with a lighter-medium level of carbonation.

If I absolutely had to pick something to criticize : It lands about 10% off-balance into sweetness for my personal palate preferences in a PA, and it really toes the line of an IPA as hard as it can get away with. Some might call a 'line foul' on it for that. Everything else about this brew is fairly excellent. (889 characters)

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. (311 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml corked and caged into Globe glass. Revied 9/1/12

A. Pours 3+ finger head. Thick lacing. Great retention. Color is a bright golden orange.

S. Fruity hops. Reminescent of Odell IPA & Myrcenary. I ght the mango listed on the label along with a little orange and a touch of grapefruit. Don't really get a lot of malt like I thought I would which might distinguish it from a DIPA. Smells a lot like Odell IPA, not that there is anything wrong with that.

T. Pretty sweet. Not a lot of hop flavor. Get the malt aspect a whole lot more in the flavor. Interesting beer. Not sure what English malsts were used, but a nice combination between biscuity dry and sweet caramel flavors.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/high carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Interesting. A different take on the DIPA. Get a lot of Odell shining through in this collabaration (862 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on this one and the aroma tagged me instantly. More on that later...

Pours a clear golden at first, adding the yeast clouds it up, with a nice fluffy white head. Collar white forms, big head returns with a quick swirl. Lacing is slick.

A nice balance of sweet malt and tropical hops, with a touch of alcohol and spice on the end. The hops are deceiving; they aren't stronger than the malt, but they ain't no push overs.

Flavor is, again, balanced, but it's a heavy weight fight. The malt is sweet, smooth and seductive. The hops, tropical flavorful and alluring. This beer stops just shy of resin and sugar bomb. It's nicely built and the feel is dry and light at the end.

A very good brew. Won't pair with much, unless you're getting yourself a punishment of Thai food and spice. Grab this one to encourage the burn! (839 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice hazy peach color with a thick off white head that holds steady retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells very nice with tropical fruit and peaches. Maybe I say peaches because of the peach color but I feel like I smell peaches and mango. A little piney hop note but not much. Much more of the nice fruity variety.

S= The taste is a nice tropical fruit taste again. Loads of peach and mango. Lots of pineapple and a touch of pine resin flavor. Really refreshing tasting actually. I find a little bit of a clean sweet malt character as well as a small amount of graininess.

M= Nice carbonation and weight. Almost perfect.

O= A solid brew. Acutally better than I thought it would have been. Nice "balance" for an IPA and a great fruity hop character. (804 characters)

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. (563 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a three-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit, bubblegum and some caramel sweetness.

T - Lots of pine and grapefruit come through with the American hops, but it has the toffee and caramel sweetness from the British malts.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is really good. It is worth the price. (474 characters)

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

750ml corked and caged bottle.

Ha! I took off the cage and went to put it on the table and the cork exploded out of the bottle. It then looked like it was going to gush but it didn't.

A hazy light gold with a large head of foam that shrank quickly leaving some nice lacing behind.

The smell is of very spicy hops with a lean towards topical fruit. Some sweet malt to balance things, slightly, and some alcohol.

First sip in and, as per the label, big notes of mango hit my tastebuds. Backed by a strong malty sweetness and lots of warming alcohol. This is not very bitter at all, far from it actually and I'd have to say it's a rep of the DIPAs that start off that way like, 120 Minute.

I'd call it full bodied and, despite the cork flying out of the bottle, I'd say it has moderate carbonation.

I don't know, but I'd guess this could sit in the cellar for a year so I'll give that a try. As is, I like it. (912 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale orange color with a large foamy white head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma, with mango, peaches, melon, spices, grapefruit, and pineapple.

The taste is sweet, with some bitterness for balance. The flavor profile has mango, peaches, bread crust, melon, pineapple, spices, grapefruit, and a little pepper. The flavor profile is unique, and good.

Full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with a bittersweet aftertaste. This is a nice collaboration beer, which I am glad I had a chance to try. (532 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy orangey golden color. Very nice 2 inch white head forms with some nice dense bubbles. Slightly creamy head. Very attractive beer. The head retention is great and sticky lacing stays stuck to the glass for the whole thing.

Aroma starts off with some nice grassy and herbal hop notes and some good citrusy notes as well. Fresh tangerines and some slight grapefruit notes. Very refreshing. There is some nice malty and earthy grain notes as well. There are some slight sweet bready notes in the nose as well.

Flavor starts off with some nice citrusy notes mixed in with some slight sweet hop juices. Nice tangerine and orange with some tropical notes as well. Quickly in the middle there is a nice malt component that comes up with some sweetness and good bready notes it sticks around for the rest of the beer and then blends really well with the grassy and citrusy hop notes. Not a typical DIPA but very delicious and well crafted. A good mix of the English malts with the nice grassy and citrusy american hops. Mouthfeel is crisp clean with some slight sweetness on the back end and a nice dry bitter finish.

Pretty good brew. I enjoy the mix of the American hops with English malts. VEry well crafted and balanced. A joy. (1,291 characters)

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) (730 characters)

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. (594 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked interesting, so i picked up a bottle. Kept the bottle in the fridge. Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very hazy near perfect golden color with 2 fingers of brilliantly white head that lingers quite a while and leaves very chunky lacing on the glass.

S- Very hop forward. Huge amounts of bright refreshing citrus and pine.

T- Follows nose well. Very refreshing dose of those signature American hops. Bright citrus, pine, overly ripe tropical fruit flavors on top of a solid bready, English malt base. A really refreshing, interesting beer.

M- Easy drinking medium body, with a complimentary amount of carbonation that adds to the refreshing aspect of this beer.

O- Glad I picked this up. Seems like you can't go wrong with any of Odell's beers. (771 characters)

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

another excellent odell 750ml bottle. this one is a collaboration brew combining english malts and american hops. the appearance has a little cloudiness in a glass of golden honey colored liquid with an impressive soft white head about three inches tall. the nose is grassy hops right away. plenty of pollen and floral notes in this too, but the malts arent as prominent in the nose as i thought theyd be. the flavor sees the introduction of that english malt. they are like breakfast bread, a little sweet and quite filling. they balance the strong hops out very well. its a bit of a back and forth in the mouth, but the hops is the winner, especially as the beer warms. that deeply bitter character really comes out with the alcohol ih the warming glass. feel is nice, great active carbonation and little bigger than medium body. its a perfect combination here, and also a very appropriate beer for the fall. i enjoyed mine with some home canned dilly beans, a local camembert cheese, and some garlic toast. worth the 13 bucks for this one. (1,042 characters)

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. (837 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a murky orange pour with lots of fluffy white head. lots of citrus scents up front, grassy hops, sweet malts are faint.. a hint of sulfur.

very bitter up front, tastes of pineapple, papaya, grapefruit. sweet backbone and after the first sip, the bitterness dies off.

medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy feel on lips..

a very sweet, citrusy ale. perfect for a RDWHAH replacement while brewing, like today! definitely fights back at the stovetop heat. very refreshing and very fresh tasting. (496 characters)

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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