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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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51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 202
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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 foss69lh
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
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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Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend shared a bottle which is good because I would never have purchased this. Cloudy orange color, good head. Aroma of hops and something indeterminate. First taste was just odd, almost made me think it might be infected, metallic, plastic and then a dose of hops. As it warmed up this all went away and I was left with a nice flavor of peaches and malt with a little bit of sugary sweetness. Overall not bad and sort of reminded me of Stone's 14th Anniversary english double ipa.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy yellowish orange color with a white head on top that is fluffy and thick looking. The head settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing behind with a pretty good retention too. The smell is really nice, lively citrus aromas with a sweet malt balance in there. Very nice. The taste is decent, the taste is more earthy with minimal citrus taste. Good malt presence with plenty of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied a good smooth carbonation to it. Overall I like the beer, that aftertaste is a little funky but not enough to alter my opinions of it.

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Photo of mjryan
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, there really isn't anything "English" about this double IPA. Sure, it's a collabartion between an English and US brewer, but I can't find anything here that the denizens of the US would consider as foreign or "across the pond". American hops define American IPA. Perhaps, some time long ago the English were partial to our domestic harvest, and perhaps throughout the years many an English beer has been brewed with US hops, but the character of the popular and dominat US hop varieties isn't typical in a traditional English IPA. Long story short, this is a sweet, full bodied malt bomb that carries an enormous tropical, citrus hop load. It's great, it's a sipper. A bottle to yourself will result in inebriation. Well executed and very nice. Cheers to all that.

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Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orangey copper with a thick foamy cream colored head. Very effervescent with air bubbles constantly rising to the surface. A nice, bright and sweet fruity aroma of sweet mango and peaches on top of some buttered white bread. The fruitiness definitely comes through in the flavor with the mango and peach providing some nice sweet juiciness alongside some butter, florals, a malt base, and a hint of alcohol and just a touch of minimal bitter in the finish. A little too much diacetyl. A creamy, buttery medium bodied and active mouthfeel. Overall, another fine brew by Odell's as expected. Definitely not worth the price though; I'll take a St. Lupulin's before going back to this, similar enough for me and much better (and cheaper).

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy, dark orange with a 2" off-white head. Big clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- orange, tangerine, biscuit, grass, and pine.

T- sweet orange, grapefruit, honey, some bitter grass and pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice creaminess.

O- good dipa, but not anything mind blowing. Nice sweet orange and bitter pine.

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Photo of alli4051
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a golden orange with a bone white head. Head never recedes and leaves a thick cap right up until the very end. Nose is some citrus and grassy hops and alcohol. Taste is nicely balanced, grainy and buiscuity malts up front with a nice, spicy hop finish. A good beer but there's definitely a bit of an alcohol burn throughout that's a bit too much, keeps it from being a great beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of riored4v
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, May 2012 (Rare Beer Club release)
Deschutes tulip glass

A: Nice hazy sun orange color. Big fluffy bright white tight bubbled head. Tons of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Head is sticking around a bit.

S: Pulling some of that mango and overripe peach character, but not jumping out at me. I do get the melon that they mention on the bottle, almost like fresh cantaloupe or something like that. There is some biscuit like malt notes as well.

T: Up front, you get some nice fruity hop bitterness. Really getting some of that peach character that I smelled, as well as the melon. Prickly carbonation of the tongue. In the mid palate, you get the malt balance of a pale. Really biscuity cookie like light malt. Really evens it all out. I can't believe from the taste that this is 9.5% ABV. It's nicely hidden for sure. Big, balanced pale ale.

M: Medium bodied but the carbonation almost makes it less. Bordering on too much carbonation.

O: B+

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have to try the new stuff to see how much to invest. One of my favorite Odell labels (for whatever that's worth). Into Funkwerks tulip.

A - Lots of pop in the cork. Huge three finger slightly orange, off-white head. Body is a great orange with slight amber color and slightly cloudy. Head sticks around for a while and leaves some solid lacing.

S - Very light citrus fruits at first like orange and grapefruit. Then the hops hit, slightly sweet and smooth.

T - Whoa. Light hops and then tons of malt. Biscuit flavors, grapefruit, some rind, and hops. An interesting meld that hides some of the alcohol, but not all. Different but good.

M - Drying. Tons of carbonation and a little lighter.

O - A nice interpretation of what I would expect out of a double ESB, although I never thought about the style before. Great for summer.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of TSJ4000
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Living816
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like Odell beers, you'll feel right at home with Pond Hopper. It has a very Odell feel, taste and structure to it. In fact, if you like the Odell IPA, this is just a souped up version of it.

It has some "English" qualities to it. There's a subtle fruitness / estery thing going on. The body, the mouth feel is heavily British.

I don't at all agree with calling it an Imperial IPA. It doesn't have that going on. Beeradvocate has this wrong. Even the Alstrom Bros review says this isn't an Imperial IPA. But yet here you have it blatantly miscategorized. Oh well, don't trust everything you read. This is an American Barleywine no question. Highly hopped, high starting gravity, high finishing gravity. Sweet, intense body, moderate carbonation, strong hops aroma and flavor.

It's a solid beer, but not enough of a variation on the standard Odell IPA to really be impressive. At 9.4%, the alcohol is there. But its the body that will slow you down, not the alcohol. It's just a seriously viscous beer. Heavy on the sweetness without being hella malty and this I really appreciate.

To be honest, save your money, and get a six pack of Odells IPA. It's not enough of a stretch to be worth the extra money to buy this. But if you're independent wealthy / living off student loans, by all means grab a bottle.

Without a doubt, Odell is the most solid Colorado brewery and their products have an unmistakable goodness to them.

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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip during Odell’s tap takeover at Flanny’s. This collaboration with England’s Thornbridge Brewing was brewed with British malts and American hops.

An almost-clear pink-orange, the color of apricot skin. Nearly no head — just a wisp of fizz.

Interesting and surprisingly dank nose. A good amount of sweet weed resin, grass, caramel, wheat bread. The brewery labels this an extra pale ale, but it seems to have been hoppen to near-Myrcenary levels.

In the flavor, I get a similarly good and unexpected dank character. Weed, grass, flowers. In the front, the hop flavor is heavy and sweet, but it slides off at the swallow in a moderately dry finish. A little sugar and alcohol mix with hints of pine and grapefruit. The dry finish keeps things more drinkable than they should be at nearly nine percent.

Syrupy medium body with mild, poking carbonation and just a little fizz. Spicy on the tongue, from both alcohol and hops. Cleans off the palate well, though.

Pond Hopper tastes pretty American — all our brash hops pretty much overpower the milder British malt. Still, it’s very dank and tasty.

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Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An outstanding aroma of lemon and pine greets the nose after the pour. Color-wise, the body is a faintly cloudy, straw yellow hue nice white head. The head doesn't last too long, but does leave some residual rings and lacing on the glass.

Nice, biscuit malt flavor with a robust bitterness overall. Feel was a little too fizzy, but overall nice. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not in an obtrusive way.

A very respectable DEPA. Strong in some areas such as aroma, a little weak in others like mouthfeel. Still, decently balanced overall and easy drinking, especially for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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