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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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very good

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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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 202
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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 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 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 russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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?

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 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 RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crusty off-white head over orange-tinged wheat-colored body. Big tangerine nose with a sour tang.
Madeleine sweetness, an earthy middle and resiny, fusty, flower nectar hops.
Seville orange pith finish and ringing linger. Medium to light, quite chewy, oily and round.

Taste does not match the nose! Advertised peach and tropical fruit notes never turn up and bitter rind marmalade-type hops end up musty (it's an unnamed bill of US hops plus Galaxy from Oz). I find myself wishing it would just step up the malts and be a DIPA instead of a "double extra pale ale".

More aroma, less sap.

Thanks to John for sharing.

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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 Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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.

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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 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 GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.