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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 8
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:
Uses English malts and American hops, the brew takes cues from the countrys' best ingredients.

(Beer added by: mwilbur on 05-23-2012)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

djrn2, May 31, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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.

metter98, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Aug 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 13, 2012
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.

zeff80, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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!

Jason, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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?

russpowell, Jul 29, 2012
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.

StonedTrippin, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mendvicdog, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

MarkyMOD, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

C

kojevergas, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

drewone, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

duceswild, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
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!

Mebuzzard, Jun 20, 2012
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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 10, 2013
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.

Bitterbill, Jun 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

KAF, Aug 06, 2014
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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.