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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

188 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 8
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:
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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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 17:22:11 | More by facundoCNB
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:35:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
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claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 16:07:30 | More by claspada
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AllHailBeercules

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-28-2012 03:55:11 | More by AllHailBeercules
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alli4051

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:48:22 | More by alli4051
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Perducci

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-23-2012 19:30:32 | More by Perducci
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falconxman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-23-2012 05:15:06 | More by falconxman
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IpeeA

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-21-2012 03:12:46 | More by IpeeA
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aflies

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-21-2012 03:07:24 | More by aflies
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warmspray

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

08-20-2012 19:01:12 | More by warmspray
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 22:25:52 | More by WastingFreetime
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-19-2012 18:25:29 | More by jaminjohnson
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

08-17-2012 17:31:46 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 04:02:33 | More by JackieTH
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-15-2012 03:32:16 | More by Texasfan549
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

08-13-2012 02:37:26 | More by stampfler07
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SHODriver

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:00:05 | More by SHODriver
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Steimie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-11-2012 13:08:05 | More by Steimie
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gford217

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-10-2012 03:30:57 | More by gford217
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seth72104

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

08-09-2012 02:59:22 | More by seth72104
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

1/5  rDev -74.4%

08-07-2012 22:00:56 | More by dhbiker0889
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:00:14 | More by zeff80
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-06-2012 23:44:36 | More by Oboogie
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TheBeerTruck

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-06-2012 03:12:38 | More by TheBeerTruck
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 01:29:50 | More by Monkeyknife
Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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