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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

189 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 189
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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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
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zirkusaffe

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-04-2012 23:25:35 | More by zirkusaffe
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

08-04-2012 21:31:24 | More by Hopstout
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2beerdogs

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-02-2012 02:37:10 | More by 2beerdogs
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-01-2012 03:28:04 | More by KVNBGRY
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-29-2012 23:13:49 | More by mhaugo
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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?

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:24:53 | More by russpowell
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javahead71

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-28-2012 23:30:48 | More by javahead71
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Jason

Massachusetts

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 00:39:36 | More by Jason
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StJamesGate

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 15:54:06 | More by StJamesGate
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powpig2002

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-23-2012 13:48:13 | More by powpig2002
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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-22-2012 22:11:32 | More by eawolff99
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-21-2012 16:14:14 | More by ssjkyle
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 03:58:23 | More by jjanega08
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-20-2012 17:21:44 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Phelps

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 22:59:37 | More by Phelps
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dbossman

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:36:16 | More by dbossman
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FroggerMan

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 13:25:36 | More by FroggerMan
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-16-2012 13:23:28 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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twoodward101

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-16-2012 04:37:44 | More by twoodward101
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-14-2012 08:30:38 | More by AlexChillton
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mjryan

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 06:15:16 | More by mjryan
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-14-2012 02:26:05 | More by MarkyMOD
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morimech

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:23:54 | More by morimech
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justinlaz

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

07-13-2012 05:42:36 | More by justinlaz
Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.