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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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Photo of seth72104
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

seth72104, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of dhbiker0889
1/5  rDev -74.4%

dhbiker0889, Aug 07, 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 Oboogie
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Oboogie, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of TheBeerTruck
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

TheBeerTruck, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
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.

Monkeyknife, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of zirkusaffe
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zirkusaffe, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Hopstout, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

2beerdogs, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

KVNBGRY, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

mhaugo, Jul 29, 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 javahead71
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

javahead71, Jul 28, 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 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.

StJamesGate, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of powpig2002
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

powpig2002, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

eawolff99, Jul 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

ssjkyle, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
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.

jjanega08, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

FreshmanPour77, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Phelps
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.

Phelps, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of dbossman
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)

dbossman, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of FroggerMan
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.

FroggerMan, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

DarthGuitarHero, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of twoodward101
4/5  rDev +2.3%

twoodward101, Jul 16, 2012
Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.