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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

195 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 9
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 twoodward101
4/5  rDev +2.3%

twoodward101, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

AlexChillton, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of mjryan
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.

mjryan, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

MarkyMOD, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of justinlaz
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

justinlaz, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

RoyalT, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JohnLynch, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of akwall
4/5  rDev +2.3%

akwall, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of BDIMike
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a bit of cloudiness to it. A slight bit of carbonation, but a very frothy white head that sits on top of the beer throughout the drink.
Aroma may be the best part of this beer. Hops dominate the smell, but very complex hops. Very piney hops, citrusy hops, and a bit of spice too. A good malt backbone too, like those British toffee malts you would smell in a Newcastle.
Taste holds up very well to the great tastes. Dominated by all the varieties of hops. The malts keep it in check, but you can taste all the different malts, tropical, citrus, pine, etc. A good alcohol tinge too.
Mouthfeel is right where it needs to be. A good malt thickness and a good crispness from all the hops. Nice balance, great feel.
Drinkability is good on this beer. For all the hop bombs in this, they balance each other out with the wide variety of tastes. I wouldn't drink more than one of these, but obviously a great beer. So glad I was able to get my hand on one of these bottles.

BDIMike, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

beergoot, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

lvoutlawjlh, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

TequilaTom, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

pixieskid, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of riored4v
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, rocky, white head with a slightly hazy, copper colored body.

Aroma was a bit bready and grainy. Some citrus and floral aromas. Slight tropical hop aroma. Mild caramel.

Taste was bready and grainy upfront with some mild sweetness and mellow maltiness. Good amount of hop flavor that was tropical and fruity that finishes a bit lemony. Light bitterness in the finish that was slightly grassy and tropical. Light signs of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium body, medium carb and a light finish.

Good beer with good drinkability for being so big. Nice blend of flavors.

riored4v, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

GilGarp, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Huffaroma
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Huffaroma, Jun 24, 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
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 ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

ArrogantB, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +2.3%

JMBSH, Jun 21, 2012
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.

Beaver13, Jun 21, 2012
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
Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.