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
87
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 Phelps
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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)

Photo of FroggerMan
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of twoodward101
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mjryan
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of justinlaz
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of akwall
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BDIMike
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TequilaTom
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of riored4v
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Huffaroma
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.