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

51 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 201
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 4.62%
Wants: 10
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:
Beer added by: mwilbur on 05-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Uses English malts and American hops, the brew takes cues from the countrys' best ingredients.
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Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  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. (1,128 characters)

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) (730 characters)

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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of mjryan
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (790 characters)

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. (563 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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! (839 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle.

Ha! I took off the cage and went to put it on the table and the cork exploded out of the bottle. It then looked like it was going to gush but it didn't.

A hazy light gold with a large head of foam that shrank quickly leaving some nice lacing behind.

The smell is of very spicy hops with a lean towards topical fruit. Some sweet malt to balance things, slightly, and some alcohol.

First sip in and, as per the label, big notes of mango hit my tastebuds. Backed by a strong malty sweetness and lots of warming alcohol. This is not very bitter at all, far from it actually and I'd have to say it's a rep of the DIPAs that start off that way like, 120 Minute.

I'd call it full bodied and, despite the cork flying out of the bottle, I'd say it has moderate carbonation.

I don't know, but I'd guess this could sit in the cellar for a year so I'll give that a try. As is, I like it. (912 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orangey copper with a thick foamy cream colored head. Very effervescent with air bubbles constantly rising to the surface. A nice, bright and sweet fruity aroma of sweet mango and peaches on top of some buttered white bread. The fruitiness definitely comes through in the flavor with the mango and peach providing some nice sweet juiciness alongside some butter, florals, a malt base, and a hint of alcohol and just a touch of minimal bitter in the finish. A little too much diacetyl. A creamy, buttery medium bodied and active mouthfeel. Overall, another fine brew by Odell's as expected. Definitely not worth the price though; I'll take a St. Lupulin's before going back to this, similar enough for me and much better (and cheaper). (749 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Niiice bang from the cork popping.

Five-finger white thin foam head. Hazey orange color with some reds and yellow. Head reduces to nice crust, but not much lacing or clarity.

Great usage of Amarillo hops. Very sweet citrus rolls off the top. Heavy melon is a great addition. English bitterness goes detected.

Suuuuppper smooth, buttery, creamy, and perfectly sweet. Slightly hot and bitter, but in a weird way. This one numbs your tongue. Malty, but well hidden by the hop addition. Too much carbonation.

A great collaboration. It takes the best of the UK and combines it with a decent US addition. Recommended, not quite what I hoped for, but still refreshing, unique, and complex. (688 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have to try the new stuff to see how much to invest. One of my favorite Odell labels (for whatever that's worth). Into Funkwerks tulip.

A - Lots of pop in the cork. Huge three finger slightly orange, off-white head. Body is a great orange with slight amber color and slightly cloudy. Head sticks around for a while and leaves some solid lacing.

S - Very light citrus fruits at first like orange and grapefruit. Then the hops hit, slightly sweet and smooth.

T - Whoa. Light hops and then tons of malt. Biscuit flavors, grapefruit, some rind, and hops. An interesting meld that hides some of the alcohol, but not all. Different but good.

M - Drying. Tons of carbonation and a little lighter.

O - A nice interpretation of what I would expect out of a double ESB, although I never thought about the style before. Great for summer. (833 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I subscribe partially to Mamet's assertion on second chances from State and Main, but I hope it's wrong this time. This stuff pours a hazy amber-gold topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises pine needle, lemon rind, earthy greens, mild toffee, and a few sprigs of spearmint. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lightly richer toffee character (along with a bit of a buttery vein). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice English-style IPA, one that creates a solid balance without sacrificing a bold hop character. (631 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to caSSino for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and tangerine. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and orange peel. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was definitely a very citrus intense brew. The orange peel in the flavor was definitely a nice refreshing touch while I was sweating my ass off in the sun. The aroma had a nice kiss of citrus going on as well which made the brew quite approachable even for new craft beer drinkers. Definitely a well done brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try. (928 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, May 2012 (Rare Beer Club release)
Deschutes tulip glass

A: Nice hazy sun orange color. Big fluffy bright white tight bubbled head. Tons of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Head is sticking around a bit.

S: Pulling some of that mango and overripe peach character, but not jumping out at me. I do get the melon that they mention on the bottle, almost like fresh cantaloupe or something like that. There is some biscuit like malt notes as well.

T: Up front, you get some nice fruity hop bitterness. Really getting some of that peach character that I smelled, as well as the melon. Prickly carbonation of the tongue. In the mid palate, you get the malt balance of a pale. Really biscuity cookie like light malt. Really evens it all out. I can't believe from the taste that this is 9.5% ABV. It's nicely hidden for sure. Big, balanced pale ale.

M: Medium bodied but the carbonation almost makes it less. Bordering on too much carbonation.

O: B+ (969 characters)

Photo of TSJ4000
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, I think this is mislabeled on the BA page. I'm pretty sure this is a double ESB and not a double IPA. Either way it had a lot of English malt and hop profile but the hops had a familiar American touch. I could swear that there was some Amarillo or Cascade in here but my sources told me no on this one. Big mystery beer here. I would like to try this on cask. The alcohol is completely hidden as it drinks soft and approachable like an English-style ESB. (460 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange color, perfectly clear save for some active bubbles. First whiffs bring strong grassy and spicy hop notes, under ripe tropical fruits, floral and herbal - just about every hop note one could think of. Faint notes of toasted and lightly sweet malt. First sip quite bitter and spicy before tropical mango and papaya rind come through, floral, minty and some lightly sweet and toasty malts, citrus and pine on the back end. Interesting body as it is equal parts bubbly and bright and dense and slick, dry. A quite unique brew, strong hop presence whith big bitter spicy notes. (594 characters)

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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