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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Hopside Down India Style Pale LagerHopside Down India Style Pale Lager

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BA SCORE
84
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454 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BradMacMullin on 03-27-2013)
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Reviews by Bockrules:
Photo of Bockrules
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly darker gold than your average lager, although perfect clarity is retained to showcase tons of tiny bubbles streaming to the slightly rocky, two-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass, leaves behind a nice wall of lacing on the lower half of the glass.

S - As advertised, the nose upon opening the bottle is reminiscent of an all-malt lager treated to a generous on PNW hops.

T - Strong hop presence upfront, similar to an IPA. The body shows lots of pine and grapefruit hop notes with the light malt backbone trying unsuccessfully to keep up. Surprisingly, the hop tones all but shut off as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitioning to a crisp lager like finish until hops slowly remerge a few seconds later. The aftertaste is definitely PNW IPA.

M - On the stronger side of light bodied with substantial amount of carbonation. This suites the style of beer quite well.

I generally find all of Widmer Brothers rotating IPAs to be solid, though not necessarily memorable brews. Hopside down continues this trend. Certainly a unique brew, combining the aspects of both an IPA and an all malt lager. However this proves to be a double edged sword. While this beer is more refreshing than your standard IPA thanks to the cleaner finish and lighter mouthfeel, it also looses complexity and aroma characters. On the flip side, it is more interesting than your standard lager, but not nearly as refreshing due mostly to the strong hop aftertaste. I commend this beer for trying something new and would gladly drink it again, but don't see myself going too far out of my way to get it.

Bockrules, Jun 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed on April 7th 2013.Poured into a pokal clear light to medium golden with a great looking two finger bone white head that clung to the glass like glue,it settled into a moon surface-looking mass after quite awhile.A mix of toasted bread,wet graininess,and grassy/spicy hops,a nice mix with all coming together really well.Flavors of bread dough and mild honey upfront with a nice toasted crispness midway that melds into a "green" spicy/herbal hoppy finish.I gotta say I really liked this beer,Widmer did themselves proud on this hybrid beer wich to me is alot like a uber hopped spring bock.

oberon, May 30, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

woodchipper, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Lazaro, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

SunDevilBeer, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet starchy malts with some fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with some harsh metallic bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, kind of a mess of sweetness and bitterness.

Beaver13, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

TTripp725, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear and bright golden hue, good showing of lace on the glass. Clean, dried grass, floral, orange rind, pithy all make for an aromatic nose. Semi-smooth, hint of crispness, orange peel, moderate sized body, faint mint, hemp seeds, herbal, clean alcohol, drying hoppy grainy finish.

A good stab at the India Pale Lager, pretty drinkable even for its size.

Jason, Jul 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

innominat, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

fionn13, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Beldark
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Sixer obtained from, of all places, Stop and Shop.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Honey-straw color. Paler than most pale ales, but a touch more color than a pils. Moderate, bright head; okay lacing. Perfectly clear.

S: Surprising for the style and appearance. Lightly floral hops; lemongrass, kitchen herbs, light bready malt.

T: Just what one would infer from an "India pale lager." Hop profile very reminiscent of Cascade - fruity & floral, but not like Citra or the Oceanic varieties. A nice, sessionable bitterness. On the tail, more cereal grains and a hint of malty sweetness.

M: Light and thin, as with a pils. At first, an odd contrast with the flavor, until it grows on you. A slight lingering thickness from the hoppy aspect.

O: This was my first IPL (before the purchase, I was not even familiar with the style), and so I did not know what to expect, nor did I have a frame of reference for this tasting. It turned out to be exactly what I would think it would be based on the name of the style - the appearance and mouthfeel of a lighter lager with the pleasant hop profile of an APA. Since I'm getting too old to knock back 4-6 IPAs or even pale ales, this is a wonderfully sessionable beer. I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes hop profile but wants something nice and easy. I'll definitely be going back for more.

Beldark, Dec 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

rwilde, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Widmer Bros Hopside Down IPL
Appears pale copper bright white head with fine lace. Aroma has citrus and floral hops with clean cereal grains. Flavor brings out a clean rolling bitterness mainly citrus pith from the hop additions. Mouthfeel, light carbonation light to medium bodied pulls off a crisp finish much like a lager except for more oily alpha acids here. Overall enjoyable but lacks some complexity crisp and hoppy.

WVbeergeek, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a bottling date of May 2013: nice and fresh.

A: Pours very clear, dark gold-amber color, with what looks like rather aggressive carbonation. The white head is moderate in size with good retention and fine lacing. .

S: Hoppy. Grassy and herbal with, I think, some Saaz hops and a good bit of citrus.

T: Sweet bready malt up front, with more complexity and fruitiness than expected. Hints of pineapple, orange, tangerine and lime. Mildly bitter finish and aftertaste.

M: Light+ body; acceptably high carbonation; very crisp and clean finish.

O: Certainly one of the best IPLs I've tried, but then there haven't been many. Nonetheless, this easy drinking and refreshing beer is recommended for those seeking something like an APA. Also may serve as a major upgrade from a macro-brewed lager.

chinchill, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jamisonspitzer, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Oelschlager, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

dsauter, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

sgttibbs, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

BrianCuoz, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

mahanson08, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized white head just kind of sits above a clear super rich and bright golden colored beer.

Big citrus/piney hops aroma with maybe a bit of grassiness sneaking in there.

Pine, grassy, and light citrus hops styles in the taste but quite pale in comparison to the aroma.

Drying aftertaste with a bit of the piney hops remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

Decent but a little to light in taste, if the taste had been anything like the aroma, all I could say would be, I'll have another and another and another.

LXIXME, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Fuzzycuffs, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of JHS123
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like an IPA but drinks like a lager. Aroma floral with some yeast/bready qualities maybe a little orange or other citrus lightly present. Appearance is clear golden yellow lacing present throughout with a nice creamy head that stays throughout. Taste is crisp with a slightly salty bitterness that is pine and roasted malts and pepper. Great balance and it finishes peppery but not bitter. Lager like finish with hops everywhere. This is almost a sessionable IPA/IPL from Widmer’s rotator series. Its exceptional medium to light body with good carbonation and a long finish. Its what I expect from the series which has featured amazing others including O’Ryely and Falconers IPA’s. Its a perfect IPA choice for someone who normally doesn’t like IPA’s.

JHS123, Nov 21, 2013
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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.