Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.54/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5
The name makes sense if the hopside is the side of the bottle where the hop sediment collects.
Pours bright yellow with a bubbly, lumpy, 2-finger head that quickly starts to melt but grasps and clings to the glass as the big bubbles collapse. Thin strings of bubbles race up from knicks in the glass.
The nose is a grainy sweet malt riding atop a big, lemony, pine-resin hop. Moderate sourdough yeast spiciness and hint of butterscotch. Sweet and juicy, some grapefruit. As much as I avoid comparison to other beers, the nose seems nearly identical to Chainbreaker.
Since it's a lager, I was expecting it to have the typical "lager" characteristics: less malt and a smaller mouthfeel, offset by a sharper carbonation, with a dry crispness. I was wrong, though, Hopside Down is bigger and more flavorful than I'd expected.
The taste is a huge, sharp bite of juniper hops, with a little biscuit and honey and more lemon in the finish. Hop oils coat my tongue, and this beer is big enough that I can feel the warmth in my belly towards the bottom of the glass.
The mouthfeel is spice and the juniper astringency, with a bit of heat lingering through the finish.
Drinkability is low - I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone craving hops, as it's really interesting, but I would never want two of these in a row. Nonetheless, pretty clean and good-tasting start to finish, and overall, an interesting, very hop-forward take on the hoppy lager trend.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2013 04:02:50 | More by SPThirtyThree
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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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