Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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520 Ratings

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BradMacMullin on 03-27-2013

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Photo of Jason
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of moundbz
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

kinda plain some good bitter in there

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.

Photo of takusan1000
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I know we are supposed to rate beers according to style, but I still don't understand the point of IPLs when you have IPAs. They are all the rage, folks!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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.

Photo of J_Chavez15
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taste like any other IPA. I pick up the Citrus, Malt, and the Hops. Light to medium body. It is crisp and refreshing. Really good beer. Would drink again.

Photo of LXIXME
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A slightly clouded medium orange color, the yellow-tinted head that develops on this so-called IPL is compact, maybe about half a finger, and denser than it looks. Retention is good, and moderate deposits of spotting and patching cling to the glass.
Citrus zest is up front, then it's more grassy with a floral and perfume bouquet. A bit of malt give bread and toast for balance, and there's a nice spiciness to the hops to add another layer. While not as strong as it could be, this aroma shows potential.
The flavor follows suit but with a bit more pith. It's just as citrusy and grassy, and the malts contribute the breadiness, but it builds up a bit of briny flavor as it goes. All in all, it works together well, and it's hoppy with good balance, but the almost salty note in there takes it down a little.
The medium body leans a bit light. It's got a nice crispness and is pretty clean, but not as clean as the bottle boasts.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Mar 29 13 on the label.

A: Pours a clear amber gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Ample carbonation is visible. Head leaves a touch lacing on the glass.

S: A nice hoping hits the nose at first with a bit of a skunky background. Spiciness from the hops blend nicely with the lager yeast. Bit of an herbal characteristic.

T: Real hoppy for an IPL this is enjoyable. A well blended mix of earthiness and malt that comes out pretty balanced. Bread and cracker from the lager yeast with a touch of fruitiness. A bit of citrus from the hops too.

M: Light body with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Has the crisp finish of a lager despite such a resinous touch of hop. Carbonation feels right.

Overall I'm a fan of where this style is headed and glad to see Widmer jumping on it. A good one for not only hopheads but some more adventurous lager drinkers.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a white finger width head. Fair retention, leading to a near smooth surface, with most bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Lacing is small and spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Some citrus aromas. Hints of grass.

Taste - Hops smack the tongue with nice punch, hitting on grapefruit pith with lesser notes of lemon and grass. Malts are fairly buried, but notes of bread and caramel peak through near the finish. Lingering citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Crisp and clean with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - A solid brew in this relatively new style, though the style doesn't seem necessary, IMO, as there are several light-bodied IPAs on the market.

Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - bright, murky orange with a quarter of an inch of soft, thick, white head that has decent retention

S - grapefruit, big, citrus, mild pine

T - huge grapefruit, mild rind, some piney bitterness, nice malt character, some sugary sweetness, very mild cake batter notes, very nice balance between and very aggressively hopped

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is really a solid offering. I think IPL are quickly becoming one of my favorite emerging styles. This can hang with any IPA that Widmer has put out in the rotator series. The hops are aggressive, assertive, bitter, and balanced, and the malt character is sweet which I like in IPAs and offers a solid backbone. Well done.

Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean, semi-sloudy yellow-amber. Nice head of fine, white carbonation. Fine, detailed retention, too.

Nose is crisp citrus hops, with a hint of grainy malts. Nice mix.

Taste is really pleasingly well-hopped, with a bitter citrus bite and underlying toastiness backing it all up. Would easily pass for a solid IPA from some breweries. Very enjoyable and a well-done stylistic twist. Bravo!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Hopside Down is a decent IPA from Widmer. There is nothing that separates itself from other westcoast IPAs....but it is a decent and sessionable offering. The scent is mild with fresh hop that provides hints of pine and citrus. The taste is a decent balance between bitter hops and a sweet malt. The bitterness starts and then the sweetness takes over. The mouthfeel is medium in body....with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and a 6 or 12 would be in order.

Photo of jploving
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off by saying this...I appreciate the idea of a hoppy lager-and I appreciate many of the beers the Widmer has produced-but this one falls a bit short.
When I opened up the bottle there was a big hit a earthy hop aroma----immediatley reminded me of Red Hook's Longhammer IPA.
As pour it I can see that the alcohol content and the body are not going to mesh to my personal preferance---a little bit thin. That may be due to the lager style, but I did not feel it held up to the hoppiness that was present in the taste.
I did like the fact that it kept the true lager appearance, which is why i gave it a better than average rating for appearance.
The hop flavors were more earthy than fruity-strong pine resin w/ sublte hints of grapefuit and grapefruit rind....seems to me we are missing some complexity.
I feel that this may be a beer developed for novice hopheads-young people that have started to appreciate hoppy beers but are still trying to learn balance-I hope that does not offend anyone-as I feel if i had discovered this beer 15 years ago, I would have loved it.
But now that I am a little older than i was back then...I say this beer is pretty average.
3 out of 5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is a sharp pine and lemon. Upfront and good.
The taste has moderate pine bitterness with a clean malt finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a great mixture of lager and IPA. Nicely hopped with a clear body and a clean finish.

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hay colored with a pinky of cream colored head. Respectable head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, pine & a little breadyness

T: Pine, grapefruit, a touch breadyness & pear up front. Much citrus & grapefruit as this warms, plus nice malt backbone as this warms. Finishes with grassy, piney & citrussy hop bite, plus just a bit of pear & breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation with nice balance

Nice hop snap to this one, very refreshing indeed!

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold with a 1 finger width, off-white head. Bubbles rapidly raise from the bottom of the glass. Smells and tastes of floral hops along with a balance of toasted, bready malts. The mouthfeel starts with some strong carbonation with a light to medium body. A bitter finish as well. A solid India Pale Lager, would be a great sessionable, flavorable brew if it weren't for its 6.7% ABV.

Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with one finger of dense white head. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is pine and citrus.
Taste is bitter fruity hops, some leather, some biscuit malts but hops dominate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation helps with the crisp nature of this brew.
Finish is a lingering bitterness and dry. A very interesting and well made IPA Lager..

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up tonight at the COOP for about $1.50... Pours a very clear golden.. nice white head leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Nose is clean hops with a tad bit of malt... little else... hops are spicy/grassy and a bit of orange zest.

Flavor mirrors the nose but lacks the bitterness of an IPA.... a nice clean hop flavor .. no ale fruitiness which is honestly a little bit odd IMO.

Body is light/carbonation good... very very drinkable.

I will tear these up once the Boise heat comes.


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that persists as a thick ring around the glass. Aroma of estery orange family juice, banana and light tropical fruit, light grassy hops, very refreshing fruit smell. Flavor follows with sweet bready malt, nicely mixed citrus and stone fruit juices and some suprisingly robust citrus hops in the flavor and finish. Good balance. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A nice lager that could pass as a low key American IPA, which probably would be a better style designation for it, although it would be in tougher competition. Much better than I expected and fun to drink. I will definitely buy this again when I want a nice malty IPA style but not looking for a hop bomb.

Photo of mtomlins
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A clear golden color pouring to 1-2 fingers of of white head settling to a thick collar.

S: Nice hop nose, lots of PNW hops, both spicy and floral with some nice citrus notes (oranges and tangerines).

T: Big hop presence but not overwhelming (a hop bomb). Great PNW hops here: floral, spicy with some nice citrus notes. With only a mild malt profile, this beer is hop heavy but still achieves a nice balance of flavors. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Soft, smooth.

O: A nice beer; appealing appearance and aroma. A tasty brew but a bit one dimensional relative to other IPAs.

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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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