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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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448 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +30.7%

It has been two horrific days in a row and at some point in the day, my thoughts turned to all of that nice beer awaiting me at home. Who needs a wife, a girlfriend or a pet or any combination of those when you have beer?

From the bottle: "We're turingin things deliciously upside down with an aggressively hopped cold-fermented brew that brings together the clean crisp finish of a lager with the hoppy aroma and character of an IPA. Prost! to turning convention on its head. [undersigned] Kurt [&] Rob".; "Rotator IPA Series Our Rotating Collection of Uncommonly Great IPAs".

Man, I was anxious! I popped the cap, got an aggro pour going and I was off to the races, baby! Two dense, foamy fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with great retention and I had to wait. It looked like the top of an ice cream cone before it began to fall. Color was a deep, golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. I will be drinking beer! SRM = 5 to 6 and the triumvirate of Croesus, Mammon and King Midas were all slathering. Not today, boys. Nose smelled like the interior of a pine forest. This is a lager?!? What hath man wrought? Mouthfeel was big, full and creamy, soft as well and the pine hops were like everything of Baby Bear's - just right. Man, I wonder how long they had to tweak this recipe becuase it could have easily been overpowered by the hops. One long draught later and sticky lacing was already beginning to appear. Finish was, indeed, clean and crisp with a lingering taste of hops. Gimme more!

08-20-2013 21:55:22 | More by woodychandler
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ninaturner

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +28%

06-11-2013 02:21:05 | More by ninaturner
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ColdOneKev

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +28%

04-26-2013 23:42:58 | More by ColdOneKev
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jpd026

New York

4.75/5  rDev +28%

09-21-2013 02:53:27 | More by jpd026
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ejmvet

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +28%

06-27-2014 02:40:00 | More by ejmvet
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Ysgard

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +26.7%

This beer I might like just a little too much.
Dortmunder golden in color, thin yet persistent white skeined head, with very modest lacing.

The smell is hoppy, with just a tiny touch of sulfur. Lemony skunkiness and a bit of sweet pilsener-y aroma.

The taste is hard to pin down, because it is the odd lager that isn't horrible as it approaches 55F. Cold it is crisp and citrusy hoppy, with a honeyed acidity that I find in my favorite IPAs, but I can't quite place. As it warms, lemon and citrus hops with a noble clean herbal character showing before and after the main american hop presence. On the warm end of drinkable it's very hoppy, but the touch of sulfur really invokes a Czech Pils rather than American IPA.

The mouthfeel is balanced in body, perhaps the heavy side of medium bodied, with the honey acidity playing up the lightness and carbonation.

I really love this beer, and it's an incredible bargain in VA, going for $8 a six when most craft sixes have creeped up to $10.

06-04-2013 12:22:15 | More by Ysgard
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akjustin

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

10-03-2013 00:52:20 | More by akjustin
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Plissken

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-22-2014 13:40:31 | More by Plissken
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throwerbri

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-03-2013 23:27:15 | More by throwerbri
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Jameswoody

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

05-23-2013 21:31:27 | More by Jameswoody
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

05-30-2014 20:05:10 | More by RBorsato
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tacoboat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

07-16-2013 14:46:25 | More by tacoboat
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TrojanWheels

California

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-16-2013 05:10:46 | More by TrojanWheels
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Stiffler

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

04-27-2013 23:36:29 | More by Stiffler
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gregariouslive

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-01-2013 03:57:59 | More by gregariouslive
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TheSteak22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12-06-2013 19:18:42 | More by TheSteak22
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Drazilnc

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-22-2013 02:14:02 | More by Drazilnc
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%

Picked this up from the Widmer's brewery. An Indian Styled Pale Lager...I classified as an IPA since it is part of Widmer's Rotator IPA Series. Poured from the bottle....clear looking amber color and a decent one finger head. This is a weird one from a smell and taste perspective. Has all the crisp clean features you like from a lager, but there is a nice follow through of hops that makes it a much more interesting beer. I think this is a very good beer...Widmer's did well on this one.

03-27-2013 18:39:00 | More by BradMacMullin
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

10-07-2013 21:25:38 | More by TTripp725
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

07-26-2013 03:14:25 | More by Oelschlager
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BrianCuoz

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

02-07-2014 17:33:53 | More by BrianCuoz
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mahanson08

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-05-2014 05:23:30 | More by mahanson08
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-02-2014 05:53:30 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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stevez86

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

08-05-2013 23:13:12 | More by stevez86
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hopkrid

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

07-14-2013 00:29:51 | More by hopkrid
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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.