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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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456 Ratings

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 82
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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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
Photo of turnerr79
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Being from the PNW, Widmer brews are usually in my regular rotation and I've had the privilege of sampling a wide gamut of their offerings, both store bought and on tap at the source. I was excited when this, the newest of the "rotator" series appeared in the local store.
I am quite disappointed by this, however. Hopside Down Reminds me of a decent home-brew a friend might bring to poker night, but not something I would consider a good craft beer.

Golden pour with a whisp of a white head that says hello then moves on.

Nose of a porcupine hops and sharp malt, not sweet, just kind of like old school BEER or generic lager.

The first sip confused me a bit. What was the maker going for? It was almost as if someone took the Widmer Nelson Imperial IPA and mixed it with a Budweiser. The floral/earthy hops teased my palate, but the finish was rough and a bit bitter, not in a good way, like an old nun smacking you with a yard stick.

I'd make up fun and creative adjectives to describe the largely uninspiring flavor profile of this beer, but I'll save you the BS. It's just a sub-par IPA.

The 6.7% ABV is really the only redeeming quality and why I'll finish the pack, maybe.

I would not recommend this Widmer offering.

turnerr79, Jun 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

bernat1971, Oct 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Oboogie, Jul 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Sazz9, Oct 17, 2013
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

BESTIALEX, Jul 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Mack, Jul 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Olinnelson, Jun 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

skinnycox, Aug 31, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

newbrewer_zb, Jan 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

FIN, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Juuroumaru
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden yellow with a small white head. You can see the micro bubbles being released.
S- Has a citrusy hop profile and is a little grassy.
T- Citrus and hops. Definately hop forward but not overpowering.
M- Good carbonation with a nice acidic tingle.
O- Not bad but there are definately better Ipas out there.

Juuroumaru, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of JaredM
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Clear, copper color with little to no head and not much carbonation either. It's alright, not the most delicious looking IPA that I've seen but it is a good cross between the look of a lager and the look of an IPA.

S: A true citrusy, grapefruit bomb. Smells really nice and the grapefruit is joined by a subtle floral aroma as well. Good stuff.

T: Eww not overly impressed. The alcohol in the beer is not masked at all and considering I've had beers with much higher ABV's who hide it, there's no reason they couldn't have masked it more than it is. Carbonation catches me by surprise considering there was little to none in the appearance. Just not a really good flavor at all. The hops don't really carry through to the taste.

M: Light mouthfeel and a pretty crisp beer. It would be pretty refreshing if it had the taste to back it up.

O: I always have high hopes for an IPA coming from the West Coast because of the long line of amazing IPAs that comes from that part of the country but this does not fall into that category.

JaredM, Jul 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

drinking12many, Jul 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.