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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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Reviews: 94
Hads: 530
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 24.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BradMacMullin on 03-27-2013

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Light pine and citrus with some malty notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with light bread and light fruit notes. Average.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden yellow with larger flecks sinking to the bottom, smaller flecks floating throughout, and a fine cloudiness clinging to underside of the delicate, dissipating, whitish cap of bubbles. Depending on how you pour, some of the dregs may end up resting atop the head. Hops smell both piney and citrusy, accompanied by just noticeable pasta/cracker like pale malt aroma. It's a little maltier on the tongue, especially toward the back where crackers meld with the pepper and spice of the hops. It's still piney, herbal, rindy, dank even, but really only citrusy on the nose. Medium bodied, slightly watery. Smooth for the level of carbonation, and plenty crisp. A great choice for the Summer.

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Photo of sabinelr
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try this today. I supposed I would find some hoppy version of standard beer, but I am very happy to report that this is an excellent brew with pleasant hoppiness and a soft happy buzz. I could drink this all day until they take me away.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with nicely lacing head and a faint floral aroma. Taste is mostly cereal and bitterness, which I suppose is to be expected from a lager, even if it has been India-paled, whatever that means. I don't love it, but I'm an ale guy and I think this does taste better than most lagers I've run into, at least since I started paying attention to what I'm drinking...

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Photo of dmgeng
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was just raiding my local liquor stores pick'em singles and grabbed this one without a lot of expectations.

A - Clear pale orange color with course white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Slight hops in the nose. Some citrus, light pine, and some malt.

T - Has the same flavor as it smells with some NW hops and the malt. Very balanced definitely a run of the mill pale ale type beer. Not too much hop flavor but a crisp lighter body would make this good for a hot day.

M - Lighter mouth-feel. Has some light bitterness but cleaner than most IPAs. Low-medium carbonation.

Overall, a fine IPL but I wish there were more hops and more flavor overall but it was good. Not bad but I wouldn't go seeking it out again. I do like the crispness and more balanced flavor of the lager but again not as hoppy as it should be.

Glass- shaker pint

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Photo of Hop_hound77
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Similar to what Sierra Nevada tried with their Beer Camp Hoppy Lager and what Pyramid did with their IPL, I guess I crave the malt backing that a normal IPA provides to counter the bitter hops. Lots of grapefruit and citrus but no real malt presence. I think I'll just steer clear of this style- it's not for me.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; gold colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: hop forward; a nice mixture of floral, tropical fruit and pine;

T: earthy and a little metallic; the metallic profile lasts through the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the flavor is a little disappointing;

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks : very fluffy and quiet 2 finger head, leaving sticky webs of lacing on the glass. Color is mango-hazy-orange, 50% opacity.

It smells : pine, orange rind, pear, white grapefruit. maybe a faint whisp of banana.

It tastes : hop comes out front immediately with a sucker punch to the face, the hops are of citrus rinds and tree bark. The flavor basically trails to the end where it's slightly dry and abrasive. A little yeasty bread is mixed in there, but barely so. Very linear.

It feels : light bodied, alive with carbonation, ending dry.

Overall : if you're a fan of India lagers or ales, this is right up your alley. This is for sure a bitter and potent India style pale. On its own merit its a decent offering. Good for a taste but unfortunately overwhelming for me so I'm gonna drain the rest and save my workout calories for an old stand-by or two.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with minimal head—no lacing. Aroma of grass and biscuit. Flavor is semisweet, malty with a herbal bitterness. Very enjoyable up front, but a lingering dryness to the finish.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden orange and just a bit hazy. One finger head dissipates into wispy cap, some sticky lacing apparent.

Smell - Interesting nose of ripe pear and apple, fruity but very subtle. Slightly citrusy. Oddly sweet honey malt presence. Hint of chlorine/chemicals??? Weird, I'm sure my glass was very clean. This is vaguely reminiscent of perfumy laundry soap in the nose, but is not completely unpleasant.

Taste - Not a great deal going on in the taste department. Vaguely fruity hops up front, a little apple/pear, a little pine needle and citrus. Grainy, honeyed malts provide some syrupy sweetness.The faint chemical taste returns in the semi-dry finish with some moderately low bitterness.

Feel - Medium body, fairly slick, chewy - not very crisp for a lager. Carbonation, thankfully, is just barely lively and present enough to keep up.

Overall - Simply not a great beer: weak nose, fairly bland for an "India" style hoppy beer, dense body feel, and a very strange (but faint) chlorine-like off-note. Consumed within best by date, so freshness is not an issue. There's just not a lot good to say about this - one of the things you look for in a lager is a crisp, clean, and refreshing beer, and this one just doesn't really deliver. It's not the worst beer, but it sure ain't a great one. Very mediocre.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

A - Crystal clear light amber body with off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Light apples and pears with some floral hops.

T - Starts sweet with cherries and caramel, followed by a dry finish of floral hops.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and a bit syrupy.

O - This was ok. The sweet flavors are a bit cloying and the mouthfeel is too sticky making it not very refreshing.

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Photo of Foyle
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a 1" fluffy white head which recedes quickly leaving moderate lacing. Color is clear light gold. Abundant streaming carbonation.
Aroma: hop oil dominates the aroma but there is some yeasty aroma and bread dough along with some fruity aroma.
Mouthfeel: mostly light and watery with an oily stickiness and a dry finish.
Flavor: bitter citrus hops combine with sweet barley malt and some raisin/plum flavor.
Overall: an interesting hybrid beer that truly tastes like you combined a lager with an IPA.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As decent beer. Pale, straw color in the glass. Crisp, dry, and with noticeable carbonation. Some fruit notes, noticeably lemon, and pine. A hint of wheat, and a long, dry finish. Nothing too bold, or overly original here, but a drinkable IPL. Worth a try at $9 for the six.

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Photo of 8stringfan
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured straight down into a large tulip. One finger head that settles down in under two minutes into white froth on the surface of the beer with noticeable lacing. Appearance is clear deep gold. Nose is somewhat subdued and features sweet, light malt with hints of sweet toasted grains, light orange and apricot, subtle grassy notes, and florally hops. Taste is sweet up front with the bitterness of the hops hitting on the midpalate. The flavors are nicely arranged with bittersweet grapefruit dominating, though not completely overpowering, a very pleasant floral, light honey sweetness showing sweet orange peel. Mouthfeel is slightly slick and very light with moderate, pleasant carbonation. The finish, which is surprisingly thin and short, is dominated by the bitter grapefruit as well as a slightly fruity sweetness with hints of ripe honeydew, orange, and apricot. This is the first time I’ve had an India Pale Lager (IPL), and if they’re all like this, then I’m sold. As others have pointed out, you get a light, crisp beer that also features both the floral complexity of a hoppy IPA as well as a nice dose of bitter citrus. This is almost the definition of perfect, sessionable, warm weather beer, though the well-hidden abv of 6.7 could pack an unexpected wallop.

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a beer clean Sam Adams Boston Lager glass...

A) Frothy head dissipated quickly, but shows good lacing. Clear, deep gold colour.

S) pine, grassy and citrus from the hops, some malt underneath

T) Flavours of citrus, orange peel, pine and light bready notes. Quite bitter...

M) Dry, slightly dusty palate, lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish.

O) I liked the beer but thought it was a little harsh on the finish. I love IPAs and was expecting the bitterness, but it didn't feel balanced to me.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-light bready malt, citrus, pine, little grassy

T-bready malt, grapefruit, pine, grass, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-nice hoppy lager, pretty solid flavor and easy drinking

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Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this in Maui and I must say that this is spot on for the style. Hoppy and yet clean as the style demands. Great nose and great finish on this beer. Would buy it quite a bit if it was available in BC. I can see this style becoming a common one just like DIPAs and IDAs.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard pint from a 12 oz.

Appearance: Looks good. Hue is that of apple juice. Head is off white, pretty strong hand leaves a nice, nice lining.

Smell: Not particularly strong from a bottle. Hints of grassy hops.

Taste: The initial taste is almost adjunct. It does have a nice grassy hop background. It reminds me of a halfway point between two of my favorite cheap locals, Philadelphia Brewing Company's Kenzinger and Troegs' Perpetual IPA. That said, the initial profile was worse than Straub's recent attempt at an IPL. Why hasn't Beer Advocate just made "American India Pale Lager" an option anyway?

Mouthfeel: Not quite a lager, not quite an ale (or IPA, I suppose).

I'd buy this on tap happily but it doesn't do anything I haven't seen before and it more reminds me of a session IPA than an IPL. The content makes it a tough session though. Not sure what this beer is aiming for, but I suppose that's why it is rotational. Not bad, but not impressive.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in shaker pint glasses chez buzzlitebeer

A: very clear medium copper color; head dissipates quickly; light lacing; ok carbonation
S: citrus, pine (just); clear hop aroma (not much malt)
T: very delicious, well-balanced IPL; clear finish that leaves some biscuit on the tongue; not super bready; salty, darker bittering hops are featured; the lager yeast comes through

This was a suprisingly lovely IPL--we didn't realize it was an IPA until inspecting the label closer

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Photo of JayQue
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An India Pale Lager? I like it. Nice looking beer. Crystal clear, dark gold, good size white head that fades within a minute or two. Light bands of lacing on the glass. Good aroma of piney and floral hops.

Taste is like a hoppy APA or a fairly light IPA. A good hops blast but contained in a light crisp lager. I'm surprised the abv is so high. If this was around 5%, it would be a classic swilling beer. Even so, I would belt back a few of these. Not as filling as a Torpedo or Celebration Ale.

A nice take on hoppy beers. Worth a try. I could see this as a good summertime staple.

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Photo of pkalix
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale yellow. very thin lace on the sides. very thin-looking....
very thin mouthfeel. very thin aroma of . . . . . ? gawd this is almost a commercial brew....
taste is thin. almost pilsner-y. for an IPA ? ? ? ? idunno. easy going down, for sure. very easy. not very "stylish". or "authentic". I suppose I could drink several of these in a row, and for the abv, that would be a good thing. but it calls itself an IPA.... I don't think so.... date on side is Oct 13... could it be old?

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Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Beldark
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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