Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 523
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 4.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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 SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz snifter, bottled 10/4/13. Pours a dark yellow, with a one inch white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing. Smell is crisp pine, grapefruit, ginger, lemon, and pear. Taste is really crisp, lot of grapefruit and pine along with other tropical flavors. Body is maybe medium, lots of carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking,will look for this in the summer. This is very good, I like the style and The Widmer Bros always make solid beers. (463 characters)

Photo of JHS123
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright yellow glass holds a quarter finger of white foam that leaves ropy lace.

Smell: Hops, but a bit earthy, a bit dusty, with some orange rind coming through.

Taste: A very lager like taste, bready, yeasty, with a slight tonic water back. Tastes a bit like a macro produced beer, with hops added. That's to say the base beer is clean, no flaws, but pretty boring really. The hops give some flavor and keep it interesting, but my socks are firmly on.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy, light body, oily finish that lasts a bit.

Overall: An IPL. I don't like them as much as IPAs. I'm sure it's possible to make one I'll like, but I haven't found one yet. This one is middle of the road; nothing wrong, not much to love. The hops are loud and forward, but the blend is a bit bitter and earthy. Some dried orange taste comes close to fruity, but almost cloved orange. Big punch for the abv, worth a shot but I'll pass on a 6er. (933 characters)

Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stanford's in Tanasbourne.

A clear yellow with a dense, white head with decent retention and lacing, this is a solid IPL. The nose is full of hops, bright, citrusy, mildly rind-like and moderately pith-like. Clean, snappy and refreshing, this is solid. A touch of sweetness is present. The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, rather resiny with pine and citrus. This is followed with a rather clean hop flavor - grapefruit, pine, some orange - with no real grassy flavors. The mid-palate has a little bit of caramel, but what is striking is the mineral character on the finish that works really nicely with the snappy, resiny hops. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this feels decent on the palate and has a nice, hoppy finish. Alcohol is a lot higher than it needs to be (IMO) but otherwise, this is a winner. (840 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a 1 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, citrus hops, lemon zest, biscuit, grass, piney hops, grains, light spices or herbs; pretty basic nose that’s pretty much perfectly balanced: it’s half hop and half malt and smells good overall.

Tastes like it smells with malt, citrus hops, lemon, orange peel, light grapefruit, biscuit, grass, piney hops, roasted grains, light spices like pepper, herbs like tea leaf, wheat bread and rye (or what seems like rye to me). This is an interesting beer as it has a lot of hops spices but they just peek through and wash down with the grainy/malty flavors; the balance is nice and there is no sign of ABV so this flows down really easy.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with an almost buttery feel in part to the very light body and mild carbonation; the finish is on the sweet side with spicy notes and a mild bitterness that trails off almost clean with a bready sweetness lingering. Finish is basically a jacked up lager on hop steroids.

India Style Pale Lager; quite a handle that sums up how this beer tastes and drinks. A very tasty hybrid that is refreshing and easy to drink and one I would consume on a regular basis. I liked this a lot and recommend trying it. (1,361 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden copper color with a rich white froth 2 fingers solid that fades down with soapy patches on the glass. The look for this brew is quite nice.

The aroma is rindy and zesty with hops like oranges and pith/pulp. A bit of caramel malt and hints of sulfur and cheese quality as it warms up.

The taste is quite zesty with orange-like citrus mixed with some caramel malt. A little rindy and herbal with hops. Some sulfur aspects are somewhat cheesy into the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, refreshing and very easy drinking. Worth having a go at for sure. (664 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/9/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of citrus and perfume-like hop aromas that makes the smell slightly better than the taste in my opinion. (610 characters)

Photo of Brianedonovan
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Overall, a nice little hoppy lager, nothing worth writing poetry over, but it'll do for a clean hop fix."(<~~~~perfect description)

Agreed! . .

But I must write more...
It has hops. Not very ccomplex taste. Pretty straight forward ipa.
Good to drink if your "thirsty" not looking to "enjoy" (297 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Which side is the hopside? Is it the same as turning something topwise? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a bit more than a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, mild pine resin, and a soft caress of cereal grains (I'm leaning toward clean oatmeal here). The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine a bit sharper and the grains coming across more like a light bit of cornbread. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little hoppy lager, nothing worth writing poetry over, but it'll do for a clean hop fix. (682 characters)

Photo of 11JON11MO
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Beautiful Golden amber
Smell - Nice mild citrus
Taste - nice mellow grapefruit/citrus
Mouth feel - I had thought it would not deaden the taste buds but it did a little very much like an IPA
Overall - I enjoyed this beer very much. Sort of like a light taste IPA, Even my wife said she could drink it unlike most IPA's where she nearly spits it on me.
B+ (366 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in mid-August from Total Wine for $1.49. Bottled on 3-27-13.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is floral with some citrus.

Taste is grapefruit and pine which leave a bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not overly refreshing not overly smooth.

Overall this is a decent ipa. The lager yeast does not lend additional crispness than what a normal bitter ale does. Worthy of a try. (484 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a bright golden with a slight haze; fluffy white head that slowly fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas have alot of malts and seem pretty bready. Lots of grass too. The hops seem to take a backseat in the aromas, but they come through in the flavors. Tastes pretty bitter. More grass and it's extremely earthy. Lots of pine needles and it has extremely subtle hints of grapefruit. There's a little bit of caramel malts in the flavors, but the hops seem to take over. Flavors are extremely sharp, crisp, and refreshing. Finishes dry. At times I forget I'm even drinking a lager. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; feels light with very active prickly carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a pretty solid beer. Not bad at all. (788 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled on 6/20/13, into a pils glass
A: Pours a solid orange color with a one-finger head that lingers
S: A hint of hops & malt but really nothing going on here
T: Clean with crisp but light hops up front followed by a lightly malted body & some herbs on the finish
M: Light-bodied, crisp & refreshing
O: Interesting style, I can't say I've ever seen something advertised as an India-style lager before. This keeps true to the style with its lightness & pure flavors, even so it could use a bit more complexity (538 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure how different a IPL is from an IPA, but this is a very tasty and hoppy brew. Big citrus and herb nose; slightly piney and resiny, with a malted cereal smell, like cream of wheat. Taste follows the nose with a very caramel, toasted flavor coming in after the initial hop charge. Not as bitter a backbone as other IPAs's (even though this is not an IPA), and slightly drier than one would expect considering the strong caramel flavors. The lager yeast gives this beer a clean and dry finish that is very appealing, leaving only the flavor of citrus hops and malty bread to linger. Not the bitter hop bomb that most drinkers seem to want, but still a drinkable and everyday hop heads beer. (695 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.84/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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! (1,543 characters)

Photo of tubeyes
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear bubbly yellow, finger of head but quickly left, pretty nice lace
S very fruity hops upfront, with some sweet caramel dripping behind on the end bit
T very hoppy and astringent, very crisp, but mild cleaner taste which is disappointing and off-putting
M mouth feel is excellent, well carbonated and easily drinkable, leaves a fruity hops aftertaste
O they accomplished what they wanted with gets the hops of an IPA combined with the crispness of a lager, but I wouldnt be jumping at the bit to buy a case any time soon. Had from bottle in sam adams glass. (565 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured an attractive bright yellow-gold color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and decent lacing.

The aroma had a bright citrus and floral hop scent over a nice grainy malt base. The taste was pretty similar, a solid grain foundation, floral and citrus hops all over the tongue, and a lingering citrus finish.

The body was smooth and even, although perhaps just a bit too thick and sticky, and had a nice dry finish. Drinkability was good, I could see a few of these disappearing too easily at a cookout. Overall, a nicely enjoyable brew, not one that'll make the Uber beer nerds wet themselves, but one that;s certainly worth throwing a sixer of in the fridge or cooler. (735 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden apricot in color with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle visible carbonation raising in streams from the bottom of the glass and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to couple of small patches of thick film with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and toasted malts with moderate aromas of grassy, spicy, and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready and toasted grain malts that have a light amount of sweetness to them (honey/brown sugar). There is a moderate amount of hop flavors - grassy, spicy, and herbal in descending order of strength. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades kind of quickly but a light hint of the bitterness lingers on.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Found this one to be pretty enjoyable with really well hidden alcohol - this India Pale Lager hybrid style is becoming more popular recently and this is probably one of the better versions that I have come across. Easy to drink and one I could easily have a couple during a session - enough complexity /interest to keep me from getting bored with it but not a palate wrecker. (1,337 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw clear yellow with a one to two finger white head. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S: Pineapple, lemon, stale bread and a funky almost sour malt are present here with a finish of citrus and grapefruit. Pleasant smelling..

T: Pine and citrus hit you immediately. Orange oils and grapefruit really take over the middle mouth before a bready caramel malt finishes this off with an ending of strong pine. A dry bitterness that lasts just long enough to appreciate it.

M: A good springy carbonation with a very easy drinking body. sessionable.

O: This would be hard to pick out as a lager in a blind tasting because of the pronounced hops, specifically the pineapple and grapefruit that come through. It is more like a pale ale but there is enough of that pale stale bread and big carbonation to see that its a lager. Extremely drinkable, you could easily pound a sixer of this. A good balanced malt and hop. /87 (936 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

A: Clear golden color and a body bursting with carbonation. Head is slightly white that diminishes.

N: A good amount of hops on the nose. Some pine needles and earth. A hint of citrus and pineapple.

T: Quite hoppy. There’s an element of bitterness here, but it’s got a noticeable biscuit/sweetness to prop it up so that it doesn’t overstay its welcome.

M: Light bodied like a lager with a decent dryness. Very clean.

O: An aggressive lager that shows how far Widmer has come along. Does a lot of things right, including allowing for the consumption of multiples if you’re so inclined. A little more complexity and this would be a real stunner at a great price. (691 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color with decent head and lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and flowers.

Taste: Bitter hops (citrus, pine, floral) and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry, with a thick bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: It’s ok. Hophead may love it, but I was rather disappointed. Widmer generally brews some good balanced beers, but this one just came off as a bitter lager. (381 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours out a wslightly hazed light copper colour. smallish bone white head with some residual lace. full fledged bright NW hop aroma...citric pith, lemongrass, and tangerine. flavourwise is brings the hoppy goods on top of a crisp lagerish malt base. juicy fruit, bubblegum, and and an alchol undertone lets the drinker know that this concoction means business. hints of malt liquor due to the high ABV. a delightful lingering bitterness squashes any residual sweetness and provides a quenching finish. full bodied, creamy/coarse mouthfeel. great drinkability, although i might recommend that you stop to sip a bit becasue you may find yourself wanting to slam this.

overall a pleasant surprise in a uniquely brewed package. i like hoppy lagers, and this one reminds me somewhat of the SA varieties a few years back. recommended! (829 characters)

Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.