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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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461 Ratings

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Ratings: 461
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BradMacMullin on 03-27-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

coldriver, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

cgman1985, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Beermazter310
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Beermazter310, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of ziggyzoggy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ziggyzoggy, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  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.

dbrauneis, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

WoodburyMN, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Chris77McGrath
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Chris77McGrath, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

dlin0sbb, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

TheNightwatchman, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Metal4Breakfast, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of schwemjw
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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

schwemjw, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

stevez86, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Sarlacc83, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

TheMarkE, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

elglueckert, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

samibr, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

makasi, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

harrisjohnson, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Walletsworth, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

budgood1, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

dcguitar, Aug 02, 2013
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

pajeff, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mrskunk, Aug 01, 2013
Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.