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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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490 Ratings

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized white head just kind of sits above a clear super rich and bright golden colored beer.

Big citrus/piney hops aroma with maybe a bit of grassiness sneaking in there.

Pine, grassy, and light citrus hops styles in the taste but quite pale in comparison to the aroma.

Drying aftertaste with a bit of the piney hops remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

Decent but a little to light in taste, if the taste had been anything like the aroma, all I could say would be, I'll have another and another and another.

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poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly darker gold than your average lager, although perfect clarity is retained to showcase tons of tiny bubbles streaming to the slightly rocky, two-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass, leaves behind a nice wall of lacing on the lower half of the glass.

S - As advertised, the nose upon opening the bottle is reminiscent of an all-malt lager treated to a generous on PNW hops.

T - Strong hop presence upfront, similar to an IPA. The body shows lots of pine and grapefruit hop notes with the light malt backbone trying unsuccessfully to keep up. Surprisingly, the hop tones all but shut off as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitioning to a crisp lager like finish until hops slowly remerge a few seconds later. The aftertaste is definitely PNW IPA.

M - On the stronger side of light bodied with substantial amount of carbonation. This suites the style of beer quite well.

I generally find all of Widmer Brothers rotating IPAs to be solid, though not necessarily memorable brews. Hopside down continues this trend. Certainly a unique brew, combining the aspects of both an IPA and an all malt lager. However this proves to be a double edged sword. While this beer is more refreshing than your standard IPA thanks to the cleaner finish and lighter mouthfeel, it also looses complexity and aroma characters. On the flip side, it is more interesting than your standard lager, but not nearly as refreshing due mostly to the strong hop aftertaste. I commend this beer for trying something new and would gladly drink it again, but don't see myself going too far out of my way to get it.

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A-Pours dark gold with a respectable head. Body is mostly clear.

S-The aroma is vibrant but lean. I enjoy the hoppiness as it mixes with the Lager yeast. Tropic hops with some grass. Lager yeast and some crackers.

T-The taste is a downgrade. It just doesn't display the same cohesion as the nose. The hops were more pleasing in the aroma. It just doesn't seem to mix as effectively.

M-Drinks easy enough.

O/D-The hot new style. I respect the attempt. I am spoiled because I can get Jack's Abby whenever I feel the need so this brew sadly can't beat that out.

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A: Pours very clear, dark gold-amber color, with what looks like rather aggressive carbonation. The white head is moderate in size with good retention and fine lacing. .

S: Hoppy. Grassy and herbal with, I think, some Saaz hops and a good bit of citrus.

T: Sweet bready malt up front, with more complexity and fruitiness than expected. Hints of pineapple, orange, tangerine and lime. Mildly bitter finish and aftertaste.

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O: Certainly one of the best IPLs I've tried, but then there haven't been many. Nonetheless, this easy drinking and refreshing beer is recommended for those seeking something like an APA. Also may serve as a major upgrade from a macro-brewed lager.

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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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