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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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BA SCORE
84
good

465 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

user785335, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

mskline1, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

nitter, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

atrocity, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of BoozerBrad
4/5  rDev +7.8%

BoozerBrad, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Foyle
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

demosixt, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Vonstein15, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jsh420, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of RobbDogg
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

RobbDogg, Apr 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

kdivers, Apr 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

rwilde, Apr 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

tjcamm, Apr 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Bill235, Apr 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JTomczak, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

mahanson08, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of 8stringfan
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

8stringfan, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

SonictheBeerhog, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

thomasrayw, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Beermasterjarrett, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

AWB3, Mar 31, 2014
Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.