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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 534
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 24.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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 Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of Juuroumaru
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A clear golden color pouring to 1-2 fingers of of white head settling to a thick collar.

S: Nice hop nose, lots of PNW hops, both spicy and floral with some nice citrus notes (oranges and tangerines).

T: Big hop presence but not overwhelming (a hop bomb). Great PNW hops here: floral, spicy with some nice citrus notes. With only a mild malt profile, this beer is hop heavy but still achieves a nice balance of flavors. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Soft, smooth.

O: A nice beer; appealing appearance and aroma. A tasty brew but a bit one dimensional relative to other IPAs.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Widmer Bros Hopside Down IPL
Appears pale copper bright white head with fine lace. Aroma has citrus and floral hops with clean cereal grains. Flavor brings out a clean rolling bitterness mainly citrus pith from the hop additions. Mouthfeel, light carbonation light to medium bodied pulls off a crisp finish much like a lager except for more oily alpha acids here. Overall enjoyable but lacks some complexity crisp and hoppy.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & eatery in Linglestown PA
enjoyed chilled from a glass.

The color is deep amber with good clarity as you might expect from a lager with thick white creamy head that settles to a collapsed ring of fine beads with wavy lace on the glass. The aroma is both citrus and tropical fruit with some floral hop esters adding to a slightly sweet malt aroma.
The feel is very dry and has a substantial amount of bitterness with a subtle hint of diacetyl but pretty clean and moderately high carbonation gives the impression of a little more bitter than it is maybe.

The taste is crisp which is expected from lagering, but has a nice amount of tangy hop flavor up front too, it is somewhat peach from first taste until mid palate and becomes a little more citrus and grapefruity into the finish with light astringency in the taste and slight malt toastiness backing up the hops with a gently sweet finish. Overall I am pleased to try this it has a fresh hop vibrancy and is very drinkable -Well done Widmer!

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from bottle, light golden color with fizzy thin white head. Transparent, looks like a light beer.

Smell: I can definitely detect the hops but also a type of caramelly syrupy sweetness. Not sure what to expect with the taste.

Taste: No particularly strong flavors. The hops are detectable but not overpowering or particularly bitter, and has some sweet notes that I'm having a hard time articulating. Nothing really stays with me in terms of aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light and vibrant, and smooth (not dry). The carbonation works well with the overall lightness of the beer.

Overall: Good beer overall, nothing spectacular but pleasant to drink as none of the flavors are particularly overpowering and has a light crisp mouthfeel. This is what I'd imagine an IPA would taste like if it came as a light beer. You'd never know this thing was almost 7% ABV. I enjoyed this, definitely something you could have 2-3 of if the ABV wasn't so heavy. Summer beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a clear straw yellow/orange color, fairly light. There's a mild haze. It has a foamy white head that leaves some good lacing behind.

S. It has a strong, double hop citrusy scent.

T/M. It has a very strong hop taste. Very bitter. It has some citrus taste. It is fairly strong. Some alcohol.

O. The taste is very strong at first, but once you get used to it is fairly basic. It's easy and enjoyable, but nothing that stands out.

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - bright, murky orange with a quarter of an inch of soft, thick, white head that has decent retention

S - grapefruit, big, citrus, mild pine

T - huge grapefruit, mild rind, some piney bitterness, nice malt character, some sugary sweetness, very mild cake batter notes, very nice balance between and very aggressively hopped

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is really a solid offering. I think IPL are quickly becoming one of my favorite emerging styles. This can hang with any IPA that Widmer has put out in the rotator series. The hops are aggressive, assertive, bitter, and balanced, and the malt character is sweet which I like in IPAs and offers a solid backbone. Well done.

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Photo of Jason
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear and bright golden hue, good showing of lace on the glass. Clean, dried grass, floral, orange rind, pithy all make for an aromatic nose. Semi-smooth, hint of crispness, orange peel, moderate sized body, faint mint, hemp seeds, herbal, clean alcohol, drying hoppy grainy finish.

A good stab at the India Pale Lager, pretty drinkable even for its size.

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Photo of maxwelldeux
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. I’m actually quite a fan of this emerging style... I was excited to try this one. Nose is decently hoppy with some grass elements coming off this one to me and just a little bit of that lager corn smell in there. Taste is much the same, with a hefty amount of bitterness from the hops and a hint of the lagery sweetness at the end.

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Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy piney hops and a doughy malt.

The taste consisted of resinous peppery and pony hops atop a full round malt.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty and brawny hop bomb.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery pint glass
From: Vons in Montecito (Santa Barbara), Calif.
Price: $12.88 for a variety 12-pack (w/ Vons card)
Purchased: July 4, 2013
Consumed: July 4, 2013
Misc.: Born on April 22, 2013

Poured a light caramel amber color with 4-5 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of foam. Very good thick foamy lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top.

Smelled Cascade hops with lime, pine, lemon and some spices coming through. Also lemon juice, lemon zest, soap and floral notes. Not quite as good as it could be though.

Tasted better than the smell, but still not great. Could taste the alcohol immediately, followed by floral hops, Cascade hops, lime, caramel, honey and soapy pine.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter refreshing finish.

A bit disappointed when comparing it to their other seasonal IPA’s. Good beer for the summer I suppose.

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Photo of JaredM
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Clear, copper color with little to no head and not much carbonation either. It's alright, not the most delicious looking IPA that I've seen but it is a good cross between the look of a lager and the look of an IPA.

S: A true citrusy, grapefruit bomb. Smells really nice and the grapefruit is joined by a subtle floral aroma as well. Good stuff.

T: Eww not overly impressed. The alcohol in the beer is not masked at all and considering I've had beers with much higher ABV's who hide it, there's no reason they couldn't have masked it more than it is. Carbonation catches me by surprise considering there was little to none in the appearance. Just not a really good flavor at all. The hops don't really carry through to the taste.

M: Light mouthfeel and a pretty crisp beer. It would be pretty refreshing if it had the taste to back it up.

O: I always have high hopes for an IPA coming from the West Coast because of the long line of amazing IPAs that comes from that part of the country but this does not fall into that category.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet starchy malts with some fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with some harsh metallic bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, kind of a mess of sweetness and bitterness.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, crisp, clear, yellow-gold coloring with a thin, filmy, bright white head that quickly settles into a sparse surface coating. Aromas of biscuit, cedar pitch, pepper, canibus, and a lemon and grapefruit tart sweetness. Very balanced nose. Flavors are very bitter forward, with a dry, resinous cedar and grass character, blended with floral highlights and a toasted grain backbone. Resin and citrus sweet plows straight through to the aftertaste, with a bitter, dry, slightly resinous finish. This is a tasty beer, and much more hop-centric than other IPLs have been able to accomplish.

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Photo of TEOTH
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden colored, slightly murky. 2 finger head with spotted lacing
S - Hops with some citrus notes
T - Srong hops and malt flavor apparent. Very clean taste with nothing odd flavors coming though.
M - A bit bitter on the tongue, but goes down smooth
O - Really enjoyed this one from the Widmer crew, great flavor and easy drinkability...real easy to get 3-4 or deep on this stuff

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Photo of Zorro
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells strongly of American Northwestern style hop. Strong citrus aroma, mostly grapefruit. Scent of cedar wood instead of pine. Caramel and a faint hint of Cinnamon.

Starts out as malty and assertively hopped. Quite richly flavored for a lager. Slightly sweet with a strong hop presence. Tastes almost savory bitterness is a little on the high side of medium. Mild caramel and an earthy slightly cedar flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is one of the best beers I have tasted this year.

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

Pours a bit hazy, light and bright gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are nice. Mostly notes of grapefruit, also a bit floral with some bread dough notes as well.

Taste is dry up front, faint notes of mineral water, slightly bitter, with spicy bread dough as well. Finish is crisp and clean, with grapefruit bitterness and some floral notes as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but comes a bit thick and heavy.

Overall, this a nice hoppy lager at an agreeable price point. I just wish it was a touch lighter in body and with a bit less ABV. Widmer has been putting out some pretty good beers lately, and this is another solid offering.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a white finger width head. Fair retention, leading to a near smooth surface, with most bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Lacing is small and spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Some citrus aromas. Hints of grass.

Taste - Hops smack the tongue with nice punch, hitting on grapefruit pith with lesser notes of lemon and grass. Malts are fairly buried, but notes of bread and caramel peak through near the finish. Lingering citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Crisp and clean with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - A solid brew in this relatively new style, though the style doesn't seem necessary, IMO, as there are several light-bodied IPAs on the market.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean, semi-sloudy yellow-amber. Nice head of fine, white carbonation. Fine, detailed retention, too.

Nose is crisp citrus hops, with a hint of grainy malts. Nice mix.

Taste is really pleasingly well-hopped, with a bitter citrus bite and underlying toastiness backing it all up. Would easily pass for a solid IPA from some breweries. Very enjoyable and a well-done stylistic twist. Bravo!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of Bockrules
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.