Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale
Odell Brewing Company

Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale AlePond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale
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American Imperial IPA
3.93 | pDev: 11.7%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale AlePond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale
Notes: Uses English malts and American hops, the brew takes cues from the countrys' best ingredients.
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.26.12

A - Pours a hazy golden-medium orange with a yellowish fluffy head with good retention.

S - Fruity, peaches and some mango.

T - Citrus, candy, peaches, nectarine, mango as well. Subtle hoppiness.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter to medium body.

O - Fruit, sweet and hoppy. Nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like Odell.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

Cork hit the ceiling HARD upon opening. I'd say it's a fair bet this is overcarbonated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head - quite thin - of fair cream and decent thickness, and great retention for the high ABV - though the retention does further suggest severe overcarbonation. Body colour is a golden-orange; nontransparent but translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange/citrus fruit esters, fresh pale malts, and floral & citrus hops. A fresh appealing aroma. Buttery. Some troublesome bitterness is present when I look for it by a friend's suggestion. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange fruit esters and alcohol heat. Some decent floral hop character. Imbalanced and even simple. Hints of orange juice in the third act. The aroma promised a better beer. Not real well built. They tried to pack so much flavour into the body of a much smaller profile and it didn't really work. I applaud the experimentation and boldness, but I wouldn't call this an effective beer, even for their declared style. Still, it's not bad. No yeast character.

Mf: Smooth and wet, yet surprisingly dry on the climax - to its benefit. Too thin to support its flavours, but again they tried to cram flavour in where it wouldn't fit. Overcarbonated, though not as much as anticipated given the cork performance and high head retention as abovementioned.

Dr: Drinkable for its high ABV, but I'll still have trouble killing the bottle with me friend. It's like a sipper with the attempted refreshing feel of a pale ale, but the effect is not a good one. A disappointment from Odell, but I'm glad they attempted it. If you want a pale ale packed with more flavour than it ought to have, stick to Russian River's Happy Hops or Three Floyds' Zombie Dust.


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Photo of blakelive784
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy light golden orange color with three fingers of soapy white head. Retention is very good, especially for 9% alcohol, and it leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Buttery caramel, honey, sweet pale malts, light floral hops, sweet alcohol and biscuity yeast make up the majority of the nose. Balanced and inviting, if a bit restrained.

T - Crystal malt and caramel make up the body, with the bittering hops coming through on the finish. Light fruity esters throughout. Boozy finish. What's there is built well, but it's a bit too simple. Far from complex. Restrained.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and thick.

D - Not a bad beer by any means, but it suffers from simplicity. Definitely won't satisfy hop heads, though it is balanced fairly well.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy yellowish orange color with a white head on top that is fluffy and thick looking. The head settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing behind with a pretty good retention too. The smell is really nice, lively citrus aromas with a sweet malt balance in there. Very nice. The taste is decent, the taste is more earthy with minimal citrus taste. Good malt presence with plenty of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied a good smooth carbonation to it. Overall I like the beer, that aftertaste is a little funky but not enough to alter my opinions of it.

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Photo of Living816
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like Odell beers, you'll feel right at home with Pond Hopper. It has a very Odell feel, taste and structure to it. In fact, if you like the Odell IPA, this is just a souped up version of it.

It has some "English" qualities to it. There's a subtle fruitness / estery thing going on. The body, the mouth feel is heavily British.

I don't at all agree with calling it an Imperial IPA. It doesn't have that going on. Beeradvocate has this wrong. Even the Alstrom Bros review says this isn't an Imperial IPA. But yet here you have it blatantly miscategorized. Oh well, don't trust everything you read. This is an American Barleywine no question. Highly hopped, high starting gravity, high finishing gravity. Sweet, intense body, moderate carbonation, strong hops aroma and flavor.

It's a solid beer, but not enough of a variation on the standard Odell IPA to really be impressive. At 9.4%, the alcohol is there. But its the body that will slow you down, not the alcohol. It's just a seriously viscous beer. Heavy on the sweetness without being hella malty and this I really appreciate.

To be honest, save your money, and get a six pack of Odells IPA. It's not enough of a stretch to be worth the extra money to buy this. But if you're independent wealthy / living off student loans, by all means grab a bottle.

Without a doubt, Odell is the most solid Colorado brewery and their products have an unmistakable goodness to them.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy, dark orange with a 2" off-white head. Big clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- orange, tangerine, biscuit, grass, and pine.

T- sweet orange, grapefruit, honey, some bitter grass and pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice creaminess.

O- good dipa, but not anything mind blowing. Nice sweet orange and bitter pine.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked interesting, so i picked up a bottle. Kept the bottle in the fridge. Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very hazy near perfect golden color with 2 fingers of brilliantly white head that lingers quite a while and leaves very chunky lacing on the glass.

S- Very hop forward. Huge amounts of bright refreshing citrus and pine.

T- Follows nose well. Very refreshing dose of those signature American hops. Bright citrus, pine, overly ripe tropical fruit flavors on top of a solid bready, English malt base. A really refreshing, interesting beer.

M- Easy drinking medium body, with a complimentary amount of carbonation that adds to the refreshing aspect of this beer.

O- Glad I picked this up. Seems like you can't go wrong with any of Odell's beers.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle picked up on business in St Peter Minnesota. Love finding beers like this on the road. A good beer with a lot going on. Pours a solid 2-3 finger head, very cloudy and golden. Definitely English and American hops on the nose and pallet. Also has citrus has on the nose and I can pick up the peach flavor as well. Overall this is a good beer, I'd definitely recommend trying it. Cheers!

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Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this brew into a sniffer, and the brew makes a three finger thick bright white head, with perfect retention. The body is a little hazy and is golder copper in color.

The aroma is piny, spicy, floral and fruity, with slight hints of toffee.

Taste wise it's very fruity in the way of orange and grapefruit mixed together, and kind of soapy all the way around.

Feels full in body, spicy, bitter, warm in the end, and a pretty solid offering.

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Photo of foss69lh
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not only did the component characteristics of this ale seems a trifle out of balance, but the bottling I had tasted somewhat flat and watery. In all fairness, this may be due to how the bottles were handled or stored, either by the distributor or the merchant, but nevertheless, the bottle I had was bland and disjointed in taste.

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale orange color with a large foamy white head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma, with mango, peaches, melon, spices, grapefruit, and pineapple.

The taste is sweet, with some bitterness for balance. The flavor profile has mango, peaches, bread crust, melon, pineapple, spices, grapefruit, and a little pepper. The flavor profile is unique, and good.

Full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with a bittersweet aftertaste. This is a nice collaboration beer, which I am glad I had a chance to try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another excellent odell 750ml bottle. this one is a collaboration brew combining english malts and american hops. the appearance has a little cloudiness in a glass of golden honey colored liquid with an impressive soft white head about three inches tall. the nose is grassy hops right away. plenty of pollen and floral notes in this too, but the malts arent as prominent in the nose as i thought theyd be. the flavor sees the introduction of that english malt. they are like breakfast bread, a little sweet and quite filling. they balance the strong hops out very well. its a bit of a back and forth in the mouth, but the hops is the winner, especially as the beer warms. that deeply bitter character really comes out with the alcohol ih the warming glass. feel is nice, great active carbonation and little bigger than medium body. its a perfect combination here, and also a very appropriate beer for the fall. i enjoyed mine with some home canned dilly beans, a local camembert cheese, and some garlic toast. worth the 13 bucks for this one.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml corked and caged into Globe glass. Revied 9/1/12

A. Pours 3+ finger head. Thick lacing. Great retention. Color is a bright golden orange.

S. Fruity hops. Reminescent of Odell IPA & Myrcenary. I ght the mango listed on the label along with a little orange and a touch of grapefruit. Don't really get a lot of malt like I thought I would which might distinguish it from a DIPA. Smells a lot like Odell IPA, not that there is anything wrong with that.

T. Pretty sweet. Not a lot of hop flavor. Get the malt aspect a whole lot more in the flavor. Interesting beer. Not sure what English malsts were used, but a nice combination between biscuity dry and sweet caramel flavors.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/high carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Interesting. A different take on the DIPA. Get a lot of Odell shining through in this collabaration

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a murky orange pour with lots of fluffy white head. lots of citrus scents up front, grassy hops, sweet malts are faint.. a hint of sulfur.

very bitter up front, tastes of pineapple, papaya, grapefruit. sweet backbone and after the first sip, the bitterness dies off.

medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy feel on lips..

a very sweet, citrusy ale. perfect for a RDWHAH replacement while brewing, like today! definitely fights back at the stovetop heat. very refreshing and very fresh tasting.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy orangey golden color. Very nice 2 inch white head forms with some nice dense bubbles. Slightly creamy head. Very attractive beer. The head retention is great and sticky lacing stays stuck to the glass for the whole thing.

Aroma starts off with some nice grassy and herbal hop notes and some good citrusy notes as well. Fresh tangerines and some slight grapefruit notes. Very refreshing. There is some nice malty and earthy grain notes as well. There are some slight sweet bready notes in the nose as well.

Flavor starts off with some nice citrusy notes mixed in with some slight sweet hop juices. Nice tangerine and orange with some tropical notes as well. Quickly in the middle there is a nice malt component that comes up with some sweetness and good bready notes it sticks around for the rest of the beer and then blends really well with the grassy and citrusy hop notes. Not a typical DIPA but very delicious and well crafted. A good mix of the English malts with the nice grassy and citrusy american hops. Mouthfeel is crisp clean with some slight sweetness on the back end and a nice dry bitter finish.

Pretty good brew. I enjoy the mix of the American hops with English malts. VEry well crafted and balanced. A joy.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super viscous (for the style), hazy dull orange color with a massive white head that mostly dies down but never completely fades away.

Aromas begin with ample amounts of grassy, piney and floral hops. Beyond that there are some lesser citrus hops notes with emerging tropical fruit notes. As it warms there are copious amounts of toasted bready, biscuity and nutty maltiness. Some spicy alcohol emerges as well.

The tastes begin with copious amounts of toasted bready and biscuity maltiness. The sweeter nutty and caramel maltiness then comes in but soon after there is the wave of grassy, floral and pine hop flavors with underlying resinous grapefruit and citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation. Finish is slighly sweet and a bit too creamy for my liking. I understand why because they are making it English in nature with lower carbonation, but the increased ABV could use a slight bump.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer as I am a fan of English style IPAs because of their strong hop presence (sans the resinous nature most American styles take) and balanced malt backbone. I feel there was something a tad off that just didn't work for me here. Maybe the citrus and pine hoppiness clashed with the huge toasty English malt flavors or maybe the increased ABV made the mouthfeel a bit too syrupy for my liking but I won't be revisting this again.

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Photo of alli4051
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a golden orange with a bone white head. Head never recedes and leaves a thick cap right up until the very end. Nose is some citrus and grassy hops and alcohol. Taste is nicely balanced, grainy and buiscuity malts up front with a nice, spicy hop finish. A good beer but there's definitely a bit of an alcohol burn throughout that's a bit too much, keeps it from being a great beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a lightly clouded brownish-coppery color with a really nice and tall foamy head that leaves excellent lacing behind on the surface of the glass.

Smells and tastes of cloves, black pepper, mangoes, pineapples, mint, jasmine, tofee, honeyed sweet tea, subtle peach flavor, and a medium-level booze sting in the midst of it all. Very nice complexity levels with all the elements working in relative harmony, even the ABV sting is helping out by accentuating the fruitiness levels.

Medium body with a lighter-medium level of carbonation.

If I absolutely had to pick something to criticize : It lands about 10% off-balance into sweetness for my personal palate preferences in a PA, and it really toes the line of an IPA as hard as it can get away with. Some might call a 'line foul' on it for that. Everything else about this brew is fairly excellent.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged. Nice looking glowing orange, slightly hazy, white head, though not much lace. Smells of oranges and pineapples. Good. Taste absolutely has a mango element initially but it's contravened by an odd soapy malt flavor that I can't quite place. Alcohol is noticeable and it seems fairly astringent as well. Mouthfeel is zingy with a medium body. Finish is slightly on the bitter side but with a woody, soapy, odd aftertaste, which again, I'm having trouble placing although I'm sure it has something to do with the British malts. Never been a huge fan of the British pales.

Overall this one is promising absolutely with mangos and pineapples but the malts I don't really care for.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a duel tulip. pours a nice shade of cloudy gold with a couple fingers of slightly off white head with excellent retention
S: smells of pine, citrus and floral hops. a little bit of sweetness and alcohol seems to come through in the nose as well
T: sweet malts up front give way to a solid blast of hop flavor with some nice citrus, earthiness and a dash of pine. tropical fruit sweetness comes in as well. swallow brings a nice amount of caramel sweetness with some further instances of the aforementioned hop flavors. finish lingers for some time as well.
M: medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation but the carb doesn't stay prickly long in the mouth and gets much softer. drying finish as well.
O: a very interesting beer. Odell makes some great product and this beer is no slouch. I'm not sure if they're making up styles or not but it definitely drinks a bit lighter than a double IPA. definitely glad I picked up a bottle of this.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a three-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit, bubblegum and some caramel sweetness.

T - Lots of pine and grapefruit come through with the American hops, but it has the toffee and caramel sweetness from the British malts.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is really good. It is worth the price.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-peach color with two fingers of creamy off-white head. Light sticky lacing left behind.

Big bright aroma of peaches, tropical fruit and savory herbs along with malty biscuit notes.

Tasted of juicy oranges, tropical fruit and savory herbs. Malty biscuit followed for a nice balance. The 9.5% abv was well hidden.

Medium bodied with a sticky dryness and moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this Double Extre Pale Ale from Thornbridge and Odell. Sometimes collaborations work, sometimes they don't. This one did.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed bronze with a pinky of beige head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple, not much else

T: Follows the nose, some grapefruit, some cakeyness hiding underneath up front. More pineapple, grapefruit, dryness & a touch of pear & white grape buried way down along with some more pronouced breadyness. Finishes with much grapefruit, pineapple & a nice juicy hop flavor

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, great balance

THe ABV is well hidden, this is a fairly assertive hop bomb, I really enjoyed this one> Not perfect, but damn close. I wonder if they actually sold any of this monster across the pond?

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed golden amber, dense head, perfect retention

SMELL: Citrus pith, cantaloupe rind, biscuity, nutty yeast, estery, herbal, spicy alcohol

TASTE: Big smoothness, creamy body, bisucity, grassy, herbal resin, hoppy, bitter, pineapple skin, yeast, very warming, cactus fruit, dry grain bitter finish

Collaboration with the Thronbridge Brewery, keep in mind that this is a double extra pale ale ... not an IPA. There is balance here though the alcohol does work a bit hard to be in the forefront. You'll want to share this bottle and make sure you have some time with it, great work everyone!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crusty off-white head over orange-tinged wheat-colored body. Big tangerine nose with a sour tang.
Madeleine sweetness, an earthy middle and resiny, fusty, flower nectar hops.
Seville orange pith finish and ringing linger. Medium to light, quite chewy, oily and round.

Taste does not match the nose! Advertised peach and tropical fruit notes never turn up and bitter rind marmalade-type hops end up musty (it's an unnamed bill of US hops plus Galaxy from Oz). I find myself wishing it would just step up the malts and be a DIPA instead of a "double extra pale ale".

More aroma, less sap.

Thanks to John for sharing.

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 202 ratings