Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale AlePond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uses English malts and American hops, the brew takes cues from the countrys' best ingredients.

Added by mwilbur on 05-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
202
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
23.53%
 
 
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11
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10
For Trade:
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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +2.3%
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 +4.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.6%
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 +1%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.1%
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 -6.6%
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 +1%
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 +3.1%
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 +13%
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 +13.3%
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 -1.5%
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 +1%
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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Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice hazy peach color with a thick off white head that holds steady retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells very nice with tropical fruit and peaches. Maybe I say peaches because of the peach color but I feel like I smell peaches and mango. A little piney hop note but not much. Much more of the nice fruity variety.

S= The taste is a nice tropical fruit taste again. Loads of peach and mango. Lots of pineapple and a touch of pine resin flavor. Really refreshing tasting actually. I find a little bit of a clean sweet malt character as well as a small amount of graininess.

M= Nice carbonation and weight. Almost perfect.

O= A solid brew. Acutally better than I thought it would have been. Nice "balance" for an IPA and a great fruity hop character.

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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip during Odell’s tap takeover at Flanny’s. This collaboration with England’s Thornbridge Brewing was brewed with British malts and American hops.

An almost-clear pink-orange, the color of apricot skin. Nearly no head — just a wisp of fizz.

Interesting and surprisingly dank nose. A good amount of sweet weed resin, grass, caramel, wheat bread. The brewery labels this an extra pale ale, but it seems to have been hoppen to near-Myrcenary levels.

In the flavor, I get a similarly good and unexpected dank character. Weed, grass, flowers. In the front, the hop flavor is heavy and sweet, but it slides off at the swallow in a moderately dry finish. A little sugar and alcohol mix with hints of pine and grapefruit. The dry finish keeps things more drinkable than they should be at nearly nine percent.

Syrupy medium body with mild, poking carbonation and just a little fizz. Spicy on the tongue, from both alcohol and hops. Cleans off the palate well, though.

Pond Hopper tastes pretty American — all our brash hops pretty much overpower the milder British malt. Still, it’s very dank and tasty.

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy with an apricot hue and a huge foamy head; decent lacing

S: Great hop forward aroma--lots of citrus and floral aromatics--there is a sweet malty undertone but no indication that this is a 9% beer

T: Interesting hop profile: some citrus but also some grassy and herbal notes and then a sweet boozy quality comes through; bitter up front but there is some balance in the finish

F: Medium body; oily and sticky which works well with this beer

O: Pond Hopper is an interesting hop-forward beer; I like it and it warms you up quickly--surprisingly so because the alcohol doesn't seem overwhelmingly present; but it has a somewhat odd hop profile but it does come together as a collaboration beer should (and often does not)

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Photo of FroggerMan
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber orange color with a relatively large head that settles quickly leaving behind sporadic lacing. The first pour is clear but subsequent pours have a slight haze from the yeast.

S: I imminently could tell Pond Hopper has many characteristics similar to Odell's IPA and Myrcenary DIPA. A strong citrus smell is present with grapefruit and peach most apparent.

T: The citrus hops a very noticeable with a subtle sweetness from the English malts. I noticed a small amount of alcohol coming though but that is to be expected with the 9.5% abv.

M: It has a medium body with an obvious hops presence. The English malts are much less noticeable but did add a unique sweet touch. It is slightly over carbonated but nothing too extreme.

O: I am rather pleased which is not surprising because Odell's rarely lets me down. I'm glad I took notes after my first glass because after finishing the bottle I was in no position to form any coherent thoughts. Despite the above average price I would buy again.

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Photo of mjryan
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, there really isn't anything "English" about this double IPA. Sure, it's a collabartion between an English and US brewer, but I can't find anything here that the denizens of the US would consider as foreign or "across the pond". American hops define American IPA. Perhaps, some time long ago the English were partial to our domestic harvest, and perhaps throughout the years many an English beer has been brewed with US hops, but the character of the popular and dominat US hop varieties isn't typical in a traditional English IPA. Long story short, this is a sweet, full bodied malt bomb that carries an enormous tropical, citrus hop load. It's great, it's a sipper. A bottle to yourself will result in inebriation. Well executed and very nice. Cheers to all that.

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Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber color with a large head that quickly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma. Unusual hop/malt combination. I like the English biscuit malt but unsure that it meshes well with the citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas.

The answer is that it does not mesh that well in the flavor. The first sip seemed like pure alcohol. After that initial blast, this seems like a more balanced DIPA. Nice sweetness and flavor from the malt. The hops add citrus and tropical fruit. I find it quite bitter but the malt sweetness nuetralizes it a bit. Too much alcohol flavor for my taste in a pale ale.

Big body with solid carbonation. A little too lively at first but mellows out as it sits in the glass. Enjoyable texture.

The combination did not really work for me. Good individual components but did not work well as a team. I would of preferred a 12oz bottle as well as getting through a 750ml may be a little taxing.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a nice, super thick and hazy dull orange in color with a massive English-style head.

Smell – The hops are substantial but overwhelmed by the big British biscuit. I guess they put some Australian galaxy hops in here so was looking forward to getting a whiff but the British malts overpowered the hop profile. It’s a big, pleasant aroma, just not what I’d expect from a DIPA.

Taste – The hops are curiously much bigger at the taste. The biscuit is still sharp but more balanced and there’s a nice malty sweetness here that I didn’t pick up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium with a light bitterness offset by residual sugars.

Drinkability – This is a very different interpretation of the style, as collaborations often are, but it went down extremely well for a big 9.5 ABV beer.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a bit of cloudiness to it. A slight bit of carbonation, but a very frothy white head that sits on top of the beer throughout the drink.
Aroma may be the best part of this beer. Hops dominate the smell, but very complex hops. Very piney hops, citrusy hops, and a bit of spice too. A good malt backbone too, like those British toffee malts you would smell in a Newcastle.
Taste holds up very well to the great tastes. Dominated by all the varieties of hops. The malts keep it in check, but you can taste all the different malts, tropical, citrus, pine, etc. A good alcohol tinge too.
Mouthfeel is right where it needs to be. A good malt thickness and a good crispness from all the hops. Nice balance, great feel.
Drinkability is good on this beer. For all the hop bombs in this, they balance each other out with the wide variety of tastes. I wouldn't drink more than one of these, but obviously a great beer. So glad I was able to get my hand on one of these bottles.

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Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An outstanding aroma of lemon and pine greets the nose after the pour. Color-wise, the body is a faintly cloudy, straw yellow hue nice white head. The head doesn't last too long, but does leave some residual rings and lacing on the glass.

Nice, biscuit malt flavor with a robust bitterness overall. Feel was a little too fizzy, but overall nice. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not in an obtrusive way.

A very respectable DEPA. Strong in some areas such as aroma, a little weak in others like mouthfeel. Still, decently balanced overall and easy drinking, especially for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of riored4v
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, rocky, white head with a slightly hazy, copper colored body.

Aroma was a bit bready and grainy. Some citrus and floral aromas. Slight tropical hop aroma. Mild caramel.

Taste was bready and grainy upfront with some mild sweetness and mellow maltiness. Good amount of hop flavor that was tropical and fruity that finishes a bit lemony. Light bitterness in the finish that was slightly grassy and tropical. Light signs of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium body, medium carb and a light finish.

Good beer with good drinkability for being so big. Nice blend of flavors.

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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