Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
202 Ratings
Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale AlePond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

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
Ratings:
202
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Supergenious
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -8.4%
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 -28.9%
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 nickhiller
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Sara
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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 AgentZero
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 oldvines
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Travisnin
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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 Mortarforker
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 AllHailBeercules
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 Perducci
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of aflies
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of warmspray
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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