Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale AlePond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale
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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale AlePond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus and tropical hops along with some spicy notes.

T: Very enjoyable. Strong flavors of tropical (pineapple/passionfruit) hops, citrus hops, and some spicy notes over the caramel malt body. Moderate amounts of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: Very enjoyable, very easy to drink, and one that I would have again. There is a nice balance of the hop flavors and malt sweetness without being overly bitter. Very nice collaboration beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but there are also some hints of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice IPA that is well balanced and has a nice amount of hop flavors but isn’t overly bitter.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend shared a bottle which is good because I would never have purchased this. Cloudy orange color, good head. Aroma of hops and something indeterminate. First taste was just odd, almost made me think it might be infected, metallic, plastic and then a dose of hops. As it warmed up this all went away and I was left with a nice flavor of peaches and malt with a little bit of sugary sweetness. Overall not bad and sort of reminded me of Stone's 14th Anniversary english double ipa.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel/crystal biscuity malts with some grassy slightly fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary and slightly soapy caramel malts with some slightly metallic and fruity hops that add decent bitterness in the finish. There's a bit of alcohol burn in the finish too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's decent but a bit too sweet and on the English side of the style for me.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on this one and the aroma tagged me instantly. More on that later...

Pours a clear golden at first, adding the yeast clouds it up, with a nice fluffy white head. Collar white forms, big head returns with a quick swirl. Lacing is slick.

A nice balance of sweet malt and tropical hops, with a touch of alcohol and spice on the end. The hops are deceiving; they aren't stronger than the malt, but they ain't no push overs.

Flavor is, again, balanced, but it's a heavy weight fight. The malt is sweet, smooth and seductive. The hops, tropical flavorful and alluring. This beer stops just shy of resin and sugar bomb. It's nicely built and the feel is dry and light at the end.

A very good brew. Won't pair with much, unless you're getting yourself a punishment of Thai food and spice. Grab this one to encourage the burn!

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Photo of poppyjohn
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle.

Ha! I took off the cage and went to put it on the table and the cork exploded out of the bottle. It then looked like it was going to gush but it didn't.

A hazy light gold with a large head of foam that shrank quickly leaving some nice lacing behind.

The smell is of very spicy hops with a lean towards topical fruit. Some sweet malt to balance things, slightly, and some alcohol.

First sip in and, as per the label, big notes of mango hit my tastebuds. Backed by a strong malty sweetness and lots of warming alcohol. This is not very bitter at all, far from it actually and I'd have to say it's a rep of the DIPAs that start off that way like, 120 Minute.

I'd call it full bodied and, despite the cork flying out of the bottle, I'd say it has moderate carbonation.

I don't know, but I'd guess this could sit in the cellar for a year so I'll give that a try. As is, I like it.

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Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orangey copper with a thick foamy cream colored head. Very effervescent with air bubbles constantly rising to the surface. A nice, bright and sweet fruity aroma of sweet mango and peaches on top of some buttered white bread. The fruitiness definitely comes through in the flavor with the mango and peach providing some nice sweet juiciness alongside some butter, florals, a malt base, and a hint of alcohol and just a touch of minimal bitter in the finish. A little too much diacetyl. A creamy, buttery medium bodied and active mouthfeel. Overall, another fine brew by Odell's as expected. Definitely not worth the price though; I'll take a St. Lupulin's before going back to this, similar enough for me and much better (and cheaper).

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Photo of chugalug06
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Niiice bang from the cork popping.

Five-finger white thin foam head. Hazey orange color with some reds and yellow. Head reduces to nice crust, but not much lacing or clarity.

Great usage of Amarillo hops. Very sweet citrus rolls off the top. Heavy melon is a great addition. English bitterness goes detected.

Suuuuppper smooth, buttery, creamy, and perfectly sweet. Slightly hot and bitter, but in a weird way. This one numbs your tongue. Malty, but well hidden by the hop addition. Too much carbonation.

A great collaboration. It takes the best of the UK and combines it with a decent US addition. Recommended, not quite what I hoped for, but still refreshing, unique, and complex.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have to try the new stuff to see how much to invest. One of my favorite Odell labels (for whatever that's worth). Into Funkwerks tulip.

A - Lots of pop in the cork. Huge three finger slightly orange, off-white head. Body is a great orange with slight amber color and slightly cloudy. Head sticks around for a while and leaves some solid lacing.

S - Very light citrus fruits at first like orange and grapefruit. Then the hops hit, slightly sweet and smooth.

T - Whoa. Light hops and then tons of malt. Biscuit flavors, grapefruit, some rind, and hops. An interesting meld that hides some of the alcohol, but not all. Different but good.

M - Drying. Tons of carbonation and a little lighter.

O - A nice interpretation of what I would expect out of a double ESB, although I never thought about the style before. Great for summer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I subscribe partially to Mamet's assertion on second chances from State and Main, but I hope it's wrong this time. This stuff pours a hazy amber-gold topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises pine needle, lemon rind, earthy greens, mild toffee, and a few sprigs of spearmint. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lightly richer toffee character (along with a bit of a buttery vein). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice English-style IPA, one that creates a solid balance without sacrificing a bold hop character.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to caSSino for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and tangerine. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and orange peel. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was definitely a very citrus intense brew. The orange peel in the flavor was definitely a nice refreshing touch while I was sweating my ass off in the sun. The aroma had a nice kiss of citrus going on as well which made the brew quite approachable even for new craft beer drinkers. Definitely a well done brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try.

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Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, May 2012 (Rare Beer Club release)
Deschutes tulip glass

A: Nice hazy sun orange color. Big fluffy bright white tight bubbled head. Tons of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Head is sticking around a bit.

S: Pulling some of that mango and overripe peach character, but not jumping out at me. I do get the melon that they mention on the bottle, almost like fresh cantaloupe or something like that. There is some biscuit like malt notes as well.

T: Up front, you get some nice fruity hop bitterness. Really getting some of that peach character that I smelled, as well as the melon. Prickly carbonation of the tongue. In the mid palate, you get the malt balance of a pale. Really biscuity cookie like light malt. Really evens it all out. I can't believe from the taste that this is 9.5% ABV. It's nicely hidden for sure. Big, balanced pale ale.

M: Medium bodied but the carbonation almost makes it less. Bordering on too much carbonation.

O: B+

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Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TSJ4000
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, I think this is mislabeled on the BA page. I'm pretty sure this is a double ESB and not a double IPA. Either way it had a lot of English malt and hop profile but the hops had a familiar American touch. I could swear that there was some Amarillo or Cascade in here but my sources told me no on this one. Big mystery beer here. I would like to try this on cask. The alcohol is completely hidden as it drinks soft and approachable like an English-style ESB.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange color, perfectly clear save for some active bubbles. First whiffs bring strong grassy and spicy hop notes, under ripe tropical fruits, floral and herbal - just about every hop note one could think of. Faint notes of toasted and lightly sweet malt. First sip quite bitter and spicy before tropical mango and papaya rind come through, floral, minty and some lightly sweet and toasty malts, citrus and pine on the back end. Interesting body as it is equal parts bubbly and bright and dense and slick, dry. A quite unique brew, strong hop presence whith big bitter spicy notes.

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Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of deesfrank
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 202 ratings