Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Hopside Down India Style Pale LagerHopside Down India Style Pale Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,573
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
561
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
62
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 561
Reviews by biboergosum:
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3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - c'mon, add IPL to the database here, already! Also, nice to see Widmer's regular stuff finally make it up here to Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of sudsy continental drift lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus, a twinge of earthy yeast, and testy leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and lightly toasted caramel malt, orange and lemon zest, more down-low yeastiness, a minor sense of metallic alcohol unchecked, and some further leafy, grassy, and wet piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty low-key in its at times barely palpable frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess batting away the doubting Thomas hoppy interlopers. It finishes well off-dry, as the sweetness of the inherent malt, coupled with the varied lingering fruitiness, wins the day.

Overall, a pleasant enough tipple, one that seems very much like an IPA, except for that particular lager yeast character that stands out like a sore thumb. Easy to drink, with the elevated booze quotient really of no concern - I could see killing a (much cheaper than it is around here) sixer of these while camping outside of Portland, fo sho.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is citrus, light pine and malts. The flavor is citrus, light tropical fruit, hop resin, malts and a bitter/mildly earthy finish.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 561 ratings