Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Hopside Down India Style Pale LagerHopside Down India Style Pale Lager
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Hopside Down India Style Pale LagerHopside Down India Style Pale Lager

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BradMacMullin on 03-27-2013

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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Hopside Down is a decent IPA from Widmer. There is nothing that separates itself from other westcoast IPAs....but it is a decent and sessionable offering. The scent is mild with fresh hop that provides hints of pine and citrus. The taste is a decent balance between bitter hops and a sweet malt. The bitterness starts and then the sweetness takes over. The mouthfeel is medium in body....with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and a 6 or 12 would be in order.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Bardenay, Boise. Served in a pint shaker.

A: Clear pale with a frothy white head and some lace.

S: Bready malts/grains and yeast, notes of lemon and citrus and a touch of piney hops, crisp lager nose with a hoppy undertone.

T: More of the same, balanced grain and yeast and bread combined with citrus and orange/lemon peel, maybe some grapefruit and pine as well, slightly flowery, crisp biscuity finish, low bitterness.

MF: Smooth, crisp lighter body.

O: Could have been hopped more in my opinion. Not a bad pale lager/India pale lager, but nothing remarkable.

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4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz snifter, bottled 10/4/13. Pours a dark yellow, with a one inch white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing. Smell is crisp pine, grapefruit, ginger, lemon, and pear. Taste is really crisp, lot of grapefruit and pine along with other tropical flavors. Body is maybe medium, lots of carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking,will look for this in the summer. This is very good, I like the style and The Widmer Bros always make solid beers.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like an IPA but drinks like a lager. Aroma floral with some yeast/bready qualities maybe a little orange or other citrus lightly present. Appearance is clear golden yellow lacing present throughout with a nice creamy head that stays throughout. Taste is crisp with a slightly salty bitterness that is pine and roasted malts and pepper. Great balance and it finishes peppery but not bitter. Lager like finish with hops everywhere. This is almost a sessionable IPA/IPL from Widmer’s rotator series. Its exceptional medium to light body with good carbonation and a long finish. Its what I expect from the series which has featured amazing others including O’Ryely and Falconers IPA’s. Its a perfect IPA choice for someone who normally doesn’t like IPA’s.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright yellow glass holds a quarter finger of white foam that leaves ropy lace.

Smell: Hops, but a bit earthy, a bit dusty, with some orange rind coming through.

Taste: A very lager like taste, bready, yeasty, with a slight tonic water back. Tastes a bit like a macro produced beer, with hops added. That's to say the base beer is clean, no flaws, but pretty boring really. The hops give some flavor and keep it interesting, but my socks are firmly on.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy, light body, oily finish that lasts a bit.

Overall: An IPL. I don't like them as much as IPAs. I'm sure it's possible to make one I'll like, but I haven't found one yet. This one is middle of the road; nothing wrong, not much to love. The hops are loud and forward, but the blend is a bit bitter and earthy. Some dried orange taste comes close to fruity, but almost cloved orange. Big punch for the abv, worth a shot but I'll pass on a 6er.

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3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

The name makes sense if the hopside is the side of the bottle where the hop sediment collects.

Pours bright yellow with a bubbly, lumpy, 2-finger head that quickly starts to melt but grasps and clings to the glass as the big bubbles collapse. Thin strings of bubbles race up from knicks in the glass.

The nose is a grainy sweet malt riding atop a big, lemony, pine-resin hop. Moderate sourdough yeast spiciness and hint of butterscotch. Sweet and juicy, some grapefruit. As much as I avoid comparison to other beers, the nose seems nearly identical to Chainbreaker.

Since it's a lager, I was expecting it to have the typical "lager" characteristics: less malt and a smaller mouthfeel, offset by a sharper carbonation, with a dry crispness. I was wrong, though, Hopside Down is bigger and more flavorful than I'd expected.

The taste is a huge, sharp bite of juniper hops, with a little biscuit and honey and more lemon in the finish. Hop oils coat my tongue, and this beer is big enough that I can feel the warmth in my belly towards the bottom of the glass.

The mouthfeel is spice and the juniper astringency, with a bit of heat lingering through the finish.

Drinkability is low - I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone craving hops, as it's really interesting, but I would never want two of these in a row. Nonetheless, pretty clean and good-tasting start to finish, and overall, an interesting, very hop-forward take on the hoppy lager trend.

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Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 57.7% out of 100 with 560 ratings
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