Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Hopside Down India Style Pale LagerHopside Down India Style Pale Lager
560 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stanford's in Tanasbourne.

A clear yellow with a dense, white head with decent retention and lacing, this is a solid IPL. The nose is full of hops, bright, citrusy, mildly rind-like and moderately pith-like. Clean, snappy and refreshing, this is solid. A touch of sweetness is present. The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, rather resiny with pine and citrus. This is followed with a rather clean hop flavor - grapefruit, pine, some orange - with no real grassy flavors. The mid-palate has a little bit of caramel, but what is striking is the mineral character on the finish that works really nicely with the snappy, resiny hops. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this feels decent on the palate and has a nice, hoppy finish. Alcohol is a lot higher than it needs to be (IMO) but otherwise, this is a winner.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a 1 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, citrus hops, lemon zest, biscuit, grass, piney hops, grains, light spices or herbs; pretty basic nose that’s pretty much perfectly balanced: it’s half hop and half malt and smells good overall.

Tastes like it smells with malt, citrus hops, lemon, orange peel, light grapefruit, biscuit, grass, piney hops, roasted grains, light spices like pepper, herbs like tea leaf, wheat bread and rye (or what seems like rye to me). This is an interesting beer as it has a lot of hops spices but they just peek through and wash down with the grainy/malty flavors; the balance is nice and there is no sign of ABV so this flows down really easy.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with an almost buttery feel in part to the very light body and mild carbonation; the finish is on the sweet side with spicy notes and a mild bitterness that trails off almost clean with a bready sweetness lingering. Finish is basically a jacked up lager on hop steroids.

India Style Pale Lager; quite a handle that sums up how this beer tastes and drinks. A very tasty hybrid that is refreshing and easy to drink and one I would consume on a regular basis. I liked this a lot and recommend trying it.

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3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden copper color with a rich white froth 2 fingers solid that fades down with soapy patches on the glass. The look for this brew is quite nice.

The aroma is rindy and zesty with hops like oranges and pith/pulp. A bit of caramel malt and hints of sulfur and cheese quality as it warms up.

The taste is quite zesty with orange-like citrus mixed with some caramel malt. A little rindy and herbal with hops. Some sulfur aspects are somewhat cheesy into the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, refreshing and very easy drinking. Worth having a go at for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is a sharp pine and lemon. Upfront and good.
The taste has moderate pine bitterness with a clean malt finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a great mixture of lager and IPA. Nicely hopped with a clear body and a clean finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/9/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of citrus and perfume-like hop aromas that makes the smell slightly better than the taste in my opinion.

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3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Overall, a nice little hoppy lager, nothing worth writing poetry over, but it'll do for a clean hop fix."(<~~~~perfect description)

Agreed! . .

But I must write more...
It has hops. Not very ccomplex taste. Pretty straight forward ipa.
Good to drink if your "thirsty" not looking to "enjoy"

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hopside Down India Style Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 560 ratings
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