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
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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

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Added by BradMacMullin on 03-27-2013

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Photo of mtomlins
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A clear golden color pouring to 1-2 fingers of of white head settling to a thick collar.

S: Nice hop nose, lots of PNW hops, both spicy and floral with some nice citrus notes (oranges and tangerines).

T: Big hop presence but not overwhelming (a hop bomb). Great PNW hops here: floral, spicy with some nice citrus notes. With only a mild malt profile, this beer is hop heavy but still achieves a nice balance of flavors. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Soft, smooth.

O: A nice beer; appealing appearance and aroma. A tasty brew but a bit one dimensional relative to other IPAs.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Widmer Bros Hopside Down IPL
Appears pale copper bright white head with fine lace. Aroma has citrus and floral hops with clean cereal grains. Flavor brings out a clean rolling bitterness mainly citrus pith from the hop additions. Mouthfeel, light carbonation light to medium bodied pulls off a crisp finish much like a lager except for more oily alpha acids here. Overall enjoyable but lacks some complexity crisp and hoppy.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & eatery in Linglestown PA
enjoyed chilled from a glass.

The color is deep amber with good clarity as you might expect from a lager with thick white creamy head that settles to a collapsed ring of fine beads with wavy lace on the glass. The aroma is both citrus and tropical fruit with some floral hop esters adding to a slightly sweet malt aroma.
The feel is very dry and has a substantial amount of bitterness with a subtle hint of diacetyl but pretty clean and moderately high carbonation gives the impression of a little more bitter than it is maybe.

The taste is crisp which is expected from lagering, but has a nice amount of tangy hop flavor up front too, it is somewhat peach from first taste until mid palate and becomes a little more citrus and grapefruity into the finish with light astringency in the taste and slight malt toastiness backing up the hops with a gently sweet finish. Overall I am pleased to try this it has a fresh hop vibrancy and is very drinkable -Well done Widmer!

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

Appearance: Poured from bottle, light golden color with fizzy thin white head. Transparent, looks like a light beer.

Smell: I can definitely detect the hops but also a type of caramelly syrupy sweetness. Not sure what to expect with the taste.

Taste: No particularly strong flavors. The hops are detectable but not overpowering or particularly bitter, and has some sweet notes that I'm having a hard time articulating. Nothing really stays with me in terms of aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light and vibrant, and smooth (not dry). The carbonation works well with the overall lightness of the beer.

Overall: Good beer overall, nothing spectacular but pleasant to drink as none of the flavors are particularly overpowering and has a light crisp mouthfeel. This is what I'd imagine an IPA would taste like if it came as a light beer. You'd never know this thing was almost 7% ABV. I enjoyed this, definitely something you could have 2-3 of if the ABV wasn't so heavy. Summer beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a clear straw yellow/orange color, fairly light. There's a mild haze. It has a foamy white head that leaves some good lacing behind.

S. It has a strong, double hop citrusy scent.

T/M. It has a very strong hop taste. Very bitter. It has some citrus taste. It is fairly strong. Some alcohol.

O. The taste is very strong at first, but once you get used to it is fairly basic. It's easy and enjoyable, but nothing that stands out.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - bright, murky orange with a quarter of an inch of soft, thick, white head that has decent retention

S - grapefruit, big, citrus, mild pine

T - huge grapefruit, mild rind, some piney bitterness, nice malt character, some sugary sweetness, very mild cake batter notes, very nice balance between and very aggressively hopped

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is really a solid offering. I think IPL are quickly becoming one of my favorite emerging styles. This can hang with any IPA that Widmer has put out in the rotator series. The hops are aggressive, assertive, bitter, and balanced, and the malt character is sweet which I like in IPAs and offers a solid backbone. Well done.

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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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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