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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Doug Odell’s admiration for the British brewing culture has led him across the pond - a lot. In 2008, Doug landed at Thornbridge Brewery and in the company of kindred brewing spirits. This visit led to a collaboration brew at Thornbridge in 2010. Fast forward to 2012 to find the two breweries at it again, this time at Odell Brewing. Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale is the love child of this international brewmance. Brewed with English malts and American hops, Pond Hopper brings together the best ingredients each country has to offer, balancing a subtle sweet malt character with hints of mango and peach hop flavor. It pours a rich golden color with citrus and ripe melon essence in the nose. No matter which side of the pond you’re on, here’s to good beer and good friends. Cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17535) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Bottle... Poured golden, pale yellow with a thick, fizzy white head. Earthy, mildly resinous hops on the nose. Drying yeast esters and other light fruits. Like tropical fruits, citrus, and a hint of honey sweetness with added bready malts for balance. Clean, and easy drinking with hardly any evidence of the higher abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8236) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2012 bottle-conditioned 750ml. early pour is hazed gold with a tall-building white head. moderately strong hop-forward nose of pine resin, citrus oils and pith, fruit cocktail / maraschino cherry / canned pear, floral esters, simple syrup sweet pale malt and a mild touch of baked biscuit. medium-thick body with an excessively sweet flavor of white grapes, peeled pears, candied fruit / tutti frutti / concentrated pineapple juice. medium-high bitterness; medium acid; cloying sweetness; decently creamy carbonation but harshly bitter once it washes across the palate. a mish-mash of candied fruit, American hop bitterness and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Pours a clear golden amber with a tall white head. Nice aroma of pine, herbal notes, and floral hops. A sweet bread and toffee maltiness. Mild to moderate citrus peel. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side. Toffee, toasted bread, and light caramel. Some moderate fruitiness and a fair amount of floral, pine, and herbal hop flavors. Lightly bitter on the finish. Quite high on the carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
botle at home ... from my GBBF 2012 haul...golden amber ... hin white head ... soft zezty orange ... light dry hop nose ...soft orange and passion fruit ... noice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours a dark golden colour with a fair white head. A lovely hoppy aroma of pineapple, honey dew and watermelon, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Decent bitterness with well balanced alcohol. Lingering melon characters. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Has a nice pine scent with some citrus and orange peel like scent. Taste is a strong grapefruit with a bitter pine. Had it back to back with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid which was a bit cleaner, still a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2012

Bottle 750ml. corked.

Unclear medium orange colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, riped fruit - orange, citrus. Aroma is like a hoppy BW. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dry, orange, fresh. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20120806]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2012
75cl bottle from GBBF and drunk at home. Quite expensive I think like in the £14 a bottle area. Hazy orange gold colour with thick white head. Ended up having to decant it into 3 glasses to get rid of some of the carbonation. Lots and lots of floral hops and grapefruit jump out of the glass at you. Getting the carbonation out really helps let more of the flavour come through. It’s smooth and light and agile. Some booze is there, but it’s not overly sweet. Goes really well with Pont l’Eveque cheese from Normandy. Sharp tangerine flavours. Good bitterness on finish. I think it is a pretty good beer. Bit too much booze maybe. I do like the fruit and the hops though. Yep, the hops are really quite awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Nice copper pour, white head. Tropical fruit aromas, melon, apples, citrus, grassy hops and nice malt backbone. Flavor is sweet but finishes bitter. Lots of tropical fruit flavors. Quite tasty.

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