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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - 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 (40503) - 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 (15793) - 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 (10350) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3702) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Excellent aroma, slightly less distinguished flavor. Fresh aroma of cantaloupe and kiwi. Equally bitter and sweet. Exciting to see these breweries working together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle at home as a birthday present, thanks to Meg! Gorgeous slightly hazy vivid orange with a bubbly, healthy frothy white head that sticks around. Amazingly rich nose, tropical fruit bowl, Fruitella sweets, pineapple, melon, mango, sweet candied orange peel. No hint of booze. Lovely sweet front, really really juicy, soft sweet malts, breakfast juice, just the tiniest hint of pine resin and a long & dry (but not aggressively bitter) finish. Prickly carbonation with a full, thick (but not cloying) mouthfeel. The deranged lovechild of St. Lupulin and Jaipur - a really smooth, rich but well-balanced DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (686) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2012
The cork could not wait to escape this bottle. It’s bright golden orange with a little haze and cream-orange hued head. The foam was fluffy and lively, dissipating at a medium pace. Aromas of caramel, apricot, oranges, honey, alcohol. This is a big, bold, sweet brew with lots of hops. As it warms, the carb softens up a bit and I taste loads of caramel and honey with some syrupy fruit qualities, just a touch of bitter and sour. GREAT brew, but I would recommend trying to find someone with which to share a bottle/ expense.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (775) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours a golden-orange-copper with good sized head. Aroma of hops and malt. Flavor is very rich combination of citrus-hop flavors and underlying maltiness. Very good double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brucebruce81 (318) - Wyoming, USA - AUG 25, 2012
This beer was really good it balanced the hops well with the malt I loved this beer and recommend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2012
750ml from the Rare Beer Club. Very bright, colorful orange pour, almost glowing and fresh looking, bedecked with a fine filmy head. Very enticing, heady floral aroma back by a trace of malt and substantial bitter notes. Full, very smooth mouthfeel with a playful carbonation and a palate that’s fairly dry. Terrific, super-fresh, citrusy flavors abound but with a nice bitterness and malt complement that I imagine reflects Thornbridge’s contributions (?). Regardless of who did what, this is a really fine collab brew.

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