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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a nice copper-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lychee, ripe tangelo zest, a hint of menthol, and an earthy, grassy / straw like note that is a mix of hop and pale malt notes. If you really dig, pale malt notes of wheat crackers starts to come out. As my nose adjusts the hop aromatics take a lemon-zest focus.

Nicely bitter up front, it picks up an herbal, sort of menthol like note in the middle and there is a dried straw like character that lingers along with the bitterness in the finish. A lemon zest like hop note, lighter notes of lychee, grapefruit zest, and even a touch of peppery character that lingers in the finish. This has a green, hoppy character to it; somewhat grassy, slightly menthol like, maybe even a touch like basil. The alcohol is fairly smooth here, it perhaps accentuates the peppery note in the hops. This does have a nice malt character, especially as it warms; the clean pale malt character contributes notes of white-wheat crackers, crushed pale malt, and a slightly nutty pale grain note.

Not bad, but it comes off as a bit disjointed somehow. Still, I am enjoying this, but it certainly doesn’t really seem worth the price tag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2012
bottle from az wine 7/24/12. hazy orange with a wispy ow/white head. really fruity aroma...peachy, odell yeast, orange, pineapple, pale malt, nuttiness, florals-lots, woody caramel and toffee. the flavor is much the same... only with some carrot-like dirt notes and umami. it is very fruity but dry and spicy. tingly mouth feel. i like everything about this except the yeast really gets in the way...it makes it sludgy and nutty and doesn’t allow the rest of the beer to shine. it seems to work really well in their ba beers but not this one so much. 7/4/7/3+/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - AUG 3, 2012
Super fresh hops, citrus, slight peach. Golden Orange with pillowy white head displaying nice retention. Smooth sweet citrus with bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
You knw I have to say I really enjoyed this brew. Good density, deep in color and a lasting creamy head. Smells great revealing the hop profile while allowing the malt to come through. A big style that drinks like a meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle wi Ben. Nice aroma. Pale aley. You wouldn’t necessarily assume ’imperial’. Flavour is very nice. Grassy, light citrus hops. Well balanced malty flavour with a palateable bitterness. The alcohol isn’t prominent but you know it was there once it’s washed down. Warming. Pretty nice. A IIPA without the bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3083) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden with a white head. Slightly grassy hop aroma, some hay, also come citrus and caramel, slightly musty. Taste has more of the same, well balanced flavors. Quite fizzy, with a moderate bitterness. Pretty good but perhaps verges on the boring

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6097) - Utah, USA - AUG 2, 2012
750ml C&C bottle from discount liquors
Appearance: Pours hazy golden with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Dusty caramel and pine
Taste: Dusty caramel, grapefruit, piney (green hops) with a dry/sweet finish
It was OK but hard to finish. Sweet and hoppy, not really balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9990) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2012
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Lucky I was watching the cork as I was opening. As soon as I got the cage off, I saw the cork rising up by itself. Sure enough, a very loud pop and the cork goes flying across the room. Thankfully, no gusher. Golden in color with an off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, pine, grass, some tropical fruitiness. Tastes of citrus, tropical fruits, caramel, and lighter floral hops. Juicy with a sweeter fruit finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14389) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
Keg at CPK, London. Pours clear, shiney gold with a moderate, creamy off-white head. Massive resinous, ripe citrus nose with grapefruit and tangerine. hugely sweet flavor with lots of jammy citrus, marmalade, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, melon, canteloupe, light pine and pale, bready malts. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Good body, though, and not too heavy. Mild warmth to finish, with some slightly earhtier and grassier hops now, along with some very lightly toasted pale malts, ripe citrus, mild alcohol, orange, tangerine, pineapple, some light straw. Super sweet fruit character overall. Nice. It isn’t overly sweet or aggressively bitter. Pretty solid DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (823) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2012
10oz draught. Pours a cloudy honey color Aroma of citrus, pine, grass. Has a wonderful aroma. Flavor is citrus, plum, pine, grass. Mellow and smooth, but severely enjoyable.

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