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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2012
This stuff is amazing! Beautiful raw honey pour with ample carbonation and a fluffy eggshell head with sticky lacing. Can sit a quarter on it. Eventually diminishes to a whisp and fizzy film. Aroma of Spruce, Ponderosa, and Douglas Fir...tons of evergreen. Loads of caramel, toffee, tropical fruit, and spice. Mango, papaya, and guava...fruit cocktail syrup and alcohol in flavor but the ABV isn’t distracting. Again, lots of peppery spice. Medium to thick mouthfeel. A little thick. Tasty! Another winner from Odell’s!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours an apricot color with a fluffy eggshell head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma has some dank hops, citrus, green mango. Taste is sweet with super juicy hops. Medium bodied and a bitter, but balanced finish. A touch of dryness as well. This beer hides the high abv very well as you take a sip, but it begins to warmth the chest so you know its there. Really well done. And, just when I had all but given up hope for Odell’s. The biggest drawback: As usual, the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2012
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Snifter at 45°. Color is a light gold with easy carbonation and a fluffy white head. Aroma is a fresh sweet fruity hop scent. It has a bolder medium body with a rich mouth feel. Flavor is rich, malty and has a nice fruity sweetness then a touch of pine shows with a bold bitterness. In the after taste all the flavors hang on with the pine standing out, a little more bitterness and a some alcohol showing. Overall it very well done, its big and bold without being overdone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (2497) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Refrigerated bottle from the rare beer of the month club poured into a snifter. Pours clear deep golden with big white head. Medium lacing, medium body, medium carbonation, and light hop aroma. Taste is grapefruit, hint of pine, and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (143) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2012
Keg @ Sheffield Tap. Dangerously drinkable. Warming with alcohol, slightly syrupy. Quite a lot of sweetness and malt balancing the hops and alcohol. Great way to end a day touring the pubs of Sheffield.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
herchick (17) - Akron, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured from tap at Sheffield Rail Station, England. To start with, this place has an amazing bottle list with many beers from the United States that I can’t even get a hold of. Has a string malt character with enough hops to come through. Not an American IPA but certainly not a light hopped English IPA either. Great change from drinking normal English IPAs all week. Time to catch the train!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1664) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2012
At Flanny’s for the Odell Tap Takeover. Clear and golden pour, thin white head. Nice balance of English malts and hoppiness..a little melon flavor as well. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1510) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel/crystal biscuity malts with some grassy slightly fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary and slightly soapy caramel malts with some slightly metallic and fruity hops that add decent bitterness in the finish. There’s a bit of alcohol burn in the finish too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, it’s decent but a bit too sweet and on the English side of the style for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
Hazy blonde. Thin head. Medicinal aroma with lots of hops. Rich flavour, with lots of malt and fresh hop character, as well as some overt yeastiness. Lively beer, has some of that hoppy Thornbridge character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
The beer pours a hazy, deep copper color with a moderately full, off-white, rocky, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves scattered lace. The nose is quite nice with subtle sweet breads, toasty caramel, some spice, very floral, light melon, tangerine, and some mango as well. Similar flavor with more melon, some peach emerging, floral becoming resinous, still a bit spicy, sweet caramel underneath, and lighter tangerine. The palate seems thin for the style but works with this one; medium, lively, creamy, and velvety. The finish turns a bit astringent and grassy with some faint floral and resin there, and peach lingering. Actually the beer had me intrigued until the finish where things seemed to unfold a bit. The flavor seemed to hold together very well with so many complementary notes, but the astringent and grass notes kill that. A bit of a roller coaster with such a nice beginning but just wasn’t all that likeable beer to drink. Still something very different from the norm and a nice attempt.

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