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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Tasted on 6/19/12 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle from the Michael Jackson Beer of the Month Club. Pours clear orange/amber with a very thick off-white head that slowly recedes to rocky lace. The nose is dominated by fruity hops, ranging from tropical mango and pineapple to peach and apricot, with a nice caramel malt backbone. The flavor is a touch sweeter than I was hoping, with the caramel malt coming through powerfully. The hops are the same, very fruity, with a nice touch of bitterness on the back of the palate. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long, tropical fruit and nicely bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2585) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2012
Keg at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London. An amber/golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Sweet, tropical fruit aroma. Tastes quite sweet, tropical fruit, malty, caramel, definite orange taste too. Typical double IPA, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeTheWizard (14) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Hazy orange with a formidable lasting head. Subtle nose of watermelon, tangerine and orange. The mouthfeel is bubbly and slightly oily and resinous with the volatile hops. No bitterness at all. It is all melon and tropical and very refreshing. Very distinct and interesting and extremely drinkable. I am quite impressed. It doesn’t have the toffee English malty backbone at all. It is a hot weather double IPA. Good work

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Pours unclear amber orange in color with a big creamy white head, beautiful. The aroma brings sweet pure citrus hops and some alcohol citrus notes coming through so smoothly. The flavor brings juicy orange flavors, then some sweet and lightly zesty hops continue the pleasant, non-biting IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3091) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2012
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a thick, fluffy, gradually collapsing, white head over a clear, gold body.....nose is pine, grapefruit peel, light toffee/caramel, hints of melon, apricot....taste is pine, citrus, pineapple, treacle, melon, hints of harsh wood terpenes....mouth feel medium, alcohol burn present, carbonation high adding a heavy foamy quality. The aromas are interesting and complex. The flavors are a bit too harsh, with some of the wrong side of barrel aged qualities, even though it was not barrel aged. It is interesting over all but is not finished. Since this is obviously a big beer, it needs time in the bottle to mature to its full potential. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2012
(750ml bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear pale yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of herbs, urine, grass, cantaloupe, and grapefruit. Flavor of yeast, herbs, mango, grass, and stone fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Keg @ CPK. Deep amber color with a eggy white head. The nose is strong strawberry and powdered sugar donuts, some mango, pineapple and cream cheese. The taste is sweet strawberry, fruit salad, buoyant malts and plenty of mango. Quite sweet, with hints of honey and syrup. Medium body, slightly oily, this beer hides its big ABV quite well. Very nice, though sweet indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (1811) - Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2012
750 ml. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours hazy golden with a huge creamy white four finger head and what looks like nice lacing. The aroma is clean fresh hops, spicy, earthy. The taste is much mellower than expected, earthy, resinous and syrupy, bubbly. Body is medium, carbonation is high, almost too high for the style. Overall I was hoping for more, at $14.99 a bottle I was definitely hoping for more, most double IPA’s cost ten dollars or less and some of them are better than this. What, just because it is a collaboration beer doesn’t mean that they can charge double, it doesn’t make the beer taste any better, In case you haven’t noticed I was let down by this, get Sierra Nevada Hoptimum or Dogfish Head 90 minute for a much lower price and also get a better beer. That’s not to say this isn’t good, it’s just not 15 dollars good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1578) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Dark orange brown. Some floral hops and caramel, slightly earthy malts on the nose. Pretty good, but felt a bit disjointed. Maybe some bottle time will sort it out? Hids 8.8% alcohol well. Okay, but a bit of a letdown for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6288) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
bottle, clear golden color with thin white foam, aromas of sweet pineapple and some metallic notes, flavor of grassy , floral grapefruit, citrus

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