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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Doug Odellís 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 youíre on, hereís to good beer and good friends. Cheers.

   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 doesnít 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 (2924) - 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 (2969) - 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 (12268) - 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 (5806) - 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
brenn79 (1725) - Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2012
750 ml. corked ní 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 IPAís cost ten dollars or less and some of them are better than this. What, just because it is a collaboration beer doesnít mean that they can charge double, it doesnít make the beer taste any better, In case you havenít 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. Thatís not to say this isnít good, itís just not 15 dollars good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1479) - 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 (6237) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5782) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
(750ml bottle thanks to blutt59) light orange, ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of agave, light hop, herbal. Taste of herbs, sweet, lightly bitter, orange, grassy, nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Sampled at Savor...did not like it at all. Big and heavy, hops did not come though at all, it was a malt bomb that was way heavy. I canít imagine that they brought a bad batch to SAVOR, or kept serving it. So, I did not like it.

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