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RATINGS: 181   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - APR 5, 2014
750 ml cork and caged bottle from Portale Birra, served in a pint glass. Sunrise orange, slightly hazy, with a big, fluffy, forever lasting off-white head. Lots of bubble streaming up. Good lacing. On the nose tropical fruits, orange peel, bubblegum notes, resin and a fair amount of caramel malts. Sweet-ish hoppy aroma. Quite harsh during the first sip, heavy bitterness and at the same time heavy, almost astringent, sweetness. Certainly fruity, sharp and lingering citric aftertaste. Almost peppery, again resiny, pleasent malty backbone, and perhaps slightly soapy, but I’m fairly sure this isn’t a fresh bottle, so fair game for that. Absolutely no trace of the alchool. Average to lively carbonation, medium body, creamy texture. Unbalanced, but decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Keg Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2012, Parsons Green, London in July 2012 - Orangey Gold in colour. Very Fruity; orange citrus and tropical fruits; mango and peach. Hoppy; piney resinous hops. Balancing malts. Nice fruit/hop/malt balance. Fairly bitter fruity hoppy throughout. Liked this a lot. Lovely Beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle at Duke’s Brew & Que, Hackney on 11 January 2014. Poured a hazy orange with a large, fluffy off white head. Wonderful fruity aroma with notes of tangerine, mango, peaches and some honeycomb. Malty, toffee-like flavours, balanced very nicely with gentle citrus hops. Finish was biscuity malt, peppery hop and syrupy fruit. Great double IPA, held the balance nicely and the alcohol complemented it nicely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Caramel, herbal hop aroma. Caramel sweet, sort of a stale-ish flavor. Maybe kind of an old bottle?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9533) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle shared at Duke’s Brew and Que. Thanks to Beese. Aroma is big resinous piney hops and tropical fruit orange citrus. Clear golden / straw coloured pour with a nice lasting white head. Flavour has bags or fresh citrus and pine hops. Light caramel malt. Very Very Tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniel_Hop_It (21) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Med - hard body with fab condition, lil oily. sweet, nutty malts coasting along side of some fruity citrus and earthy hop notes. Toffe with belgium style backing. Tasty bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 3, 2014
Igen ködös, narancssárga színe van, elég nagy, krémes, de nem túl kitartó habbal bír. Íze és illata is igen édes, aszalt gyümölcsös, lekváros, barackos, likőrös, malátás, kandiscukros. Elég sűrű, szirupos, testes, nem túl szénsavas, Utóíze lekváros, édeskés, tapadós. Nem rossz az íze, de nekem ez már túl édes, több komló még bőven elfért volna benne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naeri (23) - SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
Stort tätt, vitt skum. Orange lite oklar. Stor humlearomatisk doft med tropiska frukter. Fet munkänsla med bra beska som hänger kvar länge. Nästan pepprigt kryddig i efterbeskan. Thornbridges mest spännande hittills!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimmythespoon (472) - - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle @duke brew & que. Really enjoyed this beer, rich full aroma, nice balanced body just the right bitterness. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c0fein (555) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2013
750ml bottle from Ales By Mail. Lot of caramel at taste and palate. Fruity and sweet. Yam yam! Could enjoy another..

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