RATINGS: 177   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.

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Beaver (1828) - 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.

Oakes (18517) - 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.

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.

wedgie9 (2702) - 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.

evergreen0199 (3460) - 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.

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

Damico (3147) - 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.

drjay44 (3797) - 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

bu11zeye (13140) - 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.

jackl (8287) - 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.

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