Imperial IPA Review: Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale
An American Imperial IPA is by it’s nature a big beer (technically, it’s a Double Extra Pale Ale). High alcohol content balanced out by residual sugar and an extreme hop content. The fermenataion gives a deep spice and fruit quality, which the hops bring a depth of bitter flavors and exotic fruits. The malt sugars bring toasted and biscuit flavors. All in all, when done well, they can be a complex brew.
Odell Brewing Company has done an excellent job with this Imperial IPA. Fruit note of pineapple, and grapefruit add a crisp lift, while clove, pine, and jasmine flavor add complexity. A distinct caramel corn quality balances it out very nicely. Finishes with a bit of drying bitterness from the hips.
This brew was a joint effort with the British brewery Thornbridge, released in 2012.
Odell Brewing was one of the first microbreweries in Fort Collins, CO. The brewery was started in 1989 by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. It now produces over 45 thousand barrels annually, and distributes throughout the Western United States and the United Kingdom. It is also available on the grey market on the East Coast.