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Beer Review: Odell’s Pond Hopper

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Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale, Thornbridge Brewery, United Kingdom; Odell Brewing, Fort Collins

Style: Double-extra pale ale

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ABV: 8.9 percent

Serving Type: 750 mL bottle

Malty? Hoppy? The best of both.

Reviewed: May 2012

Too often, people don’t think of beer as something fit for special-occasion drinking. Instead, it is the watered-down swill we consume at baseball games or around the campfire. That’s fine, but the next time you are invited to dinner, try bringing a not-so-typical beer for the host. You’ll make new friends and strengthen old relationships, trust us.

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For those special occasions, Pond Hopper, Odell’s latest collaboration with UK-based Thornbridge Brewing, is a good place to start. The label boasts that by using English malts and American hops, the brew takes cues from the countrys’ best ingredients. That’s a diplomatic statement, but accurate. The beer is a peachy-gold color with lots of carbonation and a very fruity nose that is balanced out by the hops.

Would we buy it again? Invite us over. We’ll bring it.

Natasha Gardner, Articles Editor

Natasha Gardner writes and edits longform journalism and multimedia projects for 5280 and is a regular columnist for 5280.com.

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