Sean’s Sips – Odell/Thornbridge Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale


  • Style:  American Double/Imperial IPA
  • ABV:  8.9%
  • SRM:  6.3
  • IBU:  20
  • Hops:  Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Perle, and Galaxy
  • Malt:  Pilsen, Golden Promise, and Munich


The follow-up to a collaboration brew done at Thornbridge Brewery’s place close to 2 years ago, Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale is meant to showcase ingredients from both countries – English malts and American hops.  The one exception, Galaxy hops (grown in Australia), are a tip to the Australian heritage of Thornbridge Brewery’s Production Manager Caolan Vaughan.  Pond Hopper was designed to be more hop forward on the nose with a malty, rather than bitter, finish.


Pond Hopper has a fairly complex aroma with notes of citrus and resin from the hops and a certain breadiness from the malts.  While the nose is very hop forward, the taste is predominately malt.  There is definitely a punch of alcohol as well, which can be expected with a roughly 9% ABV beer.  Despite the heat, Pond Hopper is very drinkable but I still recommend sharing the bottle with a friend.  Just because I was selfish and drank the whole thing doesn’t mean you should too.


Yes, this shot was meant to be cliche.


[Disclaimer: I realize that I am in no way qualified to judge beer… so I’m not.  The goal of this post is to introduce you to a local beer that I think you’d enjoy.  It’s fine if you don’t agree with me, just don’t post angry comments about how you can’t believe I didn’t taste bubblegum, clove, and/or hot dogs in said beer.  I should also say that this beer was sent to me at no cost to myself.]

About Sean Buchan

Sean is a Physical Therapist and Photographer living in (and loving) Denver, Colorado. He enjoys shooting just about anything but his true passion is capturing the craft beer culture here in Denver. If you enjoy his photographs check out Beertographer.