- 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.
[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.]