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Orlio Organic Seasonal India Pale Ale - Orlio Organic Beer Company

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Orlio Organic Seasonal India Pale AleOrlio Organic Seasonal India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Orlio Organic Beer Company
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

56 IBU

Brewed with Pale, Munich, Caramel and Carapils malts, hopped and dry-hopped with Centennial.

(Beer added by: jpagewatts on 03-26-2007)
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Reviews by skivtjerry:
Photo of skivtjerry
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a clear light amber in the glass with a persistent head. Very fresh hop aroma, about halfway between English and American. The first taste is piney hop flavor, then a lightly toasted malt flavor emerges before the hops take over again. Body is a touch thin. Not exceptional but well made and very drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with Drink By Aug08 on the label. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a slightly hazy orange with a medium-sized white head, and some of the most impressive lacing I have ever seen. Citrus and pine aroma, very nice. Citrus and piney taste, with a pronounced, somewhat unpleasant, hop bitterness at the end. This bitterness really prevails. A little bit resinous in the mouth. Not a bad IPA, but I have many others that I prefer.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never understood why there was a need for a new company for their jump into the organic brands. Unnecessary overhead IMO. Perhaps one of the most amazing lacing shows on a beer I have seen in a while. Huge chunks of white lace from a three fingered head don't waver unless a full on sip passes by. Clear dim golden color. The aroma screams citric with Mandarin and Clementine, slight sweet toasted muffin nose within. Smooth and creamy with a moderate carbonation and body. Bitterness is there, the hops let me know right away. Not sharp but more of a broad swing at the taste buds. Lots of hop flavor to go around with a citric, herbal and earthen tone. Maltiness comes in waves with sweet honey basted biscuits to a fresh cut grass flavor. Mild fruitiness from the yeast as well as a mild buttery presence.

I have tried a good share of organic beers, this one is pretty damn tasty. A must try for all IMO and a great beer to try if you want to experience a beer brewed with just Centennial hops.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with a twist off cap and "please drink before..." dating notched onto the label. Pours basic, middle of the road, almond amber, moderatly hazy, hazed. Plentiful medium tan head, showing better the average retention and leaving plenty of thickish sticky lacing. Nose is upfront, in your face leafy hoppyness, nice. Pleasant hoppy brew. Resiny, fresh tasting hop notes, resiny later in the taste/hop profile. A pleasant suprise to spot this one and have it turn out to be a quite drinkable and enjoyable AIPA. Organic to boot, save the planet, enjoy fresh tasting, worthy beer.

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first review in over a year. been using this site mostly for research.

i had never seen this before, i didnt really care that this is organic either, but it was recommended to me by jdiddy.

a: dark golden color, little head, doesnt stay long. little lacing

s: woody, piney, expected of an IPA

t: more bitter than sweet, still a nice balance. a little bit of citrus zest.

m: smooth, if a little lite. i am used to stone or titan, huge IPAs.

d: not a bad IPA. i would buy it again. could probably go through a 6 in an afternoon. probably good with a bbq. pork chops anyone? i could even see drinking this with lamb chops or some herb marinated chicken.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper orange color.

S: sweet malt and some spicy hopping and some fruitiness from the yeast.

T: Light spicy citrus with clean malting. The beer is lightly carbonated yet still produces a nice aroma and yeastiness. A good complexity of malt and hops and probably one of the better organic beers I've had.

M: mouthful is light with a little cereal grains and light toasted notes.

D: A decent try for those into organic beers.

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with limesmut.

A: The IPA is a hazy mimosa color, looking thick and bright orange darkened a bit by some coffee. The head was nothing to bark about up front and never recovered from there.

S: The nose is grainy, almost vegetal at times (specifically celery). The hops are appreciably bitter but they struggle to outdistance the malt body.

T: The taste, thankfully, presents a more bitter profile than the nose leads on. The bitterness is citrusy, full of grapefruit and herbal flavors. The malt base, quite strong in the nose, is more reserved taste-wise. The graininess is evident but it knows to stay out of the way of the hops.

M: The hop profile is just barely big enough to move beyond APA. Me? I'd love to see a bit more of hoppy finish.

D: The flavor is mild with enough hops to keep things lively. There is nothing, flavor-wise that screams 'organic', which is the point, I guess.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour with a big chunky white head that has good retention time and also leaves a healthy smattering of residue all over the glass.

Aroma is hoppy, with pine being the primary hop note, but balanced with some earthy malt along with some sweetness from the malt as well. Simple and nice.

Flavour is more of the same: simple but solid. Rugged notes seem to come out a bit more here vs sweeter notes, and the hops are nicely balanced with the malt. Hops still do of course lead the way, but they are not overpowering in any way, as many of even regular IPA's can tend to be these days, let alone Double IPA's. It's nice to taste a traditional, moderately hopped IPA for a change. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it.

This one was simply solid all around. Easy drinking and flavourful without over doing anything. this Orlio stuff from Magic Hat is two for two so far in my opinion.

Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright amber with golden highlights, with a clean white head that fades to a dusting but nonetheless leaves some nice lace. The nose is full of American hops, with bright citrus fruits and a touch of honey-nut malts. It's not a deep nose, but a pleasant one. The taste is nicely balanced between some sweet citrus notes (with sour edges) and citric/piney bitterness. Some strawberry fruits pop up at the mid-palate. Mouthfeel is a nice mix of brash and rough, but nothing harsh. Very good for the style. Overall, this is good, drinkable IPA. It's got some brisk bitterness that isn't harsh... it's almost sessionable, or it would be without that high ABV. This is a flavorful, balanced IPA that happens to be organic... nice.

Photo of LarryV
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a modest head. Large bubbles cling to the side of the glass before making the voyage to the surface. Pleasant hop aroma dominates the smell. This isn't a hop monster, but it's a very nicely balanced IPA with a good nose of piney hops. The malt balances this brew very nicely, an easy beer to session for an evening. Quite a nice offering.

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Piney/hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with hops at finish and slight bitter aftertaste. Decent IPA and IPAs are not my favorites. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Label has ABV at 5.6%.

Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came all the way from Vermont to sunny Northern California courtesy of jpagewatts. (B'day 07) Thanks!

Pours a bright gold color, clear, and with a nice big head.

Beer smells of pine, bitter hops, and a bit resin like. Nice smelling beer.

Taste is fairly mild for an American style IPA. A bit creamy and malty up front, then a bit sour. The finish has a nice crisp bitter and resiny taste. This is a pretty nice IPA.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a bit lean, and maybe a notch or two below some of the better beers in the style.

Drinkability is good. This is a well done subtle, and drinkable IPA.

Side note : This is one of the better organic beers I have tasted to date.

Photo of jpagewatts
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber beer, a fine white head that fades quick

S- Clean nose, a piney hops aroma (very strong), undertones of biscuit.

T- Wow, this is something. The hops give a great bite that lasts the whole time the beer is in the mouth. And then some. The toasted malt adds just enough roundness that gives body to the hops. It’s sweet and pungent, the perfect balance of hops and malt

M- Feels just right. Again, perfect balance

D- Yes.

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with some bisquit malts and a mild hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a balanced attack of malts and hops that go down easy and finish smooth and creamy. It has a toasted/bisquity flavor along with a mild hop flavor. It's good tasting. It's nothing over the top, just a real good IPA. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I like everything about it; a fine session ale.

Photo of scottum
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an oh so slightly hazey amber color with a thin white headskie. Hops are smooth yet bold for a nice mellow IPA taste that brings me back to the days before the dipa was hip. A touch thin on mouthfeel, but smooth and easy to drink. The big sale, it's good and it's ORGANIC!

Photo of BobThomas
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours an amber color that you can see straight through to the other side of the glass. Medium sized head that fades to a thin lacing after about 30 seconds or so.

Smells sweet, a tad piney from the hops, with a bit of Budweiser scent in there too. Hmm.

Tastes similar, not as sweet, a bit of spicy alcohol, overly bitter finish, and the piney hops taste more like pine sol.

Maybe this would be better with a good food pairing. As of right now it's doing absolutely nothing for me.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a 09/07 drink by date. The appearance is a cloudy, dark orange color topped off by a 11/2 finger white head, that leaves nice sticky lacing. There is a medium sized crown of foam well after the pour.

The aroma is both sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit is part of the aroma as well as other sweet fruits. The taste holds some nice hop bitterness and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Overall, a pretty decent IPA.

Photo of oelergud
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy translucent golden orange body, huge white airy head with great retention and lace.
WOW great smell. Pine hops, grass, mountain streams comes to mind.
Taste is even better, god damn great. Almost a caramel apple kicked full of hop oils. So deliciously hoppy but also full of malts. Aftertaste is a mellow spiked rush of nirvana.
Medium to full body, lots of coating and stinging hop sensation.
Very drinkable, very tasty, damn good!

-Oelergud

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale rust colored brew but the head is a chewy frothy off-white cover, about 1-2 fingers, that calms down to a thin blanket with some healthy lacing. The aroma is wonderful, not overpowering, just a solid sweet hops and a little malt, a little apple topping it off. Very nice. The first mouthful is mellow, lightly, but adequately carbonated, and delivers that piney hops you look for in an ipa. This is very smooth and goes down quickly. There is a bit of alcohol finish with a very subtle touch of licorice in the bitterness. Some peachy highlights perhaps. Just very pleasant and enough hops here without offending the faint of heart. I would like to drink more than one for sure. This is somewhat middle of the road for ipa fans, and a bit sweet, but I am quite satisfied with it. Orlio does it again. Go organic people!

Photo of mshallah
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orlio Organic has been around for some months now and I have to admit I took a while to try them out. This IPA had the lowest price on the craft beer shelf ($6.95/6-pack) and it's also quite a little surprise. A beautiful orange color with a pillow of foam that fades oh so slowly. Sticky sticky. Sweet malt aroma with a huge hop bouquet. Website lists centennial as the sole hop variety. Hop aroma is a pine forest with sticky sap. Taste is full of flavor but not too big for a session. Sweet sticky fruity maltiness and lots of dry-hopped goodness. Medium light mouthfeel; the body seems light for the style but doesn't lessen the enjoyment. Given the great taste, price and availability in my area, this will be a frequent purchase.

Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to buy this in a growler to see how well Orlio beers are when fresh.

Color: Pours a light golden copper color with a frothy head.

Aroma: Malty, biscuity with mild hop aroma. Seems clean and balanced in the aroma.

Taste: Hoppy upfront with biscuity flavor in the middle. Smooth. Has a good mix of bitterness. Feels more balanced than HiPA and more fuller than Lucky Kat (compared because they are MH brews and MH owns Orlio).

Mouthfeel: Bitterness that's somewhat fruity/biscuity. Not very dry. Full.

Verdict: For some reason, not as great as I remember it. The hops might have been changed or reduced as the piney scent from the bottled version is not there. Still much of what I remember. MH is known to tweak recipes though and I wouldn't be surprised if they've done that with this Orlio brew. Still very decent.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light copper with a one finger high head. Really nice lacing.

Sweet malts, biscuity/toasty, a little caramel. Sweet citrus (orange, ruby red grapefruit) pine sappy hop aromas.

Well balanced flavor profile that is very in line with what one detects on the aroma. A very solid IPA, in no way over the top with the hops, just very well crafted.

light/medium body that feels a bit fuller than it is cause it foams up a bit in the mouth. Good fine bubbled carbonation. Very clean finish.

Very drinkable....SESSION AWAY!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded amber gold. No head sticks around too long here. Nose is a vibrant orange with . Flavor is a woody and tart hop character. Slight touch of a salty edge. Meaty and thick. Feel is thick on the liquid with a pretty full level of bubble. Very drinkable. Definitely a session brew. Plus, for the people who care...it's organic.

Photo of phisig137
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by end of Sept 07. Not knowing the brewery, I don't know how far they date their beers, but that seems pretty close to the current date for it to be all that fresh...

Pours a deep gold/ light amber color, with a one finger head. Poor retention, but great lacing.

The aroma is mostly floral hop aromas, with just a touch of citrus hops. Almost perfume-y. Very round and balanced.

Flavor is quite similar, being dominated by a very floral hop flavor, but this time with a good deal more grapefruit flavors. Malt is hidden, and shows only the smallest amount of crystal malt sweetness. Medium to light bodied, and slightly undercarbonated. Goes down easily, and drinkability is pretty good.

Over all, not bad at all. In the past, I've always thought that organic hops just didn't cut it. This beer shows that organic hops can still be delicious. That being said, I would like to see more hop complexity... this is just a bit one sided. But if you're looking for a refreshing, moderately hoppy, organic beer, this is a good place to start.

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Orlio Organic Seasonal India Pale Ale from Orlio Organic Beer Company
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