Odin's Gift - Odin Brewing Company

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odin Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beertunes on 12-23-2009

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Reviews by RedDiamond:
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odin calls this a "ruby ale." I'm not one to argue with Norse gods, so I'll just say that this one is red as a traffic light. It is clear and polished, shows gripping lace, and has an odd, specialty malt taste profile that's nutty and oaken. The smell similarly amplifies this but is also vaguely fruity. An intriguing and original ale reminiscent of Rogue's Mogul Madness.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Malty, Earthy, Balanced

Odin Brewing takes this benchmark-level Amber Ale and gives it a healthy dose of juniper berries. Balance and drinkability are two of the top traits here. The melding of the toasted malt, faint caramel and earthy juniper is very pleasing to our palates. Subtle extremeness.

STYLE: American Amber Ale | ABV: 5.4% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - what, why just a simple amber ale from Odin, aka Wednesday, aka a motherfucking god who would likely proffer a more headier 'gift'? Oh, the juniper berries, got it.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent spectral webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a touch of earthy yeast, tart apple and pear fruity notes, and a pleasantly strange green vegetal character, on top of some generic spicy leafy hops. The taste is toasted and grainy caramel malt, muddled orchard fruit (the juniper berries apparently getting lost amongst their friends), salted biscuits, white pepper, and edgy leafy, weedy, and mildly sprucey hops.

The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, but duly supportive by the same hand, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops and guest ingredient not willing to mess too much with things, it would appear. It finishes just off-dry, the biscuity caramel malt presiding, amongst some weirdly persistent table pepper dustiness, and a still indeterminate sassy fruit character.

My only real issue with this offering is one of nomenclature - an 'amber ale brewed with juniper', that turns out much more like a well-wrought ESB. Definitely not a fatal problem in my world, but there's always that unsettling feeling when you get something you want, and you just weren't expecting it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown/ruby color with a small off-white head on top, about a finger in height. Decent head retention leaving a thin cap on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: On the maltier side with some deep caramel aromas, some bready malt, and a little bit of juniper, but rather faint. Not much in terms of hop presence on the aroma.

T: Again, on the malty side for a red ale with a heavy caramel and bready flavor with hints of cocoa and a little bit of juniper.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking.

O: A decent red ale, was hoping for a bit more from the juniper which I feel makes this beer a bit unique in a style that is wide ranging in terms of its interpretation.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a deep red-brown colored body.
The aroma is grassy, juniper berries and dry hay.
The taste is balanced with some mild lemon and juniper bitterness coming through.
The texture is dry, crisp with moderate carbonation.
A good ale and the juniper adds a nice dry bitterness effect.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice rich dark copper color. Amber or red ale style characteristics. Ever so slightly cloudy. Nice bright off-white foamy head settled to a spotty chunky foam.. lace about the glass. Good looking beer.

Smell: (3.5)
- Very bready and roasty caramel malt. Sweet biscuit and grain. Husky. Light fruit, esters, yeasty character. Not so much in the hops department.. maybe an earthy touch.

Taste: (4.5)
- Wonderful grain, perfect sweetness, light juniper touch, esters, earthy grassy touch. Biscuit and bread, roasty caramel. Very well balanced and tasty. Taste outperforms the smell.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- This beer has almost the perfect feel to it. Perfect carbonation, light to medium body, and just the right cloying chewiness and drying qualities.

Overall: (4.0)
- A very solid, balanced, and well brewed beer. Not overly fruity by any means, and the great taste caught me a bit off guard. Very good beer and well worth the purchase.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Beardo
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Chris_Mac
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in pint glass after long walk with 5 month puppy. Dark copper appearance but good clarity. Minimal head, light lacing. Earthy smell, no overpowering malt or hops. Light refreshing taste, bitterness that hangs out, not quite sour berry taste. Mouthfeel thin, but in a good way. Very good beer, one of my new favorite amber ales.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger light khaki head that dissipates to a film, leaving light lacing. Rich aroma of bready and pale malt, light caramel, a light piney element that I can't place as juniper, but it must be. Flavor is light biscuit and bready malt, mildly nutty, with light juniper that becomes more dominant in the finish. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The profile of this is closer to a light old ale or brown ale, but more subdued. The malt is well flavored and I wanted more intensity in the interesint malt background. The juniper redeems this, it is somewhat mild and unexciting otherwise. Juniper is added with a deft hand and even with the light malt flavors, the juniper is at the right level. I'd kind of like to see a larger version of this some day.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really lovely ruby-brown colour. Expecting a gin-worthy explosion of juniper on the nose, what you really get is an earthy, herbal whiff and some nutty notes as well. The palate is similar. There are a lot of earthy notes from the hops and juniper. Also some nice nutty, roasty malt notes. Drinks kind of like an amber, kind of like a brown ale. Definitely a unique beer.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of stoutchris
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Not a big fan of this, the juniper doesn't really show up too much, and its fairly bitter without the body to back it up.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%

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Odin's Gift from Odin Brewing Company
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