Odin's Gift - Odin Brewing Company

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 99
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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: 31 | Hads: 99
Photo of Thorpe429
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stx00lax for the bottle. Served in a Bell's tulip.

Pour yields a dark amber brew with a half-finger white head that fades pretty quickly but leaves nice spotty lace and has a thin collar. The nice is really quite plan with just a touch of malt and no hint of the juniper. The flavor has a bit of moderately-sweet malt and some bread crust, along with a bit of juniper in the midpalate and corresponding bitterness in the finish. Medium body with above average carbonation. Pretty good. Thanks again. (510 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,503 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep ruby color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Some bread, spice, caramel, light booze

T: Bread, some caramel, nice cirspness with some floral notes from the hop bill and some junipers but very light on the juniper

M: Light/Medium body with a nice crispness and feel on the palate

D: Pretty refreshing and easy to drink (351 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a striking deep ruby color. The poured very clean and clear with just under an inch of khaki colored head that had average retention and left little squiggles of lacing.

A deep malty aroma greets the nose with a slight hint of spicyness on the back. The flavor wasn't as malty as the aroma had led me to expect. There was certainly a solid malt foundation, but had a good balance with a solid hop tanginess on the finish.

The body was medium in general and average for the style. Drinkability was very nice. Overall, a good solid first beer from Seattle's newest brewery. Worth trying if you see it. (643 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on-tap at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: deep amber brown with a thin finger of creamy ivory head. I like it.

Smell: good but very light. Sweet malt with little hop aroma. This is a bit light for me; even after letting the beer warm up a bit the aroma still didn't really kick up the volume.

Taste: rich malt flavor; biscuity and drier than the aroma. There is also a subtle but pleasant roast character. Hops are light; earthy if anything. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body, pretty good texture, too. Carbonation is above average, so we're getting close to creamy here.

Drinkability: while the taste and feel are solid, the overall package doesn't particularly float my boat. Still, an OK beer. (725 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a tan head leaving scattered lace, some decent hunks of foam.

Smell is sweet, caramel malt, a hint of pine. Softer then I expected, nice though.

Taste is similar, it's a basic pale ale with well played dose of juniper, enough to provide texture but not overwhelm the palate with spicy pine syrup.

Mouthfeel is very dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. An interesting take on a pale ale, the juniper provides texture, but I have to admit my palate adjusted enough that I started to over-look it. (529 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (409 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks beertunes!
Very attractive . Dense tan head covers a brown/red/amber and very clear body.
Largely malt aroma with a slight sweetness and toastiness. Not much for hops at first but as the beer opens up it takes on some nice hop of more older style hops.
Nice mix of hop, malt and juniper flavors all blended into a nice mix. The juniper shows towards the end and lends to the drying and a rather smooth bitterness. Soft malt that resembles the aroma malt. Soft hop flavors with a bit of spiciness (could be the juniper and malt too) herb and grass too. A bit of crispness to the malt, kinda' nice. Complexity grows throughout the drink, in time a little sweetness shows.
Moderately light body for daily drinking ale. (731 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odin’s Gift Nordic Amber – On tap at the Brooklyn Oyster house downtown Seattle.

It was served in a standard pint glass; the beer is a dark hazy garnet with a tan head.

It has an aroma of malts, caramel, red apple and a bit of pine.

It is malt forward. It is slightly sweet and a touch roasty. Some ripe apple and a touch of hop bite at the finish. It’s a beer that would be easy to pair with food (and this place has great food)

The mouth is thicker than many reds and it’s a better beer for it. I have a dog named Loki, so how could I pass up a Norse themed beer? (578 characters)

Photo of Moose90
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served From 12oz can with no dating

A — Pours a dark amber color, very brown and rich looking, there is a light brown colored head that forms, minimalist lacing left behind with each sip.

S — Smells of sweaty malts and odd spice notes, kind of a weird mixture here.

T — Much like the nose, this is a major malt bomb, not much else. Would love some piney hop balance, or for the juniper to show itself, it is just an unfortunate mess of malts.

M — Medium bodied, long finish, rich.

O — Misses the mark, really malt forward and no depth of flavor. (562 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely ruby-brown with three fingers of light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel and hints of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Light caramel biscuit up front followed by pine and distinct juniper on the finish.

The juniper was well-integrated into this beer and balanced the bready sweetness. Pretty nice overall! (347 characters)

Photo of Braz
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a dark rich red hue, and very clear. One finger of off white head recedes to light lacing. Looks fairly inviting. Smells of roasted malts and has an almost smoked aroma. Slight perfumy notes. Very malty taste with slight sweetness. Don't get alot of juniper berries but they do make an appearance in the finish. Bitter and roasty aftertaste for most part. Creamy medium body that is quite enjoyable. Very fulfilling amber. I wish the juniper berries would have come to the dance a little more but I still enjoyed this none the less. (540 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a reddish brown with two fingers of frothy tan head.

Smell - caramel malts, leafy and earthy hops, juniper berries, hint of orange,

Taste - Caramel malts upfront followed by the leafy and earthy hops. The juniper berry is restrained in the flavour and the hint of orange rounds out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a pleasant lingering malt sweetness alongside the hop bitterness.

Overall - An American amber with a good malt backbone and a supporting hop profile. I was hoping for more of the juniper berry flavour to shine through which would make this a stand out. Nonetheless, a decent offering. (671 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber split into pint glasses.

A: Dark, clear and beautiful mahogany with lots of foamy head and some lacing on the glass.

S: Plain amber nose; bready malt base, earthy notes but overall a low hop presence, hints of pine and nuts and Juniper. Big bready/slightly toasted malty nose.

T: A bit more dynamic, hints of nuttiness and dark toasted caramel, even some suggestions of chocolate as it warms. More faint notes of earthy hops and Juniper barriers.

MF: Medium body, clean and malty, low bitterness.

O: Pretty plain amber ale, really. This is my first offering from Odin and honestly I'm not in a hurry to try anything else. (638 characters)

Photo of loren01
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark red color, not much head or lacing down the glass
S: Smells very sweet and malty with nice earthy/piney hop scent
T: Much the same at the smell, very earthy and piney throughout. With some bready and slight fruity flavors up front
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation seems pretty good
O: This is a different beer, not horrible but not really my favorite beer. I had trouble drinking it actually, really weird tasting. (432 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark red amber with moderate off-white head and great retention but no real lacing. Earthy malt and juniper aroma. Balanced sweetness of flavors that follow the nose. Lightly sour and the finish is fairly clean with a sweet fruity linger. Silky smooth with light lingering bite.

Relatively strong, intriguing flavor. This is a very enjoyable beer if you like the flavors. It looks quite dark for something that seems like an almost spring flavor although I guess it could be a coming into spring beer. It's very flavorful start to finish. I expected something like this when I bought Rogues Juniper Pale Ale aged in gin barrels; much more enjoyable and cheaper. (669 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and transparent rudy brown brew with just a finger of off white head. Slight lacing around the rim.

S: Initial strong smells of malty barley together with yeasty bread followed by a slight scents of gin.

T: Herby tonic taste upfront together with deeply cooked, almost burnt, caramel.

M: Thin to medium bodied and average carbonation.

O: The herb and gin flavour is unique and while good on its own, it would serve as a good base for a cocktail. (458 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odin Brewing Company--Odin's Gift--Ale Brewed With Juniper Berries--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV. 25 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Thin thin lace line off white light tan quickly dissappating head. Clear rich pretty bright ruby brown color. Toasted black cherry toffee burnt note mild juniper hop front. Mellow sweet roasted toffee dark fruit slightly crusty cloying mild pine malty body. Clean lingering roasted fruit note end. Rich Ruby Ale. Subtle juniper notes. Well made tasty brew but not exceptional. Sampled 4/23/2011. Purchased for $4.29 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 4/22/2011. (580 characters)

Photo of youradhere
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this first pour at FX McRorys while waiting for my train. Pours red garnet with lacing instead of head- could just be the first pour. Clear and appealing, this red brew looks refreshing as it tastes. Not much in the smell department, some slight maltiness with a bit of sour- again this is my firsttime here so I don't know how often they clean the taps- but the sour aroma reminds me of the brown ale I had last weekend. The taste is that of pale malt, slight hop bitterness and some light yeast character. The bartender said there was juniper berries in this, I cannot detect those but there is almost a menthol quality I can detect on the backside of the palate and in the lingering after taste. Medium to light mouthfeel and body make this a drinker, if I didn't have to leave soon I would be happy sipping on this all night. (833 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (379 characters)

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