Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,344
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 378
Gots: 307 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 03-02-2007)
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Reviews by JustinD:
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4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being from Oklahoma, land of the 3.2, and home of the warm, couple dozen "craft brews" at the liquor store (but not on Sundays), I immediately decided to delve into good brews when I moved to Colorado at the start of 2010. The concept of cold, strong beer - not to mention drive-thru liquor stores open 7 days a week - was completely foreign to me. I didn't even fathom that a place like beeradvocate.com even existed, so I just started tasting the brews at the (numerous) liquor stores in Greeley, where I was working at the time. I had heard of a few "big names" such as DFH 60-90-120, and jumped in head first. My old bar in Oklahoma just happened to be a brew pub called "Belle Isle Brewery." My friends and I frequented the place starting the day i turned 21. Not for the beer, but because of the great live music, daily specials and "free beer" happy hours (with a paid cover) . I always liked their beers, and they were often very cheap, if not free for a couple hours, every night of the week. Around 2001 they introduced a beer called "Pete's Super Hoppy IPA." Basically nobody in the entire state knew what an IPA was at the time, and everyone - myself included - was turned off by it. Too bitter. That said, I was poor at the time, and they started to sell it every night for no more than $2.00 a pint. At somewhere around 6.2% it was their strongest brew. So it became my go-to beer. My friends hated it, as did nearly every other customer, so it was around for a LONG time. Little did I know it, but I was a hophead in waiting.

Fast forward ~10 years to the first time I bought Odell IPA. 8 miles from the brewery. It was like nothing I had ever tasted. At the time I had, for all intents and purposes, no palate to speak of. BOOM. It blew up in my mouth. Best beer I had ever tasted... by far. It was so chocked full of citrus, yet sweet and bitter at the same time while being extremely refreshing and drinkable. My feeble "3.2" Okie mind could barely grasp the 7% ABV, let alone understand the complexity. And it felt like smooth liquified candy in my mouth.

Fast forward 3.42 years and it is still my favorite beer of all time. It's my go-to, and it's on tap everywhere in Denver. I've had hoppier IPAs. IPAs with more citrus. Maltier IPAs. Fantastic and orgasmic IPAs that push the boundaries of the style. But none are better than this " only" little IPA brewed by a bunch of great people in Fort Collins, CO.

I love to be adventurous and expand my horizons in the craft beer world. As a result, I sometimes go months without an Odell IPA. But I'll be DAMNED if that first sip doesn't time warp me back to the moment that I realized that drinking good beer is one of life's most amazing little joys.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a clear light orange in color with a nice, white, lasting head.

Smell – The big pine and monster orange rind are big but balanced at the nose and the malts are all but absent.

Taste – The giant hops make it righteously to the taste and the malts are again faint. The beer itself is not balanced but very hoppy.

Mouthfeel – This isn’t even medium in the body with some strong drying throughout.

Drinkability – Hopheads will love this beer but it is probably too much for the general public.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of floral hops and a doughy malt backbone.

Flavor is loaded with flowery, American hops and orange with a great malty balance. Finishes with a gentle hop bite.

In the end, it manages to have great hop flavor minus any harsh or unwanted bitterness. Not the best but respectable and graceful.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful golden pour completely translusent
with lazy but visible carbonation. There is a
scant head with little to no lacing.

S: Nice citrus nose

T: Fruit juicy but also fruit juicy slick.
There is a bitterness at the swallow but
not so strong and unfortunately lingering.

M: This IPA is slick on the pallet going down, a
little too sticky.

D: Not sturdy enough for me, just better than
your average IPA. A beautiful beer.

Photo of RonanD
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The marketing is straightforward, they took the IPA style and made it bolder or American-style, and at 7.0 percent it's nearing the border of Double IPAs but not quite there. Clear weathered golden color, bright clarity and excellent head retention from the two-fingered head that crowns the top of this brew. Big time citric hop aroma and tangerine and clementine juice, with mint and herbs in the back of the nose. Impeccable smoothness from a deep, underlying carbonation that is most likely being slowed by a ton of hop oil. Medium body. So much hop flavor to go around, thankfully the bitterness does not kill the taste buds. Orange zest and spearmint come to mind. Sure the malt is there, a solid biscuity and slightly sweet foundation that is covered with hop flavor. Slightly dry and bitter finish with a faint earthy, herbal flavor.

Odell Brewing does a superb job brewing this beer, this one gives most West Coast IPAs a run for their hops. A must try for any hophead out there.

Photo of steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color, fluffy white head, moderate carbonation, clear with a bit of particulate matter.

S - Lots of hop aroma, citrus and sweet floral. A bit of sweet malt comes through at the end and a touch of toastiness.

T - Almost exactly like the aroma, the hops come on strong but never become overwhelming, they are in balance with the malt. The hops are a nice combination of citrus and floral, with makes it a bit more complex than a lot of the straight forward citrus bombs that a lot of AIPAs are. A little sweetness from the malt finishes things up.

M - Moderate body which is balances nicely with the higher alcohol content and hop presence.

O - This is an excellent AIPA. It isn't just a hop bomb although there are a lot of IBUs there, nor is it super bitter, there is a lot of flavor and aroma from these hops. The hops are a nice combination of varieties which adds some nice complexity. The malt does take a back seat, as it should in an IPA, but it is there and lends a nice amount of body to make this IPA, which is a bit on the strong side, perfectly balanced. Will definitely be looking for this one again.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a crystal clear golden orange hue with a solid inch of creamy white head that sticks around and leaves some sticky lacing. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas of citric green hop resins arise out of the glass with notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits. A mildly sweet crystal malt in the background with just a touch of caramel.

First sip brings a somewhat sweet crystal malt body upfront that moves into some citrusy, medicinal hop flavors. Notes of grapefruit, green hop resin and toasted grains follow. Flows down with a nice bitterness on the end and finishes a tad dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth creaminess as the brew goes down. Good, sturdy body for an IPA. I'm just personally not a fan of the hopping that was done on this one. It could've used a bit more malt backbone as well. . Thanks to BitterBill for tossing this my way.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of warnerry
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/21/11 consumed 8/15/11

A - Pours a slightly hazy honey color with two fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Big, juicy bouquet of fruit, mostly tangerine and other citrus, along with a touch of honey, some bitter grapefruit rind and a faint amount of malt. Excellent beginning.

T - Similar to smell with more bitterness coming through in the taste. The bitterness doesn't really linger for long, but is definitely a big component of the flavor. Nice malt presence to balance the hops.

M - Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel. Pretty clean finish with only faint bitterness lingering.

O - Between this and Myrcenary, Odell has a very impressive lineup of fruit-forward (i.e. not piney) IPAs. I wish they would distribute in Michigan so I could have these more often.

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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