Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.23/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 1/10/14 stamped on the bottle. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.
Appearance - Body is a mostly transparent mix of amber and yellow, with some golden highlights. A slight chill haze keeps it from being crystal clear. Atop the jewel-like body sits a towering four-to-five finger creamy head the color of white corn kernels. Slowly begins to dissipate, leaving a wonderfully sticky network of lacy webs. Within the liquid, streams of carbonation bubbles rise steadily to replenish the massive head.
Smell - Wonderful notes of grapefruit, pine resin, fresh cut grass and some more fragrant floral overtones come through initially--all the aromatic hoppiness one might expect from the style. But then comes balance in the form of biscuity pale and semisweet caramel malts.
Taste - Initial fruits of pineapple, faint mango and still more grapefruit-like drying bitterness. The malt backbone provides a nice bed for the hops to allow them to flourish without taking over the entire show. I love a good hop bomb as much as the next guy, but there is certainly appeal to Odell's interplay of pungent hops and sweet grains and the way they both come through quite clearly without pushing the other out of the way.
Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied and moderate to heavy carbonation. Predominantly dry finish with just a touch of sweet to round it out.
Overall, a stellar example of the style and one that probably doesn't get enough love on the message boards for something that is surprisingly rated as high as this one is. Oh well, I'm more than content to continue being able to get this easily and inexpensively.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 06:03:26 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.29/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Best by date on the label, 4/15/2013. Odell gives the beer a 4 month shelf life.
The beer comes in an extremely hazy dark peachy orange with a creamy white head.
The aroma has sweet tropics of mango and peaches. Orange peel, a slight grainy character, floral, and then a bit of resinous pine in the back. A bready malt.
The beer follows with a less obvious tropical fruit flavor, but still a presence of mangoes and tropical fruit that is emphasized by a hint of a caramel sweetness. There’s a slight cereal grainy flavor that almost makes the beer taste like a pale ale. There’s grapefruit peel and floral lavender quality towards the end, along with lots of green grass. The beer is medium bitter throughout and then moves onto slight pine, grapefruit pith, and floral. A good amount of drying as well, which makes you want to dig in for more.
In general, the beer is the style I prefer, tropical, hop juice quality with a light malt body. The beer is a bit under 3 months old. In the end though, it has wonderful qualities, but lacks a final punch of hops for the beer to really be where I want it.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 01:38:45 | More by dar482
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.