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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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680 Reviews

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Reviews: 680
Hads: 2,782
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 443
Gots: 586 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowew on 03-02-2007

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Photo of Vancer
2.91/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been told to get and try this one - finally here! Poured a deep golden, clear with a thick ivory head. Lace in the Corsendonk tulip sticking like gorilla glue.

Sharp, stinging pine in the aroma, with a citrus slice lurking underneath. Quaff is a woody pine, rotten wood, I guess. Not a good IPA at all, IMO.

Sorely disappointed in this one. One sixer and I'm done.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.02/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 4oz sampling glass at a promo event.

A: Orange/amber color, with a thin white head that didn't last or lace well.

S: There was a floral bouquet of citrus (pineapple, pink grapefruit, etc), but it was way overpowering by sweet orange, as if someone had mixed it with O.J. concentrate. Was a little nervous to take a sip.

T: No evidence of hop bitterness whatsoever, except for a dryness on the aftertaste, that I can only attribute to a hop presence. The flavor, like the nose, was WAY overpowered by orange/tangerine sickly-sweet flavor. Given all of the positive reviews I read, I was WAY disappointed.

M: Medium-bodied and decently carbonated.

D: I just couldn't get past the orange flavor dominance. If I wanted orange juice, I would've asked for Tropicana.

I really hope that this was just a bad batch, because I intend on giving it a second shot.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before 09/17/13B. 7.0% ABV confirmed. Acquired as part of the Odell Montage Summer variety box. Expectations are above average; Odell is probably the best brewery in Colorado. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of soft complexion, nice frothiness, and good (~7+ minute) retention - pretty solid for 7% ABV. Nice thickness. Slightly creamy. No real lacing as the head slowly recedes. A nice head for an IPA.

Body colour is a clear copper. Translucent. Nice vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

A nice appearance for an IPA - but it's rather standard fare. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Hop bitterness is evident, emerging from oily hop character, peachy hop esters, floral hops, and somewhat dank herbal hops. A pale malt sweetness lends needed balance. Tangerine. Orange as it warms; the fruity esters definitely release more as it comes to temperature. A clean pleasant pungent aroma with some interesting elements. Aroma is mild in terms of strength.

Overall, I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Peach, tangerine, light orange, and pale malt sweetness combine to form a brew that comes off a bit imbalanced. Though luckily no overt naked hop bitterness really comes through. The oily hops, floral hops, herbal hops, and fruity estery hops are interesting choices but don't seem ideal. Admittedly, I'm rather surprised this made the top 250 - as much as I love Odell. Light honey. Maybe some clove. A bit of grapefruit zest. The fruity notes veer too far into tropical territory for my tastes. I like it in a general sense, but the flavour profile is far from amongst the best I've experienced in the style. As the second act tapers and the climax hits, it grows more resinous and herbal.

There're some good choices here, but the end result is not a subtle balanced IPA. It does have a fair amount of complexity. I'm not blown away, but it's quite pleasant and drinkable. Flavorful and tasty stuff. Depth of flavour is above average, as is the intensity of flavour. Flavour duration is average.

Mf: Lighty oily. Dank. Nectary and sticky. Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Decent presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile fairly well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. It does a good job at facilitating delivery of the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. It's a solid IPA from the brewery that's probably my favourite in my home state, but I really don't know that its top 250 position is warranted. Good but not great. Certainly not one of the best IPAs I've tried. I'm glad this brings more attention to one of the most underrated breweries out there, and I'd definitely buy it again, but it's just not exemplary. I could kill a six pack in a night, but I'd sooner reach for something like Racer 5 or Sculpin.


Would pair well with cannabis (if that's your scene).

Serve cold. Drank just fine out of my nonical pint glass.

01/03/15: brief impressions.

Pours a healthy beige head which sticks around long enough to show you this means business (~8+ mins). Body colour is a vibrant clean copper.

Aroma brings the resins and pale malts, but also some off-putting soapiness indicative this spent far too long in primary. Dank and herbal notes fill it out. A hint of bubblegum too.

Taste is underwhelming; the hop profile just doesn't do it for me. Not as resinous as the aroma promised, to its detriment. The hops don't match the malts, and I guess ultimately it's a bit too sweet. I dislike the soapy aftertaste, which evokes lemon detergent.

It's a bit scratchy on the palate, and isn't as fresh, soft, or crisp as would be ideal.

A drinkable IPA from what may well be my home state's best brewery, but not a world-class offering by any means. I prefer their Loose Leaf Pale.



The hop profile isn't bad, but it's just not my preferred hop profile. Chalk it up to personal preferences, but this is still a C+ at best. Absolutely a drinkable beer, though, and very enjoyable and pleasant.


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Photo of ehammond1
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

The Fox and Hound
Peoria, AZ

Dark copper in color with a moderately sized light khaki colored head that leaves lines of lace down the glass.

A bready aroma complemented by a bit of caramel and bittering hops.

The hop flavor comes in the way of a moderate level of bitterness, along with bready, slight caramel, sweet malts. Well balanced and drinkable, but unexciting.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of LouZ
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had such high expectations, but this was literally just "okay." Poured on draft at Capone's, but scent and taste was truly just pedestrian; nothing special at all. I really hope it was a bad tap line or something, and will try this again when I see it somewhere else. But so disappointed in this one.

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Photo of maximum12
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the one fine BA, jtrockschalk, for allowing this brew to cross state lines during a recent, most excellent, trade.

This IPA suffers from something of an identity crisis. I grabbed it by the front, tossed it into a glass, & started sniffing around for clues. IPA, it said, distinctly but softly. Looks like an IPA, smells like an IPA, must be an IPA. My deductive reasoning skills are finely honed.

Tastes like...an IPA that's looking to be a bit to finely balanced. Too much malt, I growled. While the hops were there, so, too, was the malt, & an underlying (with an emphasis on the "lying") bit of mustiness that I didn't dig, but marked it a bit suspect. This beer hasn't been hanging with a high-brow crowd, if you know what I mean.

I'll let it off with some decent marks for now. Not as innocent, nor as clean, as I'd been led to believe. I'll keep my eye on him.

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Photo of Foyle
3.24/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: cream colored head recedes slowly, heavy amount of lacing. Color is slightly cloudy amber/orange. Some carbonation streaming.
Aroma: combination of bready malt and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: medium with a mostly dry finish.
Finish: well balanced between the sweet barley malt and a fairly aggressive citrus and earthy hop presence.
Overall: enjoyable and drinkable IPA. Good representation of an American IPA.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/2/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, John --

A: Clean, pale golden. A standard pour yields a white two finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lemon, and lots of it. Hints of Pine-Sol and malt.

T: Again, more pine. If you had to classify it, I'd certainly call this more of an "east coast" style IPA. Not overly fruity, it's more resin based then anything.

M: Weak. It's thin, which really is a detriment to the beer.

O: Odell's IPA is fairly middle of the road. It doesn't stand out in a strong field. I'm beginning to think I'm not a fan of Odell's suds.

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Photo of tenesmus
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle purchased in Wahlbar in Fallowfield Manchester.

Poured by the barman, minimal off-white head, lacing nicely down the sides. Copper coloured body, ambient carbonation.

Aroma is muted compared to many IPAs, that grapefruit thing takes hold primarily, but some orange, pine resin, lavender and floral perfume involved, a touch of bready malts.

Taste is, again, a little low key, the citrus notes are there, some tropical fruit and the malty biscuit, caramel undertone has a spiciness that is pleasing. It feels a decent drink... smooth with minimal fizz, but a little lacking in complexity and fails to pack the punch you might expect from a US IPA, so feels a bit ho-hom. There's a number of more intriguing IPAs available on the market in the UK at present.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost mahogany color, minimal head and lacing. Earthy dense aroma. Not to my liking really.

Taste of wood, minimal hops, below average bitterness. Must be English style ipa. Lots of caramel. Alcohol twang to it. Kinda costly for what seems to be a below average ipa from the western part of the country.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange. Nice white head. Thick collar. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Citrus and musty pine. A little perfumy. Toasty malt.

Taste - Orange citrus. Toasty malt. Caramel. Less intense hops. Lingering sweetness and a grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium bitterness.

Overall - Kinda nondescript.

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Photo of blackjack000
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint.

Appearance: Very clear rich amber/honey hue. Offwhite pitted head.

Smell: Deep woody smell with sweet alcoholic tones and a bit of interesting roastiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A little light on the hops. Could be mistaken for a pale ale with a hop kick and not an IPA. Hops with roasty aftertaste. The roasty kick is more present than the hops, to me. The beer feels a little too watery, which contributes to its pale ale vibe. Would be an excellent beer to ease someone away from the world of pale ales diplomatically.

Drinkability: Would be very drinkable, but doesn't fit my bill for a well-rounded IPA.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Tasted 4 Jul 2008.

Head is medium sized, white, almost no carbonation. Clear dark straw color. Strong floral hop scent, citrusy. Starts moderately sweet but quickly turns bitter. Moderate alcohol. Light body. Strong lingering bitter finish. Slightly astringent off flavor in aftertaste detracts.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a lighted amber red color with a slight white head that slowly goes down to form a little collar. The aroma I get from this is of hops with a slight tinge of something metallic. Slight bitterness up front balanced with the malt. Lingering bitterness. Not a stand out IPA but not bad either.

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Photo of tigg924
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color, small head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and citrusy hops

Taste: citrusy soapy hops with some faint malt

Mouthfeel: smooth, slow start with a sharp bitter finish, medium bodied

Drinkability: This is an average IPA to me. Not bad, but I could just as easily pass. The high ABV is not noticable.

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Photo of muttyd
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been on a massive IPA binge lately.

Poured aggressively into a Maudite tulip glass. Soapy/fizzy white head that fades rapidly. Not much of a head on this one, makes it more difficult to pick out the aroma; faint citrusy hops mixed with bready, biscuity malts. Some resiny hop characteristics in there as well. Flavor is well balanced; citrusy/fruity hops, toffee/caramel sweet malts. Finishes with an earthy/floral bitterness with a slight astringency. Well carbonated, but wish this one had better head retention and a bit more sudsy body. Very drinkable IPA, but falls flat compared the other IPAs I have been having lately.

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Photo of stevoj
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PreFunk. Seems tame after a IIPA, but straight forward. Hops not as big as expected, subdued. More resinous than citrus, but nicely blended overall. A bit maltier, but not too much bigger than an APA. I would consider this a good gateway IPA, but not rated as highly as represented here.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a trade with Mulder1010. Thanks!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with great retention. Tangerine orange but more amber when held to the light. Perfectly clear with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp remains until the end and leaves some scattered lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Pretty big nose for the style. Pale malts and some sweet melon. Lots of citrus hops, lemon and melons, with some grapefruit notes there as well. Pretty fruity. Enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and floral hops, with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Some bitter hops at the swallow as well as some soapy notes. Mild and shorter aftertaste of bitter hops, citrus, and soap. A fan of everything here except the soapy notes.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body, medium carbonation, and semi-creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but nothing overly special. Not a huge fan of the soapy hop flavors that come out in this one, but other than that, this is a solid offering. Thanks again Mulder1010.

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Photo of beachscrat
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$10 got me a six o'bottles for this bad boy.

Clarity is impecable. World class, top class honey gold goodness. Good 1 inch of clingy foam. Looking delectable.

Smell: Ripe sweet citrus marmalade and light toasted biscuit malts with maybe a hint of lager sulfur? Chlorophyll perhaps?

Taste: This is confusing. Massively bitter, massively sweet. Balance is like a bare knuckle boxing match between a sickly sweet seedless clementine and an overly engineered bittering hop. Match is a draw. Nobody wins.

Drinkability: 1 or 2 will do just perfect. But may get old after a few.

Overall, this is an entertaining experience. However, I would prefer a little less overacting in the performance.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A translucent copper color with an frothy eggshell head. Decent retention and the beer leaves a sheet of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: A candied grapefruit aroma bursts out of the bottle. Tons of hop aroma - grapefruit, some other citrus and tropical fruits with a bit of pine in the background. Some ganja as well.

Taste: Some caramel sweetness accompanies a bready malt front. The hops should clearly be the focal point of this beer, but they come up a bit short. Grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of herbal hops are all present, but the flavor profile is a bit light.

Mouthfeel: It has a little bit of a grainy feel. Light bodied, watery even, with medium carbonation. A surprising lack of hop oil residue for an IPA.

Overall: The aroma gave me the impression this would be a delicious hop bomb, but it ended up being a little watery and light for my taste.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a clear honey golden color with four fingers of thick, rocky beige head. Retention is incredible, especially at 7%, and the head leaves sticky lacing as it recedes. Inviting.

S - Pleasant, fresh floral and grassy hops. Freshly grated lemon and orange zest. Crystal and caramel malts balance the hops nicely. It's a bit restrained but refreshing and inviting. Simple (might not be a bad thing).

T - All the hops found on the nose are present, but they're a little more muted than I'd like. The hops are certainly fresh. The malts are a little more dominate than they ought to be, but it somehow remains well balanced. Bitter on the finish. A bit too simple.

M - Too thick. Well carbonated and a bit oily.

D - It's incredibly drinkable at 7% and a well built and balanced IPA. Would be a great intro to IPA's for a novice, but probably won't satisfy the hopheads out there. A fine offering from Odell, but it lacks the depth that could make it truly great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with a combination of pale hops bitterness and citrus & caramel sweetness. In most beers American IPA’s that I’ve had the latter fades before the former, but in this case it’s the other way around. There’s a good malt character that doesn’t make its presence known right away. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent even if it may not be the absolute best IPA that I’ve had. I could drink a few of them but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

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Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color with citrus aromas. Fine for an old world IPA but many others such as Trillium, Treehouse, and HF have passed it by. Front is bland, mid palate is too malty for me and the finish is bitter.

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Photo of mentor
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of yellowed frothy fine head over a sorta cloudy rich light-rust liquid. Smells potently of pink grapefruit with pine and strawberries. Realy clean hoppy and just a juicy burst of aroma.

Tastes pink grapefruity yummy. Potent flavor with not as much bitter as I would expect. A bit of grassy character adds a rough edge that is a pleasant contributor. Bit of pils-like zing under the american citrusy character. Oranges and tangerine with a very light caramel malt underneath. This beer is all about juicy hop flavor and I'm living it. Aftertaste is dry of malt with the grassy character standing at its tallest here. The hop flvaor rolls away leaving a fibery aftertaste. Near the end of the glass, the aftertaste begins to wear and the burps are certainly not good. Md body and light mouthfeel. Strong carbonation One was enough.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Timberline at Denver airport in a traditional pint glass.

A solid but very average classic American IPA. Clean but too much crystal/caramel malt for my tastes. Not something I would seek out again.

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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