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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,212 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 377
Gots: 254 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 03-02-2007)
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Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

maximum12, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Foyle
3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Dranker
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Dranker, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Ribsandwhiskey, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of thefluker
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

thefluker, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Rhettroactive, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of SicemWT
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

SicemWT, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of TStout
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

TStout, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of WesMantooth
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

WesMantooth, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of pinkysup
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

pinkysup, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Tywilly132
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Tywilly132, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Johnny_Danger
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Johnny_Danger, May 05, 2014
Photo of ghstrp
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

ghstrp, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of tenesmus
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

tenesmus, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

kjyost, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Seabass1964
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Seabass1964, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of SterlingRed
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

SterlingRed, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of eulerthegrape
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

eulerthegrape, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of blackjack000
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

blackjack000, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of kbutler1
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

htomsirveaux, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -21%
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.

tigg924, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before 09/17/13B. 7.0% ABV confirmd. 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.

B-

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

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

kojevergas, Jul 07, 2013
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,212 ratings.