Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

650 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 650
Hads: 2,641
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 435
Gots: 502 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rowew on 03-02-2007

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Photo of Boulder
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice IPA but really rated higher than it should be there are many great IPA's out there and this one is rated almost the best of the best? Just can't agree, heck there are probably 6 local Colorado IPA's, that are as good and a few that are better. Not taken anything away from Odell's, lots of great beer just not 4-4.5 for this beer... (342 characters)

Photo of sbxx
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into FFF Teku glass
Bottle Expiration date 6/12/13

Appearance - Golden honey yellow. 2 fingers of thick, foamy head that hangs around. Sexy.

Smell - Piney, slightly herbal hops. Malty. Whiffs of alcohol. Not as strong as I expected.

Taste - Bitter pine up front, smooth on the backend. I guess I was expecting something more citrusy. Despite that, it is smooth and goes down very easy.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, light/med carbonation, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Probably won't be trading for anymore of it, but it's still a solid beer that I'd be glad to drink again. (578 characters)

Photo of hardysf
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable ipa. Really clear. The smell is much more hoppy than the taste unfortunately. Does not end as dry as I like for ipas. Good beer, better options available. Filler in a trade so only one bottle to try. Probably four months old based on a best by date of July 15,15.

Would try again (297 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

November 2009 bottle date; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a pretty red tinged, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungeant hops; a mix of fruity, citrusy components and slightly dank, herbal hop notes that mix together quite well. Up front there are abundant notes of lychee, grapefruit skin oil, concentrated apricot and bright bergamot notes while the middle and finish of the aroma is more dominated by dirty hemp oil notes, herbal pine needle aromatics and really just a nice, dank hop character.

Lightly sweet malt up front almost gets stripped away by the aggressive hops in the middle, but peaks out towards the finish again just before a linger, biting, herbal bitterness cleanses the palate of all malt character. There is enough malt here to carry the hops, and in fact you can actually taste some of the malt notes underneath the hop onslaught; a touch of biscuit malt character, some light caramel as well as a touch of toasted grain cracker flavors join the fleeting, clean malt sweetness. This is actually quite light bodied; in fact it almost doesn't have enough texture to carry the hop flavors as it can seem a bit on the thin side at times. A lot of the juicy hop fruit notes of the aroma are muted here in the flavor (not enough residual malt character to accentuate these notes); these notes are still here, and they are quite noticeable though with flavors of lychee, herbal grapefruit zest notes and tangerine zest flavors. The harder hop flavors are quite evident with ample notes of pine sap, hemp oil as well as just a solid dank herbal hop component.

The aroma of this beer is just sticky with hop lupulin, unfortunately there is not quite enough body and structure to this beer so that the flavor is just a bit too unbalanced. In fact this is one of those beers that would have actually carried the hop character better if it had just a touch more residual malt character left to it. Don't get me wrong, this beer is pretty tasty, but it is quite easy to see how I would like to improve it. (2,204 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MADhombrewer for muling me some of this back from a recent vacation to Odell country. 12oz bottle best by 7-15-2011 poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Yellow-gold with flawless clarity, two fingers of dusty white head, copious lacing. It doesn't get better than this. 5/5

S: It's a pretty pine forward aroma. Sweet pineapple is the stronger of the secondary characteristics. Minimal malt and non-detectable alcohol. It smells enjoyable but is fairly muted. I'm left wishing it was a little more pungent. 3/5

T: Medium on the bitter pine, sweet tropical comes on stronger here than in the nose, low on the malt. Pretty good but could use a little more bitter hop character. 4/5

M: Heavy body for an IPA but it somehow works. Carbonation is appropriate. Slightly sticky finish. 3.5/5

O: Good IPA. If I was local to Odell I'm sure this would be a go-to on tap. 4/5 (872 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of white foam. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few bubbles rise in the column.

S: Juicy grapefruit finds balance with pine and lesser tropical fruit in a very hop-forward way. Passive caramel and esters round out the edges and fill the gaps, resulting in a full and dynamic aroma.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild but appealing floral and citrus hop aromatics amidst bright but restrained citric acidity. Pale malt is detectable but fairly dull in character prior to the middle, where delicate floral aromatics persist against rising carbonic acid and snappy minerals. The finish is moderately bitter and distinctly piney, leaving a slightly medicinal pall to linger.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is fairly appealing for the style, but in the end it comes across as a weaker beer than it actually is at 7% abv. Smell far outdistances flavor in intensity and appeal, but that speaks more to the high quality of the smell than to any real problems with the taste. (1,148 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and true red with little to no topping.

Smells uniquely oily and citrusy with a candy coating.

Upon the first taste you realize this is unapologeticaly a Colorado beer with its big, "meaty" hops, a perfect splash of citrus, and the right amount of sweetness.

Lies on the heavy side of medium in body, but smooth going down. I can feel this one on my stomach afterwards, so plan accordingly if you're pairing with food or going out for the night.

While this beer falls in line with the crowd just enough to play the game, it carefully avoids the fatal trap of replication, and comes out on top by doing so. (627 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to gwguest for hooking me up with this IPA! Great trade!

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by date "1/5/11" stamped on the side. Pours a chill hazy dark orange with a thin beige head on top. Light sticky lace left behind. Nose is full of fresh citrus, booze, candy, and honey. Very sweet and potent.

Full creamy mouth. Carbonation level is decent; not spritzy or tame. Full onslaught of boozy goodness here. The ABV is well-noted and received. Big citrus flavors wash over the palate. Melds well with the alcohol and subtle fruity sweetness. This was a good IPA. Not the standard, and not the most accessible, but a treat nonetheless. Glad I had the chance. (677 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light head of about one finger gives way to a beer that is orange in color. The head lingers for a bit, and the lacing is admirable. Solid, but not spectacular.

S- an intense aroma not unlike many others from Odell. Big grapefruit notes of NW hops as this beer screams west coast all the way. Mango, tangerine, pineapple. With floral notes tantalizing the nose. Not much malt to speak of as this one lets you know the hops are in charge. Consequential IPA

T- Yeah, the hops the nose picked up come through strong from the get go. Certainly hop forward with the oils and resins. A chewy malt gives you a hint of balance before the acidic bitterness sets in. Straight forward style with a spectactular hop profile.

M- Mid body with moderate drinkability. Surprisingly not all that dry given its intense bitterness. It is more of a "wet" hop bitterness.

O- Much enjoyed. I would prefer their IIPA, mercenary, over this one, but well done none the less. No surprise really. (979 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/6/14 batch... normally do not do this for a off batch, but since this happened with Myrcenary and now this and they never return my email or calls here goes.

Smell is biscuit malt with only slight citrus and tropical notes, taste is the same.

I know they are brewing on a new system but they need to get there shit together and stop sending out these mediocre batches....

Original review 4.83

Pours a very pretty orange, slight haze, finger if head, nice lacing

Smell is very tropical and juicy, tangerine, pineapple, grapeftuit, orange, pine sap, earthy hop, really fresh smelling

Taste is juicy, orange, tangerine, mango, pine, spruce, sweet malt base, bitter grapefruit, pineapple

moutheel is medium with medium high carbonation, dry on the finish but not as much as some

this has quickly become my second favorite IPA after Two Hearted, I love the full range of hop flavor, If you are looking for a perfect IPA this one is very hard to beat! (964 characters)

Photo of hellbilly
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at papago...

pours a hazy pale copper color with a soft soap foam-like head. immense amounts of foam rings and webby lace is almost unreal.

the aroma is very earthy... almost like wood with notes of grapefruit, leafy hops, pine and caramel maltiness.

malt sweetness is a touch high for me but the level of bitterness and it's parching qualities keep me coming back. the flavor reminds me of sweetened yellow grapefruit juice (the real thing not the canned crap)... along with a solid malt backbone, orange pith and peel and some pine-like leafy green hops.

the body is medium but the carbonation is very soft which makes it really creamy on the tongue.

this is a great food friendly beer that can be consumed all night! 7/4/7/4/16/3.8 (751 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odells IPA

12oz bottle poured into an oversize nonic.

A: Pours golden orange with heavy carbonation and a large, sticky off-white head with great retention. Maybe a slight chill or hop haze but it's transparent.

S: Pine, crisp malt biscuit and sweetness. Maybe a touch of grapefruit.

T: Pine and a dank woody character, slightly herbal and earthy hop presence with some bready malt. Maybe a touch of orange and orange zest.

MF: medium bodied, great carbonation, tongue-pricking bitterness and a lingering pine dry finish.

O: My bottle lacked any 'wow' factor. I liked aspects, others (like the smell) seemed just 'ok' and not really special or intricate. (665 characters)

Photo of vwcraig
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bonus bottle from ArrogantB

A fast pour into a goblet left a translucent bronze colored ale with a thick and pillowy bright white head. Leaves behind a bright white sticky lacing. Smells mostly of big pine and a skunky kind of a hop smell. The smells on this one don't fade out as the glass empties like some. Tastes were mostly citrusy like orange but more of the rind than the actual fruit. More bitter than juicy or sweet. Bitterness in taste is not overdone and is quite pleasant. Medium bodied and on the sticky side. Drinkability is alright and kind of reminds me of a Troegs Nugget Nectar. Worth a try and may end up trading for some more. (649 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange/copper, rather dull, and clear. White head that laces well but has nearly zero retention.

S: Complex hops, blended Island fruits, sugar, pine, honey, and pineapple.

T: Evergreen and sour citrus hits the tongue first, followed quickly by a blend of hops built on a subtle malt base. All this wraps up into a lip-smacking bitter and dry middle taste, which then sweetens a bit as the minimal aftertaste takes over.

M: Nicely smooth, with enough carbonation to be pleasing but not bite too hard.

D: Moderately drinkable, but not the best around. (564 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Amber in color, clear, and pours a two finger foamy white colored head.

Aroma- Citrus/ grapefruit hops with caramel sweetness and dry bready malts in the background.

Taste- Very similar to the nose except orange fruit is big up front with citrus hops and caramel sweetness in the beginning. Finish gets bitterness from a combo of grapefruit and a dry bready malt.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and dry finish with mild bitterness.

Overall- A very good ipa but I didn't feel it the world class beer that the rating indicate. The orange flavor from the hops is very nice and malt is a great blend of sweetness and dryness, but its just missing something to make it world class. (705 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark gold with a finger of white head. Good lacing and retention.

Smells of citrus, tropical fruits with a little bit of an earthy spiciness.

Same flavors as aromas. Not terribly intense. Some light citrus flavors up front. A little bit of a bready chewy malt in the middle. Finishes with a little spiciness and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation levels.

A little different and not one of my favorites, but pretty solid. (482 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tall mug on 3/5/10 at Fox & Hound Pub, Albuquerque, NM

Pale amber with slight haziness. 1/8th inch head holds up well for the first half of the glass, leaving swaths of drippy lace.

Dank, piney hop aroma with a touch of spiciness and zesty citrus. Orange, grapefruit. Not too malty - hints of bread and caramel. Very nice.

Tastes comparably dense, the downside being it seems muddled; it's still good though. Ripe citrus; pith and peel - orange, grapefruit, lemon. A bit solvent-like at times. Piney, too, offering an evenly distributed bitterness throughout. Some toasty malt in back. Hints of bread on the finish. Very dry.

Hefty medium bodied feel. Average carbonation is well suited. Dry, gritty finish hangs with something of a coating effect.

Nice beer. I'd definitely enjoy it from time to time if I could. Good stuff. After 850 miles on the road it certainly hit the spot. (897 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a golden-orange color, with a nice cap of white foam. Huge hoppy aromas, lots of citrus and pine (although I did detect a little cat piss). On the palate, more of the same: grapefruit, lemon, orange and pine, backed up with just enough malt to keep it balanced. (349 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky rust orange with 1/4 inch of foam that left some nice lacing throughout the glass

S - citrus-orange, lemon and coriander with some sweet malt flavor too

T - slight malt sweetness up front followed by some wonderful citrus hops

M/D - Easy to drink and great tasting, nicely balanced so the hops aren't overboard but enough to keep any hophead happy. (369 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow gold. Small white head with little retention, but good lacing.

S: Citrus, yeast, lemon. A light orange note and the smell of CO2.

T: Light and crisp with a brightness to it. Moderately piney bitterness on the finish that seems to linger on the tongue,

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Crisp.

D: A good everyday IPA. (363 characters)

Photo of dankbrew21
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Dead Guy Ale glass.

A- Super clear pale gold color. Halfway down the glass the head dies down to a quarter inch thick. Some lacing on the glass.

S- Citrus, big hop aroma, piney, grapefruit.

T- Not to biter at all. Pretty smooth actually. Very clean taste, bell balanced. Some honey and grapefruit. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty tasty, mellow, IPA. Kind of pricey though, 6 pack=$11. Probably won't buy again till I see it for at least $9.

D- Good drinkability (479 characters)

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Red-gold with a big white head.

S: Glorious - fresh papaya, mango and grapefruit.

T: Somehow the taste just doesn't live up to that tropical smell - some pine and citrus comes through, finishing with a slightly off-putting mineral taste.

M: Slightly thin, with less carbonation than usual for an IPA.

I'm surprised by the rave reviews on here - this seemed to me to be a fairly standard IPA. Admittedly, it could be that the hops have faded across the Atlantic - when I tried their 90 shilling ale it had a similar, unappealling mineral taste and possibly in both cases this was simply due to age. (604 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy pale orange beer with an off-white head leaving lacing.

The smell is earthy and sweet and fruity, mango and grape-fruit.

Sweet and honey initially in the taste, then bitter oranges.

Medium carbonation, soft and a fairly good body.

Maybe a bit to sweet for me, but fairly well balanced. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp. (333 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy yellow pour sit inside my Bell's Tulip. A lot more viscous than I was expecting. A very nicely sized creamy head boasts a very good retention, and coats the sides of my glass nicely.

S: Piney hops up front with mango and tropical fruits underneath. The fruits provide a big sweetness, but the bitter hops provide balance and create an enticing aroma.

T: The caramel aspect of the taste is much more formidable than on the smell. Bitter, piney hops and some citrus provide a nice balance. A bit on the bitter end, but certainly not bad at all.

MF: Medium to heavy body for an IPA, carbonated very well. I was surprised by the thickness of this on the palate. Bitter and dry finish, the beer has a pretty good drinkability.

O: Nothing wrong with this. Nice balance between bitter and sweet hops. Nothing really stood out, but I wouldn't turn it down again. West Coast IPA all the way. (896 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By best next month.

appearance: golden, nice lacing and head rentention. nice notches as I went down

smell: ctitrus hop aroma on the nose

taste: not really fresh and light malt. fresh this may be a hop bomb.

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: would love to try fresh. still a quility beer. (306 characters)

Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.