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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

Odell IPAOdell IPA

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1,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 1692
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%

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 SavvyStudent


4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA that really hits on everything you would look for in an IPA.

A: It leaves some nice legs on the glass and pours with a slight head. The color is nice and light straw color leaving a tease of what is to come.

S: citrus and very slight malt with some hints of other greatness that my nose cannot define. However, when it is right it just right.

T: Refreshing is the first thought that comes to mind but the actual flavors presented are that of hops (duh), citrus, lemon peel and pine.

M: Some brewery IPA's are pushing the envelope on flavor at the sacrifice of overall mouthfeel; this keeps it fresh and medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 00:58:05 | More by SavvyStudent
Photo of WaveRebel51


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like almost everything else from Odells, this is very good. Very tasty and very well-balanced. Naturally, as an IPA, hops are prevalent but not an overtly or obnoxiously aggressive manner. The piney, floral aroma is nice and subdued. The hop bitterness is well-balanced by the malts and the complexity of the flavors mask the strong alcohol content. Easy to drink despite high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 20:24:53 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of iasanlee


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours an clear amber. Two fingers of cream color head. Holy sticky lace, gorgeous.

S- Hops hit first, and citrus. Obvious malty character.

T- Hops are first, but not over powering. Grapefruit and orange. Some sweet malt finish.

M- Medium in body with perfect creamy carbonation.

D- Incredible, absolutely incredible. I can instantly chalk this up as one of the very best IPAs I have ever had. I have met many beer geeks that are not happy with a beer until all they can taste is hops. This is so amazingly balanced with the malt to hop ratio, I would put it up there with my top favorites of any style. Great job. Gold star for Odell.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 08:49:14 | More by iasanlee
Photo of ddgrant


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange color with a slight haze. Nice thin head that remained throughout

S - Floral hop aroma with strong notes of citrus, especially grapefruit

T - An excellent citrus flavor that is never superseded by the hops. This is a flavorful IPA that is slightly sweet with a taste of grapefruit and a healthy hop backbone.

M - A medium-body beer with good carbonation and an oily feel that finishes cleanly.

D - A great IPA with excellent aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:26:30 | More by ddgrant
Photo of gregshead


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Clear light orange, pours with a 1/4 inch of head.

S - Strong floral smell with hints of tropical fruit

T - Well balanced taste between the light malt, sweet floral/citrus hops. Light aftertaste.

M - A very light feeling with a tingling from the carbonation that makes it roll off my tongue nicely.

D- My favorite IPA by far. The most balanced IPA I have had. Well worth the 1.72 a bottle I found it for in AZ.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 04:51:56 | More by gregshead
Photo of gmagness


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As expected, draught is better/more consistent than bottles. That said, bottled Odell IPA is better than most draughts.

appearance - a beautiful, golden color with a hint of cloudiness. Nice head, which is sustained.

smell - fruity, hoppy, unlike most IPAs. Very inviting.

taste - An incredible palette. Orange, spice, herb, citrus, hops without the bitter bite. There is a progression of flavors all the way through the finish. Unlike any other beer I have had.

mouthfeel - great body and solid carbonation.

drinkability - I cannot get enough. Smooth, highly flavorful, and easy to drink. Hopheads may be confused by this beer, since it has accomplished a truly unique experience. Most IPAs taste similar with overpowering bitter finish that is an acquired taste. Odell comes from a completely different angle that never disappoints. People who prefer mild beers may find it too much.

Absolutely one of my favorites. Odell is a first-rate microbrewer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 06:39:07 | More by gmagness
Photo of Intrinsic


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit... I really wasn`t expecting this. What an amazing beer. Light straw in colour, off-white head with great retention, super piney hop smell and taste, mild citrus aroma, extreme dryness. This beer has it ALL. It rivals Stone IPA if you ask me. I`m going straight back to the store for more of this while I still can.


Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 00:22:32 | More by Intrinsic
Photo of PaleZombie


4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light tangerine color with about two fingers of fluffy pillowy white head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S - Big hop nose! Huge grapefruit, lots of nice citrusy scents, some tropical fruits, slight bit of pine.

T - Very similar to the nose. Starts off with a sweet tropical citrusy taste followed by sweet caramel malt. Nice piney finish and not too bitter, just enough to clean things up.

M - Very smooth medium body. Extremely drinkable. Could easily session this.

O - This is probably my favorite IPA. It fits exactly what I think an IPA should be. This is my go to IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 07:15:51 | More by PaleZombie
Photo of brewdoc75


4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't find this in Minnesota and pick some up every time I'm back in South Dakota.

A: This beer pours a light orange to yellow color. A soft, rocky white head sits on top. A beautiful lace follows down the sides as I enjoy.

S: The aromas in this beer are fabulous. Hops, hops, and more hops. First I get a nice piney aroma. This is followed by a bevy of citrus fruits. It finishes with a faint malt sweetness.

T: Homerun! The hops in this beer are perfectly showcased. First I get the subtle sweetness of the malts. This is followed by a rush of citrus fruits. Tangerines and grapefruits are obvious. This leads you into a solid bitterness that rounds out the drink and leaves you wanting more. Based on its appearance you would think the malts were going to be too few, but they really balance this beer out nicely.

M: The beer is a little bit lighter in mouthfeel on the spectrum of IPAs. It goes in crisp and has a dry finish. The carbonation is pretty adequate for this style. It would be perfect if the mouthfeel was a little heavier.

D: One of the best IPAs I've had. A perfect example of balancing malts and hops. The solid hop aromas make this beer that much more appetizing. I wish I could have at least 6 in my fridge all the time. A definite must try for any hop lover.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 02:50:45 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of jsh420


4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to cosmohophead for this extra

pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smells of tangy grapefruit and tropical hops

taste just like the smell but i pick up some pine hops first along with citris grapefruit and tropical hops. this beer reminds me alot of founders double trouble meets a lighter avery maharaja.

mouthfeel - not as crisp and light as double trouble - this beer coats your mouth and the aftertaste of fruit hops linger

drinkabilty is very good but watch yourself it is 7%abv

overall another great beer from odell and an IPA do be tried by all - better then sculpin imo.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:04:49 | More by jsh420
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for another bottle for review.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold. Head is bright-white. Lacing is crazy. The sides of the glass are coated in sticky, nearly continuous lace. Head dissipates quickly, but never really disappears. Carbonation is solid.

Smell: Big nose of grapefruit and pine resin. Loaded up with some serious malts as well. Nicely sweet with some touches of bread crust and biscuit. Well-balanced approach. Tons of hops. Floral, earthy, and juicy. Lovely.

Taste: Straight punch of pure, unadulterated bitterness. Pith and zest, read grapefruit, are aggressive and never let up. Pine sneaks on to the back of each sip. Malts are sweet, and try to balance some of the hop punch, but come up short. A touch minty perhaps? Touch of biscuity malt rounds out the back, but damn, this is one mighty tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a solid, but not strong carbonation. Dry-hopping leads to dry mouth...or so I think. Easy to drink overall, which is surprising given the complete flavor overload. Smooth and creamy to boot.

Overall: As with all IPAs of this caliber, fresh is essential. The difference between 2 weeks and a month is crazy. The beer drinks well for weeks, but quickly loses an impact after the 3 week mark. This truly is an epic-level IPA and I wish I could drink it all the time. Nice balance prevents it from becoming too much at any point.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:01:29 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of mobius387


4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a mug

ill just skip to the goods:

this is my favorite IPA overall. just a fantastic blend of your typical IPA flavors, pine and citrus hops. smooth yet powerful enough to hang with some DIPAS. not as boozy as the 7% carries either. great nose, great pour with a big white fluffy head.

dollar for dollar there aint much better folks. everytime i make my way to minnesota i make SURE i take at least a 6 pack of this home with me.

this beer has become a staple for me. just flat out awesome!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:33:22 | More by mobius387
Photo of ppoitras


4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via SS09 from vasdef42. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with stocky sheeting lace. Aroma is dominated by pungeant fresh hops, green and piney. Taste starts moderately sweet, goes piney bitter in the middle, and carries through the close to the aftertaste. Tons of hop flavor, not total bitter face. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, and drinkability is awesome. Get you some.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:58:56 | More by ppoitras
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4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-orange/yellow beer with lively carbonation. Nice white head, with tons of lacing down the glass.

s-tons of nose on this beer. Lots of different hops shine through. Has pine, grapefruit, citrus, and some tropical fruits.

t-bold IPA with a lot of the nose expressed in the taste. Good bitterness that finishes for a while. Great tasting beer that does not pack any booziness to the beer. Some malts sit back to let the hops shine, but give some balance.

m-coating mouthfeel with a semi oily feel.

o-fantastic beer and a good example of an American IPA. Better when fresh. Great year round offering from this brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 21:17:27 | More by
Photo of WolfsbaneBloom


4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange with two fingers of beautiful, bubbly foam. Nice lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Fruity esters: pineapple, papaya, lemon. Some yeast, mild bubblegum and a touch of soapiness. Clean, vibrant, and a bit zesty.

T: Mainly grapefruit, lemon peel, and some pine. Mildly bitter. Very citrusy yet well balanced.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, extremely well-executed, nicely balanced, and super refreshing. I imagine this would taste euphoric on a hot, sunny summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 07:09:53 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
Photo of Oxymoron


4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Usually I can say, this is a East or West coast IPA. Not with this one. To start, the pour is a clear amber color with a light golden hue throughout. A nice off white head with good retention and ok lacing.

The nose is unique as the hops are pleasant and not over the top, but still assertive. A great mix of floral, earthy, citrus and a hint of pine. Some grapefruit and orange and a hint of pineapple on the backend. There is a subtle but good malt backing. Some hints of maltiness and a touch of caramel and a feint hint of honey as well.

The taste is very well balanced. The malt is blended nicely with the hops. The malt starts with a malty sweet taste up front but is quickly balanced with a light bitterness that is a bit subtle but still detectable. Finishing hops really come out with a nice citrus & floral mix. A mix of grapefruit, orange and herbal/floral hop is assertive but not over the top. Very clean yeast with no off flavors.

The body is moderate and easy drinking. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall this is a great example of an IPA and one that has won multiple awards. Great balance, with an assertive hop characteristic that isn't a punch in the face.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 21:38:05 | More by Oxymoron
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bottle as a "extra" in a trade with JMBSH, thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a decent head, nice lacing through the drink.

S: Smells great! Like hops and grapefruit, I thought of Blind Pig or PTE when I smelled this beer.

T: Taste is awesome, grapefruit hops and some malt are predominant with me and I love it.

M&D: This is almost a perfect IPA in my opinion, not overboard and not too weak. I went to throe the bottle in the recycle bin today and smell it and it still smelled of grapefruit. This was like a West Coast IPA but it's wasn't...I loved this beer. If I could get it here it would be my #1 go to beer!

Thanks for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 18:53:03 | More by unionturf
Photo of bluetravlr


4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Three finger head on initial pour. Light amber / golden-orange coloring. Very little cloudiness; clean and clear. Slight retention with just a bit of lacing. A very thin layer of froth persisted throughout the 12oz's.

S: Crisp, clean floral smell with traces of pine. Caramel sweetness comes through slightly with hints of fresh-baked bread.

T: Amazing. The best IPA I've found. A nicely complex flavor. The floral flavor hits you right away, bringing a good kick of hoppy-bitterness (with just a touch of pine). This is quickly masked by a bready, slightly sweet, caramel flavoring that is most evident upon swallowing. This overtakes the bitterness that lingers on through the complex aftertaste. This aftertaste consists of mostly pine and floral notes.

M: I could claim that this beer is overly carbonated, but I do that all the time. I think, for most, this beer has the perfect MF.

D: I drink these beers like they're 5%ABV. Good Lord, if there is a beer at 7%ABV that's more palatable than this, let me know . . . Like I said, amazing.

I love this IPA so much because of it's complexity. Unlike most IPA's that give you a taste of caramel malt followed by a crazy amount of bitterness, this beer initially hits you with a floral bitterness (preparing you for the ride), and only then follows suit with its sweet and then bitter profile. This beer is a roller-coaster ride, but one that is controlled and well maintained. Drink this!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 06:06:35 | More by bluetravlr
Photo of JamesMN


4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this offering from Odell's several times and it's always struck me as a very solid American IPA. Poured from a bottle into a tumbler producing a two finger off white head.

Appearance: Nice copper hue.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, hops. The effects of dry hopping really pay off in the nose.

Taste: One of the juiciest IPAs I've had! The grapefruit and slight citrus favors come through and balance very well with the light malts used. No overwhelming bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth for an IPA. Not syrupy, not watery. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A refreshing IPA and a personal favorite. Thankfully it is a year round offering. A little on the expensive side at $10.99 a six pack but completely worth the occasional splurge. Definitely best fresh so the hops can really shine!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 05:59:32 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Stagi


4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color has a nice lighter shade to it.
The smell was very nice, hoppy and fruity.
The taste was wonderful, not at all what I expected, it was great. Nice hop touch with a bit of citrus blend to it, nice and smooth.
The mouthfeel was a little light, but the the aftertaste makes up for it.
I could drink this beer all night, and I plan on drinking all 6 right now. This is one of the few beers I enjoy drinking fast because I love the taste so much, a good any-time beer.

As the label says: Hop on, hold tight, and enjoy the ride!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 06:01:45 | More by Stagi
Photo of SpecialK088


4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Has a rich amber color with little to no head but a good lacing.
S-Wonderful smell very fragrant hoppy scent.
T-The intense hop rush from this beer the 1st time i had it was astounding i was ready for an IPA but this one suprised even me.
M-Leaves a very nice hop taste in your mouth with a very good finish for a beer with as much alcohol and hops as it does.
D-Not for the faint of heart or the casual drinker but if you are an IPA lover or someone who doesnt back down from a challenge pick one up and try it, you will not be disapointed

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 23:52:36 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of itcomesnpints

New York

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous mandarin haze with white cloud of head that never dissipated. Strong hop aroma with a very unique and very pleasant scent of mangoes, followed by tangerines and grapefruit. Bold hop flavor, again followed by that unique but lovely mango presence, rounded off with a medium malt character. Nothing more to want from the balanced mouthfeel as the carbonation rises to meet the higher abv. A little on the thick side for a regular IPA, but this is no regular IPA. What it loses in drinkability it more than makes up for in taste, style and complexity. This IPA will always be a favorite. Very impressed by Odell.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 22:49:18 | More by itcomesnpints
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4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

a-golden in color, lively carbonation. Poured into an imperial pint glass, laces with every sip.

s-huge aromatic hops are present with tons of citrus, grapefruit rind, and some sweetness. This is how an IPA should smell. As the beer warms, it just gets better.

t-big hop forward, but not too overwhelming. This beer has plenty of balance, but gives a lot of the citrus, grapefruit and malty backbone to the palate. The beer has a long finish, and holds on until the next sip. This is not palate wrecking, but you can tell it's a big IPA. Bitterness is welcome, and fades out after the beer is off the palate. Alcohol is well hidden here. Very tasty!

m-medium bodied, and not heavy on the tongue at all. appropriate for the style.

o-Odell rocked this beer. Well balanced, and well constructed. This IPA is a standard bearer, and has a lot going on with it. The beer is not trying too hard, and has balance and fits the IPA style perfectly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 02:32:16 | More by goosewhisperer
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4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Friend brought from brewery, had in bottle, poured beautiful golden with thin head and tempting lacing.

I simply love this IPA, smells fresh, hoppy, citrus notes - almost lemon. Pine and perfectly balanced hops and a clean and light, crisp finish that lingers with delicious deep flavors that even feel fruity.

Not the most bitter IPA, not the most distinguished, but perhaps the most refreshing and complete.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:21:18 | More by jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
Photo of bonsreeb85


4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Personal favorite local brew of mine, and I am just now getting around to reviewing it. I have been so carried away w/ trading lately, that this beer gave me a wake up call saying "hey stupid, look what you can get in your own back yard!"

A - clear topaz color w/ well retaining foam top and some sexy lacing

S - huge piney and citrus nose, wow! I look like an idiot because I cannot stop picking up my glass -only to sniff not drink! (they should make air-fresheners that smell like this)

T - hop bitterness is the king of the castle, plenty of it to feed the whole family of taste buds. BUT they are kept in check by a delectable fruity, backround. Not just bready malt like so many other IPAs i've had, this fruity sweetness has character, almost tropical in a way. bitter but not overly so finish leaves me begging for more! I don't beleive a better balance can be achieved in this style.

MF - not too oily or carbonated, just right. and a medium full body.

D- too high, i can and will drink this till the cows come home.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:31:21 | More by bonsreeb85
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