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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

Odell IPAOdell IPA

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1,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 1693
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of GoldHorde


4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another top shelf offering Odell! Just what are those guys doing over there in Colorado. This is my second eye opener from them. This IPA has a character that can be sharply distinguished from others. It had the sharp accent of a particular resinous flavor that I have mulled over for the last 20 minutes struggling to identify it. Unfortunately...I had only one bottle and it was gone before I could nail it.

At first I had wanted to say pumpkin rind but that wasn't it - so I'll have to settle on pine cone resin - in my fading afterglow until I buy a six pack.

A = Hazy amber
S = Herbal, pine
T = Sharply resinous...I'm favoring towards describing it as woody pine cone
M = Perfect IPA mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 05:08:02 | More by GoldHorde
Photo of notchucknorris


4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had last weekend in Omaha.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a nice, one-finger eggshell colored head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Light pine aroma with a good dose of grapefruit and citrus.

T: A good pine hop flavor upfront balanced by some a malt flavor that has both caramel and bready aspects. Very well balanced. A really solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 05:28:08 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 2, 2013
Misc.: Best by Aug. 14, 2013

Poured a copper orange clear color with about 2-3 fingers of foamy white head. Lots of bubbles underneath. Tons of circular foamy lacing on the sides. Fantastic retention on the top the whole way down.

Smelled fantastic with mainly floral and citrus hops. Also got grapefruit and tangerine. Slight bitterness, but not overwhelming. Some light notes of lemon, lime and pine.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, but maybe not as strong. Immediately reminded me of a Manzanita IPA. Lemon more than grapefruit. Faint butter notes. Floral notes are noticeable as well. Very good overall.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

Really enjoyed my second beer from Odells. I will be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:38:20 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (355ml, £3.50):
Light amber. Small, bubbly white head that halves to be about 0.5cm tall.

Very hoppy with strong tropical fruit and citrus notes., There is a good amount of pine and a solid, light caramel malt base underneath.

Very hoppy taste to begin with although it's not as strong as before. The main flavour is a tropical fruit one that is infused with some citrus and pine as well as fresh hops and some more subdued, sweet malts with touches of light caramel. There is some lemon around the middle and a pleasant grapefruit taste too, along with a hugely bitter finish.

Smooth with big carbonation. There was a slight citrus tang in the middle but overall the beer was surprisingly refreshing.

Great hop and tropical fruit tastes with plenty of bitterness yet still seemed refreshingly drinkable and very enjoyable. Up there with some of the better IPA's I've tried thus far.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 08:12:05 | More by flyingpig
Photo of GermanAlcazar


5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a newbie in the art of tasting craft beer.

I've got to say that this beer amazed me the first time I tasted it.

The smell is delicious, very fresh and hoppy.

The taste, oh my god, the taste feels so good! It's very clean and pure, hoppy, citrus flavor. Very easy to pass through. I like to burp and feel the hops on my throat/mouth

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 08:27:35 | More by GermanAlcazar
Photo of draheim


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz (best by 6/7/13) into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a nice fluffy head, good lacing.

Aroma is a nice pungent punch of hoppy goodness. Tropical, resinous, bright and clean.

Taste follows nose. Sticky dank hops balanced by a blend of pale and caramel malts. Just a hint of warming booze.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium-bodied.

Overall a really straightforward, well executed version of the American IPA. Just a shade more caramel malt than I prefer, but a tasty beer to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 21:10:19 | More by draheim
Photo of mrw1zard


3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to like this - especially after all the good reviews, but I didn't get nearly the taste I was hoping for. Perhaps my tastebuds have deadened. :)
Appearance and smell were top notch, but somehow it fell flat for me. I did enjoy Myrcenary and Wooden Sidecar though - will try again sometime just to double check my findings.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 16:06:50 | More by mrw1zard
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping


4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I ordinarily am not an IPA fan, and generally it takes a lot to impress me when it comes to IPA's because I have to have something high quality and pretty mind blowing to even set foot in my radar.

A few years back a couple co-workers raved about this and announced it as 'the flagship of American IPAs' to me... I gave in and found myself a single and took it home. Hoppy sounded good at the time but I specifically remembered being very under enthused. The proclamation of greatness fell short and I just never went back... until...

A friend inspired me and spring whether has sparked my tastebuds for hoppy once again. Picked up a six pack and put the grandeur out of my head to give this another whirl.

This is not the "flagship of all American IPAs". No offense. This time around, it has caught my attention though and I have greatly enjoyed it.

Appearance is typical of an IPA, deep gold. Looks nice.

Smells really good, subtle pine and herbal hops with hints of spruce and a bit of citrus (lemon).

Tastes fling you forward into a very slightly malty sweet with the herbal notes at the front with it. It sets into some citrus and then the pine and spruce roar into the end and really clear off well into a good bitter and slightly dry finish. Hopped really well. I like a good spruce/piney IPA and this definitely has that. The citrus mingles well. Overall it goes without complaint. Just really nice to bring in the springtime. Kind of crisp with the dry bitter. I could take this camping and be a happy camper.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Not heavy, not even quite medium body. Just below the medium I'd say. Carbonation is great. Not to much, not to little. Spot on.

This is a beer that is great because there is a serious lack of complaint about it. It's had to complain at all. It doesn't blow your mind or beat your palate up. It is just spot on and really well achieved. I'm glad my Colorado brethren inspired me for one more go at it.

If you are looking for an IPA that will not let you down and you are a fan of the more piney, woodsy sorts of IPA. This is it I would say. It's hard to find a beer that you can't point out problems with without being a nitpicking hard-ass.

Again. Well achieved.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 03:01:47 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, fairly hazy orange with a slightly off-white rocky head that dissapated into a thin soapy film. Very nice lacing.

S: Intense rindy citrus, grassy, resinous pine, touch of floral fruitiness and a touch of sweet maltiness.

T/M: Nice bitterness upfront, moves into a nice hop profile with notes of citrus rind, pine, lemon, resin, and some fruity notes lingering around (aided by esters?). The malt provides excellent balance, giving a bready presence and a full, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a stellar IPA, with superb balance and a deep, complex hop profile. I would guess that this beer uses a generous amount of columbus on the back end, because it has that awesome 'dankness' about it. That seems to be a signature move of some of these Colorado Breweries, Deviant Dales IPA does the same thing. I wish I could get this stuff up in Montana, it would be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:14:27 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of MCain04


4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from denver from a cool beer buddy, kept chilled on the ride, best by 6/19/13 so I imagine just under 2 weeks fresh. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into HF stemware.

A: Golden orange/amber clear in color with a nice 2 finger off-white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Citrus dominates, come tropical fruits, great smelling. not too much pine or grassy notes. Not the most aromatic but nice flavors on the nose for sure.

T: Citrus hop flavor is great! nice malt backbone to balance it, moderate amount of bitterness, not too sweet, just overall a very nicely flavored and balanced beer. No heat whatsoever.

M: Carbonation is spot on, and the mouthfeel achieves a creamy texture rarely found in single IPAs. Needless to say, I'm a fan. Solid dry finish. Only a tad watery.

O: Wonderful IPA. If available, this would be my go-to everyday beer. A must-try for sure, deserving of world-class ranking for IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:25:44 | More by MCain04
Photo of spoony


4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by June 1, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces about two fingers of off-white head that leaves nice, oily lacing on the glass as you drink. The brew is clear, with some visible carbonation in the golden colored liquid.

S-The smell is a complex and pleasing mixture of floral citrus fruits (mostly orange) and spicy, lightly pine-scented hops. This brew is no hyped up hop bomb, though, you get a decent balance in the form of pale malts.

T-The flavor follows the smell pretty closely and also exhibits a nice balance of floral, lightly spicy hops and a decent-strength pale malt character. Hop dankness is mild and the finish is more peppery-orange than earthy-bitter, which I like.

M-The feel is slightly creamy with smooth carbonation and a hint of dank, oily hops. The finish is long-lasting.

O-This is a well-done IPA. I especially enjoy the balance between hop and malt. Many times you get a complete hop bomb, which is fine for what it is. Other times, you get both hops and malts, but they don't mesh well. Here, the hop flavors integrate quite well with the malt flavors to produce a tasty and great-smelling IPA. High marks are also deserved for a great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 03:42:10 | More by spoony
Photo of sbxx


3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 07:39:45 | More by sbxx
Photo of blakelive784


3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 01:10:44 | More by blakelive784
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 dougfur

New York

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice straw color, pretty clear and not much head. Smells great! The smell, and the taste is very tropical/piney. I'd love to know the hop profile, because it's got a certain tropical note that I'm guessing is citra, but I'd love to know. A tad low on the carbonation scale, but feels nice in your mouth, tastes great... I'm really pleasantly surprised by this, which was included in a trade as an extra. Top notch IPA!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 23:26:13 | More by dougfur
Photo of pschul4


4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THanks to FTowne for this one!

A- Pours a light orange wiht a big cloudy white head that leaves excellent lacing. THis is what an IPA should look like

S- Some nice citrus notes with a decent amount of malt to balance.Nothing crazy but vey solid

T- Oh my. This is where this IPA wins. Super citrusy and the flavors all meld beautifully in my mouth

M- Smoooth. Could drink this one ALOT

O- This was awesome. Wish it was distributed to Chicago so I could have enen harder choices to make at Benny's

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:42:28 | More by pschul4
Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy


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 KajII

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a cloudy orange with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a thick frothy film and large collar with excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, floral and citrus hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit and orange peel).

The taste was moderately bitter with a light caramel sweetness pretty much throughout, progressing slightly with a nice grapefruit hop presence taking over along with a bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a light hoppy grapefruit taste left behind to linger a little longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a carbonation that was just beyond mild in intensity.

Overall I found this to be a very well balanced IPA, nice and hoppy with a tasty light sweetness and a not so overbearing bitterness...


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 17:55:30 | More by KajII
Photo of Knapp85


4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to GHB for sending this one to me. The beer poured out as a pretty clear looking golden yellow color with a nice fluffy white head on top. The retention is great and the lacing is sticky as hell. Looks really nice all around. The smell of the beer is hoppy, and has a subtle sweetness to it as well, very pleasant aroma on this. The taste of the beer is very good too. There is a beautiful kick of mild citrus a floral hops that lingers long into the aftertaste. There is a subtle malt sweetness in there for a very nice balance. The mouthfeel is soft, very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Overall it's a great IPA. Really glad I finally got a hold of this one. Looking forward to having the other bottles of it that I received.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 02:52:36 | More by Knapp85
Photo of SHODriver


4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep yellow with half an inch of white head that fades to a small mat and somewhat thick collar around the glass
S: piney and citrusy with a bit of caramel in the background
T: pine, grapefruit, slightly bready and lightly toasted malt flavor, caramel, somewhat floral hop presence. aftertaste is another shot of citrusy and piney hop goodness with some more caramel sweetness
M: medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation
O: I love a good IPA and this one is exceptional. the flavors are great and the balance is fantastic. Easily among the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 04:25:05 | More by SHODriver
Photo of GPHarris


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick creamy, eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big citrus aromas of grapefruit and orange.
t - piney and herbal hops with more of a citrus finish. there was a nice malt balance here too.
m - medium and creamy. lip smacking-good.
o - one of the best AIPAs i've ever had, very drinkable too.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 16:16:28 | More by GPHarris
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 19:01:14 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
Photo of falloutsnow


4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 3/21/2013
Glass: Tulip

Odell has a classic American IPA with their attempt at the style, focusing on some bright citrus scents and flavors along with a fairly serious bitterness and a sweetish pale-amber malt backbone that's strong enough to be noticed, but lets the hops do most of the talking. This is a really satisfying beer at any time of the year, and an easy go-to if available.

Pours a substantial, 2cm tall head of off-white to light beige bubbles, which are very small in size, creating a frothy and even somewhat meringue-like head. Retention is about average, lasting a minute or so as it descends to a heavy cap atop the beer. Lacing is excellent, heavily sticking to the sides of the glass throughout the entire bout, arranged in a wide variety of sheets and interesting patterns. Body is a dark orange-copper color, with light bringing out brighter golden-orange hues. Vigorous carbonation is visible through the hazy, 30-50% opaque body.

The beer is characterized by its clean, bright citrus scents: this is not as dank with hop aroma as I've found (and enjoyed) Ballast Point to be, but equally complex with its specificity. Primary scents of orange peel, tangerine, mango, grapefruit and some pineapple, along with just a touch of pine resin.

Front of palate is tropical fruit juice (pineapple, orange, mango, guava) with a bit of a light malt base sweetening it up. Mid-palate is fruity, with citrus and tropical fruits (orange peel, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, guava), mild pine resin, and substantial bitterness. Back of palate picks up some light toffee-like maltiness along with continued bright fruits, substantial bitterness, and a flash of ethanol. Aftertaste is of lingering bitterness and slight orange, tangerine, and grapefruit with a slight wheat bread flavor in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation levels of mid-intensity. The result is a crisp mouthfeel that foams up slightly on the palate, creating a smooth overall feel. Closes quite dry and astringent, with little stickiness lingering across the palate. I do not detect any ethanol on the throat or in the nostrils.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 03:10:27 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Boulder

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 19:05:49 | More by Boulder
Photo of Moose90


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip pint
Best by 3/21/13

A - Bright copper. Nice fluffy white head to it that stays throughout.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, tropical fruits are big here.

T - Clean bright hops initially, more of the citrus comes through here. Good bitterness and this is a really well balanced beer.

M - Good level of carbonation to showcase the full hop profile, shows off the complexities of this beer.

O - One of my favorite IPA's, and it is consistently great. God do I love living within 20 miles of the brewery, this beer fresh is even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 21:43:22 | More by Moose90
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,693 ratings.