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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

666 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 666
Hads: 2,705
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 441
Gots: 530 | 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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Reviews: 666 | Hads: 2,705
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, has some numbers stamped onto the label, but no clue how to figure out there meaning. Pours clear, typical lighter amber, with bubbles rising to the top and capped with a lovely, frothy just off white head, tha leaves great streaks and wildly patterened lace. NIce looking beer. The nose is equally exemplary, with fresh hop notessticking out so that even my low skilled sniffer can revel in the freshness. I get notes of fresh fruits, apricots and perhaps mangoes as another reviewer mentioned. Plenty of more smooth and tasty hop notes, citrus and grainy goodness. High quality, complex and thoroughly enjoyable Colorado IPA, seek it out and enjoy! (667 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 JohnHoyos
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle bought from the brewery. survived the plane ride in baggage back to Jersey in Sept 08.

beer is holding up very nicely at 6 months. no trace of sediment when bottled beer is held up to light.

Great aroma of hops, predominantly amarillo. very little head with lots of wonderful lacing along the pint glass. yellow-golden color with great carbonation retention right down to the last gulp. extremely drinkable - a phenomenal session beer and exceedingly deceptive - i'd never know this was 7% without looking at the label. mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy; a testament to the malt backbone and the great balance of this beer. the finish develops a nice hop bitterness and is long without being too long and overpowering.

I recall liking several of the beers at this brewery including the porter and the 90 Shilling, but there's a reason I bought a 6-pack of this home with me. Fantastic stuff. (910 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly hazy, light amber to golden color, with very generous white head.

Nose is exceptionally pleasant with tropical fruit, perhaps mango, tangerine, and a grassy to black tea leafy component that makes this aroma spectacular for me.

Palate is on the dry side, light to medium bodied, and starts off with a cottony dryness that proceeds through some background biscuity/bready malt to a grassy and lightly herbal hop finish.

Easily one of the better everyday IPA's, especially considering the 6 pack distribution size. (530 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luckily The Palm Restaurant (Denver), where we watched the Superbowl, had a couple gems on their draft list. Enjoyed with steak dinner.
Clear, golden orange with a short white head. Good retention and thin lace, much better looking than the Coors Light draft everyone else was drinking.
Lots of hoppy aromas, piney, tangy grapefruit. The taste was just as bold, with similar flavors of grapefruit and piney resin. Very well balanced with enough malty, caramel sweetness to hold up to the hop kick. Good body, full flavor, thick enough mouthfeel to cut through the richness of my meal. Slightly dry finish keeps palate clean and asking for more. A great IPA. (657 characters)

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2009

Pours a clear gold/light amber with a sizeable white head. Superb aroma - absolutely love it! Definite citrus (tangerine,grapefruit) and very hoppy. Taste - bitter, dry to the end. Head diminishes, but lacing strong through the finish. Fantastic IPA and would definitely buy again - Cheers! (306 characters)

Photo of naterock
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bright brownish orange into a tulip. Thick Sticky head and heavy lacing marbles the top of the beer.

Smell is almost immediately present when poured, I don't have to get very close to smell the floral hops. Piney and grapefruity hops in the nose, some peach or nectarine.

Taste is a slightly sweeter experience than I previously remember. Nice bittering hops definitely do their job but do not overpower the sweet malt. Incredibly well balanced.

Mouth is Oily and slightly more viscous than other IPAs, medium carbonation. Drinks dangerously easy for 7% ABV. Overall a super offering from Odell. Can I possibly see a DIPA any time soon? (646 characters)

Photo of bogeylovesbeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell IPA is splendidly bright in color (near orange), citrusy in flavor, and aromatic. Amarillo Hops shine through strong hop notes and flavor shows of subtle peaches, or orange. It is 7% ABV, making it strong and worthy, yet not overtly powerful or demanding. (261 characters)

Photo of Vancer
2.91/5  rDev -31.5%
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. (366 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 deereless
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium to light gold in color, patches of frothy foam, crystal clear, some resiny lines along the edge of the glass - 4.25, S: Pine really is the dominate smell, a touch of freshly cut grass - 4.25, T: Lots of hop bite as well as some pine and grapefruit zest, slight caramel flavors on the tongue - 4.00, M: Lacks carbonation which gives it a slightly watery feel - 3.25, D: A very pleasing IPA, quite traditional and one I'd glad drink again - 4.00 (453 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with shades of red, a little more darker than most IPA's, nice creamy white head with good CO2. Nice Belgian lacing. Aroma is strong and fresh with hops but not overpowering like some west coast IPA's. Lot's of citrus. Taste is also very good, more malt than west coast IPA's but with a distinct bitterness that was well done. A nice biscuity flavor as well with a dryness in the finish. (399 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange, sunset sort of coloring.

Head is orange-tinted, small-bubbled, tight, and tall.

Lacing is firm and sticky, and there's quite a lot.

Aroma is very fruity, not just citric but tropical. There's a resinous edge, but more grapefruit than pine. Apricot and mango.

Smooth and easy up front, quite herbal and a little sweet. And then the hops really hit hard - sort of the middle-back of the flavor. Two tons of grapefruit come crashing down, along with orange and lemon zest. Shit-ton of hops. Great.

Malts are pale and caramel; sort of a sports bra to keep the hops from bouncing out of control.

Alcohol is present with a little prick at the finish, but nothing damning about that. Just a fact.

Finish is otherwise quite bitter, a bit dry, but very tasty.

Moderately full in the mouth - not overly chewy, but not as thin as a brew with this much in the hops department could be. Nicely carbonated.

Heavy handed hops are quite delicious but not for everyone. Unbalanced for sure. (1,005 characters)

Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-honeyed color, lightly veiled. Quite good white foam.
In the smell a very fresh hop, with tangerine, and some piney. Sweet, fresh, good.
In the taste, after a honeyed and relatively sweet start, a quick following fresh hop, tangerine and pine. A perfect balance.
Same notes in the aftertaste, with sweet notes, honey and tangerine, and a plesant bitter grapefruit and resin finish.
Quite good body, long aftertaste.
One more, please! (440 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hooo Nelly.

Pours a beautiful pale crystal clear gold with a foamy, frothy, gooey sticky head that clings all the way down.

A very spicy, pine-tinged tangerine bomb. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus fruits.

Taste brings an explosion of juicy fruit to the citrus party. Rolls out with a clean background of... oh who am I kidding. There's no "malt" here. Awesome firm bitterness with just a hint of ragged edge that finishes clean and dry.

Medium bodied with little bits of alcohol warmth (particularly as the beer nears room temp.... if, uh, it sits out that long).

A member of my personal pantheon of IPAs as of now. Thanks, Odell. If you guys make no other good beers you've earned my eternal respect with this one. (727 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,289 characters)

Photo of ghebel
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slight hazy, amber to gold color. Good size, lacy, ivory colored head with good retention.

S - love the smell - very citrusy.

T - Citrusy hop character as well, not too malty sweet. Hops dominate. Nice bitterness that endures after drinking.

M - smooth with moderate viscosity.

D - This beer goes down smooth, but after a couple of them you know you've drank some beer, both from the "fullness factor" and the 7% ABV will sneak up on you.

Overall this is one of my go to's for American IPA. (499 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Forgot to record the best by date, but it was a few months before the expiration.

Fair golden color, plenty of visible carbonation, chunky sheets of lacing, medium clarity - slightly hazy. Malty almost peanut butter smell, grassy and nondescript. Dry malty notes, mild grapefruit hop bitterness, nothing shocking. Even, creamy carbonation. This was more on the malty side, leading me to believe the hops had faded some. Pretty standard IPA. I'd try it again if I had a fresher bottle. Single from Lukas in Overland Park, KS. (545 characters)

Photo of jjazz
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow...the hop aroma practically leaps out of the glass when pouring, and theres a big juicy surprise on the first sip.. the Odell IPA explodes with sweet,fresh fruit. Mango, tangerine, orange; its all there. Amarillo anyone?

A nice white head that really holds its shape persists through most of the glass. The brew is a pretty golden yellow.

I could sniff this one all day. It reminds me of mandarin oranges in the can. The best smelling IPA I've encountered in my short beer drinking history.

The bitterness is what I would call moderate, and its in perfect sync with this beautifully balanced IPA. Alcohol isn't perceived, and theres just enough sweetness to really showcase the citrus flavors. Some nice, gentle caramelly accents are present. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but again, its exactly where it should be.

I love this beer. I've always been an Odell fan, but man...what a surprise. I'm going to get more tomorrow. Distinctive, memorable, and one helluva value at under two bucks a bottle. Its hard to imagine a better IPA aroma.

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Since writing this I've tried dozens of highly hyped IPAs (Furious, Pliny, Stone, etc..), and none of them can touch Odell. I enjoy this beer more every time I drink one, and I wouldn't change a thing. Interesting, complex, balanced, and delicious; perhaps the most underrated brew in all of beerdom. (1,356 characters)

Photo of bifrostguard
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a translucent golden straw color with a moderate off white head that leaves some moderate lacing.

S - Mild citrus hops with a equally present malt sweetness.

T - I like my IPAs a little more bitter. This is very well balanced between the hops and the malt. Mildly citurs and sweet. A good brew, just not really my style.

M - Sticky sweetness and moderate viscosity.

D - At 7%, not strong enough to be a sipper but not light enough to be easily sessionable. The building sweetness surely limits me. (512 characters)

Photo of tadowdaddy
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper color, very clear. About an inch of head that goes away rather quickly. Poured into a pint glass. Left tremendous lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Very fruity/citrus hoppy like smell. Smells tremendous.

T- Delicious. An initial citrus hop burst and a tad bit of a malty background. Very complete IPA.

M- Leaves a nice bitterness in the mouth. A tad oily too.

D- Very drinkable. May not be a session beer due to the 7% ABV, but can easily drink many of these in a sitting. (491 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, shipped by the black knight himself

appearance: poured into a sweetwater pint glass, light golden-orange body with a fluffy white cap...rather light and a fairly clear appearance

smell: nicely hopped IPA, pulpy citrus - tangerine, grapefruit, orange, tea-like aromas

taste: This is a nice little IPA - sweet mango citrus, green tea, tangerine and other citrus, strong nutty notes...nice moderate west coast hop profile

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: high, give 7% (488 characters)

Photo of humanawho
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice orange color with a strong off white head

S - very grapefruit and sweet with a little earthyness

T - good balance between the hopping and malt; doesn't feel bitter just fruity and a little sweet

M - solid mouthfeel its strong but not overly clingy

D - nothing offensive to make you not want it again (312 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.22/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (883 characters)

Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.