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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

Odell IPAOdell IPA

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1,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 1687
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
Ratings: 1,687 | Reviews: 573 | Show All Ratings:
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
7% ABV, 09/15/11B "Please Refrigerate"
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - This IPA is mostly clear with a faint haze to the golden yellow color. The tall elephant tusk-hued head kicks lace all over the glass.

S - Big mango and melon citrus American hop aroma suggests Simcoe while resin pine floats through the background. Notes of solvent alcohol poke out in the back with sweet biscuity caramel malt.

T - Big mango exotic fruitiness and little resin to the finish, Lemon-like citrus gives the caramel malt backbone nice balance. Tasty.

M - Medium-light bodied and citrusy with a crisp feel and moderately bitter, dry finish. This IPA is smooth.

O - A nice citrusy IPA with great balance and tasty, clean finish. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 21:38:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy marigold color. A frothy white head, about 2 fingers worth, sits on top with good retention. Leaves spotty lacing against the glass.

S - Nose is teeming with ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, papaya, and mango come to mind along with tangerine and orange peels. Slightly piney and floral character. a wisp of bread crust and wildflower honey in the background.

T - Crisp lightly sweet malt profile up front. Lots of fruit character. Mostly mango and papaya with a soft undercurrent of bitter orange peel and pine needles. Finish is lengthy with a brisk lemon pith acidity.

M - on the lighter side of medium bodied. frothy carbonation which seems to be on the higher side.

O - Excellent IPA. I wish we got this on the east coast. Something I could see myself buying routinely.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 04:45:00 | More by Teleweizen2
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a nice crisp medium gold colour, showing nice lacing and film, moderate carbonation.

Smell is full of pungent fresh hops, fruity grapefruit and slight resin. A floral character, very lively. Potent, complex, interesting.

Taste has grapefruity hops, a light viciousness. Plenty of fruitiness and hop character that only really gets bitter on the end, malts mostly subdued, finishes really cleanly, pine and hop bitterness. A really nice all round flavour, delicious.

Mouthfeel is luscious, carbonation is at a great level to show off the beer and give a full pleasing feel, dry and peppery on the end.

A delicious West-Coast IPA that is quite hard to find fault in. Really crisp and satisfying, hops are great and quite well balanced, drinks very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 17:43:16 | More by mick303
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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking head that sticks around in a thin layer as you drink. Pretty yellow in color for an IPA, but that could be the light in here.

Smells awesome. Citrusy and bready and that wonderful smell you only get from standing around the brew kettle. The taste is extremely balanced. Hops don't overpower but are just right. Lighter and more drinkable than I would have thought for 7%abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 00:17:19 | More by kyleelton
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Side poured with moderate energy from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear, golden orange color with some carbonation to be seen rising up in the drink. A pretty weak head, although I think I could have poured with a little more pizzaz too. Pretty plain packaging. Overall, a pretty weak presentation for such an esteemed brew.

Smell - Certainly more subdued than some IPAs, but kind of interesting because of that. The nose just doesn't body slam you right out of the bottle. Of course there are the standard hop notes of pine and floral arrangements, but the citrus is, in my opinion, the primary scent. It is just as low key as the rest of it, but I can pick up on the citrus easiest.

Taste - Very balanced beer indeed. Flavors come at you during the drink at a relatively rapid pace such as peaches, grass, pine, resin, and citrus, but none of them really outweigh the other. They are all excellently balanced within the sip.

Mouthfeel - Finishes better than most IPAs I have ever had. Maintains the semi-bitter, dry, crisp finish, but is very smooth indeed. Some IPAs can be downright rude on the finish, but not this one. Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent IPA that I doubt I will be able to beat for some time. I don't drink IPA that often, so when I find a real good one like this it doesn't get beat for a while. Highly recommended, will buy and drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:26:05 | More by TheCondor
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 2/7/13. Very fresh.

A: Vigorous pour produces huge soapy head. Dark golden color, mostly clear body with a little haze. Retention is amazing, never seems to want to leave.

S: Fresh American hops. Lots of citrus. Faint hint of caramel malt.

T: Not overly bitter like some IPAs. Very balanced brew. Great citrus flavors and bready malt. Outstanding representation of an American IPA.

M: Good carbonation, medium-bodied. Soft and creamy.

O: Damned good IPA. Probably the best of its style out of Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:02:35 | More by hoppytobehere
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not myrcenary. This is a great beer for a casual night sharing with friends. The average drinker can enjoy this one and not be blown away with hops. On the flip side the palate of the ipa drinker will be satisfied they have something that will appease both hop, and abu preference. Go for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 22:09:07 | More by Brainybrain
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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra from antlerwrestler19. Thanks!

From notes.

A: Pours a burnt sunset orange, completely opaque. It is capped with a quickly-vanishing off-white head.

S: Great aroma of peach, pineapple, tangerine; completely unexpected. This hits my tropical fruit fetish pretty well. Mild malt nose that produces a general sweetness.

T: Toasted malt that is quickly overtaken by the tropical fruits in the nose, as well as a small weed-like pine needle flavor that emerges in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with low-medium carbonation. It gives the beer a velvety feel.

O: This would be a great thing to have locally. Quite an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:12:35 | More by Arbitrator
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New Jersey

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

Simply put, if you're a Hop Hound, this beer rules. Had a taste B4 diving in, and the smell alone told me I was all in. 3 talls later, all was still dead ahead. On the road in Minnesota, so on the way back to our hotel stopped 2 buy something 4 the room, and sure enough this brew was there. Easy selection, even though some other favs were present. Bottle just as good as on tap. Is it the best i've had? Prob not, cause i've had some pretty darn awesome Ipas. For a 7.0; however, I would be hard-pressed 2 find a worthy opponent. The taste rules, grapefruit domination as I type, the smell rules, and all is most good. Even the hotel plastic cup I'm using can't taint this brew (I usually have traveling glass with me, but that's another story). Bottom-line-try it 4 sure, U won't be sorry U did. Just my 2 pennies worth. CHEERS 2 ALL!

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2012 02:47:08 | More by lion22
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Odell itself, on to the beer:

This IPA owns an orange color wit hues of yellow at parts of the beer. Head retention is very good and it leaves a lot of creamy lace around the glass. With an aroma of pleasant herbal hops, you know this is an IPA. Bready malts attempt to balance the nose, but this remains a hop forward nose.Taste starts off with a crackery note, then a blast of hops brings down to door. Tea, pine, and lemon are brought forth. This is a hophead's beer, no question abiout that. It's medium bodied, and just fun to drink. A great start to the Odell tap room.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 21:08:43 | More by DoubleJ
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Has a deep straw gold/orange color and pours a one finger head. Excellent lacing. Smell was really picking up notes of fruits, hops, and pine. Taste much like it smells and is well balanced, not as bold tasting as I've had with some IPAs. Very smooth drinking with this one and pleasant aftertaste. Overall I could see myself to continue drinking it down the line. I think it would be a great IPA for someone who is new to IPAs or craft beer as it is full in flavor but not too bitter and well balanced. I'd probably rate this behind Surly Furious and Two Hearted Ale as for IPAs I'd reach for before this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 19:28:07 | More by theHoff77
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New Mexico

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

The beer pours a clear amber color with sticky foam floating above. The aroma is a strong with components of lemon, orange, and pine resin. A hoppy affair as it slithers across the palate. The orange peel and Georgia pine combine to produce a hefty presence of hops. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, effected with hops oil. The malt barely peeks through to produce some caramel tones. A very nice, strong brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:31:07 | More by BeardedBoffin
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4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 12/05/12C.

A - Dark amber body with one finger high off white head. Thick lacing and retention.

S - Peach juice dominant with some pine and very sweet malts. Somewhat grassy and grainy.

T - Great balance of flavors. Equal does of peach, citrus, pine, and grass with a light bitterness. A little bit of crackery and sweet malt on the finish. Only deterrent here is the alcohol is noticeable. Mouth feel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O - A very nice IPA. I can feel the alcohol a tad, but the flavors and aromas are very nice and hoppy. Reminds me a lot of Firestone Walker Union Jack but with some grassy notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 02:07:14 | More by davey101
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4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Pocatello, ID on 9.4.12
Dated 11/17/12A

A - Pours a clear medium to light orange with a nice cream colored head that is very foamy, has good retention, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of pine and grass. Some sweet citrus as well.

T - Again nice pine and citrus with more of a sweet biscuity orange. Very smooth.

D - Great carbonation and body. Thank you bottle dating! No bitterness at all, very smooth.

O - A really tasty ipa. I am glad to have found it out here. This is not a good beer town, so finding some Odell beer was nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:14:17 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint with dinner at the Tap House in Steamboat Springs last night for the HH price of $3.00. Always have to try it when available on-tap!

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice white head that left lacing behind.

Nose was wonderful, citrus hops were wonderfully strong.

Taste was extremely well balanced, a nice solid caramel and pale malt backbone was overtaken by grapefruit and pine hops.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this IPA is superb, definitely world class!

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 22:12:16 | More by arizcards
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United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottled-on date of July 11th 2012. Picked up from Trembling Madness in York. I've heard good things about this beer, and the label artwork is great.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A rich golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Nice frothy lacing. Aroma of fruity hop notes - grapefruit, orange peel, citrus and hay, underpinned by biscuity caramel malt and earthy yeast. Delicious.

Tastes of sharp, citrus-laden aromatic hops with a malty backbone and a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, bitter orange, citrus oil, grass, mild caramel and dry, earthy yeast. A hint of sweetness and biscuity grain, accompanied by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy, tingly and dry. Great body. Highly astringent, with an aftertaste of intense aromatic citrus and a hint of malt.

Superb. A top-notch American IPA with tons of aromatic hops, plenty of malt and some serious bitterness. Powerful, yet slides down all too easily. I love the Odell beers I've tried and this is no exception. Well worth sampling if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 00:36:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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