Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery in August 2009.
Pours an somewhat-dark orange color with a white head. The nose brings some strong notes of citrus rind and resinous pine. Really nice and hoppy, just like it should be. Taste cuts back on the flavor but still provides a nice dose of bitterness. Good semi-dry finish with nice carbonation. Drinks quite well, at least enough so that I bought a t-shirt with this beer's logo on it.
10-30-2010 01:28:57 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -6.5%
Exactly midway between ripe pumpkin and harvest gold. Multiple streams of lazily rising bubbles plink into the underside of a wonderful looking crown of manila colored foam. A great deal of stickiness leads to loads of lace that resembles spray-on snow on a winter windowpane.
The nose is rife with all sorts of tropical fruits. I've heard that Columbus is one member of the closely guarded hop bill. Simcoe has to be another. Specifics include ganja, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. A hint of toasted-earthy malt comes close to putting a damper on the olfactory hoedown.
The exact same thing is noted on the palate. Odell needs to either move the mall bill in a more pale direction or needs to add caramel malt (think Celebration Ale) rather than the Munich-like malts that I'm guessing are present. That's strictly personal preference, but then this is my review.
Despite 70 IBUs and a best-by date that's still more than four months into the future, this isn't a hop monster by any means. Yeah, it's definitely snappy for the style, but my socks are still firmly in place. Flavor pretty much mirrors aroma, so I won't run through the list again.
The body/mouthfeel easily keeps pace with the rest of the attributes. It's IPA-medium and has a soft and smooth quality right out of the gate. Ideal carbonation is the likely reason why.
It's hard to believe that it took me this long to taste one of Colorado's most heralded IPAs. Thank you GilGarp. Even though it doesn't quite measure up to my (possibly unfairly) high expectations, Odell IPA is quality beer that is a pleasure to drink. A beer advocate can't ask for much more than that.
11-04-2009 14:29:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a whipped egg white head that just won't quit; lacing galore
Smell: Lots of citrusy hops; pink grapefruit juice
Taste: The hops are front and center, with grapefruit at the outset; there is some malty sweetness that develops to balance but this is all about the grapefruit
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation
Drinkability: Right up there with the folks from San Diego; outstanding; very citrusy, but not overly bitter
03-13-2009 00:48:13 | More by brentk56
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
GABF Weekend '08
I'm very impressed with this beer, as I was their porter. Balance being the key, this beer strikes a major mark with a very well attenuated malty character with low lying sweetness (caramel and breadiness), which allows the hops to shine. An agressive hop blend of grapefruit, orange rind, pine, and a boquet of flowery, perfumy hops particularly in the nose. No apparent harshness or agression in the mouthfeel despite such boldness in the taste (Two Hearted Ale does this as well), allowing the beer to be supremely drinkable. Finishes with a crisp, cracker-like dryness and a riding orange rind note. I'm not sure if IPA's get any better.
10-24-2008 18:47:33 | More by BEERchitect
4.9/5 rDev +14.5%
Now I got to say that this one turned out to be quite a shock to me. I was expecting just a rather normal IPA, nothing special but I was totally blow away by this one. The pour was gentle, resulting in a very bright amber, hazy and amply carbonated liquid which sat in its glass covered with a monster of a three inch or more head. This rested gently down and left behind generous amounts of side glass clingy and sticky lace, that are in all likelihood still there the next day. Just a great overall look, damn perfect for the style. The aroma coming off this knocked me back off of my feet for a good minute. Huge floral hop presence, I mean huge. Tons of citrus flavors, orange, tangerine, and very sweet as well. There was just a really fresh aroma coming off of it. It was literally dripping fresh. The taste was enormous. I had a hop profile that made you go nuts. Lots of orange and pineapple mixed in with a ton of sweetness, it was just heaven. A big resin, bitter dry finish was superb. Great smooth and light feel was no match for the huge flavor in here. This was really fantastic I could have had this all night, if only I had some more of it. This was far and away one of the best IPA's I have ever had. It was just unreal fresh and hopped to a level I very rarely see. I can find no fault in it at all, so it gets my second ever rating of a perfect five. To say I was surprised by what came out of this bottle was an understatement. This was a perfect IPA, I mean perfect. Maybe it was the bottle, hopefully this is the way they all are and if so this is a testament to something I never heard of before. Must Get More of this as fast as possible, it was that good.
10-20-2007 01:08:00 | More by mikesgroove
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
1.5 finger thick foam head with excellent retention and nice lacing on a murky crimson with golden hues body. As pretty as they get. Aroma is excellent as well with citrus, hops, pine and floral notes. The flavor is hop heavy as well with floral, citrus and earthy notes. This one gets better and better as you drink it. Semi dry in the finish. medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall it isnt quite perfect in the flavor and I prefer a less dry finish in my IPA, otherwise one of the best IPAs out there.
01-20-2012 01:56:40 | More by kylehay2004
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-03-2013 02:52:36 | More by Knapp85
3.68/5 rDev -14%
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.
12-27-2008 02:46:01 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -6.5%
A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, white, two-finger head. Left good lace: nice layers.
S - It smelled of hops, grass, malt and orange.
T - It tasted very hoppy! It also had a good maltiness with a hint of citrus. Also, a nice bitter bite.
M - It was crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.
D - I was really impressed with this IPA. It is very hoppy and quite tasty.
05-02-2007 01:31:00 | More by zeff80
4.23/5 rDev -1.2%
Appearance: Clear and pale amber, a sort of sunset hue. The head rises only about an inch but has a nice density to it, leaving behind rings of lace as it falls.
Smell: Floral and fruity hops; orange and candied grapefruit with grassy undertones. Malt is present but more as a background note.
Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of citrusy hop flavor from the get-go. Grapefruit at first, and then lemon peel. Light in body with a semi-dry, biscuit-like malt backbone; my only complaint is that the carbonation is a bit low for an American IPA. Malt flavors are present but subdued and simple: this one is all about the hops, and it certainly does them justice. Bitterness is low and the finish is fairly clean - again, this beer is really about hop flavor and aroma rather than tongue-wrecking bitterness.
Notes: Very pleasantly surprised by this one. One of the better IPAs I've tried from CO.
06-19-2008 00:32:39 | More by largadeer
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
12oz bottle - thanks to doktorzee for the sharesie from his six-pack here in Colorado.
This beer pours a rather hazy medium apricot amber colour, with one fat finger of puffy, sludgy off-white head, which leaves some decently spooky webbed lace around the glass as things drop away.
It smells of pungent pine resin and orange/grapefruit rind, some underwhelming crackery caramel malt, and more floral, tropical, and leafy hops. The taste is still quite betrothed to the singularity of the American hop - acrid, astringent citrus pith and pine needles jump right out in front, while a timid bready, grainy malt sticks its head up like the proverbial prairie dog (apparently prevalent in these parts), as some dank leafy, weedy, and somewhat fruity hops bring up the rear.
The bubbles are fairly peppy, but to no great length, the body medium-light in weight, and more-or-less smooth, no small feat given all that hopitude skulking about. It finishes dry, the hops winning a no-contest bout, to no-one's great surprise.
An agreeable enough one-sided Yankee IPA, as unbalanced as it is. As much as I like the bitter-ass new world versions of the style, methinks that I wouldn't be able to stomach more than one, maybe two of this particular offering. Sigh - getting older and over-experienced duly sucks.
10-09-2013 06:48:29 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours a cloudy orange toned gold with a creme head. Nose is tight citrus. Seems like pineapple juice. Flair is acrid, bitter, and slightly salty. Citrus tones are well in the back as an almost afterthought. Feel is smooth on liquid with a just as smooth carbonation. Pretty nice IPA. A bit rough though and might overpower some peoples interest.
03-10-2009 05:29:11 | More by RblWthACoz
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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