Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 425
Gots: 486 | 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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a clear golden color with a solid one finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Nice clean aroma, very grassy and citric. Also some hints of pine.

T: Similar to the aroma with the grassiness. There is some light citrus (orange peel) and a candy sweet finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Very easy drinking, a solid example of the style. The 7% is hidden very well.

Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 finger pillow top head, slightly off white. Good retention and lacing. Color is a golden orange sunset.

Aroma is of honey and earthy, musky hops, and bready malts.

Taste is pretty good. Very hoppy. The hops are very earthy. Honey flavors and citrus notes are also present. Very zesty taste.

Mouthfeel is very bitter. It seems to be very cold on the mouth, but it was a good thing. It is as if you are drinking ice water on a 100 degree weather day. It leaves a very clean aftertaste for an IPA.

Overall, this is a solid IPA and I wish I would have gotten more of this. It has a great hop flavor and a very clean aftertaste. I definitely think it rates up to two-hearted.

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

My first Odell offering care of mothman, thanks Ben! What a spiffy brown bottle with raised up (hop?) leafs around the base of the bottle neck. No indication of a bottle date to be found on the glass or label.

Poured into a Sam Adam's sensory glass, this brew appears a perfectly polished and clear golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy lightly yellowish stained head. Solid powers of retension are displayed with a rising cylindar vortex of carbonation from the circle engraving on the bottom of the glass. As the head slowly receeds, it sticks in leggy patches about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is a bright hoppy citrus character reminescent of grapefruit mixed with a slight herbal touch. Also quite floral and just all around sweet smelling with an indication of a fresh grainy malt backing. This is a really impressive smelling IPA that I am enjoying before even taking my first sip.

Taking a sip, this brew is lightly sweet upfront with a flavor of bready malt that is intertwined with a citrusy sweet flavor of hops before a bit of herbal bitterness kicks in. Lingering aftertaste of fresh grainy malt and lightly bitter herbal hops that taste a bit like grapefruit rind left in the mouth. Only in the aftertaste is the 7% abv starting to reveal itself with a flavor that meshes really well with the hops and starts to warm the back of the throat.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modestly high level of carbonation that is prickly and lively on the tongue which makes it easy to go back for more. Super drinkable and a very well balanced ipa that could get me into trouble if I had more. If you can, you gotta seek this one out.

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/07/07- Purchased at "The Liquor Store" in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden, approaching amber colored pour. 3/4 inch head, in which a light ring remains after the finish. Leaves behind decent lace streaks though.

Smell- Nice sugary fruity nose. Reminds me of a lighter scented Lost Coast Indica. I bit of caramel malt in there as well.

Taste- Damn, it's got that funky Pyramid flavored yeast! I hate that stuff. I don't know how to desribe the taste, but I'm assuming it's the yeast. The hops taste perfectly fine with a nice fruity and pine flavored hit and the malt is lightly toasted and a bit caramely. The odd flavor brings this one down a notch though for me.

Mouthfeel- Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste with a higher than average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Gotta find out what that damn funky flavor is that I don't like. Otherwise, this one has potential...at least for people like me that hate all Pyramid beers (except Snow Cap).

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

November 2009 bottle date; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a pretty red tinged, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungeant hops; a mix of fruity, citrusy components and slightly dank, herbal hop notes that mix together quite well. Up front there are abundant notes of lychee, grapefruit skin oil, concentrated apricot and bright bergamot notes while the middle and finish of the aroma is more dominated by dirty hemp oil notes, herbal pine needle aromatics and really just a nice, dank hop character.

Lightly sweet malt up front almost gets stripped away by the aggressive hops in the middle, but peaks out towards the finish again just before a linger, biting, herbal bitterness cleanses the palate of all malt character. There is enough malt here to carry the hops, and in fact you can actually taste some of the malt notes underneath the hop onslaught; a touch of biscuit malt character, some light caramel as well as a touch of toasted grain cracker flavors join the fleeting, clean malt sweetness. This is actually quite light bodied; in fact it almost doesn't have enough texture to carry the hop flavors as it can seem a bit on the thin side at times. A lot of the juicy hop fruit notes of the aroma are muted here in the flavor (not enough residual malt character to accentuate these notes); these notes are still here, and they are quite noticeable though with flavors of lychee, herbal grapefruit zest notes and tangerine zest flavors. The harder hop flavors are quite evident with ample notes of pine sap, hemp oil as well as just a solid dank herbal hop component.

The aroma of this beer is just sticky with hop lupulin, unfortunately there is not quite enough body and structure to this beer so that the flavor is just a bit too unbalanced. In fact this is one of those beers that would have actually carried the hop character better if it had just a touch more residual malt character left to it. Don't get me wrong, this beer is pretty tasty, but it is quite easy to see how I would like to improve it.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to afdempse for hooking me up with one of my favorite IPAs.

A: Golden yellow, clear, very effervescent. There is a nice fluffy head that leaves huge amounts of lacing caked throughout the glass.

S: Floral, citrus, fresh garden.

T: Now this is what a "balanced" IPA is supposed to taste like. Grapefruit and citrus flavors perched atop a substantial malt bill. This beer is fantastic!

M: ABV hidden well. Bitter, dry finish.

D: An awesome beer. I wish I could get it here. I would drink this on a regular basis.

Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "Ready to buck convention? We took the traditional IPA, originally shipped from England to India in the 1700s, and made it bolder and more flavorful - American style. We've added new varieties of highly aromatic American hops to create a distinctive bitterness profile and an incredible hop character. Hop on, hold tight, and enjoy the ride!"

I went with a slow, gentle pour and as such, I did not get more than wisps for head. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was pine forest hoppy with caramel undertones. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a burst of hops on the tongue. Like McDonald's, I'm lovin' it! Finish was nicely hoppy and definitely the sort of thing that led to my hops jones in the first place. Seek this out.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a soft finger of white head, good lace.

S: Grapefruit, some orange rind, lemon, lots of floral citrus from the hops.

T: I get a lot of orange, sweet orange, tangerine upfront with a hint of pine and cedar bark. Interesting flavour, it's got a step in the pine, the citrus and the tropical but doesn't stay in each category for long. Just a tad maltier than most San Diego IPAs, but I'm fine with that here. I'm on the verge of giving this a 5, but I've had Duet so I'll hold back.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, dry, nice aftertaste.

D: This is just a damn good IPA. Shame I only have the one bottle, I'd love to have it again. Any hophead would clearly enjoy a bottle of this. Drinkability is off the charts.

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of yourefragile
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Neat looking 12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks Chris!

Pours a light, chilled golden amber color with a merengue-like egg shell white head with long lasting retention and ample cascading rings of lacing. Very pretty, near perfect for the style. Huge, fresh aroma dominated by floral hops and subtler ripe citrus notes. Huge fresh flavor like the aroma. A subtle caramel malt backbone provides balance throughout, but oily, fresh hop floral and pine hop bitterness dominate and linger through the finish. Walks the line between a single and double IPA, but wow, this was unexpected. Huge, full bodied mouth feel with strong carbonation. Finish lingered forever with resiny hops and dry pine flavors. There is a bit of alcohol heat that lingers throughout detracting from the overall drinkability, but I was very surprised by this and really enjoyed this for an IPA.

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass. It poured amber in color with a full, frothy, white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin layer, but left some great lacing as I drank it. pretty nice looking beer of the style. Very nice looking beer of the style.

The aroma has a very nice and juicy hop profile to it. Mango, peach and pineapple all seem to come out in it. Just a little grapefruit like bitterness. Overall a excellent aroma, I can tell already this beer is going to fit my tastes very well.

The taste has a nice tropical fruit like hoppiness to it as well. I get more of the pineapple and mango to it up front with some bitter citrus rind like flavors coming out in the finish. Very nice hoppy flavor to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was an excellent beer. I really love the tropical, fruity, juicy type hoppy flavors and this one brought those flavors out very nicely. They definitely nailed my personal tastes in IPA's on this one. Loved it.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid IPA, finally having it on tap.

Orangy color, more golden though. Bright. Nice white foamy cap, great lacing all the way through.

Aroma is subdued a bit, I'm betting b/c of the temperature at serving. usuals are there though. Citrus and some caramel. Light breadiness. Pine needles on the end

As with the bottle, this is a well balanced IPA. Not a hop head's dream, but the hops ain't shy. Citrus, zest, pine and bread. Good bite to it. Nice and bold.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle after dinner. It poured clear amber with a tall white head and a bit of lacing. This is one fine IPA. Like my favorites in the style, it picks a few big bold notes to build the character around instead having a big blend. Here I'm hit with a resinous floral perfume and then a candied grapefruit aroma. Both of these carry over into the flavor, making a bitter beer that has a great mix of clean citrus fruit and earthy hop spice. It's a delicious contrast. The beer is a bit strong for my liking, but damn it's tasty.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Nov 2 2011 off we go.

A great lemon shining body and slightly cloudy is poured with a very uniform solid head that doesn't even budge. Body is a bit hazy and motionless, but it just shines. Cap is thick and white perhaps a good solid two fingers of goodness, with whipped cream clumpiness. Very impressive.

Lots of citrus and tropical fruit on the nose. Grapefruit, and fuzzy peach and apricot. Flesh ripping fruit and juicy. Great nose on this.

Taste is a solid balance hop profile, but much of the citrus gets downplayed it seems on the mid palate. Lime astringency and a great fruity peach and grapefruit finish though. A lingering after finish of almost pepper like heat as well which is interesting.

Overall an impressive IPA I am not so sure I am drawn to it but it is a very good beer for sure. In a strange way it sort of reminds me of Pliny...

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice IPA, and I love the label! Thanks very much to RedHaze for the chaance to try this beer. Pours golden with a short head and some spotty lacing. Smells of citrusy hops, some light graininess, and with some creamy notes with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The taste is solid. Nice citrusy flavor balanced perfectly by some sweet malt. Simple and delicious. If I were local, this would be my every day IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and this one is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange. Nice white head. Thick collar. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Citrus and musty pine. A little perfumy. Toasty malt.

Taste - Orange citrus. Toasty malt. Caramel. Less intense hops. Lingering sweetness and a grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium bitterness.

Overall - Kinda nondescript.

Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells strongly of citrus. Smells mostly of grapefruit. Some pine board scent. Faint cinnamon and sandalwood.

Starts out mild with a lot of caramel taste. Slight pine board taste. Citrus taste and mild bitterness, this isn't a hop head IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an easy drinking IPA that won't whip your tongue in to submission.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden color and cloudy at that. Very small whitehead. Smells wonderful. Pine, citrus, flower and hints of malt. Taste is smooth, bitey, flavorful. Very solid IPA, not over-hopped, just right. Citrus and green pine mix well. Makes for good drinking. Could used a bit more crispness at the end. Malt comes back toward the finish. Very solid IPA!

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

On tap at Stub and Herb's the other day. This was one of the better IPA's I sampled during my brief stay in the twin cities.

The beer pours an impressive IPA orange amber color with impressive, pillowy head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, showcasing considerable orange citrus and pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the alcohol level in this beer seemed to impart an almost thick tasting texture that I really liked. Also, this beer delivers plenty of flavor in a dry, very west coast in style of IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, citrus, bitter finish. Drinkabilty is quite good, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile... I could easily pound down several of these at a sitting.

A very well crafted IPA...

Photo of akorsak
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this twelve oz. bottle.

A: The IPA pours with a pale amber color, a bright sun-like color when light is focused on it. The ale is brilliantly clear with no sign of any imperfection. A touch of head laced around the mouth of the glass before disappearing.

S: The nose is a blast of citrus aroma, practically dripping with hop juices. The aromas are so strong and concentrated that it is easy to forget that this is an IPA without the big D.

T: The mouth retains the piquant hop aromas, flicking their hop-devilish flames on the tastebuds. Herbs and grassy flavors add a natural floral taste to the body, creating a green onion-like spiciness. Citrusy grapefruit and oily pine flavors become apparent mid-sip, replacing the floral herbs. Malts know their place and keep a caramel flavor subtly in the background. The one drawback is that alcohol is reasonably warm on the tongue, making itself known throughout the sip.

M: The hoppiness is intense from the first sip to the last. The array of floral, fruit and herbal hop flavors will keep you coming back.

D: The hop bitterness may overpower the tastebuds quickly, so a bottle or two will be enough.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, caramel-copper coloring with a clingy, fluffy, dense, off-white head. Nose of pine pitch, subtle hops bitterness, subtle citrus notes, and toasted highlights. Flavors are citrus forward, with grapefruit and tangerine, followed by a resinous and bitter blend, all on a tangy, caramel backbone. Smooth, light bodied, with a frothy, effervesced, dry finish. The aftertaste is tangy citrus and pine pitch. Smooth, balanced, and incredibly drinkable.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jhammerly and Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice slighlty cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, citrusy, piney, and some caramel. The taste is very hoppy, nice grapefruit flavor, and a little bit of pines to throw in, also some caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a fine example of a IPA, way to go Odell, highly recommended.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/2/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, John --

A: Clean, pale golden. A standard pour yields a white two finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lemon, and lots of it. Hints of Pine-Sol and malt.

T: Again, more pine. If you had to classify it, I'd certainly call this more of an "east coast" style IPA. Not overly fruity, it's more resin based then anything.

M: Weak. It's thin, which really is a detriment to the beer.

O: Odell's IPA is fairly middle of the road. It doesn't stand out in a strong field. I'm beginning to think I'm not a fan of Odell's suds.

Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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