Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -18.2%
Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.
T: The taste starts with a combination of pale hops bitterness and citrus & caramel sweetness. In most beers American IPA’s that I’ve had the latter fades before the former, but in this case it’s the other way around. There’s a good malt character that doesn’t make its presence known right away. The after-taste is sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent even if it may not be the absolute best IPA that I’ve had. I could drink a few of them but it wouldn’t be my first choice.
12-16-2007 02:02:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
A composite of my first review & second, grown to like this one more & more as time has passed, 2nd review 05-20-09
BBD 06/22/07 Pours bronze/copper with 3+ fingers of fluffy offwhite head. Insane lacing & very good head retention
S: Grapefruit & breadyness
T: Citrus hops on your face, then some pineyness, leafy hops & a hint of fruittyness. Some breaydness intertwines with lemony & piney hops. Finishes crisp, dry & but a bit too much leafy hops for me
MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, nice balanace & smoothness
Drinks very easy, a bit too assertive grapefruit hop-wise for totally fall in love, but a real hophead's delight. So happy I can get this in mizzou & KS!
03-16-2007 02:43:46 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev -6.5%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear golden copper, with a finger of foamy eggshell white colored head. Retains with a thick layer of creamy froth, which leaves a strong looking latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is smooth and sweet in the nose, with robust tropical accents of mango, apricot, and oranges, mixing with bready malts. All of that big sweetness is wrapped up in additional notes of floral spice and some gentle warmth.
The taste matches the aroma, with a silky sweet backbone of toasted malts and tropical fruits. There is a modererately biting spicy bitterness to this, that adds a dry zippy flush to the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation that is propped up by a thicker feel underneath. This stays nicely quaffable despite the 7% ABV as well.
I liked this for the most part. Overall very sweet, with lots of tropical character to this, but a bit more strength in the hop departmnet would have really made this pop. Not sure what the freshness was of this bottle but I'd be willing to check out another down the road.
10-13-2009 16:55:03 | More by Kegatron
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
Ride 'em, Pachederm!
Hazy orange appearance, fulsome, fresh white head.
Fresh, vibrant, floral aroma...lively...orange, tangerine, mango....abso-lovely.
Tastin'...more of the same. Fresh, delicious, fruit aplenty. There's some mango in there, with the orange and grapefruit,
Very even-keeled, despite it's 7% abv,...no, wait, maybe not....but it's still smooth, and tasty, and memorable.
An ideal IPA. I could grab this in a pinch with nary a quarrel.
04-24-2008 11:02:39 | More by feloniousmonk
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
Beer sent to me in a trade by mizzouguy, thanks! FINALLY, I've been wanting this beer for over a year. At the time of this review, this is the #30 top American IPA on beeradvocate.com. Served from a bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.
Beer is orange / amber and pretty hazy, almost read, nice white head of small bubbles lots of lacing and moderate carbonation.
Aroma is CTZ and pine all the way, hints of malt sneak through.
Beer is medium in body and a little malty on the lead off but that gives way to a nice earthy and piny hop presence on the forward late palate. The finish is a little heavy, could have been made dryer so that the bitterness is accented more but I like it a lot. Overall this is a very good IPA, at the end once it warmed up some of the hop charm wears off and you are left with a relatively heavy single IPA but I thoroughly enjoyed it, would have it again and am looking forward to the second bottle mizzouguy included in the box, thanks again.
09-15-2011 02:07:45 | More by drabmuh
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
A: Light pale copperish color with diamond clear color (as brilliantly clear as you can find) with light but good head
N: Nose has lots of piney hops centennial, horizon or simcoe
T: Taste also starts with piney hops and some strange malts, starts very soft and light but spreads over the tongue, its got a nice crystal malt
M: It coats the tongue with a dry but frothy mouth feel
F: Finish is bitter and has that plasticy simcoe taste, its pretty dry and evaporates off the tongue easily, some spicey hops also dazzle the tongue on the finish
Final thoughts: This is a really great IPA and quickly became one of my favorite IPAs, just wish I could get it easily around here.
07-28-2009 22:25:02 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
this ipa is da bomb! big big hop nose, nice fluffy head that laces the glass as it goes down. american ipa at its finest the flavor is unique hops, some citrus notes, but very aggressive hop varieties as well. bitter but balanced finish, a touch of caramel sweetness in there at the end as well. mouthfeel is perfect for this beer, medium bodied, very drinkable. its even better on tap too! just a fantastic all around american ipa. the 7% abv can sneak up on you too if youre not careful. another sensational beer from Odell!
10-09-2011 18:59:53 | More by StonedTrippin
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
First had: on tap at Mayor of Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO
Best IPA I've had in a while. I generally like my IPAs hoppy. This was not TOO hoppy, but just so smooth...mmm. Well, anyway.
This poured a clear, golden yellow, with a foamy white cap. Smelled sweet, and loaded with fresh citrusy hops. Taste was not nearly as hoppy as I'd have imagined from the aroma. I know it's an AIPA, but still. Lots of hops, no doubt, but still very mild and really really smooth, with a sticky sweet malt base, and great notes of orange and grapefruit coming through. Really liked this one. Light-medium body, and incredibly drinkable.
08-16-2011 01:51:24 | More by Rifugium
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with three fingers of off white head. As the head fades, it leaves some nice lacing behind.
Smell: Citrus peel hops dominate with a bready malt sweetness in the background.
Taste: Fresh citrus peel hops with a citrus sweetness. There is a mildly grassy flavor from the hops as well. A good amount of malt sweetness balances out the bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is a really good IPA. It has a great hop profile and a perfect balance.
11-05-2011 20:48:16 | More by oline73
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
Rich and fruity hoppy ale.
Nice amber color in the snifter. Lots of malt with a rush of hops to fill the nose with pine and flowers. Makes me think of the scent of iris. Pleasant in the mouth and well carbonated. Hops are very aromatic, with long bitter taste. Bit of pineapple and sour apples.
Aroma is quite outstanding and keeps the sipping interesting. Very bitter, but not into the abusive zone. A clean and well make example of the style.
05-29-2011 04:01:04 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.
a - Pours a golden color with an inch of white head.
s - Smells of citrus hops, fruit, and pine hops.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, and some bready malts late in the taste. A decent amount of bitterness.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - A decent IPA. Would try again.
Original score: 4/4/3.5/4/4
EDIT: Had this one again fresh on 06/10/14. Have to imagine they brought it fresh to SAVOR several years ago so not sure if the recipe or this batch is just better, but the taste was MUCH better, with no real bitterness. New notes:
a - Pours a hazy orange amber color with two inches of off white head and mod carbonation evident.
Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, honey, tropical fruits, and light resin. Nice nose, lots if citrus.
Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, pineapples, lemon, oranges, tropical fruits, fruity malts, More pine here.
Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.
Revised Score: 4/4.25/4/4/4.25
06-12-2010 04:05:07 | More by mdfb79
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours golden yellow with a thick head that slowly descends to a thin cover. Some lacing sticks to glass.
The smell is of grapefruit, lemon, orange, some pine. Very hoppy and robust. Some breadiness in the back - way in the back.
The taste is citric - lemon, orange, grapefruit. Some tea-like leafiness. Hops are all over the place, but there is just enough sweet malt in the back to hold this hop-bomb together. Floral notes in the finish - nice profile. The supporting malt works well together with it, too. Alcohol pretty well-covered for abv level, with just a hint in the finish.
The feel is chewy and incredibly smooth. Medium bodied. Citrus taste hangs on.
Thanks to bitterbill for this hoppy treat!
05-06-2007 17:52:33 | More by jwc215
3.7/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
08-23-2009 03:06:15 | More by Gueuzedude
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
08-08-2010 00:38:50 | More by Halcyondays
3.38/5 rDev -21%
Best before 09/17/13B. 7.0% ABV confirmd. Acquired as part of the Odell Montage Summer variety box. Expectations are above average; Odell is probably the best brewery in Colorado. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a three finger wide head of soft complexion, nice frothiness, and good (~7+ minute) retention - pretty solid for 7% ABV. Nice thickness. Slightly creamy. No real lacing as the head slowly recedes. A nice head for an IPA.
Body colour is a clear copper. Translucent. Nice vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
A nice appearance for an IPA - but it's rather standard fare. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. Looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Hop bitterness is evident, emerging from oily hop character, peachy hop esters, floral hops, and somewhat dank herbal hops. A pale malt sweetness lends needed balance. Tangerine. Orange as it warms; the fruity esters definitely release more as it comes to temperature. A clean pleasant pungent aroma with some interesting elements. Aroma is mild in terms of strength.
Overall, I'm looking forward to trying it.
T: Peach, tangerine, light orange, and pale malt sweetness combine to form a brew that comes off a bit imbalanced. Though luckily no overt naked hop bitterness really comes through. The oily hops, floral hops, herbal hops, and fruity estery hops are interesting choices but don't seem ideal. Admittedly, I'm rather surprised this made the top 250 - as much as I love Odell. Light honey. Maybe some clove. A bit of grapefruit zest. The fruity notes veer too far into tropical territory for my tastes. I like it in a general sense, but the flavour profile is far from amongst the best I've experienced in the style. As the second act tapers and the climax hits, it grows more resinous and herbal.
There're some good choices here, but the end result is not a subtle balanced IPA. It does have a fair amount of complexity. I'm not blown away, but it's quite pleasant and drinkable. Flavorful and tasty stuff. Depth of flavour is above average, as is the intensity of flavour. Flavour duration is average.
Mf: Lighty oily. Dank. Nectary and sticky. Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Decent presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile fairly well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. It does a good job at facilitating delivery of the flavours.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. It's a solid IPA from the brewery that's probably my favourite in my home state, but I really don't know that its top 250 position is warranted. Good but not great. Certainly not one of the best IPAs I've tried. I'm glad this brings more attention to one of the most underrated breweries out there, and I'd definitely buy it again, but it's just not exemplary. I could kill a six pack in a night, but I'd sooner reach for something like Racer 5 or Sculpin.
Would pair well with cannabis (if that's your scene).
Serve cold. Drank just fine out of my nonical pint glass.
07-07-2013 21:05:03 | More by kojevergas
3.63/5 rDev -15.2%
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).
07-08-2007 16:22:17 | More by GClarkage
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
10-03-2010 01:33:22 | More by yourefragile
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-23-2011 13:02:15 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
11-19-2010 00:54:47 | More by tempest
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,099 ratings.