1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Odell IPAOdell IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,334 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 376
Gots: 298 | FT: 10
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
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Odell IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,334 | Reviews: 625 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of denver10
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden with a white head and nice lacing. Aroma is hop-forward with a nice balancing from the malt; floral, citrus, rind, peach, with an underbelly of some bread. Flavor is much the same. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, my go to IPA in Colorado. Love this beer.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber color with two fingers of a nice sticky white head.

Scent of bitter hops and caramel initially, some maple syrup and sugars. A nice hop presence, but balanced nicely.

Taste of dank citrusy hops, earth, sugars, and some caramel. Damn good beer, I would like it more if there was a strong hop character though.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice strong bite of carbonation.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More Odell beers from the Missouri trip to try; up next is the IPA. Cheers.

The best-by date is a month from now: “6/7/13A.”

A: Deep copper color with an incredibly sudsy head; lines of lacing all the way around.

S: Grassy, piney hops with a grapefruit, orange, and floral tones – a bit leafy, like raw hops. Light caramel and vanilla with tones of biscuity, toasted malt.

T: A resinous hoppiness from start to finish, tastes of pine and oily citrus in force. Grass, ginger, and a sweet, crisp mango taste complicate the hop flavor, building a complex character of bitter-sweetness. Hints of oat and sweet malt swell to a mild finish.

M: Moderate body, though with a carbonation that’s light enough to accentuate a slicker texture. Quite drinkable, though.

O: A run-of-the-mill IPA with a few streaks of greatness. I’d really like to try it when it’s less than a month old (though that’s true for most beer), but as of now, it’s pretty tasty.

Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour! Nice white foamy head. Brew is nice clear orange with some amber and lots of yellow. Great lacing.

S - Awesome citrus! One of the best I've ever smelt. Lots of pineapple, lemon, and slight yogurt scent...

T - Delicious! Great smooth aggressive lemon with lots of dry pineapple and pine smothering your taste-buds.

M - Perfect carbonation! Awesome dryness and balanced bitterness. Nothing is out of proportion.

O - Definitely one of my few go-to brews... Always awesome and refreshing! A must try, if you're able.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of russwbeck
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy yellow pour sit inside my Bell's Tulip. A lot more viscous than I was expecting. A very nicely sized creamy head boasts a very good retention, and coats the sides of my glass nicely.

S: Piney hops up front with mango and tropical fruits underneath. The fruits provide a big sweetness, but the bitter hops provide balance and create an enticing aroma.

T: The caramel aspect of the taste is much more formidable than on the smell. Bitter, piney hops and some citrus provide a nice balance. A bit on the bitter end, but certainly not bad at all.

MF: Medium to heavy body for an IPA, carbonated very well. I was surprised by the thickness of this on the palate. Bitter and dry finish, the beer has a pretty good drinkability.

O: Nothing wrong with this. Nice balance between bitter and sweet hops. Nothing really stood out, but I wouldn't turn it down again. West Coast IPA all the way.

Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A translucent copper color with an frothy eggshell head. Decent retention and the beer leaves a sheet of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: A candied grapefruit aroma bursts out of the bottle. Tons of hop aroma - grapefruit, some other citrus and tropical fruits with a bit of pine in the background. Some ganja as well.

Taste: Some caramel sweetness accompanies a bready malt front. The hops should clearly be the focal point of this beer, but they come up a bit short. Grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of herbal hops are all present, but the flavor profile is a bit light.

Mouthfeel: It has a little bit of a grainy feel. Light bodied, watery even, with medium carbonation. A surprising lack of hop oil residue for an IPA.

Overall: The aroma gave me the impression this would be a delicious hop bomb, but it ended up being a little watery and light for my taste.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 1/10/14 stamped on the bottle. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Body is a mostly transparent mix of amber and yellow, with some golden highlights. A slight chill haze keeps it from being crystal clear. Atop the jewel-like body sits a towering four-to-five finger creamy head the color of white corn kernels. Slowly begins to dissipate, leaving a wonderfully sticky network of lacy webs. Within the liquid, streams of carbonation bubbles rise steadily to replenish the massive head.

Smell - Wonderful notes of grapefruit, pine resin, fresh cut grass and some more fragrant floral overtones come through initially--all the aromatic hoppiness one might expect from the style. But then comes balance in the form of biscuity pale and semisweet caramel malts.

Taste - Initial fruits of pineapple, faint mango and still more grapefruit-like drying bitterness. The malt backbone provides a nice bed for the hops to allow them to flourish without taking over the entire show. I love a good hop bomb as much as the next guy, but there is certainly appeal to Odell's interplay of pungent hops and sweet grains and the way they both come through quite clearly without pushing the other out of the way.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied and moderate to heavy carbonation. Predominantly dry finish with just a touch of sweet to round it out.

Overall, a stellar example of the style and one that probably doesn't get enough love on the message boards for something that is surprisingly rated as high as this one is. Oh well, I'm more than content to continue being able to get this easily and inexpensively.

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Smells of a big citrus hops aroma with some underlying malty bread.

Tastes of the citrus hops upfront followed by a distinctive pale malt note. The hops are nice and assertive but are still kept in check by the malts. Very well balanced even though this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel is a medium with a slightly smooth quality to it.

Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odells IPA

12oz bottle poured into an oversize nonic.

A: Pours golden orange with heavy carbonation and a large, sticky off-white head with great retention. Maybe a slight chill or hop haze but it's transparent.

S: Pine, crisp malt biscuit and sweetness. Maybe a touch of grapefruit.

T: Pine and a dank woody character, slightly herbal and earthy hop presence with some bready malt. Maybe a touch of orange and orange zest.

MF: medium bodied, great carbonation, tongue-pricking bitterness and a lingering pine dry finish.

O: My bottle lacked any 'wow' factor. I liked aspects, others (like the smell) seemed just 'ok' and not really special or intricate.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/21 bottle date poured into a Sam perfect pint

Hazy orange look with a clean one finger white head. Already looking like an IPA you want to start drinking.

The smell is bright and vibrant. No particular scent dominates with some citrus/fruit along with a light resiny/grassy hint. This probably is even brighter on draft or super fresh.

The taste is quite unique. Maybe Jai Alai being the only other IPA I've had with such apparent tropical fruit flavor like mango, orange, and pineapple. The malt balances the beer nicely but the hops still shine. Not much bitterness other than balancing out the taste. Really well made.

I'd highly recommend this as a go-to IPA. I can't get it here in Illinois, but I'm glad I got to try it and wouldn't hesitate to order on vacation.

Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey-like golden with an exuberant head that falls to nice lacing, The smell is an explosion of citrusy hops. The flavor is in-your-face grapefruit, with peaches and even a bit of white grape juice on the finish. The bitterness is mild and highlights the citrus character of the aroma hops. The mouthfeel is decent, but strangely lacking in carbonation bite. Overall a good IPA, though perhaps a little too delicate for the current standard of West Coast type IPAs.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Yeti1979
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of WesM63
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DaveMiller
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Odell's latest offering in 6 packs - this one will be available year round according to the brewers website. Nice bottles and labels to fit in with Odell's other offerings - great labels and marketing. Plenty of information too - ABV, best by date, beer description.

Appearance: Clear reddish orange color with a nice thick head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Huge whiff of grassy hops as I poured. Piney resinous hops, some grassy aroma. Definitely hop dominated - smells great.

Taste: Low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Hops come across more as bitterness here than hop flavor. Nice balance of malt and hops without being over powering.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - dangerous at 7 %. Looking forward to trying this a few more times as it hits the local market. Great aromatic hops, nicely balanced beer.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pours is mostly clear and a pale golden color with a full finger foamy white head that resists fading. A fair amount of lacing left behind. The smell is aggressive grassy, piny hop with a resin character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is primarily tangy from the hops and the piny character lingers in an oily resin texture. Full flavored, the taste is a real shot in the arm. The pine grapefruit flavor is quite refreshing. The 7% ABV is integrated well. A real nice drinker. Thank you drumrboy22 for the opportunity to sample this one.

Photo of pwoods
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. I'm assuming a drink by date is etched in the corner but all I can make out is "xx xx 08".

A: Pours a golden light orange with perfect visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of eggshell head form and has a bit of staying power. Some decent lacing down the sides.

S: Just like an IPA should, IMHO. Big juicy citrus notes and a touch of sapping pine. A bit floral but all about the juicy sweet citrus. Malts add a slight touch of sweetness but nothing bold.

T/M: Hops add a nice kick with plenty of bitterness. Juicy citrus but not as sweet as I had expected. A nice bit of phenols play with the spicy, peppery pine. Malts rush in and balance the hop bitterness out very nicely while beefing the body up with some creaminess.

D: Tasty brew that I wouldn't mind having again. Bitterness is definitely there in this single IPA so maybe just a couple at a time.

Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.