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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

688 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 688
Hads: 2,833
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 458
Gots: 622 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 688 | Hads: 2,833
Photo of HeroJH
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great IPA that's not super thick and sweet. Great full hop characteristics but with a more refreshing body.

A - full gold, proud foamy haed with lasting sticky lacing. Touch of haze
S - rich and sweet with full hop aroma. Full range of bitter to aromatic hops. Citrus oil
T - nice sweet start that quickly turns bitter. The full range of hop flavor accompanies that transition.
M - tangy finish. still a bit syrupy, but not super heavy like some IPA's.
D - real good.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 8/20/10) into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a clear light copper with a soapy white head that fades to a thin sheet but sticky enough to leave some lacing. In the nose I get a good assertive mix of grapefruit, mango, and light caramel. The hop flavor hits right away with the citrus fruits but is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the malted barley. Meduim bodied mouthfeel with a mellow hop bitterness that coats my tongue. I am such a sucker for these citrusy IPA's, more please!

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Photo of Savan
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass a uninviting straw-piss colour... alas, the disappointment ends there! Aroma opens with a slight pine scent and a the scent of fresh hoppy goodness :) .... has a very good amount of hop character and a Pine-citrus finish.... THIS ONE IS A MUST TRY!!

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Photo of davidt
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber-gold color with good carbonation. Good floral aroma with some pine background. Lots of citrusy hops but balanced with enough malt to keep your cheeks from coming together. The 7% ABV is well masked, so be forewarned if you are going to have several. Certainly the standard setter for American IPAs. Well-deserving of the Gold at GABF. First had this last year during a trip to Denver and look forward to bringing some back each time I return.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle while traveling through Wichita, Kansas. Sure glad I did.

Pours a translucent bronze/gold with 2 finger fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Strong carbonation is apparent.

Nose is terrific. Tons of Oranges and Hops. Dank resinous aroma.

Taste matches the nose. First come oranges and melons. Then wonderful fresh-piney hops. The malts and resin complete the well roundedness of the taste.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Fantastic beer! Expectations were high with this having a glowing reputation from my friends living in Colorado. Completely lived up to expectation. Wish I had bought more.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous mandarin haze with white cloud of head that never dissipated. Strong hop aroma with a very unique and very pleasant scent of mangoes, followed by tangerines and grapefruit. Bold hop flavor, again followed by that unique but lovely mango presence, rounded off with a medium malt character. Nothing more to want from the balanced mouthfeel as the carbonation rises to meet the higher abv. A little on the thick side for a regular IPA, but this is no regular IPA. What it loses in drinkability it more than makes up for in taste, style and complexity. This IPA will always be a favorite. Very impressed by Odell.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

335ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, bottled Feb 2011.

A - Golden orange body with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving light covering, decent lacing and a bit of cling.

S - Hops definitely at the forefront of the aroma, with strong pine and citrus notes.

T - Sweet orange zest and citrus notes to open, building up to a nice bitter hit from the hops with resinous pine notes. Finishes lightly bitter with a briefly lingering finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, briefly lingering.

O - Overall, an extremely nice IPA, either on its own or as a session beer.

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Photo of Drank
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy head and excellent lacing. Slightly cloudy appearance, somewhere between straw and golden. Very well balanced. Hop character both bitter and aromatic. A winner overall, and stands up to the ratings.

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Photo of ANiklaus
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass.

Appearance: Perfect IPA look with a finger of head. My god, this is the best possible start for an IPA in color, appearance, and head.

Smell: Nearly perfect in smell. Very hoppy with citrus shining through but there is a slight hint of iron that detracts from the scent. As I said though, nearly perfect.

Taste: الحمد لله (thank God) sorry for my Arabic but this beer pushes the envelope for what an IPA is supposed to taste like and is everything that one should hope for and expect. Upon tasting there is the bitterness that one hopes and dreams of but it is quickly replaced by sweetness, citrus, and an almost rye taste. Be advised, this beer is going to knock your socks off if you enjoy IPAs, especially on hot, sultry days.

Mouthfeel: What? This beer is perfect and can finish any dish, especially spicy food. It's tasty, refreshing, and smooth.

Overall: Overall? This is my favorite beer and is what all other beers should be striving for in terms of IPAs. It is perfect in color, carbonation, and foam throughout. It it nearly immaculate throughout the hoppy smell mixed with citrus with fruit. The taste is unbelievable because I have taste nothing quite similar before or since. (I tried this next to Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Ballfast Point Sculpin IPA just to be sure) I cannot believe the ingenuousness they put into this beer. Odell thank you!

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a finger and a half head that falls pretty slow. Once it does it leaves behind thick lacing stuck around the glass. Smell is fruity and sweet with some piny oily bits coming through. Taste follows the nose: citrusy punch to the pallate followed by sweet subtle caramel malt that backs the hops well - solid American IPA. The mouthfeel is quite different from what I remember when drinking it out of bottles - much creamier and smooth than I remember probably because its a little warmer than I'm used to. I love Odell's offerings, they are one of my favorite breweries and this IPA is no disappointment.

Cheers!

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty average IPA, pours a clear darker amber with a 1 finger white head that disipates quickly but leaves good lacing.

smells of hops and lemongrass

taste is big on citrous/ and bitter hops aftertaste fades quickly

mouthfeel is good smooth but not too smooth

ok beer

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA – India Pale Ale (7.0%) - O'Dell Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆☆

App: Nice floral orange color when held directly to the light, appearing only slightly darker when placed on the table. Massive, rocky, ivory colored head with very good retention and ample lacing.

Smell: Crushing nose of hops hits first, bursting with pine, earth, volatility, and bitter orange. Malt sweetness is there but totally overpowered by the hops. Lively, but not chemical.

Taste: Exquisitely balanced, hops are bombastic but never too bitter. Earthy and piney simultaneously, the foretaste is sweet and present malt, quickly replaced with shocking and clean hops profiles. While there are definitely IPAs with more assertive hop body, few can compare to the overall balance and sessionable characteristics of this brew. Alcohol content is noted, but contributes to the volatility of the hops. Cascade abounds. Both dry and sweet on different parts of the palate.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied with a robust but round carbonation.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Pint Glass. 12/15/13

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could start this reveiw by describing this brew and taking it apart bubble by bubble but i'm not. I'm going to describe what this beer did to me. This beer slightly resembles two heart from bells brew co except a different beast. I went into tasting this beer uninformed and ready to try some new brews. I was blown away by this beer. I ended up buying a case of this before I came back to indiana from colorado. I could drink this beer everyday for the rest of my life and not get tired of it.

It most closely resembles a fresh squeezed morange (mango orange). I can't wait until our next adventure IPA.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a bright white half inch head. Flowery in odor with a noticible hops aroma. Taste is of an incredibly balanced yet perky IPA. Odell's built upon their great array of standard beers by producing this fine beer. A drinkable IPA that doesn't abuse the taste buds, but tickles then so they ask for more. No surprise that it brought home a Gold.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 12 oz. bottle via trade with Teke0611. Thank you for the brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with one finger of foamy white head. Has a very strong grapefruit hop aroma. Couldn't get much more out of the nose than that. Taste is in line with the smell, but with a nice malty backbone that comes in to play that balances it out. Overall a very solid IPA. I wish I was able to get these in Massachusetts. I may have to get a trade going for a few of these.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: orange-amber with big white head. good lacing on pint glass.

S: sweet grapefruit (think grapefruit sprinkled with suger), and notes of ripe orange and some sweet spice. Incredible aroma.

T: sweet candy-like citus from the aroma (grapefruit and orange), but also a rush of bitterness. There's some balance, but this really is hop aggressive.

M: bitterness alcohol burn mouth with each sip, but its smooth and has a solid body with lasting finish.

D: good flavor but this is one to sip, with noticable alcohol burn and heavy hoppage.

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Photo of Beefeater57
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey color, golden edges, hazy. White clumpy, sticky head. Leaves a long sticky lace down the glass.

S: Piney smell from the hops, juicy smell of fruit - some apple, some grapefruit. Clean smell...

T: Fruity malt sweetness right away on the tongue, still get some trace of apple. Hops come in, although not as strong as a lot of IPAs I've had. However, the hop flavor is very nice - woodsy flavor. Aftertaste is of lemon peel, grapefruit.

M: Great feel, body is fine. Smooth...

D: Very tasty ale. Flavors are pleasant, and a very drinkable IPA. I enjoy this IPA very much...

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Photo of biking4beer
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

You get a big foamy head without effort when pouring this one. The beer is an orangish yellow. I guess you would call it amber. It's more yellow than orange. Head is retained well. Nice lacing.

Smells of fruity hops. Pineapple and orange. Somewhat piney.

This one is mostly bitter in a good way. Predominantly grapefruit with a slight orange flavor. There is a lingering tartness.

There is a medium carbonation, and maybe a touch low for an IPA. This one is kind of dry.

Drinkability is high. I could drink a few of these. I have drank a few of these in a sitting, but the 7.0 ABV might get to you after 3. I typically like my IPAs a little more malty and a little less dry, but I really liked this one.

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Photo of boblog
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Clear and golden copper. Medium size head with decent retention.
Smell: Probably the strongest hop smell of any beer I have had, truly wonderfull.
Taste: Crisp malt flavor, followed by a strong and dry hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied at most, nice carbonation.
Drinkability: Has the flavor of a beer deserving of mass consumption.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a tinge of orange. Minimal white head.

Probably the best IPA I've ever smelled. Intense Floral hops, citrus and pine needles.

Well balanced. Hops are prevelant but not bitter. Really remarkable in its smoothness.

Great mouthfeel too. Chunky and full. To nitpick, I'd like to a see a little more carbonation.

Great beer. Probably my new favorite IPA.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This golden-copper colored IPA has a thick creamy head that receds very slowly leaving big clumps of resiny goodness all around the glass.

Smell - Quite citrucy with a quiet malt backbone hiding in the background. Just a touch of bready yeastiness.

Taste - A bold sharp twang of hoppy bitterness slowly disolves into a malt roundness shortly after the swallow. That maltiness is quickly replaced with a mouth drying after hoppiness that begs for another sip. Piney, earthy, and grapefruit dominate the palate.

Mouthfeel - Light and creamy, with a full body that leaves the mouth clean.

Drinkability - This is quite a refresher, but at 7% it's sessionability is quite diminished. Nice to see a brewery that doesn't over do hops, and alchohol in an IPA. Although I love hop bombs, lets save those for DIPA, et al...

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Photo of jaz58
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An absolute favorite IPA thus far.

Mind blowing for me.

Orange yellow color. Great hints of lemon and grapefruit in the nose.

The best balance hop bitter finish I have experreince.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Refreshing taste and flavours of malt with hints of butterscotch.

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Photo of Kaiyotee
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Amber, 3/4" head, a bit hazy
Smell: Strong citrus
Taste: Grapefruit; sweet citrus with a nice, balanced bitter finish
Feel: Nice carbonation; tangy on the edge of the tongue; somewhat creamy

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Photo of jlb307
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from a trade with beerdavis (thanks, Jason)
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Slightly hazy orange, and a little lighter than I'm used to seeing. Frothy white head with very nice retention time, but didn't stick to the glass much at all. Pretty much stayed floating right on the surface.

S: Sweet and citrusy with heavy hop notes. Typical pine overtones but they all combine into something really special that actually clings to the nostrils.

T: Not very complex, lots of bitterness but not overly so. On the finish there's a sweetness that hangs around for only a short time, but it contrasts with the bitter perfectly. I found that breathing in deep through the nose while taking a sip makes it a completely different way of experiencing it.

M: Very smooth and balanced, medium bodied. Has the expected IPA stickiness.

D: Very well balanced and easy to drink. Would gladly have it again.

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Photo of bierenutz
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly murky golden color with slight amber hues, a light cream colored head of about a finger's width leaving nice lacing on the glass.
S-Piney hops and fresh sweet citrus aromas prevail of grapefruit, orange and mango. There are malty notes in the background.
T-Sweet citrus flavors up front balanced by hoppy bitterness and malty afternotes...nice transitions.
M-Moderate feel and carbonation. Crisp and clean.
D-Very drinkable, a nice beer to have on hand.

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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