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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,207
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 377
Gots: 251 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 03-02-2007)
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Photo of ddgrant
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange color with a slight haze. Nice thin head that remained throughout

S - Floral hop aroma with strong notes of citrus, especially grapefruit

T - An excellent citrus flavor that is never superseded by the hops. This is a flavorful IPA that is slightly sweet with a taste of grapefruit and a healthy hop backbone.

M - A medium-body beer with good carbonation and an oily feel that finishes cleanly.

D - A great IPA with excellent aftertaste.

ddgrant, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of EvilGnome6
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a half finger of white head. Not very heavily carbonated.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit.

T: Pretty much like it smells. Grapefruit with a hint of sweetness and a distinct bitterness.

M: Light on the palette. The aftertaste is a bit too sharp for my preferences.

D: Fair. Goes down easily but the bitterness would be wearying after a few. Not a bad brew but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up again.

EvilGnome6, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy pale orange beer with an off-white head leaving lacing.

The smell is earthy and sweet and fruity, mango and grape-fruit.

Sweet and honey initially in the taste, then bitter oranges.

Medium carbonation, soft and a fairly good body.

Maybe a bit to sweet for me, but fairly well balanced. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp.

rarbring, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By best next month.

appearance: golden, nice lacing and head rentention. nice notches as I went down

smell: ctitrus hop aroma on the nose

taste: not really fresh and light malt. fresh this may be a hop bomb.

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: would love to try fresh. still a quility beer.

CampusCrew, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

ballz50401, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of bark
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is gold, the liquid clear. The low head is warm white.

The smell is hoppy with lots of citric notes, but also a lot of honey. A bit dry. And very bitter.

The bitterness dominates the taste, but there are also lots of exotic fruits, among them grape fruits. The flavours are fresh and clean. The aftertaste is sweet with a fine bitterness and fruity notes of pineapples and bitter oranges.

The carbonation is strong; the liquid semi-smooth.

A very pleasant and full-flavoured American IPA.

bark, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow color with a large bone white head that left some nice rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is straight up grapefruit. I can't believe how much grapefruit is in this beer. Rivals Two Hearted! Also picking up pale sweet malts in the background, but not much. This thing is hop-centric. Flavor follows the nose endlessly. Lots of grapefruit, plenty of pine, juicy, tropical, and herbal, an almost minty-like finish, dry, crisp. Again, this one is all about the hops, but I'm not finding it ridiculously over-bitter. Just a nice hop flavor that doesn't really need to be balanced by any more malt. I hate to say it, but I'm actually glad the caramel malts have been restrained in this brew. Medium body, carbonation is light but tight. Good stuff here. I could drink several of these in one sitting, which I can't do much with IPAs these days. So I've now had 4 different beers from Odell (didn't review the St Lupulin) and all were very solid. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery!

KeefD, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear orange/amber color. Poured 2 finger whited head with fair retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in wide rings.

S: Big pine and citrus hops; a little grapefruit. Muted (if any) malt character.

T: Sweet grains followed quickly with herbal and earthy hop character. Reiny middle lingers to sharp, dry bitter. Some citrus lingers.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth and coating. Good balance even with a pretty full flavor.

D: Straight up good beer for the style. Its simple, balanced and moderate abv. Won't wow with its complexity, but very drinkable.

Haybeerman, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red bronze with a clingy tight white head. Big fresh pomegranate and ruby red grapefruit nose with hints of lemon barley - wafts from across the room. Caramel malts with underlying juiciness, an aspirin hit of bitterness, then lemongrass and big grapefruit (Centennial?) hops with some oil. Spearmint leaf finish, resiny linger. Medium, some chew, little burn.

Amazing nose that the taste doesn't live up to. The hops flavors come through without the IBUs, but the malts are not much besides sweet, which makes me wonder if it's somehow out of balance. Still solid IPA with not the usual Cali lemon-pine hopping - Simcoe, if I had to guess, and plenty of others.

My 250th review.

StJamesGate, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of MinorThreat
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle

A- Beautiful straw/gold hue with a nice dense white head, great lacing and nice oily clarity

S-High alpha acid citrus hops dominate the nose with grapefruit and pine tree with some toasted cereal grains lingering in there.

T- The nose carries through well with bright citrus hops. Pine, grapefruit, orange and some mint are up front. A nice toasted malt back bone holds the bitterness in check. Well balanced while still maintaining the hop forward taste.

M- Good silky mouthfeel with a good amount of gas to keep it light and lively.

D-For a reasonably big beer it drinks fairly easy.

MinorThreat, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy orange-red color. The head is a thick inch and a half of foam that recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. This is what an IPA should look like. The aroma is of tangerines, pine resin, with some herbal and floral notes too. This is a very lively, mouth watering aroma. The taste has more pine and less tangerine than the aroma. There is a nice firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good American IPA. One of the best examples I've had in a very long time. I will certainly be drinking this again soon.

KarlHungus, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper and golden sunshine hue. Two fingers of foam and a resiliant film that holds its real eastate under heavy sipping.

Citrusy for sure, but to be specific I smell some halved grapefruit with a little sugar spinkled on top. Add to that some grass and barely in the toaster for a second toast.

The taste is a medium citric bitterness. Sweet grapefruit peels, soft lime juice, and some mosquito grass. The malts help balance everything out just right. A little toasted grain is all this beer needed it seemed. Not to say the hopping was excessive either. All ingredients taste as the just the right amount was used for harmonious balance.

If the abv. was a point and a half lower, this would be an awesome session IPA.

scruffwhor, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Buebie for gifting this one to me in a recent trade.

a- pours a slightly dull looking yellow/orange color. shows nice clarity with a persistent white head.

s- big citrus hits the nose hard. great vibrant lemon and orange peel notes. it's almost hard to define anything else, besides a bit of lingering sweetness and some floral notes. the citrus steals the show and I'm on the edge of my seat to see what happens next.

t- an unusually unique IPA. the bitterness is light. that combined with a good amount of sweetness almost turns this one into a mixed citrus fruit juice beverage. a substantial amount of sweetness mixes with orange, lemon, and big grapefruit flavors. it's rare that I think an IPA is unbalanced sweetness wise, yet it still has some great citrus notes. the low bitterness mixes with a bit of pine and biscuit malts in the finish.

m- great body for an IPA. not letting that 7.0% go to waste. a nice crisp carbonation and a bit of slickness. a pleasant smoothness to this puppy.

d- a good one for sure. not overly hoppy and no alcohol to be found. it's a shame this is my only bottle. more Odells please

Freethyhops, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle @ Capone's
Light copper with a one-finger head which quickly settled to a coating. Lacing was thinner but present throughout. Nose was some citrus, especially grapefruit and earthy floral notes as well. Taste is lemon and grapefruit up front but the sweet malts kick in to balance this nicely. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, a little oily, but always creamy and smooth. Finish has some moderate bitterness but never overbearing. If this were available to me commonly, it would be a go-to IPA for sure.

regspeir, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Nearly clear golden yellow/light orange color. One finger of creamy white head with pitiful retention, but some splotchy lacing.

4.0 S: Really pungent hops. Something almost musty. Simple, but pleasant. Malts don't really show up to the party.

4.0 T: Moderate bitterness. Earthy and herbal hops are the showcase. Again, malts really don't do much, just a neutral barebones base and that's okay because it works well. Otherwise, very clean. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth throughout. Moderately creamy.

4.5 D: Simple, clean, and super smooth. Not the most exciting drink, but it's a nice, moderate alcohol brew. Again Odell shows me that simple works just as well as big and complex.

DavoleBomb, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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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

mdfb79, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - A very minimal standard looking white foam quickly fades leaving the most modest of lacings... A rich glowing orangish gold color... Moderate carbonation...

S - Sweet pineapple... A touch of citrus... Some mango and grapefruit... A touch of bitter hop resins... Touches of floral aromas... A slight grass presence... Some very mild caramel undertones...

T - Sweet pineapple... Smooth citrusy hops... An enjoyable earthiness... Touches of caramel and bready malts...

M - Fresh... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Juicy... Smooth... Slightly oily... Crisp... Easy drinking...

D - A really easy drinking American IPA... Nice work by the folks at Odell... Really flirts with DIPA territory... Even though this one is slightly more sweet than hoppy, it's an excellent all around offering that any self proclaimed hop head should seek out...

philbe311, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a one finger bright white head with good retention and it leaves beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.. Smells of grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, mango, and pine. Very nice.

The taste is just like the aroma. Sweetness and bitterness combine beautifully. There is also a light amount of hop oil flavor. I usually taste this type of flavor more in a DIPA than an IPA. Very impressive.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, and a real treat to drink. Finishes somewhat dry with a sweet aftertaste. I will definitely buy this one again.

hardy008, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice blast of citrus hops rushes out when you pop the top. Somewhat hazy body, capped with a big sticky white foam head. Scent, like i mentioned, is sticky hop oil. Fairly thin on the malt with a heavy dose of citrus hops. Some bready notes. Medium bodied. Hint of spice from the alcohol as it warms up a bit. Pretty good beer overall.

Tballz420, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost mahogany color, minimal head and lacing. Earthy dense aroma. Not to my liking really.

Taste of wood, minimal hops, below average bitterness. Must be English style ipa. Lots of caramel. Alcohol twang to it. Kinda costly for what seems to be a below average ipa from the western part of the country.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange pour with decent head and great lacing. Nice big tropical nose with hints of bread, tea and caramel. Very nice resiny, pungent first sip that transforms into a very well balanced beer. The earthy, bitter hops are complemented by a nice sweet malt backbone. Lots of citrus, but there's something unique about this beer that I can't put my finger on. It's a unique, earthy, but pleasing aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the chewy side and highly drinkable. A very unique IPA that I will definitely seek out again.

beerdrifter, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from millah- thanks! Best by 9/7/10.

A: pours a clear gold, thin white head, bad retention, some lacing

S: very pungent hops with pine needle and some tomato like notes on the front, sweet malt profile shows up at the end with notes of honey

T: the front features bitters hops with pine, lemon zest, and grapefruit. This beer seems slightly out of balance as the malt profile is overshadowed by hop bitterness. The finish is slightly tart with lots of bitter hops.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp mouthfeel

D: this beer isn't bad by any means, but the hops seem so strong that they lend some unwanted vegetable like flavors/aromas. This doesn't detract from it being tasty, it just keeps it from standing above the rest of the delicious IPAs out there. Perhaps I just am not a big fan of the particular hop profile, but I would've loved a little more malt presence.

homebrew311, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (stamped 7/8/10) into a pint glass. Thanks to monsterfat for the bottle.

Golden pour with a little under a finger of rich white foam. Head retention is pretty good, and there's some nice lacing on the glass.

Lots of citrus in the nose. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange...smells as much like tropical fruit juice as any IPA I've had. It's a nice nose.

Flavor doesn't quite follow through like I'd like it to, though. Plenty of citric hops (which I love), but it seems like the sweet malt does more to detract from the overall flavor than to enhance it. One of those cases where "balance" can be negative, as the flavors almost cancel out. Somewhat resinous bitter finish. The 7% ABV struck me as being kind of high for an IPA (though I usually don't pay attention), but it's never noticeable.

Medium bodied, pretty soft carbonation. Not surprisingly, it's fairly smooth and slick. A tasty, easy drinker. Falls just short of being listed alongside some of my favorites from the style.

Gyle41386, May 30, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear orange-gold with moderate eggshell white head that leaves nice lacing rings.

Smell: Mostly pine and grapefruit, with spice and light toasted malts.

Taste: Very hoppy with pine, grapefruit and some tropical fruit. The toasted malts are very dry and almost a little sour. Ends somewhat bitter and spicy. Fantastic balance, or is it a lack thereof?

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium almost oily body that is fairly creamy and smooth. Very dry sour finish.

Drinkability: Extremely good IPA. This beer makes me ecstatic that Odell came to Minnesota.

bsp77, May 25, 2010
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,207 ratings.