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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,332 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,332
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)
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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Odell's tulip. Best buy date of 12/1/11.

A- Pours a beautiful dark straw color with one finger of white head, has a slight haze to it. Leaves stickey spotty lacing.

S- Grapefruit, candied orange. Smells great.

T- Strong grapefruit notes with some bitterness upfront. Finish is slightly sweet but dry. Hops dominate any smell or taste of malt.

M- Exceedingly easy to drink, slick and oily. Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Slight bite from the 7% abv.

O- Easily my favorite readily IPA in my area. And I actually prefer it too the Myrcenary, very similiar taste profile but the Mycernary is much more boozy and hot.

Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received this in the Tickers BIF from Phelps. Thanks for this want.

A: Golden yellow, with a slight haze. One finger white head, fairly thick, with great retention and nice lacing down the glass as you drink.

S: Nice fresh citrus hops. Grapefruit, apricot, a touch of lemon lime, and some orange peels. Nice caramel comes through blending with a faint touch of floral hops.

T: Sweet caramel upfront. Not super bitter but a good hit of citrus bitterness. Very biscuity in the finish, with a nice flavor of floral hops coming through.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Pretty creamy. not real dry.

O: A good IPA. Not as good as I've heard but still very drinkable. Nicely blended malt and hop flavors.

Photo of azdback
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated best by 12/8/11. Poured into a Samuel Adams Lager glass. Golden orange in color, just a bit hazy or cloudy. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a bright white and rocky two finger head. Lace is pretty sticky.

Smells like orange blossoms. Lots of citrus aromas and piney notes. Just a bit of earthy notes or yeast.

Taste is much like the smell. Very bright flavors of sweet citrus. An orange with some pineapple. Maybe some pink grapefruit. Flower blossoms. Very green hop cone flavors too.

Mouth is great for the style. Bright, light mouth and very refreshing. The flavors don't fade at all and this isn't at all watery.

Overall I must say that when this is fresh it is one of my favorite IPA's available to me. I have had many in the past but wasn't quite the fan. I recently noticed that Odell is fresh by dating their bottles and tried one fresh. Cheers to Odell for the effort and the great IPA!!

Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy golden pour with a nice fluffy white head. Tons and tons of lacing and good head retention.

S: Very nice tropical fruit and citrus smell. Sweet caramel malt backs it up nicely too.

T: A little sweet citrus up front but quickly turns into a strong, bitter pine flavor. Ends nicely on a sweet caramel/pine combination. Resiny aftertaste for sure.

M: Resin is plentiful as mentioned. Sticky almost. Decent carbonation.

O: Well balanced and sweet but still quite bitter with all the pine. Citrus hops add a nice touch but the pine dominates I think. Definitely for the pine resin lover.

Photo of tobelerone
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice foamy off white head that settles slowly. Sheets of creamy, clinging lace. Hazy orange color. Looks great.

Nose of citrusy hops. Great flavor - extremely detailed hop characteristics, lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Citrus notes emphasized over pine. Very gently malt backbone, restrained sweetness. Bitterness hides out underneath all the yummy flavors.

Medium carbonation, fairly dry finish. Alcohol is not noticed.

One of the very best IPA's I've had this year; rivals Union Jack, Flower Power, Green Flash and the rest. Wish I could get this at home, I'd drink it all the time very happily!

Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Papago’s tenth anniversary party. Apparently, two cheesecloths full of hops were stuffed right inside the cask.

Cloudy as a day in Seattle, my fingers are just shadows behind the liquid, which is the color of pineapple slices. One finger of large, pure white, soap bubble head.

Sticky, resiny nose. Good weed, grapefruit and lime, with crackers and sweet apricot in the back.

It's like I've opened a bag of hop pellets and poured it right in my mouth. Resinous weed, orange and lemon peel, floral notes of roses and lilac. It’s spritzy and citrusy.

Low carbonation in a big but somewhat runny body. Alcohol lends some tongue-numbing and throat-warming heat. It’s actually almost spicy, as if chili peppers were added.

Damn fine. I love Odell’s regular IPA, and this cask just increases the affection.

Photo of SMILLIE
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Stone pint glass

Appearance: A gorgeous golden, honey, slightly cloudy. Two finger head, nice lacing. Great.

Smell: Strong smell of hops, citrus, floral,

Taste: Refreshing taste, high bitterness, exactly what an IPA should be. Very smooth, finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Perfect.

Overall: An exceptional IPA. Very impressed. Would buy these on a regular basis. Great taste, great bitterness. Not exactly a Stone but very nice brew.

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for another bottle for review.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold. Head is bright-white. Lacing is crazy. The sides of the glass are coated in sticky, nearly continuous lace. Head dissipates quickly, but never really disappears. Carbonation is solid.

Smell: Big nose of grapefruit and pine resin. Loaded up with some serious malts as well. Nicely sweet with some touches of bread crust and biscuit. Well-balanced approach. Tons of hops. Floral, earthy, and juicy. Lovely.

Taste: Straight punch of pure, unadulterated bitterness. Pith and zest, read grapefruit, are aggressive and never let up. Pine sneaks on to the back of each sip. Malts are sweet, and try to balance some of the hop punch, but come up short. A touch minty perhaps? Touch of biscuity malt rounds out the back, but damn, this is one mighty tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a solid, but not strong carbonation. Dry-hopping leads to dry mouth...or so I think. Easy to drink overall, which is surprising given the complete flavor overload. Smooth and creamy to boot.

Overall: As with all IPAs of this caliber, fresh is essential. The difference between 2 weeks and a month is crazy. The beer drinks well for weeks, but quickly loses an impact after the 3 week mark. This truly is an epic-level IPA and I wish I could drink it all the time. Nice balance prevents it from becoming too much at any point.

Photo of JAXSON
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

12 oz bottle. Tons of fresh cedar in the aroma. Spicy and fresh. Pours a clear medium amber with a fluffy head. Prickly near the back of the tongue, pleasantly bitter, a powerful hop presence gives way, a little shorter and drier than some west coast brethren, but very sharp and clean. Oranges and grass make themselves known. Very good. Thanks Malcom!

Photo of elgiacomo
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Dec 1, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours ever so slightly hazy golden amber with a nice large white foamy head that recedes to a rocky island and leaves nice spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is very strong on pineapple along with good citrus and floral notes, bread & caramel malt also quite present. Very good strength. Nice nose! Reminds me of Founders Double Trouble.

Flavor is pineapple, resinous hops, some tropical fruits, orange and grapefruit citrus, a sweet caramel malt backbone in the middle, finishes with fair bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and a tad oily, good carbonation.

Fantastic IPA. Incredible nose. Flavor falls just a tad short of the aroma but still very good. Would buy this on the regular if it was available in my area.

Photo of xuptygm
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden pour. Two-finger head which recedes rather quickly. Light carbonation. Pretty good lacing. Smells like hops and alcohol....what do ya know.

Tastes bitter with citrus and herbal flavors (honestly it tastes like a somewhat legal medicinal herb to me) and a TON of hops. Medium bodied. Dry and bitter finish. Smooths out as it warms.

Overall this is a bold undertaking yet misses the mark for my palate. I don't consider myself a hop head, but if I was one I am sure this would be a new favorite of mine.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of white foam. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few bubbles rise in the column.

S: Juicy grapefruit finds balance with pine and lesser tropical fruit in a very hop-forward way. Passive caramel and esters round out the edges and fill the gaps, resulting in a full and dynamic aroma.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild but appealing floral and citrus hop aromatics amidst bright but restrained citric acidity. Pale malt is detectable but fairly dull in character prior to the middle, where delicate floral aromatics persist against rising carbonic acid and snappy minerals. The finish is moderately bitter and distinctly piney, leaving a slightly medicinal pall to linger.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is fairly appealing for the style, but in the end it comes across as a weaker beer than it actually is at 7% abv. Smell far outdistances flavor in intensity and appeal, but that speaks more to the high quality of the smell than to any real problems with the taste.

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

Served on Tap

A- Nice goldish hue with about a half inch of white head

S- Near perfect floral aroma, citrus and grapefruit notes

T- nice bitterness profile. Citrus bite with a grapefruit aftertaste. Sweet, but not too sweet.

M- Nice smoothness. Nice carbonation

O- One of my favorite IPAs.. Odell always does nice work with hoppy beers

Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of warnerry
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/21/11 consumed 8/15/11

A - Pours a slightly hazy honey color with two fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Big, juicy bouquet of fruit, mostly tangerine and other citrus, along with a touch of honey, some bitter grapefruit rind and a faint amount of malt. Excellent beginning.

T - Similar to smell with more bitterness coming through in the taste. The bitterness doesn't really linger for long, but is definitely a big component of the flavor. Nice malt presence to balance the hops.

M - Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel. Pretty clean finish with only faint bitterness lingering.

O - Between this and Myrcenary, Odell has a very impressive lineup of fruit-forward (i.e. not piney) IPAs. I wish they would distribute in Michigan so I could have these more often.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is very slick builds up to a puffy two finger head. It recedes quickly to a thin cap, but it leaves a frothy ring that clings to the side of the glass. The look of this IPA is spectacular! It is honey yellow and shines brightly through the glass when held up to the light.

It is hard seeing through this one with how cloudy it is, definitely unfiltered and definitely a nice look. As I drink, there is a ring for where the beer sat at every previous sip - very, very nice.

Smell: The nose is big and not lacking in awesome aromas. There is tangerine, honey, bitter grapefruit, and a slight bitter note from the hops. It’s very crisp, and maxed out on citrus and green hops.

Taste: It’s bitter, but not nearly as much as you would expect from an IPA that smells this good. The grapefruit and tangerine are two notes that really stick out. The hops smack around the mouth a bit and in the back of the throat, leading to a mostly bitter and dry finish.

However, there’s also a note of wheat malt floating around the finish that pulls back the intensity of the hop punch, more like a jab. I’m not sure that malt flavor is doing this beer many favors. However, the taste is still great and I almost feel like I’m nit picking.

Mouth feel: For an IPA, it is very drinkable. I’m still getting used to the strong hop flavors of this style, but I like them more and more. Obviously the finish is dry, but at the same time it’s very creamy and smooth on the tongue. It’s not caustic or very acidic, which I take to be a very good sign.

Overall: Odell has made an IPA that is straight forward, no nonsense, and all delicious. The flavor profiles are clean and crisp.

It reminds me of the art that Odell has used for the bottle. While the artwork is minimalistic and clean, the picture portrays a man riding a bucking elephant, something fantastic being portrayed in a simple fashion. This reflects the contents of the bottle well, too, a recipe that isn’t trying to do too much that has produced something really special.

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Eriktheipaman
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/gold with white head and leaves pretty good lacing for awhile.

The smell is pineapple/orange with a very overall hoppiness.

The taste is very balanced between the flavor and bittering hops. Nice bitterness on the front that lingers but some citrus and tropical fruits along with some malt on the back.

This beer reminds me a lot of Sculpin. The bottle has about 2 months before the best buy date and is tasting absolutely fresh. That's one thing the Sculpin can't come close to.

Photo of AdamBear
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy gold with a frothy white head

S-stale grass, citrus peel and hops. some spice. good strength

T-comes in with a good amount of spice, grains, some tropical fruits, and HOPS. its a quality taste that makes up a matching after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-a pretty decent IPA. its not something i'll be searching out, but i enjoyed it. overall it was just a fairly boring IPA to me, though it might possibly help out some hop cravings.

Photo of plfahey
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium-deep gold in color with moderately high clarity. Low faintly off-white head has fair retention.

Aroma-Decent hop bouquet-big orange, tangerine, and lemongrass citrus notes with a hint of grapefruit, slight pine notes present as well. While the hop bouquet is nice and complex, it is not very fragrant, and on other examples that have been more fragrant, I've found the hops to be a bit catty/pissy. The malt is also lacking in aromatic strength, but shows a bit of caramel character. Slight fruity esters.

Flavor-Caramel, toast, and alcohol show up front, though really the alcohol only carries through the whole flavor. Hop flavor is moderate, and is dominated by orange with background grapefruit notes, and even fainter pine. Slight grainy flavor in the finish with moderately high hop bitterness. Faint tropical fruit alcohol flavors. Aftertaste is a combination of grainy malt and herbal/piney hops.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth.

I'm generally a pretty big Odell Fan and I think that Myrcenary is exceptional, but I'm just not that impressed by this one. My main complaint with this bottle was that the hop aroma and flavors were not strong enough, though in bottles that I've had with greater hop character, I remember them being catty-a hop character I find quite unpleasant. Just not my fav.

Photo of tewaris
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with kickass artwork (signature Odell!) and a best by date of 11/02/11 poured into a New Belgium globe on 08/09/11. Pours hay golden, slightly hazy, with a nice and big alabaster head; great head retention and excellent lacing!

Smells very fruity with dominantly tropical fruit notes and some grassy-weedy undertones. Very balanced and complex hop profile. Tastes smooth and slightly fruity, and while the malt backbone is felt on palate, I don't really taste the malts much. The bitterness appears most towards the back and in the finish.

Carbonation is appropriately high and the finish really dry. As remarked, goes down easy and smooth without too much bitterness. All good, except that the alcohol is rather high for this easy drinking a beer.

Appearance 5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra thanks to buffs9. Reviewed from old notes. Split into tulips.

A: Golden orange hue. Small beige head. Soapy lace left behind.

S: Nice citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon hop profile. Just a tiny bit of malt lets you know it's in there. however the hops are the star of this show.

T: The hops in the flavor are a solid mix of citrus and pine. You kinda get the best of both worlds. I almost pick out a hint of belgian influence in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: A very nice IPA. I would drink this a lot if I had access to it.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden yellow in color, I think it's filtered, but it does have the slightest of slight haze. White frothy head with various sized bubbles, really good lacing and it sticks around.

Smell is outstanding. Big time hoppy, lots of citrus, grapefruit, fresh pineapple and sappy pine. Hops are the backbone of the aroma, but there is certainly a malt presence, toasted caramelized pale mats.

Taste is also excellent. It's hoppy, but pretty well balanced, which I wasn't quite expecting based on the smell. Each sip attacks each taste bud. Actually starts a little sweet, the malts provide a slight hint of caramel and honey. The hops quickly follow. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors with a followed by tones of nectar and pine, slight herbal tones as well.

Mouthfeel is darn tootn' good. Light bodied, well balanced and crisp, clean bitter finish. Great drinkablility slightly dry at the end, very good.

Thanks chugalug06 for the trade, really good IPA!

Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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