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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell IPAOdell IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,160 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 374
Gots: 236 | FT: 9
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 jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this 12oz bottle into an Orval chalice.

This beer pours a light orange with orangy white head that goes quickly. It is pretty clear Minimal lacing.

The aroma is medium and super nice. It is really sweet, lots of citrus grapefruit, some candy sugar and at the end some nice hops.

The taste starts off pretty light, you start to get some very light bitter citrus. There is some nice hops, but at the end they have a tinge of metal and pine which drops the drinkability for me.

jrallen34, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold orange, slightly hazy body. Thick white head.

Scent is pungent grassy and citrus hops.

Taste has a wide variety of hops. Citrus/tropical fruit up front, grass closs behind, then a bitter pine finish. This one has a nice bitter punch to it.

Medium body with a oily resinous mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation.

This is a very good demonstration of an IPA. Great hop profile, nice and bitter, and very fresh tasting. Good drinkability.

Vonerichs, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks tr4nc3d!

A: An aggressive pour results in a clear light-amber body that sits calmly underneath half an inch of frothy white foam. Mediocre retention and a solid amount of lace. Not at all bad, but perhaps a bit undercarbonated.

S: Terrifically complex, hop-centric aroma - grapefruit up front, mellowed out with some tropical fruit (peach & pineapple), and finally some lightly spicy floral notes. Absolutely lovely, and right up there with the best from the west coast.

T: Like the nose, a medley of fruity and spicy hops dominates, followed by just a hint of pale malt sweetness before the thoroughly bitter, slightly astringent finish. The slightly harsh aftertaste is the only flaw - otherwise it's impeccably constructed hop deliciousness. Great.

M: Fairly smooth medium body, but nearly flat. Practically no discernible carbonation, which may be why the astringency sets in so strongly on the finish.

D: This beer is simply too delicious to put down.

Notes: I'd heard some good things about this, and was really excited to get it in a trade (thanks again tr4nc3d). It perfectly fits into my favorite niche of IPA - 7% ABV and uncompromising with the fruity hops. I'm wishing I'd traded for more, and distinctly thinking about picking up a case when I visit CO this summer. Awesome beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - glowing orange and yellow in color. Wow, very vibrant display with a big stark-white, fluffy, dish soap-like head.

Aroma - floral hops, citrus, mint, mango, powdered sugar and some pineapple as well as pine tree.

Taste - great displays of hop bitterness accompanied with tropical fruit, citrus, pine and a nice sweet malt backbone. All the components of a solid American IPA are there. When this is fresh its absolutely incredible.

Overall - one of the better everyday IPAs available. Lots of fresh hop flavor and the right amount of mouth puckering tongue drying hoppiness to go along with the solid malt back.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. If only I lived out west...

indiapaleale, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of SaintPeter
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at a warmer than normal temperature, cellar temp, maybe. Brings out the hop aroma.

Pours a golden orange with streaming bubbles of carbonation. The head is spectacular,three fingers with excellent retention and a cling that shrouds the glass and lacing as long as the beer exists.

Very fragrant piney and citrusy hop aroma. Smells bitter, like pine needles and pine sap, but really well balanced with a touch of sweetness. A tab soapy.

Sharp, bitter hop taste with some grapefruit. Almost too bitter, but it mellows just before the point of over-bitterness. You have to like the bitter beers.

Really nice medium to big mouthfeel, very syrupy and viscous in the mouth, turns silky when turbulated by the tongue. Beautiful!

Very drinkable for a strong IPA. Fragrant and flavorful. This is a fantastic IPA, the way they should be, hoppy and strong. Highly recommended.

SaintPeter, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Draft at The Yard House, Scottsdale, AZ.

This came out with a decent finger's worth of white head still sitting on a lightish amber colored beer. Very clear.

Nice floral and citrus hop aroma. Not much more to say about it, though it does have some depth as well. Great up-front hop flavor. Grapefruit and orange blossom. Very bright flavor, not much noticeable malt but I wasn't looking for balance anyway. Pleasantly bitter finish.

Nice feel, some carbonation burn and very drinkable.

ZimZamZoom, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, extra in a trade with BA user BigDank...served in a pint glasss

A - barely of finger of very loose white foam which quickly diminished to a small floating island, but decent webbed lacing down the sides of the glass. the beer is a crystal clear, strong golden color with amber hues.

S - big juicy floral and citrus hops...smells like a pice of juicyfruit gum.

T - following the nose with floral and citrus, tastes like the gum as well. quite sweet, some bready malt underneath it all. bitterness comes out at the end along with a touch of alcohol. quite unique.

M - prickly carbonation, body is light and insanely sticky...covers your mouth with some lingering bitterness.

D - a solid IPA, had to throw some extra points here for being quite unique. high drinkability, something i would go to now and then for something different.

Stigs, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Chrisco88
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, bright gold. Small white head fades rather quickly but a thin lace lingers.

Aroma: Quite aggressive aroma. Pungently floral up front but I really liked the lemon, grapefruit, citrus-y flavors towards the end. Nothing but hops here.

Taste: Quite refreshing! Bitter and hoppy from the get-go but finishes light, sweet, and citrus-y. Virtually no malt flavor.

Palate: Very light-bodied, lively carbonation and a very clean mouthfeel.

Overall: Another highly drinkable IPA, I think they're finally starting to grow on me :) Great hop flavor without being annoyingly bitter. Great mouthfeel and aftertaste so I almost want to savor the flavor, but it's so light and clean I can't fight the desire to indulge.

Chrisco88, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with a dense head; good retention and wonderful lacing

S: Grapefruit and citrus dominate with a subtle pine resin

T: Hop bitterness upfront; citrus and grapefruit balance the bitterness to near perfection; there is a strong bitterness on the back end that is pleasant but biting

F: Good carbonation and overall mouth feel

D: One of my favorite IPAs; drinkable and delicious

dbossman, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/21/10 on the label. Nice looking label. Was a clear golden yellow color with slight carbonation. It had an average sized white head that settled into a very thin film and good collar. Good lacing with moderate amounts sticking.

The aroma was grapefruit, c-hops, fruit, a bit pine and some caramel malt in the back. Really enjoyed the aroma on this one. It really blended the various elements well. Nothing really dominated but it just come together in a pleasing aroma. The taste also was excellent and again blended and balanced well. Great citric hop flavor without being overly bitter. This could be hop session beer even at 7% (never really smell or taste the 7%). Mouthfeel was medium with good aftertaste but it needs a little more carbonation.

Overall, another great offering from one of my favorite Colorado breweries. Wish they would distribute to Texas! Until then, I drink as much as I can when in CO and get the occasional care package. Highly recommend - an excellent AIPA. Rotation - had ummagum ship me some. If here this would be a regular in the hops rotation.

TexIndy, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice sized white head. Aroma is very piney with some citrus.

Taste is opposite of the aroma. The fruitty citrus comes to the front with the pine more towards the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is great despite the 7% abv. A very good IPA.

hckyfn9999, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I really like the color, a dull sunburst, in this beer but the head is lackluster. I guess that balances my rating to just average.

The smell has a nice slightly piney, grapefruit smell. A hint of apricot. Taste was clean. Moderate amount of bitterness for an IPA. The hops work well in this beer (grapefruit, citrus). A light sweetness plays with your tongue as well. My only problem is that this beer is a little light overall on flavor.

You don't notice the alcohol until you get a little palate fatigue and the hops fade out. But even then it doesn't stand out.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and slippery. I could kick back with a few of these cause they are really easy to drink.

BearsOnAcid, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange/copper, rather dull, and clear. White head that laces well but has nearly zero retention.

S: Complex hops, blended Island fruits, sugar, pine, honey, and pineapple.

T: Evergreen and sour citrus hits the tongue first, followed quickly by a blend of hops built on a subtle malt base. All this wraps up into a lip-smacking bitter and dry middle taste, which then sweetens a bit as the minimal aftertaste takes over.

M: Nicely smooth, with enough carbonation to be pleasing but not bite too hard.

D: Moderately drinkable, but not the best around.

allforbetterbeer, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of nonstick. Thanks Chris!
Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a transparent pale golden color. Low white head with little staying power. Recedes to a micro layer and a thin white collar. Light lacing left on the glass.

S - Bright, fresh grapefruit and cut grass in the nose with a decent amount of pine blending in. Some very light bready malt in the background...mostly hops though. Very good smelling IPA.

T - A touch fruity, good grapefruit flavor, nice strong and sharp bitterness...maybe the slightest hint of alcohol. Pretty dry, not much residual sweetness at all. Good piney hop flavors mix in the middle.

M - Mouthfeel is bit on the thin side. Carbonation is rather high and definitely adds a bunch of prickly, mouth filling bubbles. Maybe a bit too much carbonation, but not a major distraction, just a personal preference. Less carbonation might bring out a bit more flavor too.

D - Pretty nice IPA...carbonation a bit high and consequently makes this beer rather filling. Flavors are really nice - plenty of hops - citrus/pine and just enough malt to add some balance. This could very easily be a go to everyday IPA if it were available in this area...oh well, maybe someday in the future.

portia99, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of vdoz3
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hand delivered from a friend visiting from Colorado (I asked for Fat Tire, I get Odell IPA; I'm happy both ways). Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10 oz wine glass (over two pours).

A: bright transparent orange (could be a Rose wine if it was any pinker). minimal head but notable lacing going down the sides of the glass.

S: fruity (peachy) and citrusy hops dominate, but the bready malt comes out in the nose unlike....

T: pure hop; bright orange bite that leaves a beautiful hop-induced drymouth behind it.

M: Silky smooth and well carbonated make it a hard beer to sip; but it really illuminates the front of the tongue and is best not gulped

D: I want to be mad at my friend for only hand delivering to me in New York from Colorado one sixpack of this, because I could definitely go for more than a few nights worth : )

She handpicked this to bring me over Fat Tire, knowing I would like it? That's either what I call great taste in beer or a true friend!
Happy New Year!

vdoz3, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of floral hops and a doughy malt backbone.

Flavor is loaded with flowery, American hops and orange with a great malty balance. Finishes with a gentle hop bite.

In the end, it manages to have great hop flavor minus any harsh or unwanted bitterness. Not the best but respectable and graceful.

brownbeer, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of DrMalt
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 of 6 in an IPA tasting - poured 4 ozs into a pint glass

Deep organge/copper color with a full sturdy white head.

Terrific hop aroma with loads of citrus.

Great combination of grapefruit, pine, grassy but some balancing maltiness.

Mouthfeel is very good...not too thin but not overly thick.

Drinkability is very solid. A great IPA.

The best of the 6 IPA's in this tasting.

Would buy this IPA again if I have the opportunity.

DrMalt, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via SS09 from vasdef42. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with stocky sheeting lace. Aroma is dominated by pungeant fresh hops, green and piney. Taste starts moderately sweet, goes piney bitter in the middle, and carries through the close to the aftertaste. Tons of hop flavor, not total bitter face. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, and drinkability is awesome. Get you some.

ppoitras, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ArcTeryx for this beer. Devin you went far and beyond when you stopped by! Review from notes.

A- Pours a light hazed amber color with golden highlights. 1 finger white head stays for a little while before dying down. Leaves nice skirted lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big crisp grapefruit and pineapple notes in the front of this. Big citrusy hops clash with a nice malty bready backbone. Balance is good with this and almost reminds me of a not as fresh Pliny the Elder.

T- Big juicy citrus hops in the front! Nice light bitter undertones to this beer. A light sweetbread like malt backbone balances this out rather nicely. Hops could have been a little more evened out in the entire beer. Reminded me once again of Pliney the Elder but it's big downfall was it didn't drink smooth the entire way that PtE does. Kind of jerks you in the middle of the beer. Still this was not a terrible thing.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Left nice citrusy hops on the palate and in the aftertaste. Some resin left on the teeth and a light slickness on the tongue. Little bit of a drying finish to it. Still crisp and packed flavor.

D- This beer is wonderful. I am really glad I got to try this beer. Once again this is a beer that I will have to sadly trade for since it is not in the state yet. Hurry quickly Odell!

alleykatking, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of jdense
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Multiple bottles purloined from buddy's refrigerator via Dr. Z in Arizona.

Dark amber body, 1 finger white head, slow disappation with nice lacing. Sweet malts and citrusy hops dominate the nose. The taste is pretty sweet for an IPA, nice hop profile, more citrusy than piney, with a fairly dry finish. Dangerous drinkable. One of best of Colorado IPAs, IMO.

jdense, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze. My pour produces a small head that quickly fades to a thin film. A noticeable amount of carbonation with an accompanying carbonation bite. Aroma predominantly of grapefruit, but with a hint of grain. Strong hops up front with a clean middle and bitter finish.

LittleDon, Dec 12, 2009
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.

paco1029384756, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this at pi in st.louis and they had this on tap, I've never even heard of this brewery so I'm always eager to try something new. has a nice light amber color to it and it laces real well, smell I very good, floral hops are the moat prevelant, has a tiny malt kick to it. taste is very good, an exceptional ipa, a perfect balance of hops and enoug malt to keep it level, reccomended

1fastz28, Nov 08, 2009
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.

ocelot2500, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exactly midway between ripe pumpkin and harvest gold. Multiple streams of lazily rising bubbles plink into the underside of a wonderful looking crown of manila colored foam. A great deal of stickiness leads to loads of lace that resembles spray-on snow on a winter windowpane.

The nose is rife with all sorts of tropical fruits. I've heard that Columbus is one member of the closely guarded hop bill. Simcoe has to be another. Specifics include ganja, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. A hint of toasted-earthy malt comes close to putting a damper on the olfactory hoedown.

The exact same thing is noted on the palate. Odell needs to either move the mall bill in a more pale direction or needs to add caramel malt (think Celebration Ale) rather than the Munich-like malts that I'm guessing are present. That's strictly personal preference, but then this is my review.

Despite 70 IBUs and a best-by date that's still more than four months into the future, this isn't a hop monster by any means. Yeah, it's definitely snappy for the style, but my socks are still firmly in place. Flavor pretty much mirrors aroma, so I won't run through the list again.

The body/mouthfeel easily keeps pace with the rest of the attributes. It's IPA-medium and has a soft and smooth quality right out of the gate. Ideal carbonation is the likely reason why.

It's hard to believe that it took me this long to taste one of Colorado's most heralded IPAs. Thank you GilGarp. Even though it doesn't quite measure up to my (possibly unfairly) high expectations, Odell IPA is quality beer that is a pleasure to drink. A beer advocate can't ask for much more than that.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 04, 2009
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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