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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,274 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 376
Gots: 274 | 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 suretolose
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. had a good amount of head about a inch and a half. Did not last very long.
Very interesting aroma. Fruit, hops, pinecones. Almost gin like with a hint of pineapple.
Tastes very similar to the smell fruit and pine.
Very refreshing.

suretolose, May 11, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden with no head, except for a white ring around the perimeter and some thin patches.
Smell is a nice balance of hops and malts. Corny, piney aromas, as well as some citrus tones, accompany the hops, while the malts are crackery. Some peppery notes are there as well. Faint tomato aroma as well that reminds me of Gubna.
Taste is crackery malts and hops accompanied by a mild pine and citrus aspect. More of that faint tomato aspect--I'm thinking it's the same Summit hops that are in Gubna. Faint pineapple. Finish is malty, with ample bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp, yet the finish is slightly sticky and wet. Light-to-medium body. Good level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. Interesting, slightly unorthodox IPA.

Parrotbeak, May 06, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2nd beer I've ever had from this brewer. Picked up a 6 pack of this tonight for a mere $8.
Poured from the bottle into a pub glass, producing about an inch and a half of white froth and bubbles.
Slow to fall down and sitting for some time. Finally leaving a solid cap of assorted bubbles and a bit of froth with an even thicker collar.
Sticky, never lettin' go cling of lace lines the glass walls.
The beer is a transparent darker golden color.

Aroma is bursting at the seems with hops. Pinneaple, sweet juicy, just bit into a mango and the juices flow down my chin, like aromas. Some mild pine and bittering too with hemp and dank weed. But mostly a tropical fruit frenzy of hops.
A little malt too, which is surprising. In comes in the form of a buttery bread sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel is fuller with moderate carbonation and a light fluffy feel.

Taste contains the exact same flavors mirroring the aroma. Its a tropical fruit festival of hops. Just a bit of bittering into the swallow and lingering with mild rind. So its mostly sweet juicy hops, keeping drinkability very high on the 'keep it coming, not bittering' hops.
Floral flavors too with a touch of minty leaf.

God this is absolutely splendid. One of the better ipa's I've had in a good while. Its not that its better then others either. Its just that its a a take on the style that I cant say I've experienced before. Sure it shares similarities to other ipa's, but this one is different. Different in a good way too. Drinkability is high, as this is not very bitter and the pallet is given time to recover. Truly an inspiration to the kind of beer I want to brew. Highly recommend.

Buebie, May 05, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color with a fluffy one and a half finger head that leaves all kinds of sticky lace clinging to the side of the glass.

Oh yeah, this is one hopped up IPA. Earthy and floral hops and nothing else.

Nicely balanced flavor. The hops are again, earthy and floral with some citrus and pine notes. The hops are balanced by some nice pale malt that adds some biscuity sweetness. When I say balanced, I don't mean 50/50. I'm thinking more along the lines of 70/30, but it's working. The hops are not overly bitter and add a piney taste to the finish.

Nice soft and smooth feel in about a medium body. Lightly dry finishing.

For how hoppy this is, it still drinks phenomenally well. A top notch IPA that I would have again. Welcome to MN Odell!

jera1350, May 05, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden color with a smallish head and a fresh white ring with good sticky lacing...the smell is hugh citrus and hops with tropical fruit,pine and grass with malt in the background...the taste is a oliy hop and citrus taste with a nice tropical fruit injection it is then balanced with malt..it a nice big medium mouth fell..it fills the taste buds with a well balanced and delicious ipa..i find this highly drinkable

gatornation, May 03, 2010
Photo of hdog09
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-Poured closer to golden in color than amber?

-Strong aroma, hints of grapefruit and pines, smelled great.

-Accurate amount of carbonation, good amount of hops however a little less than I'd like in an IPA, accurate amount of malt.

-Easily drinkable on a daily basis and overall better than most IPA

hdog09, May 02, 2010
Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a small white head that fades quickly leaving little lace.

Wonderful piney, earthy hop aromas, with only a hint of grassy esters. Biscuity malts with good cereal grain aspects.

Getting more into IPA's like this lately. Very dry on the finish with total domination of piney, grassy, earthy hops. Not overly bitter, hints of aspirin, star fruit, nice brisk carbonation with good bready malts. Easily drinkable. How about coming to Ohio?

mcallister, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow gold. Small white head with little retention, but good lacing.

S: Citrus, yeast, lemon. A light orange note and the smell of CO2.

T: Light and crisp with a brightness to it. Moderately piney bitterness on the finish that seems to linger on the tongue,

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Crisp.

D: A good everyday IPA.

Florida9, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hop oils, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight earthiness (nuts). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hop oils, sweet malt, slight yeast, and citrus. Overall, a good blend, aroma, body, and appearance.

Tone, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigJK for bringing this back from Pittsburgh.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my snifter glass.

A - Bright hazy orange with about a finger width of head. It dies down quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass

S - Lots of citrusy fruits and a bit of spice. Reminds me of racer 5 from Bear Republic, just a little more potent.

T - The citrusy flavors are most prevalent in this. Lemon and grapefruit are the most prevelant, and then the bready malts come in just to balance it out.

M - Creamy with mild carbonation. Even just a tiny bit chewy.

D - Very. This is really good.

Kaiser81, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to afdempse for hooking me up with one of my favorite IPAs.

A: Golden yellow, clear, very effervescent. There is a nice fluffy head that leaves huge amounts of lacing caked throughout the glass.

S: Floral, citrus, fresh garden.

T: Now this is what a "balanced" IPA is supposed to taste like. Grapefruit and citrus flavors perched atop a substantial malt bill. This beer is fantastic!

M: ABV hidden well. Bitter, dry finish.

D: An awesome beer. I wish I could get it here. I would drink this on a regular basis.

Huhzubendah, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A very nice orange hazy color with a big frothy head after a vigorous pour. Some lasing and little carb bubbles.

S - A nice amount of citrus and floral hops with some bready malt

T - Oh so good. A lot of citrus and pine. Flowery hops and malt make the finish.

M - Nice and crisp, goes down very smooth.

D - This is an IPA i find myself drinking all the time. One of the best, if not the best IPAs available in Kansas.

Bobbydigi, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of SamN
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid orange copper color, very clear but slightly hazy. Big foamy white head, pretty dense and bubbly. Not much visible carbonation visible.

S- Good christ, that's some hops. Such a deep and rich hops smell, smells light years beyond what I the usual IPA smells like. Big time grapefruit, old pine resin, eye-burningly strong. Lighter bread malts provide a stable foundation for the towering piers of Hoptitude.

T- First off, despite it's full hops cone smell, the taste is not overpoweringly hoptacular. In fact, this has remarkable balance. Starts balanced and slightly malty, then suddenly the malt drops off the face of the earth and the hops spring to life., creating a rough bitter character akin to citrus and pepper. Interesting and certainly not a boring IPA, this is much more than I expected. A hearty swirl blends the flavors into one big bitter creamy joy.

M- Damn, spot on carbonation with a medium body and great smoothness and texture.

D- Not bad, I think I could drink one or two of these with little hops fatigue. Not an all day sipper for me (especially at a whomping 7% ABV!), but certainly a treat and a change up from my big-time malt beers. I totally dug this one.

SamN, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 11/21/09. Thanks to BigDank (Mitch) for opening my eyes to another great brewery!

A - Poured golden honey, crystal clear, with a very nice bubbly 1" white head. Large continents of lace in my tulip. Retains as a thin cap. 4.5

S - Grapefruit and passionfruit dominate the nose, with small hints of pineapple coming through. Malt character is muted but the hops themselves lend a lovely bouquet. 4.0

T - Honey malt, very little bread character, followed by a huge amount of hops. Hop flavor tends to be leaning to the grapefruit/citrus type but a bit of juicy pineapple comes through as well. Finishes mildly bitter and dry. 4.0

M - Light, crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated and smooth. 4.0

D - Highly drinkable. An excellent IPA. 4.5

DmanGTR, Mar 20, 2010
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
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.