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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,337 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,337
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 379
Gots: 302 | 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 beachscrat
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$10 got me a six o'bottles for this bad boy.

Clarity is impecable. World class, top class honey gold goodness. Good 1 inch of clingy foam. Looking delectable.

Smell: Ripe sweet citrus marmalade and light toasted biscuit malts with maybe a hint of lager sulfur? Chlorophyll perhaps?

Taste: This is confusing. Massively bitter, massively sweet. Balance is like a bare knuckle boxing match between a sickly sweet seedless clementine and an overly engineered bittering hop. Match is a draw. Nobody wins.

Drinkability: 1 or 2 will do just perfect. But may get old after a few.

Overall, this is an entertaining experience. However, I would prefer a little less overacting in the performance.

Photo of jbone78
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend gave me this little brew. Thanks Dan.

Pours slightly hazy yellow to gold with a tad of head (I just rinsed the glass). Smells nice with citrusy focus. Tastes great! Nice layered apple, pear and other hop character flavors with a nice toasty malt balance. I like it! This one could get a little syrupy to the wrong person, but I can deal with it.

-Bye

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

Thanks to codewarrior for this one. Great extra buddy!

A- Pours a copper pale golden color with a white tightly bubble two fingered head. Great retention.

S- Floral and herbal hop characteristic with slight pepper notes gives it a nice little kick! Grassy pine with a little bit of a wintergreen/mint thing going on. Has a tinge of tilled earthiness. Malt is like a sticky honey bun.

T- Starts of floral and earthy with a slight peppercorn spiciness. Honey sweetness comes through in the midtones with a biscuit like flavor. Ends with some ruby red grapefruit and lemon zest.

MF- Smooth, clean and crisp. Resiny medium body with some subtle carbonation, spot on.

D- Interesting IPA that goes down smooth. Very drinkable indeed!

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's the other day. This was one of the better IPA's I sampled during my brief stay in the twin cities.

The beer pours an impressive IPA orange amber color with impressive, pillowy head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, showcasing considerable orange citrus and pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the alcohol level in this beer seemed to impart an almost thick tasting texture that I really liked. Also, this beer delivers plenty of flavor in a dry, very west coast in style of IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, citrus, bitter finish. Drinkabilty is quite good, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile... I could easily pound down several of these at a sitting.

A very well crafted IPA...

Photo of in780
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a standard pint. Here we go:

A - This looks really good. Nice thick head, sticks around for awhile and lasts all the way down.

S - Smells like grassy hops, just like an IPA should

T - Clean and bitter (in a good way). Pretty tart, actually.

M - Plenty thick for the style, a little carbonation but not fizzy, just about right

D - I could easily drink more than I should, the 7% sneaks up on you fast.

Great example of the IPA style, well done Odell.

Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Odell IPA 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.0% ABV. 60 IBU's. White mild lace mediuum head. Mild bright rich gold color. No Sediment. Earthy floral pine hop front. Earthy crusty mild sweet doughy caramel toast hint lightly hop resin infused body. Rich satisfying hop spice lingering malt end. Nice low floral hop malty Rocky Mountain IPA. Purchased 6-Pack 11/22/2010 @ Colorados Liquor Outlet for $10.29. Sampled 11/22-23/2010. (4.0 / 5.0)

Photo of gmagness
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As expected, draught is better/more consistent than bottles. That said, bottled Odell IPA is better than most draughts.

appearance - a beautiful, golden color with a hint of cloudiness. Nice head, which is sustained.

smell - fruity, hoppy, unlike most IPAs. Very inviting.

taste - An incredible palette. Orange, spice, herb, citrus, hops without the bitter bite. There is a progression of flavors all the way through the finish. Unlike any other beer I have had.

mouthfeel - great body and solid carbonation.

drinkability - I cannot get enough. Smooth, highly flavorful, and easy to drink. Hopheads may be confused by this beer, since it has accomplished a truly unique experience. Most IPAs taste similar with overpowering bitter finish that is an acquired taste. Odell comes from a completely different angle that never disappoints. People who prefer mild beers may find it too much.

Absolutely one of my favorites. Odell is a first-rate microbrewer.

Photo of jadejaws
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard unchilled beer glass.
A- Honestly I wasnt expecting much after pouring this beer. It did not have the darker amber tint nor did it have any hint of yeast sediment that I am accustomed to for IPAs.
S-Faint Hop smell. Not overpowering but present and promising.
T-Absolutely deliciously bitter. Definitely not a taste that hits you right away and lingers strong as something delicious.
M-Perfectly carbonated and not overly watery.
D-Could definitely drink multiples and it is almost recommended to truly appreciate the taste of this beer. It struck me initially as something not that special, but after enjoying a full beer it is definitely something I will not reconsider spending money on.
Overall-This was a peculiar IPA for me. It initially struck me as a crap beer masquerading in a pretty bottle. As I continued to drink it, the complex flavors and aftertaste delivered a truly pleasurable experience.

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

Really nice hop aroma that has an intensity that mimics DIPA's, but does a nice job of cutting it short. Sweet, citrus and just a little oily. Very nice. Enough malt background for balancing.
Orange clear body capped by a dense off-white head that laces well and shows better than average stamina.
As with the aroma the hop intensity of the flavor pushes and mimics it's bigger brother without crossing the line of flavorful excess (although some sips do). The bitterness is prominent but without being astringent or overpowering. Touch of fruity sweetness up front before the full hop effects take place, otherwise malt is pretty much for balance only. Nice citrus flavors, soft on pine with light fruit.
Really rather light body and carbonated on the lighter/flatter side too. Both greatly increase the drinkability, but this one could be dangerous (at 7% - and there is quick warming with this one, so I don't doubt the level, although not noticed in the flavor).
I'm impressed with this brewery. I'm 2 4 2 in reviews and I've had others that I liked too. Good solid flavorful drinkable beers.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very lightly hazed yellow/gold with a 3/4" white head. The head dropped slowly to a thin cap and left behind lots of soapy lace down my glass.

S= I found a very light malt aroma (mostly bready) covered by grapefruit and orange hop notes.

T= Started off with a brief biscuity malt presence that was soon buried by an avalanche of oily hop flavors and a firm bitterness. Hop flavor contained grapefruit, orange, and a hint of minty herbs. Finished dry with a lot of hop aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied, modest carbonation feel.

D= A highly drinkable IPA here, but there was something I could not place in the flavor that just didn't do it for me. Well made all the same, and I would gladly revisit this one to continue my research!

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

Had a bottle after dinner. It poured clear amber with a tall white head and a bit of lacing. This is one fine IPA. Like my favorites in the style, it picks a few big bold notes to build the character around instead having a big blend. Here I'm hit with a resinous floral perfume and then a candied grapefruit aroma. Both of these carry over into the flavor, making a bitter beer that has a great mix of clean citrus fruit and earthy hop spice. It's a delicious contrast. The beer is a bit strong for my liking, but damn it's tasty.

Photo of bierenutz
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from brewery.

A- Cloudy orange with thin tan head and nice spiderweb lacing.

S- Citrus, honey suckles, and earthy hops. A bit of booze.

T- Grapefruit and oranges, pine, floral hops, earthy tones with sweet, warm booze underbelly.

M- Creamy with a warmness from booze. Crisp with a hops bite and dry finish.

D- Good beer for this style. Dry finish is nice and the hops is well balanced. Booze gives warm burn.

Photo of Onenote81
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to gwguest for hooking me up with this IPA! Great trade!

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by date "1/5/11" stamped on the side. Pours a chill hazy dark orange with a thin beige head on top. Light sticky lace left behind. Nose is full of fresh citrus, booze, candy, and honey. Very sweet and potent.

Full creamy mouth. Carbonation level is decent; not spritzy or tame. Full onslaught of boozy goodness here. The ABV is well-noted and received. Big citrus flavors wash over the palate. Melds well with the alcohol and subtle fruity sweetness. This was a good IPA. Not the standard, and not the most accessible, but a treat nonetheless. Glad I had the chance.

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

Feelin the Odell love from boatshoes this week. The date stamped is 1/15/11

A- Nice big white head with heavy duty lacing. This IPA is a moderately hazed orange color with lots of rising effervescence.

S- The aroma creeps up from the glass and up the nose just like in cartoons. A peppery spice is one of the first things to jump out at me. Lots of tropical stuff, grapefruit and lemon being the leaders of the pack. Layered behind that is some pine and toasty malts.

T- Juicy with a flash of bitterness at the end. Lots of tropical fruits but pine is showcased much more here than in the flavor. The finish is the remaining pine as it tapers off, pepper and some bread crusty malts.

M- Quite the heavy body on this IPA. Its medium going on full, especially for the style. Carbonation is sorta prickly and knocks back some of the thickness.

D- A damn solid IPA. Im pretty surprised, for what ever reason. This one is worth asking for.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours an somewhat-dark orange color with a white head. The nose brings some strong notes of citrus rind and resinous pine. Really nice and hoppy, just like it should be. Taste cuts back on the flavor but still provides a nice dose of bitterness. Good semi-dry finish with nice carbonation. Drinks quite well, at least enough so that I bought a t-shirt with this beer's logo on it.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spot on appearance. Cloudy light amber. Lovely white head and lacings like chalk marks all the way down.

Nice rounded citrus aroma with a proper caramel malt backbone.

There's no flavour that really stand out, and I mean that in the best way. Everything is combined perfectly to create an incredibly balanced AIPA. A sort of citrus sweetness up front, quickly gives way to some resinous pine, and it's all backed up by quality caramel malt. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish, hence just short of exceptional for me. Soft bitterness lingers long after the finish.

The perfect balance of this beer makes it more drinkable than most AIPAs (or DIPAs). Top notch beer.

Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Neat looking 12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks Chris!

Pours a light, chilled golden amber color with a merengue-like egg shell white head with long lasting retention and ample cascading rings of lacing. Very pretty, near perfect for the style. Huge, fresh aroma dominated by floral hops and subtler ripe citrus notes. Huge fresh flavor like the aroma. A subtle caramel malt backbone provides balance throughout, but oily, fresh hop floral and pine hop bitterness dominate and linger through the finish. Walks the line between a single and double IPA, but wow, this was unexpected. Huge, full bodied mouth feel with strong carbonation. Finish lingered forever with resiny hops and dry pine flavors. There is a bit of alcohol heat that lingers throughout detracting from the overall drinkability, but I was very surprised by this and really enjoyed this for an IPA.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Excellent orange/golden color, with a huge creamy white head about 3 fingers, settles nicely but staying around as a nice pillow on top. Beautiful layered lacing, cobwebbing down the glass.

S- Citrusy, clementine, mango notes on the nose, light sweetness.

T- Wow, such a clean balanced IPA, citrus notes again reflected, tangerine and tropical fruit notes (papaya, light pineapple), awesome biscuit toasty caramel malt, with a grapefruity earthy spiced hop finish, that leaves a nice clean bitterness.

M- Malty enough and almost creamy, good oily viscous resin notes from the hops, smooth texture from the malt, great balance, tingling crisp carbonation works perfectly to deliver all of the flavors.

D- At 7% this is an amazingly drinkable IPA, not overly bitter, fantastic balance, well hidden ABV, superb IPA, great depth of flavor!

Photo of BuckettOfBeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Really impressive fluffy head that stuck around until the glass was gone. The lacing looked very pretty. Hazy golden color.

Smelled of nice and subtle floral hops.

The taste was very balanced. Not too hoppy which was an awesome 'surprise' you could say from an IPA. This made this brew ridonk drinkable (and quenched me nicely after going for a run heh heh).

Goes great with beer brats! (used coors light for boiling - only the best)

Photo of klikger
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Liquid gold, with a large white head and excellent lacing

S - A lot of floral hops and some grapefruit

T - Up front barrage of floral hops slowly allows smooth caramel to shine through. The hop character remains throughout, with an additional kick of bitterness near the end. Not the most blatantly hopped up nor malt-heavy IPA, this beer strikes an excellent balance between the two.

M - Medium-heavy for an IPA with good carbonation.

D - Flavorful and easy going down - I'll have another!

Awesome IPA here. I'll drink this every chance I get.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The marketing is straightforward, they took the IPA style and made it bolder or American-style, and at 7.0 percent it's nearing the border of Double IPAs but not quite there. Clear weathered golden color, bright clarity and excellent head retention from the two-fingered head that crowns the top of this brew. Big time citric hop aroma and tangerine and clementine juice, with mint and herbs in the back of the nose. Impeccable smoothness from a deep, underlying carbonation that is most likely being slowed by a ton of hop oil. Medium body. So much hop flavor to go around, thankfully the bitterness does not kill the taste buds. Orange zest and spearmint come to mind. Sure the malt is there, a solid biscuity and slightly sweet foundation that is covered with hop flavor. Slightly dry and bitter finish with a faint earthy, herbal flavor.

Odell Brewing does a superb job brewing this beer, this one gives most West Coast IPAs a run for their hops. A must try for any hophead out there.

Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi smeared and hazen golden hay hue. Small fluffy and dense capping of slightly off-white foam sits atop for a good bit before fading to a solid skim and edging. Lots of lace in broken sheeting and some thin strings.

Aroma is quite nice and boldly popping with a solid lemony floral essence that carries a slight candied edge as well as a tint to some dry wood. Throw in a bit of orange in there, a smaller amount of grapefruit, and a squirt of mango, and there ya go. One nice smellin' IPA. Very clean and pleasant.

Dryingly sweet and citrusy centered taste. Lemony/orangey, touched well with a dry woodyness and floral puff at the edges. Centered with a sweet, almost candied like lemon citrusyness mixing with some orange, melon, pale and/or Munich malting. The sweetness is nice and mellow, as is its bitternss. Nicely rounded, clean, and fresh, with an overall lemony sweetness thats quite tasty.

Feel is a solid medium, clean, brisk, with a nice smooth quenching carbonation and texture that truly encompasses a very easy going drinkability.

Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly copper orange caramel with a 2 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Nice blend of floral hops, grapefruit, and a hint of light caramel.

Taste: Same as the nose. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. Good carbonation and a satisfying medium body.

Drinkability: Really great session IPA in my opinion!

I had a bottle of this at the Capone's event a while back and it was even fresher with lots more citrus hop presence.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass (looking back, this may not have been the best choice for glass).

A-Very good looking dark gold, almost orange color. Thick foamy 11/2 finger head.

S- Exceptional smell. Very light and fruity citrus smell at first, almost a tropical smell. The spicy smell of hops is present, but not overpowering.

T- Very complex. There is a very light fruitiness, which is followed by typical bitterness from the hops. The bitterness is not as high as I like. I think that the hops are offset by the malt flavor of the beer. Although I prefer a more bitter IPA, I really do admire the complexity of this beer. I think Odell had some very good ideas with this beer.

M- Very light and smooth. Good.

D- A solid beer. I wouldn't mind having a few of these in one sitting, but I think I would get tired of it after a few.

Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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