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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,289 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,289
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 376
Gots: 279 | 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 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
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint.

A - Nice golden brass color with a .5 inch head that sticks for a bit but no too long. There is some sticky lacing.

S - NICE! Grapefruit aroma with some hints of pine fill my nose. Full bodied smell if you ask me. Grapefruit sweetness a plenty as well in the nose.

T & M - Citrusy and piney. Very attractive flowery hops, with some bready biscuity malt hidden along the way. Very crisp, traditional AIPA tastes. Loving every second of the hops and malt. Nice CO2. Medium - light bodied.

D - Refreshing and excellent!

JoEBoBpr, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color, small head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and citrusy hops

Taste: citrusy soapy hops with some faint malt

Mouthfeel: smooth, slow start with a sharp bitter finish, medium bodied

Drinkability: This is an average IPA to me. Not bad, but I could just as easily pass. The high ABV is not noticable.

tigg924, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange/glad. Slightly cloudy , plenty of carbonation rushing up from the bottom. Decent head and some lace

S: Some soapy floral hops and some bready malty sweetness.

T:A bit soapy and floral, but still pleasant tasting. The caramel comes through nicely as well. Fairly well balanc but some graininess.

M: Medium Bodied with some harsh hop notes.

D: Its a good beer to try but not my favorite. I could def drink plenty of these early in a night but it is not a finisher

mikey711, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of rhollman
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden copper

Smell - Heavily floral

Taste - Wonderful bitterness

Mouth Feel - Crisp, refreshing, smooth

Drinkability - This is an awesome beer. This is the beer you will reach for when you have that craving for bold but not too intense, wonderful bitterness that finishes with a perfect bite. You don't have to worry that your food will overpower the beer - Nice and sassy!

rhollman, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great IPA that's not super thick and sweet. Great full hop characteristics but with a more refreshing body.

A - full gold, proud foamy haed with lasting sticky lacing. Touch of haze
S - rich and sweet with full hop aroma. Full range of bitter to aromatic hops. Citrus oil
T - nice sweet start that quickly turns bitter. The full range of hop flavor accompanies that transition.
M - tangy finish. still a bit syrupy, but not super heavy like some IPA's.
D - real good.

HeroJH, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks mba!

Pours an amberish bright orange. Clear. Two or three inches of white foam that settles into a nice foamy rim and crust.

What a pleasant aroma! More floral than expected, with some definite lighter citrus and a bit of white grapefruit. Some pineapple in there. Brew kind of reminds a bit of Firestone Union Jack IPA in the nose, but with a bit more floral notes.

Taste bitter-er than expected. Pleasant pink and white grapefruit, some pine and earthy notes, and a nice splash of tangerine-ish-ness. What a very nice surprise.

Very drinkable, nice smooth/bubbly mouthfeel.

Overlord, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper, with a finger of foamy eggshell white colored head. Retains with a thick layer of creamy froth, which leaves a strong looking latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is smooth and sweet in the nose, with robust tropical accents of mango, apricot, and oranges, mixing with bready malts. All of that big sweetness is wrapped up in additional notes of floral spice and some gentle warmth.

The taste matches the aroma, with a silky sweet backbone of toasted malts and tropical fruits. There is a modererately biting spicy bitterness to this, that adds a dry zippy flush to the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation that is propped up by a thicker feel underneath. This stays nicely quaffable despite the 7% ABV as well.

I liked this for the most part. Overall very sweet, with lots of tropical character to this, but a bit more strength in the hop departmnet would have really made this pop. Not sure what the freshness was of this bottle but I'd be willing to check out another down the road.

Kegatron, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Odell back in April for under two dollars, figured this was going to be the only way I would be able tro try this beer but ended up seeing it all over the place afterwards, reviewed from notes while drinking it the last night in hotel room, golden orange with some yellow highlights, over an inch of white foamy head, aroma consists of piney hops, toasted grains, earthiness, and lemon, flavor starts off quite dry with an earthy feel, finishes with a hint of toasty bread but the pine comes out full force and provides nice bitterness, medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation, could drink a few more bottles with ease, dry but very smooth, crisp and light overall, very good IPA and is reminiscent of west coast interpretations of the style, wish this stuff was available here, this would be a great bargain for the nine or ten dollars I saw six packs going for around town, will drink again, recommended

Floydster, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
2.98/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 4oz sampling glass at a promo event.

A: Orange/amber color, with a thin white head that didn't last or lace well.

S: There was a floral bouquet of citrus (pineapple, pink grapefruit, etc), but it was way overpowering by sweet orange, as if someone had mixed it with O.J. concentrate. Was a little nervous to take a sip.

T: No evidence of hop bitterness whatsoever, except for a dryness on the aftertaste, that I can only attribute to a hop presence. The flavor, like the nose, was WAY overpowered by orange/tangerine sickly-sweet flavor. Given all of the positive reviews I read, I was WAY disappointed.

M: Medium-bodied and decently carbonated.

D: I just couldn't get past the orange flavor dominance. If I wanted orange juice, I would've asked for Tropicana.

I really hope that this was just a bad batch, because I intend on giving it a second shot.

donniecuffs, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 355ml bottle.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, deep yellow, almost orange colour. Pours with a large fluffy head, which shows good retention. Carbonation seems light.

Aroma: Heavily floral on the nose, with powerful aromatic citric hops.

Taste: Big hoppiness in the flavour, imposing a perfumy bitterness right from the start. There are mild biscuity malts hiding under the hops, providing a little sweetness to balance the hops. Grapefruit also comes through along with hints of lemon. It all ends with a resurgence of the hops, providing a clingy bitter onslaught.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the palete, with a mild carbonic feel, and a kinda greasiness.

Drinkability: This is a superbly crisp and refreshing beer, served chilled it is great for the summer. The balance of flavours is almost perfect, providing a fantastic taste. The hops are potent to say the least, delivering a strong bitterness that is incredibly addictive. I want more!

PartyBear, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've got to say, this was the best beer of the weekend. $12 a six-pack, but worth it. Poured clear copper-orange with a squatty whtie head. Okay retention, but thick lacing. Ripe, pink grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and peach. Very perfumey, but fresh. Velvety mouthfeel with good carbonation. Crisp, yet lingering finish. The taste was exceptional. Clean, fresh hop character, even though this is not a "fresh hop" IPA. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine, with mango and even a little strawberry/kiwi. Small doses of pepper and resin. Pleasant malt backbone gives it a little biscuit to balance it out without making it sticky sweet. As for drinkability, having one just made you want more. An outstanding IPA.

magictrokini, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of jlb307
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from a trade with beerdavis (thanks, Jason)
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Slightly hazy orange, and a little lighter than I'm used to seeing. Frothy white head with very nice retention time, but didn't stick to the glass much at all. Pretty much stayed floating right on the surface.

S: Sweet and citrusy with heavy hop notes. Typical pine overtones but they all combine into something really special that actually clings to the nostrils.

T: Not very complex, lots of bitterness but not overly so. On the finish there's a sweetness that hangs around for only a short time, but it contrasts with the bitter perfectly. I found that breathing in deep through the nose while taking a sip makes it a completely different way of experiencing it.

M: Very smooth and balanced, medium bodied. Has the expected IPA stickiness.

D: Very well balanced and easy to drink. Would gladly have it again.

jlb307, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color is on the lighter side for the style, with a deep gold hue. Perfect white foam head, holds decently. Spiced pine nose with a grapefruit/ citrus backbone. Seems like my kind of IPA as the malt sweetness smells not very strong.

Very orange-like citrus flavor. Not sweet. The mouthfeel is not syrupy and is quite light, setting up for a refreshing taste. The piney spice carries through nicely also, and I realize this is probably the closest thing to a Blind Pig I have tasted. The finish is remarkable in that I finally get a touch of toasty malt with some light dryness, well done.

This beer topped my expectations. It actually tastes like it was made in California, and that doesn't happen too often. Very similar to Pure Hoppiness or Blind Pig. If you like your IPA's more hopped and less sweet, this will do you right...

bennetj17, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope...

Poured a light yellow amber colour. White head poured big and frothy then faded slowly to light coating with thicker edging... lightl carbonation... quite a lot of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy grapefruit, apricot and apple fruitiness... floral honey, some orange peel, light sweet biscuit maltiness, traces of mint, sea salt, metallic notes, talcum powder traces, some wheatiness, grassy and earthy notes...

Taste... Good sweet biscuit / light caramel malts followed by grapefruit and pear fruitiness then lots of bitter citrus and pine hops, grassy notes, light apricot, faint breadiness, floral honey, clove traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... light / medium bodied... A supremely drinkable brew even at 7.0% as the alcohol is very well hidden...

Overall - Yet another excellent US IPA. Extremely well balanced and drinkable... definitely recommended..

mdagnew, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

November 2009 bottle date; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a pretty red tinged, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungeant hops; a mix of fruity, citrusy components and slightly dank, herbal hop notes that mix together quite well. Up front there are abundant notes of lychee, grapefruit skin oil, concentrated apricot and bright bergamot notes while the middle and finish of the aroma is more dominated by dirty hemp oil notes, herbal pine needle aromatics and really just a nice, dank hop character.

Lightly sweet malt up front almost gets stripped away by the aggressive hops in the middle, but peaks out towards the finish again just before a linger, biting, herbal bitterness cleanses the palate of all malt character. There is enough malt here to carry the hops, and in fact you can actually taste some of the malt notes underneath the hop onslaught; a touch of biscuit malt character, some light caramel as well as a touch of toasted grain cracker flavors join the fleeting, clean malt sweetness. This is actually quite light bodied; in fact it almost doesn't have enough texture to carry the hop flavors as it can seem a bit on the thin side at times. A lot of the juicy hop fruit notes of the aroma are muted here in the flavor (not enough residual malt character to accentuate these notes); these notes are still here, and they are quite noticeable though with flavors of lychee, herbal grapefruit zest notes and tangerine zest flavors. The harder hop flavors are quite evident with ample notes of pine sap, hemp oil as well as just a solid dank herbal hop component.

The aroma of this beer is just sticky with hop lupulin, unfortunately there is not quite enough body and structure to this beer so that the flavor is just a bit too unbalanced. In fact this is one of those beers that would have actually carried the hop character better if it had just a touch more residual malt character left to it. Don't get me wrong, this beer is pretty tasty, but it is quite easy to see how I would like to improve it.

Gueuzedude, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of kkipple
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with Bennetj17. Cheers to ya!

My Tonto Sam Adams glass was dirty and had a crusty yogurt spoon in it, and I was lazy, so this went directly in a big Tripel Karmeliet goblet. Sue me!

I want to get back to drinking this so I'll be brief: I really like Odell IPA. Looks great, big poofy head on a clear eyed brew, smells fun and well done, with loads of hop character balanced out to smooth, fruity apricot perfection, tastes wonderful, cool, hoppy-minty, spicy, sweet, generously malted, harmonious, fully delightful from a bold start to semi-bitter sticky end, wet and dare I say gulpable... this is the real deal, folks! Should be in the BA top ten in my righteous opinion.

I want more. More I say!

kkipple, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of badbassrandy
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Bright medium-golden hue; clear; cumulus off-white head leaves sticky, thick lacing

S - Absolutely wonderful nose; like a sea breeze of refreshing, light, fruity, juicy, citrus hop scent; the smell erupts from the head and zings the nostrils

T - Gorgeous smell continues onto the palate: fresh, juicy rush of citrus/fruity hops and bright bitterness; delicious hop bouquet on the lighter, brighter and robust citrus side; super fresh and borderline hop bomb taste; slightly sweet undercurrent provides great balance; beautiful, though muted, malt tones; alcohol is never present

M - Slightly cloying hop bitterness last on the tongue, though dry; carbonation is noticeable and aids the hops' mission on the tongue; nice medium body that is filtered just right

D - The big, compelling, inviting hop flavor never gets too bitter or off-putting, making this one of the more drinkable IPAs I've ever tasted -- fresh from the brewery to the growler down my gullet. YUM ;)

badbassrandy, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer here from Odell Brewing.
I bought this as a single while in Denver for vacation, but I wish I had picked up a sixer.
Lighter colored IPA, yellowish amber with decent head and lacing.
Very citric and floral bouquet in the nose, with the perfect hop flavor shining through the bitter foundation.
Very good IPA.

joshuadlight, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra from bonsreeb85. Thanks dude!

A- Pours a deep golden color with a huge foamy white head. Nice sticky lacing rings all the way down.

S- Huge whiff of grapefruit and orange peel. Big citrusy hop aroma. A bit of pine and some spice. This beer smells like its going to be a great IPA.

T- Nice rush of citrus grapefruit and piney hop bitterness. A nice light caramel malt sweetness is present in the finish for balance.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation.

D- This is one fine IPA. I must say that I have had the pleasure of trying a few fine hoppy beers from Colorado and none of them have disappointed.

projectflam86, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed copper body capped with a thin bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is actually pretty full for the amount of froth on top. Aroma is chalk full of tropical hop sensations: pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine... The list goes on. Orange marmalade. It's also smoky and resinous as well. Probably the best smelling IPA I've come across. Beer enters the mouth with a solid caramel malt base, but that sensation doesn't last long before it's pummeled with the aforementioned tropical sensations. Great hop flavor. Bitterness is very clean and enjoyable during and after the drink. Body is medium to medium-full. Moderately carbonated and extremely enjoyable.

I recently did a blind tasting of 13 IPAs which included some big hitters like 2 Hearted Ale, Masala Mama and Bitter Woman. This not only came out on top of my ratings, but also of my brother's. To me, this beer tastes like an IPA version of Hopslam. Awesome.

Bighuge, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light pale copperish color with diamond clear color (as brilliantly clear as you can find) with light but good head

N: Nose has lots of piney hops centennial, horizon or simcoe

T: Taste also starts with piney hops and some strange malts, starts very soft and light but spreads over the tongue, its got a nice crystal malt

M: It coats the tongue with a dry but frothy mouth feel

F: Finish is bitter and has that plasticy simcoe taste, its pretty dry and evaporates off the tongue easily, some spicey hops also dazzle the tongue on the finish

Final thoughts: This is a really great IPA and quickly became one of my favorite IPAs, just wish I could get it easily around here.

jlindros, Jul 28, 2009
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,289 ratings.