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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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2,396 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,396
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 390
Gots: 339 | 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:
Beer added by: rowew on 03-02-2007

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Photo of rawfish
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours orange gold with one and a half fingers of white head. Attractive lacing down the glass.

S - Strong hoppy and floral character with fruit notes, sweet pineapple, grapefruit and lychee.

T - Lots of floral and bright citrus hop flavor. Bitterness follows as it releases, incredibly hoppy yet well balanced.

M - Well carbonated and exceptionally smooth. Slight mouth coating and a light honey sweetness along with the fresh bitterness

D - Great balance of flavors, very bright citrus and a floral aroma, well hidden ABV. Expertly crafted, I found this one to be right on the mark.

Photo of MoustacheHero
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful, well made IPA from the best beer town in the world. ;-)

a: A gorgeous copper color with great clarity.

s: A nose full of hops accented by fruity esters, mainly grapefruity.

t: Hop balance perfected without being overly bitter or tasting like a mouth full of weed like many IPA's can.

m: Creamy, smooth drinking IPA minus the pucker. Truly artful.

d: A ton of flavor, made easily drinkable through careful balance. Strong enough to make the journey to India. :-)

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

From the label: "Ready to buck convention? We took the traditional IPA, originally shipped from England to India in the 1700s, and made it bolder and more flavorful - American style. We've added new varieties of highly aromatic American hops to create a distinctive bitterness profile and an incredible hop character. Hop on, hold tight, and enjoy the ride!"

I went with a slow, gentle pour and as such, I did not get more than wisps for head. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was pine forest hoppy with caramel undertones. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a burst of hops on the tongue. Like McDonald's, I'm lovin' it! Finish was nicely hoppy and definitely the sort of thing that led to my hops jones in the first place. Seek this out.

Photo of midworken
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes resembles pureed pine needles. Drinking this was like walking through a pine tree forest. Head dissipated rather quickly. Since this is forest themed - the body looked like oak with a dash of green hue. Mouthfeel is great along with the drinkablity. This is a great IPA that has a great hop presence. If anybody asks "what are hops" I have them drink this. I often drink this IPA and everytime I do, it reminds me of walking through a lumbar yard. Fantastic, though.

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

A beautiful creamy pale foam with a classic deep yellow, almost a but cloudy on the pour. Upfront citrus a and herbal aromas are hard to miss. You know this beer is going to be excellent and it certainly does not disappoint. Lots of grapefruit and and other citrus flavors are neatly complemented by a generous hop surge that seems to mellow out the more you drink this beer. Being a strong IPA it is quite drinkable and the bitterness is well balances by some sweetness at the end. One of the better IPA's I have tried since it is so well balanced.

Photo of MikeWilson
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather sloppy pour into my pint glass produced a forefinger-wide head of dense white bubbles. Carbonation is brisk and lasting. Color is an off shade of hazy orange. Even before sticking my nose in the glass I'm guessing the haziness is due to an immense amount of dry hops used during the secondary ferment. I can smell the hops from a foot away.

The hop aroma is incredible. And a quick swirl of the glass releases ever more complex hop goodness. It's all hops and no malt but I don't care. After several minutes of swirling and smelling I suddenly realize that this beer review is only half over, and the best is yet to come.

No big surprises when tasting this beer. The hops, acting the elephant appearing on the bottle, completely tramples to death any malt flavors that might get in its way. All that sneaks by is a slight malty super sweetness, but even that sweetness could be hops undercover. The taste of this beer is all about the hops, period. And you know what? It works fantastically, period. This is sweet hop tea that is over the top for the IPA style but who cares - it pushes the IPA boundaries on the hoppy side of things. And it does it very, very well.

Photo of Jeffo
3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a trade with Mulder1010. Thanks!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with great retention. Tangerine orange but more amber when held to the light. Perfectly clear with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp remains until the end and leaves some scattered lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Pretty big nose for the style. Pale malts and some sweet melon. Lots of citrus hops, lemon and melons, with some grapefruit notes there as well. Pretty fruity. Enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and floral hops, with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Some bitter hops at the swallow as well as some soapy notes. Mild and shorter aftertaste of bitter hops, citrus, and soap. A fan of everything here except the soapy notes.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body, medium carbonation, and semi-creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but nothing overly special. Not a huge fan of the soapy hop flavors that come out in this one, but other than that, this is a solid offering. Thanks again Mulder1010.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle poured into a pint glass

A: 1 1/2 finger heads starts falling almost immediately. Pale yellow-amber. Great lace that holds all the way down the glass. This would rank a higher score for appearance but the strange lager yellow color brought me down a little bit.

S: Floral. Roses and grapefruit.

T: Like a tour of hoppy goodness. Immediate floral hops into piney hops finishing bitter. Grapefruit, pinecone/bark. The aftertaste/finish falls flat which I seem to find throughout most of Odell's line.

M: Acidic tinge on my tongue. Low-medium viscosity. Med-high carbonation.

D: Good. Doesn't stand up to Furious or other notable IPAs but it is one of Odell's better beers.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a staw yellow color very cloudy with a ok head it does lace well on the glass.

The aroma is pungent earthy hops smells very fresh a slight malt enters but only slight
The beer is very smooth to star carbonation builds and leaves withabsolutly no harshness. It is sweet to start the hop taste enter but it takes a second. Once they enter they take over leaving a mild bitter on the tongue.

Photo of beachscrat
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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