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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 373
Gots: 228 | 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 cer40
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a 1.5 finger head and is a golden/copper color. Smells of citrus and hops. Taste echoes the aroma with a small hint of caramel malt poking through. A well carbonated medium bodied beer that I could drink all day long.

cer40, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Have heard a lot about this beer from many people, both beer drinkers and BMC people alike, figured I'd see what it was all about.

A: Poured a hazy pale golden color with a dense head about an inch thick. Its a little lighter than most IPAs but does look interesting and highly drinkable.

S: Grapefruit hop smell, some piney scents as well. The hop smell is very raw. I detect a little bit of a sugary malt smell as well, somewhat similar to cotton candy i guess.

T: A little malt sweetness upfront but its quickly washed away by pure hop flavor, citrusy bite, almost like eating a grapefruit peel. Nice lingering bitterness, alcohol taste hits towards the end as well. Pretty complex, but not overly complex, I'm thoroughly impressed. The balance is off, but not out of style at all, a little more malt would make it perfect.

M: This is perfect in the mouth for an IPA, not too watered down, not too thick either, all in all a smooth beer. Nice hop bitterness and an interesting slight dryness.

D: This is a beer I could easily drink all night, the alcohol is hidden though at 7% and could easily catch up. Overall though it doesn't leave the tongue on fire and its pretty damn good.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev -6.5%

12 oz bottle via Oxymoron

P: Pours a clear golden under a medium sized white head. Some lace and some decent retention.

S: Smells grapefruity hops with hints of other citrus fruits.

T: Tastes of a bitter hops, a refreshing grapefruit and pine. Not a whole lot of malt backbone. Hops are very refreshing, and very balanced.

M/D: Light bodied, slightly prickly carbonation, semi-creamy body. Pretty refreshing and pretty drinkable. A very solid IPA.

NCSUdo, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

A - A clear marigold brew supports a two finger bone white head that looks frothy and rich. Lots of crisp lace is left on the glass. Looks like a German pils.

S - Mandarin oranges with a trace of the tin they came packaged in. Dank "herbal" notes, and you know what I mean by "herbal." Smells a bit fruity on top of the jungle of hop buds. Tangelo and mango too. This smells really nice! It's been a while since I've had a good hop fix and I can't wait to dive into this one.

T - Much like the nose, this is full of really fruity citrus and summer fruit hoppiness. Mango and passion fruit are there along with the expected grapefruit. The really tight and malty background is firm like hard tack biscuits, but provides a really nice template for the herbal fruity hop flavors.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, firm, slightly attenuated, and EXTREMELY dry. The finish on this "herbal" brew is all cottonmouth and I like it!

D - A great IPA! I like the summer fruit and the marijuana like aromas, and the dry finish is killer. This is good beer.

pmcadamis, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

The pours is mostly clear and a pale golden color with a full finger foamy white head that resists fading. A fair amount of lacing left behind. The smell is aggressive grassy, piny hop with a resin character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is primarily tangy from the hops and the piny character lingers in an oily resin texture. Full flavored, the taste is a real shot in the arm. The pine grapefruit flavor is quite refreshing. The 7% ABV is integrated well. A real nice drinker. Thank you drumrboy22 for the opportunity to sample this one.

jjayjaye, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%

12oz bottle pours into my glass a crystal clear golden orange hue with a solid inch of creamy white head that sticks around and leaves some sticky lacing. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas of citric green hop resins arise out of the glass with notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits. A mildly sweet crystal malt in the background with just a touch of caramel.

First sip brings a somewhat sweet crystal malt body upfront that moves into some citrusy, medicinal hop flavors. Notes of grapefruit, green hop resin and toasted grains follow. Flows down with a nice bitterness on the end and finishes a tad dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth creaminess as the brew goes down. Good, sturdy body for an IPA. I'm just personally not a fan of the hopping that was done on this one. It could've used a bit more malt backbone as well. . Thanks to BitterBill for tossing this my way.

orbitalr0x, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to Oxymoron for this. best by: 5/4/08 consumed on 2/7/08

This is a true pale golden amber color, big carbonation, one finger-deep, all-white head with plenty of sticky lacing after really good retention. Great look.

A nice herbal, grainy, wheatie but very fruity hop scent pops right out of the glass, fresh cascade-like hops, distinct pineapple tang and sweetness follows.

This is a rightous IPA flavor, very "wet hop" flavor with big fruitiness, especially pineapple and apricot, also herbal and wet-earth scented, a nice round mix of hop flavors here for sure. There's also a smooth, roastie malt that adds excellent balance. This one is like a perfect mix of IPA's...it's got the fruity-red berries and smooth buttery malt flavor's of a Harpoon IPA and the acidic pineapple edge of the Stone Ruination but toned down just a bit. slightly spicey on the way down.

Medium, crisp, clean, good bite but smooth finish. Just right.

A fine IPA here folks.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of satowns
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

041908 punched into label. Bottle conditioned evident; yeast sedimented on bottom of bottle.

Poured into the Stone IPA specialty glass. Deep golden color with a little of cloudiness from the yeast. Boasts large frothy foam on top. Aggressive lacing as you consume this beer. Medium to high carbonation.

Hops are bight and aromatic and take the reigns on your olfactory. Intense and resinous with grapefruit and fresh cut grass in front and a bit of a soapy aroma in the end.

Bitterness is smooth and balanced with malt flavors. Hops contribute a nice floral taste. While being at the high end of the alcohol spectrum of the style, any such flavors a extremely subdued.

A bit on the thin side, I prefer a bit more unfermentable sugar in the finish; could withstand a bit more body/mouthfeel. A great everyday IPA...

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Black Nights by Bad Manners

satowns, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of iasanlee
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

A- Pours an clear amber. Two fingers of cream color head. Holy sticky lace, gorgeous.

S- Hops hit first, and citrus. Obvious malty character.

T- Hops are first, but not over powering. Grapefruit and orange. Some sweet malt finish.

M- Medium in body with perfect creamy carbonation.

D- Incredible, absolutely incredible. I can instantly chalk this up as one of the very best IPAs I have ever had. I have met many beer geeks that are not happy with a beer until all they can taste is hops. This is so amazingly balanced with the malt to hop ratio, I would put it up there with my top favorites of any style. Great job. Gold star for Odell.

iasanlee, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of neonbrown82
4.58/5  rDev +7%

This is my latest staple beer. I tried it on recommendation from a friend who moved to Ft. Collins recently from the Chicago area. As a former Alpha King and Gumballhead slave, I took his word that this one was definitely worth trying, and now that I can not get either of the aforementioned beers in my area, I was inclined to try it for my hop fix in place of my usual Titan IPA (Three Floyds may be out of the question for me now, but since moving to the Omaha area, my selection of hoppy beers has definitely improved). Anyway... I was very pleasantly surprised by this. Every other Odell beer I have had was simply good, but not outstanding, which is why I may have been a little apprehensive in picking this up. I am very glad I did, however.

The beer pours to a light golden color with excellent clarity. It has a steady stream of carbonation that feeds a very nice head, which stands at a healthy inch and maintains itself very well. The head never once fell to a thin film. Lacing is quite good as well.

The smell is very good, but not quite as potent as the flavor. The hops are not surprisingly the highlight of this IPA, providing a rich floral and citric bouquet. Underlying the hops is a fairly clean pale malt profile. Not much in the way of caramel malts or other specialty malt, but that is really not a big problem when I have a sickness and the only cure is more hops.

The taste is where this beer really shines. If hops were a fruit, this is the juice you would be left with if you ran them through a food processor. Tastes like Amarillo or Simcoe. Mostly citric and floral. Just the right amount of bitterness and balancing malt character. Not completely one dimensional, but by that same token, it is not lame either.

The body is medium with a nice crackling carbonation to help bring out the bitterness. Only a slight alcohol flavor prevents this from getting a perfect 5 in the drinkability category. Otherwise, well played, Odell. I'll be hearing from you again shortly.

neonbrown82, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this twelve oz. bottle.

A: The IPA pours with a pale amber color, a bright sun-like color when light is focused on it. The ale is brilliantly clear with no sign of any imperfection. A touch of head laced around the mouth of the glass before disappearing.

S: The nose is a blast of citrus aroma, practically dripping with hop juices. The aromas are so strong and concentrated that it is easy to forget that this is an IPA without the big D.

T: The mouth retains the piquant hop aromas, flicking their hop-devilish flames on the tastebuds. Herbs and grassy flavors add a natural floral taste to the body, creating a green onion-like spiciness. Citrusy grapefruit and oily pine flavors become apparent mid-sip, replacing the floral herbs. Malts know their place and keep a caramel flavor subtly in the background. The one drawback is that alcohol is reasonably warm on the tongue, making itself known throughout the sip.

M: The hoppiness is intense from the first sip to the last. The array of floral, fruit and herbal hop flavors will keep you coming back.

D: The hop bitterness may overpower the tastebuds quickly, so a bottle or two will be enough.

akorsak, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. I'm assuming a drink by date is etched in the corner but all I can make out is "xx xx 08".

A: Pours a golden light orange with perfect visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of eggshell head form and has a bit of staying power. Some decent lacing down the sides.

S: Just like an IPA should, IMHO. Big juicy citrus notes and a touch of sapping pine. A bit floral but all about the juicy sweet citrus. Malts add a slight touch of sweetness but nothing bold.

T/M: Hops add a nice kick with plenty of bitterness. Juicy citrus but not as sweet as I had expected. A nice bit of phenols play with the spicy, peppery pine. Malts rush in and balance the hop bitterness out very nicely while beefing the body up with some creaminess.

D: Tasty brew that I wouldn't mind having again. Bitterness is definitely there in this single IPA so maybe just a couple at a time.

pwoods, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +4%

Thanks to Oxymoron for this extra.

This pours a clear orange/copper. Beautiful pure white head but dissipates fast. The nose is of american citrus hops but I do smell the tiniest bit of english hop. maybe just sugar. The taste of this IPA is quite amazing. With the dankness in the nose, i was a bit leary of this but i was wrong. Taste is of great crisp dry citrus and pine hops. slight sugars and just enough malt backbone. Wonderfully and uniquely smooth. Some IPAs dont have a strong hop bite and others have too much (IMO) but this one is goldilocks porridge. The mouthfeel is a wee bit thin, but goddamn does it make up for it in smoothness. This is by far the most drinkable standard IPA I have had that I can remember. Could well be the best session IPA out there. Wickedly smooth. I can see why this is a winner at the GABF. Rock on odell and thanks again to Oxymoron.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of boblog
3.68/5  rDev -14%

Apperance: Clear and golden copper. Medium size head with decent retention.
Smell: Probably the strongest hop smell of any beer I have had, truly wonderfull.
Taste: Crisp malt flavor, followed by a strong and dry hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied at most, nice carbonation.
Drinkability: Has the flavor of a beer deserving of mass consumption.

boblog, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of jyeast101
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Golden in color with a bright white half inch head. Flowery in odor with a noticible hops aroma. Taste is of an incredibly balanced yet perky IPA. Odell's built upon their great array of standard beers by producing this fine beer. A drinkable IPA that doesn't abuse the taste buds, but tickles then so they ask for more. No surprise that it brought home a Gold.

jyeast101, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Tolann
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Perfect amber in color with a big white head that clings to the glass leaving a thick lacing. Clear not hazy in appearance with some bubbles cascading.

S - Lots of citrus and piny hops. Smells yummy! The nose on this beer is pretty obvious and pleasantly hits you when you take a whiff.

T - Sweetness is a little subtle and the hops stand out more. Some smooth bitterness. Seems pretty balanced.

M - Citrus and hops stick in your nose as you drink. Has a smooth feel to it. A light-medium body and not too excited over your tongue.

D - Goes down pretty easy. I'd say this is very drinkable. The hops aren't too bitter and don't stick to your pallet to long, but long enough that you enjoy them. The sweetness is just enough. Looks real good in the glass as well with the heavy lacing.

This might be my favorite from Odell so far!

Tolann, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with a combination of pale hops bitterness and citrus & caramel sweetness. In most beers American IPA’s that I’ve had the latter fades before the former, but in this case it’s the other way around. There’s a good malt character that doesn’t make its presence known right away. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent even if it may not be the absolute best IPA that I’ve had. I could drink a few of them but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of drumrboy22
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass. Beer had a large, creamy, off-white head that left lacing around the glass. Body was sparkling amber with soft carbonation.

Aroma was heavy with citrus hops, light yeast, pepper and malt. Wonderful aroma for an IPA.

Taste was bursting with grapefruit, bitter hops and is balanced with a medium malt flavor. Long bitter finish.

This is an awesome beer and I highly recommend it. I love IPA's and I could drink several of these in a night. Odell's did a great job with this one.

drumrboy22, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of davidt
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a bright amber-gold color with good carbonation. Good floral aroma with some pine background. Lots of citrusy hops but balanced with enough malt to keep your cheeks from coming together. The 7% ABV is well masked, so be forewarned if you are going to have several. Certainly the standard setter for American IPAs. Well-deserving of the Gold at GABF. First had this last year during a trip to Denver and look forward to bringing some back each time I return.

davidt, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Pours a finger of yellowed frothy fine head over a sorta cloudy rich light-rust liquid. Smells potently of pink grapefruit with pine and strawberries. Realy clean hoppy and just a juicy burst of aroma.

Tastes pink grapefruity yummy. Potent flavor with not as much bitter as I would expect. A bit of grassy character adds a rough edge that is a pleasant contributor. Bit of pils-like zing under the american citrusy character. Oranges and tangerine with a very light caramel malt underneath. This beer is all about juicy hop flavor and I'm living it. Aftertaste is dry of malt with the grassy character standing at its tallest here. The hop flvaor rolls away leaving a fibery aftertaste. Near the end of the glass, the aftertaste begins to wear and the burps are certainly not good. Md body and light mouthfeel. Strong carbonation One was enough.

mentor, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev 0%

Clear, clean, deep golden center with brighter edges. Finger of gauzy, cobwebby, soft-white head. Ripe, fresh, very fragrant hop aromas: resin, pine, pineapple, and tangerine. Toffee malt in the background.

Juicy tangerine and herbal hops up front. Sugar cookie malt brings some balance before a bitter grapefruit and pine needle hop finish. Medium-bodied. Softly carbonated but could stand to be a little creamier. Great IPA that might be wonderful on cask.

alexgash, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +4%

Thanks to my friend Tim for bringing me a bottle back from Fort Collins. 12 oz. into a tulip glass.

Pours a basic-looking straw gold body, clear with visible carbonation. The head is near-white, thin, and exhibits moderate retention and lacing. The smell is intoxicating: sweet, flowery hops and plenty of fruit. Banana, grapefruit, sour apple, peach...it's all in there. I'm really digging the aroma; it'd be perfect if it were a TAD bit less sweet, though.

The taste is a worthy follow-up. Gone are the sweetened fruity notes in the nose, replaced by a big-time hop presence. It's bitter, crisp, and piney. All in all very tasty. The mouthfeel is as crisp as it is refreshing. Carbonation is perfect, and accentuates the medium-thin body. This is one heck of a beer; if it were distributed in NC, it'd have the potential to be my go-to IPA.

wagenvolks, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

"122707"

a: Golden orange, slightly cloudy, head dissipates quickly, but some lacing remains.

s: The aroma of fresh grapefruit has never been more present in a beer I have consumed. The hops give off floral and pine scents as well, but to a much lesser extent.

t: Oily hops, then slightly sweet malt, and then a grapefruity hop finish.

m: Sticky, appropriate carbonation, medium body.

d: Hard to believe its 7%, very drinkable, an IPA session beer, if its possible. I have been a fan of odell since I first tried 90 schilling and cutthroat porter, so when I first saw this in the store, I figured it would be good and paid $9.99 for the 6 without much debate. But, it blew me away, I think this is the best beer Odell makes and it is one of my favorite American IPAs. Highly hoppy, yet not too bitter, excellent aroma, a great brew.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

From Oxymoron in Secret Halloween BIF. Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a nice white head that laces like glue. Smell is huge floral and citrus hops. Wow! Taste is excellent, the hops shine through with huge floral notes and there is enough malt backbone to give a nice sweet aftertaste that becomes a little bitter hoppy after a while. Mouthfeel is a little thin but this in no way detracts from the overall drinkability of this brew.
If this is their IPA I can't wait to try their DIPA.

kirok1999, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Stagi
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%

GREAT!
The color has a nice lighter shade to it.
The smell was very nice, hoppy and fruity.
The taste was wonderful, not at all what I expected, it was great. Nice hop touch with a bit of citrus blend to it, nice and smooth.
The mouthfeel was a little light, but the the aftertaste makes up for it.
I could drink this beer all night, and I plan on drinking all 6 right now. This is one of the few beers I enjoy drinking fast because I love the taste so much, a good any-time beer.

As the label says: Hop on, hold tight, and enjoy the ride!

Stagi, Oct 21, 2007
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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