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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

688 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 688
Hads: 2,833
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 458
Gots: 622 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 688 | Hads: 2,833
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oxymoron sent this along in a recent trade. Thanks!
Poured a cloudy light orange colour with a thin off-white cap of fine bubbles. Sheets of bubbles clung to the glass and lacing was spotty as I finished the glass. Smells of grapefruit and pine, a bit powdery and quite fruity. Solid bitterness that became a bit resinous in the lingering finish. Citrus and grapefruit, plus a bit of sweet caramel, filled out the flavour. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A bit drying. A solid IPA, well balanced and nothing out of place. Good stuff.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Russian River shaker "pint" glass. Appears a mildly cloudy, golden orange color with about a finger of off-white head that sticks around, leaving a nice lace on the glass. Smells of floral, lemony hops, piney hops and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Tastes of bitter citrus such as lemon and grapefruit, as well as some pineapple and sweet malts. Medium in both body and carbonation. I was fortunate enough to receive six bottles of this through various trades and I am not complaining.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Pink grapefruit.

Taste: Solid citrus and herbal bitterness, not too dry but not a lot of sweetness to it either.

Drinkability: Another good IPA for satisfying a hop jones.

This is a pretty good IPA, but I prefer them with a little more sweetness underlying the bitter hops. Worth a try.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -5.7%

I'm not an IPA fan necessarily, but this one wasn't overwhelming at all. I actually think Odell Brewing's 5 Barrel Pale Ale is very similar, and if given a lineup of IPAs, I'd reach for this one over most others. It's a bit higher alcohol than most, but still very drinkable, and they balanced it enough to where you don't get hit over the head with hoppiness. Works for me.

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Photo of chileman13
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours a golden amber with 1 finger white head that laces out.
a-citrus hops with a sweet undertone.
t-citus hops 1st note with slight malt back up singers.
d- oh yeah baby this is very very drinkable. It is no wonder they won a gold medal with this one.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received this in the Tickers BIF from Phelps. Thanks for this want.

A: Golden yellow, with a slight haze. One finger white head, fairly thick, with great retention and nice lacing down the glass as you drink.

S: Nice fresh citrus hops. Grapefruit, apricot, a touch of lemon lime, and some orange peels. Nice caramel comes through blending with a faint touch of floral hops.

T: Sweet caramel upfront. Not super bitter but a good hit of citrus bitterness. Very biscuity in the finish, with a nice flavor of floral hops coming through.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Pretty creamy. not real dry.

O: A good IPA. Not as good as I've heard but still very drinkable. Nicely blended malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of Brainybrain
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not myrcenary. This is a great beer for a casual night sharing with friends. The average drinker can enjoy this one and not be blown away with hops. On the flip side the palate of the ipa drinker will be satisfied they have something that will appease both hop, and abu preference. Go for it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : apricot colored body, 80% opaque. Head is two fingers, eggshell white, and leaves generous lacing as it recedes.

Aroma : grapefruit, pine, a little nectarine. Nice hoppy profile to be nosed. Very clean, spiced, fresh.

Taste : very fruity yet somewhat astringent at the same time. Tropical fruits - papaya, mango, with a bit of wet earth.

Mouthfeel : slick mouthfeel with creamy accents. Ends semi dry.

Overall : a fine representation of the style. Good stuff. Would have again if I was an ipa fan.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pale golden colored beer with a small but dense head. Aroma is pine-sappy, a little nutty. Very nice flavor: lots of bitterness up front, with a solid maltiness, and a big resinous hop flavor. With all the recent session IPAs, it's n ice to come back to a good solid strong one :). Body is a little thin, though, and it could use more carbonation. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of NBake
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, this one is a beauty. A huge creamy, frothy head floats on an orange amber body. Sticky lace lasts the whole 5 minutes it takes to drink this one ;)

Smell is all hops, and very piney at that.

First taste was a little surprising. Lots of hop flavor throughout with notes of pine and citrus. It's definitely refreshing, but it could use a bit more malt. All I can seem to get out of it is hops and bitterness. When I did let it warm quite a bit, the caramel malt shined through, but to me the hops were just a bit overpowering.

This one was medium bodied and perfectly carbonated in my opinion.

Odell IPA is a winner and is very easy drinking. If it were a bit more balanced, it would be my go to IPA. It is a very solid beer though, and I demolished my 6 pack in no time.

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Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy golden pour with a nice fluffy white head. Tons and tons of lacing and good head retention.

S: Very nice tropical fruit and citrus smell. Sweet caramel malt backs it up nicely too.

T: A little sweet citrus up front but quickly turns into a strong, bitter pine flavor. Ends nicely on a sweet caramel/pine combination. Resiny aftertaste for sure.

M: Resin is plentiful as mentioned. Sticky almost. Decent carbonation.

O: Well balanced and sweet but still quite bitter with all the pine. Citrus hops add a nice touch but the pine dominates I think. Definitely for the pine resin lover.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy gold with a frothy white head

S-stale grass, citrus peel and hops. some spice. good strength

T-comes in with a good amount of spice, grains, some tropical fruits, and HOPS. its a quality taste that makes up a matching after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-a pretty decent IPA. its not something i'll be searching out, but i enjoyed it. overall it was just a fairly boring IPA to me, though it might possibly help out some hop cravings.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a clean golden pour with 2 fingers of off white foamy head leaving behind great amounts of lacing. excellent head retention. aromas of cascade hops (pine, grapefruit), simcoe (cat pee) and a blend of caramel malts play a wonderful combination on the nostrils. a somewhat herbal hoppy flavor hits the palate immediately, followed by the sweetness of the malt, then some citrusy grapefruit and pine are revealed, and a lingering bitterness ensues. the mouthfeel is a bit soft on this one - feels a tad bit watery and creamy on the back end,but like a medium body beer on the front end of the palate - good amount of carbonation.

this is a pretty solid ipa. i've had better from them, but as far as a year-round single ipa, this is solid.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This golden-copper colored IPA has a thick creamy head that receds very slowly leaving big clumps of resiny goodness all around the glass.

Smell - Quite citrucy with a quiet malt backbone hiding in the background. Just a touch of bready yeastiness.

Taste - A bold sharp twang of hoppy bitterness slowly disolves into a malt roundness shortly after the swallow. That maltiness is quickly replaced with a mouth drying after hoppiness that begs for another sip. Piney, earthy, and grapefruit dominate the palate.

Mouthfeel - Light and creamy, with a full body that leaves the mouth clean.

Drinkability - This is quite a refresher, but at 7% it's sessionability is quite diminished. Nice to see a brewery that doesn't over do hops, and alchohol in an IPA. Although I love hop bombs, lets save those for DIPA, et al...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from the COOP... thin off white head... decent lacing.. okay cap.. the brew is clear golden.

Nose shows fruity hops... a bit of citrus .. tangerine and lite grapefruit... hints of pineapple.... some minor pale malts that carry hints of toasty bread.

Flavor mirrors the nose yet all the hop presence is a touch light for my taste... again there is just enough malt to really balance this one. The body is lite/medium with a sturdy carbonation... This is very drinkable.. but honestly, I prefer my IPA's more bracing and bold.

I will certainly buy this one again as long as we have it available... but for my top IPA's I think more hops... alot more hops are needed and ramp down the malts slightly.

3.5/4/4/4/4

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Photo of Ri0
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Best by 4/27/19.

A - Darker hazy orange with a 2 finger white head. Nice retention and large blotches of lacing.

S - Pine and citrus hops, with some floral wisps. There is a pleasant, beautiful caramel maltiness that gives it an English touch.

T - Starts with some citrus, orange and grapefruit, then builds into a sweeter caramel malt backbone with some more floral hops. Finish is some orange and grapefruit bitterness.

M - Medium body, smooth, with well placed carbonation and oily.

O - As Odell puts it this is an English Style IPA with the big caramel backbone, but it has much more hoppiness. It is well done, enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of surfnebr
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Redish gold tint, medium white head

S - Citrus and hops

T - Sharp, hoppy, sweeter citus taste than other IPA's (grapefruit)

M - light to medim carbonation, medium to bigger body, refreshing

A great example of the genre, a mighty tasty tap beer

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Photo of bmwats
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Pervasive bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Settles fairly quickly, but not completely. Thick peak and valley lacing.

S: Grapefruit, sourdough bread, and honey.

T: Italian bread with lots of bitter grapefruit and just a touch of sweetness.

M: Thick and syrupy feel. High alcohol is apparent. Bittersweet finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sipping experience... the character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really nice. Foamy head, lots of carbonation, and persistent lacing. Sourdough, grapefruit, and honey. Bitter, pungent bready flavor with lots of grapefruit, accentuated with just a touch of indistinct sweetness. Syrupy and thick. Overall, this is really good quaff.

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Photo of herman77
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden dark yellow, almost a light orange. Nice thick and lathery white head. Very transparent. Excellent thick lacing.

S: Tons of floral aromatic hops. Lots of citrus, mango, pineapple and pine. Reminds me of Abrasive, but just not as strong.

T: Not as tropical tasting as the nose, but its still there. More of a pine/grapefruit and herbal hop taste. Slight bit of sweet malt breaks through enough to provide some balance to the onslaught of hops. This is pretty damn hoppy. Long grapefruit aftertaste.

M: Heavier medium body. Moderate carbonation, but prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkability is okay, I would score it a little higher if it had some more malt balance to it. You can detect the higher abv near the finish.

Best before 11/4/10

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Photo of JAXSON
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

12 oz bottle. Tons of fresh cedar in the aroma. Spicy and fresh. Pours a clear medium amber with a fluffy head. Prickly near the back of the tongue, pleasantly bitter, a powerful hop presence gives way, a little shorter and drier than some west coast brethren, but very sharp and clean. Oranges and grass make themselves known. Very good. Thanks Malcom!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - thanks to doktorzee for the sharesie from his six-pack here in Colorado.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium apricot amber colour, with one fat finger of puffy, sludgy off-white head, which leaves some decently spooky webbed lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of pungent pine resin and orange/grapefruit rind, some underwhelming crackery caramel malt, and more floral, tropical, and leafy hops. The taste is still quite betrothed to the singularity of the American hop - acrid, astringent citrus pith and pine needles jump right out in front, while a timid bready, grainy malt sticks its head up like the proverbial prairie dog (apparently prevalent in these parts), as some dank leafy, weedy, and somewhat fruity hops bring up the rear.

The bubbles are fairly peppy, but to no great length, the body medium-light in weight, and more-or-less smooth, no small feat given all that hopitude skulking about. It finishes dry, the hops winning a no-contest bout, to no-one's great surprise.

An agreeable enough one-sided Yankee IPA, as unbalanced as it is. As much as I like the bitter-ass new world versions of the style, methinks that I wouldn't be able to stomach more than one, maybe two of this particular offering. Sigh - getting older and over-experienced duly sucks.

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.