Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 425
Gots: 486 | FT: 11
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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 TexIndy
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/21/10 on the label. Nice looking label. Was a clear golden yellow color with slight carbonation. It had an average sized white head that settled into a very thin film and good collar. Good lacing with moderate amounts sticking.

The aroma was grapefruit, c-hops, fruit, a bit pine and some caramel malt in the back. Really enjoyed the aroma on this one. It really blended the various elements well. Nothing really dominated but it just come together in a pleasing aroma. The taste also was excellent and again blended and balanced well. Great citric hop flavor without being overly bitter. This could be hop session beer even at 7% (never really smell or taste the 7%). Mouthfeel was medium with good aftertaste but it needs a little more carbonation.

Overall, another great offering from one of my favorite Colorado breweries. Wish they would distribute to Texas! Until then, I drink as much as I can when in CO and get the occasional care package. Highly recommend - an excellent AIPA. Rotation - had ummagum ship me some. If here this would be a regular in the hops rotation.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice sized white head. Aroma is very piney with some citrus.

Taste is opposite of the aroma. The fruitty citrus comes to the front with the pine more towards the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is great despite the 7% abv. A very good IPA.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I really like the color, a dull sunburst, in this beer but the head is lackluster. I guess that balances my rating to just average.

The smell has a nice slightly piney, grapefruit smell. A hint of apricot. Taste was clean. Moderate amount of bitterness for an IPA. The hops work well in this beer (grapefruit, citrus). A light sweetness plays with your tongue as well. My only problem is that this beer is a little light overall on flavor.

You don't notice the alcohol until you get a little palate fatigue and the hops fade out. But even then it doesn't stand out.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and slippery. I could kick back with a few of these cause they are really easy to drink.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange/copper, rather dull, and clear. White head that laces well but has nearly zero retention.

S: Complex hops, blended Island fruits, sugar, pine, honey, and pineapple.

T: Evergreen and sour citrus hits the tongue first, followed quickly by a blend of hops built on a subtle malt base. All this wraps up into a lip-smacking bitter and dry middle taste, which then sweetens a bit as the minimal aftertaste takes over.

M: Nicely smooth, with enough carbonation to be pleasing but not bite too hard.

D: Moderately drinkable, but not the best around.

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of nonstick. Thanks Chris!
Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a transparent pale golden color. Low white head with little staying power. Recedes to a micro layer and a thin white collar. Light lacing left on the glass.

S - Bright, fresh grapefruit and cut grass in the nose with a decent amount of pine blending in. Some very light bready malt in the background...mostly hops though. Very good smelling IPA.

T - A touch fruity, good grapefruit flavor, nice strong and sharp bitterness...maybe the slightest hint of alcohol. Pretty dry, not much residual sweetness at all. Good piney hop flavors mix in the middle.

M - Mouthfeel is bit on the thin side. Carbonation is rather high and definitely adds a bunch of prickly, mouth filling bubbles. Maybe a bit too much carbonation, but not a major distraction, just a personal preference. Less carbonation might bring out a bit more flavor too.

D - Pretty nice IPA...carbonation a bit high and consequently makes this beer rather filling. Flavors are really nice - plenty of hops - citrus/pine and just enough malt to add some balance. This could very easily be a go to everyday IPA if it were available in this area...oh well, maybe someday in the future.

Photo of vdoz3
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hand delivered from a friend visiting from Colorado (I asked for Fat Tire, I get Odell IPA; I'm happy both ways). Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10 oz wine glass (over two pours).

A: bright transparent orange (could be a Rose wine if it was any pinker). minimal head but notable lacing going down the sides of the glass.

S: fruity (peachy) and citrusy hops dominate, but the bready malt comes out in the nose unlike....

T: pure hop; bright orange bite that leaves a beautiful hop-induced drymouth behind it.

M: Silky smooth and well carbonated make it a hard beer to sip; but it really illuminates the front of the tongue and is best not gulped

D: I want to be mad at my friend for only hand delivering to me in New York from Colorado one sixpack of this, because I could definitely go for more than a few nights worth : )

She handpicked this to bring me over Fat Tire, knowing I would like it? That's either what I call great taste in beer or a true friend!
Happy New Year!

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

Aromas of floral hops and a doughy malt backbone.

Flavor is loaded with flowery, American hops and orange with a great malty balance. Finishes with a gentle hop bite.

In the end, it manages to have great hop flavor minus any harsh or unwanted bitterness. Not the best but respectable and graceful.

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

1 of 6 in an IPA tasting - poured 4 ozs into a pint glass

Deep organge/copper color with a full sturdy white head.

Terrific hop aroma with loads of citrus.

Great combination of grapefruit, pine, grassy but some balancing maltiness.

Mouthfeel is very good...not too thin but not overly thick.

Drinkability is very solid. A great IPA.

The best of the 6 IPA's in this tasting.

Would buy this IPA again if I have the opportunity.

Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via SS09 from vasdef42. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with stocky sheeting lace. Aroma is dominated by pungeant fresh hops, green and piney. Taste starts moderately sweet, goes piney bitter in the middle, and carries through the close to the aftertaste. Tons of hop flavor, not total bitter face. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, and drinkability is awesome. Get you some.

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ArcTeryx for this beer. Devin you went far and beyond when you stopped by! Review from notes.

A- Pours a light hazed amber color with golden highlights. 1 finger white head stays for a little while before dying down. Leaves nice skirted lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big crisp grapefruit and pineapple notes in the front of this. Big citrusy hops clash with a nice malty bready backbone. Balance is good with this and almost reminds me of a not as fresh Pliny the Elder.

T- Big juicy citrus hops in the front! Nice light bitter undertones to this beer. A light sweetbread like malt backbone balances this out rather nicely. Hops could have been a little more evened out in the entire beer. Reminded me once again of Pliney the Elder but it's big downfall was it didn't drink smooth the entire way that PtE does. Kind of jerks you in the middle of the beer. Still this was not a terrible thing.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Left nice citrusy hops on the palate and in the aftertaste. Some resin left on the teeth and a light slickness on the tongue. Little bit of a drying finish to it. Still crisp and packed flavor.

D- This beer is wonderful. I am really glad I got to try this beer. Once again this is a beer that I will have to sadly trade for since it is not in the state yet. Hurry quickly Odell!

Photo of jdense
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Multiple bottles purloined from buddy's refrigerator via Dr. Z in Arizona.

Dark amber body, 1 finger white head, slow disappation with nice lacing. Sweet malts and citrusy hops dominate the nose. The taste is pretty sweet for an IPA, nice hop profile, more citrusy than piney, with a fairly dry finish. Dangerous drinkable. One of best of Colorado IPAs, IMO.

Photo of LittleDon
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze. My pour produces a small head that quickly fades to a thin film. A noticeable amount of carbonation with an accompanying carbonation bite. Aroma predominantly of grapefruit, but with a hint of grain. Strong hops up front with a clean middle and bitter finish.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of tigg924
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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!

Photo of HeroJH
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of donniecuffs
3.02/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,580 ratings.