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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

Odell IPAOdell IPA

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1,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 1687
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%

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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to see this new offering from Odell Brewing. I've been waiting for an IPA from them for a long time!

This is definitely my new session IPA! The beer pours a beautiful, dark amber color, with a nice lace that lasts until the beer is gone. I immediately thought "grapefruit" when I first sipped, as the citrus notes really hit me. Nice and hoppy, not too malty-- perfect IPA.

Thanks to Odell for brewing a highly drinkable IPA!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 04:25:29 | More by IPALOVER
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice looking, hazy coppery orange with a one finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap. The lacing is very sticky, nearly coating in the interior of the glass, just what I lie to see in an IPA.

Smell; hops....hops...and maybe a little bit of hops. Oranges a bit of pine needles are the dominant hop aromas, but there's also a little grapefruit and a touch of an herbal presence. Underneath all of that there's still a nice balcing of sweet malts.

Taste; not quite as bitter as the aroma led me to believe, but there's still plenty of hops here. The oranges are definitely present, which I'm really digging, as I love oranges, and there's just some hints of grapefruit and lemons to add to the citrus flavors. The pine is not quite as noticeable, but still present. A nice caramel malt backbone gives a very nice balance to this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and full of oily hop resins. The drinkability on this one is just fantastic.

I'm glad that Odell has made this a year round offering, as my wife is a hop head, and has already stolen two of these from me. I'm probably going to have to have some of these in the fridge at all times..

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 02:31:03 | More by RedHaze
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3.98/5  rDev -7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 22:58:27 | More by Bobikel
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle from Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, CO. Purchased March 15, best by date of June 28, 2007.

Moderate pour into a .4 liter goblet yields a lovely chill-hazed orange-amber body under an ample egg-shell 2-finger head that diminishes into a solid tight lid. Lots of lacing.

Smell is metallic-pine hops with a surprising citrus presence, covering a decent biscuity-malty base-note. Intriguing and inviting. There is a bright warmth to the nose: spicy, clovey, peppery, even orange-blossom. A really fine smelling IPA, far from one-dimensional.

First taste is dominated by floral hops, then the pine-metallic comes up, and the malt begins to express itself. There are notes of pepper, cardamom, clove and ginger here. Wow!! A lot going on. The biscuit malt underlies everything without being too heavy. Note that the malt is all expressed as biscuit-cracker-toast flavors: no sweetness. The hops definitely dominate, but there are plenty of other flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean up front, and the malt background brings a roundness to the finish.

Not a session beer to be sure, at 7%, but very easy to drink, with a great finish that is fine and crisp.

This is far and away the best beer I've had from Odell. It's really a surprisingly complex IPA, with a boat-load of different flavors. Never thought I'd be rating an IPA this high, but I've got to admit that this is one great brew. I will definitely be looking for this one from now on!

Very highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 23:52:50 | More by ColoradoBobs
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 12oz bottle(best by 091907) a slightly hazy orange gold with a good sized head of foam that sticks around for the entire session as a solid layer with a ton of nice lacing.

The smell is....hoppy! I'm getting lots of pine...lots of pine!

The taste on first sip..is all kinds of hoppy. Big pine, big hop oil, some lemon zest, and there's even some caramel malt in the background to take just a touch off the bitterness but not too much.. Nice.

Further sips in and the hops just continue to dominate, as they should, though I'd have to say, the bitterness that they're imparting on my palate is tasty as hell and just makes me want to take another sip, and another, and another....and even though it's at a "healthy" 7%abv, no ways near being what one could call a sessionable ale, I think it's a heck of a good drinker. I take my(BA) hat off to Odell for this one.

Bottom line: A very good IPA from Odell that certainly won't disappoint when it comes to flavour. I recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 18:49:49 | More by Bitterbill
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4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Color was orange with a white head. The smell was danky, resinous, and slightly pine. The smell is seriously hoppy. The taste was identical to the smell. Straight hop oils. Not much citrus, mostly dank. I was really surprised by this. this might be my new favorite from Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 16:39:51 | More by ArrogantB
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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A composite of my first review & second, grown to like this one more & more as time has passed, 2nd review 05-20-09

BBD 06/22/07 Pours bronze/copper with 3+ fingers of fluffy offwhite head. Insane lacing & very good head retention

S: Grapefruit & breadyness

T: Citrus hops on your face, then some pineyness, leafy hops & a hint of fruittyness. Some breaydness intertwines with lemony & piney hops. Finishes crisp, dry & but a bit too much leafy hops for me

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, nice balanace & smoothness

Drinks very easy, a bit too assertive grapefruit hop-wise for totally fall in love, but a real hophead's delight. So happy I can get this in mizzou & KS!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 02:43:46 | More by russpowell
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see Odell's new IPA in Longmont today. Pours a very, very clear orange color with a huge, bright white head that sticks around. A highly carbonated brew. Aroma and taste are both piney, citrusy hops, quite bitter with the balance far, far away from the malt end of things. All in all, a really nice example of the new style American IPA -- emphasis on the hops, but not to the detriment of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 23:46:24 | More by OliasOfSunhillow
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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Odell's latest offering in 6 packs - this one will be available year round according to the brewers website. Nice bottles and labels to fit in with Odell's other offerings - great labels and marketing. Plenty of information too - ABV, best by date, beer description.

Appearance: Clear reddish orange color with a nice thick head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Huge whiff of grassy hops as I poured. Piney resinous hops, some grassy aroma. Definitely hop dominated - smells great.

Taste: Low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Hops come across more as bitterness here than hop flavor. Nice balance of malt and hops without being over powering.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - dangerous at 7 %. Looking forward to trying this a few more times as it hits the local market. Great aromatic hops, nicely balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 01:18:54 | More by rowew
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one had all the tasty tropical and citrus fruits I was looking for when I picked up the Myrcenary DIPA. Myrcenary has a much more pronounced malt background that sits a very balanced line, while the Odell IPA is all tasty fruits without much of the malt. Smells and tastes awesome like a bouquet of tropical fruits on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was dry and very pleasant,lightly carbonated.

Great IPA right here.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 15:36:38 | More by TheFizzinator
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4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Crisp, hoppy, balanced, and delicious. This has been my gold standard for the IPA since I first had it some 7 years ago. I don't know if they still rotate it in but it had a pretty good run on nitro at the brewery a number of years back and... wow. I can still taste it in my dreams some four years later. Like a delicate, golden hop butter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 16:58:16 | More by rEBELlION
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4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA that really hits on everything you would look for in an IPA.

A: It leaves some nice legs on the glass and pours with a slight head. The color is nice and light straw color leaving a tease of what is to come.

S: citrus and very slight malt with some hints of other greatness that my nose cannot define. However, when it is right it just right.

T: Refreshing is the first thought that comes to mind but the actual flavors presented are that of hops (duh), citrus, lemon peel and pine.

M: Some brewery IPA's are pushing the envelope on flavor at the sacrifice of overall mouthfeel; this keeps it fresh and medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 00:58:05 | More by SavvyStudent
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4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Have bought pints on tap at the Odell brewery, LaLuz (South) on Boardwalk in Fort Collins ($2 a pint), and Lucky Joe's in Fort Collins ($2 a pint) many, many, many times. Have also bought six-packs of bottles. This review is for Odell IPA on tap at LaLuz.

Pours a hazy golden copper with a white creamy head and nice retention. Aroma of citrus- grapefruit, lemon, orange, and pine notes. The aroma lets you know that you are in for a real treat. Has a nice full mouth feel. The flavors are complex, well-balanced, and absolutely wonderful. The balance between hops and malt is flawless. This flavors end with a nice bitter crispness. The taste of alcohol is muted but warming. For IPA lovers, this is pure heaven. Interestingly, this IPA actually tastes better on tap at the two locations listed above than at the Odell brewery. This may be related to serving temperature. Furthermore, bottles of this IPA even when very fresh are not quite up to the stellar heights of this IPA on tap. If you are in the Fort, you owe it to yourself to indulge in a pint or two (or three) of this nectar of the malt gods.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 22:26:44 | More by fcbrew
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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, if you're a Hop Hound, this beer rules. Had a taste B4 diving in, and the smell alone told me I was all in. 3 talls later, all was still dead ahead. On the road in Minnesota, so on the way back to our hotel stopped 2 buy something 4 the room, and sure enough this brew was there. Easy selection, even though some other favs were present. Bottle just as good as on tap. Is it the best i've had? Prob not, cause i've had some pretty darn awesome Ipas. For a 7.0; however, I would be hard-pressed 2 find a worthy opponent. The taste rules, grapefruit domination as I type, the smell rules, and all is most good. Even the hotel plastic cup I'm using can't taint this brew (I usually have traveling glass with me, but that's another story). Bottom-line-try it 4 sure, U won't be sorry U did. Just my 2 pennies worth. CHEERS 2 ALL!

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2012 02:47:08 | More by lion22
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Odell itself, on to the beer:

This IPA owns an orange color wit hues of yellow at parts of the beer. Head retention is very good and it leaves a lot of creamy lace around the glass. With an aroma of pleasant herbal hops, you know this is an IPA. Bready malts attempt to balance the nose, but this remains a hop forward nose.Taste starts off with a crackery note, then a blast of hops brings down to door. Tea, pine, and lemon are brought forth. This is a hophead's beer, no question abiout that. It's medium bodied, and just fun to drink. A great start to the Odell tap room.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 21:08:43 | More by DoubleJ
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint with dinner at the Tap House in Steamboat Springs last night for the HH price of $3.00. Always have to try it when available on-tap!

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice white head that left lacing behind.

Nose was wonderful, citrus hops were wonderfully strong.

Taste was extremely well balanced, a nice solid caramel and pale malt backbone was overtaken by grapefruit and pine hops.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this IPA is superb, definitely world class!

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 22:12:16 | More by arizcards
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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Simply one of, if not the best IPA's out there. It fires on all cylinders, every time. This brew never fails to impress. An absolute must try. Doug O'dell can retire (die?) happy knowing he's the worlds leader in American Style IPAs. I just wish it was distributed to Florida!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 03:27:18 | More by KVNBGRY
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After downing a stout on the hottest day of the year, I switched to something lighter. This IPA could be the best IPA I've tasted. The hoppiness is well-balanced with an almost lemony taste (the bitter part of a lemon, not the sweet part). It was very crisp and smooth, easy to drink. Compared to other IPAs, this had less of a fruity taste, and I liked that. Very good beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 21:11:16 | More by Ilafan
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4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

a-golden in color, lively carbonation. Poured into an imperial pint glass, laces with every sip.

s-huge aromatic hops are present with tons of citrus, grapefruit rind, and some sweetness. This is how an IPA should smell. As the beer warms, it just gets better.

t-big hop forward, but not too overwhelming. This beer has plenty of balance, but gives a lot of the citrus, grapefruit and malty backbone to the palate. The beer has a long finish, and holds on until the next sip. This is not palate wrecking, but you can tell it's a big IPA. Bitterness is welcome, and fades out after the beer is off the palate. Alcohol is well hidden here. Very tasty!

m-medium bodied, and not heavy on the tongue at all. appropriate for the style.

o-Odell rocked this beer. Well balanced, and well constructed. This IPA is a standard bearer, and has a lot going on with it. The beer is not trying too hard, and has balance and fits the IPA style perfectly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 02:32:16 | More by goosewhisperer
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix during the Deer Tick show on May 3rd.

A: Orange-amber with a good, white head. No lace or retention.

S: Heavy American hops. Dry, piney, citrus.

T: Again, huge American hops. Bitter, dry, sweet, and refreshing. Great IPA to drink at any time.

M: Super smooth and delicious. Minimal carbonation.

O: Fantastic, consistent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 18:32:34 | More by Gatch
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3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

The Fox and Hound
Peoria, AZ

Dark copper in color with a moderately sized light khaki colored head that leaves lines of lace down the glass.

A bready aroma complemented by a bit of caramel and bittering hops.

The hop flavor comes in the way of a moderate level of bitterness, along with bready, slight caramel, sweet malts. Well balanced and drinkable, but unexciting.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Middle of the road IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 20:35:17 | More by ehammond1
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful light honey with a hint of amber. Great lacing

S: Tropical fruits, very slight herbal notes

T: Amazing, The fruit aromas lead one into thinking it may be sweet but it is simply balanced. Slightly underhopped by most standards but again it's perfectly balanced with little detectible malt.

M: Perfectly smooth. Each sip inviting another

O: The perfect go to IPA, nothing crazy, not a stunt beer just a great everyday IPA

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 22:43:48 | More by Pigsear
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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Chicago.

Appearance: Dark orange, clear, with a big white foam cap.

Smell: Waves of resin and citrus hop, clementines, tangerines a bit of biscuit malt, too.

Taste: Opens with a brief splash of tropical sweetness, followed by a bucket of delicious citrus/orange and resinous pine hop flavor. Bitter throughout but does not kill the taste buds. There's an excellent malt-biscuit backbone that really ties it all together. Bitterness is long lasting into the finish but not at all overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and well balanced.

Drinkability: Must try. It's great from the bottle or tap. Delicious and easy to drink several.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 20:54:15 | More by JackieTH
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid IPA, finally having it on tap.

Orangy color, more golden though. Bright. Nice white foamy cap, great lacing all the way through.

Aroma is subdued a bit, I'm betting b/c of the temperature at serving. usuals are there though. Citrus and some caramel. Light breadiness. Pine needles on the end

As with the bottle, this is a well balanced IPA. Not a hop head's dream, but the hops ain't shy. Citrus, zest, pine and bread. Good bite to it. Nice and bold.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 19:12:24 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, wow, and wow! Had this one at the Fort Collins Canyon Chop House. Just the sweet, floral, citrusy hop aroma from a few feet away tells you this is a killer brew. And drinking it -- I'm talking ambrosia! One would be hard pressed to find a better, well-rounded, thoroughly drinkable example of an IPA.

Perhaps because it was on tap instead of a 12oz bottle, but I, at first thought, that perhaps I was served Odell's St. Myrcenary because the hop aroma and taste was so deliciously upfront and there! Well, this serving just blew me away...a hop-heads delight...!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 22:58:45 | More by beergoot
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