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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 672
Hads: 2,738
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 442
Gots: 556 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rowew on 03-02-2007

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Photo of hwwty4
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a burnt orange color with a big 2 inch white fluffy head that mellows into a lily pad on the top of the beer. Only mild lacing is present as the beer recedes. The aroma is fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit and what seemed almost like tart green apples followed up by just a hint of malty sweetness. This beers aroma is one of the fruitiest that I have ever had the pleasure of quaffing. The taste is strong orange notes with mild grapefruit tartness and just a hint of pine. It's very balanced between the hops and the malt backbone but I was expecting a little more hop bite at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and resiny, leaving a nice coating in your mouth. Odell's makes some of the most superb beers on the market and this one is right up there with their best.

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Photo of ATPete
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

The Odell IPA pours a slightly hazy orange/brown color with a large off white head that leaves rings of sticky patching. Fresh citrusy hop nose... mmm. The first thing you notice while tasting is the immense hop character and the utter quality of the hops chosen. Grapefruits, limes, peach and orange as well as a peppery spice. All of this is perfectly balanced by some bold, coating malts. Its medium body and perfect levels of carbonation make this dangerously drinkable and if the 7% ABV doesn't scare you, dangerously session-able. Excellent beer, wish it was in NJ!

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw-colored gold with a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a bubbly skim coat and sticky ring. Lots of thick lacing.

Smell is fresh squeezed OJ, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, and a hint of mint.

Taste starts off with some toasted bread and bitter floral hops. Lots of citrus fruit kick in mid-palate, with orange zest, grapefruit, and tangerine. Finishes with some herbal, bitter hops, some mint, and bitter orange peel.

Medium-bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel.

A great IPA with a steady bitterness and great citrus flavors. If only Odell was available in NH, I'd drink this every night.

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Photo of birchstick
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - orange-ish amber with a one-finger head.

S - Smells delicious, with pine, grapefruit, and citrus scents from the hops; also there a bit of some sweet malt detected.

T - Sweet malts and a bit of nuttiness and bread, followed by a mildly bitter hop ending, with grapefruit and pine.

MF - Creamy and smooth...goes down nicely

D - I first tried this in a sampler at the brewpub and was immediately impressed. This is definately one my favorite IPAs. It isn't a huge hop-bomb and it is greatly balanced. Thank you Odell.

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Photo of Rayek
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale amber color has active carbonation. Foamy and dense off-white head has good retention and leaves heavy lace.

S: Heavy grapefruit with some lemon and fresh cut flowers. Pine and a little sugary sweetness linger in the background.

T: Slightly woodsy malt is quickly replaced with a rush of strong grapefruit, lemon and pepper bitterness. Grapefruit is the predominant hop flavor, and it lingers lightly into the finish. A nicely done medley of flavors.

M: Medium body is very oily and even a little leafy. Carbonation level is just a touch too high.

D: Nicely done overall. Definitely worth a revisit. Good session beer, but be careful of the alcohol content. This beer doesn't drink as strong as it is.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear, the color of a freshly waxed oak floor. with a 2 finger head the shade of christmas morning egg nog.

Smells of grapefruit, floral, and just a hint of hostess twinkies.

Taste: A lot of the grapefruit hops, a bit of floral flavor, a hint of mint(?), and a bready malt backbone. not much going on here, but in a good way. very balanced, and a really good beer.

mouthfeel: hits the tongue hard, good level of carbonation brings out the hop flavor.

drinkability: high. I could whack down a bunch of these, despite of the 7% alcohol, which is hidden quite well, and enjoy every last one. good ipa.

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Photo of blackjack000
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint.

Appearance: Very clear rich amber/honey hue. Offwhite pitted head.

Smell: Deep woody smell with sweet alcoholic tones and a bit of interesting roastiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A little light on the hops. Could be mistaken for a pale ale with a hop kick and not an IPA. Hops with roasty aftertaste. The roasty kick is more present than the hops, to me. The beer feels a little too watery, which contributes to its pale ale vibe. Would be an excellent beer to ease someone away from the world of pale ales diplomatically.

Drinkability: Would be very drinkable, but doesn't fit my bill for a well-rounded IPA.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with shades of red, medium white head with steady carbonation. Good lacing down the glass. Smell is strong and fresh with hops. Nice and almost green, just squeezed citrusy scents wafting through the air. I really like the nose on this one. Taste is also very good, just a little less lively than the nose and a touch of pine. Solid bitterness with some pale malts and light caramel. A nice biscuity flavor as well with a dryness in the finish. Somewhat lacking on the carbonation, nearly creamy with a nice dry finish. Tingles the tongue. I really enjoy this one. A new favorite in the realm of IPA's.

Thanks goes to jtrockchalk for the chance to try a couple...they're gone!

10/23/10 - Over two years later, still the same results.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Thanks to Heather and Dave for bringing me back an Odell Brewing Co. variety six-pack from Fort Collins!

Odell Brewing Co. has my current vote for best package design, with detailed hop leaf relief circumnaviagating the shoulders of the bottle, beautiful label and neckband illustrations, and tasty typography. This label depicts a bronco-bustin' pachyderm. Ready to buck convention?

A: Nice pffft! when opened. Pours a clear, pale copper color with a massive, three-finger head with bodacious retention and eye-popping lacing.

S: Citrus hops aplenty, with hints of pine oil and sweet herbal grass.

T: Take a sweet, caramel malt foundation and bombard it with waves of lingering hop oil tang. Toss in big notes of grapefruit zest and pine. Active carbonation comes out to play throughout the session. Dry, bitter finish.

Robust, but not a hop bomb by any means - you can actually savor the interplay between hops and malts, as well as distinguish the character of this IPA between hits of bitterness. Great balance, this one.

M: Super-smooth. Carbonated, yet glass-like. Light to medium-bodied.

D: Superb drinkability. Well done, Odell!

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Photo of tmitch75
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color, thick tan head, sticky lace. Sweet smell with tons of grapefruit and a slight piney aroma... this stuff smells awesome.

Bold hop flavor of grapefruit and bubblegum with some pine, very little malt to balance it out which is really the only weakness.

Medium body, a bit oily from the hops (which I like).

Solid hop flavor makes this one worth a go for any hophead, but it would benefit from a better malt background to balance out the hops. Still a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA.

Tasted on 7/10/08.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 19th Oct 2008. Received from ArrogantB - thanks a bunch, Mike! Poured into my Urthel tulip

A: Crystal-clear golden colored pour with a dense two-finger head that leaves the most gorgeous lacing i've seen.

S: Aggressively bitter hoppy with tons of pine, some spruce and some grapefruit. Mildly floral. Thin malt backbone. Great stuff

T: Starts off pretty bitter with pine and grapefruit being most prominent. Mildly sweet malt backbone comes in with some caramel and biscuit sweetness. Finishes dry. Mildly sweeter than I'd like

M: Moderately undercarbonated resulting in a resiny mouthfeel, great dry finish

D: Easily drink a ton of these. I wish the ABV was a point lower though.

Notes: Drank this right after a really fresh Two Hearted. This one more than held it's own and shone. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, deep, straw yellow color, with one finger of off white head. Head receeds and leaves tons of spotty lacing.

A: Outstanding! Citrus and pine hops are prominent from the start, almost an equal amount of each. Some slightly sweet malts balance the nose nicely. Very intense aroma from a single IPA.

T: Very good. Again, light citrus, orange, tangerine, and some lime as well. But there is also some distinct pine hops. Beer finishes somewhat dry, and bitter.

M&D: Light to medium body, but overly carbonated IMO. The carbonation makes for a brew that stings a bit on the way down. Drinkability is very high. At 7% ABV this is sessionable. Odell has cracked the top three IPA's in my book. Excellent! Skal.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: orange-amber with big white head. good lacing on pint glass.

S: sweet grapefruit (think grapefruit sprinkled with suger), and notes of ripe orange and some sweet spice. Incredible aroma.

T: sweet candy-like citus from the aroma (grapefruit and orange), but also a rush of bitterness. There's some balance, but this really is hop aggressive.

M: bitterness alcohol burn mouth with each sip, but its smooth and has a solid body with lasting finish.

D: good flavor but this is one to sip, with noticable alcohol burn and heavy hoppage.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey-like golden with an exuberant head that falls to nice lacing, The smell is an explosion of citrusy hops. The flavor is in-your-face grapefruit, with peaches and even a bit of white grape juice on the finish. The bitterness is mild and highlights the citrus character of the aroma hops. The mouthfeel is decent, but strangely lacking in carbonation bite. Overall a good IPA, though perhaps a little too delicate for the current standard of West Coast type IPAs.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice IPA, and I love the label! Thanks very much to RedHaze for the chaance to try this beer. Pours golden with a short head and some spotty lacing. Smells of citrusy hops, some light graininess, and with some creamy notes with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The taste is solid. Nice citrusy flavor balanced perfectly by some sweet malt. Simple and delicious. If I were local, this would be my every day IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and this one is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought home a six pack of these to split woth the wife as she likes IPA and I only got one.

It poured a bit pale, I think a tad too yellowish.but I'm savoring my one and only. It emits a pale aroma too, faintly of hops.

I like what it follows up with, good light body with some malt but not too sweet. American style IPA hopped with intensions to impress, it clearly does to many BA folks. I think it does alot, the hop flavor lasts an eternity on my buds but it's like a bland pine tree;just short of exceptional.

I think there's other beers I've had destined to be the IPAs of choice for drinking by themselves, I think this one is perfect for generic Indian food.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ColoradoBobs!

This is a solid American IPA. It actually reminds me a lot of a nice third-coast IPAs. It has a nice blend of malt and hops, with the hops winning out eventually (if for no other reason than because they are more interesting), but monodimensional this beer ain't.

The hops are very piney. A little bit of grapefruit, complete with the pith, but pine really dominates. The malt is a nice sweet-bread, it reminds me a lot of Challah. But this beer begins and ends with the hops, the malt is just a nice interlude.

All-in-all a nice package.

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

Growler purchased at the brewery tap house 6/20/08.

Poured into standard pint glass.

Wow. I love the look and smell of this one. Great citrus fruity hop aroma, with a clear amber color. You get hit with the hops right up front on first taste, but the malt background is solid enough to hold your interest beyond the first kick of the hop. Surprisingly clean on the finish after all the bitterness up front.

Just a damn solid IPA from a little known, and likely underappreciated, Colorado brewery.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear and pale amber, a sort of sunset hue. The head rises only about an inch but has a nice density to it, leaving behind rings of lace as it falls.

Smell: Floral and fruity hops; orange and candied grapefruit with grassy undertones. Malt is present but more as a background note.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of citrusy hop flavor from the get-go. Grapefruit at first, and then lemon peel. Light in body with a semi-dry, biscuit-like malt backbone; my only complaint is that the carbonation is a bit low for an American IPA. Malt flavors are present but subdued and simple: this one is all about the hops, and it certainly does them justice. Bitterness is low and the finish is fairly clean - again, this beer is really about hop flavor and aroma rather than tongue-wrecking bitterness.

Notes: Very pleasantly surprised by this one. One of the better IPAs I've tried from CO.

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Photo of sleeven
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA I ever had.

Poured into a pilsner glass... copperish color, about two-finger head, nice lacing all the way down to the finish. Tastes awesomely citrusy with some bitterness afternodes... just a joy to drink. Rather than steal all the adjectives used from below, let me just second everyones' motion that this beer is the bomb diggity.

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Photo of vasdef42
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange with a super creamy head that rests atop the brew almost the whole time. smells beautifully of grapefruit spice and citrus shine. i could sit and sniff this brew for hours. the taste is major grapefruit spice, sticky bitterness, and a nice sweetness to accompany the spice. tastes like a ruby red grapefruit, i love it. the nitro really makes the brew creamy and smooth, but it still sticks so nice to the roof of the mouth. the hop character has definite layers and character, with a crisp finish. i could drink more than several of these a day. wasnt sure they could improve this IPA, then Odell juiced it with nitro. Tasty.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of IPA today along with some birthday gifts for friends.

Poured a redish golden color with great clarity but below-average head and retention.

Aroma is decent but not the best. I look for fresh whole hop hoppiness in an IPA... it's clean but not fresh.

The flavor is there. Lots of hop bitterness but a fair trade-off with ample malt. I give it a 4/5.

Mouthfeel is what I expect from an IPA in that it has a slightly bitter burn but not at all unpleasant. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, I enjoy this beer but it's not one of Odell's best. Certainly better than the overwhelming Double IPA but I definately prefer their imperial stout, double pils, and special red. Can't wait for that red!

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Photo of whynot44
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light copper color with a decent off white head that sticks around fairly well and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is all pine needles and grapefruit hops. The taste starts with some light sweet malt, a hint of honey, followed immediately by a blast of citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, lemon - then finishes slightly dry with a load of pine needles that linger on in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, dangerously drinkable and refreshing. An excellent IPA for the hop lovers.

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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 dashirey
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got my first chance to have an Odell brew from in a trade with mmtmatrix. Thanks.

A - I was impressed with the label and bottle, very nice presentation. Poured into my "Brewphoria" pint glass. The beer has a hazy golden color with some hues of orange. Poured a one-finger head that reduces, but hangs one for a while. Plenty of lacing as pint empties.

S - Big hops (I detect pine with others too). The smell reminds me of Nugget Nectar from Troegs.

T - Good stuff. A bit sweet at first then overwhelmed (in a good way) with hops. The pine hops are there, but citrus hops really overpower all other tastes.

M - Medium-bodied, smooth with a nice bitter kick.

D - Easy drinking to say the least. Overall fantastic beer that I wish I could get my hands on more often. I'd like to try some others from Odell if they stand up to this one.

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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