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

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 BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08

I'm very impressed with this beer, as I was their porter. Balance being the key, this beer strikes a major mark with a very well attenuated malty character with low lying sweetness (caramel and breadiness), which allows the hops to shine. An agressive hop blend of grapefruit, orange rind, pine, and a boquet of flowery, perfumy hops particularly in the nose. No apparent harshness or agression in the mouthfeel despite such boldness in the taste (Two Hearted Ale does this as well), allowing the beer to be supremely drinkable. Finishes with a crisp, cracker-like dryness and a riding orange rind note. I'm not sure if IPA's get any better.

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Photo of sobchack
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, copper color into glass producing a frothy head. Clear as day. Cascade hops bombard the nose, producing an aroma of citrus--particularly grapefruit. Grapefruit is first on the palate. As the beer warms i detect a bit of woodsiness/oakiness to it. Also, a smidgeon of white pepper. The finish is very smooth as opposed to say Bridgeport IPA, which closes with a very bitter finish. Well-balanced by the malts. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability. Great offering by Odell.

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Photo of Meandmymonkey
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel like a little school boy getting all psyched up for recess every time I head out to Odell's in anticipation for this incredible IPA on nitro. Pours an unmistakable light copper color. A regular non-nitro head of about one finger that doesn't hang around too long. Cascade hops are the first thing you recognize right away. But it doesn't end there. You get all the obvious citrus, floral, grapefruit, juniper notes but also about three or four other hop scents. I wish my IPA t-shirt was scratch and sniff. The taste experience can best be described as transitional. It starts out very citrusy and sweet but slowly progresses into that great hoppy delight that you would expect from a great IPA. It hangs out on the back of your tongue just long enough to head back up to the bar and order yourself another. This beer is in my top five IPAs.

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

Pours hazy gold in color with 2 finger head that lingers awhile leaving quite a bit of lacing as it subsides. Aroma is that of grapefruit, smells promising. First taste is bitter grapefruit and a bit astringent in the finish. The malt character really comes through as you get further down the glass. Adequate carbonation holds the body up well, leaving a nice tingling sensation on the tongue. Not overly complex, but certainly tasty and very drinkable. This is a very solid offering from Odell and one I'd buy fairly often if it were available here.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Usually I can say, this is a East or West coast IPA. Not with this one. To start, the pour is a clear amber color with a light golden hue throughout. A nice off white head with good retention and ok lacing.

The nose is unique as the hops are pleasant and not over the top, but still assertive. A great mix of floral, earthy, citrus and a hint of pine. Some grapefruit and orange and a hint of pineapple on the backend. There is a subtle but good malt backing. Some hints of maltiness and a touch of caramel and a feint hint of honey as well.

The taste is very well balanced. The malt is blended nicely with the hops. The malt starts with a malty sweet taste up front but is quickly balanced with a light bitterness that is a bit subtle but still detectable. Finishing hops really come out with a nice citrus & floral mix. A mix of grapefruit, orange and herbal/floral hop is assertive but not over the top. Very clean yeast with no off flavors.

The body is moderate and easy drinking. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall this is a great example of an IPA and one that has won multiple awards. Great balance, with an assertive hop characteristic that isn't a punch in the face.

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Photo of JBuff41413
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved Odell's Pale Ale so I had to give the IPA a try.

A- Honey colored with a 1/2 inch off-white head that reduces to a film. Lacing is decent.

S- Great smelling beer. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine, and a tiny bit of pinapple.

T- In my top 5 IPA's. Sweet and very citrusy in the beginning. The sweetness slowly transforms in to bitter hoppy greatness while the pine sneaks in.

M- Pretty respectable mouthfeel. Somewhat light and a little oily.

D- Very drinkable. Not to heavy but with great complex flavors, what more could you ask for.

Odell continues to impress me, I haven't found a beer of theirs that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed.

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

nice label design, and I really like the unfinished feel and unbleached look of the paper used

a: pours a one finger head that shows excellent retention and good lacing, the beer is a clear golden color

s: starts with very fresh C hops upfront, sticky resinous and tropical, very heavy on the passionfruit, pale malts provide a nice backbone but don't interfere with the star, that's about it...very simple but wonderfully aromatic

m: carbonation just under medium, body on the lighter side but not thin

t: fresh PacNW hops dominate start to finish, pulpy flavors of tropical fruits and new pine over a light pale malt body linger into the finish while giving way to a pleasantly high bitterness

d: clean mouthfeel conducive to constant sipping, highly drinkable for a semi-high abv

overall: around the level of Stone IPA, not quite a Two Hearted, but these three share many similarities...very happy to have found this

great find in the desolate but gorgeously scenic town of Green River, WY...a couple Deschutes (way old) and a range of Odell (fresh) found in a not-so-promising-in-appearance beer/liquor/tackle/tack/gift shop about a half mile walk from my hotel...cost me all of 6 dollars

the number 121208 is pressed into the label, I assume this is a best by

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

Gorgeous orangy-yellow in my SA beer drinking glass. Two fingers of luscious white foamy head.
Aroma of sweet hoppy bubble gum. Touch of bitterness, then a nice semi-sweet hoppy flavor. Ripe fruit...honeydew melon. Very clean, crisp and light bodied. Super refreshing taste. Dry on the finish

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a rich orange with light but thick carbonation. The head is medium, off white, and leaves ok lace.

The smell is lots of citrus, and some grassy notes.

The taste is good citrus hops along with a bit of earth grass, really a well rounded IPA. The brew is really pretty nice. Good malt and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is also quite good, big body very thick and creamy with nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very good this is a must try brew for the serious IPA lover. Prosit, MK

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Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mmtmatrix poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clearish golden amber with a small bubbly white head that showed good retention and left some sporadic lacing. The aroma is like walking into a pine forest, big on the floral hops, with a little bit of lemony citrus hops on top. The sweet bready malt is present if you look below the hop explosion. Lemons are the first thing I notice in the taste, before the sweet malts make a brief appearance. The hops come back in the finish with a nice pine hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a hint of hop stickiness. This is a great IPA and would be a staple for me if it was local. Highly recommended!

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

A_Pours a bronze hue with a big frothy off white head. Lots of bubbles stick around throughout.

S_Big piney, citric and rich hops dominate while allowing just a pinch of lightly toasted malt to come through.

T_Perfectly rich piney, citric and slightly sopay hops dominate throughout. A nice does of that same toasted malt gives this a slight sweetness in the middle which manages to keep the affair from being one sided. The finish is nice pure hop bitterness leaving traces of pine resin. As the brew warms the citric hop notes come to the forefront moreso than the pine. Not sure what mix of hops were used but it works.

M_Medium bodied with a slightly aggresive carbonation works perfectly with the oily hop quality here.

D_Wow, a top notch excellent IPA. The style may be overdone but this is one that truly shines.

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Photo of bearcamp
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Wow! Wow! A really great drinkable IPA.

Appearance. Is a slight orange brownish color. Some caramel malts in there to darken just the slightest.

Smell is very hoppy. For a hop head like me. It isn't to overpowering but you can smell the aroma. I want to say fruggle hops are the flavoring hops but I could be wrong. Still trying to differentiate each hop characteristic.

Taste is awesome! A great balance between hops and grains. Wow! This may be my number 1 beer now.

Mouth feel: The beer has a bit of aftertaste but not much bitterness to it. You can taste the floral aspects of the yeast and/or hops.

Drink ability: I can drink this down. Very session able for me. You don't notice the slightly higher 7.0 alcohol content at all.

I recently found out that this was the #1 @ both the GABF and World Beer Fest. Very good stuff. Keep it up Odell.

Any chance to double the recipe. A double IPA? Perhaps I'm asking for too much!

Really good beer.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous mandarin haze with white cloud of head that never dissipated. Strong hop aroma with a very unique and very pleasant scent of mangoes, followed by tangerines and grapefruit. Bold hop flavor, again followed by that unique but lovely mango presence, rounded off with a medium malt character. Nothing more to want from the balanced mouthfeel as the carbonation rises to meet the higher abv. A little on the thick side for a regular IPA, but this is no regular IPA. What it loses in drinkability it more than makes up for in taste, style and complexity. This IPA will always be a favorite. Very impressed by Odell.

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

Picked up a sixer of these during my trip to the midwest. Pours a deep orange/amber color with a strong head that creates alot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is definitely pronounced, as citrus filled the air as I poured. Taste is very well balanced between the hops and the malt. It's not overly bitter at all. A lot of citrus and pine in the taste. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer that I wish I could get on a regular basis.

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Photo of beereality
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Its got that good looking pour, lots of bubbles, big fine white head. Under that great looking head is a golden hazy concoction. Has some good lacing. Not a great aroma, kind of a yeasty, old beer smell. Very nice taste! Bitter! Hop essence. Floral. Now it smells a lot like the hop taste. Noticeable tart citrus as well. I find this very drinkable. Well done! I would absolutely buy this if I could.

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