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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,215 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,215
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 376
Gots: 254 | FT: 11
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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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Lare453, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi smeared and hazen golden hay hue. Small fluffy and dense capping of slightly off-white foam sits atop for a good bit before fading to a solid skim and edging. Lots of lace in broken sheeting and some thin strings.

Aroma is quite nice and boldly popping with a solid lemony floral essence that carries a slight candied edge as well as a tint to some dry wood. Throw in a bit of orange in there, a smaller amount of grapefruit, and a squirt of mango, and there ya go. One nice smellin' IPA. Very clean and pleasant.

Dryingly sweet and citrusy centered taste. Lemony/orangey, touched well with a dry woodyness and floral puff at the edges. Centered with a sweet, almost candied like lemon citrusyness mixing with some orange, melon, pale and/or Munich malting. The sweetness is nice and mellow, as is its bitternss. Nicely rounded, clean, and fresh, with an overall lemony sweetness thats quite tasty.

Feel is a solid medium, clean, brisk, with a nice smooth quenching carbonation and texture that truly encompasses a very easy going drinkability.

tavernjef, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 10/23/13, assuming pretty fresh.

A- Two inch white head on a light orange body. Head is dense and is leaving heavy/splotchy lacing as I type this. Average head retention, cap and collar throughout.

S- Aroma is of juicy citrus, oranges specifically. Perhaps some mangos.

T- Sweeter (not as dry) than most IPAs. A pungent citrus hop twang at the end of each sip. 7%abv fits here to me.

M- Full mouthfeel. Small carbonation bubbles, on the lower end...works well.

O- A solid IPA if nothing else. If this was around here I could see me picking up a few 6 packs a year. Thanks for the mountain region tick RuckusDu!

Duff27, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of stcules
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-honeyed color, lightly veiled. Quite good white foam.
In the smell a very fresh hop, with tangerine, and some piney. Sweet, fresh, good.
In the taste, after a honeyed and relatively sweet start, a quick following fresh hop, tangerine and pine. A perfect balance.
Same notes in the aftertaste, with sweet notes, honey and tangerine, and a plesant bitter grapefruit and resin finish.
Quite good body, long aftertaste.
One more, please!

stcules, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

DefenCorps, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my kind of IPA....top notch juicy hop flavors that blend with a perfect malt backing...

A-Gold colored...not much more to say...a little whisp of a head..

S-Big time citrus...pink grapefruit, tangerines, mango, papaya, maybe a little squeeze of pineapple...beyond that there is an herbal/white tea type aroma as well...pretty complex

T-The big juicy citrus and tropical fruits are all there again but the light bready maltiness now emerges...this is a juicy flavorfull IPA...very little raw abrasive bitterness is detected.

M-Finishes almost sweet..fruity sweet..body is medium to full...if anything a little sticky..

D-Top notch IPA..would match up with anyone out there....actually reminds me a little of a smaller Hopslam..

ZAP, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured a pale copper color with impeccable clarity and a thick, frothy white head that left some decent lacing on the glass. Clarity was just amazing to look at. Juicy, fruity aroma fills the nose with scents of orange and grapefruit rind along with some floral aspects. Smells fresh and sweet. Mouth-feel is also juicy but is light to medium bodied with balanced carbonation. Tastes are fresh grapefruit and orange with notes of pineapple and lemon. Nice biscuity malt backbone keeps everything in balance with a not too bitter hop finish. Very sound American IPA - wouldn't change a thing with this ale that represents the style well; it also does well at keeping its uniqueness.

barnzy78, May 25, 2009
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

KevinGordon, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a clear light orange in color with a nice, white, lasting head.

Smell – The big pine and monster orange rind are big but balanced at the nose and the malts are all but absent.

Taste – The giant hops make it righteously to the taste and the malts are again faint. The beer itself is not balanced but very hoppy.

Mouthfeel – This isn’t even medium in the body with some strong drying throughout.

Drinkability – Hopheads will love this beer but it is probably too much for the general public.

RoyalT, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A dense, pillowing white head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention, and rings of lace left all the way down the glass. This is a looker.
S: Very aromatic. Floral and grassy up front, light piny and tree sap aromas. A honey sweetness to balances everything out. I substantial, but not overpowering bitterness lingers.
T: Really well balanced here. Floral and grassy hops up front. That gives way to a lightly resinous character. Again, I get a honey sweetness which makes for a great balance. Lingering fruity flavor, like a honey do cantaloupe, and some bitterness. Well done.
M/D: A medium body with a good effervescent bite. Crisp carbonation and so clean. This drinks so much easier than the 7% would make me believe. With such a great balance this is so easy to drink.

This has always been one of the standard bearers from the style. I am not a hop head in the least, but the balance between the hops and light honey like sweetness is great. Really enjoyable, and highly recommended.

champ103, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Gobzilla, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of gford217
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

gford217, Sep 09, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

eawolff99, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +11%

francisweizen, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

LoveStout, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ROGUE16
5/5  rDev +16.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

popery, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

BGsWo22, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 11/21/09. Thanks to BigDank (Mitch) for opening my eyes to another great brewery!

A - Poured golden honey, crystal clear, with a very nice bubbly 1" white head. Large continents of lace in my tulip. Retains as a thin cap. 4.5

S - Grapefruit and passionfruit dominate the nose, with small hints of pineapple coming through. Malt character is muted but the hops themselves lend a lovely bouquet. 4.0

T - Honey malt, very little bread character, followed by a huge amount of hops. Hop flavor tends to be leaning to the grapefruit/citrus type but a bit of juicy pineapple comes through as well. Finishes mildly bitter and dry. 4.0

M - Light, crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated and smooth. 4.0

D - Highly drinkable. An excellent IPA. 4.5

DmanGTR, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
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.

ArrogantB, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks tr4nc3d!

A: An aggressive pour results in a clear light-amber body that sits calmly underneath half an inch of frothy white foam. Mediocre retention and a solid amount of lace. Not at all bad, but perhaps a bit undercarbonated.

S: Terrifically complex, hop-centric aroma - grapefruit up front, mellowed out with some tropical fruit (peach & pineapple), and finally some lightly spicy floral notes. Absolutely lovely, and right up there with the best from the west coast.

T: Like the nose, a medley of fruity and spicy hops dominates, followed by just a hint of pale malt sweetness before the thoroughly bitter, slightly astringent finish. The slightly harsh aftertaste is the only flaw - otherwise it's impeccably constructed hop deliciousness. Great.

M: Fairly smooth medium body, but nearly flat. Practically no discernible carbonation, which may be why the astringency sets in so strongly on the finish.

D: This beer is simply too delicious to put down.

Notes: I'd heard some good things about this, and was really excited to get it in a trade (thanks again tr4nc3d). It perfectly fits into my favorite niche of IPA - 7% ABV and uncompromising with the fruity hops. I'm wishing I'd traded for more, and distinctly thinking about picking up a case when I visit CO this summer. Awesome beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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

blackie, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the one fine BA, jtrockschalk, for allowing this brew to cross state lines during a recent, most excellent, trade.

This IPA suffers from something of an identity crisis. I grabbed it by the front, tossed it into a glass, & started sniffing around for clues. IPA, it said, distinctly but softly. Looks like an IPA, smells like an IPA, must be an IPA. My deductive reasoning skills are finely honed.

Tastes like...an IPA that's looking to be a bit to finely balanced. Too much malt, I growled. While the hops were there, so, too, was the malt, & an underlying (with an emphasis on the "lying") bit of mustiness that I didn't dig, but marked it a bit suspect. This beer hasn't been hanging with a high-brow crowd, if you know what I mean.

I'll let it off with some decent marks for now. Not as innocent, nor as clean, as I'd been led to believe. I'll keep my eye on him.

maximum12, Oct 30, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

AngusOg, Sep 28, 2013
Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,215 ratings.