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Odell IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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680 Reviews

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Reviews: 680
Hads: 2,782
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 444
Gots: 585 | 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:
Beer added by: rowew on 03-02-2007

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

Poured a pale golden color and cloudy at that. Very small whitehead. Smells wonderful. Pine, citrus, flower and hints of malt. Taste is smooth, bitey, flavorful. Very solid IPA, not over-hopped, just right. Citrus and green pine mix well. Makes for good drinking. Could used a bit more crispness at the end. Malt comes back toward the finish. Very solid IPA!

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

Pours a clear, dark golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hop oils, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight earthiness (nuts). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hop oils, sweet malt, slight yeast, and citrus. Overall, a good blend, aroma, body, and appearance.

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Photo of akorsak
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this twelve oz. bottle.

A: The IPA pours with a pale amber color, a bright sun-like color when light is focused on it. The ale is brilliantly clear with no sign of any imperfection. A touch of head laced around the mouth of the glass before disappearing.

S: The nose is a blast of citrus aroma, practically dripping with hop juices. The aromas are so strong and concentrated that it is easy to forget that this is an IPA without the big D.

T: The mouth retains the piquant hop aromas, flicking their hop-devilish flames on the tastebuds. Herbs and grassy flavors add a natural floral taste to the body, creating a green onion-like spiciness. Citrusy grapefruit and oily pine flavors become apparent mid-sip, replacing the floral herbs. Malts know their place and keep a caramel flavor subtly in the background. The one drawback is that alcohol is reasonably warm on the tongue, making itself known throughout the sip.

M: The hoppiness is intense from the first sip to the last. The array of floral, fruit and herbal hop flavors will keep you coming back.

D: The hop bitterness may overpower the tastebuds quickly, so a bottle or two will be enough.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice foamy off white head that settles slowly. Sheets of creamy, clinging lace. Hazy orange color. Looks great.

Nose of citrusy hops. Great flavor - extremely detailed hop characteristics, lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Citrus notes emphasized over pine. Very gently malt backbone, restrained sweetness. Bitterness hides out underneath all the yummy flavors.

Medium carbonation, fairly dry finish. Alcohol is not noticed.

One of the very best IPA's I've had this year; rivals Union Jack, Flower Power, Green Flash and the rest. Wish I could get this at home, I'd drink it all the time very happily!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/2/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, John --

A: Clean, pale golden. A standard pour yields a white two finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lemon, and lots of it. Hints of Pine-Sol and malt.

T: Again, more pine. If you had to classify it, I'd certainly call this more of an "east coast" style IPA. Not overly fruity, it's more resin based then anything.

M: Weak. It's thin, which really is a detriment to the beer.

O: Odell's IPA is fairly middle of the road. It doesn't stand out in a strong field. I'm beginning to think I'm not a fan of Odell's suds.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oxymoron sent this along in a recent trade. Thanks!
Poured a cloudy light orange colour with a thin off-white cap of fine bubbles. Sheets of bubbles clung to the glass and lacing was spotty as I finished the glass. Smells of grapefruit and pine, a bit powdery and quite fruity. Solid bitterness that became a bit resinous in the lingering finish. Citrus and grapefruit, plus a bit of sweet caramel, filled out the flavour. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A bit drying. A solid IPA, well balanced and nothing out of place. Good stuff.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear orange/amber color. Poured 2 finger whited head with fair retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in wide rings.

S: Big pine and citrus hops; a little grapefruit. Muted (if any) malt character.

T: Sweet grains followed quickly with herbal and earthy hop character. Reiny middle lingers to sharp, dry bitter. Some citrus lingers.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth and coating. Good balance even with a pretty full flavor.

D: Straight up good beer for the style. Its simple, balanced and moderate abv. Won't wow with its complexity, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed copper body capped with a thin bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is actually pretty full for the amount of froth on top. Aroma is chalk full of tropical hop sensations: pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine... The list goes on. Orange marmalade. It's also smoky and resinous as well. Probably the best smelling IPA I've come across. Beer enters the mouth with a solid caramel malt base, but that sensation doesn't last long before it's pummeled with the aforementioned tropical sensations. Great hop flavor. Bitterness is very clean and enjoyable during and after the drink. Body is medium to medium-full. Moderately carbonated and extremely enjoyable.

I recently did a blind tasting of 13 IPAs which included some big hitters like 2 Hearted Ale, Masala Mama and Bitter Woman. This not only came out on top of my ratings, but also of my brother's. To me, this beer tastes like an IPA version of Hopslam. Awesome.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big grassy hop nose, pours brilliant gold under a 1” off white foam cap that persists and clings, Creamy, spicy with some fruit, on the palate with hop bitterness balancing the fruit. Medium high carbonation, medium body. A world class old standby.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Pocatello, ID on 9.4.12
Dated 11/17/12A

A - Pours a clear medium to light orange with a nice cream colored head that is very foamy, has good retention, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of pine and grass. Some sweet citrus as well.

T - Again nice pine and citrus with more of a sweet biscuity orange. Very smooth.

D - Great carbonation and body. Thank you bottle dating! No bitterness at all, very smooth.

O - A really tasty ipa. I am glad to have found it out here. This is not a good beer town, so finding some Odell beer was nice.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost mahogany color, minimal head and lacing. Earthy dense aroma. Not to my liking really.

Taste of wood, minimal hops, below average bitterness. Must be English style ipa. Lots of caramel. Alcohol twang to it. Kinda costly for what seems to be a below average ipa from the western part of the country.

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Photo of bark
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is gold, the liquid clear. The low head is warm white.

The smell is hoppy with lots of citric notes, but also a lot of honey. A bit dry. And very bitter.

The bitterness dominates the taste, but there are also lots of exotic fruits, among them grape fruits. The flavours are fresh and clean. The aftertaste is sweet with a fine bitterness and fruity notes of pineapples and bitter oranges.

The carbonation is strong; the liquid semi-smooth.

A very pleasant and full-flavoured American IPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper and golden sunshine hue. Two fingers of foam and a resiliant film that holds its real eastate under heavy sipping.

Citrusy for sure, but to be specific I smell some halved grapefruit with a little sugar spinkled on top. Add to that some grass and barely in the toaster for a second toast.

The taste is a medium citric bitterness. Sweet grapefruit peels, soft lime juice, and some mosquito grass. The malts help balance everything out just right. A little toasted grain is all this beer needed it seemed. Not to say the hopping was excessive either. All ingredients taste as the just the right amount was used for harmonious balance.

If the abv. was a point and a half lower, this would be an awesome session IPA.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Vig in Phoenix, AZ.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large citrus and herbal hops. Also present are hints of floral hops, backed by a slightly grainy pale malt backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of bright citrus and herbal hops. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit as pine hops work their way into things. The pine hops fade out quickly, allowing the pale malt and citrus hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer was more well-rounded than the bottle I had previously. A great IPA and one that's well worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this 12oz bottle into an Orval chalice.

This beer pours a light orange with orangy white head that goes quickly. It is pretty clear Minimal lacing.

The aroma is medium and super nice. It is really sweet, lots of citrus grapefruit, some candy sugar and at the end some nice hops.

The taste starts off pretty light, you start to get some very light bitter citrus. There is some nice hops, but at the end they have a tinge of metal and pine which drops the drinkability for me.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Resiny hops, pine, fresh cut grass, mango, and grapefruit pith accompany lightly sweet honey-like malt character. Flavor reveals muted citrus, which underlies lightly bready, biscuity malt, finishing resiny and moderately bitter. Notes of papaya and mango add complexity. A bit bitter and grassy, earthy for my liking, but like the hop flavoring profile.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark orange, with a small, half inch head, with a little bit of lacing down the glass. Looks oily.

Smells like pine, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and hop oils. No malt in the aroma.

Tastes great. Dank herbal hop flavor up front, a good amount of pine, that's washed away by sweet juicy fruity hop flavor near the end- a good amount of grapefruit, some orange rind. Lots of flowery perfumey hop flavors as well. Just a big swirling maelstrom of hop flavor here, all the great flavors I love in an IPA are all right here. Very little malt flavor noted.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

This one's great, this one flies under the radar due to not being a special release. Utterly delicious.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, shipped by the black knight himself

appearance: poured into a sweetwater pint glass, light golden-orange body with a fluffy white cap...rather light and a fairly clear appearance

smell: nicely hopped IPA, pulpy citrus - tangerine, grapefruit, orange, tea-like aromas

taste: This is a nice little IPA - sweet mango citrus, green tea, tangerine and other citrus, strong nutty notes...nice moderate west coast hop profile

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: high, give 7%

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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 barnzy78
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
7% ABV, 09/15/11B "Please Refrigerate"
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - This IPA is mostly clear with a faint haze to the golden yellow color. The tall elephant tusk-hued head kicks lace all over the glass.

S - Big mango and melon citrus American hop aroma suggests Simcoe while resin pine floats through the background. Notes of solvent alcohol poke out in the back with sweet biscuity caramel malt.

T - Big mango exotic fruitiness and little resin to the finish, Lemon-like citrus gives the caramel malt backbone nice balance. Tasty.

M - Medium-light bodied and citrusy with a crisp feel and moderately bitter, dry finish. This IPA is smooth.

O - A nice citrusy IPA with great balance and tasty, clean finish. Very good.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by date on the label, 4/15/2013. Odell gives the beer a 4 month shelf life.

The beer comes in an extremely hazy dark peachy orange with a creamy white head.

The aroma has sweet tropics of mango and peaches. Orange peel, a slight grainy character, floral, and then a bit of resinous pine in the back. A bready malt.

The beer follows with a less obvious tropical fruit flavor, but still a presence of mangoes and tropical fruit that is emphasized by a hint of a caramel sweetness. There’s a slight cereal grainy flavor that almost makes the beer taste like a pale ale. There’s grapefruit peel and floral lavender quality towards the end, along with lots of green grass. The beer is medium bitter throughout and then moves onto slight pine, grapefruit pith, and floral. A good amount of drying as well, which makes you want to dig in for more.

In general, the beer is the style I prefer, tropical, hop juice quality with a light malt body. The beer is a bit under 3 months old. In the end though, it has wonderful qualities, but lacks a final punch of hops for the beer to really be where I want it.

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.