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Odell IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell IPAOdell IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rowew on 03-02-2007

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Reviews: 701 | Ratings: 2,916
Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer improves with warming. I'm a fan of the more balanced brews and while the aroma here is suggestive of that, the rest doesn't quite follow through. Flavor leans bitter and finish continues with that. Very easy drinking brew. I'm looking forward to more.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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 BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 champ103
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Stamped 9/22/10, but I'm not sure if that's the brew date or the best before date.

A: Thick, creamy head. Copper body with copious bubbles. Quite clear.

S: Pink lemonade. Strong grapefruit. Subdued (vegetal) hops. Superb.

T: Hrm. It is delicious? Yes. Is it sublime? No. The vegetal nature of the hops carries over and dominates the taste, although the aftertaste is perfectly bitter. The main body also has doses of strong grapefruit and clever hops. Still, I can't get over the strange vegetable taste (kind of like turnip greens).

M: No complaints on this end. A pleasure.

D: Very drinkable for 7% and sure to find wide appeal. A fine American IPA, and recommended for any IPA fiend. I will be trying another in the future, hoping for a less odd flavour.

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Photo of maximum12
3.22/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to buffs9 for this bottle.

A: Pours a nice transparent golden honey color. There is about one finger of white head that settles fairly quickly. There is also some great lacing left on the glass as this beer drinks.

S: This beer smells lightly of sweet malt, tropical fruits, and citrus. There is a crispness in the nose that is really nice, but the underlying malt is still noticeable.

T: I get a really well balanced tropical fruit punch mixed with malt. Those flavors last until the finish, at which point I get some grapefruit notes. There is a bot of lingering bitter, but nothing overwhelming.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts off wet and finishes just a touch dry. The carbonation is spot on. Very nice.

O: This is a really solid IPA. It has great flavor and great balance. If this beer were available in Buffalo, I'd be buying a sixer every so often.

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Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
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..

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Photo of FLima
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber orange color with a one finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of a citrus tutti fruity: notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and the freshest oranges.
And the flavor delivers what the aroma was promising, a citrus hop party and all very fresh, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, west coast yeast, and just a bit of mango and pine. Hints of toasted malts and herbal hops. Dry, acid and bitter aftertaste that lasts for a while.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles.
One of the best IPAs I had in matter of balance, and still packed with flavors. You just not get tire of drinking it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red bronze with a clingy tight white head. Big fresh pomegranate and ruby red grapefruit nose with hints of lemon barley - wafts from across the room. Caramel malts with underlying juiciness, an aspirin hit of bitterness, then lemongrass and big grapefruit (Centennial?) hops with some oil. Spearmint leaf finish, resiny linger. Medium, some chew, little burn.

Amazing nose that the taste doesn't live up to. The hops flavors come through without the IBUs, but the malts are not much besides sweet, which makes me wonder if it's somehow out of balance. Still solid IPA with not the usual Cali lemon-pine hopping - Simcoe, if I had to guess, and plenty of others.

My 250th review.

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

Best by 11/21/11 consumed 8/15/11

A - Pours a slightly hazy honey color with two fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Big, juicy bouquet of fruit, mostly tangerine and other citrus, along with a touch of honey, some bitter grapefruit rind and a faint amount of malt. Excellent beginning.

T - Similar to smell with more bitterness coming through in the taste. The bitterness doesn't really linger for long, but is definitely a big component of the flavor. Nice malt presence to balance the hops.

M - Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel. Pretty clean finish with only faint bitterness lingering.

O - Between this and Myrcenary, Odell has a very impressive lineup of fruit-forward (i.e. not piney) IPAs. I wish they would distribute in Michigan so I could have these more often.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Pub 17 (the hotel bar in the Grand Hyatt on Welton in Denver) poured into a pint glass. Pours orange colored with a creamy white head on top. Aroma of grapefruits, big pine notes, bready malts. Flavor follows closely with a huge bitter pine bite that is very drying on the finish. Despite the bitter, there is a definite malt presence here and it is certainly not what I’d call a west coast IPA. Medium bodied, on the dryer side, with medium plus carbonation. Good brew, but not sure it met my expectations.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy orange-red color. The head is a thick inch and a half of foam that recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. This is what an IPA should look like. The aroma is of tangerines, pine resin, with some herbal and floral notes too. This is a very lively, mouth watering aroma. The taste has more pine and less tangerine than the aroma. There is a nice firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good American IPA. One of the best examples I've had in a very long time. I will certainly be drinking this again soon.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend for bringing this one back from Omaha, too! The aroma of this IPA isn't as vibrant as I'd like, but it's within the best-by date according to Odell, so it's fair game. I do get some gentle stone fruits from the hops, as well as a lot of pine. The malt profile brings some gentle caramel notes. As it opens up, the fruitier qualities pop up more vividly. Tasting it also reveals a fruitier flavor than the aroma may have suggested. I get a lot of general apricot juice at first, with a splash of grapefruit mixed in. I'm even getting some lime flavor in spurts! Despite the sweeter initial flavors - and the classically malt-laden middle - it finishes quite dry, astringent even. This goes down so easily, it's kind of crazy. I've heard some good things about this, and I'm happy to report this lives up to the hype. And to think it's so readily available in the Midwest!

3.84/5: Juicy and delicious; would be a go-to if I was west of the Mississippi

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color with a fluffy one and a half finger head that leaves all kinds of sticky lace clinging to the side of the glass.

Oh yeah, this is one hopped up IPA. Earthy and floral hops and nothing else.

Nicely balanced flavor. The hops are again, earthy and floral with some citrus and pine notes. The hops are balanced by some nice pale malt that adds some biscuity sweetness. When I say balanced, I don't mean 50/50. I'm thinking more along the lines of 70/30, but it's working. The hops are not overly bitter and add a piney taste to the finish.

Nice soft and smooth feel in about a medium body. Lightly dry finishing.

For how hoppy this is, it still drinks phenomenally well. A top notch IPA that I would have again. Welcome to MN Odell!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color with citrus aromas. Fine for an old world IPA but many others such as Trillium, Treehouse, and HF have passed it by. Front is bland, mid palate is too malty for me and the finish is bitter.

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Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with two-fingers of white head that had good retention before eventually settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma was not as strong as I would expect from an American IPA. I picked up citrus hops with hints of grapefruit. A nice caramel malt aroma as well and overall has a slightly sweet aroma.

Very balanced IPA. Sweet caramel malt, citrus/grapefruit hop flavor, also some resiny pine hops as well. On the higher side of bitterness as well as some alcohol warming.

Nice body and texture. Medium to light body and nice carbonation. Nicely matched.

A nice balanced IPA. Good flavor with out being overly bitter. Refreshing.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Best by 11/27/2013. Thanks Matt!

A: Pours a clear golden honey color with a finger of off-white head that quickly faded into a fuzzy collar leaving
S: Grapefruit and pine on the nose with sweeter notes of tropical fruits and mango.
T: Mellow bready malts poke through beneath a dominating hop profile of grapefruit, mango and sweet fruit nectar. Very juicy overall, with a sweet finish and slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Sweet and smooth mouthfeel with low splashing carbonation and a resinous freshly hoppy medium-full body.
O: Can’t believe I waited so long to try this beer. I would buy this often if it were available on my shelves, it’s pretty damn solid. Thanks a ton Matt.

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Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Nearly clear golden yellow/light orange color. One finger of creamy white head with pitiful retention, but some splotchy lacing.

4.0 S: Really pungent hops. Something almost musty. Simple, but pleasant. Malts don't really show up to the party.

4.0 T: Moderate bitterness. Earthy and herbal hops are the showcase. Again, malts really don't do much, just a neutral barebones base and that's okay because it works well. Otherwise, very clean. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth throughout. Moderately creamy.

4.5 D: Simple, clean, and super smooth. Not the most exciting drink, but it's a nice, moderate alcohol brew. Again Odell shows me that simple works just as well as big and complex.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The marketing is straightforward, they took the IPA style and made it bolder or American-style, and at 7.0 percent it's nearing the border of Double IPAs but not quite there. Clear weathered golden color, bright clarity and excellent head retention from the two-fingered head that crowns the top of this brew. Big time citric hop aroma and tangerine and clementine juice, with mint and herbs in the back of the nose. Impeccable smoothness from a deep, underlying carbonation that is most likely being slowed by a ton of hop oil. Medium body. So much hop flavor to go around, thankfully the bitterness does not kill the taste buds. Orange zest and spearmint come to mind. Sure the malt is there, a solid biscuity and slightly sweet foundation that is covered with hop flavor. Slightly dry and bitter finish with a faint earthy, herbal flavor.

Odell Brewing does a superb job brewing this beer, this one gives most West Coast IPAs a run for their hops. A must try for any hophead out there.

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