India Barley Wine - Odell Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Talk about an identity crisis. After asking multiple times if it's a barleywine or a dipa, the only answer I could get was both. So that said the pour is a light cloudy darker amber color with a brown hue through out. A soft white fizzy head with good retention and lacing through the tasting. More like a barleywine.
The nose is hoppy with American hop aromas. A similar hop aroma to their IPA with mostly citrus, orange, grapefruit, grassy and piney notes. More along the lines of a West Coast DIPA. The malt is there but places second fiddle to the hops. Some bready and minor caramel notes. Noticeable alcohol notes with a slight fusel aroma. Minor plum and fig notes but mostly clean. This round goes to DIPA.
The taste is similar to the nose. A bit more in balance but the hops really dominate in taste. A nice hoppy flavor up front with a mix of citrus and piney notes. Some grassy but specifically grapefruit and orange. The bitterness is balanced very well compared to the finishing hops. Some oily notes in the finish and a nice lingering hoppiness. The yeast is very clean with a light alcohol note that becomes more apparent as it warms. Some chalky notes in the finish but still very clean. DIPA again.
The body is closer to full than moderate. A good carbonation. Some warming effects that comes out as it warms. A very clean beer, especially considering it's a big beer. If it was a little drier, I would go with DIPA, but for this last round I have to slightly go with barleywine.
Overall I guess I could see it as cross between a barleywine and a DIPA. But with the hop notes as they are I would be hard pressed to call it anything other than a DIPA (shh don't tell bigfoot).
Serving type: on-tap
03-18-2009 21:51:26 | More by Oxymoron
India Barley Wine from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.