Wooden Elephant - Odell Brewing Company

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Wooden Elephant
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 07-25-2010)
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Photo of buffs9
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a growler the day it was purchased from the brewery

A: Cloudy orange color w/ frothy head

T: Oak definitely comes through and then the hops. I love it. An interesting beer, but damn good.

O: Glad I got a chance to try this and will be looking for more of it to be released at the brewery.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at the brewery.

a-golden color with a nice head that laces well.

s-wood, sour, funky IPA. The beer smells like some of the hops have been faded and the wood and bugs in the barrel have been allowed to play.

t-there is some sourness, and good body of hops and malts. This beer has a decent amount of hops to it, but the wood has a good presence.

m-nice body and feel.

o-good one off to the style. I found this to be a nice change of pace from the regular offerings I drink here.

Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery, Wooden Elephant is a hazy golden yellow color with sticky creamy head and nice lacing.

The aroma is really interesting with pineapple, passion fruit, peach and vanilla.

The flavor is also excellent with all of the elements from above. Also some nice grapefruit and resiny hops. Good balance for an ipa.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body and creamy smooth on tap.

Overall a great beer that hopefully gets bottled.

Photo of Novaguy
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to have had this on-tap in the O’dells tasting room in Fort Collins.

The color was a medium dark caramel-orange, with a nice creamy head that tends to hang on for a while, gradually being reduced to a nice lace down the inside of the glass.

It had an earthy aroma, with hints of vanilla and citrus. The floral notes with a fairly prevalent pine like flavor make this an interesting IPA.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin leaning a bit to the watery side.

It’s hoppy but not too hoppy to be easily drinkable. Definitely worth a taste.. or two.

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the 2011 Small Batch Fest.

Pours a dark, hazy golden tangerine/orange color with golden orange hues and a two finger frothy, soapy white headthat has excellent retention, eventually fading into a lasting cap .  Chunks of soapy lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with subtle funk. earhty oak vanilla, sweet citrus and tropical fruit.  Mango, pineapple and orange peel with a strong barrel presence.  This gies off some toasted oak but takes away slightly from the other notes.

Slightly earthy and tart with subtle puckering flavor and an odd combo of earthy oak, vanilla, cream and sweet tropical/citrus notes.  Slightly dry with an earthy pine presence complimented by toasted oak and countered by cream and tropical/citrus fruit.  Hints of papaya, pineapple, mango and orange peel with a dry, earthy finish.  Very good!  

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Odell's Small Batch Festival yesterday in Fort Collins.

Nice, substantial head with a hint of creaminess...
Gobs of lacing, rather full-bodied.

Wonderful, rich oakiness dominates the flavor and tempers the hops. I love it. A very unique IPA.

Photo of Phelps
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Papago during an Odell event attended by the man himself, Doug Odell. According to Doug, this is their regular IPA but two thirds was aged in oak then blended with one third fresh. This one was poured into a large snifter.

Extremely cloudy dark caramel-orange, with a one-finger head of the creamiest khaki I've ever seen. It lingers forever, showing almost no signs of dissipating. Super sticky walls of lace grip the glass.

Smells like a creamsicle or a citrusy oak orange grove. Bright orange peel and vanilla, plus oak, caramel and some pine.

Orange and grapefruit peel emerge in the flavor, though they're interestingly not hoppy -- more juice-like than the usual hop snap. Very, very floral, with rose petals, lots of lime, some pineapple. It's almost like an Orange Julius. Very light bitterness. So smooth.

Tastes and feels like cask ale: very light carbonation. Smooth, smooth, smooth medium body. A bit of alcohol emerges in the back of the throat.

What a crazy, delicious take on a wood-aged IPA. Wooden Elephant displays a perfect balance and integration of oak and IPA flavors. Fantastic.

Photo of emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap recently at the Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins last weekend. Poured a slightly cloudy golden color, with some white head. Nice aromas here, fresh hops, toasted oak and a little caramel. On the palate the oak and vanilla balanced nicely against the hops. I wanted to grab a growler to take home but this one was apparently on premises only.

Wooden Elephant from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.