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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell DeConstruction Golden AleOdell DeConstruction Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 97
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Golden Ale created by blending the final recipe with its own barrel aged pilot beers fermented with wild yeasts. Each individual barrel contributes a unique flavor from the wood chosen and the cultures resident to achieve subtle complexities that develop(ed) over time. A beer which starts sweet, filling the mouth with fruit-like esters and a mild spiciness, changing to a tart and lingering flavor reminiscent of grapefruit living amidst an earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Define flavor for yourself in this constantly evolving liquid expression.

26 IBU

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-04-2010)
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Reviews by SHODriver:
Photo of SHODriver
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one sitting for awhile but never had a chance to compare it to when it was new.

A: after popping the cork I knew it was going to start coming out of the bottle on me but I was ready for it. Pours a beautiful hazy orange yellow with an amply fluffy white head
S: I could smell this one when I was pouring it. Very Belgian on the nose with some spicy yeast, some fruity peach smells, a bit of light malt and some grassyness. It smells phenomenal.
T: The first thing that hits the tip of my tongue is some spicy yeast flavor that goes a bit tart, then hits sour with some fruitiness that really dominates the taste of this beer and mingles with some of the spicy yeast character. sweet and sour aftertaste that is a bit oakey and reminiscent of a Chardonnay. I think it might have lost a bit of complexity to the sour flavors that grew over time. Alcohol is well hidden
M: light on the palate with ample carbonation and is drying on the swallow
O: I'd like to try a fresher one, but after over a year this beer is tasting pretty good to me. Get it if you can find it.

SHODriver, Nov 26, 2011
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DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Very lively and overflows when corked. Pours a hazy golden amber with a huge creamy bubbly white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet tarty fruits with some funky earthy musty yeast, and some brett and acidic sourness.

The flavor is sweet malts and some appley fruits with some brett and funk and a little tart acidic sourness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It's a little on the sweet side for me and I would prefer more brett and/or sourness. I don't get much barrel notes. It's still very good though.

Beaver13, Aug 19, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy but glowing honey-gold with massive off-white head that leaves lacing splattered all over the glass.

Smell: Tart and sweet apples, lemon, banana and cherries, farmhouse funk, very light oak, and pepper.

Taste: Sweet and tart and fruity initially with apple, banana, grapefruit, peach, grapes and countless other fruits. Then a dry and musty character takes over with farmhouse funk, pepper, straw and clove.

Feel: High carbonation, rich medium body, somewhat dry finish with some residual sweetness. Quite warming as well.

Drinkability: This is an incredible ale, with elements of a Saison, a Flemish ale, Duvel and Orval. Very complex, very refreshing and very delicious. This is Odell's best beer, and one of the best beers I have had, period.

bsp77, Dec 27, 2010
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Prospero, Jul 10, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Rich (phillybeer7779) for sharing this bottle.

A beautiful golden with a very fluffy head that stuck around til the bottom. There is lots of funky, barnyard, brett in the aroma and the taste. A little peach and lemon, but not much else in this brett bomb. Though one dimensional, I enjoyed this.

Soonami, Aug 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

sgttibbs, Jan 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new 750 mL from Odell. I'll admit that $15 is a lot for a beer, especially an unknown, but it's a hellova lot easier to swallow than their $25 woodcut series.

Served cool into a NB globe (I hope nobody minds), Decontruction is a pale golden yellow-orange color with a slight haze. The head is slow to develop at first but then becomes a towering pillow of white fluffy goodness. It's very slow to settle.

Aroma is sweet and sour but mostly the former. There is a nice fruity quality that seems to be a lemon/grapefruit collaboration. A little bit of oakey chard comes through too. It's fresh and zesty - very refreshing.

Flavor is intense and unusual. It has great citrus in the same way as the aroma (lemons take a back seat to grapefruit here, though) and a nice sour/funk finish. Breaking it down, it's a great strong golden ale to start. I would love to try the base beer. Second, the oak is well-judged but that's coming from someone who really likes the subtle vanilla quality that comes from oak-aging. The bourbon is there but I never would guess that 1/5 of the final recipe came from a bourbon barrel. And finally, the wine barrel. I'd like to know what kind of wine was previously occupying these barrels but I hazard to say that it's more noticible than the bourbon and I enjoy that.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, crisp, easy drinking, and amazing that it could ever be over 10%. The alcohol is almost hidden away under all of those flavors. This is a summer strong ale if there ever was one.

Overall a fantastic and deeply enjoyable beer. More like these, please!

GilGarp, Aug 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Griffith, Jan 27, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A funky wonderful beer. A little farmhouse in the aroma, otherwise even that is pleasant. Slightly dry above averagemouthfeel. Tasty and complex, with bourbon and wine and oak. Greatly drinkable, enhanced by bitterness in the finish.Good head and some lace.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Oboogie, Sep 29, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bubbly and golden with a solid, thick head that's small but consistent; lacing sticks loosely to the sides of the glass

S: Peppery and funky on top of a grainy malt presence; alcohol is prevalent and so is the apple and pear fruitiness--a bit tart

T: Warm spiciness and a slightly sour fruitiness from the apple and pear presence; all on top of a earthy, grainy funkiness

F: Creamy and frothy--it sits beautifully on the tongue

D: This is a great beer but the high alcohol presence does become a bit tiring

dbossman, Sep 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hessian257, Apr 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Pushes the cork out once the cage comes off. Doesn't gush though. Big white head on an orange body. Decent retention. Slowly dissipates.

Smell - Lots of wine aroma. White wine. Slightly metallic aroma too. Bretty earthiness, but not a lot of acidity. Sweet malts.

Taste - Very sweet. Not really sour at all. No lacto presence. Lots of brett earthiness. Tons of caramel malt and that same metallic flavor lingers. Fairly bitter too.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and overly carbonated. Not sour at all.

Overall - The label touts all sorts of wild yeast and this just tastes like a bretty Belgian strong pale. Where's the sour?!

Alieniloquium, Apr 06, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 4 fingers of cream colored head. A little bit of haze to go with great head retention & nice lacing

S: Grassyness & sourness, pears, white pepper

T: Grassy, with green apple peels, grapefruit, a bit sour twang, some dirt & pears & some candi sugar up front. Pears, green appleskins, Granny Smith apple sourness, white& black pepper, a touch of grapefruit, oaky dryness, white grapes & honeysuckle as this warms, plus raspberry tartness . Finsihes with woody dryness, berry tartness, lemons & grapefruit, some sour notes that verge on the edge of funkyness, nice white pepper notes

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, Charrdonay like dryness balances well with hops & fruittyness

Very drinkable, highly complex, probably not sour enough for some. I really enjoyed this. I bet this would go great with some Indian or even some sea food, loved it, a hoppy wild/sour with nice approachability with some wine-like traits

russpowell, Feb 08, 2013
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Glibber, Oct 06, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden amber color with orange hues. A ton of frothy, white head (more than can fit in a glass, this one took a while to pour). When it settles the head just stay at around a finger. Nose is very sweet and sour. Tart white grapes, apple cider, pears, sugar, a sharp tartness and not a hint of the 10.5% ABV. The taste is really complex. Honey, white grapes, tartness, sugar, crisp apples (like a Honeycrisp), pears, apricots, bready malts, yeast, a hint of clove, ginger, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit and just a little tiny bit of bitterness. The alcohol never once shows itself. There might be a little heat down in the pit of your stomach but thats it. I usually don't like golden ales but this is beautiful. I'd like to get another one and put it away for a bit and see where the yeast takes it.

I feel like this beer is damn near perfect and its not even my favorite kind of style. It has so much complexity yet its elegant and it works well with itself. Sometimes the more complex beer have flavors that fight each other, but these work so well together that I actually had trouble picking out the individual flavors I was tasting beyond white grapes and honey. I just brought some of the scores down to 4.5 because it isn't quite perfect but its about as close as most beers could dream of being.

DonDirkA, Oct 02, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with everyone during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to Jake1605 for sending me this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, slight funk, and slight sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The funky and sour aspects in this one were not as pronounced as I was expecting on this one, however, this did not kill my overall impression of the beer at all. This one was very light and easy to drink and reminded me slightly of a saison with the spicy aspect going on in it. Really a nice brew put together by Odell that everyone seemed to enjoy for the most part. Worth trying if you get the opportunity without a doubt.

thagr81us, Jul 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.