Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell DeConstruction Golden AleOdell DeConstruction Golden Ale

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 99
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-04-2010

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
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Reviews by cooler4life:
Photo of cooler4life
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a big brew so I needed a wingman to assist. Thanks B.

A: Poured a beautiful copper color. Monster three finger fluffy off-white head with lots of yeast floaties...amazing lacing and retention 30 minutes after the pour.

S: Slight fresh hop aroma, lemon zest, butterscotch, little to no sweetness, granny smith apples with an alcohol twinge.

T: First wave is grapey sourness and white wine. Body is similar to a lemon bundt cake that has combined with holiday pumpkin bread. Last wave of flavor is loaded with a sweet oaky resin and smoky char. The barrel aging makes for an evolution of flavor.

M: Mild alcoholic burn. Slightly sticky and finishes very dry. Abundant carbonation if not overwhelming. You could power a hot air balloon with this thing.

O: I don't know what gave me a harder time, the fallen mutt or the labyrinth of flavors from this titan of a beer. This beer is complex so don't go at it alone. The aging in the wine barrels really elevate this beer to something special.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of dbossman
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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?!

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of DonDirkA
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of TWStandley
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appeared a golden/orange color with a ridiculous full-hand off-white head that stuck around for quite some time.

Smell was all over the place. Definitely could detect the alcohol in the nose. Also some fruity/wheat scents. Did have a slight white-wine scent probably from the barrel and the lacto.

Taste was all over the place as well. Very potent tasting. Strong hop flavors which I wasn't expecting, followed by some fruity tang. Alcohol was very strong and a bit offensive.

Mouth feel was OK. I enjoyed the high level of carbonation as it gave some reprieve from the alcohol heat.

Overall, not impressed but happy to try. Splitting the 750 with only one other person was a chore to get through.

Photo of smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap vintage 2012, at Odell's brewpub in Fort Collins. 3-4 oz. sample. From notes.

A classic golden amber, almost hinting at bronze, with barely a white head presented. Collar always manages to stay. Clear with lively carbonation but not excessive.

Bouquet is a giant whiff of buttery oaky character. Huge buttered oak (American oak?) much like a classic booming Chardonnay with hints of honey to go with it and not a giant oak bomb. Malt presence is toned down, not particularly sour or either barnyard character either. A chard's lovers dream beer so far, extremely impressed.

Palate matches the sense of buttery richness. Malt depth carries hints of butter and lots of deep oak, and then even finishes with just a kiss of honey on the finish. An absolutely luscious and full and mellow palate, with large depth, almost getting into fatty bacon territory. Manages to even pull off just a hint of crisp carbonation ever so slightly.

A real impressive piece of work, and one unique tasting brew.

Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky crimson gold, pretty still, two fingers of dense white head that laces nicely.

Rich smelling stuff - warm boozy grains, funky corn starch, pale fruits... blueberry & melon, a touch of citrus, invitingly sweet but balanced nonetheless.

When I had this last year I remember thinking it was overwhelmed by the wine barrel - not the case here. Funky hot fruits play alongside sweet bread/caramel. I actually wish there was more wine barrel here... I'd be very interested to see how this one evolves with time. Not quite enough 'wild' for my liking but still plenty of other complexities to keep things interesting.

Surprisingly drinkable, exceedingly delicate.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a big tick for me here i had been wanting to try this one for a long time and was finally lucky enough to get the opportunity. served into a snifter and enjoyed while hanging around the house last night.

the pour is a wonderful golden color that has a very lively presence throwing up tons of carbonation and a huge head that seemed to reach a height of three inches or more and dropped tons of lacing all down the sides. the aroma was a mix of everything, light citrusy hops that intermingled with a fine little sour apple funk and a quick hit of light spice that popped on the tongue, really very complex and nicely put together. warming seems to just bring out more and more of the funk as apples, pears, an nice yeasty flavors mix in and give it a very tart dryness but never push it too far in any direction. i have no clue where the abv is on this one, i drank it like it was 5 percent as that how it faired, wow incredibly well hidden,

overall i was amazed by how well put together this one was. really just a great, well balanced beer that would be a good starting point for someone looking to get into sours.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a big bubbly foamy head. The beer is very cloudy - it looks like there is a ton of yeast in suspension in this one. Lots of carbonation as well. Nice sour barnyard funk going on in the aroma, I immediately think of brett, though I don't know if that's actually in this beer. Taste is amazingly complex. There's a lot going on. I can pick out lots of the oak, some of the bourbon barrel, and a touch of the wine barrel. Mouthfeel is fabulous. The brew just dances on your tongue, as it is very effervescent and finishes with this awesome, semi-fruity, dry sourness. There's some alcohol warmth is present as you drink the beer, though it isn't unwelcome. Complex and funky. I like it.

Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden and ale-like in appearance. Hazy, but nicely carbonated; a large white cap retains well, slowly settling to a half-inch cap.

Not much aroma - soapy, spicy, peppery. Some pear-like esters as it warms.

Taste is better than the aroma; semi-sweet pale malts meet banana and pear-like esters, white pepper, tannic oak, a touch of bourbon sweetness. There's a bit of cardboard-y oxidation mid-palate, and it finishes peppery and dry with a touch of alcohol. This is decent but underwhelming, for a beer with so many components it doesn't have much depth.

Photo of SHODriver
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into half pint at brewers republic in co springs. Pours a hazy creamy orange with thin white head. Slight malt aroma and slight yeast...its a very mild aroma brew. Taste is big orange citrus with sweet malts and slight yeast profile. I expected a lot more wild in this beer. Its way over sweet over malted...but the flavor is good. Worth a try but so glad I didn't buy a bomber...

Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my middle PA BA friend G311 for offering this is trade. It pours a wonderful golden honey color with a huge huge white head with tons of bubbles. The head does recede at a proper pace for a 10.5%ABV beer leaving glorious sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with a nice champagne smell; fresh sour green apple funkiness and a little sweet candy maltiness. The oak is in the background, but it is there, not getting any bourbon.

The taste begins with a nice spicy oak and a nice Bretty sourness. Really complex, refreshing flavors; quite delicious. As it warms you get more of the oak and oak associated fruits including green apples, white grapes and ripe pears. Much more oak than in the nose. The finish has a nice very mild yeast spice; it adds another layer of complexity.

The mouthfeel is definitely full with high carbonation. As we speak the Brett is making the rest of the 750 bubble over (in the bottle, I am watching the bubbles continue to rise, hilarious!) Finishes very dry and tart, like a nice dry champagne or dry white wine. The oakiness/barrel flavors continue to emerge as well. very tart dryness but never push it too far in any direction. [I had a second bottle of this a couple months after the first and it was way over-carbonated compared to my first bottle, so I am adjusting my score here to a 3.5; original being a 4.5, second being a 2.5.]

Overall this was delicious. I am not a fan of Golden ales at all but I apparently love everything that has ever touched a wood barrel. I love the Woodcut series from Odell and I love this. This is so good because it is refreshing and a big beer you can have in the warm summer months (like today). Really love the full oaky feeling in the mouthfeel and the sourness adds something I was not expecting but thoroughly enjoy. Highly recommended and worth seeking out for fans of oaked beers, sour ales, and Golden ale fans.

Photo of bambam2517
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. In hindsight, I wish I would have held out and let this age some more, I think it would have tamed the froth a little and made the flavors more pronounced. That being said, I'll be getting a cpl more and laying them down for later!

A- Dark reddish-orange and hazy with a ridiculous amount of frothy head, so much so that i felt it detracted from the beers appearance. Very little carbonation left in the brew, no runners bubbling up my glass.

S- Really picking up the sweet wine smell,laced in with citrus. If I could say summer had a particular smell, this is reminiscent of it for me. Evokes a good feeling.

T- The best representation of a wild ale I've had so far. Where others really have the wild yeast dominate, this one has a balance that makes it much more drinkable for me. It is sweet throughout, also somewhat peppery. Some sourness, similar to the acidity in a lemon, tangelo or grapefruit. Theres alot packed in there and its still not overwhelming, cant detect the high ABV as a result.

O- I'm very impressed. On the short list of my beers to remember this year. And I think this one will be even better when aged!

Photo of clarkm04
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/18; from bottle.

A- Deep hazy amber color with a strong carbonation with lots of white head retention.

S- Very malty notes with grapefruit notes.

T- Slightly sour/tart on the backend. Very heavily carbonated on the front with fairly sweet fruity undertones. The sour grapefruit notes are balanced well with the sweetnees. The alcohol is hidden very well throughout this beer.

M- Medium carbonation and delicate on the palate

D- Farily Drinkable

O- The color and tartness seem a little off for a golden ale but that seems to the point of Odell's barrel aging. This beer is very balanced and interesting. I don't know if I'll purchase another bottle but I would recommend it to others because it's such an interesting beer. Kudos to Odell's for really stretching what they brew.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few pours at the Night of the Funk 2010. I was looking forward to this but it really disappointed.

Pours a somewhat-hazed orange color with a fairly-large white head and some nice lacing as it makes its way down the glass after a few good swirls. There are some slight fruity notes and a bit of Brett. Some earthy character.

The taste is the big letdown. There really just isn't all that much going on, and I had this very early in the evening. There is some Brett, stone fruit, oak, and a bit of funk. The feel is medium with a pretty dry finish. Not a bad beer, but certainly didn't stand out.

Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Clear, golden body. 1 finger white head that holds around 1/4 finger.

Smell was complex. Some great sweetness with caramel and spices. A good amount of fruitiness. Hints of oak with a strong musty, funky presence of Brett.

Taste was all over the place..in a good way. White wine presence upfront that goes to a medium, caramel presence with notes of oak, vanilla, and a spiceness. Mild, fruity hop character. Strong Brett flavor. Notes of dark fruit and good presence of cherry. Mild roast flavor mixed in there as well.

Mouthfeel had a medium body, medium/high carbonation and a dry finish that turns to a stickiness.

Drinkability is not something I would want multiple pints of, but otherwise, its very drinkable. No signs of abv other than stickiness in finish.

Photo of gnemesis
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz sample poured into pint glass from a 750ml bottle on 05/11/2011.
Pours a golden body topped by a huge, creamy, off-white head. Great retention and great lacing throughout. The nose on this one is full of fruity citrus, sweet honey, and grain. The taste envelopes the tongue with fruity Belgian esters, more citrus, some tart, balanced with some honey. Pretty tasty. Medium body and medium/high carbonation. Great beer and somewhat original. I will seek more.

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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.