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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
90
outstanding

249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 96
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Sammy
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
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.7%

t0rin0, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, wood, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with Brett-like and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

djrn2, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: You can make the head on this beer as big as you want to, so be careful how you pour out the liquid; in my case, the cloudy peach nectar-colored liquid is capped by a three finger mountain of foam; excellent stickage and plenty of lace is left behind

Smell: The aroma has an alcohol-laden astringency that hangs over the fruit salad elements - grape, pear and tart berries

Taste: Beaucoup layers in this beer, starting with somewhat sweet grape, pear and berry elements that, by mid-palate, add a tart, peppery dimension, along with noble hop grassiness that dries out the profile; after the swallow, the fruity flavors return, but the barrel aging in wine and oak barrels adds a new dimension, with the flavor betraying elements of both types of wood

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: For all of its complexity, I never really cozied up to this beer, as the Saaz hop flavors just didn't coalesce for me with all of the fruit and barrel elements; still, quite an achievement from a brewery I really enjoy

Thanks, welosiped, for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Richard for opening up this beer last night.

A: The pour is a nice golden orange color with a nice big white head on it.

S: An absolutely incredible amount of citrus notes come through on the nose. Lots of sweet, juicy oranges, unlike anything I've smelled in a beer before. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple come through as well. A subtle Brettanomyces aroma, not all that funky, but a bit of earth. Some light spices too, especially white pepper.

T: The intense citrus quality continues on the palate. Lots of wonderful juicy oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, and some lemons. A much more pronounced tartness than the nose would let on, and only a subtle spice note.

M: The body is medium with plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

D: I was not really expecting too much from this beer and it really blew me away. A fantastic beer from Odell, who keep impressing me.

womencantsail, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large frothy head with excellent retention on a clear golden with amber hues body. decent lacing.

S: pineapple, orange and grapefruit very sweet citrus. Lots of corriander, pepper zest, spicey yeast and mild oak.

T: this one is very sweet and takes a little while to get used too. Almost like a reisling wine. Lots of citrus, herbal notes, corriander, honey and mild oak.

M: oily and medium degree of body with moderate carbonation

Overall: good tasting beer but strange. Lots of white wine character with the bourbon and oak more of a distant note.

kylehay2004, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

largadeer, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a three-finger, cream colored head of thick foam. It had some nice retention and left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine, mild funkiness and there were some fruity characteristics, too.

T - Very unique flavor - fruity and spicy, slightly sour with some sweet caramel. These flavors evolve and change in intensity as the beer continues to warm.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really amazing beer. My favorite from Odell.

zeff80, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

JAHMUR, May 15, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a huge head of white foam that rises over time rather than settling down. Excellent retention and thick rings of lace.

S - A spicy, phenolic aroma of coriander, cloves, champagne, and pepper.

T - Bready malt and spicy yeast notes up front with clove and pepper. A hint of juicy pear in the middle that is quickly pushed aside by sharp, spicy notes of lemon peel, coriander, dry white wine, and pepper.

M - A medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I don't quite know what to think about this one, the spicy character is really strong and almost comes across as harshly phenolic. The malt is strong and while it finishes sweet, it has so much sharp spice character that is seems relatively balanced. There is a very champagne-like quality to this beer and if you are a fan of that sort of thing you may enjoy this, I however am not big on champage and this beer doesn't do much for me either.

nickfl, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of russpowell
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
Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage purchased at Dennis Brothers on the way to Darkness Day that year. Finally got around to cracking this for July 4th, 2012. Served in a pint glass.

A - Slow but persistent gusher. Big white foam settles to a chunky cap and splotchy lace. The initial pours are a largely transparent golden, but subsequent ones get increasingly murky.

S - Lots of oak presence, along with some spicy yeast, bourbon, and brett flavors. Mildly phenolic, with some lightly vinous character as well. Some sweet pale malts round out the profile, and this has a slightly aged quality to it. I get the feeling I'm not the biggest fan of Odell's house brett strain.

T - The taste has a bit more malt backbone, with some doughy caramel and buttered biscuit sweetness. Barrel influence is heavy, with spicy oak dominating and bourbon in the periphery -perhaps a bit of dill too. Mildly phenolic and peppery notes, along with some fruity esters, rounding things out. Alcohol is pretty tame at this stage. I'm surprised I get any vinous character with only 2% of the blend coming from that type of barrel. Mildly tangy and sour brett finish.

M - Very dry, with lots of tannic oak. Fairly big in body, with medium-low carbonation and mild acidity in the finish. Again, alcohol is well-disguised.

D - This was enjoyable for about 8oz, but quickly grew fatiguing afterward. There are a lot of flavors here, and they don't always work in harmony - the malt bill seems oversized and at odds with the brett and bourbon flavors. Perhaps this would be better as a 7% beer?

MasterSki, Jul 05, 2012
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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.