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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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Ratings: 251
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 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 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 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
Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

theminutemen, May 30, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of GoldHorde
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I have sampled a style called American Wild Ale. Very much towards the Belgian category in flavor and appearance. The head was almost impossible - it just kept rising no matter how it was poured. Even the "special" Samuels Adams glasses couldn't contain them. I've had quite anumber of styles aged in bourbon casks or with bourbon chips snd they are usually the darker porters, stouts or black IPAs. This was very light golden (thus the name I guess) - it even could pass for bourbon in color appearance ('cept for the carbo and head of course). A VERY COMPLEX flavor profile; I warmed up to the flavor gamut by the time I finished the 1st glass.

GoldHorde, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of rawfish
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle (2010 version, batch 1).

Very carbonated beer, first pour into a Odell tulip fills the glass with effervescent white foam easily 5 fingers high. Next pours were much less vigorous netting 2 fingers of creamy white froth over a elegant gold body. Ridiculous retention, took 10 minutes to get the first glass filled. Leaves fluffy white lacing all over the glass.

What a nose on this, unique and complex. Immediately hit with a light amount of barnyard funk, acidity and floral fruity notes. C hops add complexity with grapefruit, orange blossom coupled with fruit complexity from the Fester yeast and wine barrels. Apple, pear, white grapes skin, lemon zest and cherry tartness. Barnyard funk and a peppery sharpness on the end. So far none of that oak, bourbon or malt bill. Still incredible.

Starts off with a bit of sweet pale malt and honey and quickly begins to set off fruit notes of green apple, pears and white grapes and funk. Evolves with less hoppiness than let off in the nose with a slight grapefruit which smooths out with a touch of vanilla and nuttiness. Finishes with a light tart kiss of cherry and lemon zest. Didn't get too much of the barrel in the flavor but the yeast and wine barrels really shine.

Carbonation is such a big player in this one, lively and even biting at times. Really helps to stir up the flavor over a medium body and well hidden alcohol.

Saved reviewing this for my 200th review on BA. Incredible beer. Wonderfully complex, balanced and comes with good memories each time I've opened one wish I had more bottles of this.

rawfish, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2011
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip nets me over 6 fingers worth of pale tan colored foam; this beer is definitely excessively carbonated. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a mostly clear, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart apples, woody oak, perhaps a touch of buttery oak, a toasted oak and pale grain note, a hint of bourbon like fruitiness, lots of pear notes, dried hay like grain character, honeysuckle and even some honeydew melon notes.

Lightly sweet up front, the beer is quite fizzy and picks up a tartness as it rolls across the tongue. There is a lot of fruitiness in the flavor too, with notes of pear, green apple, perhaps a touch of honeydew melon as well as a touch of a more musky / funky melon (musk melon / cantaloupe perhaps). The oak character is pretty prevalent in the flavor too and it contributes a definite buttery oak note, a somewhat astringent & spicy character (this helps to dry out the finish), a nice hint of raw wood plank and perhaps a touch of Bourbon like character (though this last comes off more as oak than Bourbon). The slightly rancid, buttery oak character in this beer seems to be not wholly oak derived; there is a mustiness, a slightly musky funkiness and a hint of plastic / funky phenolic notes to this beer that add some complexity as well as sharpness (in combination with the oak) to this beer. The pale malt character plays a nice supporting role here, there is a definite pale grain chewy / almost-sweetness here, a touch of honey-like malt, a definite dried straw pale malt note and a touch of pale French Bread character (like the crumb inside and not the crust), . This is definitely fairly light bodied for a beer of this strength, it has some viscousness and heft to it as it crosses the palate, but it doesn’t feel heavy, despite being a sipping beer (the alcohol, oak and complexity are what contribute to this last factor).

I am surprised that the Bourbon barrels are not more noticeable here, it does make up only 20% of the blend, but it can so easily be overwhelming; I am quite enjoying that it is so subtle here. On the other hand, 3% for the wine barrels seems like a missed opportunity here; I would have loved to see a more complex wine-barrel influence to this beer. Overall the oak character is perhaps a touch too strong to be in balance with the base beer, but it is not so much that the base beer is completely lost. Despite the oak being a bit too pronounced here, it seems that the bright fruit character plays the leading role. This is complex enough to be interesting and enjoyable, but the complex notes are not as well integrated as they could be and the totality of this beer suffers a bit because of this. Still this is quite an enjoyable beer and one I am happy to experience over an evenings time.

Gueuzedude, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle of DeConstruction :( Poured to NBB globe after a day spent at the brewery (highly recommended). The beer pours from an uncorked bottle a murky yellow orange color with a nice 3 finger cream colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is powerful and pleasant. Belgian character is first noticeable along with some earthy tones from the hops, spicy, fruit character on the back end with pear and peach tones. The beer starts with the belgian yeast flavors and quickly turns slightly tart and spicy. The malty sweetness develops and mellows the flavor. Hints of peaches, pepper, and oak. Slightly sour in the tartness. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean with a lingering sweet tart flavor. Overall, I enjoyed the beer very much. Sad I don't have another bottle...perhaps they will brew again!

hopfacebrew, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -0.7%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into NB globe. Thanks for sharing, John...

A- Has a deep orange color. It was poured methodically and slowly yet it s provided such a large head we had to spoon some out to make room in our glass. Foamy lacing on side of glass

S- You can easily smell the funky, fruity yeast. Berries, grapes, and flowery hops. The carbonation is noticeable in the aroma with a gassy tinge.

T/M- Damn, very carbonated. Too gassy. I get strong alcohol fusels, borderline hot, but not quite there. Again, grapes, this time some grapefruit and lemon flavors. Very funky, just full of brett flavors, but its more lighter brett and not so much barn or leather. Medium body, but incredibly lively, just bubbly as fuck!

O- Not bad. Interesting for sure. Would like the alcohol and carbonation to take a seat. Also, not worth the $18 tag some pay to acquire. Definitely a nice experiment and I always welcome paying for something like this; unfortunately I just wouldn't get a second.

TheGordianKnot, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of pigc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Wow, this baby pours light brown, apple juice looking with MASSIVE head! Holy cow does thing have some carbonation. Five finger head with lacing clinging to the side of the glass as I wait for it to disappate.

S - Hmmm, interesting. Pear, apple, fruity esters, oak, slight funk.

T - Starts out with a tart apple/pear taste then hits you with a short wave of sweetness and then a bit of a dry finish. This beer is crazy, sweet, tart, dry. Slight hint of oak. Alcohol barely noticable.

M - Medium body with tons of carbonation.

O - Great complex wild ale. This beer is all over the place. Pick this one up if you see it. Worth the $15 price tag for such a complex beer. Alcohol sneaks up on you on this one!

pigc, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +24.1%

stevefinny, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jIsh
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jIsh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of gwguest
4/5  rDev -0.7%

gwguest, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +24.1%

tbeq00, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +24.1%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml generously gifted to me from boatshoes. Thanks a lot Fletcher!

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color  with a two finger frothy off-white head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring.  Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly funky, sweet aroma that combines elements of all beers involved in the blend.  Lots of crisp light fruit, especially apple and pear along with faint boozy sweetness.  Earthy funk from the wild yeast is complimented by the strong barrel presence.  Lots of earthy oak with hints of vinous light fruit, possibly grape from the wine barrel.  Not picking up much of the bourbon although it composes 20% of the blend.  Subtle peppery spice.  Very complex with the greet and golden ale notes countered by roasted oak.  

Medium bodied a with a strong alcohol and zesty spice presence up front that lingers throughout into a dry finish.  Lots of coriander and pepper countered by a prominent earthy oak/barrel character.  Toasted oak with subtle boozy vinous notes, but the oak aged golden ale flavors really stand out.  It's only 33% of the blend but is most prominent.  Estery light fruit notes with grape, apple and pear along with zesty spice and boozy sweetness.  Wild yeast gives a funky dry Brett presence that compliments the oak/spice and adds complexity to the overall flavor of the beer.  Again, I'm not picking up any bourbon but subtle wine comes through.  More boozy heat in the finish.  

Overall an interesting and complex beer that makes good use of wild yeast without overpowering the other flavors.  Lots of oak but not a lot of spirit which prevents it from being a booze bomb.  

corby112, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Around $15 for the wine bottle. By the wants/gots index, looks like I should have stocked up on this one. Poured into a pint glass. Great looking beer, fantastic head I gess. Nice blend of sweet, sour and funky falvors is complimented by barrels. Crisp refreshing body.

rye726, Sep 05, 2011
Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.