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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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90
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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 97
Gots: 49 | FT: 4
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 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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This is an aggressively carbonated beer, so I poured it gently down the side of my tulip. Even so, a pleasant 3 cm off-white head forms, leaving some sticky lace on the glass while fading to a ring. The beer itself has a cloudy golden tangerine hue and is pleasantly effervescent.

Smell: Tart green apple, white grape skin, crystal or pale malt, some funk, and some acidic vinegar.

Taste: Delicate biscuity malt to start, but there are a number of flavors trying to squeeze in here. The sweetness from the malt carries over into a juicy white grape flavor. Some spice and pepper come in before a tart green apple coincides with a controlled sour flavor. The tart vinegar nature leads into some light grassy hops to close out the flavor. It finishes fairly clean, with a light lingering acidic flavor.

Mouthfeel: This starts with some juicy flavors with the white grape but ends up finishing dry. It has full carbonation and is wrapped up in a light to medium body.

Drinkability: I found this to be interesting, but it did not mesh well with the other choices on the tasting menu. I should try this again on its own. This is definitely the type of beer that could grow on me.

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.

Photo of clarkm04
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy one-finger plus white head, leaves some nice thick puddles and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, some coriander, very slight citrus, kinda bready. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, nice touch of spices, some citrus, very slight bourbon/oak notes. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a very nice BSPA. Thanks Chuck for the hook up.

Photo of bsp77
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.

Photo of LittleDon
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bomber with plenty of carbonation. The head is an off white and lasts perpetually. Lots of visible carbonation, as well. Color is pale amber with a very slight haze. Very strong Belgian aroma: berries and bananas. Taste is very unlike the aroma. Starts off with lots of carbonation bite. The alcohol is present in the middle, but not overly so. It's about this time that things start to get very sweet, almost cloying. Non aromatic hop bitterness predominates in the end. Body is a bit on the thin side.

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.

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.

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

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml. corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Lots of carbonation. Massive white head. Pours a cloudy gold. Nice bretty aroma with some citrus. Light sourness, light bodied for the ABV. Some malt sweetness. Subtle woodiness in the finish. Bourbon comes out in the finish as it warms. There is a lot going on here, complex but subtle. Very drinkable. I enjoyed this a lot.

Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Night of the Barrels. November 5, 2010

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

The smell is a little funky and has a deep woody flavor. Some nice oak flavor mixed with some fruity flavors such as apple and pear. It has a bit of a effervesce not unlike a white wine.

The taste is pretty complex, there is a hint of bourbon that goes into a tart acidic flavor that is keeping many things in check. Some herbal flavors are in the flavor profile for this beer that makes it feel quite large.

The feel of this beer is big at first but seems to let itself calm down into a mellower form. It goes down with few hitches and has a great aftertaste.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours a well carbonated 3+ finger head. Color is a very interesting hazy golden orange yellow. Nice retention. Some pretty thick lacing. Overall an interesting looking beer from the appearance.

S. Smell is very interesting. Strong smell of belgian yeast. Spices, citrus, some funk from the yeast. Has some alcohol notes. A bit of oakiness/woodiness comes from the barrel aging. Has a fruitiness to it. Alcohol notes come out quite a bit more as it warms.

T. Taste is delicous. Very complex array of flavors going on. Definitely has a fruity sweetness to it. Some spices come out. A little sourness on the finish. Very complex and any trace of 10.5% is untraceable. One of those beers that dances across your tongue with all of the different elements going on.

M. Finsishes pretty sweet. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Extremely drinkable. This is one hell of a smooth 10.5% American Strong Ale. I really liked this one a lot.

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a four finger foamy white head. Has nice retention and lacing. The aroma is very unique. Oak, grapes, pepper, oranges, sweet malt, and some barnyard funk.

The taste is complex, just like the aroma. Oak, grapes, pepper, oranges, sweet malt, and some barnyard funk. As I keep drinking, I pick up some spices, apple, and the Brett becomes more evident.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, dry, with a sweet aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden for 10.5%. Another nice beer from Odell. They are quickly becoming a favorite brewery.

Photo of Bbloom1989
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popping the cork on this beer, I realized how much carbonation this beer actually had. After letting it sit for just a few seconds the head began to rise out of the bottle which forced me to pour the beer pretty quickly. This produced enormous head, which I think the beer would have had anyway.

As I said, very carbonated. The bubbles actually crept into my nose as I smelt and almost aerated my sinus. The head was an off white and thick. The beer is a hazy copper, which reminds me of many strong ales.

My first smell gave me the smell of pear, oak, white grapes (chardonnay possibly), apple, and possibly some berry. I cannot get the thought of Champagne out of my mind either. This is an extremely complex beer just in smell, and I feel like I am still missing some things. I also pick up a slight belgian profile, but I could be wrong. This is a very tart smelling beer, which is quite enjoyable.

My initial response to the taste is that I honestly cant put my finger on anything in particular. In comparison to the smell, the taste is quite subdued. After such a tart acidic smell, I am almost glad to have a more rounded taste. It begins tart and sweet but finishes spicy and herbal. The hops come through as a nice noble hop or earthy blend, but nothing over powering (US C hops). I pick up pear, and apple in the taste as well, but the flavor is so well rounded and developed it reminds me of a well aged wine. A really enjoyable experience.

My final reaction to this beer is that it is something everyone must try. Find it and try it. I have never had a beer like this, and I can say it opened my pallet to a new type of beer; a more sweet soft beer that really tip toes on the line of wine. I really enjoy this beer a lot, and if it wasn't so expensive, I would drink it alot more often.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a very nice strong golden color with massive orange hints. As a matter of fact its more orange with golden hints than anyhting else. A ginger pour produces a massive 1.5 inch head that is fluffy like merangue and has nice dense bubbles with some nice mdeium sized bubbles mixed around. There is plenty of sticky lacing as the head slowly recedes.

S - Strats off with some nice vinous notes and some slight funk. Great tart notes as well similar to many Lambics. There is also some sligth caramela nd some slight bourbon notes. Plenty of spicey woody aromas. Wow. Very complex and delicious nose. I cant stop smelling this beer. There is some white wine character in teh nose as well as some grassy and quite citrusy.

T & M - Wow. This beer is delicious and way complex. There are some slight sweet caramel hints as well as some sweet boozy bourbon. There are some nice woody and spicy notes oak and even cedar. Quite fruity and sweet but acidic vinous notes. White wines like Chardonnay. Nice tart notes mix very well with some awesome funk and farmhouse flavors. Both are present but not too intense. One of the most original beers I've ahd in terms of flavors. There is some nice citrus and grassy character from some nice hops. There is also nice grain and earthy malt backbone that hold all other flavors well together. I am sad I only bought one bottle of this. hope to find more. The feel is nice and complex with great body and great co2 balance with the flavors. Near perfect.

D - Very high except for the ABV and the amount of beer you get in one serving. One 750ml should be enough.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of my buddy Steven.

A - Deep, cloudy gold-orange. Has an extremely huge and fluffy head. Probably should start with a spoon.

S - Some frutiness, mostly grapes but has layers upon layers of complexity already coming through. Reminiscent of a Sauvignon blanc with layers of malt.

T - Many fruits; grapes, oranges, pears, kiwi. A touch of oak and something a bit funky. I get a plethora of light, earthy and fruity flavors.

M - Leaps all over your tongue. Highly carbed and very rich and creamy.

D - I wouldn't be able to drink a ton of this beer due to the fact that it is simply too complex. Obvious care has gone into this brew.

Photo of boomer31
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Corked and caged bottle

A - Gusher! Man this thing blew up. Once into the glass it pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a thick white head. The head is similar to that of Boulevard Saison Brett...just thick white and lingers.

S - That familiar bretty peppery spicey nose. A hint of cherry perhaps, or something fruity.

T - Funk and peppery spice up front probably from the alcahol. There is a nice bit of fruit, lemon and orange. A nice malt back is faintly present. The spice lingers similar to NG R&D golden ale. A touch sweet in the aftertaste

M - Highly carbed but rich mouthfeel.

D - Very funky and spicy. The big bottle may be tough to drink by myself but overall a solid sipper.

A nice brew from Odell. I'll be interested to see how this holds up with age. I'd like to taste more of the barrels that were used.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL brown glass cork & caged bottle. No date that I can find.

Pours a rather clear amber orange with some sudsy off-white. Good retention. Nose is CRAZY dense and complex. Lots of orange, then lime, then barnyard funk, then freshly milled boards, then cream, then smoke, hay, tangerine, and cereal grains.

Palate is a lot more crisp then I expected. Lots of tangerine, wood, and some gooseberries. All this fades into something like key lime pie or lemon meringue. A little raspberry glaze too. Drying yeast finish.

Notes: Peculiar but very very tasty.

Photo of dbossman
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

Photo of jjanega08
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= The cork pops without much enthusiasm but the pour is beautiful. A nice hazy yellow color that turns amber in the deeper parts of my glass. The head is a thin white thing with some large soapy bubbles on it. It falls fast to a skin yet still leaves a little lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is a tart white wine character similar to an unblended lambic. While searching for some of the oak and bourbon that I read on the bottle I do pull them out but if I hadn't known they would have likely gone unnoticed. I get a little "horse blanket" funk from it but it's a little hidden by the tart wine character.

T= The taste is very interesting. The funkyness comes through in a much more prominate way lending a lot less credit to the tart sourness. While the sour is there it is much more subdued. There is for sure a lot of brett taste in this one. I there is a good sweetness to it as well that sort of covers the tartness up too. I read in another review that it wasn't sour at all and while it's not sour it is a little tart. The wood goes unoticed in the taste as well as the bourbon. The white wine character stays but it is also much subdued.

M= Sort of that heavy lingering brett mouth on it. Hard to explain.

D= Pretty decent. I would buy another one of these to toss in the ol cellar for a while to see what it turns into. Worth trying and worth aging. A unique beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger frothy white head with excellent retention to a 2 finger rocky cap. Decanted continually. Laced teh glass in sheets.

S: Grapes, light fruit and caramel. Very complex. Notes of wet wood and caramel. A little funk.

T: Loaded with flavors. Wine/grapes up front. Middle cluttered with caramel, oak, vanilla and light colored fruits. A light yeast funk.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Very dry and warming finish with a little sweetness lingering.

D: Interesting and complex. definitely a sipper due to abv but masks it fairly well.

Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Poured into duvel glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Color is a pale bronze hued gold.

Aroma: Bree up front with a big funk aroma. Wine like flavors with grapes. A nice amount of fruits. Apricots and mangoes. Very sweet fruits. I also get a bit of oak.

Taste: A brett funk flavor up front. Very barnyard-like. Lemon and hay flavors. The sweet fruits from the nose are muted a bit. It has some spice notes. It is slightly oaky. The brett funk really takes this beer over for young it is. It does have some earthy hops showing.

Mouthfeel: Funky and crisp. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very funky/soured.

Overall, a pretty nice offering from Odell. A little bit slow drinking from the brett, but it is a nice funky beer. I didn't detect any bourbon at all which disappointed me a bit.

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.

Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.