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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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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 271
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 102
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #11
750 mL bottle
From Notes

A - With light force, the cork flew off easily. This one was a gusher, but I'm currently at high elevation (~10,000 ft) which likely plays a role. Poured golden in color with substantial haze. Lively carbonation resulting in a large white head, loads of lacing.

S - Aroma consisted of sour apples, white grapes, slight funk and oak.

T - Given this being unfiltered, with a nice balance between a biscuit malt, sour apples, white grape, and a hint of spice, it reminded me very much of a good cider, though with a bit of funk and oak.

M - Finish is dry, carbonation is lively, beer is light to medium bodied.

O - I found this to be quite enjoyable and would certainly pick it up again.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of nlmartin
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer #6. The bottle made a happy cork pop gun sound. Served in a goblet and shared with my wife. This couple really well with the Blue Cheese Mac I had with it.

A- 4.5 Very effervescent golden almost peach coloration to the body. The head was a thick rocky biege. Foam stuck all over the sides of my glass.

S - 5.0 Wow! I am at a loss for description. Letting this one sit a couple minutes. This is something to kick back and take my time with. The aroma is very funky. This seriously reminds of the earthy funky lactic tones of a Fantome beer. The aroma of the beer tart raisins, white grapes, oaked vanilla, a bit of pepperyness, rose petals, citrus grapefruit and sour apples swim about in my glass. This beer is very busy in a great way.

T 4.5 As mentioned above alot is going on in this glass. Everytime a taste something a bit different. The lactic tones dry out and restrain the beers sweetness. Lots of earthy tones ride along with oaked bourbon, grapes, grapefruit, sour tart apples, a nice pepperyness peaks out at the tail of the flavor. This reminds me very much of drinking GI Dominique in several ways.

M 4.5 The body of the beer is light. This may be in part due to alot of carbonation. The carbonation is almost scrubbing my palate. I am guessing this beer is around 10% but is in no way present in the smell taste or mouthfeel. I could and would session this beer all night if I could.

O- 4.5 This beer is a wonderful mess of flavor and aroma combinations! Very nice complexity weaved together to make a very great beer drinking experience.

The Reveal: Odell Brewing Co. Deconstruction. This was on my wants list. Thanks again Phelps for a great beer drinking experience.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orangish beer with a pretty large white head that left some moderate lacing on the sides.

S - Some grapes and green apples with a bit of malt. Some slight tartness, smells fruity and somewhat refreshing. Little bit of funk.

T - Little bit tart and sour. Bit of citrusy sweetness as well as some farmyard must and funk. It's decent, with alcohol well hidden.

M - Dry finish, bit over carbonated, medium bodied.

O - Not a bad beer, fairly refreshing on and easy to get down. It has a nice sweetness, but there are some over carbonation issues that knock it down a notch.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy golden color into a New Belgium snifter. Three fingers of white pillow like head that lasts a while and leave nice lacing.

Smell is musty with malt sweetness. Some acidic citrus in the nose.

Taste is pretty substantial sweet candied bready malt up front which quickly is ended by sweet white grape flavor, tart funk and a lingering dryness that leaves only tartness on the palate. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is very substantial with moderate to high carbonation, not overbearing.

A really exceptional American wild. Nice complex flavors with nice attenuation and well dialed in carbonation. Enjoyable prominent flavors and a sharp tartness. Best wild yeast beer I've had from Odell.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Lindemans flute. Huge thank you to HosP for getting me this one!

A: Pours a lightly cloudy citrusy-golden with a billowing bright white head that took forever and a day to fade into a thick bubby layer that left patches of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Amazing notes of funky yeast and sweet sugary fruits including peaches, apricots, and lemon. The sweetness is candy-like, with maybe a touch of bubblegum.
T: Just like the label states, this beer starts off with a candy-like sweetness and maybe a touch of vanilla oak, followed by a punch of fruity esters mixed with peppery spices and a touch of earthy hops. Fruity notes include green apple, apricots, white grapes and peaches. Finish is slightly dry and tart, although the acidity and tartness of this one is toned down compared to some.
M: Medium body with ample bubbly carbonation and a slick and faintly syrupy mouthfeel that turns gritty and dry with woody tannins as soon as I swallow. Goes down easy and refreshing though.
D: A great drinking beer but not among the heavy hitters of the sour world. Still never flavorful and delicious. Again, thanks a ton Mark for hooking it up!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of clarkm04
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.


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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -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

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Bbloom1989
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of boomer31
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.