Myrcenary Double IPA - Odell Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
It’s been a long day. Let’s hope that this beer hits the spot. I had this when it was on tap at Old Chicago for the St. Patrick’s mini tour. Odell has since then started distributing it in 4 packs. I jumped at the chance to taste it again when I found it on the shelf a few weeks ago. Pours a hazy golden color, with a small frothy head. The nose is an eruption of hop character. Orange citrus shines through, followed by pineapple, with resinous pine underneath. This is a hop head’s wet dream. Citrusy pineapple hops start, and grassy malt sweetness finishes. There’s a beautifully understated bitterness level that’s soft, velvety, and smooth. The malt profile has kind of a honey-almond quality. It’s just there to keep the hops in balance. I think it could stand to be a bit bigger, but Mycenary aims for quaffability, and in that respect it succeeds. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation level gets out of the way. For a beer that packs 9.3% ABV, this is dangerously drinkable, as the hop bitterness and solid malt profile hide the alcohol. Too often double IPAs come across as too harsh. That’s not the case with this beer, as it’s well rounded and quite enjoyable to drink (again, think quaffable), despite the monster levels of both bitterness and ABV. A very effective hop delivery vehicle.
05-15-2011 15:27:45 | More by eclaycamp
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
12 oz bottle.
Pours an amber-orange with a milky white head that has nice retention.
Aroma is the biggest letdown, strong malt presence with an uncomfortable amount of alcohol. Orange, caramel and butterscotch also dart in and out of the flavor.
Strong malt caramel body with juicy citrus and leafy hops in the finish. No alcohol burn, but a mild booze presence on the back of the throat. A nice DIPA, but a little too much booze and not enough hops.
05-15-2011 04:06:15 | More by yourefragile
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a hazy yellow orange. Actually a unique shade from all the dipas I've had. A bit of white frothy head but not over the top like many IPAs. Smells pungent. Hoppy but sweet. There is a nice malt presence as well on the nose. Tastes piney, bitter but backed up by sweet caramel malts that balance it out well. The hops are just forward enough to give a big hit without killing my taste buds. Overall smooth and thick on the pallette. Very drinkable and super tasty
Thanks forgetfu for this one and i hope normyk enjoys receiving it in the rules BIF (yup... This is a hidden hint... I wonder if anyone will see it)
05-14-2011 23:17:56 | More by Urbancaver
3.65/5 rDev -15.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle.
A: Pours a golden yellow with small white head
S: floral and malty
T: hops are muddled, it's a little earthy, a little citrus, a little fruit, a little floral and a good dose of crystal malt. Definitely a hop blast, but not what I was expecting
M: this is on par with other top tier DIPAs, medium feel, slightly syrupy with it's sweetness
O: I'm a big fan of Odell and very excited for this, but was let down. This doesn't shake a stick at pliny or sculpin, the hops are no where near as distinct. I can't put my finger on it but I had a hard time getting through 12oz let alone a pint.
05-14-2011 22:12:14 | More by marqoid
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Pours a clear golden orange color with a frothy white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.
Smells of citrus and tropical hops.
Tastes of good citrus hop notes and a solid malt backbone. Hops arrive upfront with a grapefruit, mango, and pineapple character that also has some floral notes to it. Caramel malt backs everything up and provides a nice sweetness to bitter hops. Has that bitter/unripened fruit feel to it.
Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.
Overall, a good DIPA that I am very happy to have year round. This is a great addition to O'Dell's lineup and I only question why it took so long to make its way there.
05-14-2011 02:44:47 | More by ocelot2500
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
A: Nice Clear Golden color Poured into a clean over sized wine glass. Constant small carbonating bubbles keep a small head left on the surface of the beer. Alive and inviting!
S: Very perfumy and floral hop smell. Strong citrus notes of grapefruit and clean lemon.
T: A great taste of hops for a DIPA. One of my new favorites for sure. Very Clean and refreshing. Well balanced with hops being more flavorful than malts which I appreciate a lot in my DIPA's.
M: Good mouthful and just enough carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Clean after taste.
O: Love this beer! Everything about it is great. Will definitely always be in my fridge. Odell's won with this one and everyone should try it at least once!
05-14-2011 01:21:35 | More by HEADYGLASSdotcom
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
This pours totally transparent bullion gold with a two finger white frothy head that dies down to a thin sheet leaving spotty lace. On the nose the hop profile is the most floral I've had, with loads of fresh citrus, mostly grapefruit zest. There is maybe a little pine sap further back, but the citrus is front and center. In the mouth the bitterness is gigantic, the front of the tongue being almost completely neglected, leaving freshly zested grapefruit and orange further back. The finish is long, slowly fading in bitterness, with a perfect body, neither thin nor annoyingly thick for the style.
Overall, this is a great DIPA. A great extra from SalukiAlum. Thanks for this one.
05-14-2011 00:06:21 | More by EricCioe
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a pint glass. Translucent gold with a reddish tinge. Bright white head formed on surface. Lovely bright hoppy smell upon pouring. At first, strong American hops shine through, but leave very little bitter aftertaste. Highly drinkable. I'd want a bit more of a lingering hops taste. Overall, a great beer.
05-13-2011 05:00:15 | More by MnChEn
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Aroma:Tons and tons of citrus in the aroma, both grapefruit and orange.
Appearance:Cloudy, golden in color, very little head that dissipates quickly.
Taste:Amazing citrus flavor on this one. Sweet and well balanced. Nice bitterness too, but very pleasant flavor. On the backend, some maltyness makes itself known.
Mouthfeel:Light to medium, good carbonation, high hop astringency.
Overall:This a very tasty sweet IIPA full of sweetness.
05-13-2011 02:50:13 | More by fear025
4.43/5 rDev +3%
No dating on the bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Light orange body with slight amount of haze. Creamy one-finger head that leaves some decent lacing down the glass.
Aroma jumps out with grapefruit, pineapple and mango notes. A touch of sweet, bready malt in the background, but the fruity, citrus hops are dominant.
The flavors definitely follow the aroma. Sweet citrus is more dominant in the flavor than the more bitter tastes like grapefruit, which is still present nonetheless. A little caramel malt blends in to round out a fairly balanced DIPA flavor.
Medium mouthfeel and the obvious oily hop presence. No substantial notice of the alcohol adds to the drinkability. A liitle sweet overall for a DIPA for my tastes, but still a very solid offering.
05-12-2011 00:35:57 | More by FanofHefe
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Picked this up trading beer at DLD 2011!
Appearance- Tight bone white head sits atop a deeply golden, brilliant brew. Some patchy lacing chases each sip up the side of my glass.
Aroma- Over-ripe pineapple flesh, bright fresh cut grass, a kiss of phenolic alcohols, and a whisper of sticky sulfur. Faded biscuity malt far in the background.
Flavor- Starts with a pungent punch of grassy, resinous hops and opens to a ripe fruity middle with more of that sulfur, though its not offensive. Leafy hops with more pungent herbal notes and a bit of floral character round out the finish and give the malt a small crack to shine through with a hint of biscuit-like flavor. Pungent, almost perfume-like hops linger well after exhale and are quite lovely.
Mouthfeel- Sticky, resinous, mouthcoating hops that you can feel on your teeth. Low-medium CO2, medium-full bodied, super hop-centric. Cant tell if its residual sugars or just massive amounts of hop oil, but theres something definitely sticky about this one. Slightly warming in finish, but definitely doesnt feel like its 9.3%!
Overall- Incredibly assertive hoppiness in this beer. Aggressive. Sticky. Mouthcoating madness. I like it. A lot. The sulfur notes take a bit away from it, but not enough to make a fuss. The finish is really incredible in this beer. Will definitely seek out more!
05-11-2011 00:58:05 | More by dudemuskie
3.3/5 rDev -23.3%
I had hopes for this beer.
Smell- it smells very sweet. I get mostly grapefruit but also, mango, alcohol, pineapple, and pine. This smells a lot like hop slam, but with a slightly more pine.
Taste- Mirrors the smell. I think there is way too much residual sugar. This sweetness does prevent any lingering bitterness. the hops should be able to breath a little bit instead of being suffocated in syrup. Hop slam is even less sweet.
Mouthfeel- syrupy. Good carbonation, but the sweetness killed it.
I do not appreciate hop candy beers. Odell has not impressed me after trying their 90 shillings and Red ale also.
05-10-2011 23:23:34 | More by Miketwolf21
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
A- Pours with a medium head, cloudy deep yellow.
S- Great nose. Pine and citrus, very strong aroma from this one.
T- Wow...from the nose I was expecting the flavors to be more harsh, but this is overall a fantastic and smooth IIPA. I think the name of this one is taken from a compound in hops, Mercene. There is something different about this one I cannot put my finger on, but I would anticipate this is it. A very unique but balanced flavor.
M- This one goes down pretty smooth, but nothing special about the feel. Hits the tongue a bit hard but comes into its own nicely.
I wasn't expecting this brew to be as good as it was, but for anyone who likes big IIPAs, it is definetely worth the taste.
05-10-2011 20:30:56 | More by MooreHopps
4/5 rDev -7%
A nice extra from holden303, hadn't reviewed a beer in a while so I thought I'd sit down with this double IPA to end my day. Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head shaped pint. The beer pours a nice hazy orange with a thin white foam head. A few swirls of the glass leave sheets of oily sticky lacing behind.
The smell is nice. A blast of grapefruit, lemon zest and hints of mango and pine. There is a little nectarine sweetness that suggests some malt, but it's a nice citrus sweet, just the kind I like. The nose is too faint for high marks, but very solid.
The taste follows the smell closely. The grapefruit, lemon and pineapple dominate first and foremost, followed by a bitter pine characteristic. There is a quick flash of citrus sweetness, along with some candied sugar, but that is quickly washed away by bitter orange peel hoppiness.
The beer is well carbonated and the alcohol is well hidden. I think my favorite abv for a double IPA is 8%, anytime a beer goes over 9 the alcohol sweetness just slightly intrudes on all the hops I crave. This is a really good double IPA, not on par with Pliny, Abner or Heady Topper but very close. Glad I got to try it.
05-10-2011 04:34:19 | More by rpstevens
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Not to play favorites, but Odell IPA got me to be a hophead long ago. I feel like Odell's water source must be perfect for hoppy beers.
This pours a yellow, golden haze, yet when settling pretty clear. The smell doesn't quite hit pliny but lots of grapefruit/citris hoppiness. This is not a malty hop bomb like Maharaja, but more like Pliny where it does a good balance of malts and over-hoppiness. At 9.3% you can barely taste the alcohol. Silky mouthfeel which I credit the water again.
I'm glad this hop juice is available to me.
05-09-2011 13:47:50 | More by KCHopHead
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
12oz. bottle poured into a duvel.
A: Pours a hazy deep copper/blended gold with a two finger egg shell head. Good lacing and retention throughout consumption.
S: Hop forward with excellent citrus notes and pine hops. Grapefruit and lemons are predominant here. A little caramel runs deep in there too.
T: Taste matches the aroma pretty well. I get a bit more malt than the nose.
M: Myrcenary is very balanced. The hops and carbonation are blended very well. A little on the thicker side but not enough to make me think twice.
O: I enjoyed Myrcenary. I've had better but I'm glad Odell put this into their regular rotation. A very good DIPA I could see being a stable in my fridge.
05-07-2011 06:14:11 | More by shawnp
4.97/5 rDev +15.6%
Had enough of these in bottle form to get a good idea of the beer.
a-pour with a good head, murky golden in color. Lacing is great, head never breaks. I like the sediment at the bottom. In this case it is a result of Odell's new centrifugation process that keeps a lot of the oils and protiens in the beer. I got all of it into the glass and you can tell!
s-more obvious in bottle form is the fruit, grapefruit, pine, and pure hop smell. Smell opens up nicely with it warming up in the hand. Tons of complex notes here.
t-Excellent. Great balance to the hops with malts, but it is a hop forward beer. Taste gets more complex with time and warmth. Hard to tell this beer is 9%+. No heat or harshness. The bottle I got was bottled a few days prior to my tasting, so this had some great fresh hop to it. It is not one dimensional hop with more hop beer. It has a lot of undertones to the flavor that closly follow the nose of the beer. Great finish that last for a few, but is clean after it leaves.
m-oily, and a little sticky. This beer has great body that suits the profile well. Not thick, but not a watery beer. Coats your mouth and delivers the flavors well.
o-I can say that this beer will not let a DIPA lover down. It starts out well and keeps my intrest through the serving. I think this rivials the Pliny's in all fields. Odell's hit it out of the park with this beer, glad it will be around all year. This is the biggest beer from Odell's offered in a 12oz format.
05-05-2011 02:21:42 | More by
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
absolutely terrific IIPA! don't pass this one up... apparently named after MYRCENE an "essential oil of several plants including bay, ylang-ylang, wild thyme, and hops."
pours a pristine light, golden amber. this is like pure fresh lake water.... one of those lakes where you can see 20 and 30 feet down -- clear all the way to the bottom. some hints of grapefruit in the nose but also a rich oiliness...
the drink is really excellent. fruity hop resins upfront, and then a strong hit of bitter -- but it is like a tart candy... the malt base is really strong, it provides the perfect sweet richness to support the over the top fresh hop profile.
this is an impressive beer. i am very happy. this is right up there with Pliny and the rest.
05-05-2011 00:52:00 | More by colforbin73
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
12oz bottle picked up in a trade at dark lord day. thanks mnbears fan! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.
A- this one pours out a translucent lighter than expected light golden orange colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head doesnt stick around for too long, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.
S- woah, hoppy. the initial whiff brings forth lots of hops. very heavy on the grapefruit with lesser other citric smells (orange zest and pineapple). there are also piny hops in here and some floral notes. sweet caramel malt backs this one up at the end.
T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts and some ligth toasted bread like notes. after that this beer becomes all about the hops. lots and lots of grapefruit. some pineapple, orange zest, and floral hops come through also. a moderate amount of pine comes through.
M- the body is on the lighter side of full. the carbonation is on the lighter side of average. there is a mild warming from the alcohol.
D- this is a pretty intense beer, even for a bigger style like DIPA. glad i got the chance to try this. ill look for some more if i find myself in an area of distribution.
05-04-2011 11:55:36 | More by jwinship83
4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, of-white head of foam. Looks beautiful
S - smells strongly of grapefruit, orange and pine. Smells very "fresh"
T - It had a sweet caramel flavor with delicious grapefruit, citrus and pine hop bitterness. Very smooth.
M - Very clean and crisp
O - Absolutely love this beer. Probably my favorite IPA
05-03-2011 02:12:23 | More by buffs9
4.43/5 rDev +3%
This beer pours a dark honey golden with a hint of orange with a half inch of head that leaves lacing down the glass. The aroma is a very strong tropical fruit, a bit of melon and a slight sweetness. The taste is sweet, massive tropical fruit, a sweet malty pastry undertone and a slightly bitter finish. This is a delicous hop forward tropical fruit DIPA. It drinks quite smooth for 9.3% ABV.
05-02-2011 00:13:13 | More by cpolking
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks to Buffs9 for suggesting this to me in our recent trade. Before he mentioned it, I had never heard of it. Into my Duvel tulip went a 12 ounce bottle.
A: Crystal clear pale gold, three finger soapy white head that never loses its full cap, crazy lacing. 5/5
S: I just died and went to the tropics. Canned pineapple, fresh squeezed orange juice, and mango make this a citrus bomb. It could have some more depth to the hop profile but I still dig it. 4.5/5
T: A touch of sweet malt give this a solid backbone to support the ample amount of juicy hops. Again with the pineapple and tropical hops taking the forefront, a semi-decent dash of grapefruit pith give a nice lingering bitter finish. It definitely has a purpose by my assessment. This is no Plan killer, it's a Hop slam assassin! 4.5/5
M: Full, creamy, and a low amount of carbonation. Finishes fairly clean. 4/5
O: I like this a lot. It's among the best American IIPA's I've yet to try. I have a feeling that like a lot of similar beers, this is definitely one that is going to lose a lot of its panache the longer it sits on the shelf. Get one of these NOW! 4/5
05-01-2011 05:00:29 | More by hopsbreath
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Pours a clear gold color, mild carbonation, and a nice fluffy white head.
S - Aroma is grapefruit and floral, some pine, and a biscuity malt background.
T - Taste is pretty balanced and stable throughout. A biscuity malt base lays a stable undercoating for the hops to come rolling in over the top carrying mostly a grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and pine flavor with them. The fruit bitterness is moderate but not agressive and blends well with the malt. There's an ever so slight spicy character that adds a really nice touch.
M - The body of this beer is thick, and errs on the side of medium heavy. Very smooth as it rolls over the tongue and coats the mouth with a layer of fruit and a semi-dry finish.
O - This is a definite winner and worth checking out. I'm really enjoying this big beer from Odell - nice job!
04-30-2011 01:29:03 | More by jzeilinger
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
Beer is yellow with a nice white head that leaves some lacing on the glass, retention isn't great as it appears to be on the lighter side of carbonation.
Aroma is quite floral and mildly earthy. Some citrus hops in there, seems like a little bit of an aged aroma.
Beer is medium in body, mildly sweet on the front with a nice grinding earthiness to the body that fills out on the end. Good finish with strong bitterness, overall a decent IPA. I'd like to try it on draft sometime.
04-29-2011 03:41:58 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a light golden color, crystal clear, with a pithy white head. Sticky lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Aromas are great, floral and citrusy, excellently hopped. Taste is smooth yet stiff, the big abv is masked well with a huge hop forward smack. Lots of resiny hop and dried apricot. A solid DIPA, send me more. Thanks to daniloknezic for the tasty extra.
04-29-2011 00:33:38 | More by Tripphop
Myrcenary Double IPA from Odell Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.