Hiveranno - Odell Brewing Company
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1.6/5 rDev -55.9%
A dear friend opened this up in Vermont this past weekend with high hopes, fantasties already shredded, mysteries denuded, glasses empty. The cork popped we sat in the glow of the mountain's moon and the dim Christmas lights. Seasonable carbonation, and a sexy label make for a promising redemptive opportunity.
One puff and the dream is battered back down into the fryer. Something a little too weird about this one. I've both poured out and tried to turn to distill batches of homebrew that smelled like this mixture of rambutan and rank citrus. There is a sourness there but the funk is also slightly reminiscent of bandaids. It is unpleasant.
The taste is similarly painful. Plasticky citrus sour funk and weird fruit. Mostly undrinkable. I want to be interested, and I am, which is how I end up with multiple pours. But my interest is some sort of masochistic fascination with liquid.
Between 5 of us we drink half the bottle. 2 brave souls attempt to finish the bottle the next morning, one of which even declaring "It's much better after sitting out all night." After more testing, it is decreed that it is exactly the same as the night before, only a bit flatter.
I'm thinkin we got some wild yeast that just don't make things right in here. That happens..and I ain't mad atcha.
09-07-2011 07:08:26 | More by dragonWhale
2.38/5 rDev -34.4%
On tap, into a tulip.
Murky rose, browning mud. Cream head that leaves an impressive lacing. Smell is of grapefruit rind, some Belgian esters, light fruit. Tacky in the mouth with little tartness to back up the feel. Small caramel and dried fruit with no funk, little tartness, a sweetness I wasn't expecting, pretty much an unimpressive pile of flavors that don't mesh and don't work.
The only thing that really stands out is that grapefruit rind flavor, which I love. There is nothing behind it to reinforce the brew, leaving me feeling like a fool who bit some citrus peel.
10-21-2011 17:00:49 | More by olympuszymurgus
2.65/5 rDev -27%
750ml bottle opened after three months of sitting at room temperature. Unfortunately it was still flat... Dark brown-orange color with no head (obviously). Smells a little bit like dirty diaper, brett, oak, uhh not terrible but not great. Flavor was not at all sour but more brett and malt with some acidity. I was not able to finish this bottle unfortunately, a real let down after Deconstruction.
09-28-2011 02:55:01 | More by ArrogantB
2.85/5 rDev -21.5%
Yet another flat Odell sour shared by MbpBugeye. We really appreciated your intentions Seth, just bad luck I suppose. I really want to like these beers...
A - Flat, burnt umber color.
S - Smells dry hopped (cascade?), a bit of citrus in there.
T - mildly citric, acidic bacteria and strong bitterness. Some cherry meandering around, but in all a bit on the bland side. Lack of carbonation isn't helping though.
M/O - Flat. Ermm... Well, this had potential, but I think even with perfect carbonation this is one of the beers that sounds better on paper (or beernews.org) than it is in reality.
12-31-2011 05:34:00 | More by Spider889
3.45/5 rDev -5%
Shared a bottle of this one last night with Schmittymack. Poured a clear amber-brown color with only a few bubbles on top. Aromas of oak, tobacco and some light horse blanket. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, kind of thin and watery, slightly tart, with flavors of oak and some dark fruit.
06-16-2011 21:23:51 | More by emmasdad
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
717th Review on BA
Bottle to OSWG
Thanks to Spdyfire83 for this one!
App- A multitude of browns and reds in this glass. A ring of tiny bubbles around the edges but no head. A bit of a let down to me but a couple reviews said this was intentional.
Smell- A bit watered down tart and aciditic with some dampness and some cherry flavors and some oak.
Taste- Its above average but im still a little let down. This was a bit thin and small. The ABV is very well hidden and with this mostly some fruit and oak shine through.
Mouth- A bit thin bodied and low carbonation. A nice tannic residual flavor.
Drink- Well it was new and different. I dont get the yeast notes but much more of a red wine tannin note. Bottle says 0739, not sure if this is bottle # but I dont think I am coming back to this except on tap if I ever found it.
08-15-2011 04:15:14 | More by FosterJM
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; September 2011
Arrives from the tap with a lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a mostly clear, nice amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a definite Brettanomyces signature to it, with lots of cured plastic and medicinal phenolics to it. In fact this dominates the aroma of the beer, if you pay attention though there is some brown bread malt character to this beer as well as some dried hay like grain notes and perhaps a touch of wholesome caramelized grain character. After some time some over-ripe cheese notes and a touch of muskiness starts to be noticeable in the nose as well. A touch of tartness accentuates a general fruitiness that suggest of plums and perhaps ripe figs.
Somewhat full bodied, the beer isn’t overly heavy, but definitely sticks to the palate with a viscous quality to it; this ends up being a definite sipping beer. The beer tastes somewhat tart, malty (in a toasted malt / biscuit malt / crystal malt like way), funky and somewhat fruity. Specific flavors of curing plastics, ample white pepper, spicy oak, a fresh-cut-plank woodiness, a fair amount of brown bread character, definite English biscuit character, lightly tart plums, a touch of sour date notes. A touch of buttery oak character mixes with some musky, sort of dried sweat and cheesiness in the finish. The tart plum notes at times have a rich, almost concentrated plum character to it, this can seem layered by a caramelized / brown sugar / sort of complex grain-fruitiness (if that last makes sense).
This beer is markedly more complex that the New Belgium Kick and Clutch that I have had recently, but this beer is evidence that complexity isn’t always the best thing to strive for; it doesn’t achieve the integrated whole that a really great beer needs to, but having said that, this is certainly not a bad beer. It has a bit too much phenolic character, this can be a bit distracting at time, though if you are used to these flavors this beer can be fairly enjoyable. This is definitely a beer I would have to be in the mood for. I am not quite sure that I am there right now. As the beer warms up it smells more tart than it actually is in the flavor; this beer really could use a more substantial sourness as a strong lactic component would help to integrate the rampant funkiness and mute the ample malt character. In the end I would describe this as a substantially Brett influenced, malty, strong Amber ale; and, it really is actually pretty decent.
02-12-2012 18:57:19 | More by Gueuzedude
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
Served on tap at the Haute Dish in Minneapolis
A - pours a murky brownish red with a creamy head
S - smells a little woodsy and spicy with bright fruits
T - starts with a strong caramel malts that lay the base of the beer. This fades to a touch of vinegar complemented by a really nice blend of dark fruits (plums and grapes) with some apples and a bit of cherry. Tobacco is in the mix somewhere as well. Ends with a little bit of grassy and bitter hops and a bit of sourness. Really fruity overall.
M - creamy mouthfeel with a nice full body
D - pretty solid American wild ale. Really nice flavor profile and solid drinkability. I was shocked to see this one on tap and would recommend seeking it out if possible.
07-07-2011 01:45:47 | More by birchstick
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
On-tap at the brewery, psyched to try this one. This is what makes Odell one of my favorite breweries - quality, consistent, classic American craft styles, and then the adventurous side that cultures a local wild yeast and brews a barrel aged beer with it. Here we go...pours a garnet amber hue with a thin dose of white bubbles. Mostly big and malty with the barrel notes poking through...caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, earthy hop flavor. Here comes the yeast...musty basement, moldy wood, ripe tropical fruit (all subtle flavors, mind you). Really interesting and remarkable considering the unpredictable nature of culturing your own yeast, but it doesn't quite come together as a fully realized product. Kudos on the experimentation and keep pushing the edge.
06-18-2012 19:06:55 | More by bump8628
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a clear amber with a white head.
Smells of tropical fruit hop character, grapefruit, and other brett-ish characters. Really great nose.
Tastes of brett up front with some hop character. It has the sour funk that is slightly tart but not overly sour.
Lighter body with medium carbonation work OK for the beer. It's a bit too light for my taste.
This beer has good fruit and brett characters with a great nose but the rest of the beer doesn't match up...it just doesn't quite mesh, though, not bad per say.
10-07-2011 13:37:25 | More by TenHornsProud
Hiveranno from Odell Brewing Company
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