1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Celastrina - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
CelastrinaCelastrina

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Celastrina, or Hops Blue, is a tiny blue butterfly found living on wild hop plants along the Front Range of Colorado. Little is known about this rare species, but we hope to change that. Celastrina Saison pays tribute to this winged creature with delicate hints of banana and clove-like flavor, typical of a traditional Saison, that flutter with a subtle spice character derived only from the hops used. $1 from each bottle sold will go to the Colorado Natural Heritage Program to help fund research of the Hops Blue butterfly.

(Beer added by: Moose90 on 05-23-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes dated 11/9/13. Enjoyed out of a brown cork & caged 750 mL bottle. I'm pretty sure there was a date on this one, but I don't seem to have written it down in my notes. Poured into a small snifter.

Appearance - A hazy, golden honey color, with a wide range of shades of orange and yellow and even some darker amber highlights where the body is shaded by the big rocky stark white head. At about three fingers, I'm forced to settle in for the long haul as it slowly dissipates, leaving strings of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. The bubbles expand and leave a honeycomb of enormous pocks. Also leaves faint rings around the glass once I finally start drinking it down. The foam never completely disappears--well, not until I polish off the last drop anyway.

Smell - Lots of light, floral aromas with a subtle sweetness like fresh baked pastries. Almost like walking through a field of wildflowers. Some fruity phenols as well with a VERY faint banana aroma and some clove spice, but nothing that really stands out. Overall, this one smells like a pleasant blend of "polite" aromas, if you will. In other words, it's a tasty saison that I can't imagine being able to offend anyone's individual palate.

Taste - A little more aggressive than the smell, now I pick up a little bit of faint pungency (if pungency can be faint) from the hops, although it doesn't overpower the still dominant floral tones. Here the clove and some peppery spice become more present, as well as generic yeasty phenols. The banana I detected in the aroma is not really present in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant and light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation--more than moderate. Finish is semi-dry and entices the next sip.

Overall, a more than competent offering from Odell. Not as hoppy and bright as their Wellspring dry-hopped saison, but it exhibits a deft touch and a smell/flavor profile that would work well with many types of food. The yeast is the hero of this pleasant farmhouse ale, but it doesn't overpower. Would love to see this one get brewed again moving forward.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 21:43:58 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
Photo of ananh
ananh

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-23-2014 21:05:45 | More by ananh
Photo of DRTBrewster
DRTBrewster

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-22-2014 21:12:51 | More by DRTBrewster
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a darker yellow. Mostly clear bodied. Big, sudsy head. Also the cork almost took out my eye when opening.

S-Smells a bit phenolic. Quite floral. Some banana. Also some apple juice. Lightly spicy.

T-Sweet with some grassy hops. Just as phenolic as the nose. Some lighter honey flavor. Plenty of floral flavors. Bananas. Some breadiness and finishing spice.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. A little bit creamy. Hint of booze.

O-Mostly tasty. Nothing groundbreaking here.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 23:40:14 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of BeerDawgs
BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Odell Brewery - June 2013

A - Golden, with clarity, 1 finger of head and some sticky lace left on the glass
A -4.75: Huge hop kick in the nose! Amazing bitter and sweet.
T - 4.5: Perfect well balanced DIPA. A little more sweet than bitter. Incredible taste
M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Great on the palate
O - As good a DIPA as you will ever find. Clone this one, and pass it around. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2014 04:21:06 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of miggs3030
miggs3030

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-04-2014 05:06:20 | More by miggs3030
Photo of BeersAndBears
BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-24-2014 02:43:52 | More by BeersAndBears
Photo of DaftPatrick
DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-17-2014 23:39:23 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of baybum
baybum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-03-2014 13:37:58 | More by baybum
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-31-2014 08:15:54 | More by zestar
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

05-31-2014 04:10:51 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of iL0VEbeer
iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-11-2014 23:57:28 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of udubdawg
udubdawg

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-26-2014 13:10:26 | More by udubdawg
Photo of Kahlerbock
Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-26-2014 01:04:21 | More by Kahlerbock
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-06-2014 00:25:58 | More by afsdan
Photo of MandaMichelle
MandaMichelle

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-17-2014 00:22:03 | More by MandaMichelle
Photo of Fettpopps
Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-16-2014 12:34:44 | More by Fettpopps
Photo of Timbo86
Timbo86

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-01-2014 17:08:25 | More by Timbo86
Photo of dozier77
dozier77

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-06-2014 05:45:40 | More by dozier77
Photo of dillon_1005
dillon_1005

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-02-2014 02:00:19 | More by dillon_1005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast, spice, and slight citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the carbonation level on this one is a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:19:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-20-2014 17:36:13 | More by GRG1313
Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
AnthemOfTheSun

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-16-2014 07:16:39 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
Photo of Gregwa
Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-06-2014 02:02:40 | More by Gregwa
Photo of tbone1384
tbone1384

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-05-2014 14:48:08 | More by tbone1384
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Celastrina from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.