Orlio Organic Seasonal India Pale Ale | Orlio Organic Beer Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Orlio Organic Seasonal India Pale AleOrlio Organic Seasonal India Pale Ale
Very Good
34 Ratings
Orlio Organic Seasonal India Pale AleOrlio Organic Seasonal India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Orlio Organic Beer Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
56 IBU

Brewed with Pale, Munich, Caramel and Carapils malts, hopped and dry-hopped with Centennial.

Added by jpagewatts on 03-26-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of loosey
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very pretty pour, auburn tinged copper, slightly hazy but with one hell of a huge head on top, i gave it 7 minutes to die down a bit and it made all these cool shapes as it collapsed, left 2 inches of lacing that you couldn't see through and stayed lumpy floating on top

smell earthy piney hop, some sweet citrus too, powerful, doesn't require a big whiff at all, like hugging a huge christmas tree then decorating it in the woods and choosing to leaving it in peace and just put your presents under a sustainable wood log you salvaged from a sit in at a logging site

taste is clean, hop bite is immediate but malt is present in the front and middle, like hopping in haystacks with girls with green sweaters and recycled rubber soled hiking boots, full bitter finish wraps around the sides and back of my tongue like a mummy fleece sleeping bag on an eco-tour rest stop

moderately carbonated, mouth is light, finish is a dry and woody... this is a fairly hoppy beer with very well rounded characters... if you're like me, and were going to camp in a federal or state reserve, and it was a carry-in carry-out location, but you typically drink too much and get agitated by the crickets and glowing predatory eyes in the darkness and end up throwing bottles around beyond your limited morning hangover line of vision, you could feel less guilty about your despicable carbon footprint by strictly drinking this on that trip

 1,422 characters

Photo of mike24
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden colour with a little orange tint, slight haze, thin head and some nice lacing.

S: strong citrus hop smell with a sweet malt back, very fruity and sweet

T: fresh and crisp, some hop oil, but mostly fruity, maybe pineapple. nice malt backbone with some grain backbone.

M: creamy smooth mouthfeel. nice palate coating body without being syrupy.

D: great drinkability, and at under 6% this is a great beer to have around and to share with beer newbies.

 462 characters

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with Drink By Aug08 on the label. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a slightly hazy orange with a medium-sized white head, and some of the most impressive lacing I have ever seen. Citrus and pine aroma, very nice. Citrus and piney taste, with a pronounced, somewhat unpleasant, hop bitterness at the end. This bitterness really prevails. A little bit resinous in the mouth. Not a bad IPA, but I have many others that I prefer.

 443 characters

Photo of DaggerEyes
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light copper with a one finger high head. Really nice lacing.

Sweet malts, biscuity/toasty, a little caramel. Sweet citrus (orange, ruby red grapefruit) pine sappy hop aromas.

Well balanced flavor profile that is very in line with what one detects on the aroma. A very solid IPA, in no way over the top with the hops, just very well crafted.

light/medium body that feels a bit fuller than it is cause it foams up a bit in the mouth. Good fine bubbled carbonation. Very clean finish.

Very drinkable....SESSION AWAY!

 537 characters

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never understood why there was a need for a new company for their jump into the organic brands. Unnecessary overhead IMO. Perhaps one of the most amazing lacing shows on a beer I have seen in a while. Huge chunks of white lace from a three fingered head don't waver unless a full on sip passes by. Clear dim golden color. The aroma screams citric with Mandarin and Clementine, slight sweet toasted muffin nose within. Smooth and creamy with a moderate carbonation and body. Bitterness is there, the hops let me know right away. Not sharp but more of a broad swing at the taste buds. Lots of hop flavor to go around with a citric, herbal and earthen tone. Maltiness comes in waves with sweet honey basted biscuits to a fresh cut grass flavor. Mild fruitiness from the yeast as well as a mild buttery presence.

I have tried a good share of organic beers, this one is pretty damn tasty. A must try for all IMO and a great beer to try if you want to experience a beer brewed with just Centennial hops.

 1,000 characters

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

A: Pours a dark copper orange color.

S: sweet malt and some spicy hopping and some fruitiness from the yeast.

T: Light spicy citrus with clean malting. The beer is lightly carbonated yet still produces a nice aroma and yeastiness. A good complexity of malt and hops and probably one of the better organic beers I've had.

M: mouthful is light with a little cereal grains and light toasted notes.

D: A decent try for those into organic beers.

 447 characters

Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to buy this in a growler to see how well Orlio beers are when fresh.

Color: Pours a light golden copper color with a frothy head.

Aroma: Malty, biscuity with mild hop aroma. Seems clean and balanced in the aroma.

Taste: Hoppy upfront with biscuity flavor in the middle. Smooth. Has a good mix of bitterness. Feels more balanced than HiPA and more fuller than Lucky Kat (compared because they are MH brews and MH owns Orlio).

Mouthfeel: Bitterness that's somewhat fruity/biscuity. Not very dry. Full.

Verdict: For some reason, not as great as I remember it. The hops might have been changed or reduced as the piney scent from the bottled version is not there. Still much of what I remember. MH is known to tweak recipes though and I wouldn't be surprised if they've done that with this Orlio brew. Still very decent.

 834 characters

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a 09/07 drink by date. The appearance is a cloudy, dark orange color topped off by a 11/2 finger white head, that leaves nice sticky lacing. There is a medium sized crown of foam well after the pour.

The aroma is both sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit is part of the aroma as well as other sweet fruits. The taste holds some nice hop bitterness and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Overall, a pretty decent IPA.

 431 characters

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass with this one!
Pours like you'd expect an IPA to pour. Rich copper color that's a bit hazy in the body and leaves behind some decent lace.
The scent is almost more of a punch in the nose than an aroma, but aroma it still is. Bitter and hoppy is what the scents tell me.
Flavors don't surprise you after that hop-punch. This has gone to the point of being a bit too one dimensional with bitter hops. Some malt resides in the background but it's a wallflower. Bitter hops are in charge of this party.
The finish is long and resinous. The degree of carbonation finally lets up on the resinous experience making this mostly refreshing.
A bit too lopsided for my taste to consider it highly drinkable but if this was available and I needed a good load of hops I would certainly consider it.
Managed to snag a six of this on sale at a Gristede's, for $7, where everything else was sorely over priced. As far as that goes I can't complain in the least. T'is worth a try.

 981 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded amber gold. No head sticks around too long here. Nose is a vibrant orange with . Flavor is a woody and tart hop character. Slight touch of a salty edge. Meaty and thick. Feel is thick on the liquid with a pretty full level of bubble. Very drinkable. Definitely a session brew. Plus, for the people who care...it's organic.

 338 characters

Photo of BeerTruth
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

I figured I'd give some organic Vermont hippies a shot, let's see how this one does.

Pours a dark sunset gold with a with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Stickiness is pretty good, nice amount of thick webbing on the sides. Smell is a very grassy hop aroma with some dirty scents as well. There seems to be an interesting combination of cucumber and grapefruit as well. Pretty big dry citrus flavors up front with a big earthy background. Some pale malt flavors emerge with a bit of lemongrass as well. Aftertaste is semi-dry with a hint of pine. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with a mild carbonation. Pretty damn good organic brew, I would definitiely choose this one over Wolaver's anyday.

 774 characters

Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour with a big chunky white head that has good retention time and also leaves a healthy smattering of residue all over the glass.

Aroma is hoppy, with pine being the primary hop note, but balanced with some earthy malt along with some sweetness from the malt as well. Simple and nice.

Flavour is more of the same: simple but solid. Rugged notes seem to come out a bit more here vs sweeter notes, and the hops are nicely balanced with the malt. Hops still do of course lead the way, but they are not overpowering in any way, as many of even regular IPA's can tend to be these days, let alone Double IPA's. It's nice to taste a traditional, moderately hopped IPA for a change. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it.

This one was simply solid all around. Easy drinking and flavourful without over doing anything. this Orlio stuff from Magic Hat is two for two so far in my opinion.

 942 characters

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

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with limesmut.

A: The IPA is a hazy mimosa color, looking thick and bright orange darkened a bit by some coffee. The head was nothing to bark about up front and never recovered from there.

S: The nose is grainy, almost vegetal at times (specifically celery). The hops are appreciably bitter but they struggle to outdistance the malt body.

T: The taste, thankfully, presents a more bitter profile than the nose leads on. The bitterness is citrusy, full of grapefruit and herbal flavors. The malt base, quite strong in the nose, is more reserved taste-wise. The graininess is evident but it knows to stay out of the way of the hops.

M: The hop profile is just barely big enough to move beyond APA. Me? I'd love to see a bit more of hoppy finish.

D: The flavor is mild with enough hops to keep things lively. There is nothing, flavor-wise that screams 'organic', which is the point, I guess.

 928 characters

Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a thin diminishing head. The aroma was of sweet caramel and floral citrus hops. The taste was slightly dominated by earthy citrus hops with a good sweet malt backbone. The beer was rather light with a slight bit of carbonation. This is certainly an enjoyable IPA, but not one I'd choose often when others are available.

 345 characters

Photo of phisig137
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by end of Sept 07. Not knowing the brewery, I don't know how far they date their beers, but that seems pretty close to the current date for it to be all that fresh...

Pours a deep gold/ light amber color, with a one finger head. Poor retention, but great lacing.

The aroma is mostly floral hop aromas, with just a touch of citrus hops. Almost perfume-y. Very round and balanced.

Flavor is quite similar, being dominated by a very floral hop flavor, but this time with a good deal more grapefruit flavors. Malt is hidden, and shows only the smallest amount of crystal malt sweetness. Medium to light bodied, and slightly undercarbonated. Goes down easily, and drinkability is pretty good.

Over all, not bad at all. In the past, I've always thought that organic hops just didn't cut it. This beer shows that organic hops can still be delicious. That being said, I would like to see more hop complexity... this is just a bit one sided. But if you're looking for a refreshing, moderately hoppy, organic beer, this is a good place to start.

 1,066 characters

Photo of Durge
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale rust colored brew but the head is a chewy frothy off-white cover, about 1-2 fingers, that calms down to a thin blanket with some healthy lacing. The aroma is wonderful, not overpowering, just a solid sweet hops and a little malt, a little apple topping it off. Very nice. The first mouthful is mellow, lightly, but adequately carbonated, and delivers that piney hops you look for in an ipa. This is very smooth and goes down quickly. There is a bit of alcohol finish with a very subtle touch of licorice in the bitterness. Some peachy highlights perhaps. Just very pleasant and enough hops here without offending the faint of heart. I would like to drink more than one for sure. This is somewhat middle of the road for ipa fans, and a bit sweet, but I am quite satisfied with it. Orlio does it again. Go organic people!

 826 characters

Photo of mshallah
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orlio Organic has been around for some months now and I have to admit I took a while to try them out. This IPA had the lowest price on the craft beer shelf ($6.95/6-pack) and it's also quite a little surprise. A beautiful orange color with a pillow of foam that fades oh so slowly. Sticky sticky. Sweet malt aroma with a huge hop bouquet. Website lists centennial as the sole hop variety. Hop aroma is a pine forest with sticky sap. Taste is full of flavor but not too big for a session. Sweet sticky fruity maltiness and lots of dry-hopped goodness. Medium light mouthfeel; the body seems light for the style but doesn't lessen the enjoyment. Given the great taste, price and availability in my area, this will be a frequent purchase.

 735 characters

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at 40F from 12 oz amber twist off into Boston Lager glass.

Pours elegantly with a thick body and crystal clear amber color. Generates perfect 1-1/2 inch stark white head dissolving promptly leaving great lacing.

Aroma is stong, spicy, malty with hoppy note that seems to diminish as it warms.

Flavor is bitter up front, musky hop flavor, finishing with maltiness, and then a softness that leaves the mouth feeling flat, with residual sweetness and finally lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel is fair with body, but the bitter front edge combined with the soft finish and tongue-coating sweetness hurts the presentation.

Drinkability is OK, with the heavy body and lingering finish, goes down like a 7%+ ABV beer, not a 5.6%.

 741 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with some bisquit malts and a mild hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a balanced attack of malts and hops that go down easy and finish smooth and creamy. It has a toasted/bisquity flavor along with a mild hop flavor. It's good tasting. It's nothing over the top, just a real good IPA. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I like everything about it; a fine session ale.

 624 characters

Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first review in over a year. been using this site mostly for research.

i had never seen this before, i didnt really care that this is organic either, but it was recommended to me by jdiddy.

a: dark golden color, little head, doesnt stay long. little lacing

s: woody, piney, expected of an IPA

t: more bitter than sweet, still a nice balance. a little bit of citrus zest.

m: smooth, if a little lite. i am used to stone or titan, huge IPAs.

d: not a bad IPA. i would buy it again. could probably go through a 6 in an afternoon. probably good with a bbq. pork chops anyone? i could even see drinking this with lamb chops or some herb marinated chicken.

 670 characters

Photo of oelergud
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy translucent golden orange body, huge white airy head with great retention and lace.
WOW great smell. Pine hops, grass, mountain streams comes to mind.
Taste is even better, god damn great. Almost a caramel apple kicked full of hop oils. So deliciously hoppy but also full of malts. Aftertaste is a mellow spiked rush of nirvana.
Medium to full body, lots of coating and stinging hop sensation.
Very drinkable, very tasty, damn good!


 454 characters

Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright amber with golden highlights, with a clean white head that fades to a dusting but nonetheless leaves some nice lace. The nose is full of American hops, with bright citrus fruits and a touch of honey-nut malts. It's not a deep nose, but a pleasant one. The taste is nicely balanced between some sweet citrus notes (with sour edges) and citric/piney bitterness. Some strawberry fruits pop up at the mid-palate. Mouthfeel is a nice mix of brash and rough, but nothing harsh. Very good for the style. Overall, this is good, drinkable IPA. It's got some brisk bitterness that isn't harsh... it's almost sessionable, or it would be without that high ABV. This is a flavorful, balanced IPA that happens to be organic... nice.

 740 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with a twist off cap and "please drink before..." dating notched onto the label. Pours basic, middle of the road, almond amber, moderatly hazy, hazed. Plentiful medium tan head, showing better the average retention and leaving plenty of thickish sticky lacing. Nose is upfront, in your face leafy hoppyness, nice. Pleasant hoppy brew. Resiny, fresh tasting hop notes, resiny later in the taste/hop profile. A pleasant suprise to spot this one and have it turn out to be a quite drinkable and enjoyable AIPA. Organic to boot, save the planet, enjoy fresh tasting, worthy beer.

 585 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Orlio Organic Seasonal India Pale Ale from Orlio Organic Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 34 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.