GWAR Beer Oderus Ale
Cigar City Brewing

GWAR Beer Oderus AleGWAR Beer Oderus Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.98 | pDev: 7.54%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
GWAR Beer Oderus AleGWAR Beer Oderus Ale
Notes: This special batch of GWAR BEER was brewed exclusively for the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q in Richmond, Virginia by Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, Florida. Food, Fun, Babes, Sun! Life’s not like that. GWAR BEER, when life gets a little too real. RIP Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 112
Photo of DrMullet
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden yellow with minimal head and very thin lacing.
Smell is light, sweet grain and a bit of tropical fruit.
Taste is sweet melon followed by mild citrus hops.
Not as gimmicky as I feared.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Pours quite clear - a nice light gold, with average visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white head with good retention.

S: Not huge, but decent. Melon, tropical fruits, and citrus hops, all overlying the lightest of cracker malts. Milder notes of dank and spicy hops as well.

T: Melon, tropical fruit, and a bit of spicy hops. The cracker malt backbone stays almost entirely out of the way. There's some citrus pith and dank and more tropical fruit nearer to the swallow. Moderate bitterness in the hang, along with more fruity hop flavors.

M: A light crisp body, good levels of carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: A solid, crisp, and easy to drink APA (though style information is lacking on the label). I would definitely grab these occasionally if they were regularly available. I do wish Cigar City would transform the annual Tropical Heatwave offering into something more like this.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear and golden colored, with a frothy three fingers capping the liquid; stringy lacing and good retention

Smell Papaya, pineapple and melon

Taste: Tropical fruit forward, with the papaya and melon prominent; bitter aspirin and hay flavors develop, in the middle, with the pineapple arriving in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The bitterness in the middle threw me for a loop for a few swallows, as I wasn't sure what was going on but the other flavors developed and, while I typically don't like aspirin in my APA and IPA profiles, I really enjoyed this

Thanks, Ravishing44, for the opportunity

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Photo of Hop_God
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very clear light yellow. Mustard seed hues thin loose opaque bubbles

S: citrus and topical fruit. Fresh hops. Floral notes.

T: resin. Citrus pith. Tropical fruit peel. Bitter grass

F: crisp bite. Floral palate coating

O: solid IPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, golden yellow coloring, with a ton of carbonation in the body feeding a foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of grassy and citrusy hops, with a solid dose of lemon grass, papaya, and tangerine. Flavors are peppery and grassy forward, followed by a bolt of sweet fruit, both citrus and tropical. Lemon, tangerine, papaya, and mango come together in a balanced fruit profile, but the citrus also provides some solid tart and acidic character. There are some grapefruit notes present towards the end of the palate, for sure. Citrus sweet and herbal balance in the aftertaste, on a light, crisp body. The finish is smooth and clean, with a tart and slightly acidic linger. Good, refreshing, warm weather beer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unretired, maybe every summer now? Pours a clear gold, thin fast fading soapy head, thin cap sticks, a few rings down the glass. Smell: lightly bready, grainy, spicy, faint pine needles. Taste: a little grapefruit, piney and a touch resinous, spicy, cracker back with some grape and apricot jam. Nice, simple, refreshing and tasty pounder that makes you want to spray fake blood over the first 10 rows.

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Photo of TH28
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. 7/19/16 can date. Appearance: Light golden orange, crystal clear, with moderate white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Grassy and lemon citrus hop aromas with a touch of bready malt Taste: Light bready malt quickly turning to a strong grassy hop bitterness with a touch of resin. Almost has a slight metallic note on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry with a resinous hop stickiness in the tongue. Grassy hop flavor is strong and lingers long after the finish. Overall: A very clean, easy drinking APA. Aggressively bitter for the style, and the grassy bitterness dominates to overall flavor of the beer, keeping it fairly simple and one dimensional. I’d prefer a little more balance but still a very good pale ale

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into can glass canned on 7/19

A: Light straw and gold color. Small light white head that clings to the glass. Beer has a great clarity.

S: Smells fruity berry like over ripe fruit rotted peaches cantaloupe

T: Nice round corn maltiness with a light berry slightly perfumey taste finishes nice and grainy.

M: Creamy slightly cloying perfumey taste clings to the tongue beer feels slightly heavy.

O: Very pleasant easy drinking beer with a nice grainy corn maltiness and light bread taste. The beer is rounded out by a nice fruitiness.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 16 oz can dated 7/19/16 poured into a Cigar City Spiegelau glass

A transparent pale gold. Big soapy white head.

Smells very grainy and earthy. Some grassy/floral and pithy citrus aromas, but mostly malt.

It tastes more balanced than it smells, but plenty of pale, butter cracker malt to go around. Some fruity esthers/pithy orange, a bit of green herbal flavor and a lot of bitterness. Much more bitterness than hop flavor. Has a very hay/straw like aftertaste.

Body is light. A little bit drying due to the bitterness.

A very good pale that I would describe as old school. Maybe more of an English style.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm surprised that this beer hasn't received a bit more acclaim. usually one-offs are mediocre despite the pedigree.

L - A beautiful straw color, this beer looks like a pal ale should

S- a little sour and a little funky, grass notes and a bit of citrus abound.

T- a wonderful dank grass, with citrus and a hint of pine. slight hints of tropical fruit and an ever so slightly minty aftertaste.

F- a smooth and pleasing mouth-feel, very well executed.

O- While this beer might not be a powerhouse, the sweet yet subtle hops, and the light tropical tastes make this an amazing beer. It works perfectly as a compliment to spicy food, for instance a Calinete grilled cheese from Mr. C's food truck at the brewery, or a nice pot of chili. Additionally, I can't think of a beer I would rather have while sitting at the beach reading, or casting a line of a pier.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What's remarkable about this beer is how unremarkable it is. Very light and tame flavors of lemon, wheat, tea leaf malt, pine, bitterness, starchy malts and rose petal. It is easy to drink and certainly perishable on a hot day.

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Photo of Pencible
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a nearly clear light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like sweet pineapple and melon and dank herbal hops.
T: It tasted like dank herbal hops, with some sweet pineapple and citrus. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew with a great bold scent but more mellow taste. The body was solid, and the finish was relatively smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not top tier, but still very good.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Canned July 29th 2015, made in Tampa.

Very clear somewhat, and also quite pale body color, straw to lemon yellow, with a mix of cola to fine carbonation. Soapy and swiss cheese bubbled head. Thick and tall at three fingers, with matching retention of quick bubbles but also an adjunct nearly lager like appearance.

Woah this smells like Uranus. Seriously though, hop dank stench nicely with a little bit of pickle brine and small weed. Slight notes of flour like malt and grain. The hop angle on this though is quite fun and definitely in that dank outer space way.

Real light palate, makes for easy drinking but give just a little bit of wet on first sip. More of that light malt and slightly powdery finish and malt flavor hits, but it's got just an interesting touch of sweetness to it. Dank earth really mixes nicely with this, hints of soil and soft dirt with some tropical juiced flavors. Stinky melon seems like the balance of tropics and real nice dank hops.

It's a fun brew, nice to see someone have fun with this, and it definitely has that Gwar personality for sure.

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

loads of grapefruit and tropical fruit in the nose, it doesn't hold back at all. the taste follows and adds more citrus and some hop punch. a very drinkable beer and another pale ale worth seeking out from CCB.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This doesn't even waste time hitting my nose with tons of grapefruit, blood orange, and tangerine. I smell lots of Mosaic (NOT my favorite hop), but it's executed well. Sweet onion is minimal, and the malt backbone mostly stays out of the way. The flavor profile brings a bit more in the way of flowers and pine, though. Citrus shows up near the back end - and like the nose suggested, there's no nasty-ass sweet onion! Malt sweetness accumulates after a while, and thankfully it's more sugar cookie-forward than caramel-laden. It's medium bodied and semi-sweet in texture (maybe even a bit slimy), but general drinkability is good thanks to lively carbonation. It's a fine representation of what a new-school pale ale should be. Having said that, it isn't quite mind-blowing, plus it's a touch expensive for a really-good-yet-not-mind-blowing pale ale.

3.62/5: ...yeah, they would totally drink this in Scumdogia - they wouldn't quite cum blood over it, though

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 7/29/15.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and black tea aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, tropical fruit, and orange juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pale, straw appearance, good lacing, great citrus aroma and taste. Malt is there but balanced. Better cold, as it warmed the taste fell off. Overall a solid pale ale but pricey.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 7/29:
Pours pretty clear light golden a decent fluffy white head. The head sticks to the edges decently after it falls, but there are islands of head atop the surface. Lacing is pretty solid.

For the nose, I get a little spice along side a citrus to citrus pith. The malty notes are a tad bready with maybe a little tropical note sweetness in there.

The taste opens with with a rye-like spice, guessing a bit of caraway even. The next notes are cirtus and bitter together, orange to tangerine and pithy. Having just had Citrusinensis, this reminded me of it a bit with a decent balance hinging along a citrus backbone. The Lagunitas was more orange-y and fruity, this one a little more pith to even pine and balanced.

Feel is light carbonation, slightly below medium in body, somehow combining into a fairly refreshing brew. A little filmy ending feel, however (soapy I see from another review - seems apropos).

An interesting APA, citrus bringing some power as the beer warms. More refreshing early, little more flavor later.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured can into New Belgium globe with a clear golden color with a one finger white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma and taste very similar being pine and grapefruit. The mouthfeel was light but had some stickiness to it. Very solid beer by CCB I'm glad I got more.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok beer, but a bit thin on the body side for me. It almost tasted like a session beer to me. Definitely hoppy, but I did not find it very balanced. I'm glad to see Cigar City back in Virginia, if only for a one-time special release.

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

Can from RussianDragon. Thanks man.

Yellow body with a small white head. Pine, citrus, hops. Medium bitterness, a hint of onion / cleaner. Overall, solid.

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Photo of MattXT
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

7/29/15 can, poured into a Tree House tulip glass. Pale, golden color. A very very small amount of haze. Fluffy white head that lasts a long time. Nose is fresh and grassy, hints at some southern hops however I don't know the bill. Taste is hoppy with light bitterness, some citrus and melon showing.

Since this was made for the GwarBQ, I can see this being something that I'd happily knock back all day. I will be going back for at least a 4pack.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a nice surprise. Nice pour into imp pint glass. Good, creamy stark white head that still had 1/2" foamy pillow about 10 minutes in. Fruit and grass nose. Refreshing and bright. Big grass with pine and loads of grapefruit but still somewhat under control as an apparent APA. Smooth and easy drinking.
Man, where did this come from? Don't know ABV... But I could session this all afternoon long. Tasty!

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Photo of SFC21
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall boy can, dated 07/29/15. Solid and refreshing pale ale. Taste begins with juicy orange pith and ends with a grassy dryness. The carbonation level makes this light on the palate and easy to knock back.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear straw/gold with 1" fluffy white head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention is poor, lacing is pretty good.

S: Spicy notes akin to rye jump out at me. Some fruitiness, melon-like notes backed up with floral hints. Traces of citrus. Underneath is a pleasant bready malt quality.

T: Leads in with considerable spice, more of that rye-ish note with nutmeg. Pretty big hop-bitterness in the front of the mid palate, which gradually morphs into something like melon & tropical-ish fruit notes. The finish is again spicy, but this time framed with caramel & bread malt notes.

M: Moderate to high carb married to a middleweight malty body. A bit soapy, but with a clean finish.

O: Not at all bad, generally above-average. That being said, for Cigar City, this seems a bit pedestrian.

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GWAR Beer Oderus Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 112 ratings