Odin's Gift | Odin Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
116 Ratings
Odin's GiftOdin's Gift
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odin Brewing Company
Washington, United States
odinbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 12-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - what, why just a simple amber ale from Odin, aka Wednesday, aka a motherfucking god who would likely proffer a more headier 'gift'? Oh, the juniper berries, got it.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent spectral webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a touch of earthy yeast, tart apple and pear fruity notes, and a pleasantly strange green vegetal character, on top of some generic spicy leafy hops. The taste is toasted and grainy caramel malt, muddled orchard fruit (the juniper berries apparently getting lost amongst their friends), salted biscuits, white pepper, and edgy leafy, weedy, and mildly sprucey hops.

The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, but duly supportive by the same hand, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops and guest ingredient not willing to mess too much with things, it would appear. It finishes just off-dry, the biscuity caramel malt presiding, amongst some weirdly persistent table pepper dustiness, and a still indeterminate sassy fruit character.

My only real issue with this offering is one of nomenclature - an 'amber ale brewed with juniper', that turns out much more like a well-wrought ESB. Definitely not a fatal problem in my world, but there's always that unsettling feeling when you get something you want, and you just weren't expecting it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stx00lax for the bottle. Served in a Bell's tulip.

Pour yields a dark amber brew with a half-finger white head that fades pretty quickly but leaves nice spotty lace and has a thin collar. The nice is really quite plan with just a touch of malt and no hint of the juniper. The flavor has a bit of moderately-sweet malt and some bread crust, along with a bit of juniper in the midpalate and corresponding bitterness in the finish. Medium body with above average carbonation. Pretty good. Thanks again.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome pile of suds on the dark reddish amber brew. Lots of lacing in the Troubadour tulip. Pleasant frothy mouthfeel.

Some malty sweetness. This has that nutty and musty taste that I like in a brown ale, so it's interesting to encounter it here. The juniper is fortunately quite subtle, but there's a a tangy, resiny note that goes well with the malt. Some roasted malt with a little caramel.

Rather bitter after some sipping. Just enough to give an edge to this mellow and gulpable brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Market in Anacortes.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown/ruby color with a small off-white head on top, about a finger in height. Decent head retention leaving a thin cap on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: On the maltier side with some deep caramel aromas, some bready malt, and a little bit of juniper, but rather faint. Not much in terms of hop presence on the aroma.

T: Again, on the malty side for a red ale with a heavy caramel and bready flavor with hints of cocoa and a little bit of juniper.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking.

O: A decent red ale, was hoping for a bit more from the juniper which I feel makes this beer a bit unique in a style that is wide ranging in terms of its interpretation.

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours ruby-tinted amber - a very nice color/hue. A foamy off-white head leaves patchy lacing.

The taste is of toasted caramelized bread with juniper spicing.

The taste is of light doughy, slightly toasted bread. Very slight earthy hop spicing. Malt-forward throughout but not too sweet. Pleasant juniper twist in the finish.

Smooth with a nice lingering finish.

A unique brew - a solid Amber with a juniper touch.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger light khaki head that dissipates to a film, leaving light lacing. Rich aroma of bready and pale malt, light caramel, a light piney element that I can't place as juniper, but it must be. Flavor is light biscuit and bready malt, mildly nutty, with light juniper that becomes more dominant in the finish. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The profile of this is closer to a light old ale or brown ale, but more subdued. The malt is well flavored and I wanted more intensity in the interesint malt background. The juniper redeems this, it is somewhat mild and unexciting otherwise. Juniper is added with a deft hand and even with the light malt flavors, the juniper is at the right level. I'd kind of like to see a larger version of this some day.

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Photo of stevoj
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Growler from Albertsons. Seeing a wide variety of scores here, and I’ll go with the downside, average at best, with a flat metallic finish. Might be closer to a brown ale than an amber, but that wouldn’t improve any scores....

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

The beer has a deep amber red color with a thick fluffy head which retains well. It smells like a solid amber ale. On the maltier side with a sweet toffee and nutty aroma, with an underlying fruitiness. As the aroma would suggest, the taste is sweet, but it is also refreshing. The nutty and toffee baseline reminds me of an altbier, and the kiss of juniper berries adds a little exciting twist. It's medium/full bodied, chewy, yet it remains an easy drinker. It's a great break from the many hoppy offerings from the Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on-tap at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: deep amber brown with a thin finger of creamy ivory head. I like it.

Smell: good but very light. Sweet malt with little hop aroma. This is a bit light for me; even after letting the beer warm up a bit the aroma still didn't really kick up the volume.

Taste: rich malt flavor; biscuity and drier than the aroma. There is also a subtle but pleasant roast character. Hops are light; earthy if anything. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body, pretty good texture, too. Carbonation is above average, so we're getting close to creamy here.

Drinkability: while the taste and feel are solid, the overall package doesn't particularly float my boat. Still, an OK beer.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Donkster46
1.51/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This one was awful. I threw up after drinking a few ounces.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep ruby color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Some bread, spice, caramel, light booze

T: Bread, some caramel, nice cirspness with some floral notes from the hop bill and some junipers but very light on the juniper

M: Light/Medium body with a nice crispness and feel on the palate

D: Pretty refreshing and easy to drink

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a striking deep ruby color. The poured very clean and clear with just under an inch of khaki colored head that had average retention and left little squiggles of lacing.

A deep malty aroma greets the nose with a slight hint of spicyness on the back. The flavor wasn't as malty as the aroma had led me to expect. There was certainly a solid malt foundation, but had a good balance with a solid hop tanginess on the finish.

The body was medium in general and average for the style. Drinkability was very nice. Overall, a good solid first beer from Seattle's newest brewery. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of shelby415
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a tan head leaving scattered lace, some decent hunks of foam.

Smell is sweet, caramel malt, a hint of pine. Softer then I expected, nice though.

Taste is similar, it's a basic pale ale with well played dose of juniper, enough to provide texture but not overwhelm the palate with spicy pine syrup.

Mouthfeel is very dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. An interesting take on a pale ale, the juniper provides texture, but I have to admit my palate adjusted enough that I started to over-look it.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a deep red-brown colored body.
The aroma is grassy, juniper berries and dry hay.
The taste is balanced with some mild lemon and juniper bitterness coming through.
The texture is dry, crisp with moderate carbonation.
A good ale and the juniper adds a nice dry bitterness effect.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Malty, Earthy, Balanced

Odin Brewing takes this benchmark-level Amber Ale and gives it a healthy dose of juniper berries. Balance and drinkability are two of the top traits here. The melding of the toasted malt, faint caramel and earthy juniper is very pleasing to our palates. Subtle extremeness.

STYLE: American Amber Ale | ABV: 5.4% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks beertunes!
Very attractive . Dense tan head covers a brown/red/amber and very clear body.
Largely malt aroma with a slight sweetness and toastiness. Not much for hops at first but as the beer opens up it takes on some nice hop of more older style hops.
Nice mix of hop, malt and juniper flavors all blended into a nice mix. The juniper shows towards the end and lends to the drying and a rather smooth bitterness. Soft malt that resembles the aroma malt. Soft hop flavors with a bit of spiciness (could be the juniper and malt too) herb and grass too. A bit of crispness to the malt, kinda' nice. Complexity grows throughout the drink, in time a little sweetness shows.
Moderately light body for daily drinking ale.

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3.64 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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