Wolfpicker Experimental IPA 2019 (Strata)
Odell Brewing Company

Wolfpicker Experimental IPA 2019 (Strata)Wolfpicker Experimental IPA 2019 (Strata)
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Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 9.9%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
219
From:
Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
Gots
  46
SCORE
88
Very Good
Wolfpicker Experimental IPA 2019 (Strata)Wolfpicker Experimental IPA 2019 (Strata)
Notes: Wolf Picker is named in honor of our hop growing community and the harvesting rig they use. Each year, the brew is crafted with same malt base but with new and unique varieties of hops. Some of the varieties are so new, they’re not even named yet. Wolf Picker 2016 features the experimental HBC 438 and Cashmere hops. These two offer a complex and layered hop character that combine hints of coconut, papaya and mango with a mild herbal quality.
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange, golden color with a moderate white head. SRM of 8-9. (3.75)

Aroma: Just like the can says it has strong aromas of tropical mango, papaya, citrus, melon, coconut. A touch of herbs too. (3.75)

Flavor: Light to moderate flavors of coconut, flower, tropical flavors upfront. Dissolves into a clean, dry, and crispy finish. Mild herbs on the finish, but not very bitter. (3.50

Feel: Lighter bodied and strong carbonation. Crispy and clean on the mouthfeel. Nears the IPL status in terms of body. (4.00)

Compared to Bahaus Lounge Wizard 3/19/20: Pours a clearer color. Stronger aromas of tropical and flower. Less citrus and candy. More herbal. Cleaner and dryer.

Overall: A pretty easy drinking session IPA. Nice tropical and floral/herbal flavors as described on the can. Some coconut, flower, and tropics mostly. Body is light and nearing IPL status. Nicely clean and dry though. (Final Rating: 3.68)

Mar 19, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Boise.

Pours a clear straw color with hints of gold, minimal head. Interesting - very Pilsner or Light Lager-looking.

Interesting notes continue on the nose...some tropical fruit notes (mango/tangerine/papaya/lime) combine with a crackery malt undertone and an herbal note of earthy hops.

The palate unfolds the same as the nose, herbal and tropical hops, crackery malt backbone is pretty buried, light-to-moderate bitterness. Tangerine, lime, etc.

Crisp body doesn’t feel heavy - carbonation is spot on.

Overall it’s a different brew than I expected but it’s not bad - nice to have some variety to spice up life.

Feb 27, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a clear amber color with a one finger head of puffy foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is mostly of a tropical fruit smell of pineapple, tangerine, and mango. Along with these fruity aromas comes some cracker malt smells as well as a little bit of a grapefruit and herbal hop. Overall rather inviting
Taste – The taste begins with a dry cracker malt flavor that has a good level of earthy hop mixed with a bit of grapefruit hop taste. There is a little bit of tropical fruit as well as a touch of caramel, but these flavors are very light and remain that way throughout the taste. Toward the end a little bit of hay come to the tongue and leaves one with a nice dry and crisp moderately hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is crisp and light with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. For the dry and crisp tastes as well as nice hop blend the feel is rather nice and makes for a nice easy sipper.
Overall –A nice crisp pale ale with a very easy drinking feel and a tasty, but session able, flavor profile.

Jan 15, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6 pack of this for $9. Makes it real easy to pick a new beer to try when priced so affordable (and the pale ale style is one of my faves too). Pours a yellow with some light amber color with a moderate amount of haze, but not milkshake like levels. 1/3" white head. O'Dells usually makes better looking pale ales than this. Strata hop smells nice, stone fruit plus has some lemon and lime notes to it. I'm guessing HBC 438 = Strata.

Taste is moderately bitter, keeps ups the medley of stone fruit and citrus bitterness. Body is light and simple. Light tropical notes enter into the mouth feel. I appreciate the uniqueness. Everyone making Mosaic and Citra slurry bombs these days, which certainly have their time and place. At this price I would have no problem turning this purchase into a repeat one. Plenty sessionable, watch out, I could easily kill all 6 cans out on the river come summertime.

May 01, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am loving the Strata hops here!

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with nice head and lacing. Wonderful smell! Grapefruit! Flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and peach. Very flavorful and enjoyable!

Apr 24, 2019
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2019 - strata
Pours a golden orange. Nice white head. Great lacing and retention.
Nose is peach, mango.
Taste follows. Ripe peaches, mango, guava, a bit of citrus.

Apr 20, 2019
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JLaw55 from Missouri

2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one just doesn't work for me. Comes off with a onion, earthy, sweaty gym sock flavor on the initial sip which then morphs slightly into the fruit flavors intended. Grapefruit and mango on the back end, though offset by a fairly assertive hop bite on the finish.

Apr 16, 2019
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tjstrat from Wisconsin

4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer changes their hop variety each year and it seems to me that their best so far is the 2019 HBC 438 batch.

In 2019 I tried this beer and was blown away feeling like it belonged in its own category! They highlighted what they called the HBC 438 and Cashmere hops in their description, and you could taste it's citric and herbal bite. This beer took the bitter out and somewhat replaced it with an original dank banana flavor. It had low cloudiness and was dark golden in color. It had a great smelling sweet hop aroma that is good but could be a bit stonger. Medium carbonation, good mouth feel... though maybe a touch light. I believe it had lower reviews because it is so unique. That can throw people off, or it can really appeal to them like it did with me.

In 2020, I tried their new batch that features the HBC 586 hop. It has a sweet initial flavor that is very intriguing but it transforms into a fairly bitter after taste. It is dark golden/yellow with very low cloudiness. Smell is probably similar to the 2019 batch, very hop forward, but the flavor palette is much different in a way that is more of a standard grapefruit and hop flavor that you would expect in an IPA. Unfortunately, it is not an improvement from last year, but that 2019 batch is going to be extremely hard to beat.

Mar 29, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Pears, preaches, grassyness

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness & passionfruit as well up front. Dryness builds as this warms, along with grassyness, pears & a little tropical fruityness. Finishes with dryness, mango & papaya

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation. nice balance

Easy drinker, delivers plenty of flavor, glad I purchased this sixpack

Mar 24, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light foggy orange-ish straw color with two fingers of white head. Head retention is good. Aroma is citrus, peach, apricot, lemon, grassy and herbal hops and residual sugar. Flavor profile is peach and apricot with a sharp, dry cut of lemon. Bready, earthy malts mingle with herbal and grassy hops to add to the peach and lemon and overall dryness. Mouth feel is a touch fuzzy, but really dries out at the end. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, big peach and a sharp dryness make for an intriguing beer with bite.

Version: 2019. Hops: Strata.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Feb 28, 2019
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a bright gold with a solid head. The aroma is a a combo of floral and tropical, with guava, pineapple, lilac, rose, and cotton candy. The flavor is dense but not overbearing, with pineapple, coconut, cream, mango, guava, and just a touch of grass. The mouthfeel is soft with gentle carbonation. Overall this is a nice little beer, with complex layers of flavor and a pleasant, subtle aspect.

Feb 23, 2019
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz can picked up at Total Wine in Vegas

L - Blond with clarity, 1/2 a finger of head

S - Tropical and floral hops. Excellent aroma

T - Floral and citrus notes. Tasty. Easy drinking

F - Medium carbonation and dry finish

O - A good IPA - big difference than the standard. Does justice to the Strata hop

Feb 09, 2019
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futiledevices from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2019 Strata hop. 12oz can into a tulip. Pale golden straw color, white rocky​ head with a little lacing. Nose is pretty bright, some sweet orange and mango, fresh leather, peaches. Taste is more peach candy, mango, guava, more citrus, a little pale malt. Finishes a little dry and very clean. Super easy drinking American pale ale, very smooth and would be a great one to pack on your first spring camping trip.

Feb 04, 2019
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morimech from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date of 04/11/19 printed on bottom of can. Does not look great but the aroma and flavor really brings the hops out in this lower ABV IPA. Notes of stone fruit and mild dankness.

Feb 03, 2019
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omahawk from Nebraska

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really interesting pale ale. Pours a beautiful clear light gold with rocky head that disappears quickly into minor lacing. Smell is wonderful mango, tangerine rinds and other citrus aromas. Taste is very moderate malt (light crackers) with a bright punch of grapefruit, resinous funk, and bitter orange peel. Really nice smell and good taste. The body leans to the dry and slightly bitter side - could use a little more malt body to support. Intriguing and unique beer that I will continue to enjoy.

Jan 18, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a best by 4-11-19 date (opened 1-6-19).
2018 Strata.
1" white head with great retention settles in as a cap after 3-4 minutes of receding. Gold IPA with a slight chill haze. Early lacing looks good.
Ripe mango, passion fruit and some grapefruit. Black pepper. Great nose with ripe tropical hop aromas.
Mango, Passion Fruit, and peach...peach candy - gummy ring. Great complexity of flavors coming out of this (not sure if it's only Strata or if there are other hops included). Malt is mainly a hop delivery vehicle...there is a mildly creamy base with a hint of vanilla.
Clean, bright entry, medium body and carbonation. Lengthy finish of ripe and zingy hop flavors.

Jan 06, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle [cold stored at the store and home], 2018 release with Strata hops, best enjoyed by 5/16/18. Mildly hazy golden-yellow colored ale with high carbonation and a persistent off-white head. Tropical fruit aroma of passion fruit, pineapple and citrus with maybe a wheat and pale malt base. Juicy & tropical hop notes of tart passion fruit, grapefruit, mandarin orange, and pine with a modest pale malt presence. Medium resinous body, higher carbonation, finishing pungently bitter with passion fruit and pine lingering. This was great!

May 06, 2018
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly rusty golden yellow.

Slightly tropical/citrus fruit notes, but also rather getting spicy/herbal notes.

An interesting mesh of spice, herbs, and slight tropical fruit notes.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp.

Overall, nothing to write home about but certainly drinkable!

Apr 15, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 16 ounce Prowler bought at Liquor Shed.

It pours a brilliantly clear medium gold, over an inch of foam, good lacing brew.

Smells really dank for an APA, onions, tropical fruit.

Hoppy taste, tropical fruit notes, though mild, grassy, piney, for me, it's a bit like a session Ipa with a tad more complexity.

Light end of medium bodied, just right carbonation, it's enjoyable to my palate but I would pass on drinking it again cuz there's so many tasty APA's I would reach for before this.

Apr 08, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear, light gold body with a billowy, sculpted, white head. Fantastic floral and pine resin aroma; notes of citrus, too. Delicate light malt flavors; biscuit and cracker; well-balanced hop bitterness; light touch of watermelon. Medium-light body; a tad weak; very clean; crisp and primarily dry overall.

This is a most exquisite APA. It delivers and all-around light and delicate quality while still packing some fine flavors and hop bitterness. A very fine offering.

Apr 02, 2018
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Fowdy from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A medium golden with about 1/2” white head.

Smell: Grapefruit with a hint of pine.

Taste: Nice balance of grapefruit with the strata hops (2018).

Feel: Carbonation seems a little light.

Overall: I really like this beer but it needs just a little more carbonation.

Feb 22, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2017 vintage brewed with HBC 638 hops. Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on May 28, 2017. Best enjoyed by 6/6/17. The smell and taste is hints of mango and peach. The feel is clean and smooth. Recommended.

May 30, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Black Canyon Brewing Supplies 1-29-17 for $1.99. Best by 4-12-17 but been in cold storage since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is lightly tropical and stone fruits.

Taste is very well balanced between the pale and caramel malt base and the mango hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very refreshing.

Overall a solid pale ale executed perfectly to the style guides.

May 07, 2017
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golf_sierra from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy with tiny particulates.
Lighter amber. Short lived white head.
Aroma is sweet and full of tropical fruit.
Taste follows the aroma with sweet tropical notes from the hops. But bitterness is minimal and does not linger.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but expected for an APA. Lower than normal carbonation.
Solid APA with great profile.

Mar 29, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Mostly clear straw yellow color, with a small white head and no lacing.

S: Mango and lemon are dominant, with so.e toasted light malt in the background.

T: Lemon candy and tropical fruit, a medium piney bitterness, with a slight toasted malt backbone.

F: Light body and medium carbonation.

O: Very tropical fruit forward as is common these days, drinkable but not memorable.

Jan 22, 2017
Wolfpicker Experimental IPA 2019 (Strata) from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 219 ratings