Wolf Picker | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of golf_sierra
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet lemony fruit with some stinky resin.

The flavor is sweet candy fruit with resiny, slightly harsh metallic, hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wolf Picker Experimental Pale Ale

BOTTLE: Acquired as part of an Odell 12-pack variety box (3 bottles of this were included along with 3 core Odell offerings). Brown glass. 12 fl oz. Classy label design. Branded pry-off crown cap.

Hopped with HBC 638. 5.50% ABV. "Featuring rare hops with subtle hints of peach and mango."

Fluffy off-white head takes up ~70% of the glass, sitting atop a vibrant clear filtered copper body and taking ~8 minutes to fully recede. Thick, frothy, and soft in appearance.

AROMA: suggests fresh pale malts, peach, and a hint of tropical character, though I don't know that I'd say mango. In any case, it's noticeably less tropical than many of the new popular hops (I've heard them called "hipster hops" by a Jester King employee and that's an entertaining term) that are popular in so many U.S. IPAs these days. Fragrant and floral, with none of the boozy pineapple that plagues so many tropically focused IPAs and pale ales.
It's much more classical in its hop profile than it is experimental, evoking American hop varietals much more than Kiwi hops (or shortage-popularized hops like Japan's sorachi ace). Pleasant as a result, suggesting a balanced pale ale with a nice hop presence but not too much bitterness.

TASTE: Peach intermingles with tropical fruit (okay, I'll concede - it's mango) and pale malts to good effect, resulting in a balanced pleasant brew with a fruity floral hop presence but not one that ventures into the deep end of the tropical hop pool; this one just dips its toes and that's enough. I almost get a wisp of some chile-like heat for some reason, or at least a peppery sort of spicy heat.

TEXTURE: Smooth, a bit dry, soft, light to medium-bodied, refreshing, well-carbonated, approachable, and coating. Not oily or juicy, both of which would be nice. Not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

The dryness of the mouthfeel coupled with the subtle yeasty spiciness gives this an almost Belgian yeast-like taste. Lacks the clean attenuation and presentation of flavour you'd expect in an American pale ale, but it does taste filtered.

OVERALL: Ludicrously easy to drink. (I think the kids call that "crushable"?). Odell committed to an interesting hop selection and the result is an interesting pale ale that discerning drinkers will enjoy. Well priced for its quality and absolutely a brew I'd recommend to friends. More good work from one of Colorado's finest breweries, though depth of flavour and hop pungency could be improved to good effect.

Low B / GOOD

2nd impressions from another bottle:

Tasty balanced stuff with a pungent hop profile for an American pale ale.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden amber, with a lovely head of off-white suds. Slight but attractive loopy lace.

Aroma: Crisp tropical and citrus hops. Yum.

Taste: Really delicious citrus and tropical hops, with a definite fruitiness coming through loud and clear. Low on bitterness, but high on drinkability, this is a superb ale.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pine, spices and a hard to pinpoint hint of big body, almost IIPA. The flavor is citrus, berry/slightly sweet hops, malts, rather large body for an APA, complex tropical fruit and a bitter/tart finish.

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Photo of Eric_Booga_Boyles
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

AWESOME BEER! This is one of the best beers I have had to date. It has a surprising lighter color but drinks like a darker ale. This beer is great out of a chilled glass and I actually prefer it out of the pilsner glass. This is definitely worth a try and a great offering from O'Dell.

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Photo of akolb
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Herbal, floral, lemony aroma. Pleasant, not super strong. Some tropical fruit. Bitterness with some balance in the taste, also some citrus from the hops. Smooth carbonation, medium-light body. A tasty and refreshing pale ale. The taste and aroma are much more exciting than your average pale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not too sure what is so experimental about this? maybe the hops are something new? but if they are, its a pretty mild european type strain, and they havent dosed it very heavy at all. its a nice easy drinking springtime brew though, and i like it well enough, it just doesnt really say experiment to me at all. very light for a pale even, golden mostly, with a tall white head, looks almost belgian in the glass. it smells like a real clean simple cereal grain base with some spicy grassy hops, very saaz-esque in the nose to me with the faintest hint of lime zest as well. the flavor is equally tame on the hops, slightly herbal and green, but its not high alpha and its not oily and its not that distinct. its dry though and well carbonated, and with such a light grain base, its a pretty nice springtime session beer, although in a lot of ways its like a weaker loose leaf, which i think is already loosing steam in the market. wanting this to be a bit more interesting than it is, but its well made beer that should have wide appeal.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wolf Picker pours a golden color with a big lacing head. There is a weaker, but floral aroma. Taste is light, but has a nice fresh floral flavor. Weaker body, and a bit watery. Overall, its good with the fresh hop flavor, but on the lighter and watery side.

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Photo of denver10
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 Version.

Pours clear golden with a frothy white head. Nice lacing left on sides. Aroma first smacks me with some fresh herbs from the local garden, that is then nicely paired with the sweet fruit aromatics of peaches, mangos and honeydew. Flavor follows suit with only a mild bitterness in the finish. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, awesome batch. Definitely the best Wolfpicker version I have tried.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from 12 oz bottle to a pint glass

Look: Lightly hazed golden yellow. Not much head and dissipated fairly quickly. Medium to light carbonation.

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruits. Pineapple and maybe a little Grapefruit. Delightfully bright.

Taste: Slight bitterness complemented with sweet pineapple juice. A little piney from the hops creates a mild bitter experience complemented nicely by a light sweet bit of pineapple malt. Maybe a little mandarin orange in there to boot.

Feel: Medium-Light bodied. A little creamy and the light carbonation dances around the tongue well after the sip.

Overall: A pretty solid, easily sessionable Pale Ale. Not much to hate about this beer. The overwhelming single characteristic I will take away from this beer is the pineapple malt. I didn't know I liked pineapple that much. I will most probably revisit this beer again sometime in the not so distant future.

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Photo of eriff
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden yellow color

Slight Grassy notes with citrus in the background pineapple orange lemon

Solid Malt backbone without much flavor to it letting the hops shine through, good light bitter from mid to end Hops are pine, pineapple, some lemon, and possibly orange at the end.

Feel :
Great mouth-feel creamy but light ad refreshing

Great Pale ale really hits the style and exemplifies the experimental hops

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, golden appearance with a bone white head that falls quickly.. Sheets of lace leave a thick blanket around a Half Acre tulip glass.
S: Tropical citrus aroma with some pine needles mixed in ever so slightly. Almost a Juniper berry or Blackberry note.
T: The hop taste is exquisite for a pale ale. Like a Zombie Dust variant but exhibiting a strong Pineapple flavor. Very unique and appealing. Slightly sweet and fruity in the opening that transitions to a strong bitterness then fading into a nice light biscuit malty finish.
M: Crisp and refreshing, very flavorful. Bursting with tropical fruit juice flavor. Medium carbonation.
Overall: One of my favorite pale ales on the planet. I hope this is not one and done.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had not heard of this brew until I saw it on the tap list at my favorite bar.

Served in a pint glass.
Two fingers of head, after 5 minutes it had settled to a thin layer that left great lacing.
Body was a copperish-amber, almost clear.
Fragrance was hoppy, floral, citrus with a touch of pine.
Taste was predominantly orange, with other citrus and malt.
Body was medium, soft, and not overly strong. Far more bitter than a pale ale.
I would classify this an American IPA, definitely in the category of worth another pint.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I had the previously but I don't remember. Recently had on tap at Old Mill.
Poured rather flat looking (any head completely disappeared, never had that happen before with a APA).
The smoothness is what I like the best about this beer. Both the aroma and flavor hold a nice complex hop presentation with no harshness. Soft fruits mostly with some mild herbs. Pale malt flavors provide a firm and balancing background. This beer drinks very nicely with a soft and moderate feel. Not intensely hoppy, more well-balanced with a smooth balancing bitterness.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great pale ale! I probably wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't part of a sample pack. This pale ale drinks more like an IPA. More bitter than any IPA i have ever had. Very floral, with hints of grapefruit and orange. I am slotting this on my #2 IPA shelf.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wolf Picker – Experimental Pale Ale (5.5%) - O'Dell Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a very clear, golden-copper color. Head is minimal and retention is poor, but lacing is good, with dense lace streaking the glass.

Smell: Hops dominate nose with a funky, melon or gourd like aroma that is slightly rotten (in a good way). Honestly smells a lot like the inside of a pumpkin. Some very delicate pine and citrus on the nose. Almost no malt aromas to note other than a slight sweetness under all the competing hops.

Taste: Malt more present on the foretaste than aroma would suggest. Slightly sweet with a subtle toasted character, blooming into a chorus of different and unique hops flavors. Hops are at first earthy and funky, with a slight putrid note that is really intriguing, transitioning to a more common hops flavor that hints to ornamental orange.

Mouth: Medium bodied, carbonation is fairly soft and doesn't distract from the aroma or flavor. Smallest bit of astringency on the aftertaste, but not at all unpleasant.

Home tasting 12oz bottle into Snifter. 3/31/14.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a enjoy by date of 7/5/14; into a tumbler.
Appearance - sunset orange, dancing carbonation bubbles; a thin white head that leaves adequate lace.
Smell - interesting; citrus, primarily grapefruit from the bottle; grass and pine from the glass.
Taste - strong hops upfront with an excellent malt backbone that levels it out!
Feel - the hops start off sharp, but the added complexity of malts gives this a well balanced feel!
Overall - another solid Odell offering at a reasonable price!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Odell Wolf Picker Experimental Pale Ale, Roots Release. 5.5% Alc./Vol.

Appearance: Clear, very pale amber coloring, small white head, trims down to a tight collar.

Aroma: Bright hops, tropical fruit notes. Citra-like. Really hard to pin down the flavor notes in this one, very unique bouquet. Vanilla beans in a fruit medley. Best I can do.

Taste: Clean, fresh, light-bodied, amazingly consumable. Lightly spicy, with a terrific blend of citric and tropical fruit notes, as well as a sizable dose of that unnameable, but very pleasing, mystery note. I could drink this by the bucketful. Wonderfully hopped, delightfully flavored. You could say I like it.

The label say what? "Inspire by our small-batch pilot system, the Roots RElease series honors our experimental brewing roots and invites you to sample some of our favorites. Named in honor of our hop growing community and the harvesting rig many use, Wolf Picker is brewed with varieties so rare they haven't been named yet."

Cool, thanks!

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Photo of rawfish
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting back to my roots with a new Odell beer. Thanks to SalukiAlum for the bottle.

Golden and clear, capped with a small finger high head of fluffy stark white. Decent retention and leaves loosely packed lacing behind.

Very reserved, highlighted by a cracker-like malt, wheat and faint citrus, fresh herbs and pine hop aroma.

Interesting the pale malt is slightly bready and grainy but clears quickly leading into bright citrus, white wine grapes, zesty herbs and grasses (wild flowers,lavender, sage). Rather earthy and dusty as well. Mild bitterness that has appreciable drying qualities. Nelson Sauvin hops come to mind when I drink this with less dank character and more focus on floral aspects.

Well integrated, average body and carbonation. Very clean, drys well, alcohol is well tempered. Everything as expected.

Wolfpicker gets a clean bill of health but I was expecting a more aggressive beer for the name. Very floral with white wine complexities in the flavor. Pair these experimental hops with something with a bit more aroma and you'll have a definite winner.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's Odell, so I had to pick one up. These guys do little wrong as far as I'm concerned.

From the pour I'm liking the looks of this beer. Pale golden in color with a steady, healthy carbonation and clean, yet slightly hazy appearance. The head is big, two-fingers thick, and is of the fluffy, chewy-looking variety. It persists for quite a while, settling into a quarter finger lace, with lace running up the side of the glass.

There's a nice, sweet maltiness on the nose that complements the undertones of citrus. Some piney, resinous hops catch my nose's attention to. I like the smell of this.

The taste loses me a bit. I felt a lot of promise on the nose and appearance, but there's something slightly disagreeable about the taste. The hops aren't nearly as present, nor is the sweet maltiness I was getting on the nose. It's much thinner in the body too. There's a bit of a toast-like taste and hint of the hops on the back end, but this is much more reminiscent of a pilsner to me. The beer has a light feel to it and thus is pretty refreshing, but I'm not getting as much flavor as I'd like.

I have to say as I quickly chugged the last of this beer, it's really easy to drink. I could throw back a sixer no problem, I think. So it could easily be another in my arsenal of BBQ beers. I'll have to take note of that.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 5/13/14.

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange. Tons of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. One finger of white, lumpy head sits on top. Head very slowly builds up to two fingers. Lots of lacing as usual for an odell beer.

Smell: Floral, lavender, grapefruit rind. a slight dusty copper aroma is also present. Don't remember getting that copper smell in the previous wolf pickers I tried. "dustiness" kind clears up as the beer warms and gives way to some nice light hop bitterness. Love how the floral hops and citrus notes work together with this beer.

Taste: Follows the aroma, nice floral notes give way to light citrus fruity notes and then the floral flavors linger on the palate. Kind of a dusty finish as well, like described in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very good.

This came in a variety pack with 3 wolf picker pale ales. I remember the other two being much better than this one. That being said this was still a solid brew. The experimental hops used definitely have strong floral characteristics. If you like floral hops you will probably love this beer. A beer I would not mind seeing more often, along with the other two roots release beers from odell.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brillent clarity with nice deep yellow hue. Head is very fluffy and ice white. Great lacing with nice head retention too.

Mild lemon, orange, wheat, bready and mild pine.

Very light and dare I say sessionable? Smooth, creamy, chewy, heavy prickly carbonation, low sweetness and low bitterness. Dryness begins to take over at moment of introduction. Very honorable hop balance and complexity. This one definitely goes down easy and is heavily drinkable.

I bet this would be a great beer to make a black and tan with, or to marry with a IPA. Yet another strong beer from Odell, keep em' coming!!! Highly recommended. I just wish I could get it without having to purchase the mix-12, but dang do I love the mix-12...

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Photo of Beerlover
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very excited to try this one, only available as part of their sampler pack outside of their taproom. always look forward to different takes on pale ale. this one is good but would probably never buy a 6er of it, maybe split a 6 or buy a 4 pack. the aromas and taste profiles in this beer go hand in had almost like no other, very very earthy and some floralness, I'm getting no citrusyness at all, in fact were there dirt on these hops they didn't wash off, (yes I know hops grow on vines) but this is one earthy pig, even some slight nuttiness to it, weird...ahh there's the citrus, very end of the aftertaste...ooooh that's awesome! which it tasted like that from the beginning! I'm not a huge fan of that earthiness aroma or flavor, less of a fan of the floraly ones, I wonder what hop(S) that comes from? this is a solid experimental pale ale.

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