Odell Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
3.69 | pDev: 10.57%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: The Western Slope of Colorado, just a short trip over the Rocky Mountains, is the perfect place to find new ingredients for an excursion in brewing. Jaunt is a process, or journey, marrying a delicate pale ale with Colorado grown Riesling grapes and aged on oak, just for pleasure. The final blend boasts a creamy malt body, a bright and crisp fruity finish, and just a dash of vanilla from the oak. 7.6%
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303Brewser from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a large head that lingers but eventually lays as a thin white covering on the beer, which is a hazy, deep golden color. Aroma is pineapple and wine with a fair amount of alcohol. Surprisingly subtle on first taste, medium bitterness in the middle with a moderately complex finish. The Riesling flavors come out strongly as it warms. Mouth feel is dry with good carbonation. Very enjoyable, experimental ale from Odell.

Dec 13, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-golden body with a thinning, near white head.

Smell: A sweetish, honeyed nose that comes across as playfully juicy, with the white grape addition, but there's also some soft, subtle hints of pear, banana and melon.

Taste: Sweet, honeyish taste with seemingly a bit of wheat and biscuit to it. A blend of lemon cream and white grapes with, like the aroma, very mild accents of pear, banana and melon. Lightly spicy midway, hint of grapeskin. Not much assertiveness from the oak addition, really. Still some settling sugars around for the fruity, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A nice and pleasant enough beer, though I'd prefer it a hair more drier and effervescent.

Aug 21, 2015
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick foamy head. Great head retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeasts, cloves, maybe bananas. Slightly oaky. Again, taste consist of Belgian yeasts, bananas and cloves. There is a spiciness to the taste. A mild wine aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

Jul 11, 2015
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a pint glass to a clear yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of clean maltyness with some grapes and oak
T: taste is cracker like malt, oak and some nice grape flavors. no hop bitterness to speak of. swallow is more oak and grapes with some lingering malt sweetness.
M: medium on the palate with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel and a refreshing finish that's a little drying.
O: Kind of simple but the execution isn't bad. It's an enjoyable drink but this one loses some marks due to not really being to style.

Feb 19, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, fairly murky and opaque. Dense layer of foam, sticky lace forms delicate drippy patterns in the glass.

Aroma is very yeasty, nebulously Belgian. Not much in the way of oak or grapes.

Taste is vaguely tart with an inkling of grape, creamy and yeasty feel, medium bodied. No real sweetness from the Riesling or vanilla from the oak, though there's a decent beer there. Sort of neither here nor there though. Glad it was shared a few ways, a whole bottle would be a chore.

More often than not Odell seems to promise too much on their labels...

Dec 24, 2014
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Aroma: Strong white grape aroma right off the bat. I get some Belgian estery aroma after that combined with some sweet honey and sugary notes. A bit of tart or lactic zip as it warms up.

Appearance: Golden color, excellent clarity. Very effervescent with a huge long lasting white head.

Flavor: Tart at first with flavors of white wine and golden raisins. There is a sharp finish and a metallic twang that is unpleasant but fleeting on the tongue. A sweet malt flavor lingers once the metallic has dissipated. This is very dry and highly carbonated with a medium to almost light body. I get very little oak flavor (vanilla, char, etc.) but it may add some tannin.

Overall: An interesting beer, but not my favorite from Odell. At first I gave this a 3 due to that metallic flavor, but as it warmed up and I got into my second glass of it this improved and I upgraded to a 3.5.

Dec 12, 2014
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NSXAG from Arizona

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Odell Brewing - Jaunt [Ale Brewed With Riesling Grape Juice Age On Oak Staves] (750ml ---> Stella Artois Chalice : 7.6% ABV)

Always having had an affinity for wine before beer, anything brewed with some sort of alliance to wine is something I find myself highly interested in... Though the new world riesling is often not my favorite styling, (These grapes being from acquired Colorado - New world) BEER being brewed in Colorado is something my palate NEVER objects to... It poured a deep golden color with a fair amount of haziness beneath a 2.5 inch head that consisted of moderately large bubbles... It faded decently quickly though, leaving a decent amount of lacing and nice retentive cap... First on the nose is a bit of wheatyness, but then come the soft fruit notes, with tiny hints of oak amongst them as well, no single fruit but also doesn't exactly smell distinctly like with either... It's extremely lively as is glides across your tongue on first sip, and tastes a bit citrusy, almost as if it's reaching towards a belgian ale... The mid palate is definitely where you start to taste the riesling presence as it offers a bold richness to the beer, but enjoyable and far from the realms of too sweet... It finishes extremely smooth with the oak and riesling sticking around for a while after each sip, fading slowly off of the palate... Mouthfeel on the beer suits it swimmingly, it's lighter, which hosts the softer fruitier tastes nicely, but has enough carbonation to make it taste full at the same time... Overall I enjoyed this brew a lot, a great summer ale that offers a delightful mix of flavors for both the wine and beer drinker alike... Another great brew - Cheers!!

Nov 19, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +22%

This beer has a very grapey nose over light malt, yeast and faint vanilla.
It pours a brilliant gold under a 1” off-white foam cap that slowly dissipates to a thick film but is easily roused and produces good lace.
The beer has a big Belgian palate dominated by yeast driven fruit, grapes, light biscuit, a hint of vanilla, with a reisling and oak note backed by light hop bitterness in the finish. The flavors are deep and complex.
Very creamy, above average carbonation and light bodied for the alcohol and flavor.

Oct 15, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured out a clear, light golden color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of grape, oak, caramel and vanilla. Sweet caramel, white grapes with some oakiness and bitterness.

Oct 11, 2014
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Pours a golden body with a copper tint and a fluffy two finger head. Great retention.

S - White grape skin, pear, sweet grains and a grassiness element. No oak on the nose.

T - Sweet white grapes and a a farmhouse character all mixed together. Also, biscuit malts and Belgian yeast. Not really any oak to speak of.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Really wet finish and a bit cloying as it warms.

O - It's good for what it is, but nothing really to write home about.

Sep 27, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Truncated notes from a bomber below; I'll plan on revisiting this for a proper review:

Appearance: Has a creamy fluffy off-white head of nice thickness and consistency, with excellent retention - about 9 minutes

Body is murky. Yellow-copper in colour.

No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

AROMA: Lemongrass, white grapeskin, straw/hay, and juicy fruity hop notes.

TASTE: Pale malts, unexpected acidity, clean barley, straw/hay, some farmhouse character, clove, biscuity Belgian-style yeast, floral hop character. Riesling? A bit. Oak? Not finding any.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, refreshing, and aptly thick. Suits the taste well.

OVERALL: A refreshing ale from Odell with a kiss of white wine influence. Another winner from perhaps the best brewery in Colorado. I look forward to revisiting this for a proper in-depth review; it boasts some interesting subtleties and Belgian influence. Very drinkable stuff. This hides its ABV quite well.

High B-

Aug 22, 2014
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-hazed gold/pear color with a thumb of ivory colored head. Stays effervescent, great lacing & good head retention

S: White wine & sweet malt, faint pineapple & a little grapefruit rind once warm

T: Pineapple, pears, white grape, persimmons & ever so faint grapefruit up front. A little grainy sweetness as this warms, Honeycrisp apples as this warms, white grape, dryness (Riesling all over the place) & a little bit of lemon too. Finishes super crisp, pineapple notes, a little dryness & some pink grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, with lively carbonation, skews fruity

Highly drinkable, not always a fan of this wine barrel aged beers, but this one works for me. Didn't floor me, well worth a go if the pricepoint doesn't scare you

Aug 07, 2014
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden straw colored pour with a foamy one-finger white head and light carbonation. Slight aroma of grapes. Taste is sweet with flavors of grape juice and white table wine. Medium body is slightly tart.

Jul 05, 2014
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a big bubbly white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet grape juice, with some musty earthiness.

The flavor is sweet grapes / white wine on a malty body with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting - tastes a lot like a malty sweet white wine.

Jul 01, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I paid $15.29 at Liquor Shed for the 750ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger head of foam that seems to be lasting forever. I'll check on the lacing once it subsides.

It smells of toasted malt with an underlying nose of the Riesling grape juice mentioned on the label. I'd be remiss if I didn't say that I get some hoppy notes too.

The grapes are a bit more assertive in the taste, adding a light tartness, and the Pale Ale brings the hop factor to this brew. I get some of the oakiness but I could do without that.

It feels stronger than the abv, mouthfeel wise, it is rather thick with the carbo being on the lower side.

Overall, I like this beer but it's not something I reach for often, or even again.

It's becoming a chore to drink now. Imho, there's no symphony of flavour going on. Btw, the lacing is impressive. ;^)

Jun 08, 2014
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mverity from Florida

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slight hazy pale yellow with fluffy white head, medium collar and thin head that still resides at the surface. Good lacing and legs. Aroma is faint white wine, dry grassy malts, and unfermented grapes too. Taste is more of the white wine than the aroma, a lot more of the grape as well, some lemon too. Light to medium body and highly carbonated.

May 25, 2014
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours with a lot of carbonation, so be prepared! it leaves lots of little bubbles on top of a orangish straw color.

Smell - some earthy straw up front that finishes with some woody subtle flavor. as this one warmed up the grape came out a bit more

Taste - riesling comes out more and more as this warms up. earthy undertones create a nice balance

mouthfeel - very carbonated for sure

overall - it was just missing that knockout punch for me. fun beer and I am sure I will enjoy my second bottle, but at that price point I can find better beers.

May 23, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

oh the long awaited jaunt. a fine beer in may respects, but our 14 dollar bottle gushed out three quarters of its contents upon opening, and what was left was not much more than 6 or 8 ounces of this hazy blonde beer, mostly flat by the time it made it to the glass. I've seen a lot of gushers, but never one that lost so much volume without salvageable beer. huge let down from the very first impression. a nice nose though, the riesling grapes are the right varietal, light enough in flavor, plenty of fermentable sugar, and a choice that allows the beer to stay light. i get a belgian yeast flavor too, which isn't advertised on the bottle, but its fruity with the grapes, highly attenuating, and nice and dry, also the right choice. the flavor is pale wheat malt and possibly some belgian pils on the front end, with the grapes coming in a lot more towards the finish. it never gets sweet though, like the kind of riesling i like to drink anyway, and the esters of the yeast are extremely compatible with everything else thats going on. the beer wine hybrids are really getting churned out, and i appreciate that this one is a little more sessionable and a little less in your face on the wine front than so many, but losing so much beer killed it for me. nice carbonation, mid palate sweetness is gone by the finish, and i think the recipe is well designed and executed overall. be careful with your bottle though, hopefully my gusher experience was a fluke.

May 17, 2014
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 114 ratings