Odell IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell IPAOdell IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rowew on 03-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,080
Reviews:
736
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
479
Gots:
749
For Trade:
13
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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger thick foam head with excellent retention and nice lacing on a murky crimson with golden hues body. As pretty as they get. Aroma is excellent as well with citrus, hops, pine and floral notes. The flavor is hop heavy as well with floral, citrus and earthy notes. This one gets better and better as you drink it. Semi dry in the finish. medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall it isnt quite perfect in the flavor and I prefer a less dry finish in my IPA, otherwise one of the best IPAs out there.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this ipa is da bomb! big big hop nose, nice fluffy head that laces the glass as it goes down. american ipa at its finest the flavor is unique hops, some citrus notes, but very aggressive hop varieties as well. bitter but balanced finish, a touch of caramel sweetness in there at the end as well. mouthfeel is perfect for this beer, medium bodied, very drinkable. its even better on tap too! just a fantastic all around american ipa. the 7% abv can sneak up on you too if youre not careful. another sensational beer from Odell!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to GHB for sending this one to me. The beer poured out as a pretty clear looking golden yellow color with a nice fluffy white head on top. The retention is great and the lacing is sticky as hell. Looks really nice all around. The smell of the beer is hoppy, and has a subtle sweetness to it as well, very pleasant aroma on this. The taste of the beer is very good too. There is a beautiful kick of mild citrus a floral hops that lingers long into the aftertaste. There is a subtle malt sweetness in there for a very nice balance. The mouthfeel is soft, very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Overall it's a great IPA. Really glad I finally got a hold of this one. Looking forward to having the other bottles of it that I received.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08

I'm very impressed with this beer, as I was their porter. Balance being the key, this beer strikes a major mark with a very well attenuated malty character with low lying sweetness (caramel and breadiness), which allows the hops to shine. An agressive hop blend of grapefruit, orange rind, pine, and a boquet of flowery, perfumy hops particularly in the nose. No apparent harshness or agression in the mouthfeel despite such boldness in the taste (Two Hearted Ale does this as well), allowing the beer to be supremely drinkable. Finishes with a crisp, cracker-like dryness and a riding orange rind note. I'm not sure if IPA's get any better.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - thanks to doktorzee for the sharesie from his six-pack here in Colorado.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium apricot amber colour, with one fat finger of puffy, sludgy off-white head, which leaves some decently spooky webbed lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of pungent pine resin and orange/grapefruit rind, some underwhelming crackery caramel malt, and more floral, tropical, and leafy hops. The taste is still quite betrothed to the singularity of the American hop - acrid, astringent citrus pith and pine needles jump right out in front, while a timid bready, grainy malt sticks its head up like the proverbial prairie dog (apparently prevalent in these parts), as some dank leafy, weedy, and somewhat fruity hops bring up the rear.

The bubbles are fairly peppy, but to no great length, the body medium-light in weight, and more-or-less smooth, no small feat given all that hopitude skulking about. It finishes dry, the hops winning a no-contest bout, to no-one's great surprise.

An agreeable enough one-sided Yankee IPA, as unbalanced as it is. As much as I like the bitter-ass new world versions of the style, methinks that I wouldn't be able to stomach more than one, maybe two of this particular offering. Sigh - getting older and over-experienced duly sucks.

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3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before 09/17/13B. 7.0% ABV confirmed. Acquired as part of the Odell Montage Summer variety box. Expectations are above average; Odell is probably the best brewery in Colorado. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of soft complexion, nice frothiness, and good (~7+ minute) retention - pretty solid for 7% ABV. Nice thickness. Slightly creamy. No real lacing as the head slowly recedes. A nice head for an IPA.

Body colour is a clear copper. Translucent. Nice vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

A nice appearance for an IPA - but it's rather standard fare. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Hop bitterness is evident, emerging from oily hop character, peachy hop esters, floral hops, and somewhat dank herbal hops. A pale malt sweetness lends needed balance. Tangerine. Orange as it warms; the fruity esters definitely release more as it comes to temperature. A clean pleasant pungent aroma with some interesting elements. Aroma is mild in terms of strength.

Overall, I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Peach, tangerine, light orange, and pale malt sweetness combine to form a brew that comes off a bit imbalanced. Though luckily no overt naked hop bitterness really comes through. The oily hops, floral hops, herbal hops, and fruity estery hops are interesting choices but don't seem ideal. Admittedly, I'm rather surprised this made the top 250 - as much as I love Odell. Light honey. Maybe some clove. A bit of grapefruit zest. The fruity notes veer too far into tropical territory for my tastes. I like it in a general sense, but the flavour profile is far from amongst the best I've experienced in the style. As the second act tapers and the climax hits, it grows more resinous and herbal.

There're some good choices here, but the end result is not a subtle balanced IPA. It does have a fair amount of complexity. I'm not blown away, but it's quite pleasant and drinkable. Flavorful and tasty stuff. Depth of flavour is above average, as is the intensity of flavour. Flavour duration is average.

Mf: Lighty oily. Dank. Nectary and sticky. Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Decent presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile fairly well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. It does a good job at facilitating delivery of the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. It's a solid IPA from the brewery that's probably my favourite in my home state, but I really don't know that its top 250 position is warranted. Good but not great. Certainly not one of the best IPAs I've tried. I'm glad this brings more attention to one of the most underrated breweries out there, and I'd definitely buy it again, but it's just not exemplary. I could kill a six pack in a night, but I'd sooner reach for something like Racer 5 or Sculpin.

B-

Would pair well with cannabis (if that's your scene).

Serve cold. Drank just fine out of my nonical pint glass.

***
01/03/15: brief impressions.

Pours a healthy beige head which sticks around long enough to show you this means business (~8+ mins). Body colour is a vibrant clean copper.

Aroma brings the resins and pale malts, but also some off-putting soapiness indicative this spent far too long in primary. Dank and herbal notes fill it out. A hint of bubblegum too.

Taste is underwhelming; the hop profile just doesn't do it for me. Not as resinous as the aroma promised, to its detriment. The hops don't match the malts, and I guess ultimately it's a bit too sweet. I dislike the soapy aftertaste, which evokes lemon detergent.

It's a bit scratchy on the palate, and isn't as fresh, soft, or crisp as would be ideal.

A drinkable IPA from what may well be my home state's best brewery, but not a world-class offering by any means. I prefer their Loose Leaf Pale.

C+

***
10/24/15:

The hop profile isn't bad, but it's just not my preferred hop profile. Chalk it up to personal preferences, but this is still a C+ at best. Absolutely a drinkable beer, though, and very enjoyable and pleasant.

C+

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with three fingers of off white head. As the head fades, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus peel hops dominate with a bready malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Fresh citrus peel hops with a citrus sweetness. There is a mildly grassy flavor from the hops as well. A good amount of malt sweetness balances out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good IPA. It has a great hop profile and a perfect balance.

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Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a whipped egg white head that just won't quit; lacing galore

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops; pink grapefruit juice

Taste: The hops are front and center, with grapefruit at the outset; there is some malty sweetness that develops to balance but this is all about the grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Right up there with the folks from San Diego; outstanding; very citrusy, but not overly bitter

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Forgot to record the best by date, but it was a few months before the expiration.

Fair golden color, plenty of visible carbonation, chunky sheets of lacing, medium clarity - slightly hazy. Malty almost peanut butter smell, grassy and nondescript. Dry malty notes, mild grapefruit hop bitterness, nothing shocking. Even, creamy carbonation. This was more on the malty side, leading me to believe the hops had faded some. Pretty standard IPA. I'd try it again if I had a fresher bottle. Single from Lukas in Overland Park, KS.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a pillowy, white, two-finger head. Left good lace: nice layers.

S - It smelled of hops, grass, malt and orange.

T - It tasted very hoppy! It also had a good maltiness with a hint of citrus. Also, a nice bitter bite.

M - It was crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I was really impressed with this IPA. It is very hoppy and quite tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear and pale amber, a sort of sunset hue. The head rises only about an inch but has a nice density to it, leaving behind rings of lace as it falls.

Smell: Floral and fruity hops; orange and candied grapefruit with grassy undertones. Malt is present but more as a background note.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of citrusy hop flavor from the get-go. Grapefruit at first, and then lemon peel. Light in body with a semi-dry, biscuit-like malt backbone; my only complaint is that the carbonation is a bit low for an American IPA. Malt flavors are present but subdued and simple: this one is all about the hops, and it certainly does them justice. Bitterness is low and the finish is fairly clean - again, this beer is really about hop flavor and aroma rather than tongue-wrecking bitterness.

Notes: Very pleasantly surprised by this one. One of the better IPAs I've tried from CO.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 3,080 ratings.
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