Odell IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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726 Reviews
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
Reviews:
726
Ratings:
3,052
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
480
Gots:
730
For Trade:
13
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Reviews: 726 | Ratings: 3,052
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from the COOP... thin off white head... decent lacing.. okay cap.. the brew is clear golden.

Nose shows fruity hops... a bit of citrus .. tangerine and lite grapefruit... hints of pineapple.... some minor pale malts that carry hints of toasty bread.

Flavor mirrors the nose yet all the hop presence is a touch light for my taste... again there is just enough malt to really balance this one. The body is lite/medium with a sturdy carbonation... This is very drinkable.. but honestly, I prefer my IPA's more bracing and bold.

I will certainly buy this one again as long as we have it available... but for my top IPA's I think more hops... alot more hops are needed and ramp down the malts slightly.

3.5/4/4/4/4

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's the other day. This was one of the better IPA's I sampled during my brief stay in the twin cities.

The beer pours an impressive IPA orange amber color with impressive, pillowy head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, showcasing considerable orange citrus and pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the alcohol level in this beer seemed to impart an almost thick tasting texture that I really liked. Also, this beer delivers plenty of flavor in a dry, very west coast in style of IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, citrus, bitter finish. Drinkabilty is quite good, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile... I could easily pound down several of these at a sitting.

A very well crafted IPA...

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells strongly of citrus. Smells mostly of grapefruit. Some pine board scent. Faint cinnamon and sandalwood.

Starts out mild with a lot of caramel taste. Slight pine board taste. Citrus taste and mild bitterness, this isn't a hop head IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an easy drinking IPA that won't whip your tongue in to submission.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Neat looking 12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks Chris!

Pours a light, chilled golden amber color with a merengue-like egg shell white head with long lasting retention and ample cascading rings of lacing. Very pretty, near perfect for the style. Huge, fresh aroma dominated by floral hops and subtler ripe citrus notes. Huge fresh flavor like the aroma. A subtle caramel malt backbone provides balance throughout, but oily, fresh hop floral and pine hop bitterness dominate and linger through the finish. Walks the line between a single and double IPA, but wow, this was unexpected. Huge, full bodied mouth feel with strong carbonation. Finish lingered forever with resiny hops and dry pine flavors. There is a bit of alcohol heat that lingers throughout detracting from the overall drinkability, but I was very surprised by this and really enjoyed this for an IPA.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a soft finger of white head, good lace.

S: Grapefruit, some orange rind, lemon, lots of floral citrus from the hops.

T: I get a lot of orange, sweet orange, tangerine upfront with a hint of pine and cedar bark. Interesting flavour, it's got a step in the pine, the citrus and the tropical but doesn't stay in each category for long. Just a tad maltier than most San Diego IPAs, but I'm fine with that here. I'm on the verge of giving this a 5, but I've had Duet so I'll hold back.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, dry, nice aftertaste.

D: This is just a damn good IPA. Shame I only have the one bottle, I'd love to have it again. Any hophead would clearly enjoy a bottle of this. Drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 12oz bottle(best by 091907) a slightly hazy orange gold with a good sized head of foam that sticks around for the entire session as a solid layer with a ton of nice lacing.

The smell is....hoppy! I'm getting lots of pine...lots of pine!

The taste on first sip..is all kinds of hoppy. Big pine, big hop oil, some lemon zest, and there's even some caramel malt in the background to take just a touch off the bitterness but not too much.. Nice.

Further sips in and the hops just continue to dominate, as they should, though I'd have to say, the bitterness that they're imparting on my palate is tasty as hell and just makes me want to take another sip, and another, and another....and even though it's at a "healthy" 7%abv, no ways near being what one could call a sessionable ale, I think it's a heck of a good drinker. I take my(BA) hat off to Odell for this one.

Bottom line: A very good IPA from Odell that certainly won't disappoint when it comes to flavour. I recommend it!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear orange/amber color. Poured 2 finger whited head with fair retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in wide rings.

S: Big pine and citrus hops; a little grapefruit. Muted (if any) malt character.

T: Sweet grains followed quickly with herbal and earthy hop character. Reiny middle lingers to sharp, dry bitter. Some citrus lingers.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth and coating. Good balance even with a pretty full flavor.

D: Straight up good beer for the style. Its simple, balanced and moderate abv. Won't wow with its complexity, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/2/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, John --

A: Clean, pale golden. A standard pour yields a white two finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lemon, and lots of it. Hints of Pine-Sol and malt.

T: Again, more pine. If you had to classify it, I'd certainly call this more of an "east coast" style IPA. Not overly fruity, it's more resin based then anything.

M: Weak. It's thin, which really is a detriment to the beer.

O: Odell's IPA is fairly middle of the road. It doesn't stand out in a strong field. I'm beginning to think I'm not a fan of Odell's suds.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden color and cloudy at that. Very small whitehead. Smells wonderful. Pine, citrus, flower and hints of malt. Taste is smooth, bitey, flavorful. Very solid IPA, not over-hopped, just right. Citrus and green pine mix well. Makes for good drinking. Could used a bit more crispness at the end. Malt comes back toward the finish. Very solid IPA!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another one of those auburn colored ipas. 1/3" head, good lace down the glass. Aroma was earthy and not popping with hops of the pine, tropical or citrus variety.

Woody impressions, malty, had me guessing if this was an English ipa? Or just old? Plenty of crystal malt giving caramel impressions. Slightly boozy.

I dont get the love for this, will try again since O'dells is one of my fave CO breweries, but I dunno man.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big grassy hop nose, pours brilliant gold under a 1” off white foam cap that persists and clings, Creamy, spicy with some fruit, on the palate with hop bitterness balancing the fruit. Medium high carbonation, medium body. A world class old standby.

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

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this twelve oz. bottle.

A: The IPA pours with a pale amber color, a bright sun-like color when light is focused on it. The ale is brilliantly clear with no sign of any imperfection. A touch of head laced around the mouth of the glass before disappearing.

S: The nose is a blast of citrus aroma, practically dripping with hop juices. The aromas are so strong and concentrated that it is easy to forget that this is an IPA without the big D.

T: The mouth retains the piquant hop aromas, flicking their hop-devilish flames on the tastebuds. Herbs and grassy flavors add a natural floral taste to the body, creating a green onion-like spiciness. Citrusy grapefruit and oily pine flavors become apparent mid-sip, replacing the floral herbs. Malts know their place and keep a caramel flavor subtly in the background. The one drawback is that alcohol is reasonably warm on the tongue, making itself known throughout the sip.

M: The hoppiness is intense from the first sip to the last. The array of floral, fruit and herbal hop flavors will keep you coming back.

D: The hop bitterness may overpower the tastebuds quickly, so a bottle or two will be enough.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Pours an orange color. Aroma is very hoppy. Citrus hops all the way. Lightly sweet maltiness in the aroma. Odell IPA is simply a very well put together IPA. Very citrusy, again. I get a lemon hop flavor as well. Light maltiness. Resiny. West Coast style through and through. Bitter and medium bodied. Very nice beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Resiny hops, pine, fresh cut grass, mango, and grapefruit pith accompany lightly sweet honey-like malt character. Flavor reveals muted citrus, which underlies lightly bready, biscuity malt, finishing resiny and moderately bitter. Notes of papaya and mango add complexity. A bit bitter and grassy, earthy for my liking, but like the hop flavoring profile.

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Photo of tigg924
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color, small head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and citrusy hops

Taste: citrusy soapy hops with some faint malt

Mouthfeel: smooth, slow start with a sharp bitter finish, medium bodied

Drinkability: This is an average IPA to me. Not bad, but I could just as easily pass. The high ABV is not noticable.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via SS09 from vasdef42. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with stocky sheeting lace. Aroma is dominated by pungeant fresh hops, green and piney. Taste starts moderately sweet, goes piney bitter in the middle, and carries through the close to the aftertaste. Tons of hop flavor, not total bitter face. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, and drinkability is awesome. Get you some.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 19th Oct 2008. Received from ArrogantB - thanks a bunch, Mike! Poured into my Urthel tulip

A: Crystal-clear golden colored pour with a dense two-finger head that leaves the most gorgeous lacing i've seen.

S: Aggressively bitter hoppy with tons of pine, some spruce and some grapefruit. Mildly floral. Thin malt backbone. Great stuff

T: Starts off pretty bitter with pine and grapefruit being most prominent. Mildly sweet malt backbone comes in with some caramel and biscuit sweetness. Finishes dry. Mildly sweeter than I'd like

M: Moderately undercarbonated resulting in a resiny mouthfeel, great dry finish

D: Easily drink a ton of these. I wish the ABV was a point lower though.

Notes: Drank this right after a really fresh Two Hearted. This one more than held it's own and shone. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of bark
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is gold, the liquid clear. The low head is warm white.

The smell is hoppy with lots of citric notes, but also a lot of honey. A bit dry. And very bitter.

The bitterness dominates the taste, but there are also lots of exotic fruits, among them grape fruits. The flavours are fresh and clean. The aftertaste is sweet with a fine bitterness and fruity notes of pineapples and bitter oranges.

The carbonation is strong; the liquid semi-smooth.

A very pleasant and full-flavoured American IPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper and golden sunshine hue. Two fingers of foam and a resiliant film that holds its real eastate under heavy sipping.

Citrusy for sure, but to be specific I smell some halved grapefruit with a little sugar spinkled on top. Add to that some grass and barely in the toaster for a second toast.

The taste is a medium citric bitterness. Sweet grapefruit peels, soft lime juice, and some mosquito grass. The malts help balance everything out just right. A little toasted grain is all this beer needed it seemed. Not to say the hopping was excessive either. All ingredients taste as the just the right amount was used for harmonious balance.

If the abv. was a point and a half lower, this would be an awesome session IPA.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oxymoron sent this along in a recent trade. Thanks!
Poured a cloudy light orange colour with a thin off-white cap of fine bubbles. Sheets of bubbles clung to the glass and lacing was spotty as I finished the glass. Smells of grapefruit and pine, a bit powdery and quite fruity. Solid bitterness that became a bit resinous in the lingering finish. Citrus and grapefruit, plus a bit of sweet caramel, filled out the flavour. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A bit drying. A solid IPA, well balanced and nothing out of place. Good stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed copper body capped with a thin bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is actually pretty full for the amount of froth on top. Aroma is chalk full of tropical hop sensations: pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine... The list goes on. Orange marmalade. It's also smoky and resinous as well. Probably the best smelling IPA I've come across. Beer enters the mouth with a solid caramel malt base, but that sensation doesn't last long before it's pummeled with the aforementioned tropical sensations. Great hop flavor. Bitterness is very clean and enjoyable during and after the drink. Body is medium to medium-full. Moderately carbonated and extremely enjoyable.

I recently did a blind tasting of 13 IPAs which included some big hitters like 2 Hearted Ale, Masala Mama and Bitter Woman. This not only came out on top of my ratings, but also of my brother's. To me, this beer tastes like an IPA version of Hopslam. Awesome.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red bronze with a clingy tight white head. Big fresh pomegranate and ruby red grapefruit nose with hints of lemon barley - wafts from across the room. Caramel malts with underlying juiciness, an aspirin hit of bitterness, then lemongrass and big grapefruit (Centennial?) hops with some oil. Spearmint leaf finish, resiny linger. Medium, some chew, little burn.

Amazing nose that the taste doesn't live up to. The hops flavors come through without the IBUs, but the malts are not much besides sweet, which makes me wonder if it's somehow out of balance. Still solid IPA with not the usual Cali lemon-pine hopping - Simcoe, if I had to guess, and plenty of others.

My 250th review.

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Photo of maximum12
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the one fine BA, jtrockschalk, for allowing this brew to cross state lines during a recent, most excellent, trade.

This IPA suffers from something of an identity crisis. I grabbed it by the front, tossed it into a glass, & started sniffing around for clues. IPA, it said, distinctly but softly. Looks like an IPA, smells like an IPA, must be an IPA. My deductive reasoning skills are finely honed.

Tastes like...an IPA that's looking to be a bit to finely balanced. Too much malt, I growled. While the hops were there, so, too, was the malt, & an underlying (with an emphasis on the "lying") bit of mustiness that I didn't dig, but marked it a bit suspect. This beer hasn't been hanging with a high-brow crowd, if you know what I mean.

I'll let it off with some decent marks for now. Not as innocent, nor as clean, as I'd been led to believe. I'll keep my eye on him.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Pocatello, ID on 9.4.12
Dated 11/17/12A

A - Pours a clear medium to light orange with a nice cream colored head that is very foamy, has good retention, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of pine and grass. Some sweet citrus as well.

T - Again nice pine and citrus with more of a sweet biscuity orange. Very smooth.

D - Great carbonation and body. Thank you bottle dating! No bitterness at all, very smooth.

O - A really tasty ipa. I am glad to have found it out here. This is not a good beer town, so finding some Odell beer was nice.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost mahogany color, minimal head and lacing. Earthy dense aroma. Not to my liking really.

Taste of wood, minimal hops, below average bitterness. Must be English style ipa. Lots of caramel. Alcohol twang to it. Kinda costly for what seems to be a below average ipa from the western part of the country.

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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