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:
3,070
Reviews:
733
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
477
Gots:
743
For Trade:
13
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JohnG190
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a white head that settles into a long-lasting cap. Good lacing. Aromas of citrus, biscuity malt along with some floral notes. Flavors of juicy tangerine with hints of biscuit that finishes just slightly bitter. One of the best tasting IPAs I've had! Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this might be one of the best west-coast IPAs out there. It's certainly the best one I've had to date.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for bringing this beer north on his visit to Vancouver.

A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot colour with big pillowy bone white head with plenty of lacing. Small amounts of champagne like carbonation trickle to the surface.

S: Floral scents of orange flower water together with tropical fruits of lychee, mango and pineapple with a grapefruit rind backbone and hints of fresh pine. Solid notes of sweet malts balance out the forward hops.

T: Big front notes of tropical fruit along with citrus peel, pine and orange flower water. Middle notes are surprisingly very malty with a lingering bitter finish of citrus peel.

M: Coating and syrupy feel that coats the mouth. Very smooth.

O: This is an excellent ipa that manages to put forward big hops and yet create a very balanced beer that is smooth and refined. This is definitely up there with the best ips' s I've had the pleasure of sampling to date.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 3,070 ratings.
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