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
Reviews:
728
Ratings:
3,056
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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480
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735
For Trade:
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Photo of garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice hop aroma that has an intensity that mimics DIPA's, but does a nice job of cutting it short. Sweet, citrus and just a little oily. Very nice. Enough malt background for balancing.
Orange clear body capped by a dense off-white head that laces well and shows better than average stamina.
As with the aroma the hop intensity of the flavor pushes and mimics it's bigger brother without crossing the line of flavorful excess (although some sips do). The bitterness is prominent but without being astringent or overpowering. Touch of fruity sweetness up front before the full hop effects take place, otherwise malt is pretty much for balance only. Nice citrus flavors, soft on pine with light fruit.
Really rather light body and carbonated on the lighter/flatter side too. Both greatly increase the drinkability, but this one could be dangerous (at 7% - and there is quick warming with this one, so I don't doubt the level, although not noticed in the flavor).
I'm impressed with this brewery. I'm 2 4 2 in reviews and I've had others that I liked too. Good solid flavorful drinkable beers.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very lightly hazed yellow/gold with a 3/4" white head. The head dropped slowly to a thin cap and left behind lots of soapy lace down my glass.

S= I found a very light malt aroma (mostly bready) covered by grapefruit and orange hop notes.

T= Started off with a brief biscuity malt presence that was soon buried by an avalanche of oily hop flavors and a firm bitterness. Hop flavor contained grapefruit, orange, and a hint of minty herbs. Finished dry with a lot of hop aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied, modest carbonation feel.

D= A highly drinkable IPA here, but there was something I could not place in the flavor that just didn't do it for me. Well made all the same, and I would gladly revisit this one to continue my research!

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

Had a bottle after dinner. It poured clear amber with a tall white head and a bit of lacing. This is one fine IPA. Like my favorites in the style, it picks a few big bold notes to build the character around instead having a big blend. Here I'm hit with a resinous floral perfume and then a candied grapefruit aroma. Both of these carry over into the flavor, making a bitter beer that has a great mix of clean citrus fruit and earthy hop spice. It's a delicious contrast. The beer is a bit strong for my liking, but damn it's tasty.

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

A-Pours a slightly murky golden color with slight amber hues, a light cream colored head of about a finger's width leaving nice lacing on the glass.
S-Piney hops and fresh sweet citrus aromas prevail of grapefruit, orange and mango. There are malty notes in the background.
T-Sweet citrus flavors up front balanced by hoppy bitterness and malty afternotes...nice transitions.
M-Moderate feel and carbonation. Crisp and clean.
D-Very drinkable, a nice beer to have on hand.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from brewery.

A- Cloudy orange with thin tan head and nice spiderweb lacing.

S- Citrus, honey suckles, and earthy hops. A bit of booze.

T- Grapefruit and oranges, pine, floral hops, earthy tones with sweet, warm booze underbelly.

M- Creamy with a warmness from booze. Crisp with a hops bite and dry finish.

D- Good beer for this style. Dry finish is nice and the hops is well balanced. Booze gives warm burn.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to gwguest for hooking me up with this IPA! Great trade!

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by date "1/5/11" stamped on the side. Pours a chill hazy dark orange with a thin beige head on top. Light sticky lace left behind. Nose is full of fresh citrus, booze, candy, and honey. Very sweet and potent.

Full creamy mouth. Carbonation level is decent; not spritzy or tame. Full onslaught of boozy goodness here. The ABV is well-noted and received. Big citrus flavors wash over the palate. Melds well with the alcohol and subtle fruity sweetness. This was a good IPA. Not the standard, and not the most accessible, but a treat nonetheless. Glad I had the chance.

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

Feelin the Odell love from boatshoes this week. The date stamped is 1/15/11

A- Nice big white head with heavy duty lacing. This IPA is a moderately hazed orange color with lots of rising effervescence.

S- The aroma creeps up from the glass and up the nose just like in cartoons. A peppery spice is one of the first things to jump out at me. Lots of tropical stuff, grapefruit and lemon being the leaders of the pack. Layered behind that is some pine and toasty malts.

T- Juicy with a flash of bitterness at the end. Lots of tropical fruits but pine is showcased much more here than in the flavor. The finish is the remaining pine as it tapers off, pepper and some bread crusty malts.

M- Quite the heavy body on this IPA. Its medium going on full, especially for the style. Carbonation is sorta prickly and knocks back some of the thickness.

D- A damn solid IPA. Im pretty surprised, for what ever reason. This one is worth asking for.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours an somewhat-dark orange color with a white head. The nose brings some strong notes of citrus rind and resinous pine. Really nice and hoppy, just like it should be. Taste cuts back on the flavor but still provides a nice dose of bitterness. Good semi-dry finish with nice carbonation. Drinks quite well, at least enough so that I bought a t-shirt with this beer's logo on it.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spot on appearance. Cloudy light amber. Lovely white head and lacings like chalk marks all the way down.

Nice rounded citrus aroma with a proper caramel malt backbone.

There's no flavour that really stand out, and I mean that in the best way. Everything is combined perfectly to create an incredibly balanced AIPA. A sort of citrus sweetness up front, quickly gives way to some resinous pine, and it's all backed up by quality caramel malt. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish, hence just short of exceptional for me. Soft bitterness lingers long after the finish.

The perfect balance of this beer makes it more drinkable than most AIPAs (or DIPAs). Top notch beer.

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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 mwagner1018
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Excellent orange/golden color, with a huge creamy white head about 3 fingers, settles nicely but staying around as a nice pillow on top. Beautiful layered lacing, cobwebbing down the glass.

S- Citrusy, clementine, mango notes on the nose, light sweetness.

T- Wow, such a clean balanced IPA, citrus notes again reflected, tangerine and tropical fruit notes (papaya, light pineapple), awesome biscuit toasty caramel malt, with a grapefruity earthy spiced hop finish, that leaves a nice clean bitterness.

M- Malty enough and almost creamy, good oily viscous resin notes from the hops, smooth texture from the malt, great balance, tingling crisp carbonation works perfectly to deliver all of the flavors.

D- At 7% this is an amazingly drinkable IPA, not overly bitter, fantastic balance, well hidden ABV, superb IPA, great depth of flavor!

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Photo of BuckettOfBeer
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Really impressive fluffy head that stuck around until the glass was gone. The lacing looked very pretty. Hazy golden color.

Smelled of nice and subtle floral hops.

The taste was very balanced. Not too hoppy which was an awesome 'surprise' you could say from an IPA. This made this brew ridonk drinkable (and quenched me nicely after going for a run heh heh).

Goes great with beer brats! (used coors light for boiling - only the best)

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Liquid gold, with a large white head and excellent lacing

S - A lot of floral hops and some grapefruit

T - Up front barrage of floral hops slowly allows smooth caramel to shine through. The hop character remains throughout, with an additional kick of bitterness near the end. Not the most blatantly hopped up nor malt-heavy IPA, this beer strikes an excellent balance between the two.

M - Medium-heavy for an IPA with good carbonation.

D - Flavorful and easy going down - I'll have another!

Awesome IPA here. I'll drink this every chance I get.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The marketing is straightforward, they took the IPA style and made it bolder or American-style, and at 7.0 percent it's nearing the border of Double IPAs but not quite there. Clear weathered golden color, bright clarity and excellent head retention from the two-fingered head that crowns the top of this brew. Big time citric hop aroma and tangerine and clementine juice, with mint and herbs in the back of the nose. Impeccable smoothness from a deep, underlying carbonation that is most likely being slowed by a ton of hop oil. Medium body. So much hop flavor to go around, thankfully the bitterness does not kill the taste buds. Orange zest and spearmint come to mind. Sure the malt is there, a solid biscuity and slightly sweet foundation that is covered with hop flavor. Slightly dry and bitter finish with a faint earthy, herbal flavor.

Odell Brewing does a superb job brewing this beer, this one gives most West Coast IPAs a run for their hops. A must try for any hophead out there.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi smeared and hazen golden hay hue. Small fluffy and dense capping of slightly off-white foam sits atop for a good bit before fading to a solid skim and edging. Lots of lace in broken sheeting and some thin strings.

Aroma is quite nice and boldly popping with a solid lemony floral essence that carries a slight candied edge as well as a tint to some dry wood. Throw in a bit of orange in there, a smaller amount of grapefruit, and a squirt of mango, and there ya go. One nice smellin' IPA. Very clean and pleasant.

Dryingly sweet and citrusy centered taste. Lemony/orangey, touched well with a dry woodyness and floral puff at the edges. Centered with a sweet, almost candied like lemon citrusyness mixing with some orange, melon, pale and/or Munich malting. The sweetness is nice and mellow, as is its bitternss. Nicely rounded, clean, and fresh, with an overall lemony sweetness thats quite tasty.

Feel is a solid medium, clean, brisk, with a nice smooth quenching carbonation and texture that truly encompasses a very easy going drinkability.

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

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly copper orange caramel with a 2 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Nice blend of floral hops, grapefruit, and a hint of light caramel.

Taste: Same as the nose. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. Good carbonation and a satisfying medium body.

Drinkability: Really great session IPA in my opinion!

I had a bottle of this at the Capone's event a while back and it was even fresher with lots more citrus hop presence.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass (looking back, this may not have been the best choice for glass).

A-Very good looking dark gold, almost orange color. Thick foamy 11/2 finger head.

S- Exceptional smell. Very light and fruity citrus smell at first, almost a tropical smell. The spicy smell of hops is present, but not overpowering.

T- Very complex. There is a very light fruitiness, which is followed by typical bitterness from the hops. The bitterness is not as high as I like. I think that the hops are offset by the malt flavor of the beer. Although I prefer a more bitter IPA, I really do admire the complexity of this beer. I think Odell had some very good ideas with this beer.

M- Very light and smooth. Good.

D- A solid beer. I wouldn't mind having a few of these in one sitting, but I think I would get tired of it after a few.

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Photo of gregshead
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Clear light orange, pours with a 1/4 inch of head.

S - Strong floral smell with hints of tropical fruit

T - Well balanced taste between the light malt, sweet floral/citrus hops. Light aftertaste.

M - A very light feeling with a tingling from the carbonation that makes it roll off my tongue nicely.

D- My favorite IPA by far. The most balanced IPA I have had. Well worth the 1.72 a bottle I found it for in AZ.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a lighted amber red color with a slight white head that slowly goes down to form a little collar. The aroma I get from this is of hops with a slight tinge of something metallic. Slight bitterness up front balanced with the malt. Lingering bitterness. Not a stand out IPA but not bad either.

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Photo of herman77
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden dark yellow, almost a light orange. Nice thick and lathery white head. Very transparent. Excellent thick lacing.

S: Tons of floral aromatic hops. Lots of citrus, mango, pineapple and pine. Reminds me of Abrasive, but just not as strong.

T: Not as tropical tasting as the nose, but its still there. More of a pine/grapefruit and herbal hop taste. Slight bit of sweet malt breaks through enough to provide some balance to the onslaught of hops. This is pretty damn hoppy. Long grapefruit aftertaste.

M: Heavier medium body. Moderate carbonation, but prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkability is okay, I would score it a little higher if it had some more malt balance to it. You can detect the higher abv near the finish.

Best before 11/4/10

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Photo of kbanks13
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade. Thanks again Jason!

Pours a golden color almost like honey with a big pillowy white head that has good retention and great lacing. Sweet floral aroma loaded with grapefruit and pineapple, just a tinge of grain. The taste is all citrus up front with a good bitter and oily pine flavors. These are followed by a lingering grain flavor to accompany the citrus fruit flavors that stick around too. Sweet and bready with a really nice hop profile that isn't overly bitter, this is a great IPA. Slick body that isn't that sticky but definitely is not watery in the least, decent carbonation. Beers like this one are beginning to make a hop head out of me!

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Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Odell offering care of mothman, thanks Ben! What a spiffy brown bottle with raised up (hop?) leafs around the base of the bottle neck. No indication of a bottle date to be found on the glass or label.

Poured into a Sam Adam's sensory glass, this brew appears a perfectly polished and clear golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy lightly yellowish stained head. Solid powers of retension are displayed with a rising cylindar vortex of carbonation from the circle engraving on the bottom of the glass. As the head slowly receeds, it sticks in leggy patches about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is a bright hoppy citrus character reminescent of grapefruit mixed with a slight herbal touch. Also quite floral and just all around sweet smelling with an indication of a fresh grainy malt backing. This is a really impressive smelling IPA that I am enjoying before even taking my first sip.

Taking a sip, this brew is lightly sweet upfront with a flavor of bready malt that is intertwined with a citrusy sweet flavor of hops before a bit of herbal bitterness kicks in. Lingering aftertaste of fresh grainy malt and lightly bitter herbal hops that taste a bit like grapefruit rind left in the mouth. Only in the aftertaste is the 7% abv starting to reveal itself with a flavor that meshes really well with the hops and starts to warm the back of the throat.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modestly high level of carbonation that is prickly and lively on the tongue which makes it easy to go back for more. Super drinkable and a very well balanced ipa that could get me into trouble if I had more. If you can, you gotta seek this one out.

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Photo of ddgrant
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange color with a slight haze. Nice thin head that remained throughout

S - Floral hop aroma with strong notes of citrus, especially grapefruit

T - An excellent citrus flavor that is never superseded by the hops. This is a flavorful IPA that is slightly sweet with a taste of grapefruit and a healthy hop backbone.

M - A medium-body beer with good carbonation and an oily feel that finishes cleanly.

D - A great IPA with excellent aftertaste.

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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 EvilGnome6
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a half finger of white head. Not very heavily carbonated.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit.

T: Pretty much like it smells. Grapefruit with a hint of sweetness and a distinct bitterness.

M: Light on the palette. The aftertaste is a bit too sharp for my preferences.

D: Fair. Goes down easily but the bitterness would be wearying after a few. Not a bad brew but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up again.

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