Odell IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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:
712
Ratings:
2,969
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
19.76%
 
 
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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +11.5%
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 -20.9%
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 -6.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +10.6%
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 +4.7%
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 -16.5%
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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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy pale orange beer with an off-white head leaving lacing.

The smell is earthy and sweet and fruity, mango and grape-fruit.

Sweet and honey initially in the taste, then bitter oranges.

Medium carbonation, soft and a fairly good body.

Maybe a bit to sweet for me, but fairly well balanced. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By best next month.

appearance: golden, nice lacing and head rentention. nice notches as I went down

smell: ctitrus hop aroma on the nose

taste: not really fresh and light malt. fresh this may be a hop bomb.

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: would love to try fresh. still a quility beer.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 8/20/10) into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a clear light copper with a soapy white head that fades to a thin sheet but sticky enough to leave some lacing. In the nose I get a good assertive mix of grapefruit, mango, and light caramel. The hop flavor hits right away with the citrus fruits but is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the malted barley. Meduim bodied mouthfeel with a mellow hop bitterness that coats my tongue. I am such a sucker for these citrusy IPA's, more please!

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Photo of bark
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 KeefD
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow color with a large bone white head that left some nice rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is straight up grapefruit. I can't believe how much grapefruit is in this beer. Rivals Two Hearted! Also picking up pale sweet malts in the background, but not much. This thing is hop-centric. Flavor follows the nose endlessly. Lots of grapefruit, plenty of pine, juicy, tropical, and herbal, an almost minty-like finish, dry, crisp. Again, this one is all about the hops, but I'm not finding it ridiculously over-bitter. Just a nice hop flavor that doesn't really need to be balanced by any more malt. I hate to say it, but I'm actually glad the caramel malts have been restrained in this brew. Medium body, carbonation is light but tight. Good stuff here. I could drink several of these in one sitting, which I can't do much with IPAs these days. So I've now had 4 different beers from Odell (didn't review the St Lupulin) and all were very solid. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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 StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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 MinorThreat
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle

A- Beautiful straw/gold hue with a nice dense white head, great lacing and nice oily clarity

S-High alpha acid citrus hops dominate the nose with grapefruit and pine tree with some toasted cereal grains lingering in there.

T- The nose carries through well with bright citrus hops. Pine, grapefruit, orange and some mint are up front. A nice toasted malt back bone holds the bitterness in check. Well balanced while still maintaining the hop forward taste.

M- Good silky mouthfeel with a good amount of gas to keep it light and lively.

D-For a reasonably big beer it drinks fairly easy.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy orange-red color. The head is a thick inch and a half of foam that recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. This is what an IPA should look like. The aroma is of tangerines, pine resin, with some herbal and floral notes too. This is a very lively, mouth watering aroma. The taste has more pine and less tangerine than the aroma. There is a nice firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good American IPA. One of the best examples I've had in a very long time. I will certainly be drinking this again soon.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Freethyhops
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Buebie for gifting this one to me in a recent trade.

a- pours a slightly dull looking yellow/orange color. shows nice clarity with a persistent white head.

s- big citrus hits the nose hard. great vibrant lemon and orange peel notes. it's almost hard to define anything else, besides a bit of lingering sweetness and some floral notes. the citrus steals the show and I'm on the edge of my seat to see what happens next.

t- an unusually unique IPA. the bitterness is light. that combined with a good amount of sweetness almost turns this one into a mixed citrus fruit juice beverage. a substantial amount of sweetness mixes with orange, lemon, and big grapefruit flavors. it's rare that I think an IPA is unbalanced sweetness wise, yet it still has some great citrus notes. the low bitterness mixes with a bit of pine and biscuit malts in the finish.

m- great body for an IPA. not letting that 7.0% go to waste. a nice crisp carbonation and a bit of slickness. a pleasant smoothness to this puppy.

d- a good one for sure. not overly hoppy and no alcohol to be found. it's a shame this is my only bottle. more Odells please

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Photo of regspeir
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle @ Capone's
Light copper with a one-finger head which quickly settled to a coating. Lacing was thinner but present throughout. Nose was some citrus, especially grapefruit and earthy floral notes as well. Taste is lemon and grapefruit up front but the sweet malts kick in to balance this nicely. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, a little oily, but always creamy and smooth. Finish has some moderate bitterness but never overbearing. If this were available to me commonly, it would be a go-to IPA for sure.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Nearly clear golden yellow/light orange color. One finger of creamy white head with pitiful retention, but some splotchy lacing.

4.0 S: Really pungent hops. Something almost musty. Simple, but pleasant. Malts don't really show up to the party.

4.0 T: Moderate bitterness. Earthy and herbal hops are the showcase. Again, malts really don't do much, just a neutral barebones base and that's okay because it works well. Otherwise, very clean. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth throughout. Moderately creamy.

4.5 D: Simple, clean, and super smooth. Not the most exciting drink, but it's a nice, moderate alcohol brew. Again Odell shows me that simple works just as well as big and complex.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruit, and pine hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, and some bready malts late in the taste. A decent amount of bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent IPA. Would try again.
Original score: 4/4/3.5/4/4
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EDIT: Had this one again fresh on 06/10/14. Have to imagine they brought it fresh to SAVOR several years ago so not sure if the recipe or this batch is just better, but the taste was MUCH better, with no real bitterness. New notes:

a - Pours a hazy orange amber color with two inches of off white head and mod carbonation evident.

Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, honey, tropical fruits, and light resin. Nice nose, lots if citrus.

Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, pineapples, lemon, oranges, tropical fruits, fruity malts, More pine here.

Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.
Revised Score: 4/4.25/4/4/4.25

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Photo of philbe311
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - A very minimal standard looking white foam quickly fades leaving the most modest of lacings... A rich glowing orangish gold color... Moderate carbonation...

S - Sweet pineapple... A touch of citrus... Some mango and grapefruit... A touch of bitter hop resins... Touches of floral aromas... A slight grass presence... Some very mild caramel undertones...

T - Sweet pineapple... Smooth citrusy hops... An enjoyable earthiness... Touches of caramel and bready malts...

M - Fresh... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Juicy... Smooth... Slightly oily... Crisp... Easy drinking...

D - A really easy drinking American IPA... Nice work by the folks at Odell... Really flirts with DIPA territory... Even though this one is slightly more sweet than hoppy, it's an excellent all around offering that any self proclaimed hop head should seek out...

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a one finger bright white head with good retention and it leaves beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.. Smells of grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, mango, and pine. Very nice.

The taste is just like the aroma. Sweetness and bitterness combine beautifully. There is also a light amount of hop oil flavor. I usually taste this type of flavor more in a DIPA than an IPA. Very impressive.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, and a real treat to drink. Finishes somewhat dry with a sweet aftertaste. I will definitely buy this one again.

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