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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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 TheFlern
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey color, white head that dissipates to a thin layer with good lacing.

Smell: Big hop aroma. Citrus notes come through first. Grapefruit for the most part. Bittering hop aroma in the background. Not much on the malt front.

Taste: More of the bittering hops come through than the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Thin and dry. Slightly bitter. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad brew at all. Very solid execution, bottle dating, decent price point, good availability in my state as well. Give it a shot if you haven't had a chance!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours orange with gold undertones, bright clarity and a bit of a fiery glow. A fat head of foam that lasted and clung steadfast to the sides of the glass. The head never quite fell completely and left a thickish layer on top. Nose is bright with orange and tangerine sweetness. Big citrus and plenty of herbal. The body of the beer is smooth and supple and the carbonation doesn't show itself on the palate until the swallow. There is plenty of hop oil but it doesn't feel heavy or oily and that oil brings out the orange peel sweetness. Biscuit malt that's lightly sweet . The bitter on this one is substantial and a bit sharp but it doesn't outdo any of the taste. Finishes earthy, herbal and dry. Delightful.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 10/23/13, assuming pretty fresh.

A- Two inch white head on a light orange body. Head is dense and is leaving heavy/splotchy lacing as I type this. Average head retention, cap and collar throughout.

S- Aroma is of juicy citrus, oranges specifically. Perhaps some mangos.

T- Sweeter (not as dry) than most IPAs. A pungent citrus hop twang at the end of each sip. 7%abv fits here to me.

M- Full mouthfeel. Small carbonation bubbles, on the lower end...works well.

O- A solid IPA if nothing else. If this was around here I could see me picking up a few 6 packs a year. Thanks for the mountain region tick RuckusDu!

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

Pours a cloudy orange toned gold with a creme head. Nose is tight citrus. Seems like pineapple juice. Flair is acrid, bitter, and slightly salty. Citrus tones are well in the back as an almost afterthought. Feel is smooth on liquid with a just as smooth carbonation. Pretty nice IPA. A bit rough though and might overpower some peoples interest.

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Photo of treyb0mb
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say I was mixed about this at first It has a dark gold or almost amber color, with a noticeable haze to it. The most notable smell is of the hops, but you can detect some fruitiness. Develops a nice head which has a medium retention. There is a malty and slightly weighty mouthfeel, but not an overbearing malt flavor of any sort. In fact, at first I found it hard to detect its flavors. However, upon drinking about half of the glass, it's as if the fruity citrus flavors become more apparent. It's not incredibly hoppy, but the hops are, of course, definitely there. I originally desired more flavor, but as I have my second glass I find myself very pleased with this beer, and I'm enjoying the balance it offers.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was a little concerned at first, since the aroma had a really potent tropical vibe to it, but fortunately it plays that just right. Hop-based bitterness is kept in check and plays with the tropical notes just right.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The IPA from Odell is quite nice. The beer poured a clear orange with thin with head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent carries orange peel with touches of pine. The taste is bitter through until the end when a malt sweetness kicks in. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a resiny touch. The carbonation is smooth. Overall this is a solid IPA and certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of n2185
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange-gold with two fingers of off-white bead that fades into a dense cap with decent lacing.

S: floral and citrus hop aromas dominate, especially pineapple and grapefruit. There are also some sweet bubblegum-like aromas.

T: the hop characters here are more earthy with grapefruit, pine, and grassy notes domimating. The finish is of tart grapefruit and only slightly bitter.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation or a lighter body.

O: a good IPA overall with lots of nice hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of BigGold
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "7/2/15B," into tulip. Odell IPA, a standard-bearer when released, is now a classic and holding up very well.

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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 Freethyhops
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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 SamN
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid orange copper color, very clear but slightly hazy. Big foamy white head, pretty dense and bubbly. Not much visible carbonation visible.

S- Good christ, that's some hops. Such a deep and rich hops smell, smells light years beyond what I the usual IPA smells like. Big time grapefruit, old pine resin, eye-burningly strong. Lighter bread malts provide a stable foundation for the towering piers of Hoptitude.

T- First off, despite it's full hops cone smell, the taste is not overpoweringly hoptacular. In fact, this has remarkable balance. Starts balanced and slightly malty, then suddenly the malt drops off the face of the earth and the hops spring to life., creating a rough bitter character akin to citrus and pepper. Interesting and certainly not a boring IPA, this is much more than I expected. A hearty swirl blends the flavors into one big bitter creamy joy.

M- Damn, spot on carbonation with a medium body and great smoothness and texture.

D- Not bad, I think I could drink one or two of these with little hops fatigue. Not an all day sipper for me (especially at a whomping 7% ABV!), but certainly a treat and a change up from my big-time malt beers. I totally dug this one.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Pub 17 (the hotel bar in the Grand Hyatt on Welton in Denver) poured into a pint glass. Pours orange colored with a creamy white head on top. Aroma of grapefruits, big pine notes, bready malts. Flavor follows closely with a huge bitter pine bite that is very drying on the finish. Despite the bitter, there is a definite malt presence here and it is certainly not what I’d call a west coast IPA. Medium bodied, on the dryer side, with medium plus carbonation. Good brew, but not sure it met my expectations.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A couple of weeks ago, my buddy Ken asked if I wanted to grab a beer. I got there a little early, and saw they had Odell IPA on the menu. I hadn’t had that yet, and since we are new to Arizona I am trying all of these new brews. I ordered one and fell in love with the beer the second I poured it into the glass. The aroma was incredible, and the aftertaste lasted for a really long time. I am a big IPA guy… but this one takes the cake.

Tonight we are drinking from Papago Brewing. This place is sweet, and is quickly becoming our favorite place in the Valley. They have a great beer selection (both bottles and on draft) and their food is pretty good. I am hoping we can get them as a sponsor for the 1001 Bottles project. Anyway, let’s drink!

In the Glass: When we ordered the bottle, the server said, “1 bottle. 2 glasses.” He brought us two small glasses, and poured the beer for us. The beer is somewhat orange, and has a weak head and almost no lace.

Nose: The aroma is amazing. It is like a glass full of hops. The aroma sticks around for a while, and just punches you in the face. I love it. It smells like an American IPA is supposed to smell like. Let’s see what she tastes like.

Flavor: Oh. My. God. This beer is loaded with flavor, but it doesn’t knock you out with bitterness. There isn’t a lot of carbonation and the mouthfeel is just so smooth. The flavor is just what I expected from a good IPA.

Mouthfeel: A lot of IPAs have a ton of carbonation, but this one is surprisingly smooth. It starts off soft, and then the hops just kick in and overwhelm the palate. That is when the aftertaste starts and just hangs on for a LONG time.

Aftertaste: It’s still there. Man, this aftertaste is wicked. It isn’t overwhelming, but it does have a consistent flavor that just hangs on for dear life. Just when I think it’s time for another drink, I swallow… and there is the bitterness from those hop varieties. The burp is pretty great, too.

This is such a good beer. I am such a big IPA guy that finding a new “go to” IPA is always a good thing. I am not familiar with the Odell portfolio, but I can’t wait to try more. There are a few more on our list, and I am excited to try them all. Bottoms up, people!

Odell IPA - The bottle says: “READY TO BUCK CONVENTION - We took the traditional IPA, originally shipped from England to India in the 1700s, and made it bolder and more flavorful - American style. We’ve added new varieties of highly aromatic American hops to create a distinctive bitterness profile and an incredible hop character. Hop on, hold tight, and enjoy the ride.”

(By the way, I keep sticking my nose in the glass to smell this pile of hops. Love it!)

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Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery:
Clear classic orange IPA color. A mass of off-white head adorns the beer well into the pour.

Nose is a little grainy - like brew day, probably not helped by a somewhat dry grassy bitterness. There's also a light citrus rind note as well. Grapefruit starts to show itself wit some warmth.

Taste is a step up in impression, though it is reminiscent of the nose. Definitely more bitterness than the nose would indicate, which is a nice "correction" for me. Green citrus rind and pith, with a hint of pine wood in the end.

A fairly classic IPA in general, but a little more grainy (not malty, though) in its flavor. It doesn't quite get as piney as some, but sticks to a pithy bitterness that is present much of the taste, and draws on the tongue by mid-taste through the end.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 6/22/07. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a frothy dense white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is piney hops with some melon and biscuity malts.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and some melon leading to a decent piney, peppery hop finish that lingers some in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is is medium to full bodied with some slightly sharp carbonation and sticky hop resin.

Overall, an excellent showing by Odell. This is a well done IPA, not quite top tier, but still very enjoyable.

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

It's a reliable beer, but considering the wealth of beer in Colorado it's not the best. The good thing is that in Colorado at least, it's widely available and affordable.

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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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper, with a finger of foamy eggshell white colored head. Retains with a thick layer of creamy froth, which leaves a strong looking latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is smooth and sweet in the nose, with robust tropical accents of mango, apricot, and oranges, mixing with bready malts. All of that big sweetness is wrapped up in additional notes of floral spice and some gentle warmth.

The taste matches the aroma, with a silky sweet backbone of toasted malts and tropical fruits. There is a modererately biting spicy bitterness to this, that adds a dry zippy flush to the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation that is propped up by a thicker feel underneath. This stays nicely quaffable despite the 7% ABV as well.

I liked this for the most part. Overall very sweet, with lots of tropical character to this, but a bit more strength in the hop departmnet would have really made this pop. Not sure what the freshness was of this bottle but I'd be willing to check out another down the road.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ambery red, looks more reminiscent of an amber ale, but has a nice plump crown of slight off-white foam.

Nice bready, toasty, and caramelly malt undertones provide a nice addition to the mainly citrusy and piney hop character.

Pine, citrus, biscuits, and caramel dominate the flavor.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, resinous, piney, dry finish.

Overall, not the best IPA out there, but it does the job.

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

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
7% ABV, 09/15/11B "Please Refrigerate"
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - This IPA is mostly clear with a faint haze to the golden yellow color. The tall elephant tusk-hued head kicks lace all over the glass.

S - Big mango and melon citrus American hop aroma suggests Simcoe while resin pine floats through the background. Notes of solvent alcohol poke out in the back with sweet biscuity caramel malt.

T - Big mango exotic fruitiness and little resin to the finish, Lemon-like citrus gives the caramel malt backbone nice balance. Tasty.

M - Medium-light bodied and citrusy with a crisp feel and moderately bitter, dry finish. This IPA is smooth.

O - A nice citrusy IPA with great balance and tasty, clean finish. Very good.

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

Color- dark gold. Full head.

Aroma- very aromatic grapefruit rind hops.

Taste- starts with strong cascade grapefruit hops and stays strong throughout, hints of lemon zest in the middle, and finishing long and hoppy like biting into a grapefruit seed. 60 IBUs.

Honestly, I cannot fathom a rating of 100 for this brew.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of jaz58
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An absolute favorite IPA thus far.

Mind blowing for me.

Orange yellow color. Great hints of lemon and grapefruit in the nose.

The best balance hop bitter finish I have experreince.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Refreshing taste and flavours of malt with hints of butterscotch.

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

Aroma is orange and grassy. Appearance is average golden with quickly dissipating head. Taste is grassy hops with sweet finish. palate is slightly fizzy and resinous. Overall an awesome IPA for drink ability. If only the double came back, next up is the black ipa 4packs!

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 3,056 ratings.
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