Odell IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell IPAOdell IPA
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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:
721
Ratings:
3,029
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
479
Gots:
723
For Trade:
14
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Reviews: 721 | Ratings: 3,029
Photo of woosterbill
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks tr4nc3d!

A: An aggressive pour results in a clear light-amber body that sits calmly underneath half an inch of frothy white foam. Mediocre retention and a solid amount of lace. Not at all bad, but perhaps a bit undercarbonated.

S: Terrifically complex, hop-centric aroma - grapefruit up front, mellowed out with some tropical fruit (peach & pineapple), and finally some lightly spicy floral notes. Absolutely lovely, and right up there with the best from the west coast.

T: Like the nose, a medley of fruity and spicy hops dominates, followed by just a hint of pale malt sweetness before the thoroughly bitter, slightly astringent finish. The slightly harsh aftertaste is the only flaw - otherwise it's impeccably constructed hop deliciousness. Great.

M: Fairly smooth medium body, but nearly flat. Practically no discernible carbonation, which may be why the astringency sets in so strongly on the finish.

D: This beer is simply too delicious to put down.

Notes: I'd heard some good things about this, and was really excited to get it in a trade (thanks again tr4nc3d). It perfectly fits into my favorite niche of IPA - 7% ABV and uncompromising with the fruity hops. I'm wishing I'd traded for more, and distinctly thinking about picking up a case when I visit CO this summer. Awesome beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Tolann - thank you so much!
I could sit and write about this beer for some time, but I gotta keep it brief tonight. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Big seafoam creme head, topping at almost 2 fingers and loitering for an eternity. Whence finally gone, left in its path is the dankest web of sticky lacing this side of Ft. Collins. Slight haze in the body, bright honey orange. The archetypal IPA.

Dreamy nose, so well done. Brilliant notes of mango and grapefruit. Alive, ripe and in your face. Picking up only a touch of grass and grain. One of the better IPA's I've had the pleasure of smelling. Taste is quite a feat as well, lemony and citric, a bounty of fruity hop qualities cover the tongue. Light to medium in body, but obtaining a fair amount of resiny oily slickness that pools and makes my mouth water. In the midst of this, there is a full, creamy yeastiness, and just enough pale malt to be detectable. Finishes full and sweet, which at times is overwhelming, but usually very enjoyable.

A very well crafted IPA, a very fine example of the modern style.

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Photo of JBuff41413
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved Odell's Pale Ale so I had to give the IPA a try.

A- Honey colored with a 1/2 inch off-white head that reduces to a film. Lacing is decent.

S- Great smelling beer. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine, and a tiny bit of pinapple.

T- In my top 5 IPA's. Sweet and very citrusy in the beginning. The sweetness slowly transforms in to bitter hoppy greatness while the pine sneaks in.

M- Pretty respectable mouthfeel. Somewhat light and a little oily.

D- Very drinkable. Not to heavy but with great complex flavors, what more could you ask for.

Odell continues to impress me, I haven't found a beer of theirs that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical IPA. Orange with fluffy 2 finger white head. Moderate lacing, somewhat hazy.

S - Lots of orange... Almost one dimensional orange peel. A few other citrus fruits compliment it subtly, such as lemon and very slight hints of lime and grapefruit. Mild caramel malt scents.

T - Pretty representative to the smell. Orange peel, orange zest, lemon, hint of grapefruit. Lemon opens up more in the finish. This beer has more sweetness than it does bitterness... not really my kind of style of IPA, but I can see why lots of people love it. Not very complex, but a very easy drinking IPA.

M - This is the highlight of the beer. Medium bodied, nice slick oily characteristics. Sip it or take big gulps of it and you won't be disappointed.

O - This is a solid IPA, although after having so many better IPAs recently, this one kind of loses some of it's appeal to me. This is an amazing IPA to have someone try for their first IPA, but the lack of bitterness and the the fact that it's a one trick pony makes it not quite in the upper echelon of IPAs for me.

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Photo of midworken
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes resembles pureed pine needles. Drinking this was like walking through a pine tree forest. Head dissipated rather quickly. Since this is forest themed - the body looked like oak with a dash of green hue. Mouthfeel is great along with the drinkablity. This is a great IPA that has a great hop presence. If anybody asks "what are hops" I have them drink this. I often drink this IPA and everytime I do, it reminds me of walking through a lumbar yard. Fantastic, though.

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Photo of sholland119
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy golden peach with a very small amount of head and lacing.

S-Wow! Lots of grapefruit hops with strong peach notes underneath. Awesome!

T-Not as good as the nose but still quite nice. Some malt sweetness in the front, grapefruit hoppy bitterness taking over in the middle and finishing a bit sweet with the hops.

M-Excellent. Medium bodied with excellent moderate carbonation, slightly resinous but still light.

D-Damn but I wish I had easy access to this beer, instead of the one beer that I got in trade. One of the most drinkable IPAs I have had. Ever.

HV

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Photo of mjstacker
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle about to go out of date. Perfect translucent orange color with just a touch of haze. Head dissipated instantly but the lacing is super thick. The smell is a bit lacking, maybe to do with its age. Not getting much more then some mild citrus and a bit of booze. Taste is fantastic, not too bitter, not too dank, not too fruity and most importantly to me, not too malty. A perfect combination that balances perfectly. It's not super carbonated but it doesn't sit flat on your tongue, quite smooth. Overall, I received this beer as an extra in a trade and kind of fell in love with it. Guess i'll be trading for this next time.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with three fingers of off white head. As the head fades, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus peel hops dominate with a bready malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Fresh citrus peel hops with a citrus sweetness. There is a mildly grassy flavor from the hops as well. A good amount of malt sweetness balances out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good IPA. It has a great hop profile and a perfect balance.

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Photo of interzen
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml (12 US fl.oz) bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Pours translucent orange. Very orange, in fact. Slight haziness but nothing too bad. Fingers-width of white head which left behind some lacing after dropping down to a foam cap. Did I mention that it looks a bit, erm, orange?

Smell: Hops, hops and more hops. On the one hand, it's an almost stereotypical American IPA but on the other the smell is quite a bit more floral than most. This isn't a bad thing, though.

Taste: Strangely, it doesn't taste nearly as hoppy as it smells. If anything, the hops are toned down a wee bit and the fruitiness (grapefruit, passionfruit, lemon etc.) is a bit more upfront. A little bit of maltiness lurking in the background but as you'd expect this is pretty much hop-forward.

Feel: Decent carbonation, smooth tasting and a dry, bitter finish. Typical IPA in other words.

Overall: I suspect my expectations for this might have been a bit high - it gets a lot of good press and it's not difficult to see why but for some reason it didn't quite do it for me. It's not a bad IPA by any means - in fact I'd go so far to say as it's one of the better ones out there, but there's not much to distinguish it from the zillions of other IPAs out there. Worth a try, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of SMILLIE
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Stone pint glass

Appearance: A gorgeous golden, honey, slightly cloudy. Two finger head, nice lacing. Great.

Smell: Strong smell of hops, citrus, floral,

Taste: Refreshing taste, high bitterness, exactly what an IPA should be. Very smooth, finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Perfect.

Overall: An exceptional IPA. Very impressed. Would buy these on a regular basis. Great taste, great bitterness. Not exactly a Stone but very nice brew.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden/orange color with a bit fat fluffy two finger head. Great retention and lacing. Big citrusy orange aroma, as well as some piney notes and just a hint of sweetness. Flavor has lots of grapefruit and orange peel and a nice malty backbone, very well balanced. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, just an outstanding IPA- one of the best out there that's not a double or an imperial. Hats off to you Odell!

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light coppery golden with a bone froth atop the clear brew.
Aroma has a strong piney resinous note similar to Rampant DIPA from their neighbor.
The hops pack a wallop but the sweet malt fights back achieving a nice balance. It is amazing how balanced this beer tastes yet the hops sustain a steady bitterness and very flavorful pine throughout the finish.
There is a medium carbonation and medium body. Oily and coating hop resins dominate.
Overall I like this IPA and would seek it out again.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy marigold color. A frothy white head, about 2 fingers worth, sits on top with good retention. Leaves spotty lacing against the glass.

S - Nose is teeming with ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, papaya, and mango come to mind along with tangerine and orange peels. Slightly piney and floral character. a wisp of bread crust and wildflower honey in the background.

T - Crisp lightly sweet malt profile up front. Lots of fruit character. Mostly mango and papaya with a soft undercurrent of bitter orange peel and pine needles. Finish is lengthy with a brisk lemon pith acidity.

M - on the lighter side of medium bodied. frothy carbonation which seems to be on the higher side.

O - Excellent IPA. I wish we got this on the east coast. Something I could see myself buying routinely.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Topped with a vast three finger thick rocky head that has awesome retention. The body is copper in color, and only has a slight haze.

The aroma is all hops: piny, citrusy, and floral.

Taste wise, it's mostly grapefruit with some mellow caramel notes.

Feels oily, coarse, and dry.

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Photo of Domingo
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color. Most IPA's tend to have a copper hue, but this one is lighter much like Stone's. A 1" head forms and laces the glass for the life of the beer.
Smell is sweet and citrus with the hops hitting all at once, but a sweet alchol/malt smell permeating. Really nice!
The first taste is sweet, but then the hops start to kick in. Grapefruit followed by a floral kick. Spearmint and a little grassiness, too. The finish is dry, but then a little sweetness comes back.
Mouthfeel is thick at first, but thins out as you swallow. Pretty unique, and perfect for an IPA.
The hops are really potent and steal the show, so drinkability really comes down to how much of that you want.

This is a GREAT IPA. It's one of my favorites if not my overall favorite.
Odell is overlooked sometimes, but they truly are an excellent brewer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pale amber color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Citrus, piney, resiny, some sweet malts, very crisp.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Citrus, bitter orange, piney, resin, herbal hops. Sweet bready malt that balance it very well. Finish is bitter, very crisp, a little dry. Body is medium, very crisp and refreshing, a little oily, semi dry, very smooth.

Overall:
It's an outstanding IPA. 7% ABV is well hidden, highly drinkable.

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Photo of FLima
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber orange color with a one finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of a citrus tutti fruity: notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and the freshest oranges.
And the flavor delivers what the aroma was promising, a citrus hop party and all very fresh, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, west coast yeast, and just a bit of mango and pine. Hints of toasted malts and herbal hops. Dry, acid and bitter aftertaste that lasts for a while.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles.
One of the best IPAs I had in matter of balance, and still packed with flavors. You just not get tire of drinking it.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Best by 11/27/2013. Thanks Matt!

A: Pours a clear golden honey color with a finger of off-white head that quickly faded into a fuzzy collar leaving
S: Grapefruit and pine on the nose with sweeter notes of tropical fruits and mango.
T: Mellow bready malts poke through beneath a dominating hop profile of grapefruit, mango and sweet fruit nectar. Very juicy overall, with a sweet finish and slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Sweet and smooth mouthfeel with low splashing carbonation and a resinous freshly hoppy medium-full body.
O: Can’t believe I waited so long to try this beer. I would buy this often if it were available on my shelves, it’s pretty damn solid. Thanks a ton Matt.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at ABQ airport. I was pleasantly surprised. Deep honey color with nice head and lacing. Nice complex mixed hop aroma and taste followed nicely. Well-balanced and quite delicious

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint.

A - Nice golden brass color with a .5 inch head that sticks for a bit but no too long. There is some sticky lacing.

S - NICE! Grapefruit aroma with some hints of pine fill my nose. Full bodied smell if you ask me. Grapefruit sweetness a plenty as well in the nose.

T & M - Citrusy and piney. Very attractive flowery hops, with some bready biscuity malt hidden along the way. Very crisp, traditional AIPA tastes. Loving every second of the hops and malt. Nice CO2. Medium - light bodied.

D - Refreshing and excellent!

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Photo of thefullmontiii
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always excited for a layover in Denver, since I get to have this lovely brew at the airport. Slightly orange golden color, aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and maybe melon. Nice little citrus and hop combination bite, but not overwhelmingly sweet or bitter. Great balance of flavor that is both refreshing and engaging. Like another reviewer stated, this is the IPA to bring to those who dislike IPA's.

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Photo of warnerry
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/21/11 consumed 8/15/11

A - Pours a slightly hazy honey color with two fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Big, juicy bouquet of fruit, mostly tangerine and other citrus, along with a touch of honey, some bitter grapefruit rind and a faint amount of malt. Excellent beginning.

T - Similar to smell with more bitterness coming through in the taste. The bitterness doesn't really linger for long, but is definitely a big component of the flavor. Nice malt presence to balance the hops.

M - Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel. Pretty clean finish with only faint bitterness lingering.

O - Between this and Myrcenary, Odell has a very impressive lineup of fruit-forward (i.e. not piney) IPAs. I wish they would distribute in Michigan so I could have these more often.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Vig in Phoenix, AZ.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large citrus and herbal hops. Also present are hints of floral hops, backed by a slightly grainy pale malt backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of bright citrus and herbal hops. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit as pine hops work their way into things. The pine hops fade out quickly, allowing the pale malt and citrus hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer was more well-rounded than the bottle I had previously. A great IPA and one that's well worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy golden amber with one finger of tight white head that clings to the glass and lasts. Smell is pure IPA, tons of bright pine and citrus (tons of grapefruit). Taste is more of the same, exactly what I am looking for in an IPA, paired with a strong but not overpowering bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice, it is a touch malty which balances with the citrus and bitterness. Overall a really nice IPA, definitely a solid choice for lovers of the style.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Oxymoron for this extra.

This pours a clear orange/copper. Beautiful pure white head but dissipates fast. The nose is of american citrus hops but I do smell the tiniest bit of english hop. maybe just sugar. The taste of this IPA is quite amazing. With the dankness in the nose, i was a bit leary of this but i was wrong. Taste is of great crisp dry citrus and pine hops. slight sugars and just enough malt backbone. Wonderfully and uniquely smooth. Some IPAs dont have a strong hop bite and others have too much (IMO) but this one is goldilocks porridge. The mouthfeel is a wee bit thin, but goddamn does it make up for it in smoothness. This is by far the most drinkable standard IPA I have had that I can remember. Could well be the best session IPA out there. Wickedly smooth. I can see why this is a winner at the GABF. Rock on odell and thanks again to Oxymoron.

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