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Odell IPAOdell IPA

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rowew on 03-02-2007

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

Pours a clear straw-colored gold with a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a bubbly skim coat and sticky ring. Lots of thick lacing.

Smell is fresh squeezed OJ, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, and a hint of mint.

Taste starts off with some toasted bread and bitter floral hops. Lots of citrus fruit kick in mid-palate, with orange zest, grapefruit, and tangerine. Finishes with some herbal, bitter hops, some mint, and bitter orange peel.

Medium-bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel.

A great IPA with a steady bitterness and great citrus flavors. If only Odell was available in NH, I'd drink this every night.

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

Best IPA I ever had.

Poured into a pilsner glass... copperish color, about two-finger head, nice lacing all the way down to the finish. Tastes awesomely citrusy with some bitterness afternodes... just a joy to drink. Rather than steal all the adjectives used from below, let me just second everyones' motion that this beer is the bomb diggity.

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

A rather sloppy pour into my pint glass produced a forefinger-wide head of dense white bubbles. Carbonation is brisk and lasting. Color is an off shade of hazy orange. Even before sticking my nose in the glass I'm guessing the haziness is due to an immense amount of dry hops used during the secondary ferment. I can smell the hops from a foot away.

The hop aroma is incredible. And a quick swirl of the glass releases ever more complex hop goodness. It's all hops and no malt but I don't care. After several minutes of swirling and smelling I suddenly realize that this beer review is only half over, and the best is yet to come.

No big surprises when tasting this beer. The hops, acting the elephant appearing on the bottle, completely tramples to death any malt flavors that might get in its way. All that sneaks by is a slight malty super sweetness, but even that sweetness could be hops undercover. The taste of this beer is all about the hops, period. And you know what? It works fantastically, period. This is sweet hop tea that is over the top for the IPA style but who cares - it pushes the IPA boundaries on the hoppy side of things. And it does it very, very well.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra from bonsreeb85. Thanks dude!

A- Pours a deep golden color with a huge foamy white head. Nice sticky lacing rings all the way down.

S- Huge whiff of grapefruit and orange peel. Big citrusy hop aroma. A bit of pine and some spice. This beer smells like its going to be a great IPA.

T- Nice rush of citrus grapefruit and piney hop bitterness. A nice light caramel malt sweetness is present in the finish for balance.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation.

D- This is one fine IPA. I must say that I have had the pleasure of trying a few fine hoppy beers from Colorado and none of them have disappointed.

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

Freshly delivered bottle with bb date of 4-26 poured into a New Glarus footed pilsener. Had this one numerous times, but after over 100 different IPAs its time to review.

A: Pours a nice golden blonde with some orange. Head is moderate and fluffy white, dying down but sticking around throughout. Nice sticky lacing all the way to the bottom.

S: Big juicy blast of sweet citrus hops. Red grapefruit, orange and syrupy sugar. Reminds me of an Ocean Spray sweetened grapefruit juice.

T: Perfect hop profile. Taste follows the nose nicely with the same sweet juicy grapefruit, followed by some nice slightly earthy bitterness. Just a hint of sweet malt presence rounds it out on the end. Almost reminds me of a fresh hopped ale.

M: Again, spot on. Nice and juicy, solid carbonation with bitterness kicking in quickly but not overbearing in any way. Keeps you coming back.

O: Just an excellent beer all around. The hops are spot on, the aroma and taste compliment each other, and the bitterness has just the right amount of bite. Extremely drinkable IPA, and

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

Wow. what a great beer. Props to the roommie for picking this up for me while he was out in Co. best on date: 08.15.08

The smell was fantastic - amazing for someone who can hardly smell and it was a bad allergy day. nice sweet hops (cascade, centennial?), citrus - grapefruit

Appearance is a nice color color with fluffy head that leave a nice lace on the glass.

Taste: Amazing hops, sweet malt on the tip of your tongue while hops linger in the back. I can only imagine what their Double IPA is like.

Mouthfeel- again solid here. nothing really different that an great IPA which this is. perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- I could and would drink this all night.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one had all the tasty tropical and citrus fruits I was looking for when I picked up the Myrcenary DIPA. Myrcenary has a much more pronounced malt background that sits a very balanced line, while the Odell IPA is all tasty fruits without much of the malt. Smells and tastes awesome like a bouquet of tropical fruits on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was dry and very pleasant,lightly carbonated.

Great IPA right here.

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

The 2nd beer I've ever had from this brewer. Picked up a 6 pack of this tonight for a mere $8.
Poured from the bottle into a pub glass, producing about an inch and a half of white froth and bubbles.
Slow to fall down and sitting for some time. Finally leaving a solid cap of assorted bubbles and a bit of froth with an even thicker collar.
Sticky, never lettin' go cling of lace lines the glass walls.
The beer is a transparent darker golden color.

Aroma is bursting at the seems with hops. Pinneaple, sweet juicy, just bit into a mango and the juices flow down my chin, like aromas. Some mild pine and bittering too with hemp and dank weed. But mostly a tropical fruit frenzy of hops.
A little malt too, which is surprising. In comes in the form of a buttery bread sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel is fuller with moderate carbonation and a light fluffy feel.

Taste contains the exact same flavors mirroring the aroma. Its a tropical fruit festival of hops. Just a bit of bittering into the swallow and lingering with mild rind. So its mostly sweet juicy hops, keeping drinkability very high on the 'keep it coming, not bittering' hops.
Floral flavors too with a touch of minty leaf.

God this is absolutely splendid. One of the better ipa's I've had in a good while. Its not that its better then others either. Its just that its a a take on the style that I cant say I've experienced before. Sure it shares similarities to other ipa's, but this one is different. Different in a good way too. Drinkability is high, as this is not very bitter and the pallet is given time to recover. Truly an inspiration to the kind of beer I want to brew. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Moose90
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip pint
Best by 3/21/13

A - Bright copper. Nice fluffy white head to it that stays throughout.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, tropical fruits are big here.

T - Clean bright hops initially, more of the citrus comes through here. Good bitterness and this is a really well balanced beer.

M - Good level of carbonation to showcase the full hop profile, shows off the complexities of this beer.

O - One of my favorite IPA's, and it is consistently great. God do I love living within 20 miles of the brewery, this beer fresh is even better.

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Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mmtmatrix poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clearish golden amber with a small bubbly white head that showed good retention and left some sporadic lacing. The aroma is like walking into a pine forest, big on the floral hops, with a little bit of lemony citrus hops on top. The sweet bready malt is present if you look below the hop explosion. Lemons are the first thing I notice in the taste, before the sweet malts make a brief appearance. The hops come back in the finish with a nice pine hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a hint of hop stickiness. This is a great IPA and would be a staple for me if it was local. Highly recommended!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Light honey in color, very slight haze, nice white head that recedes quickly leaving a thin layer, nice glass lacing.

S - Nice citrusy hops, grapefruit, very even smell, little bit of a sweetness in the background.

T - Extremely nice flavor, nice grapefruit and very subtle hops, not overpowering at all. A very crisp and dry finish, can't detect any malts.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation, very dry.

O - Excellent brew, a really well balanced beer

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

Pours a bright amber-gold color with good carbonation. Good floral aroma with some pine background. Lots of citrusy hops but balanced with enough malt to keep your cheeks from coming together. The 7% ABV is well masked, so be forewarned if you are going to have several. Certainly the standard setter for American IPAs. Well-deserving of the Gold at GABF. First had this last year during a trip to Denver and look forward to bringing some back each time I return.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A: Pours a light golden orange color. Mostly clear with a thin quarter finger white head ringing the sides of the glass and some gobs of head floating on top. Good lacing and decent retention.

S: Wow, that smells first rate. Lots of orange zest, grapefruit, and lemon from what I presume are citra hops. Some very light, creamy malt. It is all fruit, all smooth, and all refreshing. I absolutely love IPAs like this. Not a hint of bitterness to be detected in the nose. This is very close to best in class.

T: Here goes...interesting, not what I expected from the nose. There is a lot (and I mean a lot) of lemon on this, probably more than I have ever tasted in any other IPA. A lot of thick, chewy malts on the mid along with a good helping of bittering pine resin notes. Creamy orange citrus floats along in the background and then resolves into a lemony, slightly bitter finish. The lemon notes are very interesting, and really make this one stand apart. I dig it quite a bit.

M: Light bodied and very well balanced. Good malt backbone to what is a citrusy, hoppy beer. Very crisp, very refreshing.

O: A very impressive IPA, unique for its crispness, lightness, and lemon notes. It never comes across as thin, though, as it is full flavored and reasonably complex for an IPA. This is the second beer I have had from Odell and I am quite impressed. Excellent job!

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

this ipa is da bomb! big big hop nose, nice fluffy head that laces the glass as it goes down. american ipa at its finest the flavor is unique hops, some citrus notes, but very aggressive hop varieties as well. bitter but balanced finish, a touch of caramel sweetness in there at the end as well. mouthfeel is perfect for this beer, medium bodied, very drinkable. its even better on tap too! just a fantastic all around american ipa. the 7% abv can sneak up on you too if youre not careful. another sensational beer from Odell!

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

A_Pours a bronze hue with a big frothy off white head. Lots of bubbles stick around throughout.

S_Big piney, citric and rich hops dominate while allowing just a pinch of lightly toasted malt to come through.

T_Perfectly rich piney, citric and slightly sopay hops dominate throughout. A nice does of that same toasted malt gives this a slight sweetness in the middle which manages to keep the affair from being one sided. The finish is nice pure hop bitterness leaving traces of pine resin. As the brew warms the citric hop notes come to the forefront moreso than the pine. Not sure what mix of hops were used but it works.

M_Medium bodied with a slightly aggresive carbonation works perfectly with the oily hop quality here.

D_Wow, a top notch excellent IPA. The style may be overdone but this is one that truly shines.

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

Dated best by 12/8/11. Poured into a Samuel Adams Lager glass. Golden orange in color, just a bit hazy or cloudy. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a bright white and rocky two finger head. Lace is pretty sticky.

Smells like orange blossoms. Lots of citrus aromas and piney notes. Just a bit of earthy notes or yeast.

Taste is much like the smell. Very bright flavors of sweet citrus. An orange with some pineapple. Maybe some pink grapefruit. Flower blossoms. Very green hop cone flavors too.

Mouth is great for the style. Bright, light mouth and very refreshing. The flavors don't fade at all and this isn't at all watery.

Overall I must say that when this is fresh it is one of my favorite IPA's available to me. I have had many in the past but wasn't quite the fan. I recently noticed that Odell is fresh by dating their bottles and tried one fresh. Cheers to Odell for the effort and the great IPA!!

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

Poured into a pint glass.
Best by date of 5/26/11 on bottle.

A: One finger of a slightly yellow-orange-tinged foam subsides to a skim coat fairly quickly, but foam intermittently sticks to the sides of the glass. A uniform, slight cloudiness throughout the golden-orange color.

S: This IPA seems to really focus on the citrus side of hops, with clementine specifically taking center stage. Hints of pine in the second bottle. Slight floral hints. Some mellow maltiness/bready notes too. Second bottle, poured with more head, showed an herby presence, focusing more on freshly picked mint leaves.

T: Again, the focus is on the clementines, with a bit more malt on the palate, backing up and complementing the hops. Slightly off-dry, but certainly not a sweet IPA. Some tangerine also sneaks in, as well as a hint of stone fruits (apricot and peaches).

M: Medium-bodied, not really viscous, finishing out fairly dry. The hops linger, but your tongue doesn't feel like you just poured hop syrup on it. Nice, clean finish.

This is better than I remember. I'll certainly be drinking more of this.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy honey color with one-finger white head. Really good lacing. Only downside was the head was a bit watery.

Smell: Tangerine and pineapple, and sweet grapefruit and lemon. Faint hint of mint and pine.

Taste: Mostly tasting the Tangerine and grapefruit. The pinnapple and lemon are more subtle. The piny bite is there as well. Great smooth taste.

Feel: Smooth and well balanced carbonation. Pretty light and watery. A light bit of oil left on the palate.

Drink: So smooth, tasty and non-taxing on the palate. Could drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy creamy white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Big sweet fruity and citrus notes, a little pine, a touch of biscuity malt, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Juicy, citrus and fruity, orange, apricot, mango, pineapple, a little pine, faint earthy herbal notes, a little biscuity malt, and nice caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and kinda creamy.

O: Outstanding! I was so happy to grab this on a road trip. Now I'm wishing I bought more.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with a big big white fluffy head. Smells of hops and pine. Tastes just like an IPA should: citrus, mainly grapefruit rind, strong bitterness. Mouthfeel was right on the money--good carbonation tingle with a smooth velvety finish. Drinkable as hell. First rate.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, fairly hazy orange with a slightly off-white rocky head that dissapated into a thin soapy film. Very nice lacing.

S: Intense rindy citrus, grassy, resinous pine, touch of floral fruitiness and a touch of sweet maltiness.

T/M: Nice bitterness upfront, moves into a nice hop profile with notes of citrus rind, pine, lemon, resin, and some fruity notes lingering around (aided by esters?). The malt provides excellent balance, giving a bready presence and a full, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a stellar IPA, with superb balance and a deep, complex hop profile. I would guess that this beer uses a generous amount of columbus on the back end, because it has that awesome 'dankness' about it. That seems to be a signature move of some of these Colorado Breweries, Deviant Dales IPA does the same thing. I wish I could get this stuff up in Montana, it would be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of gr8ful
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really good beer. I'm partial to, and picky about, my IPAs. This one makes the cut!

light amber, maybe more golden. thin head. good lacing. a little hazy.
nice aroma but I'd like a stronger hop presence
taste...very balanced. you can taste the hops but I couldn't really smell them, which is odd. balances though..not JUST the hop flavor. some lingering pleasant bitterness.
feel...medium to full bodied. good carbonation without beng "fizzy"
overall...sold, very solid. will have it more often

poured from a can into a pint glass.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle from Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, CO. Purchased March 15, best by date of June 28, 2007.

Moderate pour into a .4 liter goblet yields a lovely chill-hazed orange-amber body under an ample egg-shell 2-finger head that diminishes into a solid tight lid. Lots of lacing.

Smell is metallic-pine hops with a surprising citrus presence, covering a decent biscuity-malty base-note. Intriguing and inviting. There is a bright warmth to the nose: spicy, clovey, peppery, even orange-blossom. A really fine smelling IPA, far from one-dimensional.

First taste is dominated by floral hops, then the pine-metallic comes up, and the malt begins to express itself. There are notes of pepper, cardamom, clove and ginger here. Wow!! A lot going on. The biscuit malt underlies everything without being too heavy. Note that the malt is all expressed as biscuit-cracker-toast flavors: no sweetness. The hops definitely dominate, but there are plenty of other flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean up front, and the malt background brings a roundness to the finish.

Not a session beer to be sure, at 7%, but very easy to drink, with a great finish that is fine and crisp.

This is far and away the best beer I've had from Odell. It's really a surprisingly complex IPA, with a boat-load of different flavors. Never thought I'd be rating an IPA this high, but I've got to admit that this is one great brew. I will definitely be looking for this one from now on!

Very highly recommended!

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a nice pale straw color that is slightly hazy. Head starts at about 1 1/2 inches and receeds from there. Very attractive lacing.

S - Amazing floral hop scent that overwhelms in the finest of ways. Pine and grapefruit certainly come to mind. Absolutely enticing.

T - Just above moderate carbonation starts things off with a nice refreshing tingle, then a fat shock of hops comes bowling across your tongue. Hops provide a nice piney flavor with the right amount of floral goodness thrown in. Finishes with an excellent drying bitterness.

M - Crisp and carbonated up front that immediately becomes bitter and drying.

D - My new go-to IPA in these parts. Very drinkable with a do-able alcohol content that makes this an easy drinking (albiet bitter) IPA. Can't wait to try this one on tap.

A top notch IPA that oddly reminds me of home (Indiana and the availability of Bell's Two-Hearted). Its official: Odell is now my favorite Colorado brewery.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with shades of red, medium white head with steady carbonation. Good lacing down the glass. Smell is strong and fresh with hops. Nice and almost green, just squeezed citrusy scents wafting through the air. I really like the nose on this one. Taste is also very good, just a little less lively than the nose and a touch of pine. Solid bitterness with some pale malts and light caramel. A nice biscuity flavor as well with a dryness in the finish. Somewhat lacking on the carbonation, nearly creamy with a nice dry finish. Tingles the tongue. I really enjoy this one. A new favorite in the realm of IPA's.

Thanks goes to jtrockchalk for the chance to try a couple...they're gone!

10/23/10 - Over two years later, still the same results.

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Odell IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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