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:
723
Ratings:
3,038
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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480
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726
For Trade:
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Photo of evanforbeer
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a few in CO on a drive across country. Looks like a best by date of 11/2013

Pours a lovely golden orange with clean white head, mild visible carbonation

Aroma- fragrant pink grapefruits and tropical fruit, strong green herbal presence, chewy malt

Taste- follows nose. Sweet, bitey citrus with pink grapefruit zest and orange, some tropical fruits (light mango, passion fruit), herbal spice and a touch of pine with pale and caramel malts. Finishes with some herbal spice, orange and grapefruit zest

Feel- standard west coast IPA (great)

Well I picked up a bushel of various Colorado beers that I don't typically see on either coast, and I'm going to assume that they all will have trouble beating this brew. Fantastic IPA, delicious and layered hop presence that isn't too abrasive.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright yellow glass holds a fluffy white finger of foam that lasts and laces.

Smell: Rich hops speak west coast grapefruit, pine tar, and floral notes with little hints of sugary base.

Taste: Generally clean, hop flavors slowly build up to a satisfying bitter that keeps a lot of the citric fruity notes that I really like. The base is a bit of sugar cookie dough that lets the hops do their thing.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation in a medium heavy glass that is a bit oily.

Overall: Solid IPA! Great west coast citric flavor, nothing distracting from the full hop flavor that manages to bring volume without going bitter or burning. A great slow sipper with a lot of bang for the buck.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a single bottled about a month ago into a Great Divide Cervoise

A: Clear golden orange, big 3 finger puffy white head, good lacing
S: Huge (for an IPA) pungent hoppy mixture of tangerine-like citrus (both juice and rind), pine, flowery notes, with the bready caramel malty sweetness struggling to keep up.
T: Like the nose...really strong flavors but I go back and forth about whether the different hops t harmonize quite as beautifully as promised by the nose. This time I'm saying "not quite" but last time I had this I thought it was almost ideal. Regardless, great fun to taste and drink, with great combination of bright citrus, dank earthiness, sharp piney notes, and a very pleasant but not overpowering bitterness.
M: sticky, medium carbonation, zesty but creamy, pleasant bitterness and dryness.

Overall: These guys know their way around many different beer styles, and like their other styles, the IPA is a beaut. Delicious!

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Photo of eppCOS
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell produces one of the best Colorado IPAs available, and there's no debating it. It is a classic American IPA, delivering all the bitterness, finish, aroma, and punching flowers one could hope for in an IPA. I don't understand the nay-sayers. Odell does it well as almost anyone else.

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Photo of Rebisi
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great thick head that sticks with the beer low into the glass. Amazing smell that is distinctly IPA. Great flavor and a great place to start for any beer drinker to get into IPAs. Bitter enough to let you know there are definitely hops there but not too bitter to put one off from exploring the rest of the IPA range out there. 4.5/5

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2009

Pours a clear gold/light amber with a sizeable white head. Superb aroma - absolutely love it! Definite citrus (tangerine,grapefruit) and very hoppy. Taste - bitter, dry to the end. Head diminishes, but lacing strong through the finish. Fantastic IPA and would definitely buy again - Cheers!

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

Bottle into a pint glass
A - A clear deep gold/light bronze, with a creamy looking 2 finger head that had good thick retention, great lacing start to finish 4.5
S - Clementine/grapefruit & hops front and center, with slight pine/grasses/floral 4.5
T - Mellow smooth taste experience, surprising finish for me was not the hop bitterness I expected, definitely an IPA but Odell has done a n excellent job balancing the hops/malts 4.5
M - A medium to heavy body was much more substantial than I expected, really nice level of carbonation 4.5
D - This very good brew has an inherent smoothness to it that ups the drinkability factor greatly, an IPA for my best of list 4.5

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a nice golden amber color. Small head.

Smell is of piney hops, and slight citrus.

Taste is a battle between nice floral, resiny hops and bright, crisp, grapefruit citrus hops. Resin/piney hops wins out to mellow into a nice creamy finish with a slightly lingering hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich for an IPA. Good balance between crisp and a slight creaminess.

Love this beer.

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Photo of riored4v
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 5/27/09

Poured into a tulip. Rocky, 1.5 finger white head that provided good lacing. Golden, semi-hazy body.

Smell was citrusy, floral and piney. Good amount of grapefruit as well. Subtle malt profile. A fantastic smelling IPA.

Taste had lots of tart grapefruit bitterness. Slightly piney and resinous. Good citrusy flavors, mild malt sweetness to provide enough backbone to make this one not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel had a light/medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability was good as well. Good bitterness with a subtle sweetness hides the 7% very well. Doesnt leave any harsh lingering bitterness.

Overall this is a very good IPA. Good, mild, bitterness and great hop flavor and aroma while still being sweet enough to enjoy these back to back.

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

I was excited to see this new offering from Odell Brewing. I've been waiting for an IPA from them for a long time!

This is definitely my new session IPA! The beer pours a beautiful, dark amber color, with a nice lace that lasts until the beer is gone. I immediately thought "grapefruit" when I first sipped, as the citrus notes really hit me. Nice and hoppy, not too malty-- perfect IPA.

Thanks to Odell for brewing a highly drinkable IPA!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This is an IPA that really stands out, while also perfectly representing it's style. It's not overly sweet, fruity, or bitter. Full of citrus flavors like orange peel and lemons, with complimentary floral and herbal notes , complimented by malt sweetness. If i had general access to this beer it would surely be a consistent repurchase.

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Photo of Statsmats
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A – I like the dull orange color of the beer...foam on the head disappeared after a few minutes
S – The first smell is the hops...a bright citrusy aroma...can’t really smell the malts behind it but that’s fine for this beer.
T – the hop flavor doesn’t knock you over, very smooth and lingers with you in a good way...no shuddery aftertaste. Slight sweetness of the malts show up long afterwards...if you can wait long enough between sips.
M – velvety smooth with small bubbles
O – This is a great balanced beer with nice citrusy flavors and a great overall taste

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour! Nice white foamy head. Brew is nice clear orange with some amber and lots of yellow. Great lacing.

S - Awesome citrus! One of the best I've ever smelt. Lots of pineapple, lemon, and slight yogurt scent...

T - Delicious! Great smooth aggressive lemon with lots of dry pineapple and pine smothering your taste-buds.

M - Perfect carbonation! Awesome dryness and balanced bitterness. Nothing is out of proportion.

O - Definitely one of my few go-to brews... Always awesome and refreshing! A must try, if you're able.

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

P: Thanks to Heather and Dave for bringing me back an Odell Brewing Co. variety six-pack from Fort Collins!

Odell Brewing Co. has my current vote for best package design, with detailed hop leaf relief circumnaviagating the shoulders of the bottle, beautiful label and neckband illustrations, and tasty typography. This label depicts a bronco-bustin' pachyderm. Ready to buck convention?

A: Nice pffft! when opened. Pours a clear, pale copper color with a massive, three-finger head with bodacious retention and eye-popping lacing.

S: Citrus hops aplenty, with hints of pine oil and sweet herbal grass.

T: Take a sweet, caramel malt foundation and bombard it with waves of lingering hop oil tang. Toss in big notes of grapefruit zest and pine. Active carbonation comes out to play throughout the session. Dry, bitter finish.

Robust, but not a hop bomb by any means - you can actually savor the interplay between hops and malts, as well as distinguish the character of this IPA between hits of bitterness. Great balance, this one.

M: Super-smooth. Carbonated, yet glass-like. Light to medium-bodied.

D: Superb drinkability. Well done, Odell!

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Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-gold, with a compact but uber-sticky white head. Juicy hops - the usual American clan - pine, tangerine, and even some mango. The bitterness is expertly balanced with a lean malt backbone that keeps the whole package together and super drinkable. It was an exercise to drink this slowly so the bottle lasted more than 20 minutes. Please Odell, come to Oklahoma.

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

Look: 4.5
Very very clear copper color. Decent amount of head and great retention. After the head depletes, a great deal of carbonation and lacing continues.

Smell: 4.5
Very aromatic and hoppy. Citrus, malt, over-ripe fruit, and earthiness.

Taste: 4.5
Great bitterness upfront. IBUs seem to be closer to a Double IPA (listed as 70 IBUs). Bitterness fades only slightly before the rush of sweet malt and savory butter flavors come in. Dries out quickly and fades with a smoky wood and nutty flavor after taste.

Feel: 4.5
Medium bodied. Quite active throughout the drinking experience.

Overall: 4.5
Great beer. I saw it on the list of top 50 brews in the country and, since I live in Colorado, had to grab one finally and try it (a bit ashamed of myself for never trying it before). Strong bitterness, malty, and hoppy. No one category is overpowering and very well balanced between all of them. Powerful. Will buy again.

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

On-tap at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix during the Deer Tick show on May 3rd.

A: Orange-amber with a good, white head. No lace or retention.

S: Heavy American hops. Dry, piney, citrus.

T: Again, huge American hops. Bitter, dry, sweet, and refreshing. Great IPA to drink at any time.

M: Super smooth and delicious. Minimal carbonation.

O: Fantastic, consistent IPA.

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

This one pours from 12oz bottle(best by 091907) a slightly hazy orange gold with a good sized head of foam that sticks around for the entire session as a solid layer with a ton of nice lacing.

The smell is....hoppy! I'm getting lots of pine...lots of pine!

The taste on first sip..is all kinds of hoppy. Big pine, big hop oil, some lemon zest, and there's even some caramel malt in the background to take just a touch off the bitterness but not too much.. Nice.

Further sips in and the hops just continue to dominate, as they should, though I'd have to say, the bitterness that they're imparting on my palate is tasty as hell and just makes me want to take another sip, and another, and another....and even though it's at a "healthy" 7%abv, no ways near being what one could call a sessionable ale, I think it's a heck of a good drinker. I take my(BA) hat off to Odell for this one.

Bottom line: A very good IPA from Odell that certainly won't disappoint when it comes to flavour. I recommend it!

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Photo of OliOxenFree
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

I've had this plenty of times, but finally time to write up a little something about it. The pour is from a bottle that says "9/2/14C." Sooo... yeah, still good. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer has a deep burnt orange look, with (while relatively clear) some haze. Nice amount of carbonation; like a beer lava lamp. Could watch it for hours... man... Anyways, nice 1/2 inch head that is tight with micro foam. Love it. Left a lot, and I mean lot of lacing down the side of the glass over the progression of imbibing. Smell wise, it's very grapefruity, slightly tropical, a bit like pine needles freshly broken. A lot to try to decipher.

Mmmm... tasty. Tastes like it smells, which is remarkable. Very light tropical fruitiness that is cascaded over and over again by grapefruit flavor. Wish I could pick up more, but maybe that's all I'm able to get. As soon as it hit my tongue, it sparkles from the carbonation and gives off... damn. I keep try to place my finger on the other taste but can't fathom what it is. Lemon? Tangerine? Blood orange, I s'pose. It quickly leaves my mouth with a resin of pine and citrus to let me know it has marked its territory. Heavy enough to make me suck on my tongue, but not so heavy that it's annoying.

This is a a well crafted IPA. A good beginner's choice of trying what a real IPA truly is. I would easily pick this up again. Santé!

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

Malty hoppy goodness.

Produces a head full of body that sits on top of a beautiful golden-orange ale. The head lingers throughout, but is there to encourage and entice you nearly the whole way.

Smells of citrus and grass. The caramel malts are the slightly noticed (yet hard working) background crew.

Taste follows aroma accordingly. A really wonderful balance of malts and hops. Strong bittering and flavor hops are appropriately complimented by a strong malt backbone - slightly sweet and full of body.

Perfectly carbonated. Has a medium body that consistently carries the abundant flavor across your tongue.

This is a great beer. Just remarkable.

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

Pours a nice straw color, pretty clear and not much head. Smells great! The smell, and the taste is very tropical/piney. I'd love to know the hop profile, because it's got a certain tropical note that I'm guessing is citra, but I'd love to know. A tad low on the carbonation scale, but feels nice in your mouth, tastes great... I'm really pleasantly surprised by this, which was included in a trade as an extra. Top notch IPA!

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Sheepdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P= Great artwork on the bottle. Everything I like to read about IPA's ABV, drink date, etc. From the bottle into a nice pilsner glass.

A= Reddish orange color with a nice thick head, insane lacing.

S= At the nose hits hard with grassy hops. Definitely hop dominated, piney flow to it. Stood next to my Christmas tree and drank it...awesome!

T= A little low on the carbonation, more bitterness here than hop flavor, but I like getting my face twisted off.

O= New power session IPA, watch out at 7 %. I called my friend over at 9pm to come try it. His wife thought I was crazy.

I am loving this new style American IPA...brings the Hops to the fore front where they should be. Ft Collins, CO is brewing IPA right. Ranger was my go to IPA but someone just pushed it out of the way.

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