India Barley Wine | Odell Brewing Company

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India Barley WineIndia Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bitterbill on 09-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Phenomenal orange pour, 1/2" off white head. Looks more dipa than barleywine. Aroma hit plenty of citrus and hop notes, again, this leans dipa over even American barleywine.

The malt body reveals why the beer is so orange, counterbalancing the ample citrus and hop notes. The bitterness is subdued, the alcohol is subdued, the citrus punch is nice but not overly sweet or acidic. This shows a deft hand when dealing with big stuff. The mouthfeel could have been better, seemed under carbonated.

An elite, 1st tier non barrel aged barleywine, this and Bigfoot, top notch.

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Photo of Westyn
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The nose of this brought about lots of maltiness. Definitely aged a little too long, but still an enjoyable beer. Sure wish Odell would remake it.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, touch of dark fruit, bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, lightly resiny bitterness, soaked dark fruits, touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, warming finish.

D - Nice hoppy barleywine. Held up well.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of lightly off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A very typical barleywine aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, pine, and mustardy hops.

T - Sweet toffee up front with some caramel and herbal hops. More sweet, dark sugar in the middle and a finish of spicy yeast and hop character as well as modertate bitterness and lots of lingering sugar.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but a bit overly sweet for my taste. The aroma is quite good with a lot of complex sugar and aged hops that pair well with the sweetness. The flavor profile is ovelry sugary with some balancing hops, but not enough bitterness of hop flavor to push the sugar off the palate. It is a good beer, but it seems like it might be better if it was either fresher or with more age.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger frothy head on a murky crimson with golden hues body.

S: nice malt backbone with sour, spicey and hop aroma characteristic of a good barley wine.

T: nice malt profile. musty hops and candied citrus, mostly orange with some toffee and brown sugar notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable for the style. the booze arent overwhelming. nice sugar, hop and malt interaction.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just fond this bottle at a local store, it's about 2-3 years old. The bottle was kept in a cold cooler. They don't quite understand cellar temps....hence why I found this beer there.

A - Quite hazy with VERY minimal carbonation. The cork was extremely difficult to remove. Brew is nice orange/pink color, head is proper off-white.

S - Slight fart scent. This could be due to the improper cellaring. I can tell there's great hops under the over lying fart scent. Slight tartness too. As the brew warms, the fart scent fades... opening to a world of warm sugar. boosting the points from 3.5 to 4.

T/M - Very sweet and delicate! Decent bitterness and well done dryness. It brings you back for each sip. Low citrus with heavy Grapefruit. Perfect low carbonation, but I prefer low carbonation. A lighter body B-Wine, but one of the better I've had...

O - Opens very nicely when brought to room temperature. Cellaring has gone slightly too far. 2 years would have been ideal. Still recommended, if you can get the damn cork out ;)

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of rawfish
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 750ml bottle pint glass.

A - Pours a golden amber with a slight haze and a a very slight head.

S - The aroma kicks off with a mild caramel malt aroma and a hint of the yeast character. A slight nutty earthy character also present.

F/M - The beer yielded a full bodied taste, with quite a complex palette. It's an interesting mix of bitterness, malt sweetness, and mouthfeel. It's almost creamy with a great lingering taste.

D: At 9.7% it will put you on your face but it's tasty!

Overall, I am not sure how old or how this bottle was cared for. I was really surprised by the quality in flavor, aroma, mouthfeel, and drink ability. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-25-2011 02:35:29

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India Barley Wine from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 79 ratings