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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

3.5 A: Opaque orange amber color. Took two pours to get a full glass from aggressive carbonation. Ended with three fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and sparse irregular lacing is left.

3.5 S: Wow, this is still obscenely hoppy. Super floral with hints of pine. Citrus in the form of orange and papaya. More surprisingly, this doesn't smell much like a barleywine. There's some caramel, but there isn't much in terms of the common barleywine aromas such as fruitiness, toffee, or strong maltiness. Pleasant nonetheless.

3.0 T: This tastes more like an old IPA than an aged American barleywine. Mild herbal and citrus hop flavor, maybe some pine as well. Caramel with some toffee and light fruits this time, but overall the barleywine component is disappointing. It's not bad though.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: It's not bad, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I probably should have drank this fresh, but I just never got around to it.

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Photo of jp7161
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber brown with a huge rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piny resiny peppery hops with a little fruits and sweet caramel malts.

The flavor is toasted sweet caramel malts with some melon leading to a big piny resiny hop finish that has good bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a fun beer. I've liked this on tap. It reminds me a bit of Hog Heaven. It's a bit pricey ($15 per 750ml). At that price it would be a rare buy (more often on tap).

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is some fruit as well as caramel malt and some hops. The flavor is very hoppy with some dark fruit and caramel malt. There is just enough malt presence to call this a hoppy barleywine as opposed to a DIPA. The alcohol is slightly warming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful vibrant orange pour. Average head produced, nice cone of lacing. Aroma was citrusy, I guess the opposite of "dry".

A great "balance" of the citrusy hops, fair bitterness, and malt body. Definitely not over the top in any respect, the alcohol, malt, hops (tastes like they really tamed the bitterness hopping, and really did a great job with the flavoring and maybe a tiny fraction of dry hopping). I went into this expecting Bigfoot (high hops, high alcohol). While I love that beer, this was a completely different experience. Citrus, w/o bitterness, hides the alcohol a lot.

My only complaint would have been the lack of carbonation, when I removed the cage & cork, there was a barely discernable pop to it. I did hold on to this bottle since April, transported it about 4000 miles etc. . . so its probably on me, not Odells.

I'll definitely be getting one more of these and drinking it w/in 72 hours. This has the potential to become my favorite bw (all due respect to Pike, SN, Central Waters).

A little pricey ($15), but outside of that issue, this is probably the most drinkable BW I've ever crossed.

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice one, lacey and a quarter inch of head. Rich malt, decent bitterness, above average bitterness for a barleywine. Rich and satisfying though taste is average for a barleywine though spot on. More sweet than bitter, with nuances of fruit.Carmel, above average mouthfeel.
Had this again in bottle eight months later and not as good. Bottle was one of greatest foamers ever.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From tasting notes:
A: Hazy body, with a thick head. Good head retention.
S: A nutty aroma, with a high intensity.
T/M: A full bodied taste, that is very chewy, a good amount of bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, with a great lingering taste. Also notes of caramel and roasted aspects.
D: Two great styles put together and one really great brew.

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Photo of prototypic
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JessetheHutt for sending me this one a while back.

India Barleywine pours an attractive copper color. It's a little hazy, and has an orange tine when held to light. Carbonation looks to be very active, yielding a vanilla colored head that easily stands over three fingers tall. Retention was impressive. Lacing was thick and very stick. I like it...a lot.

The nose is alright, but is far from a stunner. It kicks off with a rather strong caramel/toffee scent. Definitely smells sweet and sugary. Despite being quite a few months old, there's still a rather prominent hop presence. It smells more resiny than anything at this point, but there some grapefruit, orange, and pineapple notes. There are some apple and pear scents, rather than dark fruit. But, they're subtle and light. Alcohol is noted, but isn't too strong.

The flavor is alright. It's an interesting Barleywine to say the least. It kicks off with a sweet caramel/toffee flavor. The malt base is very sturdy, but has a little too much of a caramel flavor for me. Golden fruit flavors of apple and pear are in the mix. I'm not getting any dark fruit at all. Hops are noted and have a very resiny, bitter flavor. There are some light grapefruit and orange flavors, but they've faded to some degree. Alcohol is noted in flavor, but isn't warming or hot. Finishes bitter and dry.

India Barleywine is medium to full bodied. It's a little chewy. Carbonation is mid-range and contributes to its smooth feel. Drinkability, on the other hand, is a little limited. This is a big, very bitter Barleywine. The flavor grows a little old quickly. I might finish the 750, but that's way more than enough. A 12 oz. would've been a better serving size.

If I recall correctly, this is my first beer from Odell Brewing Company. It's alright. Frankly, it's much more DIPA than it is American Barleywine. The bitter hop flavor (even after a few months) is rather intense and resiny. I also would've preferred dark fruit, rather than gold. Eh. It's worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle, the beer was a hazy amber with a tall white head that left lacing down half the glass. Citrus, pineapple and mango pop right out of the glass in the aroma. Very in your face hops, but no sign of malt. The hops continue with dryer, more orange-peel and grapefruit flavors in through the taste with only a light hint of caramel malt and toasted dark bread. The label claims to balance the barleywine and DIPA styles, but this is more DIPA and likely falls into the Imperial Red category. True, there's a little more malt than your typical DIPA, but it's not far removed from the style. Still, this is quite a tasty beer and worth trying (and splitting with friends).

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the tasting room a few days ago, this was easily the best beer I had during my too short visit to Ft. Collins& the most expensive at $17+ a 750 ml bottle...

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of ivory head. Great lacing & head retention. murks up a touch at the bottom of the bottle

S: Floral, piney, bready & juicy. Some grapefruit & pineapple as well. It does somewhat as time went by

T: Follows the nose, so juicy & piney & caramel richness up front. As this warms, more pineapple & grapefruit dominate as this warms, along some caramel sweetness. Finishes juicy, piney, with bready & caramel sweetness & a bit of boozey warmth

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & great balance

DIPA or Barley Wine, call it what you will, this is a delicious hop bomb that also delivers great drinkability & balance

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of buffs9
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of GarrisWH
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a free 2/3 full bottle of this today from an Odell rep. Didn't have the original cork, so I'm sure how long it has been opened. Wasn't about to complain about free beer though.

A - Pours a very hazy orange/amber color with a pretty minimal head, probably due to it being opened and re-corked.

S - Sharp spicy and floral hops with a distinct piney and herbal quality. There are also some sweet, ripe fruit aromas present as well as some caramel. A hint of booziness hiding in the background.

T - The sharp, bitter hops are up front in the flavor as well, with the resinous pine, grapefruit and herbal flavors coming through. The hops subside a bit, leading into some ripe tropical fruit flavors as well as some caramel sweetness. A little bit of booze comes through in the finish, leading into a resinous, piney aftertaste.

M - Borders on full-bodied, with a soft feel and light carbonation. I wish I could've popped the cork myself on this one, as the carbonation seems very low.

D - An interesting and pretty tasty brew overall. Pretty well balanced and definitely has loads of hops. However, I do think the $13-15 that most places seem to be charging is a bit exorbitant. I might have to try an unopened bottle though, and see how it compares.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A=darker copper color, with a light brown head that laced slightly

S=some sweet malts presenting as banana, but the primary aroma is from the hops, grapefruit mostly

T=crisp pine follows with sweetness and some alcohol

M=initially very carbonated but by the second pour carbonation was mostly gone.

D=enjoyable beer, abv limits repeatability, though i will drink again. Would like to try this aged several more months.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure who brought this over last weekend... but thanks!! Pretty nice ABW and it tasted fresh.

Nice white head atop a pretty standard amber brew.... okay lace and retention.

Nose shows pretty heavy caramel malt... some toasty elements with a good push of pine and citrus hoppiness.

The maltiness is a tad higher on the palate... hints of tropical fruity hops seem out of place... a bazooka of other C-hops make me wonder how old this is.... again, still seems fresh... but I would be hesitant to even remotely put this in the ABW slot... some alcohol hotness on the finish barely gives way to a sweet piney goodness... nice body and carbonation.

I worry (probably unsubstantiated) that American BW's will go this direction... more and random hops don't make for a better beer.. The hops were too much even probably 4 months down the road.... We're not looking for a hop delivery device, we're searching for the perfect balance.

Did Jeremy bring this? He's the Odell hook-up lately... I liked this one, but it needs a lesson in restraint.


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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 Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of claspada
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of rzinwing from our trade this past weekend.

Pours an effervescent, slightly hazy dark orange, almost amber color with a nice fluffy 2 inch eggshell head. Very nice lacing and head retention.

Aromas begin with a lot of hoppiness featuring the gambit of floral and piney upfront with lesser amounts of grapefruit and sweet citrus as well. As it warms I get a nice bready and slightly caramel maltiness.

The tastes follows the nose with juicy hops and sweet malts. First you get the sweet bready and lighter caramel malts show up again followed by a copious amount of pine and sweet citrus hops. The flavor profile is centered around hop flavor over hop bitterness. Bitterness is actually quite subdued overall at this point, but this was was bottled over a year and a half ago so that is to be expected. As this warms you get a little light brown sugar, almost toffee flavor but the hop profile really steals and owns this show.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied; almost chewy but there is plenty of carbonation to help the drinkability of this higher ABV offering. Finish is mildly dry and crisp, but sticky thanks to the ample hoppiness.

Overall I really loved this beer because of the crazy amount of hop flavor coupled with the lower than expected bitterness. This reminds me of the 2008 Behemoth I had a couple months back but there is more caramel maltiness here; not a lot more, but that beer never approached any toffee or brown sugar barleywine flavors as this one did. Initial reviews of this beer called it a Triple IPA or Super DIPA but at this point it is a balanced really nice DIPA/American Barleywine. Very low on the caramel/toffee/brown sugar flavors. No cocoa or dark caramel maltiness here for sure. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I had a case of this stuff right now (aged of course).

UPDATE: Just drank a second bottle I got in a different trade and it was completely still. Odell once again dropping the ball on carbonation. Review is being amended to reflect both experiences. Flavors are still solid but this is the stillest beer I have ever had; made it hard to completely enjoy.

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Photo of ghebel
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at cellar temperature.

A - Pours hazy deep orange with a light orange adequate head that turns creamy on top. The head dissipates to a thin ring leaving some lacing on the glass.

S - As the name implies, a mix of strong dry-hopped citrus and floral hops with dark crystal malts. Sweet, dark fruit, orange peel. Alcohol is hidden well.

T - Moderate to high bitterness with lots of hop flavor and malty goodness. The flavor profile follows the aroma. Aftertaste is orange on the breath with a sweet coating on the tongue.

M - Carbonation kept to a minimum. Moderate to heavy body. Lingering bitterness. Smooth drinking. Warm on the swallow. I feel like I should chew this beer instead of drink it.

D - Very drinkable in small quantities. This is a dangerous beer as it is very good and easy drinking, but ABV hits like a freight train.

Overall - Glad I saved this one for my 100th review. This is a very good beer and as a homebrewer, I am impressed. The balance of malts and hops are superb while the intensity of both is off the charts. A must try.

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged & corked 1 pt 9.4 fl oz (750ml) bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 24, 2010). No 'bottled on' date that I can find. Received this as extras in a trade with vasdef42. Cheers Jared!

It's called "India Barley Wine" to indicate an IPA take on Barley Wine, interesting stuff.

Eyes: Pours a very hazy red-orange, slightly brownish with a massive, fluffy off white head. I couldn't fill the glass to the 12oz mark on the first pour as there was so much foam. The head settled after a minute or two and I was able to finish the 12 oz pour. Lacing was very, very heavy. The beer get more and more hazy with each pour. What a beautiful scene.

Nose: A huge pine, grapefruit & mango aroma erupts from the glass. I'd swear this was a DIPA for sure by smell alone. A hint of sweet dry fruit in there also. I can detect the alcohol fairly easily but it doesn't overwhelm.

Tongue: The malt is much more evident here, with a good balance with the hops. Grapefruit, mango, and a little less pine. The sweet malt is finished off by a soft hop bitterness and a bit of the booze. Could pass for a DIPA in my opinion.

Mouth: Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Good balance here.

Libation: Very drinkable, I finished my 750ml in one sitting and could have had another, the 9.7 ABV would certainly have been a problem though.

I really like when a brewer comes up with an interesting concept and it delivers. in terms of balance, this probably more DIPA than Barley Wine, but it walks the line well, and delivers on taste and complexity. This is my first Odell offering, and based upon this, I'll be happy to try more in the future.

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