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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 52
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 KenGage
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A=Has a cloudy copper color. I poured it into a glass with an etched bottom and the head on the first glass went nuts...nuts.

S=The usual hop arromas...grapefruit, pine, citrus (in that order)

T=Lots of pine...a touch of malt with a little sweetness...some alcohol, and hops

M=Initially very carbonated and my wife enjoyed the show.

D= I like it...great beer. But for the price (lose the cork?) I'll gravitate towards Avery's Dugana or Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot istead.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at the December BA tasting in Austin...many thanks to bonsreeb85 for the quick & easy trade!

Odell is one of those breweries that does little wrong in my eyes. Granted, I was slightly disappointed with their Bourbon Barrel Stout, but the India Barleywine resurrected their ability to produce quality beer-geek releases in my eyes. IB pours with a golden-orange body, bright and slightly hazy with a big foamy head of spittle-colored bubbles. The aroma is choc-full of the hopness: tangerine & grapefruit zest, earthy pine, and resin. The big hop players are all in attendance (cascade, centennial & simcoe), making this smell like an amped-up version of Odell's IPA...and boy am I loving it.

Pine and citrus hops dominate the palate as well, but thankfully a big caramel malt presence backs the delicious onslaught. Earthy, resinous alpha acids provide a unique profile to the finish that never oversteps its bitter bounds. The label says Odell can't make up its mind with this beer: is it a IIPA or a barleywine? Everyone at the tasting agreed--right now, this is a Double IPA (and a very good one at that), but with a full year on it, India Barleywine will be an amazing barleywine. Kudos to Odell for making another winner.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a very nice ruby reddish color, very nice carbonation, awesome thick creamy off-white three-finger head, with some also awesome thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, citrus, pines. The taste is very nice as well, malty, with some nice hop notes, citrus/piney. Full/Medium body, nice warming effect drinking this gem, the ABV is hidden pretty well, goes down smooth. Very drinkable, an awesome brew, I like. Thanks Bill!

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Bought this from the brewery 5 months ago or so.

Pours a deep orange, cloudy, with a big white head that fades and laces.

Smells of caramel, toffee, honey, pine and grapefruit hop, really nice nice, big, and bright.

Up front sweet, caramel notes that fade to a fruit/grapefruit (*Cascade hops?) character and ends on a toffee, biscuit, sweet note that lasts for quite some time. It's sweet but not cloying. Hop forward in some aspects but not in the bitterness, which makes it really nice, as it retains the barleywine characteristics.

Medium-heavy body and lower carbonation are great for the style. It is surprisingly easy to drink, not too chewy, and the alcohol is present but in the back and masked well by the nose.

I'm impressed with this beer. From other reviews I thought it would be more hop forward, but the malt/toffee notes really come through and meld amazingly well. Just really well balanced and damned tasty overall.

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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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Photo of rawfish
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

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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Photo of mulder1010
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip glass. A good way to celebrate getting a visa in Australia with one of my favorite breweries from home. Caged and corked with no bottled on date. Bought at the Odell Brewery in October of 09. 6 months in cellar.

A-- Big time pain in the butt to get the cork off, just like the bourbon barrel stout they also made. Poured a orange Carmel color, just just a bit of tints of red on the sides. No visible carbonation and a short lasting off white color head that just became film. Just a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S-- Smells like a DIPA at first. Carmel followed by pine, grapefruit, orange and an aroma of dark fruits in this. Interesting smell. As it sits in the glass more the IPA part drops off and the dark fruits take over. Alcohol is well hidden in this so far.

T-- Carmel is the most obvious and dominant taste. Get a bit of butterscotch as well. Hops have dropped off but the taste is still there. Get some orange, grapefruit (soft) and apricot along with plum.

M-- Where it gets interesting... Longer it sits in the mouth it is like the hops wake up and take over from the Carmel and dark fruit taste and then it becomes more of a DIPA again. The strong pine, grapefruit and lemon feel make a good appearance. Bitterness is there and lasts for a good amount of time. Feels heavy and there is very little carbonation .

D-- The ABV is well hidden. Especially at 9.7%. Very scary and easy to drink. Could not drink 2 as that would be a little over the top. I like how it changes from Barleywine to a DIPA and blends the 2 together. The sugars are well hidden and really only come out in the smell. Only real negative is the price of the beer. I paid $20 USD at the brewery and at best it should be in the $10-12 dollar range. Still, this was bought for a specific purpose and it was worth it and for the fact I can not get it in Australia makes it worthwhile
I would seriously suggest letting it cellar for 6 months or more. Much better now than when I had it on tap at the brewery in October. More mellow and complex now.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Talk about an identity crisis. After asking multiple times if it's a barleywine or a dipa, the only answer I could get was both. So that said the pour is a light cloudy darker amber color with a brown hue through out. A soft white fizzy head with good retention and lacing through the tasting. More like a barleywine.

The nose is hoppy with American hop aromas. A similar hop aroma to their IPA with mostly citrus, orange, grapefruit, grassy and piney notes. More along the lines of a West Coast DIPA. The malt is there but places second fiddle to the hops. Some bready and minor caramel notes. Noticeable alcohol notes with a slight fusel aroma. Minor plum and fig notes but mostly clean. This round goes to DIPA.

The taste is similar to the nose. A bit more in balance but the hops really dominate in taste. A nice hoppy flavor up front with a mix of citrus and piney notes. Some grassy but specifically grapefruit and orange. The bitterness is balanced very well compared to the finishing hops. Some oily notes in the finish and a nice lingering hoppiness. The yeast is very clean with a light alcohol note that becomes more apparent as it warms. Some chalky notes in the finish but still very clean. DIPA again.

The body is closer to full than moderate. A good carbonation. Some warming effects that comes out as it warms. A very clean beer, especially considering it's a big beer. If it was a little drier, I would go with DIPA, but for this last round I have to slightly go with barleywine.

Overall I guess I could see it as cross between a barleywine and a DIPA. But with the hop notes as they are I would be hard pressed to call it anything other than a DIPA (shh don't tell bigfoot).

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a massive 4 finger head. You can smell the hops as you open the bottle. Color is a dark orange coppery brown. Thick lacing. Excellent retention. Massive carbonation.

S. Smell is big hops. Room filling hop aroma. Citrusy, floral hops. Grapefruit. Caramel malt lies beneath giving it somewhat of a barleywine aroma. Smell is a combo fo a DIPA and a Barleywine. Some toffee, vanilla notes. Its a workout for the nose.

T. Taste is a nice bitter piney hop flavor. Mouth coating bitteness. Taste is definitely more DIPA than barleywine. Definitely more malt than most DIPAs though.

M. Medium/full bodied. Almost chewy. Lingering bitterness.

D. Drinkable. Its a big beer that went down easy. I would say that this is a unique take on the DIPA style more than anything else. Pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of rowew
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750, corked and caged. Label is a nice looking stone design. ABV is marked, but I don't see a date.

Appearance: Cork did not give up this beer willingly. Once I pried my way in it poured a clear orange color, nice sized tan colored head with good retention.

Smell: Fruit, a bit of apricot and some sweet malt aromas.

Taste: Interesting - lots of fruit flavors, a bit lighter than your typical barley wine fruits .. normally I think of dark fruit, this is somewhere between citrusy hop flavors and those dark jammy flavors.

Overall impression: Interesting beer - a different combination of flavors than I recall having before .. I've had big IPAs that border on barley wines, but they are usually hop dominant .. in this one the hops just work well with the fruit.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dansting for this one. 750ml, corked and caged bottle. Poured a light copper with a finger of white head. Big, citrus hop aroma along with plenty of malt. Medium to full bodied. Great malt presence and lots of hop bitterness. Long lasting hop finish. Dangerously drinkable. Great example of an American Barleywine. I wish this one would have made it to Kansas City.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich woody brown with a silky beige head. Excellent lacing and retention as well.

Nose has a bouquet of piney and herbal hops over bready malts, caramel and a touch of booze.

Taste has lots of fresh bitter hops that are well balanced by a sweet malt profile.

Medium to full body has a soft yet crisp carbonation. Very nice American Strong Ale from Odell.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium amber with off-white head that is silky smooth. Nose has plenty of sweet malt with piney hops. On the palate a gooey caramel malty flavor leaps onto the palate with good carbonation, followed by a rush of hops that are very piney and herbal. Finishes sticky sweet. Comes across as more DIPA to me but I suppose it's fine to call it "India Barleywine".

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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 Domingo
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a ton of foamy head. Looking at the beer in the light reveals about as much hop oil as you can possibly imagine in a beer. It looks almost like an unfiltered weizen because of all of that hop oil! As you drink it, the foam sticks around and coats the glass.
The smell is very up-front. Tons of fruity hops, booziness, and sweet malts.
The flavors remind me of a double IPA, however there is some toffee and dried fruit flavor that usually only comes out in a barleywine. The predominant flavors are peaches, pineapple, and tropical flavors from the hops.
For a beer of this strength it goes down much easier than I expected. I split a bottle and it was gone before I knew it.
Some people are comparing this to Hog Heaven, but I'd place it much closer to Maharajah or Dreadnaught. Thing is, it's just as good if not better than them! The downside is the price. Both of those brews cost about 1/2 what this does. If it were $8-9 this would be in my fridge all of the time. At $15...that's a tougher sell. Still, it shouldn't take away from the brew itself, which is absolutely amazing.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the beginning of October Odell's Brewing Company released their India Barley Wine, the second release in a series of 750ml bombers offerings. This beer is part double IPA and part Barley wine and is both and neither at the same time. This specialty brew is both unique and complex with huge amounts of malts and hops. Don't be turned off by the little green specks floating around as they are chucks of hops leftover from fermentation and help accentuate the huge hoppy aromas. Pours a nice creamy golden color with slight greenish hue to foamy head. Aromas of malts and hops give way to dried fruit. While the palate is both sweet and bitter with strong hoppy flavors with lots of grapefruit and a touch of mango. The finish is well balanced between the bitter flavors of the double IPA and the caramelly sweetness of the barley wine.

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India Barley Wine from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81% out of 100 with 79 ratings
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