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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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 52
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery in August 2009. Poured a dark copper color with minimal head. The smell contained some hops, but not nearly what I was expecting given the name. There is a significant malt presence, but the malts themselves don't blend terribly well, and the hop overlay is not enough to disguise that fact. The beer itself is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of DavoleBomb
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 emmasdad
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Like many of the corked Odells beers, I had issues with cork removal on this one. When I got it out, it poured a nice orange color, with lots of floaties in the glass, and some good white head. Hops were prevalent in the aroma here, pine, grapefruit and orange. Sweet on the palate, with the caramelly malt decently balanced by the piney hops. A good effort, but way overpriced at $16/750 ml bottle.

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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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the falling rock. orange-brown color and super piney, hoppy smell for a barleywine. the taste was more of the same hoppiness with a bitterness that was similar to a double IPA. i can see why this got its name but its nothing fantastic and there are other west coast barleywines that are a much better value such as Bigfoot, Green Flash and even our local Old Ruffian. At $16 who does odell think they are fooling with this beer? I'm honestly kind of disappointed with the direction Odell has taken with their pricing and its one of the reasons I never buy their one-offs and only occasionally buy a sixer of IPA or red ale..

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3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled November 2009
This is definitely excessively carbonated for an IPA, much less a Barleywine. It pours with a four finger thick, light tan colored head that lasts a long time in my 25cl tulip glass; the head leaves a lot of thick, creamy lace on the sides of my glass as I drink this beer. It has a nice amber hue that shows an almost brilliantly clear, copper hued, amber color when held up to the light. A big, American C-hjop nose is quite evident with an ample supporting crystal malt like backbone. The hops remind me of grapefruit, tangerine zest, a big lychee component, a touch of a pine-like edge, some candied orange zest and even notes of something like orange scented honey. The malt, while playing a supporting role, is quite noticeable and somehow contributes a perceived thickness to the aroma; aromas of toasted grain, biscuit like aromatics, and a caramelized malitiness that accentuates the fruit notes from the hops. This picks up some touches of a green-hop note that is slightly vegetal as it warms. The nose is nice, it smells quite similar to a lot of hoppy American Barleywines, in fact the "India Pale" heading on the label seems unwarranted based on other American examples of Barleywines.

My first sip is a mix of flavors, spicy, super fruity, smoothly bitter and even a touch hot from some alcohol. The bitterness grows in presence as it lingers on the palate after each sip, but the thick, chewy caramel malt notes are more noticeable on the sticky palate. I didn't really expect any different, but the sticky malt character is big enough to muddle the brightness of the hop character; there is still lots of hop character noticeable here with flavors of tangerine, lychee, grapefruit, more pine than was in the nose, as well as some herbaceous almost hemp like notes at times. The herbal notes combines with some hot alcohol and an astringent bitterness to form a bit of a harsh note in the finish. This is a hop dominated beer, but there is still amply noticeable malt flavors; lots of toasty grain character, a fairly big biscuit like note, some sweet tea like crystal malt flavors and lots of caramelized, pale-malt sugar notes. This beer isn't overly sweet though, and in fact the malt sweetness is nicely complex for the level it is at, but there is also a slew of hop character to easily balance the malt. The body of this beer is quite nice for a Barleywine (it is as heavy as many of the thicker examples of a Double IPA even), thick and chewy, but still somewhat drinkable.

This is not a bad beer, it does seem to not be as integrates as it could be, and, despite the hop focus, it needs a balanced that it doesn't quite have. I would definitely prefer a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot to this, though this is still doing quite nicely for me right now.

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3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

422nd review on BA
bottle to snifter
750 ML C/C

App- A very dark orange with a slow forming, quick receding one finger head. A couple thin lines of cling.

Smell- For me this was very citrus forward with a hop not on the back. A few scents of malts as well. A little sweet on the last few scents.

Taste- A very malty beer with a certain flat hop kick. A little sweet and very grapefruit like. Not at all what I was thinking this would be. Odells always does this to me. Gotta read the bottle.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A lot DIPA tastes with the residual pine notes.

Drink- More DIPA than anything and more of a malt bomb as well. Probably wont come back to this one.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple of bottles as it showed up today in Casper.

750ml caged and corked bottle, 9.7%abv.

A nice pop when I removed the cork, it pours a hazy(it turns cloudy 2nd half of the bottle on) orange red with +2 fingers of foam.

The smell almost overwhelms me with how hoppy it is. Huge notes of kind of reminds me of what I get out of their delicious IPA but amplified big time. Looking or rather smelling for some malt presence right now and I do get a faint whiff of something sweet or at least sweetish and maybe leaning towards the fruity side. Interesting. In a blind smell test, I'd swear this was a DIPA.

Taking my first sip and there's some balance to this puppy. The hops, again are a huge factor in the taste with lots of grapefruit and a bit of mango or some other tropical fruit. The malt brings some caramel to the table and a light fruity sweetness but in all honesty, I've tasted more DIPAs with this kind of flavour profile than I've had from BWSAs. Hey, this is *really* fresh so I'm going to go with the flow for how it is now but I betchya this one will age nicely.

This is really close to being full bodied..heck...I'll give it the nod and say it *is* full bodied and the carbonation is on the light end of medium. Head retention is very good and the lacing isn't half bad.

Drinkability? The first sip or 2 and I thought this was a very hot brew but further sips in and things seem to have calmed down.'s a potent brew so small sips is all I can and want to handle. That said, it's an ok drinker and I'll have no problem finishing the bottle. This is a very interesting and different example of the style. I recommend it.

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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 BigMcLargeHuge
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky gold to copper with explosive scary off white head. The aroma is sort of American barleywine like with full hops coming from perfumy floral, spicy hops, some pine and then a bit of sticky nearly dried maltiness. The taste is pretty smooth starting with a mix of pine and floral hops and then picking up notes of sticky sweet malts and a touch of caramel. Sure glad there wasn't something wrong with this as indicated by the pour. Nice stuff.

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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazey orangish copper with a soapy big bubbled had and decent retention.

THe nose indicates citrus hops and tropical fruits with a rich matly backbone, very sweet with lots of rich caramel malts and yellow cake.

THe taste is sweet with some hop bitterness. the alcohol is nearly non-existent. lots of fruits both citrus and tropical.Hops liger on and on and on and on....

Medium bodied, sticky feel and moderate levels of C02.

Again, abv. is a well guarded secret. Tasty. Dare I say quaffable???

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