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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
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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Photo of Oxymoron
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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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India Barley Wine from Odell Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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