Wooden Elephant | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by emmasdad on 07-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of emmasdad
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap recently at the Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins last weekend. Poured a slightly cloudy golden color, with some white head. Nice aromas here, fresh hops, toasted oak and a little caramel. On the palate the oak and vanilla balanced nicely against the hops. I wanted to grab a growler to take home but this one was apparently on premises only.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

odell ipa aged in american oak barrels after woodcut 5 has sat in it. wow does this one rock! pour hazy golden and unassuming. smells like wood, quad, malt, and belgian yeast, behind that especially hoppy storm front you get in the normal odell ipa. flavor is amazing, totally infused with notes of the woodcut 5, vanilla and smooth, bourbon, but just a little. this is still an ipa, but with extraordinary complexity and excitement in a subtle fashion. the yeast from the quad does wonders to this. feel is nice too, less carbonated than the standard ipa, but mellow in the right way. medium body or more, this is a sipper not a slammer. overall i love the innovation and the resourcefulness. i wish it could be bottled, this is an ipa i could drink everyday. yum city!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet friggin' beer! Some notes of vanilla accent the tons of oaky, bourbon quality, tho at tuimes I'm not completely sure there's even bourbon in there, it's a constantly changing brew as you drink it. Hoooppy! Great dry west-coast IPA style dry hoppy blasts of flavor and aroma.

Body very dry with a vanilla, oaky finish. Must-try. Listed as retired? Not sure, not that concerned, it was on tap when I was there, so good enough!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery, Wooden Elephant is a hazy golden yellow color with sticky creamy head and nice lacing.

The aroma is really interesting with pineapple, passion fruit, peach and vanilla.

The flavor is also excellent with all of the elements from above. Also some nice grapefruit and resiny hops. Good balance for an ipa.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body and creamy smooth on tap.

Overall a great beer that hopefully gets bottled.

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the 2011 Small Batch Fest.

Pours a dark, hazy golden tangerine/orange color with golden orange hues and a two finger frothy, soapy white headthat has excellent retention, eventually fading into a lasting cap .  Chunks of soapy lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with subtle funk. earhty oak vanilla, sweet citrus and tropical fruit.  Mango, pineapple and orange peel with a strong barrel presence.  This gies off some toasted oak but takes away slightly from the other notes.

Slightly earthy and tart with subtle puckering flavor and an odd combo of earthy oak, vanilla, cream and sweet tropical/citrus notes.  Slightly dry with an earthy pine presence complimented by toasted oak and countered by cream and tropical/citrus fruit.  Hints of papaya, pineapple, mango and orange peel with a dry, earthy finish.  Very good!  

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Photo of Phelps
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Papago during an Odell event attended by the man himself, Doug Odell. According to Doug, this is their regular IPA but two thirds was aged in oak then blended with one third fresh. This one was poured into a large snifter.

Extremely cloudy dark caramel-orange, with a one-finger head of the creamiest khaki I've ever seen. It lingers forever, showing almost no signs of dissipating. Super sticky walls of lace grip the glass.

Smells like a creamsicle or a citrusy oak orange grove. Bright orange peel and vanilla, plus oak, caramel and some pine.

Orange and grapefruit peel emerge in the flavor, though they're interestingly not hoppy -- more juice-like than the usual hop snap. Very, very floral, with rose petals, lots of lime, some pineapple. It's almost like an Orange Julius. Very light bitterness. So smooth.

Tastes and feels like cask ale: very light carbonation. Smooth, smooth, smooth medium body. A bit of alcohol emerges in the back of the throat.

What a crazy, delicious take on a wood-aged IPA. Wooden Elephant displays a perfect balance and integration of oak and IPA flavors. Fantastic.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at the brewery.

a-golden color with a nice head that laces well.

s-wood, sour, funky IPA. The beer smells like some of the hops have been faded and the wood and bugs in the barrel have been allowed to play.

t-there is some sourness, and good body of hops and malts. This beer has a decent amount of hops to it, but the wood has a good presence.

m-nice body and feel.

o-good one off to the style. I found this to be a nice change of pace from the regular offerings I drink here.

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Photo of Novaguy
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to have had this on-tap in the O’dells tasting room in Fort Collins.

The color was a medium dark caramel-orange, with a nice creamy head that tends to hang on for a while, gradually being reduced to a nice lace down the inside of the glass.

It had an earthy aroma, with hints of vanilla and citrus. The floral notes with a fairly prevalent pine like flavor make this an interesting IPA.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin leaning a bit to the watery side.

It’s hoppy but not too hoppy to be easily drinkable. Definitely worth a taste.. or two.

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Photo of buffs9
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a growler the day it was purchased from the brewery

A: Cloudy orange color w/ frothy head

T: Oak definitely comes through and then the hops. I love it. An interesting beer, but damn good.

O: Glad I got a chance to try this and will be looking for more of it to be released at the brewery.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Odell's Small Batch Festival yesterday in Fort Collins.

Nice, substantial head with a hint of creaminess...
Gobs of lacing, rather full-bodied.

Wonderful, rich oakiness dominates the flavor and tempers the hops. I love it. A very unique IPA.

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Photo of p5k6
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

FYI - this is currently on tap at Odell's (filled up a growler there yesterday). No idea how long it will be available for, but wanted to pass it along

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reposting review from hacked account (jmkratt) :(

Picked up a growler of this while up in Fort Collins today. Sounded great, excited. Poured to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with a nice 1 finger white bubbly head which slowly fades to a thick film leaving lots of lacing.

S - Not what I expected. Lots of fruit character with some orange and lemon which blends very well with vanilla tones and the caramel malt. Some earthiness from the hops as well. The oak really provides an interesting and pleasant palette.

T - Not as hoppy as the Odell IPA, but that's not a bad thing. The fruity citrus character of the hops provide a fruit juice-type flavor with hints of pineapple and lemon on the end. Blends very well with the oak which allows for an extremely smooth beer. Very floral in character and mildly bitter.

M - Light in carbonation but very smooth with just a hint of alcohol. Very easy to drink.

O - One of the better, if not best, take on an oak aged IPA. I was really impressed with the smooth character and unique and complex flavor. I plan on bringing home another growler of this!

Serving type: growler

Reviewed on: 07-19-2011 04:21:27

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Wooden Elephant from Odell Brewing Company
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