Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale
Odell Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Odell DeConstruction Golden AleOdell DeConstruction Golden Ale
Notes: A Golden Ale created by blending the final recipe with its own barrel aged pilot beers fermented with wild yeasts. Each individual barrel contributes a unique flavor from the wood chosen and the cultures resident to achieve subtle complexities that develop(ed) over time. A beer which starts sweet, filling the mouth with fruit-like esters and a mild spiciness, changing to a tart and lingering flavor reminiscent of grapefruit living amidst an earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Define flavor for yourself in this constantly evolving liquid expression.

26 IBU
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Big gusher, but I caught it in time. The foam is climbing in the bottle. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 3 finger fairly foamy and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, leathery/musty/lacto funk, honey, candi sugar, white bread, and biscuit; with light notes of caramel, toast, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, leathery/musty/lacto funk, honey, candi sugar, white bread, and biscuit; with light notes of caramel, toast, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness, wine tang, and Brett/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, leathery/musty/lacto funk, honey, candi sugar, white bread, biscuit, light caramel/toast/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/tangy, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart, tangy, spiciness, and carbonation. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 10.5% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome wine barrel aged blended wild ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the moderately bitter/spicy/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic/tannic. Awesomely well rounded Brett/Bacteria complexity and wine barrel presence for 42% of the blend; with a great clean pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp drying. Insanely well attenuated for the ABV. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example for the ABV. Aged extremely well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like a partially soured barleywine, aged in oak and picking up the bitter whisky spice, Odell's evolution of a beer is much more of a work in progress than any finished product.

As it stands, their DeConstrction Golden Ale pours with a dirty, burnt orange color with amber margins. With little foam to show, the seemingly mulled ale entices the nose with a host of sweet maltiness, stone fruit, spicy notes with an oaken sour twang that keeps the olfactory senses guessing with each pass of the nose. The sweetness captures a taste of candied oranges with caramel, maple, brown sugar and sorghum with an early introduction on the tongue.

Fruit flavors open up on the sweet foundation of malt wit their own dried and concentrated flavors of oranges, cherries, dates, grapes and figs. The alcohol spice of whisky follows with an unapologetic spicy heat and a piquant bitterness of grapefruit and lime peels. Moderate sourness of apple, white wine and mild acetic tones seem slightly vinegar-like to go along with the vinous acidity.

Full bodied but not as rich as barleywine, the beer uses its sourness for balance and lightness that, when considered the esters and malt character, begins to take on a British strong ale character. A long aftertaste of sourness, alcohol and lingering sweetness never allows the ale to establish a hierarchy in taste. Though a solid beer, when everything stands out then nothing stands out.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this years ago; from my notes:

Light orange color; very murky.

HUGE head; bountiful lacing. Careful pouring this!

Nose is of white wine. Taste is of apple juice & white wine, with notes of oak. For all that, this is pretty easy to drink and better than expected. An enjoyable diversion.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light Amber color with lace

Aromas of fruits and nectar, vinegar and malty on the back end

Flavors of much the same, peach and nectarines with toffee malts

Feel is creamy and large

Great ale! Would have again

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber under a 3” frothy cream colored persistent and clingy foam collar.
S: Fruit, vinegar, wine sour aromas, citrusy hops, traces of Brett.
T: Fruit in the peach to apricot range backed by earthy hops, alcoholic, with a background of biscuit and a moderate bitter tonic finish.
F: Creamy, medium full body, very fine, soft carbonation.
O: A very nicely done American Wild Ale.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark hazed amber with a tight off white head. The nose is a balance of wood, Brett, and fruit. Wood is most forthcoming with apple skin, light mushroom and tannin. Taste is much less balanced, stronger malt undertones, brighter apple skin notes, musky mushroomy brett, fairly powerful tannic flavor. Very strong carbonation, light body, semi dry finish with a tinge of booze but not too much for the alcohol content.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appeared a golden/orange color with a ridiculous full-hand off-white head that stuck around for quite some time.

Smell was all over the place. Definitely could detect the alcohol in the nose. Also some fruity/wheat scents. Did have a slight white-wine scent probably from the barrel and the lacto.

Taste was all over the place as well. Very potent tasting. Strong hop flavors which I wasn't expecting, followed by some fruity tang. Alcohol was very strong and a bit offensive.

Mouth feel was OK. I enjoyed the high level of carbonation as it gave some reprieve from the alcohol heat.

Overall, not impressed but happy to try. Splitting the 750 with only one other person was a chore to get through.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pop when opened pours hazy golden with huge light and tightly structured white head, Nose is complex, balanced, and subtle layers of traditional golden ale apples and pears over honey malt with soft funky fruit, kiwi, and light red wine barrel, Taste follows with added dense layer of sweetness, not overpowering, but evident, more carbonation in the mouth rather than on the pour would be nice to carry the sweetness, but acidic notes do help out,

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Beware: I removed the cage, and the cork shot out and damn near put a hole in my ceiling.

A- Huge, fluffy beige head, with considerable lacing. Slightly cloudy deep golden color. Not heavily carbonated.

S- At the nose, I caught faint notes of grapefruit, apples, and fresh grass, but otherwise the nose was almost undetectable.

T- The first few sips were boozy and dry, with heavy barrel flavoring...hints of bourbon, champagne, with a hot finish. I was worried that I wasn't going to be able to finish it, but after the pour breathed and warmed a bit, it became more drinkable. My palate also needed time to adjust. Definitely a complex blend of flavors, with a heavy alcohol presence overshadowing everything.

M- Medium-bodied, extremely dry, boozy finish.

O- A solid wild ale, but a bit boozy and spicy for my tastes. It took some getting used to, but I was enjoying it by the end.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.71/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked and caged in a 750 mL heavy bottle. $14.99 The bottle is printed with a bunch of scribbles suggesting someone with really bad handwriting artfully blended this. The cork pops easily and loudly.

A: Pours with excessive foaming. Four fingers of khaki head form and swell up over the lip of the goblet before I can get a decent amount of beer out of the bottle. The head persists, with a fine layer of thick film atop layers of rocky, irregular bubbles. The beer is crystal-clear amber. After topping up, the color is cloudy apricot.

S: The Brett leads the lacto, with spicy phenols up front, and tangy vinegar behind. A slight citrus touches off a leathery, dry, oak-infused malt. A faint grassy, earthy hop lingers behind the stronger spices.

T: Whoa. It's hot and alcoholic, like you'd expect from a beer in the 'above 10% ABV' category. It's hoppy, but it's really hot and fusel-flavored. It's boozy and tangy and hard to drink.

M: Hot. It's very astringent and prickly on the front-top of the tongue and sticky in the back and beside the tongue. Mouth-wateringly vinegary.

D: Low.

Overall, not really a favorite oaked beer. It's going to be hard to finish this. May update later.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, wood, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with Brett-like and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Bar Gernika Boise ID. Served in a chalice.

A: Hazy gold with practically no head.

S: Funky apricot, grassy, wheat and some grain, barnyard funk, some sourness, overripe fruit, pear, apple, pepper, earthy, and small suggestions of oak.

T: Light to medium sourness, moderate funk - barnyard, wet hay, white pepper, grassy, overripe fruitiness, green apple skin, pear, apricot, some malt/grain, light woody/earthy notes, hints of spice and bitterness from a buried hop profile.

MF: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, some sour notes.

O: This is not a bad beer, works well as a Belgian inspired Golden Ale with wild yeasts. The Brett is there with some noticeable funk, but its quite manageable. Decent and enjoyable for something that is not right up my alley.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Pushes the cork out once the cage comes off. Doesn't gush though. Big white head on an orange body. Decent retention. Slowly dissipates.

Smell - Lots of wine aroma. White wine. Slightly metallic aroma too. Bretty earthiness, but not a lot of acidity. Sweet malts.

Taste - Very sweet. Not really sour at all. No lacto presence. Lots of brett earthiness. Tons of caramel malt and that same metallic flavor lingers. Fairly bitter too.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and overly carbonated. Not sour at all.

Overall - The label touts all sorts of wild yeast and this just tastes like a bretty Belgian strong pale. Where's the sour?!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served at the brewery. Appears a slightly cloudy orange/gold with a cm of white head. The nose has heavy Belgian spices, notes of clove, oak, and white grape. The taste is hop heavy with tons of herbal and earthy hops on top of a spicy Belgian pale base. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall, the hops really take center stage here. I was expecting a little more funk, but it was quite absent for a wild ale.

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 4 fingers of cream colored head. A little bit of haze to go with great head retention & nice lacing

S: Grassyness & sourness, pears, white pepper

T: Grassy, with green apple peels, grapefruit, a bit sour twang, some dirt & pears & some candi sugar up front. Pears, green appleskins, Granny Smith apple sourness, white& black pepper, a touch of grapefruit, oaky dryness, white grapes & honeysuckle as this warms, plus raspberry tartness . Finsihes with woody dryness, berry tartness, lemons & grapefruit, some sour notes that verge on the edge of funkyness, nice white pepper notes

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, Charrdonay like dryness balances well with hops & fruittyness

Very drinkable, highly complex, probably not sour enough for some. I really enjoyed this. I bet this would go great with some Indian or even some sea food, loved it, a hoppy wild/sour with nice approachability with some wine-like traits

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bronze pour, effervescent with a foamy white head; nice retention and lacing. Funky aroma, white wine and citrus, barrel notes. Taste of pale malts, Belgian yeast, funky grass, white wine, light citrus, with a slight bitterness, and a minor barrel aspect. Light-medium body, and quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap vintage 2012, at Odell's brewpub in Fort Collins. 3-4 oz. sample. From notes.

A classic golden amber, almost hinting at bronze, with barely a white head presented. Collar always manages to stay. Clear with lively carbonation but not excessive.

Bouquet is a giant whiff of buttery oaky character. Huge buttered oak (American oak?) much like a classic booming Chardonnay with hints of honey to go with it and not a giant oak bomb. Malt presence is toned down, not particularly sour or either barnyard character either. A chard's lovers dream beer so far, extremely impressed.

Palate matches the sense of buttery richness. Malt depth carries hints of butter and lots of deep oak, and then even finishes with just a kiss of honey on the finish. An absolutely luscious and full and mellow palate, with large depth, almost getting into fatty bacon territory. Manages to even pull off just a hint of crisp carbonation ever so slightly.

A real impressive piece of work, and one unique tasting brew.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.9.13.

A - Pours a murky, reddish-orange with an explosive light tan head, fluffy and good retention and lacing.

S - Lots of Lacto, wood, white-wine, some citrus.

T - CItrus and Lacto, then some buttery wood, and slight hops.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Lacto and buttery wood under a citrus golden ale.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Summer/Fall '12
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Hazy golden orange color. Tons of carbonation, nearly four fingers of fluffy bright white head. Stays around forever. Maybe a little over carbo'ed. Might dock a little.

S: Getting that barnyard funk. Grassy hops. Green apple and some citrus just like label says. Some tart wine grape is there with the funk.

T: Tastes like a Belgian golden ale. Spicy Belgian yeast. Then that barnyard funk presents itself. Green apple and white grape flavors. If there is barrel it's minimal wine like character oak. I'll have to let it warm up.

M: It's nicely carbonated making it a light bodied medium. The ABV is dangerously hidden. Drinks much less.

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Smell has belgian yeast citrus and lemon. Taste follows nose with the additon of wood and citrus. Mouth feel slight funk.

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Photo of Petcha
2.99/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 12 oz snifter

A: Reddish orange with a solid 3-4 fingers of head

S: Really nice, like I hope for in a wild ale. A lot of sour-like smells I associate with the wild yeast strains and some nice sweeter tropical fruit notes to balance. The smell got me pretty excited.

T: Not what I expected or wanted really. Really fruity sweet and very boozy. This would have worked for me if some of the tartness would have come through, but for me it didn't.

M: Insanely over-carbonated, distracted from the taste

O: I wanted to like this, I really did. Could be because I found the taste so different from what I was expecting base don the smell. Also, I thought that it ultimately lacked the tartness (even a little would have been nice) that I have come to appreciate from a wild. I bought two bottles and will let the other age for a while, perhaps that will change my perspective.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a big brew so I needed a wingman to assist. Thanks B.

A: Poured a beautiful copper color. Monster three finger fluffy off-white head with lots of yeast floaties...amazing lacing and retention 30 minutes after the pour.

S: Slight fresh hop aroma, lemon zest, butterscotch, little to no sweetness, granny smith apples with an alcohol twinge.

T: First wave is grapey sourness and white wine. Body is similar to a lemon bundt cake that has combined with holiday pumpkin bread. Last wave of flavor is loaded with a sweet oaky resin and smoky char. The barrel aging makes for an evolution of flavor.

M: Mild alcoholic burn. Slightly sticky and finishes very dry. Abundant carbonation if not overwhelming. You could power a hot air balloon with this thing.

O: I don't know what gave me a harder time, the fallen mutt or the labyrinth of flavors from this titan of a beer. This beer is complex so don't go at it alone. The aging in the wine barrels really elevate this beer to something special.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into half pint at brewers republic in co springs. Pours a hazy creamy orange with thin white head. Slight malt aroma and slight yeast...its a very mild aroma brew. Taste is big orange citrus with sweet malts and slight yeast profile. I expected a lot more wild in this beer. Its way over sweet over malted...but the flavor is good. Worth a try but so glad I didn't buy a bomber...

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4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. In hindsight, I wish I would have held out and let this age some more, I think it would have tamed the froth a little and made the flavors more pronounced. That being said, I'll be getting a cpl more and laying them down for later!

A- Dark reddish-orange and hazy with a ridiculous amount of frothy head, so much so that i felt it detracted from the beers appearance. Very little carbonation left in the brew, no runners bubbling up my glass.

S- Really picking up the sweet wine smell,laced in with citrus. If I could say summer had a particular smell, this is reminiscent of it for me. Evokes a good feeling.

T- The best representation of a wild ale I've had so far. Where others really have the wild yeast dominate, this one has a balance that makes it much more drinkable for me. It is sweet throughout, also somewhat peppery. Some sourness, similar to the acidity in a lemon, tangelo or grapefruit. Theres alot packed in there and its still not overwhelming, cant detect the high ABV as a result.

O- I'm very impressed. On the short list of my beers to remember this year. And I think this one will be even better when aged!

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Photo of jrenn
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Served in a six-ounce sampler. Was very basic looking. Dark orange/yellow. Thin head.

Smell - It smelt complex: spicy, laden with subtle fruit notes and even some belgian sugars.

Taste - We decided it tasted like bananas and whiskey ultimately. But it was very interesting for a golden ale. I would have suspected it to be an American take on a BPA or Biere De Garde if it were a blind test.

Mouthfeel - fairly pleasant, but nothing to write home about.

Overall - very interesting, complex and a traditional-ish approach to a new American style. Would order it again! (Also, it's strong as hell).

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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 277 ratings