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Odell DeConstruction Golden AleOdell DeConstruction Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by mcallister on 08-04-2010

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Photo of Soonami
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Rich (phillybeer7779) for sharing this bottle.

A beautiful golden with a very fluffy head that stuck around til the bottom. There is lots of funky, barnyard, brett in the aroma and the taste. A little peach and lemon, but not much else in this brett bomb. Though one dimensional, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a coppery color with very little foam. Just a ring and a trace basically. Some fair lacing however.

Smells like watered down tart cherries with just an ever so slight bourbon scent on the back end.

Hmm, this is kind of a confusing jumbled mess of sorts. Their is a lighter sourness, but not a lot. The middle is kind of just bland and then the end has oak and light bourbon heat. It's pretty easy to drink, but it's just confusing on the palate. The aftertaste is a dry woody flavor with bourbon.

Very dry feel and lacks in carbonation. Medium-full bodied.

I have to say that this isn't a bad beer, but I just don't think all of the blending worked here. Just way too much going on with blending which I think resulted in too little working together for the final beer. It drinks just fine, but I don't see this as a wild ale (not that styles matter to me). A good concept, but the final product just doesn't pay off in my opinion.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle drank from my duvel tulip. of all the odell beers i traded for, this was probably the one that i was most excited about. thanks again to BOLTZ7555 for shipping it to me.

A- the beer pours out a bright golden colored body with orange highlights and a slight haze to it. the head on top is pretty large and bright white. it takes its time falling and leaves behind small rings of lacing. cant ask for more from this one. perfect.

S- the initial whiff brings forth lots of barnyard funk. very apparent that this is going to be a wild beer. light stone fruits come in next. apricot, peach, and a little plum. white grapes and pear can be found also. a little bit of caramel malt comes through and adds some sweetness. hints of vanilla form the oak, but no bourbon. very complex.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts and a bunch of the barnyard funk that i could smell. after that it moves onto the fruits. pear, plum, peach, apricot, and grapes. oaky vanilla, once again without the bourbon. a little bit of alcohol shows throughout. earthy and spicy hops.

M- medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. dry finish. not sour at all. moderate alcohol warmth.

O- this was an interesting beer, even for american wild standards. i wish it had a little more to offer on the sour front. maybe i will trade for another one to see how it develops over time. enjoyable.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle corked and caged 750 reviewed on March 24 2011

A: Huge pop from the cork! Big carbonation here! first pour is fairly clear rich golden color big head bright white.

S: Funky wild smelling beer almost smells like brett but not the same? very good and complex smell.

T: tart pineapple with some funk along with wet hay and a great freshness. kinda seems like brett but it does seem different. there is a mustyness to the beer as well. The alcohol is well masked and I was drinking this fairly warm say 60 f

M: light to med mouth with high carbonation

O: over all a awesome beer great to pop this for a celebration a nice easy drinking beer that still retains a ton of complexity.

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Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my middle PA BA friend G311 for offering this is trade. It pours a wonderful golden honey color with a huge huge white head with tons of bubbles. The head does recede at a proper pace for a 10.5%ABV beer leaving glorious sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with a nice champagne smell; fresh sour green apple funkiness and a little sweet candy maltiness. The oak is in the background, but it is there, not getting any bourbon.

The taste begins with a nice spicy oak and a nice Bretty sourness. Really complex, refreshing flavors; quite delicious. As it warms you get more of the oak and oak associated fruits including green apples, white grapes and ripe pears. Much more oak than in the nose. The finish has a nice very mild yeast spice; it adds another layer of complexity.

The mouthfeel is definitely full with high carbonation. As we speak the Brett is making the rest of the 750 bubble over (in the bottle, I am watching the bubbles continue to rise, hilarious!) Finishes very dry and tart, like a nice dry champagne or dry white wine. The oakiness/barrel flavors continue to emerge as well. very tart dryness but never push it too far in any direction. [I had a second bottle of this a couple months after the first and it was way over-carbonated compared to my first bottle, so I am adjusting my score here to a 3.5; original being a 4.5, second being a 2.5.]

Overall this was delicious. I am not a fan of Golden ales at all but I apparently love everything that has ever touched a wood barrel. I love the Woodcut series from Odell and I love this. This is so good because it is refreshing and a big beer you can have in the warm summer months (like today). Really love the full oaky feeling in the mouthfeel and the sourness adds something I was not expecting but thoroughly enjoy. Highly recommended and worth seeking out for fans of oaked beers, sour ales, and Golden ale fans.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with everyone during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to Jake1605 for sending me this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, slight funk, and slight sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The funky and sour aspects in this one were not as pronounced as I was expecting on this one, however, this did not kill my overall impression of the beer at all. This one was very light and easy to drink and reminded me slightly of a saison with the spicy aspect going on in it. Really a nice brew put together by Odell that everyone seemed to enjoy for the most part. Worth trying if you get the opportunity without a doubt.

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Photo of Kayn169
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle pored into a duvet tulip.

Received as an extra from MatttYCE, thank you!

A- coppery, golden orange. Strong carbonation presence. The pod had a good 2-3 finger pour

S- right off I get a lot of green grapes and a little granny smith apples, and a slight funk. Very nice.

T- a little odd, the description says 44% ale, 33% ale aged in Oak, 20% in bourbon, and 3% Wine barrels. IMO, it tastes like the wine barrel is up sromt and center. I'm nit sure what kind of wine they used, but seems like maybe a white variety, like maybe chardanney. Very light and crisp grape, with a nice very light spice. Don't taste any bourbon at all, except possibly a very slight lingering burn at the end. Don't taste very much oak either. There is a slight woodiness, but the grape, apple linger on the tongue and over take any oak that may be present. Either way still very nice. Glad the bourbon doesn't shine through. I don't think a strong bourbon wild would be very pleasing.

M- Creamier than expected. With this much carbonation, I wouldn't expect this creamy body feel. Still quite nice. A lighter body for this style would be nice though.

O- Although it was a one off, I will seek it again. Very nice, especially for a white wine convert. Maybe not a first beer for a convert, but someone who gears more towards that style. As a wild...well there is a slight tartness, but not big. I will seek I out again to age, and see what happens.

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Photo of BCGabbo
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: As gold as the sun. Heavily carbonated.

S: Nosefeel gravitates around the fruit characteristics - Apples and Grapes. Yet notes of oak and a slight barnyard funk is present as well.

T: Pleasant carbonation fills the tongue and immediately I'm overwhelmed with the delicious complexity of this wild ale. Similar to the smell, the fruit notes are omnipresent yet its the slight oak and bourbon flavors which tie this all together. Each sip is a treat for the taste buds.

M: Delicious. Absolutely delicious. 10.5%?! Wow, I could drink this all day. As good as RR Supplication IMHO.

I've had this beer a number of times now, and each tasting I've been more and more impressed. Easily in my top 5 favorites beers.

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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #11
750 mL bottle
From Notes

A - With light force, the cork flew off easily. This one was a gusher, but I'm currently at high elevation (~10,000 ft) which likely plays a role. Poured golden in color with substantial haze. Lively carbonation resulting in a large white head, loads of lacing.

S - Aroma consisted of sour apples, white grapes, slight funk and oak.

T - Given this being unfiltered, with a nice balance between a biscuit malt, sour apples, white grape, and a hint of spice, it reminded me very much of a good cider, though with a bit of funk and oak.

M - Finish is dry, carbonation is lively, beer is light to medium bodied.

O - I found this to be quite enjoyable and would certainly pick it up again.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz sample poured into pint glass from a 750ml bottle on 05/11/2011.
Pours a golden body topped by a huge, creamy, off-white head. Great retention and great lacing throughout. The nose on this one is full of fruity citrus, sweet honey, and grain. The taste envelopes the tongue with fruity Belgian esters, more citrus, some tart, balanced with some honey. Pretty tasty. Medium body and medium/high carbonation. Great beer and somewhat original. I will seek more.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer #6. The bottle made a happy cork pop gun sound. Served in a goblet and shared with my wife. This couple really well with the Blue Cheese Mac I had with it.

A- 4.5 Very effervescent golden almost peach coloration to the body. The head was a thick rocky biege. Foam stuck all over the sides of my glass.

S - 5.0 Wow! I am at a loss for description. Letting this one sit a couple minutes. This is something to kick back and take my time with. The aroma is very funky. This seriously reminds of the earthy funky lactic tones of a Fantome beer. The aroma of the beer tart raisins, white grapes, oaked vanilla, a bit of pepperyness, rose petals, citrus grapefruit and sour apples swim about in my glass. This beer is very busy in a great way.

T 4.5 As mentioned above alot is going on in this glass. Everytime a taste something a bit different. The lactic tones dry out and restrain the beers sweetness. Lots of earthy tones ride along with oaked bourbon, grapes, grapefruit, sour tart apples, a nice pepperyness peaks out at the tail of the flavor. This reminds me very much of drinking GI Dominique in several ways.

M 4.5 The body of the beer is light. This may be in part due to alot of carbonation. The carbonation is almost scrubbing my palate. I am guessing this beer is around 10% but is in no way present in the smell taste or mouthfeel. I could and would session this beer all night if I could.

O- 4.5 This beer is a wonderful mess of flavor and aroma combinations! Very nice complexity weaved together to make a very great beer drinking experience.

The Reveal: Odell Brewing Co. Deconstruction. This was on my wants list. Thanks again Phelps for a great beer drinking experience.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orangish beer with a pretty large white head that left some moderate lacing on the sides.

S - Some grapes and green apples with a bit of malt. Some slight tartness, smells fruity and somewhat refreshing. Little bit of funk.

T - Little bit tart and sour. Bit of citrusy sweetness as well as some farmyard must and funk. It's decent, with alcohol well hidden.

M - Dry finish, bit over carbonated, medium bodied.

O - Not a bad beer, fairly refreshing on and easy to get down. It has a nice sweetness, but there are some over carbonation issues that knock it down a notch.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy golden color into a New Belgium snifter. Three fingers of white pillow like head that lasts a while and leave nice lacing.

Smell is musty with malt sweetness. Some acidic citrus in the nose.

Taste is pretty substantial sweet candied bready malt up front which quickly is ended by sweet white grape flavor, tart funk and a lingering dryness that leaves only tartness on the palate. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is very substantial with moderate to high carbonation, not overbearing.

A really exceptional American wild. Nice complex flavors with nice attenuation and well dialed in carbonation. Enjoyable prominent flavors and a sharp tartness. Best wild yeast beer I've had from Odell.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a big bubbly foamy head. The beer is very cloudy - it looks like there is a ton of yeast in suspension in this one. Lots of carbonation as well. Nice sour barnyard funk going on in the aroma, I immediately think of brett, though I don't know if that's actually in this beer. Taste is amazingly complex. There's a lot going on. I can pick out lots of the oak, some of the bourbon barrel, and a touch of the wine barrel. Mouthfeel is fabulous. The brew just dances on your tongue, as it is very effervescent and finishes with this awesome, semi-fruity, dry sourness. There's some alcohol warmth is present as you drink the beer, though it isn't unwelcome. Complex and funky. I like it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Lindemans flute. Huge thank you to HosP for getting me this one!

A: Pours a lightly cloudy citrusy-golden with a billowing bright white head that took forever and a day to fade into a thick bubby layer that left patches of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Amazing notes of funky yeast and sweet sugary fruits including peaches, apricots, and lemon. The sweetness is candy-like, with maybe a touch of bubblegum.
T: Just like the label states, this beer starts off with a candy-like sweetness and maybe a touch of vanilla oak, followed by a punch of fruity esters mixed with peppery spices and a touch of earthy hops. Fruity notes include green apple, apricots, white grapes and peaches. Finish is slightly dry and tart, although the acidity and tartness of this one is toned down compared to some.
M: Medium body with ample bubbly carbonation and a slick and faintly syrupy mouthfeel that turns gritty and dry with woody tannins as soon as I swallow. Goes down easy and refreshing though.
D: A great drinking beer but not among the heavy hitters of the sour world. Still never flavorful and delicious. Again, thanks a ton Mark for hooking it up!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a big tick for me here i had been wanting to try this one for a long time and was finally lucky enough to get the opportunity. served into a snifter and enjoyed while hanging around the house last night.

the pour is a wonderful golden color that has a very lively presence throwing up tons of carbonation and a huge head that seemed to reach a height of three inches or more and dropped tons of lacing all down the sides. the aroma was a mix of everything, light citrusy hops that intermingled with a fine little sour apple funk and a quick hit of light spice that popped on the tongue, really very complex and nicely put together. warming seems to just bring out more and more of the funk as apples, pears, an nice yeasty flavors mix in and give it a very tart dryness but never push it too far in any direction. i have no clue where the abv is on this one, i drank it like it was 5 percent as that how it faired, wow incredibly well hidden,

overall i was amazed by how well put together this one was. really just a great, well balanced beer that would be a good starting point for someone looking to get into sours.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This is an aggressively carbonated beer, so I poured it gently down the side of my tulip. Even so, a pleasant 3 cm off-white head forms, leaving some sticky lace on the glass while fading to a ring. The beer itself has a cloudy golden tangerine hue and is pleasantly effervescent.

Smell: Tart green apple, white grape skin, crystal or pale malt, some funk, and some acidic vinegar.

Taste: Delicate biscuity malt to start, but there are a number of flavors trying to squeeze in here. The sweetness from the malt carries over into a juicy white grape flavor. Some spice and pepper come in before a tart green apple coincides with a controlled sour flavor. The tart vinegar nature leads into some light grassy hops to close out the flavor. It finishes fairly clean, with a light lingering acidic flavor.

Mouthfeel: This starts with some juicy flavors with the white grape but ends up finishing dry. It has full carbonation and is wrapped up in a light to medium body.

Drinkability: I found this to be interesting, but it did not mesh well with the other choices on the tasting menu. I should try this again on its own. This is definitely the type of beer that could grow on me.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A funky wonderful beer. A little farmhouse in the aroma, otherwise even that is pleasant. Slightly dry above averagemouthfeel. Tasty and complex, with bourbon and wine and oak. Greatly drinkable, enhanced by bitterness in the finish.Good head and some lace.

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Photo of clarkm04
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/18; from bottle.

A- Deep hazy amber color with a strong carbonation with lots of white head retention.

S- Very malty notes with grapefruit notes.

T- Slightly sour/tart on the backend. Very heavily carbonated on the front with fairly sweet fruity undertones. The sour grapefruit notes are balanced well with the sweetnees. The alcohol is hidden very well throughout this beer.

M- Medium carbonation and delicate on the palate

D- Farily Drinkable

O- The color and tartness seem a little off for a golden ale but that seems to the point of Odell's barrel aging. This beer is very balanced and interesting. I don't know if I'll purchase another bottle but I would recommend it to others because it's such an interesting beer. Kudos to Odell's for really stretching what they brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy one-finger plus white head, leaves some nice thick puddles and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, some coriander, very slight citrus, kinda bready. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, nice touch of spices, some citrus, very slight bourbon/oak notes. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a very nice BSPA. Thanks Chuck for the hook up.

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Photo of bsp77
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy but glowing honey-gold with massive off-white head that leaves lacing splattered all over the glass.

Smell: Tart and sweet apples, lemon, banana and cherries, farmhouse funk, very light oak, and pepper.

Taste: Sweet and tart and fruity initially with apple, banana, grapefruit, peach, grapes and countless other fruits. Then a dry and musty character takes over with farmhouse funk, pepper, straw and clove.

Feel: High carbonation, rich medium body, somewhat dry finish with some residual sweetness. Quite warming as well.

Drinkability: This is an incredible ale, with elements of a Saison, a Flemish ale, Duvel and Orval. Very complex, very refreshing and very delicious. This is Odell's best beer, and one of the best beers I have had, period.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bomber with plenty of carbonation. The head is an off white and lasts perpetually. Lots of visible carbonation, as well. Color is pale amber with a very slight haze. Very strong Belgian aroma: berries and bananas. Taste is very unlike the aroma. Starts off with lots of carbonation bite. The alcohol is present in the middle, but not overly so. It's about this time that things start to get very sweet, almost cloying. Non aromatic hop bitterness predominates in the end. Body is a bit on the thin side.

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Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a three-finger, cream colored head of thick foam. It had some nice retention and left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine, mild funkiness and there were some fruity characteristics, too.

T - Very unique flavor - fruity and spicy, slightly sour with some sweet caramel. These flavors evolve and change in intensity as the beer continues to warm.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really amazing beer. My favorite from Odell.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few pours at the Night of the Funk 2010. I was looking forward to this but it really disappointed.

Pours a somewhat-hazed orange color with a fairly-large white head and some nice lacing as it makes its way down the glass after a few good swirls. There are some slight fruity notes and a bit of Brett. Some earthy character.

The taste is the big letdown. There really just isn't all that much going on, and I had this very early in the evening. There is some Brett, stone fruit, oak, and a bit of funk. The feel is medium with a pretty dry finish. Not a bad beer, but certainly didn't stand out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: You can make the head on this beer as big as you want to, so be careful how you pour out the liquid; in my case, the cloudy peach nectar-colored liquid is capped by a three finger mountain of foam; excellent stickage and plenty of lace is left behind

Smell: The aroma has an alcohol-laden astringency that hangs over the fruit salad elements - grape, pear and tart berries

Taste: Beaucoup layers in this beer, starting with somewhat sweet grape, pear and berry elements that, by mid-palate, add a tart, peppery dimension, along with noble hop grassiness that dries out the profile; after the swallow, the fruity flavors return, but the barrel aging in wine and oak barrels adds a new dimension, with the flavor betraying elements of both types of wood

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: For all of its complexity, I never really cozied up to this beer, as the Saaz hop flavors just didn't coalesce for me with all of the fruit and barrel elements; still, quite an achievement from a brewery I really enjoy

Thanks, welosiped, for the opportunity

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Odell DeConstruction Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 275 ratings