Hiveranno | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by optiontwo on 06-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 60
Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber/brownish color; half-finger head with considerable retention and lacing.

S - Fruity/citrus/oak combination. Rather sharp. And lovely.

T - Some bitterness on the front end. Finishes nicely. Decent hop edge with a tad bit of sourness. The surprise was pineapple which adds a nice touch of sweetness and complexity, along with the oak which is more prominent. The alcohol comes through just a bit and mixes in well.

M - Medium, edging toward full, body with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - I tried this beer when it was first released, about four months ago. Didn't make a huge impression. Just tried it again a few times over the past month and it has obviously aged very well. Fantastic.

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Photo of Lane1
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this ever since I heard about it. Odell is the brewery that developed my taste for sours. Once I read about how this was made I couldn't wait to try it. Then I read the reviews and heard rumors that it is a risk of being dumped because of carbonation issues. So I was stoked to randomly find it on draft at Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ.

Appearance: Much darker than I expected. One-finger head that looked fairly thick. Had the overall look that was similar to Trappist Rochefort 10 when I had it.

Smell: Unbelievably funky. Never smelled anything like it. Oak, hops, and funk. Kinda smells like a mistake haha, but I enjoyed it and was very intrigued. Took a big whiff before each sip

Taste: Unlike anything I've ever tried. Very impressive amount of funk. I read an earlier review that said "band-aids" and I didn't get that, but my girlfriend said "I can kinda see the band-aid thing." It tastes like something wrong and unintended happened. I get a lot of wood, funk, and hops. The after taste holds for a very very long time...but I enjoy it immensely.

Mouthfeel: Nothing amazing but nice. Not very dry or overly carbonated. Fairly thick.

Overall: I can understand why some people do not like this beer. I have honestly never tasted anything remotely close to how this is. There is nothing to compare it to in my eyes. I'm only going off of the fact that I really enjoyed drinking it and hope that bottles meet the standards of the brewers and I can have this bottle sitting on my shelves. I wish you luck Hiveranno.


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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Repost of review from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally sampled the bottle I've had on hand!

A - Poured from undated bottle, though first batch, to a globe. The beer pours a deep amber/mahogany/red color. Good lacing. Little head, perhaps a 1/2 finger. I was told by one of the brewers that this was intentional. Interesting.

S - Excellent aroma. Very fruity with citrus and melon and tropical fruit character, together with a strong oak flavor. Very complex and yet simple.

T - Less intricate than the nose but still very good. Similar to the aroma in that the fruit character comes though first but not as powerful as the nose: citrus and melon flavors. Mild bitterness. A lot of hop character as well as strong yeast tones. A nice sweetness. The alcohol is hidden very well, I almost had to try to detect it.

M - Medium bodied and decently carbonated.

O - Very good. The only downside is that it's a bit flat, but again I was told this was the plan. Either way very good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-02-2011 03:53:56

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Photo of optiontwo
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and as far as I can tell this hasn't been added to BA yet.

A: Pours a murky rusty red with a decent amount of head. Very nice lacing.

S: Initially the oak comes across the nose which provides a very "soft" aroma. Along with the wood is a fairly assertive American hop scent which is charecteristically citrus but becomes honeydew melon-like when combined with the yeast and the oak.

T: The flavor profile is quite complex. There's certainly a hop presence which actually takes the forefront with citrus, a little pine, and noticeable bitterness. Then it fades to a lemon grass and melon like flavor, some funk, and just a touch of sour. I read that this beer comes across as a funky IPA and I find that to be pretty spot on. Only thing that I'm not keen on with the flavor is a sweetness that to me is not welcome but to some I'm sure it'd be just right.

M: Lingers on the tongue but is not too thick.

D: Surprising that this is 9.5% ABV. Pretty darn drinkable.

O: A great brew. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you like beers like Le Terroir.


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Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color, pretty murky and I can see a few streaming bubbles in the low light. Aroma is full of oak and soft wood notes. Hoppy as well here, with a big fruit note as well as citrus.

Sharply tangy with a pleasantly hoppy bite that surprised me. Pine notes alongside citrus and tobacco. Malts are pretty sweet with a firm body. Long finish, slightly sticky with notes of hops and malts in the aftertaste.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
L: Pours chestnut with a thin white foam collar. S: A little funk, chocolate, fruit, and malt.
T: Starts malty sweet with traces of fruit with some balancing tart and hop.
F: Medium body, soft carbonation.
O: this is a decent wild ale but not their best work.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap served in goblet

A- pours a hazy golden amber color with a fresh white cap some lacing on glass

S- was citrus fruits and hops with with grapefruit and tropical fruit smells a sour apple smell also in background

T- very nice smooth and creamy with subtle tropical hops first a musty sour apple and lemon grass follow with a sweetness of malt and bread..

M- was medium carbonation with more sweet then sour notes.. ABV not detected to me more a sweet lemon saison with an ipa citrus taste

O- limited and very good it does need some more sour funk imo.. had it on tap ...bottles are not yet here.. but will be buying them when they arrive

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love sours and wilds. I was extremely excited to try this beer after standing in line for a bit to get it.

Light funk on the nose smelling of unsugared fresh yogurt and light fruits. Yep, its a sour! It surely carries through to the taste. No alcohol presence with light sweetness followed by a mild acidic sour bite all over the palate and puckering tongue. As a sour lover I was not dissapointed by this beer. It wasn't as much of a mouth puckering kick in the face as I like but it's a great example of a sour.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in some tall Odell stemware at Flanny’s.

Murky mahogany, muddied and fading to lighter amber at the edges. One finger of creamy tan foam collapses slowly, sticking to the sides in thick glop.

Interesting. Lots of bright lime in the nose. Also grapefruit peel. Very hoppy, with a background of caramel, cola and sour balsamic.

Tastes almost like a soured IPA. Nice citrusy hops, orange peel, grass. On the malty side, there’s brown sugar, a bit of toast and sweet cola. Behind it all, mild barnyard funk and touch of tartness.

Soft, pillowy body with lots of dense fizz. Light yet prickly carbonation and some alcohol heat in the throat.

Overall, like a malty, soured IPA. Hiveranno’s good, but not great, and too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sour notes, slight sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sour tartness, alcohol, slight sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a reddish amber with no carbonation. :(

The aroma is earthy brett and fruits with some wood and tea-like spices.

The flavor is sweet fruits and funky brett with a little tart sourness and someastringent tea spicing. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, bottles are known to be hit or miss in terms of carbonation - unfortunately this one was a miss. This is amazing when it's good. Draft version is great. Odell did a voluntary recall of bottles, but I kept my 2 becuase I liked the beer.

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Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep red-tinged brown with one finger of head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - a funky sourness in top of a huge citrus aroma.

T - very hoppy for a wild ale. Initial tart punch is quickly overtaken by a huge citrus hop character. Almost like a sour black IPA. Still pretty enjoyable. Finish is very oaky. Not like any wild ale I've ever had, but interesting and quite good. Finish also has some lingering citrus.

M - medium/light mouthfeel with a dry, tannin- filled finish.

O - interesting take on the style. I think a bit less oak would make this better, but I enjoyed it as is and would have another.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i love wild ales, and this one is pretty good. i guess some of the bottles were no good as the guy pouring at the brewery dumped a few out before he deemed one suitable to serve. it pours dark amber to indian brown with a short creamy tan head thats amazingly thick and sticks around the whole time. smell is pretty out there, dark fruits, funky yeast, and a complex malt body. flavor is carried by the yeast, which is peppery at first and then mellow and fruity, with a touch of brett like sourness to it. other flavors are tart cherries and oak. there is a lot gong on in this brew. feel isnt bad, perhaps a little thick and heavy in the body, a bomber would be a lot of this. good alcohol kick as well, and good carbonation. overall its not my favorite odell brew, but its a damn fine wild ale.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a white head.

Smells of tropical fruit hop character, grapefruit, and other brett-ish characters. Really great nose.

Tastes of brett up front with some hop character. It has the sour funk that is slightly tart but not overly sour.

Lighter body with medium carbonation work OK for the beer. It's a bit too light for my taste.

This beer has good fruit and brett characters with a great nose but the rest of the beer doesn't match just doesn't quite mesh, though, not bad per say.

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Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Haute Dish in Minneapolis

A - pours a murky brownish red with a creamy head

S - smells a little woodsy and spicy with bright fruits

T - starts with a strong caramel malts that lay the base of the beer. This fades to a touch of vinegar complemented by a really nice blend of dark fruits (plums and grapes) with some apples and a bit of cherry. Tobacco is in the mix somewhere as well. Ends with a little bit of grassy and bitter hops and a bit of sourness. Really fruity overall.

M - creamy mouthfeel with a nice full body

D - pretty solid American wild ale. Really nice flavor profile and solid drinkability. I was shocked to see this one on tap and would recommend seeking it out if possible.

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Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery, psyched to try this one. This is what makes Odell one of my favorite breweries - quality, consistent, classic American craft styles, and then the adventurous side that cultures a local wild yeast and brews a barrel aged beer with it. Here we go...pours a garnet amber hue with a thin dose of white bubbles. Mostly big and malty with the barrel notes poking through...caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, earthy hop flavor. Here comes the yeast...musty basement, moldy wood, ripe tropical fruit (all subtle flavors, mind you). Really interesting and remarkable considering the unpredictable nature of culturing your own yeast, but it doesn't quite come together as a fully realized product. Kudos on the experimentation and keep pushing the edge.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; September 2011
Arrives from the tap with a lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a mostly clear, nice amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a definite Brettanomyces signature to it, with lots of cured plastic and medicinal phenolics to it. In fact this dominates the aroma of the beer, if you pay attention though there is some brown bread malt character to this beer as well as some dried hay like grain notes and perhaps a touch of wholesome caramelized grain character. After some time some over-ripe cheese notes and a touch of muskiness starts to be noticeable in the nose as well. A touch of tartness accentuates a general fruitiness that suggest of plums and perhaps ripe figs.

Somewhat full bodied, the beer isn’t overly heavy, but definitely sticks to the palate with a viscous quality to it; this ends up being a definite sipping beer. The beer tastes somewhat tart, malty (in a toasted malt / biscuit malt / crystal malt like way), funky and somewhat fruity. Specific flavors of curing plastics, ample white pepper, spicy oak, a fresh-cut-plank woodiness, a fair amount of brown bread character, definite English biscuit character, lightly tart plums, a touch of sour date notes. A touch of buttery oak character mixes with some musky, sort of dried sweat and cheesiness in the finish. The tart plum notes at times have a rich, almost concentrated plum character to it, this can seem layered by a caramelized / brown sugar / sort of complex grain-fruitiness (if that last makes sense).

This beer is markedly more complex that the New Belgium Kick and Clutch that I have had recently, but this beer is evidence that complexity isn’t always the best thing to strive for; it doesn’t achieve the integrated whole that a really great beer needs to, but having said that, this is certainly not a bad beer. It has a bit too much phenolic character, this can be a bit distracting at time, though if you are used to these flavors this beer can be fairly enjoyable. This is definitely a beer I would have to be in the mood for. I am not quite sure that I am there right now. As the beer warms up it smells more tart than it actually is in the flavor; this beer really could use a more substantial sourness as a strong lactic component would help to integrate the rampant funkiness and mute the ample malt character. In the end I would describe this as a substantially Brett influenced, malty, strong Amber ale; and, it really is actually pretty decent.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

717th Review on BA
Bottle to OSWG
750ml C/C

Thanks to Spdyfire83 for this one!

App- A multitude of browns and reds in this glass. A ring of tiny bubbles around the edges but no head. A bit of a let down to me but a couple reviews said this was intentional.

Smell- A bit watered down tart and aciditic with some dampness and some cherry flavors and some oak.

Taste- Its above average but im still a little let down. This was a bit thin and small. The ABV is very well hidden and with this mostly some fruit and oak shine through.

Mouth- A bit thin bodied and low carbonation. A nice tannic residual flavor.

Drink- Well it was new and different. I dont get the yeast notes but much more of a red wine tannin note. Bottle says 0739, not sure if this is bottle # but I dont think I am coming back to this except on tap if I ever found it.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this one last night with Schmittymack. Poured a clear amber-brown color with only a few bubbles on top. Aromas of oak, tobacco and some light horse blanket. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, kind of thin and watery, slightly tart, with flavors of oak and some dark fruit.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750ml bottle opened after three months of sitting at room temperature. Unfortunately it was still flat... Dark brown-orange color with no head (obviously). Smells a little bit like dirty diaper, brett, oak, uhh not terrible but not great. Flavor was not at all sour but more brett and malt with some acidity. I was not able to finish this bottle unfortunately, a real let down after Deconstruction.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap, into a tulip.

Murky rose, browning mud. Cream head that leaves an impressive lacing. Smell is of grapefruit rind, some Belgian esters, light fruit. Tacky in the mouth with little tartness to back up the feel. Small caramel and dried fruit with no funk, little tartness, a sweetness I wasn't expecting, pretty much an unimpressive pile of flavors that don't mesh and don't work.

The only thing that really stands out is that grapefruit rind flavor, which I love. There is nothing behind it to reinforce the brew, leaving me feeling like a fool who bit some citrus peel.

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Photo of dragonWhale
1.62/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A dear friend opened this up in Vermont this past weekend with high hopes, fantasties already shredded, mysteries denuded, glasses empty. The cork popped we sat in the glow of the mountain's moon and the dim Christmas lights. Seasonable carbonation, and a sexy label make for a promising redemptive opportunity.
One puff and the dream is battered back down into the fryer. Something a little too weird about this one. I've both poured out and tried to turn to distill batches of homebrew that smelled like this mixture of rambutan and rank citrus. There is a sourness there but the funk is also slightly reminiscent of bandaids. It is unpleasant.
The taste is similarly painful. Plasticky citrus sour funk and weird fruit. Mostly undrinkable. I want to be interested, and I am, which is how I end up with multiple pours. But my interest is some sort of masochistic fascination with liquid.
Between 5 of us we drink half the bottle. 2 brave souls attempt to finish the bottle the next morning, one of which even declaring "It's much better after sitting out all night." After more testing, it is decreed that it is exactly the same as the night before, only a bit flatter.
I'm thinkin we got some wild yeast that just don't make things right in here. That happens..and I ain't mad atcha.

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Hiveranno from Odell Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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