by Odell Brewing Company
7.00 % ABV We took the traditional IPA, originally shipped from England to India in the 1700′s, and made it bolder and more flavorful – American Style. We’ve added new varieties of highly aromatic American hops to create a distinctive bitterness profile and an incredible hop character.
I have to thank Cam Daddy for these bottles. Been looking forward to trying these since I have heard nothing but good things about this beer. Served up in a shaped Dogfish Head pint.
A: Pours up a hazy golden colored body. Held to the light, a little more vibrant yellow comes through. Definitely hazy but you can see through easily. Nice active carbonation moving around in here. Each glass got about a finger of clean, white head off the pour, and it fades to about quarter of inch of lasting head. This head does throw up a serious amount sheeting lace on the glass. Just a great looking IPA.
S: Getting mostly an orange presence in the aroma. Its more of a sweet, citrus aroma rather than bitter. Its not a bad thing at all because it makes the beer very inviting. There is a slight amount of grapefruit coming out with just a little more tropical fruit presence. Touch of nice maltiness coming out that is sweet but it blends nicely with the hops aroma.
T: The grapefruit comes through a hell of a lot more in the flavor than in the nose. Just a nice bitterness and sweetness to it. Orange comes in with a nice amout of pineapple as well. Its like you zested a shit load of citrus fruits and got them in this beer, it has that bitter but very bold citrus flavor. Touch of pine resin comes through at times. Light sweetness from the pale malts but they cannot tame these hops. Hops shine, malt compliments. Dig it.
M: I am a huge fan of the feel of this beer. Just a spot on medium feel. Carbonation is lighter, allowing the beer to have weight but still is easy drinking and quenching. On the palate, it is dry, bitter and slightly sweet. Just awesome. ABV is no where in sight. Aftertaste is all orange and grapefruit zest.
OA: Really dig it. Just a beautiful citrusy IPA. The feel is what I am always looking for in an IPA. Combined with the flavor and aroma, the feel makes this an amazingly drinkable beer. I could kill 6 more of these easily right now. Damned good brew indeed.
Served In: Pint Glass
Semi smeared and hazen golden hay hue. Small fluffy and dense capping of slightly off-white foam sits atop for a good bit before fading to a solid skim and edging. Lots of lace in broken sheeting and some thin strings.
Aroma is quite nice and boldly popping with a solid lemony floral essence that carries a slight candied edge as well as a tint to some dry wood. Throw in a bit of orange in there, a smaller amount of grapefruit, and a squirt of mango, and there ya go. One nice smellin' IPA. Very clean and pleasant.
Dryingly sweet and citrusy centered taste. Lemony/orangey, touched well with a dry woodyness and floral puff at the edges. Centered with a sweet, almost candied like lemon citrusyness mixing with some orange, melon, pale and/or Munich malting. The sweetness is nice and mellow, as is its bitternss. Nicely rounded, clean, and fresh, with an overall lemony sweetness thats quite tasty.
Feel is a solid medium, clean, brisk, with a nice smooth quenching carbonation and texture that truly encompasses a very easy going drinkability.
Served In: Pint Glass
Best by: 6/14/08
Received in another great trade with BitterBill, thanks again Bill! Odell's IPA pours a crystal clear deep golden with few large carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A dense white meringue-like head grew to one + fingers on the pour. After a few minutes the head fell to a skimming with a thick ring and solid lacing. A good looking IPA!
This is an inviting, delicious smelling IPA! There is a lot of citrus in the nose, lemon and orange mostly, in that order of intensity. There's even some spruce needle hoppiness in there all over a foundation of pale maltiness. The smell of this IPA reminds me of a milder Hop Wallop.
The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma but is good none the less. Big notes of the lemon and orange the nose suggested along with a unique peppery spiciness. The spruce comes through on the swallow and provides the bitterness. Al this over a barely noticeable malt base which is just the way I like things.
The mouthfeel of this beer is just about perfect its medium bodied, soft and creamy on the tongue. The lack of carbonation lets this beer glide through slowly and allows the hoppiness to shine.
This beer is going down far too easily! I could easily and enjoyably put away a few of these in a sitting.
This is my first sampling from Odell and not my last. I'm very impressed with this IPA. It doesn't fall into the cookie cutter mold like so many other brewers do. Too bad this isn't available locally; it would be a constant in my fridge. Thanks for the taste Bill!
Served In: Pint Glass
Somehow a brilliant gold liquid has entered my glass. Oh, wait, that's right, I poured it in there. And its got a sticky white head that shows no signs of letting go of the side of the glass. The hops have done their job well. And there's plenty of them, grapefruit and lemon-apricot (Centennials in here?) atop more herbal and gypsumlike notes. Faint sweet toastiness but this one's all about the hops.
It's calling to me, so I drink. An apricot-on-lightly-toasted-malt flavor immediately gives way to a strong herbal-and-citrus hop attack, with a sharp bitterness that is insanely refreshing and so freaking clean. Citrus zest, resinous lupulin aplenty. Apricots. Light sweetly biscuity malt towards the end with an almost minty fresh finish. Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger - that's what I'm getting in the aftertaste; herbal, lemony goodness. I'm going to be debating whether there needs to be a touch more body or not for a while., maybe as long as the bitterness resides on my tongue.
Drinkability is "Southern Tier Hop Sun" off the charts. Actually, it reminds me of a bigger, sharper version of that brew, which is a fine, fine thing.
Thanks to Tip Top for the brew!
Served In: Pint Glass
November 2009 bottle date; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a pretty red tinged, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungeant hops; a mix of fruity, citrusy components and slightly dank, herbal hop notes that mix together quite well. Up front there are abundant notes of lychee, grapefruit skin oil, concentrated apricot and bright bergamot notes while the middle and finish of the aroma is more dominated by dirty hemp oil notes, herbal pine needle aromatics and really just a nice, dank hop character.
Lightly sweet malt up front almost gets stripped away by the aggressive hops in the middle, but peaks out towards the finish again just before a linger, biting, herbal bitterness cleanses the palate of all malt character. There is enough malt here to carry the hops, and in fact you can actually taste some of the malt notes underneath the hop onslaught; a touch of biscuit malt character, some light caramel as well as a touch of toasted grain cracker flavors join the fleeting, clean malt sweetness. This is actually quite light bodied; in fact it almost doesn’t have enough texture to carry the hop flavors as it can seem a bit on the thin side at times. A lot of the juicy hop fruit notes of the aroma are muted here in the flavor (not enough residual malt character to accentuate these notes); these notes are still here, and they are quite noticeable though with flavors of lychee, herbal grapefruit zest notes and tangerine zest flavors. The harder hop flavors are quite evident with ample notes of pine sap, hemp oil as well as just a solid dank herbal hop component.
The aroma of this beer is just sticky with hop lupulin, unfortunately there is not quite enough body and structure to this beer so that the flavor is just a bit too unbalanced. In fact this is one of those beers that would have actually carried the hop character better if it had just a touch more residual malt character left to it. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is pretty tasty, but it is quite easy to see how I would like to improve it.
Served In: Tulip
The pour is a clear amber color with a light golden hue throughout. A nice off white head with good retention and ok lacing.
The nose is unique as the hops are pleasant and not over the top, but still assertive. A great mix of floral, earthy, citrus and a hint of pine. Some grapefruit and orange and a hint of pineapple on the backend. There is a subtle but good malt backing. Some hints of maltiness and a touch of caramel and a feint hint of honey as well.
The taste is very well balanced. The malt is blended nicely with the hops. The malt starts with a malty sweet taste up front but is quickly balanced with a light bitterness that is a bit subtle but still detectable. Finishing hops really come out with a nice citrus & floral mix. A mix of grapefruit, orange and herbal/floral hop is assertive but not over the top. Very clean yeast with no off flavors.
The body is moderate and easy drinking. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall this is a great example of an IPA and one that has won multiple awards. Great balance, with an assertive hop characteristic that isn't a punch in the face
Served In: Pint Glass
This is one of my favorite locals and IPAs overall so I figured I should finally give it a review.
A: Poured a light orange into my tulip with a generous 2 inch head which stayed around for a while.
S: Nice hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit, orange, and some floral as well.
T: Initial taste of citrus followed by a nice hit of hops. Turns a little bitter towards the end.
M: Very smooth with about the perfect amount of carbonation.
By far my favorite IPA. I might be a bit of a homer, but this stuff is hard to beat from the smell to the taste. I haven't had it in a while and am glad I decided to go back to old faithful.
Edit: Just had this fresh from the growler and it's way better than the bottle. I won't change my rating, but I probably should.
Served In: Bottle
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