Sunday, February 24, 2013

Odell IPA

I hate to paint with a broad brush, but I find most IPAs from Colorado tend to taste the same. Thankfully, Odell IPA bucks that trend and has characteristics that remind me of both west and east coast IPAs. Only natural the two styles would synergize in the Midwest, eh?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (820) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2013
I received a 12oz bottle as a donation (thanks, James!). I poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Glowing apricot/amber/orange hue. Slightly hazy but otherwise clear. Forms a large, white, frothy head which leaves plenty of lacing and retains quite well.

Smell: Hop flowers all around, with citrus fruit and light candy scents.

Taste: If you want a good example of a solid American India Pale Ale, then Odell IPA is it. Plenty of hop bitterness and genuine flavor all around, but nothing extreme. It begins with a light tangerine or orange flavor, but in a tart candy style. The bitterness increases through the middle as does a noticeable dryness. Right at the apex there’s a hint of spice or herbal character, but it’s not distracting. The finish is astringent.

Though the hops are the star of the show here, they’re not overbearing. A mild caramel and honey maltiness can be detected, but the malt isn’t nearly as prominent as in some other Colorado IPAs I’ve had. The palate doesn’t change much over time, which is fine, though that makes it a bit of a simplistic palate. Nevertheless, it’s plenty flavorful and enjoyable throughout and a versatile brew I’d say.

Drinkability: At 7% ABV and 60 IBUs, Odell IPA is a beer that demands your mouth’s attention. Not overly carbonated, but there’s a definite energy to the mouthfeel which is actually a tad thin, but easy to swallow. The hops do linger on the tongue and are quite dry and somewhat cloying. I could see this beer working perfectly with the right meal, but on its own it’s enjoyable in a single serving. Multiples would probably be challenging.
 Grade: 8/10

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