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?
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
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.