shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. Aroma is fruity, honey, biscuit, and grassy citrus hops. Flavor is honey, malt, biscuit, toast, and a bitter earthy citrus hop finish.
GarrettB (1457) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Following on the hells of OíDellís Cutthroat Porter and its top-notch flavor, I hit the other end of the spectrum to try OíDellís take on the classic IPA. The cloudy, light orange amber and the feather down white-gray fuzzy head definitely paid service to the style. The smell is filled with the scent of fresh, fresh, fresh hops, and the bitterness leans more to the "wet grain" brand than it does to grapefruit. I absolutely freshness of the aroma almost conjures the smell of cold crab and seafood fresh from the boat, but I think, again, this is more the stunning smell of "fresh" than any fish heads they might have added to the tun. The flavor is more intense than the aroma, charging with a bolstered wet grain flavor and a mature, sedate hops profile. To me this is what a straight up, balanced, good IPA should taste like. Yeah, it has a hops bite, but it doesnít strike like a snake (quick, piercing and painful) like some pale ales do, and it doesnít bite like a hippo (AAAAUUUGH!!!!) like other pale ales do. Itís just right - no frills, no thrills, just a good, solid, IPA. The experiment in OíDells continues successfully.
August 19th, 2009 Update - Iíve been ignoring my common micro brews lately, but as I sat around in Colorado waiting to take a trip to Japan, I thought Iíd make an effort to stave off oncoming homesickness with a six pack of OíDellís IPA. Itís one of the more beloved OíDell brews but Iíve never given it much of a chance, even where I see it at parties or restaurants. But Iíve been unfair. The OíDell IPA is a very affordable, very drinkable, hopped beer, which is why itís probably attracted so many fans. A white head and light lacing on the glass gives it an edge of authenticity (not cheap) and pours mostly clear with a light haze. The aroma is fresh and aromatic, and not overly bitter. Itís somewhat plain, like a regular IPA, but all parts in moderation, nothing burning any of my membranes. The flavor is sweet and bready, like a Hawaiian bread roll, and then it changes a bit into a more bitter and metallic aftertaste, before it finally returns to a crisp grapefruit sweetness. Itís not fancy, but it projects the exact kind of marketing brewers like to push in their cheap lagers - consistency and flavor.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An refreshing and nourishing full-bodied grapefruity IPA
How: Bottle, 12oz, consumed fresh.
The look: Clear blonde body with a long-lasting medium rocky white head
In long: Body is well malted and pillowy. Interestingly the malt profile here does not have much toastiness, caramel or honey. Instead I was treated with a big raw cereals mash sensation. Quite doughy actually. Lots of fruity hops with focus on the lighter more refreshing fruits like grapefruits and peaches. Medium juicy bitterness. The light tartness is totally appropriate. This is a full and highly drinkable. Another solid brew from Colorado. And to think this state is full of cattle ranch with cows eating cereals that could otherwise be used to make more kick-ass brews. I say letís make some leather jackets and more beer.
desurfer (1280) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours a dark amber with little head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Flavor is assertive and hoppy, with pine and grapefruit being the main players. A doughy maltiness rounds it out. Finishes hoppy and dry. Nice IPA.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - thanks crosling - Very pungent hop aroma. Sour citrus and doughy malts, even a little perfumey. Pours transparent orange/brown with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma with the citrus hops taking the lead. Palate is creamy and tart. A very tasty IPA.
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle at Table Rock. Pours a clear gold with amber hews and a two finger lasting head that laces all the way down. Aroma mainly of grapefruit and green hops with hints of malt in the back. Flavor is dominated by the green and grapefruit hops, but is balanced well with a light malt middle and an excellent hoppy bitter finish that leaves tou wanting more. Med light bodt, light syrupy texture, lively carbonation, and a wonderful dry mouth feel. A great AIPA with a big hop character that is not too bitter or dry and leaves the beer with a refreshing overtone. Thanks to the guy at Brown Derby International Wine and Spirts for this recomendation.
fordest (2450) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle sampled at Alesmith BA release line party. Very nice IPA aromas. Grassy, pine, grapefruit. Similar flavors with the edge going toward the floral and grassy side. Very nice hop profile. I liked it.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours light amber with a thin white head. Strong citrus fruit aroma. Flavor is grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, caramel, and a bit of floral spice. Finishes lightly bitter. Very nice IPA here, Iíd say underrated, but....
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, BB 7/20/08. Poured medium golden with a well-retained, sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up a lovely hop array with floral notes, grapefruit, and orange zest.. toffee and fruity sweetness behind.. this did exactly what it was shooting for. The flavor was on par with heaps and bunches of orange and floral bitterness.. the malt bill was secondary and carried some pale and toffee notes.. very bitter finish that picked up some pine. Medium-bodied and bitter on the palate with a full, aggressive feel. This was very, very good.
StefanSD (2370) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2016 12 oz bottle courtesy of Malcolm at the BA speedway release line tasting, he emphasized that this beer was only two weeks old. Poured a cloudy yellow gold with a white head. The aroma was of fresh green hops and something floral. The taste was big and green with lots of chlorophyll, caramel, spices, and lantana blooms. The mouth feel was full and malty. The finish was long and dry with lingering spices. Overall: one of the best pure hoppy chlorophyll tastes ever in a beer. I loved it--get it fresh if you can. Re-rate 5-10-16, the chlorophyll I tasted previously is gone, darn it, I loved that flavor profile. That aside it is still a decent IPA.
Original rate 6-13-2008
New re-rate 5-10-2016