Tejas (889) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Mmmm, good fresh hoppy aroma. Smells like DFH 90 when we used to get fresh ones here. Great orange color w/ a lasting head. Good dry bitter palate. Very flowery. Really good big hop flavor. Seems almost an IIPA but not quite. Extremely solid every day IPA. Would drink regularily if it were here. Glad I brought two back from WY.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light copper/dark yellow for an IPA. Good head. Big C hop aroma is very nice...Taste is just a damn good IPA. Not overwhelming with the alcohol, malt or hops. Very well balanced and just damned tasty. A good every day drinker!
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the St. Louis Microfest. Well, Odell seems to be doing much better beers recently in my opinion. This poured moderately dark yellow with a light beige head. The aroma is a citrus bomb along with light pine and a minimal malt backbone. Medium body with a good amount of semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with toasted malt and some earthy citrus hops along with some toasted pale maltiness hiding in the background. The finish has a nice pine / citrus hops that lingers along with some of the malt aspect. A nice well done beer. <P> After reading the description on the bottle I wonder if they’ve been hiding under a rock ~ they state they are bucking convention by taking an IPA and making it bolder and more flavorful. It seems to me they are the last on the block to do this.
Mart (211) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mondial de la bière 07. Couleur orangée claire, mousse présente et mince traçant le verre. Arôme de houblons floraux, pamplemousse, très légèrement malté. Goût équilibré quoique bien houblonné, très pamplemousse, malt caramel. Finale longue en amertume. Effervescence modérée, corps moyen. Très intéressant.
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
The biscuity and caramel maltiness unites with the citrusy, orangey hoppiness to craft a tasty textbook American IPA. The grassy and resinous hop bitterness is an invitation to take an even bigger gulp a few seconds later.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the misty orange.
-Balanced is obvious here, as flavors agree and abound on both sides of the malt-hop spectrum.
-The hop bitterness is leveled and lots of fun.
-This is a flawless, classic American IPA, exactly as advertised.
Bottle at the Mondial de la Bière.
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste at the mondial de la biere 2007..Mtl...
Aroma:Good grapefruit hops aroma...
Appearance:Clear orange,small head...
Flavor:Good grapefruit hops flavor...
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz. distinctive Odell bottle with a best before date in the lower left corner of label, 09.17.07, sampled at cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass.
A very appealing appearance, poured a slightly hazy golden hued orange, good and bright, with a frothy, foamy, bubbly white head, good retention, slowly settled into a thin creamy lacing, small amount of laced sticking.
Pretty close to an English IPA nose, floral and candied orange hops, some peppery, herbal spiciness as well, a very light grainy backing, more of a malt backing this would be English, instead of American, still, I like it a lot.
Good carbonation, more medium than moderate, and a crisp, dry, hop slick, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, an airy creaminess in the palate, again, very nice.
This IPA is a very easy drinker, the grainy, dry biscuity malts are also sweet, sugary enough to give the hops a candied tangerine taste, a little sweet lemon too, a soft touch of peppery spice, a hint of butter in the middle, the alcohol is barely noticeable, and dry grainy, mild rind bitter finish. At the end, I noticed a slight, soft numbing of the tongue.
I still like New Belgium, I think it is unfair to compare New Belgium and Odell against each other, each has their own niche, but this IPA helps in my argument with friends that Odell is a first rate brewery, worth the trip west across the Mississippi to get the beers.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Bottle. Dark clear gold with a lasting pearl white foamy 1 inch head. Nose-very clean medium sweet piney hops. Your basic 1.5 IPA nose, and very clean and assertive. Taste-light BO, medium hop bitterness, tomato, light lemon zest, mild pine soap, very clean, great non-sticky mouthfeel, and bitterness is perfect, light bark, earth/straw, great dryness for an IPA, watered down grapefruit juice, good malty backbone, slight caramel. A masterfully crafted IPA. Hits on all 4 cylinders.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Several samples from Jwillis at Lukas Liquors on a Saturday afternoon. Pours copper orange with some khaki head. The aroma is robust with American piney hops, and caramel malts. Body is is on the full side, with lingering bitterness. Good stuff for sure.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robe cuivrée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche mince. Arômes de houblon, d’agrumes et de sucre. Saveurs de houblon, d’agrumes et de malt caramélisé.