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RATINGS: 921   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Ready to buck convention? We took the traditional IPA, originally shipped from Englad to India in the 1700s, 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. Hop on, hold tight, and enjoy the ride!

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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4141) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Aroma is very nice, like fresh hops, a little citrusy. A small head sticks around and leaves a nice lace. The beer is clear with an light golden color. The taste is very pleasant and well balanced for an IPA, don’t get me wrong this is hoppy, and has a great bitter flavor, but there is a good malty sweetness in there as well producing a nice fruity balance. Different and good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Big thanks to BFC for sending this beer to me. Jake said it was a good session IPA, and that is exactly what this one is. In fact, it might really be one of the best session IPA Ive had, and probably second only to Two Hearted. A big bold hop presence, but lots of malt and caramel to balance things out. Nice mix of floral and bitter hops. Neither one takes control, and they both compliment each other greatly. Not overpowering, but not watery either. And, at 7%, it is perfect for drinking an entire 6er! I was really glad to have tried this. Thanks Jake!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1752) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Nice strong grapefruit aroma when this bottle was opened. Pours a slightly hazy darker amber, with just a thin cap of white head. This is really a hop bomb. Strong grapefruit hops with just a hint of caramel malts lurking in the background. Nice long finish, with just a hint of bitterness. An exceptional IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle at GBBF 08. Golden amber with a persistent white head. Lots of big floral hops on the nose and wonderfully fruity and hoppy in the mouth. The palate is perfect and the flavours are strong but not over the top. A very, very good IPA. You finish one and immediately desire another.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (6556) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle Pours out a gold topped with a off white head. Aroma of citrus hops with some malt. Tast is more citrus with a little sweetness. A taste IPA for a hot day.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear orange hue with a medium white head. The aroma is mostly sweet citrus hops, some grapefruit for sure. The taste is well balanced; a smooth caramel and biscuit malt, the finish is dominated by a bitter hop presence, some citrus throughout. A very nice IPA, balanced and full.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10450) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
Clear golden with large white head. Sweet aroma with citrichoppy and carolus notes. Sweet flavor with caramel, grapefruit, pine and hoppy notes. Solid bitter end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Out of a 12 oz bottle, it pours a light amber, on the nose I get grassy citrus notes. The taste is similar, the citrus really comes though with grapefruit.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1526) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Following on the hells of ODells Cutthroat Porter and its top-notch flavor, I hit the other end of the spectrum to try ODells 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 doesnt strike like a snake (quick, piercing and painful) like some pale ales do, and it doesnt bite like a hippo (AAAAUUUGH!!!!) like other pale ales do. Its just right - no frills, no thrills, just a good, solid, IPA. The experiment in ODells continues successfully. August 19th, 2009 Update - Ive been ignoring my common micro brews lately, but as I sat around in Colorado waiting to take a trip to Japan, I thought Id make an effort to stave off oncoming homesickness with a six pack of ODells IPA. Its one of the more beloved ODell brews but Ive never given it much of a chance, even where I see it at parties or restaurants. But Ive been unfair. The ODell IPA is a very affordable, very drinkable, hopped beer, which is why its 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. Its 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. Its not fancy, but it projects the exact kind of marketing brewers like to push in their cheap lagers - consistency and flavor.


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