GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2009
The cork came out of this with a massive pop and the subsequent pour was active to say the least, with an enormous white head that refused to recede until finally leaving a clump of foam on top and quite a bit of lacing. The body is a dark murky amber.
The aroma is all about the hops, pithy grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and some pine sap as well. There is a light malty sweetness in background but not much stands out other than the hops.
The taste is more complex than the aroma would suggest, though the C hops are still the most dominant aspect with a big citrus bitterness up front. There is a lightly toasted caramel malt and nut presence that stay secondary to the hops, which come back strong in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hop juice. The carbonation is fairly lively and keeps the mouthfeel from getting too sticky.
I don’t know how I would categorize this beer except that it’s got a lot of hops in it. The underlying beer is just hefty enough to support the hops, but I doubt it’s big enough to stand up to time. I’d say drink this one fresh and enjoy the hops, but don’t expect a ton of complexity. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2009
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - What a pain in the ass getting the cork out. Anyways... Pours a clear brown color with a two and a half finger thick light tan head. Nice layered lacing. Aroma is floral, pine, and citrus hops. It’s even got a hint of fresh marijuana bud! Flavor leans toward the malt side. It’s toasted malt and pine hops. Medium body. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. A good beer. Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of burnt carmel, earthiness, citrus and light cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of burnt carmel, earthiness, pinki grapefruit, orange zest and a hint of cocoa with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish. Strange but interesting beer. This one just does’nt do it for me. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight red with a large, fluffy cream colored head.
Aroma: A huge noseful of aromatic hops and spicy malt.
Taste: A large blend of bitter, earthy and herbal hops, dry and spicy malt. Finishes almost minty and boozy with a touch of sassafras.
Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and thick.
Overall: Very bold and flavorful. Very balanced at the same time. While not hot, you can tell this is high in alcohol after a few sips. drfabulous (8802) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bought at Bottles in Boulder. Gusher. Poured way too big a head. Caramel. Toffee. A very light body for a strong ale. That can be off-putting. But here, I get the impression that the intent is to overwhelm but to produce a very subtle beer. I get that. There is a soft texture to the beer. The hops don’t overpower but rather flavor. This is a nice beer and that I would have liked to have with a meal.
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 Interesting beer with a mahogany body and exploding vanilla colored head. The head peeks out above the rim of the glass but isn’t dense enough nor leaves significant enough lacing to give it a perfect rating. Aroma isn’t distinct...just a sugar sweet malt quality. Flavor possesses caramel, freshly baked bread, cherry skin, roasted nuts, and citrus hops. Thicker than I would like given the profile...a bit syrupy. Also, very lively on the tongue. Can feel the sizzle!!! Not bad but not a favorite. Beaver (1863) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.scoth (692) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2009
The aroma is nutty caramel malts and fruity hops with a little pine and resin and some medicinal alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary nutty malts, caramel and toffee with a touch of smoke. It has a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with velvety carbonation.
Overall, a nice surprise from Odell. It’s a surprisingly good hoppy amber essentially.
Pours clear dark mahogany brown, with a one-and-half finger khaki head, very good and lasting lacing. Strong grapefruit and pine-resin nose, with some notes of toast and grass. Medium-full body, smooth, velvety, medium dry. Lots of complex and subtle malt flavor, toast and nut stand out, as well as some dark fruit and toffee, then a mellow pine resin flavor kicks in, pepper, earth and distant floral notes. Has a really nice, mild-bitter, lasting pine and grapefruit finish. Slightly warming, well balanced, yet a hop-head’s delight. I would not recommend aging, I’m sure it would still be good, but would quickly loose the delicate hop characteristics that really make it shine. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2009
2009 bottle. Surprising pour with a massive, beige, fluffy head which does eventually settle to some sporadic, pillowy fluff and leaves sporadic lace. Nose is pleasant noting rustic and floral notes right off but followed by some spicy notes of pepper and cinnamon, faint resins, light grapefruit peel, oak shavings, some light toffee, toasted marshmallow, light buttery breads, and just hints at toasted caramels. Flavor is very similar but still very oddly well put together with dissimilar flavors. The malt back bone is present initially but not overly rich or sweet; notes of toasted caramels, toasted marshmallow, light toffee, and some dark breads. Then the hops and other notes come to play but more in the flavor than the bitterness; notes of light floral, lots of rustic notes, more oak shavings, pink grapefruit peels, very light resins, some pepper and cinnamon still, and only a moderate bitterness. Palate is more than medium, velvety, lively, faintly warming, and drying just a touch. Finishes fairly long with lingering pepper and spicy cinnamon, toasted marshmallow notes becoming almost vanilla-like, light pink grapefruit peel, still some oak, and rustic to the end. To be honest it is quite an oddball mixture of usually clashing notes but somehow everything works very well together. The malts lend a perfect backbone, although not overly rich, and the hops create lots of flavor but only enough bitterness to top the malt sweetness. The spicy notes and the seemingly oak? characteristics were great complexities to the beer. I have never had a beer that balanced malts, hops, and complexity so well. It is so nice to have a beer that presents loads of hop character without immense dryness and bitterness, lots of malt notes without overly rich tone, and balancing complexities to match. Odell has done excellent work with their small batch beers thus far and I hope the trend continues.