Saturday, December 3, 2011

Odell Myrcenary Double India Pale Ale review

Odell Myrcenary Double IPAThe more hops the better. That seems to be the mantra these days at most small to mid-sized breweries. There aren't too many brewhouses that don't have at least one big hop-head lovers brew. Odell Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado seems to have embraced the hop and has put out several successful hoppy brews over the last decade or more. This beer review will focus on one of their newer releases called Odell Myrcenary Double India Pale Ale.

Myrcenary is a big beer that weighed in at 9.3% ABV. Their label stateed that the beer was named after Myrcene, one of a component of essential oils in the hop flower and featured several hops that had some of the highest levels of Myrcene.

The label told me to expect a tropical fruit-like flavor, a pungent floral aroma, and a clean finish according to the label. But, I wanted to see for myself. Odell Myrcenary was sold in 12oz bottles that came in a 4-pack, primarily due to the higher cost and higher ABV put into this brew. Time to open one up...

Appearance: Odell Myrcenary poured a deep golden yellow, nearly orange, that when poured cold yielded only a small 1-finger nearly white head that lasted a while. There was a nice sticky white lacing that clung to the glass as well. The brew appeared to be slightly hazy and had thousands of suspended bubbles or tiny particulates in the brew. It was odd that these objects didn't seem to move, but rather sat there stuck in place.

Aroma: Myrcenary was loaded with a fresh, inviting citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma. The malts gave a slightly bread-like scent as well. I got a hint of pine in the nose, but not as strong as other IPAs I've seen. It was really the citrus and mild fruit that dominated here. I could tell I was going to be in for a hoppy treat. I couldn't tell by the smell that this was a high ABV beer, then again, I'm well used to high ABV beers these days, so perhaps I've gotten used to it. I didn't notice the floral component as much, but as it warmed that component seemed to come out a bit more.

Taste and Feel: My first reaction to this beer was - "wow - what a nice creamy texture". There was a slight citrus taste up front followed by a smooth yet noticeably bitter finish. The brew itself was slightly sweet and malty and seemed to be balanced well. Being a strong high ABV beer, the alcohol was well hidden up front. The beer coated my mouth slightly. I knew that if I were to try other beers after this one that I'd had a hard time clearing my palate.

Odell Myrcenary 4-packOverall: For being a double IPA, Odell seemed to pack a lot of citrus into the nose and flavor, something that I quite enjoyed. Myrcenary had a slightly sweeter taste than other DIPAs, but I felt that didn't detract from the enjoyment of the beer. For a strong brew, this is an easy drinking Double India Pale Ale. I think their hop selection really distinguishes this beer from others of similar style.

I seem to like buying these stronger beers in 4-packs over 6-packs. And while these 4-packs cost a bit more than a 6-pack of their flagship beers, I still didn't mind paying a bit more for it.

Odell's Myrcenary is a double IPA that I could enjoy any time of year. It tasted refreshing and hoppy both cold and as it warmed up. It's not for the IPA virgin. I'd recommend it for "experienced" IPA drinkers who love a strong citrus nose and a bitter finish to their beer. Thumbs way up on this one.

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