Brewer: Odell Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale
It's not hard to find great IPAs that are bursting with hop flavor these days. Finding hop bombs that are exquisitely well balanced and drinkable is more challenging and that's what the Odell IPA gets so right. "If hops are to be the focus then there damn well be something backing them up," says John Mallet the Director of Operations at Bell's Brewery. "In football you can't actually see quarterback talent without an effective offensive line. You need the entire team to show up, and they do in Odell IPA. The careful selection of bright, fruity American hops shine but that is precisely because they stand on the firm ground of nuanced malt flavor."