Odell IPA

2013-03-10 13.22.52Like Chang beer, this beer has an elephant on the label. Unlike Change, this beer has no elephant on the cap. The caps from Odell brewery are all the same design, but at least this brewery changes the colors of their caps as they change their beers. Because of this, I’ll be trying more from this brewery in the future. I hope they’ll be better than their IPA.

The first thing I noticed about this beer was a large amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. I tried to pour the beer, carefully, but it was of little use. A good amount of the sediment made it into the poured beer.

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Upon pouring the beer, I noticed a strong, grapefruit-like scent. After my experience with the Marble IPA, I was a little hesitant to take that first sip. When I did, the flavor of grapefruit was unsurprisingly present. However, this beer was slightly more enjoyable than the Marble as the grapefruit flavor was not as sour.

Would I buy this beer again? No. I’m really not a fan of the grapefruit flavor. This is something I’m going to pay closer attention to as I drink more IPAs. Should you try this beer? Well, if you like a drink that you can have at either dinner or breakfast, go for it.

I’ll give this beer 2/5 caps.

Chang Beer

008My wife loves elephants. She’s loved them long before we met. When we were in the store picking out beers for the newest mixed packs, I wasn’t surprised that she grabbed the Chang beer. After all, Chang (ช้าง) is Thai for elephant, or so I’m led to believe.

Chang beer is from Thailand, and it shares many of the qualities of other Asian beers. It’s a fairly recent creation having been first brewed and sold commercially within the past ten years. Today, it’s said to be one of the most popular beers in Thailand.


When I first poured this beer, I encountered a skunky aroma, but that quickly dissipated. The beer is clean and crisp with an incredibly light flavor. However, the flavor is very pleasant. It is nicely refreshing.

Would I buy this beer again? I might if I were at a Thai restaurant. This beer is advertised as being a good accompaniment to spicy Thai food, and I’d like to try it in that context – mostly because I love spicy Thai food. Should you try it? If you have the chance, yeah. Pick one up next time you’re eating Thai, or if you happen to see it at the store. It’s a pleasant, unimposing beer.

I’d give this beer 4/5 caps.