“Myrcenary” is an Imperial IPA sold year-round in four-packs. It name is in reference to myrcene, an organic terpene measured in high amounts for those hops varieties used in this recipe. This is undoubtedly my favorite beer label of all time. I think Odell has the strongest identity of any brewery, and their design is world class. Fragrant hop aromas of tropical and citrus fruits hang over grass and evergreen. Malts add a sweet touch of caramel below.
The palate starts with a bright blast of citrus falling like grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest. A malt backbone descends into flavors of grain and sweet bread, establishing a consistently supportive platform for hops to stand. Tropical flavors surge up from the middle, touching on pineapple. Hop oils continue to accumulate into heavier herbal flavors like pine (pinene) and cannabis flower. A spicy bite settles onto the back-end with hints of garlic. Resinous bitterness continues to resonate for a prolonged aftertaste characterized by menthol. Thanks to the barrage of hops, the alcohol remains effectively concealed throughout. The mouthfeel is smooth over a medium-plus body with a dry departure.
There’s a modest confidence to Myrcenary, where the flavors are at once stern, but never over-the-top. It isn’t one to entirely wreck your palate, but it’ll still manage to do some damage. 70 IBU’s is rather tame for this style, allowing increased drinkability, as well as opening up a little room for greater flavor appreciation. Bitter, sweet, and sour components all blend together in perfect harmony (as is the Odell standard). I consider it a good representation of the style, however, there are certainly more stellar options to be found these days. Regardless, I find plenty of redeeming qualities to enjoy year after year, so I will continue to return. I recommend it all you hop heads.
Fort Collins, Colorado