Odell Mango Habanero IPA Firkin
Odell makes quite a few delectable brews and we have had the great pleasure of trying many of them. A bit of a rarity in their lineup is their infamous Firkin beers. It has been a bit of a personal grail quest for us at Cigar Brief to try one of these rare treats, and not too long ago we were finally able to sample the Odell Mango Habanero IPA Firkin.
A firkin style beer as defined by reveries.com is “unpasteurized, unfiltered, and “naturally carbonated, or conditioned, in its cask by yeast transforming sugar into alcohol with a side of fizzy carbon dioxide trapped in the cask.” It is an individual style beer in that every cask is different, so I was eager to see how this beer actually tasted, especially with its Willy Wonka like ingredient list. Upon first pour, the beer came out in a murky golden haze with a finger’s worth of head. Letting it roll around the glass yielded minimal lacing and not a lot of residue, which is about right for this particular style of beer.
As I lifted the full glass of Odell Mango Habanero and took in the bouquet of this intriguing brew, I instantly detected notes of strong citrus and a hint of mango on the nose. Taking my first sip of the IPA was surprising on a few levels. The first was the amount of carbonation I received. Drinking the Odell Mango Habanero revealed a surprising level of carbonation for a beer that was served cellar style and casked aged. After getting over the initial carbonation jolt, I detected the calling card of many IPA’s, which is a strong citrus note. Interestingly enough, the spice did not become detectable until the finish where the pleasant heat came alive and lingered on the back of my throat. I had my hesitations about how the beer was going to taste, but I can pleasantly say it was indeed well balanced and complementary of its unique ingredients.
So would I recommend the Odell Mango Habanero IPA firkin? You bet! It’s an interesting beer on many levels and well worth the try, especially if you are seeking to break your firkin cherry. As stated above, my biggest hesitations were more about how mango and habanero would taste commingling in a beer, but rest assured they do work. The citrus profile of the IPA was paired with just enough heat to create an interesting concoction. Perhaps the only caveat I will throw out there is don’t let your brew warm up too much. Once it becomes room temp and sits for a bit, it eventually becomes rather unpleasant. A firkin is meant to be drank and enjoyed in the moment, so if you are a fan of IPA’s with strong citrus notes and a little heat, then give this beer a try and be proud as you add this to your Untappd tab!