Beer Review: ODELL TEN PACES WILD HUCKLEBERRY ALE

Beer Review: ODELL TEN PACES WILD HUCKLEBERRY ALE

The pour of Odell Ten Paces Wild Huckleberry Ale promises a visually striking experience with its deep purple hue. The generous pinkish foam adds to the anticipation, creating an alluring inky spectacle in the wine stemware.

Aroma

Initial whiffs of fresh ionized air, rose, and berry-flavored gummies provide a tantalizing introduction. However, the anticipation built by these aromatic notes doesn’t quite translate into the drinking experience.

Taste

Contrary to expectations, the taste journey begins on a disappointingly bland note, offering little beyond heavy carbonation. The initial assumption of a huckleberry wild ale is swiftly dispelled upon closer inspection of the label, revealing a non-sour Brett (or other wild yeast) focused fruit beer. Light sugar and oiliness attempt to salvage the mid-palate, providing some body, but the berry flavors remain disappointingly subdued.

Mouthfeel

A sense of incompleteness pervades the beer’s profile, with a flavor reminiscent of a diluted blend of half diet cranberry Ocean Spray and half sparkling water. The absence of a vibrant pop of berry flavor, coupled with a lack of mild to medium acidity, leaves the overall mouthfeel wanting.

Overall

Odell Ten Paces falls short of expectations, especially considering the growing prevalence of fruit sours in the market. Despite the grand presentation and the mention of fruit wild ale on the corked and caged 750ml bottle, the absence of acidity and the muted flavors contribute to a sense of letdown. The beer’s unique approach as a non-sour wild ale may appeal to some, but for those expecting a more robust huckleberry experience, it might prove to be a bit of a tease. The collective input from fellow beer enthusiasts reinforces the disappointment, with berry-forward aromas not translating into the expected tartness and flavors described as overly sugary, reminiscent of artificial treats like Gushers and Fruit Roll-Up. In a market teeming with innovative fruit-infused brews, Odell Ten Paces Wild Huckleberry Ale struggles to make a lasting impression.