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Odell Extra Special Red Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Extra Special Red AleOdell Extra Special Red Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 11-01-2006)
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-23-2013 03:45:03 | More by jaydoc
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mattydork

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

09-24-2013 16:13:52 | More by mattydork
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6 pack of this during our ski trip to Pagosa Springs. Glad I did, one of the better "red" ales out there. Would seem like a better classification than strong ale.

Pours red, deep red, small 1/3" head on it, like a light tan color. Good retention, spotty, inconsistent lace down the pint glass.

Aroma was a hoppy first, Scottish malt thing second vibe.

Taste, mmm, this is what I'm talking about for red ales. Just hop the shit out of it, hides both the alcohol and the amber malts quite well. Mouthfeel just keeps rocking as it warms, you get used to the strength, of hops and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 16:47:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

02-06-2013 23:24:14 | More by Haybeerman
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davistabuff

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

12-31-2012 04:42:22 | More by davistabuff
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Greeneagle


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-16-2012 04:16:21 | More by Greeneagle
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-28-2012 18:35:55 | More by steamboatbrewer
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ColoradoNative

Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2012 06:41:45 | More by ColoradoNative
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

11-24-2011 01:43:57 | More by Exiled
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Rating this from memory from a 12oz bottle, thanks Malcolm! Pour a clear amber-garnet with a tan cap. Tons of really fresh west coast hops, pine, and citrus in the nose. Spicy, fresh, wonderfully balanced. This one actually blew me away, just awesome. This was obviously a super fresh bottle and was almost perfectly done.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:47:57 | More by JAXSON
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must start out by saying that I miss this one a lot. Pours a beautiful hazy red color, with a nice inch or so of light tan head. Huge hops on the nose, citrus, pine, grapefruit and lemon. On the palate, more of the fresh, delicious hoppiness, balanced beautifully with some good sweet malt, caramel, milk chocolate and in the background some drying alcohol. A wonderful beer that was sadly discontinued.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:08:33 | More by emmasdad
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BigDank for this rare treat. Review from notes on 2/13/10

A - poured crystal clear deep amber with a towering, fluffy, and well retained beige head. Lovely lacing all over the place. 5.0

S - lots of caramel and hint of figs. Very sweet and fruity, with the faintest hint of light bitterness of hops. A bit light in aroma overall though. 4.0

T - Very similar to the aroma. Lots of good fruity and caramel sweetness. Like a good old ale. Excellent. 4.5

M - Rich and smooth, dancing carbonation and a medium body. 4.0

D - Immensely drinkable. 1 bottle simply isn't enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 14:43:32 | More by DmanGTR
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srandycarter

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber, near white head that leaves to ring. Some trace lace.

S - Slightly bready and hoppy, with some wood tannin.

T - Sweet, malty, hops come up to the plate but don't quite deliver.

M - Not completely balance, not carbed enough for me.

D - Fun to try once.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 07:10:01 | More by srandycarter
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wnh

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich, ruby-tinted mahogany, brilliant red when held up to a light source, with a foamy, creamy light tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

Nose is quite interesting, with resinous hop aromas on top of old-ale-like brown sugar and dried dark fruit, with a good bit of woodsy damp leaf aroma thrown in for good measure.

Lightly sweet molasses on the entry, turning earthy before fading into hop bitterness on the finish. Medium to heavy bodied, with a lasting stickiness that promotes a lingering earthy bitterness, and quite dry on the finish. Exceptionally well-balanced and easy to drink. It's a shame Odell is phasing out their single batch series beers to be replaced by seasonals, regardless of how good the seasonals are.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:54:38 | More by wnh
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for the trade.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Aggressive pour yeields 2 fingers of creamy beige head. Decent retention with a lot of splattered lace. Color is a ruby red/amber red. A red beer that is red... I like it.

Aroma: Very hoppy and sweet. A lot of citrus. Grapefruit and pineapple. Hops are earthy and floral. There is a sweet like bread, but I can't distinguish it. The beer smells a lot like a DIPA.

Taste: A lot of hops going on here. Citrus, pineapple, bready malts. There is something in the taste (very sweet) that I just can't figure out what it is.... unless it is caramel mixed with all the hops. A pretty solid big red, but very hoppy (as it is supposed to be).

Mouthfeel: Very bitter. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. A very 'in your face' red ale. Leaves a very dry and hoppy aftertaste.

OVerall, I am having a tough time finishing this one. I just wasn't expecting so many hops. It is ok, but nothing I would want a lot of.
Edit: this beer drank a lot better once I got half ways through it and it warmed up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 22:28:07 | More by mothman
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for this!

Pours slightly hazed dark reddish amber with a foamy tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus/pine with caramel/toffee backing.

The taste is of citrus/pine with a firm "red ale" malty (caramel/toffee) character. There's a slight peach-like fruitiness as it progresses. There is some mild alcohol in the flavor. Finishes bittersweet.

Medium-bodied and smooth.

A well done hoppy red. Very drinkable, especially for the alcohol presence.

Glad Russ sent me a few of this!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 12:23:47 | More by jwc215
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PEBKAC

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received a couple months ago from resident red fanatic SuperWhite92. Refrigerated all this time. The newer, sessionable Odell Red he sent was way too intense & raw for me, so let's hope this one does me better. :)

Raised dot lettering along the bottom left corner that I can't quite make it out. 2??804

Poured into my DFH tumber, pretty cold.

Nice sturdy inch of chewy-looking, lightly tan, creamed head. A slightly murky, reddish brown body. Inactive. Wavelength-like lace.

Smell is sugar syrup & plenty of sharply & zesty grapefruit rind, a bit perfumey & floral, & also a touch of something refreshing like cracked celery. Not aggressively raw or fresh, but more solvent-like because of the abv.

Taste is first brushed off by it's creamy mouthfeel. Really great initial feel. Malt comes on a little sweet, settling to be doughy instead. Hops are grassy & slightly bittersweet. Nothing too intense, but very sappy & resinous. The bitterness is quite lingering, giving a menthol-like effect. A little clove works it's way in there too which is interesting. The alcohol is in everything, though always mingling with some aspect of the beer.

A very tasty beer with a little more demanding heft & aftertaste then expected. Great for a nightcap ...or a lunchtime nap. ;)

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 06:27:51 | More by PEBKAC
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this beer, but everytime I pick up some Odell's I get the IPA because its so damn good. Today I picked up both.

A: Reddish brown in color. A bit cloudy. Dominant, off-white head atop. Good lacing.

S: Fruitiness abound with some mild caramel from the malts. Also a slight "brown sugar" sweetness. A slight spiciness, that seems to be from the hops. In the end the hoppy citrus aromas are faintly there. Definitely a bit more heavy on the malts.

T: Beautiful fruitiness hits the palate first. This follows with a lovely citrus note. Orange-grapefruit flavors here. It blends well with the fruitiness. There is a faint, spiciness I get from the hops. The malts are definitely solid in this brew with caramel and brown sugar flavors. The beer finishes with a lovely fruity flavor.

M: A solid medium bodied beer. Not too heavy, definitely not too light. The carbonation is pretty strong, which makes the beer feel crisp. Finishes fairly clean, with some left over stickiness in the throat.

D: A really solid brew. It hides the 8.0% alcohol very well. I would go for this when I'm in the mood for a maltier IPA. It doesn't quite have the hoppy bite as an IPA, but it is close. Definitely worth a try. This brewery is great.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 20:36:44 | More by brewdoc75
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GruvisHops

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. brown bottle with another great label. Seriously, I love their labels. A big 1-1/2" frothy, tan head sits beautifully on top of a slightly hazy, amber/red body. The head just refuses to fade, and leaves thick patches of lace behind.

S: Loads of toasted malt in the nose; a bit of caramel. Citric hops linger in the background.

T: More caramel malt with a great citrus hop balance. I'm loving this beer more and more as I drink it. Great balance between the malt & hop profiles.

M: Full & sticky

D: Quite

Notes: Another solid effort from the guys at Odell. Imperial red is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 00:09:55 | More by GruvisHops
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jacobseyb

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Deep red coloring, light carbonation with light head.

S=Fruitiness apparent along wiht alcohol

T=Nuttiness and Fruitiness along with some oaks. Alcohol content is apparent in taste.

M=Nice, light carbonation tickles the tongue

D=Good though alcohol content could limit intake.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:18:28 | More by jacobseyb
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Rayek

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet hued amber with nice clarity and active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Tight cream head starts big and settles to a 1/4" pillow that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves a tremendous amount of lace. This is one good looking beer.

S: Slightly vinous, with hints of red grapes. Sweetness rules the day in the form of toffee. Pepper, citrus, a mild whiff of alcohol, plus a little oak round things out.

T: This a very balanced beer. Toffee and black grapes start things out, with the grapes giving the beer a wine-like quality. A mild oak flavor adds a woodsy presence. Bitterness comes on in the form of pepper and citrus. The alcohol is well masked aside from a slight warmth as the beer goes down. Finishes dry and woodsy with a mild lemon flavor.

M: Medium body is somewhat dry. Carbonation level is right on.

D: ESR is a supremely balanced beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. This beer went down really easy, given the high ABV. I'm really glad I picked up a full six-pack. Thank the Gods that this wasn't yet another American hop bomb. I've had a few too many of those recently.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 18:15:31 | More by Rayek
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sevopie

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Brilliant mahogany with a rocky, creamy tan/light-brown head. Laces incredibly well.

Smell - A nice blend of citrusy hops and Caramel malts shine through. There's some spices and a bit of nuttiness in there as well.

Taste - This really tastes like a mild barleywine to me, rather than any hint of a red ale. The hops nicely accent the abundance of malts which are roasty and nutty in addition to caramelly. The spices are also somewhat noticable throughout, and there's also a flavor I can only describe as that of iced tea.

Mouthfeel - Creamy goodness with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I had always been reluctant to try this due to the fact that I rarely if ever find a red/amber that I like. I was stupid to have waited so long. Odell's delivers yet again, this one has quickly become one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 07:25:33 | More by sevopie
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to breity for this extra beer in a recent trade.

First off, this is one cool looking bottle. I love the 3-D etching on the bottle side as well as the label. Well done.

This beer pours a deep ruby with brownish tints. Decent finger width white head on top. Retention lacks a bit, but still leaves some alright lacing globs. Smells of oranges, pineapple, bread, caramel, and alcohol.

First sip yields a weird metallic bite that is unpleasant. As I continue to drink though this gives way to the true flavors. Nice burnt caramel flavor, some cherry in there as well. Slight booziness to it, but it finishes nice and fruity. Hops are there alright. Not biting or harsh, but adding just enough bitterness to keep me sipping. I like this beer. Strong Ales are becoming more and more one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 18:18:26 | More by Onenote81
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this as I was getting ready for bed, expecting to find a 4-5%ABV amber ale or lager... instead I'm pleased to discover that my nightcap is in fact a 8% strong ale. Well, I'm gonna sleep well tonight!

A - The label is exotic and Persian, and reminds me of a pack of those "fancy" Camel premium up-market smokes. The beer is a remarkable dirty-red-russet hue that at times appears purple or brown. It's slightly murky, and topped with a very thick and dense two finger chunk of tan cream. Solid sheets of lace slide into the brew and leave lots of sticky lace behind. This is a beautiful brew! Oh, did I mention that head retention is stellar?

S - Earthy "wet" notes, like a campsite (smoldering fire, soaking tents, wet firewood and kindling) after a summer shower. Brown leaf hops add to the woodsy aroma. I'm getting pictures of autumn walks in the woods, old log cabins, decomposing logs covered in wild fungi, and some really nice hops. There are also some caramelized sugar and maybe brown sugar notes there too. Outstanding. Could use a little more oomph though.

T - This is a perfectly balanced combination of malty molasses, brown sugar, and woody/nutty notes combined with the most glorious "brown autumn leaf" hop characteristics. Tangy hops, leafy notes, and a ton of really nice woody flavors make this a damn fine beer.

M - Creamy and rich, carbonation on this one is actually quite forceful, but that keeps it lively and out of the "syrupy" category of heavy hitting brews. The finish is hoppy, gritty, and dusty-dry... and that also really helps keep this from showing it's true girth. It's like a fat chick in a corset. The corset keeps everything in place, and has you admiring her figure, but you know that there is some nasty flab underneath. But you don't care because that corseted busty figure is really doing it for you at the moment.

D - Despite the high ABV and the heavy mouthfeel, I would gladly drink another if I had one left. The booze isn't really all that noticeable, and the super-bubbly carbonation and dry mouthfeel help keep this one from getting cloying or rich. Damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 06:04:48 | More by pmcadamis
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell is another good brewery I wish we could see in nyc. Thanks to russpowell for the west side love.

Pours a fairly darker, yet clear, ruby hue. Thick frothy creme head. Nose is that fruity/woody/hoppy thing you'd expect from a red ale. Flavor is a good mix of hops and malts with a firm leafy and woody fruits as well. Bitter sweet tones. The only flavor detractor I'd have to say is that it borders on getting almost hot. Feel is smooth on liquid and the typical carbonation. This is a good robust red ale. I'm sure this would be pretty nice on cask.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 07:06:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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Odell Extra Special Red Ale from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.