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Odell Extra Special Red Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
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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Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a frothy light tan head that diminishes to a film.

The aroma is fresh hops, slightly fruity, with a little nutty caramel and some tinges of DMS.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malts with a good sized bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full and smooth.

Overall, a very fine beer. I'm surprised by the amount of hops in an Odell beer.

Beaver13, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beernut7 for this hand delivery...
Pours a dark ruby color with a full finger of off-white head...lacing is thin as it recedes, but has decent hold.
Piney hops up front with a slight caramel malt underneath.
The taste is decent...a bit too green as the hop bitterness wins out over the malty sweetness. The alcohol is not felt as hot, but at the same time, you know it is there...slightly tart in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is a tough high for me...not something I'd drink a few of, but a nice one to try.

warriorsoul, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of davistabuff
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

davistabuff, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is certainly one of my favorite Odell offerings.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass with an inch of head. It's truly red and an exceptional looking beer. Good clarity too. The head is gone soon after the first sip but the lacing is very good.

Aroma is very hoppy, fresh and piney.

Flavor is excellent as well. It's very well bittered but with plenty of malt to balance it out. Citrus notes in the flavor but not too sweet like some American strong ales can be. In fact, I would probably be more likely to classify this as a double IPA that just happens to be red.

Mouthfeel is good and although it's high in alcohol, it hides it well. Drinkability is only hindered by strong hop bitterness and ABV.

I have been looking forward to this one since it disappeared last winter and I'm happy to say it was worth the wait. True to it's name: Extra Special.

GilGarp, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
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.

pmcadamis, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 2007

Pours Coppery red with 1.5+ fingers of tan head into a thistle glass. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Huge breadyness & pineyness

T: Caramel, loads of breadyness, oily hops & some booze warmth up front. Piney& grapefruitty hops and some boozey warmth as this warms. Finishes dry with grapefruit hops, caramel & more booze

MF: Chewy, a little oily & low but useful carbonation. Balances pretty good

Not bad, drinks a bit hot for the abv. Maybe a little aging is in order? Seemed to help a little last year

russpowell, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of TYE
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish brown producing a wonderful creamy thick off white foam head that retains its form like few others I've seen, holding it's head at a thick covering all the way to the end with lots of smearing. Wow!
S - Sweet fruit scent of peaches and watermelon mixed is the overwhelming scent, almost smells like Sweet Tarts. A light layer of malt hides underneath. Maybe a little too sweet of aroma. Masks the others a bit, but overall very good.
T - Hoppy, sweet fruit, with maybe a hint of brown sugar or caramel? Great lasting flavor that lingers for just long enough, then fades clean to nothing, making you want to take another drink. Wow!
M - Medium carbonation, medium to full body, creamy, hoppy bite, sweet nip at tip of tongue and a little sour jabs on the sides. Finishes clean. Wow!
D - Very, very good beer! I'm not a huge fan of reds, although I like them, but this one is my favorite. Awesome balance of flavors and great mouthfeel. I wish the aroma wasn't so overwhelmed by the sweet fruit, otherwise it's fantastic!!

TYE, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of jacobseyb
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.

jacobseyb, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a deep red/brown color ale with a quite large foamy head with adequate retention. Aroma of medium citrus hops with some weak caramel malt. Taste consists of semi-sweet caramel malt with some medium citrus and bitter hops. Body is about average with some medium carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Overall, I thought this was a light version of an American strong ale and definitely lacking on character to make it truly worthwhile.

Phyl21ca, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of light tan head that slowly fades leaving some webed lace as it fades. Body is a deep brownish red with ruby tones at the edges. Nose is big with woodsy hops and mineral based malts. With first sip I am suddenly shocked that I have never heard of this beer. Big bold hops that are rich and woodsy. Malt character is ther to nicely balance. As you continue to drink a thick slightly soured bitter feel comes about on the mouthfeel. At 8% alchol it is very well hidden. I would rank this one with Nugget Nectar and Big Hoppy Monster. Wonderfully drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Jul 28, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A-very deep red color with a low head and goos lace throughout.
S-malty/hoppy with hints of alcohol and something sweet.
T-very smooth hops are not overpouring as the scent might lead you to belive, very good flavor for a red little malty and bitter.
M-good not overly carbonated and goes down nice and smooth.
D-im not a huge red guy but i get a 6 of this everytime i have the chance when it shows up again.

SpecialK088, May 07, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
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. ;)

PEBKAC, May 20, 2009
Photo of SaltyLime
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice clear ruby red with a light tan head, not my favorite colors, but pretty to look at
Smell - citrus, piny, floral hops
Taste - I liked this one, it fit my palate like a comfortable pair of old shoes, nice balance of malts/hops
Mouthfeel - nice, just a little sticky reminded me of a barleywine
Drinkability - drinks easily for the 8.0 ABV, would like to try more of this brew

SaltyLime, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of jwc215
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!

jwc215, May 30, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a gorgeous, clear red-amber color with a light frothy off-white head.

Aroma of caramel, butterscotch and malts with some citrusy hops thrown in.

The taste is very similar to the aroma along with some palate-warming booziness mixed in. Some slight bitterness is found in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, warming to the palate, and lightly carbonated.

I'm a sucker for anything from Odell, and this does not disappoint. A bit boozy but oh, so flavorable.

Monkeyknife, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of wnh
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.

wnh, Aug 22, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark red, good starter head and some lovely lacing. The aroma is pretty solid, heavily toasted malts, lots of citric hopping, not too complex but still quite good. The taste is similar, but has a stronger malt backbone, nice toasted malts and caramels, with a delicious citric hop in tones of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The mouth is solid, good carbonation, really its a pretty solid beer.

objectivemonkey, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper/ reddish color, with a tan head. Aromas of a huge grapefruity hop and small malt presence. In the taste, just like the smell, big grapefruity hops and a small malty balance. A nice bitter hoppy mouthfeel, with a dry sticky-sweet hop aftertaste. Big on hops, hides 8% quite well, a very nice red!

OWSLEY069, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Rumblebelly
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice red pour, pleasant smell. But hey, I'm more interested in the taste.

Well balanced, fruity undertones (berries, fig), and alcohol taste is hidden well. The sweet undertones compliment the brew. Normally I don't like sweet beers but this one is just sweet enough. Reminds me a bit of a barleywine but more drinkable due to the lower alcohol content.

Probably one of my favorite beers. I liked the Curmudgeon Nip a great deal and almost cried when it was retired. I'm dreading spring when it's all gone.

Rumblebelly, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of IPALOVER
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just recently bought my second 6-pack of Extra Special Red, and thought I should review it since I think it is a fantastic brew!

The beer poured nicely into a pint glass, with about 1" head; left lace as I drank, and the foam never entirely disappeared. Loved that!

Excellent hops and malts combined; bitterness and sweetness all at once. I'm a fan of hoppy beers, but like the maltiness of this one, as well. Reminds me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale!

This one is definitely a sipping beer, but it was easy to sip 3 beers in 3 hours! I'll go back to the liquor store for more...it's now one of my favorites.

IPALOVER, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of bort11
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thin white head that drops quickly and leaves just a spotting of lace. Color is a clear copper red with active carbonation.
Smell is malty and sweet, with some red berry and fruit aspects, with a thin hops character background. Taste is is sweet, almost like a red Kool-Aid. Slight peppery spice notes with the hops.
Mouthfeel is sticky. I'm not overly impressed with tis one, which is too bad. I generally like Odell beers.

bort11, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of mattydork
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

mattydork, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of vurt
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Bottle date is 2007, but what the heck, let's see how this has held up.

Appearance:
The head is eggnog-colored and composed of very tiny bubbles. It does not last very long, but it slides up on the glass like heavy cream and leaves behind some lavish lacing which recedes back into the beer slowly. The body is a deep reddish orange with amber highlights. Great color.

Smell:
Sweet battles hoppy, and there's no clear winner, though "sweet" throws the first punch. Caramel, toffee, fresh glazed donuts. Then a solid burst of piney hops with a citric finish like orange oil. Plenty of fruity aromas emerge- boysenberries, plums, a touch of pear, and a meaty, cantaloupe-like funk. A whiff of alcohol cuts through the mix. Age has given this beer a touch of oxidation, but it is neither predominant nor unpleasant.

Taste:
This is an extremely sweet beer. It starts out with flavors of brown sugar, malt, and molasses. Underneath lies a citrus/bitter mixture like a good marmalade. (The whole effect is rather like liquid limpa bread.) More fruits come through in the middle: oranges again, plum, cherry, and honeydew melon. Herbal bitterness and a light licorice note creep in at the finish, along with a booziness like rum and vanilla extract.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied, silky textured, and a little sticky. The body is a bit lighter than I was expecting, actually, though the sweetness does a good job of coating the mouth. Carbonation is soft and provides an excellent, fine texture.

Drinkability:
Here's where the beer takes a hit. It has an interesting aroma, some good flavors, and an appealing mouthfeel, but the sweetness is just too overwhelming. If it were drier, or spicier, or had a bit more earthy bitterness, it would be a much more drinkable beer. Maybe the hops do a better job of balancing this beer when it's fresh. I'd like to find out.

vurt, Aug 26, 2008
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Odell Extra Special Red Ale from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.