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Runoff Red IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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Runoff Red IPARunoff Red IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

201 Reviews
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Reviews: 201
Hads: 664
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 75
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SuperWhite92 on 01-30-2009

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Photo of udubdawg
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bright amber/copper color, surprisingly full and long-lasting head.
aroma is heavily caramelized/toffee that is not quite hidden by the heavily citric tones of ample american hops. Great smelling beer.
Great tasting beer too. I briefly wonder if it might be too sweet, not quite cloying, without the ample hop kick, but quickly set this aside as I thank the brewers for the way it turned out. Paler malts show through more in the flavor than just the dark caramel, giving a nice depth to the flavor. Bitterness is just sharp enough and lingers just long enough into the aftertaste, again showcasing the various citrus fruits with perhaps a bit of pine.
A little bit sticky, otherwise the medium body is great and the carb, on the low side of medium allows for quickly draining the glass and demanding another.
Extremely drinkable, and I find myself having it with almost any meal. Time for another! (898 characters)

Photo of ghebel
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear amber/red with orange hue. Head is creamy and adequate, off-white orange, leaves great lacing on the way down to a thin ring.

S - Piney and citrusy hops. Smells like an IPA with sweet malt notes.

T - Sweet malt base, good amount of bitterness, followed by a bouquet of hop flavors.

M - Moderate body with lingering bitterness. Warms the throat after a while.

D - Very drinkable and fully enjoyable.

Overall - This is a scarey beer, because it tastes so good and drinks so smooth. The ABV will sneak up on you. I like this beer almost as much as the Odell IPA (flip a coin). I would take either one. (619 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich reddish-amber with thin off-white head and light lacing.

Smell: Tart grapefruit, mango and citrus are at the forefront. Smells like an IPA except the malts are more complex with caramel, biscuit and rye-like qualities.

Taste: Mostly dried out caramel malt backbone which is overridden by loads of citrusy American hops with strong grapefruit and orange. The finish is spicy, bitter and pine-like. Somewhat reminiscent of rye as well.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, smooth and creamy body, dry finish. Could use either a tinge more carbonation or body - one or the other - but that is a very minor gripe.

Drinkability: Fantastic Non-Imperial Red Ale; actually the best I have had for the style. Highly recommended. (799 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 4/27/13
This is fresh, first batch of the year

A – Pours a strong 2" head, settles down to A light amber pillow that stays throughout, leaving good lace.

S – Hops, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, this beer also adds in clover, honey and cinnamon, great winter time notes; however they are greatly subdued.

T – Nice hop character, great balance with the malt however. The clover honey comes through again, there is a nice sweet malt balance here, but it is not overdone.

M – Just about perfect, smooth, velvet, this is exceptional, if anything it has a short finish.

O – Wonderful beer, too bad it is only a seasonal offering, but it just makes this beer that much better. Perfect balance, brings subdued local winter spice to a nice and hoppy beer. A+ Odell. (778 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to cosmohophead for this extra

pours a clear amber with a 2 finger head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells of huge floral and pine hops

taste is even better then the smell - this beer reminds me a whole lot of 3f alpha king - big floral and pine hops up front then a smooth carmel malt finish

mouthfeel is where this one disappointed me i felt the carbonation was a little low making the body seem a little heavy

drinkability is great but its too bad odell does not distribute in IL.

forget fire tire hype this is the best amber from CO. and probably the best in the states. (598 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sexy amber with off-white head that is thick at first then recedes to a thin layer that remains for the pint. Nose has a very nice fruity component, perhaps passion fruit or at least a very mixed batch of fruit aromas. A generous toffee sweetness is welcomed onto the palate at first, with plenty of "juicy fruit" hoppiness in the balance. There's a slight candied quality to this ale too. Finish is toffee sweet with lingering citrus. Very drinkable and quite delicious. (479 characters)

Photo of alexipa
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep red color with a great thick tan head, which dissipates quickly leaving a thick lacing. Smells like an IPA, citrus hops with a small amount of malts breaking through. I'm a little worried as the bottle promises a Red Ale, not an IPA. After tasting, I'm quite torn on this one; it tastes excellent but is a bit more an IPA. Bright citrus and piney hops up front followed by the malty bready kick I was looking for. Expertly carbonated and smooth.

What can I say? It's fantastic if not completely true to style. (525 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that slowly dissipates to about a quarter of a finger's worth. Beer has a amber/red color with very small particles floating throughout. Has strong, extremely sweet floral aromas that mask mild aromas of pine. Initial taste is of strong floral and pine flavors from hops with mild citrus flavors. Hop flavors persist as mild malt flavors enter to create an amzing final taste. The downfall in this beer is the mouthfeel. Slightly too carbonated and all the hops leave the mouth really dry. Overall, this is an amazing beer. A definite re-buy. (633 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A:Deep auburn brown with red and rich orange tones. Pours a thick, heavy, bready head and leaves very nice lace down the entire glass.

S: Citrus & pine hops dominate the aroma. Sweet caramel, baked goods.

T: Upfront floral hops ride the length of this one. Sweet malts complete the finish.

M: Great thickness, foamy head rides the palate.

D: Best beer I've ever had from Odell. Happy drinking! (430 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber with a creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity, piney, resiny hops with a little pepper and some nutty malts.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and fruit with a nice piney lightly resinous hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice drinking well balanced beer. It has some great hop flavors. (429 characters)

Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark red amber with a thick 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

S: Fresh and ripe red apple, pomegranite and asian pear combined with pungent floral and citrus hops, clean.

T: Excellent. Sweet crystal malt with a mellow caramel and red apple flavor which is completely taken over by hop flavors of pine, grass, mint and herbs. Good balance and as a reviewer said below, "While most hoppy reds really blur the line between red and IPA this is a quality balance between the more malty reds and the super hoppy reds." The aftertaste has a bold and agressive hop flavor that lingers for quite some time, you are sure to enjoy if youre a hop head

M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation, an oily stickiness lingers on the palette after each sip but is not overwhelming.

D: Goes down pretty easily and at 6.5%, I could drink it happily through the night.

I must have received a very fresh batch of this stuff, because it was excellent. Also of note, this year's release is way better than the last few years if that turned you off. And if you aren't normally a huge fan of reds (like myself,) definitely give this one a try.

Another great beer from Odell! (1,183 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed Odell's Extra Special Red and IPA. According to the brewery, they won't be making ESR any more but this is taking it's place landing somewhere in between the two in taste.

"A variety of agressive American hops..."

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It has copper red color with just a slight haze. The inch of head wanes slowly leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is really nice with lots of hops showing off pineapple and grapefruit with some fruity sweetness.

Flavor is very well done too with lots of great hoppy taste yet balanced with sweet carmel-like malts. The hops have a definate west coast character with pine and citrus coming through strong. Grassy hop flavors in there too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter but balanced, and nicely carbonated.

Certainly one of the more hoppy American red ales I've had and all the better for it. I could also see it being called a red IPA. Either way, another great beer from Odell. (971 characters)

Photo of kkrez
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes-
This beer pours a beautiful copper red with a white head.

Aroma is strong of citrus, grapefruit grass with a slight honey sweet maltiness in the background.

The taste starts out with a mouth coating citrusy and pine bitterness, then comes a brief interruption of a biscuity honey malt sweetness, then ends out with a dry grassy and citrusy finish.

Aside from the hop bitterness, this beer goes down real smooth.

Overall, not as good as Extra Special Red, but this is an excellent american red (511 characters)

Photo of Flashsp2
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell Red Ale 12oz bottle into slender tulip

Body is transparent red with gold and caramel highlights. Produces a two inch head from a moderate-slow pour, with a mix of tiny and course sandy colored bubbles with nice sticky lace throughout and good retention.

Big caramel malty sweetness as it's poured into the glass, and grapefruit rind and tropical fruit is present on the nose after the pour. The aroma is very intense, and quite inviting.

Taste starts off with a big sweet caramel chewyness, and draws into a tangerine/citrus hop bite that is much less intense than the nose would lead one to believe. The hops are a perfume-like and floral one the palette. There is a little bit of chocolate/nutty flavor as it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a little low. It's a little on the refreshing side of things, especially since the ABV is 6.5%, I was expecting it to be a bit heavier than this. Not bad though, just not quite what I was expecting.

This is pretty tasty, and I could throw back a few, especially since it is quite well balanced. (1,078 characters)

Photo of climax
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear red-brown with a medium even head which was nice and sticky, laced well and kept a constant film on the top

nose was earthy, definite blast of hops which was very nice for an amber/red. resiny piney hops lead the charge as well as soapy, spicey, and grapefruit notes. malt backbone was more defined as it warmed and the further i dug my nose in

taste was equally as exceptional, an extension of the nose which was a good thing. the definite hops kick at first was eventually balanced by the malt. sweeter as it warmed. fantastic. surprisingly clean citrus/toasted finish

feel was medium bodied, crisp carbonation and a definite bite from the liberal use of hops. slick and sticky was the verdict

nice spin on a typical red. Odell went a little hop happy. almost to the point of an IPA, which i assure you was not a problem. perhaps the best amber/red ive tried. excellent beer, try it (904 characters)

Photo of Bartian
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found myself in Colorado and just had to try the Red from Odell.

Pours a very bright copper with a slight ruby character. A cream head with slight lacing throughout.

A very heavy smell of hops that provides the fragrance and stength - almost indescernable from an IPA.

Taste is a wonderful mix of a strong IPA and a traditional red. A truly great experience!

Mouthfeel was good with a high degree of drinkability; good thing I had a lot of company to share them with!! :) (477 characters)

Photo of Rchap1
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a sixer of this up at Susan's Fine Wine and Spirits in Santa Fe. According to the beer guy there, the new red is similar to the old Extra Special Red, except less malt and more hop flavors.

A: Poured into a poor man's pint, was a nice deep golden-red color. Came out with a nice solid inch of very light head, which left consistent lacing throughout the drink.
S: Still a fair amount of malt, but you can definitely tell that this has more hops than the Extra Special Red. Almost has a little bit of a sweet, spicy scent to it. Maybe a hint of paprika almost.
T: Fantastic. Great up front malt. Throughout there was a pleasant citrus flavor going along with it, and it finished with a sweet and fairly strong hop flavor.
M: Incredibly full and refreshing. I really enjoyed the fullness of this one; after a full day out hiking, this was great to sit down to.
D: At 6.5%, this beer is just at the threshold of being too strong for a session beer. However, I will say that I've very comfortably killed my 6 pack in two nights, and I plan on going down and buying up a case while it's here. Highly recommended if you're a fan of reds. (1,139 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one in the mini tasting the other night. This one was a bit of a surprise I have to say. Served cold and poured into taster /glasses, this one was consumed on 07/10/2009.

The pour was nice. Rich dark amber in color with a nice bit of carbonation streaming up toward the top of the glass, coalescing into a inch high head that left some decent web like lace. The aroma was at first bready malts, a touch of caramel and a hint fo grassy like notes. Smooth and mellow. As I take a sip a nice medium bodied ale with smooth carbonation washes over the tongue. Rich and malty, these flavors dont last as a nice burst of piney hops now takes over, where did this come from? Very nicely balanced here with a smooth, very nice here, I have to admit. Easily sessionable this was an unexpected hit.

Overall a bit hoppier then normal for the style I have to say, but it worked well. It made it stand out from the crowd a bit and I really enjoyed it. I wouldnt mind a sixer of this one. (983 characters)

Photo of bwiechmann
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz Tap pour into a standard pint at Pizza Luce.

A- deep amber/ copper with a nice fluffy head

S- Hops really come through. Pine is prevalent as well as citrus- healthy dose of grapefruit here. Nice bready malt background to boot.

T- Wow. Nice hop bite from the get-go. Pine and grapefruit apparent. A decent background of bready/caramely malt. Reminiscent of a well-crafted IPA.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice dry bitter finish.

D- Dangerous brew right here, too drinkable.

Overall, an amazing amber that is the best I've had for the style. I'm a fan. (566 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a very nice amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight citrus even. The taste is very nice, a nice little hop bomb, with some malts, citrus. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this brewery surprises me just about every time I try something from them, way to go Odell, thanks Bill. (465 characters)

Photo of kiddwhiz
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Odell's Red is, in my opinion, their best seasonal by a long shot. Sweet, malty, hoppy, creamy....overall a great product with very little fan fare.

The Red is a vibrant amber red with a lasting two finger head. It is as described above, a blend of goodness that could be 'ol trusty if it were around more often. Something I love to drink after a day of enjoying CO's many outside activities but with dreams of sipping on one at a hot summer Rox game. We all have dreams but at least today I have Red. Cheers. (514 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A smooth ale inflected with all the colors of the autumnal spectrum: deep reds, shallow, mellow umber, and rich, burnt-oranges all suffuse this beer—making Odell's choice of rotating this through the winter season an interesting one, though I suppose the late-winter "shoulder-season" has as much similar with the liminal world of Fall as any other time of the year. The flavors, too, speak autumn to me: earth-borne piney notes, reflected in the softer nose but fairly resounding once this ale hits the mouth, swirl in well-choreographed complement sweet—but never saccharine—depth of the red-brown malting. There's even a bit of toasted-biscuit on the back, a current on which nice, dry hop-bitters ride through to the tapering end of Runoff's pleasantly loitering finish. Likewise, the light effervescence is nonetheless strong enough aid in bringing this warm, pine-rushing red to a crisp, clean finale.

While certainly not an especially aggressive beer, nor acutely expressive of its specific ingredients, it does seem pretty expertly expressive of the nuanced season when a somber quickening burdens each snowfall with the steady implications of spring. (1,169 characters)

Photo of WazzuTrev
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing brew from Odells in Colorado it smells great reminding me of the aroma of a glass of Guava juice that i used to have when I was a kid in other words it has a very fruity smell.I had taken it out of the fridge and poured it from the bottle into a pilsner glass, this beer isn't the best too cold as i first found the cold numbs the flavor out and all you are left with is a very bitter taste with no flavor. Let this beer sit in your mouth and warm up and you will find a wonderful bouquet of flavor with a taste full of hops, pine, and that fruity flavor you could smell. Overall i was very pleased with my purchase and very happy I still have 5 of them left in my fridge. (691 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine back in mid January for $8.99.

Beer poured a deep copper color with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is very good, strong malt presence combining with a very pleasant citrus aroma. Taste is pretty balanced; caramel hops form a nice backbone, hop finish is citrusy and piney. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth for the style. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very good beer that is well balanced and easy to drink for fans used to an IPA level of hops in their beer. (545 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, copper colour with an eggshell head. The beer smells citrus-hoppy and sweet, with a slight malt scent. The beer tastes like citrus and hops right away, almost like a grapefruit flavour. It finishes clean, with a slight sweetness to it.

Would I buy it again? Definitely! (281 characters)

Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.