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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
THE BROS
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Reviews: 201
Hads: 665
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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Reviews: 201 | Hads: 665
Photo of morimech
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color with one inch of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is heavily influenced by the hops. Smells dank and old growth forest. Slight floral and herbal notes. The malt is slightly toasted and has a toffee quality.

The malt bill does not quite do it for me as other great reds are able to do. Just a touch artificial. The hops are strong and bitter. Pithy, resiny, and just a little rough. Has a bitter bite in the finish.

Very low carbonation which does not hurt this hoppy beer. Medium body.

It seems most of Odell's beers just fall a little short of being great to me. This one is no exception. (664 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 JackieTH
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red, clear liquid with an off-white, foamy head.

Smell: Light grapefruit hop over a caramel-honey malt.

Taste: Citric grapefruit and resinous bitterness right up front but then quite bready with lightly toasted, lighty sweet malt. A parting shot of hops give a slightly bitter and drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and slightly crisp from carbonation.

Drinkability: There is a healthy dose of hop here that's restrained in a good way by the malt. Starts hoppy, gets slightly malty-caramelly sweet in the middle and finishes slightly bitter and dry. Keeps the palate fresh and it's both enjoyable and easy to drink. (641 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely amber/red color with a creamy tan head that leaves some nice lace.

Some spicy wintery malt with a big hop profile that is reminiscent of their ipa and pale ale.

Lots of hop bitterness and they come in the herbal and earthy forms. A solid malt backbone that has spicy notes. Caramel sweetness with amazing hop flavor. Piney, but low bitterness. Fresh hop leaf character.

The feel is nice and smooth. Medium bodied with a mildly dry finish.

Love this stuff. So drinkable with a great hop profile. Top notch red ale. (525 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed, deep crimson hue, fleeting beige-toned head.

Bright, malty aromatic. Fruity, hoppy

Taste: snappy, hoppy, full-bodied, malt-driven. Great texture, excellent mouthfeel, plentiful play on the palate. Wonderful dance of malt and hops.

Supreme drinkability, long hoppy finish. Quite satisfying, very easy to turn to another, and quickly empty it. (361 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While red ales tend to be a dime a dozen, this one is carrying on the lineage of the Odell ESR, one of the best big read brews of all time.
Pours a cherrywood color that looks brown initially, but reveals lots of red highlights in the light. An eggshell foam cap sticks to the walls of the glass and leaves a massive trail as you work your way down.
Huge bitter, juicy hops hit your nose immediately...but then give way to a bit of bready character.
The palate starts off with a tiny bit of sweetness followed by an assault of American "C" hops. Piney and grapefruity flavors cross, with a little caramel sweetness creeping in here and there, only to finish with more hop character. A blind tasting might tell you this is an IPA, but the slight caramel hints take this to a slightly different places.
Mouthfeel serves the purpose of keeping tons of big hop oil flavors from making things too slick or too foamy on the other side of the coin.
While the size/potency of a typical IPA, I've noticed that this is slightly more quaffable for me, and the flavor profile doesn't get old. When paired with food, it helps to bring out sweetness and sourness equally well.

While I still definitely prefer the old ESR, this is a solid beer that's a pretty big jump over most typical red/amber beers floating around. (1,305 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is on tap at the local Old Chicago.

A great red colour with a small but persistent head of foam that brought some lacing with it.

The smell is very hoppy with big notes of pine,some citrus, and a mild presence of caramel malt.

The taste is just as good as the smell. Very bitter pine with some citrus that's semi balanced with caramel malts. A bit of bread as well.

Medium bodied, same for the carbonation.

I had 3 pints in 2 hours. Yeah, it's pretty darn drinkable. A nice unexpected find at my local watering hole. (526 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing lingers for a while. The aroma is a great balance of malt and hop. There is a ton of grapefruit and a ton of caramel. The taste is maltier up from with a solid bitterness coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a really good beer. It is very flavorful and aromatic, however, the spectrum of those flavors and aromatics isn't that deep. Still I would happily drink this beer again. (586 characters)

Photo of Buebie
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Paired with meatloaf and blue cheese, supreme cuisine.

A bit pricey for a 6'er, at $10
Poured from the brown bottle into pub glass producing about 2 inches of off white foamy head. Tan really. Settling after a good amount of time to leave a thick froth cap of retention. Sticky webbings of lace. Color is a red amber, transparent.
Aroma of pungent fruity hops, sweet malt and caramel, touch of nuttiness. Hops are sweet nectar like and floral with juicy sweet aroma. definatly the showcase of the aroma profile.

Taste is not carrying over the hops from aroma. It tastes a bit more sour with more of a herbal sour hop bitterness and acidic flavor. Aspirin is one flavor that comes to mind.
mid malt sweetness present. Its flavorfull, but not flavors I particularly desire.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

I feel a bit robbed of my $10. (838 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 WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium balloon glass.

A: Red pours a crystal clear, deep crimson to mahogany color with a cream-hued two-finger thick head. Retention is excellent, and lacing clings to the glass with ease.

S: Slightly faint on the nose at first. Herbal hop aromas with hints of caramel and toast lingering in the backround.

T: Fruity hop character and sweet malt balance eachother out nicely. Flavors of caramel and fresh toast make a good backbone, supported by earthy, floral hop characters. The dry finish makes for a very clean brew, with notes of pine and citrus.

Notes: This beer is very tasty, and quite easy to drink. If I had one complaint, it would be in the mouthfeel. It's just a bit on the lighter side for the style. Overall, a pretty rock-solid effort by the folks at Odell. (837 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 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 gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 0z bottle best by 04 /11

A-pours a nice crimson color with a creamy khaki 1 finger head with
a nice lacing and collar

S- is pine and hops ,grass citrus and malts

T- is a hop forward ale with a great hop presence.loads of citrus and pine hop tastes then it is nicely balanced with sweet caramel malts very nice balance of hops/malts

M-- nicely carbonated full of hop/malt flavor,,creamy and smooth very little bitterness and very fresh

D- so drinkable with a hop and malt explosion that is very nicely balanced ,,really liked this one and will be going back for a sixer or two more (594 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Chestnut red color with a gleaming clarity in the light, the head drops a thick curtain of lace on the glass. Grapefruit hop aroma and a dried grassy, honey-like maltiness rest under the hops. A whole lot of hops here, bitterness is cranked up and the flavor sticks to the palate with citric rind, mint, pine sap and a tropical fruitiness. Malty even with the flexed hoppiness; grassy, toasty and a little sweet. Finish with the last push of hops that does not fade quickly at all.

A bit of a wake-up-style spring seasonal. Odell keeping it true with an old-school hoppy Red Ale. (637 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't for the life of me figure out what the expiration date is, but it is sometime in 2010.
The beer pours with a frothy, two-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The beer is a deep, concentrated red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ample crystal malt and American hops; specific notes of ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, bright tangelo, some pine notes and even a hint of hemp are contributed by the hops while aromas of biscuits, lightly toasted whole grain, some sweet tea like notes and some dusty grain husk notes are from the malt / crystal malt.

Sweet tasting up front, but this plays up more of the citrus / fruity hop aspects than making this cloyingly like heavy crystal malt (which is definitely a good thing in my book). Flavors of tangelo zest, some lychee, and essential grapefruit oil jump out immediately in the flavor. The middle sees a herbaceous, sort of pine like, with a touch of menthol and hemp oil being noticed; these flavors linger and morph into the finish that has a soft bitterness that is amply tempered by the chewy, palate clinging malt character. The malt lingers in the long finish quite well with notes of biscuit like malt character and pale-toasted whole grain character. While this has a certain palate fullness to it the beer isn't overly heavy, in fact it is quite drinkable, but definitely has enough viscosity to cling to the palate quite a bit.

Despite being so dark and crystal malt influenced, this beer ends up with a very well done balance between malt and hop. There are ample hop flavors here to keep me happy and, while I was expecting it to, the crystal malt notes never get out of hand. This is quite well done and I would happily drink another couple of these. (1,785 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: That goat looks pretty satanic. Pours with a 1 finger crown of frothy tan head above a beautifully transparent mahogany base. leaves alot of spotty lacing

S: smells sweet with aromas of belgian candy sugar, beet jam (like the stuff served at Thanksgiving dinner), bread pudding, pine needle, and caramelized oranges. Also has a spicy, baked apple aroma

T: earthy flavors of pine and caramelized grapefruit upfront with a somewhat suddued caramel maltiness when compared with the nose. finishes with a dry, minerally bread dough finish, also slightly soapy, with bitter and spicy hops lasting long into the finish

M: Medium-full body, low carbonation makes this one very slick and slippery, finishing just off dry

Overall, A fairly well put together american amber ale. The 6.5 abv is very well covered and doesn't hinder the drinkability whatsoever. It doesn't stray far for the style, however, It could use more aromatic hops in the nose and more carbonation. Still, worth a try. (1,008 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I normally expect Red Ales to be malty and way too sweet. This beer is something else

Yes it is malty but it has a wonderful surge of hops. Seems more like an extra malty pale ale than anything.

Hazy dark amber brew with a glow when you hold it up to the light.

Aroma is mostly toasty malt but with some hops in the background. Flavor is balanced and rich. Some copper notes. Floral hops.

Extremely drinkable. I wish I bought more than just one bottle of this, on my last trip to Junction City, KS. (502 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sleepnbballrlife for sharing this.

12oz pry-top brown glass bottle. Label stamped 7/8/10.

Appearance: Cherry wood red. Some very thin tan head.

Nose: Smells like dried shag outdoor Mexican weed. Grapefruit and dried hardwood boards.

Palate: A little watery and much maltier than I was expecting. Some dried grain flavors and a little bittersweet chocolate and lots of woody notes. Tastes like licking hardwood boards. Some hop notes flare up on the second sip.

Notes: One of the better Red Ales I've had. Definitely American with the sticky weed hops, but true to style with the roasty malts too. (611 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is resiny and piney hops with some caramel malt. The flavor is piney malts with some caramel and bready malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hoppy red ale. (291 characters)

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 blackie
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep aged copper in color, topped with a nice off white head

s: immediately struck with a nosefull of fresh, pulpy citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine - resting on a malty dark caramel body evoking torched sugars and dark cookies, some pineapple lurking

m: carbonation medium, body about the same

t: the taste follows the nose - juicy citrus hops set this red/amber apart from the crowd, most notably sweet grapefruit and tangerine, nice grainy caramel body, dark bread, appropriately bitter, seamlessly balanced

d: easy - a satisfactory six-pack pickup

sourced from the Liquor Depot, Rock Springs, WY

dated 05/21/10 (625 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finishing off my last one before Odell Brewing Company shows up to Minneapolis on Monday.

Poured into a tulip pint

A: Amber-orange. Medium carbonation. Silky white head sits on top, but dies down to a lace. Looks lovely as the light shines through it.

S: Floral hops at first, with a hint of citrus. Hop aroma is a bit muted however. I get a ton of malts however. Nice caramel tones with a hint of toffee and breadiness. Some deeper, richer aromas like prunes as well.

T: Beautiful flavors in this one. It trends on the maltier end for a red ale, however. The malts are quite flavorful with deep caramel flavors, a touch of toffee and some really nice prune/plum flavors in the end (almost dubbel-esqe). Some hints of chocolate and toastiness as well. The hops are mostly in the end with some citrus notes. Mostly grapefruit, but really not a ton of hop flavor. The bitterness is smooth and right on.

M: Light-medium bodied. Smooth, but finishes crisp. Medium carbonation.

D: A very nice amber ale. Definitely on the maltier end, but that is what I like about it. Lots of complex, malty flavors. Quite enjoyable and even more drinkable. I will buy this again. (1,167 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy with this look; hazy browned orange color. Lacing is not too bad, and hopefully forebodes a decent hop bill. Nose is caramel sweet with some toasted malt and a stab of piney hops.

Caramel and toffee malt notes, hops are citric and piney with notes of lemongrass. Hops follow to the finish and cap the sips with a blast of bitterness. Good body and carbonation. Easy to sip, as it is well-balanced but actually brings a zesty hop note to the table.

If you prefer not to detect hops in your beer, skip this one. If you're looking for a nice complement to a roasted veggie sandwich and vinaigrette-marinated olives, you're in. There are clearly many shades in between, but I think the point is clear enough. (714 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a three finger head with plenty of stickage

Smell: Citrus forward aroma, with plenty of pith; toffee subtleties underneath

Taste: Toffee malt, up front, that is quickly joined by a citrusy, but slightly grassy hop flavor; after the swallow, the toffee is resurgent, but there are plenty of bitter hop elements underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice surprise for an amber; well-balanced, with layers of flavor

Thanks, tturaiders, for the opportunity and, SalukiAlum, for the re-visit (578 characters)

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