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Runoff Red IPA | Odell Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
222 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
735
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
16.83%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
136
For Trade:
1
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SuperWhite92 on 01-30-2009

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Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 735
Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber colored with a touch of haziness to the look. A half inch of beige head is present. Brussels lacing. Aroma is fresh dough and judiciously used piney hops. The flavor is a well balanced presentation of amber malt but the hops seem more piney tasting than citrus. The body is moderately carbonated and overall fairly light for the style.

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Photo of bump8628
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed in Estes Park, CO...quite stunning. The beer pours deep amber/mahogany with a well-made head of sticky bubbles. The aroma is pine and herbal grassiness with just a hint of brown sugar peeking through. Flavor favors malt more with caramel, shortbread, and biscuit. Hop flavor and bitterness is still firm with another hit of pine, some citrus, and an earthy element that separates it from other big American reds. Slightly resinous, oily mouthfeel along with the pine makes this perfect for a spring evening in the Rocky Mountains.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper color with a thick off white head. Good lacing.

Grapefruit, pine, and bready aroma.

It's heavily hopped but has a strong toasted cracker malt backing. Grapefruit and resinous hops.

Clean mouthfeel, medium-light body.

A very nice hopped up red that's approachable and easy drinking.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A nice amber red color holds a cream colored head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The nose is hit with woody spices, earth notes, and hops. The beer tastes earthy and woody up front. Some subtle toffee sweetness mingles in before a citric, bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium in weight. Overall, I'm overwhelmed with the hops and lack of malty caramel tones.

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Photo of denver10
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark ruby with a thumbs width beige head. Nice lacing. Wow... what a wonderful wonderful aroma. Sweet and hoppy and incredibly balanced between the two. Nectarine, grapefruit, a little pine. I could just sit and sniff this all night I think. Flavor is just as good. The grapefruit and pine seem to hit you in the forefront but its balanced extremely well by the malt backbone which provides some delicious toasty graininess and caramel sweetness, with a touch of some berry in there. A nice silky mouthfeel with an appropriate level of activity from the carbonation. Medium bodied. Overall, my favorite red ale. Love the marriage between malt and hops in this one. Odell with a grand slam.

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Photo of Mdog
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Red-amber, good head, looks very nice.

Smell: Floral, some citrus.

Taste: Nice balanced sweetness and citrus hops. Prickly mouthfeel, but also feels a little heavier in body than most IPA's.

Overall: Odell makes a lot of good beers, this one is another solid one. Nice balanced IPA with a little more heft than I was expecting. Worth a shot.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes:

12oz served in a SN IPA glass

A - Reddish copper body, 2 fingers of dense head that takes it's time. Thick lacing left behind.

S - Bread/biscuit malts, slightly fruity, English yeast, leafy green hops, pine, fruit bread.

T - Citrus hops up front, good malty backbone, some bready caramel, slightly toasted, pine comes through along with a blast of grapefruit citrus bitterness on the finish.

M - Creamy carbonation, medium full body, smooth feel.

Very well rounded red here. Great execution all around. The malts blend very well with the hops and yeast providing a tasty drink from front to finish.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby red with brown hues that brightens greatly when held up to light. Big foamy dirty khaki colored head. Head quickly fades to a chunky cap and leaves behind big chunks of lace on the glass.

S - Strong hoppy aroma backed by an assertive caramel sweetness. Hops are spicy and herbal. The sweetness has alot of caramel and lightly toasted dark bread.

T - Initially very sweet with lots of caramel malt coming through in the taste. The hoppiness quickly comes in to balance and provides alot of grassy notes mixed with a little herbal bitterness. Bitterness does not really linger.

M/D - Light to medoum bodied, a little on the thin side. Sweetness leaves a light coating in the mouth. Carbonation could stand to be a touch higher.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear ruby red body with a thick off white/lightest khaki head.

Caramel malt lends some nice sweetness to the aroma that is balanced out with orange and pine hops.

Pine, orange, grapefruit, bread, and caramel on the flavor.

Medium body, carbonation and bitterness makes for an easy drinker.

Super solid hoppy red.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Odell's took a growler home. The pour is a crystal clear ruby red color with a light fluffy head. Good retention and lacing but did not last through the tasting.

The nose is mostly hoppy with similar notes to their IPA. Some citrus, earthy and floral hop notes. Some other fruity notes, mango pineapples and a light herbal backing. The malt is present but is light compared to the hops. Some lighter roast notes with a hint of kettle caramel notes.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out a bit more than the nose and balances well against the hop notes. More of a generic malt note with a light roast flavor. Some barley malt notes as well with a sight caramel note. Very clean overall. The hops come out with more of a citrus taste with supporting grapefruit and earthy notes. Some minor floral hops in the finish. Very clean yeast notes.

The body is between light and moderate. A bit light for style, would have like to see more depth. The carbonation is light but balances well. Overall this is very similar to the IPA only darker and some caramel/roast notes backing it up. The body is lacking but still a good beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: France44 dot com
Date: Best by 2013-04-27
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Odell's Red is a well-balanced blend of hoppy and amber malts.

Porus a 2cm head of beige to light-tan foam, made up of small to medium-size bubbles. Excellent lacing, cascading strata adorning the inside of the glass. Head has above average retention, eventually receding to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Body is a dark amber-garnet color, with light bringing out red, orange, and brown hues.

Aroma is malty, hoppy, and fruity (esters) with good balance that plays a modest toffee and brown sugar maltiness off a very citrusy, grapefruit rind-like hop component, with the hint of toasted nuts making this even more interesting.

Front of the palate finds toffee-like malts with flowery and citrusy hops. Mid-palate is hop-forward with grapefruit flavors and bitterness, well-matched, but still overplaying toffee-like malts. The back of the palate finds increased bitterness from hops and toffee-like malt sweetness. Aftertaste features lingering moderate bitterness and grapefruit flavor with a sweet, toffee-like nuance in the back.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation levels of medium intensity, resulting in a smooth, slighty foamy mouthfeel. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness lingering on palate.

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Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 FLUID OZ. bottle @ the Wine & Cheese Place in Ballwin, MO for $1.99. Poured from the Green/Blue bottle with a "Seasonal" cap on the top into my Gilligan's Island Bar Pint Glass and has a date of 6/15/11A on the back but doesn't say if its a Best By or Bottled on Date...

Aroma- Has a distinct CRACKER JACK'S aroma from the start and tons of caramel character. The hops are medium-high with a piney attribute. Good all around.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is off-white, bubbly, and has good retention. Has a deep amber color body and the lacing is thick.

Flavor- Very malty and has a strong earthy hop taste. Sweet caramels come into play in the middle of the drink, and then finishes with a light bitterness but smooth.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, but then a bit watery on the finish.

Overall Impression- Huge maltiness and a caramel character like no other. I wish the hops were more dominant but this wasn't a bad characteristic. Drinkable and enjoyed before the U2 Concert @ Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. Pumped!

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle reads 4/26/11B

A= The pour is a beautiful deep amber color that is completely translucent. The head is rather small with a mixture of large soapy bubbles and tiny bubbles holding some steady retention and lacing.

S= The smell is a great combination of caramelly malts and spicy hops. It sort of reminds me of Summits extra pale ale if they used more of a west coast hop variety. The malt bill must be similar. The hops are more fruity and a little piney.

T= Excellent taste. Just what I was hoping for actually. A nice combination of sweet caramel malt and nice spicy hops. 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. Really nice biscuit character hidden a little deeper in there. Excellent beer.

M= Nice smooth carbonation that doesn't get out of hand.

D= Another home run from Odells. They may be becoming one of my favorite breweries quickly. These guys do awesome work. Worth checking out. I went into the liquor store today hoping to just find something drinkable and I got it. Awesome beer!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bit out of season, but what the hay.

A : The bottle says that the beer is the color of the runoff from the waters of the red rocks. I'd have to say in their defense it looks absolutely beautiful. A beautiful red rock body with some rose and iced tea hues, sitting at 90% opaque. The head is yellow popcorn colored and stays firm at 1 finger while leaving lace on the sides of the glass. Well done.

S : Hop bite out front in the nose (grapefruit/light pine), with a roasted malt character right behind it. Dead on for style. The bouquet could be stronger, but otherwise it's completely spec.

T : A pleasant and balanced melange of roasted caramel maltiness and muted (yet dull stabs of) hop. A bit of blueberry, cracker, and strawberry can be tasted as well as orange peel (hop). Slight antiseptic but not bad. There was something else I was thinking of but I lost it now.

F : Appropriate carbonation and a delicate creaminess match with an almost perfect semi-dryness that crescendos into a balance mixture at the finish.

O : Even out of the bottle this beer tastes great. But even better, the visual fireworks of seeing the lacing gather and dissolve as the beer is drank even from my recliner in an every day pint glass makes for a fabulous experience. Visual, smell, taste, feel...it's all there. Runoff Red is a good shot. Odell knows IPAs.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and caramel.

Tastes of a nice balance of hops and full malts. Caramel and toffee malt leads off with a nice sweetness to it. Hops come in with grapefruit and pine notes. A light bitterness, but well-balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good red.

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Deep red with shades of brown. Good sticky lace. A sexy-looking beer.

S: Floral, fruity malt with a hoppy backbone.

T: The balance of hops and malt is fantastic. Hoppy, fruity and delicious. Great with the spicy Thai food I had.

M: Smooth as a beer can be. Very easy to drink.

O: So balanced. Drink this!

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Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review from 12oz bottle (still not sure this is the same brew as their Red Ale but whatever) -

A: Clear amber with a huge creamy off-white head that leaves decent lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit, bready malt, blood orange, floral hops, tangerine, faint herbal notes.

T: Herbal bite, suggestions of pine and resin, citrus, smooth, bready, crystal/caramel?, grapefruit, floral, orange.

MF: Medium smooth body, creamy and low bitterness.

O: More malt presence disguises the hop presence here and smooths this beer out. Good stuff, nice hop flavors from an amber ale. I'm keeping both reviews here, since these were obviously released as two separate beers. Scores and notes were very similar, so its more that possible this is the same recipe I guess.

Old review:

Had on-tap @ the Twisted Timber, Boise ID. Served in a Rogue pint shaker.

A: Dark golden copper, nearly opaque, excellent off-white head lacing.

S: Muted...hops, floral, kiss of citrus, malt, faint toasted caramel, light tropical fruit, orange.

T: Light resin, orange, spices, faint cinnamon, toffee, citrus, grain, toasted bread.

MF: Medium body, clean, light bitterness, some creaminess, low-to-medium carbonation.

O: Aroma improves and hops emerge as it warms. Not the best hoppy red I've had, still not a bad beer.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, standard Odell bottle. ABV and date are both clearly marked, label is a goat who looks a bit satanic, but the style matches the rest of the Odell logos.

Appearance: Pours clear red, nice head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops, grassy with a bit of sticky pine resin.

Taste: Lighter body than I expected from the aroma, hops are dominant but not the top. Quite a bit of malty flavor, but I can't pin down specifics.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, some good flavors. This seems like a mellower version of their Extra Special Red.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this at Albertsons in Laramie, around $8.

A: Deep orange/red with a large cream colored head about two fingers worth. Excellent retention. Huge clumps of clingy lacing, essentially a solid wall of foam. Crystal clear. Really an attractive beer.

S: Hop resins, definitely on the grapefruit end of the spectrum, but some big time pine in there as well, slight hint of booze, and really not much for the malt in the nose. Which is somewhat surprising and kind of a let down.

T: Way lighter in the mouth than the smell would lead too, nice balance of hops and malt though, malts are bready and slightly caramel in flavor, hops are piney, and the two compliment each other nicely. A little roasted character. Really balanced beer.

M: Much much thinner than the nose leads on. Nice carbonation though, not too prickly, pretty dry, nice lingering flavors. Just on the thin end of the spectrum.

D: This one could be a session, a little strong in the alcohol, but a really flavorful beer for the style. A lot of good things going on. Probably won't appeal to the masses like Levity, but definitely is a nice change of pace for what is sometimes a very boring style of beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a bottle with a "best by" date of 4/26/14; into a pub glass. This is formerly named Red; Odell has renamed this to Runoff Red IPA.
Appearance - a red, sunset orange hue with a huge fluffy beige head. Swirling carbonation bubbles. Lacing is laddered on the back of the glass.
Smell - lots of citrus hops in the nose, this certainly starts off as an IPA!
Taste - follows the nose in its hop forward nature! Reminds me of Stone's Levitation!
Feel - not as complex as I was expecting; well balanced, but still a bit one sided.
Overall - there is no doubt that this is a red IPA and not an amber ale. Recommended for all hop heads!

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Photo of bort11
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Inch of light tan head. Quick to recede, but leaves a solid sticky lace on the way down. Color is a dark and clear coppery red.

Smell is very hoppy. Fruity citrus and wood resin. Mildly sweet malt is hinted at. Taste is initially sweet and tart citrus with a little piny. The malt character doesn't quite balance out the hops. As it warms there is a little more balance. Finishes with a wood resin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy with a solid body. Carbonation is prickly at times. Not really what I was expecting in a red ale. Not bad, just took me by surprise.

Blipped "Turned to Red" by Killing Joke

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Photo of jimmah120
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a date. it's a couple of months before the best by date

look is ruby-orange with a small foamy head. smell lights up the room; lots of candy and dank fruity hops. rich sweet-bread malt, some of that dry leaf stuff, pine and earth, tart and sweet.

not a great IPA, but a great red ale.

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Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.