1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Runoff Red IPA - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Runoff Red IPARunoff Red IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

484 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 484
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 49
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SuperWhite92 on 01-30-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Runoff Red IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 484 | Reviews: 177 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of stakem
stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1%

Bottle care of drumrboy22 as an extra in a recent trade, thanks man! 12oz uniquely shapped/scribed brown bottle poured into a pub glass. Best by date on the label is 5/11/11.

This brew appears a clear amber to copper red color with a finger of yellowish stained creamy head. When held to the light, some very faint particulate is stuck in suspension but you really need to look close to see it. A stream of bubbles rises to the surface and supports the cap. An interesting webbing of lacing is left on the glass after each sip. A light swirl revives the creamy froth to less than a finger which remains throughout the duration.

The aroma of this brew is fresh with hops. It smells of hoppy sweetness that is floral with a scent of citrus and pine included as well. Some grassy notes and a spiced indication is evident. As it warms, it picks up a faint green yeasty indication and a bit of mineral aspect comes into play. A light scent of caramel malty sweetness is evident but it pales in comparison to the characteristics of the hops. Overall, the smell of this brew is solid. It is reminiscent of a mini version of Nugget nectar.

The taste of this brew includes a toasty grain flavor that is somewhat caramel-like with a faint touch of must. It is clingy with oily resinous hops that taste of pine, grass and herbs. It is slightly medicinal coupled with some minerals and a green yeasty flavor comes through the backend. The 6+% alcohol is not hidden, it is evident with a warming factor and flavor which accents the herbal/medicinal aspect of the brew and really warms the back of the throat.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite easy drinking and enjoyable. This is quite the hoppy rendition of a red ale. In so many ways this reminds me of a scaled down version of Nugget Nectar. This really is a good representation of the style. With the best by date being still 2 months out, I am curious how one of these would have tasted when it was super fresh. This is only my second experience with Odell and I am liking what these guys are doing.

03-10-2011 02:52:07 | More by stakem
Photo of Nerudamann
Nerudamann

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - light, reddish brown color, fairly clear, with about two finger's worth of vanilla-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - Definitely hopy, as the label suggests. Probably Cascade hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Very hopy in the taste as well, but not getting bitter until the finish. Most of the flavor of the hops themselves comes in the beginning and middle. Also tastes primarily as having Cascade hops. Texture is well-balanced.

Drinkability - Good tasting, but not terribly complex, as most of the taste is just hops. Very drinkable though.

03-02-2011 03:30:44 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Onenote81
Onenote81

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

12oz bottle poured into my Sweetwater pint glass. Best by: 4/28/11.

Pours a clear dark amber with a thick finger-width beige head on top. Good retention; lots of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is bursting with fresh citrus, pine needles, herbs. Very fresh-smelling. I dig it.

The mouth is moderately full. Good heft to it, but drinkable still. There's a bit of a hop smack at the onset, but this flavor is fleeting and short-lived. There's not a lot of depth to this one. Mild sweetness on the finish. Bready. This is a stellar drinkable beer, but I thought aspects of it could be more pronounced. It's not a palate-torcher, which is fine, but there needs to be a bit more "pop" to the flavor. Still, I could see myself having this again and again. Good beer.

03-01-2011 17:17:47 | More by Onenote81
Photo of DaveAnderson
DaveAnderson

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +15%

Yum! I've been looking forward to this seasonal, and it lives up to its reputation. Odell just keeps delivering.

A - Nice amber color and thick, foamy head, which persists longer than expected. Good 2-finger lacing. Pretty.

S - All kinds of citrus, no pine. It's like smelling a ripe, red grapefruit -- all fruit and flowers, very clean.

T - Mmmm. I actually made that sound. Twice. This has unexpected balance. It's like a malty red grapefruit.

M - My only criticism of this beer is the parched-tongue feeling I get, like after drinking a tannic wine. Really odd.

D - This goes down readily and willingly. I could drink quite a few of these.

03-01-2011 05:50:09 | More by DaveAnderson
Photo of emmasdad
emmasdad

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Had a glass of this one on tap this afternoon at the Odell Brewery in Fort Collins. Nice aroma here, citrus hops and sweet malt. On the palate, this one is fairly medium bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, caramel, sweet malt, spruce and milk chocolate.

03-01-2011 04:43:01 | More by emmasdad
Photo of rsdaugherty
rsdaugherty

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle into pint glass
A - Clear, deep amber with touches of brown/red/burgundy, 1 finger cream head with moderate dissipation 4
S - Piney hop scent made it to my nose before I sniffed, and it shows malt background as well. Soft florals, my mind is wandering to a Ricola scent. 4
T - Malt forward with slight vanilla, moderately bitter finish, a bit of caramel on the finish/after, not the hop bitterness I expected from the scent, nicely balanced 4
M - somewhat musty to me but not in a bad way, fairly bold presence that does not ever get chewy, great carbonation from first sip to last 4
D - For what I consider a pretty bold beer the drinkability is not compromised 4
I like this beer and think it would be well received even in a large group situation. A little something for everyone. Red Ale is an all around solid selection.

02-27-2011 05:18:59 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of garymuchow
garymuchow

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

So far this brewery hasn't dissappointed.
Nice amber color with dark red with brown and gold. Initially smaller head, but great stamina that at about 1/2 way began to show markings with each drink.
Complex hop aroma with some citrus and some flowery quality. Apparent malt background.
Flavor matches aroma in complexity of hop profile. Malt backing more apparent and hints at some sweetness. Adequately dry finish.
Some creaminess from head shows in flavor. Moderately light body.
This is good, but not quite as impressive as the others I've had. I've noted that some hoppy beers fit the winter and others the summer, and I think this fits the later better (for some reason).

02-25-2011 01:45:10 | More by garymuchow
Photo of morimech
morimech

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

02-20-2011 20:14:24 | More by morimech
Photo of kiddwhiz
kiddwhiz

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

02-18-2011 22:36:10 | More by kiddwhiz
Photo of JackieTH
JackieTH

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

02-12-2011 19:31:41 | More by JackieTH
Photo of jera1350
jera1350

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

02-06-2011 21:00:50 | More by jera1350
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +2%

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.

01-31-2011 03:04:55 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Domingo
Domingo

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

01-30-2011 21:13:54 | More by Domingo
Photo of Bitterbill
Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

01-28-2011 21:15:16 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of KarlHungus
KarlHungus

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

01-25-2011 21:46:45 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Buebie
Buebie

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

01-25-2011 21:36:13 | More by Buebie
Photo of bwiechmann
bwiechmann

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

01-19-2011 17:46:39 | More by bwiechmann
Photo of WYVYRN527
WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

01-19-2011 03:25:11 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of bsp77
bsp77

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

01-18-2011 02:58:07 | More by bsp77
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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!

01-17-2011 22:23:31 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of zimmerbloke
zimmerbloke

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -31.2%

Got this as an extra from krayziejman. Thanks, man! 12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Drink by date of 4/26/11.

A: Mostly translucent ruby red body topped by a one-finger off white head. Head fades quickly leaving a little bit of lacing and a solid ring.

S: Very bright hop aroma. Pretty sure this bottle is nice and fresh. Malt doesn't have much to say in the aroma, but it's generally appealing. Only moderately bitter.

T: Surprisingly, there's not much of the hop presence from the nose apparent here. There's definitely an aftertaste on here that doesn't seem quite right to me... unpleasant. Makes a claim to be aggressively hopped, but I feel like it lacks a proper blending of the hop flavors and the result is less than spectacular. Malt bill is unoffensive but also unspectacular.

M: Slightly watery and very highly carbonated, but relatively refreshing. About average for the style.

D: Enh. I could drink this to drink, but I'm not a huge fan overall. The flavor isn't great, which is my main complaint.

01-11-2011 02:51:34 | More by zimmerbloke
Photo of gatornation
gatornation

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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

01-08-2011 01:33:34 | More by gatornation
Photo of BeerAdvocate
BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

11-12-2010 19:50:16 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

10-15-2010 16:12:54 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of OlRasputin989
OlRasputin989

Arkansas

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

08-25-2010 00:56:44 | More by OlRasputin989
Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.