Runoff Red IPA - Odell Brewing Company
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4.72/5 rDev +16%
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.
07-13-2010 08:49:33 | More by jmbranum
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-04-2010 06:17:05 | More by SFLpunk
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-05-2010 05:05:34 | More by Mora2000
4.46/5 rDev +9.6%
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!
05-19-2010 03:47:34 | More by udubdawg
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
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
05-11-2010 06:00:46 | More by blackie
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-30-2010 00:47:03 | More by brewdoc75
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-27-2010 04:04:45 | More by BretSikkink
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
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
04-17-2010 19:07:45 | More by brentk56
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-15-2010 02:17:07 | More by arizcards
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Served into a tulip glass. Odell always does a nice job with their seasonal beers, the Extra Special Red was one of my favorite reds, but now the "Red" has turned into a nice spring classic.
A= Good looking beer, copper-red, with off-white head, short retention.
S= The smell is not quite as intense as I would prefer, but it makes for a nice search that reveals smokiness and carmel.
T= The is a great red. the spicy, hop and bold, malt balance is warmly welcome.
M= Short, not that of some of my favorite barley wines, but a nice after taste and smooth mouthfeel.
D= The drinkablity is not that of a beer that you play drinking games with (thank god) but it is superb in that you go back for more quickly.
Overall= This beer is a great spring classic, not a light spring beer, but not that of many spring barley wines, a blend of what we all love of winter and must say good bye, with a touch of summer, showing its temptation for a nice beer to be enjoyed in the warm sun.
04-07-2010 06:18:00 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
Purchased 6pk from Odell Brewing Co. in Ft. Collins, CO
We split the beer & poured into a Chimay glass about 1 finger of head and a Tulip glass almost 2 fingers. Head color was of burnt marshmallow
Aroma: Citrus hops, slight sweetness
Color: Mahogany, glows light ruby in the light
Clarity: pretty clear, no sedimentation, looks gorgeous
Carbonation: very light carbonation
Mouthfeel: Medium body, bubbly when moved around
Taste: Very hoppy for a red, well balanced leaning toward the hop, slightly sweet malt character, lingering hop drying effect.
Overall it tastes like a hoppy pale with a well balanced malt character. I think this is a drrrn good beer. Very drinkable, reasonably complex.
04-01-2010 23:51:33 | More by steck34
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
Presentation: Bottle 120z. dark
Appearance: A dark-brown red with a deep golden hue. Thick two finger head with semi quick fading retention.
Smell: Roasty malts surrounded by full and strong hops. Faint notes of peanut and bread.
Taste: Round hops profile. Very favorful hops with a cean finish and quick fading after taste.
Mouthfeel: Actually quite bubbly and a little thin. Could use a little more viscosity.
Drinkable: Very drinkable. 6 packs are perfect.
Note: The mouthfeel may have been affected by bad handling in shipping or by the store, but I have had at least 12-15 of thee beers.
03-22-2010 00:34:07 | More by RiverCityBrews
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
03-15-2010 22:20:22 | More by Flashsp2
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours red with great clarity and a light brown head.
Hops jump out of the glass from the get-go in the aroma. Red delicious apple skins, piney and grassy hops, with a soft malt background that takes a while to define itself.
Bready malts eventually work their way out past the piney west coast hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel could be bulked up a bit, but it's light nature makes for a really drinkable hoppy beer.
Worth a try! One of the nicer spring seasonals for the midwest.
03-03-2010 00:38:26 | More by brownbeer
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Deep garnet brown color; small head, though it does leave some sticky lace
Big American hops surprise me-very nice. Was expecting a minor hop presence; this is nearly IPA-level hop aroma.
Taste & Body
First sip wows me. Odell knows how to make great beer. Love this American take on a red ale. So hoppy it's almost like a pale ale or even IPA! Malts are there but in a minor role. Hops are citric fruity and piney bitter; they're working really well together. I'm guessing Simcoe hops were used in the recipe. Pretty clean yeast strain as there's not a lot of fruitiness competing with the hops. Body is right around medium; carbonation seems just a tad low.
An awesome American Red Ale. I'd take this any day over their 5-Barrel or 90 Shilling.
02-27-2010 21:09:06 | More by JEdmund
3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
A real nice hoppy red! If you like those, go try some out. 6.5% abv. I have to say that I'd expect some other flavors from a red aside from just hops. But, I do like hoppy reds. Just seems to need something else, or less hops to let other things come through.
A - Nice foamy head. Rich red color, clear. Some lacing and lasting ring and surface foam.
S - Full hop aroma, really nice. Smells like I might be about to have an IPA. Orange Peel. Just the slightest hint of something deeper maybe? But the hops are prominent.
T - Full hop flavor profile. Really nice. I would like a little more grain or toasty flavor maybe. Aside from the color, this could be an IPA. I'm not getting really anything else here. There might be some other flavors there, but the hops are covering it up. Though that's probably intentional, I'd just assume get an IPA. This is great though if you want some hops. I'd just like one more flavor in there.
M - Nice low amount of carbonation. Clean.
D - It's good.
02-26-2010 23:13:49 | More by HeroJH
2.65/5 rDev -34.9%
A- Bubbly, rocky just-off-tan head which leaves some beautiful lacing around my pint glass. The color is a slightly hazy reddish-brown orange. Slight visible carbonation, a very nice looking brew.
S- Caramelized hops, bitter hops, lightly toasted hops-- a lot of hops in the nose, obviously. Just behind them is a sweet malty backbone-- seamless blending of the two characteristics, it's hard to tell where exactly one ends and the other begins, and that is exceptional craftsmanship in my opinion. Just a tad too much hops for me.
T- Again, a hops forward beer. Despite the inviting and complex smell, the taste is surprisingly one-dimensional; flat hops. Metallic aftertaste, where's the counter balancing malt? Just barely any sweetness. Really, there is no depth here. Wtf, Odells? No much strength of flavor either; tastes watered down. Lacking, this beer needs to be brought up to par.
M- Like water; thin, no tensile strength noticeable. Decent coating, however, and no lingering aftertaste unpleasantness.
D- Eh. This doesn't taste that good. How can I drink a beer that doesn't taste good? I didn't buy it to look at or smell. It doesn't taste bad, it's just not good. Low drinkability in that case.
02-24-2010 21:43:53 | More by SamN
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Got this cool lookin red thanks to Doodler.
A: A semi thick frothy head rises over a very clear dark reddish brown "deck-stain" like color. As the head slowly fades it leaves a nice lacing.
N: Pretty interesting nose, with some spicy fresh hops right away. Like fresh wet hops. Then some dark malts, little crystal malt. Not much else as the fresh hops really just overpower it all. I'm now wondering if I should have let this sit a bit first as the fresh hops may be too much for a red ale.
T: Taste is much easier on the hops. It starts with a slightly sweet malts. Mostly caramel/crystal, then some toasty malts. Slightly sweet brown sugar molasses like flavors, followed with some toffee. All that is followed by some lighter hop flavors. A slight bitterness with some grassy and spicy hop flavors, and a little earthy musty fresh wet hop. Slight chewy malt and hop combination hidden in there as well. A very slight bright fruit flavor as well.
M: Medium body with good carbonation.
F: Finish dries off a bit more, and comes with a slight bitter spicy hop flavor that hits more on the end. It adds more of that caramel and toasted roast, and slight porter flavors late. A lingering earthy bitterness from the hops really continue late.
Overall a really nice red ale. I'm usually not a big fan of red ales, but this really redefines what I thought of them. It has some nice malty caramel sweetness, and combined with a great hop character, despite being a little too much on the nose.
02-14-2010 02:54:16 | More by jlindros
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
A: Clear and red; one finger head that dissipates to a 1/2 finger head--great retention once it gets there; great lacing
S: Fresh hop leaves up front: grapefruit mostly; it's a subtle hop presence but it is would permeates the most
T: There is much more going on in the flavors than in the aroma; there is also a nice malt balance underneath the hops
F: Mouthfeel is good with even coating; carbonation is under control as well
D: A very drinkable and nicely hoped brew; another great offering from the guys at Odell
02-12-2010 17:29:50 | More by dbossman
2.78/5 rDev -31.7%
12fl oz bottle poured into my tulip
Pours a vibrant ruby like color with a three inch off-white head. Great head retention with a nice layer sticking on top and the edges of the beer. Nice layers of lacing cling to the sides of my glass.
Nice aroma of citrus hops. With some grapefruit, apricots, and some passion fruit. Bread like malts.
Very little citrus flavor in the taste unlike I got in the aroma. Some bread and cracker like malts is about the only thing I can taste. This bottle must be pretty old I guess.
Mouthfeel is borderline on thin and lacking flavor(in flavor I mean hops)with high carbonation. Aftertaste is not that pleasant either.
Overall I' am disappointed with this beer, hopefully I get to try this beer when it is more fresh.
02-11-2010 23:10:56 | More by tr4nc3d
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured into a goblet.
A: Garnet hued amber with nice clarity and active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Tight cream head starts strong before settling to a thin film. Leaves patches of lace.
S: Slightly vinous, with hints of red grapes. A toffee sweetness is also at work. Lemon, grapefruit, plus a little oak round things out.
T: This a very balanced beer. Toffee and dark fruits start things out. Bitterness comes on in the form of citrus and pepper. Finishes dry and woodsy with a mild lingering grapefruit and lemon flavor.
M: Medium body is somewhat dry. Carbonation level is right on.
D: This is a really nice beer. It reminds me a bit of the Extra Special Red that Odell did in '09, only toned down in the alcohol department. That's a good thing, as I enjoyed that beer and am fond of this one as well.
02-08-2010 15:55:23 | More by Rayek
4/5 rDev -1.7%
This is a solid red ale, with a pronounced citrus hops characteristic.
Pours a semi-bright amber/caramel color with a just off-white head. Looks pretty darn good.
Hops up front in the nose. Citrus and slight metallic, a faint malty biscuit.
A hop forward flavor. Citrus with some of that metallic coming through. touch of alcohol. Some softness towards the end. As it warms this softness introduces a nice maltiness and bread. A good balance towards the end.
Easy drinking. Solid.
02-08-2010 09:01:34 | More by Mebuzzard
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
01-31-2010 04:23:01 | More by yemenmocha
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
A - Pours a deep, clear, reddish amber color with a somewhat small, tan head. Despite the minimal head, it retains well and leaves some solid lacing behind.
S - Complex hop aromas jump out first - piney, citric, spicy, and floral notes. Balanced out with some toasty, sweet, caramel malt aroma.
T - Fairly hop-centric flavor. The hops contribute a distinct herbal/floral quality as well as a touch of citrus and pine. The toasty, caramel malt comes through in the middle giving some balance without overdoing the sweetness. Finishes rather dry and leaves some herbal, piney flavors lingering into the aftertaste, somewhat reminiscent of some good ganja.
M - Medium bodied with a smooth feel
D - Another tasty brew from Odell. Definitely leaning towards the hoppier side, but enough malt to maintain a nice balance. Enjoyed this one a lot, and will definitely have to revisit it.
01-27-2010 08:03:19 | More by GarrisWH
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
A - Deep reddish-brown with a creamy off white head with great lacing.
S - Hoppy nose with a muted / piney background. Spice and citrus notes jump out at you. Aroma builds as it warms up.
T - This is a tasty red. The flavor of the hops kick like that of the better known Odell IPA, but balanced out by the malts. Slightly sweet and toasty on the finish.
M - Medium-bodied, with the right amount of carbonation. Great balance. Would love to try on tap.
D - Easy drinking. Just enough hops to keep me happy. If you'd like to try a delicious malty IPA, try one of these. My new favorite amber/red. Another outstanding job by Odells.
01-12-2010 06:43:56 | More by Doodler
Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.