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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
91
outstanding

494 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 54
Gots: 28 | 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)
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Photo of Buebie
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Buebie, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of bwiechmann
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

bwiechmann, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  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.

WYVYRN527, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

bsp77, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

ForWhatAlesYou, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of zimmerbloke
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

zimmerbloke, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  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

gatornation, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.85/5  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.

OlRasputin989, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
4.72/5  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.

jmbranum, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

SFLpunk, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

udubdawg, May 19, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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

blackie, May 11, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

brewdoc75, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

BretSikkink, Apr 27, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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

brentk56, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

arizcards, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GDBEERMAN, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of steck34
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

steck34, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of RiverCityBrews
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

RiverCityBrews, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

brownbeer, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of JEdmund
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance
Deep garnet brown color; small head, though it does leave some sticky lace

Smell
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.

Overall
An awesome American Red Ale. I'd take this any day over their 5-Barrel or 90 Shilling.

JEdmund, Feb 27, 2010
Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.