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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
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90
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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

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Beer added by: SuperWhite92 on 01-30-2009

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +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. (1,355 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 Snow81
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red glow with a nice maltyness

Head: Nice frosty light tan head

Smell: Dark bitter hops with a sweet maltyness

Taste: Rich malt with a heavy dark citrus and grapefruit

Weight: Medium body with medium to high carbonation

Finish: Bit of grainy with a dark citric on the back and a little sticky on the lips (321 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. "Best By" date clearly marked on bottle.

Pours deep crimson and clear (I left some sediment chunks and whatnot in the bottom of the bottle). The small head that formed from the conservative pour slowly fades and leaves nice lace on the glass.

My first whiff yields a highly pineapple-hop rich aroma. Some swirling brings up sweet pine-sap, grapefruit, and more pineapple.

Hops dominate the flavor of this ale, with some (but not as much as one would think) malts supporting the blossoming hop flavors. The flavors are closely tied to the nose, with the addition of some subtle malts.

The mouthfeel is good, with medium body and enough carbonation to keep things lively.

Conclusion: This is a fine ale, however if something is called "red" I expect to taste some fairly rich malts, which I don't really with this beer. The hops are juicy and flavorful. If there was more balance with this beer I would probably love it. I don't feel it is over hopped, but instead that the malts are not rich and complex enough. Alas, it seems that for the typical American palate, any style that is overrun with American hops becomes a new favorite. Just hop the junk out of it and it will earn an 'A' on BA, no matter how far from the original style it has drifted... (1,282 characters)

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

Copper ale with an off white head that falls with a nice lace. The American amber ale has a great nose with lots of toffee, caramel and strong hop spice. Big malt shows up in the taste w/o some of the other flavors in the nose. Hop bite is light but pleasant. Overall, a nice amber ale that gives the senses a nice run for the money and is still very drinkable. Might not buy for home again, but would gladly get a pint in a bar for a refreshing change of pace or a great go to beer for a place with a limited selection. (520 characters)

Photo of SamN
2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.75 - Poured a deep, dark ruby red color with tinges of cognac. Formed a finger and a half of thick, dense, light tan colored head. Good head potential and retention. Forms Nice rings of lacing on the glass, spotty permanent lacing left behind.
S - 4 - Pine, grapefruit, hops, rainwater earthiness and a malty backbone. The malt is harmonious with the other aromas rather than smelling like a malt bomb DIPA that has sat too long!
T - 4.5 - Balance is the key here. Medium sweet hops and pine upfront which fades into a malty finish. Doesn't finish sweet or bitter, rather on a neutral malty tone. Extremely well balanced and decently sessionable flavor. Would have received a perfect 5 in the taste, but I would have liked just a little more bitterness on the finish. Still, extremely good flavor.
F - 5 - Wow, this is full-bodied, creamy and thick. Can't believe this isn't a stout!
O - 4.75 - REALLY awesome representation of the red IPA style. Once again, Odell impresses me with their IPA game! Highly recommend this one to fans of IPAs looking for something just a little bit different from your normal IPA. (1,159 characters)

Photo of Another6Pack
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to chugalug06 for sharing this with me as an extra. Thanks Geoff!

Pour is a reddish copper with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is almost non-existent. Nose has some deep malt/breadiness to it.

I'm not much for ambers/reds, and the first taste is a pleasant surprise. Nice and light, great carbonation across the tongue, some drying hop bitterness across an otherwise sweet finish. Didn't take long for me to finish this one, and wish I had a couple more on hand. (484 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Odell's red ale came out of the bottle an awesome red color with a fluffy off white head.

The aroma was very hoppy but present were notes of caramel and maybe some toffee.

The beer starts sweet and finishes bitter but is not very memorable in either department. This is not helped by a watery mouth feel.

The beer is pretty average overall and there are many many red ales to go for if you are looking for something impressive in the style. (443 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark red color with a nice sized cream colored head. Good head retention. Aroma is mostly hops, lots of pine and some citrus as well. There is a noticeable bit of malt in the background.

Taste is very hoppy. Very good pine and citrus flavors here. Some light caramel, and biscuity malt. Medium body that was well cabonated. A slightly dry finish. Very easy drinking. A great red ale. I will purchase again. (426 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp clear dark amber. Large head that laces the glass.

floral hops with a nice mellow hoppy sweetness

Very balanced beer. Starts out with a nice hoppy floral bite that fades into your caramel smooth amber malt flavors. Complex and very tasty.

nice amount of carbonation in a smooth yet bitter beer. They really have a nice balance between IPA and Amber ale here. I really like it. (385 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good combination of an amber and an IPA. Nice malty amber characteristics balanced by the hops. Very well executed.

Would purchase again probably. (165 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic glass
Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy off white head. Head recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is amber with a slight reddish hue. Mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: citrus hops dominate the nose with bread dough some toffee in the background. Mouthfeel: light and frothy mouthfeel, slightly sticky, with a dry finish.
Flavor: initial sweet flavors of bread dough and caramel give way to citrus and pine hops and hop oil through the middle and finish.
Overall: another fine offering from Odell’s. (546 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When it escapes the bottle there is an immediate but fleeting air of spiky pine which morphs into a maltiness as attention is focused away on its rick mahoganoy brown body and light yellowy tan 1/4 inch head. No real beading but there is fizz but the head manages to stick in there. Some long reasonably appetising earthy bitterness, some edge and some density and juice before ending back to a more lively civil dry earth.
Doesn't really become fully intergrated and remains a bit all over the place. Could do with more definition and precision but still delivers some impact though not as much as I would hope. (612 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Red Cow, into an English pint glass

A: reddish amber with a tight 2 finger off-white head that lasts for several minutes
S: faint earthy/piney, woody notes and a little caramel and breadiness
T: more bready heaviness, some earthy herbal hop notes that give a little lift in the second half. As with most of Odell's beers, this seems well made but the flavors don't completely harmonize for me.
M: this is the best part of this beer. Medium carbonation, but in terms of flavors -- full, creamy, smooth.

overall: easy drinking but substantial...tastes like a hoppy red should. Doesn't do anything that really grabs your attention...in fact one might think it a little muted, I go back and forth on the balance but there is some nice subtlety that over the course of one or two, really pleases. (809 characters)

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

A: A cloudy, dirty copper in color with a finger of off-white head..nice texture. Leaves a lot of soapy lacing on all edges of the glass with a faint cap, but lots of large bubbles around the edges.

S: A fair amount of hops, but pretty well balanced by caramel, bready malts. Hops seems to be mostly citrus, but I think there's a bit of pine in here also.

T: Mirrors the smell. Citrus and piney hops with sweet caramel and bready malts providing support.

M: Medium bodied, kind of oily.

O: Not the best red ale I've ever had, but to be fair, it's a little past its best by date of 6/15/11. I would really like to try this again fresh and rescore. (650 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich mahogany, slight haze but still pretty clear, finger and a half of off white head, nice lacing

Smell is earthy resiness hops, citrusy undertones, some melon like sweetness, caramel and bready malts come through nicely

Taste is dank with resinous hop, sweet caramel malt, bready biscuit, there are some fruity hop flavors but they land in the darker fruits, apple, melons. Sweet malt on the finish, maybe a touch of a metallic flavor

Mouthfeel is medium full, average carbonation, slight dryness but not much.

Interesting take on a "Red IPA", I do not know that this is really a ipa, more of a hoppy amber but either way it is tasty. Glad to have tried it but I will stick to there regular IPA in the future. (724 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a perfect pint glass

A-Off copper not overly deep but no where near pale. Light head not even 1 finger but laces well down the glass.

S-Sweet fruit or citrus notes. Nice mellow malt and some lightly floral hops

T-Shines the most where is matters. Very good mild hop flavor with a sweet malt middle that finishes crisp and clean. Subtle malt and hops so that neither are overbearing and go to together so very well.

M-Medium body near perfect carbonation.

D-This is one I will miss when its gone and just reminds me why I love this brewery so much. (581 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light amber red with a big tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells woody, earthy, and herbally with notes of pine, sweetness, and some cattyness.

Taste is up front sweet with herbal and spicy notes that fades into a more fruity and sweet middle that ends on a slightly bitter and caramel finish that morphs into a bready, almost metallic/copper taste. Methinks Simcoe is at play. Interesting and different, but not particularly to my taste.

Medium body with medium to low carbonation works well.

This is a fine red ale that is heavily herbal/spicy/and piney with catty and sweet notes. (609 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 JoeAmerican77
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ginger and cloud depths with a slight off white hat of bubbs...

The aroma brings some fruit to the nose, peaches dance with figs, citrus grapefruit mostly though, some pine hops character, nice and aromatic

Hops hit the palate in a medium strength struggle with the malts; a decent balance. Deeper down I can get some pine on the back of my tongue, nice. A little viney.

Light medium body with an interesting mixed bubble carbonation.

I would recommend this as a good red, not fantastic, but good. Odell's does a decent job most times and this fits that category. If they could boost the flavors I would be a huge fan. (628 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3 fingers of thick khaki head over an attractive cloudy, semi-transparent, dark red-orange body; great lace on the glass

S - delightfully hoppy; grapefruit, grass, bubblegum

T - same grassy, citrus hops from the nose dominate the flavor; a decent amount of sweetness and toasty malt is also present for an excellent balance

M - medium body with medium carbonation

O - This brew is very drinkable and is an excellent ale for any hop lover. (497 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A smooth ale inflected with all the colors of the autumnal spectrum: deep reds, shallow, mellow umber, and rich, burnt-oranges all suffuse this beer—making Odell's choice of rotating this through the winter season an interesting one, though I suppose the late-winter "shoulder-season" has as much similar with the liminal world of Fall as any other time of the year. The flavors, too, speak autumn to me: earth-borne piney notes, reflected in the softer nose but fairly resounding once this ale hits the mouth, swirl in well-choreographed complement sweet—but never saccharine—depth of the red-brown malting. There's even a bit of toasted-biscuit on the back, a current on which nice, dry hop-bitters ride through to the tapering end of Runoff's pleasantly loitering finish. Likewise, the light effervescence is nonetheless strong enough aid in bringing this warm, pine-rushing red to a crisp, clean finale.

While certainly not an especially aggressive beer, nor acutely expressive of its specific ingredients, it does seem pretty expertly expressive of the nuanced season when a somber quickening burdens each snowfall with the steady implications of spring. (1,169 characters)

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

poured into a fluted tasting glass. Deep copperish red with a one figner head with great retention and patchy lacing. Crystal clear.

Smell is Sugary with a great hop aroma of grapefruit and some apricots, and a little pine nose. I detect some rye malt also. his smells like a RyePA.

Taste is sweet and roasty malts with a lingering hop bitterness in the end. Decently complex witha a lot of flavors exposing themselves throughout the taste. Almost like a mixture of their Extra special Red and their IPA.

Mouth is on the higher end of medium bodied with a tingling and slightly oily finish. Great carbonation level! truly a wonderful brew. This will surely be a regular in the fridge. (689 characters)

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