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Runoff Red IPA - Odell Brewing Company

Runoff Red IPARunoff Red IPA

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BA SCORE
91
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430 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%


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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours red-amber with a huge foamy cream colored head that laces nicely throughout. Hoppy aroma of citrus and pine, balanced by caramel and bready malts. Flavor suggests the same as the aroma. Medium body with moderate carbonation, finishing slightly bitter and dry. A decent red ale. I actually liked this better the second time around on tap!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 20:28:45 | More by CuriousMonk
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 04:23:01 | More by yemenmocha
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 17:17:47 | More by Onenote81
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber to copper color, with more than a one finger off white head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, toffee, and caramel malt.

Tastes just like it smells with grapefruit, citrus zest, toffee, and caramel malt. Has a nice combination of hop bitterness and caramel malt to make a nicely balanced beer.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Another nice ber from Odell. I am very glad they distribute to Minnesota.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 01:30:42 | More by hardy008
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best by date of 5/2/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three fingers of off white head that slowly settle into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and fairly earthy red aroma with a solid balance of sweet caramel malt and juicy hops. Toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, yeast, nut, and cracker. Solid hop balance with a good presence of earthy, floral, and citrus hops. Scent of wet grassy hops and pine resin spice. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, lemons, grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. A very solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma implies, a toasty and juicy red taste with a good balance of juicy hops and caramel malt. Toasted malt with bready notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, cracker, and nuts. Big mix of floral, earthy, and citrus hops. Earthy notes of grass and some spicy pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Hops are nicely bitter and chewy. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and spicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on a red ale. Bold with both the juicy hops and caramel malt. Its what you expect for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 07:56:35 | More by MattyG85
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:58:07 | More by bsp77
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 17:15:08 | More by falloutsnow
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joe1510

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Here I hold yet another brew courtesy of BitterBill, you the man Bill! I can smell the hops oozing from this beer as I pour. A ruby red liquid fills my pint glass and glows copper when directly backlit. A few large carbonation bubbles shoot past a couple steady streams of smaller bubbles. The head snaps to attention at two fingers in height and leaves behind an incredibly sticky sheet of lacing after each drink. This is a damn fine looking red ale.

The nose screams hops, which is something I always crave in a red ale. Crystal malts and smooth easy caramel lay down the base for the Pac NW hoppiness. The hops are all citrus and all orange in varying styles. Orange peel, orange oil, and candied peel all keep the orange complexities flowing. The malts used in combination with the candy like hoppiness make this beer smell like an actual piece of candy, like it'll rot your teeth. When I dig a little deeper the orange does morph into sweetened grapefruit but that's deep.

This is by no means a hop bomb but the hop profile is the main force in the overall flavor. I can't describe much more than what the aroma showed me. This beer follows it nearly flawlessly. Crystal, candy like maltiness and slightly sweet caramel surround the orange, citric hoppy core. Odell serves up a candy driven red ale that is a sheer pleasure to drink.

I couldn't ask for a better mouthfeel. The body of this brew is medium and the carbonation is lively, pushing the liquid across the tongue quickly and leaving behind a pleasant bitterness. The feel, while moving at a quick pace, is silky smooth. Very nicely done.

If this red ale was available here I'd buy and drink it often. I could see myself going to this as a session brew often.

Odell makes some great beer and they raise the bar for the standard styles every other brewery around the country brews. The Red Ale keeps that tradition going with its great flavor and drinkability. Thanks for another treat, Bill!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 01:07:39 | More by joe1510
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:33:34 | More by gatornation
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear dark red-orange. Head is a long lasting off white. Some lacing on the glass.
S- Smell is honey sweetness and some fruityness. A little underwhelming on the nose.
T- Good flavors here. Starts with honey and tropical fruit. Finish is more bitterness with some citrus fruits in there as well.
M- Fairly full body. Medium-low carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.
O- A pretty stellar beer. I could enjoy this one regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 03:32:47 | More by jsprain1
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly clear, red-tinted amber body with a smallish white head that settles down fairly quickly. Spotty lacing.

Nice enough aroma, citrus hops and caramel malt well balanced. Touches of pineapple, grapefruit, pine resins. Flavor follows suit, prominent hoppiness (again mostly citrus with subtle pine notes) offset by moderately sweet caramel malt.

Body is medium as is the carbonation. A bit creamy, with a dry finish and a little bit of lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Another nice hoppy beer from Odell; this one, along with Lagunitas' Imperial Red (and others) seem to be retorts to the wild success of Troegs' Nugget Nectar. Not quite as good as the original but pretty damn tasty. I am continually impressed with the quality of Odell's beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 20:45:59 | More by tobelerone
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 00:20:38 | More by jjanega08
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jsh420

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to cosmohophead for this extra

pours a clear amber with a 2 finger head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells of huge floral and pine hops

taste is even better then the smell - this beer reminds me a whole lot of 3f alpha king - big floral and pine hops up front then a smooth carmel malt finish

mouthfeel is where this one disappointed me i felt the carbonation was a little low making the body seem a little heavy

drinkability is great but its too bad odell does not distribute in IL.

forget fire tire hype this is the best amber from CO. and probably the best in the states.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:33:59 | More by jsh420
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-05-2009 23:48:34 | More by Oxymoron
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Duff27

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Two finger light beige head on a mahogany body. Full head sticks around for about three minutes then leaves a cap and collar. Wonderful lacing around the sides of the tulip.

S: Deep hop aromas, juicy orange/citrus.

T: Hops do not present itself as the nose would like you to believe. blanaced malt to hop presence, all somewhat subdued. Shows no signs of alochol.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium to medium-low carbonation for the style.

D/O: Very well balanced, it's biggest attribute. Drinkability high.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:26:50 | More by Duff27
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beergoot

Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes out a rich red color with a thick, creamy light tan head; plenty of stickiness and lacing on the glass. Strong pine and spruce hop aromas emanate from the beer with a good biscuit and caramel malt presence in the background. The taste is rich and malty (caramel predominantly) with a prominent hop bitterness blending nicely with everything. The feel is almost medium in body with a fairly clean, smooth finsih.

Odell's makes some fine hoppy beers, and their Red is no exception. Rich and flavorful with good balance and complexity makes this a beer to look forward to year after year.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 02:59:29 | More by beergoot
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 18:43:30 | More by StaveHooks
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Blackfriars, Glasgow (£4.50):
Copper with red tinges and a tiny lacing come head on top that is slightly patchy too.

Hoppy with some caramel and sweet malts. There is some sugar and a generally fruity aroma on top of some tropical fruit notes.

Sweet with caramel and toffee malts and a topical fruit backing that mirrors the nose. There is a touch of alcohol along with the hops but nothing in your face.

This one has a good balance and nice sweet touches that go down well. The beer is fruity and bitter with a medium body and similar carbonation.

A really nice beer from Odell and one that I would have again. There is enough going between the sweet malts and the tropical fruits to keep you interested and the balance between the two is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:55:21 | More by flyingpig
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:02:28 | More by Vonerichs
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DCon

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 22:33:22 | More by DCon
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rowew

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 04:52:15 | More by rowew
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BucannonXC5

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 3, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 26, 2013

Poured a dark red clear color with one finger of khaki tan head that dissipated quickly. Average sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention, surprising considering how fast the head disappeared.

Smelled a surprising whiff of floral hops to start. Also got some nutty malts, buttery malts and some light caramel malts.

Tasted floral hops, buttery malts and nutty malts for the most part. Hops are the best part here.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.

This beer had its moments but I think something was just a bit off. That being said, I’d probably give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 06:29:39 | More by BucannonXC5
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 13:58:32 | More by Scotchboy
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 19:36:05 | More by ckeegan04
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Domingo

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:13:54 | More by Domingo
Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.