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Shenanigans - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Oxymoron on 02-07-2010

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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hit the shelves this afternoon, poured from 750mL bottle to tulip the beer arrives a cloudy deep amber red with an impressive 3 finger tannish cream colored head with excellent retention and some lacing throuoit. The nose is caramel sweet with. Nice malt base, hints of wild yeast, apples, oak and grapes. The flavor is more pronounced and intense than the nose: starts off crisp with a sweet malt caramel flavored base, as the sharp entrance fades the favors develope: apples, pear, mildly bitter, tones if funk and sour though not a lot. The flavor lasts on the tongue for a very long time with a gently fruit sweetness combined with a lingering funk. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall I entered this not knowing what to expect, thoroughly enjoyable. I will be purchasing another bottle or three.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a deep crimson red with a huge rocky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - wood and vanilla with some sweet tart fruits. Some brett comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some bretty tart fruits and floral notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I like it. Similar to Hiveranno but not as good.

Photo of bsp77
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Crimson Ale is a good term, although it has more orange than I would expect with that label. Seriously massive light tan head that is very foamy, thick and clingy. Just gorgeous.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, apple, some other fruits. Light vinegar.

Taste: Immendiately get hit with tart apple and vinegar, but then it turns more sweet, with caramel, oak, cherry and general fruitiness. The finish is once again tart, but with an unfortunate phenolic character of plastic and band-aids (not the good Belgiany phenolic).

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, lightly drying and tart finish, as expected.

Overall: Damn plastic aftertaste! This could have been great, instead it is good. Tastes like this would have been an Oak Aged Double Irish Red before it was infected.

Seems like Odell is hit or miss with Wilds. Saboteur, Friek and especially DeConstruction are hits, while this, Avant Peche and (from what I heard) Hiveranno are near misses. Still, nice to see Odell continuing to experiment.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a sifter glass

Appearance - dark rich crimson color. Lots and lots of carbonation give this a great head with a great lacing.

Smell - quite tart up from followed by a rich malty vanilla smell. I also get woody earth tones

Taste - tart right out of the gates, but then really an off taste to follow it up. Tastes like burnt wood at the very end.

Feel - Very very carbonated and that off taste does not leave your mouth.

Overall - I had this beer right when it first came out, before I was on BA, and remember it quite different. The yeasts in this guy sure did a number to the beer and it wasn't something I enjoyed.

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, cold on-tap at Freshcraft in Denver.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, and funky in equal measures.

Flavor is similar in ways to am old ale with dark fruits, vanilla, and booze. It has a great oak-aged character that brings that vanilla and then the wild yeast adds a nice slightly sour funk. More cherries and some tropical fruit comes through here too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Despite the variety of flavors, its all really well balanced.

Overall another great wild ale from Odell. Not hugely sour but perfectly balanced.

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opens with a super serious Pop! Pours an effervescent auburn with 4 fingers of tan head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Woody & tart scents

T: Tartness, sour strawberry tanins & some green apple up front. Balsamic vinegar notes mix with apricot as this warms, along with some grassy & berry flavors & just a bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes tart with grassy & woody bitterness balancing out some Winesap apple sweetness, along just a little vanilla & caramel

MF: Medium bodied slightly syruppy, carbonation is very low indeed, some stickyness as well, carbonation picks up as this warms

A pretty good wild ale, may note be intense enough for sour fanatics, but works well for me, would go great with all sorts of food (fish, cheese & fruit come to mind off the top of my head)

Photo of Glibber
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy reddish brown beer with a very small mocha head that left only traces of lacing. I could smell malt and wheat. Great malty front with hints of plum and cherry, carbination level was perfect and refreshing. No alcohol bite at all. I could have drank this beer all day- if it were not for the 9.1ABV and $5.50 cost of the 8 oz pour. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of yamar68
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruby/mahogany, thin lines of beading below a thick dollop of off white head. Average lacing.

Smells tasty. Fresh caramel, some rye bits, dark sweet fruits, juicy grapefruit, a touch of spicy funk. Nice smelling beer.

Wow... WAY more of a punch than I was anticipating. The brett has taken control of this beer. Dry funky punch followed by tart fruits, a bit of citrus, dark malts. Surprising but tasty nonetheless.

Certainly an interesting concept of a beer. I'd say give it a shot if you're on the fence.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep red with a huge dense and rocky cream colored head that is slow to fade
S: smells oaky, funky, tart, bretty yeast and slightly fruity
T: tastes of sour fruit, some horseblanket, oak, barnyard, some tannins and a bit like paint thinner. swallow is a nice and smooth oakyness with a bit of sweet fruitiness and vanilla
M: heavy side of medium. dances on the tongue with prickly carbonation. a bit of pucker and slight dryness on the finish but not overly so
O: very good. good flavors and solid complexity it would appear that this one needed a bit of time to get good. Seems to be that way with a few of their special releases.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a some white head that slowly fades to spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with, no surprise wood barrel with nice caramel maltiness. As it warms you get the nice nuances of the barrel, mainly oak and a little spice.

The tastes begin with maltiness; caramel and breadiness. The oak comes in next with more increasing fruity flavors. As it warms you get more very pleasant mellow flavors of vanilla, some toffee, honey and a little hint of dark fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The barrel aging helps to dry out the full caramel and bready malt body and temper the ABV sweetness.

Overall this is a very good oak aged red ale, not the best or as good as the previous release Woodcut No 3 but still quite solid.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For starters, I did my usual routine of letting the bottle sit on the desk for about 15 minutes. Removed the wire cage, turned to discard the wire, and the cork put as dent in the ceiling. So be warned!

Poured into a large tulip glass, with a large, foamy head, nice lacing, and a dark, clear copper body.

Aroma had fruit, malt, and a hint of the yeast.

Flavor had a strong, but delightful, brett yeast. Fruit and roasted malt with an oak background.

Medium body with carbonation that retained the head through my 1.5 hour drink.

Before I return to buy another, I need to find the cork!

Photo of TheSarge
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Shenanicans into a tulip glass, and it makes a three finger thick wall of tan foam, and the body is ruby red in color and hazy.

In the aroma I get cherries, some woodiness, and other earthy traits.

Taste wise I detect cherries, lemon, fig, chocolate, and perhaps some cola.

Feels full in body, has plenty of carbonation to go around, and little to no warming in the end.

Photo of riored4v
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. 2 finger, tan, rocky head. Light lacing. Slightly haze mahogany colored body.

Aroma had a good noticeable Brett aroma. Some funk, musty and farmhouse notes. Notes of cherry and some light vanilla/oak. A bit floral and light citrus hop notes on the end. Mild sweetness.

Flavor had some moderate Brett flavors up front. Nice cherry and farmhouse flavors. Some notes of oak turn to a medium level of sweetness than fades to a citrusy, lightly bitter, hop finish. No real lingering hop bitterness. Mildly sweet. Cherry tartness flavors hang around for a little bit.

Medium body that seems to get a bit chewy before finishing dry. Mild signs of ABV. Medium carbonation.

Some of the cherry/Brett and hop flavors clash lightly, but overall its a unique and tasty beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red in color with a tall khaki head. A mild tartness but lots of different straw, grass, and funky aromas. A bit of citrus peel along with lots of oak and apple. Some bready malt as well. The flavor is sort of mediocre. A bit of plastic in there, too. Subtle tartness and barnyard funkiness as well as the straw, grass, and musty oak.

Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. Poured into a 10-oz goblet.

A neat pour yielded a 3/4 inch thick, creamy off-white head over a hazy crimson liquid. Head is persistent, rocky and leaves great lace

Immediatly smells sweet, green apples, caramel malt and citrus hop. Taste is sweeter, and again, here are apples, more tartness than I recalled from the bottle. Juicy dark fruits, raisins, slightly orange and chocolate. Finish seems slightly sweeter than I remember from the bottle I split a few days ago. It's smooth and creamy with very nice level of carbonation. It's got a tart/sweet thing going. I enjoyed it, but the ABV can creep up on you.

Photo of Humulus85
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Darkness snifter. No bottled date.

Pours a murky brown/red, with a super dense, three-finger, cream colored head. Excellent retention, with tons of lacing. Very nice looking beer.

That is an interesting nose. Super complex. I'm getting some dark fruits, apple peel, bready malt, and some vinegar/brett funk in the finish. All of it seems a bit chaotic, but not in a bad way.

Wow, that is all over the place. Dark fruits, sweet malt upfront give way to a moderate brett funk/sourness that lingers maybe a bit too long. As it warms, more wood and cherries in the middle, less dark fruit, still semi-sweet, and the brett is really starting to come through with a whiff of alcohol in the finish. Again, a bit chaotic, but it all somehow works in a weird way.

Oddly creamy for how tart it is. Medium in body that coats the mouth well, nice carbonation. Moderately dry in the finish.

Overall this is a strange and interesting brew. There is balance in its chaos. Not for the timid, and it's far from drinkable (this bottle should be shared). I'm glad I have another in the cellar, it will be interesting to see what a couple years does to this one. Worth a try if your looking for something to push your bounds. Cheers!

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 9.1% ABV confirmed. I see no mention of the "American Wild Ale" style on the label. There is "Oak Aged Crimson Ale", whatever that means.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon opening, but thankfully no liquid surges out.

A: Pours a six finger head of nice rolling cream, good thickness, and pretty impressive retention - though I am concerned about the carbonation. Colour is a nontransparent caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Stale bretts and dead yeast. A hint of lees. Clean malts and subtle caramelization are a highlight. A nice light touch of oak rounds it out nicely. Some dried fruit comes through (per the label). Hints of berries and citrus. A mild strength aroma, but quite light in terms of character.

T: Light yet surprisingly tart fruit hits me first, alongside the off-bretts. I don't know that I've ever tasted bretts so horribly imbalanced. They're too biscuity and work against the light character of the rest of the flavour profile. The clean malt foundation lends it some body, but doesn't overdo it. I do get dried fruit, but it works against the balance (which is horrid overall). Raisin. This is quite a mess of a beer, but it has some good characteristics. I like the experimentation, but it's lackluster.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with entirely too much body for what they were going for. A touch too thick. Overcarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable. Hides its ABV decently. I wouldn't get it again. It's just a failed experiment in the style. An interesting attempt from Odell, but there's just nothing unique or special here. Maybe aging would do it some good, but I doubt it.

C-

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sour with some malty notes. Some cherry aroma.

T - Tasted fairly tart and sour but not overdone. A touch of cherry and apple with a sweet bready malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty ale especially considering it was an accident. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of mactrail
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Dark amber in the Orval chalice with swirls of foam and very light lacing. In the mouth, however, this stuff is alive with carbonation. Smell of leather and spoiled citrus.

The initial sourish taste is rather off-putting. I worked hard at savoring the confusion of flavors. The rather severe bitter finish doesn't seem like much reward. Any malt flavors have passed over to the great beyond. Sweet and sour with a harsh woody edge. Sweet pickled crab apples with a dose of fingernail polish sums it up.

I have enjoyed quite a few Brett-brewed beers, but this isn't one of them. I think there are some bacteria that went to work on this and the aged result is less pleasant.

From the corked and caged 750 ml bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great. Mahogany, clean/clear body. On off-white, almost chiffon cake yellow head. Billowed up to about 3 fingers. Rocky and chunked up. Pretty good lacing.

Golden Delicious apples on first whiff. Some crushed tart cherries and wood upon further nosing. A bit funky and sweet caramel.

A burst of sour cherries and apple skins up front. Slight touch of metallic. Woody a bit, too. Caramel is decidedly diminished. Some esters.

Somewhat thin on the feel. With the head being as big I expected more carbonation or zing. This beer leaves quick, but not necessarily dry or sweet. Beginnings of sour, but stops at tart.

Photo of Phelps
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Deep crimson, fairly clear upon the first pour; cloudy like paint on the second. In both instances, a good inch of creamy head the color and consistency of cappuccino foam deposits tendrils of pocked lace on the sides of the glass.

Smells green. There’s tons of vinous oak with a touch of vanilla, then there’s caramel, a little toast, and some vinegar.

Burnt sugar leads here, its sweetness offset by quite a bit of earthy hops. Toast appears again, as do caramel, vanilla and a heaping handful of super-green oak. Toasty and sugary in the finish. Perhaps a little too bitter and astringently oaky.

Slightly watery medium-light body; high, pinching carbonation. Breaks into a good amount of fizz as it moves. Some alcohol heat comes through the nose at the swallow.

The bottle hinted that this brew is the result of an attempt to save another failed one, and I’d say the operation was a mild success. Shenanigans is tasty enough — a passable sour brown, worth a taste but perhaps, at this price, not a second pass.

Photo of JEdmund
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*After removing the cork cage, the cork blew itself out of the bottle just a minute or so later. Freaked us out!*

Gorgeous ruby red color with impressive head formation.

The brett funk is front and center on aroma.

First sip reveals crazy carbonation; the liquid practically explodes into foam once it hits my tongue. Hearty brett flavor dominates flavor spectrum. Oak aging is faintly detectable in the finish, but it’s a nice touch, not at all heavy handed. Finishes super dry, crisp, and a bit tart. Not much flavor beyond the brett.

Overall I think the wild yeast went a little too wild. I think they’ve eaten up too much residual sugars, making for too much carbonation, not enough body, and definitely not enough other flavors to play off the funk. Certainly not as well done as Odell’s Saboteur.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and some slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a funky aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Proper pour into Duvel Tulip

Very large growing straw colored head. Tightly wrapped bubbles grow when tempted. Brew is mildly hazy red with orange and brown. Not sure the haze is intentional... Also, mild lacing remains behind the voluminous head.

Tons of caramel malt and mild cirtus hop. Perhaps there's a funk inside too. Very interesting for a red, but an unique take on wilds...

Whoa. This reminds me of WC #3...Plus some brett. YUM, very earthy and wet on the tongue, slight tartness sits on the back. Hops are delicate and well placed. Not bitter at all, but not overly sweet, not a sugar bomb, or a sour bomb. Very smooth and drinkable. Silky smooth. nice light carbonation settles out after a rush when opened.

Overly unique brew from Odell. Nice job, and an even better surprise!!! Highly recommended, even though the brew stands a bit all over the board. Whoa, this one makes my tongue numb.

Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice ruddy red with an excellent thick, white head and fine lacing on the glass.

A tart and sweet smell. Somewhat earthy. Grassy.

Over-ripe cherries; tart and sweet. Bitterness shaded with a noticeable alcohol warmth.

Rather light in the mouth. Smooth yet somewhat watery.

This one will probably go over well enough for wild beer / farm ale lovers. Not my style per se, yet drinkable enough. I wouldn't hesitate to down another bottle. Still, geared more towards the adventurous beer lover than a 'stodgy' ale and lager traditionalist. Worth a stab...

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Shenanigans from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.