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Shenanigans - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%


Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 02-07-2010)
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shenanigans was a limited beer that was offered at the Belgian Big Beer Barleywine Fest and for a short time at the tap room. One of the first beers of many to come of American wood aged wild ales. Pours a mostly cloudy dark amber color with a brown hue throughout. A soft white head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is complex. There is a malty undertone that really holds the base of the beer. Some complexity aged quality that reminds you of a barleywine or an old ale. Some minor caramel and special b notes. A bit brown sugar-esk. The yeast comes out with a more brett quality but some lighter acidic notes as well. A noticeable ester profile with big sugar blums and fig notes. A light oaky finish that is a bit hidden compared to everything else going on.

The taste is right there. Some sweetness up front from the malt with complexity and the aged quality. The brown sugary notes back off, but more of a distinct caramel/special b malt flavor is there. The yeast is similar with more of a lacto taste and a minor brett taste. A light sourness that blends and balances the malt nicely. Almost like a sour milk without the infection notes. Very complex. The plum and cherry notes come out a bit more. As does the wood note, with a light vanilla taste that blends with the yeast.

The body is big. Maybe a touch too sweet and the carbonation is a touch light. But this is more of a nit-picking thing. Complexity is very nice (have I said that enough). Overall a very tasty beer, and Im looking forward to what else Odell's comes out with.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 21:35:05 | More by Oxymoron
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:30:57 | More by hopfacebrew
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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 02:49:24 | More by KansasBeerLover
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 20:15:18 | More by GilGarp
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:22:50 | More by chugalug06
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 15:57:17 | More by zeff80
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Glibber

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 01:16:36 | More by Glibber
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper to crimson color with a 3 finger off white head, with very good retention and a lot of lacing. The aroma has Brett, oak, green apples, dark fruit, and citrus. Smells nice and tart.

Tastes like a nice combination of sweetness and tartness. There are green apples, Brett, dark fruits, oak, citrus, caramel, and vanilla. I'm glad I waited this long to open the bottle. This might have been even better if I waited a little longer.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. There is a tart aftertaste from the Brett, and a bit of a dry, sticky feeling in the mouth after each drink. A very nice wild ale. I wish I had bought another bottle to keep for a few more years.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:41:47 | More by hardy008
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:16:42 | More by TheSarge
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a gnarly almost sour wild red ale. pours a thick and chewy amber color wth a 3 inch off-white head all fizzy and alive. smell is yeasy and sour and elementally belgian in nature. red malt sweetness aroma poking through. tastes somewhere between a massive irish red and a west coast saison. its huge and sour and a proper malt bomb, tempered only by a supremely enthusiastic tart yeast, feel is bright and crisp. medium bodied and lasting. overall an excellent brew, like all odell products are!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 03:04:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful amber (crimson red) pour with 4 fingers of foamy off-white head. cork made a nice loud pop sound, which hasn't happened with any other odell 750's i've opened up. a wonderful aroma of brett, apples, pears (cider-like scent), slight citrus orange-like, almost a cedar scent coming off. a strange vanilla flavor coming from the mix of brett with the oak which is wonderful, mixed in with that funky pear/apple flavor which is nice and subtle, a sweet malty backbone, and some caramel.
medium in body with pretty high carbonation. pretty refreshing.

a very nice beer overall, great use of brettanomyces to make an amber ale way better than it should be. slightly tart, would've been even better with lactobacillus added for some sour notes. either way, this was definitely worth trying. just noticed the heavy abv on the label.. honestly it feels like 5-6% beer.. it is very well hidden!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:20:34 | More by facundoCNB
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 15:45:10 | More by JackieTH
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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)

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:40:10 | More by russpowell
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:03:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 15:07:50 | More by claspada
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SHODriver

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:06:19 | More by SHODriver
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brew, a bretty sweet amber, unusual an a tad repetitive but it does what it promises in a stimulating way.

Presentation: 750 ml dark brown corked and caged bottle. Simple label with a soft retro vertical pattern in cream notes with some orange typographic notes. Small side note with intent, and main description. Notes 5462-2011 vintage, and 9.1% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy deep amber pour, nice frothy head, good retention with a fair surface ring and good touches of lacing.

S - Nice balanced nose, slight sweet funk with some fruity notes… Malty with a touch of funk…

T - And there is something not pleasing my companion across the table about a perfect amber ale broken by brett. But the sweet malty range, slight hoppy touch, broken by the funk, while unusual is working for me. Light tart fruity notes, malty sweetness with some caramel.

M - Medium body with medium/high carbonation, nice flow with a gentle lingering feel in the finish. Complex enough to entice the repeat...

O - Nice flow, well worth the try...

Notes: Long complex happy accident, not entirely sure when my mood would go after an an amber ale with brett but this was rather likable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 14:24:06 | More by Daniellobo
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riored4v

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 00:33:45 | More by riored4v
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Ambrose


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is mahogany with a slight cloudiness. Heavy head did lace nicely.

Excellent malty barley aroma, slightly sweet.

Taste starts with a fullness but quickly turns tart in a kind of odd way creating a unique delivery of flavor. Again, the sweetness is there just enough to remind me of a tart apple. The finish is somewhat tin like, which was only mildly disappointing.

On the mouth: full, perfectly crisp.

O - Excellent taste as usual from Odell, but I was surprised at the abrupt tart finish on this otherwise fine brew. Me thinks the 9% ABV is deceptive, it creeps up faster than expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 23:57:45 | More by Ambrose
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:19:28 | More by yamar68
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vobr0002

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- reddish brown with long lasting head and great lacing.

S- very light smell, fruits, apples skin, grapes, oak.

T- similar to smell but on the back end there is a lot of oak slight amount of tart.

M. Medium body nice carbonation.

Of its a good beer but I think it would be better with a touch more sour and less oak.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 22:33:15 | More by vobr0002
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and dark copper and slightly ruby red color. Some amber notes are present. There is a nice dense ecru head that has some chunkier bubbles on the top. Very nice retention and some sticky lacing forms as it recedes.

Aroma is a bit mild. There are some dark fruits and some caramel malt notes mixed in with some oaky must and slight funk notes. There are some yeast like esters in the nose as well with some mild phenols coming through. Not as attractive as I expected.

Flavor is a bit better. Very juicy brew with nice caramel sweetness and crystal malt sweetness. Notes of pear juice and apple as well as some slight sweet pineapple. There is definitely some tartness that sticks its head up really quickly and mellows out for the ride. Nice oaky notes are perceived. Through which some nice barnyard and woody funk can be tasted. Interesting brew for sure. Nice and fruity with some good funk and slight tartness. Mouthfeel is dry and funky with a slight heat that can be perceived as it warms.

Pretty interesting brew. Not my favorite AWA but a good brew nonetheless. Interesting mix of fruit juice with the the woody notes.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 01:17:48 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 04:30:59 | More by Humulus85
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bigaltemple

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rocky, four finger, off-white head sits atop this ruby colored brew. Really beautiful hues of red show throughout this one. Light, wispy patches of lacing stick to the glass after every sip.

S - Definitely get a feel of the barrel in this one. Lots of oak mixes with yeast funk and some farmhouse notes. Some fruity sweetness and vanilla are also present.

T/M - A lot of oak in the taste as well. Dry, yeasty funk blends with a bit of caramel and dark fruits. Medium bodied with loads of carbonation.

O - While I preferred this on tap, I still find it to be tasty and interesting enough from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 19:44:25 | More by bigaltemple
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KajII

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a slight ruby hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that reduced to a thin cap which lasted throughout and produced excellent thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted grain malt and a funky Brett yeast with hints of caramel, green apple, overripe dark fruit (plums and grapes), citrus peel and bit of spice and a mild woody cask presence.

The taste was very malty and lightly sweet-tart with notes of caramel and dark fruit from the onset, progressing into a slightly bitter flavor with spicy sour presence and a woody alcohol ending. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a sour citrus peel bitterness left to linger for just a tad longer.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and dry in texture with a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a very unique tasting brew: a bit sour, a tad sweet, a touch fruity and a nice bitter woody finish. All this working together to basically create this very tasty and memorable brew...

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Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 02:42:10 | More by KajII
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Shenanigans from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.