Shenanigans - Odell Brewing Company
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2.7/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
08-06-2012 07:20:36 | More by kojevergas
2.74/5 rDev -27.1%
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.
04-03-2014 05:21:06 | More by mactrail
3.03/5 rDev -19.4%
*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.
08-17-2012 15:18:28 | More by JEdmund
3.25/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
07-26-2012 20:50:13 | More by womencantsail
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
04-08-2012 23:54:58 | More by Mebuzzard
3.34/5 rDev -11.2%
Tried this a few times now, 2x via the bottle (once fresh, once with a year on it) and 1x on tap (fresh). This one is MUCH better on tap.
Pours dark red with a brownish hue and a big dirty white head. Aroma offers lot of wood from the barrel, fruity (raspberry and some citrus) that was more distinct fresh, and slight tartness from the brett that was more prevalent with the age. Flavor followed suit. A medium body. Overall, great beer on tap, disapointing via the bottle both time. My ratings are combined average from all three tries.
06-01-2012 04:16:47 | More by denver10
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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...
04-08-2012 22:37:48 | More by beergoot
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
01-28-2014 19:25:54 | More by beatenbyjacks
Shenanigans from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.