Shenanigans - Odell Brewing Company

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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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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 bigaltemple
3.78/5  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.

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 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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 denver10
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear to hazy ruby red with a 3 finger head of foam.

It smells fruity with some malt sweetness and a light note of Brett.

A light Brett flavour hits me first followed by fruity tartness, some earthy malt, and some oak. The aftertaste lingers on with tart and funky notes. This is an unusual brew and it took me a while to "get it". Still, sometimes I do get it and sometimes I don't. This is a very nail down as to how I really feel about it.

A very nice mouthfeel this beer has due to medium body and lively carbonation.

It wasn't on the shelves here for long so I reckon we didn't get loads. I believe that more than that there was a run on it...

Photo of Ambrose
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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 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 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 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 JoEBoBpr
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish color without much of a head on it. Nose is Fruity and funky with a touch of sourness. Taste starts off with a touch of grain but is overtaken by some softer dry fruit flavors - pears and some apples. A bit of brett funk comes in and is somewhat ushered away by some sour notes. Ends a little dry with some fruity oak notes. Mouth is medium with some soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent American wild ale. Nice complexity and palatable. Recommended if you can find it.

Photo of vobr0002
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of TVolt1
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Really good nut brown color with a great amount of off-white head. The head stays for the entire drink and has great lacing.

S: It is a very light smell with nothing competely smelling strongly. Smells a little of white grapes and red apples along with a sugary malty smell.

T: I do taste the apple peel taste along with a sour lemony taste. There is a bit of bitter taste at the end that I don't love but all in all, it's pretty good.

M: Good, crisp, light mouthfeel.

O: OVerall, it is a decent beer - not my favorite sour but it is good.

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 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 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.

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