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Shenanigans - Odell Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 02-07-2010)
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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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denver10

Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 04:16:47 | More by denver10
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 22:35:06 | More by Bitterbill
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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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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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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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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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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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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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birchstick

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 00:34:24 | More by birchstick
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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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TVolt1

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 22:22:53 | More by TVolt1
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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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Phelps

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 04:39:39 | More by Phelps
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 23:54:58 | More by Mebuzzard
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beergoot

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 22:37:48 | More by beergoot
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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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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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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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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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Shenanigans from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.