Extra Special Red | Odell Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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83 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odellbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Extra Special Red is our Imperial Red Ale, a crimson-hued brew full of juicy hop flavors and aromas of pine and stone fruit. After 6 months of aging in rye whiskey casks, it was roused from its oak cradle to the bottle in your hands. The barrels impart notes of sweet vanilla and soft tannins, while the hops settle into the background in favor of the strong malt foundation. Slainte!

Added by Beaver13 on 11-01-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,216
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
83
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of StArnoldFan
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium orange-copper amber with a fine two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and lightly caramel malt, light citrus hops with mild pine notes, red berries and mixed fruit. Flavor is caramel and lightly biscuit malt, light citrus and piney hops, red berries, faint hints of oak and very light whiskey. Medium bodied with light creaminess and mellow carbonation (beautiful carbonation in the glass, but oddly somewhat subdued on the tongue). The base is classic red ale with nice balance of fruit flavors and malt, with light, but satisfactory oak and whiskey character. I was a little disappointed at first that the whiskey was muted, but this is so nicely balanced and such a sturdy red ale that I ended up enjoying every sip. This is a nice introduction to this this legendary Colorado brewery.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TBoneJones
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty heavy malts and flavorful hops. Lacks complexity, but definitely a big red to enjoy. Feels great: fully slick and velvety smooth. For about 5 bucks a bottle, worth a try.

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Photo of jakea
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is malts, fruit and a mix of slight sugar and citrus. The flavor is fruit, caramel, malts, grapefruit/mild tropical fruit and a mix of whiskey/liquor and hops/alcohol in the finish.

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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish copper hued body; decent frothy head. Deep caramel aroma; very malty; toffee. Heavy presence of toffee and roasted tree nuts; caramel; mild hop bitterness. Heavy body; rich and silky; residual sugars providing a dull sweetness to the mouthfeel.

This is a fine example of a strong, malt-forward ale. Rich and complex, well-balanced.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They should make this again, it was one of top 10% red ales out there. Gleaming the cube red, not that ugly brown. Aroma hits you with hops, then you get some of the red/peat moss type of malt in the nose

Taste, hops are in the forefront, plenty of them. Downplays the malt, which is hefty and sturdy, but the bitterness to boot really made this quite enjoyable. Like a slightly less hoppy, redder Celebration ale on roids.

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3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ass red, around 1/2" head on it, coming up all tan. Good retention but spotty and inconsistent lace.

Aroma was hoppy and then that weird red/scottish malt vibe. Good taste, especially for a red ale. Hopped heavily, hides alcohol and doesn't let the sturdy malt overwhelm the hopping. Was a good score while skiing in Pagosa Springs.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6 pack of this during our ski trip to Pagosa Springs. Glad I did, one of the better "red" ales out there. Would seem like a better classification than strong ale.

Pours red, deep red, small 1/3" head on it, like a light tan color. Good retention, spotty, inconsistent lace down the pint glass.

Aroma was a hoppy first, Scottish malt thing second vibe.

Taste, mmm, this is what I'm talking about for red ales. Just hop the shit out of it, hides both the alcohol and the amber malts quite well. Mouthfeel just keeps rocking as it warms, you get used to the strength, of hops and alcohol.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Extra Special Red from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 83 ratings