Odell Extra Special Red Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Extra Special Red AleOdell Extra Special Red Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Beaver13 on 11-01-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -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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Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of davistabuff
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Greeneagle
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ColoradoNative
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Rating this from memory from a 12oz bottle, thanks Malcolm! Pour a clear amber-garnet with a tan cap. Tons of really fresh west coast hops, pine, and citrus in the nose. Spicy, fresh, wonderfully balanced. This one actually blew me away, just awesome. This was obviously a super fresh bottle and was almost perfectly done.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must start out by saying that I miss this one a lot. Pours a beautiful hazy red color, with a nice inch or so of light tan head. Huge hops on the nose, citrus, pine, grapefruit and lemon. On the palate, more of the fresh, delicious hoppiness, balanced beautifully with some good sweet malt, caramel, milk chocolate and in the background some drying alcohol. A wonderful beer that was sadly discontinued.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BigDank for this rare treat. Review from notes on 2/13/10

A - poured crystal clear deep amber with a towering, fluffy, and well retained beige head. Lovely lacing all over the place. 5.0

S - lots of caramel and hint of figs. Very sweet and fruity, with the faintest hint of light bitterness of hops. A bit light in aroma overall though. 4.0

T - Very similar to the aroma. Lots of good fruity and caramel sweetness. Like a good old ale. Excellent. 4.5

M - Rich and smooth, dancing carbonation and a medium body. 4.0

D - Immensely drinkable. 1 bottle simply isn't enough.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber, near white head that leaves to ring. Some trace lace.

S - Slightly bready and hoppy, with some wood tannin.

T - Sweet, malty, hops come up to the plate but don't quite deliver.

M - Not completely balance, not carbed enough for me.

D - Fun to try once.

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Photo of wnh
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich, ruby-tinted mahogany, brilliant red when held up to a light source, with a foamy, creamy light tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

Nose is quite interesting, with resinous hop aromas on top of old-ale-like brown sugar and dried dark fruit, with a good bit of woodsy damp leaf aroma thrown in for good measure.

Lightly sweet molasses on the entry, turning earthy before fading into hop bitterness on the finish. Medium to heavy bodied, with a lasting stickiness that promotes a lingering earthy bitterness, and quite dry on the finish. Exceptionally well-balanced and easy to drink. It's a shame Odell is phasing out their single batch series beers to be replaced by seasonals, regardless of how good the seasonals are.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for the trade.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Aggressive pour yeields 2 fingers of creamy beige head. Decent retention with a lot of splattered lace. Color is a ruby red/amber red. A red beer that is red... I like it.

Aroma: Very hoppy and sweet. A lot of citrus. Grapefruit and pineapple. Hops are earthy and floral. There is a sweet like bread, but I can't distinguish it. The beer smells a lot like a DIPA.

Taste: A lot of hops going on here. Citrus, pineapple, bready malts. There is something in the taste (very sweet) that I just can't figure out what it is.... unless it is caramel mixed with all the hops. A pretty solid big red, but very hoppy (as it is supposed to be).

Mouthfeel: Very bitter. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. A very 'in your face' red ale. Leaves a very dry and hoppy aftertaste.

OVerall, I am having a tough time finishing this one. I just wasn't expecting so many hops. It is ok, but nothing I would want a lot of.
Edit: this beer drank a lot better once I got half ways through it and it warmed up a bit.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for this!

Pours slightly hazed dark reddish amber with a foamy tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus/pine with caramel/toffee backing.

The taste is of citrus/pine with a firm "red ale" malty (caramel/toffee) character. There's a slight peach-like fruitiness as it progresses. There is some mild alcohol in the flavor. Finishes bittersweet.

Medium-bodied and smooth.

A well done hoppy red. Very drinkable, especially for the alcohol presence.

Glad Russ sent me a few of this!

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received a couple months ago from resident red fanatic SuperWhite92. Refrigerated all this time. The newer, sessionable Odell Red he sent was way too intense & raw for me, so let's hope this one does me better. :)

Raised dot lettering along the bottom left corner that I can't quite make it out. 2??804

Poured into my DFH tumber, pretty cold.

Nice sturdy inch of chewy-looking, lightly tan, creamed head. A slightly murky, reddish brown body. Inactive. Wavelength-like lace.

Smell is sugar syrup & plenty of sharply & zesty grapefruit rind, a bit perfumey & floral, & also a touch of something refreshing like cracked celery. Not aggressively raw or fresh, but more solvent-like because of the abv.

Taste is first brushed off by it's creamy mouthfeel. Really great initial feel. Malt comes on a little sweet, settling to be doughy instead. Hops are grassy & slightly bittersweet. Nothing too intense, but very sappy & resinous. The bitterness is quite lingering, giving a menthol-like effect. A little clove works it's way in there too which is interesting. The alcohol is in everything, though always mingling with some aspect of the beer.

A very tasty beer with a little more demanding heft & aftertaste then expected. Great for a nightcap ...or a lunchtime nap. ;)

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this beer, but everytime I pick up some Odell's I get the IPA because its so damn good. Today I picked up both.

A: Reddish brown in color. A bit cloudy. Dominant, off-white head atop. Good lacing.

S: Fruitiness abound with some mild caramel from the malts. Also a slight "brown sugar" sweetness. A slight spiciness, that seems to be from the hops. In the end the hoppy citrus aromas are faintly there. Definitely a bit more heavy on the malts.

T: Beautiful fruitiness hits the palate first. This follows with a lovely citrus note. Orange-grapefruit flavors here. It blends well with the fruitiness. There is a faint, spiciness I get from the hops. The malts are definitely solid in this brew with caramel and brown sugar flavors. The beer finishes with a lovely fruity flavor.

M: A solid medium bodied beer. Not too heavy, definitely not too light. The carbonation is pretty strong, which makes the beer feel crisp. Finishes fairly clean, with some left over stickiness in the throat.

D: A really solid brew. It hides the 8.0% alcohol very well. I would go for this when I'm in the mood for a maltier IPA. It doesn't quite have the hoppy bite as an IPA, but it is close. Definitely worth a try. This brewery is great.

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Photo of GruvisHops
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. brown bottle with another great label. Seriously, I love their labels. A big 1-1/2" frothy, tan head sits beautifully on top of a slightly hazy, amber/red body. The head just refuses to fade, and leaves thick patches of lace behind.

S: Loads of toasted malt in the nose; a bit of caramel. Citric hops linger in the background.

T: More caramel malt with a great citrus hop balance. I'm loving this beer more and more as I drink it. Great balance between the malt & hop profiles.

M: Full & sticky

D: Quite

Notes: Another solid effort from the guys at Odell. Imperial red is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Deep red coloring, light carbonation with light head.

S=Fruitiness apparent along wiht alcohol

T=Nuttiness and Fruitiness along with some oaks. Alcohol content is apparent in taste.

M=Nice, light carbonation tickles the tongue

D=Good though alcohol content could limit intake.

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Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet hued amber with nice clarity and active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Tight cream head starts big and settles to a 1/4" pillow that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves a tremendous amount of lace. This is one good looking beer.

S: Slightly vinous, with hints of red grapes. Sweetness rules the day in the form of toffee. Pepper, citrus, a mild whiff of alcohol, plus a little oak round things out.

T: This a very balanced beer. Toffee and black grapes start things out, with the grapes giving the beer a wine-like quality. A mild oak flavor adds a woodsy presence. Bitterness comes on in the form of pepper and citrus. The alcohol is well masked aside from a slight warmth as the beer goes down. Finishes dry and woodsy with a mild lemon flavor.

M: Medium body is somewhat dry. Carbonation level is right on.

D: ESR is a supremely balanced beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. This beer went down really easy, given the high ABV. I'm really glad I picked up a full six-pack. Thank the Gods that this wasn't yet another American hop bomb. I've had a few too many of those recently.

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Odell Extra Special Red Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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