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 | website

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
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
71
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 71
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a deep red/brown color ale with a quite large foamy head with adequate retention. Aroma of medium citrus hops with some weak caramel malt. Taste consists of semi-sweet caramel malt with some medium citrus and bitter hops. Body is about average with some medium carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Overall, I thought this was a light version of an American strong ale and definitely lacking on character to make it truly worthwhile.

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Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an amber color with a tan, soapy, two-finger head. It left some nice sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled floral and citrusy. It also had a strong malty nose.

T - It tasted very malty, with some bittersweet hops adding a little kick. Also, a slight citrus taste.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium to heavy bodied beer.

D - This is a nice strong ale. It reminded me of a mild IPA. Also, the high ABV is understated.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusted tangerine with a smattering of brick red. The small head is equal parts pale orange and pale caramel in color. It looks good as it melts and is beginning to deposit a thick band of lace just above the nonic bulge.

The nose is balanced and smells pretty much how an Imperial red ale should smell. It's toasted and caramel malty, with a side order of citric hoppiness. Solid, if unspectacular.

Extra Special Red Ale tastes like it smells, and achieves roughly the same level of quality. Isn't it time that Imperial red ale was added as a style? I wouldn't want to see dozens of new styles, but this one begs to be included. Maybe then, AleSmith YuleSmith (Winter), Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale, and any number of others, would finally have a home.

The malt backbone is sturdy without being rock-ribbed. Again, the beer's biggest strength is its impeccable balance between sweet caramel malt and bitter orange-lemon-grapefruit hops. Assuming the alcohol is effectively buried, this stuff should be killer when ultra-fresh.

This is one instance where a bigger, more plush mouthfeel might not be an improvement. The beer isn't overly sweet and sticky, but has a lightly silky feel, complemented by a moderate alpha acid raspiness. Gulping is encouraged... which could quickly become dangerous given the ABV.

Extra Special Red Ale and Double Pilsner fall short of Imperial Stout when it comes to the three Single Batch Series beers. That said, all of them are deliciously drinkable and would be regular purchases if I was fortunate enough to have access. I'm a huge Odell fan.

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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 russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 2007

Pours Coppery red with 1.5+ fingers of tan head into a thistle glass. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Huge breadyness & pineyness

T: Caramel, loads of breadyness, oily hops & some booze warmth up front. Piney& grapefruitty hops and some boozey warmth as this warms. Finishes dry with grapefruit hops, caramel & more booze

MF: Chewy, a little oily & low but useful carbonation. Balances pretty good

Not bad, drinks a bit hot for the abv. Maybe a little aging is in order? Seemed to help a little last year

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

Odell is another good brewery I wish we could see in nyc. Thanks to russpowell for the west side love.

Pours a fairly darker, yet clear, ruby hue. Thick frothy creme head. Nose is that fruity/woody/hoppy thing you'd expect from a red ale. Flavor is a good mix of hops and malts with a firm leafy and woody fruits as well. Bitter sweet tones. The only flavor detractor I'd have to say is that it borders on getting almost hot. Feel is smooth on liquid and the typical carbonation. This is a good robust red ale. I'm sure this would be pretty nice on cask.

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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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice deep reddish color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy slightly tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, very slight raspberry, some hops, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hoppyness, some fruit thing going on, and some caramel. This is a very nice tasting brew. Medium body. Very Drinkable, a unique brew to say the least, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Bottle Date, Sampled December 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep, dark ruby-red color. It is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that easily starts out at three-fingers thick when roused a bit. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity smelling; it is a mix of berry notes, raisins, caramel, a touch of toffee and something that reminds me of sticky brown sugar glazed pastries. There is also quite a bit of malt depth here; lots of complex dark malt notes that remind me of complex maillard browning aromatics. There is even something here that reminds me of tart plums or even something like tamarind. I get some rum like aromatics as well, or at least something almost like this. There are some notes here that I can't quite pinpoint and it makes me wonder what exactly was used in the recipe of this beer.

Fairly thick and meaty, though without being really sweet. Clearly there is lots of malt character here, again it is rich and chewy with lots of complex sugars present, but without being sticky or sweet. This tastes of caramelized raisins and figs, or perhaps those two fruits that have been glazed in a reduced brown sugar sauce. Hints of toffee mix with subtle molasses and round out the malt depth here. If this wasn't so thick and chewy, more toasted malt notes and biscuit flavors would be much more prominent; as it is though, they play a supporting role here.

This is one of those beers that is truly a meal. I can certainly envision a pyramid worker taking this as a liquid lunch, though the 8% alcohol might do him in. An interesting back story, but this really tastes like an English old ale or barley wine.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a deep amber with a medium sized head of foam that quickly shrank to a fine broken layer with little lacing.

The smell is pretty fruity with notes of lemon citrus and there's some sweet caramel malt in the nose as well.

The taste is big sweet malt up front that is joined quickly by some nice citrus hop bitterness and...the flavour is suggesting to my palate...sour cherries, especially in the finish. No sign of the alcohol in the flavour and the warming really is kind of minimal. I like this Strong Ale.

Bottom line: This is another in their Single Batch Series and another solid brew, imho!

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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 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 ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick ruby red color with a sticky white head framing the glass. Smells like grassy hops, tastes hoppy, good flavors in this one. My only complaint is the drinkability is low given the ABV and the thickness. Still, Odell does some interesting things with their seasonals and this is no exception.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper/ reddish color, with a tan head. Aromas of a huge grapefruity hop and small malt presence. In the taste, just like the smell, big grapefruity hops and a small malty balance. A nice bitter hoppy mouthfeel, with a dry sticky-sweet hop aftertaste. Big on hops, hides 8% quite well, a very nice red!

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

Poured from a bottle a gorgeous, clear red-amber color with a light frothy off-white head.

Aroma of caramel, butterscotch and malts with some citrusy hops thrown in.

The taste is very similar to the aroma along with some palate-warming booziness mixed in. Some slight bitterness is found in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, warming to the palate, and lightly carbonated.

I'm a sucker for anything from Odell, and this does not disappoint. A bit boozy but oh, so flavorable.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a frothy light tan head that diminishes to a film.

The aroma is fresh hops, slightly fruity, with a little nutty caramel and some tinges of DMS.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malts with a good sized bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full and smooth.

Overall, a very fine beer. I'm surprised by the amount of hops in an Odell beer.

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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 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 schoolboy
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a funny brew. Some people didn't care for it, but I loved it and so did one other person in our group. We were in Vail and bought probably a dozen or more Colorado beers. In my opinion, this was by far the best.

Great balance of bitter, malty, aroma.

For a high gravity beer, it has outstanding drinkability.Unfortunately, we couldn't find any in Vail (we got it on the way up).

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

This is certainly one of my favorite Odell offerings.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass with an inch of head. It's truly red and an exceptional looking beer. Good clarity too. The head is gone soon after the first sip but the lacing is very good.

Aroma is very hoppy, fresh and piney.

Flavor is excellent as well. It's very well bittered but with plenty of malt to balance it out. Citrus notes in the flavor but not too sweet like some American strong ales can be. In fact, I would probably be more likely to classify this as a double IPA that just happens to be red.

Mouthfeel is good and although it's high in alcohol, it hides it well. Drinkability is only hindered by strong hop bitterness and ABV.

I have been looking forward to this one since it disappeared last winter and I'm happy to say it was worth the wait. True to it's name: Extra Special.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to breity for this extra beer in a recent trade.

First off, this is one cool looking bottle. I love the 3-D etching on the bottle side as well as the label. Well done.

This beer pours a deep ruby with brownish tints. Decent finger width white head on top. Retention lacks a bit, but still leaves some alright lacing globs. Smells of oranges, pineapple, bread, caramel, and alcohol.

First sip yields a weird metallic bite that is unpleasant. As I continue to drink though this gives way to the true flavors. Nice burnt caramel flavor, some cherry in there as well. Slight booziness to it, but it finishes nice and fruity. Hops are there alright. Not biting or harsh, but adding just enough bitterness to keep me sipping. I like this beer. Strong Ales are becoming more and more one of my favorite styles.

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

Two fingers of light tan head that slowly fades leaving some webed lace as it fades. Body is a deep brownish red with ruby tones at the edges. Nose is big with woodsy hops and mineral based malts. With first sip I am suddenly shocked that I have never heard of this beer. Big bold hops that are rich and woodsy. Malt character is ther to nicely balance. As you continue to drink a thick slightly soured bitter feel comes about on the mouthfeel. At 8% alchol it is very well hidden. I would rank this one with Nugget Nectar and Big Hoppy Monster. Wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a deep amber/red color with about two fingers of dense, off-white head. The foam lingers for quite some time leaving some decent lacing on the glass as I make my way to the bottom. Smells very fruity and sweet with a good hit of floral hops. Taste is of sweet caramel malted grain, brown sugar, dark berries, and floral hops. Medium in both body and carbonation. You also have to seek out the alcohol because it is well hidden. Very nice example of the style. I'd love to get another bottle or two.

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Photo of rye726
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure i would call this a strong ale, definately closer to a red. The color is a dark amber with silky tan head. The nose is fairly light with mellow malts and subtle hops. Taste is more on teh malty side. Not much of a hop presence. Medium body drinks well.

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