Odell Extra Special Red Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Extra Special Red AleOdell Extra Special Red Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beaver13 on 11-01-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 71
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 rowew
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - great looking bottle, and a classy label. ABV, brewed date both clearly marked (this is from last year, but has been well cared for).

Appearance: Poured into my new SA glass (quickly becoming a go-to glass, thanks bA). Reddish brown with just a slight haze, nice tan colored head fades slowly and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Carmel malt and a bit of hops, slightly sweet maltiness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma - lots of carmel sweetness, good malt backbone. A bit more hops than in the aroma, but they are fairly muted.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced beer - Odell's makes some very nice specialties, and this one is too..

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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 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 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 Rumblebelly
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice red pour, pleasant smell. But hey, I'm more interested in the taste.

Well balanced, fruity undertones (berries, fig), and alcohol taste is hidden well. The sweet undertones compliment the brew. Normally I don't like sweet beers but this one is just sweet enough. Reminds me a bit of a barleywine but more drinkable due to the lower alcohol content.

Probably one of my favorite beers. I liked the Curmudgeon Nip a great deal and almost cried when it was retired. I'm dreading spring when it's all gone.

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

A: Pours a maroonish dark blood red color with a rim of fizzy white head hugging the edges of the glass. Clear.
S: Sweet caramel with a good floral and grassy hop presence. Slight sweet tartlike strawberry and raspberry notes in there also.
T/M: Spicy blast up front gives you the illusion this beer is hot. Calms very nicely and relaxes into a smooth coating across the tongue. Chewy and syrupy, though not in a bad way. Sweet with fruity and caramel malt flavors. Hops are surprisingly big for this beer, but the malt profile asserts itself also. Nice fruity and slightly dry aftertaste. Big body.
D: Interesting strong ale with much flavor and hop presence. The abv is in there but isn't shouting. A damn good one. Thanks to beernut7 for passing this along to me.

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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 warriorsoul
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beernut7 for this hand delivery...
Pours a dark ruby color with a full finger of off-white head...lacing is thin as it recedes, but has decent hold.
Piney hops up front with a slight caramel malt underneath.
The taste is decent...a bit too green as the hop bitterness wins out over the malty sweetness. The alcohol is not felt as hot, but at the same time, you know it is there...slightly tart in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is a tough high for me...not something I'd drink a few of, but a nice one to try.

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Photo of OldSock
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Poured into an Odell Brewing pint glass I just picked up. It appears a deep, clear red/brown, just a shade lighter than a brown ale, with a thick tan head. Adequate lacing is left as the head slowly sinks over about 8 minutes.

Smell – Strong America hops, mostly pine and candied citrus. There is some malt behind the hops and the yeast character is clean.

Taste - More sweet than bitter at the start, with a mild lingering bitterness, overall to me it’s just too sweet for the style. The flavors blend nicely, hints of toasted malt, a wave of citrus and pine and a faint alcohol note.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with medium-light carbonation. Nice, a bit creamy.

Drinkability/Notes – A bit too sweet for easy drinking, a few points lower on the gravity and better attenuation would serve this one well. A solid double red, but it is not something that I’m going to stock up on before leaving Colorado.

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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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Odell Extra Special Red Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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