Runoff Red IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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222 Reviews
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SuperWhite92 on 01-30-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
742
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
138
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 742
Photo of lwillitz
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3 fingers of thick khaki head over an attractive cloudy, semi-transparent, dark red-orange body; great lace on the glass

S - delightfully hoppy; grapefruit, grass, bubblegum

T - same grassy, citrus hops from the nose dominate the flavor; a decent amount of sweetness and toasty malt is also present for an excellent balance

M - medium body with medium carbonation

O - This brew is very drinkable and is an excellent ale for any hop lover.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick creamy, tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was a bright reddish, almost copper color.
s - nice caramel aroma with some fruity hops too.
t - spicy and fruity with a nice caramel backbone.
m - creamy and coating mouthfeel.
o - terrific red, well balanced.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: France44 dot com
Date: Best by 2013-04-27
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Odell's Red is a well-balanced blend of hoppy and amber malts.

Porus a 2cm head of beige to light-tan foam, made up of small to medium-size bubbles. Excellent lacing, cascading strata adorning the inside of the glass. Head has above average retention, eventually receding to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Body is a dark amber-garnet color, with light bringing out red, orange, and brown hues.

Aroma is malty, hoppy, and fruity (esters) with good balance that plays a modest toffee and brown sugar maltiness off a very citrusy, grapefruit rind-like hop component, with the hint of toasted nuts making this even more interesting.

Front of the palate finds toffee-like malts with flowery and citrusy hops. Mid-palate is hop-forward with grapefruit flavors and bitterness, well-matched, but still overplaying toffee-like malts. The back of the palate finds increased bitterness from hops and toffee-like malt sweetness. Aftertaste features lingering moderate bitterness and grapefruit flavor with a sweet, toffee-like nuance in the back.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation levels of medium intensity, resulting in a smooth, slighty foamy mouthfeel. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness lingering on palate.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color, thick one finger head that left some nice lacing. Aroma was piney with a hint of grassy hops and a nice sweet malty smell. The taste had a bit of citrus flavor with a good sweet malty backbone. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and somewhat creamy. Pretty dang tasty beer overall, I look forward to this beer every year when it's released.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper color with a thick off white head. Good lacing.

Grapefruit, pine, and bready aroma.

It's heavily hopped but has a strong toasted cracker malt backing. Grapefruit and resinous hops.

Clean mouthfeel, medium-light body.

A very nice hopped up red that's approachable and easy drinking.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip glass. Odell always does a nice job with their seasonal beers, the Extra Special Red was one of my favorite reds, but now the "Red" has turned into a nice spring classic.

A= Good looking beer, copper-red, with off-white head, short retention.

S= The smell is not quite as intense as I would prefer, but it makes for a nice search that reveals smokiness and carmel.

T= The is a great red. the spicy, hop and bold, malt balance is warmly welcome.

M= Short, not that of some of my favorite barley wines, but a nice after taste and smooth mouthfeel.

D= The drinkablity is not that of a beer that you play drinking games with (thank god) but it is superb in that you go back for more quickly.

Overall= This beer is a great spring classic, not a light spring beer, but not that of many spring barley wines, a blend of what we all love of winter and must say good bye, with a touch of summer, showing its temptation for a nice beer to be enjoyed in the warm sun.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank both on tap and from my growler immediatly after the tapping party this evening at Odell.

Color is spot on to what a red should be- it's red. Really red. Smell is mostly forgettable, it's just too basic to be interesting. Mostly hops, some malt fighting through. Taste is better. A predominant caramel maltiness (you know, like a red) that ends in a citrusy and floral hop finish- very reminiscent of an IPA.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Chestnut red color with a gleaming clarity in the light, the head drops a thick curtain of lace on the glass. Grapefruit hop aroma and a dried grassy, honey-like maltiness rest under the hops. A whole lot of hops here, bitterness is cranked up and the flavor sticks to the palate with citric rind, mint, pine sap and a tropical fruitiness. Malty even with the flexed hoppiness; grassy, toasty and a little sweet. Finish with the last push of hops that does not fade quickly at all.

A bit of a wake-up-style spring seasonal. Odell keeping it true with an old-school hoppy Red Ale.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is resiny and piney hops with some caramel malt. The flavor is piney malts with some caramel and bready malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hoppy red ale.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good combination of an amber and an IPA. Nice malty amber characteristics balanced by the hops. Very well executed.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and caramel.

Tastes of a nice balance of hops and full malts. Caramel and toffee malt leads off with a nice sweetness to it. Hops come in with grapefruit and pine notes. A light bitterness, but well-balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good red.

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

Bottle into pint glass
A - Clear, deep amber with touches of brown/red/burgundy, 1 finger cream head with moderate dissipation 4
S - Piney hop scent made it to my nose before I sniffed, and it shows malt background as well. Soft florals, my mind is wandering to a Ricola scent. 4
T - Malt forward with slight vanilla, moderately bitter finish, a bit of caramel on the finish/after, not the hop bitterness I expected from the scent, nicely balanced 4
M - somewhat musty to me but not in a bad way, fairly bold presence that does not ever get chewy, great carbonation from first sip to last 4
D - For what I consider a pretty bold beer the drinkability is not compromised 4
I like this beer and think it would be well received even in a large group situation. A little something for everyone. Red Ale is an all around solid selection.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a beautiful tan head.

Hop smell is strong. Notes of caramel and bread.

Has a great malt backbone. Faint bit of alcohol in the finish. A sweet touch of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit grainy in the finish.

Overall a Good beer.

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

A: A cloudy, dirty copper in color with a finger of off-white head..nice texture. Leaves a lot of soapy lacing on all edges of the glass with a faint cap, but lots of large bubbles around the edges.

S: A fair amount of hops, but pretty well balanced by caramel, bready malts. Hops seems to be mostly citrus, but I think there's a bit of pine in here also.

T: Mirrors the smell. Citrus and piney hops with sweet caramel and bready malts providing support.

M: Medium bodied, kind of oily.

O: Not the best red ale I've ever had, but to be fair, it's a little past its best by date of 6/15/11. I would really like to try this again fresh and rescore.

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Photo of CManuel
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 5.29.13 into a pint glass

Pours a very pretty ruby red with about a half inch foam head that stays throughout the duration of enjoying this one. Smells fantastic with a heavy dose of piny hops and some malty sweetness at the end. Tastes quite different than it smells, with the malty sweetness blending quite nicely with the hop presence.

Overall, this beer is one of my favorite offerings from Odell. As I sip on it, I am instantly transported back to my glorious days in Fort Collins as a CSU grad student... This was a beer that I always looked forward to every year, and I always had plenty on hand to share with guests at outdoor events and BBQs. Brings back memories of some of the best times of my life, and for that, I have to give this an obligatory two thumbs up.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours red-amber with a huge foamy cream colored head that laces nicely throughout. Hoppy aroma of citrus and pine, balanced by caramel and bready malts. Flavor suggests the same as the aroma. Medium body with moderate carbonation, finishing slightly bitter and dry. A decent red ale. I actually liked this better the second time around on tap!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Runoff's liquid portion comes out a nice hearty dusk sunset red with excellent clarity. Sort of an orange/vanilla creamcicle colored head with various sized bubbles, with crazy good lacing to it. The suds cling to the glass like a virus taking over (I guess that's a weird example).

Smell is good. Citrus (clementine, tangerine, and not quite ripe blood orange with no pith)and tropical melon fruit salad are not aggressive, but they are the first aromas to greet your nose right out of the gate. Nice malty aromatics complement the hops as well, sweet buscuity aromas.

Good tasting beer. It's well balanced, but hop forward and most likely designed to be. Nice same above mentioned citrus/melon profile, and again, it's not very potent, but the one of the things that really stands out right away. The only difference is you can get a little more bitter citrus peel. The bready characteristics are there again too, like browned biscuit crumbs, and I don't think it's there, but I have this rye(ish) taste in the back. Overall it's a great tasting any time of the year beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Heavy medium body, like a nice hearty amber ale. Like most everything I've had from ODell, this has a very clean fresh and close to crisp feel. Soft but strong enough carbonation level with excellent balance. Fresh feel that's got a natural sweetness leading to a nice clean bitter finish that's just the right amount of dry. Really drinkable, a great flavorful beer that's very easy drinking. Another nice brew from ODell. Huge props to Geoff for sending me this one, thanks buddy!

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

This beer pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing lingers for a while. The aroma is a great balance of malt and hop. There is a ton of grapefruit and a ton of caramel. The taste is maltier up from with a solid bitterness coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a really good beer. It is very flavorful and aromatic, however, the spectrum of those flavors and aromatics isn't that deep. Still I would happily drink this beer again.

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

Thanks to salukialum for this extra.

This pours medium amber with a nice frothy white head that sticks around and leaves good lace. On the nose there is a big pine component with orange peel type citrus further back. In the mouth there is instant bitterness but there is a hint of doughy malt to smooth things a bit. I wouldn't call this refined but it's not a fire-breathing hop monster either. The body is medium with a medium bitter finish.

Overall, this is a nice, hoppy amber, worth seeking out or including as an extra.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Looks like the "best by" date is 7/ 7 /11.

Appearance- Clear crimson with a nice, tight head. Lacing is standard to good. 4/5

Smell- Fruity hop character with a beefy caramel malt backbone. 4/5

Taste- Bitterness is first and foremost. All the way through the sip. This is the first beer (I think) that I can taste a bready character. After the sip it leaves a sweet stickiness on your lips. 4/5

Mouthfeel- It gets a little thicker as it warms, but otherwise it is a medium bodied beer. 4/5

Overall- Odell does good stuff. This is yet, another solid beer from them. 4/5

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

This is a solid red ale, with a pronounced citrus hops characteristic.
Pours a semi-bright amber/caramel color with a just off-white head. Looks pretty darn good.
Hops up front in the nose. Citrus and slight metallic, a faint malty biscuit.
A hop forward flavor. Citrus with some of that metallic coming through. touch of alcohol. Some softness towards the end. As it warms this softness introduces a nice maltiness and bread. A good balance towards the end.
Easy drinking. Solid.

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Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While red ales tend to be a dime a dozen, this one is carrying on the lineage of the Odell ESR, one of the best big read brews of all time.
Pours a cherrywood color that looks brown initially, but reveals lots of red highlights in the light. An eggshell foam cap sticks to the walls of the glass and leaves a massive trail as you work your way down.
Huge bitter, juicy hops hit your nose immediately...but then give way to a bit of bready character.
The palate starts off with a tiny bit of sweetness followed by an assault of American "C" hops. Piney and grapefruity flavors cross, with a little caramel sweetness creeping in here and there, only to finish with more hop character. A blind tasting might tell you this is an IPA, but the slight caramel hints take this to a slightly different places.
Mouthfeel serves the purpose of keeping tons of big hop oil flavors from making things too slick or too foamy on the other side of the coin.
While the size/potency of a typical IPA, I've noticed that this is slightly more quaffable for me, and the flavor profile doesn't get old. When paired with food, it helps to bring out sweetness and sourness equally well.

While I still definitely prefer the old ESR, this is a solid beer that's a pretty big jump over most typical red/amber beers floating around.

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

Odell Red: I am a big Odell fan, and this seasonal does not disappoint. The body is a deep leather red in color. There is no haze, but it is dark enough that it is hard to see through. A big off-white head forms on top, and leaves a nice lacing during your drinking experience. The Red provides a big aroma as well, with lots of flowery hop notes. There is a firm malt base to the flavor, and a big hoppy finish. This beer is closer to an IPA than a traditional red ale, so depending on your tastes you may really like it, or be disappointed. I liked it. Also, it has more carbonation than most brews of this style, which gives it a lighter feel. Very enjoyable.

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

I can't for the life of me figure out what the expiration date is, but it is sometime in 2010.
The beer pours with a frothy, two-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The beer is a deep, concentrated red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ample crystal malt and American hops; specific notes of ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, bright tangelo, some pine notes and even a hint of hemp are contributed by the hops while aromas of biscuits, lightly toasted whole grain, some sweet tea like notes and some dusty grain husk notes are from the malt / crystal malt.

Sweet tasting up front, but this plays up more of the citrus / fruity hop aspects than making this cloyingly like heavy crystal malt (which is definitely a good thing in my book). Flavors of tangelo zest, some lychee, and essential grapefruit oil jump out immediately in the flavor. The middle sees a herbaceous, sort of pine like, with a touch of menthol and hemp oil being noticed; these flavors linger and morph into the finish that has a soft bitterness that is amply tempered by the chewy, palate clinging malt character. The malt lingers in the long finish quite well with notes of biscuit like malt character and pale-toasted whole grain character. While this has a certain palate fullness to it the beer isn't overly heavy, in fact it is quite drinkable, but definitely has enough viscosity to cling to the palate quite a bit.

Despite being so dark and crystal malt influenced, this beer ends up with a very well done balance between malt and hop. There are ample hop flavors here to keep me happy and, while I was expecting it to, the crystal malt notes never get out of hand. This is quite well done and I would happily drink another couple of these.

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

This is on tap at the local Old Chicago.

A great red colour with a small but persistent head of foam that brought some lacing with it.

The smell is very hoppy with big notes of pine,some citrus, and a mild presence of caramel malt.

The taste is just as good as the smell. Very bitter pine with some citrus that's semi balanced with caramel malts. A bit of bread as well.

Medium bodied, same for the carbonation.

I had 3 pints in 2 hours. Yeah, it's pretty darn drinkable. A nice unexpected find at my local watering hole.

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Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 742 ratings.
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