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Runoff Red IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SuperWhite92 on 01-30-2009

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Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 743
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single with a freshness date of 061209, seems my sample might be a bit past it's prime. Pours a fairly hazy reddish brown color with a huge, billowing, mesa-forming tan head. Have to wait a bit as the foam recedes very slowly and clings to the glass with ease.

Smell is juicy tropical, citric and grassy hop goodness. Bold and hopped up nose here. Enough sweet caramel malt backbone to distinguish it from your typical IPA, but the hops are the main show here.

Hop flavor outshines the hop bitterness here, which is just fine by me. Malt provides plenty of backbone and this one has a smoothness I have not seen from some of the other big reds I have had. I like the fact that the sweetness is kept pretty low, which contributes a somewhat thinner than usual body, but in this case it makes the beer that much more refreshing. I would like to get my hands on another, fresher sample sometime soon as this beer is quite tasty.

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Photo of jera1350
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely amber/red color with a creamy tan head that leaves some nice lace.

Some spicy wintery malt with a big hop profile that is reminiscent of their ipa and pale ale.

Lots of hop bitterness and they come in the herbal and earthy forms. A solid malt backbone that has spicy notes. Caramel sweetness with amazing hop flavor. Piney, but low bitterness. Fresh hop leaf character.

The feel is nice and smooth. Medium bodied with a mildly dry finish.

Love this stuff. So drinkable with a great hop profile. Top notch red ale.

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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 andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A random single I grabbed on a recent trip to the US.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange colour with a rudy red hue, solid finger of soapy white head, solid retention and nice spotty lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, surprisingly resiny, hints of sugary maple and a touch of caramel on the finish.

T - Nice sweet citrus hops off the top, nicely balanced with a rich caramel malt backbone, touch of resiny hops linger alongside hints of citrus rind and pineapple.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and touch of dryness on the finish.

O - Incredibly tasty red ale, solid hop presence but nicely balanced with the caramel malts. Highly recommended and incredibly drinkable. This stuff on tap, I would imagine, would be irresistible.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to jmkratt for this one as an extra in a past trade! Dated 4/26/11B. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a deep red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, pine resin, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, bitter hop, caramel, and slight cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice red. Not a lot missing on this one for the style. Pretty good aroma and flavor both. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness on both accounts. Worth trying and really glad I got a chance to try it as well.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark coppery brown with a bit of brick red to it. Heavy glow to the body carrying a smeared appearance. Densely capped with a beige crown of firm foam standing to about a pinky high. Faintly thinned sheets and webby strings of lace coat the glass well.

Sweet dark red apple bready aroma with a bit of fresh leafy hoppyness, apricot, red rice, pale and red malts. Nice and clean, with a bit of crispness to it and tugs well on the nose.

Taste is smallish in the apple area with a semi dry undertone of red, toasted, and pale malt with a fresh grazing of grassy and leafy dried hoppyness. Breezy but a firm little sweetness sits a bit bready with some lighter honey and caramel swimming about. Airy finish with a fluffy ended light tone of bittering hops and buttered toast.

Clean lighter medium body with a nicely rounded and easy going sweetness that floats right through letting the little nuances of the flavors and dryness mingle their way onto the palate with a complexity worthy of any solid Red ale out there.

Pretty impressive stuff. Subtle, complex, with an easy to drink attitude. Odell knows how to make the simple styles seem just a bit more so, which is great. And this is definately one of those brews.

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Photo of morimech
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color with one inch of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is heavily influenced by the hops. Smells dank and old growth forest. Slight floral and herbal notes. The malt is slightly toasted and has a toffee quality.

The malt bill does not quite do it for me as other great reds are able to do. Just a touch artificial. The hops are strong and bitter. Pithy, resiny, and just a little rough. Has a bitter bite in the finish.

Very low carbonation which does not hurt this hoppy beer. Medium body.

It seems most of Odell's beers just fall a little short of being great to me. This one is no exception.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best by date of 5/2/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three fingers of off white head that slowly settle into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and fairly earthy red aroma with a solid balance of sweet caramel malt and juicy hops. Toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, yeast, nut, and cracker. Solid hop balance with a good presence of earthy, floral, and citrus hops. Scent of wet grassy hops and pine resin spice. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, lemons, grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. A very solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma implies, a toasty and juicy red taste with a good balance of juicy hops and caramel malt. Toasted malt with bready notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, cracker, and nuts. Big mix of floral, earthy, and citrus hops. Earthy notes of grass and some spicy pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Hops are nicely bitter and chewy. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and spicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on a red ale. Bold with both the juicy hops and caramel malt. Its what you expect for the style.

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Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a straight-sided clear glass 16oz mug/stein. Best by 05/15/13 on label. Single purchased by my brother Greg from a Minneapolis area bottle shop for $1.99.

A: Very deep almost plummy red with 1-2 fingers of soft beige big-bubbled head with average retention and a couple of good lines of lacing.

S: Heavy pine hops aroma with some grapefruit, floral, and resin qualities. The malt contribution is pretty heavy on the burnt caramel aroma. There is not a lot of yeast character.

T: The flavor is too sweet and caramel malt heavy for me, and I wish they had substituted some of the dark 80-120L caramel malt for 40L as the plum and burnt, buttery caramel flavors are not a great match for the piney, resiney, citrus hoppiness. There is a roasted maltiness aspect in there as well. The beer is certainly drinkable but has a bit too much caramel malt for my taste for this style. I know it is striving to be a West Coast style red ale, but the dark malt component is too heavy-handed for me.

M: I think this beer is as drinkable as a beer with this much darker caramel malt can be. The sweetness and roastiness is not cloying but does hamper the drinkability. The body is easily medium if not a little more which is great for the style. The carbonation is lower than average as it should be.

O: Odell Red Ale is a beer tha a lot of people will love for the intense piney bitterness and roasty dark caramel maltiness. For me, it was just a bit too much plum and caramel flavor in the end and it didn't work as well with the intense pine and resin hoppiness for me.

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Photo of rawfish
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 06/08/2011

Pours a little hazy amber with ruby highlights a thin one finger head, nougat colored with soapy and tight bubbles with sticky lacing that trails down beautifully.

Sweet hop aroma, fresh and floral pine with citrus coming in second. Malty backing with some spices and a medicinal raw hoppiness on the back.

Taste is a bold aggressive hoppiness throughout the beer resin and pine with a sweet crystal and caramel malt spine that helps balance it. Comparable somewhat to a junior barleywine just lacking the alcohol and transition from sweet to bitter. A little raw grassy hops on the back end with some yeast character. Sticky mouthcoating that doesn't strike me as very bitter but still very refreshing.

Mouthfeel gets a little rough with biting carbonation and the slightly soapy mouth coating that is typical of some of the hoppy Odell offerings. Great body though.

This is a bold aggressive wake up for spring kind of beer. Very drinkable and will appeal both to malt and hop fans. One that I just wish were available all year.

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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 jsh420
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to cosmohophead for this extra

pours a clear amber with a 2 finger head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells of huge floral and pine hops

taste is even better then the smell - this beer reminds me a whole lot of 3f alpha king - big floral and pine hops up front then a smooth carmel malt finish

mouthfeel is where this one disappointed me i felt the carbonation was a little low making the body seem a little heavy

drinkability is great but its too bad odell does not distribute in IL.

forget fire tire hype this is the best amber from CO. and probably the best in the states.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep aged copper in color, topped with a nice off white head

s: immediately struck with a nosefull of fresh, pulpy citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine - resting on a malty dark caramel body evoking torched sugars and dark cookies, some pineapple lurking

m: carbonation medium, body about the same

t: the taste follows the nose - juicy citrus hops set this red/amber apart from the crowd, most notably sweet grapefruit and tangerine, nice grainy caramel body, dark bread, appropriately bitter, seamlessly balanced

d: easy - a satisfactory six-pack pickup

sourced from the Liquor Depot, Rock Springs, WY

dated 05/21/10

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Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine back in mid January for $8.99.

Beer poured a deep copper color with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is very good, strong malt presence combining with a very pleasant citrus aroma. Taste is pretty balanced; caramel hops form a nice backbone, hop finish is citrusy and piney. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth for the style. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very good beer that is well balanced and easy to drink for fans used to an IPA level of hops in their beer.

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Photo of beergoot
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes out a rich red color with a thick, creamy light tan head; plenty of stickiness and lacing on the glass. Strong pine and spruce hop aromas emanate from the beer with a good biscuit and caramel malt presence in the background. The taste is rich and malty (caramel predominantly) with a prominent hop bitterness blending nicely with everything. The feel is almost medium in body with a fairly clean, smooth finsih.

Odell's makes some fine hoppy beers, and their Red is no exception. Rich and flavorful with good balance and complexity makes this a beer to look forward to year after year.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far this brewery hasn't dissappointed.
Nice amber color with dark red with brown and gold. Initially smaller head, but great stamina that at about 1/2 way began to show markings with each drink.
Complex hop aroma with some citrus and some flowery quality. Apparent malt background.
Flavor matches aroma in complexity of hop profile. Malt backing more apparent and hints at some sweetness. Adequately dry finish.
Some creaminess from head shows in flavor. Moderately light body.
This is good, but not quite as impressive as the others I've had. I've noted that some hoppy beers fit the winter and others the summer, and I think this fits the later better (for some reason).

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

The pour produced a lot more head than I was expecting, almost too much, but it was still a good-looking, frothy head that formed into a plateaued peak. The head was persistent and chewy in appearance. A copper red liquid with billowing carbonation and a clean, filtered look beneath the head looked delicious. Add to this the semi-opaque appearance and orange hues that add some intrigue.

This beer's smell will take you to paradise. Very tropical and fruity. I get citrusy and piney hops, sweet tropical fruit and bread. The beer is very pungent and aromatic and these notes carry on to the flavor. The palate gets sweet, citrus and bread initially, some pineapple, orange and grapefruit then follow. The beer then finishes sharp, piney and bitter.

This beer is very spring-like, even if it was released while we're still in the clutches of winter. It's light, effervescent and easy-drinking. Starting sweet the beer becomes dry and then finishes bitter. It's distinct from most reds and IPAs in that it's not as creamy and malty and much easier to throw back.

It's a pleasant drink and one I could drink far into the summer. I could easily finish a six pack on my own.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber with a creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity, piney, resiny hops with a little pepper and some nutty malts.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and fruit with a nice piney lightly resinous hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice drinking well balanced beer. It has some great hop flavors.

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Photo of Moose90
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 4/27/13
This is fresh, first batch of the year

A – Pours a strong 2" head, settles down to A light amber pillow that stays throughout, leaving good lace.

S – Hops, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, this beer also adds in clover, honey and cinnamon, great winter time notes; however they are greatly subdued.

T – Nice hop character, great balance with the malt however. The clover honey comes through again, there is a nice sweet malt balance here, but it is not overdone.

M – Just about perfect, smooth, velvet, this is exceptional, if anything it has a short finish.

O – Wonderful beer, too bad it is only a seasonal offering, but it just makes this beer that much better. Perfect balance, brings subdued local winter spice to a nice and hoppy beer. A+ Odell.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber-brown color with a large head, more than a cm thick, dense and lasting.
S: Highly resinous hop aroma, with an faint underlay of sweet malt.
T: Great mix of malt and hops! Initial taste is highly bitter with a rush of hop flavor, piney, wood resin, followed by a substantial malt backbone, toasted, with caramel, sweet enough to break the hoppy dryness at the finish.
M: Good body, substantial but not too thick and heavy.
O: Damn tasty beer, one of the better red IPAs out there.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sexy amber with off-white head that is thick at first then recedes to a thin layer that remains for the pint. Nose has a very nice fruity component, perhaps passion fruit or at least a very mixed batch of fruit aromas. A generous toffee sweetness is welcomed onto the palate at first, with plenty of "juicy fruit" hoppiness in the balance. There's a slight candied quality to this ale too. Finish is toffee sweet with lingering citrus. Very drinkable and quite delicious.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 3, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 26, 2013

Poured a dark red clear color with one finger of khaki tan head that dissipated quickly. Average sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention, surprising considering how fast the head disappeared.

Smelled a surprising whiff of floral hops to start. Also got some nutty malts, buttery malts and some light caramel malts.

Tasted floral hops, buttery malts and nutty malts for the most part. Hops are the best part here.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.

This beer had its moments but I think something was just a bit off. That being said, I’d probably give it another try.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this one on tap this afternoon at the Odell Brewery in Fort Collins. Nice aroma here, citrus hops and sweet malt. On the palate, this one is fairly medium bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, caramel, sweet malt, spruce and milk chocolate.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 0z bottle best by 04 /11

A-pours a nice crimson color with a creamy khaki 1 finger head with
a nice lacing and collar

S- is pine and hops ,grass citrus and malts

T- is a hop forward ale with a great hop presence.loads of citrus and pine hop tastes then it is nicely balanced with sweet caramel malts very nice balance of hops/malts

M-- nicely carbonated full of hop/malt flavor,,creamy and smooth very little bitterness and very fresh

D- so drinkable with a hop and malt explosion that is very nicely balanced ,,really liked this one and will be going back for a sixer or two more

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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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Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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