Thursday, March 3, 2011

Odell Brewing Company Runoff Red IPA (formerly Red Ale)

This is a spring seasonal from the Odell Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado. It was formerly just their "Red Ale" and you can see that below. The new name is inspired by spring snow melt, resulting in "run off."

The beer pours a deep copper and red in color. There is a short head off light tan foam. The aroma is piney, tangy, spicy and malty, with a caramel note. The taste is roasted malt, a tinge of smokiness, sparring with a piney and tangy hoppiness. The result is a beautiful draw of clashing flavors. It is medium bodied with a refreshing carbonation, and moderately bitter on the finish. Solidly done, like every Odell beer.

2011:  The beer is 6.5% ABV and pours a very dark, copper and amber in color with light ruby tints. It has a half inch of dense head, off-white in color. It leaves some light lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed. The aroma is hop forward at first, pine and light tropical fruit, followed by a wave of caramel maltiness, with tobacco and tea. The taste follows the aroma and has a long, lingering aftertaste that stays true to the original flavor. It drinks easy and light, but with strong flavor. This is a very enjoyable beer, as is every Odell offering; they are a strong brewer.

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