talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a sparkling clear, rusty, blood red color with an average, creamy, fluffy, yellowish-beige color head; it is somewhat lasting, and leaves some drippy rings of lace. Nose is certainly dry-hopped and very much so with lots of grass, some lightly spicy resinous piney notes, white grapefruit, and some fainter notes of perfumey hops and toasted sweet breads. Flavor is expected with assertive dry-hopping notes above a hidden malt base; not as complex as the nose but filled with lots of bitter grass, slightly oily, moderate spicey resins, light white grapefruit peel, and faint rustic notes and toasted sweet breads. Palate is medium, oily, a touch drying, and lively. Finishes fairly oily, nearly all bitter (moderately high), with lingering grapefruit peel and drying notes of resins and rustic notes. A nice hop forward APA with a red color, but not what I would call an Amber. Whatever the style, it does have nice balance (for a APA hop bomb) and a nice palate to support the hops flavors and bitterness. A little like an amped up 5 Barrel with more dry-hopping, more power, and slightly more malts.
grampageoff (16) - arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Bottle. This just came out and I was eager to try it as I am a big fan of O’dell’s other beers. I was not disappointed. Really pretty red color with a pillowy finger and a half head. Pretty good lacing throughout. Nose is citrus and hop flowers, a little pine. Smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Really nice hoppy flavor that fades to slightly sweet as the aftertaste fades. This is a severely good beer. Much closer to an IPA than an amber ale. I’ll have to try this side by side with their IPA. Definitely worth seeking out.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This could easily be mistaken for an IPA.. Great transparent red color and smells like the grassiest fruity hops. The taste is bitter grassy hops again, fruit and bitterness. I guess you could call this red based upon the color but the smell and taste say hoppy IPA.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-16-2009 04:21:29