Here I hold yet another brew courtesy of BitterBill, you the man Bill! I can smell the hops oozing from this beer as I pour. A ruby red liquid fills my pint glass and glows copper when directly backlit. A few large carbonation bubbles shoot past a couple steady streams of smaller bubbles. The head snaps to attention at two fingers in height and leaves behind an incredibly sticky sheet of lacing after each drink. This is a damn fine looking red ale.
The nose screams hops, which is something I always crave in a red ale. Crystal malts and smooth easy caramel lay down the base for the Pac NW hoppiness. The hops are all citrus and all orange in varying styles. Orange peel, orange oil, and candied peel all keep the orange complexities flowing. The malts used in combination with the candy like hoppiness make this beer smell like an actual piece of candy, like it'll rot your teeth. When I dig a little deeper the orange does morph into sweetened grapefruit but that's deep.
This is by no means a hop bomb but the hop profile is the main force in the overall flavor. I can't describe much more than what the aroma showed me. This beer follows it nearly flawlessly. Crystal, candy like maltiness and slightly sweet caramel surround the orange, citric hoppy core. Odell serves up a candy driven red ale that is a sheer pleasure to drink.
I couldn't ask for a better mouthfeel. The body of this brew is medium and the carbonation is lively, pushing the liquid across the tongue quickly and leaving behind a pleasant bitterness. The feel, while moving at a quick pace, is silky smooth. Very nicely done.
If this red ale was available here I'd buy and drink it often. I could see myself going to this as a session brew often.
Odell makes some great beer and they raise the bar for the standard styles every other brewery around the country brews. The Red Ale keeps that tradition going with its great flavor and drinkability. Thanks for another treat, Bill!
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