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Beer Review: Odell Brewing Company’s Shenanigans

May 3, 2012

I’ve been getting press releases from Odell for some time now, usually highlighting some new brew, so I finally asked if they ever send review samples.  They obliged by sending me a bottle of their Shenanigans. Here is a description of Odell Shenanigans from their website:

Our spirited brewers diligently cultivate recipes on our pilot brewing playground. Sometimes, things don’t turn out as planned…they turn out better. Destined for another adventure, this delightful crimson ale is aged in oak with just a touch of Brettanomyces. The subtle Brett tartness balances the rich amber malt with hints of dried fruit and light citrus. Our ode to the happy accident, Shenanigans was just too good not to share. 9.1% Alc. by Vol.

Sounds interesting and tasty…let’s just see…

The Pour
This poured (perhaps I poured too vigorously) with a massive three finger thick, pillowy caramel colored head smothering a very hazy reddish orange beer.   That ended up being about the softest, creamiest, fluffiest head I’ve had in some time! (Wow, that sounds dirty)

The Nose
Tart cherry and a good sourness were most present upfront, with some malt sweetness present as well as a slight hoppy note.  An oak presence was definitely observed as well, as kind of a woody hint hiding in the shadows.

The Taste
This is a good, oaky beer with a slight sourness to it…a sourness I wanted to be turned up a notch.  There was a slight sweetness to it as well, balancing out the tart nature of it. This beer is medium-bodied, with a slight lean towards full-bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.  I also seemed to notice peppery notes on the finish as it warmed.  There was also a slight citrusy tinge to it all. It’s funny to say, but if I didn’t know it was higher ABV, I wouldn’t have known it was higher ABV. (You didn’t notice the alcohol is what I mean.)

Scoring Breakdown

Appearance: The head was quite voluminous. 9 points out of 10

Nose: A good nose to be sure, very upfront about the tastes to come . 13 out of 15

Taste: This was an intriguing, sour beer with good complexity. 48 out of 55

Style: I don’t know quite what style to compare this beer to.  BeerAdvocate calls a similarly aged crimson ale from Odell an “American Strong Ale”.  Since this part of the scoring is intended to help offset my personal opinion of the taste of the beer, I’ll give it a decent 17 out of 20

Total rating: 87 points out of 100.

In a nutshell: A little more tartness to it would have, in my opinion, made this a better beer, but this is very tasty and intriguing regardless.

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Press Release: Odell Brewing Celebrates 10,000th Brew

July 14, 2010

Fort Collins, Colo. – On Wednesday July 14, 2010, Odell Brewing brewed their 10,000th batch of beer. The brewery will mark this milestone by celebrating their flagship beer, 90 Shilling.

90 Shilling was first introduced at the brewery’s opening party in 1989. Lighter than a traditional Scottish ale, 90 Shilling is an irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale. The brew is named for the Scottish method of taxing beer where only the highest quality beers were taxed 90 Shillings.

“When we started brewing in 1989,” said Doug Odell, brewery founder. “90 Shilling was one of our first brews, and it was a big departure from the beers most people were drinking back then. Craft beer tastes have changed quite a bit since then, but 90 Shilling remains a flavorful and drinkable classic.”

On July 14th, Odell Brewing tour goers can learn special historical facts about 90 Shilling and the brewery. They are also invited to come back after the beer is packaged on August 4, 2010 for samples of the brew, live music, and 90 Shilling soaked brats courtesy of Beaver’s Market.

Odell Brewing was named a “Best Company to Work For” in Colorado and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2010 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for Woodcut No. 3, silver medal for India Barleywine, silver medal for Red Ale, and bronze for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2010 Australian  International Beer Awards – silver for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, silver for 90 Shilling, and bronze for IPA.  2010 World Beer Cup® – bronze for Red Ale. 2010 Denver International Beer Competition – silver for IPA, and silver for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2009 Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival – silver medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, bronze medal for 90 Shilling. 2009 BrewNZ Awards – gold for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, silver for 90 Shilling, and silver for IPA. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA, silver for Double Pilsner, silver for Cutthroat Porter. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA, silver medal for Easy Street Wheat, bronze medal for Extra Special Red.

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