February 15 2010, 11:40 AM
I've made it no secret throughout my seven years of covering Colorado beers that Odell Brewing's IPA is one of my favorite. When I finally took a trip to Fort Collins to visit the brewery, it was the first brew I ordered. Until they accidentally mixed up my order and gave me their Red Ale. Red ales are often saddled with adjectives like "sticky" and "sweet," so I was less than enthusiastic about my mistaken pint. But it glowed a gorgeous copper in the glass, and I'm not one to send back a pretty beer. It took just that one pint for my Red Ale affections to rival those for the IPA. Odell's Red is neither sticky nor sweet. It starts with a blast of grapefruity hops and has a remarkably clean mouthfeel and crisp finish. Despite its coloring (never skip pouring this one into a pint glass), I can't help but put this beer closer to a pale ale category rather than a red. Either way, it's fast become one of my favorite seasonals. Grab it before it leaves shelves in April.