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Town Pump Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Town Pump Pale Ale
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%


Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 12-18-2003)
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a half pint nonic glass at Odell's tasting room in Fort Collins. From notes.

A very opaque and pale amber body, with a combination of fast and slow rising carbonation, particularly on one edge. A light soft off white collar is presented, not too large, but inviting.

Nose has a light grainy sense, hints of flour. A perhaps mild herbal hop is peaking through.

Taste hits with a hop pine at first in the mid palate, with a light lingering bitterness. Finishes clean, but also brings a bit of oil density from a hop angle. As it warms, hints of tea and orange perkalate all over, there's a chewy yeasty character to this beer also, kind of... "stanky?". Lively crisp carbonation matching the clean feeling.

Overall pretty solid pale ale and very drinkable too.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 00:20:09 | More by smakawhat
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Similar in appearance to Odell IPA in look, this pale ale is orange with yellow hues, but with head retention that isn't as extraordinary as the IPA. The nose is very balanced, leaning a little towards the malt side than the hop side. Floral, pine, and orange aromas brighten the senses. The theme of balance continues into the taste, where biscuit and caramel flavors make a good base for a splash of hops. Rather clean too. A good and drinkable pale ale (though how it compare to 5 Barrel Pale Ale is a mystery to me, as I have yet to try that beer).

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 21:15:38 | More by DoubleJ
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denver10

Colorado

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a nice foamy white head, constant effervescense of bubbles rising to the surface, and decent lacing. An bright, floral and sweet aroma; florals and a touch of some lemon from the dry hopping, sweet toffee and dough from the malt. Flavor was bright with the toffee, floral, and lemon playing off each other quite nicely. A nice creamy, active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid brew. As described by the Odell employee who took my order this was kinda like a dry hopped amberand I am glad she described it as such. In that light I was able to enjoy this far more than I would have were I to have though of this along the lines of a pale ale. It shares the brightness and crispness of a pale ale but flavor and aroma was all about this being a dry hopped amber, and a good one at that. Next time I stop by the brewery I might have to check out their Levity Amber to compare that fresh to this and see which one I prefer. As of now, my vote goes to this.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2012 23:55:25 | More by denver10
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a serviceable pale ale. or should i say "pail" ale, as its actually called. this one pours perfectly clear less than amber or golden, but pale as. decent white head. smells like english and american malts, bready, doughy even. the hops are too subdued for me in the nose and in the flavor, i need a bit more from a pale ale. all up this is made for the masses, which odells doesnt usually do, they usually cater to the discerning palate, but this is dumbed down too much for me. some good malty complexity, but this doesnt touch the 5 barrel pale ale. feel is fine, light in body and plenty carbonated, but its not exciting. one of my least favorite odell brews, just nothing memorable or standout to me. fair at best

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 02:31:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh on-tap at the Odell tasting room. Town Pump...I don't even want to know. Pours orange-gold, looks clean and well-crafted like everything else Odell brews. Malt forward for the style but still balanced. Lots bread, toast, and general "grainy" flavors. Hops have a pleasant herbal/floral flavor with just a touch of citrus at the end. Really nice, but with an outstanding flagship-type pale ale such as 5 Barrel I'm just not sure where this fits in.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 17:33:22 | More by bump8628
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a growler up at the brewery. Poured to pint glass the beer appears translucent amber golden colored with a thin 1/2 finger white cap, some retention, very little lacing. The nose is delicate yet pleasant with spicy floral hop character and a caramel malt sweetness.The flavor is very much the same and has a nice balance of sweetness from the malt and mild bitterness from the hops. Very easy to drink. Smooth mouthfeel and well carbonated. Overall, I don't enjoy this as much as 5 Barrel but it is still good.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2012 18:01:14 | More by hopfacebrew
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Odell Brewing.

Pours with a 1 finger almost perfectly white head, with good consistent lacing.

Smells of dried fruit, grain, biscuit, and a hint of grassy hops.

Tastes raisiny, grainy, and roasty.

Tight, dry, clean finish and low carbonation.

Overall this was okay, but nothing special at all. Didn't hate it, but wouldn't choose to drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 01:04:02 | More by syrupjoe
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Odell Brewery in Fort Collins. Poured a nice light amber color, with a decent white head. Aromas of biscuit, sweet malt and light hops. Light bodied and crisp, with flavors of biscuit, sweet malts and just a hint of citrus.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:32:35 | More by emmasdad
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codewarrior

New York

2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had as part of the pilot tasting. This was by far the standout worst of the tasting.

L: Coppery-gold. Goodly amount of carbonation. Soapy head, good pour.

S: Slight hoppiness, but not much going on in the nose at all.

T: Crisp hops up front fading into a watery sweet finish and then disappearing entirely, at a speed that would make david copperfield envious.

F: Touch watery, even considering the style.

D: meh. seriously.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 03:21:58 | More by codewarrior
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours a light amber color with a bit of a white head. The nose brings some floral hops as well as a bit of spice. Nice combination. The taste is a bit plain with some moderate bread and caramel flavors with a bit of a floral component. Slightly bitter feel with good carbonation. Drinks fairly well but nowhere near their IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 01:36:00 | More by Thorpe429
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KenGage

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint glass at the Town Pump

A - Clear...light to medium brown

S - Light malts and light hops

T - Three dimensional...interplay between the hops and the malts made this one a freaking joy to drink

M - Nothing exceptional...just right

D - Would have sat there all day if we hadn't been entertaining guests

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 01:37:11 | More by KenGage
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was available at the brewery today so I picked up a growler. I always get this one when I'm at the Town Pump in Old Town Ft. Collins but's a special treat to enjoy one at home.

Pours from the growler with very little head, low retention, no lacing. It has a red/gold color and excellent clarity.

Aroma is nicely hopped. It has spicy, floral, and sweet notes.

Flavor is just right in terms of the bitter/sweet balance. It has a nice level of hopiness for a pale ale. The hops are grassy but in a fresh and pleasant way.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability is high. It's best straight from the tap but a growler is the only way to take some home.

Serving type: growler

08-20-2008 01:55:45 | More by GilGarp
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An ale which was golden amber in color with almost no head to speak of. The smell was malty and the taste was reminiscent of vegetal greens and ginger snaps for some odd reason. Not my favorite but still a decent beer. This is brewed for the oldest bar in Ft. Collins, which I thought was cool. It is really hard for me to think of a witty way to describe the nuances of beer, and that pisses me off. I'm not sure why this is listed as "retired" since it is on tap at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 17:06:49 | More by ArrogantB
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loren01

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap the other day at O dell's. The bartender actually called it an IPA, said it was dry hopped. Anyway it was a light amber color with good carbonation and lacing down the glass. Smell is very skunky and hoppy with a slight citrus smell also. Taste very very bitter, too much for my tastes. Was not balanced hardly at all. I like hoppy beers but this one was just a little too bitter. I recommend their 5 Barrell pale ale which is hoppy but much more balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 15:30:57 | More by loren01
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palliko

California

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from the tap yesterday at the brewery. They tell me it is named for a local pub called (you guessed it!) The Town Pump. It is one of their pilot beers they brewed for the pub, because they have a clientele that prefers massively hopped beer. In appearance it is a deep copper with beige foam and sticky lace. Aroma is overwhelmingly floral, bitter hops, with a hint of malt, and grass. Initial taste is of the aromatic hops, dried fruits, spices, lime and malt. A hop-lovers dream!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 17:38:48 | More by palliko
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WesWes

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with some bitter hop aroma. The taste is average. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that finishes musty and bitter. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent APA, but the musty character has to go. Until then, it's one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2005 15:36:52 | More by WesWes
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Town Pump poured a copper color with a frothy white head that went to a thin film and laced the glass.

Its aroma was grassy, citrus, sprucey hops.

The flavor was a little sweet initially with a piney hoppy finish, and a sticky bitter aftertaste. It had a good medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall, this was a decent APA - kind of reminiscent of Hazed & Infused. I wonder if this is dry hopped as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2004 06:22:07 | More by Beaver13
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Crosling

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Town Pump Pale Ale is a beer that Odell brews just on their pilot system. They sell barrels of it to the Town Pump bar in Fort Collins and have it on-tap at the brewery.

Sampled on-tap at the brewery.

A Reddish Amber with a prominent off white head. Nice lacing throughout and nice head retention.

Aroma was dominated by hops, grass and there is a hint of malt under the hoppy aromatics as well.

Definately could tell that it was dry hopped. Very musty with hints of cedar, raisin bread, citrus and a unique malt undertone.

Overall, it was nice to be able to try this but I certainly hope Odell doesn't go on and pursue this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2003 05:56:32 | More by Crosling
Town Pump Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.