Town Pump Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Town Pump Pale Ale
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Crosling on 12-18-2003)
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Photo of KenGage
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
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

Photo of schoenfelderr
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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).

Photo of mikerieder
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of RyanCrawford
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at the Odell Brewery - June 2013

A - Golden amber color, 1 finger of head, tons of lace

A - Nice aroma, big citrus fruit flavored hop aroma from the whole hops

T - Extremely hoppy pale ale, nice take on a traditional English style. Much better than a traditional english pale ale with the extra hoppy kick

M - Light bodied, light carbonation. Smooth

O - A very tasty pale ale. Well done

Photo of palliko
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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!

Photo of bump8628
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of buffs9
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of G-Hawk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Lelampp
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of PalatePilot
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of mc4z
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Town Pump Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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