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Town Pump Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Town Pump Pale Ale
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

GRG1313, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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

StonedTrippin, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

WesWes, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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).

DoubleJ, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

smakawhat, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

ArrogantB, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

outoffocus, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

emmasdad, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Crosling, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Beaver13, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

GilGarp, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of KVNBGRY
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

KVNBGRY, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Gregwa, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of JohnParadee
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JohnParadee, Tuesday at 05:17 PM
Photo of bump8628
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

bump8628, May 29, 2012
Photo of mc4z
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mc4z, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

stampfler07, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

HattedClassic, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

denver10, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BDeibs, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ChrisKayler, May 31, 2013
Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -16.2%

fishguyac, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

hopfacebrew, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of loren01
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

loren01, Sep 05, 2005
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Town Pump Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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