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Footprint RegionAle - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 196
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

40% Ale aged in oak barrels, 40% Ale with natural flavors added, 10% Ale aged in wine barrels, 5% Ale brewed with honey, 5% Ale brewed with wild rice.

There are ten states that make up what we call our 'distribution footprint'. Each state made a unique contribution to FOOTPRINT. This artful ale is our tribute to these states in which our beer is available. The result is a crafty collective of regional flavors:

Colorado - Hops and Barley
Arizona - Prickly Pear
Idaho - Barley and Hops
Kansas - Wheat
Minnesota - Wild Rice
Missouri - Oak Barrels
Nebraska - Corn
New Mexico - Green Chilies
South Dakota - Barley and Honey
Wyoming - Wheat
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Photo of TVolt1
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A" Great clear orange color with a moderate amount of white head that stays for awhile and a good amount of lacing.

S: Great smelling beer. Smells like a DIPA with an underlying banana smell included in the malt. Smells of oranges and lemons. Canmt wait to taste!

T: Good taste. Initally tastes like a DIPA with a strong cascde hop flavors followed by lemons, followed by pear and finishes with a malty banana taste. GREAT!

M: Good moderate mouthfeel with mediumj carb.

O: OVerall, love it!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, the newest brew from Odell...

A - Very light orange color with lots of yellows and whites... Nice foamy head rises and slowly falls. Some spotted lacing remains left behind. Brew is not too clear, perhaps age will help clarify. You can tell much of the coloring came from the wild rice, almost a purple tine was given to this brew.

S - Nice orange and hop spice slams your nose. Mild oak/vanilla speaks easy. The honey stands out as well as the wheat. The chilies are very well hidden.

T/M - Very nice. Sweetened very well, not sugary by any means. The pear is nicely meet by the honey and wheat. This is a wheat based brew with lots of unique intricacies... Heat from the chilies are unnoticeable, only slight flavor kicks out.the 40% in oak is a great benefit to this brew, the vanilla is mellow and much needed. Perfect carbonation and mild heat. medium bodied and awesome bold bitterness that bring your thirst back for more.

O - A very pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting too much from this brew, but it finishes very nice. The label doesn't sell this brew, but the flavor and contents will. Awesome job to the guys at Odell! Highly recommended, grab one if you're able.

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Photo of bjohn84
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to opening this one after sitting in the back of the fridge for the last couple months. Poured from bottle into large 25oz glass

A - Lots of fluffy white head on this one. Had to wait Great clarity with a brown orange.

S - Pineapple upside down cake comes first and strong. Get some citrus and crispness

T - Refreshing tropical crispness up front. Booze is present on back end, but not overpowering. Honey flavors come through somewhere in the middle, and blends in with the booze at the back

M - Medium Heavy Mouthfeel does well to cover up a lot of the booze. Medium levels of carbonation

O - Kind of has flavors all over the place, and has quite a bit more citrus than I was expecting here for a strong ale, but I would say overall I enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of dbossman
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy apricot hue with a large, thick, and foamy, and creamy head that eventually fades to a 1/4 inch head; lacing is fantastic

S: It's difficult to tell for sure what I actually pick up from what I've just read about is in here but it's definitely grainy and a touch boozy and a touch spicy; pineapples, prickly pears, chilies, apples, black pepper, booze; this smells complex and awesome

T: This is grainy and fruity; hops and yeast are the stars here and although there is a subtle spice; the pineapple from the hops and the bready grains shine through; I also taste a boozy sweet-honey presence in the finish

F: Creamy, medium body--the yeast really creates a nice mouth feel

O: Such an amazing, complex beer; the alcohol is present but it isn't over powering; fantastic job O'Dell!

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle with a friend. It poured a hazy amber with a very tall white head. First impression: a tasty mess. I'll concede that I'm usually a little dubious of beers with big levels of mixing like this. This one, however, doesn't seem to lose too much. It comes off a like a peppercorn tripel. There's a dry spy character with a touch of heat. Sweet flavors with a hit of light juice (maybe that prickly pear) pop in, but the dry, bitter cut of the beer overbalances them. The aroma has a touch of honey and a heavy floral spice that veers in the direction of Belgian saison. There's a high alcohol note in the aroma, but that just makes me want to get a second bottle to age. Overall, a complex beer that's quite tasty and a great choice if you want to sit down and think about your beer.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally Footprint in the cooler at the store! Been waiting to try this beer for a while, sounds so interesting. Cool idea in concept. Served to NBB globe glass the beer pours a lighter orange color with a yellow edge in the light. Decent 1 finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Slightly hazy but still transparent. If not for the tied down cap the cork would have exploded out long ago, almost exploded on me! Interesting and complex nose: Oak, citrus, vanilla, honey, wheat, and a bit of spice. Surprisingly the chili pepper is not prominent if even detectable. The flavors converge very well. The beer begins with a nice sweetness that doesn't overwhelm but rather provides a base for the other flavors to grow. Fruity with hints of apple and pear character as well as the citrus found in the nose. Honey and wheat flavors are mellow but blend nicely. Again, the chili pepper isn't detectable. The oak really brings everything together, very nice. Vanilla on the back end. Very complex beer. Finishes crisp and smooth. Mildly bitter. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hides the higher abv very well. Overall, wasn't sure what to expect from this one and really enjoyed it. I look forward to purchasing another.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey colored with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Hazes a bit as this warms, sticky lacing, great head retention

S: Bready notes, grassyness, some lemon,

T: Honey malt & bready notes, along with lemony & grassy notes up front, nice wheat crispness for a beer this big, along with some grapefruit. Loads of grapefruit & bit wheat tartness as this warms, with plenty of honey malt as well, nice pinapple notes. Big citrus explosion in the finish, nice tartness, a bit of pepperyness (chiles & prickly pear???) & little bit of yeasty twang

MF: Chewy with light carbonation, nice balance

An interesting beer for the style, drinkable enough. Seems more like a DIPA or amped up wheatbeer to me. Minor deduction for being off style

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Photo of andrenaline
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, thumb of head with solid retention and chunky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, cloves, pineapple and mango with a hint of musty wooden oak.

T - A sweet pineapple hop flavour,the barrel aging comes through nicely with wooden flavors complementing ripe fruit flavors, citrus notes and a touch of honey on the finish. Hints of peppery spice linger alongside a bready malt. The ABV is almost undetected, offering up a touch of sweetness.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touc of dryness.

O - A tasty brew well worth indulging in. Complex flavour profile that lets you discover a plethora of flavors throughout the experience. Glad they had one of these left on the shelf.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours a 4 finger head. Thick lacing. Solid retention. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

S. Yeast, honey, sweet malt, candied fruit, oak, earthiness. Really delicous smelling beer. Really quite a bit of smells going on in the aroma of this beer. Overall a pretty sweet yeasty smelling beer.

T. A vast array of flavors. Sweet and dry malt flavors. You get a full depth of flavor all the way across the tongue, from intial sip to swallow the flavors change. Light fruit, crystal malt, honey, oak, wood, a hint of vanilla. Pretty cool to have a beer that is sweet and dry at the same time.

M. Medium bodied. Meidum carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O. Interesting beer. I liked this quite a bit. Its pretty hard to describe all of the individual componets, but the beer as a whole is really good. Interested to see how this one might develop over time.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a full finger white bubbly head. Color is a burnt orange with good visibility. Lacing and glass retention are great.

S: Pineapple, navel orange, molasses, yeast, malt. Clean and crisp.

T: Complex. Pineapple bundt cake coupled with apples soaked in alcohol. I pick up toffee, creme brulee and cherry.

M: Mouth massage. Great carbonation, mouthfeel. Crispy yet smooth. Sticky.

O: Sitting on my back porch on this abnormally cool summer day, this beer delivers. So complex yet refreshing, I'm suprised not to see higher scores.

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Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This guy's traveled quite away out of Odell's regional footpoint, let's see how it holds up. RegionAle pours a briskly carbonated yellow-orange color with a finger of head. The aroma is very citrus-dominant, it almost smells like a more citrus heavy IPA, even this long after bottling. There's also oak, wheat, and a bit of spice. The taste is rather complex while remaining citrus heavy. A decent amount of hops still remain. There's some fruits and honey in here, as well as plenty of adjuncts. Chilis hang out in the back, providing just a little spice. The late finish is woody with a bit of booze. Sweet, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is rather light and crisp for the ABV, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a solid and complex ale, especially for those looking for some "lighter" flavors in a strong ale. It kind of reminds me of Lagunitas' Lucky 13.alt in that way, even if their flavor profiles are rather different.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle, poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy golden to orange in color, with a thick white head that leaves very nice lacing. Head retention is very good, even with it's strength.

S: I don't even know what to think at first. Orange marmalade, with grassy hop tones, some apple, and a hint of spice. Also a slight medicinal quality on the nose.

T: Some caramel malt comes forward first, followed by big notes of orange, mint, and spices. Almost like orange Tic-Tacs. Chiles add just a touch of heat on the mid-palate. Drys out on the finish, which is quite long.

Notes: Medium in body and has complex flavor. This is one of the oddest-tasting beers I have tried in some time, yet I am really enjoying it. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, making this beer quite easy to drink. A very cool, unique, and quite tasty brew from Odell!

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Photo of pigc
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. No date.

A - Pours a blond color with huge four finger head that lingers for some time and finally fades off rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Mild hops, peppery spice, wheat.

T - Some mild and a bit spicy taste right up front, hops are there but the peppery spice takes over mid palate. Wheat and a touch of corn come into play as well.

M - Medium body with abundant carbonation.

O - This is a very interesting ale to say the least. With so many ingredients and so much going on the flavors seem to meld all together. The green chilies seem to stand out to me as well as the wheat. Good beer but maybe a few too many ingredients. I like the idea of making this beer though.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis. I love the concept behind this beer, so when I saw it on tap, I had to try it. Poured into a goblet.

Clear yellow-orange, with the lightest touch of haze. Brought with no head, but some stellar map-like lacing. Quite a nice-looking beer.

Smell is kinda hoppy, kinda malty, and generally hard to pin down. Really nice grassy hops (I rarely say that), buoyed by a lightly sweet malt base. Hard to describe, as there isn't anything that really jumps out, but I like it.

Flavor is warm, slightly sweet, and mildly hoppy. A blend of all things light and good in beer. Finish wavers between light bitterness and slightly sweet. Once again, it's difficult to describe. But it's good.

Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Long finish, maintaining the tingling feeling on the tongue much longer than I expect it to.

Everything about this beer is difficult to classify, but good. It’s a beer of halves - half this, half that, half this other thing, half some of this other thing. Definitely belongs in the boundary-less category of "other strong ale". And it's a good one.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours clear dark gold with a huge creamy bubbly white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is slightly tart tropical fruits, honey and wheaty malts with a little chili.

The flavor is wheaty malts, honey, vanilla and a lot of sweet tropical fruits with a hint of chili spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it’s pretty subtle but a very well balanced complex blend. I like the malts and tropical fruits with a hint of spice. It’s very easy drinking and seems more like a 4% beer rather than 9.5%

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up today at the COOP .... paid about $12.50.

From the website.

"There are TEN states that make up what we call our ‘distribution footprint.’ Each state made a unique contribution to FOOTPRINT. This artful ale is our tribute to these states in which our beer is available. The result is a crafty collective of regional flavors:

Colorado - Hops & Barley, Arizona - Prickly Pear, Idaho - Barley & Hops, Kansas - Wheat, Minnesota - Wild Rice, Missouri - Oak Barrels, Nebraska - Corn, New Mexico – Green Chilis, South Dakota – Barley & Honey, Wyoming - Wheat"

From the bottle.

"40% ale aged in oak barrels. 40% ale with natural flavors added. 10% ale aged in wine barrels. 5% ale brewed with honey. 5% ale brewed with wild rice"

Pours a deep golden with nice white head and good lacing.

Beer smells pretty sweet and oakey.... some apricot and lite peachiness.

Good bitterness up front.... some sweetness quickly moves into lightly vinous barrel qualities... dries out nicely on the finish... Not really getting anything in the way of chili except just a touch of heat at the end.

Body is thicker than expected.. still a nice carbonation.

All 4's.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure honey gold with an expanding off white head. Abundant, consistent beading. Smells complex - spicy, the pear dominates. Very fresh. The taste is again defined by the prickly pear. Really a nice balance of what could have been a mess of a beer. Refreshing, approachable, delicious. Well done. All 4's and deservedly so.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

something entirely different here. amazing concept, brewed with ingredients from all ten states that odells distributes to, including peppers, rice, and some other unconventional stuff. pours a cloudy golden color, or even a bit darker than that, with a very lively white head with excellent retention. smells fruity like pears, hot like chilli peppers, and floral like some really nice fresh hops. flavor evolves like crazy, as does the mouthfeel. starts with a big hit of sweet fruit, but that only lasts for a second. it moves then to a yeasty bright but very dry middle, and then some gentle heat in the conclusion, but nothing overwhelming at all, just a slight burn there. well carbonated and medium to fuller body. its not my favorite odell beer, and perhaps a bit unfocused, but its well made as always, and the idea behind it is original and special. worth a try, even at close to 15 bucks a bomber.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with cork and cage served cold into goblet.

Footprint is a hazy golden yellow color with thick white head. It settles slowly leaving some spoty lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with great grapefruit character. A little of the chilli pepper comes through here too.

Flavor is intense with citrusy hops dominating. Oak, floral, grass, and chili come secondarily.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly well balanced but clearly hop-centric. Alcohol is strong but not overpowering.

Overall a very unique and tasty beer but, for me, probably only worth a try once given the price.

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Photo of Archimedes
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden honey color. Smelled of citrus, toffee, malt and booze.

You can definitely taste the citrus as well as the honey and a hint of spice, the alcohol presence is there but not overpowering. Alot of complex other flavors mingling in. Never had anything quite like it before, but I like it! Would definitely buy another bottle.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light traces of lace on the glass.

S - fruity and spicy notes of licorice, pepper, red apple and pine with a touch of vanilla.

T - thick, bready malt up front with notes of plum and red apple. Some licorice character in the middle and a finish of graham cracker, dark fruit, vanilla, and more black licorice.

M - a fairly thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - interesting and complex (as a beer that is apparently made of five different beers blended together should be). They character of the various barrels and casks barley asserts itself, but the base beer is well made and has an excellent spicy yeast character that carries everything else. Overall it is worth a try, but it is no tragedy that this is a one time brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Bottle # 8037-2011.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with tea and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Odell goes again, putting out something kooky. This time it's a beer made with ingredients from the states within Odell's distribution footprint. Get it?

So, pours a fantastic slightly murky gold color. Nice white, fluffy, rocky head. Sticky lacing, I need an ice scraper!

Somewhat fruity aroma, nothing strong. Lemon/orange peel. Persimmon. Hints of pear. Faint flowers. Nothing wrong or bad here, a bit faded though.

The flavors dance around quite wildly, and that's pretty cool. I can say for sure that the end has a bit of an abv bite on it. Everything leading up to that is a free for all. The honey is steady and light throughout. Very light smoky green chilies. Hint of vanilla in the background. Faint grains and husks. Somewhat sweet.

This is a good beer. I think can be paired with salads, light cheeses, even some fish.

Love the kookiness

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Photo of Vixie
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking copper color with a huge white foamy head and a lot of bubbles. The head does last for some time.

Interesting smell. First starts out with a lot of malt and citrus fruit, then there is a sour smell, and a bit of a bite I attribute to the peppers in it.

Fairly complex flavor. Starts out with a bit of citrus, then the spicy side takes over. Starts out tasting like black pepper, then the flavor of the chilis kicks in, giving it a bit of bite. The heat lingers in the aftertaste, not a lot of heat, just enough to be noticed.

Nice solid feel to this one, no complaints there.

An interesting beer, and in a good way. Has a nice mix of flavors that combine into something different. I picked up this bottle while on vacation, a beer not available where I live. Glad I took a chance on this one, is a nice change of pace, and worth a try.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer last night, 2011 printed on bottle (a 2012 release?)
The beer pours a relatively clear golden honey yellow, free from any large sediment, and is topped by a fluffy white head. The nose is dominated by honey/grain sweetness with no familiar notes from the adjuncts I thought would have a greater presence (cactus, chilies, oak, etc). The taste drinks like a honey-forward golden strong ale with a touch of bitterness and is once again not highlighting any of the unusual adjuncts. However, the 9.5% alcohol is well hidden within the beer's sweet, medium bodied, effervescent mouthfeel. I was hoping for a pang of heat on the palate from the green chilies or perhaps a suckling dry finish from the honey, but was left disappointed. This bottle was worth a try, but may have been past its prime for easy detection of most of the regionally sourced specialty items.

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Footprint RegionAle from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.