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Footprint RegionAle - Odell Brewing Company

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87
very good

149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-18-2012)
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rkarimi

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-16-2014 21:27:24 | More by rkarimi
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-12-2013 02:56:45 | More by SocalKicks
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elec

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-21-2012 02:45:31 | More by elec
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herman77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-19-2012 01:45:24 | More by herman77
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-16-2014 14:03:01 | More by yourefragile
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PthPndr

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-28-2012 19:04:54 | More by PthPndr
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M1A2

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-29-2012 16:28:47 | More by M1A2
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kwkurdziel

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-18-2014 20:54:15 | More by kwkurdziel
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thufflife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2014 16:44:55 | More by thufflife
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CoolEthan

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-11-2013 21:51:44 | More by CoolEthan
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ImperialStout

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-27-2014 00:04:12 | More by ImperialStout
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-25-2014 06:18:37 | More by maDUECEgunner
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-13-2013 16:43:20 | More by imperialking
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Caruvana

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-17-2014 06:51:18 | More by Caruvana
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Slightly hazy honey-gold with a massive, Belgian-like head on top with nice lacing that mostly lasts.

Smell: Sweet, fruity and grainy aroma upfront with touches of toast, pear and honey. There is a definite spicy hoppiness as well. Smells a little bit like a massive, sweet Pilsner.

Taste: Hard to pinpoint exactly what is going on here. This is fairly grainy for such a high-alcohol beer, and not as fruity as the smell, other than some citrus. There are definite mead characteristics from the honey, and that, along with the various grains and adjuncts used, makes this slightly reminiscent of a macro lager. The hops are noticeable at the finish (mostly of the spicy, floral variety), as is a touch of heat from the chiles. Just a hint of oak.

Feel: Thick, chewy and extremely boozy feeling. The finish has too much residual sweetness, although the chiles help combat that a little.

Overall: Despite tasting pretty good, this is still somewhat of a disappointment for me. I like what they were attempting, but I think all the ingredients (especially the wheat, corn and rice) just made this less complex than it would have been if they had just concentrated on a few ingredients, such as barley, hops, honey, chiles and oak barrels.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:03:27 | More by bsp77
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Phelps

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

People like to say it's not about where you're from, but rather where you're going. Weird thing about beer is, where you're going in a way becomes where you're from. Choices of where to distribute are not made lightly -- the impression of a brewery can be just as impacted by the people who drink it and the places in which it's drunk outside the state of origin. A brewery's fans, regardless of where they live, become part of its persona. Sometimes it's good to pay homage to them, too.

Odell Brewing Co.'s distribution footprint currently stretches across ten states. Footprint RegionAle pays tribute to the places Odell beer is available. It was brewed with ingredients unique to each state in the network: hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho; wheat from Kansas and Wyoming; wild rice from Minnesota; corn from Nebraska; honey from South Dakota; green chilies from New Mexico; oak barrels from Missouri; and prickly pear from Arizona.

Using said ingredients, Odell concocted a menagerie of small-batch brews with help from guest brewers -- distributor partners, retailers, co-workers and friends from each contributing state. The tiny batches were then blended into one larger brew in differing proportions -- 40 percent of the final ale was aged in oak barrels, 10 percent went into wine barrels, five percent was brewed with honey, and another five percent was made with wild rice. The result is a crafty collective of regional flavors.

Inside a tulip, Footprint gleams in slightly hazy tangerine. Hyperactive carbonation bursts forth in a two-inch cap of pure white froth that has the consistency and staying power of marshmallow fluff. Thick fingers of curving lace decorate the glass as I drink, but this head looks like it would remain for hours and hours if left to its own devices.

The mélange of ingredients jostle for space in the aroma. Ruby red grapefruit and a touch of grass; burnt sugar and honey; oaky stone fruit; pungent prickly pear; crackers. It's a wild, funky blend that in some ways reminds me of tequila. The flavor's a little more muted, with subdued orange peel, grapefruit and grass balancing honey, crisp crackers and the fruity tang of pineapple and prickly pear. As was indicated by the pour, Footprint possesses a good kick of carbonation. Bubbles walk all over the tongue, adding some fizziness to the smooth, soft medium body. Ethanol fumes swirl through the mouth and nose before a dry, spicy finish.

Like a citrusy, malty and enticingly funky IPA, Footprint tries to be as unique -- and, well, weird -- as all the states it draws inspiration from. It's a little odd, but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:38:54 | More by Phelps
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morimech

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Interesting aroma with a lot going on. Has some Belgian esters and phenols. Interesting fruit aroma that may be prickly pear. Some honey, vinous, and floral qualities as well. I do not pick up any of the barrel-aging however.

Tastes somewhat of an American attempt of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Yeast phenols are pretty strong. Not sure what brewers fascination of wild rice as a beer ingredient is, but they all need to stop using it. It just accentuates the phenolic nature of a beer. Other than that I enjoyed the mostly dry and vinous charactor. I would of liked more of the exoctic ingredients such as the green chiles and prickly pear to come out as well as the barrel-aging. A little heat is detected in the finish as well as a lingering phenolic aftertaste.

Enjoyable mouthfeel. Medium in body with a semi-effervescent carbonation. Just enough life to excite the palate without being harsh.

I previously swore off of Odell's large format bottles because of the lack of enjoyment. Decided to give them one last try and I glad I did. By far the best of their "limited" beers that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 17:06:12 | More by morimech
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: no head on a golden with brownish hues body.

S: aroma is very light with oak, pineapple, orange and belgian yeast.

T: palate follows the nose with light oak, caramel, belgian yeats, light corriander and other herbs, hints of chardonnay and corn with very light grass notes mostly from the hops.

M: medium to high carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: nice belgian character. strangely this one is so complex that it is hard to pick out all of the flavors with some running together making it seem simple. This is a great brewery though, one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 03:51:53 | More by kylehay2004
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vobr0002

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden color with thick white head that last for a while.

S- slight citrus, bready, malty, some Belgian like yeast smell.

T- almost bready, caramel, hoppy dipa like. But then it has some Belgian like yeast flavor and the very back end has some of the slightest amount of heat from the peppers.

M- high carbonation and medium bodied.

O- its a very unique beer. Glad I tried it but not sure what I think of it yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:39:10 | More by vobr0002
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, fruity notes and a touch of yeastiness.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with sweet caramel and toffee. It had a slightly fruity flavor with a touch of honey.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty ale. I really like the concept.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:49:07 | More by zeff80
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:31:01 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Vixie

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:17:34 | More by Vixie
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 05:42:31 | More by Mebuzzard
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:57:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:48:26 | More by GilGarp
Footprint RegionAle from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.