Footprint RegionAle - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 194
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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 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. (567 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  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. (569 characters)

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. (908 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  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. (460 characters)

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. (888 characters)

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 (739 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent hazy copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Cream, clean malts, light citrus malts, strange unique local hops, and pleasant orange and lemon citrus esters. Even hints of wheat. Some toasted malt. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream on the open, a clean malt foundation, backgrounded somewhat floral/citrus hops, clean barley, slight vague hints of yeast, and some orange peel. Maybe lemon, but if so it's restrained. A nicely built beer for the style that hides its ABV quite well. Decently balanced. Fairly fresh. I like it, but its simplicity and lack of sufficient subtlety hold it back.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate carbonation. Moderately heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking subtlety and complexity to its detriment. An interesting brew from Odell - and I applaud the experimentation. But it's far from great. I might try it on-draught, but it's underwhelming from the bottle. I expected better. Somewhat pricey. Fresh and refreshing.

Best served warmer than refrigerator cold.

A poor candidate for aging.

C+ (1,598 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle
Poured into a globe glass

A: Hazy golden orange body with a huge fluffy, rocky slightly off-white head. Great amounts of lacing are left behind due to this, as well as a nice sized retention cap on the surface. Great looking beer although on first glance I have no clue what style this is, and the bottle doesn't really tell you.

S: Floral hops, grass, dried malt, clementines, pink grapefruit and must. It's really different and the back end of the aroma has an overlying funk character. Almost a hay-like quality. Certainly a confusing beer to pinpoint.

T: Sweet malt, bitter citrusy and floral hops, Smarties candy. Back of the palate brings the funk, hay and a just a touch of dryness to the profile. This is really different and once again, hard to make out what is going on here.

M: Well carbonated, almost overboard with the bottle conditioning. It has a nice mouth feel but overall I wish it would have been toned back.

The concept of this beer is a really cool idea (go read about it), and while confusing in it's flavor/aroma is still was tasty. I don't think I necessarily agree with its "Strong Ale" classification on here, but then again this seems like a hybrid of many styles to me. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is golden orange hued and mildly hazy with a quarter inch of head. The aroma brings citrus, toffee, malt, booze. A bit sweet with a touch of honey perhaps. Alcohol presence is there throughout. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, I thought this was ok. (313 characters)

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 (859 characters)

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. (794 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark blood orange color with tangerine edges and a 2.5 finger frothy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap.  Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Complex aroma with earthy and citrus hops,  light fruit, pine needle, alcohol, oak barrel and spicy peppers.  Toasted oak at first with hop oils and resinous pine notes.  Slight chalky pepper presence with light fruit, citrus zest, pepper, damp wood and bready yeast.

Medium bodied with dry oak and sticky hop bitterness that lingers throughout.  Earthy and resinous pine needle flavor with citrus fruit, pale malts, biscuit, caramel, dry oak and a subtle boozy barrel character.  Slight dryness but sweet alcohol and fruit notes balance things out.  Pepper presence lingers in the finish but isn't noticeable otherwise.  Decent but doesn't really stand out other than having a strange combo of flavors. (964 characters)

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. (1,173 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8693-2011 on the label and holy hell, when I popped the cork, Shecky, my cat, jumped a couple of feet in the air.

It pours a hazy light gold with and growing, actually overflowing, head of foam. I see some bits of yeast floating around, not necessarily a bad thing.

I had to gulp the head of foam sticking above my glass so I could give it a whiff or 2. Wheat, honey, barley, some IPA bitterness is what I can smell. Nice.

Taste wise, it is better than what I thought it would be considering all of the ingredients from the various states it listed. I get some chiles for sure in the finish/after the swallow. The hops are nicely done as is the wheat and honey. Prickly pear is a bit hard to track down as I have NO idea of what it's supposed to taste like in a beer. Must be the slight fruitiness I sense in the taste? I'm 100% guessing.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are not an issue at all. No complaints.

This is quite the adventurous endeavour and all in all, it worked for me by the seat of its pants. A great tribute to Odell's distribution area and, speaking for WY, I thank you but the end result is what I guessed it would be; too much going on to the point that it lacked direction. Keep on experimenting though, Odell. (1,235 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,269 characters)

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. (737 characters)

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% (585 characters)

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. (875 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body exudes a golden yellow color, clear and with excellent carbonation. The head is several fingers thick, creamy and white, and leaving excellent lacing down the pint glass.

A very hoppy, citrusy and floral smell. Orange and lemon take the lead. Sweetbread grain notes...

Orange juice and bitter fruit dominate the taste. Midway through, cereal-like grains show-up, followed with an acrid bitterness and a noticeable (but not unpleasant) alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel seems medium. A bit effervescent and sharp on the tongue.

This is a grand idea (ingredients from 10 different regions where your beer is distributed), but I don't know if this beer does the entire concept justice. The preponderance of 'orange' in the profile takes away a lot of the appeal to me. It makes this seem kind of one-sided in character and doesn't seem to successfully join all the components together in one coherent statement. Maybe this is something that can be worked on and tweaked over the years to bring justice to this concept. (1,019 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold, slightly viscous with a smallish half finger head. Average retention and nearly no lacing.

Honey, sweet light fruit, muscat, apple, canned pear syrup , sticky sweet malt. No much hops in this perhaps a hint of lemon

Sticky malt, rather sweet with pancake batter dough, lots of fruit in this pear, apple sauce, white grape juice, a bit mellow in the finish with slight grass and lemon. Slick finish with a huge amount of booze.

A touch under carbonated, medium heavy body for the color and huge amounts of alcohol, really doesn't do well here.

I like the creativity that went into this beer but alot of the ingredients are under represented, I didn't get much of the oak or the green chilies and this beer is much too heavy for the rice and wheat components to shine. Interesting but really not a very impressive beer overall it would've hurt to have this one at 6% instead of 9.5% (903 characters)

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. (600 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle. This was released Spring '11. Poured this into my Philly Beer Scene chalice

A: Hazy, golden yellow color. Full finger of bright white head. Tons of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Swirl adds to the head. Sticky lacing. Some ABV feet.

S: It's very cold, but I get some booze actually. Smells of grassy wheat grains. Mild citrus. Maybe some fruit.

T: Up front, there's a touch of hop bitterness. Citrus like. In the middle of the mouth, some vinous like notes (maybe from the barreling). It does have a feel of a wheat beer minus the spice. I don't get the chilies at all. No spice. The finish is crisp and dry.

M: It's medium but not overly big or anything. (710 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a slight clear rich honey golden color with a 1 inch thin white head that is very dense. there are some medium sized bubbles intermingled around.

Sweet corn notes and light fruit sweetness comes up quick. Notes of apple and some pear mix in with a nice grainy and earthy backed malt note. There is also a grassy undertone on the back end.

Starts off with a grainy note, maybe corn, then with some nice slight fruit sweetness and some underlain honey notes. Taste is interesting. Lots of different flavors that are amalgamated together but don't really offer any uniformity. It just seems all over the place. Some woody notes are perceived as well as some astringent and some alcoholic burn notes. It is not bad but not my favorite. Mouthfeel is on the slick side with some medium notes.

Overall. A good attempt but comes up short. No real rhyme or reason to the flavors. Just a big amalgamation of them. (961 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a 3 finger foamy white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, peaches, oak, and some spices. Smells nice.

The taste is mostly sweet. Citrus, peaches, oak, chilies, and the rest is too difficult to pick out. This is a nicely flavored beer, but clearly not everything should have been included. Especially the chilies. They don't work well with the other ingredients.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. There is a bit of an aftertaste from the chilies which is a negative for me. Too bad there couldn't have been a different contribution from New Mexico. Overall a pretty good effort. (657 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (2,626 characters)

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Footprint RegionAle from Odell Brewing Company
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