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Footprint RegionAle - Odell Brewing Company

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86
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

bsp77, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

shand, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

t2grogan, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

zeledonia, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Hopstout, May 07, 2012
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

herman77, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Beerlover, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

FreshmanPour77, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

bump8628, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.9%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of jjanega08
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No known freshness dating... Maybe the 7476-2011 is some type of freshness dating.

A= Pours a bright orange color with a nice thick off white head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass. I really like the color on this one.

S= Smells unlike any beers I've ever had. Really a unique mix. I was expecting a lot going on with the ingredient listings and it doesn't let down. I can pick up a little wood character and I would even venture to say there is a little wine character to it. The hops come through in a definitive way for sure and there's a slight alcohol character to it.

T= The flavor is really different. I almost wanna say it tastes like a kitchen sink beer but it's not bad. There is a nice oak wood character that I notice first. The wine character is there for sure as well. The hops are there overlying the entire beer until the finish with a nice biscuit note. Wheaty is a good way describe the finish. After I take another sip I get more of the wine barrel notes and a little malty sweetness to back it all up. Really unique. The finish is suprisingly dry and long.

M= Nice bit of fuzz.

O= A really solid beer for being a "kitchen sink" as I would describe it. The characters are all there and enjoyable. The idea of this beer is very novel and great. Trying to make it work is no doubt a difficult task but I think they did pretty well in that each ingredient has a position and it works. It's not the most outstanding beer I've ever had but it works. Well thought out and a tasty beer.

jjanega08, May 09, 2012
Photo of thereal_adam
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mc4z, May 26, 2014
Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

MaseFace, Yesterday at 12:09 AM
Photo of rawfish
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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%

rawfish, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of scott2269
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

scott2269, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Domingo
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one definitely seems to be an oddball on paper. Ingredients from every state Odell distributes to including green chilis, honey, rice, corn, cactus, and oak barrels.
Pours a honey color with the perfect amount of foam. The foam head never dissipates at all, leaves a trail of lace rings, and generally looks magnificent. Visually, this beer is pretty much perfect. A good start.
The nose is a bit more pedestrian. Smells similar to a hoppy Belgian strong pale ale. Fruity overtones with notes of peaches and stronefruit with a little resinous pine from the hops. No mention of where the yeast comes from, but I'm guessing it might be Belgian or at least a very ester heavy strain. Either that or all of those notes I associate with Belgian beers might just be coming from the adjunct ingredients.
The flavor follows that same path. Sweet pale malts, mild stonefruit, & apples. The oak character creeps in a bit as well. While not, sweet, the honey character is discernible. Plus, as with many Odell beers the hops are intense. The finish definitely has some bitterness, and there's a floral character throughout. Luckily (I don't think they'd really fit) I don't really get anything from those NM green chilis. I still wonder if this is using a Belgian yeast, though.
A slow sipper for sure, there's no doubt this brew is potent. It was slow going, but enjoyable.
Overall I'd say this is pretty good, but not necessarily something I'm lining up to buy again. The sum of the parts is a bit lesser than the crazy ingredient list and story behind it. Still, it's a long way from bad or even disappointing.

Domingo, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

chugalug06, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, slightly orange golden color with a tight, white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of sweet fruits and a little floral hops.

Tastes of the hops upfront with various underpinnings. Hops lead off with a nice bitterness and notes of grass and citrus. Next comes an amalgamation of corn and green chiles. The chiles are not spicy, but do add a bit of meatiness. Ends in a bit of a fruity note with some alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I feel like they just tried do too much, and while I in some way enjoyed it, I don't quite understand it.

ocelot2500, May 05, 2012
Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +3.9%

millelacsmark, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +3.9%

pokesbeerdude, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Footprint RegionAle from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.