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Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing CompanyOdell Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

184 Ratings
Ratings: 184
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.08%
Active Beers: 106
Beer Ratings: 15,194
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

800 East Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524
United States
phone: (970) 498-9070

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @odellbrewing

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Photo of claspada
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%

Nice size tasting room with many tables surrounding the bar. They even have a little area where a small band can play. Also have a cooler with special to go bottles and the "normal" stuff

I had the higher AbV sampler tray which was all the specialties. They were all either good, above average or awesome; no duds. Service was quite pleasant and very helpful with selections. Definitely worth a stop for the great casual atmosphere and their specialty offerings you can get in the stores or cost twice as much in the store.

claspada, May 31, 2013
Photo of BeerNelly
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%

This is my favorite brewery. I go here every chance I get. Anytime I fly back home to see family I try to make the trek. You gotta love the 90 Shilling, Cutthroat Porter, Levity, but my overall favorite to come out of Odell has to be the Footprint RegionAle. Just a perfect balance of barley, honey, hops, and all the regional ingredients.

They have an excellent tasting room, with plenty of space so you never feel cramped. The guys that run the tour are very knowledgeable and open to questions (not mindless robots). Best of all they pour you a beer before the tour not like most that make you wait to taste. I finished my beer (cuz its so good) by the time we got to fermentation so the guide told me to go back and get another and catch up. Amazing micro brewery, I wish all the best for these guys.

BeerNelly, May 30, 2013
Photo of ZachKelly
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%

Great location to drink. The tour of the facility was the best I have had. The staff are tremendously helpful, knowledgable and friendly. They have a very streamlined process for ordering and paying, their sampler had an incredible display of their range. The bourbon barrel aged beer you got to try for free on the tour was fantastic. I could easily spend the whole day in their trying everything they had on tap and probably not be able to try them all.

I highly recommend visiting this brewery, it was fun and educational. I wish I could get their beer out on the East Coast.

ZachKelly, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of PalatePilot
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%

This is one of the best breweries in the state.
With so many craft breweries popping up all over Colorado, these guys just seem to brew only great beers.
When I am in Fort Collins, I always make my way to Odell's.
I heard they are doing another expansion, to make the tap room even bigger with and outside stage area and really making the experience better, the only complaint I could possibly have is when they are having an event, it can get a little too crowded. But as far as the beer goes, it absolutely the best I have tried.
It is must go to if you are anywhere in Colorado.

PalatePilot, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.9/5  rDev +7%

This brewery is one that should be bigger and more known. It's quaint in size, but they're known for their massive hoppy beers. I had the pleasure of living a couple miles away, and I miss it everyday. I had many fun, memorable days playing corn hole, drinking delicious brews, hanging with good, real people, and watching Odell grow in popularity in the short time I lived in FoCo. I can't wait to go back. Maybe someday they'll ship out here to Florida... In terms of food, they always seem to have "Jax Seafood" tent setup outside. The seafood is quality for being in Colorado, but I'm from the beach, I have had some of the best and most fresh seafood around. So I am a little biased. IPA, Myrcenary, Cutthroat Porter, Wooden Elephant (when available), St. Lupulin are just a few of the must try beers.

KVNBGRY, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of phishon6
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Caught this place on an afternoon when it was the finish line of a bike race so the atmosphere was festive and the place was hopping. It is fairly large place which suited the day well. Despite it being so busy, the service was outstanding and the servers were great. The service was quick at the bar and at table. The staff is very knowledgeable and took time with the customers even with how busy it was. The beers are fantastic, as well. They have all types to fit a variety of beer tastes. Can't say enough good things about the place. Enjoyed the afternoon I spent there thoroughly and will definitely make it a point to hit this place again next time I'm in Fort Collins.

phishon6, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%

Next stop, Odell. Unlike New Belgium, parking is plentiful, even during the week of Great American Beer Festival. Delivery trucks sporting the Odell logo sit above the parking lot, perched on a hill. A winding sidewalk leads the way into the taproom and brewery.

No surprise, the place was busy. One of the first things you come across when you enter is the line to order your beer. It's nice to see there's a formal place to make your order (unlike New Belgium) and collect your order on the other side of the bar. And it's very organized too, as multiple pick-up stations prevent orders from being mixed up, so props to Odell for developing an unorthodox (yet very workable) model for service.

20 different beers on-tap, plus a cask. Variety is the key, as it ranges from year round beers (Easy Street Wheat, Cutthroat Porter, Odell IPA) to more experimental beers (Meddler, Bourbon Porter, Proletarat). With pints starting at $4 (and available in pre-set flights and half-pints), it makes trying the entire family a lot easier.

There's no food served on sight unless you're lucky enough to catch a food truck. We were lucky to catch a Naples-styled pizzeria cooking on sight, which aided in the absorption of alcohol.

I'm unable to purchase Odell in California, so I was very happy to visit and sample what I can't. Arguably one of the most underrated production breweries in the country, in my opinion, and a must visit.

DoubleJ, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Ssmith999
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%

Stopped here while in Colorado for work. Actually, made it a destination. OK, I'll be truthful, I orchestrated the whole "work trip" just to visit Odell. I had recently been introduced to Odell by the recommendation of a co-worker while in Missouri, as sadly, Odell is not available in most states to which I travel.

First Odell I tried was Myrcenary- double IPA. Absolutely AWESOME! I knew at that first sip, I must go to this place they call "Odell". Very cool atmosphere, very nice, inviting interior with ample seating. I brought along my 2 year old daughter (designated driver) and my lady friend, and we had a great time. They had some live music outside and it was just a cool vibe. Very friendly staff.

Food was sparse, though I'll admit I can't remember the whole small menu, we just grabbed some chips and salsa to munch on. Salsa was awesome by the way. Beer was phenomenal, had Myrcenary and the porter. (OK, a few Myrcenary's). I should have done a flight or two since I am relatively new to this company, but next time.

They close kind of early also, like 7 PM on the Saturday we were there. Actually was "prompted" to move along a little after 7. Not a deal breaker, but I would have liked to hang longer.

Worth a stop if you are in Ft. Collins. Worth a drive if you are anywhere near this place. I can't wait to go back.

Ssmith999, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of shueyy
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%

Great wide open space with retail merchandise to your right when you walk in. Outside area was packed the day I was there very nice day outside who could blame them. The cashiers are in the front of the bar with the taps on the left side. You order from the cashier who are very helpful then you pick the beer sample up at the end of the bar.
They had self help water cooler with plastic cups to help clean your palate. I also ordered local brie cheese and crackers I wish the cheese wasn't so cold took a while to warm up so you could spread it with plastic knive.
Odell's main stay beer are good which I had a sample of all of them but I tried another sample which they called the Co-Pilot Tray. Which has to be one of the best sampler I've had. St. Lupulian Extra Pale, Myrcenary Double IPA, Red Squared, Belgian Old Ale aged in oak and Xocolatl.
Overall a great visit.

shueyy, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

A bright, open, clean joint. Laid back with a chill, positive vibe. The set up of ordering with a cashier and the collecting your order down the line was kinda odd but whatever. The service was solid, with the employees having a general handle of the beers on hand and ensured things went smoothly and quickly. Great selection, all the staples that they bottle plus around a ton of pilot brews that are only available there. Kinda pricey, I could actually buy a sixer of their beer cheaper at Target than at their taproom. Go figure. Overall, glad I went and I will definitely be back.

denver10, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev -9.2%

a place ive wanted to go for a long time. i was surprised by how big it is. really quite a large facility, good homestyle feel to it, but massive tasting room with some outside seating. only room for 2 on the tour by the time we arroved, so i let the out of staters go and enjoyed a pint of footloose on the back patio. lots of taps happening, with plenty on offer that doesnt get bottled. tasting flights were all good, but the serivce was not good. people seemed not to care, business minded, with nothing much to be excited about. come on, you have a sweeet job. my brother liked the tour and was impressed they let the employees brew on the smaller system experimentally. i love everything i had there, but paid a reasonably high price for it all. overall a place i will definitely be back to, and a brewery i will continue to support, but the tasting room experience was less than i had hoped for, mostly because of the people, not because of the brew.

StonedTrippin, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of bump8628
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Great place. Open and bright. Plenty of space inside with a range of table sizes and a wall of cool schwag. The outside space is nice too and it's a great place to hang out, have a beer in great weather, and play some cornhole. Nice view of the mountains. It can be bumping even on an early weekday afternoon with a fun mix of people - college kids to older folks. Beer is great obviously. All the usuals plus pilot beers and fun one-offs, even the occasional unique sour/wild ale. Oh, and a few fun things rotate through firkins. Well-staffed and everyone is in the know. Prices are awesome. Tourists will hit up New Belgium down the street (which is good too), but my pick is Odell all day.

bump8628, May 23, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%

Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins. Tap room is very nice and wide open, merchandise on the side, lots of room to hang out. If it's not too cold out the patio is a great place to enjoy a beer and the Fort Collins weather. Beer quality is superb. Service is also superb. The staff is knowledgeable about all brews: standard line up and all the pilot brews. Firkin Wednesdays are a must. The most recent remodel really looks nice, notably the wooden walkway, and provides additional parking on the West side of the brewery. Aside from Stone it's the nicest brewery I've been to. Highly recommended.

hopfacebrew, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%

I've had very little experience with Odell beers but I decided to check out the brewery while in the area on business.

I loved the atmosphere of the tap room. It's natural, comfortable, eclectic and relaxed yet impressive and inspiring. And the crowd seems much the same. I could really see stopping in regularly.

The service is outstanding. I asked for some recommendations on the samplers based on my love of hops. The guy gave me an honest assessment and threw in an extra to make it more hop oriented.

Odell's is a really fun place to stop in for a beer. I highly recommend it.

GJ40, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of csiewert
4.16/5  rDev -9.2%

Pretty cool tasting room/merch locker for the brewery. Nice rustic atmosphere and often crowded. Hours are fairly short, so make sure you get there before 6 or 7... they generally close by 8. Beer selection was awesome. They offer many beers you cannot buy in stores and generally have a rotating firkin available. The tasters are amazingly reasonable in price and are a good selection of beers (I would suggest the pilot or co-pilot flights). Ordering is interesting... you have to go up front and then wait for your beer to be delivered to the "pick up" area. No servers, but goes pretty quick. Unfortunately there is no ordering a round for your friends as they only allow you one beer purchase per person at a time. If you like something that they bottle, you can pick it up straight from the cooler on your way out.

csiewert, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of dankster
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%

Took the free tour of the brewey after having some great pints of IPA and sesonal offerings in the tap room. plus you can take your beer with you on the tour!!!! very good info form the guide of the tour all the way though. got to smell the acutal hops they used and see the barrel aging room AWESOME! The canning line is very high tech and got to meet a couple of the brewers. They were droping small hints of what they were up to but would not give details. Cant wait to see what the spring line could be? Overall the hour trip up north was well worth it. left their with a growler of naked elephant and a bottle of avent pech' only about $20.

dankster, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of hwwty4
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%

I've been here a many times but this is the first time in several years and the first time since they made the big expansion. The last time I had gone, it was still pretty quite, and they had just made the first expansion to the left. Man was I surprised when I pulled up to see what it has become. First off, it has to be the biggest tap room in Fort Collins. And it was packed. We are talking wall to wall. They had a small hippie rock band playing in the corner and I wish they hadn't, given that space to another couple tables. After ordering a couple beers and standing around for a while, we finally found ourselves a table. I really have to say, regardless of how full it is, I love this place. Their selection is always fantastic. They always have a handful of tap room only beers on, along with pretty much every beer they have out at that time. Between the group of us, we had Hiverano, Friek, Kentucky Standard, BB Oil Change stout and a couple others. Had Levity on nitro, which I think, is possibly the only nitro beer I enjoy. Great selection. I also picked up a growler of the Beet Porter and the Kentucky Standard. Like I said earlier, I love Odells. They just know how to do it right.

hwwty4, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of dexterk1
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Was in Ft Collins this spring. Just having a chance to review some places now. In Ft Collins in is hard to name a better brewery than this one. The quality of all the beer we tried was very high. We were able to try about a half a dozen or so and there was not a dud in the bunch. We tried a specialty fruit beer which was very nice tasting had a pleasant finish. The building is very cool and has plenty of space in the tap room. Selection is excellent and staff is knowledgeable and interested. Arguably the best brewery in CO and one of the best in the country.

dexterk1, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of tito42
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Visited in September 2011 the weekend prior to GABF '11. I was in town for work and happened to visit on the day that their bourbon barrel stout was tapped for 2011. There was a very festive vibe about the place, and the seating area is very nicely put together with fresh decor. For the tap party, they had a live band outside with food vendors. Many folks cycled to the brewery, and they had a receptacle to recycle the plastic water cups. I had a half-pint of the bourbon-barrel stout for a reasonable price and then headed down the street to Ft. Collins Brewery. The staff is super-friendly here as well. Will come back every time I'm in the area!

tito42, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of DividedAvery
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%

Me and my girlfriend had a few free hours so we decided that we would hop in the car and drive up to Ft Collins to visit O'Dell's. Turned out to be a wonderful decision. The building was redone recently and is beautiful. We went in and there is plenty of seating and it wasn't horribly crowded, probably because it was a Wednesday afternoon. We got a sample of every beer they had on tap, many of which are not bottled so it was a great experience. Even got a free couple ounces of wildfire 5 which sure beat laying down 25 bucks for a full bottle. Staff was very nice and walked out with a couple growlers and glasses and bottles. Have been looking for an excuse to go back since.

DividedAvery, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Yetiman420
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%

I've made two stops at Odell - both during GABF week in 2007 and 2011. My review is based on of the most recent 20011 visit.

Located in what is becoming brewer's row in Ft. Collins with New Belgium, Ft. Collins Brewing, and Funkwerks, one could hit all by walking and definitely by bicycle.

As of this writing, I've been to ~250 breweries and Odell is in my top 10. They are the second oldest microbrewery in Colorado (older than New Belgium according to an Odell rep).

From top to bottom, they have the highest quality and diversity of any of the local and even regional breweries. The tap room is incredibly efficient where you order a sampler and the counter and they have people filling orders around the corner.

My buddy and I shared the more advanced sampler and the oatmeal cranberry porter was one of the best beers we had all week including a hundred or so at GABF.

They've expanded considerably from '07 to '11 and still do an exceptional job. COME TO OHIO!!!!

Yetiman420, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%

First off, there may not be a better 8/10 of a mile for craft beer drinking in the country. With Odell, Fort Collins and New Belgium all right together, I had a lot of fun on this beer adventure.

Odell offers many beers on tap but more importantly, they had 7-8 in single bottles. This is a rare find and great for someone visiting from out of town as I purchased all of the ones I hadnt tried yet. The service is excellent and friendly. The facility is nice and open and about as loud as most bust brewpubs seem to be. The beer quality is a little variable. I didn't have a bad beer with most being middle of the road or better. The range of beer genres is excellent.

kylehay2004, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%

Stopped by here while on vacation - unlike New Belgium, their tours were not booked out two months.

The brewery is very impressive even from the parking lot - it's a very new, clean, modern looking facility with cool stuff like custom hopvine bike racks and hop vines growing all over the wooden pillars in their entryway.

The tour was probably the best one I've ever been on. By being 25 minutes long, it was short enough to keep my non-beer geek traveling partners interested, and they were able to answer any and every question posed by beer geeks.

The sample room is very well laid out - there are two different tasting flights available and they have snacks and swag available for consumption. Both indoor and outdoor seating.

Odell has a great facility with a healthy mix of modern and traditional brewing methods, an excellent tour, and a very fun but unassuming sample room. I highly recommend stopping here even if it's out of your way.

syrupjoe, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Had a great time at Odell while we were in Fort Collins visiting some of my wife's family. We started off the day at Odell and had a great time throughout. The atmosphere was super laid-back and everyone there was incredibly friendly. It probably didn't hurt that we were there right when they opened on a weekday.

Plenty of things on draft and all available in samplers, which was nice. Got to try out plenty of things I hadn't had before and also picked up some glassware and a t-shirt. Great selection of breweriana. All the beers were quite good, reminding me of why I'm jealous that we don't get Odell's beer out East, other than a few times a year for Philly Beer Week, SAVOR week, etc.

Would love to return.

Thorpe429, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4.06/5  rDev -11.4%

About a month ago, a group of us embarked on a journey up to Fort Collins, with the intent of hitting as many breweries as possible. This was our first stop. We ordered all three available samplers, and thanks to an awesome bartender, also scored 3 glasses of the Woodcut #5. The beers were all solid, with a few standouts (which has been the case on trips before and since). Beautiful space, lots of beers on tap and a great location (although I kind of miss the old warehouse space). One of the better stops in Fort Collins, with some great rarities occasionally on tap.

emmasdad, Jul 15, 2011
Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
100 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.