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Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing CompanyOdell Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

177 Ratings
Ratings: 177
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%
Active Beers: 102
Beer Ratings: 14,794
Beer Avg: 3.78
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 Ssmith999
3.85/5  rDev -15.8%

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 -8.1%

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 -1.5%

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%

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 +9.4%

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 +3.5%

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 -3.7%

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%

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 +2%

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 +1.5%

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 -1.5%

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 -1.5%

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 -4.6%

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 +2%

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 -6.3%

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 +5.9%

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 -1.5%

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 -11.2%

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
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.36/5  rDev -4.6%

This place is a cool. Plain and simple...cool. I was fortunate to show up on the day of their release the Hiverano. It was well organized and they had 15 taps give or take. They had a spot for constantly rotating cask. They had 3 options for flights and you could get a pour of their "rare" releases (the hiverano and the woodcutter no.5). Flights were 6-8 bucks and had a BA friendly atmosphere. Their standouts were their ipa (bells two hearted of the west), mercenary dipa, Black sour ipa, Hiverano, woodcutter no.5. Hands down the best brewery in Fort collins!

tippebrewcrew2, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of leagr
4.66/5  rDev +2%

This is definitely one of my favorite breweries. It's a small/medium size operation with a close, familial, intimate staff that is passionate about their beer. Our tour guide was hilarious and engaging - a great experience. If you are in the neighborhood, Odell is absolutely worth your stop.

Their taproom is one of the best I have been to. Not only do they have some of their classics on tap, they also have an interesting selection from their pilot system - some different twists on their usual brews and some totally different experiences. Most of the other reviews have hit the nail on the head. I don't need to add anything new - just another vote for the greatness of Odell.

leagr, Jun 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

a-Odell did a major remodel a few years ago, and it has payed off for them. The brewery has quite the inviting tasting room/bar. There is a good amount of room inside, and on a summer day the patio fills up. The parking lot is much bigger now too (it's on the west side of the brewery). The colors and music work well for the target market that they are serving.

q-the quality is exactly what you would expect from a first class organization such as Odell. The beer is fresh (I had IPA that was kegged the day before). They keep their tap lines clean, and ensure by tasting every tap every day that the beer meets the quality standard. This is the best place to taste the beer, as it should beer.

s-service is good, and the staff is friendly. There is a fun vibe going on, and the staff seams to be enjoying the customers. If you want to ask questions, it is best to get here before 3pm, but even after that the staff tries their best to help educate the masses. Best bet is to take a tour and ask a bunch of questions.

s-every Odell beer is offered. Lots of pilot beers and one offs. Great place to see which direction Odell may be going in the near future. Everything is avalible to buy to go, and you can get growlers of the polit beers.

f-no food avail.

v-they are reasonable for what you get.

Keep up the good, small feeling brewery Odell. A must stop when in Northern Colorado.

, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of mattkooler
4.31/5  rDev -5.7%

Atmosphere- Went for an early afternoon tour, and it was pretty dead. However, we went back in the evening and it was packed with an excellent bluegrass/folk band playing. I scored and am reviewing based on the second time. And based on that, can't see how the environment could be better.

Quality- Beers are good quality. Comes in correct glassware. There isn't food, which is too bad.

Service- The staff was reasonably friendly, and willing and able to discuss the beer on tap and answer any questions.

Selection- Nothing super rare on tap. They do have some to buy in bottles, such as Saboteur and Friek. On tap they have less common, such as mercenary and others, as well as their standard lineup

Value- A six beer taster flight was four dollars, and came with a token good for four dollars off merchandise. Doesn't get much better than that!

mattkooler, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%

Odell brewing is the best Brewery in the state, here's why:

1. Always loaded with happy employees/customers
2. Swag is 2nd to none
3. Brew is ALWAYS fresh and plentiful
4. Tour kicks ass
5. Their recent expansion is letting them send the cat out of the bag. a.k.a they're brewing up some delicious experimental stuff
6. They aren't selling out like other breweries just to make a higher profit
7. They're located in the Fort (the best city in CO)
8. They brew enough of "the good stuff" for seemingly everyone to be able to get their hand on some
9. Outrageous parties
10. Distribution is solid and never undersold
11. Why do I need to sell you on Odell???? Their brew speaks for them...

chugalug06, May 01, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev -14%

Stop number two on our Ft. Collins beer tours.

Cute country inn-esque type building. As you walk in the front door you're met with a queue, which is for 'beers to go' patrons. If you've never been here before you wouldn't know that until you inched close enough the see the sign. If you want beer for on premise pleasure, take a step to the next register. Here is where it gets a bit odd: place you order, pay, and walk to the other end of the bar to pick it up. If your table is by the front door be prepared to fight crowds to order, retrieve, and drink your brew.

The bar is set up long-ways with about 15 ft of bar counter between the order and the pick up. Not sure why this is, seems waste of space. But behind the bar are a good number of taps (20 I think) and a cask pull. More the half are the 'normal' beers, with the rest being seasonal or one-off small batches. The place itself is large for a tasting room, about 30 tables and a nice outdoor patio. Again, the ordering system is odd; it may look good on paper, but it just creates a huge bottleneck.
This hurts the service, and so does the dude that took my order--I swear he was stoned. I had to repeat myself several times, then point out the beer on the menu. he was nice, just either pre-occupied or clueless. No matter.

Nice little tour and good to see that they expanded on their "green" usage. A must hit in Fort Collins...perhaps all of Colorado.

Mebuzzard, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%

Not a lot to say about Odell that probably hasn't been said before. The new facility is MASSIVE so there's a ton of room, seats, and tables. Everything has a wood finish and there are probably 30-40 tables, hundreds of chairs, a large patio, and plenty of standing room, too. That said, keep in mind that the place is also very popular and it WILL fill in during peak times.
As for the beer, they sell bottles, pints, samples, 1/2 pints, clothing, and pretty much anything else you can imagine although they really don't have much in the way of food most of the time.
What kinds of beer are available? They have their entire everyday line-up always ready to go and they tend to have 7-8 small batch items and seasonals at any one time, too.
They keep 3 sampler options available all of the time so you can get a little bit of everything. The normal tray has items like Cutthroat, Easy Street, and 90 Shilling. They have a "pilot tray" with their seasonals and rarities (Mountain Standard, Red, DIPA) and maybe a one-off or two. Finally, they have a "co-pilot" tray typically featuring brewery-only items and ultra-special items like Woodcut. They offer description cards for the beers, but the staff doesn't always seem to know much about what they have.
BA members get a free tray and prices for the other trays and pints are only $4-7 each.
Odell is pretty much the cornerstone for all of my Ft. Collins trips and I don't see that changing any time soon.
The only real negative is that even with all of the space the place tends to get really crowded during the months when the patio is closed. When it's busy they can be pretty slow in busing out tables and spots when people have left.

Domingo, Feb 23, 2011
Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
100 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.