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91 Beers
17,860 Hads
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 72
Visits: 241
Avg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

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Reviews: 72 | Visits: 241
Photo of JohnnyJam
3.38/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

This is our second trip to Odell Brewing. We got here at 6PM the other day and it was closed already. There is a patio out front so I think you could bring a well-behaved pooch. My dog is kenneled to make it easier to see some breweries on my list. Besides, it looks like rain.

It looks like a modern ski lodge and there is expansion going on. I don't see a food truck and they don't serve food. Everybody is getting flights and I buck the system and get a Myrcenary IPA. I've had it before in a bottle. There aren't any servers so I get my beer at the bar. The bartender is fast enough but doesn't want to talk even though it's not busy at the time. The beer is $4 and I put a dollar in the jar. As we take a seat, he is just standing there. I say not friendly at all for a bartender. My friend urges me to take the tour and there is space so I go for it. The tour is 20 minutes and it is not really informative. If you come here skip the tour.

The expansion is for beer production and there are not plans to serve food. Someone asks if there are plans to can beer since cans are recyclable and in some ways a better package. The guided basically says mining isn't very environmentally friendly. That created a little talk from some visitors. After the tour, we received about 2 oz. of a milk stout. I really wanted to see this brewery and made a second trip up from Denver but I couldn't recommend it.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A. Decent atmosphere as it is little more than a tasting room. We took the brewery tour, and the guide was very informative, but brief. He mentioned after the tour that he prefers to give longer tours, but is encouraged to keep things brief as the masses don't care for the long version. Our group was mostly comprised of home brewers so we would have appreciated the long version. They have a very nice outdoor patio area and wished we could have spent more time there.

Q. Odell never disappoints in terms of quality.

S. The service was good. Almost everything was available in the tasting room except for one specialty beer which was served out on the patio. For the specialty beer you had to buy a token in the tasting room and present it on the patio to receive your beer.

S. The selection was good with all of their normal beers available as well as some others. I wished they had more of their specialty beers though because they were all so good.

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Photo of Ssmith999
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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.

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Photo of BurlesqueRadio
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I hit Odell with close friends Andy & Dan on a day trip to Fort Collins. Seriously such an awesome brewery, definitely one of my favorites. Very wide selection of beers I'd never had before aside from what they normally carried at the downtown Denver local liquor store.

I tried the DeConstruction Ale (super high ABV, close to 10 I believe- and excellent), but being the dark sponge that I am, ended up with the Cutthroat Porter (we only stayed for one since we were brewery hopping).

The atmosphere was lovely, it was freezing outside (January in Colorado- duh) and they offered us coffee. The artwork for Odell is really neat and they had a ton of it hanging out around the brewery. I will say that it seemed TOO big but they kept a humble feel regardless of all that space. Very knowledgeable team and I'll definitely be making a trip out to Fort Collins when I'm back in Colorado solely to visit Odell again.

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Photo of alli4051
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A nice sized, newly expanded, tap room that is open Mon-Sat from 11-6. I wonder if they will be expanding the hours as well with all the new space. Music on Wednesday as an added bonus. Probably a little over a dozen beers on tap including several pilot beers that are available in little sampler flight deals. They do brewery tours as well which we just missed. However, one of the sales people was chatting with us and offered a personal tour, definite bonus points for that. Definitely worth checking out if your in the area. Like I said they are just finishing up what looks like a pretty substantial expansion so it should be interesting to see where they go from here.

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Photo of csiewert
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of shueyy
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of claspada
4.23/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The flights of six samplers are a real tasty deal. They give you a good chance to sample before you decide what to fill your growler with.

Atmosphere is pretty damn good, reasonable volume music that doesn't totally suck (ie. they left the country and crap-pop at home and brought some reasonable rock and motown).

Service pretty good. They do aim to please, and appeared to be well staffed enough (except no table service, but that ain't the staff's fault).

Selection pretty damn good, although most are stuff you can get in any liquor store that's worth its salt. Some stuff that's not generally available tho.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

So excited to get to visit this place on our quick stop in Fort Collins. Can't wait to get back for a longer visit.

This place is almost certainly the largest tasting room I have been in. Several long tables inside, copious outdoor seating, well appointed, bright and clean. Well organized too with flights of standard and experimental beers. We only had time for a quick stop so the four of us split one tray of each sampler. Odell is, I think, my top brewery that does not distribute to PA yet. This visit reinforced that opinion. What a great lineup of beers.


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Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of mattkooler
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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!

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Photo of beernewbie285
4.32/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Went to the tap house and tour on the Tour de fat weekend, probably not the best weekend to go for the first time, none the less their way handling the large crowd was great, huge selection of their own, obviously as well as some others. All of their staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Ive always liked their beers, they are the ones i go to when introducing someone new to the craft beer world.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

biked over to Odell from the Ft Collins bike library - a really gorgeous facility from the exterior.

It was a nice (read: blazing sun, bone-dry air) day in Fort Collins so we enjoyed the expansive patio area. All beers were served in large branded goblets.

I'm a little torn on Odell - I like most of their beer, but I don't really love any of it. That sentiment was definitely true on this visit as well.

Regardless, an enjoyable experience. There was a really fantastic food truck on the grounds as well. Definitely check out "The Goodness" - they have a freaking big green egg in the truck for crying out loud

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Photo of steck34
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Odell Brewing Company is great. The people are super friendly and they give great tours. They have a well rounded knowledgeable staff. In my experience if they don't have an answer for a question they will find someone who knows. Odell Brewing Company isn't a huge operation which makes it comfortable and personable. The beer there is consistently impressive and I am always pleased with my experience. It is also right down the road from New Belgium which makes for a great tasting touring day. Everyone around here is passionate about good beer.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

My wife and I visited Colorado on our honeymoon and I wanted to try beer not available to us in Ohio. ODell was my choice for that, and I am happy that this was what we picked. The brewpub was modern, well lit and had plenty of room for the patrons. The beers were all good (my wife and I went with two samplers, then I had a pint that we didn't have on the samplers). I didn't get a completely accurate count of handles but it was in the neighborhood of 18.

The service was great and the staff were all friendly. They were more than happy to answer all my beer questions and discuss my selection. We did not go there hungry, and they did not have their own food available but there was a guy out front operating a taco stand. Overall, both my wife and I were very happy we stopped here, and I wish we got their stuff in Ohio.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I absolutely LOVE Odell. They craft their beer with love, they care about the community and it's a short enough drive from Denver that it doesn't piss me off (when I'm in CO). Don't really care for the order your beer at one place and then go and pick it up (like a fast food establishment) and also merch prices seem quite high. Great beer, great people and cool place to hang and enjoy life.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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!

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Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
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