Odell Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.83/5
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95 Beers
4,539 Reviews
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 69
Visits: 231
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

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Reviews: 69 | Visits: 231
Photo of claspada
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,432 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

HV (567 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,692 characters)

Photo of mattkooler
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
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! (851 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (616 characters)

Photo of steck34
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of DividedAvery
4.36/5  rDev -4%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.36/5  rDev -4%
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! (564 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Odell Brewing company has recently done some major additions to their tap house. What was once the entrance on the east side of the building, that is now the employee entrance. The new customer entrance is on the west side. First addition I noticed was the large, plastic deck installed outside, probably for the smokers. Inside, the old tap room has been expanded. THe old, lame conference-looking rooms has been removed and instead there is more room for tables and a merchandise section. I like the new design, the old layout got very crowded during peak hours.

The beers at Odell's are always outstanding, and they have also expanded their pilot line of beers. I see so many styles in this place, it's great. They aren't afraid to try something people may not like, like their Rauchbier. The waitress actually "warned" me about how smokey it was. Thanks, soul sistah, but who do you think yer talkin to?!

Odell's closest rival, in terms of physical distance and brewery prowess, is obviously New Belgium, and I have been consistently impressed with Odells brewery, more so than their competitor. The service is better, I feel the beers are better and of a wider range and I like Odell's stle and vibe more so than NB. Not slamming NB, that's just me.

No food available, although I have heard they may start looking into it.

Bottom line, Odells is a MUST try if you have never been. Grab a couple of their clear growlers filled with choice pilots for home, too. You're gonna want 'em. (1,492 characters)

Photo of ScorpyX
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Odell's popular brewery has gone through a couple of facelifts since I first walked through its doors a few years ago. Its original tap room has expanded with more tables and booths, a larger merchandise area, a redone, attractive walk-in hallway, and an outdoor patio that now stretches to two sides of the building. The public parking lot is now on the opposite side of the building and expanded with newer, larger bike racks, shaped in the Odell-logo leaf.

What was already a fantastic brewery to visit is now even better, with the occasional food truck, live music, and a constant, bustling crowd. Odell has always had a generous supply of beers, from their standard selection, to a rotating and seasonal pilot menu, to their limited and special brews. The staff is friendly and fast, even when there's a sizable line, which there often is.

It also has one of the more ideal non-Old Town locations, centered among a number of other breweries and within long walking or short bike riding distance of New Belgium, Fort Collins, Funkwerks as well as the Old Town breweries Coopersmith's, Equinox, and Pateros Creek. It's a Fort Collins standby and is not to be missed for any beer lovers. (1,193 characters)

Photo of tito42
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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! (651 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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. (585 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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. (716 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is awesome. Nice big bright tasting room lots of wood and a big outdoor seating area. A flight of their pilot beers was $4! You get a token which you can then use for $4 off merchandise or return it and they will donate the $ to charity. I was there around 4:30 on a Monday afternoon and it was not very crowed. Great place, staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Fort Collins. Especially as it is so close to both New Belgium, Fort Collins Brewing and Funkwwerks (when the open). (529 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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. (564 characters)

Photo of durlta
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Very cool place. Love the beer. Usually have interesting food trucks too. Only thing I didn't like was the fact that I couldn't choose my own flight: had to pick from pre-selected flights to go with fancy presentation tasting glass holders. (240 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Really love coming to O'Dells for their release parties, and the three options they have for sampler trays really give the beer drinker of any experience level something exciting and engaging. Recently they've redone their patio, adding an awesome gas fireplace and a stage. Can't wait until it warms up again and I can thoroughly enjoy the live music and world-class brews. Always something interesting on the rotating taps (A wild fermented mash that's allowed to fester? Yes, please) and on the weekends there's usually one of Fort Collins many awesome food trucks there for the drunchies. By far the best larger brewery I've been to. GO! (641 characters)

Photo of clarkm04
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Odell's Tap room totally rules!

They nearly doubled the size since the expansion. It's a gorgeous building with tons of environmental friendly features. New Belgium gets a lot more attention by the average beer drinker but I've found the service and beer much better at Odell's.

The atmosphere is very easy going. They have a great selection including beers you can't get anywhere else. I love nitro beers and when I was there in June they had Cutthroat on nitro so I was in ecstasy.

When I used to reside in Fort Collins, I would get a growler of Cutthroat or Easy Street on a weekly or biweekly basis.

The brewery has lots of great merchandise. I usually pick up a cool looking Odell's item everytime I visit.

They have a wooden coin system where every time you get a taster tray you receive a chip with a 3 or 4 dollar value. You can either apply it towards merchandise or give it to their charity of the week/month.

They offer brewery tours but they can be hit or miss. I've gone on two. The first one wasn't very good. The second one was much better. The expansion they underwent is very impressive. They have additional space to drop additional fermenters and have easily doubled capacity. For all you Odell's lovers who are out of their distribution range, that might change over the next couple of years.

Visit Odell's if you can. Not quite the madhouse of New Belgium but a very solid brewery. (1,409 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Odell has recently undergone a major renovation which included doubling the tap room and outdoor patio areas. Where it used to be a small, often crowded place to get a pint or sampler tray, it's now, well, still just as hoppin' but with more area to spread out.

The rustic/mountain-modern architecture is cool and there is apparently a lot of "green" energy saving features as well. They grow their own hops too and the entry doors have hop plants climbing up either side.

Inside, there is a long granite bar that serves as a place to pick up your pint (not sit down and enjoy it) and then you wander to one of the many indoor or outdoor tables. The patio is really where it's at. A great wrap-around stone patio with lots of shade. It's reasonably quiet too even though it's near the street.

The beers at Odell are fantastic. Their regular line up, which you can have on the 'pilot tray' are exellent examples of English/American styles - pale ale, porter, amber, and wheat. If you want to be more adventurous (and if you're on this site, you probably do) try their 'co-piot' tray which has a variety of one-offs and specialty brews. At the time when I was there, they had double pale ale, barleywine, American wild ale, and others. Great selection then, with probably about 15 beers on tap at any given time.

Service is reasonably good but keep in mind, just as with New Belgium, these places get crowded (even on a Monday afternoon) so don't expect a long thoughtfull conversation from the bartender on the hop varieties used in their IPA. That being said, they're usually very friendly and efficient at getting the masses served in a reasonable time.

Overall a great place and one I prefer to other craft brewries in town because the atmosphere and service are good but, most importantly, the beers are outstanding. (1,824 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went to Odell today for the first, and definitely not the last time. In spite of the fact that the visit was prompted by having to return a bunch of infected Bourbon Barrel Stout, the situation was handled pretty well, and we drank on the house for the day ... in addition to other wonderful things.

The brew list here, is exactly what the brew-list at a brewery should be. Equal parts Odell standards, and experimental stuff that maybe has a 1 in a hundred shot of every making it's way outside of the brewery walls. And for the most part, damn good experiments.

A: A touch cramped (it was the release of Mountain Standard Reserve), and a touch Mountain-Man touristy camp (not quite madahorn, but not far off), but all in all single-mindedly devoted to pouring, tasting and ultimately selling tasty, tasty beers.

Q: Odell beers are good. For all the hype, they deliver. Their seasonal and year round 12oz brews are, for the most part, pretty damn palatable (Isolation dominates), their single brew series (when not contaminated) is always interesting, and usually impressive, and they are always tweaking those recipes (2010 Mountain Standard is not just different packaging), woodcuts are ridiculous, and the experiments succeed more often than they fail.

S: They handled my situation well, and dealt with the crowd pretty well.

S: Yeah, so here's where Avery and Odell really seperate themselves from the pack ... the experimental brews. I don't go to a brewery to get what I can get in any bottle shop. I go there to try experiments that I won't come across for years, if ever, in bottle shops. Avery and Odell dominate in pushing the experiment envelope, and nakedly tossing their process onto the bar for all to taste. Bravo. (1,736 characters)

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Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
99 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.