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Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing CompanyOdell Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

183 Ratings
Ratings: 183
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.3%
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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4.16/5  rDev -9.2%

abmiller26, Sep 01, 2014
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 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
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

wckneeshaw, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

spark3148857, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

KForge, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

GRG1313, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

mendvicdog, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Bru-Dog, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

minterro, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

belgbeerdrinker, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

SaxmanRick, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Yeti1979, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

toronto_beermaven, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

bulldogg915, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

misscritta, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Andkr3w, Apr 13, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -7%

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 13, 2014
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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 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 sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%

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

sholland119, Jul 19, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -6.1%

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
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4.31/5  rDev -5.9%

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 dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%

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

dirtylou, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of steck34
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

steck34, Apr 02, 2010
Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
100 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.