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Odell Brewing Company

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95 Beers
18,303 Hads
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 74
Visits: 247
Avg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
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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: 74 | Visits: 247
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of steck34
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -3.1%
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 -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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%
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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Photo of SamN
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of tito42
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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).

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Photo of dexterk1
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of durlta
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
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!

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Photo of clarkm04
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of bbristow
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

The best brewery to visit in Fort Collins. The tap room is massive and has a very clean look. Expect about 18-20 beers on tap to sample. All very good. At worst, you’ll have a solid beer. There’s always beer to try from the pilot system, which is a neat feature. The brewery offers a few snack foods, but a food truck does sit outside. Well worth your time to stop by if you’re in town. Wasn’t terribly crowded during the day, which made for an even better experience out on the patio.

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Photo of wapcap
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

My favorite place to visit when in Fort Collins. It is often the very first place I visit. I have been here at least 4 times, and every time is a new and unique experience.
Odells beers speak for themselves. My favorite is Mercenary and is always my standard for an ipa. At the brewery they have numerous other brews on tap that you otherwise would not find. They have ample seating, both in door and out door, and an extensive gift shop. It definitely is family friendly, and they do tours which I think are free and you get samples.

They often have food trucks around, and the food is awesome as well.

Next time you are close to Fort Collins, Odells has to be the first place you visit!

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Photo of denver10
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | 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.

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Photo of eluvah
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Right down the street from New Belgium. I liked the atmosphere at NB better but this place has better beer. I would recommend getting a flight or two, depending on how many people you are with. I was with four people and we purchased 3 different flights and shared so we cold sample as many beers as possible. I thought the Nitro Cut Throat Porter was the best beer. My wife is a hop head so we purchased a growler of the 5 Barrel Pale Ale to take with us.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of SideShowAnnie
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Odell's rocks my world! They are, and will always be, in my top 3 favorite breweries ever. They're all about the beer, and it definitely shows. Mountain Standard (a winter-seasonal double black IPA is, hands down, my favorite beer and the only reason I tolerate winter in Colorado). Myrcernary, an imperial IPA packs a punch, both in flavor and in ABV and perfectly showcases Colorado hops and Odells' ability to make a strong, yet drinkable beer. I would live here if I could, seriously.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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!!!!

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Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
98 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.