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Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing CompanyOdell Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

184 Ratings
Ratings: 184
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.08%
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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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 GJ40
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%

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 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
Photo of Yetiman420
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%

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 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 yemenmocha
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%

Odell was the highlight of my Fort Collins visit. They offered 3 flights of little beer samples for a nominal amount of money that came with a little token for $4 towards merchadise, so basically it was either free or only cost a few bucks depending on the taster.

Many of their experimental stuff that isn't currently bottled was available, including the rare ones that are corked in the big bottles. All of the beers were incredibly fresh, and the staff was very kind.

Tour was nice and short, but informative as well. New facility is exceptional.

Only negative was that on the tour I was disappointed to hear their stance on hiring within for their brewers rather than hiring professionals who go to school to learn this profession. Pour beers, give tours, haul stuff around the brewery... then you have the knowledge and skill of a professional brewer (eventually) somehow? Unbelievable. Hey why hire a graduate student graduating with a PhD to teach courses when we can hire someone who worked in the cafeteria first, then in the copy center, and then as a secretary to a professor? What a slap in the face to professional beer education.

yemenmocha, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%

At the time of my visit, this place had the handicap of being in the process of being renovated. Otherwise wow, what a great experience. Had a sampler of their beers and loved every single one, regardless if I was a fan of the style. It reminded me of New Glarus, who without the fanfare of the mega beers quietly puts out a great line up of carefully crafted beers. Then when I toured I learned that they had begun special and aged releases in bombers. Halfway through the tour we met Doug Odell, who happened to be there that day overseeing how the renovation was going. We got first hand stories about the history of the brewery and processes involved in the bottling of beer. In the brewpub I mentioned I was from Wisconsin and asked if I had any New Glarus. Unfortunately it was all gone, but she was still interested in other things I had from the Midwest. My tour guide also was curious, and as they feverously looked through my boxes, Mr. Odell asked what the hubbub was about (which made me a little worried). The barmaid told me about my willingness to trade, which he in turn asked me if he could have a couple of bottles as well. I obliged, as I noted how great his line up is and that I couldn't get his beer back home and wished I could. Mr. Odell is a true benefit to the craft brewing industry.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 08, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

seanchai, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev -14.2%

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
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

bulldogg915, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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%

GRG1313, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

CuriousMonk, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
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 StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev -9.2%

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 williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

williamjbauer, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Domingo
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
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

If Odell releases a new beer, you can bet I buy it within a week of its release. The brewery's year-round offerings are regularly making their way into my fridge. This is one of the breweries that does little wrong, pumping out quality brews continuously and always finding ways to be creative and interesting in their offerings.

At the brewery, I was able to order a flight of about 6 beers for $8. Pours seemed to be about four ounces, but I don't quite recall. As I usually do, I ordered a bunch of the seasonal and more exclusive beers that I wouldn't find back in New Mexico. This meant I got a pour of a gose, chocolate milk stout, keller pils (all which I've never seen outside of the brewery), plus the Trellis, Double Pilsner, and Myrcenary DIPA (all of which make their way to stores in NM). It was an exceptional lineup and exemplary of the range of beers that Odell produces. You get traditional German beers, Belgian brews, and beers reimagined or given the American touch. But the result is always great if not spectacular.

Odell's space was open and spacious, including a large outdoor area with some grass that conveniently became the play area for my child and a number of other cool parent's kids. A food truck was on hand serving some delicious sandwiches and bites, and there was a stage and cornhole setup for those looking for some entertainment. An awesome touch were the firepits that must be a great place to gather in the colder months when you want to hang around, talk shit, and still have a good beer in your hand. I think I'd be hanging out here in the dead of winter if I lived in Fort Collins. Disclaimer: I have no idea how cold it gets here, so maybe I'd retract that statement after freezing my wee wee off trying to coolly sip a brew on a January night.

I'd say New Belgium has better gear and schwag than Odell, but when it comes to the brews, I'd say only La Folie and Le Terroir from NB are in Odell's league. On space, both are about neck-and-neck.

Service-wise, I'd say both have a few too many uppity white folk that for some reason chose to work in the service industry but seem perturbed about serving certain folk, particularly those for whom they can not seem to disguise their apparent contempt.

In the end though, beer triumphs and much I can overlook for the sake of the perfection this place produces.

ONovoMexicano, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of rxthree
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

rxthree, Jul 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

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

Yeti1979, Jan 07, 2014
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Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
100 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.