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Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing CompanyOdell Brewing Company
BA SCORE
99
world-class

187 Ratings
Ratings: 187
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.08%
Active Beers: 81
Beer Ratings: 13,943
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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 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 LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

LXIXME, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of rxthree
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

rxthree, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of kingpin1010
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

kingpin1010, Saturday at 09:00 PM
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Yeti1979, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of jyeast101
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%

When did we get to start reviewing breweries? I like it.

Love Odell's. This is a must stop in Ft. Collins. Wait, a must stop if you're in Colorado. The beer is outstanding. A great standard lineup as well as their 5 barrel beers. Everything on the pilot tray system is unique and fantastic. I'll give you an example. A couple of years ago, I got to try a series of Pale Ales and IPA's over a couple of months. Come to find out the patrons of the tasting room were getting to try what would become their IPA. One of the best IPA's that I've tried.

The atmosphere is great, the people who work there are awesome. All around a great experience. A must if you're going to be in Colorado.

jyeast101, May 10, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

hwwty4, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of cbcrunch
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

cbcrunch, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.9/5  rDev +7%

This brewery is one that should be bigger and more known. It's quaint in size, but they're known for their massive hoppy beers. I had the pleasure of living a couple miles away, and I miss it everyday. I had many fun, memorable days playing corn hole, drinking delicious brews, hanging with good, real people, and watching Odell grow in popularity in the short time I lived in FoCo. I can't wait to go back. Maybe someday they'll ship out here to Florida... In terms of food, they always seem to have "Jax Seafood" tent setup outside. The seafood is quality for being in Colorado, but I'm from the beach, I have had some of the best and most fresh seafood around. So I am a little biased. IPA, Myrcenary, Cutthroat Porter, Wooden Elephant (when available), St. Lupulin are just a few of the must try beers.

KVNBGRY, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

spark3148857, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ScorpyX
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

ScorpyX, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Domvan
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Domvan, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

belgbeerdrinker, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of birchstick
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

birchstick, Dec 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

trytoketchup, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

dexterk1, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of buckyp
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

buckyp, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of johnhkelm
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

johnhkelm, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

charleslueg, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Bitterbill, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

GilGarp, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Thorpe429, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

WesMantooth, Apr 15, 2014
Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
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