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Odell Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.86/5
Based on:
95 Beers
4,596 Reviews
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 70
Visits: 234
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
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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Reviews: 70 | Visits: 234
Photo of denver10
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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 Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 AlCaponeJunior
4.26/5  rDev -6.4%
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 shueyy
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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. (875 characters)

Photo of PalatePilot
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is one of the best breweries in the state.
With so many craft breweries popping up all over Colorado, these guys just seem to brew only great beers.
When I am in Fort Collins, I always make my way to Odell's.
I heard they are doing another expansion, to make the tap room even bigger with and outside stage area and really making the experience better, the only complaint I could possibly have is when they are having an event, it can get a little too crowded. But as far as the beer goes, it absolutely the best I have tried.
It is must go to if you are anywhere in Colorado. (581 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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 csiewert
4.16/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Pretty cool tasting room/merch locker for the brewery. Nice rustic atmosphere and often crowded. Hours are fairly short, so make sure you get there before 6 or 7... they generally close by 8. Beer selection was awesome. They offer many beers you cannot buy in stores and generally have a rotating firkin available. The tasters are amazingly reasonable in price and are a good selection of beers (I would suggest the pilot or co-pilot flights). Ordering is interesting... you have to go up front and then wait for your beer to be delivered to the "pick up" area. No servers, but goes pretty quick. Unfortunately there is no ordering a round for your friends as they only allow you one beer purchase per person at a time. If you like something that they bottle, you can pick it up straight from the cooler on your way out. (820 characters)

Photo of clarkm04
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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 hopstradamus
3.73/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A. Decent atmosphere as it is little more than a tasting room. We took the brewery tour, and the guide was very informative, but brief. He mentioned after the tour that he prefers to give longer tours, but is encouraged to keep things brief as the masses don't care for the long version. Our group was mostly comprised of home brewers so we would have appreciated the long version. They have a very nice outdoor patio area and wished we could have spent more time there.

Q. Odell never disappoints in terms of quality.

S. The service was good. Almost everything was available in the tasting room except for one specialty beer which was served out on the patio. For the specialty beer you had to buy a token in the tasting room and present it on the patio to receive your beer.

S. The selection was good with all of their normal beers available as well as some others. I wished they had more of their specialty beers though because they were all so good. (956 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.38/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

This is our second trip to Odell Brewing. We got here at 6PM the other day and it was closed already. There is a patio out front so I think you could bring a well-behaved pooch. My dog is kenneled to make it easier to see some breweries on my list. Besides, it looks like rain.

It looks like a modern ski lodge and there is expansion going on. I don't see a food truck and they don't serve food. Everybody is getting flights and I buck the system and get a Myrcenary IPA. I've had it before in a bottle. There aren't any servers so I get my beer at the bar. The bartender is fast enough but doesn't want to talk even though it's not busy at the time. The beer is $4 and I put a dollar in the jar. As we take a seat, he is just standing there. I say not friendly at all for a bartender. My friend urges me to take the tour and there is space so I go for it. The tour is 20 minutes and it is not really informative. If you come here skip the tour.

The expansion is for beer production and there are not plans to serve food. Someone asks if there are plans to can beer since cans are recyclable and in some ways a better package. The guided basically says mining isn't very environmentally friendly. That created a little talk from some visitors. After the tour, we received about 2 oz. of a milk stout. I really wanted to see this brewery and made a second trip up from Denver but I couldn't recommend it. (1,405 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
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)

Photo of eluvah
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of bump8628
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place. Open and bright. Plenty of space inside with a range of table sizes and a wall of cool schwag. The outside space is nice too and it's a great place to hang out, have a beer in great weather, and play some cornhole. Nice view of the mountains. It can be bumping even on an early weekday afternoon with a fun mix of people - college kids to older folks. Beer is great obviously. All the usuals plus pilot beers and fun one-offs, even the occasional unique sour/wild ale. Oh, and a few fun things rotate through firkins. Well-staffed and everyone is in the know. Prices are awesome. Tourists will hit up New Belgium down the street (which is good too), but my pick is Odell all day. (692 characters)

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
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 bbristow
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Odell brewing is the best Brewery in the state, here's why:

1. Always loaded with happy employees/customers
2. Swag is 2nd to none
3. Brew is ALWAYS fresh and plentiful
4. Tour kicks ass
5. Their recent expansion is letting them send the cat out of the bag. a.k.a they're brewing up some delicious experimental stuff
6. They aren't selling out like other breweries just to make a higher profit
7. They're located in the Fort (the best city in CO)
8. They brew enough of "the good stuff" for seemingly everyone to be able to get their hand on some
9. Outrageous parties
10. Distribution is solid and never undersold
11. Why do I need to sell you on Odell???? Their brew speaks for them... (689 characters)

Photo of Moonshae_D
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

After spending the day in Ft Collins for some volunteering, we decided to finally check out Odell on our way back to Cheyenne. When we arrived it wasn't too busy yet, so we got great seats out on the patio.

Great environment. A food truck called Common Link was serving some amazing food. Had Lugene Nitro on tap, which was amazing, and Footprint, which was also very good. Loved the experience, and will certainly go back. (429 characters)

Photo of twoodward101
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

- Have been here many times and bar none favorite brewery in Fort Collins- (Funkwerks second). High quality beer, to which one of the best in the state. Only drawback had bad experience with one of the retail peeps; sent me to the back of line cuz she thought I cut. I certainly didn't and one of her co-worker rectified by giving free beer tokens :). Overall undoubtedly will not be disappointed.

-TW (403 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Odell is my favorite brewery, and I'll drink anything they make. Luckily I can find most of their stuff in my local stores, and if I get desperate I am fortunate enough to live within driving distance of Ft. Collins, so I'm good to go. These folks know what they're doing, and as they turn 25 this year, I am excited to see what is coming in the future. (355 characters)

Photo of W_Des
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

From the outside it's a beautiful brewery. You walk in and the place is alive and bustling with solid music. Well designed interior and the beer selection is nice with about 13 of their beers on tap. My only regret is that I showed up after 2 PM which is when they stopped the tasters. (285 characters)

Photo of DividedAvery
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
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 quaybr
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I love this place.

The atmosphere is great: inside and outside seating; different sized tables to accommodate different sizes of parties. Music on Wednesdays. The feel is a quintessential micropub, and something many others ought to strive for.

Service is great - everybody here is friendly and patient.

Selection is great - lots on tap, and lots rotating. They actually still test pilots here, getting feedback from the customers: the way it should be. Lots of fun to be a part of.

Quality is remarkable. They produce consistently good beer, obviously taking quality control and recipe-building into deep consideration.

Thanks for being great, Odell Brewing. (664 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.73/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins. Tap room is very nice and wide open, merchandise on the side, lots of room to hang out. If it's not too cold out the patio is a great place to enjoy a beer and the Fort Collins weather. Beer quality is superb. Service is also superb. The staff is knowledgeable about all brews: standard line up and all the pilot brews. Firkin Wednesdays are a must. The most recent remodel really looks nice, notably the wooden walkway, and provides additional parking on the West side of the brewery. Aside from Stone it's the nicest brewery I've been to. Highly recommended. (597 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.06/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

About a month ago, a group of us embarked on a journey up to Fort Collins, with the intent of hitting as many breweries as possible. This was our first stop. We ordered all three available samplers, and thanks to an awesome bartender, also scored 3 glasses of the Woodcut #5. The beers were all solid, with a few standouts (which has been the case on trips before and since). Beautiful space, lots of beers on tap and a great location (although I kind of miss the old warehouse space). One of the better stops in Fort Collins, with some great rarities occasionally on tap. (572 characters)

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Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
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