Footprint RegionAle | Odell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
40% Ale aged in oak barrels, 40% Ale with natural flavors added, 10% Ale aged in wine barrels, 5% Ale brewed with honey, 5% Ale brewed with wild rice.

There are ten states that make up what we call our 'distribution footprint'. Each state made a unique contribution to FOOTPRINT. This artful ale is our tribute to these states in which our beer is available. The result is a crafty collective of regional flavors:

Colorado - Hops and Barley
Arizona - Prickly Pear
Idaho - Barley and Hops
Kansas - Wheat
Minnesota - Wild Rice
Missouri - Oak Barrels
Nebraska - Corn
New Mexico - Green Chilies
South Dakota - Barley and Honey
Wyoming - Wheat

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
29
For Trade:
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: no head on a golden with brownish hues body.

S: aroma is very light with oak, pineapple, orange and belgian yeast.

T: palate follows the nose with light oak, caramel, belgian yeats, light corriander and other herbs, hints of chardonnay and corn with very light grass notes mostly from the hops.

M: medium to high carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: nice belgian character. strangely this one is so complex that it is hard to pick out all of the flavors with some running together making it seem simple. This is a great brewery though, one of the best.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Bottle # 8037-2011.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with tea and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

something entirely different here. amazing concept, brewed with ingredients from all ten states that odells distributes to, including peppers, rice, and some other unconventional stuff. pours a cloudy golden color, or even a bit darker than that, with a very lively white head with excellent retention. smells fruity like pears, hot like chilli peppers, and floral like some really nice fresh hops. flavor evolves like crazy, as does the mouthfeel. starts with a big hit of sweet fruit, but that only lasts for a second. it moves then to a yeasty bright but very dry middle, and then some gentle heat in the conclusion, but nothing overwhelming at all, just a slight burn there. well carbonated and medium to fuller body. its not my favorite odell beer, and perhaps a bit unfocused, but its well made as always, and the idea behind it is original and special. worth a try, even at close to 15 bucks a bomber.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent hazy copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Cream, clean malts, light citrus malts, strange unique local hops, and pleasant orange and lemon citrus esters. Even hints of wheat. Some toasted malt. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream on the open, a clean malt foundation, backgrounded somewhat floral/citrus hops, clean barley, slight vague hints of yeast, and some orange peel. Maybe lemon, but if so it's restrained. A nicely built beer for the style that hides its ABV quite well. Decently balanced. Fairly fresh. I like it, but its simplicity and lack of sufficient subtlety hold it back.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate carbonation. Moderately heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking subtlety and complexity to its detriment. An interesting brew from Odell - and I applaud the experimentation. But it's far from great. I might try it on-draught, but it's underwhelming from the bottle. I expected better. Somewhat pricey. Fresh and refreshing.

Best served warmer than refrigerator cold.

A poor candidate for aging.

C+

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, fruity notes and a touch of yeastiness.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with sweet caramel and toffee. It had a slightly fruity flavor with a touch of honey.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty ale. I really like the concept.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light traces of lace on the glass.

S - fruity and spicy notes of licorice, pepper, red apple and pine with a touch of vanilla.

T - thick, bready malt up front with notes of plum and red apple. Some licorice character in the middle and a finish of graham cracker, dark fruit, vanilla, and more black licorice.

M - a fairly thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - interesting and complex (as a beer that is apparently made of five different beers blended together should be). They character of the various barrels and casks barley asserts itself, but the base beer is well made and has an excellent spicy yeast character that carries everything else. Overall it is worth a try, but it is no tragedy that this is a one time brew.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey colored with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Hazes a bit as this warms, sticky lacing, great head retention

S: Bready notes, grassyness, some lemon,

T: Honey malt & bready notes, along with lemony & grassy notes up front, nice wheat crispness for a beer this big, along with some grapefruit. Loads of grapefruit & bit wheat tartness as this warms, with plenty of honey malt as well, nice pinapple notes. Big citrus explosion in the finish, nice tartness, a bit of pepperyness (chiles & prickly pear???) & little bit of yeasty twang

MF: Chewy with light carbonation, nice balance

An interesting beer for the style, drinkable enough. Seems more like a DIPA or amped up wheatbeer to me. Minor deduction for being off style

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is golden orange hued and mildly hazy with a quarter inch of head. The aroma brings citrus, toffee, malt, booze. A bit sweet with a touch of honey perhaps. Alcohol presence is there throughout. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, I thought this was ok.

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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BeerOps
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle
Poured into a globe glass

A: Hazy golden orange body with a huge fluffy, rocky slightly off-white head. Great amounts of lacing are left behind due to this, as well as a nice sized retention cap on the surface. Great looking beer although on first glance I have no clue what style this is, and the bottle doesn't really tell you.

S: Floral hops, grass, dried malt, clementines, pink grapefruit and must. It's really different and the back end of the aroma has an overlying funk character. Almost a hay-like quality. Certainly a confusing beer to pinpoint.

T: Sweet malt, bitter citrusy and floral hops, Smarties candy. Back of the palate brings the funk, hay and a just a touch of dryness to the profile. This is really different and once again, hard to make out what is going on here.

M: Well carbonated, almost overboard with the bottle conditioning. It has a nice mouth feel but overall I wish it would have been toned back.

The concept of this beer is a really cool idea (go read about it), and while confusing in it's flavor/aroma is still was tasty. I don't think I necessarily agree with its "Strong Ale" classification on here, but then again this seems like a hybrid of many styles to me.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Odell goes again, putting out something kooky. This time it's a beer made with ingredients from the states within Odell's distribution footprint. Get it?

So, pours a fantastic slightly murky gold color. Nice white, fluffy, rocky head. Sticky lacing, I need an ice scraper!

Somewhat fruity aroma, nothing strong. Lemon/orange peel. Persimmon. Hints of pear. Faint flowers. Nothing wrong or bad here, a bit faded though.

The flavors dance around quite wildly, and that's pretty cool. I can say for sure that the end has a bit of an abv bite on it. Everything leading up to that is a free for all. The honey is steady and light throughout. Very light smoky green chilies. Hint of vanilla in the background. Faint grains and husks. Somewhat sweet.

This is a good beer. I think can be paired with salads, light cheeses, even some fish.

Love the kookiness

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle with a friend. It poured a hazy amber with a very tall white head. First impression: a tasty mess. I'll concede that I'm usually a little dubious of beers with big levels of mixing like this. This one, however, doesn't seem to lose too much. It comes off a like a peppercorn tripel. There's a dry spy character with a touch of heat. Sweet flavors with a hit of light juice (maybe that prickly pear) pop in, but the dry, bitter cut of the beer overbalances them. The aroma has a touch of honey and a heavy floral spice that veers in the direction of Belgian saison. There's a high alcohol note in the aroma, but that just makes me want to get a second bottle to age. Overall, a complex beer that's quite tasty and a great choice if you want to sit down and think about your beer.

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Footprint RegionAle from Odell Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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