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Footprint RegionAle | Odell Brewing Company

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Footprint RegionAleFootprint RegionAle

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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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 beergoot
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body exudes a golden yellow color, clear and with excellent carbonation. The head is several fingers thick, creamy and white, and leaving excellent lacing down the pint glass.

A very hoppy, citrusy and floral smell. Orange and lemon take the lead. Sweetbread grain notes...

Orange juice and bitter fruit dominate the taste. Midway through, cereal-like grains show-up, followed with an acrid bitterness and a noticeable (but not unpleasant) alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel seems medium. A bit effervescent and sharp on the tongue.

This is a grand idea (ingredients from 10 different regions where your beer is distributed), but I don't know if this beer does the entire concept justice. The preponderance of 'orange' in the profile takes away a lot of the appeal to me. It makes this seem kind of one-sided in character and doesn't seem to successfully join all the components together in one coherent statement. Maybe this is something that can be worked on and tweaked over the years to bring justice to this concept.

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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

People like to say it's not about where you're from, but rather where you're going. Weird thing about beer is, where you're going in a way becomes where you're from. Choices of where to distribute are not made lightly -- the impression of a brewery can be just as impacted by the people who drink it and the places in which it's drunk outside the state of origin. A brewery's fans, regardless of where they live, become part of its persona. Sometimes it's good to pay homage to them, too.

Odell Brewing Co.'s distribution footprint currently stretches across ten states. Footprint RegionAle pays tribute to the places Odell beer is available. It was brewed with ingredients unique to each state in the network: hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho; wheat from Kansas and Wyoming; wild rice from Minnesota; corn from Nebraska; honey from South Dakota; green chilies from New Mexico; oak barrels from Missouri; and prickly pear from Arizona.

Using said ingredients, Odell concocted a menagerie of small-batch brews with help from guest brewers -- distributor partners, retailers, co-workers and friends from each contributing state. The tiny batches were then blended into one larger brew in differing proportions -- 40 percent of the final ale was aged in oak barrels, 10 percent went into wine barrels, five percent was brewed with honey, and another five percent was made with wild rice. The result is a crafty collective of regional flavors.

Inside a tulip, Footprint gleams in slightly hazy tangerine. Hyperactive carbonation bursts forth in a two-inch cap of pure white froth that has the consistency and staying power of marshmallow fluff. Thick fingers of curving lace decorate the glass as I drink, but this head looks like it would remain for hours and hours if left to its own devices.

The mélange of ingredients jostle for space in the aroma. Ruby red grapefruit and a touch of grass; burnt sugar and honey; oaky stone fruit; pungent prickly pear; crackers. It's a wild, funky blend that in some ways reminds me of tequila. The flavor's a little more muted, with subdued orange peel, grapefruit and grass balancing honey, crisp crackers and the fruity tang of pineapple and prickly pear. As was indicated by the pour, Footprint possesses a good kick of carbonation. Bubbles walk all over the tongue, adding some fizziness to the smooth, soft medium body. Ethanol fumes swirl through the mouth and nose before a dry, spicy finish.

Like a citrusy, malty and enticingly funky IPA, Footprint tries to be as unique -- and, well, weird -- as all the states it draws inspiration from. It's a little odd, but tasty.

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Photo of Domingo
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one definitely seems to be an oddball on paper. Ingredients from every state Odell distributes to including green chilis, honey, rice, corn, cactus, and oak barrels.
Pours a honey color with the perfect amount of foam. The foam head never dissipates at all, leaves a trail of lace rings, and generally looks magnificent. Visually, this beer is pretty much perfect. A good start.
The nose is a bit more pedestrian. Smells similar to a hoppy Belgian strong pale ale. Fruity overtones with notes of peaches and stronefruit with a little resinous pine from the hops. No mention of where the yeast comes from, but I'm guessing it might be Belgian or at least a very ester heavy strain. Either that or all of those notes I associate with Belgian beers might just be coming from the adjunct ingredients.
The flavor follows that same path. Sweet pale malts, mild stonefruit, & apples. The oak character creeps in a bit as well. While not, sweet, the honey character is discernible. Plus, as with many Odell beers the hops are intense. The finish definitely has some bitterness, and there's a floral character throughout. Luckily (I don't think they'd really fit) I don't really get anything from those NM green chilis. I still wonder if this is using a Belgian yeast, though.
A slow sipper for sure, there's no doubt this brew is potent. It was slow going, but enjoyable.
Overall I'd say this is pretty good, but not necessarily something I'm lining up to buy again. The sum of the parts is a bit lesser than the crazy ingredient list and story behind it. Still, it's a long way from bad or even disappointing.

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Photo of pigc
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. No date.

A - Pours a blond color with huge four finger head that lingers for some time and finally fades off rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Mild hops, peppery spice, wheat.

T - Some mild and a bit spicy taste right up front, hops are there but the peppery spice takes over mid palate. Wheat and a touch of corn come into play as well.

M - Medium body with abundant carbonation.

O - This is a very interesting ale to say the least. With so many ingredients and so much going on the flavors seem to meld all together. The green chilies seem to stand out to me as well as the wheat. Good beer but maybe a few too many ingredients. I like the idea of making this beer though.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with cork and cage served cold into goblet.

Footprint is a hazy golden yellow color with thick white head. It settles slowly leaving some spoty lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with great grapefruit character. A little of the chilli pepper comes through here too.

Flavor is intense with citrusy hops dominating. Oak, floral, grass, and chili come secondarily.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly well balanced but clearly hop-centric. Alcohol is strong but not overpowering.

Overall a very unique and tasty beer but, for me, probably only worth a try once given the price.

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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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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally Footprint in the cooler at the store! Been waiting to try this beer for a while, sounds so interesting. Cool idea in concept. Served to NBB globe glass the beer pours a lighter orange color with a yellow edge in the light. Decent 1 finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Slightly hazy but still transparent. If not for the tied down cap the cork would have exploded out long ago, almost exploded on me! Interesting and complex nose: Oak, citrus, vanilla, honey, wheat, and a bit of spice. Surprisingly the chili pepper is not prominent if even detectable. The flavors converge very well. The beer begins with a nice sweetness that doesn't overwhelm but rather provides a base for the other flavors to grow. Fruity with hints of apple and pear character as well as the citrus found in the nose. Honey and wheat flavors are mellow but blend nicely. Again, the chili pepper isn't detectable. The oak really brings everything together, very nice. Vanilla on the back end. Very complex beer. Finishes crisp and smooth. Mildly bitter. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hides the higher abv very well. Overall, wasn't sure what to expect from this one and really enjoyed it. I look forward to purchasing another.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, the newest brew from Odell...

A - Very light orange color with lots of yellows and whites... Nice foamy head rises and slowly falls. Some spotted lacing remains left behind. Brew is not too clear, perhaps age will help clarify. You can tell much of the coloring came from the wild rice, almost a purple tine was given to this brew.

S - Nice orange and hop spice slams your nose. Mild oak/vanilla speaks easy. The honey stands out as well as the wheat. The chilies are very well hidden.

T/M - Very nice. Sweetened very well, not sugary by any means. The pear is nicely meet by the honey and wheat. This is a wheat based brew with lots of unique intricacies... Heat from the chilies are unnoticeable, only slight flavor kicks out.the 40% in oak is a great benefit to this brew, the vanilla is mellow and much needed. Perfect carbonation and mild heat. medium bodied and awesome bold bitterness that bring your thirst back for more.

O - A very pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting too much from this brew, but it finishes very nice. The label doesn't sell this brew, but the flavor and contents will. Awesome job to the guys at Odell! Highly recommended, grab one if you're able.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up today at the COOP .... paid about $12.50.

From the website.

"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 & Barley, Arizona - Prickly Pear, Idaho - Barley & Hops, Kansas - Wheat, Minnesota - Wild Rice, Missouri - Oak Barrels, Nebraska - Corn, New Mexico – Green Chilis, South Dakota – Barley & Honey, Wyoming - Wheat"

From the bottle.

"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"

Pours a deep golden with nice white head and good lacing.

Beer smells pretty sweet and oakey.... some apricot and lite peachiness.

Good bitterness up front.... some sweetness quickly moves into lightly vinous barrel qualities... dries out nicely on the finish... Not really getting anything in the way of chili except just a touch of heat at the end.

Body is thicker than expected.. still a nice carbonation.

All 4's.

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