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Beer Review 131: Odell Brewing Co Myrcenary Double IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! We're back after technical difficulties (Brad was really lazy and couldn't get off the couch) and have only three days until Thanksgiving!  While the Beer Friends are thankful for beer, we would also like to be your go-to blog for thanksgiving beers.  Whether it be rare and  impressive beers that you can elevate your status to official "Beer Geek" around your friends or just some really good booze that has mom and dad worried and looking up numbers for AA - we've got you covered.

Today is a Beer Geek status beer - but not really hard to find if you live in Colorado or surrounding states.  Odell Brewing Company is out of Fort Collins, Colorado and been brewing delicious beer while New Belgium gets most of the love.  However - once people get a taste that usually all changes and while the fancy factory has reservation times and silly follies - Odell is brewing delicious beer with a laid back brewpub and parties every weekend.  Today we review Myrcenary 2xIPA - which features the essential oils of the hop cone with a citrusy punch.

Check back often for more beer buying suggestions this week - the true beer geek would be a little nervous about what beer to drink on Thanksgiving - meanwhile the turkey is burnt and stuffing is ruined... it can still be a good day.

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Other Odell Reviews:  Cutthroat Porter - 90 Schilling

Beer Review 73: Odell Cutthroat Porter

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Full Disclosure -last week we mentioned we liked beer, a lot, this week we mention we like Colorado Beer, a lot.  This week's SPotW is Odell Brewing Companies Cutthroat Porter.  Odell is located in Fort Collins, Colorado and was a excellent stop (twice in fact!) on the Colorado Brewery Tour.  Odell currently has a smaller distribution range (8 states and they mentioned something about England soon with their traditional English style brewing techniques) so if you find it, get it. Small Distribution!  Big Delicious Taste! Rare Beer!

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BFF4 - Brad Bracket First Round

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! It's that time of year where EVERYONE is swept up in the madness... yes - Beer Friends Final Four Beer Bracket is BACK!

Forget Louisville in the First Round and bubble teams, we're talking ales in the First Round and drinking the suds...

This year we (kinda) followed a regional bracket match up instead of the style like last year.

Brad's Bracket includes beers from Colorado and the Michigan area (somehow Great Lakes snuck in there...).  Vote your favorite brew through and pick that Cinderella team, sorry, stout.  Pick the winner and hold it over your friends heads until the next year (Brooklyn's Dark Matter anyone?) Beer!  Voting!

The 1 vs 16 match up pits Last Years winner, New Belgium's Fat Tire against a stout from Boulder - Avery's Out of Bounds Stout.  The Out of Bounds was delicious when infused with coffee, but Fat Tire seems like the fan favorite - should be interesting.  See more of this entry for voting!

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The 8 vs 9 match up has Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch IPA against Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.  This is a interesting choice because Edmund Fitzgerald is a multiple award winner - but the selection committee always gets a few wrong (they failed the "eye" test?)

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The 5 vs 12 match up sees Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout against Bristol Laughing Lab.  This is a Colorado knock down drag out... Yeti is known all over the US and Laughing Lab all over Colorado - both delicious beers - I'm guessing multiple overtimes.

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The 4 vs 13 match has upset special all over it.  Odell Cutthroat Porter against the ultimate mid-major in Equinox Nova Pale Ale.  These two breweries are miles apart (if even a mile) but the beers couldn't be different.  Dick Vitale is watching this one as a "upset special!"

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The 6 vs 11 match up has another two close breweries duking it out.  Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale against Boulder Beer Companies Cold Hop.  Both beers are available all over the US, but only one beer became available at my local grocery store which puts their RPI in the 20's!

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The 3 vs 14 match up is another mismatch.  Founders Breakfast Stout against Fort Collins Brewery Rocky Mountain IPA.  While Rocky Mountain IPA is a great beer, Breakfast Stout is built to win.

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The 7 vs 10 match up could go either way.  Two completely different beer styles in Bristol's Mass Transit against Founder's Porter - but great brews in their own rights.  Will the up-tempo smooth play of Mass Transit triumph over the slow down pace of Founder's Porter?

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The 2 vs 15 match up could be another upset special.  Bell's Oberion vs Ska Brewing Company Pinstripe Ale.  Oberion is a summer time favorite but Ska is quickly moving up the popular breweries ladder.  With Ska Brewing Company now available in cans... will this be enough for the 15 over 2 upset?

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Feature Brewery: Odell's Brewing Company

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! While almost everyone has heard of New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins has another major player in beer brewing and sales, Odell's Brewing Company. A little lesser known, but the quality of everything they do is outstanding.  The Beer Friends visited on a Saturday and they happen to be setting up for a party that started at 2pm - which every Saturday they have a party that starts at 2pm!  We tried a few beers and then had to run, look back in the future for Odell's to be the Beer Friends Brewery of the Week and read below for the few taste we did get in!

Phil:

1st: Cutthroat Porter is fan-freaking-tastic! Off a Nitro Pour it has a wonderful smokey flavor that has just a hint of coffee if you look hard enough.

2nd: Snowriders. Well whatcha know a wheat beer I actually like! Granted it does have the lightly hoped overtaste that I do prefer, but this might be one of my favorites. It's got a very slight hoot bite in the beginning that's helped by the coolness of the beer, and with the ever so slight wheat presence helps to balance the flavor.

Brad: 1st: Cutthroat Porter Nitro is fantastic! This is a great beer to begin with and the nitro creates a smoother pour which is VERY easy to drink.

2nd: Deconstruction ale... This is a wonderfully complex beer... Aged in multiple barrels (oak, bourbon, wine) and wild yeast strands- leads to taste of peach, mango and grapefruit. Complex yes, delicious yes, awesome absolutely.

Odell's Tap Room

Graham: 1st: Double IPA. This is such a well balanced beer that even at 10% abv it is a smart choice against their regular IPA. Big in Citrusy hops flavor that goes down smooth. This beer makes me very happy we stopped at Odell's.

2nd: Brad wrote this one up beautifully, so I feel like I don't have to say much more. I get a good oak/red wine flavor that's accented by a sour fruit flavor with the wild yeast. Nice job Odell, nice job.

Odell's Brewing Company is located at 800 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524 [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=800+E+Lincoln+Ave,+Fort+Collins,+CO&sll=40.591014,-105.063457&sspn=0.035782,0.083342&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=800+E+Lincoln+Ave,+Fort+Collins,+Larimer,+Colorado+80524&z=14&ll=40.58878,-105.062459&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The tasting room is open:

11a - 7p Monday - Saturday