Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Odell Brewing Co. - 5 Barrel Pale Ale; Double Pilsner; Easy Street Wheat; Isolation Ale

The Odell Brewing Company is in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Odell is one of my favorite breweries.  They make consistently high quality and tasty beers.

5 Barrel Pale Ale - The 5.2% ABV beer pours copper/amber in color and is slightly cloudy.  There is a small thick and creamy head that leaves considerable lacing on the glass.  The aroma is hoppy, fruit and tropical fruit on top of a slightly sweet caramel malt base.  The taste is crisp and clean, fruity hops and sweet caramel malt. The over all effect is slightly sweetened fresh sun-brewed tea with a hint of lemon.  The beer drinks as well carbonated and refreshing.  Delicious.  My bottle is  a few months old, I dream of drinking this fresh out of a tap in Fort Collins.

Double Pilsner - This 8.1% ABV beer pours a glowing yellow golden in color with a half inch of pure white foam.  The aroma is fragrant, jasmine flowers, a touch of honey, and grain.  The taste follows the aroma directly and finishes dry, yet sweet, with a sharp yet fleeting bitterness.  The aftertaste is light bitterness and massive sweet fragrant jasmine.  For a strong pilsner lager, this beer is unexpected, but very tasty.

Easy Street Wheat - This 4.6% ABV beer pours honey golden and orange, slightly hazy.  There is a small foamy white head.  The aroma is wheat malt, citrus fruit, grassy, a note of sour fruit.  The taste is malty, citrusy, grassy, very, very tasty.  An excellent beer.

Isolation Ale - This 6.1% ABV beer pours dark copper and burnt orange.  There is a quarter-inch of creamy and foamy off-white head.  The aroma is malty and fruity, caramel, cherries, citrus.  The taste is roasted, toasted malt, nutty, with a grassy citrus note right before a somewhat bitter finish.  Excellent!

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA - This 9.5% ABV beer pours dark, dark brown to black with a very short head of light brown foam.  The aroma is hoppy, grapefruit and pine over a dark roasted malt that combines with the pine to become almost smokey.  The taste reverses the aroma with a sweet, dark roasted malt coming in the forefront, to be followed by a fruity and then bitter finish.


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