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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Odell - 5 Barrel Pale Ale

Dead Soldier 
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer 
5 Barrel Pale Ale
Odell Brewing Company
800 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO USA

Est. 1989

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.2 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Solid orange to copper color.
Hints of citrus in the bouquet with pleasant malt and hops aroma.

Foamy off-white three fingered head.
Continuous, small bubble nucleation in the liquid beneath the head.
Excellent clinging lace down the side of the glass.
Light to medium bodied mouth feel; gentle nudge of hops in the finish.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Making unexpected acquaintances is one of life's great pleasures. I made a new best friend in Adam, from the Odell Brewing Company today when visiting a rather large Ft. Collins beer and spirits emporium. While perusing the refrigerated aisle for suitable liquid victims to harvest, we stumbled upon his display of Odell finery. I had already made a selection prior to meeting him. Back into the mortuary fridge it went escaping my clutches to live another day. Instead we strolled out with two different six packs of Odell's, along with some mighty nice swag.

This 5 barrel ale is done in their small batch style where only five barrels are brewed at a time until they are satisfied with the formulation. Once this pilot system is perfected, they let the bottling begin! Also interesting to note is that hops are added specific points during the fermenting process, leaving a very flavorful ale as the finished product.

As we say around the crypt, "'s short." So while you can, go do something refreshing today. Make a point of introducing yourself to some of the Odell family, either in the flesh or in the bottle! It will be a rewarding experience, indeed.

UPDATE 9/23/09 - Arrived Denver this evening for GABF weekend. A fine Irish pub was close by to our hotel and had 5 Barrel on tap. Even more marvelous to behold by the pint, fresh from the keg.

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