Monday, 18 July 2011

An IPA a Day #11

We jump the pond again with the next beer in my lead up to International IPA day on 4th August. This time we get as far as Fort Collins, Colorado and the Odell Brewery. Doug, Wynne and Corkie Odell set up the brewery in 1989 and instantly set about educating their customers about craft beer. In those days there was only one other craft brewery in Colorado and so they had pretty much the whole market to win over.
Win they did though and today they brew 45,000 brewers barrels a year in a space that's 45,000 square feet, imagine that, a barrel per square foot!
I've been fortunate enough to have met Doug on a couple of occasions now and he's as passionate about making great craft beer as I am about drinking it!
Odells IPA, whilst not my absolute favourite of Dougs beers is one of the best around, at 7% and 60 IBU's they've taken the traditional English style IPA and made it more flavourful and a lot bolder. They've used new varieties of aromatic American hops to give the beer more character and that excellent hop profile you get from the nose and the taste.

4 comments:

Will S said...

What sort of a difference to the taste of a brew do things like temperature, bubliness (this sort of thing - http://www.wesureservegoodbeer.com/pouring_the_perfect_pint.cfm) make?
In your opinion for example, does a Fosters that is a bit more gassy taste better or worse? Can things like this change your opinion of a pub, or is a Carling the same wherever you go?

Rabidbarfly said...

Carling is fizzy piss where ever it is served. But certainly things like temperature and carbonation do make a difference to the experience.

Sid Boggle said...

You mad puddle-jumper, you! I think this Will character is spamming blogs - I've got the same comment on mine. Seems they've got Michael Buble in Fosters. On one level, it seems to make sense... B-)

Rabidbarfly said...

ahh, oh well.
WTF is a puddle jumper? One of them things from Stargate Atlantis?