The latest craft beer entry in the Treasure Valley is Fort Collins, Colo.'s highly regarded Odell Brewing Company. It's been around since 1989 but just recently rolled into Idaho. Here's my first look at a worthy quartet of cool labels and great beer.
Odell 90 Shilling
The 90 Shilling pours a clear copper color with a healthy head that sticks around. The aromas are subdued, with light biscuit and fruit. The beer's light carbonation is very smooth and creamy in the mouth, and makes for a very sessionable quaff. The flavors are a balanced interplay of piney hops and just-sweet malt with a nice hit of citrus and lemon zest on the finish.
Odell Cutthroat Porter
This brew is an opaque ebony that's dark as night and topped by a two-finger tan head with gorgeous lacing. It smells like cappuccino with a biscotti backing. The toasted malt flavors are deep and delicious, and there's a nice citrus twang. Add coffee, caramel and mocha to the mix, with a finish that's creamy smooth, and we're talking seriously good porter.
Odell India Pale Ale
Here, "pale" means a bright amber in the glass with a persistent head the color and consistency of whipped egg whites. Citrus-laced hops dominate the nose, backed by aromatic herbs. You'll taste lots of fruity hops, while balancing malt lurks in the background. The earthy finish is nice and dry with a gentle bitterness that lingers.
Odell Myrcenary Double IPA
According to the label, it's named for a component of essential oils in the hop flower. A fitting moniker, for this is a hop-driven hazy gold ale with heady aromas of floral, citrus and pine. It's packed with tropical fruit flavors and an aggressive, but not overly bitter hop profile. A touch of malt pokes through on the lively finish--it's outrageously delicious.