talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2012
The pour is a hazy, honey, golden color with a full, fluffy, white, head which settles to a thin, rocky layer and leaves soapy lace. The nose is grapefruit peel, mango, some resins, white pepper, slight toasty vanilla, and some rosemary. The flavor is similar with mango notes, light vanilla, spicy resins, grapefruit peel later in the progression, some leafy notes, and dry oak notes into the finish. The palate is lively, medium, drying slightly, warming, and velvety. The finish has dry oak, white grapefruit peel, white pepper, leafy notes, and a basil note?? Usually beers with so many adjuncts and multiple aging techniques do not result in a pleasant beer to drink, but this one was just that. All of the unique ingredients were complementary and supplemental rather the dominant or overbearing; the green chiles added minimal spice and heat, the prickly pear added nice fruit notes, and the honey added mild sweetness and dryness. I have seen references to a BGSA in other ratings and I can see the similarities but there are too many hop notes to make that a true story. A very pleasant beer to drink and a somewhat unique beer. Nice from Odell. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Honey colored pour, light head. Aroma is loaded with great malty notes, wheat, honey, funky fruit the background. Nice malty flavor, honey, sweet wheat notes, corn, oak notes. Pretty cool beer all the way around. Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Pours amber orange with a white head. The aroma is light citrus zest with some viney hops. The flavors of orange citrus hops with some sweet and tang notes on a medium body. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Pours a pure honey gold with an expanding off white head. Abundant, consistent beading. Smells complex - spicy, the pear dominates. Very fresh. The taste is again defined by the prickly pear. Really a nice balance of what could have been a mess of a beer. Refreshing, approachable, delicious. Well done. bhensonb (15739) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
750 c&c from Wine and Cheese in Clayton, MO. Fortunately a store that’s in the "Footprint". Pours hazy orange/amber with a creamy beige head. Lots of things in the nose. I can differentiate fruit, oak and pepper. Med + body. Flavor is fairly peppery. There’s some oak. It’s dry and astringent. The honey is almost missing. Think I might get a little grape. But prickly pear? Maybe that’s a fruit thing. There is fruit. A little different - seems a bit earthy - I’d put this into the saison/bier de garde territory. I’m likin’ it.
smith4498 (3673) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours slightly hazy orangish color with off white head. Doughy aroma with floral hops and tropical fruits. Pineapple and orange flavors with some bread dough, grapes, and a hint of oak. Medium body with lively carbonation. Very saison-like. I’m liking this one. Thanks Craig. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
A really enjoyable beer. The grains are really noticeable and it gives it a great earthy malt flavor. Really nice going down. GarrettB (1655) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2014
December 15th, 2012 - O’Dell’s footprint is a localized version of Dogfish Head’s gimmicky Pangaea - ingredients chosen for their geography rather than their quality. The sentiment is neat, and I like the idea of cross-border collaboration on beers, but I’d rather see skills rather than materials shared in the making of a good brew. That said, while I absolutely abhorred the Pangaea, this turned out to be a pretty great beer, either by serendipity, or through very careful ingredient screening.The pour produces a large, billowing cloud of foam, which like Duvel’s golden ale recedes along the side, leaving a plateau in the center of the glass, an island above the fray above popping suds. Dole pineapple juice defines those nose, decorated with a squeeze of fresh orange juice, citrusy hop highlights and a little popped corn sweetness. Here and there in the smell are bright dots of mikan, and maybe even the softer floral touch of dandelions. Overall, the flavor is mellower, with a heavy palate, and a slow, unctuous booziness. Lemon, a touch of hops, and light floral touches like dandelion petals and lemon candies counter the oozing booze with some levity, and a hint of pear sneaks in during a soft aftertaste. Delicious, long, and replete with lemon zest and juice, this is beer that really demands the drinker’s attention, but light enough that it can cater to sunnier, hotter days. stumpyiliz (220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Pours a hazy yellow/amber, smells are all over the place from fruity ester to the prickly pear. Light hops are on the front of the taste with a full body spice bite afterwards. The barrel aging accents come through with the finish. This beer lingers for some time on the palate. A solid beer, good sipper and the booze is hidden well. Great concept, I imagine this will age well for years and give off other attributes due to the multiple barrel aging additions to the blend.