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Odell Brewing Co. | Drumroll American Pale Ale

Odell Brewing Co. | Drumroll American Pale Ale
Nate Custard

ABV: 5.3% | IBU: 42

It’s been more than two years since Odell Brewing Co. has released a new year-round beer. I assume that’s because the brewery prefers to achieve near-perfection with a beer before putting it in customers’ hands. Having just tried their newest release, Drumroll American Pale Ale, I’m 100% on board with that strategy.

According to Odell’s Director of Marketing, Alex Kayne, “the concept behind Drumroll is to showcase the best hops of each crop year, so we use a blend of different hop varieties, and we’ll manipulate that blend every harvest based on the rockstars of that crop.” That lineup includes both classic hops and some of the trendier varieties in brewing at the moment: Azacca, Bravo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe. The stellar combination of hops makes for as big, flavorful, and juicy of an American pale ale as you’ll find anywhere. That said, Odell is very clear that no fruit or fruit juice is added to Drumroll at any point.

Now let’s get to tasting this beautiful beer.

Drumroll pours a pale gold with a fluffy, mostly white head that hangs around for a while and adds to the notion that this is a damn refreshing beer (which it absolutely is).

The aroma is substantial, filling your nose with tropical, citrusy notes. Pineapple, mango and grapefruit all come through with mouth-watering effect. The flavor of the beer provides more of the same—bright, fresh citrus fruit with just enough malt to give the beer a sturdy base. Still, maybe the best part of the beer is that it doesn’t have an overly bitter finish in the slightest, which makes this unfiltered pale ale hard to put down.

I can’t say I’m surprised that a brewery known for turning out tremendous hop-forward beers would make something as tasty as this one, but even so, Drumroll perfectly fills a niche that complements the rest of their beer lineup. It’s flavorful, sessionable and, frankly, the type of beer that you’re going to want to drink a lot of, so it’s a good thing Drumroll comes in 12-pack cans.

There’s also something really intriguing about the label design of this beer. The 12-oz. cans feature a background of a wide-open blue sky, a stream and mountains that capture everything great about the outdoors of Colorado. And that seems to be exactly what Odell is going for with this beer, saying Drumroll is “crafted as the perfect companion for getting out and enjoying whatever the day holds.” It’s hard to disagree with that assessment.

Now that Drumroll has finally hit shelves, you’re sure to see it—in abundance—everywhere Odell distributes. After two-plus years waiting for a new year-round release, this one is a big deal. So whether your destination is a patio or a mountain peak, you’re going to want to grab a 12-pack of Drumroll before venturing out.

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