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Odell Levity Amber Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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85
very good

353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-24-2001

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Ratings: 353 | Reviews: 140
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Photo of blitz134
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally working through some of the remaining "non-cellerable" beers that I picked up in Colorado a few months back. My last Odell brew too...

Light caramel color. Nice and clear body. Kinda frothy white head on top. Crested to the top of my pint glass and has since settled back down to a lumpy mass, leaving frothy lace on the glass as it recedes.

Aroma is definately malty. Has a dinner roll aroma and some earthy hops to it. Smell is okay really, not super strong but for some reason it isn't super inviting.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Dinner rolls are again prevalent but this time with a bit of sweetness, possibly from some floral hops, and a little yeast to round it out. Has a touch of earthiness again. Low bitterness level comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good though. A solid medium bodied amber. Lower carbonation levels though. Drinkability is okay. The lacking aroma and taste bring this down since it doesn't have any truly remarkable characteristics. Sits a bit heavy and isn't as refreshing as I'd like in this style. Good enough I guess...

Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-hazy rich amber beer with a sticky/fluffy white creamy head that settles to a lace -- decent head retention. Bit of wet paper and grainy must in the aroma, touch of hops. Flavour is full and malty with a slight sugary sweetness. Solid medium body and firm mouthfeel. Sweet apricot fruit flavours. Toasty and caramel flavours build as the beer warms. Finishes with a light hoppy bitterness that settles quickly back into the malt.

A lovely amber ale and well worth a try. Damn near perfect balance and a drinkability to match. Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

Photo of Beaver13
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a smallish white head that retain fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet honey malt and some DMS.

The flavor is sweet and earthy malts with a touch of citrus. It has a little bit of a bitter crisp finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery.

Overall, a pretty average beer. Probably a good starter beer.

Photo of Jason
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label accentuates the feel of Colorado in the fall … snow caped mountains and golden aspen trees.

Appearance: Light chill haze on an amber hued brew, a thick off white lace graces the top of the brew with stickiness all over.

Smell: Toasted malt aroma with a hop twang of spice and herb … light nutty grain from the extra dextrins in the malt.

Taste: Modest body, full malt palate … light and delicate. Smooth mouth feel with a light carbonation after a judicious pour. Bitterness from hops are straight forward and cut through at bit and clean things up. Sweet malt up front with a lingering light toasted and caramel flavour the stretches even to the finish. Pear like fruitiness mingles with the spicy herbal hop flavour. Hops and malt go hand in hand into a long lasting finish.

Notes: Remarkably drinkable, good set up of malt and hops … well structured. The greatness of this brew shows the prowess of the brewery.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazed honey gold body with a small offwhite head that leaves some minimal lacing on the pint glass. Aroma is toasted grain, biscuity malts and vague fruity hops. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is the highlight of this beer. Honey and toasted caramel support some yellow apple notes and the finishing hops provide a nice balancing bitterness. A solid American amber.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of mild fruity hops, faint pine, husks, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a subtle hoppiness and a mild bitter finish. Notes of grain, mild caramel, light citrus peel, faint pine, earthy yeast, husks and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of grainy malt, mild pine and a subtle bitterness.

O: A tasty little number. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour have a satisfying balance of caramel malt and aromatic hops. The subdued bitterness makes it mildly sweet. Body is A-OK. Goes down a treat - are Odell capable of making a bad beer? Worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of sloejams
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

part of August 06 BeerMonthClub

True to the style's name, it was amber / red. A wee head, that stayed with as I quaffed it all. The aroma was sweet - caramel with a sugary malt kick. Taste was less sweet, which was welcome. The malt came thru as well as a hop finish. Not bad. I drank all 3 within a few weeks.

"Levity" made sense to me - as it provided something lighter for me, as I'm used to higher OG styles.

Photo of GilGarp
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this one after coming back to it two years later.

Pours with plenty of white head that diminishes slowly and leaves lacing behind. It has a beautiful color like grade A maple syrup. Obviously it's much more drinkable than that and makes a great session beer. Not too heavy or offensive to the coors guy but really nice for beer geeks like us.

It's a great warm weather beer, both of which I just had the pleasure of in March.

Photo of rossracing
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers ever

Photo of pmcadamis
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This cloudy carrot-juice orange brew puts up a nice frothy one finger head that shows good retention. Lots of finely bubbled lace leaves it's sticky mark on the glass and a quick flick of the wrist and whip of the glass brings up more head. Looks good!

S - Hearty dinner biscuits, mild but dank hops, and a little hint of dried fruit (dried cherries, pineapples, and apricots... like you would find in a bag of trail mix. Interesting, but relatively average , this smells like a North West American Amber... that is to say that it's a little hoppier than ambers from other regions. The hops aren't hurting it at all. Pleasant.

T - Malty and sweet, this is loaded with gooey (but not cloying) caramel, brown sugar, and caramelized sugar notes. Hops are there, but they are laid back and mellow. This is ridiculously well balanced and tasty. IMO amber ales are all about balance and this is the epitome of that characteristic.

M - Medium bodied and well-carbonated, this starts sweet but finishes gritty and dry. I like it. The finish really provides some interest to this one.

D - As I mentioned before, this one is damn near perfectly balanced both in malt/hop ratio and the carbonation, dryness, and weight in terms of mouthfeel. This isn't a complex stunner that will have you calling upon childhood memories of scents and flavors, or waxing poetic about the glorious flavors, but it would go very well with a burger!

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with expatsteve before another Madison Style Session.

Pour: very light orange-golden yellow, semi-translucent with a finger of off-white foam that fades to a skim.

Nose: oats, vanilla, sour cherry, caramel/raisin sweetness

Taste: yeasty/musty grain, lemon-pepper, dry biscuit and caramel malts, old stale hops

Feel: slick, medium-light body, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: some funky things going on for a standard amber, but otherwise mild and drinkable per the style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't understand the name of this beer until I pulled it out of the fridge and read the label. It's supposed to be a "lighter take" on amber ale, with a lighter color. Agreed. It's color is a slightly hazy deep amber that's about 9 or 10 SRM; and it's slightly lower in body.

It reminded me initially of an English pale ale except for the citrusy American hops. Of course now some of the smaller English brewers are using American hops, so this could easily have come out of England.

So, forgetting about style, because that's become quite a muddled mess at this point, it is a quite drinkable "amber" ale.

It's malty in the nose with caramel-tinged grain, a hint of floral and citrusy hops, and mild yeastiness. The body is medium and it's smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation (bottle conditioned?). The flavor delivers sweetish malt upfront with a light caramel accent and a dollop of honey, followed by a spike of median bitterness and rising notes of floral, citrusy, and lightly grassy hops that tumble into a dry finish. Some sticky malt lingers at the back of the mouth towards the end of the glass, but it's otherwise balanced pretty well. Additional bitterness would hinder the initial sweetness, and if you're enjoying this with a meal you'd never notice.

Surprisingly full of flavor given its 'designation', Levity is also very easy to drink, and somewhat complex (you can easily decipher its different components, and the yeast and hops work together to give different fruity notes). It's tasty enough to entice you, interesting enough to keep you coming back, and far from overwhelming - a great session ale!

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night watching the NBA finals at old chicago for $2.50 a pint, what a bargain!

Poured amber/caramel with 1" of white head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Some caramel & rough hop notes

T: Caramel & some woody dryness, followed by a little earthy hops. Finished dry with caramel notes, just didn't quite pull together

MF: Thinnish with a little bit of chalkyness

Drank good despite some flaws, either more malt profile different hops would help this. Still a simple easy drinker

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy foaminess, which stays rich, and rings the sides of the glass sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma smells leafy and citric in the nose, with some smooth underlying notes of buttered bread and sweeter feeling caramel. This is decent.

Like the nose, the taste has a nice smoothness to it, with a mix of butter covered toast and a moderate green citric bite that is balanced by the sticky sweetness of caramel malts. The finish on this is dry and earthy but my overall impression of this ultimately is too much sweetness and butter in the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that gets a bit more crisp feeling down the middle. The body is fairly silky feeling on the palate but its still has a little aggressiveness to it here and there as well.

This was a bit unbalanced in the flavor department but I generally found this to be a decently flavored and inoffensive Amber Ale that mostly stayed smooth and drinkable during my experience with it. This is nothing spectacular but it will get the job done.

Photo of bditty187
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden-bronze in hue with a slight amber highlight, the white head reached a sticky two fingers in height, the retention was decent, it faded to a cap after a little while. The subsequent lacing was fantastic, very webby. The bouquet is a bit of a mess; the notes of caramel and biscuity malts don’t jive with the herbalness of the hops. I also find it exceedingly grainy. Vague sweetness behind all of the smells, it is not inviting to me. Thankfully the potency is modest. The palate is improved; the slightly spicy, modestly herbal hops blend seamlessly with the caramel, toasty, biscuity malt. It is grainy though. The finish has a great, refreshing lemony zippiness. This is a refreshing beer, it would make a great summertime lawnmower beer; unfortunately I have never seen this beer even remotely fresh in Omaha. The mouthfeel is pleasant; the carbonation is firm and lively, medium in bulk and very appropriate for the style… whatever it is exactly. It reminds me of a Kolsch mixed with a Red Ale, hey, it works. This is plenty drinkable, the flavor construction won’t strain the tongue but the straightforward flavors make it a worthwhile quaff. Simple but yummy and if I could find Levity in good shape in town I’d purchase it again. I bought a single 12-ounce bottle at the brewery in Fort Collins.

Photo of vividox
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey amber with two finger head. Smell has a hint of fruit to it. The taste is a full-bodied rich taste with a little bit of honey on the end of it. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than light amber would have you believe. Drinkability is good.

Photo of stouty1
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloud orangish red with a fluffy head. Smeels awful.... like spinach or broccoli. Some hops come through after about the fourth snuff. Taste is very bland. Nice thickness too it but almost a litel too chewy. But, it's difficult getting past the smell. Nice bite on the way down with a small hint of alcohol, but i can't really find any flavor hidden anywhere. I wonder if I need to try another, infortunately this was a one timer with a trade.

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one inch of white head. The head quickly settles to a thin layer of suds. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The aroma consists of a combination of caramel malt and floral/herbal hops. Sweet malt flavor with low bitterness. Some herbs in the finish which is dry overall. Has a light body with nice carbonation which is good for a session beer. Easy drinking but rather forgettable.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a pure amber with ok carbonation. The Head is thin white and leaves a little lace.

The smell is nice a very interesting lightly roasted malt and a fruity hope note.

The taste is good, I really like the roasty malt taste, it is bready and toasty. The hopy finish lends very good balance.

The mouthfeel is good, crisp, carbonated and just lighter then medium body.

The drinkablity of this brew is very good, I would like to try it again some time.

Prosit, MK

Photo of TYE
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours amber/orange with a nice thick white foam head. Good retention and some residual smearing. Slightly cloudy and looks refreshing.
S - Hoppy, floral, orange, lemon, and a slight alcohol edge.
T - Wonderful orange/citrus kick. Very light on the bitterness scale. Finishes clean. Well balanced. No one flavor really sticks out. They all combine into a great amber taste.
M - Medium-full body, light carbonation.
D - I'm not a big fan of ambers. My wife is, so we tried this one. But, honestly, I love this beer. Definitely would be nice on a hot summer day. Very refreshing. I'll be buying this again. Recommended!

Photo of jacobseyb
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=pale copper color, ok maybe not pale but lighter than expected. One finger white head that dissipates quickly and laces moderately.

S=initially yeasty in aroma, followed by slightly more malty sweetness than hoppy bitterness but very balance, and relatively plain.

T=again not powerful but malts sweetness overides that bitterness from the hops.

M=light carbonation

D=good, generally pretty plain though.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper color with a small, frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with a touch of hops.

Tastes of the malt notes combined with a light hop presence. Notes of toasted bread, brown sugar, and some grainy sweetness as well. Hops have an earthy notion to them, but are fairly understated. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is light with a small amount of carbonation that gives a bit of a watery feel.

Overall, I feel like this is just an okay beer and could definitely be improved upon.

Photo of Murph
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color with a thin head that sinks quickly. The smell is malty with some light hops thrown in. Taste is rather light, guess that is why they call it Levity, a nice malt backbone and some decent hop bitterness as well but not as much in this beer as I was hoping for. Would make a good session brew. This beer got better as it warmed.
Thanks to Jaybeerman for the sample.

Photo of naderator55
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When this beer is poured a nice 1.5-2 inch cre.amy head appears. It pours a golden oarnge hue and is mirky. The smell isnt anything great some citrusy hops smells come through.
The taste of this beer is quite amazing a nice malt character comes out you can defenitely tell that they have been roasted a little bit longer than most ambers. I like this. Than a nice bite of hops come and balances it out. This add some small fruity nuanses. The beer is quite creamy.
This beer in my own perception could be a perfect session beer. A 6 pack could disappear quite quickly.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – A light clear amber, what appears to be robust big bubble carbonation, 1 finger head left lacing for the whole serving 3.5
S – Orange citrus and bready malts, slight sweet grasses 3.5
T – Caramel notes I missed in the scent are here, toasted bready malts with some hops to balance, orange zest finish 3.5
M – Light body overall, perhaps over carbonated 3
O – A good and sessionable beer, but after one or two of these I will be reaching for something else 3.5

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Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.