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Odell Levity Amber Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Levity Amber AleOdell Levity Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-24-2001)
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Reviews by stouty1:
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3.1/5  rDev -18%
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.

stouty1, Sep 30, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

SlurpDooberstank, Feb 11, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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...

blitz134, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Todd, Mar 04, 2002
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2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Beaver13, Aug 22, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

SmellsofMahagony, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jmshulk, May 29, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Jason, Jan 24, 2001
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

merlin48, Jan 18, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Prospero, Jul 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

mkrass, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

sgttibbs, Jan 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

LXIXME, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

RDW, Mar 03, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

sloejams, Oct 04, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JamesStreet, Dec 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

MelJ, May 31, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

GilGarp, Mar 14, 2008
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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!

pmcadamis, Feb 04, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 20, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

NeroFiddled, Feb 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.