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Odell Levity Amber Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | 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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5/5  rDev +32.3%

niceonebro, Jan 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

thisladyluck, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

PhatAtUT, Dec 04, 2011
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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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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

e911mann, Dec 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

jlunde, Jul 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

alexipa, Apr 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2003 version ("Levity Golden Amber Ale"):

Hazy golden with some suspended sediment, a decent light tan head, and good carbonation. Nice citrusy hop and fruity aroma. Very nicely balanced malt-hop flavor with a nice fruity ale character. Light bodied and a great session brew with a light hoppy finish.

Very similar to some of the better Golden Ales such as Clipper City Gold Ale.

2006 version ("Levity Amber Ale")
Per 2006 Label: 5.1% ABV. "Munich and Honey malts"

Per 2003 Odell's website:
Bittering Hops: Northern Brewer
Brewer Malts: 2-row barley malt, Munich malt, Caramalt, Honey malt
Finishing Hops: Mount Hood, Saaz

Bottled: 07/07/03
Tasted: 10/09/03
(Erickson)

Drink By: 11/28/06
Tasted: 08/31/06

RBorsato, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of Spider889
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer from my friend out in WY, thanks Mooky!

Bottled on date is 12/17/2010, so this is just shy of a month old.

I have to say that I really like the Odell bottles.
1) The labels are tasteful, well crafted, and classic
2) The label paper has a nice texture, similar to DFH labels
3) The bottle has the most unique shape of any 12oz I have seen, plus I like the embossed hop leaves around the neck.

The beer pours beautifully. An unfiltered golden honey color. It glows when held to the light, and really looks like a bowl of fresh honey in my Duvel tulip. I initially get a nice white soapy head nearly two fingers tall. It lasted a few minutes then receded to a cap of large bubbles covering half of the surface area. Excellent lace reminiscent of tree rings. Lovely.

The smell encompasses sweet smokiness and chestnut elements. Hints of citrus orange float in and out of my glass. It is light and airy, but inviting; very appropriate for the style.

This is one of the best ambers I have ever had. The beer begins with a nice hoppy bite. It's not especially distinguishable, but it provides a nice bitterness to the beer. The other very prominent flavor I get is oak. The more I swish it around in my mouth the more I am reminded of all the great oak-aged beers out there - almost like a less-hopped, sweeter version of Burton Baton (a great compliment coming from me, BB is one of my all-time favorite beers). Finally, the beer reveals a base structure built upon caramel and biscuit malts. The brew finishes with a bitter tanginess.

Medium bodied, but thin and palatable, carbonation isn't overpowering but on the high side - helping to thrust forth all that this beer has to offer. There's a slight slickness to the beer, and a pleasant smoothness all the way down. After the swallow I get some bitter clementine citrus flavors.

I really wish that I could get this in OH... this is insanely drinkable, I could session this easily. Sadly, I only have this one bottle. As a flagship beer, I am impressed, and cannot wait to try some of the more rare Odell offerings.

Spider889, Jan 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

nick1427d, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

ZachKelly, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

theninjacowboy, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

KVNBGRY, Jul 30, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Vigorous pour into a Levity Odell pint glass nets a frothy three finger parchment paper head that has decent retention. The body is golden amber like honey and decent lacing down the glass.

S - Nose embodies a honey and toasted malted character. Some what nutty with a pinch of clementine.

T - This beer has a touch of sweetness to it as well as caramel malts, a strong balanced backbone keeps the hops in check as they release in the middle of the beer and finish with a drying palate cleansing bitterness.

M &D - Pretty good body especially for the style and adequate carbonation. Absolutely drinkable, no hint of alcohol and the way this beer is structured keeps you coming back for more. Ideally balanced.

rawfish, Mar 14, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is a cloudy golden with thick ivory foam and sticky lace. Aroma has sharp spicy hops, and roasted malts. Initial taste is redolent with hazelnuts, several malts, bitter hops that balance all and some notes of fruit, and brown sugar. Finish is a nicely dry hop/malt blend.
This brewery knows its craft well!!

palliko, Jul 23, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

TYE, Feb 14, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately for the appearance and aroma of this beer, I am drinking it out of the bottle as I don't have a proper receptacle for it. I will do my best, but take this review with a grain of salt for this reason.

Appearance: The beer is a bit cloudy with a decent sized head of small creamy bubbles that was every bit of half its height after a minute or so. There was a tad of lace on the way down.

Aroma: I get a subtle mix of hops and some sweet malts. There are also some defined toasty notes to the aroma that I feel is derived from something similar to a biscuit malt.

Taste: There is a good amount of hops in this beer that contribute some subtle floral notes to the beer, and the citrus is reserved. There is still a nice malt backbone to this beer that keeps the hops in check pretty much the entire flavor profile. The finish has no alcohol noticeable, but leaves some pleasant sweet and toasty malts along with the floral hops to linger for a while after the sip. Overall the mouthfeel gives the impression of a quality beer with the carbonation and residual sugars.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I am not normally a fan of Amber styles as they seem to just be a slightly darker IPA with tons of "C" hops that pretty much run the entire beer. That is not the case with this one. There is balance the whole way through and is clean enough to let all of the flavors shine in their subtlety

SkeeterHawk, Nov 18, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - Light amber color with a 2 finger off white head with lacing that coats the glass.

S - A little cpied blended with a ton of toasted caramel malt aroma. Somewhat earthy and nutty, quite good.

T/M - The beer hits with a sweet caramel malt up front. The middle is filled with bitterness from the jops and a creamy mouthfeel. The beer finishes mild and smooth with a touch of carbonation with a hint of fruity notes.

D - The most drinkable amber I've had.

Overall this beer is very very good and deserves more recognition that the other highly touted Amber of Fort Collins. I'd prefer this to a Fat Tire any day of any week. Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-23-2011 02:23:24

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 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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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: New design on a 12 oz longneck. Best by date is imprinted on the label, as well as most other relevant information.

Appearance: Reddish orange color with a very nice head. Head leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of malt (slightly biscuity), with a very light spice.

Taste: Medium bodied and very drinkable. Very well balanced with lots of malt, but it isn't too sweet. Just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. Some light roasted flavors in there too.

Overall impression: Very drinkable - another quality offering from Odell.

rowew, Aug 18, 2005
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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

naderator55, Sep 09, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade with Solomon420

This beer is a little lighter red than typical of the style. It is also a little bit cloudy. There was a thin head. The smell is sweet and piney. The taste is well balanced. There is some hoppiness, a little sweetness and just a hint of spices. This beer is a smooth beer with no harshness. The beer would certainly be in my fridge more often if it was available in my area. Pretty darn good.

Enola, Aug 31, 2006
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Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.