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Odell Levity Amber Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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83
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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 36 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-24-2001

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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 365
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/4 head with thin retention and nice lacing on a cloudy, crimson with golden hues body.

S: fruit, mostly a little red apple and fig.

T: apple and fig with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Earthy notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body with a mild oily feel. No off-putting aftertaste.

Overall a smooth very tastey amber which is different enough to set it apart from other ambers but still doesn't lose its identity as an amber ale. (442 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours a nice moderate amber color with an off white head. The nose is some light citrus as well as a good dose of bread crust. The taste is light bread and some mild toast. Good feel with plenty of carbonation. Somewhat plain in the taste department, but drinks quite well overall. (341 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pretty light amber. smells like caramel and toffee and amber malts. a little sweeter hop essence, but this is more of a malt showcase. its nice to have an amber thats tame like this. its drinkable and not at all filling. flavor is solid, not too rich, but interesting in the mouth. good carbonation, medium body. good session amber, nothing incredibily original here, but another fine product from odell. they can do no wrong in my mind (438 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich orange-amber, heavy on the orange, topped by a light beige head that is creamyfirm enough to remain humped in the center as it falls and sticky enough to leave a good bit of lace on the glass. Thin sheets higher up, chunky rings lower down. A good look.

The nose is lightly toasted caramel malty and is leavened by hops that are citric fruity more than herbal. The hoppiness is muted, but is more evident than in most beer of this style. Solid, middle of the road flavor; nothing all that exciting. The beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Munich malt lends an earthiness and a barely adequate quantity of hops add a barely adequate amount of flavor and bitterness.

Levity Amber Ale is solid and drinkable, but it doesn't bother me in the least that Odell doesn't distribute this beer to Iowa (Cutthroat Porter and Isolation Ale are different matters entirely). The bottom line is that Levity needs to take itself a bit more seriously. Seriously though, it's a decent offering that was enjoyable enough on this day. (1,031 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Clear amber color. A small head that left lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses.

T - The flavor was malty with a subtle hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth. Light bodied.

D - Levity is a pretty good Amber Ale. Nothing too special, but it does have a great name and bottle. (313 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber pour with a small head of white on top of the glass that settled down nicely into a light coating of lacing all around the edges of the glass. aroma is sweet with nice light bready malts, hints of caramel and a touch of light earthy hops. crisp and clean, the hops are a bit more prevelant in the taste as a nice touch of pine bites the tongue with a smooth, sweet finish that is slightly dry (398 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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! (1,642 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.84/5  rDev +31.9%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 (524 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cesky for including this in our trade!

Freshness date of 11-17-08.

Pours slightly hazed light amber with a thin white head that becomes a patch. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of a light breadiness, a citric/lemon touch with a hint of honey.

The taste is of Munich malt with a touch of honey. A vague lemony note mixes in. Sweetish, but with a touch of bitter. Some dough. Crisp finish.

Light-bodied, crisp, and thirst-quenching. Not bad for a mild/"light" amber ale. A fine "starter", but nothing that would particularly keep my interest for long. (569 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and honey malts along with mild hopping for nice balance. The taste is good. It has a sweet, malty flavor that boasts of pale and honey malts. It goes down easy with a slightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has excellent flavor and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew. (524 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the label: "Levity is our lighter take on the amber ale. We've let the finishing hops shine for a beer that's more crisp than bitter. Munich and honey malts give it a full-bodied flavor and a happy-go-lucky personality. We're a family-run brewery that loves beer. When experimenting with new brews, we strive to hit on something that's even better than the last beer we went crazy about. And then, and only then, will we serve it up to our friends."

My slow pour into a glass did not allow for the development of much head. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty and the honey malts were definitely evident. Mouthfeel was medium with a sweetness in the mouth that reminded me of clover honey - not especially sweet, but with a slight bite, driven in this case by the hops. Finish was also pleasant and easily drinkable. I CAN remember a local personality (not me) telling me that as a style, Amber is dead. That may be, but if there are brewers who are willing to play with it and tweak it as in this case, then perhaps rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good pour, also had it straight from bottle.
Light to rich amber color, small but sturdy head.
Smells of malt and hops, basic. A little anise and raisin, I do believe.
Taste was light, but busy. Malts and yeast hit first with a bitter middle, then finishes light and crisp. Not very complex, but good enough to quench a thirst.
Almost tastes better out of the bottle, which is atypical for me. (400 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-copper coloring, with a fluffy, bubbly, foamy, off-white head. Nose of subtle caramel and nut sweetness, with roasted notes throughout. Flavors are sugary sweet, with hints of caramel, and roasted overtones again. Smooth, thin bodied, with an effervesced, crisp finish. Semisweet, caramel and nut aftertaste. (378 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color, looked more like an IPA or APA. Nose is hops and honey. Taste is simple but off beat for the style. Taste is light, crisp, thin with light honey. Mouthfeel is thin, honey, light dash of hops. Drinkability..well..if I wanted an amber ale I would avoid this brew for sure. (293 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with white, four-fingered head, fades slowly and leaves a even lace. Light carbonation. Cloudy, light golden/amber color. Nose is faintly hoppy, starts and finishes with just a hint of hops, really lacking in taste. This could be because when we discovered our beer shipment, it had been outside for a few hours during which the entire time the temperature was below zero. FEDEX did NOT ring any doorbells. So not only were all the bottles frozen solid but after five hours at room temperature (still in the box) there were ice chunks. So it is possible that the flavor was lost and I will miss out on this one. :( Very fresh - brewed 12/13/03. (650 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, big on the caramel. The taste is bitter, malty, with nice tones of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, thanks Bill. (322 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber with a 2 finger head of foam that stays for the *entire* session and it has some really good sticky lacing.

The smell has notes of caramel malt and hops that seem to be of equal intensity, Nice.

The taste has caramel malt followed by some earthy tones, some woody character, and good grassy hops for balance. It has a medium light mouthfeel and it finishes with a nice malty presence. Good, good Amber Ale on all points. (464 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear bright honey-yellow color. Poured a 2 finger coarse off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Globs of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet honey and caramel notes. Some citrus hop character. Grass/hay. Not really strong an any one of them.

T: Slightly sweet malts up front. Caramel and slight orange flavor follow. Light bitter hop in the finish, but not quite enought to blaance the sweet, malty backbone (malts OK for this style though).

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth with a little malt left in the finish; lingers, but not in a bad way.

D: Low carbonation mixed and decent abv easily makethis sessionable while still having some character. (667 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper and light amber mix of colors. Very little head after the pour that recedes quickly with a little bubbling.

Toasted bread crumbs, alittle citric zest for some soft malt balance in the nose. Mostly sweet, toasted bread crumbs.

The taste is simple toasted malt and white bread crust sweetness, an just a little earthy hops to make sure this amber ale doesn't get too sweet. Nuff said.

Easy to drink and a nice lingering malty sweetness after each sip.

Thanks for the beer n8dietz. (493 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy amber body, fluffy ivory head slowly fades to a foam.
S - earthy, fruity, spicy, caramely, bready
T - toasty grain, caramel, earthy, spicy, fruity
M - light-to-medium bodied, pleasant carbonation, finishes very well balanced
O - nice lighter amber ale with some excellent complexity (292 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muchas gracias to prAna for this beer. Pours a light amber color with a thin ohh-white head and mild effervescence. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma is lightly floral hops. Easy-drinking flavor is lightly hoppy with a semi-sweet finish. Not complex at all but a good session beer. (276 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
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 (732 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggressive pour into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber body with a dense & immense head. Lacing is very good.

Smell: lightly roasted grains and strong biscuity flavors.

Taste: Nice malty flavor with this beer. The biscuit flavors are showcased in this beer. Not very much hop flavor. Refreshing taste that finished a little bit dry.

Mouthfeel: This beer is so very smooth!

Drinkability: Driinks easy and is enjoyed just the same! One the best american ambers i have had! Top of the pack for american amber! Yum. (530 characters)

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Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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