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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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

kylehay2004, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

zeff80, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
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
Photo of Jason
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
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.

Kegatron, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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

russpowell, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

StonedTrippin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

WesWes, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

jwc215, Feb 10, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

MarkyMOD, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

woodychandler, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

barleywinefiend, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
2.1/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

jdhilt, Jan 14, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Wasatch, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Mebuzzard, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5.8%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

LXIXME, Jan 01, 2014
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Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.