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Odell Levity Amber Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Levity Amber AleOdell Levity Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-24-2001

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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 375
Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Honey, orange, lighter malts, some bitter hops.

Appearance: Light brown. Just barely off-white head, reduces to a thin layer that doesn't go away. Good lacing. Clear.

Taste: Honey. There's those Munich malts I couldn't detect in the aroma. Mildly bitter hops, mildly piney. Orange citrus. Aftertaste is Munich malts and some hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A good bit of carbonation. Mildly drying.

Overall: Not bad. On the fruity side, nothing roasty here.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/amber color with a creamy white head.

Smells of pale malt and some small, spicy noble hop.

The taste is orange and citrus up front with some malt character in the middle and a clean finish.

Medium to lighter body and a nice creamy feel.

A straightforward beer in some ways, the citrus and bready/malty notes are nice.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.

A- Pours a light golden amber. One finger head with lack-luster lacing. Visible carbonation.

S- A little grainy, a little toasty. Some decent herby hop notes.

T- Taste follows, upfront I'm getting some different layers of malt- toasty biscuit and light caramel seem to dominate. Has a very attractive floral/herby hoppiness to it. Incredibly well balanced.

M- Good level of carbonation, very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is medium for the style with a light hop bitterness.

O- This is an extremely well crafted and balanced brew. I have used this one several times to introduce people to craft and it has always worked splendidly.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of emmasdad
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this one as part of a recent mixed six pack. Poured a nice golden color with a little bit of white foam on top. Aromas of white bread, light hops and a little bit of malt. On the palate, this one is light bodied, with flavors of light hops, white bread and a hint of malt.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This amber pours with a color true to it's name. It's a deep red amber with very little light coming through. A light foamy head starts with just scant of a full finger's height and thins to just cover the surface and that's how it remains to the bottom.

Aromas of malt, honey and flowers are warm and subtle. In the second breath a little citrus sneaks up on you and then it's back to a fuller maltiness.

The first sip is malty, malty, malty. It's a clean malt that is not sweet or especially nutty or smoky. There are little notes of honey and some citrusy hoppy crispness to keep it intriguing.

The mouthfeel follows the stage setting of the appearance. It lets the richness come through without getting heavy with adequate carbonation.

Truthfully I can't wait to drink another one of these. There is no gimmick here, just a really good and highly drinkable amber.

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Photo of claytong
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - orange, straight up. small head.

smell - bourbon right off, quickly fades. bubblegum in the middle and nuts on the end.

taste - bubblegum and nuts, and some fruits (too hard to figure out, cherry and peach and pear?)

mouthfeel - easy to go down. nice pairing beer.

nice and interesting 6er. by far one of my favorite 6ers.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift, a fine one at that.

Pours a perfect amber, reddish and sexy. Creamy head dissipates, leaves a slight malt belly that mutters a hop burp. All in all a good brew, more solid action from those colorado boys. A light nuttiness, watered down to keep it from offending. Nice, no Alaskan Amber.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold with a pillowy white head, about 1/2".

Smell: Something kinda caramelly, malty and good floral hops

Taste: Follows the aroma with more pronounced hops, almost like a plae ale.

Mouthfeel: Mildly bitter with a hop bite at the end.

Overall: I would imagine this would be a much better beer with some food. Straight it is OK though.

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Photo of rawfish
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of MoustacheHero
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another delicious offering from Doug and friends.

a: A beautiful warming glow that perfectly represents the style.

s: An average sweet, malty nose.

t: Crisp, sweet amber flavor with a semi-sweet/ semi dry finish. Very Refreshing.

m: Light body that is very crisp with an airy, slightly creamy head.

d: Extremely high drinkability due to its smooth, refreshing character.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by date: 3/17/11 - printed on the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

I'm glad Odell chose to provide details of this beer on the label, because the color, aroma, and taste of this beer would lead me to believe it's a different style. But they clearly state that this is a lighter Amber than most others.

Pours a pale light orange. Slight haze to it. A small half-finger white head rests atop. Lots of sticky lace clings to the glass. The nose is really basic. Some grassy notes, grains, and a bit of honeysuckle sweetness on the finish.

Though the look of this beer may be light, the body is actually heavier than anticipated. Lightly oily on the back end. The hops are very mellow in this beer. There's some slight bitterness, but this is more grainy and bready. Mild honey-like sweetness noted. This is just a standard ale right here. It's tasty, quaffable, lightly bitter, lightly sweet. Well done, Odell. I'd love to have this in my fridge more often.

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Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with a fluffy two fingered off-white head with lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of grainy sweet malts and grassy hops on the nose. On the palete sweet grains and booze with a oily finish for this desently carbonated medium bodied ale.

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Photo of Spider889
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours strawberry blonde - very light for an amber - with thin creamy white head that clings. Toast, caramel, pear and lemon oil on the nose. Madeleine malts with some caramel and peanut then Sicilian lemon hops. Light to medium, soft, creamy and crisp.

If you blind-folded me, I'd say this was an English blonde. Munich malts stand tall. Great mouthfeel, mild and drinkable - just not really an amber.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz From a 6-pack, picked up at the Mountain Standard Double Black IPA 2010 launch party. Freshness date reads 2/11/11.

L: Light amber with lots of pure white soapy head. Globs and blogs of thick lacing as it recedes.

S: Hops peaking through an otherwise sweet nose. Great balance, simple and understated. Odell is the antithesis of Avery.

T: Sweet right up front, into an understated, hoppy middle. Back is hoppy with a touch of corn? Simple and delicious (this is the Odell trademark).

F: Light, but not too light. Goodly amount of carbonation.

D: Blows fat tire out of the water. Were I an amber man, this would be my every-day beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from brewery.

A- Orange amber with nice white head that recedes quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Notes of citrus, toasted breads with hints of honey.

T- Tasted bread on front with earthy tones and notes of citrus. Grapfruit and lemon.

M- Medium body with creamy feel. Frothy.

D- OK. Easy to drink. Earthy tones are dominant. Bland, but better than average.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange brown color with a beige head. Good stick for an amber. Nose brings some toasted crackers with a hint of caramelized sweetness and citric fruits. Slight note of pepper on the tongue, but everything is so muted and cautious... in general, quite earthy with a hint of herbs. The hops are too quiet, even for an amber beer. Not much going on, but an evenly carbonated, drinkable summertime sort of brew.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly malty, floral, sort of a generic beer aroma.

Inviting maltiness, wildflower honey, floral hops and a crisp finish.

Levity is the sort of mass appeal, unoffensive beer that virtually every brewery makes. Won't wow the more demanding consumer, nor is it meant to. Probably slightly above average for the style.

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Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.