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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

327 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 327
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Bitterbill, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of sacrelicio
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, tasty, biscuity amber with some good hoppiness to it. Had it in a bottle at home and on nitro at the brewery. Decent beer, nothing too special. A little corn flavored, I hope this is all malt, but who knows really. Some spritziness, is i hops or something else? As an amber it fills its duty. Some caramel and honey, some fruitiness.

sacrelicio, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For an amber this sure doesn’t look it, it looks more like a pale ale to me but who really cares? The color is more golden orange with a very puffy, healthy white head sticking to the glass before I have even had one drink. The smell is grass, malt and beer! The taste has some slight grass quality to it but is very balanced and the first impression I got was cereal. The aftertaste has some bitterness to it that reminds me more of macro lagers than hops.

ArrogantB, Aug 06, 2007
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 dreadnatty08
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, surprisingly light amber color, closer to an IPA. Creamy light head with big soapy bubbles top it. Aromas start out with florally British hops followed by a dominating malty rich finish. Some biscuit notes make their way through as well. On the palate it is a really light beer, expecially the light carbonation level. Nothing is characteristic in flavor nor anything standing out. I can just describe it as being flat, without anything noteworthy; it's even difficult to pick out any flavors to it, it's just so subtle. The closest thing this reminds me of is a diet ginger ale. Too bad this beer runs at a higher price than their other good beers.

dreadnatty08, May 15, 2007
Photo of mbutter1997
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber-orange color w/ 1" white frothy head.
S: Sweet aroma, hints of honey, not too bad.
T: Roasted malts and honey, moderate hop character, good blend of flavors.
M: Pretty average, moderate carbonation, aftertaste isn't too great, but finishes nicely.
D: Easy drinking and tasty. This could be a good stand-by brew and I will be certain to sample this again.

mbutter1997, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color with a moderate foamy white head that recedes quickly but does manage a bit of lacing.

The aroma is bready, caramel malt with a good dose of earthy citrus hops that's very inviting.

The taste also starts with that caramelly toasty malt followed quickly by an herbal citrus hop bite that continues into the aftertaste.

A nice medium body and very drinkable. Worth a try.

whynot44, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of karst
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear coppery brown / dark amber with off white head with good retention.

Possibly dry hopped or late kettle hops additions of citrusy Am. hop varieties. Hop aroma well supported by lightly roasted malts and moderate caramel. Flavors balanced evenly between malt and hops. Fruity esters lost or not present. Initial malty sweetness followed by light crystal caramel flavor that is dried by bitterness. Rich medium body from malts supported by moderately high carbonation. Smooth finish without astringency.

Higher drinkability not as good as Bell's Amber but a very nice amber that stands out in a style that is often poorly done.

karst, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of ChrisA
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have wanted to try this for a while. Bought a sixer for my son's first birthday party. Good easy drinking that helped me transition some of my less beery friends. I really like the decent hop presence here, but it was well balanced and proved to be highly drinkable. I should have bought more because this one went fast. Odell is definitely becoming one of my favorite breweries.

ChrisA, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a clear golden amber color. A decent white head forms on top the beer (about a 1/2 inch in height). Head fades to just a solid ring around the glass, but this does leave some respectable lacing.

Smell: Light caramel malt, light floral hop aromas as well.

Taste: More hoppy than I expected, it has a nice bitter finish. Not much malt backing here. More flavorful than a macro lager, but nothing to over the top. Perhaps a good gateway beer. On par with other Colorado amber ales such as Fat Tire.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp, with a slightly dry finish to it. Seems a little low in carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice easy drinking amber ale. Very sessionable. Sidenote: The stat here states 5.00% ABV whereas my bottle has 5.1%.

BigRedN, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of blitz134
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 Dubbercody
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Easy drinking amber ale, and such a cool bottle....I'm going to have to put it into the higher middle end of amber ales. This amber falls into the interesting, tasty and easy to drink...pretty much making all the checks on an amber ale...neither shocking nor awe inspiring, sometimes just what you want.

Dubbercody, Nov 17, 2006
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 sloejams
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
Photo of Xadoor
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy orange colour. Pretty good white head which left a thin layer of bubbles and decent lacing. Aroma is pretty light, slightly sweet and fruity. Flavour is a little bland. Light malt and yeast flavours to start. with a gentle hop dryness to finish. A little watery and thin.

Xadoor, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of arizcards
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in late August as part of the MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer pours an orange-amber color with a well sustained head that is leaving a nice lacing. Nose is slightly malty with a hint of nuts. Taste is malty with a slight citrus nut finish. There seems to be something missing. Mouthfeel is good, fairly full for the style and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is OK. This beer has some nice attributes but the taste is not quite what I expected for the style.

arizcards, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of stouty1
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
Photo of aquatonex
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BOTM offering...

Pours a nice medium translucent orange, slight swirly head, a little lacing, decent carbonation. Nose consists of slight citrusy hops and light malts. Taste is a little skunky, not sure if this was sitting too long. Citrusy light hops as well as the maltiness show through a little as well, a little more complex than your normal american amber, but altogether nothing special.

aquatonex, Sep 28, 2006
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 naderator55
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
Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with moderate off-white head. Smell is almost undectable, with a sloght summer fruitiness. Taste has a moderate maltiness to it, and a strong hop bite at the end. Nice full creaminess in the finish. A nice all-around beer with great drinkability.

tgbljb, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, part of my Beer of the Month offerings, dated 112006, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours hazy dark copperish amber with a thin sand colored head that is gone immediately, laces in spots

S—sweet, sweet caramel dominates this one. Some bready tones, hops are very faint, a touch of honey as well, very fragrant

T—not as sweet as the smell led me to believe, hops are more present in the mouth than in the nose, mild caramel and honey flavors and pretty mild overall

M—smooth, lighter bodied, good carbonation

D—I like it. It’s a lighter and milder amber, but very solid and very sessionable.

hanco005, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Enola
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
Photo of Golden2wenty1
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
Photo of expatsteve
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden orange and cloudy, but bright under light. Poured without much fanfare, offering a 1/3 inch head and few thin suds islands on top of the beer. Low viscosity.

Aroma: Sour cherries - unexpected, but not unwelcome. Chocolate malt, a little black pepper. Really fruity. Some cooler cream notes beneath.

Taste: Sour, creamy malts - not too sour, and I imagine more than a little of this is from some mild hops. Biscuity, with a very mild cocoa/chocolate finish. Drinkable, but ordinary.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, with a snappy malt finish. Low carbonation. Feels a little thin at times.

Drinkability: Ok, but I've had better ambers. Completely inoffensive, but there was nothing there to sink my teeth into or wrap my tongue around. I'm guessing that Odells is trying to make mild drinkable renditions of various styles, but this is a little too subdued.

expatsteve, Aug 19, 2006
Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.