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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

324 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 11
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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

06-08-2007 12:24:08 | More by russpowell
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

05-15-2007 18:16:05 | More by dreadnatty08
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mbutter1997

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

04-29-2007 19:39:38 | More by mbutter1997
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whynot44

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

04-23-2007 01:05:55 | More by whynot44
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karst

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

03-15-2007 14:39:18 | More by karst
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ChrisA

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

03-04-2007 06:47:45 | More by ChrisA
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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%.

02-22-2007 20:24:25 | More by BigRedN
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blitz134

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

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...

12-15-2006 03:31:11 | More by blitz134
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Dubbercody

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

11-17-2006 05:37:47 | More by Dubbercody
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zeff80

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

10-18-2006 01:29:51 | More by zeff80
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sloejams

California

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

10-04-2006 21:11:55 | More by sloejams
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Xadoor

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

10-03-2006 22:40:54 | More by Xadoor
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arizcards

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

09-30-2006 22:39:36 | More by arizcards
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stouty1

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -18%

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.

09-30-2006 02:17:03 | More by stouty1
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aquatonex

New York

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

09-28-2006 01:33:51 | More by aquatonex
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

09-13-2006 02:17:30 | More by Mebuzzard
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naderator55

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

09-09-2006 01:10:57 | More by naderator55
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-07-2006 00:13:02 | More by tgbljb
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-05-2006 02:23:29 | More by hanco005
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Enola

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

08-30-2006 23:00:36 | More by Enola
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

08-20-2006 19:58:48 | More by Golden2wenty1
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

08-19-2006 15:29:37 | More by expatsteve
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -39.2%

Once again Odell wraps a bottle in an entertaining and informative label. This is a 12 ounce offering delivered via nonic pint glass.

Slightly hazy citrus orange. One-finger head. Some lacing.

This beer exhibits a rather unpleasant smell. Sort of a spoiled noble hop aroma like sickeningly-sweet decomposing garbage. This reference to rancid garbage is unintentionally harsh, I mean to say that there is an underlying rankness to the smell but as the beer warms an aroma of pale malt takes over.

Taste is not much better unfortunately, nor mouthfeel. Too oily in the mouth, the flavor is slightly sweet dried fruit with a delayed bitterness.

This beer would be good if it was macro lager swill, but I don't like it as an ale from a kick-ass craft brewer.

I was expecting a lot from this beer based on other examples I've had from Odell, but I was disappointed this time

07-15-2006 03:04:05 | More by froggyfrog
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

Brewed with Munich and honey malts. 5.1% ABV

Pours out to a clear but slightly hazy light amber, forming an average whipped light beige head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is exceptionally light for the style...some dusty and delicate floral hops are barely evident and only when swirled do I pick up on a slight toasted malt suggestion. Otherwise it smells like beer, and doesn't have any ale characteristics, more akin to an light amber lager. The mouthfeel is crisp with a light body. The taste is also very subtle for the style with delicate floral hops and toasted malts. There are some biscuity overtones akin to Fat Tire and the finish is exceptionally crisp with a light, toasty dryness. Bitterness is very mild. The mouthfeel in the aftertaste is a little bit ruddy, but not problematic.

The is an average amber ale. Not much here for a serious beer drinker, but decent for a middle-of-the-road-mass-appeal-type-of-beer. I could see it growing on me if I were in the mood for something light as an everyday type of beer, which is probably what the brewery is hoping for.

12-09-2005 01:07:58 | More by Mitchster
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

Don’t float off away just yet. Levity pours a darker yellow almost to a burnt orange color. A good pour with a great head retention and pretty good lacing, but both don’t last throughout the tasting.

The smell is noticeable but relatively light. At least there is some smell. A sweeter caramel meets brown sugar aroma to it. Some lighter tones of spices and maybe a bit of citrus twange.

The taste is stronger in malt with a crystal touch and some breadiness mixed in. There isn’t anything that really comes out very strong, but everything is smooth and easy to drink. There is a smooth overtone and a creamy aftertaste to it. A sweeter note reminds me of spiced apples but not so much apples and more of a minor grapefruit flavor.

The body is light to medium with decent carbonation. A good session beer but Odell’s has better.

10-27-2005 01:13:21 | More by Oxymoron
Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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