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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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314 Ratings

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 23:00:36 | More by Enola
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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


2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

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


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 01:13:21 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of loren01


2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Poured into taster glass, light amber color with small amount of lacing and light carbonation. I really cant smell too much of anything in this beer even after trying to swirl the beer around in the glass much like wine. The only smell I can pick up on is a metallic smell. Taste doesn't impress me either, tastes slightly sweet and malty but mostly just pretty bland. Mouthfeel was pretty light, not too impressive either. Overall I would probably choose other ambers over this one. I'm interested in trying this out of the bottle or at the brewery in a normal sized pour because most of the reviews on here are good ones. I wonder if my impression was somehow changed by the way it was served.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 18:25:34 | More by loren01
Photo of Fugazme


3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased in a pick-a-six...

The beer looks very nice. 1/2 inch, bright-white head. Very light amber color. Slightly golden and slightly lighter than I expected.

Aroma is sweet and malty. A touch of hops... very tiny grapefruit afternote. Brown sugar and molasses. I also smell raisins.

Taste is fairly complex. Maple notes and malt. Pretty dry.

Bigger aroma than taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 07:17:40 | More by Fugazme
Photo of Beaver13


2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a smallish white head that retain fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet honey malt and some DMS.

The flavor is sweet and earthy malts with a touch of citrus. It has a little bit of a bitter crisp finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery.

Overall, a pretty average beer. Probably a good starter beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 07:11:02 | More by Beaver13
Photo of rowew


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: New design on a 12 oz longneck. Best by date is imprinted on the label, as well as most other relevant information.

Appearance: Reddish orange color with a very nice head. Head leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of malt (slightly biscuity), with a very light spice.

Taste: Medium bodied and very drinkable. Very well balanced with lots of malt, but it isn't too sweet. Just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. Some light roasted flavors in there too.

Overall impression: Very drinkable - another quality offering from Odell.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 01:00:26 | More by rowew
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey-amber color with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is very mild, with light malts and barely a bit of hoppy citrus.

Taste is a medium-rich base of toasty malts with a hint of bitterness. Slight element of honey lends some sweetness, hops are present with some dry citrus but not enough to call it bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, not terribly light but very easy to drink and thirst quenching. Not as sweet as it should be but a great example of an otherwise passive and forgotten style. I could session this.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 03:18:47 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of palliko


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is a cloudy golden with thick ivory foam and sticky lace. Aroma has sharp spicy hops, and roasted malts. Initial taste is redolent with hazelnuts, several malts, bitter hops that balance all and some notes of fruit, and brown sugar. Finish is a nicely dry hop/malt blend.
This brewery knows its craft well!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 17:32:18 | More by palliko
Photo of WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2005 12:05:45 | More by WesWes
Photo of 67cuda


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a lovely pale amber color, with a small white head. It's a fairly carbonated beer, but not overly so in my opinion... I think the amount of carbonation is just right. It smelled fairly hoppy for the style, though it mainly smelled like toasted caramel malt. As for the taste, it was pretty similar to how it smelled, a bit sweet as well. This beer felt pretty smooth on the tongue, not creamy or anything, at least not to me. In my opinion, this is a very drinkable beer, I would gladly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 23:22:31 | More by 67cuda
Photo of karengarys


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite impressive. Not my style, but for the style it is quite good.

Pours hazy amber with quite a bit of character. Not much head, though, but the miniscule ring of foam actually laces a slight bit.

Tastes are of a nice balance of hop and malt and a bit of sweet. The hop includes a slight pine, but also some more dry less bitter type that I really like. The sweetness is almost of honey, though I'm not quite positive exactly what I'm noticing. And the malt somehow comes through with some richness.

the mouthfeel is nice and creamy, though the pine hop stabs at the middle tounge a bit, making its presence.

then, in the finish, it is like the end of a foamy waterslide - fizzy and quick ending with a quick gulpy splash.

Remaining is the slight clean hop taste with a bit of sweetness which dissipates in a few seconds leaving no bad aftertaste.

This is quite an enjoyable beer, and I'd recommend it to those who like pale ales, IPAs and APA's, but are willing to experiment. I'd also recommend it to people who haven't tried beers outside of the mass produced stuff - this isn't all carried away but still offers the enjoyment of uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 00:25:40 | More by karengarys
Photo of TastyTaste


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Written From Noted Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Gold-bronze color, 3/4" white head. Smell is lightly hoppd, and berry sweetness. Taste is very sweet, of berries and honey. Not cloying, but dominant, and it covers up most other flavors. Too sweet for me, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 19:48:01 | More by TastyTaste
Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.