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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

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 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
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

froggyfrog, Jul 15, 2006
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.

Mitchster, Dec 09, 2005
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.

Oxymoron, Oct 27, 2005
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.

loren01, Sep 05, 2005
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.

Fugazme, Aug 26, 2005
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.

Beaver13, Aug 22, 2005
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.

rowew, Aug 18, 2005
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.

assurbanipaul, Aug 11, 2005
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!!

palliko, Jul 23, 2005
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 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.

67cuda, May 18, 2005
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.

karengarys, Dec 20, 2004
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.

TastyTaste, Aug 27, 2004
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 LarryKemp
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a brown a little deeper than cooper with a very nice stand of thick white head. The beer was crytal clear. Too bad the rest of the beer was not up to the appearance.

The aroma was minimal with just a faint hint of hops. No malt or any thing else for the nose to enjoy or punish.

The taste was balanced toward malt. I got just a slight passing of malt with a small hint of hops - I think.

The mouthfeel was watery. As nice as this amber's appearance was, the mouthfeel was disappointing.

The beer might make a nice session beer.

LarryKemp, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden-bronze in hue with a slight amber highlight, the white head reached a sticky two fingers in height, the retention was decent, it faded to a cap after a little while. The subsequent lacing was fantastic, very webby. The bouquet is a bit of a mess; the notes of caramel and biscuity malts don’t jive with the herbalness of the hops. I also find it exceedingly grainy. Vague sweetness behind all of the smells, it is not inviting to me. Thankfully the potency is modest. The palate is improved; the slightly spicy, modestly herbal hops blend seamlessly with the caramel, toasty, biscuity malt. It is grainy though. The finish has a great, refreshing lemony zippiness. This is a refreshing beer, it would make a great summertime lawnmower beer; unfortunately I have never seen this beer even remotely fresh in Omaha. The mouthfeel is pleasant; the carbonation is firm and lively, medium in bulk and very appropriate for the style… whatever it is exactly. It reminds me of a Kolsch mixed with a Red Ale, hey, it works. This is plenty drinkable, the flavor construction won’t strain the tongue but the straightforward flavors make it a worthwhile quaff. Simple but yummy and if I could find Levity in good shape in town I’d purchase it again. I bought a single 12-ounce bottle at the brewery in Fort Collins.

bditty187, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper hue with a slight haze. Stiff, stabile, one fingered rocky ivory white head leaves dense, muddled lace. The aroma is comprised of soft floral hops with an undertone of doughy, underbaked biscuit. Trace lemony, citric twang. Tame, but clean aromawise. In flavor, prevalent in malt character is simple, gentle, lightly bready pale malt. Hints of medium lovibond crystal add a subtle toffee note. Sturdy, firm hop bitterness overruns malt sweetness lending a parching dryness. Stately herbal hop flavor. Virtually devoid of yeast derived character, save a paltry fruity tartness that arises late. Lightly bodied, with a spritzy, but passably dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes with quickly fading hints of dry, bland cracker with an herbaceous twang. Well crafted and thirst quenching, but not terribly satisfying nor exciting. Akin to an overhopped Kolsch in overall character.

marc77, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a nudge in the Amber direction. A soft, thin layer of head seems to hang out for a good while. Hearty and robust aromas of warm bread-nice and yeasty/malty. A strong hop presence on the tail end. In the mouth the beer is both richly malty, and spicy hoppy. There is somewhat of a soapy texture that I don't love. But the flavors do come together in a rather drinkable way. The beer finishes mildly caramel/buttery, and again robustly grainy.

moulefrite, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of gnaussea
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a white, unretentive head. Smell is of moderate sweet, but light pale malt with an interesting hop blend above it. Quite nice. Taste is very sweet for such a low alcohol beer. Almost extract-like, but maintains an interesting malty character with some floral and spice notes. People seem to be pretty divided on this beer, but I suppose I am the middle ground. Certainly worthwhile, but not something I would be seeking out.

gnaussea, Jan 23, 2004
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
Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.