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Odell Levity Amber Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Odell Levity Amber AleOdell Levity Amber Ale

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292 Ratings

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%

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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-24-2001)
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Photo of LittleDon


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a tinge of red. A slight chill haze with low carbonation. Small white head that dies quickly but creates a filmy lace. Caramel and a slight spiciness are present in the aroma. Taste leans pleasantly toward the sweet side, balanced with a bit of hop bitterness in the middle and back of the mouth. Medium body, maybe a bit too heavy for a Texas summer day, but it would work when the weather breaks (or for end of summer day Colorado). Finish with some lingering caramel and hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 20:57:20 | More by LittleDon
Photo of DerBayer


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this the other day in a LOndon pub and must say I really liked it. A beautigul light chestnut colour going towards amber. The taste and smell arr a very good balance between malt and hops and the taste is very pleasant indeed.

The beer is very sueffig one of the highest commendations in Bayern!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 19:56:20 | More by DerBayer
Photo of jacobseyb


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=pale copper color, ok maybe not pale but lighter than expected. One finger white head that dissipates quickly and laces moderately.

S=initially yeasty in aroma, followed by slightly more malty sweetness than hoppy bitterness but very balance, and relatively plain.

T=again not powerful but malts sweetness overides that bitterness from the hops.

M=light carbonation

D=good, generally pretty plain though.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 02:38:36 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of barleywinefiend


3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color, looked more like an IPA or APA. Nose is hops and honey. Taste is simple but off beat for the style. Taste is light, crisp, thin with light honey. Mouthfeel is thin, honey, light dash of hops. Drinkability..well..if I wanted an amber ale I would avoid this brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:36:23 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of webbcreative


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color, more like honey than anything else, not what I would expect from an amber, with white 1.5 finger head. A= mostly all I can smell is metallic. T= light, earthy malt flavor, more citrus hops than normally found in an amber, bit it's not too dominate. It's got a sweetness to it, just not the kind of Malthus sweetness I normally look for in an amber; it's more of a honey type sweetness. Finishes dryer and a touch more bitter than it should IMO. M= nice full mouthfeel.

Overall, probably in a blind taste test I would never have guessed this to be an amber ale, more like an English pale. But it's a good brew none the less, it's solid, just not something I would look for to get, especially if I was in the mood for amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 21:39:18 | More by webbcreative
Photo of morimech


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one inch of white head. The head quickly settles to a thin layer of suds. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The aroma consists of a combination of caramel malt and floral/herbal hops. Sweet malt flavor with low bitterness. Some herbs in the finish which is dry overall. Has a light body with nice carbonation which is good for a session beer. Easy drinking but rather forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 22:06:56 | More by morimech
Photo of vividox


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey amber with two finger head. Smell has a hint of fruit to it. The taste is a full-bodied rich taste with a little bit of honey on the end of it. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than light amber would have you believe. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 03:47:37 | More by vividox
Photo of donkeyrunner


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying how cool this bottle is. It's got a unique shape with glass releif leaves and a picture of some one in flip flops floating away. It's like a Mother Goose fairy tale beer. And it displays freshness dating! Sweet.

Pours a very light, clear amber color, almost honey. White head that leaves polka dot lace and consistant retention.

At first it smelled like apple juice and wet dog but that gave way to a dominant, swampy honey. Smells like freshly brewed wort actually.

Sweet and fruity Levity is perfectly balanced and ridiculously drinkable. Apple, pear, and apricot give way to honey with a minimum hop bitterness to hold it all together.

This beer gets added to my list of great beers I can't get in MA.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 23:17:32 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of indiapaleale


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing orange/amber color witha a nice fluffy white head. This one was poured very cold and it looks great.

Smell is malty goodness, a bit of sweet orange along with a bit of caramel or brown sugar.

Taste is initially a malty sweetness in at the back of the throat that turns to a rather light and dry aftertaste. Not a lot of flavor follows which was sort of a letdown. Its not a bad thing I guess, its very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and a bit watery.

Drinkability is probably the key to this beer, its extremely easy to drink and a great candidate for sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 23:41:32 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of climax


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Levity poured an orange/amber with good clarity and a 2 finger head that wasn't in a hurry to depart.

Nose was biscuits and citrus for the most part, resiny hops were subtle but present and maybe even some coriander back in the corner.

Very smooth biscuity flavor, the toasty malt lingers for quite some time. The hop character is definitely present, piney/earthy with a bit of citrus and herbs.

Very smooth beer, carbonation is spot on. Body is a little thin but never watery, somewhat chewy with a dry finish.

Fat tire comes to mind, but this one is just as drinkable with much more flavor....great beer. Levitates my mood.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:43:20 | More by climax
Photo of argock


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled-on date on brown paper label. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Very light amber hue with dense beige head with sheeting of the glass with lace.

S: Floral and citrus hops dominate but are pretty evenly matched with hefty caramel and pale malt aromas as well.

T: More toasted malt flavor than the nose would suggest but the hops still are front-row with floral, citrus, and leafy character.

M: A bit too fizzy and light for my taste. Aftertaste is hoppy.

D: An interesting amber that walks the line between the hoppier versions and the heavy pale malt types. A good session choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 06:00:39 | More by argock
Photo of Haybeerman


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear bright honey-yellow color. Poured a 2 finger coarse off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Globs of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet honey and caramel notes. Some citrus hop character. Grass/hay. Not really strong an any one of them.

T: Slightly sweet malts up front. Caramel and slight orange flavor follow. Light bitter hop in the finish, but not quite enought to blaance the sweet, malty backbone (malts OK for this style though).

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth with a little malt left in the finish; lingers, but not in a bad way.

D: Low carbonation mixed and decent abv easily makethis sessionable while still having some character.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 19:53:26 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of acelin


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

Pretty amber color, never had an Amber beer before.

Smells like their IPA, with about half the hop smell. Lots of honey smell.

The taste is simliar. Lots of hops at front, with a smooth honey taste following. Not that bitter.

Pretty decent mouthfeel, a little too watery.

Pretty drinkable, probably wont buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 19:01:21 | More by acelin
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't understand the name of this beer until I pulled it out of the fridge and read the label. It's supposed to be a "lighter take" on amber ale, with a lighter color. Agreed. It's color is a slightly hazy deep amber that's about 9 or 10 SRM; and it's slightly lower in body.

It reminded me initially of an English pale ale except for the citrusy American hops. Of course now some of the smaller English brewers are using American hops, so this could easily have come out of England.

So, forgetting about style, because that's become quite a muddled mess at this point, it is a quite drinkable "amber" ale.

It's malty in the nose with caramel-tinged grain, a hint of floral and citrusy hops, and mild yeastiness. The body is medium and it's smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation (bottle conditioned?). The flavor delivers sweetish malt upfront with a light caramel accent and a dollop of honey, followed by a spike of median bitterness and rising notes of floral, citrusy, and lightly grassy hops that tumble into a dry finish. Some sticky malt lingers at the back of the mouth towards the end of the glass, but it's otherwise balanced pretty well. Additional bitterness would hinder the initial sweetness, and if you're enjoying this with a meal you'd never notice.

Surprisingly full of flavor given its 'designation', Levity is also very easy to drink, and somewhat complex (you can easily decipher its different components, and the yeast and hops work together to give different fruity notes). It's tasty enough to entice you, interesting enough to keep you coming back, and far from overwhelming - a great session ale!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 14:57:02 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of pmcadamis


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This cloudy carrot-juice orange brew puts up a nice frothy one finger head that shows good retention. Lots of finely bubbled lace leaves it's sticky mark on the glass and a quick flick of the wrist and whip of the glass brings up more head. Looks good!

S - Hearty dinner biscuits, mild but dank hops, and a little hint of dried fruit (dried cherries, pineapples, and apricots... like you would find in a bag of trail mix. Interesting, but relatively average , this smells like a North West American Amber... that is to say that it's a little hoppier than ambers from other regions. The hops aren't hurting it at all. Pleasant.

T - Malty and sweet, this is loaded with gooey (but not cloying) caramel, brown sugar, and caramelized sugar notes. Hops are there, but they are laid back and mellow. This is ridiculously well balanced and tasty. IMO amber ales are all about balance and this is the epitome of that characteristic.

M - Medium bodied and well-carbonated, this starts sweet but finishes gritty and dry. I like it. The finish really provides some interest to this one.

D - As I mentioned before, this one is damn near perfectly balanced both in malt/hop ratio and the carbonation, dryness, and weight in terms of mouthfeel. This isn't a complex stunner that will have you calling upon childhood memories of scents and flavors, or waxing poetic about the glorious flavors, but it would go very well with a burger!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 06:12:50 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Reaper16


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a light shade of honey/amber. The whitish, two-finger head quickly disappears to nothing. Clumpy, sticky lacing is left behind, though. Its very slightly cloudy, but still see-through.

Bready malt in the nose, a little but toasted maybe. Curiously, a bit of sour pear aroma. Some hop smells, too.

The pear follows into the mouth, but its sort of astringent. Not too much, though. The hops give a tad bit of bitter on the finish but no flavor, really. The malts dominate; they aren't particularly sweet, just bready.

There is a moderately high level of carbonation, which suits this beer well. This would probably be a good session candidate if one really digs Ambers.

Overall: meh. I'm not disappointed that I tried this beer, but it seems average almost across the board.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 19:02:21 | More by Reaper16
Photo of pokesbeerdude


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single from Odell, about $1.50. Once again, another beer that I wasn't a fan of, that I am giving another shot. Also, ABV as listed on the bottle is 5.1%.

A: Nice clear honey color, eggshell colored head, about half an inch thick, reduced to a film, big clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet honey flavor, nice citrus/orange hop characteristic, underlying hop earthiness flavor too, almost grassy, not a whole lot going on, but still nice.

T: Malty and grainy up front, nice caramel and honey notes, very little of the hop character in the nose is carried over to the mouth, pretty light all around, but not bad. Not really anything special. Quite sweet and malty.

M: Mouth is good, somewhat sticky, low carbonation, smooth, leaves a pretty clean finish in the mouth, not a lot of lingering flavors.

D: Low carbonation mixed with low alcohol and overall lightness make this a nice session beer. It isn't anything exciting, but not bad at all.

Notes: I really like Odell labels, except this one...this is their lamest label to date. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 01:57:35 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of jake87


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L.It very nice light amber orange, and very hazy, and has a thin white frothy head
S.Has a sweet wheaty smell with toasted malts and a trace of spice
T.Starts with a sweet citrus followed by a heavy maltiness and then a very slight hop flavor
F.Starts out pretty chewy with a good carbonation level ends fairly sticky yet smooth

A good beer for after dinner due to the sweetness. Another one of the brews I got from Laramie WY, that I couldn't find back home in Texas. Would definately have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 03:20:47 | More by jake87
Photo of hoegaardenhero


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice clean amber body with frothy white head that fades leaving just a small circle of foam covering the top

s: light warm grain and toffee malts; very light

t: very mild; light grainy malts; light citrus hops; light toffee malts; a little light for my tastes

m: smooth w/ light carb

d: a decent red but i find it just a little weak for the style

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 01:27:14 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of Mardukk


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with an offwhite head with noticable lacing.

Smells of malt and honey, quite pleasant.

The taste is malty with honey finish, a bit of citrus hops make an appearance.

Carbonation attacks your tongue unlike many beers I've had. Almost no carbonation visible but drink it and it's a unique carbonation experience.

The balance on this brew is remarkable and makes this beer dangerously drinkable. This beer gives dry beers a run for their money regarding drinkability.

Calling this an amber may be misleading to people. Putting this unique beer into a category is tough to do. I'll seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 02:04:14 | More by Mardukk
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: Thanks to Heather and Dave for bringing me back an Odell Brewing Co. variety six-pack from Fort Collins!

Odell Brewing Co. has my current vote for best package design, with detailed hop leaf relief circumnaviagating the shoulders of the bottle, beautiful label and neckband illustrations, and tasty typography. This label depicts a dude in flip-flops levitating above an alpine meadow. Lightening up, right?

A: Pours a pale copper color with a generous, one-finger head with sweet retention, full-blown lacing, and active carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malts, hops and a hint of honey.

T: Sweet malts upfront followed by notes of toasted caramel and toffee that ride it out to the end. Hops contribute to well-measured bittering. Finishes dry with a kiss of honey.

M: Light-bodied with above average carbonation.

D: Crisp and refreshing with plenty of full-bodied character, Levity is a lighter take on the traditional amber ale. Great libation for summer sessions.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 18:25:44 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of birchstick


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4 - pours a golden amber with a nice head
3.5 - smells very sweet malts and a hint of citrus hops
4 - tastes very sweet malts, as the smell implied, a bit of honey oat bread, and a quick kick of bitter hops that hits and quickly faints
3.5 - a bit too carbonated for me
4 - overall, this is a pretty good amber ale. I am glad I was able to pick up a six pack of this on my trip out to Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 01:19:31 | More by birchstick
Photo of sevopie


2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a healthy head with a brilliant amber color. Nice lacing throughout

Smell - It just smells sour... I have to say, I've never smelt an amber I've enjoyed.

Taste - Slight citrus, slight hops, slight malt. Overall, it tastes kinda bitter, not in a highly enjoyable way.

Mouthfeel - Over-carbonated to me, though if you get past that it doesn't feel terrible on the tongue. Solid and slightly oily.

Drinkability - This one didn't get good marks from me, simply because the bitterness doesn't sit well with me.

In closing, I don't know if I've ever come across an amber ale I like, but this has been the most tolerable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 08:04:17 | More by sevopie
Photo of OHLRangers


2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the brewery tap house 6/20/08.

I had high hopes for this Amber Ale, which I also sampled as a nitro-pour. Orangy-amber color, with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates (the nitro, obviously, had a more full head). I was instantly turned off by the taste- just had no body at all. It was like drinking slightly bitter well water. The nitro, in fact, was even worse tasting. It just couldn't hold my attention.

I won't write it off based on one tasting but I'm not going to search it out, either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 15:34:57 | More by OHLRangers
Photo of rye726


3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thin tan head sits over this clear amber beer. I see lots of carbonation. The smell of your standard amber. Some sweet malts with a quiet hoppiness. Taste is fairly light. Some good candy malts. A crisp medium body i srefreshing and leads to decent drinkability. A little too carbonated. Again, just average.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 17:23:39 | More by rye726
Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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