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Loose Leaf - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 34.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 05-12-2013

You know those epic days that start with an idea, turn into a dare and end with a great story to tell? This is the beer for those days. Crisp and refreshing like any respectable session ale, but a bit more hop-forward and flavorful than some. Perfect for going with the flow.
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Photo of beaulabauve
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although, I rated the individual characteristics low; overall, I gave it a 4 because of what the beer claims - a session ale. It tastes really well, and is very crisp (almost lager-like). Very refreshing!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is pine, grapefruit and spices. The flavor is grapefruit, slightly dull/mild sweetness, mild pine needles, citrus/fruit and a tangy/slightly tart/bitter finish.

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Photo of Rock360
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle, small amount of head.

Smell is good - nice hoppiness with some fruit.
Look: Looks good, nice amber hue.
Taste: Very nice, not overly hoppy, some fruity hints. Good tasting water.
Feel: Very nice, smooth, small carbonation

Overall a good beer but I do like session ales. Nothing fancy about it or anything but really just an average session ale, but like I said im partial to these types. StJamesGate's review is on point.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Nov 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Hope it's still alright. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a hop-forward American session ale.

A: Poured into a cervoise. Bottle conditioned. A hazy pale-gold hue with plenty of fine sediment and very low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity hops with hints of lemon/lime, citrus, subtle peel, mild white fruit, earthy yeast and light malt. Pleasant and refreshing.

T: Tastes of light aromatic hops with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of lemon/lime, mild peel, citrus, subtle white fruits, earthy yeast, delicate malt and faint stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a subdued, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with pleasant body for the strength but a total lack of carbonation. Definitely needs to be livelier. Mild hop action on the palate. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of light, lemony hops, leafy bitterness and earthy yeast.

O: Rather nice - a tasty pale ale. The subtle citrus character is most refreshing. Looks OKish, in spite of the lack of carbonation. The aroma and flavour are lovely, with lemon, lime and earthy yeast notes competing for your attention. So-so body; the absence of carbonation flattens the texture and lets the beer down. That said, this is a lovely brew that would be perfect on a hot day. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nearly brilliant gold under a sticky 1” white foam cap that persists.
S: Lemony citrus nose with some biscuit in the background.
T: Big juicy citrus palate with lemon and orange, fruit and light biscuit.
F: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy.
O: A reasonably low alcohol pale ale loaded with flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of AMPM9
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poors a nice yellowy/ straw color
S: Pine/ Grapfruity subtle notes of herb
T: Nice light body which allows for it to be sessionable (also the 4.5% is a good indicator of the style) Some type of citrusy hops blended with some notes of pine, mild bitterness on the backend.
F: In a glass it has a very nice creamy feel, makes its feel a bit heavier than one would expect from looking at it first glance, still light but feels more complete for a session ale

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, I love the drinkability of this as a session ale (very refreshing). Well balanced hops for a Odell beer, didn't get the "overhopped" sensation that some talk about with odell. Other sessions i've tried like NB Slow Ride and Founder's All Day IPA feel a bit more flavorful in terms of hops (they're IPA'S) but I felt this was much more sessionable than those and for that I definately get it again. Great beer for sitting by the pool or grilling up some brats if your looking to take out a few on a hot day!

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange with a thick, off-white froth. Has a lemon and herb aroma. Tastes fruity, crisp and focused with some lingering grain and a hint of rind-chalk before a perfectly timed shot of sour lemon presents itself.

This beer tastes good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Loose Leaf pours a bright golden color with a nice large lacing head. There is sweet straw like aroma, smells like garbage that has been left in the sun. The taste is light, watery, odd sugary aftertaste. Nice feel, but watery. Overall it feels 2nd rate, its way too sweet and sugary.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a session, not really expecting anything mind blowing here. It gets the job done and would be easy to slam a few of these on a summer day. Light citrus and hop notes but it is definitely light and light on flavors. Pretty watery, but that is expected with this style. If you have to have a session ipa, this will fit the bill.

Probably will not seek out again but would drink if available.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell lured me in with their artsy label again. The thing is, I don't like Odell and I don't like pale ales. But damn it that artist is good.

It looks : besides the sweet paper label, the beer pours a very fluffy and webby head, like walking into a haunted house. The body is of course transparent and blonde straw in color. Lacing is cancerous on the glass. I likey.

It smells : no surprise there - even for a session ale it's smelling overly hopped. Sharp bites of pine and grapefruit rind permeate the nose, with a very faint ale sweetness. It's a strong nose, but way hopped for being "sessionable".

It tastes : the "sessionable" quality comes in the form of a light body and a creamy mouthfeel, but the sting of the hops is still present, though quickly diminishing. The hop hits hard halfway through and then all but evaporates into a phantom piney flavor washed out by clean malts. I imagine if the hops stayed all the way through, it would be barely tolerable but it's actually quite nice to drink due to its limited stay on the palate. Straight out of the bottle you get sharp pine needles; the glass cuts it in two for a much creamier, smoother flavor.

It feels : creamy, light bodied, semi-dry.

Overall : it actually isn't bad at all for a session ipa. 99% of the time, Odell over hops their beers and for that reason I have learned to avoid most of their offerings - this one wasn't too terribly over hopped and made for an enjoyable taste.

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Photo of Suds
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in color with a thin white head: an average appearance. The smell is a little grainy, with some musty hop aromas. The beer is semi-dry, with a reasonable hop presence. Some bitterness in the finish. This is an average, everyday ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Odell Loose Leaf
*from notes
Pocked steady pure white head that rings over white gold. 4
Lemon zest nose with a bit of hay and herbal leaf. 4
Cream crackers, a touch of salt, then mild melon, lemon, and grassy hops. 3.75
Country biscuit and a hint of grapefruit to end and slightly tingly ending.
Light, crisp, flinty. 3.75

This is a solid beer, don’t get me wrong. But Odell maintain a standard, and there’s a lot of competition in this sector, so a watery, one-dimensional whack of Citra (if I had to guess) just ain’t gonna cut. Not to mention Brit brewers can do this same thing at 3.8%. Forgettably pleasant for a sunny day, but underwhelming. 3.5

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a nice golden ale - clear yellow, with a good fluffy lasting white head.

Smells like a mild IPA - some citrus, a bit of sweetness.

Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind is a subtlely hopped macro-lager - some citrus, grass clippings, bready malts.

Crisp, sweet finish, very low carbonation.

Easy drinking, but if you have other options for a session, find them.

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Photo of mjurney
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep honey color, touch of haze. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick bright white head.

Citrus hops, some herbal, sweet pale malts, a little fruity.

Pale malts up front, bready, sweet, biscuit. Hop bitterness is moderate, citrus hops, herbal, grassy. Finish is mostly dry, some crispness. Body is medium-light, dry, crisp, refreshing, a little sharp carbonation.

It's an excellent American Pale Ale, very smooth and delicious.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled yesterday on 12/28/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear straw-yellow in color with about a good half-finger foamy/fizzy white head that settles down to around just a few millimeters in a short time. Lots of sticky lacing was seen when sipped that just sticks to the glass instead of sliding back down. The aroma has a lot of citrus, mostly grapefruit with some lemongrass. Bit more going on with the taste with the citrus right up front followed by grassy, earthy hops. Does leave a bitter finish that hung around a bit more than I like. Feels sharp in the mouthful with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a big fan of this style of brew.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden with a Medium White head. Good retention leaving sticky lacing.

S - Lots of Citrus, Grapefruit, Melon, Grass. Some earthy notes and biscuity malt notes.

T - Starts with a very Citrus and Grapefruit forward flavour, fading to earthy, grassy hops and biscuity malt.

M - Sharp mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finishes medium.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best by date of 11/20/14.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head that settle into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with some hints of grass and pine. Soft malt hints of grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a light but very tasty mix of citrus and earthy hops esters. Good upfront presence of citrus hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Good floral and earthy hop notes with some grass and spicy pine. Light backing presence of pale malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. A good hoppy session ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a session ale that is more like an IPA than APA. Good zesty hop presence.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +9%

This is a great summer session beer. Very light, easy to drink, and really refreshing on a hot summer day. Don't expect a ton of flavor or hops here, but do expect a really mellow beer that goes down easy. This is a nice change of pace, and I'd prefer this over a wheat beer any day.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty darn tasty pale ale, with a fairly low ABV that isn't all that obvious. Hoppy as hell, could be an IPA in some respects, or at least a session IPA. No idea why it's classified as a blonde ale, because that it certainly ain't.

Body is smooth and way drinkable. Gonna consider getting a growler of this one to go. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Wyoming's Rib & Chop House.

The beer is clear and pale yellow with an inch of pure white head. The aroma brings grain, lightly toasted bread, lemon drops. Hints of fruit with a biscuit malt presence throughout. Light bodied and quaffable with moderate carbonation. A decent beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Odell Brewery - Ft. Collins, CO - June 17, 2014 (Review from my Notes)

A - Yellow, 1 finger of head, tons of lace. Looks amazing for a session
A - Nice light hop aroma, and good malt character
T - Nice malt backbone with the perfect amount of hop balance. Light fruits and slightly sweet. Tasty
M - Light bodied and medium carbonation, like a good session ale should be
O - Nice well balanced, easy drinking pale ale. Extremely tasty and won't get you drunk. Well done!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Capone's in Post Falls, ID.

Appearance: light gold hue with a light haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly grainy aroma with not much complexity or hops. Not objectively bad, but I'm just not a big fan of the aroma profile here.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a grainy and even corny character. Hops are greenish and bitterness is low. Like the aroma, it doesn't super appeal to me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a well-integrated carbonation and a very good creaminess. Easily this beer's best feature.

Overall: this beer is not gross or anything; I'm just not crazy about it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour produced a nice light straw colored body and tops things off with a thick, chunky, white head. Mild lemon drop-like aroma. Gently sweet and fruity flavor; watermelon and strawberries riding atop a quiet cereal-like malt backbone; a nice touch of mild hop bitterness. Medium-light body; dry finish.

A very likeable ale featuring a nicely balanced fruit and grain flavor profile. Floral and citrus hop notes really shine throughout. Relatively light and very refreshing. This makes a good hot weather quencher and its low ABV makes it very conducive to knocking back several at a time.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12-oz mug. It is very pale gold, slightly cloudy, with a small, airy head. The nose is pretty faint, but offers a light sweet malt scent with some floral hops. Fortunately, there's a lot more interest in the taste, with a good mix of floral, citrusy hop flavor and a clean maltiness. Light, effervescent body.

Not an exciting beer, and yet it is indeed highly drinkable and makes an excellent session beer. I could easily put back several of these on a hot afternoon, I think.

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Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored ale with a medium sized snow white colored head.

Smells of hoppy northwestern type hops with a strong pine scent. Little bit of a honey malt scent.

Starts out dry and hoppy. Medium level of bitterness. Taste is more willow tree and aspirin than pine.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall kind of a forgettable beer.

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Loose Leaf from Odell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.