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Loose Leaf - Odell Brewing Company

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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 83 | 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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Ratings: 411 | Reviews: 59
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Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts with some grassy, fruity, spicy hops.

The flavor is bready biscuity malts with some fruity grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice session pale.

Photo of bsp77
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with nice initial head that disappears too quickly. Who the hell entered this as an Amber?

Smell: Tropical and floral hop notes with some toast and biscuit.

Taste: The aroma didn't quite translate over to the taste. More grassy and floral than tropical, although there is a titch of that. Malt profile of toast, biscuit and tea. Light spiciness on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a paper thin body. Does not have the firm mouthfeel that a great bitter does and just seems thin. But it is dry and crisp.

Overall: Crisp and refreshing, but is not as good as the recent Session beers by Surly, Lagunitas, Brau Brothers, Founders and Deschutes.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter from 12 oz bottle

A - poured a hazy golden color, minimal head and lacing

S - got a little breadiness to go with a slight piney hop aroma. Also lemon and a hay-like aroma come through

T - still get some lemon zest taste and straw-like flavor that follow the nose. Nice hop balance, not bitter at all. A little maltiness as well

M - very light and well balanced. Slight crispness to it. Definitely one of those for a hot summer day after a day working in the yard.

O - not typically my beer style of choice but can't exactly knock back a few Imperial stouts after yardwork. As far as what I wanted out of this beer, it pretty much hit the mark. Would definitely have again.

Photo of GilGarp
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9-10-13. Served cold into a pint glass.

Loose Leaf is a very pale golden yellow color with thin head that settles quickly.

Aroma is slightly hoppy over a mildly sweet light malt base.

Flavor is similar with a light and easy malt body and a family friendly hop character. It's almost like a St. Lupulin with 1/4 of the hops. Maybe 1/8.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and easy drinking.

Overall a solid session beer. This is a beer that me and my father-in-law would both enjoy despite our hop preferences being miles apart.

Photo of DoctorsOrders
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A very nice summer ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 10/2/13

Pours a bright & effervescent straw color with a thumb of pearl white head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Bready, hay notes, plus lemongrass

T: Follows the nose, grassiness, plus faint floral & lemon hop notes. Citrus hoppyness picks up as this warms, some faint graininess, plus grassiness as this warms. Finishes crisp, lemony & slightly doughy

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation

Very refreshing, not complex to really get me too excited but a nice summer time thirst quencher

Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw color with one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Light aroma that sort of reminded me of a cross between a pilsner and an APA. I smell soda crackers, pepper, citrus, herbs, and flowers.

More than just the typical boring blond ale. Nice hop flavors without going overboard for a light ale. Notes of tropical fruit, black pepper, herbs, and lemon. Malt offers a light bready, cracker type of flavor.

Light body and nicely carbonated. Lively without being harsh makes combined with the light body makes this extremely accessible and drinkable.

Nice light, flavorful beer that has good hop qualities without much bitterness.

Photo of goochpunch
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy gold with a bone white head. Smells of crackery grains, light leafy, floral hops, and fruity esters. Flavor is big on crackery grainy malts, and fruity esters, with hop character taking a backseat. Solid bitterness, but I'd prefer a bit more hop presence, although there are touches of flowers and grass. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Solid, easy-going ale for the warmer months. Love the low abv.

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fizzy white head that leads little to no lacing.

Smells of grain and some lemon.

Tastes of the grainy malts with some floral and lemon hops. Grainy malts lead off with some sweetness. This leads into some lemon and grass hops along with some floral notes. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid session beer with a simple profile.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a nice clear bright straw color with a finger of white head that dissipates fairly rapidly.

S - Not a strong aroma, but I detect piney hops and a bit of sweetness.

T - Piney hops and some sweetness with a little bit of lemon. The flavor is not very complex, which is to be expected with a session ale, but it is solid. Not very bitter, but the hop flavor is great.

M - Thin body with moderate carbonation that is a bit prickly. Not much aftertaste.

O - This is one of the best session ales I've had. Nothing is overpowering, yet it has a great full flavor that doesn't get old.

Photo of milwaukee512
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinking, lightly hoppy beer.

Photo of blakelive784
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a translucent straw golden color with lively carbonation and a tall, soapy white head. Retention is quite good and there's a good amount of sticky lacing. Nothing special, but inviting nonetheless.

S - Light grassy notes, bright orange zest, sweet base malts and a light but noticeable bitterness on the back end. Simple, as it should be. Mild in strength.

T - Sweet honey and light cereal grains open. Fresh orange and lemon zest counter the malt nicely, though they're restrained. A touch bitter near the finish. Definitely refreshing and sessionable. I appreciate the simplicity, especially for the style, but the beer seems restrained as a whole.

M - LIght bodied, crisp, and well carbonated. A bit dry.

D - Works well for it is. This could be a great "gateway" beer for the non craft drinkers out there. A good attempt, but with a few tweaks Odell could take this one to the next level.

Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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

A-pour a clear golden yellow color with a white 1 finger head that recedes quickly has a touch of lacing
S- floral hops cracker meal herb and grass with a touch of citrus
T-citrus hops baked bread lemon grass a cracker bread malt finish
M-crisp and pure with medium carbonation
O- tasty refreshing reminds me of a pilssner

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Odell shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden color with slowly rising bubbles. A white head recedes to a light cirrus cloud wisp. Wet foamy lacing appears on the glass.

Aroma: A malty sweetness gives way to a slight hop note.

Taste: Sweet malty beginning leads to a lemongrass body. A perfect hop finish to add great balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost buttery.

Overall: A very tasty session beer, great for spring and summer.

Photo of keng1343
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not enough flavor for me

Photo of bmwats
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Hazy, light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Continually rising effervescence visible. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Yeast, freshly cut grass, and lemon zest.

T: Sourdough bread, with a bit of lemon citrus, seltzer water, and coriander.

M: Light body, earthy bitterness in the finish.

D: Session.... read the label.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Foamy head and plenty of lacing. Yeasty and grassy with a little citrus in the nose. Pungent bready flavor accentuated with citrus and coriander. A bit of a carbonated water character. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger egg white head rises with good retention, and rings of spiderweb looking lace stick all the way down the glass.
S: Perfume like hops up front. Grassy, floral, herbal and zesty orange rind like. Dry cracker, and biscuit malts finish everything off. Really enjoying the nose.
T: A great balance of grassy, floral, and herbal hops with the malt character. Dry crackers, light cereal grains, and biscuit. Simple, but excellent.
M/D: A light body, with moderate carbonation. I wish this had just a bit more effervescent bite, not bad in that department though. Very clean with a nice dryness as well. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I will be going through plenty of this during the summer, but enough character that I can enjoy it any time.

Yeah, this is a great blonde ale. Perfectly simple with a load of character, and does not play down to peoples tastes just cause it is suppose to be light. This should have a much higher score here.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear blonde color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma has some nice funky barnyard notes: hay, horse blanket, mustiness. The taste has the same funkiness, but it is much weaker. So weak, in fact, that it greatly detracts from my enjoyment of this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an underwhelming beer that I will not be drinking again.

Photo of Humulus85
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle into my tasting glass.

Pours a slightly hazed medium yellow. Fluffy, two finger, white head has great retention an lacing. If i didn't know better, I'd think this was a really nice looking pilsner,

Not super aromatic. Some lemon zest, some fresh cut grass, bit of sweet pale malts.

More flavor than the nose would suggest, but still pretty light. Lemon zest upfront, blending with some grassy, slightly spicy hops. Very mild pale malts. Slightly bitter in the finish. Nice and clean.

Very light for an ale, any lighter and I would have thought this to be a hoppy pilsner. Perfect amount of tight carbonation. Exceedingly drinkable as a true session ale should be.

Overall this is tasty an well crafted beer; qualities I expect from Odell. It does fall
short of other recent session ales like All Day and Daytime. I really like these new session ales, but they are still as expensive as a regular APA or IPA, so if I'm gonna
drop 8 bucks on a sixer of 4% beer, it needs to a have a bit more flavor than this one.
I still would recommend picking this up if you are a fan of the style. Cheers!

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Odell "Loose Leaf." "American Session Ale." 4.5% ABV confirmed. Acquired as part of the Odell Montage Summer variety box. Expectations are above average; Odell is probably the best brewery in Colorado. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of white colour and decent frothiness. Soft complexion. Fluffy. Nicely thick. Decent creaminess. Retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes, though the low ABV prevents this from being particularly impressive.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. Pretty good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty appealing for the style; within conventions. It's not unique or special, but I'm looking forward to trying it. No overt flaws are obvious.

Sm: Floral hop character - surprisingly prominent for the style. Clean pilsner and pale malts. Some light crystal malt. Hops are dominant but it's not imbalanced. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A hint of buttery character. A mild strength aroma. Not a whole lot of complexity or subtlety, but it's pleasant and inviting.

T: Pilsner and pale malts form the simple yet pleasant supportive foundation. Floral hop character is surprisingly forward for a session blonde, but enjoyable nonetheless, and complementary of the mellow malts. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I like it, but its simplicity does hold it back. No hop bitterness is untamed; it's balanced. Not a lot of subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly buttery and a bit creamy. Pretty good carbonation, if a bit overdone - but not so much as to be harsh or biting. Good full body whilst remaining refreshing. Good presence on the palate. It could be a bit softer. Complements the flavour profile well. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not as sessionable as it purports to be. I could kill a sixer of it happily, but it's not in the league of the best simple session brews I've had. A solid offering from Odell that I might pick up again, but they brew far more enjoyable beers. Overall, it doesn't disappoint, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

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Loose Leaf from Odell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.