Loose Leaf - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 90 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and tea-like aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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

odell is back to business as usual. a session ale for summer, just right. this pours a lot like the saint lupulin, golden yellow, mostly clear, with a huge white lasting head. the nose is well hoppy, citrus and other orchard fruit, and a distinct bitterness that seems to pack a lot in for a beer under 5% abv. the flavor agrees. this is big on flavor for what it is. hoppy like an American pale ale, malt profile of a light golden ale or kolsch, a fantastic combination for drinkability and flavor. its light and well carbonated, and infinitely refreshing when its cold. id love to see this make its way into a sixpack, its been far too long since odell did a new 6er, and this would be a staple for my day drinking all summer long. a total gem I think, and a style that really needs to make a comeback and proliferate much more widely. love how hoppy it is, this is everything a summer beer should be. I just don't want to have to buy a 20 dollar variety twelve pack to get my hands on this...

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 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.

C+

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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 flagmantho
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Odell's Montage pack, $15.99. Best by Oct 18, 2013.

A- it pours a clear straw colour, 1" head of foam with good lacing. Deeper into the session and the foam makes a complete exit.

S- good hoppy aroma, citrus, with more than a solid malty backbone.

T- matches the aroma though the hoppy goodness isn't as forward. I like the way the malt in this compliments rather than distracts from the overall flavours, but I was hoping for just a bit more assertion...err...oomph.

M- as expected, very light bodied with close to medium carbonation. Goodish mouthfeel until the end of the sip.

O- a light, refreshing, and tasty brew for the abv, I'm okay with it being only available in the mixed 12 pack. It's not a brew that I'd want to seek out that often.

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 ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a mixed twelve pack in order to try this beer. I'm not sure if not making it available in a six pack is a good idea or not. Bright yellow, good head. Aroma has a mild touch of hops, fleeting aroma. Flavor was smooth malts, crisp, subtle and of course it was extremely easy to drink. It is pretty cool to see breweries try their hand at session beers but nothing comes close to the San Diego County session ale that Stone made with Ballast Point and Kelsey McNair.

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 Suds
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a session beer.
Light and flavorful from the start, but light is the operative word.
Very much a tea like aroma with this hop forward aroma. Not unpleasant and pretty simple.
Light color and slightly cloudy. White head lasts well.
Soft light flavors and again with a tea like hop presence, also grassy. Doughy flavored malt presence.
Light body, expected and a creamy feel that emphasizes the doughy flavors.
I like a good session beer and this works nicely.

Photo of allengarvin
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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 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 beergoot
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

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 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 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 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.

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Loose Leaf from Odell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.