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Loose Leaf - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 443
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 101 | 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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 443
Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (323 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a sudsy off white 2" head which recedes leaving mild lacing. Clear golden color with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley malt, yeasty bread dough, definite citrus hop note.
Mouthfeel: light and fizzy with a drying finish.
Flavor: sweet barley malt, lemon, citrus rind and white bread crust.
Overall: a pleasant and easy drinking brew. Although a spring seasonal, I could see having this on a hot summer day. Quite refreshing. (516 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (dated July 25, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal to aggressive pour produces about two fingers of dense, nearly white foam. The retention is pretty good at more than two minutes and the head leaves clingy lacing on the glass. The beer is very, very light-golden in color and clear. I see exactly two bubbles of carbonation.

A-The aroma is hop forward for a blond with an inviting, citrusy, floral aroma. The is just a bit of sweetness and bread from the malts. It isn't earth-shattering or complex, but it smells refreshing and less cloying that many blond ales.

T-The taste, like the smell, is pretty heavy on the hops, but there is more balance from the malt base. I get some crisp, zesty citrus (lemon mostly), some mint, and a bit of bread and toast. The finish is drying and gives a bit of husk and grass flavor.

M-The feel is light to medium in heft with an oddly creamy bit of carbonation. The carbonation is very smooth and makes this beer quite easy to drink, but strange on the palate.

O-The flavor profile and weird mouthfeel make this one of the most drinkable beers I have tried in a long while. It is not terribly complex -- and despite the heavier hops, it certainly will not overpower -- but I'm pretty sure that is the point here. This beer is almost thirst-quenching in flavor and I may have to revisit this in the heat of the summer. (1,376 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.32/5  rDev -10%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of iSip
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Odell Loose Leaf: I am not a big light ale fan, but the Loose Leaf turned out to be worth a try. This brew has a light golden color, a fair amount of carbonation, a thin head that lasts longer than expected and a very faint aroma. It all comes down to the flavor, which is light but also complex. Lots going on in this beer, fruits, spices and a distinct tea flavor. The mouthfeel is wet and a lightly sweet aftertaste lingers for a long while. The complexity of the beer makes it worth a try, but also keeps it from becoming a standard to have over and over. There is something un-beer like in this beer. Odell is a great brewer, but Loose Leaf will not be the next big thing. Odell needs to come up with a flagship lager with a catchy name and put it in a BPA free can. That would take Odell to the next level. (812 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light yellow/ blonde with a one finger eggshell white head. A tiny bit of lacing sticks to the glass. Great head retention.
Smell: Sweet, fresh cut grass, lemon, breadiness.
Taste: Incredibly crisp and refreshing. Taste of grass, with floral notes and a lemon finish. Some citrusy hops also come through and come through more and more as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation which is what you want in this kind of beer.

This is exactly what I want when I have one of these beers. Crisp and refreshing but still complex. Only beer I've had that has topped this one is the retired somersalt. A great summer session beer. One that could convert a BMC drinker over to the finer side of beers. (720 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (510 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light yellow. Perfectly appropriate considering I'm studying the urinary tract at the moment. Lots of suspended particulates. Decent head and lacing.

The nose has an almost sour (not like... gueze sour, just kind of lemon tree sour) note to it, kind of like a cold lemon tea. Straw-like malts, but crisp.

Taste is fresh and well balanced. A thin backbone with the same haybale characteristic. a little bit of bittering, and more european malts. It's got a soul of lemon without having the lemon pucker or sweetness. I'm not sure how else to describe it. That cold lemon tea descriptor from the smell is still applicable.

Crisp and refreshing, makes me wish I were out in the sunshine instead of inside banging my head against this study guide.

I had not given Odells enough credit, but they have grown on me quickly as I have exposed myself to more of their product. (880 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated best by 10/29/13, into a pint glass.
Appearance - clear, apple cider with very nice carbonation and a thick white head! Traces of lacing.
Smell - from the bottle is great, with noticeable hop attributes, which is an excellent touch!
Taste - trace amount of citrus hops that are just slightly pushed aside by pale malts.
Feel - crisp and light without the carbonation that I expected.
Overall - the nose is terrific, but everything else is rather ho hum. (484 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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+ (2,364 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of babayaga
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass.

Appearance: Small white head, very fine bubbles. Pale yellow.

Aroma: Floral, lemongrass.

Flavor: Nice bitterness for a session ale. More flowers, not much malt but some bread in there.

Mouthfeel: Creamier than I expected, but still light.

Overall: Very interesting session ale which I enjoyed. (331 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4oz pour as part of a tasting

look is like a blonde ale, light yellow, with a spotty cream colored head. smell is like fresh rain: grassy and 'wet' smelling wheat. taste is bright and floral, reminiscent of one of those sam adams IPAs.

solid session beer, not something id pay a premium for, tho. (298 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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! (1,115 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (979 characters)

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Loose Leaf from Odell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.