Odell Levity Amber Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Levity Amber AleOdell Levity Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant copper amber under a thin white frothy foam cap with poor retention.

S: biscuit and mild citrus aromas. The aromas are malt forward with the hops medium low to low.

T: starts slightly sweet with traces of honey, some light caramel notes, biscuit and bread crumb. The malt flavors are medium and the hops flavors are medium low. Honey biscuit is the dominant flavor but it is seasoned with medium low hop citrus.

F: medium to medium light bodied with medium high carbonation.

O: very nice, flavorful, easy to drink amber ale

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A much lighter but more flavorful version of the standard amber. It seems as though brewers tend to make extreme, aggressively-hopped ambers. this take on the style is better in my opinion. It has some really nice spicy and savory flavors.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Yellow gold color with notes of copper, and a frothy white head and lots of frothy lacing around the glass.

S: Slight notes of pear and apricot, a sweet malt aroma and some floral hops. The aroma is a little faint but still nice.

T: Slight notes of pear and apricot, a sweet malt, and then a floral hop with a slight bitterness.

F: Medium body and this is a pretty Crisp beer.

O: Nothing special but this is a very nice simple easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very pale amber with a moderate head. The aroma offers biscuity malts, small pine, and something rather dusky and dirty. The flavor offers medium biscuity malts, rich pine, citrus, and rich, earthy, dirty tones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall this is very pleasant with earthy, piney characteristic - it almost is English in sensibility.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely Amber, not brown. Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Strikingly similar to a regular Sam Adams. Not a bad beer in anyway, but also nothing to write home about. If you're buying I would definitely drink them all night.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a 6 pack while on vacation in Colorado & again,like the Dale's pale ale,it's okay,nuthin' special...the search for a new rockin' Colorado brew that I haven't had before goes on...

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Photo of Shippy
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle. Golden brown with a thin white head. Sweet, caramel and brown sugar aromas. Sweet with apple flavor with some nuttiness. Medium body, but light tasting and refreshing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-copper coloring, with a fluffy, bubbly, foamy, off-white head. Nose of subtle caramel and nut sweetness, with roasted notes throughout. Flavors are sugary sweet, with hints of caramel, and roasted overtones again. Smooth, thin bodied, with an effervesced, crisp finish. Semisweet, caramel and nut aftertaste.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of mild fruity hops, faint pine, husks, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a subtle hoppiness and a mild bitter finish. Notes of grain, mild caramel, light citrus peel, faint pine, earthy yeast, husks and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of grainy malt, mild pine and a subtle bitterness.

O: A tasty little number. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour have a satisfying balance of caramel malt and aromatic hops. The subdued bitterness makes it mildly sweet. Body is A-OK. Goes down a treat - are Odell capable of making a bad beer? Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an incredibly underrated beer. Everyone forgets about it within the Odell powerhouse lineup, but you shouldn't make the same mistake. It's the lighter cousin to 90 Shilling, my favorite beer, so when you want something just a little different, seek this one out and give it a try. It's a very solid amber, low alcohol and very easy to drink. Great as the weather gets warmer, though even here in Colorado it's not on tap, so you'll have to settle for stashing a 6-pack in your fridge and keeping it your little secret.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%

Excited! Excited! Excited!

I love Odell's labeling. So basic. I like ambers so let's see what they have to offer here. Single from World Market.

Appearance (4.5) : This thing has more head than any amber I've ever laid eyes on. A thick, malty four finger head atop a beautiful honey-amber body. Opacity is around 80%. Leaving broken rings of fluffy lace around the glass as it recedes like a snail.

Smell (3.5) : Haha. This smells almost identical to 90 Shilling. Metallic amber notes with coffee bean, copper, earth, and cracked corn. A little bit of flower petal for good measure. Not the beer's strong suit in my opinion as bitter smells are off-putting to me.

Taste (3) : Pretty decent. BUT - Here's my qualms - it's a bit on the coppery/metallic side. The hops are there and even though the label on the bottle says they're tamed, they're pretty aggressive for an Amber. So it's got that metallic citrus pine thing going on. Within that orb of metallic citrus pine is a smooth wheat taste that is full and tasteful. Smooth on the finish with more piney hops.

Straight from the bottle you get more malt than hops, it's a bit better that way. In the glass you're getting a pretty hop-forward, coppery amber taste.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Spritzy, prickly carbonation then melts into a smooth creamy finish. Slightly dry.

Overall (3.54) : Disappointed in this one. Just finished a Nordeast and that beer is an easy drinking, great tasting Amber. This is more of a one-off, you can't drink more than one (if you can even finish it), as the hops are very pronounced and out front. You hop heads will like it, but as for me, I'll stick with my malty Amber beers.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Odell Brewery - Ft. Collins, CO June 17, 2013 (Review from my Notes)

A - Golden amber, 1 finger of head, nice lace left on the glass
A - Not much going on in the aroma. Light malt notes
T - Classic amber ale. Light malt and hop notes.
M - Lightly carbonated, light bodied
O - An easy drinking amber ale. The one to start your non-craft beer lovin friend with

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a 2" sudsy off white head which slowly recedes leaving mild lacing. Color is a cloudy amber with some small particles in suspension. Significant carbonation evident.
Aroma: light roasted barley, caramel, grassy and some earthy hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: light, just slightly sticky, crisp, refreshing. Finish is quite dry.
Flavor: toasted white bread, mild caramel, mild hop spice in the finish.
Overall: Very pleasant, very drinkable. Most excellent.

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Photo of JaredinOmaha
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I'm really amazed at the glowing reviews here. I'm not saying this is a "bad" beer. It's a pretty decent beer. It's just... OK. Very drinkable for anyone starting to drink a better domestic beer. Price wise, it should be $7 a six pack. It's light, crisp, and sharp. BUT, for all the good press, it's just an average craft beer. I will drink it if t's on sale. It's nice and neutral, but it really has no wow factor, or fun factor. The pour is good, the taste is good, bit I regress, there's a ton of better beers out there for the price! I wish they would promote this in twelve packs as an American Ale. It would destroy all the domestic beers, and make people take notice. All in all, this is a beer that SHOULD be expected. No risk, no reward, but decent in all regards. I love Odell's Levity and IPA. Now that I think/write about it, this may be , THE best intro brewery in the nation. Their beers aren't the best example, of what you should expect out of a craft beer, without being too adventurous. Don't get me wrong. I love the Odell Brewery, and I gladly support everything they do, but once you get in to deep, there is many more mountains with better peaks!
Thanks Odell. You should be America's Brewery, NOT Budweiser or Miller:)
Much respect.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy amber body, fluffy ivory head slowly fades to a foam.
S - earthy, fruity, spicy, caramely, bready
T - toasty grain, caramel, earthy, spicy, fruity
M - light-to-medium bodied, pleasant carbonation, finishes very well balanced
O - nice lighter amber ale with some excellent complexity

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Photo of TheSSG
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dense, soapy head that leaves a wall of lacing. Sweet malt with almost a caramel aspect, then a touch of floral/citrus hops behind that. Hazy, straw-amber color. Starts with a very floral/citrus hoppiness. Flash of biscuity malt that lingers for a second, then back to wonderful, bright, floral hops. The finish has the lovely floral hops atop a touch of malt.

This is a really great brew; it's a great balance of malt and hoppiness. It swings a little bit more towards the hoppy, but the bitterness is kept in check. This is easily one of the most refined and balanced brews I ever had when I lived out West. This is probably one of my top 10 favorites.

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold body; lots of finely bubbled carbonation; thick, sticky white head. Nice aroma combination, mixing slightly sweet grains with some fruity esters; ripe peach and apricot. Biscuit and fruit-like flavors; semi-sweet; good, soft, enveloping hop bitterness wrapping everything together. Medium body; crisp and dry.

An all-around, flavorful amber ale. Decent balance with the grains and hops. Further sips seem to bring out a more honey-like sweetness to the flavor and feel as opposed to my initial sense of esters. A solid beer...

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Hyvee, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 1/3/2013
Glass: Tulip

Odell's Levity ale situates itself as a firmly malty brew, though it is not without its spicy, herbal hop notes to act as both balance and vector of complexity in this beer. I enjoyed this, and think it would be a perfect accompaniment to fall/spring camping or evenings on a porch/patio. Another reason I wish Odell had larger distribution range.

Pours a 1cm tall head of slightly off-white foam with average retention of about one minute. The decline of the head leaves little lacing, a few spots around the inner perimeter of the glass. The body is a slightly hazy copper color, with light bringing out orange hues. Carbonation is readily visible, streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma showcases toasted bread, toffee, slight fruit (cherry) esters, and some herbal, woods-smelling hops. This is a very nice, malt-forward aroma with some interesting yeast byproducts and hop choices.

Front of palate picks up sweet, bready malts, some slightly flowery, perfume-like hops. Mid-palate finds some toasted bread, nuts, caramel and toffee flavors along with mild hop spiciness, and composting leaf/organic matter. Back of palate finds toasted and caramel malts with noticeable, but low, hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of toasted bread and sweet, heavy barley malt with slight hop spiciness and organic matter in the background.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation levels of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is slightly foamy, never fizzy, and generally crisp and smooth. Closes fairly dry, with modest stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of intensify
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored body with a hazy that is nice to look at. Off white head, medium retention.

S- Bready/biscuity, apricot, caramel and hops. Spices bring blend it all together.

T- Closely behind the smell. Stands out with a floral taste, hops, and apricot. Slight bready notes, and ends with a hint of caramel.

M- Medium bodied, dry finish. Somewhat refreshing and could be drunk in the summertime, or winter.

Delicious. I dont know why I waited so long to try this, but O'Dell hit one out of the park once again.

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Photo of bump8628
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just good beer to be had here. Simple, yes, but damn good. On-tap at the brewery. Clean malty graininess to start with a nice crisp pop of spicy hop flavor. Mild bitterness but the finish is dry enough to keep this thing right in balance. A bit of sugar cookie, fruit, and pine emerge as it warms. Clean, drinkable, well-crafted.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odell’s Levity Amber Ale

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice dark hazy golden color with some nice copper notes. There is a nice white head that recedes slowly leaving some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is biscuity with some nice herbal hop notes. Some good notes of bitterness and malty sweetness intermingled throughout.

Taste starts off with some light herbal grassy hop notes and some nice bitterness that is intermingled with some good caramel laced malt notes. Nice and refreshing and straight forward. The nice caramel notes are mild and grainy with some nice toasty malt notes that blend well with the lighter but floral hops. Nice and crisp and refreshing with a good bitter finish.

Overall this is a nice and straight forward Amber. Nice and refreshing, light and accessible. A good gateway beer. Flavorful but not too intense. Good caramel malt notes with nice herbal hops.

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Photo of soju6
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich amber color with a creamy head that fades to lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt with some spice and herbs and a bit of sweetness.

T: Has a nice caramel taste up front with a nice bit of citrus. There is a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy, very well balanced.

O: Very easy drinker. Excellent take on an amber beer. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/4 head with thin retention and nice lacing on a cloudy, crimson with golden hues body.

S: fruit, mostly a little red apple and fig.

T: apple and fig with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Earthy notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body with a mild oily feel. No off-putting aftertaste.

Overall a smooth very tastey amber which is different enough to set it apart from other ambers but still doesn't lose its identity as an amber ale.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - Light amber color with a 2 finger off white head with lacing that coats the glass.

S - A little cpied blended with a ton of toasted caramel malt aroma. Somewhat earthy and nutty, quite good.

T/M - The beer hits with a sweet caramel malt up front. The middle is filled with bitterness from the jops and a creamy mouthfeel. The beer finishes mild and smooth with a touch of carbonation with a hint of fruity notes.

D - The most drinkable amber I've had.

Overall this beer is very very good and deserves more recognition that the other highly touted Amber of Fort Collins. I'd prefer this to a Fat Tire any day of any week. Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-23-2011 02:23:24

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Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt golden with a nice white head a solid lacing. Aroma is nice and doughy bready, a touch of honey, caramel, a touch of toffee, and a slight kiss of hops in the finish providing some crispness to it. Flavor pretty much follows suit. A medium to thicker mouthfeel, not too much activity. Overall, a very nice beer indeed. Probably my favorite amber.

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