Odell Levity Amber Ale
Odell Brewing Company

Odell Levity Amber AleOdell Levity Amber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #105
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,467
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
405
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Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by Timbo86:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium orange color; murky as hell.

Frothy off-white head; nice lacing throughout.

Faint caramel malt nose; not much to whiff on.

Thin mouthfeel, bordering on medium.

Pretty tasteless; hop bite on the back end.

This isn't bad, per se, just instantly forgettable. Can't say I'm likely to reach for another...

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Photo of Miz77
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-hazy rich amber beer with a sticky/fluffy white creamy head that settles to a lace -- decent head retention. Bit of wet paper and grainy must in the aroma, touch of hops. Flavour is full and malty with a slight sugary sweetness. Solid medium body and firm mouthfeel. Sweet apricot fruit flavours. Toasty and caramel flavours build as the beer warms. Finishes with a light hoppy bitterness that settles quickly back into the malt.

A lovely amber ale and well worth a try. Damn near perfect balance and a drinkability to match. Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

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Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Jason
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label accentuates the feel of Colorado in the fall … snow caped mountains and golden aspen trees.

Appearance: Light chill haze on an amber hued brew, a thick off white lace graces the top of the brew with stickiness all over.

Smell: Toasted malt aroma with a hop twang of spice and herb … light nutty grain from the extra dextrins in the malt.

Taste: Modest body, full malt palate … light and delicate. Smooth mouth feel with a light carbonation after a judicious pour. Bitterness from hops are straight forward and cut through at bit and clean things up. Sweet malt up front with a lingering light toasted and caramel flavour the stretches even to the finish. Pear like fruitiness mingles with the spicy herbal hop flavour. Hops and malt go hand in hand into a long lasting finish.

Notes: Remarkably drinkable, good set up of malt and hops … well structured. The greatness of this brew shows the prowess of the brewery.

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Photo of Kenye
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Murph
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color with a thin head that sinks quickly. The smell is malty with some light hops thrown in. Taste is rather light, guess that is why they call it Levity, a nice malt backbone and some decent hop bitterness as well but not as much in this beer as I was hoping for. Would make a good session brew. This beer got better as it warmed.
Thanks to Jaybeerman for the sample.

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Photo of Greeneagle
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper hue with a slight haze. Stiff, stabile, one fingered rocky ivory white head leaves dense, muddled lace. The aroma is comprised of soft floral hops with an undertone of doughy, underbaked biscuit. Trace lemony, citric twang. Tame, but clean aromawise. In flavor, prevalent in malt character is simple, gentle, lightly bready pale malt. Hints of medium lovibond crystal add a subtle toffee note. Sturdy, firm hop bitterness overruns malt sweetness lending a parching dryness. Stately herbal hop flavor. Virtually devoid of yeast derived character, save a paltry fruity tartness that arises late. Lightly bodied, with a spritzy, but passably dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes with quickly fading hints of dry, bland cracker with an herbaceous twang. Well crafted and thirst quenching, but not terribly satisfying nor exciting. Akin to an overhopped Kolsch in overall character.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jdhilt
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with white, four-fingered head, fades slowly and leaves a even lace. Light carbonation. Cloudy, light golden/amber color. Nose is faintly hoppy, starts and finishes with just a hint of hops, really lacking in taste. This could be because when we discovered our beer shipment, it had been outside for a few hours during which the entire time the temperature was below zero. FEDEX did NOT ring any doorbells. So not only were all the bottles frozen solid but after five hours at room temperature (still in the box) there were ice chunks. So it is possible that the flavor was lost and I will miss out on this one. :( Very fresh - brewed 12/13/03.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of beernut7
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color with a thin foamy head. A sweet aroma with a hint of hop spice greets the senses. The flavor is fruity up front with a mellow lingering bitterness. The fruity character continues through the finish. A good body helps top of a tasty offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 28 Mar 2010.

Poured in an Avery shaker pint. Small light beige head. Minimal carbonation. Hazy dark orange color. Aroma is light, some caramel and a hint of hay. Starts slightly nutty and caramel, stays this way throughout. Finish is sweet, grainy and lingering. Aftertaste has a mild hoppy bite. Medium light body.

Pretty straight forward, not bad.

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Photo of dhbiker0889
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TastyTaste
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Written From Noted Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Gold-bronze color, 3/4" white head. Smell is lightly hoppd, and berry sweetness. Taste is very sweet, of berries and honey. Not cloying, but dominant, and it covers up most other flavors. Too sweet for me, but not bad.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muchas gracias to prAna for this beer. Pours a light amber color with a thin ohh-white head and mild effervescence. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma is lightly floral hops. Easy-drinking flavor is lightly hoppy with a semi-sweet finish. Not complex at all but a good session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't understand the name of this beer until I pulled it out of the fridge and read the label. It's supposed to be a "lighter take" on amber ale, with a lighter color. Agreed. It's color is a slightly hazy deep amber that's about 9 or 10 SRM; and it's slightly lower in body.

It reminded me initially of an English pale ale except for the citrusy American hops. Of course now some of the smaller English brewers are using American hops, so this could easily have come out of England.

So, forgetting about style, because that's become quite a muddled mess at this point, it is a quite drinkable "amber" ale.

It's malty in the nose with caramel-tinged grain, a hint of floral and citrusy hops, and mild yeastiness. The body is medium and it's smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation (bottle conditioned?). The flavor delivers sweetish malt upfront with a light caramel accent and a dollop of honey, followed by a spike of median bitterness and rising notes of floral, citrusy, and lightly grassy hops that tumble into a dry finish. Some sticky malt lingers at the back of the mouth towards the end of the glass, but it's otherwise balanced pretty well. Additional bitterness would hinder the initial sweetness, and if you're enjoying this with a meal you'd never notice.

Surprisingly full of flavor given its 'designation', Levity is also very easy to drink, and somewhat complex (you can easily decipher its different components, and the yeast and hops work together to give different fruity notes). It's tasty enough to entice you, interesting enough to keep you coming back, and far from overwhelming - a great session ale!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bditty187
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden-bronze in hue with a slight amber highlight, the white head reached a sticky two fingers in height, the retention was decent, it faded to a cap after a little while. The subsequent lacing was fantastic, very webby. The bouquet is a bit of a mess; the notes of caramel and biscuity malts don’t jive with the herbalness of the hops. I also find it exceedingly grainy. Vague sweetness behind all of the smells, it is not inviting to me. Thankfully the potency is modest. The palate is improved; the slightly spicy, modestly herbal hops blend seamlessly with the caramel, toasty, biscuity malt. It is grainy though. The finish has a great, refreshing lemony zippiness. This is a refreshing beer, it would make a great summertime lawnmower beer; unfortunately I have never seen this beer even remotely fresh in Omaha. The mouthfeel is pleasant; the carbonation is firm and lively, medium in bulk and very appropriate for the style… whatever it is exactly. It reminds me of a Kolsch mixed with a Red Ale, hey, it works. This is plenty drinkable, the flavor construction won’t strain the tongue but the straightforward flavors make it a worthwhile quaff. Simple but yummy and if I could find Levity in good shape in town I’d purchase it again. I bought a single 12-ounce bottle at the brewery in Fort Collins.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 405 ratings