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 Jason
4.84/5  rDev +30.8%
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 RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2003 version ("Levity Golden Amber Ale"):

Hazy golden with some suspended sediment, a decent light tan head, and good carbonation. Nice citrusy hop and fruity aroma. Very nicely balanced malt-hop flavor with a nice fruity ale character. Light bodied and a great session brew with a light hoppy finish.

Very similar to some of the better Golden Ales such as Clipper City Gold Ale.

2006 version ("Levity Amber Ale")
Per 2006 Label: 5.1% ABV. "Munich and Honey malts"

Per 2003 Odell's website:
Bittering Hops: Northern Brewer
Brewer Malts: 2-row barley malt, Munich malt, Caramalt, Honey malt
Finishing Hops: Mount Hood, Saaz

Bottled: 07/07/03
Tasted: 10/09/03

Drink By: 11/28/06
Tasted: 08/31/06

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Photo of Spider889
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer from my friend out in WY, thanks Mooky!

Bottled on date is 12/17/2010, so this is just shy of a month old.

I have to say that I really like the Odell bottles.
1) The labels are tasteful, well crafted, and classic
2) The label paper has a nice texture, similar to DFH labels
3) The bottle has the most unique shape of any 12oz I have seen, plus I like the embossed hop leaves around the neck.

The beer pours beautifully. An unfiltered golden honey color. It glows when held to the light, and really looks like a bowl of fresh honey in my Duvel tulip. I initially get a nice white soapy head nearly two fingers tall. It lasted a few minutes then receded to a cap of large bubbles covering half of the surface area. Excellent lace reminiscent of tree rings. Lovely.

The smell encompasses sweet smokiness and chestnut elements. Hints of citrus orange float in and out of my glass. It is light and airy, but inviting; very appropriate for the style.

This is one of the best ambers I have ever had. The beer begins with a nice hoppy bite. It's not especially distinguishable, but it provides a nice bitterness to the beer. The other very prominent flavor I get is oak. The more I swish it around in my mouth the more I am reminded of all the great oak-aged beers out there - almost like a less-hopped, sweeter version of Burton Baton (a great compliment coming from me, BB is one of my all-time favorite beers). Finally, the beer reveals a base structure built upon caramel and biscuit malts. The brew finishes with a bitter tanginess.

Medium bodied, but thin and palatable, carbonation isn't overpowering but on the high side - helping to thrust forth all that this beer has to offer. There's a slight slickness to the beer, and a pleasant smoothness all the way down. After the swallow I get some bitter clementine citrus flavors.

I really wish that I could get this in OH... this is insanely drinkable, I could session this easily. Sadly, I only have this one bottle. As a flagship beer, I am impressed, and cannot wait to try some of the more rare Odell offerings.

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Photo of palliko
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is a cloudy golden with thick ivory foam and sticky lace. Aroma has sharp spicy hops, and roasted malts. Initial taste is redolent with hazelnuts, several malts, bitter hops that balance all and some notes of fruit, and brown sugar. Finish is a nicely dry hop/malt blend.
This brewery knows its craft well!!

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Photo of rawfish
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Vigorous pour into a Levity Odell pint glass nets a frothy three finger parchment paper head that has decent retention. The body is golden amber like honey and decent lacing down the glass.

S - Nose embodies a honey and toasted malted character. Some what nutty with a pinch of clementine.

T - This beer has a touch of sweetness to it as well as caramel malts, a strong balanced backbone keeps the hops in check as they release in the middle of the beer and finish with a drying palate cleansing bitterness.

M &D - Pretty good body especially for the style and adequate carbonation. Absolutely drinkable, no hint of alcohol and the way this beer is structured keeps you coming back for more. Ideally balanced.

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Photo of TYE
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours amber/orange with a nice thick white foam head. Good retention and some residual smearing. Slightly cloudy and looks refreshing.
S - Hoppy, floral, orange, lemon, and a slight alcohol edge.
T - Wonderful orange/citrus kick. Very light on the bitterness scale. Finishes clean. Well balanced. No one flavor really sticks out. They all combine into a great amber taste.
M - Medium-full body, light carbonation.
D - I'm not a big fan of ambers. My wife is, so we tried this one. But, honestly, I love this beer. Definitely would be nice on a hot summer day. Very refreshing. I'll be buying this again. Recommended!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately for the appearance and aroma of this beer, I am drinking it out of the bottle as I don't have a proper receptacle for it. I will do my best, but take this review with a grain of salt for this reason.

Appearance: The beer is a bit cloudy with a decent sized head of small creamy bubbles that was every bit of half its height after a minute or so. There was a tad of lace on the way down.

Aroma: I get a subtle mix of hops and some sweet malts. There are also some defined toasty notes to the aroma that I feel is derived from something similar to a biscuit malt.

Taste: There is a good amount of hops in this beer that contribute some subtle floral notes to the beer, and the citrus is reserved. There is still a nice malt backbone to this beer that keeps the hops in check pretty much the entire flavor profile. The finish has no alcohol noticeable, but leaves some pleasant sweet and toasty malts along with the floral hops to linger for a while after the sip. Overall the mouthfeel gives the impression of a quality beer with the carbonation and residual sugars.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I am not normally a fan of Amber styles as they seem to just be a slightly darker IPA with tons of "C" hops that pretty much run the entire beer. That is not the case with this one. There is balance the whole way through and is clean enough to let all of the flavors shine in their subtlety

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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 GilGarp
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this one after coming back to it two years later.

Pours with plenty of white head that diminishes slowly and leaves lacing behind. It has a beautiful color like grade A maple syrup. Obviously it's much more drinkable than that and makes a great session beer. Not too heavy or offensive to the coors guy but really nice for beer geeks like us.

It's a great warm weather beer, both of which I just had the pleasure of in March.

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Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: New design on a 12 oz longneck. Best by date is imprinted on the label, as well as most other relevant information.

Appearance: Reddish orange color with a very nice head. Head leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of malt (slightly biscuity), with a very light spice.

Taste: Medium bodied and very drinkable. Very well balanced with lots of malt, but it isn't too sweet. Just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. Some light roasted flavors in there too.

Overall impression: Very drinkable - another quality offering from Odell.

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Photo of Enola
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade with Solomon420

This beer is a little lighter red than typical of the style. It is also a little bit cloudy. There was a thin head. The smell is sweet and piney. The taste is well balanced. There is some hoppiness, a little sweetness and just a hint of spices. This beer is a smooth beer with no harshness. The beer would certainly be in my fridge more often if it was available in my area. Pretty darn good.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 naderator55
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When this beer is poured a nice 1.5-2 inch cre.amy head appears. It pours a golden oarnge hue and is mirky. The smell isnt anything great some citrusy hops smells come through.
The taste of this beer is quite amazing a nice malt character comes out you can defenitely tell that they have been roasted a little bit longer than most ambers. I like this. Than a nice bite of hops come and balances it out. This add some small fruity nuanses. The beer is quite creamy.
This beer in my own perception could be a perfect session beer. A 6 pack could disappear quite quickly.

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Photo of Dmart1223
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one dangerously drinkable brew.

It keeps an egg-white head that quickly thins to lacings, which crowns Levity's hazy amber color. It smells sweet and malty, with a little bit of fruit.

While no flavors stick out in this beer, it's very smooth. The hops and malts balance well and give a little bitter punch at the end, but nothing lingers. I think I got some citrus in there, but that could be the hops.

It was kind of difficult to review this beer, since every time I took a sip it just kind of slid down the back of my throat. It's pleasant while it's in your mouth, but it doesn't leave a trace once it leaves. Perfect session beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a tinge of red. A slight chill haze with low carbonation. Small white head that dies quickly but creates a filmy lace. Caramel and a slight spiciness are present in the aroma. Taste leans pleasantly toward the sweet side, balanced with a bit of hop bitterness in the middle and back of the mouth. Medium body, maybe a bit too heavy for a Texas summer day, but it would work when the weather breaks (or for end of summer day Colorado). Finish with some lingering caramel and hops.

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Photo of soju6
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 TheSSG
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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 climax
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Levity poured an orange/amber with good clarity and a 2 finger head that wasn't in a hurry to depart.

Nose was biscuits and citrus for the most part, resiny hops were subtle but present and maybe even some coriander back in the corner.

Very smooth biscuity flavor, the toasty malt lingers for quite some time. The hop character is definitely present, piney/earthy with a bit of citrus and herbs.

Very smooth beer, carbonation is spot on. Body is a little thin but never watery, somewhat chewy with a dry finish.

Fat tire comes to mind, but this one is just as drinkable with much more flavor....great beer. Levitates my mood.

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Photo of bump8628
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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 denver10
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber with a 2 finger head of foam that stays for the *entire* session and it has some really good sticky lacing.

The smell has notes of caramel malt and hops that seem to be of equal intensity, Nice.

The taste has caramel malt followed by some earthy tones, some woody character, and good grassy hops for balance. It has a medium light mouthfeel and it finishes with a nice malty presence. Good, good Amber Ale on all points.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours strawberry blonde - very light for an amber - with thin creamy white head that clings. Toast, caramel, pear and lemon oil on the nose. Madeleine malts with some caramel and peanut then Sicilian lemon hops. Light to medium, soft, creamy and crisp.

If you blind-folded me, I'd say this was an English blonde. Munich malts stand tall. Great mouthfeel, mild and drinkable - just not really an amber.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this the other day in a LOndon pub and must say I really liked it. A beautigul light chestnut colour going towards amber. The taste and smell arr a very good balance between malt and hops and the taste is very pleasant indeed.

The beer is very sueffig one of the highest commendations in Bayern!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggressive pour into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber body with a dense & immense head. Lacing is very good.

Smell: lightly roasted grains and strong biscuity flavors.

Taste: Nice malty flavor with this beer. The biscuit flavors are showcased in this beer. Not very much hop flavor. Refreshing taste that finished a little bit dry.

Mouthfeel: This beer is so very smooth!

Drinkability: Driinks easy and is enjoyed just the same! One the best american ambers i have had! Top of the pack for american amber! Yum.

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Photo of karst
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear coppery brown / dark amber with off white head with good retention.

Possibly dry hopped or late kettle hops additions of citrusy Am. hop varieties. Hop aroma well supported by lightly roasted malts and moderate caramel. Flavors balanced evenly between malt and hops. Fruity esters lost or not present. Initial malty sweetness followed by light crystal caramel flavor that is dried by bitterness. Rich medium body from malts supported by moderately high carbonation. Smooth finish without astringency.

Higher drinkability not as good as Bell's Amber but a very nice amber that stands out in a style that is often poorly done.

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