Odell Levity Amber Ale | Odell Brewing Company

391 Ratings
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 htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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 samie85
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on 2/28/10 at The Cherry Cricket.

A-Pours an orange color with a white head.

S-Orange and grapefruit notes with some toasty, bready malt.

T-Toasty malt quality similar to a Best Bitter with orange/grapefruit slightly dry and bitter finish.

M-Thin bodied with medium carbonation.

D-Easy drinking although I've had much better ambers.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a colorful clear copper with a lively, fluffy head. The aroma is malty, with caramel and biscuit starting small and billowing out as the beer warms. The flavor is very biscuity and bready, with hardly any hop character. Tasty, but not deep. A good winter warmer. The mouthfeel is a little prickly with carbonation. The finish turns a little sour, unfortunately.

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Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber, with nice clarity and light carbonation. A soapy eggshell cap has nice retention. Leaves a very light lace.

S: Toffee and toasted grain aromas dominate. A light citrus scent rounds things out.

T: Very well balanced. Toasted bread and a caramel sweetness start things out. Bitterness is light and has a lemon and grapefruit flavor to it. Finishes dry, with a mild lingering bitterness.

M: The body is light, dry and has the right level of fizz.

D: This is a very easy drinking beer. It's not the most complex, but is supremely well balanced. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Cool bottle and label with story and description of the beer. Best by date on the lower left of label. The imprinter was off so can tell the month or day but the year is clearly '10 so it's fresh. Was a hazy amber/orange color with slight carbonation. It had an average sized white head that dissipated into a good collar and some central wisps. Quick sliding lace with a few stickers.

The aroma was caramel malt, grassy/floral, bread and a top of other background hops. Good aroma but doesn't make me want to keep sniffing it. The taste is good and easy drinking. Good solid middle of the road taste that won't blow you away with flavor but goes down quite easily and enjoyably. Would be a good session beer. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Good malty after-taste that quickly fades.

Overall, a solid amber that goes down smooth and easy. One of the better ambers out there. Recommend. Rotation - not avail here in TX so had ummagum ship me some. If here, it would be couple 6xers a year and yes on-tap. Until then, I wouldn't ship anymore but would have on tap when in CO.

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Photo of Rbald42
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very pretty amber color with 1/2 finger head. No lacing present
S- A bit muted. Smells of cereal grain, hints of piney hops, and sweet backbone
T- Just average, came off a bit dry, some biscuity flavor, light hops with a bit of bitterness on the end
M- has a decent mouthfeel, somewhat creamy, I was surprised at how quickly it went down.
D- Its a good average beer, I could have a few of these, but I'd reach for something else if given an alternative.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this a few months ago that tasted like grainy nothingness. After looking at the bottle I found it was almost a year old. Time for a revisit.

A: Golden with amber hues. Definitely lighter than I would expect for an American Amber. Good carbonation and nice lasting head though.

S: Grainy sweet malts, with some underlying fruitiness. Faint hops with floral and herbal characteristics.

T: Nice blend of flavors here. Honey sweetness from the malts. This quickly goes to a light caramel flavor. The malts end up with a pleasant toastiness. The hops are there as well, but not overpowering. Almost fruity, with a hint of light citrus fruits. The beer ends with a pleasant bitterness and nice fruitiness.

M: Light bodied. Dangerously so. Finishes crisp and clean.

D: This is a fine beer. It doesn't look like an amber, but definitely tastes like one. Plenty of flavors going on without too much body weighing it down. Sessionable is an understatement. A good, solid session beer like this should always be in the fridge.

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Photo of SamN
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Tan color with reddish tones, decent head, bubbly with average retention. Reminds me of apple cider.

S- Bittersweeet hops and light malts, flowery and a tad skunky, but a good skunky. Good smell.

T- Hops dominate and roll a little rough over the palette. Definitely a sweeter flavor, but it reminds me of a strong Budweiser. It's not a terribly complex beer. And it tastes best in big gulps.

M- Medium light body with little carbonation.

D- This is a wonderful session ale. Tastes good, goes down a little too easily and is decently strong (5.1%). This is my favorite sipping beer in beer pong, and it seems to have brought me good luck, so here's to yet another great Odell beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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 DerBayer
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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 jacobseyb
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=pale copper color, ok maybe not pale but lighter than expected. One finger white head that dissipates quickly and laces moderately.

S=initially yeasty in aroma, followed by slightly more malty sweetness than hoppy bitterness but very balance, and relatively plain.

T=again not powerful but malts sweetness overides that bitterness from the hops.

M=light carbonation

D=good, generally pretty plain though.

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

Poured a golden color, looked more like an IPA or APA. Nose is hops and honey. Taste is simple but off beat for the style. Taste is light, crisp, thin with light honey. Mouthfeel is thin, honey, light dash of hops. Drinkability..well..if I wanted an amber ale I would avoid this brew for sure.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color, more like honey than anything else, not what I would expect from an amber, with white 1.5 finger head. A= mostly all I can smell is metallic. T= light, earthy malt flavor, more citrus hops than normally found in an amber, bit it's not too dominate. It's got a sweetness to it, just not the kind of Malthus sweetness I normally look for in an amber; it's more of a honey type sweetness. Finishes dryer and a touch more bitter than it should IMO. M= nice full mouthfeel.

Overall, probably in a blind taste test I would never have guessed this to be an amber ale, more like an English pale. But it's a good brew none the less, it's solid, just not something I would look for to get, especially if I was in the mood for amber ale.

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Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one inch of white head. The head quickly settles to a thin layer of suds. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The aroma consists of a combination of caramel malt and floral/herbal hops. Sweet malt flavor with low bitterness. Some herbs in the finish which is dry overall. Has a light body with nice carbonation which is good for a session beer. Easy drinking but rather forgettable.

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Photo of vividox
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey amber with two finger head. Smell has a hint of fruit to it. The taste is a full-bodied rich taste with a little bit of honey on the end of it. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than light amber would have you believe. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying how cool this bottle is. It's got a unique shape with glass releif leaves and a picture of some one in flip flops floating away. It's like a Mother Goose fairy tale beer. And it displays freshness dating! Sweet.

Pours a very light, clear amber color, almost honey. White head that leaves polka dot lace and consistant retention.

At first it smelled like apple juice and wet dog but that gave way to a dominant, swampy honey. Smells like freshly brewed wort actually.

Sweet and fruity Levity is perfectly balanced and ridiculously drinkable. Apple, pear, and apricot give way to honey with a minimum hop bitterness to hold it all together.

This beer gets added to my list of great beers I can't get in MA.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing orange/amber color witha a nice fluffy white head. This one was poured very cold and it looks great.

Smell is malty goodness, a bit of sweet orange along with a bit of caramel or brown sugar.

Taste is initially a malty sweetness in at the back of the throat that turns to a rather light and dry aftertaste. Not a lot of flavor follows which was sort of a letdown. Its not a bad thing I guess, its very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and a bit watery.

Drinkability is probably the key to this beer, its extremely easy to drink and a great candidate for sessioning.

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Photo of climax
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 argock
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled-on date on brown paper label. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Very light amber hue with dense beige head with sheeting of the glass with lace.

S: Floral and citrus hops dominate but are pretty evenly matched with hefty caramel and pale malt aromas as well.

T: More toasted malt flavor than the nose would suggest but the hops still are front-row with floral, citrus, and leafy character.

M: A bit too fizzy and light for my taste. Aftertaste is hoppy.

D: An interesting amber that walks the line between the hoppier versions and the heavy pale malt types. A good session choice.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear bright honey-yellow color. Poured a 2 finger coarse off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Globs of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet honey and caramel notes. Some citrus hop character. Grass/hay. Not really strong an any one of them.

T: Slightly sweet malts up front. Caramel and slight orange flavor follow. Light bitter hop in the finish, but not quite enought to blaance the sweet, malty backbone (malts OK for this style though).

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth with a little malt left in the finish; lingers, but not in a bad way.

D: Low carbonation mixed and decent abv easily makethis sessionable while still having some character.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

Pretty amber color, never had an Amber beer before.

Smells like their IPA, with about half the hop smell. Lots of honey smell.

The taste is simliar. Lots of hops at front, with a smooth honey taste following. Not that bitter.

Pretty decent mouthfeel, a little too watery.

Pretty drinkable, probably wont buy again though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of pmcadamis
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This cloudy carrot-juice orange brew puts up a nice frothy one finger head that shows good retention. Lots of finely bubbled lace leaves it's sticky mark on the glass and a quick flick of the wrist and whip of the glass brings up more head. Looks good!

S - Hearty dinner biscuits, mild but dank hops, and a little hint of dried fruit (dried cherries, pineapples, and apricots... like you would find in a bag of trail mix. Interesting, but relatively average , this smells like a North West American Amber... that is to say that it's a little hoppier than ambers from other regions. The hops aren't hurting it at all. Pleasant.

T - Malty and sweet, this is loaded with gooey (but not cloying) caramel, brown sugar, and caramelized sugar notes. Hops are there, but they are laid back and mellow. This is ridiculously well balanced and tasty. IMO amber ales are all about balance and this is the epitome of that characteristic.

M - Medium bodied and well-carbonated, this starts sweet but finishes gritty and dry. I like it. The finish really provides some interest to this one.

D - As I mentioned before, this one is damn near perfectly balanced both in malt/hop ratio and the carbonation, dryness, and weight in terms of mouthfeel. This isn't a complex stunner that will have you calling upon childhood memories of scents and flavors, or waxing poetic about the glorious flavors, but it would go very well with a burger!

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Photo of Reaper16
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a light shade of honey/amber. The whitish, two-finger head quickly disappears to nothing. Clumpy, sticky lacing is left behind, though. Its very slightly cloudy, but still see-through.

Bready malt in the nose, a little but toasted maybe. Curiously, a bit of sour pear aroma. Some hop smells, too.

The pear follows into the mouth, but its sort of astringent. Not too much, though. The hops give a tad bit of bitter on the finish but no flavor, really. The malts dominate; they aren't particularly sweet, just bready.

There is a moderately high level of carbonation, which suits this beer well. This would probably be a good session candidate if one really digs Ambers.

Overall: meh. I'm not disappointed that I tried this beer, but it seems average almost across the board.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single from Odell, about $1.50. Once again, another beer that I wasn't a fan of, that I am giving another shot. Also, ABV as listed on the bottle is 5.1%.

A: Nice clear honey color, eggshell colored head, about half an inch thick, reduced to a film, big clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet honey flavor, nice citrus/orange hop characteristic, underlying hop earthiness flavor too, almost grassy, not a whole lot going on, but still nice.

T: Malty and grainy up front, nice caramel and honey notes, very little of the hop character in the nose is carried over to the mouth, pretty light all around, but not bad. Not really anything special. Quite sweet and malty.

M: Mouth is good, somewhat sticky, low carbonation, smooth, leaves a pretty clean finish in the mouth, not a lot of lingering flavors.

D: Low carbonation mixed with low alcohol and overall lightness make this a nice session beer. It isn't anything exciting, but not bad at all.

Notes: I really like Odell labels, except this one...this is their lamest label to date. Not impressed.

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Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 391 ratings.
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