Odell Levity Amber Ale | Odell Brewing Company

146 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-24-2001

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

Brewed with Munich and honey malts. 5.1% ABV

Pours out to a clear but slightly hazy light amber, forming an average whipped light beige head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is exceptionally light for the style...some dusty and delicate floral hops are barely evident and only when swirled do I pick up on a slight toasted malt suggestion. Otherwise it smells like beer, and doesn't have any ale characteristics, more akin to an light amber lager. The mouthfeel is crisp with a light body. The taste is also very subtle for the style with delicate floral hops and toasted malts. There are some biscuity overtones akin to Fat Tire and the finish is exceptionally crisp with a light, toasty dryness. Bitterness is very mild. The mouthfeel in the aftertaste is a little bit ruddy, but not problematic.

The is an average amber ale. Not much here for a serious beer drinker, but decent for a middle-of-the-road-mass-appeal-type-of-beer. I could see it growing on me if I were in the mood for something light as an everyday type of beer, which is probably what the brewery is hoping for.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don’t float off away just yet. Levity pours a darker yellow almost to a burnt orange color. A good pour with a great head retention and pretty good lacing, but both don’t last throughout the tasting.

The smell is noticeable but relatively light. At least there is some smell. A sweeter caramel meets brown sugar aroma to it. Some lighter tones of spices and maybe a bit of citrus twange.

The taste is stronger in malt with a crystal touch and some breadiness mixed in. There isn’t anything that really comes out very strong, but everything is smooth and easy to drink. There is a smooth overtone and a creamy aftertaste to it. A sweeter note reminds me of spiced apples but not so much apples and more of a minor grapefruit flavor.

The body is light to medium with decent carbonation. A good session beer but Odell’s has better.

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Photo of loren01
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Poured into taster glass, light amber color with small amount of lacing and light carbonation. I really cant smell too much of anything in this beer even after trying to swirl the beer around in the glass much like wine. The only smell I can pick up on is a metallic smell. Taste doesn't impress me either, tastes slightly sweet and malty but mostly just pretty bland. Mouthfeel was pretty light, not too impressive either. Overall I would probably choose other ambers over this one. I'm interested in trying this out of the bottle or at the brewery in a normal sized pour because most of the reviews on here are good ones. I wonder if my impression was somehow changed by the way it was served.

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

Purchased in a pick-a-six...

The beer looks very nice. 1/2 inch, bright-white head. Very light amber color. Slightly golden and slightly lighter than I expected.

Aroma is sweet and malty. A touch of hops... very tiny grapefruit afternote. Brown sugar and molasses. I also smell raisins.

Taste is fairly complex. Maple notes and malt. Pretty dry.

Bigger aroma than taste.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a smallish white head that retain fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet honey malt and some DMS.

The flavor is sweet and earthy malts with a touch of citrus. It has a little bit of a bitter crisp finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery.

Overall, a pretty average beer. Probably a good starter beer.

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Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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 assurbanipaul
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey-amber color with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is very mild, with light malts and barely a bit of hoppy citrus.

Taste is a medium-rich base of toasty malts with a hint of bitterness. Slight element of honey lends some sweetness, hops are present with some dry citrus but not enough to call it bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, not terribly light but very easy to drink and thirst quenching. Not as sweet as it should be but a great example of an otherwise passive and forgotten style. I could session this.

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Photo of palliko
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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 WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and honey malts along with mild hopping for nice balance. The taste is good. It has a sweet, malty flavor that boasts of pale and honey malts. It goes down easy with a slightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has excellent flavor and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew.

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Photo of 67cuda
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a lovely pale amber color, with a small white head. It's a fairly carbonated beer, but not overly so in my opinion... I think the amount of carbonation is just right. It smelled fairly hoppy for the style, though it mainly smelled like toasted caramel malt. As for the taste, it was pretty similar to how it smelled, a bit sweet as well. This beer felt pretty smooth on the tongue, not creamy or anything, at least not to me. In my opinion, this is a very drinkable beer, I would gladly drink it again.

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

Quite impressive. Not my style, but for the style it is quite good.

Pours hazy amber with quite a bit of character. Not much head, though, but the miniscule ring of foam actually laces a slight bit.

Tastes are of a nice balance of hop and malt and a bit of sweet. The hop includes a slight pine, but also some more dry less bitter type that I really like. The sweetness is almost of honey, though I'm not quite positive exactly what I'm noticing. And the malt somehow comes through with some richness.

the mouthfeel is nice and creamy, though the pine hop stabs at the middle tounge a bit, making its presence.

then, in the finish, it is like the end of a foamy waterslide - fizzy and quick ending with a quick gulpy splash.

Remaining is the slight clean hop taste with a bit of sweetness which dissipates in a few seconds leaving no bad aftertaste.

This is quite an enjoyable beer, and I'd recommend it to those who like pale ales, IPAs and APA's, but are willing to experiment. I'd also recommend it to people who haven't tried beers outside of the mass produced stuff - this isn't all carried away but still offers the enjoyment of uniqueness.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich orange-amber, heavy on the orange, topped by a light beige head that is creamyfirm enough to remain humped in the center as it falls and sticky enough to leave a good bit of lace on the glass. Thin sheets higher up, chunky rings lower down. A good look.

The nose is lightly toasted caramel malty and is leavened by hops that are citric fruity more than herbal. The hoppiness is muted, but is more evident than in most beer of this style. Solid, middle of the road flavor; nothing all that exciting. The beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Munich malt lends an earthiness and a barely adequate quantity of hops add a barely adequate amount of flavor and bitterness.

Levity Amber Ale is solid and drinkable, but it doesn't bother me in the least that Odell doesn't distribute this beer to Iowa (Cutthroat Porter and Isolation Ale are different matters entirely). The bottom line is that Levity needs to take itself a bit more seriously. Seriously though, it's a decent offering that was enjoyable enough on this day.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a brown a little deeper than cooper with a very nice stand of thick white head. The beer was crytal clear. Too bad the rest of the beer was not up to the appearance.

The aroma was minimal with just a faint hint of hops. No malt or any thing else for the nose to enjoy or punish.

The taste was balanced toward malt. I got just a slight passing of malt with a small hint of hops - I think.

The mouthfeel was watery. As nice as this amber's appearance was, the mouthfeel was disappointing.

The beer might make a nice session beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of moulefrite
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a nudge in the Amber direction. A soft, thin layer of head seems to hang out for a good while. Hearty and robust aromas of warm bread-nice and yeasty/malty. A strong hop presence on the tail end. In the mouth the beer is both richly malty, and spicy hoppy. There is somewhat of a soapy texture that I don't love. But the flavors do come together in a rather drinkable way. The beer finishes mildly caramel/buttery, and again robustly grainy.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a white, unretentive head. Smell is of moderate sweet, but light pale malt with an interesting hop blend above it. Quite nice. Taste is very sweet for such a low alcohol beer. Almost extract-like, but maintains an interesting malty character with some floral and spice notes. People seem to be pretty divided on this beer, but I suppose I am the middle ground. Certainly worthwhile, but not something I would be seeking out.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.12/5  rDev -42.9%
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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Photo of Crosling
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery. Poured golden in color with a think long lasting white head that left nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Citrus fruits, caramel and flowers present in the nose.

Very nice flavor. If I drank session beers this would be a good prospect. Sweet malts, caramel, pears and nice bitter bite on the finish.

Remarkably drinkable and solid offering.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
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 Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Photo of beernut7
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of Murph
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Todd
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Odell Levity Amber Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 391 ratings.
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