Loose Leaf
Odell Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.67 | pDev: 11.99%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: You know those epic days that start with an idea, turn into a dare and end with a great story to tell? This is the beer for those days. Crisp and refreshing like any respectable session ale, but a bit more hop-forward and flavorful than some. Perfect for going with the flow.
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Photo of huthuty
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4% abv version
Appearence is medium head and a standard cheap beer clear golden color
Nose is a bit more interesting, a medium bready malt and some hops are detectable
Taste is well rounded and drinkable, I pick up a little of licorice behind a nice balance between bread and hops.
I'd put this solidly in the "highly chuggable yet interesting" category
EDIT after looking through the thread I also see the pepper and lemon to the taste other people are saying about.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a gold the color of fresh lemon with a slightly cloudiness to it. The head is thin and short lived with little to no lacing down the glass.

The nose is sharp pine on a malty bed with hints for floral notes, camphor, lemon zest and vanilla.

The taste is an effervescent experience of sharp pine like hops, black pepper and dry malt.

The mouthfeel is just right for the style allowing the flavors to cover the palate effectively.

Overall another fine addition to the Odell Lineup and exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

I thought I'd rated this before but in confirming that, I saw the overall rating and scores. I'm kind of surprised. This is a tasty brew.

Aroma is lemon-y, floral and has a saison-like quality, which I'm not sure is a product of the yeast or hops. I find the flavor entirely similar. It does have a bit of a dated hop flavor that is giving the earthy hops a peculiar, herbal flavor, but it retains some lemony citrus and a sweet bready character. Something about the combination of sweet malt, hops and yeast does make me think of a saison.

This seems to straddle the line between a light pale ale and a light saison. Either way, I enjoy it. It's refreshing, light, tingles the tongue a bit and lingers bitter despite a mellow sweetness that prevails along much of the palate.

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

L: Copper gold color with a little haze and a small white head and some nice lacing.

S: Grainy and floral hops, not the strongest aroma.

T: Sweet toasted grain and a mild bitterness with floral hops.

F: Medium carbonation, fairly easy drinking light body.

O: A nice easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of BWED
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

A- Semi-hazed pale straw with some white hues. White head is big and foamy.

S- Grainy, with some floral and earthy hops. Light.

T- See above. Very similar to aroma.

M- Light body, clean finish. Easy and sessionable.

O- Pretty good. A little grainy flavored, but the subtle hops add some goodness to this one.

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Photo of MFMB
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'll spend my time focusing my review mostly on taste, first sip very crisp and dry. A tad bit astringent I get floral, grassy, tad bit of citrus but more melon and what I can only describe as the taste of crushed up Smarties ( the candy) it's a sweet taste but dry and chalky sweet. To me I don't taste much malt. Definitely less malty than any other APA I've had. The smell follow the crushed up smarties taste candy like, sweet melon with a touch of floral and maybe some pine but can't take my mind or pallet off the Smarties. As I'm writing I figured it out, the taste. That dry chalky somewhat bitter yet sweet taste taste like Redbull to me. Hence the analogy of crushed up smarties. Yes loose leaf has a taste of almost a energy drink type taste. I gave taste a 3.75 as it doesn't bother me it's just different. I suppose if I was rating this beer by what a APA should taste like it would probably get a 3 or less. But I don't hate it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a rich corn yellow with decent head. The aroma offers up pepper, thyme, crushed leaves, and cumin. The flavor leads with lemon peel, crushed leaves, pepper, and something pleasant and earthy I cannot quite put my finger on. The mouthfeel is light and slightly astringent. Overall this is a very pleasant simple pale ale, nice and dry but not too hoppy either. It is excellent when looking for a restrained beer.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although, I rated the individual characteristics low; overall, I gave it a 4 because of what the beer claims - a session ale. It tastes really well, and is very crisp (almost lager-like). Very refreshing!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is pine, grapefruit and spices. The flavor is grapefruit, slightly dull/mild sweetness, mild pine needles, citrus/fruit and a tangy/slightly tart/bitter finish.

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Photo of Rock360
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle, small amount of head.

Smell is good - nice hoppiness with some fruit.
Look: Looks good, nice amber hue.
Taste: Very nice, not overly hoppy, some fruity hints. Good tasting water.
Feel: Very nice, smooth, small carbonation

Overall a good beer but I do like session ales. Nothing fancy about it or anything but really just an average session ale, but like I said im partial to these types. StJamesGate's review is on point.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Nov 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Hope it's still alright. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a hop-forward American session ale.

A: Poured into a cervoise. Bottle conditioned. A hazy pale-gold hue with plenty of fine sediment and very low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity hops with hints of lemon/lime, citrus, subtle peel, mild white fruit, earthy yeast and light malt. Pleasant and refreshing.

T: Tastes of light aromatic hops with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of lemon/lime, mild peel, citrus, subtle white fruits, earthy yeast, delicate malt and faint stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a subdued, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with pleasant body for the strength but a total lack of carbonation. Definitely needs to be livelier. Mild hop action on the palate. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of light, lemony hops, leafy bitterness and earthy yeast.

O: Rather nice - a tasty pale ale. The subtle citrus character is most refreshing. Looks OKish, in spite of the lack of carbonation. The aroma and flavour are lovely, with lemon, lime and earthy yeast notes competing for your attention. So-so body; the absence of carbonation flattens the texture and lets the beer down. That said, this is a lovely brew that would be perfect on a hot day. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nearly brilliant gold under a sticky 1” white foam cap that persists.
S: Lemony citrus nose with some biscuit in the background.
T: Big juicy citrus palate with lemon and orange, fruit and light biscuit.
F: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy.
O: A reasonably low alcohol pale ale loaded with flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of AMPM9
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poors a nice yellowy/ straw color
S: Pine/ Grapfruity subtle notes of herb
T: Nice light body which allows for it to be sessionable (also the 4.5% is a good indicator of the style) Some type of citrusy hops blended with some notes of pine, mild bitterness on the backend.
F: In a glass it has a very nice creamy feel, makes its feel a bit heavier than one would expect from looking at it first glance, still light but feels more complete for a session ale

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, I love the drinkability of this as a session ale (very refreshing). Well balanced hops for a Odell beer, didn't get the "overhopped" sensation that some talk about with odell. Other sessions i've tried like NB Slow Ride and Founder's All Day IPA feel a bit more flavorful in terms of hops (they're IPA'S) but I felt this was much more sessionable than those and for that I definately get it again. Great beer for sitting by the pool or grilling up some brats if your looking to take out a few on a hot day!

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange with a thick, off-white froth. Has a lemon and herb aroma. Tastes fruity, crisp and focused with some lingering grain and a hint of rind-chalk before a perfectly timed shot of sour lemon presents itself.

This beer tastes good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Loose Leaf pours a bright golden color with a nice large lacing head. There is sweet straw like aroma, smells like garbage that has been left in the sun. The taste is light, watery, odd sugary aftertaste. Nice feel, but watery. Overall it feels 2nd rate, its way too sweet and sugary.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a session, not really expecting anything mind blowing here. It gets the job done and would be easy to slam a few of these on a summer day. Light citrus and hop notes but it is definitely light and light on flavors. Pretty watery, but that is expected with this style. If you have to have a session ipa, this will fit the bill.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell lured me in with their artsy label again. The thing is, I don't like Odell and I don't like pale ales. But damn it that artist is good.

It looks : besides the sweet paper label, the beer pours a very fluffy and webby head, like walking into a haunted house. The body is of course transparent and blonde straw in color. Lacing is cancerous on the glass. I likey.

It smells : no surprise there - even for a session ale it's smelling overly hopped. Sharp bites of pine and grapefruit rind permeate the nose, with a very faint ale sweetness. It's a strong nose, but way hopped for being "sessionable".

It tastes : the "sessionable" quality comes in the form of a light body and a creamy mouthfeel, but the sting of the hops is still present, though quickly diminishing. The hop hits hard halfway through and then all but evaporates into a phantom piney flavor washed out by clean malts. I imagine if the hops stayed all the way through, it would be barely tolerable but it's actually quite nice to drink due to its limited stay on the palate. Straight out of the bottle you get sharp pine needles; the glass cuts it in two for a much creamier, smoother flavor.

It feels : creamy, light bodied, semi-dry.

Overall : it actually isn't bad at all for a session ipa. 99% of the time, Odell over hops their beers and for that reason I have learned to avoid most of their offerings - this one wasn't too terribly over hopped and made for an enjoyable taste.

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Photo of Suds
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in color with a thin white head: an average appearance. The smell is a little grainy, with some musty hop aromas. The beer is semi-dry, with a reasonable hop presence. Some bitterness in the finish. This is an average, everyday ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Odell Loose Leaf
*from notes
Pocked steady pure white head that rings over white gold. 4
Lemon zest nose with a bit of hay and herbal leaf. 4
Cream crackers, a touch of salt, then mild melon, lemon, and grassy hops. 3.75
Country biscuit and a hint of grapefruit to end and slightly tingly ending.
Light, crisp, flinty. 3.75

This is a solid beer, don’t get me wrong. But Odell maintain a standard, and there’s a lot of competition in this sector, so a watery, one-dimensional whack of Citra (if I had to guess) just ain’t gonna cut. Not to mention Brit brewers can do this same thing at 3.8%. Forgettably pleasant for a sunny day, but underwhelming. 3.5

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a nice golden ale - clear yellow, with a good fluffy lasting white head.

Smells like a mild IPA - some citrus, a bit of sweetness.

Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind is a subtlely hopped macro-lager - some citrus, grass clippings, bready malts.

Crisp, sweet finish, very low carbonation.

Easy drinking, but if you have other options for a session, find them.

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Photo of mjurney
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep honey color, touch of haze. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick bright white head.

Citrus hops, some herbal, sweet pale malts, a little fruity.

Pale malts up front, bready, sweet, biscuit. Hop bitterness is moderate, citrus hops, herbal, grassy. Finish is mostly dry, some crispness. Body is medium-light, dry, crisp, refreshing, a little sharp carbonation.

It's an excellent American Pale Ale, very smooth and delicious.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled yesterday on 12/28/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear straw-yellow in color with about a good half-finger foamy/fizzy white head that settles down to around just a few millimeters in a short time. Lots of sticky lacing was seen when sipped that just sticks to the glass instead of sliding back down. The aroma has a lot of citrus, mostly grapefruit with some lemongrass. Bit more going on with the taste with the citrus right up front followed by grassy, earthy hops. Does leave a bitter finish that hung around a bit more than I like. Feels sharp in the mouthful with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a big fan of this style of brew.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden with a Medium White head. Good retention leaving sticky lacing.

S - Lots of Citrus, Grapefruit, Melon, Grass. Some earthy notes and biscuity malt notes.

T - Starts with a very Citrus and Grapefruit forward flavour, fading to earthy, grassy hops and biscuity malt.

M - Sharp mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finishes medium.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best by date of 11/20/14.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head that settle into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with some hints of grass and pine. Soft malt hints of grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a light but very tasty mix of citrus and earthy hops esters. Good upfront presence of citrus hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Good floral and earthy hop notes with some grass and spicy pine. Light backing presence of pale malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. A good hoppy session ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a session ale that is more like an IPA than APA. Good zesty hop presence.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great summer session beer. Very light, easy to drink, and really refreshing on a hot summer day. Don't expect a ton of flavor or hops here, but do expect a really mellow beer that goes down easy. This is a nice change of pace, and I'd prefer this over a wheat beer any day.

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