Loose Leaf | Odell Brewing Company

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Loose LeafLoose Leaf

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 502
Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger egg white head rises with good retention, and rings of spiderweb looking lace stick all the way down the glass.
S: Perfume like hops up front. Grassy, floral, herbal and zesty orange rind like. Dry cracker, and biscuit malts finish everything off. Really enjoying the nose.
T: A great balance of grassy, floral, and herbal hops with the malt character. Dry crackers, light cereal grains, and biscuit. Simple, but excellent.
M/D: A light body, with moderate carbonation. I wish this had just a bit more effervescent bite, not bad in that department though. Very clean with a nice dryness as well. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I will be going through plenty of this during the summer, but enough character that I can enjoy it any time.

Yeah, this is a great blonde ale. Perfectly simple with a load of character, and does not play down to peoples tastes just cause it is suppose to be light. This should have a much higher score here.

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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 chugalug06
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant yellow medium body with two-finger foamy soapy bubbly head. Missing a small amount of lacing

Crisp, mellow, hop forward. – 4.25

A fantastic light sessionable ale with above normal hops. Smooth, crisp, deep, nearly creamy, light bitterness, low sweetness, dry, airy. Carbonation is light and wonderful. 4.5/4.25

Basically a hoppy lager. Should not be reviewed against an American Amber/Red. Very nice, well done. Highly recommended for hot days and outdoor activity. Would definitely buy in lower priced 6 packs. – 4.25

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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 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 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 goochpunch
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy gold with a bone white head. Smells of crackery grains, light leafy, floral hops, and fruity esters. Flavor is big on crackery grainy malts, and fruity esters, with hop character taking a backseat. Solid bitterness, but I'd prefer a bit more hop presence, although there are touches of flowers and grass. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Solid, easy-going ale for the warmer months. Love the low abv.

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Photo of denver10
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent pilsner like golden, effervescent with bubbles rising to the top and a nice foamy white head. Aroma offer some nice hoppy fruitiness, a little grass, and a graininess. Not too big, but not expected to be for what this beer is. Flavor is light and crisp, more cereal graininess upfront in the flavor than what I find from the aroma along with the fruity hoppiness and grass, A crisp, light, active mouthfeel. A bit creamy maybe.Overall, I absolutely love this beer. Exactly what I want from a session ale and one that I am dangerously drawn too. Odell once again shows why they are my favorite brewery.

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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 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 morimech
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw color with one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Light aroma that sort of reminded me of a cross between a pilsner and an APA. I smell soda crackers, pepper, citrus, herbs, and flowers.

More than just the typical boring blond ale. Nice hop flavors without going overboard for a light ale. Notes of tropical fruit, black pepper, herbs, and lemon. Malt offers a light bready, cracker type of flavor.

Light body and nicely carbonated. Lively without being harsh makes combined with the light body makes this extremely accessible and drinkable.

Nice light, flavorful beer that has good hop qualities without much bitterness.

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

odell is back to business as usual. a session ale for summer, just right. this pours a lot like the saint lupulin, golden yellow, mostly clear, with a huge white lasting head. the nose is well hoppy, citrus and other orchard fruit, and a distinct bitterness that seems to pack a lot in for a beer under 5% abv. the flavor agrees. this is big on flavor for what it is. hoppy like an American pale ale, malt profile of a light golden ale or kolsch, a fantastic combination for drinkability and flavor. its light and well carbonated, and infinitely refreshing when its cold. id love to see this make its way into a sixpack, its been far too long since odell did a new 6er, and this would be a staple for my day drinking all summer long. a total gem I think, and a style that really needs to make a comeback and proliferate much more widely. love how hoppy it is, this is everything a summer beer should be. I just don't want to have to buy a 20 dollar variety twelve pack to get my hands on this...

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty darn tasty pale ale, with a fairly low ABV that isn't all that obvious. Hoppy as hell, could be an IPA in some respects, or at least a session IPA. No idea why it's classified as a blonde ale, because that it certainly ain't.

Body is smooth and way drinkable. Gonna consider getting a growler of this one to go. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Odell Brewery - Ft. Collins, CO - June 17, 2014 (Review from my Notes)

A - Yellow, 1 finger of head, tons of lace. Looks amazing for a session
A - Nice light hop aroma, and good malt character
T - Nice malt backbone with the perfect amount of hop balance. Light fruits and slightly sweet. Tasty
M - Light bodied and medium carbonation, like a good session ale should be
O - Nice well balanced, easy drinking pale ale. Extremely tasty and won't get you drunk. Well done!

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and tea-like aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a nice clear bright straw color with a finger of white head that dissipates fairly rapidly.

S - Not a strong aroma, but I detect piney hops and a bit of sweetness.

T - Piney hops and some sweetness with a little bit of lemon. The flavor is not very complex, which is to be expected with a session ale, but it is solid. Not very bitter, but the hop flavor is great.

M - Thin body with moderate carbonation that is a bit prickly. Not much aftertaste.

O - This is one of the best session ales I've had. Nothing is overpowering, yet it has a great full flavor that doesn't get old.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Odell shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden color with slowly rising bubbles. A white head recedes to a light cirrus cloud wisp. Wet foamy lacing appears on the glass.

Aroma: A malty sweetness gives way to a slight hop note.

Taste: Sweet malty beginning leads to a lemongrass body. A perfect hop finish to add great balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost buttery.

Overall: A very tasty session beer, great for spring and summer.

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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 beergoot
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour produced a nice light straw colored body and tops things off with a thick, chunky, white head. Mild lemon drop-like aroma. Gently sweet and fruity flavor; watermelon and strawberries riding atop a quiet cereal-like malt backbone; a nice touch of mild hop bitterness. Medium-light body; dry finish.

A very likeable ale featuring a nicely balanced fruit and grain flavor profile. Floral and citrus hop notes really shine throughout. Relatively light and very refreshing. This makes a good hot weather quencher and its low ABV makes it very conducive to knocking back several at a time.

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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 allengarvin
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12-oz mug. It is very pale gold, slightly cloudy, with a small, airy head. The nose is pretty faint, but offers a light sweet malt scent with some floral hops. Fortunately, there's a lot more interest in the taste, with a good mix of floral, citrusy hop flavor and a clean maltiness. Light, effervescent body.

Not an exciting beer, and yet it is indeed highly drinkable and makes an excellent session beer. I could easily put back several of these on a hot afternoon, I think.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4oz pour as part of a tasting

look is like a blonde ale, light yellow, with a spotty cream colored head. smell is like fresh rain: grassy and 'wet' smelling wheat. taste is bright and floral, reminiscent of one of those sam adams IPAs.

solid session beer, not something id pay a premium for, tho.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a session beer.
Light and flavorful from the start, but light is the operative word.
Very much a tea like aroma with this hop forward aroma. Not unpleasant and pretty simple.
Light color and slightly cloudy. White head lasts well.
Soft light flavors and again with a tea like hop presence, also grassy. Doughy flavored malt presence.
Light body, expected and a creamy feel that emphasizes the doughy flavors.
I like a good session beer and this works nicely.

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Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (dated July 25, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal to aggressive pour produces about two fingers of dense, nearly white foam. The retention is pretty good at more than two minutes and the head leaves clingy lacing on the glass. The beer is very, very light-golden in color and clear. I see exactly two bubbles of carbonation.

A-The aroma is hop forward for a blond with an inviting, citrusy, floral aroma. The is just a bit of sweetness and bread from the malts. It isn't earth-shattering or complex, but it smells refreshing and less cloying that many blond ales.

T-The taste, like the smell, is pretty heavy on the hops, but there is more balance from the malt base. I get some crisp, zesty citrus (lemon mostly), some mint, and a bit of bread and toast. The finish is drying and gives a bit of husk and grass flavor.

M-The feel is light to medium in heft with an oddly creamy bit of carbonation. The carbonation is very smooth and makes this beer quite easy to drink, but strange on the palate.

O-The flavor profile and weird mouthfeel make this one of the most drinkable beers I have tried in a long while. It is not terribly complex -- and despite the heavier hops, it certainly will not overpower -- but I'm pretty sure that is the point here. This beer is almost thirst-quenching in flavor and I may have to revisit this in the heat of the summer.

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