Loose Leaf | Odell Brewing Company

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Loose LeafLoose Leaf

Brewed by:
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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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 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 Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored ale with a medium sized snow white colored head.

Smells of hoppy northwestern type hops with a strong pine scent. Little bit of a honey malt scent.

Starts out dry and hoppy. Medium level of bitterness. Taste is more willow tree and aspirin than pine.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall kind of a forgettable beer.

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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 iSip
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Odell Loose Leaf: I am not a big light ale fan, but the Loose Leaf turned out to be worth a try. This brew has a light golden color, a fair amount of carbonation, a thin head that lasts longer than expected and a very faint aroma. It all comes down to the flavor, which is light but also complex. Lots going on in this beer, fruits, spices and a distinct tea flavor. The mouthfeel is wet and a lightly sweet aftertaste lingers for a long while. The complexity of the beer makes it worth a try, but also keeps it from becoming a standard to have over and over. There is something un-beer like in this beer. Odell is a great brewer, but Loose Leaf will not be the next big thing. Odell needs to come up with a flagship lager with a catchy name and put it in a BPA free can. That would take Odell to the next level.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Odell "Loose Leaf." "American Session Ale." 4.5% ABV confirmed. Acquired as part of the Odell Montage Summer variety box. Expectations are above average; Odell is probably the best brewery in Colorado. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of white colour and decent frothiness. Soft complexion. Fluffy. Nicely thick. Decent creaminess. Retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes, though the low ABV prevents this from being particularly impressive.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. Pretty good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty appealing for the style; within conventions. It's not unique or special, but I'm looking forward to trying it. No overt flaws are obvious.

Sm: Floral hop character - surprisingly prominent for the style. Clean pilsner and pale malts. Some light crystal malt. Hops are dominant but it's not imbalanced. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A hint of buttery character. A mild strength aroma. Not a whole lot of complexity or subtlety, but it's pleasant and inviting.

T: Pilsner and pale malts form the simple yet pleasant supportive foundation. Floral hop character is surprisingly forward for a session blonde, but enjoyable nonetheless, and complementary of the mellow malts. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I like it, but its simplicity does hold it back. No hop bitterness is untamed; it's balanced. Not a lot of subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly buttery and a bit creamy. Pretty good carbonation, if a bit overdone - but not so much as to be harsh or biting. Good full body whilst remaining refreshing. Good presence on the palate. It could be a bit softer. Complements the flavour profile well. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not as sessionable as it purports to be. I could kill a sixer of it happily, but it's not in the league of the best simple session brews I've had. A solid offering from Odell that I might pick up again, but they brew far more enjoyable beers. Overall, it doesn't disappoint, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends.


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Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts with some grassy, fruity, spicy hops.

The flavor is bready biscuity malts with some fruity grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice session pale.

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Photo of bmwats
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Hazy, light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Continually rising effervescence visible. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Yeast, freshly cut grass, and lemon zest.

T: Sourdough bread, with a bit of lemon citrus, seltzer water, and coriander.

M: Light body, earthy bitterness in the finish.

D: Session.... read the label.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Foamy head and plenty of lacing. Yeasty and grassy with a little citrus in the nose. Pungent bready flavor accentuated with citrus and coriander. A bit of a carbonated water character. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Capone's in Post Falls, ID.

Appearance: light gold hue with a light haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly grainy aroma with not much complexity or hops. Not objectively bad, but I'm just not a big fan of the aroma profile here.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a grainy and even corny character. Hops are greenish and bitterness is low. Like the aroma, it doesn't super appeal to me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a well-integrated carbonation and a very good creaminess. Easily this beer's best feature.

Overall: this beer is not gross or anything; I'm just not crazy about it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear blonde color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma has some nice funky barnyard notes: hay, horse blanket, mustiness. The taste has the same funkiness, but it is much weaker. So weak, in fact, that it greatly detracts from my enjoyment of this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an underwhelming beer that I will not be drinking again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a mixed twelve pack in order to try this beer. I'm not sure if not making it available in a six pack is a good idea or not. Bright yellow, good head. Aroma has a mild touch of hops, fleeting aroma. Flavor was smooth malts, crisp, subtle and of course it was extremely easy to drink. It is pretty cool to see breweries try their hand at session beers but nothing comes close to the San Diego County session ale that Stone made with Ballast Point and Kelsey McNair.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a translucent straw golden color with lively carbonation and a tall, soapy white head. Retention is quite good and there's a good amount of sticky lacing. Nothing special, but inviting nonetheless.

S - Light grassy notes, bright orange zest, sweet base malts and a light but noticeable bitterness on the back end. Simple, as it should be. Mild in strength.

T - Sweet honey and light cereal grains open. Fresh orange and lemon zest counter the malt nicely, though they're restrained. A touch bitter near the finish. Definitely refreshing and sessionable. I appreciate the simplicity, especially for the style, but the beer seems restrained as a whole.

M - LIght bodied, crisp, and well carbonated. A bit dry.

D - Works well for it is. This could be a great "gateway" beer for the non craft drinkers out there. A good attempt, but with a few tweaks Odell could take this one to the next level.

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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 Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a sudsy off white 2" head which recedes leaving mild lacing. Clear golden color with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley malt, yeasty bread dough, definite citrus hop note.
Mouthfeel: light and fizzy with a drying finish.
Flavor: sweet barley malt, lemon, citrus rind and white bread crust.
Overall: a pleasant and easy drinking brew. Although a spring seasonal, I could see having this on a hot summer day. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Wyoming's Rib & Chop House.

The beer is clear and pale yellow with an inch of pure white head. The aroma brings grain, lightly toasted bread, lemon drops. Hints of fruit with a biscuit malt presence throughout. Light bodied and quaffable with moderate carbonation. A decent beer.

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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 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 Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Odell's Montage pack, $15.99. Best by Oct 18, 2013.

A- it pours a clear straw colour, 1" head of foam with good lacing. Deeper into the session and the foam makes a complete exit.

S- good hoppy aroma, citrus, with more than a solid malty backbone.

T- matches the aroma though the hoppy goodness isn't as forward. I like the way the malt in this compliments rather than distracts from the overall flavours, but I was hoping for just a bit more assertion...err...oomph.

M- as expected, very light bodied with close to medium carbonation. Goodish mouthfeel until the end of the sip.

O- a light, refreshing, and tasty brew for the abv, I'm okay with it being only available in the mixed 12 pack. It's not a brew that I'd want to seek out that often.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle into my tasting glass.

Pours a slightly hazed medium yellow. Fluffy, two finger, white head has great retention an lacing. If i didn't know better, I'd think this was a really nice looking pilsner,

Not super aromatic. Some lemon zest, some fresh cut grass, bit of sweet pale malts.

More flavor than the nose would suggest, but still pretty light. Lemon zest upfront, blending with some grassy, slightly spicy hops. Very mild pale malts. Slightly bitter in the finish. Nice and clean.

Very light for an ale, any lighter and I would have thought this to be a hoppy pilsner. Perfect amount of tight carbonation. Exceedingly drinkable as a true session ale should be.

Overall this is tasty an well crafted beer; qualities I expect from Odell. It does fall
short of other recent session ales like All Day and Daytime. I really like these new session ales, but they are still as expensive as a regular APA or IPA, so if I'm gonna
drop 8 bucks on a sixer of 4% beer, it needs to a have a bit more flavor than this one.
I still would recommend picking this up if you are a fan of the style. Cheers!

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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 DenverHopHead
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated best by 10/29/13, into a pint glass.
Appearance - clear, apple cider with very nice carbonation and a thick white head! Traces of lacing.
Smell - from the bottle is great, with noticeable hop attributes, which is an excellent touch!
Taste - trace amount of citrus hops that are just slightly pushed aside by pale malts.
Feel - crisp and light without the carbonation that I expected.
Overall - the nose is terrific, but everything else is rather ho hum.

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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 babayaga
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass.

Appearance: Small white head, very fine bubbles. Pale yellow.

Aroma: Floral, lemongrass.

Flavor: Nice bitterness for a session ale. More flowers, not much malt but some bread in there.

Mouthfeel: Creamier than I expected, but still light.

Overall: Very interesting session ale which I enjoyed.

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Photo of bsp77
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with nice initial head that disappears too quickly. Who the hell entered this as an Amber?

Smell: Tropical and floral hop notes with some toast and biscuit.

Taste: The aroma didn't quite translate over to the taste. More grassy and floral than tropical, although there is a titch of that. Malt profile of toast, biscuit and tea. Light spiciness on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a paper thin body. Does not have the firm mouthfeel that a great bitter does and just seems thin. But it is dry and crisp.

Overall: Crisp and refreshing, but is not as good as the recent Session beers by Surly, Lagunitas, Brau Brothers, Founders and Deschutes.

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Loose Leaf from Odell Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 502 ratings.
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