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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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 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 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 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 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 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 ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fizzy white head that leads little to no lacing.

Smells of grain and some lemon.

Tastes of the grainy malts with some floral and lemon hops. Grainy malts lead off with some sweetness. This leads into some lemon and grass hops along with some floral notes. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid session beer with a simple profile.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pour a clear golden yellow color with a white 1 finger head that recedes quickly has a touch of lacing
S- floral hops cracker meal herb and grass with a touch of citrus
T-citrus hops baked bread lemon grass a cracker bread malt finish
M-crisp and pure with medium carbonation
O- tasty refreshing reminds me of a pilssner

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 JamesStreet
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter from 12 oz bottle

A - poured a hazy golden color, minimal head and lacing

S - got a little breadiness to go with a slight piney hop aroma. Also lemon and a hay-like aroma come through

T - still get some lemon zest taste and straw-like flavor that follow the nose. Nice hop balance, not bitter at all. A little maltiness as well

M - very light and well balanced. Slight crispness to it. Definitely one of those for a hot summer day after a day working in the yard.

O - not typically my beer style of choice but can't exactly knock back a few Imperial stouts after yardwork. As far as what I wanted out of this beer, it pretty much hit the mark. Would definitely have again.

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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 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 bennett_loves_good_beer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light yellow/ blonde with a one finger eggshell white head. A tiny bit of lacing sticks to the glass. Great head retention.
Smell: Sweet, fresh cut grass, lemon, breadiness.
Taste: Incredibly crisp and refreshing. Taste of grass, with floral notes and a lemon finish. Some citrusy hops also come through and come through more and more as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation which is what you want in this kind of beer.

This is exactly what I want when I have one of these beers. Crisp and refreshing but still complex. Only beer I've had that has topped this one is the retired somersalt. A great summer session beer. One that could convert a BMC drinker over to the finer side of beers.

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

BBD of 10/2/13

Pours a bright & effervescent straw color with a thumb of pearl white head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Bready, hay notes, plus lemongrass

T: Follows the nose, grassiness, plus faint floral & lemon hop notes. Citrus hoppyness picks up as this warms, some faint graininess, plus grassiness as this warms. Finishes crisp, lemony & slightly doughy

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation

Very refreshing, not complex to really get me too excited but a nice summer time thirst quencher

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Photo of kemoarps
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light yellow. Perfectly appropriate considering I'm studying the urinary tract at the moment. Lots of suspended particulates. Decent head and lacing.

The nose has an almost sour (not like... gueze sour, just kind of lemon tree sour) note to it, kind of like a cold lemon tea. Straw-like malts, but crisp.

Taste is fresh and well balanced. A thin backbone with the same haybale characteristic. a little bit of bittering, and more european malts. It's got a soul of lemon without having the lemon pucker or sweetness. I'm not sure how else to describe it. That cold lemon tea descriptor from the smell is still applicable.

Crisp and refreshing, makes me wish I were out in the sunshine instead of inside banging my head against this study guide.

I had not given Odells enough credit, but they have grown on me quickly as I have exposed myself to more of their product.

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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 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 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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Loose Leaf from Odell Brewing Company
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