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 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 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 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 GilGarp
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9-10-13. Served cold into a pint glass.

Loose Leaf is a very pale golden yellow color with thin head that settles quickly.

Aroma is slightly hoppy over a mildly sweet light malt base.

Flavor is similar with a light and easy malt body and a family friendly hop character. It's almost like a St. Lupulin with 1/4 of the hops. Maybe 1/8.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and easy drinking.

Overall a solid session beer. This is a beer that me and my father-in-law would both enjoy despite our hop preferences being miles apart.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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