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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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very good

598 Ratings

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 54
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001)
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 2014-01-25
Glass: Founders snifter

In Odell's Isolation ale, the flavors are a bit balanced, the hops still placing somewhat above the malt, but the overall impression one comes away with is of little defining character aside from the spicy and woodsy hops over an amber ale recipe. Not bad in any way, just unremarkable for my palate; I don't think I'd return to this one again.

Poured into the glass moderately, this generates a 1.5cm tall head with average retention of about one minute. The head falls to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with complex patterns and many dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out a dirty orange-brown hue. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, few in number and moderate in activity.

Aroma is very mild, perhaps a bit too much so, of balanced woodsy hops with lightly sweet pale to caramel malts.

The flavor palette for this beer is of woodsy and spicy hops, moderate bitterness, and mild toasted and caramel-like malt characters. Front of palate tastes mild toasted bread and light caramel malt sweetness, with woodsy, spicy hops in the background. Mid-palate re-arranges the order of the woodsy, spicy and herbal-like hops, pushing them to the forefront, while the toasted bread and light caramel sweetness is in the background. Back of palate finds hops retaining the forefront, with medium-low bitterness, the malt flavors mostly lost between the two. Aftertaste is of spicy and woodsy hops and moderate bitterness, a hint of caramel sweetness and bread in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a foamy (2/3) and smooth (1/3) mouthfeel that is fine for the beer itself, the body a bit thin and the carbonation just about right for the style itself. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

falloutsnow, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

a77cj7, Yesterday at 08:05 AM
Photo of Brising
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Brising, Yesterday at 01:59 AM
Photo of dmadsen
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%

dmadsen, Yesterday at 01:35 AM
Photo of SteveB24
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- color is a clear brown, with lots of bubble activity within the beer, pours a quarter finger of white head comprised of big bubbles that dissipate quickly, leaving a thin ring of lacing.

Smell-Grainy, toasted malts and a bit of hop earthy notes as well as a bit of hop funk.

Taste- similar to aroma, toasty, grainy, malt which is quickly followed by a sharp bite of grassy hop, hop oils in the finish.

Feel- Crisp, yet moist on the tongue, lots of carbonation but not overwhelming.

Overall- a nicely balanced beer, lots of contrast going on, a cool take on the winter warmer style. very interesting and well worth trying.

SteveB24, Friday at 06:13 PM
Photo of bigotecircus
3.95/5  rDev +1%

bigotecircus, Friday at 05:24 AM
Photo of janulisw
4/5  rDev +2.3%

janulisw, Friday at 01:48 AM
Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

rspauldi, Wednesday at 11:04 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Deanc, Wednesday at 05:30 PM
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ananh, Wednesday at 07:05 AM
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Pacioli1445, Tuesday at 11:58 PM
Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Hellpop65, Nov 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

tykechandler, Nov 16, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +15.6%

DrKnifefight, Nov 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Ftvigil, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of phishterrrrrrr88
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

phishterrrrrrr88, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%

A blanket of snow fell on us last night...no, wait... an avalanche of snow fell on us last night. The picture on the bottle looks about like that, and yep, I'm feeling a little isolated, as is everyone else from the blizzard. Let's see if it cures my isolation blues.

Appearance (4) : Three finger head, creamy, webby, with large sparse bubbles. Body is 60% opaque and is a hazy copper hue.

Aroma (4) : Very much like a pale with hoppy grapefruit rind, but there's a touch of mango in there as well. Some gooey caramel notes, perhaps melted in a tin pot; and malted milk balls. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Caramel notes come out loud in a malty fashion, with a wave of hop bitterness that takes over in the form of red grapefruit and white pepper. The finish is dry and musky.

Mouthfeel (4) : Lightly carbonated and a creamy feel, a dry finish with a musky afterbirth. The carbonation throws a buzz in the mix which keeps it alive.

Overall (3.82) : As usual, Odell's offering is a bit too hoppy for my palate. For a malty winter warmer style, this beer is way over hopped. I can't resist their rustic labels so I keep buying their products, but they are very hop based and this one is no different. I like the pale hops and the caramel malts together, they create an interesting robustness that sticks around. I'd probably have this again on a cold winter's night.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Nov 11, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

habaceeba, Nov 11, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

donspublic, Nov 11, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Summer92, Nov 09, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

zp6167a, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

A- Caramel colored liquid with a brightness to it. Robust carbonation. Fluffy off-white head that remains well before forming a wall of sticky lace. 4.5

S- Floral and sweet like a lot of Sierra Nevada beers. There's a rich malt base and a biscuity aroma. Pleasant and straight-forward. 4

T- Are we sure this isn't Sierra Nevada's beer? Haha. Very similar taste to a lot of their beers. Like the nose, sweet and floral with a light hopping. Notes of caramel hit about mid-palate and the the finish is kind of biscuity, bready and crackery. 4

M- Great creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a low-key but noticeable bitter finish. 4.25

Tasty treat. Nice mouthfeel makes it good for this time of year.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 06, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev -20.2%

Westyn, Nov 06, 2014
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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.