Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by LittleDon:
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It's got to be tough for Odell. Living in the shadow of the much bigger and considerably more successful New Belgium Brewing (figuratively and literally, they're less than a mile from each other). Odell consistently turns out good to great beers yet they haven't had the same financial success as their larger compatriot. When I was living in Colorado, I favored Odell. They were the underdog. I believed they had a better variety. The quality of what they made was as good, if not slightly better than, New Belgium. I moved from Colorado four years ago, but I'm still pulling for the little guys.
I am fortunate to go back to Colorado on a regular basis. Whenever I get the chance, I haul back as much local and regional beer as I can fit in my suitcase or in the car. On one of my more recent trips, I brought back a six of Isolation. Maybe it's me, maybe coincidence, but I'm finding it surprisingly like Fat Tire circa 2005. Amber, slight cloudiness ( a bit of a departure here), filmy head, it has a strong earthy aroma. Lots of malt and a nice medium body. I can certainly see where this would appeal to a budding beer enthusiast. Rich mouthfeel, medium to low hopping, and neither over or under carbonated.
I have since gone to the Odell website and found that Isolation is a seasonal. Any resemblance to beers mentioned previously are heretofore coincidence. That said, good beer is good beer, and Isolation, independent of the similarities I have discussed above, is a very decent drink. I wish the folks at Odell much success and hope to see them in my market soon.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2012 22:21:22 | More by LittleDon
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4.36/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: pours a healthy 2" sudsy cream colored head. Recedes slowly leaving decent lacing. Color is deep amber, slightly cloudy, with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: strong malt presence with raisins, caramel, and whole wheat bread. A bit of earthy hops in the background.
Mouthfeel: standard fluffy English ale mouthfeel, fairly light bodied with a somewhat dry finish. Flavor: a hearty brew. The malt dominates (as expected) with those raisin, caramel, and whole wheat bread (toasted) flavors leading the way. There is also a moderate hop presence in the middle and finish and a bit of lingering alcohol burn with the swallow. Delicious and well made ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 18:12:02 | More by Foyle
Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.