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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

514 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 45
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews by TXHops:
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TXHops

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Reviewed in Jan-00

OG: 1.062, 15.21 P
FG: 1.017, 4.33 P
ABV: 6%, 4.66% ABW
Attenuation: 71.55%
Real Extract: 6.29
Calories/12 oz: 205.54
IBU's: 27

This Winter Ale (Strong Ale) is wonderfully smooth, fresh and well balanced. My sample's bottling date was 11/30/99, and I drank it on 1-24-00 (almost 2 months later), yet the flavor was fresher than some beers I've sampled at brewpubs with half the aging. Very impressive: sweet, malty, complex and perfectly balanced by a well-thought-out hopping rate, Isolation Ale is a very thoughtfully crafted microbrew.

Isolation Ale starts with an inviting amberish, peach tea-colored body and an off-white head with late-arriving circles of splotchy head. The aroma is fresh, sweet, and only slightly hoppy and the flavors follow suit. Malt is the feature here, and Odell does a commendable job of not overpowering the sweet, complex flavor of the grain with citric hoppiness. (Their restraint is unusual among brewers of non-spiced winter ales; much like the musician that understand that a band sometimes sounds its best when it’s silent....) The flavors vacillate between biscuity maltiness and faintly orange-like sweetness: reminiscent of orange jam, or citrus hard candy. Hops are there (27 IBU's worth), and do a difficult job of keeping the fairly sugary body (only 71.55% attenuated) from being cloying. Isolation Ale does finish with a very slight sour flavor, which is common among beers with residual sweetness and lower hopping rates. This phenomenon is similar to the sensation of drinking a sweet soft drink: a minute or two after you've swallowed, the sugar creates a faintly sour sensation in the back corners of your mouth. Don't worry, another sip will remedy that.

The body is smooth, if a bit sharp in its carbonation, and the finish is long, sweet and lingering. If only there were a touch more alcohol in this brew, I’d say it was very nearly a perfect Winter Ale. As it is, Isolation Ale is not very warming, and winds up somewhere between a Strong Ale and a standard American Amber Ale. If I were to really go out on a limb, I'd say that Isolation ale tastes a lot like a French Biere de Garde.

04-08-2003 07:22:21 | More by TXHops
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Beaver13

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

The Isolation poured a copper-orange with a thick and creamy white head that had pretty good retention. The aroma is kind of bready and toasted malt. It has a toasted malt initial taste with a very mild hoppy, piney finish. Overall, a very nice winter warmer that goes down very smoothly.

01-21-2004 03:55:40 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label has a blurb about the beer and showing that this beer was brewed for the 2000-2001 season.

Appearance: Mild chill haze, slightly reddish hued amber. Pours to form a with a thick rocky head that takes forever to dissipate.

Smell: Hints of buttery diacetyl and earthy hops, cookie like malt aroma and suggestions of chocolate and toasted biscuits.

Taste: Medium body with a crisp and smooth mouth feel and an unobtrusive carbonation. Hop bitterness is clean and leaves a semi sharp bitterness all the way through the beer, an oily flavour hits middle to end. A sweet brew, lots of cake-like malt flavour with caramel and toasted grain flavours to boot. Great finish, some residual sweetness a mild herbal hop taste.

Notes: Well balanced and a more than decent “Winter Warmer” style brew, aiming more for a “I’ll have another one” winter seasonal brew rather than a monster of a beer that weighs you down after one. I’d happily drink this one all through a cold blustery night.

01-28-2001 22:33:30 | More by Jason
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ryancl

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-17-2012 02:50:57 | More by ryancl
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thin off-white head.

Smell: Rich caramel malts, very spicy English hops, and a light fruitiness. Fairly dry aroma.

Taste: Just lightly sweet malt body with caramel, dark fruit and a touch of tea. Very spicy, floral and citrusy English hops are used to great effect on the finish. While not particularly bitter, the hop profile suggests it is higher than the listed 29 IBUs.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth medium to full body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite simply, this is one of the best traditional English-style Ales I have had. Drinkable, full flavored and delicious.

Edit: Lowered my taste score from 4.5 to 4, as by mid-November, the hops had faded somewhat. So this so-called Winter beer is best in October.

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Beer poured from the bottle with and amber/red colour. It had a sweet, malty, mellow nose with hints of vanilla, spice, and brown sugar. The ale was surprisingly hoppier than expected. It tasted briefly of malt, and then a citrus hop. There wasn't much of an after taste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

12-29-2012 04:04:32 | More by NilocRellim
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fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-08-2014 15:14:29 | More by fionn13
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ehammond1


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, NoSignsOfPain!

A slightly hazed amber and copper with a relatively large light khaki colored foam. The beer left the glass mess with sheets and spots of lace. Pretty, though a bit thin.

An above average aroma which includes caramel and toffee, biscuit, a touch of chocolate, and some mild spice components. Though I'm not usually a big fan of spiced beers, I thought this one could use even a bit more.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with the sweet malt and bready backbone dominating much of the flavor with a hint of fruit cake spiciness as well. Above average.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average winter warmer, but I was hoping for more spice character.

02-28-2012 20:17:43 | More by ehammond1
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-15-2011 03:30:47 | More by boatshoes
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says 3/7/13B.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A malty and earthy aroma with subtle spicing. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and butterscotch. Also somewhat nutty with light hints of apple and dark cherry fruit. Very earthy with some good hints of grassy hops. Light hint of pine and other spice. A pretty solid balanced malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a solid malt driven taste with some good subtle spice and fruit. Toasted malts with notes of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, grains, and yeast. Fairly nutty. Subtle undertones of apple and dark fruits including raisin and dark cherry. Solid earthy backing of hops with some grassy and herbal hops. A nice balanced tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a moderate dryness.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

I had originally intended to drink this on the longest day, but circumstances conspired against me. Still, what could be better than a winter ale at the beginning of summer?

A 12 oz bottle; there is a date of Sept 2010 on the label although I presume this is the botting date rather than the use by date? I like the stylised image on the front.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy coppery-brown with good carbonation. Produces a thick, creamy head of off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of rich, sweet malt with hints of grain, caramel, dried fruit and a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet biscuity malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and dried fruit. A hint of alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, but a bit thinner than I expected. Sweet malty aftertaste.

Pretty good, although from experience I was expecting a 'winter warmer' to be slightly spiced. A nice balance of flavours with pleasant sweetness. Could perhaps have done with some subtle roasty notes to add character. The body seemed a little thin, but a very drinkable beer nonetheless. Worth sampling....

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Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Copper caramel colored with a low off-white head that settles down quickly. Low aroma of toasted malt and toffee.

Flavor of roasted malt, marshmallow, root beer, caramel and toffee. Notes of brown sugar, fig and plum. Mild bitterness offsets the malty flavors.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable. Thanks for BuckeyeNation for sending this over.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-21-2012 23:53:43 | More by rwilde
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

Brown pour, almost no head on it, maybe in the 1/4" range and it was on the downlow. Aroma seemed like it would have come from a stronger beer. Aside from the alcohol, it was earthy, toffee, imperial tea.

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Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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pwoods

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -22.5%

Thanks mmtmatrix for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Double Bastard tumbler(why not?). No dating.

A: Pours a ruby amber with good visibility. Decent pearl white head that's a bit fizzy. Carbonation seems high. Not much lacing.

S: Plenty of malts to go around. Smells of cinnamon bread. Other holiday spices but I can't really pick them out.

T/M: Spice galore. More muddled spices but I can pick out cinnamon with a super sweet brown sugar. A bit of cola on the side. Body is a bit light for my liking in a winter warmer.

D: Not a terrible brew, doesn't taste bad. Nothing spectacular.

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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Ummm...caramel and hops? Excuse me ma'am but am I on the flight to Aspen?

Yes sir I am! Big time Winter Warmer! A nice one. I usually don't go for WW's but this one is decent. I just cain't pair these with food. This beer is complex. Yet elegant. Simple. And it doesn't rely on such a high BAC to warm you up.

Big time malt with a pumpkin pour...and hops. Nice! Makes me wanna go stand in the snow and smoke a cigar! I likey this brew.

It's not so cloy as some of this style are but it's there but balanced so well by the hops. Nice caramel malt. Maybe it's too fresh but the hops kinda take precedent. This beer needs some time. I might save a bottle for a month in the bottom of the fridge and review as I can hear the malts screaming but the hops balance a bit too well. Which I really like! I can tell this beer was made with love...

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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-26-2012 21:24:58 | More by ste5venla
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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.