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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
87
very good

256 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 743
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 66
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Reviews: 256 | Hads: 743
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 12/30/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and copper red with a sandstone colored finger width head. Fair retention, results in a thin, broken layer of suds and a strong ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing consists of streaks and several small spots left around the glass.

Smell - Interesting aroma. Sweet. Notes of caramel and honey come to mind first. Lighter touches of bread. Grassy hop character?

Taste - Yep. Caramel flavor with a touch of honey. Lesser bread and a touch of earthy, lightly grassy hop comes in somewhere near the end. Not an especially impressive flavor profile, but finishes clean and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Stupid smooth and creamy texture, goes down like a dream.

Overall - There's nothing that really stands out with this beer, except that it's damn smooth and has a nicely balanced flavor profile. I wouldn't mind drinking this again.

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Photo of Benish
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: light-copper in color with tones of carmel. An inch of head after pouring which dissipated won to a nice skim of foam that persist. Lacings all around.

Smell: touch of sweet malt, some cracker, caramel-like candy

Taste: very malty and clean. Starts out sweet with notes of cracker, malt, and finishes with some kind of nutty flavor. Its very balance and very simple; not overly complex. I like it.

Mouthfeel: almost full-bodied. Very risk and creamy.

Overall: excellent beer. It's nothing overboard. Just something to grab from the fridge and enjoy.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours amber, with a lot of head and lacing.

pleasantly malty nose, but overall pretty neutral. taste is the same - a bit of caramel sweetness and just a touch of bitter at the end, but nothing remarkable.

mouth is full and a bit oily at the end, but not cloying.

a solid offering for the winter.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Kinda funny to call this one a winter warmer, as it doesn't go down the whole dark and spicy route. Instead, it's like a musled up English ale, and, I have to say, the malt is indeed well done here, not sticky and sweet, no weird off notes, just a touch of brown sugar sweetness/caramel, a dusting of spicy noble-ish hops, and maybe a bit of a nutty note thrown in there too. It's a little buzzy in the carb for my tastes, but it does all come together fairly well. An interesting brew that won't hit you over the head with Holiday Spices (TM) but will satisfy to be sure.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful ruby translucence with puff of rapid disappearing head
Hops ( maybe I notice them because I've been drinking darker beers)and dab of caramel for the nose
slight hop sting at first but it melts to malt sweetness
substance on tongue
Nicely made

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Winter Warmer from a snowy climate, must come with the territory. Best by Jan 9th. A rich malt aroma rises from a good, solid head overlaying a dark honey colored brew. Quite tasty, easy drinking, moderate ABV. Slightly sweet first taste, then smooths out to a toffee / roasted nuttiness. Light bittness lingers, but not unpleasant at all. A little better than the sum of its parts, if you catch my drift. Recommended.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours deep amber, hazy with a very persistent white foam head. Aroma is malty with a backbone of english hops. Taste is great, bitter but balanced with malts, sweetness is present but not aggresive. Medium body with medium carbonation. Great great beer.

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Photo of colingaiser
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, slightly warmed, into a standard pint glass.

L: Thin bubbly head that disappeared quickly ... transparent, deep copper color

S: Not a ton of aroma to be had here ... a little biscuit, honey, caramel, hint of cinnamon

T: Some floral hop notes on the front-end give way to sweet malty notes of caramel, honey on toast, and a little roasted nut ... the finish is pretty clean, though notes of cinnamon and a few other winter spices linger

M: Pretty light body for a "winter warmer," and medium-high carbonation level ... personally would prefer less carbonation

O: This is a solid and well-balanced (though fairly basic) winter ale. It's crowd-pleasing but there are more interesting beers in the "winter warmer" category

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Photo of bwjunkie
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. Can't even review it properly I haven't had one in a while, but it is my favorite Odell beer, and I will always order it if I see it available in an establishment.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rather substantial bubbly head. Has a amber brown color, with a surprisingly small amount of visible carbonation.

Smells of earthy malts, and sweet bread.

The bready malt flavor is definitely king here. Not necessarily to my liking, while I see how it might work for others. Drinkability is very high, and this is definitely a very tolerable beer.

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Photo of Caj1
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great, clear copper-brown. Slight head and slight lacing, it doesn't stick around too long, so I don't have to deal with foam all over my embarrassing dirtstache. Not a great deal of carbonation but it's crisp enough to the taste.

Smell incorporates a little bit of everything I love about beer. It's a very earthy smell with a good bit of pine on the nose but with full bodied malt sweet and nut smells. A little bit of molasses as well, not a great deal but enough.

Tastes as good as it smells. The hops help cut the malt, which can be somewhat cloying in less balanced beers. There are some great caramel and nut flavors that shine once the hops fall away a bit, but this beer is extremely balanced for a winter ale.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, but just heavy enough to remind you that it is indeed cold outside. It finishes remarkably smooth. No sticky sugar texture on the lips or nasty bready feeling on the tongue, either.

Overall a great beer. I'm glad I happened upon it. I wish it could be a year-round brew but I'll savor it while it's around.

To good health, good beer, and a happy holiday.

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Photo of KLHBB
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. Pours a jewel-tone Crayola brown, nice head and lacing. Smells of caramel and roasted fruit, like what a good fruitcake should be. The taste is the same with a hop bitterness on the back end. Richly bodied without being chewy. Always a favorite.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour, no head on, in the 1/4" range and it was keepin it on the hush. Aroma seemed like it would have come from a stronger beer. Aside from the alcohol, it was earthy, toffee, imperial tea whole foods vibe going for it.

Taste, definitely has the warming side of this style down even if the abv is only 6? More heated toffee, still the earthy filling quality. Moderate hop crispness is the flow, yet the beer doesn't really pickup in sweetness when you age it if you wanted to do that with this beer, I've pretty much drank 3 saved 3 when I bought this beer on two different six pack occasions. Bitterness is about the same as well.

Tastes like an old ale, winter warmers are usually more sessionable for me, and this just seemed like a bigger beer than a 6% winter warmer should be. I guess that's why I age half of 'em, seeing if they grow into their big boy pants.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear deep reddish brown color with off-white head. Caramel maltiness and cereal notes, a slight nut note too on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with mostly maltiness.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark slightly hazy amber and a dense tan head with great retention and lacing
Smell: Light fruity esters and caramelly malt
Taste: Balance falls towards a sweet caramelly malt with a mild yet pleasantly balancing and lingering bitterness
Feel: Full-bodied, slightly thickened mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Creamy.

Overall: As usual Odell makes a great-looking and finely balanced beer. Mouthfeel is a highlight, while I thought the aroma was somewhat subdued.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass enjoy by 2.17.16
pours orange/amber-brown with a tan to off white head moderate left a good amount of lace on glass
smell malty hoppy caramel and slight fruit
taste caramel malt slight fruit again and strong alcohol with a slightly bitter aftertaste
feel warming effervescent somewhat viscous
i drink this every year....not as interesting as some other seasonal/holiday offerings from other brewers but solid nontheless

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----THANKS RANDY!

This fine ale pours a medium clear bright amber color with a very nice off white head of foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of biscuit, caramel, and subtle grains. Flavors exceed the nose with lightly breaded malts, caramel, and a zesty hop note that comes through nicely on the back and aftertaste that cuts through the malt and keeps it lively. Almost a Scottish ale in flavor, but still excellent. Good carbonation, crisp zesty hop bite, and a subtly herbal hop notes on the aftertaste. Balance, balance, and balance. Everything is in harmony. Excellent.

Cheers

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Photo of puck1225
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown red with a light brown head, poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice lacing. Sweet initial taste, dark fruit flavor, maybe dates. Slight bitterness in the finish. I will look forward to more of this beer as the weather cools.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant red tinted amber under a 1” cream to tan clingy and persistent foam collar. S: Spice and fruit aromas over a backdrop of rich malt.
T: Starts with rich malt flavors and then the hops come on but the hops present as much herbal and spice as they do bitter so this beer has a lot of flavors running around. There is a little citrus from the hops – almost orange or orange peel. A hint of sweet and a slight sweet aftertaste with a little caramel but it is not overpowering.
F: Medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A big malty winter beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a large, light brown head. Is reddish brown in color. Has a sweet, hoppy aroma combined with a caramel scent. Initial taste is sweet from the caramel. Finishing taste is slightly hoppy with a slight hint of alcohol. Overall taste is very similar to a brown ale without the bitterness. An amazing beer. Need to stock up next Fall with this.

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Photo of AustinEric
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great feel in the mouth; well balanced; smell and taste are good but a bit thin. Contrary to some other reviews, I found a lot of carbonation. Taste improves as it warms.

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Photo of DeepBrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Clean amber color with huge beige head. Long retention and good lacing. No visible carbo bubbles.

S: Hops first, some malt and spices, fade away quickly.

T: Malt dominates at first, with hops playing second fiddle. As it warms, hops and spices come through stronger and linger in the aftertaste.

M: Thin, light-medium body, no carbonation noticeable. Booze well hidden, but peeks out as beer warms.

O: Drinkable, well balanced, not overly spiced. A bit flat and not as remarkable as other Odell brews I had.

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually find this style boring, the the butterscotch and caramel flavors explode in my mouth. Very drinkable, great for this cold Minnesota winter

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Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Rich anber-brown in color with a thin tan head. The aroma is of malt and toffee. Sweet, but balanced with considerable hop bitterness. Full and enjoyable. This is a nice malty winter ale.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Upfront hoppy herbal bite dominates but as it fades a noticeably malty sweet note comes through at the end. It became more noticeable and enjoyable with my second beer, as with most beer ;).

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.