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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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562 Ratings

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 51
Gots: 32 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

ScorpyX, Dec 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

vinny21bal, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of goatjc
2.03/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know where all these good reviews are coming from, it sucks, so read on if you want to know why.

A - Like the rest said, it's promising and pours well, enough head, amber in color etc

S - I really was not impressed. For a winter brew I look for strong tones of spices and whatnot, none of which is found. There are subtle hints, but nothing to really give you excitement.

T - Well, just like half of Odell's brews, it screams mediocrity. They seemed to try to throw a lot into this brew, but it just doesn't seem to balance. You can sit there and make your mind to think that there are flavors, but to be honest, the flavors that are there are too subtle to even pick out. Instead of joining all the colors to make a painting on this one, it's like they just threw them altogether and made a canvas full of brown.

M - This is one of my high points as it does feel like a winter beer. It has some weight to it and definitely will fit the winter brew category.

D - It's drinkable don't get me wrong, but I was so turned off by the taste it doesn't make it very drinkable.

I honestly want to be an Odell fan boy, honestly! They make one of the best IPA's out there, and their pale ale is not too shabby either. Inevitable it seems, every other beer of their's is just mediocre or awful. This will go on my list of "not even worth trying" brews. So, if you're out there and curious, don't waste your time. Might as well pick up a 12 of natty and at least have a good time!

goatjc, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of TheFlern
2.08/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Alright, where to begin?....

Appearance: Well it definitely pours like a pale ale or even a little maltier IPA. Head is a slight off white. Lacing is good. Head dissipates to a thin layer but stays.

Smell: Ummm, I guess this is suppose to be a 'spicey' pale ale type winter warmer but to me it smells like malt liquor.

taste: confirms my suspicion from the smell, its tastes like malt liquor.

mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation which I tend to like in ales, which i guess this is one despite the malt liquor tendency??

overall: not impressed. apparently this is suppose to be a spiced type ale but it comes off like Midas Touch from DFH, which if you like would make this beer a sure trade/purchase. For me though it too closely resembles malt liquor.

TheFlern, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was not very impressed by this beer. It had barely a whiff of hops, had a fair amount of malt character, a touch of sweetness, and a lot of rusty-tasting iron at the finish. If that sounds like a good time to you, by all means buy tons of this beer, but I was hardly taken with it.

Appearance was beautiful; a nice copper red with abundant head. Aroma was non-existent. Flavor was definitely not outstanding...some maltiness, some sweetness, some rustiness, but nothing stands out. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and disappointing. I would not recommend this beer.

BeerBelcher, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of siege06nd
2.45/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear, light copper hue. Two fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S. Very nice. Bready malt, some light caramel, mild bittering hops. Not getting a whole lot here.

T. Heavy malts with roasted biscuit, caramel, and a bitter hop finish. Not a lot of depth on this. Has a real odd, tangy, and bitter finish. Meh.

M. Carbonation is fine but flavors are all over the place. Very thin and dry.

O. Seriously disappointing. None of the depth or spice I enjoy in my winter warmers. What you have here is a beer that doesnt know what it wants to be: hop or malt forward. It is quite an exercise in mediocrity. Hello, drain.

siege06nd, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2004-2005 edition. Pours out to a slightly hazy dark amber with ruby accents, forming a large soapy and rocky dark beige head with excellent retention and sticky sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very toasty and biscuity, slightly earthy and herbal, and dry, immediately reminding me of it's Colorado cousin, Fat Tire. The mouthfeel is middle of the road with a round yet lively finish and medium body. The taste is quite odd and unique...starts with very herbal flavor hops, followed by weak light roast coffee, roasted barley, and then this wierd medicinal, liquor-type, earthy bitterness with some medicinal hops thrown in. The finish is lightly dry. Sharp alcohol adds a distinct astringency and peppery bite to the aftertaste. Slight amount of fusels. The tylenol and saccharin bitterness hangs on the tongue longer than I want it to.

I wanted to like this, but I just can't get over the pronounced and bizarre herbal/medicinal finish. I'm hard pressed to finish this one.

Mitchster, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is copper hued with a half inch of off white head. Teeming with effervescence. The aroma offers malt, grain, a hint of fruit, subtle sweetness and spice. Rather mild scent overall. The flavor is bready and sweet. Odd finish. A bit harsh and getting worse with every drink. Ut oh. Not really what comes to mind when I think of a winter warmer. Bland, unexciting, and forgetful. C'mon man.

Huhzubendah, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Will96
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Will96, Oct 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Bighorn, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Shultzerdugen
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle.

A slightly hazed dark copper in color with a big off-white head. Sticky and clingy froth.

The nose is of biscuity malts, faint spices, metal, and burnt rubber. Yes, that is right, burnt rubber. Yuck.

Medium body with a gentle carbonation. The beer has a bready malt flavor, an ambiguous spiciness, and a good balance of bitterness. There is a strange sugary sweetness that fades in and out.

Being that smell and taste are so closely linked I had a hard time enjoying this beer. I'm hoping it was poorly stored and I was an unlucky recipient.

Shultzerdugen, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of LiverDisease
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%

LiverDisease, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear dark amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel and toffee. It is pleasant, but non memorable. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an almost watery texture, and ample carbonation. Overall, this is the first beer from Odell that I haven't fallen in love with. I wouldn't complain about drinking this beer again, but someone else would have to buy it.

KarlHungus, Dec 04, 2010
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

keithlee, Dec 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Travisnin, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Csnowbrown, Aug 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

jmccullough108, Oct 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Lisicjm, Mar 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

GarretD, Dec 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Asa, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

drewone, Jan 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

laymansbeerfan, Mar 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Moose90, Jan 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

BMos, Feb 19, 2014
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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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