Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

238 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 686
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 6.48%
Wants: 56
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Reviews: 238 | Hads: 686
Photo of goatjc
2.05/5  rDev -46.9%
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! (1,482 characters)

Photo of TheFlern
2.12/5  rDev -45.1%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.44/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
2.51/5  rDev -35%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Shultzerdugen
2.78/5  rDev -28%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (601 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery color-small head with some decent lacing. Sharp and metallic aroma-moderate amount of maltiness. Malty flavor with a mild spice/bitterness to it. While not unpleasant it does nothing to enhance the flavor of the beer. Grainy sort of taste. Ok mouthfeel, somewhat thin for my liking. Rather ho hum. Lose the bitterness and more of a soft, malty flavor and I think I would enjoy it more. (393 characters)

Photo of mastodonj
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall, this is a disappointing brew. There aren't too many winter warmers that bore me but this might be the first one.

The color is a fairly dark amber with ok lacing and a beige head.

Smell is difficult to to detect; maybe a little bit of spice, some maltiness and even citrus (?).

Nice alcohol on the sides of the tongue and good hoppy
bitterness.
No outstanding spices come to the forefront.

I bought a six-pack of it today so here's hoping that the next
bottle is better.

Updating this review after 3 bottles (over 4 days), it still does not
seem to even rate as a "winter warmer". It's a decent pale ale and very drinkable but not special enough for a seasonal. (I wonder if the recipe has changed in the many years since it was reviewed by the Alstrom Bros) (774 characters)

Photo of Eldalonde
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with a very small creamy white head which did not hang around very long.

S - There really isn't much in the way of aroma. Smells of bread and perhaps a touch of alcohol

T - There really wasn't much in the way of flavor. It was served so cold I couldn't really pick much up. Will need to revisit this beer at a later time. What I did pick up on was all rather light with very mild flavors of nuts and toffee. Really not much else going on here.

M - Decent mouthfeel, nothing too thick or too watery.

D - Since there really wasn't much going on with this beer, most people would think this to be very drinkable. However, I prefer more flavor in a beer rather than just some means to become inebriated.

Overall, this isn't really anything too exciting. Very middle of the road for craft beer. (826 characters)

Photo of expatsteve
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper-orange hue, with medium clarity. Poured a foamy, white 1/2 inch head that dissipated in a couple of minutes. Good lacing, with medium viscosity.

Aroma: All malt and yeast, with bread and biscuit tones. Hints of raisins and light sours, with slight caramel finish. A lot of the more subtle flavors are masked by the immediate malt/yeast finish.

Taste: Light body and carbonation provide good support for a mild bitter aftertaste. Again, lots of malt and yeast, but not as much complexity as the color and aroma immediately promised. Subtle honey tones, and a light coffee finish - little if any hop presence. Grainy malts and yeast give this a fairly basic earthy feel, with good balancing of the bitters.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy finish, with lower caronation than I expected from the head. Smooth with no astringency.

Drinkability: Definitely a very drinkable beer, but I'm not sure it has the complexity to carry itself as a winter warmer. Very little spice or development of sweet flavors in the malts. In a lot of ways this is characteristic of a rustic loaf of white bakery bread - definitely pleasant, but needs other things to bring it to life. (1,180 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured out as a nice looking deep amber color with a foamed cream colored head on top. The lacing and retention are very good on this beer. The smell is malty, fairly sweet and warming. There is a subtle earthiness on the nose too. The taste of the beer is malty with a warming toasted caramel flavor with a very subtle spice note in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable. Nice carbonation and body too. Overall it's a pretty solid brew but not as complex as I was hoping for. (503 characters)

Photo of RevDru
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium browm/bronze with light head formation. Minimal carbonation.

S - Toasted grain, flowery

T - Cereal grains prevail. Add a little milk, and you get a bowl of liquid Crispix.

M - For this style of beer, I found it to be relatively light, almost on the thin side. It doesn't cloy the palate as some others might.

D - I found this beer to be somewhat average. Nothing about it really jumped out at me. It's not a bad brew, but neither is it all that impressive. (479 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't really know what this beer is supposed to be, a Winter Warmer? Sure. I'm just going to review on how I like this.

A: Red, quite red with a three or four finger head of beige. Zero active carbonation. Very clear, and the head is attractive, but the beer itself isn't all that stunning. 4

S: Toasted nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, crisp herb bread, and some very particular baked aroma that I just can't figure out. It's brining to mind ethnic Greek or Arabian foods. Maybe even burnt milk chocolate? Very intriguing and appetizing. 4

T: Most of the aroma follows through to the taste, but I must say I'm not a huge fan. It seems to just fall flat. There's no bite, but all the tastes going on seem like they need a bite. They form a very nice base, but there's no star. Mild bitterness, but just nothing great. 3

M: Flat, despite a nice head and nice lacing, there is no carbonation in here, and it really hurts this beer as a whole. 2.5

D: Drinkable, no, I'm not a big fan of this and I'm not sure how I'm going to get rid of five more. 3 (1,044 characters)

Photo of polygons
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

This is a decent beer but I wouldn't consider this "world class". The taste is less than desirable for a winter warmer, it feels and tastes very thin. However the drinkability of this brew is exceptional. Overall 3.25/5 (222 characters)

Photo of kevinconroy
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-nice amber color; decent head

S-Very unusual smell. Smells very grassy; nice hoppy characte

T-Good taste; nice malt flavor with a grassy hop finish

M-For me this beer is very light and crisp, not a lot of foam but good amount

D-Very Drinkable beer...all night long

good winter warmer high end for style but as a beer in general one six pack a year will be all that I buy (377 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to prAna for this seasonal. I'm not sure if I would want to be isolated in a snow-covered log cabin for any great length of time with only this beer, but it's not too bad. Pours a standard amber color with a medium light tan head. Thin but sticky lacing. Aroma is spicy and sweet, with faint hops. Flavor contains malt and spices, but neither in good quantity. Sweet finish but it falls flat toward the end. I think a boost to the ABV would help this beer a bit. (469 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper orange with an average off white head. Good lacing.

S: Light toasted malt, carmel, a hint of spices and pine.

T: Toasted malt, semi sweet nutty bread. Some light spices and pine hops after the initial malty flavors.

M: Medium to ligher body. Low to moderate carbonation.

D: Average at best. Not much else to say. (326 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Color is a amber copper.

Aroma: Mainly all malts. Very English forward. Bready malts. Caramel. Some biscuit. A little toffee and some spice.

Taste: Much like the nose, except there is a little grassy hop profile. There is some orange peel mixed in with the sugar. Some molasses and brown sugar flavor. All the same malt flavors mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little roasty and dry.

Overall, a decent winter warmer. Nothing crazy spectacular, but I have gotten through a few of these this winter. (613 characters)

Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew from Odell pours a dark amber color with a thick tan head. Not too much happening in the nose. There are some sweet candy malts and faint spices. I was glad to see a little more spice in the flavor profiel to comliment the seet malts. A medium body that has good carbonation. A drinkable winter warmer, just not as full as I like to see. (347 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on cask at the brewery.

Light copper in color with a nice deep dense head that laces well and lasts.

Aroma is faint. Sweet hops and some malt presense but barely...

Toasted malt, slightly tart, wood and caramel were well represented in the flavor profile. The hops seemed a little juicier on cask than in the bottle.

This was ok. (349 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Taste, definitely has the warming side of this style down. More burnt toffee, still the earthy filling quality. Moderate hop crispness when fresh, 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. (826 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear copper color with a moderate tan foam. Below average retention, but does leave some nice lacing. I think I might have last years batch on my hands here, as the stamp is 021409.

Malts, malt and some more malt on the nose. Sweet, sticky and maybe even a bit oxidized. Dark bready aroma and a touch of fruit round things out, but this one is lopsidedly malty. Does not really smell that great to be honest, it is big though.

Taste is more of the same, as caramel, toffee and toasty malts are really all this beer has to offer. The malts are good, but there is not much else going on and it detracts from the overall appeal for me. I have been impressed by most of the Odell lineup, but this one is a pretty big disappointment. (746 characters)

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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