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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

511 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 43
Gots: 19 | 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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DanL133

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-03-2011 02:35:39 | More by DanL133
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-01-2011 19:56:00 | More by imperialking
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 05:28:53 | More by CamuMahubah
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TheSquire23

Colorado

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-28-2011 01:09:43 | More by TheSquire23
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Asa

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.3%

11-26-2011 22:45:02 | More by Asa
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joelBfrasier

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-25-2011 16:50:55 | More by joelBfrasier
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-23-2011 20:40:41 | More by nh2032
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Phelps

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter. Dated 1-24-12, which means this was bottled in September.

New copper, clouded slightly with visible flecks of yeast - this thing is like a snowglobe. A half-finger, grayish head of wispy bubbles evaporates to a moderately sized ring within a few seconds. Some thin, rounded trails of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

Mmm. A nose that could provide warmth on a cold night, cidery and rich. Raisins, maple, brown sugar, applesauce, caramel, alcohol.

The flavor doesn’t quit follow through from the aroma, but I couldn’t really expect it to. Begins with marmalade-covered toast, then apple, raisins and caramel hitting mid-palate. A thin layer of alcohol sits atop it all. It’s a brew that relies on the complexity of its malt and doesn’t seem to contain wintry spices, which is fine — it doesn’t need them.

Body is an airy medium that quickly becomes medium-light, expanding as it moves. Carbonation is light and tingly, breaking the brew into silky fizz. Alcohol fumes come off the liquid and flow through the nose.

Isolation is a malty, warming, rich delight of a winter warmer. Would be great on a snowy night, when the frost keeps you inside, isolated.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:45:27 | More by Phelps
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iSip

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odell Isolation Ale: This ale has a leather-brown color, very clear with some fine carbonation. The head is thin and off-white. The aroma hits you with lots of roasted malt. The flavor is similar, a big burst of malt tails off to some warming alcohol. This is a robust ale with lots of flavor, but still smooth enough to enjoy a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 14:59:01 | More by iSip
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thisladyluck

Iowa

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-19-2011 16:06:40 | More by thisladyluck
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dav

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-19-2011 05:17:20 | More by dav
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mastodonj

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -22%
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)

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:56:25 | More by mastodonj
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to mulder1010 for organising this in a trade! Poured into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

Has a nice copper-amber appearance with a beige head of foam that poured at two fingers and turned into a ring after a little while, lacing on the way down.

Smell is enticing, a lot of bread, plenty of spice as well, a mix of allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Nice lot of malt coming through as well.

Taste has a mixture of wholemeal bread, rye bread, and the aforementioned spices. Consistent spicing all the way through and the bread and malt are there, playing a nice bit part.

Mouthfeel has no booziness, but there is a little thin wateryness there that detracts. Otherwise, the finish is good with the spices making there presence felt in a mild-mannered way.

Very good beer, nice to sip on slowly, but still quite drinkable. While i can no longer say i haven't had a bad beer from Odell (having recently had the infected Bourbon Barrel Stout, which, to their credit, they are dealing with amazingly well), this beer continues a very good run from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 09:28:52 | More by MrKennedy
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2011 01:19:28 | More by LSUPT
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Brueghel

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-17-2011 22:39:19 | More by Brueghel
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SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-17-2011 20:20:47 | More by SpruceFish
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humuluslupulus8

Arizona

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-16-2011 23:43:17 | More by humuluslupulus8
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allouez86

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2011 20:49:44 | More by allouez86
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gdhawley

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2011 17:21:06 | More by gdhawley
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Tamarack22

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2011 05:02:53 | More by Tamarack22
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adamdarcy

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2011 03:55:59 | More by adamdarcy
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 19:44:24 | More by UncleJimbo
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kkrez

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 18:51:15 | More by kkrez
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, lots of particles in suspension, good head.

Smell: Bread, caramel.

Taste: Sweet caramel base, hint of pine in the finish.

Drinkability: Nice malty beer for a change of pace.

The winter warmer tour continues, this was very attractive in the glass and was pretty good on the tongue. Not super complex, but a nice sweet beer with a little pine kick at the end. Didn't notice much in the way of spices.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 13:46:53 | More by Mdog
Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.