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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

520 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

doucmehu, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

joe8lager, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Kahlerbock, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

djrn2, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a nice toffee-caramel scorched amber (how's that for color description?) and the cream colored head takes time to recede. Nice lines of foamy soapy lacing cling to the glass.

The aroma is sweet and malty up front. A nice piny body comes through, with added spices. Faint toffee and caramel on the back end.

The taste is quite delicious as it follows the aroma. A warm, sweet beginning makes me think of spiced cider, warm apple pie, and any type of dessert featuring toffee. Before too long, a nice granny smith apple tang comes in to play nicely, as does a very subdued and perfect piny note.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky.

2012's version is certainly a winner. Good all-around winter warmer with great balance and complexity.

JuicesFlowing, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

gwguest, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

smogfood, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

DanL133, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of CamuMahubah
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...

CamuMahubah, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

TheSquire23, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Asa, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

nh2032, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Phelps
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.

Phelps, Nov 23, 2011
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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.

iSip, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

thisladyluck, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dav, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mastodonj
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)

mastodonj, Nov 19, 2011
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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.

MrKennedy, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

LSUPT, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Brueghel, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

SpruceFish, Nov 17, 2011
Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.