Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 60
Gots: 61 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy yet deep amber . Has a interesting cherry wood sort of hue. Pours with just a touch of light tan foam.

S - the nose is a bit faint but pleasant. Lots of toasty grains, gingerbread, toffee and nuts. There is also a touch of carob and cinnamon spice.

T - a rich and deep malt presence up front. Notes of buttery toast and creamy toffee up front. Hints of carob and chicory as well. A light dusting of spices in the center breath a zesty character to the beer which carries on for the length of the finish.

M - creamy, buttery mouthfeel. Full bodied with high yet balanced carbonation.

O - a very good winter warmer style ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to bamadog for the hookup on this one. Never had an Odell brew before.

Pours into my pint glass a nice ruddy, coppery brown. It is pretty much clear with only the lightest amount of carbonation bubbles running through the liquid. The initial 1/2 finger fizzy, white head fades out pretty much immediately to a hazy slick along the top of the liquid and a few white spots along the walls of the glass.

Moderate aroma rises out of this beer. Lightly sweet caramelly malts and a dry, crunchy graininess join a slight cinnamon presence. No particular hop smells come to mind.

Nice, deep toasty malts provide sweetness and heartiness in this beer and reminds me a little of good rye beers I've had. There's a slight slick of syrupyness in the mouthfeel, and there's a crisp green-apple and herbal hop presence in the aftertaste. A hint of cinnamon comes through what seems to be a strange metallic taste that I think could be the alcohol sneaking out from beneath other flavors. Overall feel is moderately carbonated, yet still a little on the thin side initially. Drinkability is good - pretty low overall ABV with some intricate and fun-to-figure-out flavors throughout.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Red-amber in color. Very clear. Moderate off-white head with moderately retention and some lacing

Aroma-Grain, toasted malts, and hints of caramel, roast, and nuttiness lay the foundation of the aroma. Moderate earthy/spicy/herbal hop aromas blend well and there's a faint whiff of alcohol in the finish

Flavor-Sweet toasted malt with light biscuity and caramel undertones is overtaken by powerful earthy/herbal hop flavors. The beer finishes with some residual sweetness, but the hop flavors have the upper hand throughout the flavor. Moderate to moderately high hop bitterness dries out the sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel-Smooth, medium body is augmented and enhanced by moderate carbonation. Hint of alcohol warming on the palate.

Wow. While much hoppier than most examples of the style, this is extremely drinkable, yet still has enough alcohol to act as a winter warmer. I would be happy to knock back several of these.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From six pack, poured in a pint glass

A- Poured a cloudy brown/dirty red, topped with a thin layer of tiny bubbles. A nice festive color, suitable for the winter warmer style.

S- Smells of candied fruits and light hoppiness. Not much aroma. Vigorous swirling releases a more malty and boozy smell.

T- Taste is like classic red ale hoppiness and mild lambic-like fruit characteristics. Sweet flowery notes in front, fading to mild bitterness and spice. Expected more alcohol; not a very "warming" warmer. A rather lighter and more mild approach, but it is quite a tasty beer.

M- Medium bodied and light carbonation

D- A good, easy drinker for social occasions, and a nice beer to return to every winter. I've would've liked to see this beer a little stronger and more assertive; this beer is too mild and thin to be the winter warmer for the Rocky Mountains.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

No nutmeg, no cloves, no orange, none of your typical winter warmer spices in this seasonal...

2004-5 edition, pours a deep, burnt amber with beautiful head; hints of cola in the body and a smell that is dominated by chocolate and carmel. again, the absence of 'winter spices' is a welcome surprise.

The malty syrupiness is present from the beginning and never lets up, basically hiding any potential bitterness on the tongue or after swallowing. Chocolate and carmel are present throughout, given this a firm body and good length.

The heaviness of the flavors would probably keep me from drinking more than two of these in a night. So, not a session beer by any means, but this isn't exactly a style known for its 'drinakbility.' Well-worth a try or two on a snowy mountain eve.

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.