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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jakecattleco, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

pagesofphotographs, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

kylemckinnis, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery store in mid-town Denver during GABF 2013.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves some pleasant calcified layered lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of nutty, biscuity caramel malt, with just a subtle amount of roast, mild apple and darker fruit esters, brown sugar, ethereal seasonal spices - nutmeg and clove, mostly - leafy, earthy hops, and a touch of metallic warming alcohol. The taste is very much in line - more biscuity caramel malt, a slight toasted breadiness, wet ash, a browned drupe fruitiness, dark sugar, allspice, and decently peppy leafy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is quite low-fi, and generally keeps to itself, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather smooth, with a shy touch of creaminess. It finishes a little on the sweet side, the bready caramel malt and sublimated fruity hoppiness holding off a minor boozy incursion.

A straight ahead enjoyable winter warmer - big, toasty, sweet, and just a little bit spicy and hoppy, with a gentle alcohol edge that would allow for a least a couple of these, after hiking through the snowbound woods, or an icy suburban street, whatever gets you to this.

biboergosum, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

OregonGrown7, Nov 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

opwog, Nov 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

jmccullough108, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

grubefresh, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BlazedNug, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Powerturn11
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is simply fantastic. A malty beer with good hop forward flavor. This beer hits what I love, malty, slighty bready, with a blast of hops as a finishing flavor you dont really expect. Odell brewing is always dead on. I love all of thier beer and this one is no different. Don't skip this one.

Powerturn11, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Eaglefan344, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

LightnerLiquorKS, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Morgan's in Denver

Poured into a snifter, just cause it was already out.

Light fluffy slightly tan head. Nice spiderweb like lacing. Transparent lively garnet (with a orange lean). Aroma consists of sweet caramel,

Bit roasty, sweet caramel, and in a very abstract analysis: hints of fruity pebbles. Lighter on the spice than most winter warmers. No alcohol present in taste. Pretty crisp for the style

Overall: I liked it, on the higher end of the winter warmers I have tried so far, but not the best.

minterro, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mikerieder, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

attometer00, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

dubmax, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Punisher, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

kpowledge, Oct 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Rasmon, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark blood orange amber with two fingers of thick and creamy head. Plenty of lacing is left behind as the head slowly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet malts, fruity hops, frosted sugar cookies, light holiday spices.

Taste: Well balanced with sweet and biscuity malts and kick of hops throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a crisp finish. Doesn't get much better than this.
Very tasty, easy drinking yet very flavorful. One of those that you just need to try. Wouldn't expect anything less from Odells.

bennett_loves_good_beer, Oct 17, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid offering from Odell. It pours an amber-orange with a nice, lacy head. Smell is of malt and sweetness, as is the taste with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and rich without being overpowering. Overall, one of Odell's better beers, but it cannot compete with their IPA or Myrcenary Double IPA. Bravo

Kramerbarthomer, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Tywilly132, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

cestlavie, Oct 14, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark amber with significant head that crumples after a few minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass. Really good looking beer, for sure. Smells caramelly and can definitely detect the hops in the nose. Malty flavor with nice hop balance, and a medium mouthfeel, with adequate carbonation. A nice winter warmer from Odell, but not really taking it to a new level. And at 6% abv, may want to keep your hoodie on.

BeerWizard, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

alexanf, Oct 05, 2013
Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.