Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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683 Ratings

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 57
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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Photo of Bubba83
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at around 45 degrees into a New Belgium Globe. An off-white two finger widths head tops a dark amber body. Clarity is good. The head is fluffy looking, and has good retention and lots of lacing.

Smells like an amber would, sort of a toasty bread character, along with traces of brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of spruce on the tail end.

First taste I got was like panettone, a sweet, bready, dark fruit kind of experience. It's a bit watered down or something though. The flavors are there, but they need to be a little more apparent. A little bit of spice finishes things up.

The carbonation is about right, and the smoothness is nice, but the consistency is quite thin. It feels a bit watery as a result. I'm looking for a little bit more texture from a winter warmer.

Overall I liked this beer but wanted it to be a bit bolder in just about every way imaginable. A six percent winter warmer is definitely on the low alcohol side, so it drank easily, but just wasn't quite what I was expecting, I suppose.

Photo of gregshead
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick copper color w/ a half finger of head.

S: Sweet caramel malt smell w/ a nice hops smell in the background

T: Nice Caramel/Toffee sweetness with just enough bitterness in the background.

M: A little syrupy but some good/subtle carbonation

D: It comes close to knocking it out of the park for this style. A great beer for a cold night where I get snowed in. Unfortunately that doesn't happen that often here in San Diego

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from readbaron in a trade recently. Thanks, Baron!

12oz bottle, best by: 3/18/11, printed on the side. Poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep amber with a thin half-inch off-white head on top. Minor lace left behind. The nose is fairly sweet, with notes of apple, brown sugar, maple, and light cinnamon. Not very potent though. I've really got to swirl this one to get any nose on it.

The body is moderate. Mild crispness; easy finish. This isn't your typical Winter Warmer, though what is? I guess this is a pretty all-encompassing style. This one is sweet with hints of honey, vanilla, applesauce, mild spices, and a bready finish. This isn't what I expected, but it's good nonetheless. Glad I have a couple bottles.

Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light fluffy two finger tan head and alot of sticky lacing on the way out. Aromas of carmel malts and spice. Sweet malt and carmel on the palate with enough spicey goodness to make things interesing. A dry medium bodied brew with good carbonation. Exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of herman77
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine in late October for $8.49.

Beer poured an amber orange with a two fingered head that has retained nicely and is leaving some lacing behind. Bottled i believe on 10-14-10.

Nose is biscuity malts with notes of roasted nuts.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the nutty biscuity malts with just enough hop action.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall drinkability is good. I understand this is the winter seasonal but this sure drinks like a better version of a Fat Tire!

Photo of zhanson88
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hotel restaurant I was staying at in Minneapolis had this on tap. I had been wanting to try it and was glad to get the chance.

Appearance: Dark ruby color with less than a finger of light tan head. Results in some decent lacing.

Smell: This beer smells of caramel malts, slight spices and some resinous pine. Simple, yet still pretty appealing.

Taste: Malty, plenty of caramel, some spices, maybe a hint of roasted malts or coffee on the finish. Very solid flavor, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium body and fine, limited carbonation results in a pretty smooth feel. This is certainly a drinkable beer overall, nicely done by Odell. I'd heard good things about this beer, and I wasn't disappointed.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was a clear, light brown color, with a two-finger, thick, foamy head. Moderate carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy caramel, malt, peanuts, biscuit and a touch of chocolate.

Taste was malt, caramel, nuts, light spices and hops. Good balance of spices.

Pretty drinkable, nice winter time brew.

Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant copper-Amber in color, topped with a frothy pale tan head and plenty of lace.

Nose offers up equal parts biscuit-y malt and yeasty tang, along with the barest hint of bitter hop.

Smooth and creamy on the first sip, with a lightly-sweet character and just a hint of alcohol -- not a very big beer for the style, mind you (at least in the contemporary American interpretation), but the alcohol is there all the same.

Biscuit malt notes -and dry, cracker-like ones at that- work their magic here and add up to a very easy drinking, almost (too-easy) session-able beer. Reminds me of the classic American mis-understanding of the ESB style . . . a little different than what I'd expect of a Winter Warmer in other words.

Unfortunately, this is only an average beer for its style, but with an excellent, smooth and creamy mouthfeel and drinkability that "goes all the way to "11", it is definitely a cut above average for an everyday sipper.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Pours a red-orange-yellow mixture with a light tan finger of bubbly head. Dissipates quickly, laces well.

S - Rich and malty, with a nice milk chocolate aroma. Slightly sweet and caramel-like.

T - Malt forward, naturally, a bit of that chocolate sweetness like in the aroma. There is a hint of citrus. The finish is roasted malts.

M - On the rather high end of light in body, rather creamy. Little bit of carbonation.

D - The drink is good. Not problem having a couple.

Photo of ebrauser
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burnt copper w/ thin white head

Aroma: Flowery hops and sweet maltiness alongside. Slightly bready

Flavor: Dull hop bitterness moves into a semi-dry roasted malt finish. A little sweet and cidery without much malt backbone. Hop character is pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, easy to drink!

Photo of mdwalsh
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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

Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright clear chestnut with creamy off white head that disappears quick but trails. Nose is big toasty malts, and baked spiced orange Lots of oaty toast with some burnt sugar malts toffee and hint of apricot with branchy (English) and orange liqueur hops. Medium, chewy, a bit of oil.

English character turned up to American volumes. Toasted malt over hops, and spicy notes are quiet enough, so I'm not sure how this is a winter warmer instead of just a bitter with American hops.

Not up to Odell's usual impeccable standards. Drinkable, though.

Photo of plfahey
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of kevinconroy
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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

Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy, what a tight aroma. Slight yeast at first, then a whiff of water. I even let this warm before the warm, maybe not warm enough. In time some malt, but really almost non-existent.
Attractive with amber of brown/orange/gold. Small darkish head. Pretty standard. Dripping lacing.
Finally something to appreciate. First notice an appealing malt complexity (toasty and nutty). This blends nicely with a mild bitterness and just enough hoppy spiciness. Still a nice hop forward drink and in balance overall. Seems like there might be a small yeast accent as well.
Lighter body, yet hold some feel. Carbonated very nicely which greatly enhances the drinking pleasure on this one, adding an almost creaminess to a light bodies ale.
One of the most drinkable winter warmers I've had. Malt character gives it the style, but certainly on the low end in terms of heft and alcohol.
Sample from Bryan. Thanks.

Photo of brewdub17
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark orange and a lighter brown make up the body that sits below a thin light beige head.

Smell: Not a strong presence of any character but mostly made of malty notes and a slight bit of spicy, nutty tones.

Taste: Similar to the smell, there is not a strong taste of anything specific but is mostly made up of malty notes with a small amount of spice and nutty character.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness up front allows for the small flavors the flow nicely around the mouth but there is a dry flavor that finishes and creates a clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: The light amount of flavors and reasonably low ABV give good reason for this brew to be very drinkable.

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a 2 finger head that dissipates fast but does leave alot of clingy lacing on the glass.. smell is toasty,malty.nutty,with baked bread..taste is much the same its roasted malts,nuts,toffee mixed with sweet malts,,it then gives way to some earthy hops mixed with peat and fruit its a fantastic WW..mouth feel is full of flavor crisp with hops ,chocolate,roasted malts..one of my favorite WW this season.. go try this one

Photo of chicano4craft
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a small off white head.

Very malty nose as expected. It's sweet, roasty and nutty. There's also an element of smoke.

Taste is caramel and toffee mixed with a nutty and dry finish. Starts off sweet but quickly turns somewhat bitter.

Carbonation and lower alcohol leads to a nice mouthfeel and good drinkability. I've drank my share of Isolation during the Rocky Mountain winters. Never disappointed.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours a bright amber with some clarity, though not brilliant with a wispy fizzy head that leaves some adequate lacing. Aroma is tough to discern at first, it could be that it needs to warm up for me to get anything out of it. I'm getting faint hints of gingerbread followed by maybe some cinnamon. Like I said though, it's hard to find here. Nicely carbonated with a spicy cinnamon finish. Moderate toffee malt sweetness up front, with a bit of alcohol ester warmth in the finish. Reminds me a little bit of an ESB hopped up with spice in the finish. Definitely has that Christmas / Winter Warmer thing going on.

Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color with one inch of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. A lot of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Smells slightly more fruity than what I was expecting. Distinct aroma of berries to go along with the caramel malt and subtle spice. Hops add a little citrus and pine as well. Flavor of caramel malt with a heavy element of corn husk. Tastes artifical and dirty. A little grassy and herbal from the hops. Not sure if spice is added to this beer but if it is it is very subtle. Not too sweet and bitterness is low. Medium body and nicely carbonated. A good winter warmer that the malt profile that just does not completely click with me.

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap from brewery.

A- Deepp amber with a foamy tan head and descent lacing.

S- Toasty biscuit. Complex mix of grapes , plums, and earthy hops. Hints of caramel and chocolate. Sweet malts. Cloves, and allspice. Toffee and cinnamon.

M- Medium bodied. Crisp and rich with a creamy finish. Nice alcohol tinge around the edges.

D- Delicious and complex. Easy to go down with the slightest alcohol tinge.

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass. Thanks to Joey for the trade!

A= This ale poured a fairly clear deep dark amber color with a foamy/chunky 1" light tan head. The head settled slowly into a thin cap and left some decent lace behind.

S= Lots of toasty/biscuity malt in the aroma as well as light hints of chocolate, caramel, and some noticable hops.

T= Started off with lots of malty sweetness (caramel, chocolate) that was balanced as much by the toasty character as it was by the hops. The hops were earthy and leafy and helped to dry things out a bit. Esters were full of plum and fruit cake notes. Finished with a blend of toast, hops, and cake-like sweetness. Quite complex really.

MF= Medium bodied with a mild carbonation that got the job done without being overly noticable.

D= Very unique and interesting - and quite the chameleon. Just when I would decide it was too full of toasted malts, the sweetness would kick into the next sip and make me rethink that assessment. All in all a fun beer that I hope to get more of in the future.

Photo of jera1350
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper color with a tan head that offers plenty of lacing even though it's not the most thick.

Getting some floral and earthy hops in balance with the malt which has moderate sweetness. Grape juice/Kool-Aid like. They really do not form a good combination. Kind of a confusing smell really.

Having the same problem with the taste as with the nose. Grape juice along with some roasted caramel malt. The hops add some bitterness, earthy and floral notes. Getting some spice notes too even though I'm not sure any were used. Alcohol comes through in the end. Just confusing tasting.

Creamy and chewy mouthfeel that is very satisfying.

Probably to style, but just confusing and overall not all that enjoyable for myself. Kind of a mess in the smell and taste. Give it a shot, but I will not be having this one again.

Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.