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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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238 Reviews

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 687
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 6.48%
Wants: 59
Gots: 87 | 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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Reviews: 238 | Hads: 687
Photo of drumrboy22
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (959 characters)

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. (478 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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! (306 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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 (1,044 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of kevinconroy
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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 (377 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of brewdub17
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 (462 characters)

Photo of chicano4craft
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of eclaycamp
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown orange color with a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malt and some spice.

Tastes of the sweet malts with some spice to round it out. Malts are characterized by caramel and brown sugar with some fruitiness in the background. Spices are clove like and add to the mix. Some hops are found as it warms and add citrus peel notes as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation. (453 characters)

Photo of GabrielM
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - rich amber color with an awesome white head on top that sticks around for a while.

S - slight hops, a tiny bit of pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, dark fruit.

T - a bit of hops, allspice, a hint of the pumpkin is there, and a small bit of fruit I can't quite put my finger on.

M - really nice carbonation and flavors sit well on the palate and go down incredibly smooth.

D - could definitely have a few but wouldn't want more than two or three - it might get a little sweet for my tastes. (520 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served with a scant finger of creamy head, although stick is mighty fine. Orange color with lots of brown in the middle. Nose is mostly of the caramel malt persuasion, with a hint of slightly tropical fruits. If you consider oranges to be tropical. Enough potency here for me to appreciate it, but the aroma doesn't quite knock me off my barstool.

The flavor is quite nice, and leaves much of the overly-spiced, fruitcake-like qualities of the style out of the equation. Much appreciated, Odell. Malts provide a punchy sweetness, with plenty of complexity that doesn't require any cinnamon or cardamom. Hops shine here a little more than the nose, bringing out some flavors of grapefruit and orange. Well balanced.

Everything is just about great with this one - while not my favorite style or even my favorite example of the style, Isolation Ale manages to be a pretty great beer that I should have gotten around to long before tonight. (940 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Grumpy's in Roseville on Darkness Day Weekend.

Appearance -- Deep ruddy amber, almost purple with a slim beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, plum sweetness, brown sugar, some noticable spiciness. Not especially aromatic, but what is present is enjoyable.

Taste -- Spice cake, toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, prune and raisin, and earthy hops throughout. Finish is spice cake and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body with moderate creamy carbonation. Pretty satisfying.

Drinkability -- Pretty nice. Good malt profile and enough spicy malt to balance and keep things interesting. One could do worse than to be snowed in with a case of this. (668 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz from a 6 pack into a snifter

A: Deep amber with 2 fingers gorgeous, gorgeous head.

S: Clean, crisp wheatiness. Sweet and simple.

T: Sweet up front, finishes quickly to a wheaty crispitude. Crisp is really the word here.

F: Kind of light, but thick enough to make an impression.

D: Could drink all day, and have. (322 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Auburn colored...minimal head..-Nice nutty, toasty malt character....sticky caramel and a light dusting of cocoa as well...earthy hops....don't care for the deep finish as it is a bit sourish feel without being very sour if that makes sense.

A nice winter warmer. (264 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly the kind of beer I'm really digging at the moment. Smooth, malty, not overly sweet. Pours a dark amber color with an inch tall off white head that left some light lacing. Aroma is malty, lightly sweet, toasty, and just a hint of chocolate. Yum... This tastes delicious. This beer doesn't overload you with huge malty sugars, but the malts are the dominate aspect. Toasty, bready, lots of caramel, and like the aroma, there's just a touch of chocolate onthe long finish. Medium body, super easy to drink. Wow, I can't get enough of this. It's a malt-lover's dream without going overboard on the ABV and sweetness. I'll be drinking A LOT of this over the winter months. (683 characters)

Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.