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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

245 Reviews

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 724
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 65
Gots: 100 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Reviews: 245 | Hads: 724
Photo of Zorro
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

This beer is a slightly chill hazed copper colored ale with not too much head formation.

Smell is very spicy. Strong aroma of clove and cinnamon with vanilla and a trace of lemon. There is some cake scent in the malt of this but this is a beer very much dominated by spices.

Taste is sweet and a bit bitter at the beginning with the aftertaste of tobacco. Sharp hop component keeps the sweetness firmly in check here. There is a solid sourness to this that seems to come from some sort of citrus probably lemon. The aftertaste here quickly becomes woody. Spice doesn't show up in the taste nearly as strongly as the scent and this is mostly just a good ale. This is almost as if the beer was dry hopped with spices.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty and not an overly spiced and sweetened winter ale. This is a rather superior winter ale for those who prefer bitter and woody to sweet and spicy.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and clean, nice amber pour, weak head staying power, but it did lace nicely in my petunia glass.

A woody malt brew, capped with a decent stab of winter spices. Big crisp and dry hop finish I’m enjoying this brew, but with the plethora of winter warmers, I would look for others before this one. Still a solid performer.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in appearance with a quarter inch beige head. Sweet, nutty smell with a hint of hops. The strong tasted of a winter ale. One that has staying power if you should find yourself in the mountains. A fantastic beer from Odell's that seems to be the best of the Colorado seasonal winter ales. This one also reminds me of my friend Mike, who stated that he basically lives in that cabin on the front of the bottle. He visited FC in October and we isolated ourselves from my wife when we drank too much that night.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(best by 04072007) a deep amber with a large head of foam that subsides slowly leaving a solid fine layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell is one the faint side but I note some sweet malt and some fruitiness.

The taste is quite malty. I can taste some sweet caramel and fresh baked bread up front with just a touch of lemon bitterness from the hops and an even smaller hint of spice in the finsh making for a dry aftertaste.

After a few more sips and as the ale gets closer to room temp, the spice does grow more prominent but it doesn't take over the flavour as I've noticed in other samples of the style. Good stuff!

Bottom line: This is an example of the style that may not be as complex as others but it's a darn good, smooth drinker that is worthy of your patronage. I recommend it.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beernut7 for the chance to try this winter warmer on the first actual real day of winter--chilly outside.

A: Pours a pretty clear bronze color with a slight film of a head. Not retention with not much lace.
S: Sweet caramel malt with a twang of maple syrup and butterscotch sweetness. Slight grassy hop presence can be detected.
T/M: Nice caramel malt backbone with a slight floral grassy hop presence embedded in the thickness of the big malt profile. Not as thick on the palate when it first starts out--very smooth though. There's a slight spicyness but is subdued. Not overly sweet. Medium bodied.
D: Overall a smooth and easy drinking winter warmer. Not a bad brew from Odell, though this could pack more of a punch.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good amber, dark burgundy pour. Slight, but thick head.
Aromas of raisin, biscuit, some ginger (?) and orange surround the nose.
A nice taste. Starts as sweeter malt amber lager, good alcohol to warm you up. The sweetness is cut short by the hops. The biscuit and raisin are replaced with lemon and spice. Not too much for a good, clean finish.

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Photo of CJStout
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown, attractive bottle (might collect for my homebrew).

Copper in color, very clear, light tan thin head leaving subtle lace.

Little nose, however malt is evident. Very slight aroma that is pleasant and familiar but I can't seem to identify it.

Moderately carbonated. Malty (biscuit?) beginning with a very notable bitter finish. Balanced. Tasty.

Overall, enjoyable beer. Not too heavy or strong in flavor or spice for a winter ale. Not a session beer, but multiple pints would be enjoyable ... would be a good friend in isolation ; ]

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Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a thick creamy head.

Smell: Roasted grain. A hint of sour dough, malts and splash of hops.

Taste: It has a nice malt sweetness with suggestions of grain and bread and a subtle apple tart in the finish but very little typical WW spices.

Mouthfeel: Very well rounded. Crisp with a nice pinch of bitterness to close off the beer.

Drinkability: This beer is simple and built for drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of bort11
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, with another very nice looking Odell woodcut label, poured into an imperial pint glass. Not much of a head, only about a 1/4 inch thick, but the lacing was persistant. Color was a dark yet clear reddish brown. Smell is mildly wood-like, sort of like fresh cut pine or spruce. Bit of smokiness. Wood flavor in the taste comes through strongly, like a campfire. Spicy notes add to the smokiness. Slight hops tang. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a smooth warmth. As a Winter Warmer, it doesn't really pack a big punch, but that's ok. It's a very nice and relaxing beer. very good for just sitting back and watching TV.

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Photo of whynot44
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear reddish copper color with a decent tan head that subsides to a skin but continues to leave some nice lace.

The aroma is biscuity, toasty malt with hints of spicy hops.

The flavor is toasted malts, some caramel, vanilla and raisins. The finish brings our some spicy hops, a bit of slightly burnt toast and hints of alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, easy to drink could help get you in the mood for some outdoor activites in the fall or recover from shoveling snow later on.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

Pours efferevescent copper/caramel with a 2.5 fingers offwhite head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Intense almost burnt caramel & malt & some alcohol

T: Smokey caramel & a little aclohol up front, then a hint of cherry& oak. Rich breadyness, vanilla & brown sugar follow as it warms. Finishes with dryness, a slight smokeyness & a praline sweetness

MF: sticky Rich body with excellent carbonation & balance

Drinks good, but 2 would be about my limit. Good winter warmer, would go good with ham or fruitcake

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It’s back! Had it available on tap at Odell’s. How did I not rate this before? Pour is a darker brown color with amber hints when held up to the light. Good clarity and a mostly puffy white head.

The nose is mostly malty. A good sweetness with some toasty aromas. A light spiciness as well. The hops are subtle but noticeable with a earthy smell.

The taste has a great malt presence and good body. To start the malt is a good bready flavor with a touch of biscuit and a light roasted hint to the end. The hops are more noticeable then the smell would indicate. A great bitterness that is enhanced by a spicy finish. The spices aren’t exactly noticeable but still drink out a good finish.

The body is good with a full body feel. Not quite chewy though. I wouldn’t exactly call this a Winter Warmer as the spices are blended more then stand out but a fantastic beer to drink.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper-orange hue, with medium clarity. Poured a foamy, white 1/2 inch head that dissipated in a couple of minutes. Good lacing, with medium viscosity.

Aroma: All malt and yeast, with bread and biscuit tones. Hints of raisins and light sours, with slight caramel finish. A lot of the more subtle flavors are masked by the immediate malt/yeast finish.

Taste: Light body and carbonation provide good support for a mild bitter aftertaste. Again, lots of malt and yeast, but not as much complexity as the color and aroma immediately promised. Subtle honey tones, and a light coffee finish - little if any hop presence. Grainy malts and yeast give this a fairly basic earthy feel, with good balancing of the bitters.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy finish, with lower caronation than I expected from the head. Smooth with no astringency.

Drinkability: Definitely a very drinkable beer, but I'm not sure it has the complexity to carry itself as a winter warmer. Very little spice or development of sweet flavors in the malts. In a lot of ways this is characteristic of a rustic loaf of white bakery bread - definitely pleasant, but needs other things to bring it to life.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours up a semi-dark amber, hazy color, with a decent off white head of lumpy foam. drops in time, but keeps a nice layer on the beer, tons of spider web lace all over the glass.
smell is earthy, mulch and a touch of sweet bread.
taste is a bit average, very malty, not much hop, but nothing outstanding. a good malty ale but nothing like a hearty winter warmer i've come to expect.
mouthfeel is medium, somewhat creamy and nice, with a bit of carbonation.
drinkability is high, a decent beer to have a few of, but the average taste would keep me from having more than 2 or 3.


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Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005/06 Edition. Bottle is of the new packaging.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, the beer is an orangish brown, not fully clear. While the beer poured with an off white head about 1/4 inch thick, it did not stand the test of time, actually not even a minute. Faded to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Predominately malty, slight sweetness as expected, but balanced with some piney hop aromas as well. Good, but not great. As the beer warms there seems to be something a little whiskeyish about this as well.

Taste: Malt seems to dominate this one for me. There is a definite hop bitterness to it near the finish, but as I quaff the beer I get less of that and more sweet maltyness, some roasted malt, some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, a touch dry on the finish. A good winter beer. Slight alcohol burn in the throat.

Drinkability: While this is drinkable, I will say I always expect and hope for more, but am always somewhat let down. I love the other Odell beers that I have had, but I just can't fully get behind this one. Still, it's worth a try, though.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber almost cinnamon color. Nice sticky head with little retention. Very sweet malty smelling with some other aromas in there that are hard to distinguish. Taste is malty sweetness maybe some caramel with a nice dry finish. The dry finish gives this beer a very good mouthfeel. It's drinkable and good to have once and awhile. I wouldn't drink this one regularly though. Many thanks to Dertbert for providing me the oppertunity.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, medium amber color, with a small, persistent white head, and thick, patchy lace.

Aroma: The aroma is quite odd, rather like wet leaves, with a slight earthy note.

Taste: Tart, earthy, and mildly smoky notes dominate the taste, the finish is tart and sweet, with a note of yeast, and a lingering metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Rather odd, somewhat like a tart brown ale. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this sample.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle.

A slightly hazed dark copper in color with a big off-white head. Sticky and clingy froth.

The nose is of biscuity malts, faint spices, metal, and burnt rubber. Yes, that is right, burnt rubber. Yuck.

Medium body with a gentle carbonation. The beer has a bready malt flavor, an ambiguous spiciness, and a good balance of bitterness. There is a strange sugary sweetness that fades in and out.

Being that smell and taste are so closely linked I had a hard time enjoying this beer. I'm hoping it was poorly stored and I was an unlucky recipient.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition, claims to be 6.1% this year.

Not much to add to previous reviews except that this feels as malty as a Doppelbock. Good hop and malt balance, with the lots of malt sweetness kept under control by decent piney and bitter hopping.

Worth a try.

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Photo of rowew
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: New label and six pack match the new Odell's packaging line. No date listed. Bottle is also different, with aspen leaves on the neck and a ring around the top.

Appearance: Pours a dark red orange with a nice thick off white head. Nice retention, thick lacing.

Smell: Starts off spicy, then a thick malty sweetness. Hops are present in good numbers here. Very full-bodied aroma.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel - medium to full bodied. Very nicely balanced. The spice flavor is present but not overpowering - just enough hops to keep the malt from overpowering.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - this is a nice warming winter brew. I look forward to enjoying this in quantity once the weather turns cold.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled as "For the season of 2004-2005", procured through XMas BIF 2004. Bottled on 10/04.
Caramel colored brew with nice white head. Good retention and lacing. Chocolate and caramel laden aromas with some earthy hops thrown in. Same chocolate and caramel come through in a hefty medium bodied brew. Nicely balanced with some earthy/grassy hops on the back end. Nicely done, without all the sweetness and spicing normally reserved for holiday ales. Went down smooth and easy and worth several.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc.
Pours a very nice, clear amber with a very nice head and decent lacing.
Smell is quite nice. Caramel, cinnamon, cloves?, fruity (strawberries, a little bit of orange maybe), definite hints of toasted malt as well.
Taste is very similar to the way it smells although the fruitiness seems to be overshadowed by intense cinnamon and spiciness of the beer. I was kind of hoping for a bit more emphasis on the fruit rather than the spice. But overall a pretty decent winter warmer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Competely clear maroon body, big head fades fast and leaves a tattered curtain of lacing around the top of my Schell tulip. Smells malty, with tones of choclate and brown sugar, very doppley. Taste is extra sweet and accentuated by vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Hops are there, but not dominant, just ind of in the background. Slick, fairly thick mouthfeel. I like it, a good well-spiced warmer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown twisty with Best before 2/1/05 on the bottle
Aroma: An odd harsh hop aroma. Hard to pinpoint, but different.
Appearance: Clear to hazy orange/amber with a nice tan head. The head lingered and left a solid coat of heavy lace.
Flavor: Seems to be based on an amber ale. A sweet start is cut short by a harsh bitter finish. Some alcohol noted as well as a touch of rain water that I associate with an organic beer. Sample was a bit oxidized showing a touch of cardboard within the best by date.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall Impression: Not my cup of hop tea. No real malt tastes, not much spice to put it in a winter mood. An enjoyable beer, but a bit different. Big props to babydoc who set me up with the generous trade!

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Photo of alexgash
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool label; makes me want to drink beer in a warm cabin. Pours a dim burgandy with flashes of amber. Capped by a creamy, light khaki head that laces nicely. A very warm looking ale.
Smells of figs, toasted nuts, caramel, and spicy citrus hops. Not overly aromatic though. Hits the tongue with moderately sweet malt. Notes of toasted bread, nuts, rummy fruit, and toffee are evident. Mouthfeel starts out lively and then gets thicker toward the finish. Spicy and citrusy hops pick up into the finish and remain. Slightly warming for its abv, but I would need a little something more if I were cabin-ed up all winter. A nicely made beverage nonetheless.

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.