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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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256 Reviews

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 743
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 66
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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: 256 | Hads: 743
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the first winter six-packs I bought this year-- back in early October.

Poured a deep reddish color, with a good amount of head. Left a nice lacing on the glass as I drank.

Malty and slightly sweet up front and on the finish; not a lot of hop presence at all.

I like that it is a fuller-bodied "winter warmer," but doesn't have the spices that so many winter beers have. I prefer a lot of hops in my beer-- even the winter ones-- so will not purchase this one again.

For the non-hop lover who likes a smooth, fairly rich and drinkable, more malty ale, this one would fit the bill.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a light burgandy color with a white, foamy, one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grassy hops.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a nice hoppy and malty quality.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good winter warmer. There are better, but this one will certainly do the trick.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.44/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was not very impressed by this beer. It had barely a whiff of hops, had a fair amount of malt character, a touch of sweetness, and a lot of rusty-tasting iron at the finish. If that sounds like a good time to you, by all means buy tons of this beer, but I was hardly taken with it.

Appearance was beautiful; a nice copper red with abundant head. Aroma was non-existent. Flavor was definitely not outstanding...some maltiness, some sweetness, some rustiness, but nothing stands out. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and disappointing. I would not recommend this beer.

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

I missed this one last year so I bought some as soon as I saw it. It has a nice caramel-red color with a bubbly malty, sweet cereal smell. Nice big mouthfeel, taste is weird, malty, malty, malty. Coats the tongue really well, some mild spice in the back.Can't really detect hops in this one.

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

I really enjoy Odell's offerings. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan of this style. I remember last year trying Hibernation and Old Jubilation as my first Winter Warmers. Those were big beers and maybe I was expecting more here. I would say that this is a bit more drinkable than those others, but I'm not sure if that is the point of this usually higher ABV style.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this winter warmer pours a clear, crisp, brown with a thin tan head

S - a strong hoppy backbone in the aroma, with some buttery elements, with a great balance of rich roasted malts

T - hoppy and malty, a great and perfect balance, with a subtle nondescript sweetness, a great layered flavor, rather nice flavor, a great winter beer, a great winter session beer

M&D - smooth, and rather palatable, a quality winter warmer, wish it was more available on the east coast

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy Dark amber w/ beige and tan 2 finger head
S - Slight woodiness, nutty malt aroma and minute hoppiness
T - Tinge of nutty amber malt, herbal bitterness and more toasted notes
M - full soft and adequete, moderated carbonation with average finish
D - a quaffable nutty and smooth winter ale

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

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a small white head that fades. Mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with mild nutty and cocoa tones.

Taste is malty upfront with a light toasted nuttiness and some hints of cocoa. Some spices become present at the finish, and leave a dull lingering aftertaste.

A decent winter warmer and easily drinkable while sitting by the fire.

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Photo of RevDru
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium browm/bronze with light head formation. Minimal carbonation.

S - Toasted grain, flowery

T - Cereal grains prevail. Add a little milk, and you get a bowl of liquid Crispix.

M - For this style of beer, I found it to be relatively light, almost on the thin side. It doesn't cloy the palate as some others might.

D - I found this beer to be somewhat average. Nothing about it really jumped out at me. It's not a bad brew, but neither is it all that impressive.

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Photo of budgood1
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out a slightly hazy auburn/amber colour with a thin fine head and slight wisps of lace. woody, hoppy aroma...grassy, herbal and toffeeish. a beer i know i'm going to like just from the smell. belgian malt flavour is the star here...and the dry, woody flavours derived thusly are just what i like. the sweetness of the malts are spectacularly balanced by the overall dryness of the beer. i love the oaken notes, the understated earthiness and barley nuances of whatever malt bill was used. damn i like beers that taste like this. the body and mouthfeel is perfect for intended style...a super tasty but sessionable winter drinker. i have only one bottle and wish i had much more, because i could polish a sixer no problem i'm sure.

my first odell brew, and i'm impressed. i wish i could get this in my area.

thanks to my bro for gifting this my way for x-mas.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into bowtie glass

A - Orange pumpkin brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that doesn't last long. Lacing is moderate and this beer is rather clear.

S - Sweet thick malt with a touch of raisins and caramel. Enticing.

T - Sweet chewy malt sensation with a smooth biscuity feel. Slight, sharp spice on the tip of the tongue and a caramel aftertaste make this a highly enjoyable winter warmer. Mild hop presence.

M - Chewy thick, yet smooth with a slight carbonation addition. Aftertaste is clean with a touch of bitterness.

D - So far this is definitely my favorite winter warmer, and a great beer on a cold day (and perhaps year round). If you can find it, pick it up now.

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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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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.