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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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very good

241 Reviews

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 717
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 62
Gots: 96 | 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: 241 | Hads: 717
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Old Chicago in Boise, Idaho
Price: N/A
Purchased: Dec. 17, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an auburn murky color with 1-to-2 fingers (when I got it) of white head. Layered spider web lacing. Below average retention.

Smelled caramel red malts, toffee, smooth spices, Rye hops and iced tea. Not much like a winter warmer.

Tasted amber malts, iced tea, caramel, toffee, toasted nuts and slightly bitter.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

A pretty good beer, although I wouldn’t exactly call it a winter warmer. Tasty though.

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Photo of ssarah
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber color, clear, with a quarter inch of cream colored head that sticks around. Good lacing. Visible carbonation present.

Smell: simultaneously crisp and earthy, with hints of hops and pine. Aroma is subtle, but very attractive.

Taste: Earthy hops, rich, somewhat woody. Bitter end-note with a hint of citrus. Warming and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy carbonation. Not a heavy beer.

Overall: Good winter warmer beer. Not as dark or complex as some in this category, but it's earthiness makes it ideal for warming up after a day in the snow and/or mountains.

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Photo of hardy008
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a one finger light tan head, which has very good retention and leaves sheets of lacing. Has an interesting aroma with caramel, citrus, and spices.

Has a sweet malty flavor, with a slightly bitter finish. There is caramel, citrus, spices, and toasted malt. More sweet than bitter, and the bitterness at the end of each sip is held in check by the overall sweetness.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, and a more sweet than bitter aftertaste. This is one of the best Winter warmers I have had, next to Old Fezziwig.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a slightly hazy light copper hue, with an uneven, two-finger, eggshell colored head. Ringlets of sticky lacing. Good retention, as there was a light head down to the last sip.

S - Medium strength aroma of caramel, hop oils, fresh baked bread, and a hint of raspberry.

T - Caramel malt forward, but definitely enough piney hop presence to be noticeable. A few winter spice notes of cinnamon and all-spice. Hint of raspberry in the nose is also present in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Slightly dry finish leaves you wanting another sip. Nice.

O - A nice take on the style, and I appreciated the hop presence on this one as opposed to strictly a malt/caramel bomb. Yeah, I could definitely do more of these.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 33 cl snifter. Best-by date 2.5.14. Thanks to Kurt for flying this back from MI.

Look- Clear amber-brown with three solid fingers of crackly eggshell head that lingers. Nice curtains, but minimal lace.

Smell- Subtle but appealing. Heavily toasted biscuit is the driver, with a bit of powdery floral character buried behind it. Faint sage and honey as it warms.

Taste- Robust toasted honey biscuit and clean herbal bittering. Almost desert-like, the toasty flavor is well developed and delicious. Finishes clean, more sage and cracker along with an almost chalky spiciness that reminds me of boiled cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation, average feel and cleans itself up pretty well. Not boozy, but feels hefty for 6%.

Overall- Very nice, a winter warmer indeed. Good flavor balance, I'd definitely revisit this one if it were available around here.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Powerturn11
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of minterro
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle given to me by a friend while watching a movie. no pour so no look. review from notes.

smell is sweet, but with earthy hops and grain. taste follows, with more grain and hops than expected, some sweet and roasted characteristics. take that back, it's fairly sweet, moreso as it warms.

the hops and sessionability put this one over

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weather finally turns summer-like and i'm cracking a winter warmer, go figure!
A - hazy burnt orange tint, one finger of head held at half a finger with some random lacing
S - hints of toffee and allspice, touch of peppery hops and mild mustiness
T - big malty start with toffee and buttery bread, then gentle hints of allspice and brown sugar, finishing with a hint of earthy hoppy goodness
M - medium body, slightly creamy, just a touch of spice tingle in the background, finishes mildly bitter
O - this beer grew on me with every sip, its somewhat unassuming which increases the drinkability while still having complex enough flavours to keep me entertained

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into sifter.

Amber colored elixir, white foam rim, modest amount of sticky lacing.

Huge malt aroma, some spice and caramel.

The malt and spice predominate. A bit of hop bitterness, but the malt lingers. Sweet.

Medium body, nicely carbonated.

Fair representation of a winter warmer, but nothing special.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy yet deep amber . Has a interesting cherry wood sort of hue. Pours with just a touch of light tan foam.

S - the nose is a bit faint but pleasant. Lots of toasty grains, gingerbread, toffee and nuts. There is also a touch of carob and cinnamon spice.

T - a rich and deep malt presence up front. Notes of buttery toast and creamy toffee up front. Hints of carob and chicory as well. A light dusting of spices in the center breath a zesty character to the beer which carries on for the length of the finish.

M - creamy, buttery mouthfeel. Full bodied with high yet balanced carbonation.

O - a very good winter warmer style ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured out as a nice looking deep amber color with a foamed cream colored head on top. The lacing and retention are very good on this beer. The smell is malty, fairly sweet and warming. There is a subtle earthiness on the nose too. The taste of the beer is malty with a warming toasted caramel flavor with a very subtle spice note in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable. Nice carbonation and body too. Overall it's a pretty solid brew but not as complex as I was hoping for.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is copper hued with a half inch of off white head. Teeming with effervescence. The aroma offers malt, grain, a hint of fruit, subtle sweetness and spice. Rather mild scent overall. The flavor is bready and sweet. Odd finish. A bit harsh and getting worse with every drink. Ut oh. Not really what comes to mind when I think of a winter warmer. Bland, unexciting, and forgetful. C'mon man.

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Photo of Demosthenes503
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received via a beer trade. From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light amber color. Somewhat hazy. OK head retention (frothy at first, but did not last more than a minute of two)

S: Aroma includes caramelly sweetness, roasty malts and a very slight hint of alcohol

M: Quite fizzy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied thickness. Fizzyness lends itself to a frothy quality on the tongue

T: Sweet maltiness. Although some spices are present (cloves?) and there is a hint of smokiness, the malts really dominate the flavor and fill up your mouth toward the end. A hint of bitterness remains after swallowing a sip.

Overall this is quite an enjoyable beer. I feel like I could drink several in a row happily. Seems like it would pair well with a meal, but is good enough to stand on its own. Wish this was available locally to get through the colder months.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my nice little Cigar City snifter; freshness date of March 29, 2013 printed clearly in white ink in a little purple rectangle near the bottom-left corner of the label, underneath the barcode (“3/29/13B”). Given a four-month freshness period for Odell, that means it was bottled on November 29, 2012, making this a day over five weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (4.0): One finger light tan colored head, tight bubbles, good retention; body is a deep reddish amber, almost ruby-colored, and clear; just a slight chill haze. Excellent, excellent lacing: thick legs and evenly-spaced webbing all around the glass as the beer recedes.

Smell (4.0): The nose is dominated by toffee, candied apples, some citrus juice, butterscotch, and a little grassy character. It’s fragrant and balanced, and very good for the style—not too sweet at all.

Taste (4.0): English-feeling malts, American-feeling hops (but very balanced). The malts have restrained, but rich with fruity, earthy, and lightly toasted, bready tones layered with a toffee and caramel sweetness. The hops are dry and grassy, mostly a light bittering presence (the grassiness) with a modest dosage of citrusy American hop flavor, a bit of grapefruit flesh and peel. The malts strike a nice balance between full flavor and light feel—light enough to let some very moderate hopping add an even-handed complement to the malt.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The feel has a smooth carbonation that’s moderately soft with a nice flush of gentle foaming action; the body is rather light and finishes dry, thanks to an understated presence of hop oils that lighten the feel nicely.

Overall (4.0): This is a nice winter warmer that shows no booze and really great balance for the style. I don’t often drink winter warmers, but I can see the appeal with an example like this. It’s easy-drinking, malt-forward without being too thick or sweet, but still opens up nicely as it warms. A very nice beer.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a drink by Feb 13 on it

Amber reddish hue to this beer with off white 2 finger head that lasted a few minutes , nice lacing

Very enjoyable aroma to this beer, nothing really over powers anything else in the smell ,malty with a spice back ground sweet smelling also

This beer gets better to me with each drink , not that I didnt enjoy the first but the last few drinks made it one of my new favorites. First come of drinks I could taste sweet start with a dry alcohol finish but it all blended together in the end but the alcohol still kind of turned up at the end

Over all this is a great beer to me , I will be buying a couple of six packs Saturday when I go to the state line

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from the bottle with and amber/red colour. It had a sweet, malty, mellow nose with hints of vanilla, spice, and brown sugar. The ale was surprisingly hoppier than expected. It tasted briefly of malt, and then a citrus hop. There wasn't much of an after taste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says 3/7/13B.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A malty and earthy aroma with subtle spicing. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and butterscotch. Also somewhat nutty with light hints of apple and dark cherry fruit. Very earthy with some good hints of grassy hops. Light hint of pine and other spice. A pretty solid balanced malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a solid malt driven taste with some good subtle spice and fruit. Toasted malts with notes of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, grains, and yeast. Fairly nutty. Subtle undertones of apple and dark fruits including raisin and dark cherry. Solid earthy backing of hops with some grassy and herbal hops. A nice balanced tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a moderate dryness.

Overall: A very solid winter warmer. Doesn't have the typical cinnamon and nutmeg type spices, but it has some nice subtle undertones.

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Photo of KajII
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear burnt copper with an average (1-2 finger) off white fluffy head that dissipated at a normal pace, down to a thin film with a small collar and had very good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, light herbal hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, dark fruit (raisons and plums) and a lightly mild spiciness.

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a hint of caramel from the onset, becoming slightly bitter sweet and a tad acidic with a touch of dark fruit and a light spicy alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a slightly bitter spicy taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a thin dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this brew was a nice change from a lot of winter beers, possessing good malty backbone, a nice sweet fruitiness and just a smidgen of spice, giving it a really good drinkability...


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Photo of JamesMN
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber hue with a thin frothy caramel head.

Aroma: Caramel malt at the forefront. Some spicy/earthy hops. There is a nice malt complexity that I hope comes out in the flavor.

Taste: Nutty and caramel malt profiles. A moderate hop bite at the end with some bitterness probably around 25-30 IBUs. The nutty/toffee flavor really shines in this one and gives it that winter seasonal feel. Odell Brewing know their hops and give Isolation Ale a nice balance with their hop additions without stealing the show. Earthy hop flavors impart a bitterness that keeps the malt character from being too sweet. Pretty robust for only 6% ABV.

Mouthfeel: A tad over medium in body but feels more viscous than that. Very smooth with average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: One of my favorite Winter Warmer seasonal offerings. Odell Brewing proves time and time again that they know how to make a great beer. Would I drink it again? Yep, worth at least one sixer every December.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky ruby-amber, with a large head of tan bubbles. Extensive and detailed spider-web lace. Nice.

Nose is a malty caramel-toffee in character. Pleasing enough.

Taste is similar -- heavily malted, with tones of toffee and caramel, and a light hoppy finish. This one drinks like a heavier amber ale, and holds up well as a heavy-bodied night-time session brew for the colder months.

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.