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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

516 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 45
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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codewarrior

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

10-13-2010 04:27:12 | More by codewarrior
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-13-2010 04:07:33 | More by ZAP
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

10-10-2010 19:05:50 | More by KeefD
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thin off-white head.

Smell: Rich caramel malts, very spicy English hops, and a light fruitiness. Fairly dry aroma.

Taste: Just lightly sweet malt body with caramel, dark fruit and a touch of tea. Very spicy, floral and citrusy English hops are used to great effect on the finish. While not particularly bitter, the hop profile suggests it is higher than the listed 29 IBUs.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth medium to full body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite simply, this is one of the best traditional English-style Ales I have had. Drinkable, full flavored and delicious.

Edit: Lowered my taste score from 4.5 to 4, as by mid-November, the hops had faded somewhat. So this so-called Winter beer is best in October.

10-04-2010 02:26:05 | More by bsp77
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Poures a very plae redish amber, transparent. inch of tan head, thick foam, leaving sticky lace and a solid cap.
Aroma is sawdust like with a hint of spice, earthy hops, malt and grains.
Malt in flavor with caramel mild sweetness, really mild, as hop spice and cereal grains bitter slightly and provide terrific balance. Slight onion spice of hops in aroma, but more earthy in flavor.
Exceedingly drinkability, but flavor forward. A truly wonderful beer.

10-01-2010 23:00:38 | More by Buebie
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Domingo

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

After grabbing my first batch of the 2010 season I noticed I'd never reviewed this beer before...after enjoying it for years here goes.
Pours a deep chestnut brown that looks dense and almost cloudy, but it's just the sheer density of the beer. A big off-white head forms off of a gentle pour, but never gets out of control. the head sticks around for the life of the beer and is almost sticky with all of the malt and hops. Lacing is about as good as it gets.
Initially the nose consists of Odell's trademark big pine-y hops, but you then can't help but get waves of the nutty, ultra-rich roasted malts.
The flavor follows with a similar balance, but in reverse. Initially you get lots of roasted chestnut and rich dark chocolate cake, but the finish follows with hops that add a bit of citrus zest and pine. The finish is slightly bitter from the roasted notes and hops, but a lingering cake flavor brings you right back.
Mouthfeel is thick and ultra hearty, but the beer is surprisingly not too strong with almost no boozy character.
While strong for a session beer, polishing off several of these in an evening is easy. The draft version is even more-so as the mouthfeel thins out a little.
While Colorado is home to lots of excellent winter warmers, this one probably speaks to me the most because of the perfect balance and easy-drinking nature of it.
Highly recommended.

09-29-2010 14:15:54 | More by Domingo
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claybeer

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Odell Isolation Ale 2002-2003

When I first poured this 7yr. old beer it seemed almost leathery and dirty brown. As it settled in my pint glass it warmed up to a nice auburn color. The head retained the leathery color and was a good two fingers thick. The nose was sweet! Soft malt aromas with raisins and dates . The taste was right on target with the nose. It was sweet and fruity. The malts seem to have caramelized and left a sticky coat on my lips. On the finish I get a little bit of a metallic twang that I don't like. It is too sweet to drink very much at one time but to hold up for 7 years is impressive.

08-30-2010 15:36:08 | More by claybeer
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a murky, dirty light brown color with an amber tint. Not much of a head forms. Really only a thick but uneven white collar and a skim coat of bubbles that both hang around throughout the glass. No lacing left behind.

S - Malty up front, lots of biscuity and bready aromas, some alcohol, spicy, a bit floral, a bit citrusy.

T - Again, malt is the focus. Very, very toasty and biscuity at the base with yeasty, bready character as well. Mild spices and light citrus and fruity yeast flavors as well. Earthy, dirtlike flavors towards the swallow.

M - Medium bodied with prickly mid level carbonation. Some light sweetness is shown throughout. Mild fruity citrus lingers well into the aftertaste. Very smooth overall.

D - Very enjoyable beer (even on a 85 degree summer day) with tons of rich roasty/toasty malt flavors combined with earthy and citrusy hops and a bit of spice. Smooth drinking - goes down easily. Think I'll be seeking this out again in the winter season.

06-30-2010 00:35:04 | More by portia99
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Light brown color with a red tinge. Poured a one finger tan head that dissipated to a skim. Laced in broken rings.

S: Slightly sweet, bready malts. Citrus hops.

T: Sweet, bready caramel malt. Sharp bitter for cleansing finish with just a hint of cereal flavor that lingers.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Great balance.

D: Very drinkable. Farily flavorful and very balanced.

04-06-2010 15:00:01 | More by Haybeerman
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep coppery amber, with a tight finger of smooth off-white head. Very rich retention (especially when swirled) which leaves back a strong looking smattering of creamy lace. The aroma is floral up front, with a tea-like herbal nature to it. Plenty of spice is also present, as is a buttery bread element that gives this an almost butterscotch vibe to the sweetness in the nose that is present.

Hops control the taste much more than I would have intiailly thought, with a earthy herbal citric character and some notes of pine and spice. A slick feeling backing of toasted grains adds some sweetness to the profile but the hops return in the finish with plenty of gritty earth and spicy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall but this has a bit of thinness to it that seems to come from that hoppy, tea-like flavor in the profile. Very mellow and creamy in the mouth but that thin nature does detract a bit.

This was pretty good. Lots of festive feeling sweetness and spiciness, while the hop profile added some balance and slickness to the body, helping keep the drinkibility up for the most part. Plus there was just enough warmth to the body to help keep the chill off. This was my second Odell beer and I've still liking what they have to offer.

03-15-2010 12:01:18 | More by Kegatron
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Best by Date February 12th, 2010; Sampled February 7th, 2010
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces almost four-fingers of lightly amber tinged, tan colored froth. The beer is a red-amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fruity hops and toasty grain up front. There is a touch of bergamont, some light pine notes, some sweet-tea like crystal malt, big biscuit like malt character and a somewhat subtle, but somehow also distinct note of ripe berries.

A fullish body sticks to the palate with a caramelized grain sweetness that lingers long into the finish. Crystal malt and hops mix to form a berry like fruitiness that is lightly accented by citrus. The finish sees a biscuit driven maltiness play a big role, but the sweetness still is noticeable too. This definitely has a rich maltiness to it, perhaps a bit too crystal malt focused, but it certainly works as a winter seasonal. This is still quite quaffable, though it is certainly rich enough to be a hearty beer to drink a couple pints of in front of the fire.

Not bad, actually even enjoyable, this fits as a winter beer that definitely taken inspiration from imported, hoppy, English Winter ales.

03-07-2010 17:14:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz as an extra from cschmidt87, thanks man!

Pours a gorgeous rich ruby/caramel orange with nice head that has some staying power, leaves some lacing down the glass.

Odd duck from the nose: earthy loam, leather, rich dark fruit, bark, caramel malt, hint of spruce?

Continues on through the taste: really dry finish, very earthy, sweet caramel and dark fruits twisting through, light tingly hop bite in finish, cocoa powder, pillowy mouthfeel, very silky.

Not sure what to think of this one, very unique. Ultimately, I appreciate its complexities, find it to be quite drinkable while still maintaining a sense of 'richness' that I desire from a winter warmer, and would drink it again.

02-02-2010 02:58:03 | More by ritzkiss
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TexIndy

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. 2009 edition with a best by date of 4/1/10 on the front label. It was a cloudy amber color with plenty of floating bits. A couple stray carb streams. It had an average sized head that quickly settled into a collar with a thin incomplete film.

The aroma was caramel malt with spiced dark fruit. Not as wintry spiced as most other winter warmers which was good. Aroma really starts to fade as it warms up. The taste was also less spiced than others with the malt showing up more upfront with the spice and fruit hitting at the end. Some hop presence in the nose and taste but not much. Mouthfeel was medium with light carbonation and not bad aftertaste.

Overall, one of the better winter warmers that I've had. Recommend. Rotation - not avail here in TX so had ummagum ship me an Odell sampler. This isn't one of my favorite styles so only have a few per year if at all. So one is enough for me unless best choice. More a style thing than a taste thing.

02-02-2010 02:30:56 | More by TexIndy
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ArrogantJaron

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured out of a 12 oz. Btl.

A- A light, brown, almost ice tea color. Lighter than most winter warmers I've seen.

S- almost a bread pudding smell, sweet but still full.

T- Light and smooth, this beer doesn't really my taste but is a good representation of this style. There's a lot of an almost oat aftertaste.

M- a very smooth and easy beer.

D- A very drinkable beer! This is the type of beer I would want to drink during a tailgate or all day party. Is there any real difference. It's not filling and has lots of flavor for it's type.

01-30-2010 19:35:33 | More by ArrogantJaron
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours semi-hazy coppery color. One finger light tan head comes and goes quickly. Nice lacing all over the sides of the glass in a skirted fashion.

S- There is a caramel malt in there but it seems to be mixed in with a candy coated darker fruit mix. There is a light grain to this and I must say there is nothing that is overpowering in this beer...not bad at all.

T- This beer is sorta strange...I expected a little more bang out of it to be honest. The malt is the biggest catch with this. Nothing too big and over the top. I get a cinnamon flavor in the middle to ending of this beer. Faded hops in the back of this beer. Light alcohol presence along with a horehound like taste faint in the back of this.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is lacking in this beer I think. Not a bad thing though. Sweet malts and light cinnamon is what is left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Felt sluggy in the mouth.

D- This was a nice winter warmer. These are not my favorite of styles but this one turned out to be very good. Glad I got to try this one out.

01-25-2010 03:32:12 | More by alleykatking
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kels

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Thanks so much to bamadog for the hookup on this one. Never had an Odell brew before.

Pours into my pint glass a nice ruddy, coppery brown. It is pretty much clear with only the lightest amount of carbonation bubbles running through the liquid. The initial 1/2 finger fizzy, white head fades out pretty much immediately to a hazy slick along the top of the liquid and a few white spots along the walls of the glass.

Moderate aroma rises out of this beer. Lightly sweet caramelly malts and a dry, crunchy graininess join a slight cinnamon presence. No particular hop smells come to mind.

Nice, deep toasty malts provide sweetness and heartiness in this beer and reminds me a little of good rye beers I've had. There's a slight slick of syrupyness in the mouthfeel, and there's a crisp green-apple and herbal hop presence in the aftertaste. A hint of cinnamon comes through what seems to be a strange metallic taste that I think could be the alcohol sneaking out from beneath other flavors. Overall feel is moderately carbonated, yet still a little on the thin side initially. Drinkability is good - pretty low overall ABV with some intricate and fun-to-figure-out flavors throughout.

01-04-2010 22:23:31 | More by kels
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taxguyjase

New Mexico

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

The Isolation Ale pours a copper brown, with a light off-white head. Lots of malt, nuttiness and caramel in the nose of this one - seems sorta like Christmas fruit cake. You can definitely taste these smells when you have a sip - the medium body of the ale has some sweetness near the tail end. The aftertaste is pretty minimal, but has some good malty-ness. Not terribly carbonated, which didn't fill me up a whole lot (like that...need more room for Christmas treats anyway). With a good 6.0% ABV, this is a very enjoyable beer that won't get you on the "naughty" list if you have more than two or three.

Appearance - 4.0/5.0 - Rich, copper coloring with a light head
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - Nuts, caramel & malt are the primary aromas - strong enough to notice without being overbearing
Taste - 4.5/5.0 - The malt is sturdy and flavorful, with a bit of sweetness at the end of each taste
Feel - 4.5/5.0 - Medium bodied, lighter carbonation, flavor fills the mouth and little aftertaste
Drinkability - 5.0/5.0 - An excellent winter ale

12-20-2009 20:06:34 | More by taxguyjase
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wnh

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a muddled copper color with a large and foamy light tan head. A few sheets on lacing left behind.

Aromas of toasted malt, caramel, and a hint of earthy hops. Smells English, whatever that might mean. There's a light fruitiness underneath, alongside candied nuts. Smells good, but not what I'd expect in a winter seasonal from a brewery like Odell.

Toasted malt on the entry, and a large dose of it, turning mildly sweet in the middle before finishing with a fruity ester note alongside mildly astringent nuttiness. Short, quick, and clean.

Light to medium in body, soft and round. Mild carbonation. Very quaffable.

A tasty, well-made beer, but I can't help but feel some disappointment at this being Odell's winter seasonal. I'll most likely pick this up again, but not when I'm looking for something rich and warming; this is more of a drink-three-or-four-in-an-evening kind of beer.

12-17-2009 17:33:49 | More by wnh
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Amber to light brown in color that only had a quarter inch of head that did not retain well.

S: Nice caramel malt sweetness with subtle notes of cloves and cinnamon.

T: Starts out with some very nice caramel notes that transition into some subtle chocolate sweetness. A bit of pepper is present along with some cloves, coriander and some bubblegummy esters

M: A bit rough, but there is no heat to it and the body is pretty good

D: Drinks pretty easy and could be possible to have another or three

12-17-2009 00:01:51 | More by mikey711
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bamadog

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Near perfect copper color; starts with a 1/2 finger head that is just off-white and fades to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; body is very clear with only moderate chill haze and shows pretty light carbonation; spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Pretty light in the nose; earthy and grassy, very straw or hay-like; grainy (a little lager-esque, reminiscent of GLBC Dortmunder); very light hop presence balanced with a light malty presence as well.

Taste: Nice and earthy with that straw/grassy like flavor; mild hop presence that doesn't really add much bitterness to it, but just enough to add a dimension of it; slightly sweet malty backing as well as a slightly coppery flavor; quite simple, not complex at all and really pretty easy to drink.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Soft and smooth carbonation; very clean finish overall with only a very slight coating on the roof; quite different from other winter warmers with a thicker/maltier mouthfeel, but this one has a much higher drinkability because it doesn't weigh you down; the ABV is pretty moderate as well and this could almost be a sessionable beer.

12-13-2009 07:20:59 | More by bamadog
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Eldalonde

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%

A - Pours a deep amber color with a very small creamy white head which did not hang around very long.

S - There really isn't much in the way of aroma. Smells of bread and perhaps a touch of alcohol

T - There really wasn't much in the way of flavor. It was served so cold I couldn't really pick much up. Will need to revisit this beer at a later time. What I did pick up on was all rather light with very mild flavors of nuts and toffee. Really not much else going on here.

M - Decent mouthfeel, nothing too thick or too watery.

D - Since there really wasn't much going on with this beer, most people would think this to be very drinkable. However, I prefer more flavor in a beer rather than just some means to become inebriated.

Overall, this isn't really anything too exciting. Very middle of the road for craft beer.

12-13-2009 02:46:38 | More by Eldalonde
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far333

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Copper caramel colored with a low off-white head that settles down quickly. Low aroma of toasted malt and toffee.

Flavor of roasted malt, marshmallow, root beer, caramel and toffee. Notes of brown sugar, fig and plum. Mild bitterness offsets the malty flavors.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable. Thanks for BuckeyeNation for sending this over.

12-07-2009 16:52:02 | More by far333
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours a mostly clear copper color with a moderate tan foam. Below average retention, but does leave some nice lacing. I think I might have last years batch on my hands here, as the stamp is 021409.

Malts, malt and some more malt on the nose. Sweet, sticky and maybe even a bit oxidized. Dark bready aroma and a touch of fruit round things out, but this one is lopsidedly malty. Does not really smell that great to be honest, it is big though.

Taste is more of the same, as caramel, toffee and toasty malts are really all this beer has to offer. The malts are good, but there is not much else going on and it detracts from the overall appeal for me. I have been impressed by most of the Odell lineup, but this one is a pretty big disappointment.

12-04-2009 22:09:51 | More by twiggamortis420
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +1%

Pours amber with off-white head that is generous in size and retains rather well. Nose is soft with some toasty aromas and light caramel. Easygoing and appetizing aroma. More caramel and toasty flavors on the palate with less than average hopping for a winter warmer. Light to medium bodied and very, very drinkable.

12-04-2009 02:46:13 | More by yemenmocha
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a cherry brown color with a 3 inch tan head that recedes into a thin circle around the glass, leaving soap like lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is odd. Its a combination of a citrus IPA and a winter warmer. It reminds me of toffee and orange rind. Big citrusy notes up front - grapefruit and orange peel, finishing with caramel, toffee and chocolate. Kind of like a caramel orange. The flavor is very similar. The hops are a bit toned down, leading the malty body to take forefront. Caramel and toffee are big at first with grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind finishing. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. I wish it was just a bit of a bigger body. This is a great winter warmer and I will definitely be picking up another six pack soon.

12-03-2009 00:31:04 | More by hwwty4
Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.