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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

648 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 60
Gots: 63 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001)
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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks go out to Lunch for providing this as an extra in our trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy caramel color with hints of ruby. An inch of off-white head lasts for a while before settling. Thin, finely constructed lacing coats the glass.

S: Bread pudding with a fruit juice scent. Cherry and raspberry to be specific. Caramel, brown sugar. Good.

T: Caramel and toffee blend with cake and cookie-like malt tastes. A touch woody. Some rum-raisin and molasses. Distinct raspberry in the background. Fruitcake. Green, oily hop tastes start to go herbal and spicy after a while. Long, lingering finish of caramel, cake, and rum raisin.

M: Medium bodied. Full, creamy, and slightly silky. Light carbonation. Very slightly warming.

O: This is a great beer, plain and simple. The English malts really shine, and create a nice dessert-like impression. Proof that you don't need to dump a ton of spices into a beer to make a solid winter seasonal. Very drinkable to boot. Brewers take note, this is how you do a winter seasonal.

Notes: I'm probably the most critical person on the planet when it comes to Winter Warmers. This is one of the few that I can fully endorse. If only it were distributed here . . .

Photo of Mizorie
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RDW
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber color, somewhat murky, with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – definitely a more malty or syrupy type of smell. I don’t notice a whole lot of hop in the aroma itself.

Taste – quite strong on the bitter side straight from the off. However, it’s more of a presence than a strength. The hops/bitterness don’t overwhelm. There is a slight calm that comes in the middle, probably due to the malts.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced, not leaning to heavily on the watery or creamier sides.

Overall – not terribly intriguing to think about, but very good-tasting.

Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, NoSignsOfPain!

A slightly hazed amber and copper with a relatively large light khaki colored foam. The beer left the glass mess with sheets and spots of lace. Pretty, though a bit thin.

An above average aroma which includes caramel and toffee, biscuit, a touch of chocolate, and some mild spice components. Though I'm not usually a big fan of spiced beers, I thought this one could use even a bit more.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with the sweet malt and bready backbone dominating much of the flavor with a hint of fruit cake spiciness as well. Above average.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average winter warmer, but I was hoping for more spice character.

Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rawfish
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lawlerj
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA pint glass. Best by date is 2/24/12.

A - Pours a translucent coppery with a finger width light tan head. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - I detect caramel malt and some biscuity bread aromas. Some hops, but nothing too strong.

T - Bready malt up front, transitioning to more caramel notes and a bit of crisp, earthy hops on the back end.

M - Definitely medium body bodied with kind of a creamy feel. Moderately carbonation.

O - Very nice beer. A perfect fit for a cold January weekend afternoon.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Isolation Ale glass. Date stamped on bottle: 3/29/11

A - Mildly hazy with a burgundy color. Solid 2 finger head which seemed to linger for a long while and thick bubbly lacing.

S - A blend of toasty chocolate biscuity malts. A hint of earthy tone hops.

T/M - It is a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel with medium body. It's clean yet the hops leave a noticeable bitterness from start to finish. The aroma transitions to the flavor in the middle when the toasted biscuit and chocolate malts enter the palette. Slight sweetness on the tail end with a hint of the earthy hops.

D - You can't have just one.

Overall this is a well balanced brew that doesn't annihilate your senses with too much alcohol or hops or malts. I look forward to this release every year and 2010's offering was very good. A great offering and represents the Winter Warmer style well. I would easily recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-19-2011 04:23:45

Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rwilde
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jedtheavenger
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle into a tulip glass.

A--pours a hazy ruby-tan color. Silky 3/4 inch head looks gorgeous!

S--grass, butterscotch, and molasses. A little bit of alcohol is evident as well.

T--rich malt gives way to a flavor that can best be described as similar to pear cider, then finishes with subtle citrus from the hops. It almost reminds me of a variation on a Belgian dubbel.

M--smooth and creamy. The alcohol cuts through and tingles a little on the tongue, which seems to be a pretty ideal characteristic for a winter warmer.

Overall: due to the availability in a 6-pack and the reasonable price, this is definitely NOT a one-and-done beer. It's an excellent seasonal beer that isn't trying to be pretentious.

Edit (1/19/12): This one definitely grew on me as I got more accustomed to the style of winter warmers. It's balanced in such a way that it seems like a way bigger beer than it actually is. Although it's only 6% ABV, Isolation has an excellent warming quality to it.

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour, almost no head on it, maybe in the 1/4" range and it was on the downlow. Aroma seemed like it would have come from a stronger beer. Aside from the alcohol, it was earthy, toffee, imperial tea.

Taste, definitely has the warming side of this style down. More burnt toffee, still the earthy filling quality. Moderate hop crispness when fresh, yet the beer doesn't really pickup in sweetness when you age it if you wanted to do that with this beer, I've pretty much drank 3 saved 3 when I bought this beer on two different six pack occasions. Bitterness is about the same as well.

Tastes like an old ale, winter warmers are usually more sessionable for me, and this just seemed like a bigger beer than a 6% winter warmer should be. I guess that's why I age half of 'em, seeing if they grow into their big boy pants.

Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has dark bronze colored body with average head and lace. A little bit cloudy towards the top of the body.

Smell: It aroma is a bit spicy.

Taste: The flavor is toffee like with tones of caramel and coffee. It has some fruity bitterness form the hops. Herbal flavors come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with some carbonation bite.

Overall: It is a good beer. I like it better on tap of course but even in the bottle it is pretty good.

Photo of pigc
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours light brown with thin one finger head that fades quickly.

S - Sweet malt, caramel, toffee.

T - Toffee, caramel, slight citrus hops.

M - Somewhat thin with average carbonation.

O - Another solid brew from Odell. Just not my favorite. Nice beer to curl up with by a fire and enjoy a few without putting your lights out.

Photo of aschdave
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Color is a amber copper.

Aroma: Mainly all malts. Very English forward. Bready malts. Caramel. Some biscuit. A little toffee and some spice.

Taste: Much like the nose, except there is a little grassy hop profile. There is some orange peel mixed in with the sugar. Some molasses and brown sugar flavor. All the same malt flavors mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little roasty and dry.

Overall, a decent winter warmer. Nothing crazy spectacular, but I have gotten through a few of these this winter.

Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.