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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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546 Ratings

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 52
Gots: 27 | 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 jera1350
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper color with a tan head that offers plenty of lacing even though it's not the most thick.

Getting some floral and earthy hops in balance with the malt which has moderate sweetness. Grape juice/Kool-Aid like. They really do not form a good combination. Kind of a confusing smell really.

Having the same problem with the taste as with the nose. Grape juice along with some roasted caramel malt. The hops add some bitterness, earthy and floral notes. Getting some spice notes too even though I'm not sure any were used. Alcohol comes through in the end. Just confusing tasting.

Creamy and chewy mouthfeel that is very satisfying.

Probably to style, but just confusing and overall not all that enjoyable for myself. Kind of a mess in the smell and taste. Give it a shot, but I will not be having this one again.

jera1350, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown orange color with a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malt and some spice.

Tastes of the sweet malts with some spice to round it out. Malts are characterized by caramel and brown sugar with some fruitiness in the background. Spices are clove like and add to the mix. Some hops are found as it warms and add citrus peel notes as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of GabrielM
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - rich amber color with an awesome white head on top that sticks around for a while.

S - slight hops, a tiny bit of pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, dark fruit.

T - a bit of hops, allspice, a hint of the pumpkin is there, and a small bit of fruit I can't quite put my finger on.

M - really nice carbonation and flavors sit well on the palate and go down incredibly smooth.

D - could definitely have a few but wouldn't want more than two or three - it might get a little sweet for my tastes.

GabrielM, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served with a scant finger of creamy head, although stick is mighty fine. Orange color with lots of brown in the middle. Nose is mostly of the caramel malt persuasion, with a hint of slightly tropical fruits. If you consider oranges to be tropical. Enough potency here for me to appreciate it, but the aroma doesn't quite knock me off my barstool.

The flavor is quite nice, and leaves much of the overly-spiced, fruitcake-like qualities of the style out of the equation. Much appreciated, Odell. Malts provide a punchy sweetness, with plenty of complexity that doesn't require any cinnamon or cardamom. Hops shine here a little more than the nose, bringing out some flavors of grapefruit and orange. Well balanced.

Everything is just about great with this one - while not my favorite style or even my favorite example of the style, Isolation Ale manages to be a pretty great beer that I should have gotten around to long before tonight.

BretSikkink, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Grumpy's in Roseville on Darkness Day Weekend.

Appearance -- Deep ruddy amber, almost purple with a slim beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, plum sweetness, brown sugar, some noticable spiciness. Not especially aromatic, but what is present is enjoyable.

Taste -- Spice cake, toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, prune and raisin, and earthy hops throughout. Finish is spice cake and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body with moderate creamy carbonation. Pretty satisfying.

Drinkability -- Pretty nice. Good malt profile and enough spicy malt to balance and keep things interesting. One could do worse than to be snowed in with a case of this.

yeahnatenelson, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

codewarrior, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ZAP, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of KeefD
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

KeefD, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bsp77, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Buebie, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Domingo
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Domingo, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of claybeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

claybeer, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

portia99, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Haybeerman, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kegatron, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ritzkiss, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

TexIndy, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of ArrogantJaron
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ArrogantJaron, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

alleykatking, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of kels
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kels, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of taxguyjase
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

taxguyjase, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of wnh
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

wnh, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

mikey711, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bamadog, Dec 13, 2009
Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.