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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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515 Ratings

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001)
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Photo of jampics2


4/5  rDev +2.3%

Six pack purchased at AJ's in Scottsdale.

Poured into a clear pint glass, looks great. Nice white head on an amber body. It doesn't feel like winter here in AZ, but it looks like I'm going to get a nice kick of wamth from this.

Smells like freshly baked bread. Minimal hops, no spice.

Sweet lord - this is malty and delicious. MALTY AND DELICIOUS I SAY! Sweet bread crust and just an awesome display of all that sweet grain can offer.

Mouth is great. Perfect carb.

Drinkability is off the hook. I drank all 6 while writing this short review (j/k).

Nice solid offering from Odell - I'd like to see more straight-forward winter offerings as opposed to spruce, spiced, and sketchy offerings. Kudos!

11-29-2009 17:06:28 | More by jampics2
Photo of dbossman


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Dark amber with small head that dissipates to a fingernail but the lacing is quite good

S: There isn't a lot of aroma; some biscuit/malt smells; there is a subtle sweetness and hops that are nice but all in all there just isn't a lot of aroma going on

T: A lot more flavorings in the taste; the rich and dark roasted malts are the first characteristic; there is also a pleasant sweetness that pervades balanced by a subtle spicy quality

F: Very nice mouth feel; even with balanced carbonation

D: Very nice winter ale; I could drink a couple of these and watch the snow fall down; great beer

11-12-2009 04:18:30 | More by dbossman
Photo of rhollman


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance - Dark amber

Smell - Some aroma

Taste - Crisp, smooth, hops taste starts mild and finishes stronger

Mouth Feel - Smooth, slightly creamy and pleasant

Drinkability - I like it, but there are no spices or anything to make it a holiday brew, and it just seems like a more mild version of Odell's IPA - which is great!

10-27-2009 19:54:14 | More by rhollman
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured a nice amber color with lots of highlights and a small white head. Nose is malty, earthy and very sweet. Taste is lots of malt, dark fruits and poerhaps some nutmeg. Mouthfeel is warming, thought the ABV was bigger than it was. tasted bigger and fuller.

10-27-2009 16:17:01 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of SamN


3.95/5  rDev +1%

From six pack, poured in a pint glass

A- Poured a cloudy brown/dirty red, topped with a thin layer of tiny bubbles. A nice festive color, suitable for the winter warmer style.

S- Smells of candied fruits and light hoppiness. Not much aroma. Vigorous swirling releases a more malty and boozy smell.

T- Taste is like classic red ale hoppiness and mild lambic-like fruit characteristics. Sweet flowery notes in front, fading to mild bitterness and spice. Expected more alcohol; not a very "warming" warmer. A rather lighter and more mild approach, but it is quite a tasty beer.

M- Medium bodied and light carbonation

D- A good, easy drinker for social occasions, and a nice beer to return to every winter. I've would've liked to see this beer a little stronger and more assertive; this beer is too mild and thin to be the winter warmer for the Rocky Mountains.

10-23-2009 00:00:57 | More by SamN
Photo of thrawn208


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Went to neighborhood spirits store, saw this in the cooler, and immediately thought, "Wow, it's winter already?" That's what happens in Colorado - the winter comes fast, and the Isolation Ale comes just as quick. Didn't hurt that we had snow all day long.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Like prior iterations, leaves little head, but a decent lace. Everything screams winter about this beer - it's almost-the-color-of-Santa's-cheeks red on pour, and the smell reminds me of what I imagine his workshop would smell like.

Taste is extremely malty. It works for a cold night, but I don't know that it would work on a milder winter evening. It's full in your mouth and leaves a pleasant coating that sticks with you for a few minutes afterward. Easy to drink for a darker ale, I could probably put away 2 or 3 without a second thought. Which is exactly what you want out of a winter ale with hockey on TV, snow outside and the old ball and chain out with her friends.

To me, Colorado winter beer IS Odell Isolation Ale.

10-22-2009 02:15:11 | More by thrawn208
Photo of mulder1010


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

330 poured into a red oak glass

A-- Poured a reddish brown, under a finger head but left very nice lacing on the glass and the head retention was excellent.

S-- Roasted malts, carmel, and toffee. No spice to this winter warmer that I can tell. There is sweet smell to this also.

T-- Carmel, toffee, malt, malts and some hops to this. It is a very nice opening to this beer.

M-- Med carbonation and very flavorful. Has character and is a bit heavy.

D-- Excellent. A great winter warmer that is at 6%. Different because there is no spice to it. Mostly malt and carmel. Has been my favorite winter seasonal for the 6 years and continues to amaze me everytime I have it. Can drink one and enjoy it or have 3 easily and just warm up.

10-13-2009 05:34:40 | More by mulder1010
Photo of GarrisWH


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

A - Pours a clear, deep reddish amber color with a beige head. Head appears a bit thin on the initial pour, but ends up having very nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet, caramel malt up front in the aroma, with a slight biscuit quality. Subtle earthy and citrus hops as well. A subdued, but pleasant aroma.

T - Pretty similar to the aroma: sweet, toasted, caramel maltiness with a touch of biscuit/bready flavor. The malt is balanced with some citrus, earthy, and slighty grassy hoppiness. The hops in this one add a nice dryness that compliments the caramel malts well.

M - Medium bodied with subtle carbonation that keeps this one nice and smooth.

D - Very drinkable for the style. Has a great flavor and warmth for the winter months, but the body and balance make it a solid candidate for a session brew. I will definitely have to add this into the rotation this winter.

10-05-2009 01:58:38 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of indiapaleale


4/5  rDev +2.3%

This has to be one of my favorite labels of any bottled beer. I know its May but this one has been in my fridge and needs to be enjoyed.

Pours a nice deep, dark amber with about a half inch of bubbly, pancake battery head. Good looking pour.

Smell is brown bread in the toaster, dark caramel/brown sugar, malt malt malt along with a bit of after ripe banana.

Taste is very doughy, bready, toasty/roasty stuff. Very sweet on the back of the tongue and definitely more of a malt bomb than anything else. This is like a nice cross between an amber and a brown ale...call it a Winter Warmer if you'd like but its a very straightforward malty ale.

Easy drinking and not all that high in ABV comparatively. This is a great candidate for a cask.

05-14-2009 21:10:26 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

God this beer as an extra in a trade, and I had to be honest that I had never heard of it. Still I was excited as it looked like a solid beer for sure. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/18/2009.

The pour was very nice, classic for the style really with a nice light caramel color, good clarity here with a light carbonation bubbling up throughout the glass. A nice light head of white coming up and over the top settled down nicely into a thin film that covered the top. The aroma was rich caramel malts and a nice light sweetness, almost a nuttiness to it. Rich flavor, clean, crisp, clean. Nice light roasted caramel flavor with a light hop bitterness and a really nice and rounded out flavor. Smooth, easy drinking and very rich this was a very nice beer to sit down with at dinner and something that I would have no issue with having again.

03-19-2009 01:39:53 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Presentation: Nice wintery themed label on a brown pop-top 12oz

Appearance: Nice tawny burnt orange beer with steady carbonation and a thick ivory film with good retention.

Smell: Mild sweet candied aromas with a touch of smoke and caramel.

Taste: Rich, sweet toffee with touches of biscuit

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: This is a good, tasty, Scottish-style ale...there's nothing wrong with it, it just doesn't wow...not O'dell's best, but definitely worth a try.

01-21-2009 03:40:48 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Picked up a 12oz single from Odell. About $2. This is a revisit of a beer that I did not like when I first got into craft beer about two years ago.

A: copper orange color with an off white head about half an inch thick, recedes to a film, heavy chunks of lacing on the sides. not a whole lot of bubbles.

S: pale malts, piney earthy hops, nice earthy aromas, smells a lot like an English IPA.

T: Big caramel malt flavors up front, earthy hop character, almost soapy, almost a rye flavor in the malt flavor, lots of earthy undertones in this one, quite balanced, lingering grainy malts, sit in the mouth quite a while.

M: nicely carbonated, somewhat thick, and pretty smooth to boot, has a faint alcohol warmth to it.

D: for it being a beer I used to hate, I can actually see myself drinking more than one in a night. A tasty beer, well balanced, and goes down easy.

01-06-2009 01:12:45 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of ghebel


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

A - Copper, reddish color. Mildly turbid with an off white head.

S - Caramel malt is dominate. Citrusy hop aroma adds a nice surprise.

T - Sweet caramel with a hoppy bitterness as well. Warm sensation during swallow.

M - full and sweet.

D - Could not drink very many of these beers d/t the sweet, fullness and the obvious alcohol presence.

Overall - The hops save this beer. It is still not my favorite style, but this is better than many other winter seasonals I have tried.

01-05-2009 01:34:09 | More by ghebel
Photo of Rayek


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Deep copper colored brew with nice clarity and fairly active carbonation. Rocky cream had has decent retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Clove, anise and caramel dominate. Smoke and citrus scents linger in the background.

T: Malt has a caramel and lightly charred oak flavor to it. Bitterness comes on with lemon, clove, pepper and allspice flavors that provide good balance. Finishes tart, dry and woodsy.

M: Medium body is bit too fizzy and detracts slightly from the experience.

D: Odell is quickly becoming my favorite CO brewery. This yet another excellent offering from them.

12-29-2008 16:52:18 | More by Rayek
Photo of MarzenMan


3.83/5  rDev -2%

Dark brown with a decent head. Good hop aroma but not overpowering. Slight sweet malt smell.

The taste starts with a great hop flavor that gives way to a little sweet malt. The flavors are all fairly faint for a winter warmer.

Fairly thin and doesn't really stand out. An easy drinker but nothing I'll necessarily remember. Def. one of the lighter winter ales.

12-27-2008 19:15:03 | More by MarzenMan
Photo of emerge077


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Review from notes, consumed Dec. 23rd. BBD: 04/04/09

Deep orange with compact yet lasting eggshell foam layering on the surface. Part of it's staying power was a result of the stiff texture of the foam. Reddish tinge, sticky sheets of lacing. Toasted malt aroma, very clean and dry. Toffee and bready malt flavors, complex taste like a blend of rye and pumpernickel. Dry bitterness, not a sweet one thankfully. Medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Overall a nice Winter Warmer with a savory feel, easily drinkable.

12-27-2008 02:40:18 | More by emerge077
Photo of SpecialK088


4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams pint.

Deep clear amber with a small head but good retention.

Light notes on smell, carmel, malt slight alochol note.

Man is this good I had it last year and dont remember it being this good, rich carmel and malt, very roasted taste with an exceptionally complex and well balanced flavor, great carbonation level.

I will drink this till its gone and am very interested to see how it will age I'll probably drop a 6 pack back to save soon.

12-11-2008 00:29:37 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of BCK


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz Pilsner.

This beer is an absolutely beautiful amber beer, pours nicely with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing behind.

Smells of fruit and a bit malty.

Slightly bitter taste and a nice warming sensation while drinking, this isn't the sugar and spice Winter beers that seem to be popular at the moment. There is a hint of fruit flavor in it that I haven't put my finger on yet, but it is a nice tasting brew.

Has some zing to it, but it is a very smooth beer.

A very drinkable beer, quite enjoying it on this cold evening before heading to bed. Not my favorite Odell Brew but it's one that I will drink again.

12-05-2008 05:18:23 | More by BCK
Photo of goatjc


2.03/5  rDev -48.1%

I don't know where all these good reviews are coming from, it sucks, so read on if you want to know why.

A - Like the rest said, it's promising and pours well, enough head, amber in color etc

S - I really was not impressed. For a winter brew I look for strong tones of spices and whatnot, none of which is found. There are subtle hints, but nothing to really give you excitement.

T - Well, just like half of Odell's brews, it screams mediocrity. They seemed to try to throw a lot into this brew, but it just doesn't seem to balance. You can sit there and make your mind to think that there are flavors, but to be honest, the flavors that are there are too subtle to even pick out. Instead of joining all the colors to make a painting on this one, it's like they just threw them altogether and made a canvas full of brown.

M - This is one of my high points as it does feel like a winter beer. It has some weight to it and definitely will fit the winter brew category.

D - It's drinkable don't get me wrong, but I was so turned off by the taste it doesn't make it very drinkable.

I honestly want to be an Odell fan boy, honestly! They make one of the best IPA's out there, and their pale ale is not too shabby either. Inevitable it seems, every other beer of their's is just mediocre or awful. This will go on my list of "not even worth trying" brews. So, if you're out there and curious, don't waste your time. Might as well pick up a 12 of natty and at least have a good time!

11-09-2008 00:54:56 | More by goatjc
Photo of brewjones


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a deep orange with an off white head. Nice retention. Malty nose with hints of dark fruits. Some esters. The taste is mostly of caramel with a hop backbone. Great mouthfeel and a heavier winter warmer for the season. I always enjoy this beer. I like to buy a six of it every year because of it's simplicity as a holiday beer.

11-06-2008 17:07:18 | More by brewjones
Photo of waltonc


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Amber/orange, a little bit of haze, almost an inch of head at first. Malty and floral smell and taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very well rounded beer. All of the qualities are in sync with one another. Would make for a great sipper while sitting outside in a hot tub after a long day of skiing.

11-01-2008 22:16:17 | More by waltonc
Photo of humanawho


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A - light orange with off white head that dies down quick

S - strong of hops very earthy and flowery with a nice undertone of sweetness

T - nice earthy bitterness and a little honey taste

M - mouthfeel is a little syrupy and think as expected

D - good drinkablity overall

10-27-2008 23:27:31 | More by humanawho
Photo of GilGarp


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a beautiful shade of copper-orange with a good inch of white head. It sticks around very well and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma sweet and tart like pears and apples. Hops are there too but it's mostly malts in the smell. Some yeasty aroma too but it's pleasant.

Flavor is sweet and bitter with a bit of tartness. It's unusual in that there doesn't seem to be any defining characteristic but it's well-balanced. There's a bit of spice to it but nothing that jumps out and screams it's name.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, good smoothness, and not overly carbonated.

Drinkability is good except that it's not exceptional in any way. Just good all around. I remember enjoying this one very much the last two years but this time it's not doing it for me. It does get better as it warms but I haven't warmed to it quite yet.

10-24-2008 00:37:24 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Tolnik


4/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Amber color with some lite lacing.

S - Smells of a caramel malt with hints of spice and citrus.

T - Taste starts with earthy tones of spice and hops. Good balance of malt and hops provides a great aftertaste that lingers for a good time.

M & D - Good carbonation and enjoyable beer for the winter time season.

10-19-2008 19:39:01 | More by Tolnik
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottled 3/1/07

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sudsy head that pancakes the liquid with lots of big bubbles; some lacing

Smell: Smells like the quintessential Winter Warmer; plenty of caramel malt, almost like a spice cake with hints of citrus also wafting through

Taste: Opens with a spice cake flavor that veers in an earthy hop direction by mid-palate (very English so far); there is also a mineral tone that adds to the Englishness; after the swallow, the malt and hop flavors balance nicely and provide a hint of a leathery tobacco finish; ultimately, the hoppy elements move in a more flavorful American direction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Christmas in July; the aging on this bottle does it no harm

Thanks to Oxymoron (even though it took me a while to get around to it) and to googzoid10 and welosiped, so that I could taste a fresher, somewhat hoppier version

07-12-2008 20:18:07 | More by brentk56
Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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