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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001)
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to beernut7 for the chance to try this winter warmer on the first actual real day of winter--chilly outside.

A: Pours a pretty clear bronze color with a slight film of a head. Not retention with not much lace.
S: Sweet caramel malt with a twang of maple syrup and butterscotch sweetness. Slight grassy hop presence can be detected.
T/M: Nice caramel malt backbone with a slight floral grassy hop presence embedded in the thickness of the big malt profile. Not as thick on the palate when it first starts out--very smooth though. There's a slight spicyness but is subdued. Not overly sweet. Medium bodied.
D: Overall a smooth and easy drinking winter warmer. Not a bad brew from Odell, though this could pack more of a punch.

11-28-2006 23:37:54 | More by bjohnson
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

A good amber, dark burgundy pour. Slight, but thick head.
Aromas of raisin, biscuit, some ginger (?) and orange surround the nose.
A nice taste. Starts as sweeter malt amber lager, good alcohol to warm you up. The sweetness is cut short by the hops. The biscuit and raisin are replaced with lemon and spice. Not too much for a good, clean finish.

11-26-2006 03:33:05 | More by Mebuzzard
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CJStout

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Brown, attractive bottle (might collect for my homebrew).

Copper in color, very clear, light tan thin head leaving subtle lace.

Little nose, however malt is evident. Very slight aroma that is pleasant and familiar but I can't seem to identify it.

Moderately carbonated. Malty (biscuit?) beginning with a very notable bitter finish. Balanced. Tasty.

Overall, enjoyable beer. Not too heavy or strong in flavor or spice for a winter ale. Not a session beer, but multiple pints would be enjoyable ... would be a good friend in isolation ; ]

11-09-2006 22:21:49 | More by CJStout
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a thick creamy head.

Smell: Roasted grain. A hint of sour dough, malts and splash of hops.

Taste: It has a nice malt sweetness with suggestions of grain and bread and a subtle apple tart in the finish but very little typical WW spices.

Mouthfeel: Very well rounded. Crisp with a nice pinch of bitterness to close off the beer.

Drinkability: This beer is simple and built for drinking.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

11-03-2006 20:37:22 | More by Phatz
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bort11

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz bottle, with another very nice looking Odell woodcut label, poured into an imperial pint glass. Not much of a head, only about a 1/4 inch thick, but the lacing was persistant. Color was a dark yet clear reddish brown. Smell is mildly wood-like, sort of like fresh cut pine or spruce. Bit of smokiness. Wood flavor in the taste comes through strongly, like a campfire. Spicy notes add to the smokiness. Slight hops tang. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a smooth warmth. As a Winter Warmer, it doesn't really pack a big punch, but that's ok. It's a very nice and relaxing beer. very good for just sitting back and watching TV.

11-02-2006 18:53:58 | More by bort11
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whynot44

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

A nice clear reddish copper color with a decent tan head that subsides to a skin but continues to leave some nice lace.

The aroma is biscuity, toasty malt with hints of spicy hops.

The flavor is toasted malts, some caramel, vanilla and raisins. The finish brings our some spicy hops, a bit of slightly burnt toast and hints of alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, easy to drink could help get you in the mood for some outdoor activites in the fall or recover from shoveling snow later on.

10-30-2006 02:08:33 | More by whynot44
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +10%

2006 vintage

Pours efferevescent copper/caramel with a 2.5 fingers offwhite head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Intense almost burnt caramel & malt & some alcohol

T: Smokey caramel & a little aclohol up front, then a hint of cherry& oak. Rich breadyness, vanilla & brown sugar follow as it warms. Finishes with dryness, a slight smokeyness & a praline sweetness

MF: sticky Rich body with excellent carbonation & balance

Drinks good, but 2 would be about my limit. Good winter warmer, would go good with ham or fruitcake

10-19-2006 03:14:16 | More by russpowell
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

It’s back! Had it available on tap at Odell’s. How did I not rate this before? Pour is a darker brown color with amber hints when held up to the light. Good clarity and a mostly puffy white head.

The nose is mostly malty. A good sweetness with some toasty aromas. A light spiciness as well. The hops are subtle but noticeable with a earthy smell.

The taste has a great malt presence and good body. To start the malt is a good bready flavor with a touch of biscuit and a light roasted hint to the end. The hops are more noticeable then the smell would indicate. A great bitterness that is enhanced by a spicy finish. The spices aren’t exactly noticeable but still drink out a good finish.

The body is good with a full body feel. Not quite chewy though. I wouldn’t exactly call this a Winter Warmer as the spices are blended more then stand out but a fantastic beer to drink.

10-11-2006 01:24:51 | More by Oxymoron
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

Appearance: Copper-orange hue, with medium clarity. Poured a foamy, white 1/2 inch head that dissipated in a couple of minutes. Good lacing, with medium viscosity.

Aroma: All malt and yeast, with bread and biscuit tones. Hints of raisins and light sours, with slight caramel finish. A lot of the more subtle flavors are masked by the immediate malt/yeast finish.

Taste: Light body and carbonation provide good support for a mild bitter aftertaste. Again, lots of malt and yeast, but not as much complexity as the color and aroma immediately promised. Subtle honey tones, and a light coffee finish - little if any hop presence. Grainy malts and yeast give this a fairly basic earthy feel, with good balancing of the bitters.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy finish, with lower caronation than I expected from the head. Smooth with no astringency.

Drinkability: Definitely a very drinkable beer, but I'm not sure it has the complexity to carry itself as a winter warmer. Very little spice or development of sweet flavors in the malts. In a lot of ways this is characteristic of a rustic loaf of white bakery bread - definitely pleasant, but needs other things to bring it to life.

06-25-2006 16:41:53 | More by expatsteve
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -13%

pours up a semi-dark amber, hazy color, with a decent off white head of lumpy foam. drops in time, but keeps a nice layer on the beer, tons of spider web lace all over the glass.
smell is earthy, mulch and a touch of sweet bread.
taste is a bit average, very malty, not much hop, but nothing outstanding. a good malty ale but nothing like a hearty winter warmer i've come to expect.
mouthfeel is medium, somewhat creamy and nice, with a bit of carbonation.
drinkability is high, a decent beer to have a few of, but the average taste would keep me from having more than 2 or 3.

cheers...

01-15-2006 05:34:04 | More by NClifestyle
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

2005/06 Edition. Bottle is of the new packaging.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, the beer is an orangish brown, not fully clear. While the beer poured with an off white head about 1/4 inch thick, it did not stand the test of time, actually not even a minute. Faded to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Predominately malty, slight sweetness as expected, but balanced with some piney hop aromas as well. Good, but not great. As the beer warms there seems to be something a little whiskeyish about this as well.

Taste: Malt seems to dominate this one for me. There is a definite hop bitterness to it near the finish, but as I quaff the beer I get less of that and more sweet maltyness, some roasted malt, some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, a touch dry on the finish. A good winter beer. Slight alcohol burn in the throat.

Drinkability: While this is drinkable, I will say I always expect and hope for more, but am always somewhat let down. I love the other Odell beers that I have had, but I just can't fully get behind this one. Still, it's worth a try, though.

01-14-2006 17:40:04 | More by BigRedN
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours a amber almost cinnamon color. Nice sticky head with little retention. Very sweet malty smelling with some other aromas in there that are hard to distinguish. Taste is malty sweetness maybe some caramel with a nice dry finish. The dry finish gives this beer a very good mouthfeel. It's drinkable and good to have once and awhile. I wouldn't drink this one regularly though. Many thanks to Dertbert for providing me the oppertunity.

01-08-2006 17:38:10 | More by wcudwight
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Pegasus

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance: Clear, medium amber color, with a small, persistent white head, and thick, patchy lace.

Aroma: The aroma is quite odd, rather like wet leaves, with a slight earthy note.

Taste: Tart, earthy, and mildly smoky notes dominate the taste, the finish is tart and sweet, with a note of yeast, and a lingering metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Rather odd, somewhat like a tart brown ale. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this sample.

12-29-2005 03:06:13 | More by Pegasus
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -27.6%

12 oz. brown bottle.

A slightly hazed dark copper in color with a big off-white head. Sticky and clingy froth.

The nose is of biscuity malts, faint spices, metal, and burnt rubber. Yes, that is right, burnt rubber. Yuck.

Medium body with a gentle carbonation. The beer has a bready malt flavor, an ambiguous spiciness, and a good balance of bitterness. There is a strange sugary sweetness that fades in and out.

Being that smell and taste are so closely linked I had a hard time enjoying this beer. I'm hoping it was poorly stored and I was an unlucky recipient.

12-16-2005 21:52:32 | More by Shultzerdugen
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

2005 edition, claims to be 6.1% this year.

Not much to add to previous reviews except that this feels as malty as a Doppelbock. Good hop and malt balance, with the lots of malt sweetness kept under control by decent piney and bitter hopping.

Worth a try.

11-20-2005 05:57:54 | More by ColoradoBobs
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rowew

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Presentation: New label and six pack match the new Odell's packaging line. No date listed. Bottle is also different, with aspen leaves on the neck and a ring around the top.

Appearance: Pours a dark red orange with a nice thick off white head. Nice retention, thick lacing.

Smell: Starts off spicy, then a thick malty sweetness. Hops are present in good numbers here. Very full-bodied aroma.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel - medium to full bodied. Very nicely balanced. The spice flavor is present but not overpowering - just enough hops to keep the malt from overpowering.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - this is a nice warming winter brew. I look forward to enjoying this in quantity once the weather turns cold.

10-18-2005 23:16:18 | More by rowew
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Labeled as "For the season of 2004-2005", procured through XMas BIF 2004. Bottled on 10/04.
Caramel colored brew with nice white head. Good retention and lacing. Chocolate and caramel laden aromas with some earthy hops thrown in. Same chocolate and caramel come through in a hefty medium bodied brew. Nicely balanced with some earthy/grassy hops on the back end. Nicely done, without all the sweetness and spicing normally reserved for holiday ales. Went down smooth and easy and worth several.

10-16-2005 22:02:47 | More by Dithyramb
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LuckySevens82

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc.
Pours a very nice, clear amber with a very nice head and decent lacing.
Smell is quite nice. Caramel, cinnamon, cloves?, fruity (strawberries, a little bit of orange maybe), definite hints of toasted malt as well.
Taste is very similar to the way it smells although the fruitiness seems to be overshadowed by intense cinnamon and spiciness of the beer. I was kind of hoping for a bit more emphasis on the fruit rather than the spice. But overall a pretty decent winter warmer.

03-10-2005 01:42:22 | More by LuckySevens82
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Competely clear maroon body, big head fades fast and leaves a tattered curtain of lacing around the top of my Schell tulip. Smells malty, with tones of choclate and brown sugar, very doppley. Taste is extra sweet and accentuated by vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Hops are there, but not dominant, just ind of in the background. Slick, fairly thick mouthfeel. I like it, a good well-spiced warmer.

03-02-2005 19:58:44 | More by TastyTaste
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HardTarget

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

12 oz. Brown twisty with Best before 2/1/05 on the bottle
Aroma: An odd harsh hop aroma. Hard to pinpoint, but different.
Appearance: Clear to hazy orange/amber with a nice tan head. The head lingered and left a solid coat of heavy lace.
Flavor: Seems to be based on an amber ale. A sweet start is cut short by a harsh bitter finish. Some alcohol noted as well as a touch of rain water that I associate with an organic beer. Sample was a bit oxidized showing a touch of cardboard within the best by date.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall Impression: Not my cup of hop tea. No real malt tastes, not much spice to put it in a winter mood. An enjoyable beer, but a bit different. Big props to babydoc who set me up with the generous trade!

01-08-2005 23:24:15 | More by HardTarget
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Cool label; makes me want to drink beer in a warm cabin. Pours a dim burgandy with flashes of amber. Capped by a creamy, light khaki head that laces nicely. A very warm looking ale.
Smells of figs, toasted nuts, caramel, and spicy citrus hops. Not overly aromatic though. Hits the tongue with moderately sweet malt. Notes of toasted bread, nuts, rummy fruit, and toffee are evident. Mouthfeel starts out lively and then gets thicker toward the finish. Spicy and citrusy hops pick up into the finish and remain. Slightly warming for its abv, but I would need a little something more if I were cabin-ed up all winter. A nicely made beverage nonetheless.

01-07-2005 03:33:15 | More by alexgash
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jimdkc

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

I like this kind of winter warmer, where the spicy flavor comes from the hops, malt, and yeast rather than from the addition of fruits, nuts, and spices!

Pours a coppery amber with a tan head. The head recedes quickly, but a small patch of foam remains. Aroma is dominated by citrusy and earthy hops. Flavor, too was predominantly hops, with a nice bitterness in the middle. Finish was surprisingly sweet... but not overly so. Very nice body and mouthfeel. Pretty good rendition of a winter warmer. Definitely worth a try.

12-31-2004 04:33:02 | More by jimdkc
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poundboy

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

My first beer from Odell Brewery. I'm a bit tired tonight so I won't write too much.

Appearance and Packaging: Yeah, I know this is lame, but I picked this one out of the several bottles I have from recent trades because the packaging said "quality beer" to me more than many of the others. Pours a deep amber to medium brown with a reasonable tan head that lingered for a few minutes at least.

Smell: Strongly of roasted malts, with perhaps a hint of undeterminate hops underneath.

Taste: A unique beer. Combines roasted, nutty to toasted flavors with a noticably hop presance and malt sweetness. Alcohol warms the mouth a bit going down, but otherwise is not noticable flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: Gave this one high marks 'cuz it coats the tongue without being too thick, and for the pleasant warming sensations

Drinkablity: Tastey and alcohol is well hiden. I enjoyed this beer and had no problem drinking it, however it just doesn't say session for me somehow. However, if my local beer bar had this as one of its twelve taps, I would probably end up ordering it pretty regular.

Thank you babydoc for the sample.

12-11-2004 02:07:43 | More by poundboy
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benito

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

No nutmeg, no cloves, no orange, none of your typical winter warmer spices in this seasonal...

2004-5 edition, pours a deep, burnt amber with beautiful head; hints of cola in the body and a smell that is dominated by chocolate and carmel. again, the absence of 'winter spices' is a welcome surprise.

The malty syrupiness is present from the beginning and never lets up, basically hiding any potential bitterness on the tongue or after swallowing. Chocolate and carmel are present throughout, given this a firm body and good length.

The heaviness of the flavors would probably keep me from drinking more than two of these in a night. So, not a session beer by any means, but this isn't exactly a style known for its 'drinakbility.' Well-worth a try or two on a snowy mountain eve.

11-28-2004 16:30:24 | More by benito
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maxpower

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

2004-2005 pours a clear copper-orange with a nice light brown head of big bubbles that lasts, nice lacing. Bready,earthy aromas, chocolate and caramel cookie flavors. medium bodied with a lightly carbonated soft mouthfeel, finishes dry. A nice winter ale, very drinkable.

11-27-2004 21:05:01 | More by maxpower
Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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