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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
87
very good

238 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 688
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 60
Gots: 87 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Reviews: 238 | Hads: 688
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -1%

A blanket of snow fell on us last night...no, wait... an avalanche of snow fell on us last night. The picture on the bottle looks about like that, and yep, I'm feeling a little isolated, as is everyone else from the blizzard. Let's see if it cures my isolation blues.

Appearance (4) : Three finger head, creamy, webby, with large sparse bubbles. Body is 60% opaque and is a hazy copper hue.

Aroma (4) : Very much like a pale with hoppy grapefruit rind, but there's a touch of mango in there as well. Some gooey caramel notes, perhaps melted in a tin pot; and malted milk balls. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Caramel notes come out loud in a malty fashion, with a wave of hop bitterness that takes over in the form of red grapefruit and white pepper. The finish is dry and musky.

Mouthfeel (4) : Lightly carbonated and a creamy feel, a dry finish with a musky feel. The carbonation throws a buzz in the mix which keeps it alive.

Overall (3.82) : As usual, Odell's offering is a bit too hoppy for my palate. For a malty winter warmer style, this beer is way over hopped. I can't resist their rustic labels so I keep buying their products, but they are very hop based and this one is no different. I like the pale hops and the caramel malts together, they create an interesting robustness that sticks around. I'd probably have this again on a cold winter's night. (1,380 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

A- Caramel colored liquid with a brightness to it. Robust carbonation. Fluffy off-white head that remains well before forming a wall of sticky lace. 4.5

S- Floral and sweet like a lot of Sierra Nevada beers. There's a rich malt base and a biscuity aroma. Pleasant and straight-forward. 4

T- Are we sure this isn't Sierra Nevada's beer? Haha. Very similar taste to a lot of their beers. Like the nose, sweet and floral with a light hopping. Notes of caramel hit about mid-palate and the the finish is kind of biscuity, bready and crackery. 4

M- Great creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a low-key but noticeable bitter finish. 4.25

Tasty treat. Nice mouthfeel makes it good for this time of year. (754 characters)

Photo of rand
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A solid winter-ish ale that's a cross between a warmer and an American Strong Ale. A little more one-dimensional than I like for a seasonal sipper, but tasty and drinkable nonetheless. The specs:

A: A gorgeous copper-tan with red hue, perfectly clear with little carbonated activity.

S: Floral, boozy, dank. Malt-forward bouquet with notes of ripe stone fruit and grass. Aromas are powerful.

T/M: Strong, boozy flavors with a dank hop astringency. Flavors are balanced but simple and a bit one-dimensional. Almost too sticky for it's own good, fortunately ample carbonation cleanses the palate between sips - I wouldn't care for this from a cask. Finishes long and sweet. (719 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: 3.75 - Clear copper-walnut color with a medium head, though fading quickly.
S: 4.25 - Very nice aroma of toasted bread crust and light caramel.
T: 4.0 - Clean tasting with good bready malt, and more bitterness than you'd expect. Hop flavor is light. Finishes rather dry.
M: 3.75 - Medium body, with a creamy texture.
O: 4.0 - Simple fall beer, but very well crafted. Will buy again! (385 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, amber-brown coloring, with a fluffy, off-white head. Nose of fig, date, sugar plum, molasses, and candied sugar, with subtle spice notes throughout. Flavors are roasted forward, with a blast of old-world fruit, roasted notes, and subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Bold, full-bodied, with a spiced fig and date sweet blend to make the aftertaste. Smooth, spiced lingering finish. Really good beer. (468 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Dark amber color with a lovely tan head. Lacing is also present.

S: I'm not getting so much from the aroma. Maybe some light malt.

T: Damn good. Crisp and fairly light. Caramel and cracker, biscuit, burnt sugar, spice, nutmeg, and woodiness. Very wintery!

M: Medium to light bodied and crisp.

O: Wonderful take on the style. Was actually looking for something a bit heavier but this is pretty damn tasty. (414 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sampled last night on 10/15/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a pretty dark amber in color with reddish highlights that has a good 1-finger creamy/foamy head that stays around for awhile. A decent amount of lacing is seen with each sip which surprised me also. The aroma is very pleasant and consists of caramel malts, toffee with spice. More going on with the taste that ends with a slight hoppy finish but wasn't bad. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall a good brew for the colder months. (564 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Clear dark amber pour with an off-white one-finger head. Nice sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied. Taste has flavors of caramel malt, toffee, light spice and earthy hops, which add a really nice balancing bitterness. (212 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

My favorite winter warmer is Isolation Ale. I know I pump Odell Brewing's tires at every opportunity, but man, they make some excellent beers. This one has everything you'd want in a winter seasonal, plenty of flavor and actually not that much alcohol, so you can enjoy it without feeling weighed down by it. My only issue is that it's available so early that it's generally sold out by the time the holidays get here - maybe they could bump it back a month so it would carry over in to the new year. But that's just to say: get it while you can! (550 characters)

Photo of Oakenshield53
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

OUTSTANDING.

Odell generally goes yard on most of the things they do, but this one is remarkable.

Very simply, one of the very best beers I have ever had. It's seasonal, and I look forward to it eagerly.

This beer is quiet - there's a lot going on, but it all blends so well that the overall impression is one of unified, subtle but definite finesse; this right here is malt/roast/good-ol'-behind-the-scenes-wizardry flavor, not your rather more obvious hops. (472 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a healthy 2" sudsy cream colored head. Recedes slowly leaving decent lacing. Color is deep amber, slightly cloudy, with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: strong malt presence with raisins, caramel, and whole wheat bread. A bit of earthy hops in the background.
Mouthfeel: standard fluffy English ale mouthfeel, fairly light bodied with a somewhat dry finish. Flavor: a hearty brew. The malt dominates (as expected) with those raisin, caramel, and whole wheat bread (toasted) flavors leading the way. There is also a moderate hop presence in the middle and finish and a bit of lingering alcohol burn with the swallow. Delicious and well made ale. (660 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 2014-01-25
Glass: Founders snifter

In Odell's Isolation ale, the flavors are a bit balanced, the hops still placing somewhat above the malt, but the overall impression one comes away with is of little defining character aside from the spicy and woodsy hops over an amber ale recipe. Not bad in any way, just unremarkable for my palate; I don't think I'd return to this one again.

Poured into the glass moderately, this generates a 1.5cm tall head with average retention of about one minute. The head falls to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with complex patterns and many dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out a dirty orange-brown hue. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, few in number and moderate in activity.

Aroma is very mild, perhaps a bit too much so, of balanced woodsy hops with lightly sweet pale to caramel malts.

The flavor palette for this beer is of woodsy and spicy hops, moderate bitterness, and mild toasted and caramel-like malt characters. Front of palate tastes mild toasted bread and light caramel malt sweetness, with woodsy, spicy hops in the background. Mid-palate re-arranges the order of the woodsy, spicy and herbal-like hops, pushing them to the forefront, while the toasted bread and light caramel sweetness is in the background. Back of palate finds hops retaining the forefront, with medium-low bitterness, the malt flavors mostly lost between the two. Aftertaste is of spicy and woodsy hops and moderate bitterness, a hint of caramel sweetness and bread in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a foamy (2/3) and smooth (1/3) mouthfeel that is fine for the beer itself, the body a bit thin and the carbonation just about right for the style itself. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate and lips. (2,044 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Old Chicago in Boise, Idaho
Price: N/A
Purchased: Dec. 17, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an auburn murky color with 1-to-2 fingers (when I got it) of white head. Layered spider web lacing. Below average retention.

Smelled caramel red malts, toffee, smooth spices, Rye hops and iced tea. Not much like a winter warmer.

Tasted amber malts, iced tea, caramel, toffee, toasted nuts and slightly bitter.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

A pretty good beer, although I wouldn’t exactly call it a winter warmer. Tasty though. (610 characters)

Photo of ssarah
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber color, clear, with a quarter inch of cream colored head that sticks around. Good lacing. Visible carbonation present.

Smell: simultaneously crisp and earthy, with hints of hops and pine. Aroma is subtle, but very attractive.

Taste: Earthy hops, rich, somewhat woody. Bitter end-note with a hint of citrus. Warming and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy carbonation. Not a heavy beer.

Overall: Good winter warmer beer. Not as dark or complex as some in this category, but it's earthiness makes it ideal for warming up after a day in the snow and/or mountains. (591 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a one finger light tan head, which has very good retention and leaves sheets of lacing. Has an interesting aroma with caramel, citrus, and spices.

Has a sweet malty flavor, with a slightly bitter finish. There is caramel, citrus, spices, and toasted malt. More sweet than bitter, and the bitterness at the end of each sip is held in check by the overall sweetness.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, and a more sweet than bitter aftertaste. This is one of the best Winter warmers I have had, next to Old Fezziwig. (540 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a slightly hazy light copper hue, with an uneven, two-finger, eggshell colored head. Ringlets of sticky lacing. Good retention, as there was a light head down to the last sip.

S - Medium strength aroma of caramel, hop oils, fresh baked bread, and a hint of raspberry.

T - Caramel malt forward, but definitely enough piney hop presence to be noticeable. A few winter spice notes of cinnamon and all-spice. Hint of raspberry in the nose is also present in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Slightly dry finish leaves you wanting another sip. Nice.

O - A nice take on the style, and I appreciated the hop presence on this one as opposed to strictly a malt/caramel bomb. Yeah, I could definitely do more of these. (789 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 33 cl snifter. Best-by date 2.5.14. Thanks to Kurt for flying this back from MI.

Look- Clear amber-brown with three solid fingers of crackly eggshell head that lingers. Nice curtains, but minimal lace.

Smell- Subtle but appealing. Heavily toasted biscuit is the driver, with a bit of powdery floral character buried behind it. Faint sage and honey as it warms.

Taste- Robust toasted honey biscuit and clean herbal bittering. Almost desert-like, the toasty flavor is well developed and delicious. Finishes clean, more sage and cracker along with an almost chalky spiciness that reminds me of boiled cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation, average feel and cleans itself up pretty well. Not boozy, but feels hefty for 6%.

Overall- Very nice, a winter warmer indeed. Good flavor balance, I'd definitely revisit this one if it were available around here. (908 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery store in mid-town Denver during GABF 2013.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves some pleasant calcified layered lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of nutty, biscuity caramel malt, with just a subtle amount of roast, mild apple and darker fruit esters, brown sugar, ethereal seasonal spices - nutmeg and clove, mostly - leafy, earthy hops, and a touch of metallic warming alcohol. The taste is very much in line - more biscuity caramel malt, a slight toasted breadiness, wet ash, a browned drupe fruitiness, dark sugar, allspice, and decently peppy leafy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is quite low-fi, and generally keeps to itself, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather smooth, with a shy touch of creaminess. It finishes a little on the sweet side, the bready caramel malt and sublimated fruity hoppiness holding off a minor boozy incursion.

A straight ahead enjoyable winter warmer - big, toasty, sweet, and just a little bit spicy and hoppy, with a gentle alcohol edge that would allow for a least a couple of these, after hiking through the snowbound woods, or an icy suburban street, whatever gets you to this. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Powerturn11
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is simply fantastic. A malty beer with good hop forward flavor. This beer hits what I love, malty, slighty bready, with a blast of hops as a finishing flavor you dont really expect. Odell brewing is always dead on. I love all of thier beer and this one is no different. Don't skip this one. (300 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Morgan's in Denver

Poured into a snifter, just cause it was already out.

Light fluffy slightly tan head. Nice spiderweb like lacing. Transparent lively garnet (with a orange lean). Aroma consists of sweet caramel,

Bit roasty, sweet caramel, and in a very abstract analysis: hints of fruity pebbles. Lighter on the spice than most winter warmers. No alcohol present in taste. Pretty crisp for the style

Overall: I liked it, on the higher end of the winter warmers I have tried so far, but not the best. (516 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark blood orange amber with two fingers of thick and creamy head. Plenty of lacing is left behind as the head slowly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet malts, fruity hops, frosted sugar cookies, light holiday spices.

Taste: Well balanced with sweet and biscuity malts and kick of hops throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a crisp finish. Doesn't get much better than this.
Very tasty, easy drinking yet very flavorful. One of those that you just need to try. Wouldn't expect anything less from Odells. (526 characters)

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid offering from Odell. It pours an amber-orange with a nice, lacy head. Smell is of malt and sweetness, as is the taste with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and rich without being overpowering. Overall, one of Odell's better beers, but it cannot compete with their IPA or Myrcenary Double IPA. Bravo (332 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark amber with significant head that crumples after a few minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass. Really good looking beer, for sure. Smells caramelly and can definitely detect the hops in the nose. Malty flavor with nice hop balance, and a medium mouthfeel, with adequate carbonation. A nice winter warmer from Odell, but not really taking it to a new level. And at 6% abv, may want to keep your hoodie on. (429 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle given to me by a friend while watching a movie. no pour so no look. review from notes.

smell is sweet, but with earthy hops and grain. taste follows, with more grain and hops than expected, some sweet and roasted characteristics. take that back, it's fairly sweet, moreso as it warms.

the hops and sessionability put this one over (346 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weather finally turns summer-like and i'm cracking a winter warmer, go figure!
A - hazy burnt orange tint, one finger of head held at half a finger with some random lacing
S - hints of toffee and allspice, touch of peppery hops and mild mustiness
T - big malty start with toffee and buttery bread, then gentle hints of allspice and brown sugar, finishing with a hint of earthy hoppy goodness
M - medium body, slightly creamy, just a touch of spice tingle in the background, finishes mildly bitter
O - this beer grew on me with every sip, its somewhat unassuming which increases the drinkability while still having complex enough flavours to keep me entertained (660 characters)

Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.