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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

496 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%


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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jedtheavenger

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:55:17 | More by jedtheavenger
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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 . . .

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:41:47 | More by ryan1788a5
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Powerturn11

Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:03:57 | More by Powerturn11
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer was a reddish, amber color. It had a thin, tan head that dissipated quickly and left hardly any lace on the glass. Not the prettiest beer I've ever seen.

Smell: A light malty aroma that had a roasted hint to it.

Mouthfeel: While this beer was fairly smooth and full, it could have had more body for my tastes.

Taste: Damn, this was one good beer. It had a crsip, refreshing hoppiness to it that I wasn't expecting, especially since I didn't detect much hops in the aroma. It was balanced almost perfectly with a wonderful maltiness. This glass went down smooth and fast, leaving me wanting more.

I really loved this beer. It was my first tasting of this brew, and I plan on picking up more sometime soon. It was different than other beers I have seen labeled as a winter ale. It was lighter in color, had less malty sweetness, and had a much more pronounced crisp hoppiness than most other beers that I have tried in this style. But, man, was it delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 16:45:31 | More by Quaffer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-brown, tawny to be exact. The head is orangish ecru in color and creamily sturdy in constitution. All the hallmarks of a quality cap are present: staying power, fine pits on a rocky surface and sticky lace. I've seen better winter warmers, but not too damn many.

The aroma is heavy on carmel malt, easily twice as evident as citrusy-earthy hops. It's a very nice nose for the style, I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Even without the knowledge provided by the label, I'm easily able to tell that no spices were used in the brewing.

Isolation Ale is good stuff. I like spices in my winter warmers and Christmas ales--if they're done right--but this beer doesn't seem to need them. The flavor is a carbon copy of the nose and I'm glad of it. Sweet, candied caramel provides the bass notes (perfect for the style) and hops add balance, depth and complexity. I love the taste of brown sugar-crusted grapefruit, lemon and orange peel that is on display in this beer.

Come to think of it, Isolation Ale tastes like a mulled, cider-based winter punch. That Odell managed to get it to taste like the holidays without the addition of spices is pretty impressive. The finish retains a good deal of sweetness and remains balanced throughout the long, lingering decrescendo. The body is full without being heavy and the mouthfeel is as smooth as the winter nights are long.

According to the date on the label, this particular bottle is approaching its second birthday and is none the worse for wear. I wish that I had come across a sixer instead of a single because I'd love to have plenty of this beer on hand throughout the winter. Every so often a good old-fashioned Midwestern blizzard comes howling across the plains. What better time could there possibly be to sip and savor an Odell Isolation Ale? This is beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 16:00:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is quite dark and has good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers of dark tan fluff and leaves very good lace.

The smell is faint yet evident of a nice roasty malt.

The taste is great, roasty malt and a very good toasted caramel flavor, nice and rich. The hops lend a very nice finish.

The mouthfeel is very good as well better then medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, you need to try this brew to be sure. Prosit und Zum Wohl., MK

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 23:56:29 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Megahertz

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice. Bottle dated 9/11/12. A winter seasonal at the end of September? Fine with me.

A - Pours deep red, crystal clear, with a large, tight tan head. Carbonation appears moderate. Much lacing.

S - Toffee, honey and caramel malts. No hop aroma to speak of.

T - Malt bomb. Reminds me of a Scottish ale in many respects. Certain cinnamon character in the mid-late. Finish is actually on the dry side, with a mild, slightly roasty bitterness cleansing the sweetness. Alcohol only becomes noticeable on close inspection.

M - Heavy body with mild carbonation.

O - A malty, drinkable, warming ale of moderately high strength. Up to Odell's very high quality standards. I would expect no less from them.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 22:34:45 | More by Megahertz
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 19:05:50 | More by KeefD
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mulder1010

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 05:34:40 | More by mulder1010
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gregshead

California

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick copper color w/ a half finger of head.

S: Sweet caramel malt smell w/ a nice hops smell in the background

T: Nice Caramel/Toffee sweetness with just enough bitterness in the background.

M: A little syrupy but some good/subtle carbonation

D: It comes close to knocking it out of the park for this style. A great beer for a cold night where I get snowed in. Unfortunately that doesn't happen that often here in San Diego

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 06:00:41 | More by gregshead
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quaybr

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I looks like late autumn in a pint glass - medium amber color, very clear. One finger of head that is slightly darker than just white.

Biscuity malt nose. Cereal smell begins to creep out as it warms up. Subtle aroma hops throughout.

The aroma is a definite prelude to the taste, malty. The covering malts lend to a quiet and complex spice, hop combo. Although the malts take this one home, the small amount of spices remind you of the beer's style.

This beer is carbonated so well - allows the malts to move across your tongue at the perfect rate, not too fast and not too slow. Well done here (bottles, too).

I like this beer a lot. I appreciate that Odell took the liberty of brewing a winter seasonal without dumping pounds of spices in the boil. I look forward to enjoying many more this fall and winter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 02:05:56 | More by quaybr
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taxguyjase

New Mexico

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 20:06:34 | More by taxguyjase
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ssarah

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:07:55 | More by ssarah
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out a slightly hazy auburn/amber colour with a thin fine head and slight wisps of lace. woody, hoppy aroma...grassy, herbal and toffeeish. a beer i know i'm going to like just from the smell. belgian malt flavour is the star here...and the dry, woody flavours derived thusly are just what i like. the sweetness of the malts are spectacularly balanced by the overall dryness of the beer. i love the oaken notes, the understated earthiness and barley nuances of whatever malt bill was used. damn i like beers that taste like this. the body and mouthfeel is perfect for intended style...a super tasty but sessionable winter drinker. i have only one bottle and wish i had much more, because i could polish a sixer no problem i'm sure.

my first odell brew, and i'm impressed. i wish i could get this in my area.

thanks to my bro for gifting this my way for x-mas.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 02:01:35 | More by budgood1
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet glass on a cold December night - my heating is also on the fritz so this will be a perfect test for the beer.

Pours dark red/ dark brown colour with a small head. Just the colour looks delish.

Smells warm and high in alcohol, faintly hoppy as well.

Taste is delectable, lovely warming alcohol and malty spices, as well as a hop bitterness.

Overall a deliciously warming beer perfect for Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 23:19:15 | More by CwrwAmByth
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:35:21 | More by hopfacebrew
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 00:29:37 | More by SpecialK088
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label has a blurb about the beer and showing that this beer was brewed for the 2000-2001 season.

Appearance: Mild chill haze, slightly reddish hued amber. Pours to form a with a thick rocky head that takes forever to dissipate.

Smell: Hints of buttery diacetyl and earthy hops, cookie like malt aroma and suggestions of chocolate and toasted biscuits.

Taste: Medium body with a crisp and smooth mouth feel and an unobtrusive carbonation. Hop bitterness is clean and leaves a semi sharp bitterness all the way through the beer, an oily flavour hits middle to end. A sweet brew, lots of cake-like malt flavour with caramel and toasted grain flavours to boot. Great finish, some residual sweetness a mild herbal hop taste.

Notes: Well balanced and a more than decent “Winter Warmer” style brew, aiming more for a “I’ll have another one” winter seasonal brew rather than a monster of a beer that weighs you down after one. I’d happily drink this one all through a cold blustery night.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2001 22:33:30 | More by Jason
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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.