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Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

663 Ratings

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Ratings: 663
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 59
Gots: 74 | 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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3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks mmtmatrix for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Double Bastard tumbler(why not?). No dating.

A: Pours a ruby amber with good visibility. Decent pearl white head that's a bit fizzy. Carbonation seems high. Not much lacing.

S: Plenty of malts to go around. Smells of cinnamon bread. Other holiday spices but I can't really pick them out.

T/M: Spice galore. More muddled spices but I can pick out cinnamon with a super sweet brown sugar. A bit of cola on the side. Body is a bit light for my liking in a winter warmer.

D: Not a terrible brew, doesn't taste bad. Nothing spectacular.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery color-small head with some decent lacing. Sharp and metallic aroma-moderate amount of maltiness. Malty flavor with a mild spice/bitterness to it. While not unpleasant it does nothing to enhance the flavor of the beer. Grainy sort of taste. Ok mouthfeel, somewhat thin for my liking. Rather ho hum. Lose the bitterness and more of a soft, malty flavor and I think I would enjoy it more.

Photo of mastodonj
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall, this is a disappointing brew. There aren't too many winter warmers that bore me but this might be the first one.

The color is a fairly dark amber with ok lacing and a beige head.

Smell is difficult to to detect; maybe a little bit of spice, some maltiness and even citrus (?).

Nice alcohol on the sides of the tongue and good hoppy
No outstanding spices come to the forefront.

I bought a six-pack of it today so here's hoping that the next
bottle is better.

Updating this review after 3 bottles (over 4 days), it still does not
seem to even rate as a "winter warmer". It's a decent pale ale and very drinkable but not special enough for a seasonal. (I wonder if the recipe has changed in the many years since it was reviewed by the Alstrom Bros)

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3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with a very small creamy white head which did not hang around very long.

S - There really isn't much in the way of aroma. Smells of bread and perhaps a touch of alcohol

T - There really wasn't much in the way of flavor. It was served so cold I couldn't really pick much up. Will need to revisit this beer at a later time. What I did pick up on was all rather light with very mild flavors of nuts and toffee. Really not much else going on here.

M - Decent mouthfeel, nothing too thick or too watery.

D - Since there really wasn't much going on with this beer, most people would think this to be very drinkable. However, I prefer more flavor in a beer rather than just some means to become inebriated.

Overall, this isn't really anything too exciting. Very middle of the road for craft beer.

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3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured out as a nice looking deep amber color with a foamed cream colored head on top. The lacing and retention are very good on this beer. The smell is malty, fairly sweet and warming. There is a subtle earthiness on the nose too. The taste of the beer is malty with a warming toasted caramel flavor with a very subtle spice note in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable. Nice carbonation and body too. Overall it's a pretty solid brew but not as complex as I was hoping for.

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3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium browm/bronze with light head formation. Minimal carbonation.

S - Toasted grain, flowery

T - Cereal grains prevail. Add a little milk, and you get a bowl of liquid Crispix.

M - For this style of beer, I found it to be relatively light, almost on the thin side. It doesn't cloy the palate as some others might.

D - I found this beer to be somewhat average. Nothing about it really jumped out at me. It's not a bad brew, but neither is it all that impressive.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't really know what this beer is supposed to be, a Winter Warmer? Sure. I'm just going to review on how I like this.

A: Red, quite red with a three or four finger head of beige. Zero active carbonation. Very clear, and the head is attractive, but the beer itself isn't all that stunning. 4

S: Toasted nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, crisp herb bread, and some very particular baked aroma that I just can't figure out. It's brining to mind ethnic Greek or Arabian foods. Maybe even burnt milk chocolate? Very intriguing and appetizing. 4

T: Most of the aroma follows through to the taste, but I must say I'm not a huge fan. It seems to just fall flat. There's no bite, but all the tastes going on seem like they need a bite. They form a very nice base, but there's no star. Mild bitterness, but just nothing great. 3

M: Flat, despite a nice head and nice lacing, there is no carbonation in here, and it really hurts this beer as a whole. 2.5

D: Drinkable, no, I'm not a big fan of this and I'm not sure how I'm going to get rid of five more. 3

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.