Odell Isolation Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 60
Gots: 61 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001)
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Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of polygons
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

This is a decent beer but I wouldn't consider this "world class". The taste is less than desirable for a winter warmer, it feels and tastes very thin. However the drinkability of this brew is exceptional. Overall 3.25/5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to prAna for this seasonal. I'm not sure if I would want to be isolated in a snow-covered log cabin for any great length of time with only this beer, but it's not too bad. Pours a standard amber color with a medium light tan head. Thin but sticky lacing. Aroma is spicy and sweet, with faint hops. Flavor contains malt and spices, but neither in good quantity. Sweet finish but it falls flat toward the end. I think a boost to the ABV would help this beer a bit.

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

A-nice amber color; decent head

S-Very unusual smell. Smells very grassy; nice hoppy characte

T-Good taste; nice malt flavor with a grassy hop finish

M-For me this beer is very light and crisp, not a lot of foam but good amount

D-Very Drinkable beer...all night long

good winter warmer high end for style but as a beer in general one six pack a year will be all that I buy

Photo of herman77
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper orange with an average off white head. Good lacing.

S: Light toasted malt, carmel, a hint of spices and pine.

T: Toasted malt, semi sweet nutty bread. Some light spices and pine hops after the initial malty flavors.

M: Medium to ligher body. Low to moderate carbonation.

D: Average at best. Not much else to say.

Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Color is a amber copper.

Aroma: Mainly all malts. Very English forward. Bready malts. Caramel. Some biscuit. A little toffee and some spice.

Taste: Much like the nose, except there is a little grassy hop profile. There is some orange peel mixed in with the sugar. Some molasses and brown sugar flavor. All the same malt flavors mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little roasty and dry.

Overall, a decent winter warmer. Nothing crazy spectacular, but I have gotten through a few of these this winter.

Photo of rye726
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew from Odell pours a dark amber color with a thick tan head. Not too much happening in the nose. There are some sweet candy malts and faint spices. I was glad to see a little more spice in the flavor profiel to comliment the seet malts. A medium body that has good carbonation. A drinkable winter warmer, just not as full as I like to see.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour, almost no head on it, maybe in the 1/4" range and it was on the downlow. Aroma seemed like it would have come from a stronger beer. Aside from the alcohol, it was earthy, toffee, imperial tea.

Taste, definitely has the warming side of this style down. More burnt toffee, still the earthy filling quality. Moderate hop crispness when fresh, yet the beer doesn't really pickup in sweetness when you age it if you wanted to do that with this beer, I've pretty much drank 3 saved 3 when I bought this beer on two different six pack occasions. Bitterness is about the same as well.

Tastes like an old ale, winter warmers are usually more sessionable for me, and this just seemed like a bigger beer than a 6% winter warmer should be. I guess that's why I age half of 'em, seeing if they grow into their big boy pants.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear copper color with a moderate tan foam. Below average retention, but does leave some nice lacing. I think I might have last years batch on my hands here, as the stamp is 021409.

Malts, malt and some more malt on the nose. Sweet, sticky and maybe even a bit oxidized. Dark bready aroma and a touch of fruit round things out, but this one is lopsidedly malty. Does not really smell that great to be honest, it is big though.

Taste is more of the same, as caramel, toffee and toasty malts are really all this beer has to offer. The malts are good, but there is not much else going on and it detracts from the overall appeal for me. I have been impressed by most of the Odell lineup, but this one is a pretty big disappointment.

Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on cask at the brewery.

Light copper in color with a nice deep dense head that laces well and lasts.

Aroma is faint. Sweet hops and some malt presense but barely...

Toasted malt, slightly tart, wood and caramel were well represented in the flavor profile. The hops seemed a little juicier on cask than in the bottle.

This was ok.

Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear burnt copper with an average (1-2 finger) off white fluffy head that dissipated at a normal pace, down to a thin film with a small collar and had very good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, light herbal hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, dark fruit (raisons and plums) and a lightly mild spiciness.

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a hint of caramel from the onset, becoming slightly bitter sweet and a tad acidic with a touch of dark fruit and a light spicy alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a slightly bitter spicy taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a thin dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this brew was a nice change from a lot of winter beers, possessing good malty backbone, a nice sweet fruitiness and just a smidgen of spice, giving it a really good drinkability...

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this winter warmer pours a clear, crisp, brown with a thin tan head

S - a strong hoppy backbone in the aroma, with some buttery elements, with a great balance of rich roasted malts

T - hoppy and malty, a great and perfect balance, with a subtle nondescript sweetness, a great layered flavor, rather nice flavor, a great winter beer, a great winter session beer

M&D - smooth, and rather palatable, a quality winter warmer, wish it was more available on the east coast

Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. 2009 edition with a best by date of 4/1/10 on the front label. It was a cloudy amber color with plenty of floating bits. A couple stray carb streams. It had an average sized head that quickly settled into a collar with a thin incomplete film.

The aroma was caramel malt with spiced dark fruit. Not as wintry spiced as most other winter warmers which was good. Aroma really starts to fade as it warms up. The taste was also less spiced than others with the malt showing up more upfront with the spice and fruit hitting at the end. Some hop presence in the nose and taste but not much. Mouthfeel was medium with light carbonation and not bad aftertaste.

Overall, one of the better winter warmers that I've had. Recommend. Rotation - not avail here in TX so had ummagum ship me an Odell sampler. This isn't one of my favorite styles so only have a few per year if at all. So one is enough for me unless best choice. More a style thing than a taste thing.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not your traditional winter warmer per se, more of a prewinter drink. the lighter mouthfeel gives it more of an autumnal vibe, rather than a sit in your gut freezing night beverage. pours a maple syrup colored indian red, with a half inch head that hangs out the whole time. nose is balanced caramel malts and aromatic hops. smells english in that old and dusty kind of way. taste is balanced, with a heavy malt backbone. slightly dry. at 6.1% i would not choose it to get me through the dead of february, but its perfect for november!

Photo of Bubba83
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at around 45 degrees into a New Belgium Globe. An off-white two finger widths head tops a dark amber body. Clarity is good. The head is fluffy looking, and has good retention and lots of lacing.

Smells like an amber would, sort of a toasty bread character, along with traces of brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of spruce on the tail end.

First taste I got was like panettone, a sweet, bready, dark fruit kind of experience. It's a bit watered down or something though. The flavors are there, but they need to be a little more apparent. A little bit of spice finishes things up.

The carbonation is about right, and the smoothness is nice, but the consistency is quite thin. It feels a bit watery as a result. I'm looking for a little bit more texture from a winter warmer.

Overall I liked this beer but wanted it to be a bit bolder in just about every way imaginable. A six percent winter warmer is definitely on the low alcohol side, so it drank easily, but just wasn't quite what I was expecting, I suppose.

Photo of jera1350
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper color with a tan head that offers plenty of lacing even though it's not the most thick.

Getting some floral and earthy hops in balance with the malt which has moderate sweetness. Grape juice/Kool-Aid like. They really do not form a good combination. Kind of a confusing smell really.

Having the same problem with the taste as with the nose. Grape juice along with some roasted caramel malt. The hops add some bitterness, earthy and floral notes. Getting some spice notes too even though I'm not sure any were used. Alcohol comes through in the end. Just confusing tasting.

Creamy and chewy mouthfeel that is very satisfying.

Probably to style, but just confusing and overall not all that enjoyable for myself. Kind of a mess in the smell and taste. Give it a shot, but I will not be having this one again.

Photo of huskerfan76
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of HighonHops42
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of campofapproval
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wcudwight
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.