Odell Isolation Ale
Odell Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #13
Ranked #11,010
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale
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Hooded from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Notes from 1/3/2020.
Poured from a can into a tulip glass.
The appearance is dark amber with one finger of tan foam receding at a average rate. There is a ring of foam around the glass and a lot of lacing. 4.00
The lightness of the aroma is disappointing, and consists of malt, a little soy sauce, and a little sweetness at the end. 3.00
The taste is uncomplicated notes of malt and hops. 3.00
The mouth feel is also unremarkable, less than medium and feels thin. 2.00
Overall, it is disappointing for this style. 3.00

Jan 04, 2020
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice reddish color with a really big head. Strong malt presence both in the taste and in the smell. Just enough hop presence to be noticeable but not overwhelming. Very nicely balanced. Good beer

Dec 22, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Semi-clear brown with a darker white head. Malts, grassy hops, more than expected, light holiday spices, and slight toasted caramel aromas. Taste is not as hoppy as the smell, malt forward, caramel, biscuit on the finish. Feel is malty, warm, has spices but lighter, and dry. Crisp and sessionable

Dec 20, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, ruby red, amber color that is clear with a nice off-white head. SRM of 17 (4.00)

Aroma: Near no aroma. Faint, rich caramel. (2.50)

Flavor: Light on flavor too. Some bright cherry and red fruit laced with silky caramel and white chocolate. Touch of red fruit. A slightly spicy, mildly bitter finish. (3.25)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Low carbonation. A slightly sweet and bitter notes linger on the palate. (3.50)

Overall: A sort of disappointing Winter Warmer in my opinion. Zero aroma and light on flavor. Malty. Fairly simple malts with mildly bitterness. Very plain. Not one I will visit again. (Final Rating: 3.19)

Dec 07, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Guest tap at Woodland Empire. Dark amber body, very malty aroma and taste. Nice sticky lacing. Tasty, easy drinker,not overly strong, average English ale.

Nov 29, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass. Pours a dark amber colour with no head. Taste reminds me of a light brown ale with some chocolate/caramel and hops all the way through.

Nov 22, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint.

Look - A slightly murky ruby amber with a well tempered creamy white fluffy head. Brings on the winter vibes by having a sort of Santa color scheme.

Smell - Noticeably metallic to start. Air of warm brownies in the oven with a veil of earthy herbal hops.

Taste - Coppery, chocolatey, and weird. A slight dead leaf thing going on. Confusing and not that appealing or warming.

Feel - Thin bodied and perky carbonation. It keeps the weird astringent flavors off the tongue for too long.

Overall - Maybe I'm just being too harsh on this beer. I don't know. It just doesn't do it for me, the flavor is completely wrong.

Nov 22, 2019
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Jared40 from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poored into a Odell Brewing globe glass the look is very dark amber color that leaves lots of lacing from the head. The smell I get is a oak and caramel smell to the beer. The taste is very good a bit tart caramel and malty. Very easy to drink and makes a great winter warmer beer. Very well done by Odell once again!!

Nov 08, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I look forward to Isolation Ale every year.

Look - Nice amber with slight head.
Smell - My girlfriend does not mind.
Taste - Very good. Smooth, malt, some spice, earthy.
Feel - Not heavy
Overall - Overall one of my favorites.

Oct 18, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color; nearly opaque.

Thick off-white head; tons of lacing.

Sweet malts in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel; quite quaffable.

Candy sweetness, almost no hops present.

First 'winter warmer' I've ever had; funny I'd rather have one in spring. Mild flavors, but pretty tasty.

Apr 24, 2019
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12oz can picked up in Vegas, Jan 2019

L - Caramel/brown with 2 fingers of head, and lots of sticky lace left on the glass

S - bready malts, caramel, and spices

T - Like the aroma, very malty with spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisons. Very tasty

F - Well carbonated and full body

O - An excellent light winter warmer. Well done

Feb 09, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours copper brown amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Toasty bready malt, earthy, mild spice, hints of dark fruit, and dark sugar sweetness.

T: Toasty bready malt, a little spice, nutmeg, dark fruit, fig and raisin, earthy undertones, brown sugar, and toffee sweetness.

M: Just a bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one has a lot of the things I look for in a good winter warmer, but I feel like it needs to be just a little bigger and more intense. Still, it's a nice sipper on a cool day.

Jan 19, 2019
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sjdevel from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Nice clarity - brown and clear. 1-2 finger head. Head dissipates a bit quicker than anticipated
SMELL: Some woodiness and funk. Some hops. A touch of malt.
TASTE: A hop bite. Some maltiness next. It is quite funky next and a bit odd. Some floral notes. Seems a bit earthy. Not quite an IPA - not quite a Pale Ale - unsure where this categorizes.
FEEL: Decent medium body. Flattens out a bit quick
OVERALL: Not quite sure what the style is here. Somewhat IPA-ish - somewhat Pale-Ale - Kind of earthy. Reminds me of the seasonal from Sierra Nevada: Celebration. Tastes like they boiled the entire IPA plant (vines and roots and all) with this one. It's a decent beer, but not something I would line up for and wait for the release of.

Dec 16, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark plum-brown with ruby light slipping through the edges. Head is two fingers in height and khaki in color. Head retention is good. Aroma is toasty, nutty, caramely, earthy malts with hints of floral, herbal, and evergreen hops. Spice at the back end to warm it up. Flavor profile is toasty, nutty, earthy malts with hints of herbal and evergreen hops. Caramel sprinkled with spice both sweetens and adds a little extra dimension to the back. Mouth feel is nearing on velvety, but is broken up by a semi-sharp effervescence. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, a quality brew mingling malts with spice and sugary notes. It is warming, and not cloying like so many other beers of the style.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

Dec 06, 2018
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, illegible date on bottom. Pours transparent light orangish-amber with a medium sized head. Smells of bready malt and caramel with a touch of honey and piney hop; lower intensity. The taste follows exactly with bready malt, caramel, and hops. Light sweetness with medium bitterness and dryness. The body is fairly thin with average carbonation. Overall, it's drinkable, hoppy, and dry, but needs some malt backbone and intensity to better fit the style.

Dec 06, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

1.18/5  rDev -70%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. 01/23/19 03:39 printed on bottom of can. So this should still be fresh for another 2 months. Picked it up from the grocery store as part of a $10 sixer mixer.

Appearance - Medium sized light tan head with medium density and a silky surface. Medium patchy lacing. Decent retention. Hazy deep amber-brown body.

Smell - Soy sauce. Uh oh. Bad sign. 1

Taste - Awful. Bitter, metallic. Seems infected or something. 1

Mouthfeel - Gross. 1

Overall - Pouring it out after 2 sips. 1

Nov 20, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a pretty cherry amber color. A one-finger head with a little bit of lace.
Sweet malt and subtle spice aroma. Very subtle.
Caramel/toffee taste. Tiny bit of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Nice enough, but wish it was a little more assertive.

Nov 11, 2018
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BWED from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into willibecher.

A- Amber in color withgood clarity. Head is tan and dense. Good lacing is left behind, though the head doesn't hang on very well.

S- Deep toasty malt. A bit sweet and some mild spice notes. Very faint.

T- Toasty, and the spice comes through a bit more in the flavor. Still not much there.

M- Body is medium. Low carbonation. Finishes a bit spicy-dry.

O- A bit bland. I could take some stronger malt characteristics, especially for being a winter beer.

Apr 22, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best enjoyed by 1/10/18; thanks to my friend, Ken, for giving me a bottle to try. Huge frothy beige head slowly fades atop a red-brown colored ale. Malty and spicy nose. Spicy & earthy hops meets burnt caramel, toasty grain, toffee, rye bread crust, and some dark fruits. Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes very dry and semi-bitter. Nice winter warmer as expected from Odell.

Jan 10, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a light brown. Smell is caramel, malt, and dark fruit. Taste is malt first: light bittering on a malty caramel base with mild spice. This is a fine beer. Nothing fancy and definitely not my favorite winter beer.

Dec 24, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a amber red with a medium white head and no lacing.

S: Earthy, nutty malt with notes of raisen, caramel and toffee, some Christmas spice.

T: Caramel, toffee, nutty malt, some raisen and a slightly astringent Christmas spice.

F: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

O: Great Winter amber ale.

Dec 19, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Smells of light malt and very light spices (not much aroma here but the aroma that's there is good). Tastes of caramel, malts, light hops, and christmas spices (nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon stick out). Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall a very tasty winter beer that seems more in between an amber ale and a warmer.

Dec 07, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip

Pours a dark copper/amber with ample head and excellent lacing throughout. A really nice-looking brew.

The nose is very subdued. Vague hints of biscuity malt and earthy hops. Nice but wish there was more of it.

The flavor is much like the aroma--just fine, but rather subdued. It isn't a "bland" beer per se, but it's awfully "safe" and yeomanlike in many respects. Caramel and toasted malts very forward with a nice herbal, instead of piney, hop background that balances things well, and just a touch of alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Well-carbonated, but not overly so, and with a dry crisp finish to what is otherwise a maltier offering.

Overall, this is a decent brew in its own right, but it isn't a winter warmer, and it lacks a little flavor.

Nov 12, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Odell Isolation Ale, 6.1% ABV, 42 IBU. Pours pinkish red with a one finger white head. Malty, but not picking up much on the nose, and the taste follows - pretty bland - a bit fruity tang with a very slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall very good.

Oct 29, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, Amber color. White head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Nose is slightly malty, but not strong
Taste is malty up front with a slight sweetness on the backside.
Feel is modetate.
Not bad overall. A good winter beer.

Oct 25, 2017
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