Odell Isolation Ale
Odell Brewing Company

Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale
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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #14
ABV:
6%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,532
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
869
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Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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SCORE
88
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Jan 28, 2001
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Jan 08, 2014
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DeepBrew from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Clean amber color with huge beige head. Long retention and good lacing. No visible carbo bubbles.

S: Hops first, some malt and spices, fade away quickly.

T: Malt dominates at first, with hops playing second fiddle. As it warms, hops and spices come through stronger and linger in the aftertaste.

M: Thin, light-medium body, no carbonation noticeable. Booze well hidden, but peeks out as beer warms.

O: Drinkable, well balanced, not overly spiced. A bit flat and not as remarkable as other Odell brews I had.

Jan 07, 2015
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Mar 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Eichbaum snifter.

Medium sized orange tinged head. Well carbonated. Clear reddish mahogany in color. Aroma is earthy, malty sweet, almost dusty (in a good way), some fruitiness. Starts fairly nutty with a bit of astringency. Some caramel and toastiness. Medium body, lightly warming ethanol. Sweet and malty finish. Lingering earthy sweetness and a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Decent and easy drinking.

Aug 19, 2012
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alli4051 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark clear amber with a beige head. Head is about a finger high and leaves some faint lacing. Nose is full of biscuity malt with a faint whiff of hops. Taste is earthy malts up front with some diacetyl in the finish and a nice, faint hop crispness throughout. Medium bodied with a bit of a sticky finish. Not my favorite winter warmer out there but definitely a solid brew.

Dec 18, 2011
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Eaglefan344 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 22, 2013
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GregoriousMaximus34 from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yet again another nice winter beer to have. Very tasty and warm.

Feb 15, 2015
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Pegasus from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, medium amber color, with a small, coarse, persistent white head, and thick, patchy lace.

Aroma: The aroma is quite odd, rather like wet leaves, with a slight earthy, spicy note.

Taste: Tart and mildly smoky notes dominate the taste,with a spicy interlude.The hops have a leafy, earthy character. Midway through the taste, some malty biscuit notes appear. The finish is tart and sweet, with a note of yeast, and a lingering metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Rather odd, somewhat like a tart brown ale. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this sample.

Dec 29, 2005
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Teleweizen2 from New Hampshire

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

A - pours a cloudy yet deep amber . Has a interesting cherry wood sort of hue. Pours with just a touch of light tan foam.

S - the nose is a bit faint but pleasant. Lots of toasty grains, gingerbread, toffee and nuts. There is also a touch of carob and cinnamon spice.

T - a rich and deep malt presence up front. Notes of buttery toast and creamy toffee up front. Hints of carob and chicory as well. A light dusting of spices in the center breath a zesty character to the beer which carries on for the length of the finish.

M - creamy, buttery mouthfeel. Full bodied with high yet balanced carbonation.

O - a very good winter warmer style ale.

Feb 10, 2013
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OregonGrown7 from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Nov 06, 2013
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Matt141 from Texas

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

Oct 14, 2015
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Competely clear maroon body, big head fades fast and leaves a tattered curtain of lacing around the top of my Schell tulip. Smells malty, with tones of choclate and brown sugar, very doppley. Taste is extra sweet and accentuated by vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Hops are there, but not dominant, just ind of in the background. Slick, fairly thick mouthfeel. I like it, a good well-spiced warmer.

Mar 02, 2005
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dec 13, 2011
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rjameson from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Nov 03, 2012
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RacerDad from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Redish Gold/brown color. light lacing. Intitial taste of lemon and grapefruit which mellows to a malty caramel after taste with a hint of hops.

Mar 23, 2015
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Martin194 from Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Somewhat cloudy amber with a white head.

Smell: Robust mix of hops and sweet, roasty malts (like another said, brown sugar and a hint of banana is pretty accurate).

Taste: Taste follows smell. Sweet in the mouth, gives way to more bitter, citrusy hops after swallowing.

Feel: Full, smooth feel. Leaves a somewhat dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty enjoyable brew. As advertised, I think it's best enjoyed on a cold night; it's not very *refreshing*, so probably avoid it in summer, but that's not a knock against it.

Mar 13, 2021
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Suds from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Rich anber-brown in color with a thin tan head. The aroma is of malt and toffee. Sweet, but balanced with considerable hop bitterness. Full and enjoyable. This is a nice malty winter ale.

Dec 14, 2014
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber colour, thumb of head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is quite mild, but buttery caramel and grassy hops come through.

T - Although mild on the nose, the flavour is where this brew shines dominated with milk caramel and toffee. A buttered bread flavour lingers alongside a touch of grassy hops and musty cardboard.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - I was expecting something with a bit of spice and was pleased to find a simple, yet perfectly balanced ale offering up a solid caramel malt profile with a lightly hopped finish. Easily sessionable and well worth seeking out.

Nov 04, 2012
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sappypine from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.2%

Dec 31, 2012
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Jcarriglio from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 23, 2015
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BeerBob from Nebraska

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Isolation Ale for the Season of 2002-2003 from Odell Brewing Co. pours a dark red from a 12oz brown glass bottle. The light tan head makes two fingers with no effort at all. The head then gets rocky, i. e. changes from a head of fine foam to a mix of large and small bubbles with an uneven surface, lacing well on decline.

Nose is a spicey citrus, and palate is a citrus zest with winter spice that roll along the tongue well.

A tasty winter offering from the nice people at Odell Brewing Co.

Dec 20, 2002
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zestar from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

May 31, 2014
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Robdrinx from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jan 26, 2013
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MizzouBrew from Missouri

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

Dec 06, 2018
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with off-white head that is generous in size and retains rather well. Nose is soft with some toasty aromas and light caramel. Easygoing and appetizing aroma. More caramel and toasty flavors on the palate with less than average hopping for a winter warmer. Light to medium bodied and very, very drinkable.

Dec 04, 2009
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