Odell Isolation Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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262 Reviews
Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, deep reddish amber color with a beige head. Head appears a bit thin on the initial pour, but ends up having very nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet, caramel malt up front in the aroma, with a slight biscuit quality. Subtle earthy and citrus hops as well. A subdued, but pleasant aroma.

T - Pretty similar to the aroma: sweet, toasted, caramel maltiness with a touch of biscuit/bready flavor. The malt is balanced with some citrus, earthy, and slighty grassy hoppiness. The hops in this one add a nice dryness that compliments the caramel malts well.

M - Medium bodied with subtle carbonation that keeps this one nice and smooth.

D - Very drinkable for the style. Has a great flavor and warmth for the winter months, but the body and balance make it a solid candidate for a session brew. I will definitely have to add this into the rotation this winter.

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Photo of ClarkPinnock
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle!

Pours a rich amber color with little to no lacing. Nose is brown sugar with a nascent form of maple.

Vestiges of malt and caramel are evinced in the slightly sugary taste. This is certainly illustrative of this winter ale style, which seems to be predicated on a robust, if somewhat spicy, flavor.

This beer makes me wish I lived closer to Colorado, very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11-27-02.

Nice looking scarlet red. Thin creamy beige head. Excellent retention and lacing. Sweet malts and hearty hops are joined in by a leathery quality on the nose. Unique tasting winter brew here. I like it. A dry, dusty woody quality begs my attention first. That is followed by a Belgian yeast like breadiness. Abundant hop nuances add a clean, dry, subdued bitterness. Seems to be well fortified by alcohol without being overbearing. Mellow tasting. Almost like it has been cold conditioned for a while. Nice changeup to my winter beer lineup.

Bighuge thanx to Senior Shit and Jerry for isolating me with this Isolation Ale.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid offering from Odell. It pours an amber-orange with a nice, lacy head. Smell is of malt and sweetness, as is the taste with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and rich without being overpowering. Overall, one of Odell's better beers, but it cannot compete with their IPA or Myrcenary Double IPA. Bravo

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Photo of intensify
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting and review.
smells a bit hoppy, some biscuit and getting some tang somwhere in there. Maybe orange. Pours an amber color with no head, and very little lacing. Taste is a tad bit hoppy, biscuity, and tangy. Finishes with an odd tang. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thin off-white head.

Smell: Rich caramel malts, very spicy English hops, and a light fruitiness. Fairly dry aroma.

Taste: Just lightly sweet malt body with caramel, dark fruit and a touch of tea. Very spicy, floral and citrusy English hops are used to great effect on the finish. While not particularly bitter, the hop profile suggests it is higher than the listed 29 IBUs.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth medium to full body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite simply, this is one of the best traditional English-style Ales I have had. Drinkable, full flavored and delicious.

Edit: Lowered my taste score from 4.5 to 4, as by mid-November, the hops had faded somewhat. So this so-called Winter beer is best in October.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap from brewery.

A- Deepp amber with a foamy tan head and descent lacing.

S- Toasty biscuit. Complex mix of grapes , plums, and earthy hops. Hints of caramel and chocolate. Sweet malts. Cloves, and allspice. Toffee and cinnamon.

M- Medium bodied. Crisp and rich with a creamy finish. Nice alcohol tinge around the edges.

D- Delicious and complex. Easy to go down with the slightest alcohol tinge.

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Photo of rhollman
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark amber

Smell - Some aroma

Taste - Crisp, smooth, hops taste starts mild and finishes stronger

Mouth Feel - Smooth, slightly creamy and pleasant

Drinkability - I like it, but there are no spices or anything to make it a holiday brew, and it just seems like a more mild version of Odell's IPA - which is great!

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Photo of isualum12
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber.
smell is malt with hops.
Taste is clean malts with faint hop throughout.
Medium bodied. solid throughout with earth flavors.
feel was plesent with flavor lasting long after the beer was finshed.
overall nice winter beer but it didnt meet the hype of a few blog posts....

i had to edit this after i saw the bros went 100. not what i got out of this beer

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of brewjones
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with an off white head. Nice retention. Malty nose with hints of dark fruits. Some esters. The taste is mostly of caramel with a hop backbone. Great mouthfeel and a heavier winter warmer for the season. I always enjoy this beer. I like to buy a six of it every year because of it's simplicity as a holiday beer.

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Photo of AustinEric
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great feel in the mouth; well balanced; smell and taste are good but a bit thin. Contrary to some other reviews, I found a lot of carbonation. Taste improves as it warms.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says 3/7/13B.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A malty and earthy aroma with subtle spicing. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and butterscotch. Also somewhat nutty with light hints of apple and dark cherry fruit. Very earthy with some good hints of grassy hops. Light hint of pine and other spice. A pretty solid balanced malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a solid malt driven taste with some good subtle spice and fruit. Toasted malts with notes of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, grains, and yeast. Fairly nutty. Subtle undertones of apple and dark fruits including raisin and dark cherry. Solid earthy backing of hops with some grassy and herbal hops. A nice balanced tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a moderate dryness.

Overall: A very solid winter warmer. Doesn't have the typical cinnamon and nutmeg type spices, but it has some nice subtle undertones.

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Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber/orange, a little bit of haze, almost an inch of head at first. Malty and floral smell and taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very well rounded beer. All of the qualities are in sync with one another. Would make for a great sipper while sitting outside in a hot tub after a long day of skiing.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my Christmas favorites every year. Poured a rich, dense reddish-brown color, with a generous tan head. Aromas of fruitcake, malt and earthy hops. On the palate, medium bodied, with flavors of dark fruits (fruitcake), earthy hops, sugar and malt.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz single from Odell. About $2. This is a revisit of a beer that I did not like when I first got into craft beer about two years ago.

A: copper orange color with an off white head about half an inch thick, recedes to a film, heavy chunks of lacing on the sides. not a whole lot of bubbles.

S: pale malts, piney earthy hops, nice earthy aromas, smells a lot like an English IPA.

T: Big caramel malt flavors up front, earthy hop character, almost soapy, almost a rye flavor in the malt flavor, lots of earthy undertones in this one, quite balanced, lingering grainy malts, sit in the mouth quite a while.

M: nicely carbonated, somewhat thick, and pretty smooth to boot, has a faint alcohol warmth to it.

D: for it being a beer I used to hate, I can actually see myself drinking more than one in a night. A tasty beer, well balanced, and goes down easy.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from the bottle with and amber/red colour. It had a sweet, malty, mellow nose with hints of vanilla, spice, and brown sugar. The ale was surprisingly hoppier than expected. It tasted briefly of malt, and then a citrus hop. There wasn't much of an after taste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of Zorro
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

This beer is a slightly chill hazed copper colored ale with not too much head formation.

Smell is very spicy. Strong aroma of clove and cinnamon with vanilla and a trace of lemon. There is some cake scent in the malt of this but this is a beer very much dominated by spices.

Taste is sweet and a bit bitter at the beginning with the aftertaste of tobacco. Sharp hop component keeps the sweetness firmly in check here. There is a solid sourness to this that seems to come from some sort of citrus probably lemon. The aftertaste here quickly becomes woody. Spice doesn't show up in the taste nearly as strongly as the scent and this is mostly just a good ale. This is almost as if the beer was dry hopped with spices.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty and not an overly spiced and sweetened winter ale. This is a rather superior winter ale for those who prefer bitter and woody to sweet and spicy.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA pint glass. Best by date is 2/24/12.

A - Pours a translucent coppery with a finger width light tan head. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - I detect caramel malt and some biscuity bread aromas. Some hops, but nothing too strong.

T - Bready malt up front, transitioning to more caramel notes and a bit of crisp, earthy hops on the back end.

M - Definitely medium body bodied with kind of a creamy feel. Moderately carbonation.

O - Very nice beer. A perfect fit for a cold January weekend afternoon.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - rich amber color with an awesome white head on top that sticks around for a while.

S - slight hops, a tiny bit of pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, dark fruit.

T - a bit of hops, allspice, a hint of the pumpkin is there, and a small bit of fruit I can't quite put my finger on.

M - really nice carbonation and flavors sit well on the palate and go down incredibly smooth.

D - could definitely have a few but wouldn't want more than two or three - it might get a little sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of thrawn208
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went to neighborhood spirits store, saw this in the cooler, and immediately thought, "Wow, it's winter already?" That's what happens in Colorado - the winter comes fast, and the Isolation Ale comes just as quick. Didn't hurt that we had snow all day long.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Like prior iterations, leaves little head, but a decent lace. Everything screams winter about this beer - it's almost-the-color-of-Santa's-cheeks red on pour, and the smell reminds me of what I imagine his workshop would smell like.

Taste is extremely malty. It works for a cold night, but I don't know that it would work on a milder winter evening. It's full in your mouth and leaves a pleasant coating that sticks with you for a few minutes afterward. Easy to drink for a darker ale, I could probably put away 2 or 3 without a second thought. Which is exactly what you want out of a winter ale with hockey on TV, snow outside and the old ball and chain out with her friends.

To me, Colorado winter beer IS Odell Isolation Ale.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

A- Caramel colored liquid with a brightness to it. Robust carbonation. Fluffy off-white head that remains well before forming a wall of sticky lace. 4.5

S- Floral and sweet like a lot of Sierra Nevada beers. There's a rich malt base and a biscuity aroma. Pleasant and straight-forward. 4

T- Are we sure this isn't Sierra Nevada's beer? Haha. Very similar taste to a lot of their beers. Like the nose, sweet and floral with a light hopping. Notes of caramel hit about mid-palate and the the finish is kind of biscuity, bready and crackery. 4

M- Great creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a low-key but noticeable bitter finish. 4.25

Tasty treat. Nice mouthfeel makes it good for this time of year.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ummm...caramel and hops? Excuse me ma'am but am I on the flight to Aspen?

Yes sir I am! Big time Winter Warmer! A nice one. I usually don't go for WW's but this one is decent. I just cain't pair these with food. This beer is complex. Yet elegant. Simple. And it doesn't rely on such a high BAC to warm you up.

Big time malt with a pumpkin pour...and hops. Nice! Makes me wanna go stand in the snow and smoke a cigar! I likey this brew.

It's not so cloy as some of this style are but it's there but balanced so well by the hops. Nice caramel malt. Maybe it's too fresh but the hops kinda take precedent. This beer needs some time. I might save a bottle for a month in the bottom of the fridge and review as I can hear the malts screaming but the hops balance a bit too well. Which I really like! I can tell this beer was made with love...

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Photo of Buebie
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poures a very plae redish amber, transparent. inch of tan head, thick foam, leaving sticky lace and a solid cap.
Aroma is sawdust like with a hint of spice, earthy hops, malt and grains.
Malt in flavor with caramel mild sweetness, really mild, as hop spice and cereal grains bitter slightly and provide terrific balance. Slight onion spice of hops in aroma, but more earthy in flavor.
Exceedingly drinkability, but flavor forward. A truly wonderful beer.

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 776 ratings.
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