Odell Isolation Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Ratings: 778 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of alexgash
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool label; makes me want to drink beer in a warm cabin. Pours a dim burgandy with flashes of amber. Capped by a creamy, light khaki head that laces nicely. A very warm looking ale.
Smells of figs, toasted nuts, caramel, and spicy citrus hops. Not overly aromatic though. Hits the tongue with moderately sweet malt. Notes of toasted bread, nuts, rummy fruit, and toffee are evident. Mouthfeel starts out lively and then gets thicker toward the finish. Spicy and citrusy hops pick up into the finish and remain. Slightly warming for its abv, but I would need a little something more if I were cabin-ed up all winter. A nicely made beverage nonetheless.

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Photo of mikey711
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber to light brown in color that only had a quarter inch of head that did not retain well.

S: Nice caramel malt sweetness with subtle notes of cloves and cinnamon.

T: Starts out with some very nice caramel notes that transition into some subtle chocolate sweetness. A bit of pepper is present along with some cloves, coriander and some bubblegummy esters

M: A bit rough, but there is no heat to it and the body is pretty good

D: Drinks pretty easy and could be possible to have another or three

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour a somewhat beclouded copper color with the head is middling in size and light tan in color and the texture frothy, the resultant lace a fine covering sheet upon the glass. Nose is quite sweet, over ripe fruit, toasted grains, light hints of caramel, start is richly malted, sweet, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is light to medium in carbonation with the hops mild and pleasant and the aftertaste very dry, overall a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of Benish
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: light-copper in color with tones of carmel. An inch of head after pouring which dissipated won to a nice skim of foam that persist. Lacings all around.

Smell: touch of sweet malt, some cracker, caramel-like candy

Taste: very malty and clean. Starts out sweet with notes of cracker, malt, and finishes with some kind of nutty flavor. Its very balance and very simple; not overly complex. I like it.

Mouthfeel: almost full-bodied. Very risk and creamy.

Overall: excellent beer. It's nothing overboard. Just something to grab from the fridge and enjoy.

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Photo of Whittaker
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Old Chicago in Boise, Idaho
Price: N/A
Purchased: Dec. 17, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an auburn murky color with 1-to-2 fingers (when I got it) of white head. Layered spider web lacing. Below average retention.

Smelled caramel red malts, toffee, smooth spices, Rye hops and iced tea. Not much like a winter warmer.

Tasted amber malts, iced tea, caramel, toffee, toasted nuts and slightly bitter.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

A pretty good beer, although I wouldn’t exactly call it a winter warmer. Tasty though.

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Photo of bwjunkie
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. Can't even review it properly I haven't had one in a while, but it is my favorite Odell beer, and I will always order it if I see it available in an establishment.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yemenmocha
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 12/30/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and copper red with a sandstone colored finger width head. Fair retention, results in a thin, broken layer of suds and a strong ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing consists of streaks and several small spots left around the glass.

Smell - Interesting aroma. Sweet. Notes of caramel and honey come to mind first. Lighter touches of bread. Grassy hop character?

Taste - Yep. Caramel flavor with a touch of honey. Lesser bread and a touch of earthy, lightly grassy hop comes in somewhere near the end. Not an especially impressive flavor profile, but finishes clean and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Stupid smooth and creamy texture, goes down like a dream.

Overall - There's nothing that really stands out with this beer, except that it's damn smooth and has a nicely balanced flavor profile. I wouldn't mind drinking this again.

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Photo of Demosthenes503
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received via a beer trade. From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light amber color. Somewhat hazy. OK head retention (frothy at first, but did not last more than a minute of two)

S: Aroma includes caramelly sweetness, roasty malts and a very slight hint of alcohol

M: Quite fizzy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied thickness. Fizzyness lends itself to a frothy quality on the tongue

T: Sweet maltiness. Although some spices are present (cloves?) and there is a hint of smokiness, the malts really dominate the flavor and fill up your mouth toward the end. A hint of bitterness remains after swallowing a sip.

Overall this is quite an enjoyable beer. I feel like I could drink several in a row happily. Seems like it would pair well with a meal, but is good enough to stand on its own. Wish this was available locally to get through the colder months.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my nice little Cigar City snifter; freshness date of March 29, 2013 printed clearly in white ink in a little purple rectangle near the bottom-left corner of the label, underneath the barcode (“3/29/13B”). Given a four-month freshness period for Odell, that means it was bottled on November 29, 2012, making this a day over five weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (4.0): One finger light tan colored head, tight bubbles, good retention; body is a deep reddish amber, almost ruby-colored, and clear; just a slight chill haze. Excellent, excellent lacing: thick legs and evenly-spaced webbing all around the glass as the beer recedes.

Smell (4.0): The nose is dominated by toffee, candied apples, some citrus juice, butterscotch, and a little grassy character. It’s fragrant and balanced, and very good for the style—not too sweet at all.

Taste (4.0): English-feeling malts, American-feeling hops (but very balanced). The malts have restrained, but rich with fruity, earthy, and lightly toasted, bready tones layered with a toffee and caramel sweetness. The hops are dry and grassy, mostly a light bittering presence (the grassiness) with a modest dosage of citrusy American hop flavor, a bit of grapefruit flesh and peel. The malts strike a nice balance between full flavor and light feel—light enough to let some very moderate hopping add an even-handed complement to the malt.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The feel has a smooth carbonation that’s moderately soft with a nice flush of gentle foaming action; the body is rather light and finishes dry, thanks to an understated presence of hop oils that lighten the feel nicely.

Overall (4.0): This is a nice winter warmer that shows no booze and really great balance for the style. I don’t often drink winter warmers, but I can see the appeal with an example like this. It’s easy-drinking, malt-forward without being too thick or sweet, but still opens up nicely as it warms. A very nice beer.

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Photo of SamN
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From six pack, poured in a pint glass

A- Poured a cloudy brown/dirty red, topped with a thin layer of tiny bubbles. A nice festive color, suitable for the winter warmer style.

S- Smells of candied fruits and light hoppiness. Not much aroma. Vigorous swirling releases a more malty and boozy smell.

T- Taste is like classic red ale hoppiness and mild lambic-like fruit characteristics. Sweet flowery notes in front, fading to mild bitterness and spice. Expected more alcohol; not a very "warming" warmer. A rather lighter and more mild approach, but it is quite a tasty beer.

M- Medium bodied and light carbonation

D- A good, easy drinker for social occasions, and a nice beer to return to every winter. I've would've liked to see this beer a little stronger and more assertive; this beer is too mild and thin to be the winter warmer for the Rocky Mountains.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served with a scant finger of creamy head, although stick is mighty fine. Orange color with lots of brown in the middle. Nose is mostly of the caramel malt persuasion, with a hint of slightly tropical fruits. If you consider oranges to be tropical. Enough potency here for me to appreciate it, but the aroma doesn't quite knock me off my barstool.

The flavor is quite nice, and leaves much of the overly-spiced, fruitcake-like qualities of the style out of the equation. Much appreciated, Odell. Malts provide a punchy sweetness, with plenty of complexity that doesn't require any cinnamon or cardamom. Hops shine here a little more than the nose, bringing out some flavors of grapefruit and orange. Well balanced.

Everything is just about great with this one - while not my favorite style or even my favorite example of the style, Isolation Ale manages to be a pretty great beer that I should have gotten around to long before tonight.

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Photo of bigotecircus
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Evilyak
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours amber, with a lot of head and lacing.

pleasantly malty nose, but overall pretty neutral. taste is the same - a bit of caramel sweetness and just a touch of bitter at the end, but nothing remarkable.

mouth is full and a bit oily at the end, but not cloying.

a solid offering for the winter.

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Auburn colored...minimal head..-Nice nutty, toasty malt character....sticky caramel and a light dusting of cocoa as well...earthy hops....don't care for the deep finish as it is a bit sourish feel without being very sour if that makes sense.

A nice winter warmer.

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Photo of Blazer22
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz as an extra from cschmidt87, thanks man!

Pours a gorgeous rich ruby/caramel orange with nice head that has some staying power, leaves some lacing down the glass.

Odd duck from the nose: earthy loam, leather, rich dark fruit, bark, caramel malt, hint of spruce?

Continues on through the taste: really dry finish, very earthy, sweet caramel and dark fruits twisting through, light tingly hop bite in finish, cocoa powder, pillowy mouthfeel, very silky.

Not sure what to think of this one, very unique. Ultimately, I appreciate its complexities, find it to be quite drinkable while still maintaining a sense of 'richness' that I desire from a winter warmer, and would drink it again.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark blood orange amber with two fingers of thick and creamy head. Plenty of lacing is left behind as the head slowly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet malts, fruity hops, frosted sugar cookies, light holiday spices.

Taste: Well balanced with sweet and biscuity malts and kick of hops throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a crisp finish. Doesn't get much better than this.
Very tasty, easy drinking yet very flavorful. One of those that you just need to try. Wouldn't expect anything less from Odells.

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Photo of sirhc3034
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Seabass1964
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful ruby translucence with puff of rapid disappearing head
Hops ( maybe I notice them because I've been drinking darker beers)and dab of caramel for the nose
slight hop sting at first but it melts to malt sweetness
substance on tongue
Nicely made

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Photo of South2NW
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesMN
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber hue with a thin frothy caramel head.

Aroma: Caramel malt at the forefront. Some spicy/earthy hops. There is a nice malt complexity that I hope comes out in the flavor.

Taste: Nutty and caramel malt profiles. A moderate hop bite at the end with some bitterness probably around 25-30 IBUs. The nutty/toffee flavor really shines in this one and gives it that winter seasonal feel. Odell Brewing know their hops and give Isolation Ale a nice balance with their hop additions without stealing the show. Earthy hop flavors impart a bitterness that keeps the malt character from being too sweet. Pretty robust for only 6% ABV.

Mouthfeel: A tad over medium in body but feels more viscous than that. Very smooth with average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: One of my favorite Winter Warmer seasonal offerings. Odell Brewing proves time and time again that they know how to make a great beer. Would I drink it again? Yep, worth at least one sixer every December.

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 778 ratings.
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