Odell Isolation Ale | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
777 Ratings
Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
777
Reviews:
262
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
134
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 777 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Grumpy's in Roseville on Darkness Day Weekend.

Appearance -- Deep ruddy amber, almost purple with a slim beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, plum sweetness, brown sugar, some noticable spiciness. Not especially aromatic, but what is present is enjoyable.

Taste -- Spice cake, toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, prune and raisin, and earthy hops throughout. Finish is spice cake and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body with moderate creamy carbonation. Pretty satisfying.

Drinkability -- Pretty nice. Good malt profile and enough spicy malt to balance and keep things interesting. One could do worse than to be snowed in with a case of this.

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Photo of dcisco44
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Nice wintery themed label on a brown pop-top 12oz

Appearance: Nice tawny burnt orange beer with steady carbonation and a thick ivory film with good retention.

Smell: Mild sweet candied aromas with a touch of smoke and caramel.

Taste: Rich, sweet toffee with touches of biscuit

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: This is a good, tasty, Scottish-style ale...there's nothing wrong with it, it just doesn't wow...not O'dell's best, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of NickSMpls
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Winter Warmer from a snowy climate, must come with the territory. Best by Jan 9th. A rich malt aroma rises from a good, solid head overlaying a dark honey colored brew. Quite tasty, easy drinking, moderate ABV. Slightly sweet first taste, then smooths out to a toffee / roasted nuttiness. Light bittness lingers, but not unpleasant at all. A little better than the sum of its parts, if you catch my drift. Recommended.

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Photo of ssjkyle
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boca-X
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zenwatts
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mulder1010
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 poured into a red oak glass

A-- Poured a reddish brown, under a finger head but left very nice lacing on the glass and the head retention was excellent.

S-- Roasted malts, carmel, and toffee. No spice to this winter warmer that I can tell. There is sweet smell to this also.

T-- Carmel, toffee, malt, malts and some hops to this. It is a very nice opening to this beer.

M-- Med carbonation and very flavorful. Has character and is a bit heavy.

D-- Excellent. A great winter warmer that is at 6%. Different because there is no spice to it. Mostly malt and carmel. Has been my favorite winter seasonal for the 6 years and continues to amaze me everytime I have it. Can drink one and enjoy it or have 3 easily and just warm up.

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Photo of tswater
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of minterro
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Morgan's in Denver

Poured into a snifter, just cause it was already out.

Light fluffy slightly tan head. Nice spiderweb like lacing. Transparent lively garnet (with a orange lean). Aroma consists of sweet caramel,

Bit roasty, sweet caramel, and in a very abstract analysis: hints of fruity pebbles. Lighter on the spice than most winter warmers. No alcohol present in taste. Pretty crisp for the style

Overall: I liked it, on the higher end of the winter warmers I have tried so far, but not the best.

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Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hwwty4
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a cherry brown color with a 3 inch tan head that recedes into a thin circle around the glass, leaving soap like lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is odd. Its a combination of a citrus IPA and a winter warmer. It reminds me of toffee and orange rind. Big citrusy notes up front - grapefruit and orange peel, finishing with caramel, toffee and chocolate. Kind of like a caramel orange. The flavor is very similar. The hops are a bit toned down, leading the malty body to take forefront. Caramel and toffee are big at first with grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind finishing. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. I wish it was just a bit of a bigger body. This is a great winter warmer and I will definitely be picking up another six pack soon.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber color, somewhat murky, with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – definitely a more malty or syrupy type of smell. I don’t notice a whole lot of hop in the aroma itself.

Taste – quite strong on the bitter side straight from the off. However, it’s more of a presence than a strength. The hops/bitterness don’t overwhelm. There is a slight calm that comes in the middle, probably due to the malts.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced, not leaning to heavily on the watery or creamier sides.

Overall – not terribly intriguing to think about, but very good-tasting.

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Photo of DemoniChris
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Punisher
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of blastoderm55
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whynot44
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear reddish copper color with a decent tan head that subsides to a skin but continues to leave some nice lace.

The aroma is biscuity, toasty malt with hints of spicy hops.

The flavor is toasted malts, some caramel, vanilla and raisins. The finish brings our some spicy hops, a bit of slightly burnt toast and hints of alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, easy to drink could help get you in the mood for some outdoor activites in the fall or recover from shoveling snow later on.

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Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of puck1225
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown red with a light brown head, poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice lacing. Sweet initial taste, dark fruit flavor, maybe dates. Slight bitterness in the finish. I will look forward to more of this beer as the weather cools.

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Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant copper-Amber in color, topped with a frothy pale tan head and plenty of lace.

Nose offers up equal parts biscuit-y malt and yeasty tang, along with the barest hint of bitter hop.

Smooth and creamy on the first sip, with a lightly-sweet character and just a hint of alcohol -- not a very big beer for the style, mind you (at least in the contemporary American interpretation), but the alcohol is there all the same.

Biscuit malt notes -and dry, cracker-like ones at that- work their magic here and add up to a very easy drinking, almost (too-easy) session-able beer. Reminds me of the classic American mis-understanding of the ESB style . . . a little different than what I'd expect of a Winter Warmer in other words.

Unfortunately, this is only an average beer for its style, but with an excellent, smooth and creamy mouthfeel and drinkability that "goes all the way to "11", it is definitely a cut above average for an everyday sipper.

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Photo of FreshButterbeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Isolation Ale glass. Date stamped on bottle: 3/29/11

A - Mildly hazy with a burgundy color. Solid 2 finger head which seemed to linger for a long while and thick bubbly lacing.

S - A blend of toasty chocolate biscuity malts. A hint of earthy tone hops.

T/M - It is a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel with medium body. It's clean yet the hops leave a noticeable bitterness from start to finish. The aroma transitions to the flavor in the middle when the toasted biscuit and chocolate malts enter the palette. Slight sweetness on the tail end with a hint of the earthy hops.

D - You can't have just one.

Overall this is a well balanced brew that doesn't annihilate your senses with too much alcohol or hops or malts. I look forward to this release every year and 2010's offering was very good. A great offering and represents the Winter Warmer style well. I would easily recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-19-2011 04:23:45

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 777 ratings.
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