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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2001

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Photo of craigbelly
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkarimi
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nick4444
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a bright ruby with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma offers biscuity malts and sweet dark fruits. The flavor is soft and mild, with caramel, toffee, craisins, fig, mild sweet chocolate, and cherry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with low carbonation. Overall this mild flavors here are very pleasant, as well suited towards style. A winter session beer. This really compliments what I want to eat in the winter.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly clear burnt orange color that has a thick long-lived tan head that is rich and creamy settling very slowly. leaving veinous and complex lacing down the glass.

The nose is a rich dry malt with notes of whipped cream, peppery hops, alcohol, pine resin, camphor.

The flavor is a complex dry malt bed with a crisp hop finish with earthy notes of grass, bread, pine, bitter hops, eucalyptus, and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is rich and just right for the beer style.

Overall another exceptional brew from Odell. A fantastic beer and I recommend it highly.

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Photo of FreshButterbeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of suckaj
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kds2437
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good carbonation, but mouthfeel is more like a brown ale than a spicy/malty winter warmer. This was kind of a miss for me.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdamSkylar
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akolb
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of infinitebruner
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

March 22, 2016

12 oz. bottle, snifter

A – Dark, clear copper, the color of mahogany wood, with less than a quarter-inch of light tan bubbles that fade almost immediately.

S – Caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee, along with amaretto and a touch of hazelnut. Fruity, cherry pit, stone notes. Some spicy, herbal, earthy hops at the end. This is a malt showcase.

T – Caramel and toffee, with sweet fruity notes of apple and cherry pits. A bit of hazelnut. Not much hop flavor, some herbal notes, mostly contribution moderate but subdued bitterness.

M – Medium to medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Malt sweetness up front but enough moderate bitterness to counter. Bit of a sweet finish, though bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

O – A lot of promise on the nose but feels a little plain once you start drinking it. Still a good beer, definitely a strong example of a winter warmer.

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Photo of Midwestbrew18
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of agbtrey
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Pilgrim’s in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for $1.89. According to the label, I should have drank this by March 1st . Oops. Well, at least I know it’s been refridgerated the last 3-4 months.

Poured into a “Summer’s Here Brewfest” nonic pint glass, this was a dark, reddish amber color, with a big, fluffy, off-white head that left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Piney hop notes and toffeeish malt scents. As it warms, the malts come out to play more, at the expense of the hops.

Mildly spicy, the flavor hints at gingerbread, but not to a cloying extent. While malt forward, with spicy and sweet, toffeeish notes, there’s a enough of a bitter, hoppy bite to keep things balanced and more interesting than might otherwise be the case. There’s a little bit of honeyish flavor about midway through the taste. Mildly dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a lightly coating mouthfeel.

Decent, but understated flavor, and very drinkable. For a 6% beer, it seems almost sessionable. Maybe it’s lost a little oomph while sitting behind a bunch of high-gravity monsters in my fridge, but if so it’s managed to age fairly gracefully. I would drink this again, though I’ll make sure it’s fresher next time!

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Photo of meals00
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Groenebeor
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a dark copper brown with a minimal head, slight lacing

S: Dark christmas cookies - think something like gingerbread. Faint earthy hops.

T: Molasses shortbread cookies, some maple syrup, faint hop bitterness

F: Nice syrupy silky feel, with moderate carbonation

O: This is the best Winter Warmer I've ever had. Wow. This is a great beer I'd gladly drink over and over.

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Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Isolation Ale is too pretty not to show off to friends. But if you don't want to share it would be wise to drink from the bottle; this brilliant tawny beer and its soft auburn highlights are so alluring that everyone will want to try it. Appropriate for a cold weather beer, this is topped with a fine dusting of white powder.

I'm all for holiday spices but, generally speaking, I prefer my Winter Warmers to let their malts and hops do the talking. This almost miniature barleywine aroma does just that; gooey caramel malt is coated in pine serum and earthy pungency. It's a bouquet that's mildly rich and subtly mysterious.

The flavour likewise has secrets to share. Tastes of toffee and biscuits pair with a cup of breakfast tea and a heaping tablespoon of honey; for all the delectably sweet notes on the palate there's that herbal, pine-comb and citrus bitterness that comes along to shut them out of the finish.

A complaint I have with brewers is that come winter they seemingly offer nothing but stouts and porters. Sure, I drink more of those in colder months but I don't want them exclusively. Something with this kind of toasty caramel malt, biscuity amaretto flavours and dank hoppiness is a great alternative.

Odell has had a steady, well-regarded reputation in the craft beer community for as long as they've existed. With recurring seasonals like Isolation Ale it's easy to understand why: good recipe, generous flavours, well-made. While a slightly light take on the style, it's definitely one to recommend.

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 793 ratings
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