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 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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Photo of n2185
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cih26d
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Benish
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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 Evilyak
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Patchedup
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gibsonx4
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oline73
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breadwinner
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Kinda funny to call this one a winter warmer, as it doesn't go down the whole dark and spicy route. Instead, it's like a musled up English ale, and, I have to say, the malt is indeed well done here, not sticky and sweet, no weird off notes, just a touch of brown sugar sweetness/caramel, a dusting of spicy noble-ish hops, and maybe a bit of a nutty note thrown in there too. It's a little buzzy in the carb for my tastes, but it does all come together fairly well. An interesting brew that won't hit you over the head with Holiday Spices (TM) but will satisfy to be sure.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickSMpls
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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 gofacethecraftcooler
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.98/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours deep amber, hazy with a very persistent white foam head. Aroma is malty with a backbone of english hops. Taste is great, bitter but balanced with malts, sweetness is present but not aggresive. Medium body with medium carbonation. Great great beer.

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Photo of colingaiser
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, slightly warmed, into a standard pint glass.

L: Thin bubbly head that disappeared quickly ... transparent, deep copper color

S: Not a ton of aroma to be had here ... a little biscuit, honey, caramel, hint of cinnamon

T: Some floral hop notes on the front-end give way to sweet malty notes of caramel, honey on toast, and a little roasted nut ... the finish is pretty clean, though notes of cinnamon and a few other winter spices linger

M: Pretty light body for a "winter warmer," and medium-high carbonation level ... personally would prefer less carbonation

O: This is a solid and well-balanced (though fairly basic) winter ale. It's crowd-pleasing but there are more interesting beers in the "winter warmer" category

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Photo of Imcoachoshea
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwjunkie
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 800 ratings
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