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Odell Isolation Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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87
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260 Reviews
Odell Isolation AleOdell Isolation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
752
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
19.59%
 
 
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Reviews: 260 | Ratings: 752
Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.98/5  rDev +28.4%
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 -10.1%
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 bwjunkie
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Wer34truh
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rather substantial bubbly head. Has a amber brown color, with a surprisingly small amount of visible carbonation.

Smells of earthy malts, and sweet bread.

The bready malt flavor is definitely king here. Not necessarily to my liking, while I see how it might work for others. Drinkability is very high, and this is definitely a very tolerable beer.

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Photo of Caj1
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great, clear copper-brown. Slight head and slight lacing, it doesn't stick around too long, so I don't have to deal with foam all over my embarrassing dirtstache. Not a great deal of carbonation but it's crisp enough to the taste.

Smell incorporates a little bit of everything I love about beer. It's a very earthy smell with a good bit of pine on the nose but with full bodied malt sweet and nut smells. A little bit of molasses as well, not a great deal but enough.

Tastes as good as it smells. The hops help cut the malt, which can be somewhat cloying in less balanced beers. There are some great caramel and nut flavors that shine once the hops fall away a bit, but this beer is extremely balanced for a winter ale.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, but just heavy enough to remind you that it is indeed cold outside. It finishes remarkably smooth. No sticky sugar texture on the lips or nasty bready feeling on the tongue, either.

Overall a great beer. I'm glad I happened upon it. I wish it could be a year-round brew but I'll savor it while it's around.

To good health, good beer, and a happy holiday.

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Photo of KLHBB
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. Pours a jewel-tone Crayola brown, nice head and lacing. Smells of caramel and roasted fruit, like what a good fruitcake should be. The taste is the same with a hop bitterness on the back end. Richly bodied without being chewy. Always a favorite.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour, no head on, in the 1/4" range and it was keepin it on the hush. Aroma seemed like it would have come from a stronger beer. Aside from the alcohol, it was earthy, toffee, imperial tea whole foods vibe going for it.

Taste, definitely has the warming side of this style down even if the abv is only 6? More heated toffee, still the earthy filling quality. Moderate hop crispness is the flow, yet the beer doesn't really pickup in sweetness when you age it if you wanted to do that with this beer, I've pretty much drank 3 saved 3 when I bought this beer on two different six pack occasions. Bitterness is about the same as well.

Tastes like an old ale, winter warmers are usually more sessionable for me, and this just seemed like a bigger beer than a 6% winter warmer should be. I guess that's why I age half of 'em, seeing if they grow into their big boy pants.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear deep reddish brown color with off-white head. Caramel maltiness and cereal notes, a slight nut note too on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with mostly maltiness.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark slightly hazy amber and a dense tan head with great retention and lacing
Smell: Light fruity esters and caramelly malt
Taste: Balance falls towards a sweet caramelly malt with a mild yet pleasantly balancing and lingering bitterness
Feel: Full-bodied, slightly thickened mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Creamy.

Overall: As usual Odell makes a great-looking and finely balanced beer. Mouthfeel is a highlight, while I thought the aroma was somewhat subdued.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass enjoy by 2.17.16
pours orange/amber-brown with a tan to off white head moderate left a good amount of lace on glass
smell malty hoppy caramel and slight fruit
taste caramel malt slight fruit again and strong alcohol with a slightly bitter aftertaste
feel warming effervescent somewhat viscous
i drink this every year....not as interesting as some other seasonal/holiday offerings from other brewers but solid nontheless

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----THANKS RANDY!

This fine ale pours a medium clear bright amber color with a very nice off white head of foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of biscuit, caramel, and subtle grains. Flavors exceed the nose with lightly breaded malts, caramel, and a zesty hop note that comes through nicely on the back and aftertaste that cuts through the malt and keeps it lively. Almost a Scottish ale in flavor, but still excellent. Good carbonation, crisp zesty hop bite, and a subtly herbal hop notes on the aftertaste. Balance, balance, and balance. Everything is in harmony. Excellent.

Cheers

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Photo of puck1225
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant red tinted amber under a 1” cream to tan clingy and persistent foam collar. S: Spice and fruit aromas over a backdrop of rich malt.
T: Starts with rich malt flavors and then the hops come on but the hops present as much herbal and spice as they do bitter so this beer has a lot of flavors running around. There is a little citrus from the hops – almost orange or orange peel. A hint of sweet and a slight sweet aftertaste with a little caramel but it is not overpowering.
F: Medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A big malty winter beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a large, light brown head. Is reddish brown in color. Has a sweet, hoppy aroma combined with a caramel scent. Initial taste is sweet from the caramel. Finishing taste is slightly hoppy with a slight hint of alcohol. Overall taste is very similar to a brown ale without the bitterness. An amazing beer. Need to stock up next Fall with this.

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Photo of AustinEric
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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 DeepBrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Clean amber color with huge beige head. Long retention and good lacing. No visible carbo bubbles.

S: Hops first, some malt and spices, fade away quickly.

T: Malt dominates at first, with hops playing second fiddle. As it warms, hops and spices come through stronger and linger in the aftertaste.

M: Thin, light-medium body, no carbonation noticeable. Booze well hidden, but peeks out as beer warms.

O: Drinkable, well balanced, not overly spiced. A bit flat and not as remarkable as other Odell brews I had.

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually find this style boring, the the butterscotch and caramel flavors explode in my mouth. Very drinkable, great for this cold Minnesota winter

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Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Rich anber-brown in color with a thin tan head. The aroma is of malt and toffee. Sweet, but balanced with considerable hop bitterness. Full and enjoyable. This is a nice malty winter ale.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Upfront hoppy herbal bite dominates but as it fades a noticeably malty sweet note comes through at the end. It became more noticeable and enjoyable with my second beer, as with most beer ;).

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Photo of polygons
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

This is a decent beer but I wouldn't consider this "world class". The taste is less than desirable for a winter warmer, it feels and tastes very thin. However the drinkability of this brew is exceptional. Overall 3.25/5

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Photo of champ103
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed reddish/amber color. A dense white head rises to over two finger. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: One whiff is earthy, green tea like leafy hop aroma, the next caramel malt and biscuit. Variations of this fights for a slightly dominate presents. At times the malt come first, other the hops come out more dominate.
T: Toasted bready, and caramel malts, a bit sweet. Then that green leafy tea like hop character intermingles, and again both malt and hops fight to be more prominent than the other with alternating sips.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and rounded. Easy to drink, the bottle is gone in no time and the six pack won't last long.

More along the lines of an Amber Ale, that just happens to be a winter seasonal. Which is exactly what the breweries intended to make, instead of an actual Winter Warmer (either something spiced, or more of an Old Ale). Anyway, just an enjoyable beer that does not try to be to much. Maybe not my favorite from the brewery, or the winter releases. I can still find room in my fridge for this however.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- color is a clear brown, with lots of bubble activity within the beer, pours a quarter finger of white head comprised of big bubbles that dissipate quickly, leaving a thin ring of lacing.

Smell-Grainy, toasted malts and a bit of hop earthy notes as well as a bit of hop funk.

Taste- similar to aroma, toasty, grainy, malt which is quickly followed by a sharp bite of grassy hop, hop oils in the finish.

Feel- Crisp, yet moist on the tongue, lots of carbonation but not overwhelming.

Overall- a nicely balanced beer, lots of contrast going on, a cool take on the winter warmer style. very interesting and well worth trying.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%

A blanket of snow fell on us last night...no, wait... an avalanche of snow fell on us last night. The picture on the bottle looks about like that, and yep, I'm feeling a little isolated, as is everyone else from the blizzard. Let's see if it cures my isolation blues.

Appearance (4) : Three finger head, creamy, webby, with large sparse bubbles. Body is 60% opaque and is a hazy copper hue.

Aroma (4) : Very much like a pale with hoppy grapefruit rind, but there's a touch of mango in there as well. Some gooey caramel notes, perhaps melted in a tin pot; and malted milk balls. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Caramel notes come out loud in a malty fashion, with a wave of hop bitterness that takes over in the form of red grapefruit and white pepper. The finish is dry and musky.

Mouthfeel (4) : Lightly carbonated and a creamy feel, a dry finish with a musky feel. The carbonation throws a buzz in the mix which keeps it alive.

Overall (3.82) : As usual, Odell's offering is a bit too hoppy for my palate. For a malty winter warmer style, this beer is way over hopped. I can't resist their rustic labels so I keep buying their products, but they are very hop based and this one is no different. I like the pale hops and the caramel malts together, they create an interesting robustness that sticks around. I'd probably have this again on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 rand
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A solid winter-ish ale that's a cross between a warmer and an American Strong Ale. A little more one-dimensional than I like for a seasonal sipper, but tasty and drinkable nonetheless. The specs:

A: A gorgeous copper-tan with red hue, perfectly clear with little carbonated activity.

S: Floral, boozy, dank. Malt-forward bouquet with notes of ripe stone fruit and grass. Aromas are powerful.

T/M: Strong, boozy flavors with a dank hop astringency. Flavors are balanced but simple and a bit one-dimensional. Almost too sticky for it's own good, fortunately ample carbonation cleanses the palate between sips - I wouldn't care for this from a cask. Finishes long and sweet.

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.
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