Odell Isolation Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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262 Reviews
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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Reviews: 262 | Ratings: 776
Photo of AustinEric
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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 isualum12
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber.
smell is malt with hops.
Taste is clean malts with faint hop throughout.
Medium bodied. solid throughout with earth flavors.
feel was plesent with flavor lasting long after the beer was finshed.
overall nice winter beer but it didnt meet the hype of a few blog posts....

i had to edit this after i saw the bros went 100. not what i got out of this beer

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Competely clear maroon body, big head fades fast and leaves a tattered curtain of lacing around the top of my Schell tulip. Smells malty, with tones of choclate and brown sugar, very doppley. Taste is extra sweet and accentuated by vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Hops are there, but not dominant, just ind of in the background. Slick, fairly thick mouthfeel. I like it, a good well-spiced warmer.

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Photo of rhollman
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark amber

Smell - Some aroma

Taste - Crisp, smooth, hops taste starts mild and finishes stronger

Mouth Feel - Smooth, slightly creamy and pleasant

Drinkability - I like it, but there are no spices or anything to make it a holiday brew, and it just seems like a more mild version of Odell's IPA - which is great!

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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thin off-white head.

Smell: Rich caramel malts, very spicy English hops, and a light fruitiness. Fairly dry aroma.

Taste: Just lightly sweet malt body with caramel, dark fruit and a touch of tea. Very spicy, floral and citrusy English hops are used to great effect on the finish. While not particularly bitter, the hop profile suggests it is higher than the listed 29 IBUs.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth medium to full body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite simply, this is one of the best traditional English-style Ales I have had. Drinkable, full flavored and delicious.

Edit: Lowered my taste score from 4.5 to 4, as by mid-November, the hops had faded somewhat. So this so-called Winter beer is best in October.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap from brewery.

A- Deepp amber with a foamy tan head and descent lacing.

S- Toasty biscuit. Complex mix of grapes , plums, and earthy hops. Hints of caramel and chocolate. Sweet malts. Cloves, and allspice. Toffee and cinnamon.

M- Medium bodied. Crisp and rich with a creamy finish. Nice alcohol tinge around the edges.

D- Delicious and complex. Easy to go down with the slightest alcohol tinge.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid offering from Odell. It pours an amber-orange with a nice, lacy head. Smell is of malt and sweetness, as is the taste with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and rich without being overpowering. Overall, one of Odell's better beers, but it cannot compete with their IPA or Myrcenary Double IPA. Bravo

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Photo of intensify
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting and review.
smells a bit hoppy, some biscuit and getting some tang somwhere in there. Maybe orange. Pours an amber color with no head, and very little lacing. Taste is a tad bit hoppy, biscuity, and tangy. Finishes with an odd tang. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, deep reddish amber color with a beige head. Head appears a bit thin on the initial pour, but ends up having very nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet, caramel malt up front in the aroma, with a slight biscuit quality. Subtle earthy and citrus hops as well. A subdued, but pleasant aroma.

T - Pretty similar to the aroma: sweet, toasted, caramel maltiness with a touch of biscuit/bready flavor. The malt is balanced with some citrus, earthy, and slighty grassy hoppiness. The hops in this one add a nice dryness that compliments the caramel malts well.

M - Medium bodied with subtle carbonation that keeps this one nice and smooth.

D - Very drinkable for the style. Has a great flavor and warmth for the winter months, but the body and balance make it a solid candidate for a session brew. I will definitely have to add this into the rotation this winter.

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Photo of ClarkPinnock
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle!

Pours a rich amber color with little to no lacing. Nose is brown sugar with a nascent form of maple.

Vestiges of malt and caramel are evinced in the slightly sugary taste. This is certainly illustrative of this winter ale style, which seems to be predicated on a robust, if somewhat spicy, flavor.

This beer makes me wish I lived closer to Colorado, very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Isolation Ale for the Season of 2002-2003 from Odell Brewing Co. pours a dark red from a 12oz brown glass bottle. The light tan head makes two fingers with no effort at all. The head then gets rocky, i. e. changes from a head of fine foam to a mix of large and small bubbles with an uneven surface, lacing well on decline.

Nose is a spicey citrus, and palate is a citrus zest with winter spice that roll along the tongue well.

A tasty winter offering from the nice people at Odell Brewing Co.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11-27-02.

Nice looking scarlet red. Thin creamy beige head. Excellent retention and lacing. Sweet malts and hearty hops are joined in by a leathery quality on the nose. Unique tasting winter brew here. I like it. A dry, dusty woody quality begs my attention first. That is followed by a Belgian yeast like breadiness. Abundant hop nuances add a clean, dry, subdued bitterness. Seems to be well fortified by alcohol without being overbearing. Mellow tasting. Almost like it has been cold conditioned for a while. Nice changeup to my winter beer lineup.

Bighuge thanx to Senior Shit and Jerry for isolating me with this Isolation Ale.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 33 cl snifter. Best-by date 2.5.14. Thanks to Kurt for flying this back from MI.

Look- Clear amber-brown with three solid fingers of crackly eggshell head that lingers. Nice curtains, but minimal lace.

Smell- Subtle but appealing. Heavily toasted biscuit is the driver, with a bit of powdery floral character buried behind it. Faint sage and honey as it warms.

Taste- Robust toasted honey biscuit and clean herbal bittering. Almost desert-like, the toasty flavor is well developed and delicious. Finishes clean, more sage and cracker along with an almost chalky spiciness that reminds me of boiled cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation, average feel and cleans itself up pretty well. Not boozy, but feels hefty for 6%.

Overall- Very nice, a winter warmer indeed. Good flavor balance, I'd definitely revisit this one if it were available around here.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a 2 finger head that dissipates fast but does leave alot of clingy lacing on the glass.. smell is toasty,malty.nutty,with baked bread..taste is much the same its roasted malts,nuts,toffee mixed with sweet malts,,it then gives way to some earthy hops mixed with peat and fruit its a fantastic WW..mouth feel is full of flavor crisp with hops ,chocolate,roasted malts..one of my favorite WW this season.. go try this one

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Photo of Domingo
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After grabbing my first batch of the 2010 season I noticed I'd never reviewed this beer before...after enjoying it for years here goes.
Pours a deep chestnut brown that looks dense and almost cloudy, but it's just the sheer density of the beer. A big off-white head forms off of a gentle pour, but never gets out of control. the head sticks around for the life of the beer and is almost sticky with all of the malt and hops. Lacing is about as good as it gets.
Initially the nose consists of Odell's trademark big pine-y hops, but you then can't help but get waves of the nutty, ultra-rich roasted malts.
The flavor follows with a similar balance, but in reverse. Initially you get lots of roasted chestnut and rich dark chocolate cake, but the finish follows with hops that add a bit of citrus zest and pine. The finish is slightly bitter from the roasted notes and hops, but a lingering cake flavor brings you right back.
Mouthfeel is thick and ultra hearty, but the beer is surprisingly not too strong with almost no boozy character.
While strong for a session beer, polishing off several of these in an evening is easy. The draft version is even more-so as the mouthfeel thins out a little.
While Colorado is home to lots of excellent winter warmers, this one probably speaks to me the most because of the perfect balance and easy-drinking nature of it.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass. Thanks to Joey for the trade!

A= This ale poured a fairly clear deep dark amber color with a foamy/chunky 1" light tan head. The head settled slowly into a thin cap and left some decent lace behind.

S= Lots of toasty/biscuity malt in the aroma as well as light hints of chocolate, caramel, and some noticable hops.

T= Started off with lots of malty sweetness (caramel, chocolate) that was balanced as much by the toasty character as it was by the hops. The hops were earthy and leafy and helped to dry things out a bit. Esters were full of plum and fruit cake notes. Finished with a blend of toast, hops, and cake-like sweetness. Quite complex really.

MF= Medium bodied with a mild carbonation that got the job done without being overly noticable.

D= Very unique and interesting - and quite the chameleon. Just when I would decide it was too full of toasted malts, the sweetness would kick into the next sip and make me rethink that assessment. All in all a fun beer that I hope to get more of in the future.

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Photo of naterock
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had aged for about a year and a half. I found it in a friend's fridge and he didn't want it.
A: nice brownish color with a slight red hue with patchy lace
S: a strong malt aroma had developed from the aging.
T: extremely strong malt flavor, very warm and inviting. a hint of christmas spice linger behind the malt that has developed.
M: medium body with a heavy carbonation
D: since the weather has been warm I couldn't drink more than one or two. but in the winter, I could definitely climb into a six pack for the evening.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown orange color with a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malt and some spice.

Tastes of the sweet malts with some spice to round it out. Malts are characterized by caramel and brown sugar with some fruitiness in the background. Spices are clove like and add to the mix. Some hops are found as it warms and add citrus peel notes as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of TCMike
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Put put a 1.5 finger, off-white head. The color is a mdium copper color.
The aroma is nice. Bready, malts, orange.
The taste was similar, but with a little pine hop taste. A light bitter hop finish. Medium mouth-feel.
Nice beer, easy drinking. I'd get it again.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours off the tap slightly hazy and amber in color with a thick rocky head.

The aroma was something that captivated my attention throughout the duration of the beer. Aroma hops are hinted at in the initial smell, but most prominent in the aroma were the biscuity malts. The malts aromas are sweet and buttery and reminded me of freshly baked cookies.

The buttery malt flavor is the power punch when tasting this beer. O'Dell does an truly excellent job of balancing the beer with bittering hops. The hops give this beer a very slight on the sip finish.

Overall, this is a well balanced, well flavored, and not overpowering seasonal beer.

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Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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 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 rowew
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: New label and six pack match the new Odell's packaging line. No date listed. Bottle is also different, with aspen leaves on the neck and a ring around the top.

Appearance: Pours a dark red orange with a nice thick off white head. Nice retention, thick lacing.

Smell: Starts off spicy, then a thick malty sweetness. Hops are present in good numbers here. Very full-bodied aroma.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel - medium to full bodied. Very nicely balanced. The spice flavor is present but not overpowering - just enough hops to keep the malt from overpowering.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - this is a nice warming winter brew. I look forward to enjoying this in quantity once the weather turns cold.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would like to preface my review with the fact this is a "best fresh brew" that's now nine months old.... But, I would like to review it nonetheless, so I can reflect on it's abilities once aged. I also feel it's good for others to know if a brew will age well or not.

A - Pours a great, not overly aggressive, tan head. Slightly soapy at first, but settles to a foam quickly. Head reduces nicely and leaves great lacing. Brew is cloudy mahogany color with orange tannins.

S - Very malty and spicy. All normally dominating hops have died off by this point... Almost a sour scent with a kick of cinnamon.

T - Very bubbly and slightly sour (?). Great caramel taste with kick of chocolate and pine.

M - Great mouthfeel even with the strong carbonation. Light bodied and elegant feel. This one could stand to age another nine months...

D - Not quite as great aged as it is fresh, but still quite good.

Don't try it aged, unless you've had it fresh.


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Photo of MrKennedy
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to mulder1010 for organising this in a trade! Poured into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

Has a nice copper-amber appearance with a beige head of foam that poured at two fingers and turned into a ring after a little while, lacing on the way down.

Smell is enticing, a lot of bread, plenty of spice as well, a mix of allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Nice lot of malt coming through as well.

Taste has a mixture of wholemeal bread, rye bread, and the aforementioned spices. Consistent spicing all the way through and the bread and malt are there, playing a nice bit part.

Mouthfeel has no booziness, but there is a little thin wateryness there that detracts. Otherwise, the finish is good with the spices making there presence felt in a mild-mannered way.

Very good beer, nice to sip on slowly, but still quite drinkable. While i can no longer say i haven't had a bad beer from Odell (having recently had the infected Bourbon Barrel Stout, which, to their credit, they are dealing with amazingly well), this beer continues a very good run from this brewery.

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Odell Isolation Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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