Odell Isolation Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews:
260
Ratings:
752
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
19.59%
 
 
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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 KajII
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear burnt copper with an average (1-2 finger) off white fluffy head that dissipated at a normal pace, down to a thin film with a small collar and had very good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, light herbal hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, dark fruit (raisons and plums) and a lightly mild spiciness.

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a hint of caramel from the onset, becoming slightly bitter sweet and a tad acidic with a touch of dark fruit and a light spicy alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a slightly bitter spicy taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a thin dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this brew was a nice change from a lot of winter beers, possessing good malty backbone, a nice sweet fruitiness and just a smidgen of spice, giving it a really good drinkability...

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this winter warmer pours a clear, crisp, brown with a thin tan head

S - a strong hoppy backbone in the aroma, with some buttery elements, with a great balance of rich roasted malts

T - hoppy and malty, a great and perfect balance, with a subtle nondescript sweetness, a great layered flavor, rather nice flavor, a great winter beer, a great winter session beer

M&D - smooth, and rather palatable, a quality winter warmer, wish it was more available on the east coast

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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 falloutsnow
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 2014-01-25
Glass: Founders snifter

In Odell's Isolation ale, the flavors are a bit balanced, the hops still placing somewhat above the malt, but the overall impression one comes away with is of little defining character aside from the spicy and woodsy hops over an amber ale recipe. Not bad in any way, just unremarkable for my palate; I don't think I'd return to this one again.

Poured into the glass moderately, this generates a 1.5cm tall head with average retention of about one minute. The head falls to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with complex patterns and many dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out a dirty orange-brown hue. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, few in number and moderate in activity.

Aroma is very mild, perhaps a bit too much so, of balanced woodsy hops with lightly sweet pale to caramel malts.

The flavor palette for this beer is of woodsy and spicy hops, moderate bitterness, and mild toasted and caramel-like malt characters. Front of palate tastes mild toasted bread and light caramel malt sweetness, with woodsy, spicy hops in the background. Mid-palate re-arranges the order of the woodsy, spicy and herbal-like hops, pushing them to the forefront, while the toasted bread and light caramel sweetness is in the background. Back of palate finds hops retaining the forefront, with medium-low bitterness, the malt flavors mostly lost between the two. Aftertaste is of spicy and woodsy hops and moderate bitterness, a hint of caramel sweetness and bread in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a foamy (2/3) and smooth (1/3) mouthfeel that is fine for the beer itself, the body a bit thin and the carbonation just about right for the style itself. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. 2009 edition with a best by date of 4/1/10 on the front label. It was a cloudy amber color with plenty of floating bits. A couple stray carb streams. It had an average sized head that quickly settled into a collar with a thin incomplete film.

The aroma was caramel malt with spiced dark fruit. Not as wintry spiced as most other winter warmers which was good. Aroma really starts to fade as it warms up. The taste was also less spiced than others with the malt showing up more upfront with the spice and fruit hitting at the end. Some hop presence in the nose and taste but not much. Mouthfeel was medium with light carbonation and not bad aftertaste.

Overall, one of the better winter warmers that I've had. Recommend. Rotation - not avail here in TX so had ummagum ship me an Odell sampler. This isn't one of my favorite styles so only have a few per year if at all. So one is enough for me unless best choice. More a style thing than a taste thing.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours up a semi-dark amber, hazy color, with a decent off white head of lumpy foam. drops in time, but keeps a nice layer on the beer, tons of spider web lace all over the glass.
smell is earthy, mulch and a touch of sweet bread.
taste is a bit average, very malty, not much hop, but nothing outstanding. a good malty ale but nothing like a hearty winter warmer i've come to expect.
mouthfeel is medium, somewhat creamy and nice, with a bit of carbonation.
drinkability is high, a decent beer to have a few of, but the average taste would keep me from having more than 2 or 3.

cheers...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not your traditional winter warmer per se, more of a prewinter drink. the lighter mouthfeel gives it more of an autumnal vibe, rather than a sit in your gut freezing night beverage. pours a maple syrup colored indian red, with a half inch head that hangs out the whole time. nose is balanced caramel malts and aromatic hops. smells english in that old and dusty kind of way. taste is balanced, with a heavy malt backbone. slightly dry. at 6.1% i would not choose it to get me through the dead of february, but its perfect for november!

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Photo of jera1350
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper color with a tan head that offers plenty of lacing even though it's not the most thick.

Getting some floral and earthy hops in balance with the malt which has moderate sweetness. Grape juice/Kool-Aid like. They really do not form a good combination. Kind of a confusing smell really.

Having the same problem with the taste as with the nose. Grape juice along with some roasted caramel malt. The hops add some bitterness, earthy and floral notes. Getting some spice notes too even though I'm not sure any were used. Alcohol comes through in the end. Just confusing tasting.

Creamy and chewy mouthfeel that is very satisfying.

Probably to style, but just confusing and overall not all that enjoyable for myself. Kind of a mess in the smell and taste. Give it a shot, but I will not be having this one again.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber almost cinnamon color. Nice sticky head with little retention. Very sweet malty smelling with some other aromas in there that are hard to distinguish. Taste is malty sweetness maybe some caramel with a nice dry finish. The dry finish gives this beer a very good mouthfeel. It's drinkable and good to have once and awhile. I wouldn't drink this one regularly though. Many thanks to Dertbert for providing me the oppertunity.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at around 45 degrees into a New Belgium Globe. An off-white two finger widths head tops a dark amber body. Clarity is good. The head is fluffy looking, and has good retention and lots of lacing.

Smells like an amber would, sort of a toasty bread character, along with traces of brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of spruce on the tail end.

First taste I got was like panettone, a sweet, bready, dark fruit kind of experience. It's a bit watered down or something though. The flavors are there, but they need to be a little more apparent. A little bit of spice finishes things up.

The carbonation is about right, and the smoothness is nice, but the consistency is quite thin. It feels a bit watery as a result. I'm looking for a little bit more texture from a winter warmer.

Overall I liked this beer but wanted it to be a bit bolder in just about every way imaginable. A six percent winter warmer is definitely on the low alcohol side, so it drank easily, but just wasn't quite what I was expecting, I suppose.

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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 MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a small white head that fades. Mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with mild nutty and cocoa tones.

Taste is malty upfront with a light toasted nuttiness and some hints of cocoa. Some spices become present at the finish, and leave a dull lingering aftertaste.

A decent winter warmer and easily drinkable while sitting by the fire.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005/06 Edition. Bottle is of the new packaging.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, the beer is an orangish brown, not fully clear. While the beer poured with an off white head about 1/4 inch thick, it did not stand the test of time, actually not even a minute. Faded to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Predominately malty, slight sweetness as expected, but balanced with some piney hop aromas as well. Good, but not great. As the beer warms there seems to be something a little whiskeyish about this as well.

Taste: Malt seems to dominate this one for me. There is a definite hop bitterness to it near the finish, but as I quaff the beer I get less of that and more sweet maltyness, some roasted malt, some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, a touch dry on the finish. A good winter beer. Slight alcohol burn in the throat.

Drinkability: While this is drinkable, I will say I always expect and hope for more, but am always somewhat let down. I love the other Odell beers that I have had, but I just can't fully get behind this one. Still, it's worth a try, though.

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Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Mar 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Eichbaum snifter.

Medium sized orange tinged head. Well carbonated. Clear reddish mahogany in color. Aroma is earthy, malty sweet, almost dusty (in a good way), some fruitiness. Starts fairly nutty with a bit of astringency. Some caramel and toastiness. Medium body, lightly warming ethanol. Sweet and malty finish. Lingering earthy sweetness and a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Decent and easy drinking.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours a bright amber with some clarity, though not brilliant with a wispy fizzy head that leaves some adequate lacing. Aroma is tough to discern at first, it could be that it needs to warm up for me to get anything out of it. I'm getting faint hints of gingerbread followed by maybe some cinnamon. Like I said though, it's hard to find here. Nicely carbonated with a spicy cinnamon finish. Moderate toffee malt sweetness up front, with a bit of alcohol ester warmth in the finish. Reminds me a little bit of an ESB hopped up with spice in the finish. Definitely has that Christmas / Winter Warmer thing going on.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, NoSignsOfPain!

A slightly hazed amber and copper with a relatively large light khaki colored foam. The beer left the glass mess with sheets and spots of lace. Pretty, though a bit thin.

An above average aroma which includes caramel and toffee, biscuit, a touch of chocolate, and some mild spice components. Though I'm not usually a big fan of spiced beers, I thought this one could use even a bit more.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with the sweet malt and bready backbone dominating much of the flavor with a hint of fruit cake spiciness as well. Above average.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average winter warmer, but I was hoping for more spice character.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to jmkratt for sending me a bottle of this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a two finger bone white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutmeg, coriander, and clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, coriander, nutmeg, and enise. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but was far from awe-inspiring. It was actually decent for a winter warmer but just not very memorable. The flavor was pretty heavy on the spices as one would expect, but it just didn't have any sweetness to really balance it out to the degree of the spices. Pretty much the same story for the aroma as well. Worth trying but that's about it.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown twisty with Best before 2/1/05 on the bottle
Aroma: An odd harsh hop aroma. Hard to pinpoint, but different.
Appearance: Clear to hazy orange/amber with a nice tan head. The head lingered and left a solid coat of heavy lace.
Flavor: Seems to be based on an amber ale. A sweet start is cut short by a harsh bitter finish. Some alcohol noted as well as a touch of rain water that I associate with an organic beer. Sample was a bit oxidized showing a touch of cardboard within the best by date.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall Impression: Not my cup of hop tea. No real malt tastes, not much spice to put it in a winter mood. An enjoyable beer, but a bit different. Big props to babydoc who set me up with the generous trade!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I missed this one last year so I bought some as soon as I saw it. It has a nice caramel-red color with a bubbly malty, sweet cereal smell. Nice big mouthfeel, taste is weird, malty, malty, malty. Coats the tongue really well, some mild spice in the back.Can't really detect hops in this one.

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Photo of poundboy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from Odell Brewery. I'm a bit tired tonight so I won't write too much.

Appearance and Packaging: Yeah, I know this is lame, but I picked this one out of the several bottles I have from recent trades because the packaging said "quality beer" to me more than many of the others. Pours a deep amber to medium brown with a reasonable tan head that lingered for a few minutes at least.

Smell: Strongly of roasted malts, with perhaps a hint of undeterminate hops underneath.

Taste: A unique beer. Combines roasted, nutty to toasted flavors with a noticably hop presance and malt sweetness. Alcohol warms the mouth a bit going down, but otherwise is not noticable flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: Gave this one high marks 'cuz it coats the tongue without being too thick, and for the pleasant warming sensations

Drinkablity: Tastey and alcohol is well hiden. I enjoyed this beer and had no problem drinking it, however it just doesn't say session for me somehow. However, if my local beer bar had this as one of its twelve taps, I would probably end up ordering it pretty regular.

Thank you babydoc for the sample.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, sampled 1/2.

12oz bottle poured into a Ram Mug Club Mug.

A: Pours golden and clear, much lighter than I expect for a Winter Warmer. Fluffy off white head. Carbonation visible, decent lace.

S: Again, not what I expected. Light fruity esters...banana? Is this Belgian? Caramel, bready...some hop crispness but no bitterness really. Nutty, light light spices.

T: Again, light yeast, caramel, light spices & dryness. Bready & nutty.

MF: Light-medium feel, decent carbonation.

O: Not what I want in a Winter Warmer, this thing has light Belgian notes and even reminds me of a maibock or helles bock. Lager-ish in a way. Just not dark, spicy, malty or hoppy enough for me.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, medium amber color, with a small, coarse, persistent white head, and thick, patchy lace.

Aroma: The aroma is quite odd, rather like wet leaves, with a slight earthy, spicy note.

Taste: Tart and mildly smoky notes dominate the taste,with a spicy interlude.The hops have a leafy, earthy character. Midway through the taste, some malty biscuit notes appear. The finish is tart and sweet, with a note of yeast, and a lingering metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Rather odd, somewhat like a tart brown ale. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this sample.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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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