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Odell Isolation Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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87
very good
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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Photo of BCK
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz Pilsner.

This beer is an absolutely beautiful amber beer, pours nicely with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing behind.

Smells of fruit and a bit malty.

Slightly bitter taste and a nice warming sensation while drinking, this isn't the sugar and spice Winter beers that seem to be popular at the moment. There is a hint of fruit flavor in it that I haven't put my finger on yet, but it is a nice tasting brew.

Has some zing to it, but it is a very smooth beer.

A very drinkable beer, quite enjoying it on this cold evening before heading to bed. Not my favorite Odell Brew but it's one that I will drink again.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark amber with significant head that crumples after a few minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass. Really good looking beer, for sure. Smells caramelly and can definitely detect the hops in the nose. Malty flavor with nice hop balance, and a medium mouthfeel, with adequate carbonation. A nice winter warmer from Odell, but not really taking it to a new level. And at 6% abv, may want to keep your hoodie on.

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Photo of maddog13lb
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. I've been pleasently surprised by each beer from Odell's brewery. This one pairs well with a burger and wings.

Appearance - Copper, half finger head

Smell - Caramel, pine, hops

Taste - Tastes like it smells (caramel) with a slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation

Drinkability - Quite delicious... I often have two. Would recommend to others.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and clean, nice amber pour, weak head staying power, but it did lace nicely in my petunia glass.

A woody malt brew, capped with a decent stab of winter spices. Big crisp and dry hop finish I’m enjoying this brew, but with the plethora of winter warmers, I would look for others before this one. Still a solid performer.

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Photo of whynot44
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear reddish copper color with a decent tan head that subsides to a skin but continues to leave some nice lace.

The aroma is biscuity, toasty malt with hints of spicy hops.

The flavor is toasted malts, some caramel, vanilla and raisins. The finish brings our some spicy hops, a bit of slightly burnt toast and hints of alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, easy to drink could help get you in the mood for some outdoor activites in the fall or recover from shoveling snow later on.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with light caramel 1 finger head. No particulates.

Malty, bready, biscuity, slightly roasty nose with almost a cheesy aspect to it.

Very sweet, malty, slightly metallic, biscuity and slightly nutmeggy. Almost a hint of pumpkin in here too.

Moderate carbonation with a sweet and somewhat slick mouthfeel.

Overall a decent beer - nose really threw me off, kind of wondering if I had a bad bottle. Would drink again, but won't seek out.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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 morimech
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color with one inch of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. A lot of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Smells slightly more fruity than what I was expecting. Distinct aroma of berries to go along with the caramel malt and subtle spice. Hops add a little citrus and pine as well. Flavor of caramel malt with a heavy element of corn husk. Tastes artifical and dirty. A little grassy and herbal from the hops. Not sure if spice is added to this beer but if it is it is very subtle. Not too sweet and bitterness is low. Medium body and nicely carbonated. A good winter warmer that the malt profile that just does not completely click with me.

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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 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 kels
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to bamadog for the hookup on this one. Never had an Odell brew before.

Pours into my pint glass a nice ruddy, coppery brown. It is pretty much clear with only the lightest amount of carbonation bubbles running through the liquid. The initial 1/2 finger fizzy, white head fades out pretty much immediately to a hazy slick along the top of the liquid and a few white spots along the walls of the glass.

Moderate aroma rises out of this beer. Lightly sweet caramelly malts and a dry, crunchy graininess join a slight cinnamon presence. No particular hop smells come to mind.

Nice, deep toasty malts provide sweetness and heartiness in this beer and reminds me a little of good rye beers I've had. There's a slight slick of syrupyness in the mouthfeel, and there's a crisp green-apple and herbal hop presence in the aftertaste. A hint of cinnamon comes through what seems to be a strange metallic taste that I think could be the alcohol sneaking out from beneath other flavors. Overall feel is moderately carbonated, yet still a little on the thin side initially. Drinkability is good - pretty low overall ABV with some intricate and fun-to-figure-out flavors throughout.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Grumpy's in Roseville on Darkness Day Weekend.

Appearance -- Deep ruddy amber, almost purple with a slim beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, plum sweetness, brown sugar, some noticable spiciness. Not especially aromatic, but what is present is enjoyable.

Taste -- Spice cake, toasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, prune and raisin, and earthy hops throughout. Finish is spice cake and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body with moderate creamy carbonation. Pretty satisfying.

Drinkability -- Pretty nice. Good malt profile and enough spicy malt to balance and keep things interesting. One could do worse than to be snowed in with a case of this.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with bottle code "02 2008"

a: Orange/gold amber with white head and small patches of lacing.

s: Citrus hops and honey.

t: Honey, toffee, piney hops.

m: Average carbonation, medium body, smooth, clean finish.

d: Quite drinkable, a simple, enjoyable beer.
Maybe a bit underwelming.
This beer is priced above odell's everyday line and for the price, I would rather have a cutthroat porter or 90 shilling.

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Photo of ghebel
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper, reddish color. Mildly turbid with an off white head.

S - Caramel malt is dominate. Citrusy hop aroma adds a nice surprise.

T - Sweet caramel with a hoppy bitterness as well. Warm sensation during swallow.

M - full and sweet.

D - Could not drink very many of these beers d/t the sweet, fullness and the obvious alcohol presence.

Overall - The hops save this beer. It is still not my favorite style, but this is better than many other winter seasonals I have tried.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a light burgandy color with a white, foamy, one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grassy hops.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a nice hoppy and malty quality.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good winter warmer. There are better, but this one will certainly do the trick.

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Photo of ChrisA
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy Odell's offerings. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan of this style. I remember last year trying Hibernation and Old Jubilation as my first Winter Warmers. Those were big beers and maybe I was expecting more here. I would say that this is a bit more drinkable than those others, but I'm not sure if that is the point of this usually higher ABV style.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc.
Pours a very nice, clear amber with a very nice head and decent lacing.
Smell is quite nice. Caramel, cinnamon, cloves?, fruity (strawberries, a little bit of orange maybe), definite hints of toasted malt as well.
Taste is very similar to the way it smells although the fruitiness seems to be overshadowed by intense cinnamon and spiciness of the beer. I was kind of hoping for a bit more emphasis on the fruit rather than the spice. But overall a pretty decent winter warmer.

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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 ColoradoBobs
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition, claims to be 6.1% this year.

Not much to add to previous reviews except that this feels as malty as a Doppelbock. Good hop and malt balance, with the lots of malt sweetness kept under control by decent piney and bitter hopping.

Worth a try.

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

Pours bright clear chestnut with creamy off white head that disappears quick but trails. Nose is big toasty malts, and baked spiced orange Lots of oaty toast with some burnt sugar malts toffee and hint of apricot with branchy (English) and orange liqueur hops. Medium, chewy, a bit of oil.

English character turned up to American volumes. Toasted malt over hops, and spicy notes are quiet enough, so I'm not sure how this is a winter warmer instead of just a bitter with American hops.

Not up to Odell's usual impeccable standards. Drinkable, though.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was a clear, light brown color, with a two-finger, thick, foamy head. Moderate carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy caramel, malt, peanuts, biscuit and a touch of chocolate.

Taste was malt, caramel, nuts, light spices and hops. Good balance of spices.

Pretty drinkable, nice winter time brew.

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Photo of jtfest
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange highlighted amber, somewhat cloudy, with a thin white head that leaves lots of lacing. Slightly alcoholic and fruity aroma (watermelon and peach), it has a light mouthfeel but a rather full flavor. I liked the taste -- somewhat peppery with a sweet aftertaste -- yet despite those flavors it was highly drinkable. Overall a nice brew, but I wasn't "wowed".

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into sifter.

Amber colored elixir, white foam rim, modest amount of sticky lacing.

Huge malt aroma, some spice and caramel.

The malt and spice predominate. A bit of hop bitterness, but the malt lingers. Sweet.

Medium body, nicely carbonated.

Fair representation of a winter warmer, but nothing special.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This one is a stunning shade of clear brilliant ruby like Dorothy's shoes. A one finger khaki head rises above the shimmering hues, and quickly fades to a collar, but leaves some spotty lace behind. A quick swirl brings back a full finger of creamy head.

S - Cherry hard candy, brown sugar, caramel, and Chic-O-Stix candy....remember those? Plump cherries are very prevalent, along with some gooey cherry and strawberry hard candies. Not a lot of "beer smells," but it's really nice nonetheless.

T - Earthy mud and 'shrooms with some underlying fruitiness. Jammy, gritty, lightly fruity, and buttery. I'm reminded of marmalade and toast. Its a little soapy and funky, but funky can be good!

M - Incredibly soft and supple. Velvety and creamy. Almost no carbonation here other than what creates the foamy full body in my mouth. The finish is neutral and earthy with a trace of muddy outdoorsy hops.

D - This is one odd brew. I'm not really sure what to think. I don't really think that I'd ever really buy a six-pack, but it's worth trying since it's so unique and earthy. I really don't like mineral flavors in my beer, and this has it in spades.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours semi-hazy coppery color. One finger light tan head comes and goes quickly. Nice lacing all over the sides of the glass in a skirted fashion.

S- There is a caramel malt in there but it seems to be mixed in with a candy coated darker fruit mix. There is a light grain to this and I must say there is nothing that is overpowering in this beer...not bad at all.

T- This beer is sorta strange...I expected a little more bang out of it to be honest. The malt is the biggest catch with this. Nothing too big and over the top. I get a cinnamon flavor in the middle to ending of this beer. Faded hops in the back of this beer. Light alcohol presence along with a horehound like taste faint in the back of this.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is lacking in this beer I think. Not a bad thing though. Sweet malts and light cinnamon is what is left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Felt sluggy in the mouth.

D- This was a nice winter warmer. These are not my favorite of styles but this one turned out to be very good. Glad I got to try this one out.

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