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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Available each winter from the first of November until it runs out, Isolation ale is amber in color, malty and strong. We consider it a traditional winter warmer, without the addition of fruits or spices.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Best by Date February 12th, 2010; Sampled February 7th, 2010
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces almost four-fingers of lightly amber tinged, tan colored froth. The beer is a red-amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fruity hops and toasty grain up front. There is a touch of bergamont, some light pine notes, some sweet-tea like crystal malt, big biscuit like malt character and a somewhat subtle, but somehow also distinct note of ripe berries.

A fullish body sticks to the palate with a caramelized grain sweetness that lingers long into the finish. Crystal malt and hops mix to form a berry like fruitiness that is lightly accented by citrus. The finish sees a biscuit driven maltiness play a big role, but the sweetness still is noticeable too. This definitely has a rich maltiness to it, perhaps a bit too crystal malt focused, but it certainly works as a winter seasonal. This is still quite quaffable, though it is certainly rich enough to be a hearty beer to drink a couple pints of in front of the fire.

Not bad, actually even enjoyable, this fits as a winter beer that definitely taken inspiration from imported, hoppy, English Winter ales.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Hazy amber-brown with a soft, fuzzy off-white head. Lacing is decent after the head collapses. The aroma is almost non-existent, just a few wafts of bready malt. Flavor is quite good even without the nose joining in, with a heavy presence of bread and biscuit malt, very few fruit esters and little hop presence. Not sure this is a winter warmer with 6% ABV and no spices, but it is a nice malty brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. It’s sweet and malty with light toffee notes and a hint of grain. Medium bodied and smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Poured a glowing orange color with a very large, off white head. Some what of a wheat beer smell. Slightly bitter malt taste with extremely subtle hints of chocolate. Medium body, somewhat flat carbonation, and a long finish. Very simple, drinkable beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Brown/amber pour. Big offwhite head. Aroma is toffee and light hops. Flavor has some caramel, hops and cardboard. Finishes weak. Not so memorable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Nice reddish color with a soft carbonated head. Pine, earthy sharp fruit notes in the aroma. Plethora of flavors, dark fruits, malty, spices almost like eating a fruit cake but better. Soft and dry but somewhat creamy. Finishes tangy and dry with a liitle hop bite. give me more.

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Pours a dark reddish brown, with white head that goes quickly. Medium Sweet with a light bitter finish. A nice easy to drink beer, but not at the level of other Odell offerings.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
snmalouff (9) - Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2009 does not count
Great winter beer. Malty aroma. Brown Color. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Full body

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy deep amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is a dusty peat malt. Flavor is lightly sweetened malt and light herbal hops. Medium body. A decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Pours a deep amber color with a very small reamy white head which did not hang around very long. There really isn’t much in the way of aroma. Smells of bread and perhaps a touch of alcohol. There really wasn’t much in the way of flavor. It was served so cold I couldn’t really pick much up. Will need to revisit this beer at a later time. What I did pick up on was all rather light with very mild flavors of nuts and toffee. Really not much else going on here. Overall, this isn’t really anything too exciting. Very middle of the road for craft beer.


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