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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (862) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally rated on 11/14/14. Toasted malts, plenty of bread and very faint dark fruit in the background. Brown/ ruby colored body when held to the light with a thin slightly tannish head that leaves some decent lace.Flavor is slightly toasted bread and not much else, some bitterness on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2004
ah, ring a fuckin ling, the holidays are here, im so flippin full of good cheer i could just fart on the next nativity scene i see. gimmee a decent full bodied beer, i need the kind of warmth that a chain store cashier saying "happy holidays" just cant provide. is isolation ale a beer that fortifies the mental constitution? i havent decided. lets look a little closer. heres a beer of open hearth glowing winesap red, clear with yellowing edges. peanut shell colored head was fine, although, like the appalachian mountains, it started big but wore down over time. the aroma is sweet fruitcake malty and old furniture. some must, almonds, and zest. nice. taking a sip, the sweetness is upfront, affirmative carbonation, it has a almond bran muffin flavor; dark caro syrup malts and watery feel; medium bodied with a little twist of oily citrus rind. a good beverage. i dont feel like going out and hugging the salvation army guy, but i do feel better.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Sweet and malty, not surprisingly. I caught a bit of a spicy edge, despite the commercial disclaimer to the contrary. Very plain; really not much more than a slightly malty EPA.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle via friend from Denver. Golden color. Smell of malt, spice, hops and caramel. Tastes the same but with some minor fruit and brown sugar.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomashall (839) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Tap at Odells. Pours clear copper with a finger of head. Smells of malty hops with slight toffee. Tastes grassy with hops up front. Finishes pretty dry. Decent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2014
12 oz bottle. Appearance: small head, slightly off-white head, good lacing, cloudy copper-red color. Aroma: nutty, caramel, fruit (cherries), slight hoppy resin, hay. Palate: medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, brief finish. Taste: good balance of bitterness and sweetness up front and through taste, light sour finish. Overall, very well balanced beer that is pretty bold with hops and malts; really enjoyable and unique, but not anything to die for.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (812) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours hazy crimson with no head to speak of. Flavor is malty and sweet. Light spicing also noted. Fairly heavy beer but not overly alcoholic. Finishes malty. Decent but nothing special.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Not strong. Not bitter at all. Not distinguishable. Ok head. Weak body, flavor (what there is of it) doesn't last

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (807) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with light khaki head. Nose has citrus, toast and very mild pine. Flavor is rich malt toastiness exceeded by wonderfully bitter and woody hoppiness. Finish is warm, slightly earthy with bitterness lasting in the cheeks. This beer is wonderful in its simplicity - my choice when I am snowed in.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2012
12oz Bottle. 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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