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RATINGS: 363   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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3.3
rader58 (908) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Pours a clear dark copper. Aroma of cherries, toasted malt and brown sugar. lively and surprisingly hoppy. Nice malt balance and sweet finish.

3.6
darbeer75 (901) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Aroma: faintly malty and a little bready; Appearance: dark amber with pillowy but small head; decent lacing; Taste: nicely malty balanced with a little bitterness; better than expected; Palate: full body with creamy texture; average carbonation; long malty finish with caramel undertones; Overall: a little overly malty but a nice ale. Would buy again when in season.

2.7
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours an oaky amber color with light foam. Slightly spicy malts leading towards an okay winter ale.

3.4
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Another winter ale that I was thinking was going to be more like a christmas ale with the nice spices. This was decent enough. I nice malt driven beer, but nothing overly exiting about it either.

3.6
airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
appearance: very clear copper color with a beige head, the head pours pretty big but settles into a smaller head that retains nicely aroma: caramel, malty, honey, butter, pretty sweet, grapes even taste: strong malt throughout, some hop bitterness is in there too, kind of sweet and very smooth palate: lots of froth which i wasn’t expecting but I like, average carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste overall: awesome mouthfeel on this one, I’m impressed with the execution of this style (malty), would be a good session beer

3.4
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2004
ah, ring a fuckin’ ling, the holidays are here, i’m 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 can’t provide. is isolation ale a beer that fortifies the mental constitution? i haven’t decided. let’s look a little closer. here’s 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 don’t feel like going out and hugging the salvation army guy, but i do feel better.

2.3
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
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.

3.2
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.

3.8
asedzie (826) - 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.


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