Odell Brewing – Isolation Ale

The last one for tonight is the Odell Brewing Isolation Ale.

From the label:

A funny thing happens here around summer’s end – our eyes start searching the skies for those first fall flakes. As we welcome autumn’s first snow, we celebrate the return of Isolation Ale. A sweet caramel malty ale that is balanced by a subtle crisp hop finish. Whether you ski, shred, or shoe, Isolation Ale will inspire you to make first tracks.

This was, by far, the best of the Odell brews I’ve had so far.  It’s a near perfect balance of malts and hops, with a beautiful color, and a smooth finish.

At a 6% ABV, the balance is solid.  A great introduction into the Odell Brewing line, albeit seasonal.

As a side note, I had the Odell Mountain Standard (Double Black IPA) after coming home from Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s got a 9.5% ABV, it was beautiful, tasted great, but due to the consumption of mass quantities, hardly knocked on my alcohol tolerance meter.  Darn, I’ll have to try it again later.

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