The First Pour: Odell Isolation
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. “The First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Bitterness: 29 IBUs
Availability: October – December
The days are getting shorter, the wind is picking up, and the Cardinals are done for the season. All signs that winter is around the corner and you’re about to be bombarded by heavy drinking and heavily flavored seasonal beers.
O’Dell Isolation Ale is a pleasant departure from many other seasonal craft beers currently on the market. The beer pours off the tap slightly hazy and amber in color with a thick rocky head. The aroma was something that captivated our attention throughout the duration of the beer tasting. Aroma hops are hinted at in the initial smell, but most prominent in the aroma were the biscuity malts. The malts aromas are sweet and buttery and reminded Mike of freshly baked cookies. The buttery malt flavor is the power punch when tasting this beer. While our description may make it seem like this beer may be overly malty or sweet, O’Dell does an truly excellent job of balancing the beer with bittering hops. The hops give this beer a very slight on the sip finish. Overall, this is a well balanced, well flavored, and not overpowering seasonal beer. It has a history of flying off the tap in Cicero’s – for good reason – so get a pint or growler while you can and toast to winter!
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.