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Beer and Cheer: Isolation Ale

Isolation Ale Odell Brewing Company Fort Collins

Isolation Ale is one of several local winter warmers - Avery's Old Jubilation, Boulder Beer's Never Summer and Breckenridge Brewery's Christmas Ale among them. But this traditional English-style strong ale is lighter and easier to drink than some of the others.

It's a caramel-colored, almost red beer with a frothy head and some good hops. It also has some of that rich, malty feel -- but not quite enough to keep me warm on the coldest nights. -- Jonathan Shikes

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Craft breweries in Colorado and across the country make seasonal beers all year round, but the best of the best come out in the final three months. To see reviews of my other favorites, check out our Booze News blog archive.

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