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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

691 Ratings
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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 24
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The distinctive hop character of our 5 Barrel Pale Ale is due to the extraction of essential oils from select hops. We treat 5 Barrel Pale Ale to an infusion of fresh whole hop flowers in the Hop Back and the Fermentor, as well as four hop additions during the kettle boil. We like how this gives the beer a fresh, lively flavor and aroma.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-09-2005)
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

MooseBoose, Aug 17, 2012
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Photo of MadScientist
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: There is a brewed date on the bottle of 7/11/13. The beer is a hazy dark gold with an off white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass.

S: A medium floral and citrus hops aroma with a strong malt aroma showing moderate biscuit and caramel character. Some fresh dry hops notes along with the grassiness that that brings.

T: A solid hops bitterness over a strong malt foundation with a moderate creaminess. Biscuit and caramel flavors from the malt with low hops flavors. Moderate English yeast fruitiness. The balance is firmly bitters with an off-dry finish.

O: A bitter, somewhat fruity beer with a big hop nose.

MadScientist, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of SteadySippin
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served as usual from a bottle to a chilled glass. Best by date is 12/4/13.

Appearance - The first thing I noticed about this pale ale was its beautiful dark golden hue that is slightly foggy. Right after pouring, the head was white and about two to three fingers thick. Quickly settles down to half finger head. Perfect amount of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Nice streaky lacing.

Smell - As described on the bottle, it carries a pleasant floral aroma with a slight citrus scent and a hoppy back ground. Not bad but nothing incredibly special here.

Taste - Wow, Odell Brewing really did great on the taste. I could drink this all day long. Slightly caramel tasting but not too sweet. I get a bread taste but also a citrus flavor that comes through quite well. It has a nice hoppy aftertaste but nothing crazy. Perfect hop flavor for a pale ale in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and very noticeable carbonation, though easy to drink. You really taste the flavors in the middle of the tongue at first and they quickly spread throughout. This pale ale finished dry.

Overall - This is a good beer. Actually its great. I wasn't expecting much from it, but I honestly can say that I would probably opt for this one over stones pale ale (which I had before this) The hop bitterness comes through just enough to be enjoyable but doesn't take away from the other flavors offered in this brew. Where it lacks in the smell department, it makes up for in the taste and mouth department. I also quite like the bottle, nicely designed and a quality label. Go ahead and pick up a couple of these and you won't regret it.

SteadySippin, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy orange pour into my glass that produces a sturdy inch of off white foam on top. Patchy lacing sticks to the glass. Aromas of bready caramel malts along with some nice hop oils in there as well. Citric and earthy.

A mellow mix of caramel and pale malts leads the way on this one followed up by some fruity tones. Herbal, earthy somewhat citric hops arrive next and bring a nice dose of bitterness. I get a biscuit flavor as the brew flows down. Finishes with a good balance.

Medium bodied on the tongue with lots of carbonation. Goes down easy enough. Overall, an easy drinking pale ale to be found here with a bit of a biscuit twist. Solid brew, but it doesn't really do anything to differentiate itself from the pack.

orbitalr0x, Sep 27, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One more from my mixed 6 of Odell's brews I picked up while out west.

Clear caramel body, white head, half inch thick, reduced to a sporadic layer of dense foam. Decent lacing around the glass.

Hops are floral mainly, offering a bit of sweetness. I seem to get some fleeting bits of pine and citrus as well, showing the American influence on this beer. A bit of earthy malts come out when I swirl it, caramel malts show up as well. Smells good, not too overpowering considering the FWH and the DH this beer saw.

Flavor has more of the earthy malt tones coming out forming the basis for this beer. Hops are still present but they are weaker than the aroma indicated. More herbal, grassy in this sense and lives up more to the English Pale category this is grouped in. Not quite as "dirty" tasting overall as lots of the overseas versions of this style are. A bit of butteriness takes hold over most of the flavor, but still typical of the style IMO.

Good medium bodied mouthfeel with the carbonation in check. Flavor lingers for a bit before slowly fading away. Good drinkabilty overall. Nice flavor and really easy to put down. A nice beer.

blitz134, Sep 08, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Imaster, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap version into a pint glass.
A love medium-dark amber with a thin head of dense, creamy foam.

The aroma seems a bit muted. I get biscuit up front and a bit of tropical fruit. Mango, orange, maybe a hint of peach.

The taste is very nice, sweet up front with the hops muted a bit. I get bread and maybe a bit of candied fruit. There is a nice hoppy finish with a hint of citrus and grass and some lingering, light bitterness. Went great with a burger.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this nitro version. Smooth, creamy and mouth-coating. Just awesome.

Overall, really enjoyed this beer. Would love to have it again. may have to pick up a growler.

SD-Alefan, May 24, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler. Pours a light amber with a medium off-white head.

The aroma is caramel malts and fresh hops.

The flavor is malts with some reserved green hops. It has a nice dry-hopped finish that gives some good hop burps. It is medium to light bodied.

Overall, it's a good mild American Pale Ale. The American hops differentiate it quite a bit from the English hops in the Cutthroat Pale. I like the dry hopped flavor. I wish it was even hoppier!

Beaver13, Mar 16, 2005
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

mverity, May 25, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed amber body with a delicate offwhite head that leaves behind a lot of clingy lacing. Aroma is earthy and citrusy hops that have a grassy and piney component. Malt notes are toasty and biscuity. Body is medium and well carbonated. Taste is earthy hops with grassy elements. Softer citrus notes emerge as it warms. Malt backbone balances well, with a toasty and biscuity caramel presence. More of an American IPA than an English Pale Ale but pleasantly drinkable.

merlin48, Jan 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-gold with decent cream colored head and nice lacing for an EPA.

Smell: Semi-sweet caramel, tea, spicy and citric hops.

Taste: Nicely balanced between malts and hops. The malts are loaded with caramel, tea and a mild earthiness, while the hops are fresh and spicy with twinge of citrus. Hoppier than a typical EPA, but it does not drown out the malts.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, nice drying finish. More crisp than a typical EPA but it suits the beer well.

Drinkability: One of the better English Pale Ales I have had, with a great balance, slightly ramped-up hops, and a nice feel overall.

bsp77, May 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5%

Prospero, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

innominat, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown to amber in color with a bit of haziness. An inch thick rocky white head is present. Aroma of piney hops dominates and light malt is faint. The piney hops are also at the front of the palate. I also get some light grains but they struggle to make their presence known throughout even the fade. This beer is dry and crisp. It just seems more like an IPA.

Franziskaner, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Janis_Hoplin, Nov 21, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

Christopherlikesbeer, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber darkish color. Below average carbonation, head and lacing.

Taste of wood. Seems consistent with a lot of the O'Dell's. Grainy. Not exactly west coast pale, nor british. Really tastes closer to an amber ale than the pales I'm used to. Neat to check out once, but wouldn't see myself purchasing this at $7.99 anytime soon.

Beerandraiderfan, May 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange copper hue nice sized off white head leaves fine streaks of lacing down my pint. Aroma has citrus aromatics biscuit toned pale malts very nice hop profile here. Taste has a moderate bitterness citrus fruit zest bready pale malt balances very well together very nice depth to the simple straight forward pale ale if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied pale even smooth carbonation touch of oiliness in the texture. Drinkability is great such a balanced pale with ample hop flavor good indeed a good drink near 5 barrels of this stuff, quality.

WVbeergeek, Feb 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5%

Keemohoppy, Dec 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

sgttibbs, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Schlafly33, Apr 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

LXIXME, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ste5venla, Oct 09, 2013
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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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