5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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86
very good

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 30
Gots: 86 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-09-2005

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.
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Ratings: 783 | Reviews: 285
Reviews by ZoomanCru:
Photo of ZoomanCru
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 Barrel - Pale Ale (5.2%) - O'Dell Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆☆

App: Pours a rich amber, with color similar to canned pumpkin. Very tight and creamy one finger head settles slow and even leaving high, dense lacing all around the glass.

Smell: Mild nose of citrusy hops, ornamental orange, buttery toffee from caramel malts. Bouquet is pretty normal. Pleasant and well balanced.

Taste: Herbal, sweet and a touch of piney hops are the focal point of this brew. Very slight hints of basil, thyme, and soil. A touch of lemony sorrel. Malt presence is forward, but complicated as to let the earthy subtleties of the beers hops really shine. Bitterness is assertive, but not as piney as some other APAs. This beer is pretty damned good.

Mouth: Creamy and full bodied, enough so to support acidity of the hops profile. Carbonation is pretty high which sort of lifts the heavy hops bitterness off your palate and lets their true flavors shine.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/19/14

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of SteadySippin
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of bsp77
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.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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.

Photo of CrossFitAlex
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at an Odell tasting in Saint Paul, MN. The beer was served on draft.

A beautiful beer with great carbonation and nice head.

Tasting notes: hoppy. Smells earthy, with lots of grapefruit and marijuana. Crisp and well carbonated. Clean finish. A bit more bitter than your typical pale ale.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of a large trade with jhammerly from Nebraska...thanks Jimi.
I love the head that Odell brews get.
This one pours a pale orange with another 2-1/2 finger head of loose tan bubbles which melts to sticky lacing...slowly.
Aromas are light citrus hops and earthiness...a little hay, fresh mowed lawn....forest floor....very clean and refreshing...not barnyard at all.
Flavors is lightly sweet malt and citrus hops but clean sweet fruits on top of that.
Smoothness is incredibly...this isn't really a beer that can be sipped at all.
It is smooth and tasty and refreshing and just begs to be gulped.
Sinner that I am, I could drink these down like water all day long in the summer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz American shaker pint at Denver International.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of wispy and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some erupting lava spout lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of flinty hard minerals, mild oily citrus, crackery pale malt, faint caramel, and further weak leafy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy pale and caramel malt, subtle stone fruit, tart citrus rind, and leafy, slightly grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite high, with its tightly rendered frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, with an average smoothness. It finishes on the dry side - hoppy (leafy, mostly) and stoney.

A fairly straight-ahead, dry, hoppy, sort of hybrid English-American Pale Ale, 'nuff said! Ok, it's easy to drink while watching the Broncos score again, if a tad unbalanced (just like the NFL!)

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle dated best before 2/19/2010.

Served chilled and poured into a shaker pint glass, 5 Barrel has a redish copper color with a very slight haze. The head is thick and long-lasting with lace left behind.

Aroma is nicely hoppy with a combination of traditional English hops and some more American varieties. A little citrus from the latter makes it smell very fresh even though it's probably a little past it's prime.

The flavor is a great balance of bitter and sweet. The malts provide a solid backdrop of toast and caramel while the hops are earthy, grassy, and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with low+ carbonation.

Overall a great Americanized version of the classic British pale ale.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass. Odell has some of the nicest labeling on bottles I've seen. Very attractive design work on their graphics.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden/amber color. Had a nice tan foamy head that receded fast and left a little lacing and a frothy cap.

Smell: Pine hops up front with a little sweet malt beneath it. Smells welcoming, but not very distinct.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit from the hops up front, with a little malt balance. Finishes with a bitter bite that could have been a little more balanced with malts. It's a good hoppy beer, but nothing overly complicated or unique.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Bitter and dry on the finish.

Drinkability: It's good, would probably be better from a cask or on tap. Overall it's a satisfying, if unoriginal, beer.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice amber, just the slightest bit of haze. Visible carbonation. Nice thick, dense, head. Excellent lacings.

Great caramel malt aroma, almost nutty. Slight pine in the background.

This is a malt forward pale ale, very much in the English style. Nice toast and caramel, almost earthy or woody. APA character kicks in mid-taste. Nothing over the top, just some laid back bittering hops. Nice wet finish.

Mouthfeel is fine.

These guys make some really lovely beer.

Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beautifully-designed bottle (as all of Odell's beers are) pours a clean, rusty amber, with thick, foamy off-white head. Exquisite and fine lacing.

Aroma is malty up front, followed by some pine hoppiness. Good.

Taste is pine hops, with plenty of body and a heavy malt presence to balance it all out. Overall, this is a remarkably well-balanced session pale ale, with a superlative taste and nice body. Better than many IPAs!

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out the color of dark passionfruit, a smidgen of orange cream head.

Oranges hit the nose first, then mild hop oils

Mild hop bitterness and watery sweetness mix to give a very mediocre flavor profile. Cottonwood and young sunflower stems also compliment the bitterness

Mouthfeel is light and weak body, with a small tingle of carbonation

Overall this is a very basic, normative pale ale. You could session it, but it won't draw any new conclusions for you.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Very impressive! One of the only beers to turn my head in a while.

Great appearance: hazy amber-orange body, off-white head. Good retention; very nice lacing.

The nose is hoppy but not real specific in its character. Citrusy, floral, grassy... Cascade and goldings perhaps? Basic underlying maltiness.

The flavor is very well balanced between a base of biscuity/caramelish malt and citrusy hops backed by a solid bitterness. Finishes drying with some residual hop flavors and a bit of lingering, dull bitterness.

Medium bodied with a gently zesty, median carbonation.

Definitely worth trying! An interesting pale ale that straddles the British and American versions of the style. Very drinkable!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stable. Poured a deep amber color with nice head retention and great lacing. Light hop flavor that is well balanced by the malt. a perfect session beer. lightly carbonated and mild sweetness. malty aftertaste that does not linger. Very smooth overall. This is my first Odell offering and I will def be going back for more.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber with a fluffy white, one finger head. Really great retention, this beer was poured 10 or 15 minutes ago and the head seems to be in the same place as when it was poured. Floral hops on the nose touch of husky grain and a bit of fruit. Nectarines? Definitely something on the lighter side. Decent fruity body up front. On the mid palate I had a strong association with iced tea. Floral hoppiness on the end with just a touch of bitterness, but definitely not what I would describe as a hoppy beer. This is a really nice pale ale that I would definitely buy when I am looking for something on the lighter side, but still quaffable.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice honey color which is clear to light in the glass, with a ressiny hoppy nose. Head could be chunkier...Nice malty spicey bitter taste on the tounge which washes all the way back to throat. yum. A good session beer. Which means I loves my hops!

I liked it on draft more so , but failed to take notes....

Photo of lawlerj
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by date is 3/29/12.

A. Pours a translucent amber with a one finger width white head. Splotchy lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated.

S. Strong caramel malt aroma with a moderate amount of citrusy and fruit hops.

T. The malt flavor more or less follows the nose but the hops make a stronger appearance in the flavor profile. Citrus hops again with a touch of pine and resin.

M. Light to medium bodied...not quite as carbonated as I had wanted it to be.

O. Overall, a slightly less hoppy pale ale. Still, very tasty, and as others have said, this would be a great for a session brew.

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.