5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company
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3.16/5 rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
I was just chatting with Steve Thompson today on Facebook. I wasn't really chatting, but he posted a picture of the Odell wheat beer. I commented that Odell doesn't make a bad beer. I'm right. Try to find a beer they brew that isn't at least good… most are great. I am not usually fan of pale ales, but I am excited to see what this tastes like. Hopefully there are some hops in there. Cool story about where the name came from, so if nothing else we have that!
In the Glass: I wish you could see the head on this beer. I don't need a glass, I need a spoon! It is thick, white, and looks like a pillow sitting on top of this beer. I didn't pour it right, but still. Most beers don't produce such an impressive head. I am going to let that settle before I stick my nose in there.
UPDATE: After letting the head settle, the beer was practically "frozen" to the side of the glass. As I am swirling this around in the glass, the foam picks back up.
Nose: There are some hops there, but not a lot. I wasn't expecting a lot of hoppiness in the aroma, but had my fingers crossed for more than I am smelling. I am getting some herbal notes and maybe a little bit of spice. If you are new to pale ales, this is a good beer to just sit and smell. You can smell enough hops not to overwhelm your nostrils and you can get an idea of what a pale (bitter) beer will taste like.
Flavor: Considering what the beer smells like, I didn't expect it to have that much flavor. Your palate is just hit with fluffy hoppy goodness. The beer is also easy to drink, which means I could sit here and chug a few of these. This is a style that is popular in warmer climates because it's not too hoppy to destroy your palate, but is easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day. (Or a hot summer night here in Arizona.)
Mouthfeel: At first, you are hit with a lot of bubbles. I almost wonder if that is because of how I poured this. The head is gone, but it reminds me of a sip of Sprite. As the beer moves across the palate, it thins out and leaves a nice layer of flavor on your tongue leading to a nice, somewhat hoppy aftertaste.
Aftertaste: I like drinking India pale ales for the aftertaste. I am hop head, for lack of a better term. Pale ales are a great way for someone to be introduced to hops, as a lot of pales will use similar hop profiles. Brewers really get crazy when playing with an IPA recipe. But most pale ales will have a similar flavor. This is a typical example of this style, and while the aftertaste leaves some subtle hops behind, it isn't my favorite part of this beer. Too dry for a true hop experience.
Odell doesn't make a bad beer. Find me an Odell beer that isn't great, and I will drink it! Hopefully, when we start writing our book, we will be able to visit Odell and see things from inside the facility. If nothing else, we will go, tour the brewery, and just drink their beer!
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2013 23:09:48 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.59/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Nice dark golden color with nice clarity to it, glows a lithe lighter when held up to the light. Nice white cap with really good lacing to it. Good looking beer.
Slight citrus hop spiciness coming through in the initial aromas. Very bready, like warm buttered biscuits, probably some roasted pale malts.
Taste is on par with the smell. Very bready, liked buttered home made bread that's a little well done around the crust. Primarily spicy hops come through here, but it's all pretty mild hop profile.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, a light medium with a nice balance. Good sweetness with only a touch of bitterness blended in with medium carbonation level. Buttery/oily feel that has a spicy dry finish. Really nice drinkable anytime brew. Safe beer to have lying around for anyone. Thanks Geoff for sending it!
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 01:38:23 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.09/5 rDev +7.3%
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
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 19:37:15 | More by ZoomanCru
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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