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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 25
Gots: 47 | 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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4.97/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yesterday I toured the Odell Brewery with brewmaster/owner Doug Odell personally doing the honors. If you get to Fort Collins, it is worth your time. A beautifully set up, organized and well-run first class operation! Bins full of imported English malts, a huge variety of hops and all the bells and whistles. They have 5 Barrel on tap, in both nitro and carbonated forms - so I had a growler to go! I liked the creaminess of the nitro, but knowing it would go flat, had a mixture poured into my jug. It travelled will, and still has plenty of fizz! It was worth the drive! There are a half-dozen hops that go into the process of making this beer, Willamette being the most prominent. I tasted it ‘green’ right out of the yeast tank - even then it was delicious! But the nitro version is SO creamy smooth!! But it has all the apricot-peach aromas, delicate hops, perfect fizz, medium malt middle and dry, elegant finish of the bottled, tap, nitro and growler versions were perfect!

palliko, Jul 23, 2005
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4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dated drink by 5/5/2011

Pours an awesome, cloudy, orande - gold with 1/2 inch foam which dissapates quickly and leaves a thin ring around my mug with decent lacing as I enjoy this brew.

Smell? Delicious! Particularly, citrus....lemon and/or grapefruit.... and floral. Very enticing.

Tastes like the best Pale Ale I have ever had! Citrus, hoppy, mellow, refreshing, clean, and smooth with perfect carbonation. Aftertaste is citrus.

I have just found my 'fall back' beer. I will have this in my fridge at all times. Great Pale Ale.

Illtryit, Apr 26, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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Sande, May 04, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me a few beers for Colorado and this was among them.

A: Pours a dark straw color with a nice head and great lacing.
S: lot's of hops in the nose but not overwhelming.
T: Wow, very good lots of hops in a full profile
M: crisp and refreshing as should be in the style.
D: Very drinkable, if it was available locally it could be one to buy.

Per the label this is produced on there pilot 5 barrel system not the large one. With a very aggressive hoping schedule.

thistle3189, Dec 15, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-beautiful amber color with a lofty two inch head. Carbonation is lively and add body to the beer.

s-can you say aromatic hops? They shine through, and you can smell the multiple hop additions that have imparted a beautiful nose to this beer. The hops have a nice malt smell to go with them in the beer. The hop back and dry hopping give it even more of the great hop aroma.

t-what I think a pale ale should taste like. This beer is not an IPA, the balance of the hops are on the toung for a second and the malts come in nicely. There are a decent amount of malts here too. Some good back to them. The aromatic hops are not transulated into bitterness, there is none present.

m-good body to this brew. There are a decent amount of sugars left in the beer, and it provides a nice feel to the beer.

o-In a world where there are so many over the top IPA's and IIPA's, this beer holds back and provides a nice pale ale. This beer should be judged by the fact that it's an English Pale, not an IPA. Nice work.

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RDW, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

IntriqKen, Sep 16, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 3/20/12

A- Pours a amber/orange body with white/light cream head. A thin cap stays throughout the beer. Good lacing.

S- Bready, biscuit, earthy hops. Very reminiscent of summit EPA

T- Starts out with bready and biscuity notes with a solid hopiness/cirtus notes shining through. The finish ends up slightly dry with nice hop dryness.

M- I like the med-high carbonation. Great finish.

O- Overally, excellent session beer. This reminds me so much of Summit EPA. It's a great craft beer that is extremely drinkable. Will I buy it again? I'll stick to the local guy (Summit EPA) but if I lived near Colorado, this would be my go to session brew. Well done Odell.

Greggy, Jan 14, 2012
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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.