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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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658 Ratings
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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Some wonderful citrusy hops and caramel malt.

S - Dark copper with a rocky white head. Lots of lace and plenty of bubbles. The head alone makes this beer look delicious.

T - The first thing I notice is that there is less hop flavor than expected. There are some citrusy and earthy hop flavors but you really get malt up front, and the hop flavor follows.

M - Smooth in body just as in taste. Some nice bubbly sensation from the carbonation.

D - This is a really, really great session beer. I could drink these all night. A bit closer to the British style of Pale Ale than American which is always a plus for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 23:20:43 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice amber, dark gold color. A nice white, bubbly-clumpy head topped it.
Aroma of hops; wet grass or dirt perhaps. Kind of a gritty smell to it.
Tastes very nice. Malt mixes well with the hops. Hops give it a slick dryness feel to it. Stops just short of becoming an American PA, or an IPA. Bitterness is haulted by the full hops.
Very nice

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 01:41:43 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 02:28:14 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of tugdriver7


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hand-carried from my hometown (Greeley, CO...Thanks N&J)! I got an e-mail from N while they were in Greeley and he said this one was a keeper. Now I know why. An exceptionally drinkable offering from one of the best craft breweries. This is good stuff and I'm glad I still have one bottle left. The beer poured gorgeous gold into the glass with a nice head that quickly dissipated and left very delicate lacing on the glass. Very subtle fruity, piney hops were evident in the nose, and that carried into initial taste. Nice balance of sweetness (very light but pleasantly noticeable) and the aforementioned hops, with a moderate malty body, punctuated by delicate carbonation. Those are two words I'd use a lot with this beer: delicate and subtle. Nothing "in your face" about it. No alcohol taste at all, with a very slight dry bitterness at the end. I never put the glass down--and it tasted great right through to the warmer last few swallows. It's an excellent session beer you'd never grow tired of. Clearly a winner all the way around. [PS Kudos to the BA who donated the photo for the review page... one of the best photos I've seen. Love the "barrel" wood underneath.]

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:01:12 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has an intense hop aroma that is floral and pleasant to the nose. It also has a solid malt base that consists of pale and carapils malts. The taste is great. It has a well balanced flavor. It has a nice malty core that boasts of pale and carapils malts as well as a very bitter hop taste and finish that's floral and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great pale ale. It has awesome aroma and taste; highly drinkable and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2005 12:11:11 | More by WesWes
Photo of paperbackfoster


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a rusty, hazy burnt orange. Really a very attractive color. It has a murky depths kind of carbonation, with a one finger head that reduces to a half-finger that sticks around for a bit. Thin lacing, if any.

The smell is when I really got on board. O'Dell wasn't lying about the hopping. With the addition of both a hopback filtration and dry hopping to the process, this smells like a cup of hop oil. Herbs and florals with a hint of spice. The malts add a sweetness to the smell.

This beer is an easy drinker, that's for sure. The front is bittersweet, all hop. The body pleasantly balances with smooth malts, caramel and biscuit flavors cropping up. The finish is sharp, floral, leaving a lingering sweetness. It's a very crisp pale ale, but not too dry. The flavor really develops deeply - you can keep sipping and focusing your attention all around the tongue, from start to finish, and keep finding nuance. It's really an expert hop profile, the malts being a solid foundation.

The mouthfeel is crisply silky, very nice. The hops snap, the carbonation is evident, but it's just oh so smooth.

This is a good take on the style. I enjoy a smooth, easy pale ale, and I love the time put into this hop profile. It's as complex as an IPA, but adapted with a reduced bitterness and more west coast US pale ale flavor. Definitely a good session beer.

Serving: Bottle, poured into pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 07:22:18 | More by paperbackfoster
Photo of Mitchster


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 5.2% ABV. Very cool embossed bottle and textured paper labels. Pours to a hazy orange-amber, forming a tall rocky and soapy off-white head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is interesting...at first pungently skunky like Amarillo or Simco with some faint English character caramel and butterscotch with mild higher alcohols. The mouthfeel is exceptionally soft and silky smooth in the finish with a medium body. Very nice mouthfeel. The taste is also dominated by pungent skunk but not in the Euro-lager fashion...only in a hop way. This is nicely balanced by a pale malt under-running and thankfully no ruddy cardboard or caramel as expected. Bitterness is mild to moderate and resinous/skunky in nature. Great drinkability. No perceptable off-flavors or alcohol.

A very solid pale ale brewed with some cool hops. Kinda like a tamed-down Stone IPA. Me likey. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 01:57:38 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Higravity


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a beer I really like all the personal info on the bottle always a plus. A nice deep yellow slightly hazed body covered with a head of billowing white froth that laces the entire glass. Smell of fruit, citrus, and a earth flavor of hops atop a nice malty back with caramel and a breadyness. The taste is like putting one 3-D glass, everything has depth, very intense range of hops but they are balanced on a knife edge with the malt that is always there to meet them. The hops even bring there own sweetness. The only thing is I have a feeling my bottle was a touch old as the hops seemed a touch oxidized, but it had a great body and is way too drinkable.

This is the only beer to rival DFH 60 minute for balance and flavor I have had this year. Cheers to Odell and may the grow and send some of this beer to MD.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 14:24:15 | More by Higravity
Photo of smakawhat


4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A real nice classic orange amber, with a soapy but good two finger white head. Bubbles real nicely with lots of shampoo like retention, and clumps in valleys and peaks. Nice slow rising carbonation through a bronze amber body. Classic looking, a little bit of dullness, but pretty solid.

Really nice light toasty grains, and a little bit of orange marmalade fruity character. Grain rips quite a good bit too, a real inviting sense of barley.

Light malts hit the palate with big dry grains. Barley just rips and drys the palate and gives a real huge toasty aroma. Hop angle is nice and real subtle, with some herbal earth quality, and perhaps a hint of drying tea leaves in the finish. Lively carbonation that isn't distracting either.

Overall a real straight forward solid Odell creation, great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 15:02:35 | More by smakawhat
Photo of SpecialK088


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Hazy orange/copper not a real big head but nice sticky lace

S-Hops, very earthy and citrus

T&M-Very big pale nice clean fresh hop flavor in the front and back leaves a fantasic flavor in the back of your mouth from drink to drink.

D-Just another great brew from a brewery that just contiues to impress me I would pick this up anytime

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 04:14:17 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear honey color with a rocky head that coats the pint glass

Smell: A bit grainy, with subtle floral tones and an earthy hop aspect

Taste: Starts out with a very different flavor that seems to be a combination of tangerine and earthy fruit flavors - kind of a England meets America; it's almost perfumy in a strange way; after the swallow, the earthy hops and the biscuity malt blend nicely and provide a more traditional English finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes great; really interesting brew that is quite different from what I was expecting

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the adventure and Schmittymack, for the chance to re-visit

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 23:58:59 | More by brentk56
Photo of arizcards


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine for a tailgate back at the end of September for $7.99. Found a pair in the fridge so thought i would officially review this tonight.

Beer poured an amber orange with a solid white head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is caramel malts and fresh citrusy hops. Taste is well balanced between the caramel malts and a medley of citrus, melon, and piney hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just right. Drinkability is quite good, a lot of flavor is packed into this sessionable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:29:19 | More by arizcards
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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