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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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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by Todd on 03-09-2005

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Reviews: 289 | Ratings: 850
Photo of akolb
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nostalgic aroma that screams "beer!" Nothing more and nothing less. Floral and lemony hops and a bit o' malt. The taste reminds of of the first taste of craft beer I ever had: a sip of Redhook ESB on my daddy's knee many years ago. Sweet malts, a solid bitter background, floral hops, and a sweet/bitter finish. An underrated pale ale that sadly gets overlooked in Odell's all-star year round lineup. More of these will be in my future whenever I get tired of the barrel-aged this and sour that and need something that reminds me how good a simple beer can be.

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Photo of BWED
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Golden blonde. A little hazy. Off white head holds well at about one finger, and lacing is great.

S- Floral, citrus, and a light toasty backbone.

T- Great balance. Sweet citrus, toasty malt, and a piney bite.

M- Medium light body. Pretty clean finish with dull citrus. Carbonation is just faintly snappy.

O- Really well done. This one is well balanced and easy to drink. Very solid pale ale.

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Photo of B-Stad
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 1 and a half finger soapy head sits on top of a orange-Amber beer. Very floral aroma, with a little bit of grass and sweet malts. Initial taste is grassy, wildflowers, followed buy a good malt backing. Finishes with sweet, with a little bit of dry bitters, very clean. It's definitely a drinkable beer, obviously a little on the lighter side but not watery by any means. Overall it's a solid Pale Ale. I like what they did with the hops. It seems that a lot more PAs are going more hop forward and pushing towards the IPA style which I do enjoy. This is more of a traditional Pale Ale. Good floral taste and smell, easy to drink, not too light. Didn't blow me away, but I think I would drink it again. 84/100

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Photo of acelin
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Light copper

S: Lots of caramel notes and light floral hops

T: Light floral hop presence and tasty caramel malt up front, finishes with a lot of hop floral notes and some hop bitterness, slightly sticky in the mouth. Residual sweetness like maple syrup.

F: A full bodied pale ale, light on the palate

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with three fingers sudsy foam consisting of tightly packed tiny bubbles. Settles to half a finger thick cap with spots of lacing.
Aroma is subtle floral hops and sweet malt, but not much more.
Taste is sweet up front with floral and fruit (juicy peach mostly) following. No bitterness.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 3-24-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, sediment filled, copper color with one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, caramel, faint flowers, not much going on here.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread and then an understated hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a great looking beer but otherwise underwhelming, it's not a bad beer, it just does not stand out enough to buy again as there are better options available.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Copper gold with a slight haze under a 2” cream colored foam cap that recedes moderately fast.

S: Biscuit, stone fruit, melon, some earthiness.

T: Very light peach, biscuit to bread crumb, very light sweetness, some drying on the finish. The malt flavors are medium to medium high, the fruit flavors are medium to medium high, the hop bitterness is medium low.

F: Medium body, medium high carbonation.

O: A full flavored malty and fruity pale ale. The hop aromas are a little muted due to age but it is still a pretty nice drink.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle this beer produced a beautiful, creamy head that disappeared within two minutes. There was however some lacing left behind. The liquid was amber with some haze. The aroma was a bit sweet with mild hoppiness. The flavor is quite mild, and just a bit fruity. A very light, drinkable ale.Not a terrible beer, but not the kind I would actively select again.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date states it's good for another month-and-a-half. Poured right from the fridge into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly chill-hazed honey amber, with about two inches of hearty eggshell head that sticks around for a good while, maintains a nice layer on the surface, and leaves considerable lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Not a ton going on in the bouquet of this one. There's some mild hop aroma that has a stone fruit quality to it, as well as a bit of caramel malt. There's a bit of an indeterminate acidic note in there, too.

T: This one is a bit sweet up front--straightforward caramel malt with something a bit more earthy underneath. The middle produces some delicate fruit notes--stone fruit and tangerine--that really don't assert themselves much above the malt backbone. The back end is more of the malts and a bit more of apricot and tangerine...but not much. There's a bit of tart at the close, but no bitter to speak of.

F: My biggest gripe with this beer--at least this one I opened--is that it feels quite flat and watery. It's on the light side of medium-bodied with, as I said, almost no carbonation on the palate. As I mentioned under taste, there's a bit of a lingering tartness at the close, no bitter on the palate, and a quiet, clean finish.

O: I like the flavors this beer delivers, understated as they are. It's just very difficult for me to get past the flat, watered-downed feel. Looking at the description that Odell gives for this beer, I've got to wonder if I didn't get a bad bottle.

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Photo of 10Crumra
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. Best by date of April 28, 2015.

Clear orangish golden in color. One inch head that recedes in a couple minutes. Minimal lacing.

Nice floral hippy aromas. Some pine notes.

Taste follows the nose. Slight maltiness. Minimal bitterness. Medium-bodied with a stickiness. Light carbonation.

Overall a fine beer that has enough flavor to be interesting while not being to overwhelming to preclude it from being sessionable.

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Photo of jmisiewicz
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First sight, this beer has an awesome creamy head. Perfect ale chill haze. Color bordering on Amber. A little rough over the palate. Tons of hop aroma with out the a hop punch in the mouth. Overall this is a great pale ale.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the abundant fresh hops character of this brew - it is highly aromatic. However, the palate was a bit dry for my taste, lacking a solid malt backbone to stand up to the hops. My reference for this sort of style is the Anchor Liberty, one of my favorite beers. The Odell 5 Barrel is still very enjoyable, though.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a nice head of bone froth on top. Thin lacing but I've let the beer sit too long (had to feed the dogs).
The aroma of crisp English malted barley and noble hops.
A fine flavor of the malt punctuated with a hoppy finish that leaves a nice bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is a crisp and refreshing ale that is also smooth with light/medium effervescence.
One of my favorite pale ales and the best English style that I can recall. Well done Doug Odell!

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a hazy, Amber ale. Ms all white head...average appearance. My he smell is soft,mbalanced between spicy hops and sweetish smelling malt. Some citrus notes. Tasty. The finish is long and slightly bitter, refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Green Flash pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles laces well.

S: Sweet bready caramel malt, a little citrus, a little floral.

T: Pine and floral hops, light fruity notes, a hint of citrus, a bit grassy, some earthy spice, backed with light caramel malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid brew, quite drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, gold coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation, and a tall, fluffy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of bitter and spicy hops, subtle citrus notes, and piney highlights. Flavors are smooth caramel sweetness, tropical fruit sweetness, bitter greens, and resinous hops notes. Smooth, light bodied, with a subtle resin and tropical fruit aftertaste. Smooth, slick finish. This is a tremendously easy drinker.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has citrus and pine, with a bit of bready malt. Pours amber-orange with a decent off white foam head, with good retention and lacing. Taste is where this one lets down. Some hop bitterness leads the way along with muted citrus. Floral hops. Nothing too strong. Light bodied and thin. Overall not Odell’s best attempt, but not horrible.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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!)

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Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

This is a hoppy pale ale, and it goes great with barbecue. 5 Barrel is a modified recipe from their older pale ale, and it seems to have been a successful tweak. It's light but not too light, thanks to the hops. There are just a wee bit too much of them for my taste, but I don't like hoppy, IPA-type beers very much, so there you go. Still worth a shot in the summer out on the patio. I prefer other Odell beers more, but I like everything they put out, so it's not like I wouldn't drink this if given the opportunity.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Odell Brewery - Ft. Collins, CO - June 17, 2013 (Review from my notes)

A - Classic Golden color, with 1 finger of head, and tons of lace left on the glass
A - Nice light hop aroma.
T - West coast pale ale. Hoppy pale ale. Light hop kick and nice balance with the malts
M - Medium bodied, well carbonated
O - A great tasting light pale ale.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours an almost hazy golden honey with a tight single finger of creamy beige head that rockily settles but maintains fairly well. Good retention; little lacing to speak of.

S:
Fresh, sweet hop aroma. Bready malt backbone with citrus hop smells, fresh cut grass, lemon pepper, some hints at yeasty phenols.

T:
Mild but quite hoppy. Crisp and even-handed with earthy, woodsy hops and a caramel malt presence holding it all together.

M:
Light-medium bodied; crisp and flat with good carbonation and a relatively quick finish.

O:
Pretty decent pale ale.
Pours nice and maintains a decent head. Has a deceptively fruity nose for how earthy and spicy the hops come through in the flavor. The beer is quite drinkable, evenly presented (at least that is the way I would put it).
Would probably have again; worth trying if you're curious.

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Photo of Foyle
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1" cream colored head recedes quickly with mild lacing. Color is a cloudy amber, no visible carbonation.
Aroma: floral and citrus hops dominate the nose with some malt in the background.
Mouthfeel: light to medium body with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: kind of an odd combination. The floral hops are dominate with some citrus hop bitterness in the finish. The malt flavor is mild and this beer seems to need some more balance between the malt and hops.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an adnams ghost ship pint glass.

Thick head with good lacing.

Smell: Big hop bang followed by a spicyness

Taste: hop bang just like the smell. Bitter and piney. The pinyness fades after a while and leads to citrus spicyness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and cold even when it's not, which is strange!

A beer for all year round. I feel it would go down great with a summer BBQ

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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