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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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86
very good

747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of MynamesRickJames
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of demuzik
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For a snazy looking bottle, this beer leaves much to be desired. Proclaiming itself as "bountiful in hop flavor" - due to 4 different boiling hops - this beer is a run of the mill pale ale, tasting mostly bittering hops, with very few complexities and/or floral notes. Lacing is poor, and aroma is uninspiring. Not sure why I see this all over the place... perhaps you'll like it, or perhaps you'll wonder why someone would think this one special like me.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a medium amber with some light cloudiness and a medium slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dry and bitter hops is dominating. Taste consists of aggressive metallic hops with strong dry bitter finish. Body is slightly above average with some medium carbonation. I don’t know if the bottle was oxidized or if the type of hops use provide the metallic taste but I can’t say that this was a much appreciated experience.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a brilliant copper color with a fair amount of white head which quickly fades to a fine scum. Aroma is of some hops, some candy sugar, and more malt than I expected. Flavor is very malty and sour up front (like a not very heavily hopped barley-wine, but lighter) with some hops becoming present afterwards. Mouthfeel is thin. I'm not a fan of this.

Photo of Foyle
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Photo of benito
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I hadn't had a 5 Barrel in over two years when I was struck by the urge to give it another try; my recollection from when this beer was first released was that the brew was a little underwhelming. My memory wasn't far off.

Golden in color and a foamy, thick head. There are floral, British hop aromas balanced against a hint of bread dough. The flavor is a little watery and ashen, with a peppery hop flavor and little malt balance. The finish has a nice bitterness to it, but more malt sweetness and more body would have been welcome. The bitter finish gives this a too-dry impression overall that takes away from drinkability some.

Overall, this is a disappointing pale ale from a great brewery. Stick to Odell's other beers.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
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 alexhahn82
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-- Average, huge 2 finger head that dissipates at a medium rate

S -- Very interesting almost lavender or Jasmine smell.

T/M - * I am a hop bomb junkie, just putting that out there. Tastes very medium to light in barley, very lightly toasted, mostly malt with a brief hint at hops on the first few sips. Mouthfeel average.

Overall- About an average PA. If anything still would have preferred a lil more hops, but even a larger flavor from a darker roast. 5.2% ABV is about average.

PP (Price Point) -- $8.99 for a 6 pack picked up in Rock Springs Wyoming, not too far from where it was brewed. Would probably skip over this one.

Photo of ccrida
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On draught served in a mug, the 5 Barrel is dark gold with a slight chill haze and small white head that leaves medium lace.

Smell is sweet tangerine esters and a little off tang from the malt. Isn't this supposed to be dry-hopped? It's the rotating tap so I doubt it's that old, but who knows?

Taste is very fruity, but like the nose, esters not hops. There's also this sweet tang to the malt that is a little homebrewy that I've noticed in quite a few CO micros on this trip, maybe it's something in the water, not the recipe? Either way, one I pick up on it, it's difficult for me to ignore. Aside from that, this is a pretty vanilla pale ale - I was expecting lots of hop character from the dry-hopping the tout, but there wasn't any of distinction to be found here...

MF is crisp, medium bodied.

Drinkability is on the lower side for me because of that off-flavor and lack of any other interesting tastes.

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Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of skyisland
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of MissMeg
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of mdcrouser
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-amber, with a fair bit of trailing lace and yeast settling to the bottom of the glass. Decent carbonation introduces mildly citrussy hops aand a touch of sweet malts - the finish is lemony, with a bit of astringency, and a bitterness that almost leaves you questioning your choice in beers. It's not that this is a bad beer - quite to the contrary, as it's refreshing and doesn't have any off flavors - it's just that there are better examples of the style available.

May be best enjoyed when you're looking for a summertime refresher.

Photo of drabmuh
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is light amber in color with a thin head that doesn't last long. Carbonation low and lacing is nearly non existent.

Aroma is odd, mostly citrus hops but overall mild.

Beer is light in body and soapy. Its kind of gross. its thin and watery with odd bitterness and a mild aftertaste. its difficult to drink but I'm bored and drink the whole thing anyway. Time for bed, sucks that this is my send off beer. Won't be drinking this again.

Photo of craytonic
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, the label is very nice.

Pours a rusty orange-amber with a nice foamy head.

Smells of citrus and hops, but very lightly.

Tastes ok, but the finish is horrible. Sharp hops and a bad bitterness. No balance. Good carbonation though. Not crazy about the mouthfeel or aftertaste. Some hard tannins.

You could drink it, but only if you went fast enough to never notice the after-taste. Not a beer you want to let linger.

Photo of blakelive784
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent amber color with a soapy, off-white head of three fingers. Retention is solid. Generally appealing.

S - Musty hops, caramel and grapefruit. Pretty generic.

T - Caramel, citrus, floral hops. A bit watery, until the bitter finish. Genericand simple, but I'm having it.

M - entirely to smooth and wet. Needs to be much more crisp and dry.

D - A fair introduction to craft, but far from anything special.

Photo of charlesw
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, largish off-white head with good retention and lasting lacing. Smells grassy. Tastes... Huh.

You know, this would be an absolutely amazing ESB - if it had different hops. Yeah, it's a Pale Ale and whatever. Oh, hmm. The category here is English Pale Ale. Well, that it ain't. There are just too many 'merican hops (floral, grapfruity) for this to be English anything. And, frankly, it disturbs me. This really would be a great beer, but, well, bleh.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.