5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 805
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 31
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
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Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-09-2005

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.
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Photo of demuzik
2.12/5  rDev -44.1%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.16/5  rDev -43%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
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. (364 characters)

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. (470 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of benito
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Mouthfeel is

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of craytonic
2.88/5  rDev -24%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of charlesw
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into a pilsner glass in Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Pale hops, slight caramel, and a bit of cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, pale hops, and a great malted barley foundation. Fairly balanced and nicely built. A bit simple, but pleasant.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the taste, sort of.

Dr: A pretty drinkable beer. I'd have it on draught. It's pretty decent. (528 characters)

Photo of Tolann
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copied from previous notes

A - Amber in color Not much head but leaves a light lacing. Clear

S - Grassy sweet hops. Some citrus

T - A typical pale ale bitterness. Not a lot of after taste. Very easy on the tongue

M - Light body. Almost tin-y feel. Carbonation is noticeable on your tongue.

D - Easy drinking and goes down easy. no harsh attributes, but nothing stands out either. (384 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a 2-finger white head. Head fades quickly, and leaves some lace on the glass.

Aroma dominated by citrus, slightly earthy hops.

Flavor is, again, dominated by hops. Malt is barely there in the background. And where is the hop bitterness? MIA.. that's where!

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a nasty mouth-drying astringent finish.

Not a bad beer, really... just pretty mediocre. (416 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a nice copper-amber color, with some decent cloudy white foam on top. Aromas of caramel, light brown sugar and some floral hops. On the palate, light bodied, with caramel, biscuit and a hint of hops. (287 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

n8dietz is da man!!!

The color is a clear copper, Italian Earth color. Veyr tiny and slow bubbles slowly make there way to the top of my beer. A one finger head slowly sibsides to a tough film of foam that lasts all 12 ounces.

Clean hop aroma with just a touch of toasted caramel and crystal malts.

Powdery toasted mlat, that seems to have that pilsner malt flavor. Maybe just a hint of biscuits as the palate loses some of that pwodery feel in the middle. The hops add just a little touch of lemon and crispness. The palate finishes semi-dry and flat. (556 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper pour with nice head and decent lacing. Perfumy, floral nose with hints of toffee malt. The taste is very subdued, even for a pale ale. Malt dominates with an odd squash aftertaste that slowly fades. Reminiscent of a British IPA. The aftertaste hurts the drinkability for me. An average at best pale ale. (316 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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! (2,898 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A: No note

S: Not much character. Nice pine-floral hop.

T: Cooked grain, hop bitter with a strange amount of metallic/iron flavor and aftertaste.

M: Loose with strong carbonation

D: Not really a spectacular pale ale. The aftertaste is really hard to ignore. (274 characters)

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at a pub in Denver. The locals were raving about it; I thought it was good, but not enough to make me rave. A rather mediocre orangish color, with no head and no lacing. Rather mild nose for a PA. On the palate there is a nice maltiness, perhaps more than most American PAs have. Good carbonation makes this sparkly and refreshing. The best part of the taste is a nice pronounced bitter finish and aftertaste. (420 characters)

Photo of rye726
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly average pale ale. Nothing too special going on here. Kind of an amber brown color with a tan head. The nose has a subtle malt profile under a citrus hop presence. The taste has hops up front and settles to some mild caramel malts. The average body is refreshing and has decent carbonation. A good pale ale, but not the most interesting. (353 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange gold with a ragged white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of mild hops and pale malts.

Tastes of mild citric hops with a pale malt presence. Hops are understated and not to my liking. There is an earthy finish to it that adds a little.

Mouthfeel is medium, but the carbonation is too loose and fizzy. (336 characters)

Photo of Jamie134
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer, tried for the first time while in CO for the Great American Beer Festival. Odells creates some good things. Definitely worth giving a shot. A little cloudy in appearance, but very drinkable. I'd love to give this one a shot on tap. (249 characters)

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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