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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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282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 829
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 19%
Wants: 35
Gots: 108 | 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:
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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Reviews: 282 | Hads: 829
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks pops! This one pours an amber orange with a couple fingers of white head leaving webby lacing. The nose is quite muddled and not mich is picked up but faint hop offerings. The taste has some off putting flavors akin to an aluminium can. Some hops show but not as much as a sweet caramel bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carb.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber darkish color. Below average carbonation, head and lacing.

Taste of wood. Seems consistent with a lot of the O'Dell's. Grainy. Not exactly west coast pale, nor british. Really tastes closer to an amber ale than the pales I'm used to. Neat to check out once, but wouldn't see myself purchasing this at $7.99 anytime soon.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orange, medium copper color with lots of big bubbly white head. Aromas are pretty hop forward: Fuggle and EKGs give off a nice floral, citrusy aroma, fresh. Some faint lightly toasty malts are there, but mostly hops. On the palate, the hops continue to take center stage with a nice open of mango and citrus. Unfortunately, it takes a weird turn from there. An increasingly dry, thin body with biting carbonation give this one a poor mid palate and finish. Overall, drinkability is fine, but I'd like a better rounded Pale ale.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, 355ml from The Cave, Glasgow:

Hazy orange to amber colour with a huge, foamy white head on the top that is about three fingers width tall and has nice retention.

A hoppy aroma with very malty base and some fruity citrus and grapefruit notes coming through. There is some caramel to towards the end to level things out and a fair helping of sweet malts.

Malt and caramel base with some hops in there that aren't as strong as with the nose. There is some grapefruit as well, also lighter, and a bit of bitterness. There is an earthy malt flavour and some citrus right at the end, nothing too strong though.

Smooth to begin with, there is a quite hop filled feel to the beer and a good citrus tang before things level out and you are hit with some sugar and a definite sweetness. The finish is moderately bitter.

A nice beer and one that was quite enjoyable despite not being as good as I had been hoping. Less hops and more malt than I was expecting and a little flat towards the end but still an acceptable effort from the brewery.

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Photo of jar2574
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Below average appearance. Very flat looking, with very little head initially, and none after it settles. Not that carbonated.

Nice hoppy smell though, so things might turn out all right.

Interesting taste. Hops, but also some unexpected sweetness -- banana flavor.

Overall, a decent experience, but not one I'm craving to try again.

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Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very cloudy reddish/brown color. A small white head forms, but sticks throughout. Some spotty lace is left behind.
S: A large pine aroma up front. Though other hoppy aromas come out as well. Citrus, floral, and grassy. This is an English Pale Ale? Not really, but still very enjoyable.
T: Way to hop forward. A strong resiny, and piny bitterness. Slightly floral and grassy. A huge hope flavor and a bitterness that just wares me out. I don't know how they can call this an English Pale Ale?
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit rough and prickly though. Not hard to drink one, but I would not come back for another in a sitting.

Not bad, just does not resemble an English Pale Ale at all. I could tell that right away from the nose. They really missed the style, if indeed it is intended to be English. Along with the palate burning bitterness this is not something I will revisit often.

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body, sticky lacing, with great retention. Faintly grassy, tea-like hops in the aroma. Flavors of tea leaves, pale malt or grainy barley, with a mild grassiness. Thin, light-bodied, a little watery. Easy drinking, but it doesn't really hold my interest. It could use more distinctive hop character... BBD: 01/29/09

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Photo of thaichile
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper colour with a limited head. Citrus, hops and malt on the nose. Flavors are a hop winning battle with the malts, but I did not find this brew to be crazy hoppy. Grapefruit on a apricot canvas. A good pale ale. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of bort11
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

To start with, I really like Odell's label designs on all of their beers. It's not too flashy, in fact it's a pretty simple design, but sometimes it's something simple that makes a product stand out. I wonder if there are any design awards for beer labels? Oh well, to the beer.

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Whoa, massive cream colored head, over two fingers width. It is chunky and sticky as it recedes, leaving a very nice lace. The color is copper/orange and mostly clear.

The label text says, "Care for some hops with your hops?" I think that may be a stretch for what is being offered. There is a hops aroma to the smell, but it isn't overpowering by any means. If anything, it's sweet with a little bit of maltiness. Taste is also more of a mellow hops flavor, more balance than overpowering. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side, but not bad.

Over all, I think this is a tastey and balanced pale ale. This is the beer that Odell is replacing their Bobby Kolsch with. While 5 Barrel is good, if I had to choose, I think I would prefer Bobby.

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Photo of rawfish
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than most pale ales, rich copper color but a small 1 finger head on the pour which has spotty to no lacing.

Pine resin nose, floral and sharp.

Fairly sweet upfront, light malts and grainy. Creeping bitterness in the back end citrus hops and lemon zest. The aftertaste is a steady bitterness and slightly oily on the finish.

Medium bodied but weakly carbonated, there is a definite syrupy mouth coating that some Odell's hoppier beers have, definitely noticeable with this one and grows more unpleasant as the beer warms.

A decent offering, session beer with enough body and good flavor but next time I'm not gonna sit on it too long.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-12
Best before 3-28-12

Appearance: a cloudy golden amber color with a clingy white head. A thin layer of bubbles sits on top and doesn't fade.

Smell: subtly sweet with an interesting earthy quality that's hard to place. Very light, almost nothing going on.

Taste: just like the smell, a subtle sweetness gives way to a decent hop presence, and not much more. Not bad, just boring.

Mouthfeel: right for the style, suits the balanced malt and hops.

Overall: Not bad, just nothing special.

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Photo of coldriver
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy medium amber with good head and acceptable lacing. Aroma is very heavy on the bready malt, with some sharp citrus hops. Taste has a decent hop profile, but dominated by the bready malt. Mouthfeel seems a little limp, but nice dry finish. Seems like this would be a great session beer on tap at an English Pub, but as a standalone taste test out of the bottle it's a little blah...

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Photo of tewaris
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 06/20/2012

Clear and amber golden with a medium head and medium retention. Malty, fruity, mildly hoppy sums the aroma up alright. Not bitter per se, but has a good hop flavor going on, if rather mild. Wonder if any darker malts are used because there is the slightest nuttiness somewhere, or I am just crazy. Quite clean. Perfect carbonation, lower than most of its kind. A medium body carries things nicely. Overall a good option, especially at the ABV. Although I imagine why couldn't it be even lower.

4, 3, 3, 4.5, 4

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. This beer pours an amber brown with very little head and leaves a very small white ring around the edge of the glass. As far as the smell goes I don't really get much except some malty profiles and a very faint sweet hop characteristic. This feels great on the tongue; medium body with a light carbonation feel to it. Overall I would say this is a pretty standard pale ale and if given the chance I'd probably drink it again although I probably wouldn't search for it.

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Photo of gpogo
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange amber with some yeasty particles. Large off white head. Head leaves a nice lacing.

A- Bready caramel malt with some light citrus hop notes.

T- Caramel malt, nothing too impressive as far as malts, it seems a little muted. Sweet malt taste and citrus hop flavors, but nothing too heavy. Metallic tasting finish. Scratch that, metallic taste throughout.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite refreshing in fact.

D- I'm not completely impressed with the taste, but I do think it is a decent beer and I would be happy to have a few of these. Alcohol isn't too heavy and it is rather refreshing.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, rust orange, with low head slight lacing. Smells like an ale, bready, yeasty with some low, deep notes of hops. Taste is similar to the nose: competent, bready, with some lingering bitterness, but mostly straight ahead ale. Carbonation is moderate, but tame, and not at all assertive. This is nothing as amazing as their signature IPA, and while well crafted, is just good, and not 'repeater' good, if you know what I mean.

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Photo of BBnum3
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, almost amber, color with an attractive and solid head.

Smell: Can't smell a ton, but I detect a faintly floral hop aroma.

Taste: Slightly roasty malt on the front end, followed by a subtle and crisp floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, which is a plus for me. Rather light on the palate.

Drinkability: High. Finish is pleasant, and at 5.2% quite sessionable. I could have a few.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass. Odell has some of the nicest labeling on bottles I've seen. Very attractive design work on their graphics.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden/amber color. Had a nice tan foamy head that receded fast and left a little lacing and a frothy cap.

Smell: Pine hops up front with a little sweet malt beneath it. Smells welcoming, but not very distinct.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit from the hops up front, with a little malt balance. Finishes with a bitter bite that could have been a little more balanced with malts. It's a good hoppy beer, but nothing overly complicated or unique.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Bitter and dry on the finish.

Drinkability: It's good, would probably be better from a cask or on tap. Overall it's a satisfying, if unoriginal, beer.

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Photo of mphopkins99
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, small rapidly diminishing head. Poured more like a wheat than a pale ale

S - Lemon-orange hints, very subtle wheat aroma

T - Dry, mild spicy citrus taste. Finishes dry

M - Good, just the right amount of carbonation

D - Excellent, went down very smooth and another no doubt would as well.


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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a golden amber color with about two fingers of thick off-white foam. Smells of earthy, fruity hops followed by a slight caramel malt note. Tastes of light citrus like lemon and bitter orange along with sweet caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly a sessionable brew that I'd seek out again.

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

Had this in a bottle while on a trip in Neb.

Pours with minimal head with a small bit of white lacing. A brownish amber color like apple juice and apple cider mixed.

Has an almost bourbon smell, can tell that there was some barrel aging in the process, with a bit of hop and caramel malt in the after taste.

Medium body and mouthfeel

Low carbonation and a fairly unpronounced flavor (for the style) make this very easy to drink.

Smooth easy to drink pale ale, lower hop taste than most. Not my favorite pale ale but not bad either.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my GD Cervoise goblet.

Pours a 1/2 inch white bubbly head, and the beer is a nice copper color

Slightly citrus and a touch grainy and grassy in the nose. Not big on aroma, but pleasant.

The taste is touch on the bitter side. Simple hop profile in that respect. Wish it were a touch more malty, but it does have a nice grainy taste. Slight caramel.

Moderately high carbonation. Standard mouthfeel for the style.

This is an enjoyable standby for me.

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An all around good but average pale. This will be bottled in june of this year(2005). Im glad it is replacing the current cutthroat pale. It had a dark amber color and a some what small head. Nothing too out there about it. One of the better local pales on tap. I would take it over the New Belgium products.

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Photo of iSip
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been in an IPA cycle, but decided to move slightly downstream and try an Odell Five Barrel Pale Ale. The color is deep for a Pale Ale, and the head appropriate. The aroma is very subtle. Flavor is very even, balanced nicely at the midpoint between sweet and bitter. The very tale end of the aftertaste turns toward bitter. A good beer, easy to drink and will go well with food.

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.