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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 812
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 31
Gots: 98 | 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: 812
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. (1,602 characters)

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. (472 characters)

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. (223 characters)

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. (321 characters)

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! (480 characters)

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. (237 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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. (397 characters)

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. (473 characters)

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. (343 characters)

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!) (900 characters)

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. (524 characters)

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. (355 characters)

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. (365 characters)

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. (658 characters)

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. (836 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 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 (399 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich golden in color with a creamy, slightly tan head. Head retention is very good and subsequently, so is the lacing. Really a beautiful looking pour.

S- Starts off with a fairly strong hop bang. The hops aren't to the level of an American IPA style, but still prominent and fairly bitter. Hop character is mostly spicy and a little floral. Small malt backbone is detectable underneath the hops bitterness.

T- Starts with a moderate to almost strong hops bitterness bang, just like the scent. Hops bitterness is surprisingly more piney than floral, but the spiciness is still there. Not much malt is detectable in the taste like it was in the scent. Moderately strong lingering bitterness sticks around on the tongue.

M- This one pretty much feels like a classic English pale, except a little more carbonated than usual. Moderately smooth and fairly easy drinking, yet still packs a bit of a hop punch.

Overall, this is just a solid flagship beer for a pretty awesome brewery. Nothing groundbreaking as far as an English pale goes, but still nothing wrong with this beer. (1,087 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Nice dark golden color with nice clarity to it, glows a lithe lighter when held up to the light. Nice white cap with really good lacing to it. Good looking beer.

Slight citrus hop spiciness coming through in the initial aromas. Very bready, like warm buttered biscuits, probably some roasted pale malts.

Taste is on par with the smell. Very bready, liked buttered home made bread that's a little well done around the crust. Primarily spicy hops come through here, but it's all pretty mild hop profile.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a light medium with a nice balance. Good sweetness with only a touch of bitterness blended in with medium carbonation level. Buttery/oily feel that has a spicy dry finish. Really nice drinkable anytime brew. Safe beer to have lying around for anyone. Thanks Geoff for sending it! (869 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 Barrel - Pale Ale (5.2%) - O'Dell Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆☆

App: Pours a rich amber, with color similar to canned pumpkin. Very tight and creamy one finger head settles slow and even leaving high, dense lacing all around the glass.

Smell: Mild nose of citrusy hops, ornamental orange, buttery toffee from caramel malts. Bouquet is pretty normal. Pleasant and well balanced.

Taste: Herbal, sweet and a touch of piney hops are the focal point of this brew. Very slight hints of basil, thyme, and soil. A touch of lemony sorrel. Malt presence is forward, but complicated as to let the earthy subtleties of the beers hops really shine. Bitterness is assertive, but not as piney as some other APAs. This beer is pretty damned good.

Mouth: Creamy and full bodied, enough so to support acidity of the hops profile. Carbonation is pretty high which sort of lifts the heavy hops bitterness off your palate and lets their true flavors shine.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/19/14 (1,010 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light copper with a 2 finger pure white head. Spunky effervescence. Terrific staying power and lacing to boot.

S- Intense floral aroma with a hefty amount of pale malts joining the acidic hop aroma that prickles the nostrils. A bit of musk gives way to some earthy character.

T- The smoothness of this beer despite the intense hopping in the brewing process speaks volumes to the attention to detail by Odell. Pine hops and toasted barley malts make for a remarkable balance. Dry and well attenuated finish.

M- One of the easier drinking pales i have had in a while. Mid body, dry, chalky finish.

O- A fine pale ale no doubt. Goes down with ease. Nothing about it screams world class, but one that is certainly enjoyable. (734 characters)

Photo of SteadySippin
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served as usual from a bottle to a chilled glass. Best by date is 12/4/13.

Appearance - The first thing I noticed about this pale ale was its beautiful dark golden hue that is slightly foggy. Right after pouring, the head was white and about two to three fingers thick. Quickly settles down to half finger head. Perfect amount of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Nice streaky lacing.

Smell - As described on the bottle, it carries a pleasant floral aroma with a slight citrus scent and a hoppy back ground. Not bad but nothing incredibly special here.

Taste - Wow, Odell Brewing really did great on the taste. I could drink this all day long. Slightly caramel tasting but not too sweet. I get a bread taste but also a citrus flavor that comes through quite well. It has a nice hoppy aftertaste but nothing crazy. Perfect hop flavor for a pale ale in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and very noticeable carbonation, though easy to drink. You really taste the flavors in the middle of the tongue at first and they quickly spread throughout. This pale ale finished dry.

Overall - This is a good beer. Actually its great. I wasn't expecting much from it, but I honestly can say that I would probably opt for this one over stones pale ale (which I had before this) The hop bitterness comes through just enough to be enjoyable but doesn't take away from the other flavors offered in this brew. Where it lacks in the smell department, it makes up for in the taste and mouth department. I also quite like the bottle, nicely designed and a quality label. Go ahead and pick up a couple of these and you won't regret it. (1,646 characters)

Photo of WGO
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty bottle.
Hazy amber with a creamy off white head.
Aroma is of floral orange blossom. After first taste floral notes were lost and a more fruity nose was more apparent, perhaps blueberries.
Lemon bitterness, orange. Nice dry finish.
Nice example of a English pale ale. (274 characters)

Photo of beerutiful1
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i truely enjoyed the very full hop taste.it seemed to have a bit of citrus which add to the experience. Avery good beer in my opinion, but I have just recently started drinking ipa's so this review is my first . First of many i hope. I hope you all dont rip me up to much with this. Not much of a writer, still working on it. (325 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: There is a brewed date on the bottle of 7/11/13. The beer is a hazy dark gold with an off white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass.

S: A medium floral and citrus hops aroma with a strong malt aroma showing moderate biscuit and caramel character. Some fresh dry hops notes along with the grassiness that that brings.

T: A solid hops bitterness over a strong malt foundation with a moderate creaminess. Biscuit and caramel flavors from the malt with low hops flavors. Moderate English yeast fruitiness. The balance is firmly bitters with an off-dry finish.

O: A bitter, somewhat fruity beer with a big hop nose. (637 characters)

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