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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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605 Ratings
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%

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 StaveHooks


3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap served in a pint glass at Waldo's pizza in KC

A - Clear amber/copper color, 2 fingers if sudsy white head that retains well and has some serious sheets of lacing going on.

S - Mild earthy hops with a muted caramel malt aroma.

T - Buttery caramel and pale malts, not too sweet, very balanced actually. Citrus hops and black tea play well off the malt. It's bready but in a clean way. Finishes with a woody hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation.

Moderately hopped for the style a just a great looking beer. Aroma didn't really wow me. I enjoyed this and would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 03:37:33 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of ScorpyX


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dim copper/brassy color. Finger width head.

S: Surprising amount of malt and caramel in the nose. Less hop than expected but it's there. Quite bready, really. Hint of citrus at the end.

T: Hops and malt are both evident in the taste. Malt actually has a surprising presence, almost making it taste like an amber. I was reminded of New Belgium's Fat Tire though it has more hop than that. There is a sweetness that comes out as it sits on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, fairly crisp. Smooth beer.

A well done drink, great as a session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 00:30:11 | More by ScorpyX
Photo of TenHornsProud


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid orange with a white head.

Smells of spicy hop, pine, and come chalky hop character. Caramel malt character also sneaks in.

Tastes of lemon/citrus up front with a biscuity malt middle and chinook-y, spice/pine hop finish.

Medium body with higher carbonation fit well for the beer.

This is a nice, hoppy but easy to drink beer. I could and would easily down a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 13:15:23 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of Forb


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Slowdown - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Golden haze with a minor fluffy head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Earthy, fruity hop elements with a grainy malt backbone.

Taste: Strong bread malt here with hints of the pine, grapefruit hop essence.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation leaving it with a smooth/creamy richness.

Overall: A decent pale ale. I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 18:12:40 | More by Forb
Photo of emmasdad


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 07:59:23 | More by emmasdad
Photo of JayS2629


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the hoppy side. Nice copper color with thin white head that fades fast but leaves spiderweb lace. Smell has grapefuit, toffee, citrus notes and some lemon. Taste is off balance. Nice toffee, caramel backbone with bitter grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, citrus, and some pine notes. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:04:52 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Bitterbill


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the local Old Chicago.

Clear golden coloured brew with a small head of foam, decent lacing.

It smelled piney some malt in the nose, sort of balanced but still on the hoppy side.

Tasted of pine, light grass, some minimal malt sweetness, very dry finish. With a good mouth feel and good taste, this is a good drinking beer on draught but I don't find it as a real representative of an English Pale Ale at all, if that was what Odell had intended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 20:49:58 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light amber color with an off white head, about two fingers to start out. A bit of light lacing. Nose brings some floral and citrus hops along with some light malt. Slight hoppy bitterness with some floral notes in the taste. Some light grain as well. Good feel with some mild bitterness. This is a pretty good example of the style and drinks fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 15:22:40 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of LittleDon


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz. draft served in a pint glass in Lakewood, CO. Cloudy brown-amber appearance with noticeable carbonation. Thick head off-white with good retention and producing a small amount of lace. Subdued aroma, some piney hops, but very little of much else. Soft feel up front, despite the visible carbonation. Citrus and subtly floral hops present in the middle and end with some apple as well. Medium mouthfeel with very well balanced finish. Worthy of a second.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 03:22:38 | More by LittleDon
Photo of champ103


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 21:50:29 | More by champ103
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best beer at our favorite neighborhood bar. A rock solid pale ale, but not about to be performing any 360 degree tomahawk dunks on other pale ales, if you catch my meaning.

Apperance: Strong red color, good clarity, invincible white head.

Smell: Hops and sweet malt. Hard to put my finger on the variety.

Taste: Smooth, sweet maltiness balanced by a hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Round and sweet.

Drinkability: Could drink this all night. Slightly interesting, just what I'm looking for in a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 22:12:15 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of CrossFitAlex


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at an Odell tasting in Saint Paul, MN. The beer was served on draft.

A beautiful beer with great carbonation and nice head.

Tasting notes: hoppy. Smells earthy, with lots of grapefruit and marijuana. Crisp and well carbonated. Clean finish. A bit more bitter than your typical pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 23:42:35 | More by CrossFitAlex
Photo of DrJay


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear with a slight haze, amber with a fine, eggshell cap and tons of lace. The aroma was mostly citrus, tangerine, with slight malt. Moderate bitterness with orange, floral, and citrus notes, slight toastiness. Medium to light bodied, lowish carbonation, and dry. A good pint of pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 22:56:35 | More by DrJay
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served, on-tap, in a Pilsner glass (Denver, CO):

The beer appeared amber in color with a nice white head with decent retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was good as well, malty or bready with a little kick of hops, which was nice.

The taste was really good and a lot stronger than I thought that it would be. Bready with a nice hop to it. The beer had a nice dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste.

The beer had a light body to it; the beer was smooth, clean and extremely easy to drink. Definitely one of the best pale ales that I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2009 19:52:24 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a small head. Really malty, biscuit, smelly beer, very nice smell. Unfortunately, that was the high point for me with this one. It was well crafted and the taste was perfectly fine, it just didn't wow me. It all seemed a bit muddled. Fantastic ingredients and tons of care, just nothing really remarkable that grabbed you and made you want to have another. A perfectly decent effort, you just kinda wonder what could have been.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 01:44:32 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
Photo of hellbilly


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at papago...

pours a darker hazy copper color than the ipa with a similar head... fluffy, soapy and white with lots of clingy lace.

the aroma is of very soapy british style hoppiness... mixed in are a fruitiness of some sort, orange, flowers, caramel and soft earthy spices.

the flavor is a nice blend of the aroma characteristics... with a spicy dry finish and a dryness which continues to parch the mouth into the aftertaste. lots o' hops in this one! so much so that the mouth feel is prickly from them! medium bodied with a nice sessionable mouth feel...7/4/7/3/15/3.6

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 06:09:35 | More by hellbilly
Photo of Rchap1


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap into a straight-sided pint.

A: Coppery orange color, with about a half inch of light colored head. Minimal lacing, but I wouldn't expect much for this style anyways.

S: Strong citrus and hop scent. More than I expected.

T: Crisp, clean, smooth. Definitely taste the citrus, more so than the hops. I actually really enjoyed the flavor on this one.

M: High level of carbonation leads this one to a pretty full-on feel.

D: I drank several of these while eating some hot wings. Great pairing, it's really refreshing!

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 02:33:57 | More by Rchap1
Photo of jushoppy2beer


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2008 23:04:27 | More by jushoppy2beer
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid Pale Ale that would suit me fine for day long drinking. Such balance, such purity, such flavor. If elegance and quality are your thing, then your thing is this beer.

A standard Pale Ale look of medium copper color carries moderate haze, bleach white cottony foam that covers the glass and laces very well. Evidence of the use of hops are all over this beer.

Balanced aromas of citrus and pine bounce against caramel malts and sweet bread notes. Medium esters seem to give a boost to the citrusy notes while giving a sweeter impression to the malts.

Flavors are equally as balanced and in the same way as in the nose. Very consistent flavors give a sweeter taste up front with caramel and malt. Hop flavor ushers in the balance which eventually finish the beer off in a dry and well-attenuated way.

Medium body up front quickly fades into a drier, warming sensation that stradles the minty side. Looks like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale has company.

Thanks Waltonc!

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 19:46:14 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of hooliganlife


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stable. Poured a deep amber color with nice head retention and great lacing. Light hop flavor that is well balanced by the malt. a perfect session beer. lightly carbonated and mild sweetness. malty aftertaste that does not linger. Very smooth overall. This is my first Odell offering and I will def be going back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2008 16:08:45 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of andreasmwatt


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5






Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 01:04:39 | More by andreasmwatt
Photo of Rayek


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Watercourse in Denver.

A: Hazy pale amber color. Off white head was small, but had nice retention. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Smells fruity and floral with distinct citrus and grass notes. A little toasted malt comes through as well.

T: Well balanced. Malt has a nice biscuit quality to it. Hops are floral, with a bend toward a grapefruit citrus quality. Finishes with a nice bitterness that doesn't linger very long.

M: Medium-light body with the right amount of fizz. Slightly husky.

D: Nice unassuming session beer that pairs well with food.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2008 23:18:33 | More by Rayek
Photo of toolbrew


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color, clear, white head. Excellent head retention; thick and foamy all the way down! Good lacing

Great hop smell, not overwhming and not too malty.

Hoppy taste with a sweet finish. Malts and hops balance very well. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Feels great in my mouth! Goes down well, hits the back of the tongue with the hop rush. Savory on the roof of my mouth.

Better session beer than SNPA in my opinion. A mild beer that would probably be good as a crossover for some.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2008 21:43:15 | More by toolbrew
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.

Mouthfeel is

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Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 03:39:57 | More by ccrida
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very nicely... wonderful head. Wanted a bit more aroma, but still good. Generally smooth with a bit of acidity. It had a pretty good balance that obviously leaned toward hop heavy... in a good way. I really liked the color and clarity of this beer. I would buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 03:14:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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