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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

602 Ratings
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Ratings: 602
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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Hannahjo

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper hue. About a centimeter of off-white head with decent lacing. Not bad for it being in a growler for a couple of days before I opened it up.

S: Scents of pine. Very floral, like a bouquet of hops.

T: Crisp and very citrusy. Not much of a hoppy character initially, but once you swallow it the bitterness leaves a pleasant aftertaste at the back of your tongue.

M: Smooth but it has a ton of carbonation which I'm not a huge fan of. I have a hard time actually tasting the beer because of it.

D: A very drinkable beer that is great alone or with a meal, anytime of the year.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2009 05:12:56 | More by Hannahjo
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palliko

California

4.97/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yesterday I toured the Odell Brewery with brewmaster/owner Doug Odell personally doing the honors. If you get to Fort Collins, it is worth your time. A beautifully set up, organized and well-run first class operation! Bins full of imported English malts, a huge variety of hops and all the bells and whistles. They have 5 Barrel on tap, in both nitro and carbonated forms - so I had a growler to go! I liked the creaminess of the nitro, but knowing it would go flat, had a mixture poured into my jug. It travelled will, and still has plenty of fizz! It was worth the drive! There are a half-dozen hops that go into the process of making this beer, Willamette being the most prominent. I tasted it ‘green’ right out of the yeast tank - even then it was delicious! But the nitro version is SO creamy smooth!! But it has all the apricot-peach aromas, delicate hops, perfect fizz, medium malt middle and dry, elegant finish of the bottled, tap, nitro and growler versions were perfect!

Serving type: growler

07-23-2005 18:53:31 | More by palliko
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 18:45:09 | More by Sam-VW
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 00:22:43 | More by boilermakerbrew
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:38:23 | More by AndyAvalanche
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:37:15 | More by ZoomanCru
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.81/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:14:46 | More by Bosoxfan20
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SteadySippin

Arizona

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:27:48 | More by SteadySippin
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WGO

United Kingdom (England)

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 21:19:07 | More by WGO
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beerutiful1

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 22:10:56 | More by beerutiful1
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MadScientist

New York

3.81/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:57:00 | More by MadScientist
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a pale and transparent copper color with a medium sized fluffy white head.

There is a spiced malt nose with a bit of a citrus hoppy kick.

The flavor starts with a grainy malts, with a faint sweetness. There is a bit of spice and pine, and a light citrus bitterness toward the end. It is a fairly simple beer, and not anything that I

The mouthfeel can best be described as not offensive. It is light bodied, somewhat smooth but still a bit grainy, with a medium carbonation.

This is fairly bland and just not that exciting.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:52:50 | More by KickInTheChalice
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy orange brown body, one finger white foamy head that dies within thirty seconds, a slight amount of carbonation is seen rising

S: light caramel, malts and hops

T: slightly sweet, caramel aftertaste, dry finish

M: light, sessionable, carbonation seems a bit higher than most English Pale Ales, but notoverwhelming

O: this is a pretty good EPA that I would probably have again

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:27:21 | More by BeerKangaroo
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gleemonger

California

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellowish orange with a small white head that sits around for a little while, leaving some nice lacing.

Biscuity, grainy malt aroma with some floral hops. Kind of sweet smelling, like honey. Pretty refreshing.

Very biscuity and fruity, slightly sweet. Not a huge hop presence, but it's there in a floral and citrusy dept. Not bitter at all. Maybe a tad on the grainy side for my taste, but pretty good.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Pretty creamy and smooth, and refreshing.

Pretty nice. Nothing super exciting, but a nice basic English Pale Ale that I'd definitely reach for on a hot summer day, and could easily drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:16:50 | More by gleemonger
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Algebrew

Arizona

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a slightly musty copper with standard off white head which held a nice cap.

Smell: Hops bleed through the most here, but the smell is light and subtle - a soft pale ale.

Taste: The beginning rushes in with hops and sour fruit tones; the middle peaks the bitterness of the hops; the end lingers in the bitterness for a bit longer, but fades into a sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate on all levels: thickness, fizz, etc.

Overall: Probably my least favorite brew from Odell, but it is still a well-rounded pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 08:56:44 | More by Algebrew
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date 1.18.13.

Look- Clear deep amber with a finger and a half of white froth that falls quickly. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Mild, bready, earthy undertones with a mild flash of citrus and spice. Appealing.

Taste- Follows the aroma - toast and light brown sugar accompanied by a bit of citrus zest and black tea. Interesting flavors, just enough bitterness emerges through the sip. Modest earthy, herbal hop flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, soft carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall- A very, very nice everyday pale. Complex enough to make it interesting, light and clean enough to have with pasta for dinner. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:52:16 | More by Lawl3ss
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BucannonXC5

California

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 2, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 24, 2013

Poured a orange amber sparkling color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Pretty bubbly underneath. Decent amount of sporadic lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Floral hops leads the way with the smell. Also citrus hops - orange peel, orange, grapefruit and faint lemon - with a lasting bitter, slightly resin hops finish.

Tasted more like a pale ale than the smell. Got floral hops, orange rind, grapefruit, grass hops and bread. That bitterness goes away with the taste.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing, slightly bitter finish.

A very good beer for my first try at O’Dell’s. Good thing I have a few more in my hotel bathroom sink.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:26:11 | More by BucannonXC5
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KajII

North Carolina

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

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that slowly reduced, down to a large puddle of foam with a medium collar which produced excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of biscuit malts, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) and a light tropical fruity ester (pineapple).

The taste was lightly sweet and rather malty with a touch of caramel and a bold fruitiness from the start, but quickly progressed into a much hoppier taste with a superb bitter citrus ending. The flavor lasted for a long while proceeding the swallow with a light sweetness hanging on, but not to be overdone by the bitter citrus flavor that eventually outlasted and lingered for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was a step or two above light in body and distinctly dry in texture with a carbonation that was just about medium in intensity.

Overall this was a delicious tasting Pale Ale with a nice sweet fruitiness that blended very well with the bitter citrus hoppiness, making this a very easy to drink and satisfying brew...

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Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 20:47:09 | More by KajII
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spoony

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by June 6, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of dense, off-white foam. The head drops to a pillowy cap after a bit. The brew is slightly murky, and deep golden in color.

S-The nose is nice and sharp. The hops are earthy, citrusy, and peppery. The hops balance against a slightly chalky, biscuity malt note.

T-The taste tracks the smell quite closely. The hops are a touch more assertive here than the pale malts, but the brew is reasonably balanced with a nice palate of pale malt flavors underlying the orange, peppery spice.

M-The feel is light to medium bodied with a smooth, crisp effect.

O-In the past, I was never a huge Odell fan, but recently, their beers have impressed me. Five Barrel is no exception. The citrusy, spicy notes play well with the biscuity malts here, just like they are supposed to. Is this beer a world-beater? No, but it is widely available around here (even at crappy chain restaurants), and I would happily drink this when other options do not exist.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:36:24 | More by spoony
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy amber orange with a foamy eggshell head slow to recede. Nice lacing remains.

Aroma is bright and floral with lots of citrus also. Malt presence is minimal.

Taste is slightly more balanced, although the hops overpower and sweetness ftom malts. There's a lot of tart bitterness with spicy, woody notes as well as floral and citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, a pretty good exploration of hops in this. A lot to like about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 17:29:03 | More by JuicesFlowing
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden orange with a creamy finger and a half of foam.

Smell: A good amount of lemon and grapefruit with some mild earthiness. Smells very clean and just a tad soapy.

Taste: Follows the nose with nice light citrus, pine, herbal earthiness and some toasted, bready malts. Well balanced with a mild, smooth bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, this was an enjoyable and easy drinking pale ale. Nothing too exciting or unique but a superbly well-balanced and refreshing beer with a pleasant aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 17:14:57 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 23:09:48 | More by rickyleepotts
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a nice clear orange color with a white head on top. The head leaves a great lacing on the glass and a thin retention over the beer. The smell of the beer has a mild hop and malt aroma that seems well balanced. The taste is much like the nose, it's got a nice maltiness as well have a hoppy bitterness. The flavors are good across the board on this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation to it, very drinkable. Overall it's a good brew, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 02:04:05 | More by Knapp85
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A real nice classic orange amber, with a soapy but good two finger white head. Bubbles real nicely with lots of shampoo like retention, and clumps in valleys and peaks. Nice slow rising carbonation through a bronze amber body. Classic looking, a little bit of dullness, but pretty solid.

Really nice light toasty grains, and a little bit of orange marmalade fruity character. Grain rips quite a good bit too, a real inviting sense of barley.

Light malts hit the palate with big dry grains. Barley just rips and drys the palate and gives a real huge toasty aroma. Hop angle is nice and real subtle, with some herbal earth quality, and perhaps a hint of drying tea leaves in the finish. Lively carbonation that isn't distracting either.

Overall a real straight forward solid Odell creation, great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 15:02:35 | More by smakawhat
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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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