5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 803
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 31
Gots: 93 | 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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head and lots of lacing. Clear amber.

S: cirtus and pine with hop notes.

T: a very tame taste to this one. More earthy hop flavors than the pine or citrus that is on the nose. Finish is a little toasted malt.

M: moderate carboation and medium body.

Overall: very drinkable beer but not a very flavorful pale ale though I suspect this has more to do with the fact that this is an english pale ale as oppose to an american pale ale. (452 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -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. (386 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear honey color with a rocky head that coats the pint glass

Smell: A bit grainy, with subtle floral tones and an earthy hop aspect

Taste: Starts out with a very different flavor that seems to be a combination of tangerine and earthy fruit flavors - kind of a England meets America; it's almost perfumy in a strange way; after the swallow, the earthy hops and the biscuity malt blend nicely and provide a more traditional English finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes great; really interesting brew that is quite different from what I was expecting

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the adventure and Schmittymack, for the chance to re-visit (701 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great all purpose pale ale, this one smells of a cournicopia of different hop varieties, and has a slightly sweet aroma. mouthfeel is bright with a medium body, extremely refreshing. taste is constantly evolving hop essences and malt balance. this is a winner, a trusty daily drink. (284 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (977 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (494 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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minimally hazy rustic orange with a healthy infusion of amber. The wonderful looking head is ivory in color with a hint of palest orange. This is a cap that would be at home on an IPA, which makes me think the hop content is on the high side. The appearance is helped by an impressive amount of lace.

The citric fruitiness of the hops is undercut by an earthiness that has to be coming from the malt. Using pale malt would have allowed the Fuggles and First Gold hops to shine, as they should do in a beer of this style. Having said that, it's still a decent nose.

Same problem on the palate. I hate it when the choice of ingredients keeps me from enjoying an obviously well-crafted beer as much as I'd like to. 5 Barrel is well-malted and is more or less balanced. Although the bitterness is never unsupported, it ventures out onto increasingly thin ice as the finish approaches.

The mouthfeel is pale ale medium, perhaps a wee bit bigger, and the silky smoothness is enjoyable... as are the well-buried bubbles that are plentiful enough to keep the mouth party hopping.

5 Barrel Pale Ale is a decent English pale ale that needs to undergo a change in the malt bill if I'm ever to get fully onboard. As always, your mileage may vary. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle. (1,282 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 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 (327 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a nice amber color with a small head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - Smelled of hops, corn and malt.

T - It had a very good hop flavor-slightly bitter. This taste was complimented by a sweet maltiness.

M - It was dry and crisp. Light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty good PA. A good blend of hops and malt. (315 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, burnished gold body with a frothy, modest-sized, white head.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy hop nose with a backing of toasted (though only lightly, mind you) malts and just a thin sliver of caramel.

Taste: Fine, lightly grainy malts with a restrained sweetness upfront. Spicy hops along with a pinch of bright lemon zest accompany a medium bitterness. A dry caramel taste perks up on the other side of the bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with just a little, lasting bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant and exceedingly drinkable while providing ample flavor all the while. Recommended, provided you dig light pale ales. (707 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Very impressive! One of the only beers to turn my head in a while.

Great appearance: hazy amber-orange body, off-white head. Good retention; very nice lacing.

The nose is hoppy but not real specific in its character. Citrusy, floral, grassy... Cascade and goldings perhaps? Basic underlying maltiness.

The flavor is very well balanced between a base of biscuity/caramelish malt and citrusy hops backed by a solid bitterness. Finishes drying with some residual hop flavors and a bit of lingering, dull bitterness.

Medium bodied with a gently zesty, median carbonation.

Definitely worth trying! An interesting pale ale that straddles the British and American versions of the style. Very drinkable! (725 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice honey color which is clear to light in the glass, with a ressiny hoppy nose. Head could be chunkier...Nice malty spicey bitter taste on the tounge which washes all the way back to throat. yum. A good session beer. Which means I loves my hops!

I liked it on draft more so , but failed to take notes.... (309 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange copper hue nice sized off white head leaves fine streaks of lacing down my pint. Aroma has citrus aromatics biscuit toned pale malts very nice hop profile here. Taste has a moderate bitterness citrus fruit zest bready pale malt balances very well together very nice depth to the simple straight forward pale ale if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied pale even smooth carbonation touch of oiliness in the texture. Drinkability is great such a balanced pale with ample hop flavor good indeed a good drink near 5 barrels of this stuff, quality. (579 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 feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale

Clear, amber/bronze appearance, creamy, bone white layer of foam, good, lasting 1/2 ".

Floral aromatics in the nose, caramel and toffee malt tones, a minor splash of citrus. Bit buttery. Really classic British pale ale feeling.

Taste: hops up front, nice bitter buzz, not gonna be able to guess what hops are in play, but they have to be British. This bitterness continues on the palate and revisits with every new sip. Tasty, juicy malt, tropical fruit....mmm, I wonder what malts are in here. Scottish? Pineapple and banana, meets caramel and vanilla.

This a tasty, complex ale, one I'm going to have to give some consideration to again and again. Delicious hoppy pale ale, with tasty, tasty malt. Mmmmm. (736 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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cesky for including this in a trade.

Pours chill-hazed golden amber with a white head that lasts.

The smell is of floral and fruity notes behind a pale malt graininess.

The taste is of pale malt - English-style. Some balancing citric/floral/earthy notes. Tea-leafy, bitterish finish.

It is thinnish, but within medium bodied with a nice carbonation level.

Interesting - and even good - but nothing great. It has key characteristics of an English pale ale (perhaps with an American flair), though a bit too leafy/tannic. (534 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has an intense hop aroma that is floral and pleasant to the nose. It also has a solid malt base that consists of pale and carapils malts. The taste is great. It has a well balanced flavor. It has a nice malty core that boasts of pale and carapils malts as well as a very bitter hop taste and finish that's floral and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great pale ale. It has awesome aroma and taste; highly drinkable and very enjoyable. (620 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "As we refine the recipe for each new beer, we brew only five barrels at a time on our pilot system. That's exactly how we arrived at this unique pale ale, a satisfying example of small batch, handcrafted brewing. 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 an the Fermenter, as well as four hop additions during the kettle boil. We like how this gives the beer its fresh, lively flavor and aroma. We are a family-run brewery that loves beer. When experimenting with new brews, we strive to hit on something that's even better than the last beer we went crazy about. And then, and only then, will we serve it up to our friends."

I used a gentle slow pour which did not create more than wisps for head. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had an interesting grassy hop character. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were muted, like drinking hop tea. Man, I was really starting to feel mellow drinking this beer. Finish continued with the grassy hoppiness and I just slipped away into slumberland. Zzzz. Very nice. (1,225 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, slightly creamy consistency, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a lightly hazy, red tinted, full amber color. The aroma is nice and hoppy up front, about what one would expect for a hoppy pale ale. The hops are clearly American with citrus notes of grapefruit, sweet orange peel and even a touch of apricot. There are some chewy malt aromatics towards the end that remind me of caramelized crystal malts and some dry, toasty, biscuit malt character.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, more so from the citrus-like hop notes than from an overabundance of unfermented malt though. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine define the citrus components but there is a touch of herbaceous pine as well as a hint of menthol in the finish. This has a nice medium bitterness to it that causes my tongue to buzz a bit after the beer has left my mouth. The malt plays a supporting role here, but there are some noticeable toffee notes as well as a generally caramelized malt character & even some biscuit like toasted malt notes peek out from time to time.

This beer is quite light and easy drinking. I could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these during a session. Of course it is light and interesting enough to be used as that beer that one starts out the night with, before moving on to more powerful beers. (1,358 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent orange, with a soft half finger of off-white head, light lace.

S: Very malty, some cracked grain and wheat. Piney hops.

T: Biscuity malt flavour with some nice pine and lemony citrus, orange zest. English in hop presence, but definitely American hops. Clean, delicious malt notes, I liked this a lot.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and clean. Very easy-drinking, happy-go-lucky.

D: A satisfying tasty pale ale. Would go with this over SNPA given the choice. Really nice brew. (511 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice amber, dark gold color. A nice white, bubbly-clumpy head topped it.
Aroma of hops; wet grass or dirt perhaps. Kind of a gritty smell to it.
Tastes very nice. Malt mixes well with the hops. Hops give it a slick dryness feel to it. Stops just short of becoming an American PA, or an IPA. Bitterness is haulted by the full hops.
Very nice (350 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (857 characters)

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