5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
10-31-2010 15:22:40 | More by Thorpe429
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
09-17-2005 15:19:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
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
12-07-2007 23:58:59 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
10-24-2008 19:46:14 | More by BEERchitect
2.13/5 rDev -44.1%
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 dont know if the bottle was oxidized or if the type of hops use provide the metallic taste but I cant say that this was a much appreciated experience.
02-01-2007 15:42:16 | More by Phyl21ca
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-20-2009 16:58:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
10-02-2011 06:06:44 | More by kylehay2004
3.71/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
02-03-2013 02:04:05 | More by Knapp85
3.28/5 rDev -13.9%
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
12-26-2008 08:18:04 | More by emerge077
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-05-2006 05:21:46 | More by zeff80
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
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!
10-27-2006 02:28:14 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
02-15-2006 21:30:28 | More by WVbeergeek
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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....
09-03-2005 05:15:46 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-10-2010 00:58:45 | More by feloniousmonk
2.85/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
10-09-2010 05:32:57 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
10-01-2011 17:06:42 | More by StonedTrippin
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
06-21-2005 12:11:11 | More by WesWes
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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