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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 24
Gots: 44 | 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:
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 jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

jwc215, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5%

MarkyMOD, May 18, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

Halcyondays, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

kojevergas, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

woodychandler, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

orangesol, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

barleywinefiend, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, the head is a nice creamy off-white color and leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, malty, slightly citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is kinda sweet, malty, nice hop/bitterness thrown in, slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty English Pale Ale, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle from beerhandy as part of BIF 24. Thanks for the opportunity. Date of 122005 on bottle, but no indication of what the date indicates.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fades slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is reasonably sedate with light hoppiness "overpowering" the almost-there grain scent. Taste is a surprisingly somewhat puckering citrus hops hit upfront, then balances out as the malts do their part, but the remanants of that start still linger as I smack my lips. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and drinkability is, like many English-styles, very impressive. High sessionability here in a pleasingly put together package.

ppoitras, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

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

Mebuzzard, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

smakawhat, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

LXIXME, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sendbeer, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Pale fuzzy peach body. Thin, bubbly ivory white head. Lace comes in sporadic rings. Nice little aroma of hops. A little citrus, a little pungent, a little resiny. On the palate, the malt base could use just a bit of a boost. As is, I get some toffeeish malt tones. Hops adds some lemon and citrus to the mix. Body is medium and the carbonation is quite subdued. Decent enough, but nothing I'm gonna need to seek again, like the St. Lupulin or the IPA.

Bighuge, May 15, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

Amber darkish color. Below average carbonation, head and lacing.

Taste of wood. Seems consistent with a lot of the O'Dell's. Grainy. Not exactly west coast pale, nor british. Really tastes closer to an amber ale than the pales I'm used to. Neat to check out once, but wouldn't see myself purchasing this at $7.99 anytime soon.

Beerandraiderfan, May 07, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

DrJay, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

HuskyinPDX, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

n8dietz is da man!!!

The color is a clear copper, Italian Earth color. Veyr tiny and slow bubbles slowly make there way to the top of my beer. A one finger head slowly sibsides to a tough film of foam that lasts all 12 ounces.

Clean hop aroma with just a touch of toasted caramel and crystal malts.

Powdery toasted mlat, that seems to have that pilsner malt flavor. Maybe just a hint of biscuits as the palate loses some of that pwodery feel in the middle. The hops add just a little touch of lemon and crispness. The palate finishes semi-dry and flat.

scruffwhor, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of ccrida
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

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ccrida, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Bitterbill, Jan 14, 2011
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.