1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

667 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 667
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 24
Gots: 34 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 667 | Reviews: 271 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 23:19:39 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-11-2013 01:31:27 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Halcyondays
Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 03:09:44 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 19:35:19 | More by kojevergas
Photo of MarkyMOD
MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

05-18-2014 21:56:46 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of barleywinefiend
barleywinefiend

Washington

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
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-31-2014 08:15:27 | More by zestar
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 14:01:08 | More by woodychandler
Photo of orangesol
orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-08-2014 05:13:26 | More by orangesol
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 01:47:36 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ppoitras
ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 21:34:36 | More by ppoitras
Photo of BillRoth
BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-26-2013 00:02:24 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 01:41:43 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of smakawhat
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
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 03:51:07 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 23:53:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of LXIXME
LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-22-2013 19:23:40 | More by LXIXME
Photo of DrJay
DrJay

Massachusetts

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 sendbeer
sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-16-2012 17:17:17 | More by sendbeer
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

04-06-2014 00:25:17 | More by afsdan
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 04:15:39 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of GraduatedCashew
GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-28-2013 16:46:17 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of ccrida
ccrida

Oregon

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

Drinkability is

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-04-2013 04:42:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Bitterbill
Bitterbill

Wyoming

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
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.