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 dreadnatty08
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orange, medium copper color with lots of big bubbly white head. Aromas are pretty hop forward: Fuggle and EKGs give off a nice floral, citrusy aroma, fresh. Some faint lightly toasty malts are there, but mostly hops. On the palate, the hops continue to take center stage with a nice open of mango and citrus. Unfortunately, it takes a weird turn from there. An increasingly dry, thin body with biting carbonation give this one a poor mid palate and finish. Overall, drinkability is fine, but I'd like a better rounded Pale ale. (545 characters)

Photo of jpwilliamson
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just short of awesome...very hoppy and very slightly bitter. I started drinking this beer over the winter and it works well in all seasons. It is well-balanced enough to go well with different foods, especially fish. Give it a try and you will not be disappointed. (277 characters)

Photo of etenbus
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First tried this beer while camping at Yellowstone a few years ago. Had to drink it out of the bottle as I did not have the proper pint glass!

It pours a brilliant orange-amber into the Imperial pint glass I nicked from some pub in Manchester. It is topped by a half inch of billowy, creamy head, which settled to an eight of an inch after five minutes. Very clear beer.

The aroma definitely leans toward the British side of the IPA world. It doesn't have that crisp, spicy, smack you in the head hop bomb that my favorite domestic IPA (Goose Island, Chicago) provides. It is a bit more muddled, a little musty, followed by fresh lemons and oranges. The difference in citrus fruit between the typical well-done English IPA/bitter and American Pale Ale is that the former usually has more oranges, the latter more grapefruit. Appetizing, though.

Fully-flavored, it begins with some sweet orange candy and then tips toward lemons. And the hoppiness kicks in on the swallow, but it doesn't have the stringent, puckering bitterness; there are, however, more hops than your typical British IPA. It is more well-rounded. The mouthfeel is also rounded and perhaps a little thin. The carbonation is lively and the bubbles rising through the orange liquid continued until the beer is done.

This could be a session beer. A solid British-style Pale Ale with perhaps more hops than the average Brit. Perhaps not willing to live on the wild side of the beer experience, it certainly has better manners than many of those beers that do. (1,534 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a golden amber color with about two fingers of thick off-white foam. Smells of earthy, fruity hops followed by a slight caramel malt note. Tastes of light citrus like lemon and bitter orange along with sweet caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly a sessionable brew that I'd seek out again. (385 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an orangey-amber with an abundance of carbonation and a rich, thick, foamy head with many rifts in it. Leaves rings of lacing around the glass with each gulp. Aroma could have been a bit stronger. Smells like a mix of American and English pale ales. It has the diacetyl but there's a cleanness to it also. The hops are a mix of citrus and earthy herbal ones. Flavor is silky smooth with a solid malt background with sweet caramel tones and a rather pronounced hop presence of mandarin orange and bitter herbs. Mouthfeel almost leans toward thin, but the carbonation is excellent and smooth. I could drink this all night. (630 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Dated 062807. The body was a hazy orange/apricot color. The lumpy white head reached three fingers and lingered throughout the drink.

Smell was rather aromatic. Earthy floral hops and fruits. Mild alcohol aroma came late. Later yet a honey-like caramel smell arrived.

Taste of medium sweetness and not as bitter as I expected. There was a smooth counterbalancing of hops and malts.

Mouthfeel was rounded, smooth and medium in body. Medium/mild in carbonation. Subtle, British. Well done. (544 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange pale ale, off white head, par for the course. Chill haze, good lacing.
The aroma is balanced between some slightly sweet caramel malt and nonspecific hop aromas, a little citric but muted with earthy notes. Not a ton of aroma, could be better, the hops could emerge more in the taste.

The malt is too dark for this APA's own good. A touch more sweetness and easing off the bready malt is my recommendation. The hops are very prevalent, but could be supported better by a bigger mouthfeel. They finish a little thin IMO.

Drinkability is just fine. I thought it could have been a little more robust but it is sessionable. (642 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one several weeks back, poured to a pint glass. Embossed date: 012707.

A: Billowing light tan head, just shy of two-fingers. Clear amber-color with a few streams of slow carbonation. Attractive sticky bands of lace.

S: Enticing sweet, malty smell that screams "bakery!", followed with a nice mix of caramel malt and sweet orange rind hoppiness. Initially the smell bursts from the glass, detectable from a couple feet away, then mellows quite a bit...

T: Assertive biscuit-y malty flavor and sourdough bread, lemony and lightly bitter. Hops are faintly herbal as well and the beer, overall, is grainy tasting.

M: At times, it has a sticky/gummy mouthfeel that I don't really care for. Body is medium, carbonation light - overall it has a thicker, moderately creamy texture.

D: Pretty good, I'd have this again. Flavors are solid and balance is good. Mouthfeel is a little lackluster, but this beer has other attributes that I find appealing. Thanks to both Wasatch and flexabull for sending a bottle... (1,029 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a nice beer. 5.2%, incredibly balanced and brimming with flavors. Session beer you have a poster child!

A - nice amber body, modest off-white head.

S - Citric, resiny soft floral hops balanced by biscuit malts.

T - Similar to aroma but with a crispness that adds a pop to the taste as it swirls around!

M - light to medium bodied.

D - where do I get a 6 pack? (379 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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pour a light amber color, decent white head, and some haze visible.

Aromas are a bit subtle, but nice. A bit of citrus hops and a sweet malty quality are noted.

Flavors are quite crisp and tart. Hops are the dominant flavor, but not at all strong. Beer starts with a creamy tart quality, then finishes with a bitter citrus hop bite, kind of like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty full bodied for a Pale Ale.

This is a solid yet unspectacular beer. I would have no problem drinking another, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to track another one down. Certainly session worthy.

Thanks for the bottle Wasatch. (637 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber-orange in color, somewhat cloudy. Thin, but active head, decent patchy lacing. The nose is hopped-up; juicy, piney hops and some notes of citrus. Sweet and sour like citrus hops are the first impression; turns musty in a hurry, but in a good way. Zesty lemon, mild malt backbone and traces of butterscotch candy are found here. Very enjoyable and a great session beverage. (383 characters)

Photo of twokansamm
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Citrus hops, caramel malt.

S - Dark copper with little head. Lots of sediment (I had stored this bottle for 10 months)

T - Good hop flavor, not overpowering. An earthy flavor balanced with citrus hops, yet with a good balance of malt (which is up front)

M - Smooth and rich

D - Definately a british style pale ale, but with quite a bit going on. (362 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 hckyfn9999
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a decent off white head.

Aroma is citrusy and floral hops with a faint malt sweetness as well. Very hoppy smell.

Taste is surpisingly balanced based on the nose. Sweet bread/biscuity malt up front with some citrusy and floral hops as well.

A very drinkable beer that would make for a great session. (357 characters)

Photo of shamus
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd try some local pale ales while I'm here in Colorado This one is from Fort Collins and proposes on the label that it is brewed five barrels at a time. The label also explains that it is packed with hops and this is true. My girlfriend who is not a hop fan as I am found it impalatable.

I really enjoyed the strong hop perfume and flavour with the first sip. The bitterness however soon grew to a level that even I wasn't that happy with. Although I do love a strongly hopped beer I prefer that the hop notes are balanced more with the bitternesss.

It is a lovely beer to look at. A really nice creamy thick head with staying power. It also had a great mouthfeel even with the loads of bitterness. (714 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 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 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 SuperSpy
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Some wonderful citrusy hops and caramel malt.

S - Dark copper with a rocky white head. Lots of lace and plenty of bubbles. The head alone makes this beer look delicious.

T - The first thing I notice is that there is less hop flavor than expected. There are some citrusy and earthy hop flavors but you really get malt up front, and the hop flavor follows.

M - Smooth in body just as in taste. Some nice bubbly sensation from the carbonation.

D - This is a really, really great session beer. I could drink these all night. A bit closer to the British style of Pale Ale than American which is always a plus for me. (629 characters)

Photo of jazappi
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottle, Brown, Another neat label.

Appearance: Orange, Light head, Very nice lacing that stayed around, not much bubbles

Aroma: Citrus

Taste: Citrus taste, with a slite tingle after taste.

Mouthfeel: A little rough, but the taste makes up for it.

Overall: Poured into a pint glass. I like the pale ales, but can't drink a lot of them, I was a little dissapointed in the head, I read that it should be a lot thicker than what I got. Overall it is a very drinkable beer. (498 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of a large trade with jhammerly from Nebraska...thanks Jimi.
I love the head that Odell brews get.
This one pours a pale orange with another 2-1/2 finger head of loose tan bubbles which melts to sticky lacing...slowly.
Aromas are light citrus hops and earthiness...a little hay, fresh mowed lawn....forest floor....very clean and refreshing...not barnyard at all.
Flavors is lightly sweet malt and citrus hops but clean sweet fruits on top of that.
Smoothness is incredibly...this isn't really a beer that can be sipped at all.
It is smooth and tasty and refreshing and just begs to be gulped.
Sinner that I am, I could drink these down like water all day long in the summer. (687 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One more from my mixed 6 of Odell's brews I picked up while out west.

Clear caramel body, white head, half inch thick, reduced to a sporadic layer of dense foam. Decent lacing around the glass.

Hops are floral mainly, offering a bit of sweetness. I seem to get some fleeting bits of pine and citrus as well, showing the American influence on this beer. A bit of earthy malts come out when I swirl it, caramel malts show up as well. Smells good, not too overpowering considering the FWH and the DH this beer saw.

Flavor has more of the earthy malt tones coming out forming the basis for this beer. Hops are still present but they are weaker than the aroma indicated. More herbal, grassy in this sense and lives up more to the English Pale category this is grouped in. Not quite as "dirty" tasting overall as lots of the overseas versions of this style are. A bit of butteriness takes hold over most of the flavor, but still typical of the style IMO.

Good medium bodied mouthfeel with the carbonation in check. Flavor lingers for a bit before slowly fading away. Good drinkabilty overall. Nice flavor and really easy to put down. A nice beer. (1,152 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber, and quite appealing too. Generous rocky meringue head. Dissipates after a few minutes but is quite spectacular at first. Bravo!

Nose is a clean, soapy note that is actually good. Ivory soap? A hint of vanilla and green apples.

Very smooth body, smooth taste. Everything meshes well - seamless. Slightly high carbonation, moderate malt, moderate hop bite, and a vanilla w/slight creaminess is there. Finishes with hop tartness and a mildly syrupy sweetness. Overall very good for an everyday beer. (520 characters)

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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