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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 812
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 31
Gots: 98 | 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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Reviews: 282 | Hads: 812
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a pale and transparent copper color with a medium sized fluffy white head.

There is a spiced malt nose with a bit of a citrus hoppy kick.

The flavor starts with a grainy malts, with a faint sweetness. There is a bit of spice and pine, and a light citrus bitterness toward the end. It is a fairly simple beer, and not anything that I

The mouthfeel can best be described as not offensive. It is light bodied, somewhat smooth but still a bit grainy, with a medium carbonation.

This is fairly bland and just not that exciting. (612 characters)

Photo of gleemonger
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellowish orange with a small white head that sits around for a little while, leaving some nice lacing.

Biscuity, grainy malt aroma with some floral hops. Kind of sweet smelling, like honey. Pretty refreshing.

Very biscuity and fruity, slightly sweet. Not a huge hop presence, but it's there in a floral and citrusy dept. Not bitter at all. Maybe a tad on the grainy side for my taste, but pretty good.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Pretty creamy and smooth, and refreshing.

Pretty nice. Nothing super exciting, but a nice basic English Pale Ale that I'd definitely reach for on a hot summer day, and could easily drink a few. (663 characters)

Photo of Algebrew
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a slightly musty copper with standard off white head which held a nice cap.

Smell: Hops bleed through the most here, but the smell is light and subtle - a soft pale ale.

Taste: The beginning rushes in with hops and sour fruit tones; the middle peaks the bitterness of the hops; the end lingers in the bitterness for a bit longer, but fades into a sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate on all levels: thickness, fizz, etc.

Overall: Probably my least favorite brew from Odell, but it is still a well-rounded pale ale. (533 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date 1.18.13.

Look- Clear deep amber with a finger and a half of white froth that falls quickly. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Mild, bready, earthy undertones with a mild flash of citrus and spice. Appealing.

Taste- Follows the aroma - toast and light brown sugar accompanied by a bit of citrus zest and black tea. Interesting flavors, just enough bitterness emerges through the sip. Modest earthy, herbal hop flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, soft carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall- A very, very nice everyday pale. Complex enough to make it interesting, light and clean enough to have with pasta for dinner. Recommended. (686 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 2, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 24, 2013

Poured a orange amber sparkling color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Pretty bubbly underneath. Decent amount of sporadic lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Floral hops leads the way with the smell. Also citrus hops - orange peel, orange, grapefruit and faint lemon - with a lasting bitter, slightly resin hops finish.

Tasted more like a pale ale than the smell. Got floral hops, orange rind, grapefruit, grass hops and bread. That bitterness goes away with the taste.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing, slightly bitter finish.

A very good beer for my first try at O’Dell’s. Good thing I have a few more in my hotel bathroom sink. (925 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that slowly reduced, down to a large puddle of foam with a medium collar which produced excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of biscuit malts, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) and a light tropical fruity ester (pineapple).

The taste was lightly sweet and rather malty with a touch of caramel and a bold fruitiness from the start, but quickly progressed into a much hoppier taste with a superb bitter citrus ending. The flavor lasted for a long while proceeding the swallow with a light sweetness hanging on, but not to be overdone by the bitter citrus flavor that eventually outlasted and lingered for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was a step or two above light in body and distinctly dry in texture with a carbonation that was just about medium in intensity.

Overall this was a delicious tasting Pale Ale with a nice sweet fruitiness that blended very well with the bitter citrus hoppiness, making this a very easy to drink and satisfying brew...

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

From a 355 ml bottle (best by June 6, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of dense, off-white foam. The head drops to a pillowy cap after a bit. The brew is slightly murky, and deep golden in color.

S-The nose is nice and sharp. The hops are earthy, citrusy, and peppery. The hops balance against a slightly chalky, biscuity malt note.

T-The taste tracks the smell quite closely. The hops are a touch more assertive here than the pale malts, but the brew is reasonably balanced with a nice palate of pale malt flavors underlying the orange, peppery spice.

M-The feel is light to medium bodied with a smooth, crisp effect.

O-In the past, I was never a huge Odell fan, but recently, their beers have impressed me. Five Barrel is no exception. The citrusy, spicy notes play well with the biscuity malts here, just like they are supposed to. Is this beer a world-beater? No, but it is widely available around here (even at crappy chain restaurants), and I would happily drink this when other options do not exist. (1,048 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy amber orange with a foamy eggshell head slow to recede. Nice lacing remains.

Aroma is bright and floral with lots of citrus also. Malt presence is minimal.

Taste is slightly more balanced, although the hops overpower and sweetness ftom malts. There's a lot of tart bitterness with spicy, woody notes as well as floral and citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, a pretty good exploration of hops in this. A lot to like about it. (483 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden orange with a creamy finger and a half of foam.

Smell: A good amount of lemon and grapefruit with some mild earthiness. Smells very clean and just a tad soapy.

Taste: Follows the nose with nice light citrus, pine, herbal earthiness and some toasted, bready malts. Well balanced with a mild, smooth bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, this was an enjoyable and easy drinking pale ale. Nothing too exciting or unique but a superbly well-balanced and refreshing beer with a pleasant aroma and flavor. (584 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I was just chatting with Steve Thompson today on Facebook. I wasn't really chatting, but he posted a picture of the Odell wheat beer. I commented that Odell doesn't make a bad beer. I'm right. Try to find a beer they brew that isn't at least good… most are great. I am not usually fan of pale ales, but I am excited to see what this tastes like. Hopefully there are some hops in there. Cool story about where the name came from, so if nothing else we have that!

In the Glass: I wish you could see the head on this beer. I don't need a glass, I need a spoon! It is thick, white, and looks like a pillow sitting on top of this beer. I didn't pour it right, but still. Most beers don't produce such an impressive head. I am going to let that settle before I stick my nose in there.

UPDATE: After letting the head settle, the beer was practically "frozen" to the side of the glass. As I am swirling this around in the glass, the foam picks back up.

Nose: There are some hops there, but not a lot. I wasn't expecting a lot of hoppiness in the aroma, but had my fingers crossed for more than I am smelling. I am getting some herbal notes and maybe a little bit of spice. If you are new to pale ales, this is a good beer to just sit and smell. You can smell enough hops not to overwhelm your nostrils and you can get an idea of what a pale (bitter) beer will taste like.

Flavor: Considering what the beer smells like, I didn't expect it to have that much flavor. Your palate is just hit with fluffy hoppy goodness. The beer is also easy to drink, which means I could sit here and chug a few of these. This is a style that is popular in warmer climates because it's not too hoppy to destroy your palate, but is easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day. (Or a hot summer night here in Arizona.)

Mouthfeel: At first, you are hit with a lot of bubbles. I almost wonder if that is because of how I poured this. The head is gone, but it reminds me of a sip of Sprite. As the beer moves across the palate, it thins out and leaves a nice layer of flavor on your tongue leading to a nice, somewhat hoppy aftertaste.

Aftertaste: I like drinking India pale ales for the aftertaste. I am hop head, for lack of a better term. Pale ales are a great way for someone to be introduced to hops, as a lot of pales will use similar hop profiles. Brewers really get crazy when playing with an IPA recipe. But most pale ales will have a similar flavor. This is a typical example of this style, and while the aftertaste leaves some subtle hops behind, it isn't my favorite part of this beer. Too dry for a true hop experience.

Odell doesn't make a bad beer. Find me an Odell beer that isn't great, and I will drink it! Hopefully, when we start writing our book, we will be able to visit Odell and see things from inside the facility. If nothing else, we will go, tour the brewery, and just drink their beer! (2,898 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap served in a pint glass at Waldo's pizza in KC

A - Clear amber/copper color, 2 fingers if sudsy white head that retains well and has some serious sheets of lacing going on.

S - Mild earthy hops with a muted caramel malt aroma.

T - Buttery caramel and pale malts, not too sweet, very balanced actually. Citrus hops and black tea play well off the malt. It's bready but in a clean way. Finishes with a woody hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation.

Moderately hopped for the style a just a great looking beer. Aroma didn't really wow me. I enjoyed this and would drink again. (604 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 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)

Photo of Moose90
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 5/8/13
12oz bottle into tulip glass

A – Nice color, dark golden amber. Pours a fluffy 1" head that stays for a long time and leaves nice lacing.

S – Hops up front, nothing too citrusy though. Good bready malt undertones.

T – Caramel malts, bitter balanced hops. Grass and hay. This is very well balanced, and refreshing.

M – Crisp, clean and dry. What more could you want from this style.

O – Solid representation of the style, a nice balanced hoppiness to it. Could drink this one all day long. (519 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Hyvee, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 12/20/2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Odell has a solid pale ale in their "5-Barrel" recipe, though perhaps it's a bit confused between the English and American styles. The flavor is bright, citrusy, and interesting in its interplay of hops and malt. While tasty, it's perhaps too hoppy for an English Pale Ale, and could actually use more balance or different hop properties (though for an American Pale Ale, it's right on target). Either way, if this were available near me, I'd probably have it with some regularity.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, which has excellent retention and leaves substantial washes of lacing along the sides of the glass. Head eventually fades to a thin cap of foam atop the body of the beer. The body itself is an orange-brown color with hints of red and yellow. Light brings out yellow and orange hues to the overall presentation. Carbonation is visible, though not particularly active.

Aroma is noticeably hoppy, with bright floral and light grapefruit overtones; undertones of light honey and toasted malt.

Opens with toasted and slightly caramel-like malt flavors that quickly fade into a grapefruit-meets-orange flavor combination. Mid-palate finds mildly floral and citrusy (grapefruit, orange) hops together with a modest bitterness and modest toasted malt sweetness. Back of palate picks up increased bitterness, some herb-like greenness from the hops, and only slight sweetness from the malt. Aftertaste of lingering grapefruit and orange rind-like hops with modest bitterness and malt sweetness.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium levels of carbonation that foam the beer slightly across the palate. The result is a generally smooth, easy-drinking pale ale that finishes quite dry and astringent. (1,791 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, rust orange, with low head slight lacing. Smells like an ale, bready, yeasty with some low, deep notes of hops. Taste is similar to the nose: competent, bready, with some lingering bitterness, but mostly straight ahead ale. Carbonation is moderate, but tame, and not at all assertive. This is nothing as amazing as their signature IPA, and while well crafted, is just good, and not 'repeater' good, if you know what I mean. (438 characters)

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

Bottle, 355ml from The Cave, Glasgow:

Hazy orange to amber colour with a huge, foamy white head on the top that is about three fingers width tall and has nice retention.

A hoppy aroma with very malty base and some fruity citrus and grapefruit notes coming through. There is some caramel to towards the end to level things out and a fair helping of sweet malts.

Malt and caramel base with some hops in there that aren't as strong as with the nose. There is some grapefruit as well, also lighter, and a bit of bitterness. There is an earthy malt flavour and some citrus right at the end, nothing too strong though.

Smooth to begin with, there is a quite hop filled feel to the beer and a good citrus tang before things level out and you are hit with some sugar and a definite sweetness. The finish is moderately bitter.

A nice beer and one that was quite enjoyable despite not being as good as I had been hoping. Less hops and more malt than I was expecting and a little flat towards the end but still an acceptable effort from the brewery. (1,043 characters)

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

This beautifully-designed bottle (as all of Odell's beers are) pours a clean, rusty amber, with thick, foamy off-white head. Exquisite and fine lacing.

Aroma is malty up front, followed by some pine hoppiness. Good.

Taste is pine hops, with plenty of body and a heavy malt presence to balance it all out. Overall, this is a remarkably well-balanced session pale ale, with a superlative taste and nice body. Better than many IPAs! (431 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a one finger off-white soapy head.

Aroma: Lots of bready malt in the nose. Just a touch of some sweet hops.

Taste: The breadyness from the aroma is present in the taste but balanced nicely by a bittersweet hop flavor. Mild sweetness on the palate with a little bitterness on the finish. A little juicy but not as much as their IPA. There's enough flavor here to make is sessionable at 5.2% abv.

Mouthfeel: There's good carbonation but it feels so smooth that it almost goes unnoticed. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Actually feels thicker than it is but has high drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Odell Brewing does it again; their 5 Barrel Pale Ale rings true to the style while offering a taste and feel that makes it unique. This is one of the smoothest APAs I've had and definitely worth seeking out. I could see this beer being enjoyed by curious macro-drinkers and it even pleases a hop head like myself. (961 characters)

Photo of WreckWorks
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Great color; pours a deep gold to rich orange/copper; fleeting, white head disappears quickly everywhere except the edges

S - Citrusy hop character right up front; with a good swirl, some grassy and spicy hop aromas are released

T - Mild malt right up front with some caramel, but mostly light, crisp malt character; finishes with earthy hop bitterness

M - Crisp and light on the palate with some balanced minerality; finishes very dry (442 characters)

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

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy coppery-orange. A steady stream of bubbles rises to the two-finger, rocky, off-white head.

S - Nice bready malt aroma with hints of light fruitiness from the hops.

T - Buttery and bready upfront. The body is a pleasant mixture of diminishing bitter hop notes and red apples mingling on a buttery biscuit background. Crisp hop bitterness and fruitiness as the beer passes over the pack of the tongue leads to a slightly metallic, red apple, caramel and butter finish.

M - Medium bodied with ample, slightly fizzy carbonation. Adequate, but doesn't seem to quite fit with the flavor profile.

The more I drank this beer, the more I liked it. The flavor profile has enough going to on to keep the drinker interested, yet things never seem to quite gel perfectly. I would get this again at a bar or in a variety pack, but probably wouldn't seek out a six of it. (930 characters)

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

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Cloudy dark orange with an amber tint. Head and lacing retention is quite good

Smell - Sweet citrus hops with a slight pine smell, bready-yeasts, and malts. Simple but nice

Taste - Citrus hops, yeasts, malts and barley. Each flavor mentioned is very rich and flavorful in it's own way.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and very mild carbonation. It's also really crisp feeling, quite refreshing and easy to drink!

Overall - It's rich, flavorful and easy to drink and I could drink this all day! Let's hope this is available where I'm moving! (576 characters)

Photo of coldriver
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy medium amber with good head and acceptable lacing. Aroma is very heavy on the bready malt, with some sharp citrus hops. Taste has a decent hop profile, but dominated by the bready malt. Mouthfeel seems a little limp, but nice dry finish. Seems like this would be a great session beer on tap at an English Pub, but as a standalone taste test out of the bottle it's a little blah... (408 characters)

Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with best by date of 6/20/12, into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pale copper color, with about two fingers of tight white head, that leaves behind some very nice lacing.

Smell: Malt breadiness up front, with some slight floral hop notes in the background.

Taste: Nice piney, and flowery hop notes up front, with a nice bready malt taste in the middle and then finishes off dry with a nice touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A very nice crisp medium to light body on this one.

Overall: Pretty descent pale ale, though I feel it leans more towards an American PA as opposed to a British one. The hops just seem a bit to overpowering to be a British PA IMO. (693 characters)

Photo of TwinButte
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice cloudy golden brown color. Small head with a very thin retention. Totally opaque color. Was expecting it to be clearer for some reason. Smells of sweet fruity hops. Tastes very much like the smell. Sweet up front and a nice medium bitter hop finish. Its refreshing. Went well with my meal.

Wish I had a few more to put down. Very nice malty pale ale here. (374 characters)

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