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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

605 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%


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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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:23:36 | More by Bitter_Echo
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 14:20:37 | More by flyingpig
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +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!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:26:20 | More by secondtooth
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 20:53:09 | More by JamesMN
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WreckWorks


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 00:29:01 | More by WreckWorks
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 00:03:29 | More by Bockrules
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:30:19 | More by NuclearDolphin
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coldriver

Texas

3.43/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:01:29 | More by coldriver
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RattleheadKV2

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 05:01:29 | More by RattleheadKV2
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TwinButte

South Dakota

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:55:24 | More by TwinButte
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 06/20/2012

Clear and amber golden with a medium head and medium retention. Malty, fruity, mildly hoppy sums the aroma up alright. Not bitter per se, but has a good hop flavor going on, if rather mild. Wonder if any darker malts are used because there is the slightest nuttiness somewhere, or I am just crazy. Quite clean. Perfect carbonation, lower than most of its kind. A medium body carries things nicely. Overall a good option, especially at the ABV. Although I imagine why couldn't it be even lower.

4, 3, 3, 4.5, 4

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 06:37:21 | More by tewaris
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BMoney575

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-12
Best before 3-28-12

Appearance: a cloudy golden amber color with a clingy white head. A thin layer of bubbles sits on top and doesn't fade.

Smell: subtly sweet with an interesting earthy quality that's hard to place. Very light, almost nothing going on.

Taste: just like the smell, a subtle sweetness gives way to a decent hop presence, and not much more. Not bad, just boring.

Mouthfeel: right for the style, suits the balanced malt and hops.

Overall: Not bad, just nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 20:33:16 | More by BMoney575
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elNopalero

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this bad boy.

This pours a murky amber-golden tan, like a crusty bread that’s been toasted. There’s a light hop aroma and a malt sweetness rounding out the nose. Flavor is more malt than hop, with just a tiny hop bite at the end, and more on the sweet side of things.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 20:48:59 | More by elNopalero
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kagent777

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my beer goblet. I got this beer while traveling in Denver recently.

Appearance: A very nice looking beer. A crystal clear light copper with effervescent streams working their way up to the top of the glass. A white head settled to a thin layer of foam, leaving lacing along the glass.

Smell: A little hop oil smell, but not much else.

Taste: A light orange specific citrus hops taste on the first sip. The bitterness is up front but not too strong to overpower. There is a bit of sweetness as the finish progresses. The malts are not very strong flavor wise and hard to nail down a descriptor for.

Mouthfeel: The beer is on the lighter side of medium, as is appropriate. The carbonation is fine as well. The flavors are not "stout" strong but do coat the mouth well.

Overall: This is a solid beer. I did very much enjoy having it. I would share this one with people new to the craft beer world of flavors, it will not overwhelm them.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:11:30 | More by kagent777
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alli4051

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a brassy orange with about a finger and a half of off white head. Head recedes quickly but leaves some thick lacing and a nice cap. Nose is a bit faint, bready malts and faint hop aromas. Taste is nicely subtle, excellent balance between bready, earthy malts and herbal hops. Nice and even throughout. Medium bodied with a crisp but slightly sticky finish. Easy drinking too, could throw a few of these back easily. A solid brew that scratched that "lighter but tasty" itch I had.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:47:10 | More by alli4051
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intensify

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two finger creamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Orange colour body.
Citrus and pine smells which are a bit lighter for this style of beer.
hops are mild in this ipa but the pine and earthy flavour balances this ipaout very well. Smooth finish with very little bitirness and no alcohol presence.
overall this is well balanced and is one i will consider for when i am craving something citrusy

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 06:10:49 | More by intensify
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Glass Mug.

A - Vivid translucent gold color with a thick 2 finger deep white head. Solid retention with noticeable lacing.

S - Very noticeable pine and citrus hops with a bit of sweet malt character.

T - Pine and citrus hops throughout. Bitterness compliments the orange and grapefruit hop characteristics well.

M - The citrus tones allow for a smooth medium bold with a very slight astringency. Well carbonated.

D - Very easy to put down and ask for another.

Overall one of the better Pale Ales I've tried. I like the hop characteristics very much. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-16-2011 21:57:10

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:38:45 | More by hopfacebrew
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by date is 3/29/12.

A. Pours a translucent amber with a one finger width white head. Splotchy lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated.

S. Strong caramel malt aroma with a moderate amount of citrusy and fruit hops.

T. The malt flavor more or less follows the nose but the hops make a stronger appearance in the flavor profile. Citrus hops again with a touch of pine and resin.

M. Light to medium bodied...not quite as carbonated as I had wanted it to be.

O. Overall, a slightly less hoppy pale ale. Still, very tasty, and as others have said, this would be a great for a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:36:50 | More by lawlerj
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ScorpyX

Colorado

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

A: Pours a dim copper/brassy color. Finger width head.

S: Surprising amount of malt and caramel in the nose. Less hop than expected but it's there. Quite bready, really. Hint of citrus at the end.

T: Hops and malt are both evident in the taste. Malt actually has a surprising presence, almost making it taste like an amber. I was reminded of New Belgium's Fat Tire though it has more hop than that. There is a sweetness that comes out as it sits on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, fairly crisp. Smooth beer.

A well done drink, great as a session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 00:30:11 | More by ScorpyX
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denver10

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a nice off white head. Aroma is floral, biscuity, a touch of herbs and some citrus rind. Taste follows suit. A creamy, active medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a decent and very easy drinking pale ale. Quite sessionable. Not my favorote Odell offering, but it grows on me the more I drink it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 22:53:55 | More by denver10
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 3/20/12

A- Pours a amber/orange body with white/light cream head. A thin cap stays throughout the beer. Good lacing.

S- Bready, biscuit, earthy hops. Very reminiscent of summit EPA

T- Starts out with bready and biscuity notes with a solid hopiness/cirtus notes shining through. The finish ends up slightly dry with nice hop dryness.

M- I like the med-high carbonation. Great finish.

O- Overally, excellent session beer. This reminds me so much of Summit EPA. It's a great craft beer that is extremely drinkable. Will I buy it again? I'll stick to the local guy (Summit EPA) but if I lived near Colorado, this would be my go to session brew. Well done Odell.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:34:01 | More by Greggy
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brass color, with a thin off-white head. Smell is a minty, piney aroma. Taste is a bit of herbal, minty flavor up front, followed by a thin caramel middle, and a resinous, apricot finish. Mouthfeel is average, very nice low carbonation levels. Overall a good beer that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:01:22 | More by tronester
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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
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually found a bottle of this at a liquor store in Dublin Ireland.
I thought that O'Dell would be Irish, but it turns out not.
Odell was still a nice pick-up, though.

A- very nice. pale orange, a finger of white head.
S- quite good, hops on the nose
T- also quite good. Hop forward with residual sweetness.
M- good; nice level of carbonation adds to the feel
O- above average.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 15:10:26 | More by MAB
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent amber color with a soapy, off-white head of three fingers. Retention is solid. Generally appealing.

S - Musty hops, caramel and grapefruit. Pretty generic.

T - Caramel, citrus, floral hops. A bit watery, until the bitter finish. Genericand simple, but I'm having it.

M - entirely to smooth and wet. Needs to be much more crisp and dry.

D - A fair introduction to craft, but far from anything special.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 04:35:45 | More by blakelive784
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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