5 Barrel Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

very good
287 Reviews
no score
Send samples
For Trade:
5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by Todd on 03-09-2005

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 287 | Ratings: 845
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

Photo of charlesw
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, largish off-white head with good retention and lasting lacing. Smells grassy. Tastes... Huh.

You know, this would be an absolutely amazing ESB - if it had different hops. Yeah, it's a Pale Ale and whatever. Oh, hmm. The category here is English Pale Ale. Well, that it ain't. There are just too many 'merican hops (floral, grapfruity) for this to be English anything. And, frankly, it disturbs me. This really would be a great beer, but, well, bleh.

 467 characters

Photo of expatsteve
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: On the brown side of amber orange. 1/4 inch head, which subsides to heavy suds. Medium viscosity. Almost cloudy finish.

Aroma: Very mellow aroma, with suggestions of grapefruit and lemon hops, and honey malts. Subtle and pleasant, with more caramels apparent as it warms.

Taste: Interesintg orange and bread malts on the front palate, with the hops pushed into the background. Constant hop bitterness is understated, but as with many of Odell's beers this ale doesn't develop much. More breadiness in the mouth as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and creamy finish that is typical of Odell beers; thick but smooth and clean. Minimal aftertaste.

Drinkability: Sessionable, easydrinking pale ale. But thid definitely doesn't live up to the "we love hops" claims of the label, and I can't really see how the hop filtering and additions add to the beer. I think a lot of drinkers will find this inoffensive, but malty and lacking hops aggression - fruitier than other EPAs I've had, but not quite vibrant enough to be an APA or an IPA. As with many Odell beers, this is a line-drive single rather than a home run.

 1,137 characters

Photo of froggyfrog
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with informative label including a perforated "best by" date. Served in a nonic pint.

I was very pleased with this particular pale ale. It pours a smooth but hazy golden orange color complete with fizzy white head and spotty lacing.

The bouquet is a blend of caramel malt, spicy hops and high citrus.

Taste is toasted malt flavor skillfully swirled with spicy grapefruit, cut hay and green grass.

Bitterness is spot on. This beer remains smooth and unoffending while still achieving a fullness of hop flavor and aroma.

A great session beer this would make. Very nicely crafted.

 612 characters

Photo of thaichile
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper colour with a limited head. Citrus, hops and malt on the nose. Flavors are a hop winning battle with the malts, but I did not find this brew to be crazy hoppy. Grapefruit on a apricot canvas. A good pale ale. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

 259 characters

Photo of bort11
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

To start with, I really like Odell's label designs on all of their beers. It's not too flashy, in fact it's a pretty simple design, but sometimes it's something simple that makes a product stand out. I wonder if there are any design awards for beer labels? Oh well, to the beer.

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Whoa, massive cream colored head, over two fingers width. It is chunky and sticky as it recedes, leaving a very nice lace. The color is copper/orange and mostly clear.

The label text says, "Care for some hops with your hops?" I think that may be a stretch for what is being offered. There is a hops aroma to the smell, but it isn't overpowering by any means. If anything, it's sweet with a little bit of maltiness. Taste is also more of a mellow hops flavor, more balance than overpowering. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side, but not bad.

Over all, I think this is a tastey and balanced pale ale. This is the beer that Odell is replacing their Bobby Kolsch with. While 5 Barrel is good, if I had to choose, I think I would prefer Bobby.

 1,080 characters

Photo of wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rust color with a massive fluffy ivory colored head that retains well. Floral and biscuity odors. Malts up front with a hop kick for the finish in the mouth. Feels very good in the mouth, refreshing. If this was available in my area this would be my summer time session beer. Not as hoppy as other pale ales, but overall better than most. Many thanks to jhammerly for the sample.

 387 characters

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yep, this is a fine English pale ale. I like them much more than the American versions – just don’t care for the overload of floral hops.

This poured a great amber/orange, frothy tan head, nice sticky laces. Just a touch of citrusy malts in the aroma. Quaff resulted in notes of malt, followed by a small floral hop kick, nice – not overpowering. Labels mentioned how this is made with hops, but it was light and refreshing. A crisp and tart brew, just a tad thin.

With the 5.2%, this makes for a good sessional summer brew.

 534 characters

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

12 oz. brown bottle with best before date of 060706.

Hazed copper in color with pinkish tints and a white froth that laces.

Herbal, citric, and grassy hops dominate the nose, with underlying confier notes and a dose of sweet malts.

Medium-light bodied with mellow carbonation. Solid malt backbone is more than matched by agressive hopping. Herbal, citric, and grassy flavors to match the nose, along with a lemony finish and apple flavored burps.

I used to drink the Cutthroat Pale Ale quite a bit, this seems pretty comparable.

 540 characters

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle compliments of jhammerly

Pours a slightly chill hazed amber with a creamy white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma of floral and citrusy hops with some sweet caramel malt peeking through. A rather mild aroma overall.

Taste is slightly malty and sweet upfront. A medium hop bitterness settles in with some nice floral and citrus hop flavors. Finishes slightly malty and rather clean. Very well balanced flavor.

Nice full body with a creamy texture.

This is a fine example of an English IPA. I'm not usually a big fan of the English IPAs, but this beer is making me think otherwise. I could definitely go for a few more.

 663 characters

Photo of patrick16o
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice pour with a range of merigold hues. Good thick crown and steady head retention. A good number of bubbles rise to the crown. The beer is somewhat hazey and is even more-so directly below the crown. The frothy white head clings to the sides of the glass as the crown subsides. Good hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. The beer has a crisp hoppy taste with some citrus and even more bitterness toward the end.However, the flavor does seem to fade or dull too quickly. Mouthfeel is very nice, light, and refreshing. Good drinkability.

 538 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange copper hue nice sized off white head leaves fine streaks of lacing down my pint. Aroma has citrus aromatics biscuit toned pale malts very nice hop profile here. Taste has a moderate bitterness citrus fruit zest bready pale malt balances very well together very nice depth to the simple straight forward pale ale if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied pale even smooth carbonation touch of oiliness in the texture. Drinkability is great such a balanced pale with ample hop flavor good indeed a good drink near 5 barrels of this stuff, quality.

 579 characters

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

I assume that this beer replaces the Cuthroat Pale Ale, which I have not seen in at least 6 months. I really like the Cuthroat PA, so I hope this one is good as well.

Appearance: Poured into my pint glass a nice dark copper/amber color, not perfectly clear, there is a slight haze. White 1/2 inch head that slowly fell to form a tight cap and thick ring around the glass. Lacing was a little spotty, yet in layers which clung to the glass.

Smell: First whiffs are fresh hoppy aromas, piney, floral, and a little citrousy. Very good start. As the beer warms there is a little buscuity malt aroma as well, giving it a touch of a sweet scent. However, my first and lasting impression is of the hops.

Taste: Much like the Cuthroat, this is a well balance Pale Ale, athough I find that it leans a little to the hop side, although it is not overly bitter. There is a solid malt backing to this beer which provides the excellent balance. The malt seems a little more pronounced near the finish as the beer has warmed more.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, lightly carbonated. A slightly slick mouthfeel yet a touch dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Do I want another? Yes. Can I get another? Absolutely, a near sessionable beer (if your session is held to a 6-pack, IMO) and affordable. I can find this on sale every couple of weeks for $5.99. It's been awhile since I had a Cuthroat, so I can not compare them side by side, but this one is a little different.

 1,462 characters

Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 5.2% ABV. Very cool embossed bottle and textured paper labels. Pours to a hazy orange-amber, forming a tall rocky and soapy off-white head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is interesting...at first pungently skunky like Amarillo or Simco with some faint English character caramel and butterscotch with mild higher alcohols. The mouthfeel is exceptionally soft and silky smooth in the finish with a medium body. Very nice mouthfeel. The taste is also dominated by pungent skunk but not in the Euro-lager fashion...only in a hop way. This is nicely balanced by a pale malt under-running and thankfully no ruddy cardboard or caramel as expected. Bitterness is mild to moderate and resinous/skunky in nature. Great drinkability. No perceptable off-flavors or alcohol.

A very solid pale ale brewed with some cool hops. Kinda like a tamed-down Stone IPA. Me likey. Cheers!

 924 characters

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange and amber mix with an enormous soap bubble head with just a hint of tan in it. Sheets and piles of the lace on the pint glass as it drains
Aroma is pure grapefruit juice with some resiny pine way in the background, intriguing for sure.
Flavor of citrus really dominates but as it warms a bit the chewy caramel starts to come through and a well-struck balance is achieved by some residual bittering on the back side.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and certainly for style but doesn't really detract that much. A tad overcarbonated but nothing too bad. Lingers of the palate just enough to encourage another sip. Really pleasant and makes you want another.
Drinkablity is very solid and a really enjoyable beer to sit and drink and not have to ponder any real intricacies to this one. A very enjoyable pale, it is what is advertised to be. Very nice embossed bottle also.

 888 characters

Photo of Higravity
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a beer I really like all the personal info on the bottle always a plus. A nice deep yellow slightly hazed body covered with a head of billowing white froth that laces the entire glass. Smell of fruit, citrus, and a earth flavor of hops atop a nice malty back with caramel and a breadyness. The taste is like putting one 3-D glass, everything has depth, very intense range of hops but they are balanced on a knife edge with the malt that is always there to meet them. The hops even bring there own sweetness. The only thing is I have a feeling my bottle was a touch old as the hops seemed a touch oxidized, but it had a great body and is way too drinkable.

This is the only beer to rival DFH 60 minute for balance and flavor I have had this year. Cheers to Odell and may the grow and send some of this beer to MD.

 820 characters

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  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.

 725 characters

Photo of Jamie134
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer, tried for the first time while in CO for the Great American Beer Festival. Odells creates some good things. Definitely worth giving a shot. A little cloudy in appearance, but very drinkable. I'd love to give this one a shot on tap.

 249 characters

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

Five times the fun. Pours a lighter brownish copper color with orange hues, especially when held to the light. A frothy off white head and limited lace. Both dissipate over time.

The smell has lighter malt aroma with some grainy and generic malt bill. A nice noticeable hops aroma with some US and English characteristics

The taste is hoppier for a Pale. A basic malt backing with English notes but relatively boring. Some light caramel and biscuity flavors are noticeable if you look for them. A good bite at a citrus flower taste but quickly subdues with more earthy tones. For a English ale, its too bright and for an American ale its not enough.

There is a smoothness to the beer as pleasant. Kind of surprising for its limited taste. A good carbonation that isn't too much or too little. Overall this is a decent session beer.

 834 characters

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

Hazy orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass, light caramel, flowery aroma, medium body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, balanced malt and mild hop flavors. This is an English style pale ale, very mild and very drinkable, great for the style.

 284 characters

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

Pours a clear copper from the 12 oz best by 12 23 05 labeled bottle. Three fingered creamy white head slowly becomes sticky lace on the sides of the Grindstone pint glass. Brewed using first wort hops and dry hopping which supplies an aroma of fresh orange-apricot-peach and more citrus from hops. IBUs supply nice bitterness that may be a little overboard for some. Enough 2 row and crystal malt in base to counter IBUs from the hops but flavor wise they easily tip the balance to their side. My complements to the brewer for restraining the caramel flavors. Some earthyness - from hops in finish.
Excellent mouthfeel and medium-plus body. Going with a lower drinkable rating as I tire a little of the Willamette hop flavors although there are other likely in the mix.

 770 characters

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.