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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

664 Ratings
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 24
Gots: 31 | 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:
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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DearthVader

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you LSUPT

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Very nice looking beer with a deep, murky orange color. Topped with a 2 finger off-white head that dissipates to a thin white foam. Very thin lacing but shows signs of it throughout.

Smell is of slight caramel malts, freshly cut grass, pine, and just a tiny hint of hops.

Taste is of the caramel malt, grass, pine, and a tiny hop finish.

Mouthfeel is nice with a slight tingle from the carbonation.

Overyall, it was a very enjoyable beer. I could easily session these on a hot summer day. Big thanks again Alex!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 20:29:36 | More by DearthVader
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange-yellow, slighly hazy with a 2 finger beige head that dissapates. A steady rising carbonation that fades out gives this an excellent look. The aroma is floral grapefruit-pear marmalade on fresh bread. Taste is grapefruit juice and citrus with lingering bitterness. Full bodied, clean, and satisfying. Sessionable and food friendly. Just a really fine beer that will find me coming back to again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:30:13 | More by atomicbeer
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cyrock1

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a fluffy 1/2 inch white head.

Smell: Light caramel malt aromas with subtle hops in the background.

Taste: Light caramel on the palate again with medium hops on the back.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with light hops on the finish.

Overall: English style, yes. Fairly thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 04:49:52 | More by cyrock1
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Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011.

A - Amber body with a thick head that dissipates over time, leaving a decent covering, decent lacing and a fair bit of cling that lasts right to the bottom. Constant, gentle stream of bubbles from the bottom.

S - Sweet toffee undertones with a citrusy hop lead.

T - Pleasantly complex mix of a sweet toffee / caramel opener, citrusy hops in the middle and some bitterness on the end, similar to the nose. Light bitter finish without too much lingering.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, quite smooth.

O - Extremely pleasant one overall, either on its own or as a session drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 22:14:58 | More by Wattsox
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NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
An amber liquid, slightly translucent as there's a very slight haze to it. Decent head initially leaving some good residual lacing.

Smell
A fantastic, strong aroma dominated by zingy citrus notes.

Taste
An interesting taste, initial caramel sweetness before blending with lively citrus in the middle leaving a balanced moderate dry hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Moderate carbonation, medium body. It coats the mouth and definitely has a heavier texture compared to the likes of a lager. The carbonation does not interfere with the initial mouthfeel.

Overall
A wonderful brew. Full of lively citrus character in aroma and taste, this is a beer to savour by the bottle but equally drinkable in quantity. Pretty much ticks all the boxes for what I'm looking for in a beer and this is a wonderful example of a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 22:28:17 | More by NATOuk
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rawfish

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than most pale ales, rich copper color but a small 1 finger head on the pour which has spotty to no lacing.

Pine resin nose, floral and sharp.

Fairly sweet upfront, light malts and grainy. Creeping bitterness in the back end citrus hops and lemon zest. The aftertaste is a steady bitterness and slightly oily on the finish.

Medium bodied but weakly carbonated, there is a definite syrupy mouth coating that some Odell's hoppier beers have, definitely noticeable with this one and grows more unpleasant as the beer warms.

A decent offering, session beer with enough body and good flavor but next time I'm not gonna sit on it too long.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:51:47 | More by rawfish
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the hoppy side. Nice copper color with thin white head that fades fast but leaves spiderweb lace. Smell has grapefuit, toffee, citrus notes and some lemon. Taste is off balance. Nice toffee, caramel backbone with bitter grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, citrus, and some pine notes. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:04:52 | More by JayS2629
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riored4v

Colorado

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

Reviewed on 1/29/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Hazy, copper color. 1 finger, off-white head that faded quick.

Smell was big on citrus and floral aroma. Some grapefruit. Good malty backbone. Some biscuit notes along with a light caramel.

Taste, like the aroma, had some good citrus and floral hops. Good malt presence and a mild sweetness in the middle with a light bittering finish that is of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel had medium/light body, medium carb and a dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Great hop presence for a pale ale, along with a mild bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 23:35:09 | More by riored4v
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iSip

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been in an IPA cycle, but decided to move slightly downstream and try an Odell Five Barrel Pale Ale. The color is deep for a Pale Ale, and the head appropriate. The aroma is very subtle. Flavor is very even, balanced nicely at the midpoint between sweet and bitter. The very tale end of the aftertaste turns toward bitter. A good beer, easy to drink and will go well with food.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 22:13:32 | More by iSip
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass. Odell has some of the nicest labeling on bottles I've seen. Very attractive design work on their graphics.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden/amber color. Had a nice tan foamy head that receded fast and left a little lacing and a frothy cap.

Smell: Pine hops up front with a little sweet malt beneath it. Smells welcoming, but not very distinct.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit from the hops up front, with a little malt balance. Finishes with a bitter bite that could have been a little more balanced with malts. It's a good hoppy beer, but nothing overly complicated or unique.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Bitter and dry on the finish.

Drinkability: It's good, would probably be better from a cask or on tap. Overall it's a satisfying, if unoriginal, beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 21:22:22 | More by ChopperSmith
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with somewhat decipherable freshness date. Hopped four times in the boil, run through a hopback, then dry-hopped; 36 IBUs. Pours a light chestnut, with medium carbonation and two fingers of loose, tan head that leaves nice chunks of lacing. Toasted and biscuit malts in the nose, with darker caramel malts and juicy, oily hops that contribute citrus and pine. Much the same on the palate, if a bit watery, with medium bitterness and nutty yeast that help fill out the flavor. It has a medium weight, with tongue-drying crispness and a lingering finish. This is a pleasant and enjoyable brew, and makes for an easy session ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 17:56:26 | More by mmmbeer
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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
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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
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a New Belgium pint glass.

5 Barrel pours a crystal clear amber with a two finger head of white that sticks around for good while. The head does not totally vanish creating a modest lace.

5 Barrel sports a mild citrus hop aroma along side a pretty heavy maltiness and bisquit character. I would say the hopiness is stronger than most English Pales, but the maltiness and bisquit character is right on for the style. The fresher the better with this one. Samples I've kept for a few months have a very obvious metallic smell, so I recommend you drink these fresh as possible.

Taste backs up the aroma. Very malty/biscuity with a mild citrus hop finish. Fairly refreshing. Taste is better than the smell. Surprisingly sweet. Solid for the style.

Most pale ales leave me with a thin watery feel and this one's no different. The carbonation is right and it's good on a hot day.

This is really a highly drinkable beer due to its managable abv, clarity, and refreshing trait. A good one to hand out to your non-BA friends to possibly get them started. This has been a favorite of mine after mowing the lawn on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:55:58 | More by DelMontiac
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A: No note

S: Not much character. Nice pine-floral hop.

T: Cooked grain, hop bitter with a strange amount of metallic/iron flavor and aftertaste.

M: Loose with strong carbonation

D: Not really a spectacular pale ale. The aftertaste is really hard to ignore.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:02:54 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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drewba

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beerbatvocate for this beer!

A - translucent burnt orange that has a fantastic shimmery quality to it. Fantastic fluffy head. Bubbles hang around on the rim

S - fresh sqeezed lemons, a touch of spice, grass, nuances of wood. Very floral aroma, i dig it.

T - Very subtle flavors. The hops are very grassy/earthy with a light citrus note. The malt is coming through as white bread, crackers but everything in the taste is being overwhelmed by the oak. Though the oak is nice, I want the other ingredients to come through stronger. The dry hopping and oak are leaving a slightly astringent finish.

M - Slick, yet velvety. Too thin to be creamy, but not nearly as thin as your standard pale ale, Carbonation is a little too high for my taste.

D - I'd like to have another one of these - the lack of aftertaste and nice mouthfeel make this super drinkable. I did find that listening to 80s music (cue Talking Heads - This must be the place) while drinking this enhances its drinkability, though I'm sure you could say that about any beer, right?

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 07:02:55 | More by drewba
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light amber color with an off white head, about two fingers to start out. A bit of light lacing. Nose brings some floral and citrus hops along with some light malt. Slight hoppy bitterness with some floral notes in the taste. Some light grain as well. Good feel with some mild bitterness. This is a pretty good example of the style and drinks fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 15:22:40 | More by Thorpe429
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice amber, just the slightest bit of haze. Visible carbonation. Nice thick, dense, head. Excellent lacings.

Great caramel malt aroma, almost nutty. Slight pine in the background.

This is a malt forward pale ale, very much in the English style. Nice toast and caramel, almost earthy or woody. APA character kicks in mid-taste. Nothing over the top, just some laid back bittering hops. Nice wet finish.

Mouthfeel is fine.

These guys make some really lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 19:06:33 | More by CanuckRover
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is light amber in color with a thin head that doesn't last long. Carbonation low and lacing is nearly non existent.

Aroma is odd, mostly citrus hops but overall mild.

Beer is light in body and soapy. Its kind of gross. its thin and watery with odd bitterness and a mild aftertaste. its difficult to drink but I'm bored and drink the whole thing anyway. Time for bed, sucks that this is my send off beer. Won't be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 05:32:57 | More by drabmuh
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BBnum3

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, almost amber, color with an attractive and solid head.

Smell: Can't smell a ton, but I detect a faintly floral hop aroma.

Taste: Slightly roasty malt on the front end, followed by a subtle and crisp floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, which is a plus for me. Rather light on the palate.

Drinkability: High. Finish is pleasant, and at 5.2% quite sessionable. I could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:50:56 | More by BBnum3
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StJamesGate

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale ruddy tan with a thick white head that leaves beautiful webs of lace. Deep orange rind and brown bread toast nose - an unusual combination. Roasted hazelnut, caramel sauce and passion fruit up front with tropical + citrus hop flavor but not bitterness. Great balance. Medium, chewy and oily, but clean.

Does Odell ever do anything wrong?

An English PA hopped like an APA, which I didn't even think was technically possible. Fruitiness makes me suspect some Simcoe in there, even though that wouldn't be very English.

A unique and compulsively sippable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 20:34:50 | More by StJamesGate
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Brassy gold with a medium firm cap of dark ivory foam that slims down to a solid skimming. Lacing in spattered sheeting sticks lightly to the glass.

Solid aroma of deeply woody hops and tone with a splash of pine oil, hay, and some dulled orangeyness.

Taste is also solid with a bold holding tone of woodyness and a nice crunch of grimey pine oil to add some beefy bite in bitterness to its finish. There's a tad of some orange and darker grapefruit stretched within the woodyness.

Body is a smooth medium with a bold pinch of woody tone and slight astringency to its bitterness that squeezes in a bunch of old, pale pineyness and touches of citrus.

If pale ales are your thing this a keeper! For me a little more crispness and less wood/pineyness and it would be far better for some delicious drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 18:46:58 | More by tavernjef
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle sampled less than two weeks before its best by date, into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear medium amber body with light carbonation floating up to an inch of very coarse, frothy off-white head. Decent retention and ample lace. Not bad.

S: Rather dull aroma of toasted malt and floral hops. Not terrible, but not good.

T: Starts out with lightly sweet, biscuity, nutty malt, and finishes with a nice level of hop bitterness. The very clean aftertaste is the best part.

M: Fairly substantial medium body with plenty of soft carbonation. Excellent.

D: I'd like a bit more hop presence, but it's still quite drinkable.

Notes: I reviewed this in my notebook without having looked the beer up on BA, so I was assuming it to be an American Pale Ale (since it comes from a brewery doing mainly American styles). Now that I see it's listed as an EPA, a few of its characteristics make a bit more sense. If you want, feel free to consider the scores I've given for taste and drinkability to be a half-point too low. Either way, though, I don't think it's any more than a B+ beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 14:01:08 | More by woosterbill
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LittleDon

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz. draft served in a pint glass in Lakewood, CO. Cloudy brown-amber appearance with noticeable carbonation. Thick head off-white with good retention and producing a small amount of lace. Subdued aroma, some piney hops, but very little of much else. Soft feel up front, despite the visible carbonation. Citrus and subtly floral hops present in the middle and end with some apple as well. Medium mouthfeel with very well balanced finish. Worthy of a second.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 03:22:38 | More by LittleDon
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a sort of orangish colored beer that is relatively, but not perfectly clear, there is some haze. The head is 1-2 fingers, light beige with nice texture, though it isn't sticking around too long.

S: The aroma is strong, I got a big punch of citrus as soon as I opened the bottled. A closer inspection tells me it's softer, not in any way a sharp bitterness. I get some more floral notes than the citrusyness in the aroma, which the more I think about it is more like orange flower than orange juice.

T: Hmm, a return to bitterness, and you can taste the pale malt, in a sort of grainy but not off putting way. That aspect is actually refreshing in a way. Not terribly complex, nothing out of this world, but nothing I would complain about drinking. There is some little off taste, but nothing that bothers me immensely.

M: This beer is a little dense for an English Pale Ale, I expect something crisper and lighter.

D: Its ok, it's better than average for sure, but nothing I would need to seek out again. I would recommend everyone try it, but not before some other beers as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 21:33:47 | More by mdwalsh
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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