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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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very good

282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 829
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 19%
Wants: 35
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
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:
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: 829
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.

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Photo of tewaris
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of BMoney575
3.41/5  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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of kagent777
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of alli4051
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of intensify
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  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

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Photo of lawlerj
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of MAB
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper with shades of red. A pillowy, bubbly, white head. Very little head retention and lacing. Head rebuilds quickly when you give it a swirl.

S - Nice balance of hops and malt. The hops have some bitterness and spice while the malt has a little bit of roasted sweetness and spice.

T - Bitterness prevails at first but malt takes over and dominates the finish. Good hop profile for a pale ale.

M - Smooth, easy to drink, and fits the style. Solid EPA.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a nice rich hazy copper color, would pin this a little darker and danker though, hard to describe the color but it has a nice richness to it. Small off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S – Earth notes, some sweet notes similar to a caramel or molasses, not much or a hop smelling coming through.

T – Similar to the smell, sweet malt on the front end and it’s like a blend of molasses and caramel but so inviting. A mild hop flavor that just heightens and this is enjoyed. This is very much of the malt forward English style Pale ale and I enjoyed it.

M – Good carbonation and a great balance on the thickness.

O – This was just a full flavored experience, great development from beginning to end. Every now and then I enjoy good malt forward English Style Pale ale, sure beats some of the alternatives coming out of England.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Medium orange copper color. Very clear. One finger off white head with decent retention and pretty nice lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Floral and citrus hops blend well with nothing really dominating.

T: Caramel at the tip of the tongue. Toasted toffee and a nuttiness come through next. Slight floral and citrus hops come through enough so not to allow this beer to be overly sweet, but still a bit on the sweet side.

M: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Could be a little crisper but is still refreshing.

O: A good Pale Ale. A touch sweet, but definitely not to sweet. Would like just a tad bit more bitterness in it.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention and sticky lacing.

S - Musty caramel and leafy hops, traditional english pale ale scents and reminiscent of an ESB.

T - Leafy green hops off the top, sweet honey and caramel among biscuit and toasted grains with a hint of paper mache.

M - Solid carbonation that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty English Pale Ale with a flavour profile suitable for the style. Nothing over the top, but a very pleasurable ale to consume.

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

912th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz.

Best by: 12/14/11
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A good murky Orange with some lighter brown notes and a good 1/2-1 finger of head. A small touch of cling and dots.

Smell- A bit floral with some earthy, caramel and sweet notes. The malts really open as this warms.

Taste- A good bit of layered flavors on this one. More soft vs what most abrasive pales would be. A bit floral with more sweetness and a touch of bitter, you can taste this is more of an English beer vs what most Americans would want.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. A good dose of earthy bitterness.

Drink- Not too shabby. This was a lot more flavorful than I thought it would be. More of a mellow balance and earthy.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A leftover fro WBF in Durham!

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with almost no head after a decent pour.

Smells very balanced and easy going. Lageresque!

Tastes like a subdued GL Commodore Perry. Slight bittering hops, and piney hops are there for aroma's sake. Guess theyre going for balance with this thing. Caramel malts are a welcome addition, and make it drinkable. The balance is what I think Ive been missing in a Pale Ale. The bittering hops are a nice compliment to the malts, but it really needs so aroma and flavor hops to make it feel more like an ale and less like a lager.

The flavors kind of dance around your tongue then disappear just as fast as the came. A lingering bitterness lets you know the hops are there.

A very solid Pale Ale.

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Photo of DCon
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 Fl Oz bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99. Poured from the Red bottle w/ barrels on it into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has a Bottle On date of 8/11/11A on the side. Cool!

Aroma- Very light hop aroma but has a bit of grassy/malty aroma blended together. Weird... but may be appropriate. Either way, can't say I'm a fan.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that is frothy and stays forever! Has a deep copper body and leaves thick lacing afterwards!

Flavor- Has huge tastes from even the beginning! Starts with grassy flavor and caramel sweetness. Malts play a big part in this brew but then the hop bitterness at the end is medium-high. Has a dry finish and all together, well-balanced!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, OVERLY Carbonation, and has nice hop finish that lasts on the palate. Not sure about this carbonation though...

Overall Impression- Wow this brew is all over the place! Starts with an awesome pour but then the aroma is too light and off-balanced. The taste then is amazing but then finishes strange. I would like to try this one on-tap and wouldn't mind getting it in a bottle again to compare. I like Odell Brewing Co a ton and will be a huge advocate of their brews while I'm in Colorado and while in St. Louis!

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

Pours a solid orange with a white head.

Smells of spicy hop, pine, and come chalky hop character. Caramel malt character also sneaks in.

Tastes of lemon/citrus up front with a biscuity malt middle and chinook-y, spice/pine hop finish.

Medium body with higher carbonation fit well for the beer.

This is a nice, hoppy but easy to drink beer. I could and would easily down a few of these.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head and lots of lacing. Clear amber.

S: cirtus and pine with hop notes.

T: a very tame taste to this one. More earthy hop flavors than the pine or citrus that is on the nose. Finish is a little toasted malt.

M: moderate carboation and medium body.

Overall: very drinkable beer but not a very flavorful pale ale though I suspect this has more to do with the fact that this is an english pale ale as oppose to an american pale ale.

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