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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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677 Ratings
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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 24
Gots: 40 | 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:
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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Photo of Bitterbill


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

01-14-2011 20:49:58 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of DelMontiac


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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?

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


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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


2.85/5  rDev -25.2%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

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.


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


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

08-10-2010 21:33:47 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of Halcyondays


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent orange, with a soft half finger of off-white head, light lace.

S: Very malty, some cracked grain and wheat. Piney hops.

T: Biscuity malt flavour with some nice pine and lemony citrus, orange zest. English in hop presence, but definitely American hops. Clean, delicious malt notes, I liked this a lot.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and clean. Very easy-drinking, happy-go-lucky.

D: A satisfying tasty pale ale. Would go with this over SNPA given the choice. Really nice brew.

08-07-2010 03:09:44 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of hardy008


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Hazy amber with a white 3 finger head with good retention. The aroma has oranges, grapefruit, and some zest. The taste has grapefruit, zest, oranges, and biscuit.

Medium bodied, good carbonation, and it has a bitter finish. A pretty good beer overall, worthy of trying. I would not mind having this again sometime.

08-01-2010 23:20:32 | More by hardy008
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Well it didn't leave a lot of head, but there was thin lacing on this amber-tan, slightly cloudy brew. Bubbles rising and the very nice color made the appearance good but not great.

Smells hoppy and slightly piney with sweet brown sugar malts and light spices.

Tastes nice and hoppy with pine, malt, spices, a tad of brown sugar, a small amount of yeast. Honestly it doesn't really fit my idea of the style perfectly, but it's a fine beer anyway so I won't deduct anything.

Feels smooth and creamy with a medium body. Nice.

Drinks ok, I'm not in a huge rush to get another sixer but I could see purchasing it again in the future.

08-01-2010 15:21:52 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured into pint...

A: Pours an amber color, just slightly hazy, with a light tan, 1 finger head of thick mousse-like foam that settles slowly. leaves thin arches of lacing

S: praline and bread dough, white bread toast with a grassy, citrus hop profile. leaves a buttery scent on the nose. aroma is a perfect balance of hop and malt

T: nutty, sweet flavors with a with a toasty, grapefruit and lemon hop flavor that has a lemon peel,praline, and bread crust finish that is bitter and sweet

M: fitting body for the style, with a slick mouthfeel with a zingy carbonation and crisp finish from the hops

Overall, a very swiggable pale ale and a great balance between malt and hops. A very americanized version of the style that I would definitely try again.

07-29-2010 01:37:51 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of KeefD


4/5  rDev +5%

Hazy golden orange color with a large white head that stuck around forever and left some chunky lacing down the glass. Looks delicious! Aroma is lightly hoppy, some peppery notes, grassiness, herbal, backed up by some pale malt sweetness. Nice tasting beer. The hops surprised me as they are quite fruity, citrusy and refreshing, as opposed to the largely herbal qualities of the aroma. Crisp, dry, refreshing beer. Malt and hops are balanced very well, bitterness is low. Needs a little more body, but much like the 90 Shilling, this is a very drinkable beer. Smooth, almost creamy.. Lots of carbonation but it's not prickly. Overall a great sessionable beer.

07-24-2010 02:22:19 | More by KeefD
Photo of champ103


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

A: Pours a very cloudy reddish/brown color. A small white head forms, but sticks throughout. Some spotty lace is left behind.
S: A large pine aroma up front. Though other hoppy aromas come out as well. Citrus, floral, and grassy. This is an English Pale Ale? Not really, but still very enjoyable.
T: Way to hop forward. A strong resiny, and piny bitterness. Slightly floral and grassy. A huge hope flavor and a bitterness that just wares me out. I don't know how they can call this an English Pale Ale?
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit rough and prickly though. Not hard to drink one, but I would not come back for another in a sitting.

Not bad, just does not resemble an English Pale Ale at all. I could tell that right away from the nose. They really missed the style, if indeed it is intended to be English. Along with the palate burning bitterness this is not something I will revisit often.

07-22-2010 21:50:29 | More by champ103
Photo of AleWatcher


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Reviewed with no knowledge of the beer's rating.

Pours a deep burnt copper color. This color looks amazing in the late afternoon sun. This is like one of the shades of orangey/red color you'd see at dusk. The 1 finger head even shows hints of that same color coming through. Not great retention or lacing.

Smell is some sweet bready malts and some citrus and pine hops. Not too bad here.

Taste is just like nose-- with a finish that reminds me of English ale yeast-- that mellow, kind of dry yeast note that reminds me of a good English pale. I'm reviewing this without knowldge of it being APA or EPA... But the yeast is making me guess it is of British style.

A slight bitterness. A little hint of teeth-coating oil. But nothing that really rocks my world.

This would be a good pale for a brisk fall afternoon. Not bad, but not something I'll seek out.

07-14-2010 04:55:27 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of soju6


3.85/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a dark copper color with a good head that lasts and good lacing.

S: Clean & fresh aroma with a hint of citrus.

T: Trace of malt and a little citrus. Nice tartness with a bitter finish. Quite refreshing.

F: Smooth & creamy. Moderate body with nice carbonation.

D: A very well balanced brew that is not overpowering. Good for 2-3, well worth a try.

07-13-2010 03:36:23 | More by soju6
Photo of FreshmanPour77


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Reviewed on 7-02-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 1 finger of foam, decent lacing ring, cloudy tan orange color

S - Citrus big hop nose, slight malt

T/M - Medium bodied good mix of hops and citrus

D - Good drinker, medium bodied not a strong hop brew but very easy to drink. I recommend this brew

07-10-2010 03:38:13 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of Merchant46


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a thin white head that dissipates almost instantly. Aroma is very faint, sort of biscuity, with more smell of malt than hops. Taste is balanced, and representative of this type of beer. Hops taste more floral than anything. Malt is significant, but not sweet, and finish is relatively bitter. Mouthfeel is decent. Drinkability OK.

06-25-2010 00:33:49 | More by Merchant46
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

The best beer at our favorite neighborhood bar. A rock solid pale ale, but not about to be performing any 360 degree tomahawk dunks on other pale ales, if you catch my meaning.

Apperance: Strong red color, good clarity, invincible white head.

Smell: Hops and sweet malt. Hard to put my finger on the variety.

Taste: Smooth, sweet maltiness balanced by a hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Round and sweet.

Drinkability: Could drink this all night. Slightly interesting, just what I'm looking for in a session beer.

06-23-2010 22:12:15 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of scruffwhor


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

n8dietz is da man!!!

The color is a clear copper, Italian Earth color. Veyr tiny and slow bubbles slowly make there way to the top of my beer. A one finger head slowly sibsides to a tough film of foam that lasts all 12 ounces.

Clean hop aroma with just a touch of toasted caramel and crystal malts.

Powdery toasted mlat, that seems to have that pilsner malt flavor. Maybe just a hint of biscuits as the palate loses some of that pwodery feel in the middle. The hops add just a little touch of lemon and crispness. The palate finishes semi-dry and flat.

06-09-2010 04:15:39 | More by scruffwhor
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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