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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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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 82 | 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:
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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Ratings: 773 | Reviews: 285
Photo of Forb
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Slowdown - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Golden haze with a minor fluffy head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Earthy, fruity hop elements with a grainy malt backbone.

Taste: Strong bread malt here with hints of the pine, grapefruit hop essence.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation leaving it with a smooth/creamy richness.

Overall: A decent pale ale. I would drink it again.

Photo of chugalug06
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice light pour. Head is slight off-white. Brew is nice clean crisp orange with some yellow and amber.

S - Lots of Cascade and Amarillo hops. Nice fruity scent.

T - Very bland for a Pale... I would expect more aggression from Odell. Nice, but not potent.

M - Way too carbonated!!!! Light body with some depth missing.

O - A nice relaxing brew. Great for a hot summer day. Not one to seek, but a must try if you're able to find.

Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a nice copper-amber color, with some decent cloudy white foam on top. Aromas of caramel, light brown sugar and some floral hops. On the palate, light bodied, with caramel, biscuit and a hint of hops.

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

Pours a clear orange-amber with a fluffy white, one finger head. Really great retention, this beer was poured 10 or 15 minutes ago and the head seems to be in the same place as when it was poured. Floral hops on the nose touch of husky grain and a bit of fruit. Nectarines? Definitely something on the lighter side. Decent fruity body up front. On the mid palate I had a strong association with iced tea. Floral hoppiness on the end with just a touch of bitterness, but definitely not what I would describe as a hoppy beer. This is a really nice pale ale that I would definitely buy when I am looking for something on the lighter side, but still quaffable.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass. Enjoy by 8/3/11.

A- Nice deep orange, big sandy off white sticky head. Serious lacing. Really nice in the glass.

S- Light toasted grain and malt sweetness, some floral/sweet fruity hops.

T- Lots of sweet fruit, orange and cantaloupe, good hop flavors but next to no hop bitterness. Big bready malt. Nice toasted barley as well. A nice change of pace- but I could do with some more hops. Really fruity stuff here, though.

M- Lacking hops, malt is very nice though and makes this an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

O- Would like to try again- interesting beer.

Photo of alexhahn82
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-- Average, huge 2 finger head that dissipates at a medium rate

S -- Very interesting almost lavender or Jasmine smell.

T/M - * I am a hop bomb junkie, just putting that out there. Tastes very medium to light in barley, very lightly toasted, mostly malt with a brief hint at hops on the first few sips. Mouthfeel average.

Overall- About an average PA. If anything still would have preferred a lil more hops, but even a larger flavor from a darker roast. 5.2% ABV is about average.

PP (Price Point) -- $8.99 for a 6 pack picked up in Rock Springs Wyoming, not too far from where it was brewed. Would probably skip over this one.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks pops! This one pours an amber orange with a couple fingers of white head leaving webby lacing. The nose is quite muddled and not mich is picked up but faint hop offerings. The taste has some off putting flavors akin to an aluminium can. Some hops show but not as much as a sweet caramel bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carb.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out the color of dark passionfruit, a smidgen of orange cream head.

Oranges hit the nose first, then mild hop oils

Mild hop bitterness and watery sweetness mix to give a very mediocre flavor profile. Cottonwood and young sunflower stems also compliment the bitterness

Mouthfeel is light and weak body, with a small tingle of carbonation

Overall this is a very basic, normative pale ale. You could session it, but it won't draw any new conclusions for you.

Photo of Illtryit
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dated drink by 5/5/2011

Pours an awesome, cloudy, orande - gold with 1/2 inch foam which dissapates quickly and leaves a thin ring around my mug with decent lacing as I enjoy this brew.

Smell? Delicious! Particularly, citrus....lemon and/or grapefruit.... and floral. Very enticing.

Tastes like the best Pale Ale I have ever had! Citrus, hoppy, mellow, refreshing, clean, and smooth with perfect carbonation. Aftertaste is citrus.

I have just found my 'fall back' beer. I will have this in my fridge at all times. Great Pale Ale.

Photo of DearthVader
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Photo of atomicbeer
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.

Photo of cyrock1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Wattsox
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of NATOuk
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A fantastic, strong aroma dominated by zingy citrus notes.

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

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.

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.

Photo of rawfish
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of riored4v
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.

Photo of iSip
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of ChopperSmith
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
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.

Photo of drewba
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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?

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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