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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: 679
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | 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 mdcrouser


2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Pours an orange-amber, with a fair bit of trailing lace and yeast settling to the bottom of the glass. Decent carbonation introduces mildly citrussy hops aand a touch of sweet malts - the finish is lemony, with a bit of astringency, and a bitterness that almost leaves you questioning your choice in beers. It's not that this is a bad beer - quite to the contrary, as it's refreshing and doesn't have any off flavors - it's just that there are better examples of the style available.

May be best enjoyed when you're looking for a summertime refresher.

12-19-2008 04:14:26 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of mikereaser


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a bottle into my East End Brewing pint glass

A - pours a murky copper color with 1/4 inch of foam

S - mine had a strong aroma of citrus hops that got me excited...

T - for no reason. The flavor was a let down from the aroma, but still a drinkable beer. The flavor wasn't there for the aroma that was given

M/D - There was something about the finish that bothered me. Kind of a harsh finish to a overall bland tasting beer. I don't think I would search this one out again.

11-21-2008 03:37:23 | More by mikereaser
Photo of jushoppy2beer


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

I had this at a pub in Denver. The locals were raving about it; I thought it was good, but not enough to make me rave. A rather mediocre orangish color, with no head and no lacing. Rather mild nose for a PA. On the palate there is a nice maltiness, perhaps more than most American PAs have. Good carbonation makes this sparkly and refreshing. The best part of the taste is a nice pronounced bitter finish and aftertaste.

10-30-2008 23:04:27 | More by jushoppy2beer
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +5%

A very solid Pale Ale that would suit me fine for day long drinking. Such balance, such purity, such flavor. If elegance and quality are your thing, then your thing is this beer.

A standard Pale Ale look of medium copper color carries moderate haze, bleach white cottony foam that covers the glass and laces very well. Evidence of the use of hops are all over this beer.

Balanced aromas of citrus and pine bounce against caramel malts and sweet bread notes. Medium esters seem to give a boost to the citrusy notes while giving a sweeter impression to the malts.

Flavors are equally as balanced and in the same way as in the nose. Very consistent flavors give a sweeter taste up front with caramel and malt. Hop flavor ushers in the balance which eventually finish the beer off in a dry and well-attenuated way.

Medium body up front quickly fades into a drier, warming sensation that stradles the minty side. Looks like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale has company.

Thanks Waltonc!

10-24-2008 19:46:14 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

2.85/5  rDev -25.2%

Well, the label is very nice.

Pours a rusty orange-amber with a nice foamy head.

Smells of citrus and hops, but very lightly.

Tastes ok, but the finish is horrible. Sharp hops and a bad bitterness. No balance. Good carbonation though. Not crazy about the mouthfeel or aftertaste. Some hard tannins.

You could drink it, but only if you went fast enough to never notice the after-taste. Not a beer you want to let linger.

10-23-2008 03:45:44 | More by craytonic
Photo of aforbes10


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Bought for hotel-room drinking while driving across Wyoming. Pours a terra-cotta color with a short filmy white head. Slow lacing. Vague hop odor with sweet malts. Flavor is a nice lemony hop and mild bitterness, slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Simple but well crafter and tasty. Medium bodied. Goes down easily, with a nice flavor.

10-12-2008 22:42:46 | More by aforbes10
Photo of mphopkins99


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

A - Cloudy, small rapidly diminishing head. Poured more like a wheat than a pale ale

S - Lemon-orange hints, very subtle wheat aroma

T - Dry, mild spicy citrus taste. Finishes dry

M - Good, just the right amount of carbonation

D - Excellent, went down very smooth and another no doubt would as well.


10-04-2008 20:49:24 | More by mphopkins99
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

A_Pours a medium slightly cloudy amber with a smallish soapy head.

S_Citric hops are the strongest scent here with a nice little bready background.

T_Mostly dry with just a hint of sweetness. The hops are there but somewhat muted, their citric and slightly vegetal hop quality coming through. Mild biscuity malt makes its presence known mid sip.

M_Slightly thicker body with a moderate carbonation level.

D_Good pale ale, very drinkable but not a standout in any particular category.

10-01-2008 00:45:20 | More by sleazo
Photo of JBuff41413


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

I am yet to find an Odell brew I haven't enjoyed. It is now time to give 5 Barrel a try.

A- Pale amber color with a 2 inch head that dissipates to about 1/2 inch. Very good lacing with this beer.

S- Hoppy, citrus, carmel, and grassy note come through. This beer does not have a big aroma.

T- Less hoppy that the smell would have you believe, it is a perfect balance between the earthy grass like flavors and the fresh citrus flavors. The sweet malts and a light bitterness at the end are a great finale.

M- Medium mouthfeel with very little carbination.

D- This is a VERY drinkable beer. Perfect session beer.

Odell continues to impress me, I need to stop slacking and make the hour journey to Fort Collins.

09-10-2008 03:18:09 | More by JBuff41413
Photo of SpecialK088


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Hazy orange/copper not a real big head but nice sticky lace

S-Hops, very earthy and citrus

T&M-Very big pale nice clean fresh hop flavor in the front and back leaves a fantasic flavor in the back of your mouth from drink to drink.

D-Just another great brew from a brewery that just contiues to impress me I would pick this up anytime

08-27-2008 04:14:17 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of Haybeerman


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Clear, honey color. Pours with a rocky two inch head that dissipated a bit then held. Ample lacing all the way down.

S: Not a big aroma. Citrus and some grassy hops. Hint of caramel malt.

T: Like aroma, citrus fruit flavors and earth/grass malts; moderate bitter finish.

M: Medium body nicely blanaces with moderate carbonation

D: Smell not all that impressive, but tastes great. Drinkable too.

08-21-2008 17:04:21 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of mwilbur


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale straw in color with thin white head that quickly dissipates. This belies what is to come.
S: Lively citrus hops. Mango and passion fruit notes. Interest is piquing.
T: Although strongly smelling of hops, there is good balance of malt that calms it down and actually produces a smoother, rather than bitter effect. Oak, slight smoke, soft malt, mildly bitter citrus hops, passion fruit (minus the acidity). Nice complexity.
M: Smooth and oily. Coats tongue well and lingers and matures nicely. Dry slightly acidic bitter finish. Very nice.
D: Very well balanced, which allows this to be much more drinkable than many of its cousins (in the English Pale Ale category). Extremely sessionable. This one is growing on me!

08-08-2008 02:57:40 | More by mwilbur
Photo of hooliganlife


3.85/5  rDev +1%

On tap at the Stable. Poured a deep amber color with nice head retention and great lacing. Light hop flavor that is well balanced by the malt. a perfect session beer. lightly carbonated and mild sweetness. malty aftertaste that does not linger. Very smooth overall. This is my first Odell offering and I will def be going back for more.

08-03-2008 16:08:45 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

P: Thanks to Heather and Dave for bringing me back an Odell Brewing Co. variety six-pack from Fort Collins!

Odell Brewing Co. has my current vote for best package design, with detailed hop leaf relief circumnaviagating the shoulders of the bottle, beautiful label and neckband illustrations, and tasty typography. This label depicts five barrels lying on their sides, a tribute to Odell's five barrel pilot system used for the refinement of each new beer recipe.

A: Pours a rusty amber color with a thin, off-white head with good retention and generous lacework.

S: Fruity, floral hops. Earthy malts. Herbal grass. A subtle hint of crisp, fried bacon.

T: Perfectly balanced and characteristic of its style. Lingering floral hops and pale malts over an underlying herbal leaf background. Finishes dry with a subtle bitterness.

M: Light-bodied and well carbonated.

D: Excellent drinkability.

07-25-2008 23:46:46 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of Mardukk


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Had this in a bottle while on a trip in Neb.

Pours with minimal head with a small bit of white lacing. A brownish amber color like apple juice and apple cider mixed.

Has an almost bourbon smell, can tell that there was some barrel aging in the process, with a bit of hop and caramel malt in the after taste.

Medium body and mouthfeel

Low carbonation and a fairly unpronounced flavor (for the style) make this very easy to drink.

Smooth easy to drink pale ale, lower hop taste than most. Not my favorite pale ale but not bad either.

07-23-2008 01:00:42 | More by Mardukk
Photo of giblet


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

this is a nice beer. picked this up in columbia mo and i am glad i did. nice pour with three quarter inch head. nice earthy aroma of hops and some malt. taste is good, rich yet smooth. excellent lacing down the glass. this is a fine beer.

suckem up and movem out.


07-13-2008 23:23:22 | More by giblet
Photo of DefenCorps


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz bottle received from ArrogantB. Best by 4th Oct 2008.

A: Amber with a pleasing, frothy off-white head. Not much carbonation. Great head retention and nice lacework too!

S: Hoppy in an English way. Leafy and earthy. Mild malty sweetness. Good stuff

T: Starts off wonderfully hoppy with green, leafy, earthy hops with a mildly spicy note. Mildly malty with toffee and almost a hint of tobacco. Dry finish

M: Nice carbonation, refreshing.

D: Glad I have another

07-13-2008 19:05:29 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of sevopie


3.85/5  rDev +1%

Appearance - Pours a solid rusty brown color, with a white head. Sticks around at the top mostly.

Smell - This is how I like a beer to smell. You smell the hops and a half second after, the malt. Almost perfect balance on the nose.

Taste - Again the hops hit you first, but then you get the malt almost right away. I also taste a little brown sugar here as well as possibly some corn taste.

Mouthfeel - Kinda standard here. Not too heavy, but maybe a touch so for a pale. First sip you get a lot of carbonation, but it fades well.

Drinkability - I keep coming back to this one. Its very well balanced, and I can drink it all night long without it getting old.

07-03-2008 08:36:58 | More by sevopie
Photo of andreasmwatt


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%






06-30-2008 01:04:39 | More by andreasmwatt
Photo of Rayek


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Had this on-tap at Watercourse in Denver.

A: Hazy pale amber color. Off white head was small, but had nice retention. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Smells fruity and floral with distinct citrus and grass notes. A little toasted malt comes through as well.

T: Well balanced. Malt has a nice biscuit quality to it. Hops are floral, with a bend toward a grapefruit citrus quality. Finishes with a nice bitterness that doesn't linger very long.

M: Medium-light body with the right amount of fizz. Slightly husky.

D: Nice unassuming session beer that pairs well with food.

06-11-2008 23:18:33 | More by Rayek
Photo of DontCallMeSurly


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

I poured a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. This beer pours an amber brown with very little head and leaves a very small white ring around the edge of the glass. As far as the smell goes I don't really get much except some malty profiles and a very faint sweet hop characteristic. This feels great on the tongue; medium body with a light carbonation feel to it. Overall I would say this is a pretty standard pale ale and if given the chance I'd probably drink it again although I probably wouldn't search for it.

05-13-2008 03:11:24 | More by DontCallMeSurly
Photo of rye726


3.2/5  rDev -16%

This is a fairly average pale ale. Nothing too special going on here. Kind of an amber brown color with a tan head. The nose has a subtle malt profile under a citrus hop presence. The taste has hops up front and settles to some mild caramel malts. The average body is refreshing and has decent carbonation. A good pale ale, but not the most interesting.

05-12-2008 17:08:05 | More by rye726
Photo of toolbrew


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a copper color, clear, white head. Excellent head retention; thick and foamy all the way down! Good lacing

Great hop smell, not overwhming and not too malty.

Hoppy taste with a sweet finish. Malts and hops balance very well. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Feels great in my mouth! Goes down well, hits the back of the tongue with the hop rush. Savory on the roof of my mouth.

Better session beer than SNPA in my opinion. A mild beer that would probably be good as a crossover for some.

05-04-2008 21:43:15 | More by toolbrew
Photo of pokesbeerdude


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Picked up a single from the brewery, love the IPA we'll see how the Pale is.

A: Poured a nice copper color, a little more on the pale side, nice off white head about a quarter of an inch thick reduced to a film, nice lacing on the glass, crystal clear, pretty bubbly. Good looking beer.

S: Very hoppy, bitter smelling beer, a few bready malty smells, underlying sweet malt smell.

T: Very balanced, hops hit first, and linger, pale malts sit on the palate and are very noticeable at the end. Hops are slightly citrusy, pretty damn good pale ale.

M: Smooth, a hint of carbonation, very slick in the mouth, goes down very easily.

D: This is a good, balanced pale ale, but its not one of my favorites. I can have a few, but if I want to session with a pale, there are a few others I would go for first.

04-28-2008 00:34:24 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of jwc215


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Thanks to cesky for including this in a trade.

Pours chill-hazed golden amber with a white head that lasts.

The smell is of floral and fruity notes behind a pale malt graininess.

The taste is of pale malt - English-style. Some balancing citric/floral/earthy notes. Tea-leafy, bitterish finish.

It is thinnish, but within medium bodied with a nice carbonation level.

Interesting - and even good - but nothing great. It has key characteristics of an English pale ale (perhaps with an American flair), though a bit too leafy/tannic.

04-18-2008 00:30:06 | More by jwc215
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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