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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: 716
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 53 | 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 CrossFitAlex
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at an Odell tasting in Saint Paul, MN. The beer was served on draft.

A beautiful beer with great carbonation and nice head.

Tasting notes: hoppy. Smells earthy, with lots of grapefruit and marijuana. Crisp and well carbonated. Clean finish. A bit more bitter than your typical pale ale.

CrossFitAlex, May 08, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with a golden hue, and a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is bready malts with some faint, spicey notes.
Taste is subtle malts with equally subtle hops. Malts become slightly crackery, with some faint, bitter notes at the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a bitter, dry finish. Light body. Slightly watery.
Drinkability is good. Overall a lackluster beer, but still easy to drink, and one which would be fitting on a hot day.

Parrotbeak, May 05, 2010
Photo of gpogo
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange amber with some yeasty particles. Large off white head. Head leaves a nice lacing.

A- Bready caramel malt with some light citrus hop notes.

T- Caramel malt, nothing too impressive as far as malts, it seems a little muted. Sweet malt taste and citrus hop flavors, but nothing too heavy. Metallic tasting finish. Scratch that, metallic taste throughout.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite refreshing in fact.

D- I'm not completely impressed with the taste, but I do think it is a decent beer and I would be happy to have a few of these. Alcohol isn't too heavy and it is rather refreshing.

gpogo, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear with a slight haze, amber with a fine, eggshell cap and tons of lace. The aroma was mostly citrus, tangerine, with slight malt. Moderate bitterness with orange, floral, and citrus notes, slight toastiness. Medium to light bodied, lowish carbonation, and dry. A good pint of pale ale.

DrJay, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Shimmering dark, orange brown ale, it is very clear. Visible carbonation and an off-white head that thins out to a slim disc on top.

S- Sweet metallic hop scents-- sweet juicy fruits, black teas, deeper down is a just off earthy aroma.

T- Crisp clean hops up front, sweet bing cherries in the middle, finishes on more hop flavor, but more bittered and pronounced. English hops profile, a good representation of the style.

M- Pleasantly smooth with good body structure, light carbonation.

D- Decent drinkability, the lingering bitterness gets old as you make your way through.

SamN, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange gold with a ragged white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of mild hops and pale malts.

Tastes of mild citric hops with a pale malt presence. Hops are understated and not to my liking. There is an earthy finish to it that adds a little.

Mouthfeel is medium, but the carbonation is too loose and fizzy.

ocelot2500, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/22/10 on the label. Was a hazy copper color with lots of carb streams. Had a large fluffy white head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing.

The aroma was floral hops with some fruit and caramel malt. For the style it's very good and I'll score to that. For my personal tastes, I'm not a big fan of it. Same story on the taste. Good for the style but didn't really strike me. Medium bitter hops are the main player with malt sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel was light to medium with a watery feel. Good carbonation.

Overall, a good beer for the style and I scored it that way for the first 4 elements. For personal drinkability, it was good but not something that I'd want a 6 pack of. Odell's has plenty of other great beers that I'd rather stock up on. Rotation - not avail in TX so got thru ummagum. Not bad but others that I'd rather have again so this is just a one timer for me. [1-style]

TexIndy, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle dated best before 2/19/2010.

Served chilled and poured into a shaker pint glass, 5 Barrel has a redish copper color with a very slight haze. The head is thick and long-lasting with lace left behind.

Aroma is nicely hoppy with a combination of traditional English hops and some more American varieties. A little citrus from the latter makes it smell very fresh even though it's probably a little past it's prime.

The flavor is a great balance of bitter and sweet. The malts provide a solid backdrop of toast and caramel while the hops are earthy, grassy, and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with low+ carbonation.

Overall a great Americanized version of the classic British pale ale.

GilGarp, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade with Devin aka ArcTeryx. Been looking forward to trying this one for awhile now. Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pour's semi-hazy coppery amber color. One finger light dirty white head that dies down quickly to just skim on top of the beer. Nice sticky lacing on sides of glass.

S- Crisp citrus (pineapple) in here. Caramel malts in there as well. Light alcohol in tailend of aroma. Hops are most scent forward. Lightly muted I think overall.

T- First off strange metallic taste. Nothing bad just kind of there. Stayed the entire beer so I knocked off half a point for that. After that nice citrus hops burst under a caramel sweet malt taste. This beer would be simple and great tasting without the metalic hint to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for style. Hoppy citrus taste left all over palate with a malty aftertaste that is light and not overbearing. Light drying in the mouth with this beer.

D- Good drinking pale ale that was ruined slightly by the metallic overtones to it. Would love to try it again. Actually I could see this becoming a favorite of mine.

alleykatking, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip-pint glass

A: Orange to amber with brownish hues. Strong, white head sits at 1 inch and dwindles to a solid 1/4 inch throughout. Good carbonation, maybe a hint too much for an English ale.

S: Caramel and toffee aromas are light but there. Some toastiness as well. The hops are herbal. Slight hint of diacetyl.

T: Light caramel malts and plenty of toasted flavors come out. Not a ton of sweetness, but definitely some subtlety in the aftertaste. The hops give a nice herbal, floral tone and are mildly resinous. Nice rounded flavors throughout and well attenuated.

M: Light bodied. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Sessionable.

D: A nice English Pale Ale. Great balance and subtlety of traditional English flavors throughout. Definitely could put back 3-4 of these in an hour, no problem. If it were readily available, it would be a staple.

brewdoc75, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of thistle3189
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me a few beers for Colorado and this was among them.

A: Pours a dark straw color with a nice head and great lacing.
S: lot's of hops in the nose but not overwhelming.
T: Wow, very good lots of hops in a full profile
M: crisp and refreshing as should be in the style.
D: Very drinkable, if it was available locally it could be one to buy.

Per the label this is produced on there pilot 5 barrel system not the large one. With a very aggressive hoping schedule.

thistle3189, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of arizcards
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine for a tailgate back at the end of September for $7.99. Found a pair in the fridge so thought i would officially review this tonight.

Beer poured an amber orange with a solid white head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is caramel malts and fresh citrusy hops. Taste is well balanced between the caramel malts and a medley of citrus, melon, and piney hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just right. Drinkability is quite good, a lot of flavor is packed into this sessionable pale ale.

arizcards, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear copper. The medium-thick head of foam holds suprisingly well considering the carbonation rising throughout the beer seems sparse. Initially I get a nice dose of hop aroma. It's got a cascade style pine character with subtle citrus influence. Only a bit of malt comes through. Overall the smell is nice, but after that first whiff I don't get much on subsequent attempts.

The taste has a promising tangy-orange hoppiness up front. Not much seems to happen after that though, and it ends up a bit boring once you get to the finish. So clean it is almost watery as the malt doesn't provide a strng enough balance. Lightly bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel is light, but appropriate with fine, subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is good for this beer even though I didn't find it too intriguing. I'll give it credit for being a sessionable option with decent hoppiness. If you aren't asking for much this will do just fine...

bennetj17, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of wnh
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, lively, with one finger of lightly creamy off-white head that leaves a thin bit of lacing.

Aromas of caramel malt and earthy, grassy hops on the nose. Light hop bitterness on the palate without much hop flavor. Really, this doesn't taste like much of anything; I'm really having a hard time picking out specific flavors. Light bodied with good carbonation, and a drying finish. There's a subtle nuttiness on the finish, with a mild lingering bitterness, though the overall length is short.

I'm disappointed on the whole--O'Dell makes some fantastic beers, but this just isn't up to par. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but it lacks anything to make me want to drink it again.

wnh, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12fl oz bottle into my tumbler

Pours a medium copper color with a slightly off-white three finger head. Great head retention, very rocky as you would say. As the head fades down slowly it leaves very sticky soapy lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell is of citrus like hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine resin, and caramel malts. Smells oh so delicious.

Sweet citrus flavor as the upfront taste with very slight bitterness, slight grass and pine resin taste, very clean if you ask me. Caramel malts are slightly noticeable in the back. Clean, smooth, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing smooth taste is all I can say, BRAVO.

Another solid beer by Odell(very underated brewery I say). I could see myself drinking these very easily.

tr4nc3d, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of demuzik
2.1/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For a snazy looking bottle, this beer leaves much to be desired. Proclaiming itself as "bountiful in hop flavor" - due to 4 different boiling hops - this beer is a run of the mill pale ale, tasting mostly bittering hops, with very few complexities and/or floral notes. Lacing is poor, and aroma is uninspiring. Not sure why I see this all over the place... perhaps you'll like it, or perhaps you'll wonder why someone would think this one special like me.

demuzik, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of tugdriver7
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hand-carried from my hometown (Greeley, CO...Thanks N&J)! I got an e-mail from N while they were in Greeley and he said this one was a keeper. Now I know why. An exceptionally drinkable offering from one of the best craft breweries. This is good stuff and I'm glad I still have one bottle left. The beer poured gorgeous gold into the glass with a nice head that quickly dissipated and left very delicate lacing on the glass. Very subtle fruity, piney hops were evident in the nose, and that carried into initial taste. Nice balance of sweetness (very light but pleasantly noticeable) and the aforementioned hops, with a moderate malty body, punctuated by delicate carbonation. Those are two words I'd use a lot with this beer: delicate and subtle. Nothing "in your face" about it. No alcohol taste at all, with a very slight dry bitterness at the end. I never put the glass down--and it tasted great right through to the warmer last few swallows. It's an excellent session beer you'd never grow tired of. Clearly a winner all the way around. [PS Kudos to the BA who donated the photo for the review page... one of the best photos I've seen. Love the "barrel" wood underneath.]

tugdriver7, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a large white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Mild aroma. Floral and herbal hop qualities. A little ash is detected as well. Did I mention how weak the aroma was? Herbal and earthy hop flavor. A touch of pine as well. Mild biscuit malt and even some yeast esters giving some complex flavors. Low bitterness for some decent hoppy flavors. Mild yet complex. Lighter body with a soft effervescent carbonation. Lively and dynamic. Well done pale ale. Nice lighter body and low ABV. Bitterness will not wear the palate out. Very sessionable.

morimech, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dense, cloudy amber with minimal white head. Some lacing.

Floral hops are prevalent in the aroma. Almost a metallic scent in there as well.

Taste is different. Hops are quite strong, but there is something in the flavor I can't quite place--like a spiciness or cloves.

Hops burn the tongue a bit after swallow. Nice medium body.

Pretty good. A little different.

PaleAlien2, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served, on-tap, in a Pilsner glass (Denver, CO):

The beer appeared amber in color with a nice white head with decent retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was good as well, malty or bready with a little kick of hops, which was nice.

The taste was really good and a lot stronger than I thought that it would be. Bready with a nice hop to it. The beer had a nice dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste.

The beer had a light body to it; the beer was smooth, clean and extremely easy to drink. Definitely one of the best pale ales that I have had.

PhillyStyle, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, light copper color with about one finger of head that retains pretty well and leaves a decent bit of lacing.

S - Sweet earthy and bread malt tones hit the nose first, with some citrus hoppiness in the background.

T - Fairly heavy on the biscuity, earthy malt flavors, but pretty well balanced with a crisp hoppy citrus finish. Very slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level.

D - Overall, a very drinkable beer with a nice balance of hops and malts. Could possibly use a little more on the hop side of things, but still a well done pale.

GarrisWH, May 22, 2009
Photo of mizzourah
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- It's a somewhat hazy golden, apricot color with a white, one-finger head.

S- Floral, citrusy hops with some earthy malt aromas.

T- It's like there are two kids, one named hops and one named malts, fighting for attention. There is a lovely mixture of bready, yeasty malts and floral hops. Its a great balance of the two. I notice the malts first, but then the bitterness of the hops jump up for attention. Then the two play nicely to finish, with hints of the bread and yeast combining with the florals and citrus.

M- Medium body with good amount of carbonation.

D- This was a wonderful beer. I really enjoyed the balance between the hops and malts, they played off each other well. One of the better pale ales I've had.

mizzourah, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, burnished gold body with a frothy, modest-sized, white head.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy hop nose with a backing of toasted (though only lightly, mind you) malts and just a thin sliver of caramel.

Taste: Fine, lightly grainy malts with a restrained sweetness upfront. Spicy hops along with a pinch of bright lemon zest accompany a medium bitterness. A dry caramel taste perks up on the other side of the bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with just a little, lasting bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant and exceedingly drinkable while providing ample flavor all the while. Recommended, provided you dig light pale ales.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of climax
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a mostly clear amber, a finger of head faded down with lace assembling on the rim

smell was nice, sharp, and smooth. grassy tones, soapy/piney hops and a bit minty...well balanced as the malt strengthens as it warms. but a bit more strength in the nose would have summoned an even better score

taste is fantastic. as two fat kids playing tug-of-war the aggressive hop character is challenged by substantial malt breadiness

feel was pretty light, carbonation is mild and smooth, the hop presence keeps it crisp. the finish is dry and clean

this beer goes down purty dern easy and its got plenty of character to stay exciting. sessionable for sure. one of the best pale ales i've tried. odell rocks.

climax, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a small head. Really malty, biscuit, smelly beer, very nice smell. Unfortunately, that was the high point for me with this one. It was well crafted and the taste was perfectly fine, it just didn't wow me. It all seemed a bit muddled. Fantastic ingredients and tons of care, just nothing really remarkable that grabbed you and made you want to have another. A perfectly decent effort, you just kinda wonder what could have been.

SwiftyMcBeer, Mar 20, 2009
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.