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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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86
very good

713 Ratings
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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 49 | 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 jar2574
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Below average appearance. Very flat looking, with very little head initially, and none after it settles. Not that carbonated.

Nice hoppy smell though, so things might turn out all right.

Interesting taste. Hops, but also some unexpected sweetness -- banana flavor.

Overall, a decent experience, but not one I'm craving to try again.

jar2574, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bottle on 06/04/07 at a Sports Bar in the Denver Airport.

Golden in color with a nice full pillowy off-white head. Citrusy hop aroma and flavor (Amarillo ?); not overpowering. Nice balance. Medium bodied and smooth with a crisp hop finish.

Refreshing but not real spectacular.

Per OBC website: Fresh whole hop flowers in the Hop Back and the Fermentor. Four hop additions during the kettle boil.
5.2% ABV. 36 IBUs
Gold, Classic English-Style Pale Ale, 2006 GABF
Silver, Classic English-Style Pale Ale, 2005 GABF

RBorsato, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap the beer was a beautiful orange-amber with a healthy white head.

The aroma was predominately floral and cirus hops but also had a slight caramel maltiness to it.

The taste was a very nice balance between the citrus of the hops and the sweet malt notes.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and mildly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer that went very well with the vegetarian pizza it accompanied.

Monkeyknife, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this on-tap before I knew the diffs between English and American Pales, and my initial impression was not very favorable. I tried this two more times out of the bottle and I think I was way too critical the first time I had this.

This isn't as hoppy as APA's which is why I think I was critical at first. This beer has a nice hop aroma and taste in good balance with the malts, and it was very refreshing. A nice alternative when you're not in the mood for the hoppiness of an APA. I'm becoming a fan of Odells.

WaveRebel51, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of jimdkc
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a 2-finger white head. Head fades quickly, and leaves some lace on the glass.

Aroma dominated by citrus, slightly earthy hops.

Flavor is, again, dominated by hops. Malt is barely there in the background. And where is the hop bitterness? MIA.. that's where!

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a nasty mouth-drying astringent finish.

Not a bad beer, really... just pretty mediocre.

jimdkc, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of ruleof72
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I moved out of Ft Collins over eight years ago and rarely get to try Odells for whatever reason. They have always made a good beer and the 5 Barrel is no exception.

The beer pours a medium caramel with a dense head and good lacing. The smell is just about perfect for me, especially in a Pale Ale. Toasted malt with a hint of sweetness along with some solid hops in the background. The taste is very good but not quite the same as the smell. There is the classic pale ale taste backed up with a little stronger hop profile. I tasted grass, pine and a little chocolate. The carbonation and body of the beer make it a beer for all seasons with just the right mix of body and liveliness. This is a super-drinkable beer it just goes down smooth. I think this would be one of my standards if I could get it in Atlanta. Unfortunately we can't so I will just need to visit Colorado more often!

ruleof72, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orange, medium copper color with lots of big bubbly white head. Aromas are pretty hop forward: Fuggle and EKGs give off a nice floral, citrusy aroma, fresh. Some faint lightly toasty malts are there, but mostly hops. On the palate, the hops continue to take center stage with a nice open of mango and citrus. Unfortunately, it takes a weird turn from there. An increasingly dry, thin body with biting carbonation give this one a poor mid palate and finish. Overall, drinkability is fine, but I'd like a better rounded Pale ale.

dreadnatty08, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of jpwilliamson
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just short of awesome...very hoppy and very slightly bitter. I started drinking this beer over the winter and it works well in all seasons. It is well-balanced enough to go well with different foods, especially fish. Give it a try and you will not be disappointed.

jpwilliamson, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of etenbus
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First tried this beer while camping at Yellowstone a few years ago. Had to drink it out of the bottle as I did not have the proper pint glass!

It pours a brilliant orange-amber into the Imperial pint glass I nicked from some pub in Manchester. It is topped by a half inch of billowy, creamy head, which settled to an eight of an inch after five minutes. Very clear beer.

The aroma definitely leans toward the British side of the IPA world. It doesn't have that crisp, spicy, smack you in the head hop bomb that my favorite domestic IPA (Goose Island, Chicago) provides. It is a bit more muddled, a little musty, followed by fresh lemons and oranges. The difference in citrus fruit between the typical well-done English IPA/bitter and American Pale Ale is that the former usually has more oranges, the latter more grapefruit. Appetizing, though.

Fully-flavored, it begins with some sweet orange candy and then tips toward lemons. And the hoppiness kicks in on the swallow, but it doesn't have the stringent, puckering bitterness; there are, however, more hops than your typical British IPA. It is more well-rounded. The mouthfeel is also rounded and perhaps a little thin. The carbonation is lively and the bubbles rising through the orange liquid continued until the beer is done.

This could be a session beer. A solid British-style Pale Ale with perhaps more hops than the average Brit. Perhaps not willing to live on the wild side of the beer experience, it certainly has better manners than many of those beers that do.

etenbus, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a golden amber color with about two fingers of thick off-white foam. Smells of earthy, fruity hops followed by a slight caramel malt note. Tastes of light citrus like lemon and bitter orange along with sweet caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly a sessionable brew that I'd seek out again.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an orangey-amber with an abundance of carbonation and a rich, thick, foamy head with many rifts in it. Leaves rings of lacing around the glass with each gulp. Aroma could have been a bit stronger. Smells like a mix of American and English pale ales. It has the diacetyl but there's a cleanness to it also. The hops are a mix of citrus and earthy herbal ones. Flavor is silky smooth with a solid malt background with sweet caramel tones and a rather pronounced hop presence of mandarin orange and bitter herbs. Mouthfeel almost leans toward thin, but the carbonation is excellent and smooth. I could drink this all night.

goochpunch, May 13, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Dated 062807. The body was a hazy orange/apricot color. The lumpy white head reached three fingers and lingered throughout the drink.

Smell was rather aromatic. Earthy floral hops and fruits. Mild alcohol aroma came late. Later yet a honey-like caramel smell arrived.

Taste of medium sweetness and not as bitter as I expected. There was a smooth counterbalancing of hops and malts.

Mouthfeel was rounded, smooth and medium in body. Medium/mild in carbonation. Subtle, British. Well done.

Cresant, May 03, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange pale ale, off white head, par for the course. Chill haze, good lacing.
The aroma is balanced between some slightly sweet caramel malt and nonspecific hop aromas, a little citric but muted with earthy notes. Not a ton of aroma, could be better, the hops could emerge more in the taste.

The malt is too dark for this APA's own good. A touch more sweetness and easing off the bready malt is my recommendation. The hops are very prevalent, but could be supported better by a bigger mouthfeel. They finish a little thin IMO.

Drinkability is just fine. I thought it could have been a little more robust but it is sessionable.

BretSikkink, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one several weeks back, poured to a pint glass. Embossed date: 012707.

A: Billowing light tan head, just shy of two-fingers. Clear amber-color with a few streams of slow carbonation. Attractive sticky bands of lace.

S: Enticing sweet, malty smell that screams "bakery!", followed with a nice mix of caramel malt and sweet orange rind hoppiness. Initially the smell bursts from the glass, detectable from a couple feet away, then mellows quite a bit...

T: Assertive biscuit-y malty flavor and sourdough bread, lemony and lightly bitter. Hops are faintly herbal as well and the beer, overall, is grainy tasting.

M: At times, it has a sticky/gummy mouthfeel that I don't really care for. Body is medium, carbonation light - overall it has a thicker, moderately creamy texture.

D: Pretty good, I'd have this again. Flavors are solid and balance is good. Mouthfeel is a little lackluster, but this beer has other attributes that I find appealing. Thanks to both Wasatch and flexabull for sending a bottle...

msubulldog25, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a nice beer. 5.2%, incredibly balanced and brimming with flavors. Session beer you have a poster child!

A - nice amber body, modest off-white head.

S - Citric, resiny soft floral hops balanced by biscuit malts.

T - Similar to aroma but with a crispness that adds a pop to the taste as it swirls around!

M - light to medium bodied.

D - where do I get a 6 pack?

barleywinebrewer, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.13/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a medium amber with some light cloudiness and a medium slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dry and bitter hops is dominating. Taste consists of aggressive metallic hops with strong dry bitter finish. Body is slightly above average with some medium carbonation. I don’t know if the bottle was oxidized or if the type of hops use provide the metallic taste but I can’t say that this was a much appreciated experience.

Phyl21ca, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, the head is a nice creamy off-white color and leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, malty, slightly citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is kinda sweet, malty, nice hop/bitterness thrown in, slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty English Pale Ale, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pour a light amber color, decent white head, and some haze visible.

Aromas are a bit subtle, but nice. A bit of citrus hops and a sweet malty quality are noted.

Flavors are quite crisp and tart. Hops are the dominant flavor, but not at all strong. Beer starts with a creamy tart quality, then finishes with a bitter citrus hop bite, kind of like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty full bodied for a Pale Ale.

This is a solid yet unspectacular beer. I would have no problem drinking another, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to track another one down. Certainly session worthy.

Thanks for the bottle Wasatch.

flexabull, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber-orange in color, somewhat cloudy. Thin, but active head, decent patchy lacing. The nose is hopped-up; juicy, piney hops and some notes of citrus. Sweet and sour like citrus hops are the first impression; turns musty in a hurry, but in a good way. Zesty lemon, mild malt backbone and traces of butterscotch candy are found here. Very enjoyable and a great session beverage.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of twokansamm
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Citrus hops, caramel malt.

S - Dark copper with little head. Lots of sediment (I had stored this bottle for 10 months)

T - Good hop flavor, not overpowering. An earthy flavor balanced with citrus hops, yet with a good balance of malt (which is up front)

M - Smooth and rich

D - Definately a british style pale ale, but with quite a bit going on.

twokansamm, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, slightly creamy consistency, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a lightly hazy, red tinted, full amber color. The aroma is nice and hoppy up front, about what one would expect for a hoppy pale ale. The hops are clearly American with citrus notes of grapefruit, sweet orange peel and even a touch of apricot. There are some chewy malt aromatics towards the end that remind me of caramelized crystal malts and some dry, toasty, biscuit malt character.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, more so from the citrus-like hop notes than from an overabundance of unfermented malt though. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine define the citrus components but there is a touch of herbaceous pine as well as a hint of menthol in the finish. This has a nice medium bitterness to it that causes my tongue to buzz a bit after the beer has left my mouth. The malt plays a supporting role here, but there are some noticeable toffee notes as well as a generally caramelized malt character & even some biscuit like toasted malt notes peek out from time to time.

This beer is quite light and easy drinking. I could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these during a session. Of course it is light and interesting enough to be used as that beer that one starts out the night with, before moving on to more powerful beers.

Gueuzedude, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a decent off white head.

Aroma is citrusy and floral hops with a faint malt sweetness as well. Very hoppy smell.

Taste is surpisingly balanced based on the nose. Sweet bread/biscuity malt up front with some citrusy and floral hops as well.

A very drinkable beer that would make for a great session.

hckyfn9999, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of shamus
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd try some local pale ales while I'm here in Colorado This one is from Fort Collins and proposes on the label that it is brewed five barrels at a time. The label also explains that it is packed with hops and this is true. My girlfriend who is not a hop fan as I am found it impalatable.

I really enjoyed the strong hop perfume and flavour with the first sip. The bitterness however soon grew to a level that even I wasn't that happy with. Although I do love a strongly hopped beer I prefer that the hop notes are balanced more with the bitternesss.

It is a lovely beer to look at. A really nice creamy thick head with staying power. It also had a great mouthfeel even with the loads of bitterness.

shamus, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a nice amber color with a small head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - Smelled of hops, corn and malt.

T - It had a very good hop flavor-slightly bitter. This taste was complimented by a sweet maltiness.

M - It was dry and crisp. Light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty good PA. A good blend of hops and malt.

zeff80, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Very impressive! One of the only beers to turn my head in a while.

Great appearance: hazy amber-orange body, off-white head. Good retention; very nice lacing.

The nose is hoppy but not real specific in its character. Citrusy, floral, grassy... Cascade and goldings perhaps? Basic underlying maltiness.

The flavor is very well balanced between a base of biscuity/caramelish malt and citrusy hops backed by a solid bitterness. Finishes drying with some residual hop flavors and a bit of lingering, dull bitterness.

Medium bodied with a gently zesty, median carbonation.

Definitely worth trying! An interesting pale ale that straddles the British and American versions of the style. Very drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Oct 27, 2006
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.