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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of hellbilly
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at papago...

pours a darker hazy copper color than the ipa with a similar head... fluffy, soapy and white with lots of clingy lace.

the aroma is of very soapy british style hoppiness... mixed in are a fruitiness of some sort, orange, flowers, caramel and soft earthy spices.

the flavor is a nice blend of the aroma characteristics... with a spicy dry finish and a dryness which continues to parch the mouth into the aftertaste. lots o' hops in this one! so much so that the mouth feel is prickly from them! medium bodied with a nice sessionable mouth feel...7/4/7/3/15/3.6

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

A - Cloudy amber to copper color with orange hue. Adequate off white, orangish head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is balanced. Malts and piney, citrusy hops with fruity esters.

T - Smooth bitterness, taste matches the aroma profile.

M - Thin to moderate body. Biting tingle on the tongue. Mildly persistent bitterness.

D - Good drinkablity. Nice balance.

Photo of Douglas14
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy pale color with a slight amber-orange hue to it. The new is nice and fluffy and it leaves good lace. The nose is extremely floral. The taste NASA nice bitterness and nuttiness to it, but it does not have as much floral notes as the aroma does. Good beer, glad to drink it, but it not blow my socks off.

Photo of Beefeater57
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color, slight haze. Thick, clumpy egg-white head. Great retention and lacing...

S: Sweet smell of pine, cut wood. Very nice clean smell, a little bit floral

T: Definitely malty sweet up front, hints of grapefruit. Leafy hop flavors develop in the aftertaste, a light lingering that isn't overpowering.

M: Slightly thin, but not watery. Good overall feel...

D: Very drinkable - has a great balance of malt sweetness, citrus flavors and leafy hops in the finish. Goes down pretty easy..very pleasant pale ale.

Photo of Rchap1
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap into a straight-sided pint.

A: Coppery orange color, with about a half inch of light colored head. Minimal lacing, but I wouldn't expect much for this style anyways.

S: Strong citrus and hop scent. More than I expected.

T: Crisp, clean, smooth. Definitely taste the citrus, more so than the hops. I actually really enjoyed the flavor on this one.

M: High level of carbonation leads this one to a pretty full-on feel.

D: I drank several of these while eating some hot wings. Great pairing, it's really refreshing!

Photo of whiterascal
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bottle poured into my Freetail pint glass

A: Golden bronze
S: floral, I can smell some hops, a little citrusy
T: quite carbonated. hops on the tongue with a citrusy, almost wheaty aftertaste.
M: smooth, but with some substance
D: very easy to drink

Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body, sticky lacing, with great retention. Faintly grassy, tea-like hops in the aroma. Flavors of tea leaves, pale malt or grainy barley, with a mild grassiness. Thin, light-bodied, a little watery. Easy drinking, but it doesn't really hold my interest. It could use more distinctive hop character... BBD: 01/29/09

Photo of mdcrouser
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of craytonic
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mphopkins99
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


Photo of sleazo
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JBuff41413
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mwilbur
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mardukk
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sevopie
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.