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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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745 Ratings
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | 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 SpecialK088
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of andreasmwatt
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5






Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of rye726
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of toolbrew
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reaaly like this beer. I had it today for the first time in a long time. It is on the darker side of the pale ale spectrum, being a bright red color that is very appealing. There is a great hop bouquet in the aroma and the taste carries those hops with it, and balances them with a rich malt flavor. This is a big beer masquerading as a pale ale.

Photo of mentor
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger clingy tan head over a brilliant light copper liquid. Head is large bubbled and soapy looking, but holds together well. Smells hay-hoppy grassiness over minimal esters and some drying graininess. Smells like dry clay dirt with a mildly citrus floral.

Tastes decently strong hoppy flavor and noticable hop grassiness. Hop flavor is red fruits, bursting fresh oranges, and a dash of cherry (no sour, just flavor). Malt sweet is underneath and loses in the end to the mild hop bitter and gently clensing carbonation. Biscuity and chalky. Finish has a bland character, like gelatin, or the center of a jelly bean. Aftertaste is a touch astringent amid the swamping driness. Aromatic floral rises up the back of the throat.

Md-heavy body and moderate carbonation. Barely a sting on the tongue. Quite nice.

Photo of ccrida
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On draught served in a mug, the 5 Barrel is dark gold with a slight chill haze and small white head that leaves medium lace.

Smell is sweet tangerine esters and a little off tang from the malt. Isn't this supposed to be dry-hopped? It's the rotating tap so I doubt it's that old, but who knows?

Taste is very fruity, but like the nose, esters not hops. There's also this sweet tang to the malt that is a little homebrewy that I've noticed in quite a few CO micros on this trip, maybe it's something in the water, not the recipe? Either way, one I pick up on it, it's difficult for me to ignore. Aside from that, this is a pretty vanilla pale ale - I was expecting lots of hop character from the dry-hopping the tout, but there wasn't any of distinction to be found here...

MF is crisp, medium bodied.

Drinkability is on the lower side for me because of that off-flavor and lack of any other interesting tastes.

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Photo of cer40
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a nice clear golden color with a one finger head. Aroma is balanced between the citrus hops and caramel malts. The flavor is very much the same balance of malt and hops. Very pleasant but not exceptional. Mouthfeel is lighlty sticky and medium bodied. Another strong brew from this brewery for me.

Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, orange gold in color. Medium size, white head, composed of small bubbles.

Sweetish nose, fruit & flowers. Earthy and spicy.

Taste was more bitter than sweet. Sweet does pick up a bit and shows fruit, maybe melons. Bread dough in the middle. Nice spiciness at the finish. Great balance.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very tasty brew. Good balance, thirst quenching and easy to drink.

Photo of tayner
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz dated 2-16-08 as an "extra" in a trade with northertimber, thanks.. one of the better extras ive had lately.

After being so overwhelmed with all the winter porters/stouts/barleywines and heavy winter beers, today was a warm day, mid 70s, and i wanted something lighter and this was my pick.

Poured into my warsteiner pilsner glass a hazy wheat yellow color with a nice head that dissipated to a nice cover and ring that left sticky lace all the way down.

Smell was a bit subdued, but smelled of sweet earthy hops.

Taste was a nice sweet malt background with a light, refreshing pine-y, earthy, slightly peppery hop flavor, but all very well balanced and nothing overbearing at all. No one flavor dominated the drink, they just all hung out together like friends.

It was well carbonated and made it very easy to drink, and very refreshing, and maybe only slightly thin.

Drinkability on this one is fantastic, one of the easiest drinking, sessionable beers i have had in a long, long time.

I am not sure how this beer gets such low scores unless people are knocking it for not being an over the top, hop bomb, imperial beer rather than what it is trying to be, a very well balanced, easy drinking, pale ale... and it hits it right on the head. The only negative really is that it could use a bit more dominate nose, aroma hops.

Heres to someone making a fantastic session beer with flavor that you can drink more than one of without benig filled up and buzzin!

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very nicely... wonderful head. Wanted a bit more aroma, but still good. Generally smooth with a bit of acidity. It had a pretty good balance that obviously leaned toward hop heavy... in a good way. I really liked the color and clarity of this beer. I would buy it again.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed amber body with a delicate offwhite head that leaves behind a lot of clingy lacing. Aroma is earthy and citrusy hops that have a grassy and piney component. Malt notes are toasty and biscuity. Body is medium and well carbonated. Taste is earthy hops with grassy elements. Softer citrus notes emerge as it warms. Malt backbone balances well, with a toasty and biscuity caramel presence. More of an American IPA than an English Pale Ale but pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of Tolann
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copied from previous notes

A - Amber in color Not much head but leaves a light lacing. Clear

S - Grassy sweet hops. Some citrus

T - A typical pale ale bitterness. Not a lot of after taste. Very easy on the tongue

M - Light body. Almost tin-y feel. Carbonation is noticeable on your tongue.

D - Easy drinking and goes down easy. no harsh attributes, but nothing stands out either.

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.