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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 83 | 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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Ratings: 774 | Reviews: 285
Photo of morimech
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mizzourah
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  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.

Photo of climax
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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

From a twelve ounce brown bottle - Pours a light copper color with no haze whatsoever. Smells of fine English malts with just a tad of hops present in the nose. First sip is tasty smooth and malty clean with a slightly bitter finish. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Appealing rusty orange with off-white 2-finger head with good retention and respectable lacing.

S: A very earthy aroma with some herbal and floral hops notes. The earthy, rustic nose is interesting but not what I was expecting.

T: A bit abrupt with a nice caramel and pale malt backbone, but the hops are a little bit lost in the shuffle. It comes off very strong in the Fuggles department, which isn't necessarily terrible, but it isn't exactly the first beer to come along like this.

M: The dedicated malting is evident in the medium-to-full body. The carbonation is dead-on for the style and the aftertaste is earthy and herbal.

D: A decent English pale ale with a clear dedication to quality crafting, but the hops influence is a bit muddled, and its abruptness make it not a top-notch session beer candidate, which is what this style is meant to be.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, clear golden color with about a half inch of fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is malty, biscuity sweetness with a bit of citrusy hops as well. Very nice smelling beer, nothing too crazy.

Taste is more of that sweet, biscuity goodness with a very simple and well balanced hop finish. Very well done pale ale from Odell.

As it warms the flavors come out, this one is very drinkable.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear medium-dark golden color with a sticky tainted-white color. Superb lacing and retention. A good looking beer.

Smell of hops are both floral and grassy. Biscuity malt aroma along with a slight copper tang. Do they use oats in here? Smells a bit like it. Nose is rounded out with a bit of carmel apples and honey.

This one has a pretty full malt body to go along with some hoppy bitterness. Not an abundance of hop flavors. There is the mildly toasty coppery tang again in the taste, not too fond of that. Maybe it is the fact this is supposed to be English style and they tried to give it some minerality...Overall, It is very drinkable and a fairly good PA.

Photo of Hannahjo
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper hue. About a centimeter of off-white head with decent lacing. Not bad for it being in a growler for a couple of days before I opened it up.

S: Scents of pine. Very floral, like a bouquet of hops.

T: Crisp and very citrusy. Not much of a hoppy character initially, but once you swallow it the bitterness leaves a pleasant aftertaste at the back of your tongue.

M: Smooth but it has a ton of carbonation which I'm not a huge fan of. I have a hard time actually tasting the beer because of it.

D: A very drinkable beer that is great alone or with a meal, anytime of the year.

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.

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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