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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 281
Hads: 821
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 33
Gots: 106 | 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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Reviews: 281 | Hads: 821
Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odell continues to impress me. Their beers are always visually appealing with great aroma and high drinkability and this one is no different. Very nice hop and malt mix in both aroma and flavor. Solid tan head with lacing. Attractive amber body with swirling bubbles. Tasty malt flavors including a nice sweetness and toastiness. Flavorful drying and bittering finish. The total is greater than the sum of the parts (and the parts are pretty good).

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Photo of AEArider
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange, with a tight knit head that left some decent lacing. Malt was the foundation of the smell, but the fruity overtones were definitely well represented. I was surprised by some of the other reviews, because I thought this brew had a good hop bite to it. The bitterness was more than noticeable and I thought the flowery hop profile was dominant in the flavor. Mouthfeel was good, a bit dry.

Overall a good, representative pale ale.

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A little bit hazy amber pour. Decent slightly offwhite head. Lacing and retention is minimal but present.

S: Very subtle. Flowery with a bit of citrus. There is a sweet caramel element from the malt.

T: Definitely an EPA. Hops are a bit citrusy and maybe a little earthy? But like the smell, very mild. Very little bitterness The sweet caramel malt is everywhere as well.

M: Super super smooth. As mentioned, just a tiny bit of bitterness from the hops. Otherwise it's silky and flavorful. Just a tiny bit of graininess in the aftertaste.

O: I thought this was a great example of an EPA so I gave it extra points. It's not very strong in any area, it focuses more on the overall package and the drinkability I think. This is a great session beer for sure, nothing too strong or overpowering about any aspect. Just an easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of JennyJam
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Color is cloudy amber-copper color with a two-finger head. Smells citrusy, earthy, fresh, I saw a bit of carbonation. The first sip contains a zip of hops and an earthy, fresh taste. The flavor mellows and balances throughout, maintains flavor as it warms. The mouthfeel is very good (not too watery, not too full) and has velvety smooth drinkability.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. I love beers like this for their initial zip of hops then a mellowing/balancing effect as you drink.

I will definitely return to this brew!

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Photo of Alacy
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- orangish amber with one inch of white head that disappears quickly, pretty good lacing

S- malty sweetness, citrus hops

T- malty bread and sweetness, citrus and floral notes, hoppy bitterness

M- medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation

O- very drinkable, decided to try this one after not having it for awhile.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date 9/23/11A

A- Head expands to an inch at it's peak, recedes and holds at a half-inch for most of the pints-worth. Beer is a nice looking mid-orange color with some effervescence. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Sweet oranges, citrus hops.

T- Mild citrus and hop flavors well balanced with a good pale ale malt backbone. Very tasty.

M- Adequate carbonation, medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- I could drink quite a few of these if it came down to it...low enough in ABV, but very tasty for what it is. Loved burping it up! Perhaps the best tasting English Pale Ale I've had to date, props Odell.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a rusty, hazy burnt orange. Really a very attractive color. It has a murky depths kind of carbonation, with a one finger head that reduces to a half-finger that sticks around for a bit. Thin lacing, if any.

The smell is when I really got on board. O'Dell wasn't lying about the hopping. With the addition of both a hopback filtration and dry hopping to the process, this smells like a cup of hop oil. Herbs and florals with a hint of spice. The malts add a sweetness to the smell.

This beer is an easy drinker, that's for sure. The front is bittersweet, all hop. The body pleasantly balances with smooth malts, caramel and biscuit flavors cropping up. The finish is sharp, floral, leaving a lingering sweetness. It's a very crisp pale ale, but not too dry. The flavor really develops deeply - you can keep sipping and focusing your attention all around the tongue, from start to finish, and keep finding nuance. It's really an expert hop profile, the malts being a solid foundation.

The mouthfeel is crisply silky, very nice. The hops snap, the carbonation is evident, but it's just oh so smooth.

This is a good take on the style. I enjoy a smooth, easy pale ale, and I love the time put into this hop profile. It's as complex as an IPA, but adapted with a reduced bitterness and more west coast US pale ale flavor. Definitely a good session beer.

Serving: Bottle, poured into pint glass.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funny to see this listed as an English Pale Ale as the hops seem very West Coast.

Pours a gold/copper with white head.

The smell is slight citrus hops but mostly malt. Almost like fruity nuts.

The taste is loaded with hop flavor yet still very balanced. Pineapple and tangerine with a bready backbone. The bottle conditioning makes it a very smooth bodied beer.

Great Pale Ale overall and wish I had access to it.

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Photo of
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-beautiful amber color with a lofty two inch head. Carbonation is lively and add body to the beer.

s-can you say aromatic hops? They shine through, and you can smell the multiple hop additions that have imparted a beautiful nose to this beer. The hops have a nice malt smell to go with them in the beer. The hop back and dry hopping give it even more of the great hop aroma.

t-what I think a pale ale should taste like. This beer is not an IPA, the balance of the hops are on the toung for a second and the malts come in nicely. There are a decent amount of malts here too. Some good back to them. The aromatic hops are not transulated into bitterness, there is none present.

m-good body to this brew. There are a decent amount of sugars left in the beer, and it provides a nice feel to the beer.

o-In a world where there are so many over the top IPA's and IIPA's, this beer holds back and provides a nice pale ale. This beer should be judged by the fact that it's an English Pale, not an IPA. Nice work.

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Photo of Forb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Slowdown - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Golden haze with a minor fluffy head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Earthy, fruity hop elements with a grainy malt backbone.

Taste: Strong bread malt here with hints of the pine, grapefruit hop essence.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation leaving it with a smooth/creamy richness.

Overall: A decent pale ale. I would drink it again.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice light pour. Head is slight off-white. Brew is nice clean crisp orange with some yellow and amber.

S - Lots of Cascade and Amarillo hops. Nice fruity scent.

T - Very bland for a Pale... I would expect more aggression from Odell. Nice, but not potent.

M - Way too carbonated!!!! Light body with some depth missing.

O - A nice relaxing brew. Great for a hot summer day. Not one to seek, but a must try if you're able to find.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a nice copper-amber color, with some decent cloudy white foam on top. Aromas of caramel, light brown sugar and some floral hops. On the palate, light bodied, with caramel, biscuit and a hint of hops.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber with a fluffy white, one finger head. Really great retention, this beer was poured 10 or 15 minutes ago and the head seems to be in the same place as when it was poured. Floral hops on the nose touch of husky grain and a bit of fruit. Nectarines? Definitely something on the lighter side. Decent fruity body up front. On the mid palate I had a strong association with iced tea. Floral hoppiness on the end with just a touch of bitterness, but definitely not what I would describe as a hoppy beer. This is a really nice pale ale that I would definitely buy when I am looking for something on the lighter side, but still quaffable.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass. Enjoy by 8/3/11.

A- Nice deep orange, big sandy off white sticky head. Serious lacing. Really nice in the glass.

S- Light toasted grain and malt sweetness, some floral/sweet fruity hops.

T- Lots of sweet fruit, orange and cantaloupe, good hop flavors but next to no hop bitterness. Big bready malt. Nice toasted barley as well. A nice change of pace- but I could do with some more hops. Really fruity stuff here, though.

M- Lacking hops, malt is very nice though and makes this an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

O- Would like to try again- interesting beer.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-- Average, huge 2 finger head that dissipates at a medium rate

S -- Very interesting almost lavender or Jasmine smell.

T/M - * I am a hop bomb junkie, just putting that out there. Tastes very medium to light in barley, very lightly toasted, mostly malt with a brief hint at hops on the first few sips. Mouthfeel average.

Overall- About an average PA. If anything still would have preferred a lil more hops, but even a larger flavor from a darker roast. 5.2% ABV is about average.

PP (Price Point) -- $8.99 for a 6 pack picked up in Rock Springs Wyoming, not too far from where it was brewed. Would probably skip over this one.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks pops! This one pours an amber orange with a couple fingers of white head leaving webby lacing. The nose is quite muddled and not mich is picked up but faint hop offerings. The taste has some off putting flavors akin to an aluminium can. Some hops show but not as much as a sweet caramel bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carb.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out the color of dark passionfruit, a smidgen of orange cream head.

Oranges hit the nose first, then mild hop oils

Mild hop bitterness and watery sweetness mix to give a very mediocre flavor profile. Cottonwood and young sunflower stems also compliment the bitterness

Mouthfeel is light and weak body, with a small tingle of carbonation

Overall this is a very basic, normative pale ale. You could session it, but it won't draw any new conclusions for you.

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Photo of Illtryit
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dated drink by 5/5/2011

Pours an awesome, cloudy, orande - gold with 1/2 inch foam which dissapates quickly and leaves a thin ring around my mug with decent lacing as I enjoy this brew.

Smell? Delicious! Particularly, citrus....lemon and/or grapefruit.... and floral. Very enticing.

Tastes like the best Pale Ale I have ever had! Citrus, hoppy, mellow, refreshing, clean, and smooth with perfect carbonation. Aftertaste is citrus.

I have just found my 'fall back' beer. I will have this in my fridge at all times. Great Pale Ale.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you LSUPT

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Very nice looking beer with a deep, murky orange color. Topped with a 2 finger off-white head that dissipates to a thin white foam. Very thin lacing but shows signs of it throughout.

Smell is of slight caramel malts, freshly cut grass, pine, and just a tiny hint of hops.

Taste is of the caramel malt, grass, pine, and a tiny hop finish.

Mouthfeel is nice with a slight tingle from the carbonation.

Overyall, it was a very enjoyable beer. I could easily session these on a hot summer day. Big thanks again Alex!

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Photo of atomicbeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange-yellow, slighly hazy with a 2 finger beige head that dissapates. A steady rising carbonation that fades out gives this an excellent look. The aroma is floral grapefruit-pear marmalade on fresh bread. Taste is grapefruit juice and citrus with lingering bitterness. Full bodied, clean, and satisfying. Sessionable and food friendly. Just a really fine beer that will find me coming back to again and again.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a fluffy 1/2 inch white head.

Smell: Light caramel malt aromas with subtle hops in the background.

Taste: Light caramel on the palate again with medium hops on the back.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with light hops on the finish.

Overall: English style, yes. Fairly thirst quenching.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011.

A - Amber body with a thick head that dissipates over time, leaving a decent covering, decent lacing and a fair bit of cling that lasts right to the bottom. Constant, gentle stream of bubbles from the bottom.

S - Sweet toffee undertones with a citrusy hop lead.

T - Pleasantly complex mix of a sweet toffee / caramel opener, citrusy hops in the middle and some bitterness on the end, similar to the nose. Light bitter finish without too much lingering.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, quite smooth.

O - Extremely pleasant one overall, either on its own or as a session drink.

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Photo of NATOuk
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber liquid, slightly translucent as there's a very slight haze to it. Decent head initially leaving some good residual lacing.

A fantastic, strong aroma dominated by zingy citrus notes.

An interesting taste, initial caramel sweetness before blending with lively citrus in the middle leaving a balanced moderate dry hop bitterness on the finish.

Moderate carbonation, medium body. It coats the mouth and definitely has a heavier texture compared to the likes of a lager. The carbonation does not interfere with the initial mouthfeel.

A wonderful brew. Full of lively citrus character in aroma and taste, this is a beer to savour by the bottle but equally drinkable in quantity. Pretty much ticks all the boxes for what I'm looking for in a beer and this is a wonderful example of a pale ale.

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Photo of rawfish
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than most pale ales, rich copper color but a small 1 finger head on the pour which has spotty to no lacing.

Pine resin nose, floral and sharp.

Fairly sweet upfront, light malts and grainy. Creeping bitterness in the back end citrus hops and lemon zest. The aftertaste is a steady bitterness and slightly oily on the finish.

Medium bodied but weakly carbonated, there is a definite syrupy mouth coating that some Odell's hoppier beers have, definitely noticeable with this one and grows more unpleasant as the beer warms.

A decent offering, session beer with enough body and good flavor but next time I'm not gonna sit on it too long.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the hoppy side. Nice copper color with thin white head that fades fast but leaves spiderweb lace. Smell has grapefuit, toffee, citrus notes and some lemon. Taste is off balance. Nice toffee, caramel backbone with bitter grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, citrus, and some pine notes. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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