5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
From a 355 ml bottle (best by June 6, 2013) into a globe glass.
A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of dense, off-white foam. The head drops to a pillowy cap after a bit. The brew is slightly murky, and deep golden in color.
S-The nose is nice and sharp. The hops are earthy, citrusy, and peppery. The hops balance against a slightly chalky, biscuity malt note.
T-The taste tracks the smell quite closely. The hops are a touch more assertive here than the pale malts, but the brew is reasonably balanced with a nice palate of pale malt flavors underlying the orange, peppery spice.
M-The feel is light to medium bodied with a smooth, crisp effect.
O-In the past, I was never a huge Odell fan, but recently, their beers have impressed me. Five Barrel is no exception. The citrusy, spicy notes play well with the biscuity malts here, just like they are supposed to. Is this beer a world-beater? No, but it is widely available around here (even at crappy chain restaurants), and I would happily drink this when other options do not exist.
03-23-2013 20:36:24 | More by spoony
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
The beer is a hazy amber orange with a foamy eggshell head slow to recede. Nice lacing remains.
Aroma is bright and floral with lots of citrus also. Malt presence is minimal.
Taste is slightly more balanced, although the hops overpower and sweetness ftom malts. There's a lot of tart bitterness with spicy, woody notes as well as floral and citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall, a pretty good exploration of hops in this. A lot to like about it.
03-23-2013 17:29:03 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.01/5 rDev +5.2%
Appearance: Pours a golden orange with a creamy finger and a half of foam.
Smell: A good amount of lemon and grapefruit with some mild earthiness. Smells very clean and just a tad soapy.
Taste: Follows the nose with nice light citrus, pine, herbal earthiness and some toasted, bready malts. Well balanced with a mild, smooth bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Appropriately light to medium bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, this was an enjoyable and easy drinking pale ale. Nothing too exciting or unique but a superbly well-balanced and refreshing beer with a pleasant aroma and flavor.
03-19-2013 17:14:57 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
3.16/5 rDev -17.1%
I was just chatting with Steve Thompson today on Facebook. I wasn't really chatting, but he posted a picture of the Odell wheat beer. I commented that Odell doesn't make a bad beer. I'm right. Try to find a beer they brew that isn't at least good… most are great. I am not usually fan of pale ales, but I am excited to see what this tastes like. Hopefully there are some hops in there. Cool story about where the name came from, so if nothing else we have that!
In the Glass: I wish you could see the head on this beer. I don't need a glass, I need a spoon! It is thick, white, and looks like a pillow sitting on top of this beer. I didn't pour it right, but still. Most beers don't produce such an impressive head. I am going to let that settle before I stick my nose in there.
UPDATE: After letting the head settle, the beer was practically "frozen" to the side of the glass. As I am swirling this around in the glass, the foam picks back up.
Nose: There are some hops there, but not a lot. I wasn't expecting a lot of hoppiness in the aroma, but had my fingers crossed for more than I am smelling. I am getting some herbal notes and maybe a little bit of spice. If you are new to pale ales, this is a good beer to just sit and smell. You can smell enough hops not to overwhelm your nostrils and you can get an idea of what a pale (bitter) beer will taste like.
Flavor: Considering what the beer smells like, I didn't expect it to have that much flavor. Your palate is just hit with fluffy hoppy goodness. The beer is also easy to drink, which means I could sit here and chug a few of these. This is a style that is popular in warmer climates because it's not too hoppy to destroy your palate, but is easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day. (Or a hot summer night here in Arizona.)
Mouthfeel: At first, you are hit with a lot of bubbles. I almost wonder if that is because of how I poured this. The head is gone, but it reminds me of a sip of Sprite. As the beer moves across the palate, it thins out and leaves a nice layer of flavor on your tongue leading to a nice, somewhat hoppy aftertaste.
Aftertaste: I like drinking India pale ales for the aftertaste. I am hop head, for lack of a better term. Pale ales are a great way for someone to be introduced to hops, as a lot of pales will use similar hop profiles. Brewers really get crazy when playing with an IPA recipe. But most pale ales will have a similar flavor. This is a typical example of this style, and while the aftertaste leaves some subtle hops behind, it isn't my favorite part of this beer. Too dry for a true hop experience.
Odell doesn't make a bad beer. Find me an Odell beer that isn't great, and I will drink it! Hopefully, when we start writing our book, we will be able to visit Odell and see things from inside the facility. If nothing else, we will go, tour the brewery, and just drink their beer!
03-06-2013 23:09:48 | More by rickyleepotts
3.71/5 rDev -2.6%
On tap served in a pint glass at Waldo's pizza in KC
A - Clear amber/copper color, 2 fingers if sudsy white head that retains well and has some serious sheets of lacing going on.
S - Mild earthy hops with a muted caramel malt aroma.
T - Buttery caramel and pale malts, not too sweet, very balanced actually. Citrus hops and black tea play well off the malt. It's bready but in a clean way. Finishes with a woody hop bitterness.
M - Medium body with prickly carbonation.
Moderately hopped for the style a just a great looking beer. Aroma didn't really wow me. I enjoyed this and would drink again.
02-28-2013 03:37:33 | More by StaveHooks
3.71/5 rDev -2.6%
This poured out as a nice clear orange color with a white head on top. The head leaves a great lacing on the glass and a thin retention over the beer. The smell of the beer has a mild hop and malt aroma that seems well balanced. The taste is much like the nose, it's got a nice maltiness as well have a hoppy bitterness. The flavors are good across the board on this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation to it, very drinkable. Overall it's a good brew, very sessionable.
02-03-2013 02:04:05 | More by Knapp85
4.36/5 rDev +14.4%
Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.
A real nice classic orange amber, with a soapy but good two finger white head. Bubbles real nicely with lots of shampoo like retention, and clumps in valleys and peaks. Nice slow rising carbonation through a bronze amber body. Classic looking, a little bit of dullness, but pretty solid.
Really nice light toasty grains, and a little bit of orange marmalade fruity character. Grain rips quite a good bit too, a real inviting sense of barley.
Light malts hit the palate with big dry grains. Barley just rips and drys the palate and gives a real huge toasty aroma. Hop angle is nice and real subtle, with some herbal earth quality, and perhaps a hint of drying tea leaves in the finish. Lively carbonation that isn't distracting either.
Overall a real straight forward solid Odell creation, great stuff.
01-26-2013 15:02:35 | More by smakawhat
5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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