5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 63 | 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 BeerAmbassador
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of lawlerj
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by date is 3/29/12.

A. Pours a translucent amber with a one finger width white head. Splotchy lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated.

S. Strong caramel malt aroma with a moderate amount of citrusy and fruit hops.

T. The malt flavor more or less follows the nose but the hops make a stronger appearance in the flavor profile. Citrus hops again with a touch of pine and resin.

M. Light to medium bodied...not quite as carbonated as I had wanted it to be.

O. Overall, a slightly less hoppy pale ale. Still, very tasty, and as others have said, this would be a great for a session brew.

Photo of HopheadMort
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, lively, with one finger of lightly creamy off-white head that leaves a thin bit of lacing.

Aromas of caramel malt and earthy, grassy hops on the nose. Light hop bitterness on the palate without much hop flavor. Really, this doesn't taste like much of anything; I'm really having a hard time picking out specific flavors. Light bodied with good carbonation, and a drying finish. There's a subtle nuttiness on the finish, with a mild lingering bitterness, though the overall length is short.

I'm disappointed on the whole--O'Dell makes some fantastic beers, but this just isn't up to par. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but it lacks anything to make me want to drink it again.

Photo of Alacy
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of rowew
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. Best by date is a bit hard to read on the textured label, but I eventually figured it out. Nice story about how they use their 5 barrel system to design new beers on the label.

Appearance: Poured into my New Belgium globe (is that cross town sacriledge?). Orangeish amber color with good retention.

Smell: Aroma is a nice balanced mixture of plenty of sweet malt and enough hops shining through to be appealing.

Taste: Lots of malt here - slightly sweet and biscuity. The hops show up mainly in the finish.

Overall impression: Great session beer. As I said in my on tap review, this is a bit like a hopped up version of Fat Tire.

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

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is orange citrus and semi-sweet pale malts.

Taste is toasty pale malts with a nice hoppy backbone. Light bready flavor, some mild citrus elements, not too bitter. Aftertaste has a mild hoppiness, finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel is light and soft, easy to drink. I could session this.

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

Minimally hazy rustic orange with a healthy infusion of amber. The wonderful looking head is ivory in color with a hint of palest orange. This is a cap that would be at home on an IPA, which makes me think the hop content is on the high side. The appearance is helped by an impressive amount of lace.

The citric fruitiness of the hops is undercut by an earthiness that has to be coming from the malt. Using pale malt would have allowed the Fuggles and First Gold hops to shine, as they should do in a beer of this style. Having said that, it's still a decent nose.

Same problem on the palate. I hate it when the choice of ingredients keeps me from enjoying an obviously well-crafted beer as much as I'd like to. 5 Barrel is well-malted and is more or less balanced. Although the bitterness is never unsupported, it ventures out onto increasingly thin ice as the finish approaches.

The mouthfeel is pale ale medium, perhaps a wee bit bigger, and the silky smoothness is enjoyable... as are the well-buried bubbles that are plentiful enough to keep the mouth party hopping.

5 Barrel Pale Ale is a decent English pale ale that needs to undergo a change in the malt bill if I'm ever to get fully onboard. As always, your mileage may vary. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Photo of patrick16o
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice pour with a range of merigold hues. Good thick crown and steady head retention. A good number of bubbles rise to the crown. The beer is somewhat hazey and is even more-so directly below the crown. The frothy white head clings to the sides of the glass as the crown subsides. Good hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. The beer has a crisp hoppy taste with some citrus and even more bitterness toward the end.However, the flavor does seem to fade or dull too quickly. Mouthfeel is very nice, light, and refreshing. Good drinkability.

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

The best beer at our favorite neighborhood bar. A rock solid pale ale, but not about to be performing any 360 degree tomahawk dunks on other pale ales, if you catch my meaning.

Apperance: Strong red color, good clarity, invincible white head.

Smell: Hops and sweet malt. Hard to put my finger on the variety.

Taste: Smooth, sweet maltiness balanced by a hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Round and sweet.

Drinkability: Could drink this all night. Slightly interesting, just what I'm looking for in a session beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 flexabull
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pour a light amber color, decent white head, and some haze visible.

Aromas are a bit subtle, but nice. A bit of citrus hops and a sweet malty quality are noted.

Flavors are quite crisp and tart. Hops are the dominant flavor, but not at all strong. Beer starts with a creamy tart quality, then finishes with a bitter citrus hop bite, kind of like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty full bodied for a Pale Ale.

This is a solid yet unspectacular beer. I would have no problem drinking another, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to track another one down. Certainly session worthy.

Thanks for the bottle Wasatch.

Photo of expatsteve
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: On the brown side of amber orange. 1/4 inch head, which subsides to heavy suds. Medium viscosity. Almost cloudy finish.

Aroma: Very mellow aroma, with suggestions of grapefruit and lemon hops, and honey malts. Subtle and pleasant, with more caramels apparent as it warms.

Taste: Interesintg orange and bread malts on the front palate, with the hops pushed into the background. Constant hop bitterness is understated, but as with many of Odell's beers this ale doesn't develop much. More breadiness in the mouth as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and creamy finish that is typical of Odell beers; thick but smooth and clean. Minimal aftertaste.

Drinkability: Sessionable, easydrinking pale ale. But thid definitely doesn't live up to the "we love hops" claims of the label, and I can't really see how the hop filtering and additions add to the beer. I think a lot of drinkers will find this inoffensive, but malty and lacking hops aggression - fruitier than other EPAs I've had, but not quite vibrant enough to be an APA or an IPA. As with many Odell beers, this is a line-drive single rather than a home run.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, slightly creamy consistency, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a lightly hazy, red tinted, full amber color. The aroma is nice and hoppy up front, about what one would expect for a hoppy pale ale. The hops are clearly American with citrus notes of grapefruit, sweet orange peel and even a touch of apricot. There are some chewy malt aromatics towards the end that remind me of caramelized crystal malts and some dry, toasty, biscuit malt character.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, more so from the citrus-like hop notes than from an overabundance of unfermented malt though. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine define the citrus components but there is a touch of herbaceous pine as well as a hint of menthol in the finish. This has a nice medium bitterness to it that causes my tongue to buzz a bit after the beer has left my mouth. The malt plays a supporting role here, but there are some noticeable toffee notes as well as a generally caramelized malt character & even some biscuit like toasted malt notes peek out from time to time.

This beer is quite light and easy drinking. I could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these during a session. Of course it is light and interesting enough to be used as that beer that one starts out the night with, before moving on to more powerful beers.

Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost hazy golden honey with a tight single finger of creamy beige head that rockily settles but maintains fairly well. Good retention; little lacing to speak of.

Fresh, sweet hop aroma. Bready malt backbone with citrus hop smells, fresh cut grass, lemon pepper, some hints at yeasty phenols.

Mild but quite hoppy. Crisp and even-handed with earthy, woodsy hops and a caramel malt presence holding it all together.

Light-medium bodied; crisp and flat with good carbonation and a relatively quick finish.

Pretty decent pale ale.
Pours nice and maintains a decent head. Has a deceptively fruity nose for how earthy and spicy the hops come through in the flavor. The beer is quite drinkable, evenly presented (at least that is the way I would put it).
Would probably have again; worth trying if you're curious.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of AEArider
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Douglas14
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 MAB
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually found a bottle of this at a liquor store in Dublin Ireland.
I thought that O'Dell would be Irish, but it turns out not.
Odell was still a nice pick-up, though.

A- very nice. pale orange, a finger of white head.
S- quite good, hops on the nose
T- also quite good. Hop forward with residual sweetness.
M- good; nice level of carbonation adds to the feel
O- above average.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Imaster
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Janis_Hoplin
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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