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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 77 | 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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Photo of mentor
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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 RyanCrawford
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of lawlerj
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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 shamus
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd try some local pale ales while I'm here in Colorado This one is from Fort Collins and proposes on the label that it is brewed five barrels at a time. The label also explains that it is packed with hops and this is true. My girlfriend who is not a hop fan as I am found it impalatable.

I really enjoyed the strong hop perfume and flavour with the first sip. The bitterness however soon grew to a level that even I wasn't that happy with. Although I do love a strongly hopped beer I prefer that the hop notes are balanced more with the bitternesss.

It is a lovely beer to look at. A really nice creamy thick head with staying power. It also had a great mouthfeel even with the loads of bitterness.

Photo of majorbase2
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has citrus and pine, with a bit of bready malt. Pours amber-orange with a decent off white foam head, with good retention and lacing. Taste is where this one lets down. Some hop bitterness leads the way along with muted citrus. Floral hops. Nothing too strong. Light bodied and thin. Overall not Odell’s best attempt, but not horrible.

Photo of Quafftastic
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StaveHooks
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 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 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 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 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 ShogoKawada
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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 AEArider
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Alacy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 rowew
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Merchant46
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a thin white head that dissipates almost instantly. Aroma is very faint, sort of biscuity, with more smell of malt than hops. Taste is balanced, and representative of this type of beer. Hops taste more floral than anything. Malt is significant, but not sweet, and finish is relatively bitter. Mouthfeel is decent. Drinkability OK.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 MAB
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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