5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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86
very good

795 Ratings
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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 31
Gots: 89 | 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: 795 | Reviews: 286
Photo of 10Crumra
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. Best by date of April 28, 2015.

Clear orangish golden in color. One inch head that recedes in a couple minutes. Minimal lacing.

Nice floral hippy aromas. Some pine notes.

Taste follows the nose. Slight maltiness. Minimal bitterness. Medium-bodied with a stickiness. Light carbonation.

Overall a fine beer that has enough flavor to be interesting while not being to overwhelming to preclude it from being sessionable.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber, and quite appealing too. Generous rocky meringue head. Dissipates after a few minutes but is quite spectacular at first. Bravo!

Nose is a clean, soapy note that is actually good. Ivory soap? A hint of vanilla and green apples.

Very smooth body, smooth taste. Everything meshes well - seamless. Slightly high carbonation, moderate malt, moderate hop bite, and a vanilla w/slight creaminess is there. Finishes with hop tartness and a mildly syrupy sweetness. Overall very good for an everyday beer.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap version into a pint glass.
A love medium-dark amber with a thin head of dense, creamy foam.

The aroma seems a bit muted. I get biscuit up front and a bit of tropical fruit. Mango, orange, maybe a hint of peach.

The taste is very nice, sweet up front with the hops muted a bit. I get bread and maybe a bit of candied fruit. There is a nice hoppy finish with a hint of citrus and grass and some lingering, light bitterness. Went great with a burger.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this nitro version. Smooth, creamy and mouth-coating. Just awesome.

Overall, really enjoyed this beer. Would love to have it again. may have to pick up a growler.

Photo of twokansamm
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Citrus hops, caramel malt.

S - Dark copper with little head. Lots of sediment (I had stored this bottle for 10 months)

T - Good hop flavor, not overpowering. An earthy flavor balanced with citrus hops, yet with a good balance of malt (which is up front)

M - Smooth and rich

D - Definately a british style pale ale, but with quite a bit going on.

Photo of cer40
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a nice clear golden color with a one finger head. Aroma is balanced between the citrus hops and caramel malts. The flavor is very much the same balance of malt and hops. Very pleasant but not exceptional. Mouthfeel is lighlty sticky and medium bodied. Another strong brew from this brewery for me.

Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper with shades of red. A pillowy, bubbly, white head. Very little head retention and lacing. Head rebuilds quickly when you give it a swirl.

S - Nice balance of hops and malt. The hops have some bitterness and spice while the malt has a little bit of roasted sweetness and spice.

T - Bitterness prevails at first but malt takes over and dominates the finish. Good hop profile for a pale ale.

M - Smooth, easy to drink, and fits the style. Solid EPA.

Photo of doughanson78
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Medium orange copper color. Very clear. One finger off white head with decent retention and pretty nice lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Floral and citrus hops blend well with nothing really dominating.

T: Caramel at the tip of the tongue. Toasted toffee and a nuttiness come through next. Slight floral and citrus hops come through enough so not to allow this beer to be overly sweet, but still a bit on the sweet side.

M: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Could be a little crisper but is still refreshing.

O: A good Pale Ale. A touch sweet, but definitely not to sweet. Would like just a tad bit more bitterness in it.

Photo of drewba
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beerbatvocate for this beer!

A - translucent burnt orange that has a fantastic shimmery quality to it. Fantastic fluffy head. Bubbles hang around on the rim

S - fresh sqeezed lemons, a touch of spice, grass, nuances of wood. Very floral aroma, i dig it.

T - Very subtle flavors. The hops are very grassy/earthy with a light citrus note. The malt is coming through as white bread, crackers but everything in the taste is being overwhelmed by the oak. Though the oak is nice, I want the other ingredients to come through stronger. The dry hopping and oak are leaving a slightly astringent finish.

M - Slick, yet velvety. Too thin to be creamy, but not nearly as thin as your standard pale ale, Carbonation is a little too high for my taste.

D - I'd like to have another one of these - the lack of aftertaste and nice mouthfeel make this super drinkable. I did find that listening to 80s music (cue Talking Heads - This must be the place) while drinking this enhances its drinkability, though I'm sure you could say that about any beer, right?

Photo of JBuff41413
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am yet to find an Odell brew I haven't enjoyed. It is now time to give 5 Barrel a try.

A- Pale amber color with a 2 inch head that dissipates to about 1/2 inch. Very good lacing with this beer.

S- Hoppy, citrus, carmel, and grassy note come through. This beer does not have a big aroma.

T- Less hoppy that the smell would have you believe, it is a perfect balance between the earthy grass like flavors and the fresh citrus flavors. The sweet malts and a light bitterness at the end are a great finale.

M- Medium mouthfeel with very little carbination.

D- This is a VERY drinkable beer. Perfect session beer.

Odell continues to impress me, I need to stop slacking and make the hour journey to Fort Collins.

Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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).

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 Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent orange, with a soft half finger of off-white head, light lace.

S: Very malty, some cracked grain and wheat. Piney hops.

T: Biscuity malt flavour with some nice pine and lemony citrus, orange zest. English in hop presence, but definitely American hops. Clean, delicious malt notes, I liked this a lot.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and clean. Very easy-drinking, happy-go-lucky.

D: A satisfying tasty pale ale. Would go with this over SNPA given the choice. Really nice brew.

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "As we refine the recipe for each new beer, we brew only five barrels at a time on our pilot system. That's exactly how we arrived at this unique pale ale, a satisfying example of small batch, handcrafted brewing. 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 an the Fermenter, as well as four hop additions during the kettle boil. We like how this gives the beer its fresh, lively flavor and aroma. We are a family-run brewery that loves beer. When experimenting with new brews, we strive to hit on something that's even better than the last beer we went crazy about. And then, and only then, will we serve it up to our friends."

I used a gentle slow pour which did not create more than wisps for head. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had an interesting grassy hop character. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were muted, like drinking hop tea. Man, I was really starting to feel mellow drinking this beer. Finish continued with the grassy hoppiness and I just slipped away into slumberland. Zzzz. Very nice.

Photo of mwilbur
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale straw in color with thin white head that quickly dissipates. This belies what is to come.
S: Lively citrus hops. Mango and passion fruit notes. Interest is piquing.
T: Although strongly smelling of hops, there is good balance of malt that calms it down and actually produces a smoother, rather than bitter effect. Oak, slight smoke, soft malt, mildly bitter citrus hops, passion fruit (minus the acidity). Nice complexity.
M: Smooth and oily. Coats tongue well and lingers and matures nicely. Dry slightly acidic bitter finish. Very nice.
D: Very well balanced, which allows this to be much more drinkable than many of its cousins (in the English Pale Ale category). Extremely sessionable. This one is growing on me!

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date 1.18.13.

Look- Clear deep amber with a finger and a half of white froth that falls quickly. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Mild, bready, earthy undertones with a mild flash of citrus and spice. Appealing.

Taste- Follows the aroma - toast and light brown sugar accompanied by a bit of citrus zest and black tea. Interesting flavors, just enough bitterness emerges through the sip. Modest earthy, herbal hop flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, soft carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall- A very, very nice everyday pale. Complex enough to make it interesting, light and clean enough to have with pasta for dinner. Recommended.

Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reaaly like this beer. I had it today for the first time in a long time. It is on the darker side of the pale ale spectrum, being a bright red color that is very appealing. There is a great hop bouquet in the aroma and the taste carries those hops with it, and balances them with a rich malt flavor. This is a big beer masquerading as a pale ale.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with informative label including a perforated "best by" date. Served in a nonic pint.

I was very pleased with this particular pale ale. It pours a smooth but hazy golden orange color complete with fizzy white head and spotty lacing.

The bouquet is a blend of caramel malt, spicy hops and high citrus.

Taste is toasted malt flavor skillfully swirled with spicy grapefruit, cut hay and green grass.

Bitterness is spot on. This beer remains smooth and unoffending while still achieving a fullness of hop flavor and aroma.

A great session beer this would make. Very nicely crafted.

Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice beer. picked this up in columbia mo and i am glad i did. nice pour with three quarter inch head. nice earthy aroma of hops and some malt. taste is good, rich yet smooth. excellent lacing down the glass. this is a fine beer.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Glass Mug.

A - Vivid translucent gold color with a thick 2 finger deep white head. Solid retention with noticeable lacing.

S - Very noticeable pine and citrus hops with a bit of sweet malt character.

T - Pine and citrus hops throughout. Bitterness compliments the orange and grapefruit hop characteristics well.

M - The citrus tones allow for a smooth medium bold with a very slight astringency. Well carbonated.

D - Very easy to put down and ask for another.

Overall one of the better Pale Ales I've tried. I like the hop characteristics very much. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-16-2011 21:57:10

Photo of pmccallum86
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden somewhat hazy amber hued color with a thick bubbly one finger head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing down the glass. Pretty damn good.

Smell is very floral with a light malty aroma in the back. It smells slightly like an orange dreamsickle.

Taste is great, very floral, lots of citrus and some grapefruit. Very smooth and complex English Pale. It has more hop character than most for the style, which I find very appealing, great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium to high carbonation.

Good drinkablility, I think this beer would be great paired with food.

Photo of andreasmwatt
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - POURED A REDDISH BROWN, NICE HEAD LEFT A NICE SOLID WHITE RING.

S - FOR ME THIS IS THE ONLY DOWNFALL TO THIS BEER. I JUST COULDN'T GET ANYTHING. JUST NOTHING.

T - VERY GOOD. THIS BEER HAS FOR SURE JUMPED INTO MY AP RANKINGS. JUST SOLID.

M - INSTANT SATISFACTION JUST HITS YOU AND STAYS. DOESN'T JUST GIVE YOU A LITTLE. HITS YOU LIKE A JACK HAMMER. AWESOME!!!!

D - SMOOTH EZ TO DRINK, JUST MAKES FOR AN ENJOYABLE TIME.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a nice head of bone froth on top. Thin lacing but I've let the beer sit too long (had to feed the dogs).
The aroma of crisp English malted barley and noble hops.
A fine flavor of the malt punctuated with a hoppy finish that leaves a nice bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is a crisp and refreshing ale that is also smooth with light/medium effervescence.
One of my favorite pale ales and the best English style that I can recall. Well done Doug Odell!

Photo of StJamesGate
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale ruddy tan with a thick white head that leaves beautiful webs of lace. Deep orange rind and brown bread toast nose - an unusual combination. Roasted hazelnut, caramel sauce and passion fruit up front with tropical + citrus hop flavor but not bitterness. Great balance. Medium, chewy and oily, but clean.

Does Odell ever do anything wrong?

An English PA hopped like an APA, which I didn't even think was technically possible. Fruitiness makes me suspect some Simcoe in there, even though that wouldn't be very English.

A unique and compulsively sippable pale ale.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a decent off white head.

Aroma is citrusy and floral hops with a faint malt sweetness as well. Very hoppy smell.

Taste is surpisingly balanced based on the nose. Sweet bread/biscuity malt up front with some citrusy and floral hops as well.

A very drinkable beer that would make for a great session.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.