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5 Barrel Pale Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 812
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 32
Gots: 98 | 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:
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: 282 | Hads: 812
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a pale and transparent copper color with a medium sized fluffy white head.

There is a spiced malt nose with a bit of a citrus hoppy kick.

The flavor starts with a grainy malts, with a faint sweetness. There is a bit of spice and pine, and a light citrus bitterness toward the end. It is a fairly simple beer, and not anything that I

The mouthfeel can best be described as not offensive. It is light bodied, somewhat smooth but still a bit grainy, with a medium carbonation.

This is fairly bland and just not that exciting. (612 characters)

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. (376 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with a golden hue, and a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is bready malts with some faint, spicey notes.
Taste is subtle malts with equally subtle hops. Malts become slightly crackery, with some faint, bitter notes at the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a bitter, dry finish. Light body. Slightly watery.
Drinkability is good. Overall a lackluster beer, but still easy to drink, and one which would be fitting on a hot day. (449 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz American shaker pint at Denver International.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of wispy and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some erupting lava spout lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of flinty hard minerals, mild oily citrus, crackery pale malt, faint caramel, and further weak leafy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy pale and caramel malt, subtle stone fruit, tart citrus rind, and leafy, slightly grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite high, with its tightly rendered frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, with an average smoothness. It finishes on the dry side - hoppy (leafy, mostly) and stoney.

A fairly straight-ahead, dry, hoppy, sort of hybrid English-American Pale Ale, 'nuff said! Ok, it's easy to drink while watching the Broncos score again, if a tad unbalanced (just like the NFL!) (900 characters)

Photo of
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, orange gold in color. Medium size, white head, composed of small bubbles.

Sweetish nose, fruit & flowers. Earthy and spicy.

Taste was more bitter than sweet. Sweet does pick up a bit and shows fruit, maybe melons. Bread dough in the middle. Nice spiciness at the finish. Great balance.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very tasty brew. Good balance, thirst quenching and easy to drink. (435 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle sampled less than two weeks before its best by date, into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear medium amber body with light carbonation floating up to an inch of very coarse, frothy off-white head. Decent retention and ample lace. Not bad.

S: Rather dull aroma of toasted malt and floral hops. Not terrible, but not good.

T: Starts out with lightly sweet, biscuity, nutty malt, and finishes with a nice level of hop bitterness. The very clean aftertaste is the best part.

M: Fairly substantial medium body with plenty of soft carbonation. Excellent.

D: I'd like a bit more hop presence, but it's still quite drinkable.

Notes: I reviewed this in my notebook without having looked the beer up on BA, so I was assuming it to be an American Pale Ale (since it comes from a brewery doing mainly American styles). Now that I see it's listed as an EPA, a few of its characteristics make a bit more sense. If you want, feel free to consider the scores I've given for taste and drinkability to be a half-point too low. Either way, though, I don't think it's any more than a B+ beer.

Cheers! (1,101 characters)

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

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Reviewed with no knowledge of the beer's rating.

Pours a deep burnt copper color. This color looks amazing in the late afternoon sun. This is like one of the shades of orangey/red color you'd see at dusk. The 1 finger head even shows hints of that same color coming through. Not great retention or lacing.

Smell is some sweet bready malts and some citrus and pine hops. Not too bad here.

Taste is just like nose-- with a finish that reminds me of English ale yeast-- that mellow, kind of dry yeast note that reminds me of a good English pale. I'm reviewing this without knowldge of it being APA or EPA... But the yeast is making me guess it is of British style.

A slight bitterness. A little hint of teeth-coating oil. But nothing that really rocks my world.

This would be a good pale for a brisk fall afternoon. Not bad, but not something I'll seek out. (943 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first from Odell. This is a basic plain Pale Ale. Not much special about the nose or flavor. The flavor has some nice malts and a little bitter kick that makes it a nice multiple drinker. The bitter lingers and cleans the palate so you will come back for more. But overall nothing special about this one. (307 characters)

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. (436 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a white 3 finger head with good retention. The aroma has oranges, grapefruit, and some zest. The taste has grapefruit, zest, oranges, and biscuit.

Medium bodied, good carbonation, and it has a bitter finish. A pretty good beer overall, worthy of trying. I would not mind having this again sometime. (315 characters)

Photo of intensify
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two finger creamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Orange colour body.
Citrus and pine smells which are a bit lighter for this style of beer.
hops are mild in this ipa but the pine and earthy flavour balances this ipaout very well. Smooth finish with very little bitirness and no alcohol presence.
overall this is well balanced and is one i will consider for when i am craving something citrusy (409 characters)

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dense, cloudy amber with minimal white head. Some lacing.

Floral hops are prevalent in the aroma. Almost a metallic scent in there as well.

Taste is different. Hops are quite strong, but there is something in the flavor I can't quite place--like a spiciness or cloves.

Hops burn the tongue a bit after swallow. Nice medium body.

Pretty good. A little different. (365 characters)

Photo of TwinButte
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice cloudy golden brown color. Small head with a very thin retention. Totally opaque color. Was expecting it to be clearer for some reason. Smells of sweet fruity hops. Tastes very much like the smell. Sweet up front and a nice medium bitter hop finish. Its refreshing. Went well with my meal.

Wish I had a few more to put down. Very nice malty pale ale here. (374 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this bad boy.

This pours a murky amber-golden tan, like a crusty bread that’s been toasted. There’s a light hop aroma and a malt sweetness rounding out the nose. Flavor is more malt than hop, with just a tiny hop bite at the end, and more on the sweet side of things. (300 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade with Devin aka ArcTeryx. Been looking forward to trying this one for awhile now. Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pour's semi-hazy coppery amber color. One finger light dirty white head that dies down quickly to just skim on top of the beer. Nice sticky lacing on sides of glass.

S- Crisp citrus (pineapple) in here. Caramel malts in there as well. Light alcohol in tailend of aroma. Hops are most scent forward. Lightly muted I think overall.

T- First off strange metallic taste. Nothing bad just kind of there. Stayed the entire beer so I knocked off half a point for that. After that nice citrus hops burst under a caramel sweet malt taste. This beer would be simple and great tasting without the metalic hint to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for style. Hoppy citrus taste left all over palate with a malty aftertaste that is light and not overbearing. Light drying in the mouth with this beer.

D- Good drinking pale ale that was ruined slightly by the metallic overtones to it. Would love to try it again. Actually I could see this becoming a favorite of mine. (1,096 characters)

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Dated 062807. The body was a hazy orange/apricot color. The lumpy white head reached three fingers and lingered throughout the drink.

Smell was rather aromatic. Earthy floral hops and fruits. Mild alcohol aroma came late. Later yet a honey-like caramel smell arrived.

Taste of medium sweetness and not as bitter as I expected. There was a smooth counterbalancing of hops and malts.

Mouthfeel was rounded, smooth and medium in body. Medium/mild in carbonation. Subtle, British. Well done. (544 characters)

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. (315 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bottle on 06/04/07 at a Sports Bar in the Denver Airport.

Golden in color with a nice full pillowy off-white head. Citrusy hop aroma and flavor (Amarillo ?); not overpowering. Nice balance. Medium bodied and smooth with a crisp hop finish.

Refreshing but not real spectacular.

Per OBC website: Fresh whole hop flowers in the Hop Back and the Fermentor. Four hop additions during the kettle boil.
5.2% ABV. 36 IBUs
Gold, Classic English-Style Pale Ale, 2006 GABF
Silver, Classic English-Style Pale Ale, 2005 GABF (538 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought for hotel-room drinking while driving across Wyoming. Pours a terra-cotta color with a short filmy white head. Slow lacing. Vague hop odor with sweet malts. Flavor is a nice lemony hop and mild bitterness, slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Simple but well crafter and tasty. Medium bodied. Goes down easily, with a nice flavor. (338 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a hazy, Amber ale. Ms all white head...average appearance. My he smell is soft,mbalanced between spicy hops and sweetish smelling malt. Some citrus notes. Tasty. The finish is long and slightly bitter, refreshing and drinkable. (237 characters)

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a small head. Really malty, biscuit, smelly beer, very nice smell. Unfortunately, that was the high point for me with this one. It was well crafted and the taste was perfectly fine, it just didn't wow me. It all seemed a bit muddled. Fantastic ingredients and tons of care, just nothing really remarkable that grabbed you and made you want to have another. A perfectly decent effort, you just kinda wonder what could have been. (459 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light amber color with an off white head, about two fingers to start out. A bit of light lacing. Nose brings some floral and citrus hops along with some light malt. Slight hoppy bitterness with some floral notes in the taste. Some light grain as well. Good feel with some mild bitterness. This is a pretty good example of the style and drinks fairly well. (386 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Nice dark golden color with nice clarity to it, glows a lithe lighter when held up to the light. Nice white cap with really good lacing to it. Good looking beer.

Slight citrus hop spiciness coming through in the initial aromas. Very bready, like warm buttered biscuits, probably some roasted pale malts.

Taste is on par with the smell. Very bready, liked buttered home made bread that's a little well done around the crust. Primarily spicy hops come through here, but it's all pretty mild hop profile.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a light medium with a nice balance. Good sweetness with only a touch of bitterness blended in with medium carbonation level. Buttery/oily feel that has a spicy dry finish. Really nice drinkable anytime brew. Safe beer to have lying around for anyone. Thanks Geoff for sending it! (869 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Shimmering dark, orange brown ale, it is very clear. Visible carbonation and an off-white head that thins out to a slim disc on top.

S- Sweet metallic hop scents-- sweet juicy fruits, black teas, deeper down is a just off earthy aroma.

T- Crisp clean hops up front, sweet bing cherries in the middle, finishes on more hop flavor, but more bittered and pronounced. English hops profile, a good representation of the style.

M- Pleasantly smooth with good body structure, light carbonation.

D- Decent drinkability, the lingering bitterness gets old as you make your way through. (581 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brass color, with a thin off-white head. Smell is a minty, piney aroma. Taste is a bit of herbal, minty flavor up front, followed by a thin caramel middle, and a resinous, apricot finish. Mouthfeel is average, very nice low carbonation levels. Overall a good beer that I would drink again. (303 characters)

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.