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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
86
very good

658 Ratings
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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | 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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Hanzo

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-23-2012 00:08:58 | More by Hanzo
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champ103

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very cloudy reddish/brown color. A small white head forms, but sticks throughout. Some spotty lace is left behind.
S: A large pine aroma up front. Though other hoppy aromas come out as well. Citrus, floral, and grassy. This is an English Pale Ale? Not really, but still very enjoyable.
T: Way to hop forward. A strong resiny, and piny bitterness. Slightly floral and grassy. A huge hope flavor and a bitterness that just wares me out. I don't know how they can call this an English Pale Ale?
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit rough and prickly though. Not hard to drink one, but I would not come back for another in a sitting.

Not bad, just does not resemble an English Pale Ale at all. I could tell that right away from the nose. They really missed the style, if indeed it is intended to be English. Along with the palate burning bitterness this is not something I will revisit often.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 21:50:29 | More by champ103
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-24-2013 02:49:58 | More by Kahlerbock
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thugherman

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-17-2014 23:54:04 | More by thugherman
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Houser

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-10-2013 00:39:46 | More by Houser
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cardern

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-29-2012 16:42:15 | More by cardern
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-04-2012 04:10:28 | More by jrohrbacher
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halfbarrelbrew

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-09-2014 17:22:48 | More by halfbarrelbrew
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Perducci

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-14-2012 23:32:35 | More by Perducci
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orange, medium copper color with lots of big bubbly white head. Aromas are pretty hop forward: Fuggle and EKGs give off a nice floral, citrusy aroma, fresh. Some faint lightly toasty malts are there, but mostly hops. On the palate, the hops continue to take center stage with a nice open of mango and citrus. Unfortunately, it takes a weird turn from there. An increasingly dry, thin body with biting carbonation give this one a poor mid palate and finish. Overall, drinkability is fine, but I'd like a better rounded Pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 20:30:28 | More by dreadnatty08
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-15-2012 01:13:59 | More by bsuedekum
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Piason

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-11-2012 07:14:18 | More by Piason
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TheMcTwaten

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-05-2012 04:31:21 | More by TheMcTwaten
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, 355ml from The Cave, Glasgow:

Hazy orange to amber colour with a huge, foamy white head on the top that is about three fingers width tall and has nice retention.

A hoppy aroma with very malty base and some fruity citrus and grapefruit notes coming through. There is some caramel to towards the end to level things out and a fair helping of sweet malts.

Malt and caramel base with some hops in there that aren't as strong as with the nose. There is some grapefruit as well, also lighter, and a bit of bitterness. There is an earthy malt flavour and some citrus right at the end, nothing too strong though.

Smooth to begin with, there is a quite hop filled feel to the beer and a good citrus tang before things level out and you are hit with some sugar and a definite sweetness. The finish is moderately bitter.

A nice beer and one that was quite enjoyable despite not being as good as I had been hoping. Less hops and more malt than I was expecting and a little flat towards the end but still an acceptable effort from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 14:20:37 | More by flyingpig
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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks pops! This one pours an amber orange with a couple fingers of white head leaving webby lacing. The nose is quite muddled and not mich is picked up but faint hop offerings. The taste has some off putting flavors akin to an aluminium can. Some hops show but not as much as a sweet caramel bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carb.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:15:56 | More by ChugginOil
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emerge077

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body, sticky lacing, with great retention. Faintly grassy, tea-like hops in the aroma. Flavors of tea leaves, pale malt or grainy barley, with a mild grassiness. Thin, light-bodied, a little watery. Easy drinking, but it doesn't really hold my interest. It could use more distinctive hop character... BBD: 01/29/09

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 08:18:04 | More by emerge077
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Jamie134

California

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer, tried for the first time while in CO for the Great American Beer Festival. Odells creates some good things. Definitely worth giving a shot. A little cloudy in appearance, but very drinkable. I'd love to give this one a shot on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 17:35:35 | More by Jamie134
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber darkish color. Below average carbonation, head and lacing.

Taste of wood. Seems consistent with a lot of the O'Dell's. Grainy. Not exactly west coast pale, nor british. Really tastes closer to an amber ale than the pales I'm used to. Neat to check out once, but wouldn't see myself purchasing this at $7.99 anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 23:53:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jar2574

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Below average appearance. Very flat looking, with very little head initially, and none after it settles. Not that carbonated.

Nice hoppy smell though, so things might turn out all right.

Interesting taste. Hops, but also some unexpected sweetness -- banana flavor.

Overall, a decent experience, but not one I'm craving to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:32:57 | More by jar2574
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thaichile

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper colour with a limited head. Citrus, hops and malt on the nose. Flavors are a hop winning battle with the malts, but I did not find this brew to be crazy hoppy. Grapefruit on a apricot canvas. A good pale ale. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 12:18:31 | More by thaichile
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bort11

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

To start with, I really like Odell's label designs on all of their beers. It's not too flashy, in fact it's a pretty simple design, but sometimes it's something simple that makes a product stand out. I wonder if there are any design awards for beer labels? Oh well, to the beer.

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Whoa, massive cream colored head, over two fingers width. It is chunky and sticky as it recedes, leaving a very nice lace. The color is copper/orange and mostly clear.

The label text says, "Care for some hops with your hops?" I think that may be a stretch for what is being offered. There is a hops aroma to the smell, but it isn't overpowering by any means. If anything, it's sweet with a little bit of maltiness. Taste is also more of a mellow hops flavor, more balance than overpowering. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side, but not bad.

Over all, I think this is a tastey and balanced pale ale. This is the beer that Odell is replacing their Bobby Kolsch with. While 5 Barrel is good, if I had to choose, I think I would prefer Bobby.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 03:36:42 | More by bort11
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gpogo

California

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange amber with some yeasty particles. Large off white head. Head leaves a nice lacing.

A- Bready caramel malt with some light citrus hop notes.

T- Caramel malt, nothing too impressive as far as malts, it seems a little muted. Sweet malt taste and citrus hop flavors, but nothing too heavy. Metallic tasting finish. Scratch that, metallic taste throughout.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite refreshing in fact.

D- I'm not completely impressed with the taste, but I do think it is a decent beer and I would be happy to have a few of these. Alcohol isn't too heavy and it is rather refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 06:48:41 | More by gpogo
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rawfish

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than most pale ales, rich copper color but a small 1 finger head on the pour which has spotty to no lacing.

Pine resin nose, floral and sharp.

Fairly sweet upfront, light malts and grainy. Creeping bitterness in the back end citrus hops and lemon zest. The aftertaste is a steady bitterness and slightly oily on the finish.

Medium bodied but weakly carbonated, there is a definite syrupy mouth coating that some Odell's hoppier beers have, definitely noticeable with this one and grows more unpleasant as the beer warms.

A decent offering, session beer with enough body and good flavor but next time I'm not gonna sit on it too long.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:51:47 | More by rawfish
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 06/20/2012

Clear and amber golden with a medium head and medium retention. Malty, fruity, mildly hoppy sums the aroma up alright. Not bitter per se, but has a good hop flavor going on, if rather mild. Wonder if any darker malts are used because there is the slightest nuttiness somewhere, or I am just crazy. Quite clean. Perfect carbonation, lower than most of its kind. A medium body carries things nicely. Overall a good option, especially at the ABV. Although I imagine why couldn't it be even lower.

4, 3, 3, 4.5, 4

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 06:37:21 | More by tewaris
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BMoney575

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-12
Best before 3-28-12

Appearance: a cloudy golden amber color with a clingy white head. A thin layer of bubbles sits on top and doesn't fade.

Smell: subtly sweet with an interesting earthy quality that's hard to place. Very light, almost nothing going on.

Taste: just like the smell, a subtle sweetness gives way to a decent hop presence, and not much more. Not bad, just boring.

Mouthfeel: right for the style, suits the balanced malt and hops.

Overall: Not bad, just nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 20:33:16 | More by BMoney575
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