5-Day IPA - O'Fallon Brewery
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3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
Firelight orange with honey edges; a richer, more glowing shade than one normally sees. A loud 'pffft' on crown cracking led me to expect the worst. An explosive head of pastel orange seemed to confirm it. By the several minute mark, however, all is well and I have before me a wonderful looking IPA with a characterful head and a talent for lacing.
Of the four members of the hop bill, O'Fallon will only cop to Cascade and Galena. Having recently drained a growler of an outstanding single-hopped Cascade pale ale (Town Hall Fresh Hop 2007), I can appreciate that hop's contribution with ease: grapefruit and an appealing cheesy, ganja-like muskiness. It's pleasant enough, but I need a little more hoppiness in my IPA noses.
5 Day IPA is pretty good stuff. However, don't expect a mind-blowing, tongue-pillaging hop fest. This is the sort of beer that walks that fine line between giving hopheads what they crave and sessionability. One would think that combination would be fairly common. In my experience, however, it isn't.
The flavor profile is more complex than simply citrus fruit juice. It has a fairly prominent herbal quality that makes me think that something with a German or, more likely, an English pedigree is in play. Bitter orange is present as well, along with a very faint butterscotchiness.
I'm not sure where to land on the mouthfeel. Part of me thinks it's as much APA as IPA and part of me thinks that I'm just being picky. In the end, it needs a little more heft and a little more smoothness before I'll be willing to dole out praise.
It's clear that 5 Day IPA and Smoked Porter are the cream of the O'Fallon crop. This is a solid, nicely drinkable IPA that those in the distribution area should feel thankful for. Since it's under the asinine Iowa ABV cap, why haven't I seen it locally?
10-06-2007 13:41:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a sturdy head; nice lace shards, too
Smell: One of the more piney aromas I have smelled in a very long time; smells like a pine forest after a gentle rain
Taste: Displays its malty biscuit base up front, with a growing piney flavor developing by mid-palate when there is a bit of woody dryness that appears as well; after the swallow, a bit of citrus slips in but the predominant flavors are pine and biscuit
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Not my favorite flavor profile for an IPA and in a way, this is more English than American; nevertheless, it's a fine beer
Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity
08-23-2008 01:34:03 | More by brentk56
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
Another new brew available to Central KY. 5 Day pours a very clean, medium copper color wiht a frothy egshell head retention. Moderately carbonated and sprinkled with spicey hops and yeast. Aromas are all grapefruit, orange peel, and lemons, with a mild malt scent lurking behind. Tastes very clean and more malty-sweet than the aroma suggests. Sweetness quickly gives way to strong hop flavors and bittering, as promised by the nose. The body falls a bit short, allowing the hops to rise to the forefront more easily -- makes for a very drinkable brew. Clean finish with lingering hop flavor. Though one-dimensional, the brew is nicely balanced and very easy to drink. A fresh taste for the early summer months.
06-24-2007 17:51:21 | More by BEERchitect
2.7/5 rDev -26.8%
A hazy golden amber color with a white/yellow head.
There is no nose - nothing. (Multiple bottles opened with same result).
Mouthfeel is nicely creamy with a medium/big character and feel.
Flavors are layered with a nice burnt lemon flavor but then goes to a bitter weak coffee flavor and with some medium to heavy bitter hop-citrus acidic character.
Finish is light pine acid bitter.
01-06-2011 02:27:53 | More by GRG1313
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
My first beer from O'fallon,poured into a standard pint glass clear lighter amber color with a thinner but well sustained white head.Aromas are a little mild but pleasent,some citric hop mainly with a touch of biscuit sweetness.Flavors were a little mild as well,there is some nice citric/herbal hop flavors but they end a bit abruptly,quite a hefty caramel base is there as well.Pretty basic
American IPA there although a little subdued in character in my opinion.
10-13-2008 19:37:25 | More by oberon
3.43/5 rDev -7%
New arrival at a local shop, revisiting this one.
Murky shade of brown, dark orange in the light. Sticky crown of lacing rings the edge. Retention is pretty good, as the surface layer never breaks during the first few sips.
Malty, caramel and some sweet orange citrus, only vaguely there. Mild pine and bready notes. Tastes very malty with bready caramel, specialty malts, grassy pine is muted but there also. Not much of an aftertaste, clean but little in the way of lasting flavor. Feel is mellow, average all around. Worth a try, but not earth-shattering. Needs some dialed-up hops to be an American IPA, this one swings towards the English IPA realm. Can't say this is much of a contender.
07-29-2011 23:17:10 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
A - Poured out a copper color with a one-finger head. It leaves small traces of Belgian lace.
S - It smelled of very fresh hops. Also, grain and malt aromas were present.
T - It tasted very hoppy with some slight bitterness. It also has a malty quality.
M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.
D - Very good fresh hop IPA. The smell was outstanding and the flavor was pretty good, too
04-17-2007 01:27:00 | More by zeff80
4.25/5 rDev +15.2%
Thanks to Hwwty4 for this one.
Pours a foggy brownish amber with a thick crème head. Nose is faint perfumed, citric hops. Flavor is nice and meaty and robust. By just a touch it seems slightly amber ale in character, but the basic theme is the floral leafy and twig kind of thing. Feel is smooth on the liquid and the carbonation is a bit high with a very slight bite to it. Overall I think this is a nice brew. Perhaps I am being jaded as I appreciate this type of IPA. But I think it's nice and worth giving a shot. I'd definitely have more than one if I had the chance.
08-12-2008 19:27:58 | More by RblWthACoz
3.43/5 rDev -7%
Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops and fruity citrus sweetness, with a decent malt background, but I detected a soapy note to it that kind of threw everything off.
T: The taste is a decent balance of hops bitterness and citrus sweetness. The malt character is very hearty for the style, but the dry hops bitterness eventually takes dominance in the end as it should in an IPA. The after-taste is slightly bitter.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good representation of style, good kick, it's a decent beer, but it wouldn't be a beer that I would reach for when I'm in the liquor store unless my selections are very limited, since there are so many other beers in the style that I would choose above it.
07-15-2007 06:32:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this'un:
Pours amber/caramel with 4+ fingers of fluffed up creamy head. Excellent head retention & above average lacing
S: Citrus & piney hops
T: Piney, dry & a little caramel up front. Some faint breadyness & grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes crisp and hoppy
MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation, needs more malt for balance
Drinks good for the abv, a pretty good, not great AIPA IMO. Just a little too simple for my tastes
08-29-2007 02:54:52 | More by russpowell
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I believe that Monkeyknife threw this in into a trade for me.
Pours a clear coppery amber with a finger of poofy off-white head. Thin creamy retention stays rich, leaving a moderate amount of lace back. The aroma is dank and herbal with a touch of spice to it and a sticky smelling mix of citrus and caramel tang underneath.
The taste is quite similar, with a herbal and earthy hop profile that imparts a lightly drying bitterness on the tongue. That same tangy mix of caramel, bread, and citric character offers some decent balance. Sweetness and bitter herbal notes emerge out of the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower carbonation that gives this a bit of a flat feel. This still went down fairly easily though.
This was one of the more dankish IPAs that I've tried yet. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as it was nicely balanced for the flavors involved. I just wish that the body had packed a bit more oompth.
03-12-2009 16:43:32 | More by Kegatron
3.05/5 rDev -17.3%
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the flowers and biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. The hops deliver some bitter floral and pine notes, as well as some orange citrus and some biscuit malt. The bitterness level is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-05-2012 22:14:08 | More by Mora2000
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
Pours a golden orange/light amber color with a one finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a nice lasting ring and cap, leaving minimal lacing.
Nice floral citrus hop aroma with some dank piny resionus and a subtle caramel malt backbone.
Thin body, slightly watered down. Citrus hop flavor with with some pine but not as resinous as the aroma had me hoping for. Weak malt backbone that doesn't provide much balance although it does have a slight biscuit flavor that is pretty nice. Slightly dry finish. Drinkable session beer but not something I would seek out again.
09-09-2009 19:32:26 | More by corby112
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
Appears amber with a thin white head with a top ring of lacing. Big resinous, earthy, grapefruit hops in the aroma. We're talking big aroma here. The flavor, however, doesn't quite stack up. It could almost be mistaken for a hoppy pale ale. The bitterness is medium, and the mouthfeel is a but thin. There's a lingering bitterness, but nothing major. I will say it makes for a decent session IPA. But the aftertaste holds it back from being great. It's sort of a dry and bitter mix of crystal malt with citrus rind. Basically it needs more hops. The dry-hopping makes for a killer aroma, but the rest of the beer can't quite match that intensity. That said, it's still a very nice beer. Cheers.
03-28-2008 03:46:34 | More by tempest
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Thanks to tangfoot and the I Want That BIF for this 12 oz bottle.
A: The IPA is a hazy orange color, so hazy that when light shines through a color that reminds me of ginger (at its lightest) and chutney (at its darkest). The head has left an admirable ring of lace in the glass.
S: Don't drink this ale cold, the hop aroma is nonexistent until the ale warms. As it warms, grapefruit and pineapple aromas emerge, creating a swirling big nose. Please, for the love of Dog, let the beer warm.
T: A cold sip is disappointing, mostly grain and no hops. Warmer, the ale reveals a bitter hop aroma that, while lacking a bit of panache, gets the job done. Some grapefruit and orange peel bitterness drive the flavor, although don't get too excited, the flavors aren't that strong and a sizeable grainy malt bill really stands out.
M: I was hoping for more hops, not overboard like a DIPA, just enough to spice up the tastebuds. Solid but not memorable.
D: The hops that do emerge create a warming alcohol flavor that hurts the drinkability. I'd have another or two and hope for a bigger hop flavor.
08-11-2007 00:17:18 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a warm amber brown body that is a bit dense with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thick creamy light tan head that last the full glass and leaves rings with each sip.
S- The smell of light toasted raw grain and green herbal hops are soft but balanced.
T- This beer has a soft hoppy flavor with a hint of juicy fruit gum followed by a light dry toasted malt flavor. There is a light bitter green hop note in the finish with a soft fruit punch note and a dry big coriander flavor. As it warms there is a note of orange rind in the hop flavors.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture from the mouthfeel
D- This beer has some nice flavors but they are a bit soft especially for being aged on hops for 5 days.
06-22-2007 02:03:10 | More by rhoadsrage
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to jpm30 and bort11 for this brew.
One bottle has the same label as the pic the other not. I'm reviewing the bottle with the same label as the pic.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice huge two-finger creamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is more on the malt side, some hops, grapefruit, slight pine, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, nice little sweetness thrown in, and some caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Not much chewyness to this one. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad IPA, but have had better. Maybe the other bottle is fresher/hoppier.
09-13-2007 23:50:38 | More by Wasatch
3.21/5 rDev -13%
Kind of a murkiness to this one, a little dark between orange and brown. Aroma is heavy on the wood, not a eminent hop presence.
Taste, a heavier ipa but without a hop assault. Balanced I guess, if that's what you're into in an ipa, a big malt presence to accompany some hops. Had a flow like cream ale, smooth. Some of the bitterness pops up downbottle, so that was an unexpected range to find in this beer. Cost seems relatively reasonable, which is pretty much a good summation of the entire experience with this beer.
06-10-2010 21:15:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5 rDev +10.6%
Pours a clear, orange/copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops (floral), slight citrus, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Cask American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a low carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a great mouth feel and appearance, but the a little lacking in body.
11-16-2009 23:19:49 | More by Tone
5-Day IPA from O'Fallon Brewery
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