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5-Day IPA - O'Fallon Brewery

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5-Day IPA5-Day IPA

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266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 518
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2006

We dry-hop this American Style India Pale Ale with seven grains and four domestic hop varieties by adding dry whole hops to the finishing tank so the beer rests "on top" of the hops for five extra days!Malty sweetness up front with big cascade and glacier hops in the finish -- a wonderfully drinkable IPA!

66 IBU
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Reviews: 266 | Hads: 518
Photo of udubdawg
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a pretty light copper color, with a sizeable off-white head. A small amount of yeast sediment trickles in and quickly settles out. A very slight overall haze is noted. Head retention is good as a thin cap lasts till the bottom, and lacing is decent.

Nose is full of refreshing hop aromas. Bright, lively, mouth watering - screams freshness without being over the top...and having visited the brewery, I know that it is exactly that.

Taste starts with lively carbonation bringing bitterness to your palate, before citrusy sweetness and a bit of caramel overtake it. After I swallow, the bittering hops reassert themselves. Very impressive.

High initial carbonation leads to a creamy medium body, and a drying finish.

This beer reminds me of growing up drinking craft IPAs on the west coast. While not over the top with hoppy imbalance, there is enough here to satisfy this particular hophead.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the beer/operation with Dave and Brian, and hope these beers make it to Wichita one day soon. I could drink this most every day. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy tea color. The cream-colored head was light and small amounts of lacing on the glass.

Hops primarily but the malt lets you know that it's there.

A combo of bitterness and citrus lead the way, but again, the malts are there as well.

Nicely balanced and lightly carbonated.

Easy to drink. A good quality IPA but still a bit of a letdown. Maybe more boldness. I expected better, being O'Fallon. (433 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with seven grains and four domestic hop varieties including cascade and glacier.

Pours out to a cloudy burnt orange...unfiltered. Forms a modest white soapy head with average retention and sparse lacing, despite a vigirous pour. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is quite nice with a juicy grapefruit and sweet mango hop quality. Cleanly fermented with no off aromas. Mouthfeel is prickly and acidic with a strong grain and hop astringency and medium body. The flavor is all about the hops. Lots of grapefruit pith and some piney, resinous qualities, with a decent amount of malt body. There is a little bit of mango which is something I really enjoy in my IPA's. The bitterness/sharpness/astringency is a bit much and limits it's drinkability. Aftertaste is quite bitter and the finish is slightly watery.

A decent IPA, but there are so many out there that are better. I have no interest in having this again, because the astringency and bitterness are out of whack, making it not very drinkable. (1,010 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy deep copper color, with a quite substantial head that lasts a good, long while. There's some chill haze evident.

Nose is a good balance of vegetal hop and sweet malt, lending a "creamy" smell to the beer. There's a slight cheese aroma, but in a good way.

The beer is bitter at first taste, but not overwhelmingly so. This is not a pucker beer, where the insides of each cheek try to get intimately acquainted with every drink. Rather, the bitterness is a smooth, velvety bitterness. It's still bitter, mind you, since it is an IPA, but it's definitely a change of pace from some American IPAs. Since the bitterness is so smooth, it's hard to notice the transition from hop bitterness to malt sweetness. Before you know it, your mouth is saying "what the...?" and the taste you're left with is sweet and creamy. Finally, the sweetness gives way, and that subtle bitterness cames back for the long, slow ride into the sunset. This one is rather subtle for an IPA, to say the least, and damned if that isn't a great thing! There's no "bitter-SWEET-bitter" with this. It's more "bitsweebitter". Very nice.

The mouthfeel, like the flavor, is a bit creamy. A tad thicker than expected, but it just lends itself so well to the taste it's difficult to fault.

This one is very, very well done. For BMC drinkers, it'll be bitter. For full fledged hopheads, they'll wonder what's going on with the transition between hop and malt. For the rest, this is an easy to drink, very well made beer. I'd recommend this to anyone. (1,547 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this brew as I've really enjoyed their Smoked Porter; however, I was a bit disappointed. Overall, it's a tasty beer with a crisp and clean finish. But the aroma is a big downer for me; it smells more of perfume/hair product than hops. It really kind of turned me off to it. Thankfully the flavor is in line with an IPA, but for an IPA, it's on the weaker side. Maybe I've gotten spoiled on bigger IPAs, but this one just didn't have the big punch of hops like you'd get in other lines. (513 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass; beer thanks to cardsmith

A: You can immediately tell the bottle-conditioning from the yeast sediment that trickles into the glass as you pour; fairly thin-looking ruby-red/copper/amber color, very sparkly, decent head and very minor lacing.

S: Beer smells delicious! All fresh hops and juicy citrust notes, with just a touch of bready malt for balance.

T/M: Lots of hops in this one, all over the place. Right up front, lingering on the finish, hops, hops & more hops. I detect several varieties of hops in here and one of them has got to be Cascade (got that distinct PNW bitterness to it). Nice balanced malts so the beer is more than drinkable. Creamy smooth to the feel with a sharp tangy carbonization to match the bitter hoppy finish. I'm really liking this one.

D: Yet another fantastic IPA from a tiny regional craft brewer. You'd do well to acquire this one in a trade, and get more than 1 'cause you'll be sad if you don't!

Recommended! (1,022 characters)

Photo of rocketmotor
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, inch thick heads leaves nice lacing on glass, nice white foam. Brown/gold/amber colored and very clear for bottle conditioned beer.

Smells of fresh hops, pale malt, fresh hops, a little alcohol and a little biscuit and yeast. Great aroma, hops come through nicely without being overwheming.

Tastes great of fresh hops and nice mild malt. Really dominated by fresh hops, but not very bitter, more hop flavor than hop bitterness. Very nice! Mouthfeel is good, light from bottle carbonation but good solidity.

Drinkability is high, if this was available year round I would keep it on hand in the fridge. Very good.

Seems to be more widely available in tap than in bottles. A few restaurants around St Louis had it on tap, I only found the bottles at two liquor stores. (798 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Vancer for including this in my BA Anniv. package.

A: Pours a dark murky amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving a film on top. No lacing to see.
S: Floral hop presence with a nice undertone of toasted grain. Citrus fruit notes are fairly big also.
T/M: Citrus fruit hop presence. Juicy and chewy, though slick through the mouth. Bitterness lasts in the finish with some fruit notes. Medium bodied. Malt notes balance out the hop bitterness nicely.
D: An easy drinking IPA. A solid example of the style--thanks for the opportunity Vancer. (586 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m glad the O’Fallon webpage noted that this is an American style IPA (instead of just saying it’s an APA). Details, details.

As an APA, I’d say this one matches the style quite well, and was a damn fine drinker, to boot.

Sharp looking pour, semi-hazy amber/org with a superb top of dense ivory cream-head. Aroma was a little too subtle, piney hopsickle, but the flavors came through nicely. Not a floral bomb, thank goodness, but a nice mixture of florals with a citrusy finish.

Sharp, dry, and crisp – a real lip smacker for any occasion.

Found at the Blue Sky bar & grill in O’fallon. On tap along with their wheat and gold. A little hole-in-the mall place that, from what I’m told, has a decent above average pub selection of food. (755 characters)

Photo of drewseslu
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, Dave, just for you I'll review it.
Pours a hazy gold with a fluffy eggshell foam that settles into a cap and laces until I need a refill.
Nice hoppy aroma, Cascades evident and the Glaciers add depth and an herbal quality. However, I would still like a bit more aroma hops. Each version I've had has gotten closer, though, and the latest batches may be there.
Full of citrusy and fruity hops. Apricots, oranges, grapefruits, floral and honey flavors from the Centennials, super smooth bitterness and a nice backing of Caramel and 2R malts. Exaggerated hops, but nicely balance.
Lively carbonation, some creaminess I attribute to the house yeast and specialty malt selections. At worst it can be a bit thin, at best its quite refreshing.
On the whole...a damn fine IPA and I can't wait to get me some in bottles.
Ahh...what the hell: On the 5th Day God created the IPA, and this is a damn fine one. (912 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The tap handle says O'fallon 5 Day IPA. I assume this is the same as it is the only IPA listed from O'fallon.

Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a nice white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing in the glass.

Smell is citrusy and floral hops with mabey a faint maltiness.

Taste is citrus, namely grapefruit up front followed by a little maltiness. Decently well balanced and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very nice and I could drink these all day. A solid beer from O'fallon, acually the best I've had from them. (561 characters)

Photo of murrayswine
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My man BigLove added this bad boy to a trade for me.

The pour yeilds a lightly ambered beer with a thin head but sturdy lacing.

The smell is pine, a little lemon, fresh grass, and straw.

The taste is fairly heavy in the hop department for a basic IPA. It has a soft malt tone that takes over at the finish. Not bad at all!

Why O'fallon doesnt bottle this is mind boggling! (385 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper to amber color, and was topped by a 1 inch off white head. The aroma has a nice herbal note up front, followed quickly by some grapefruit and light caramel. The flavor is blended nicely together. More of the herbal, grass quality. The grapefruit rounds out nicely into more of an orange character. Nice, sharp bitterness midway through the drink that lasts into the finish. The mouth feel is slightly sharp, a little heavy. Very nice drinkability. Great beer, I can’t wait until it is more widely available. (539 characters)

Photo of fizzyfred
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on draught at Iron Barley. The Tap Handle called it "5-day IPA" with a the picture of a hop cone. The color is straw-like and cloudy, possibly copper, with a nice white head. The aroma is a nice spicy-citrus and very pungent. Flavor is grassy and piney, its obviously dry-hopped and finished a bit to piney for my taste. The upfront bitterness is very nice and the grain backs it up nicely. No real alcohol taste, but it would probably be overtaken by the hop flavor anyway. There is just enough body to provide balance and it goes down smooth. (551 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no label pours cloudy light copper color, aroma of pine and citrus, grapefruit, citrus hoppy flavors, nice off white head with small bubbles that leaves good lacing in my glass, some malty sweetness to balance the loads of hops, medium body with a thick and sticky mouthfeel, great to see O'fallon putting out an IPA, I am looking forward to having this available in bottles for sale. (402 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden brown with a huge off-white head that settles into sticky clumps. The head remains through the entire drink and left lots of lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is a strong piny hop note, full of oils and spice. There's a nice pungent hop attack to this nose - nothing subtle about it.

Flavor is very similar - it's a hop monster that's for sure! Some citrus notes but primarily flavors of pine and a light floral perfume... Spicy peppery finish really gives this IPA a sharp tang. Rather mild grain notes would be the only complaint here - there's a bit of a sweet malt note but it's pretty well overpowered by the hops. Not a bad thing as the hops are wonderful but just a tad unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Medium bodied brew with plenty of carbonation left over after the foamy head. Very mild oily coating on the tongue us cleaned up nicely by the combination of bubbles and hop bitterness. Nice dry finish with lots of hop echoes.

A very drinkable IPA though apparently not widely available at the moment... This was provided by Big Love and seems to be a part of OFallon's experimental bottling. No more experimentation needed - this one is just right! (1,202 characters)

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5-Day IPA from O'Fallon Brewery
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