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5-Day IPA - O'Fallon Brewery

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463 Ratings
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2006)
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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark and slightly hazey, rubby-orange, with ok carbonation. The head is small, white and leaves some lace, pretty good looking for the most part.

The smell is quite good, it is floral and fruity with a bit of pine going on.

The taste is mostly floral, with some pine. The malt is taking a back seat from the get go.

The mouthfeel is thin and kinda soda pop like. it kind of takes away from what would have been a better brew.

The drinkability is good but could be much better should the malt be bigger.

A big thanks to Vancer for this brew, Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of stagman
4/5  rDev +8.4%

This pours a dark gold with an off-white head that lingers for a bit. Smells like a freshly chopped piece of pine.

Tastes of Northwest hops, mainly a grapefruit and piney flavor. I'm not an all-out hophead, so this is just right. Has a little bit of a grainy texture but not too much.

Definitely fits a hophead's expectations, but is laid back enough for your normal drinker. O'Fallon has definitely done well with this beer and capitalized on the IPA market in St. Louis.

stagman, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%

This is the IPA I've been waiting for to fill the niche left open by the departure of Alpha King and Two Hearted from the state of Iowa. I'm just sorry that I only picked up a single bottle instead of a 6pk or a case. I'll definitely rectify that next time I make a beer purchase.

The beer pours to a great amber color with a bit of a coppery hue. Great clarity. Carbonation is good, supporting a nice sized head. Retention is alright, but the head eventually falls to a film after a few minutes. Lacing is fairly weak for a hoppy beer.

The smell is great. Shows off some very pine resinous and fruity aromas. A very subtle biscuity malt lies underneath. This is something that is usually either over-done or completely non-existent in an IPA, and very few beers really get the balance right. Well... this one has got it right.

Same goes for the taste. It has a huge juicy hops flavor, but a very nice malt base to keep it honest. Just the perfect amount of bitterness. The only qualm I have is that it maybe just a tad bit grassy, but this is insignificant in the big picture.

The mouthfeel is great. Fairly light in body with a great crispness. Great bitterness. No alcohol flavor. Very, very highly drinkable. Highly recommended.

And as a bonus to anybody reading, I have only recently discovered the wonderful combination of premium tequilla drank side by side with a premium IPA. Try sipping off a couple ounces of Don Julio Anejo to go with your pint of 5 Day IPA. Great combo, for after you have properly reviewed the beer on its own, of course.

neonbrown82, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Undated 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a brown color with a light amount of head that doesn't stick around. Is fairly clear.

S - Another hoppy beer I can smell from sitting beside me. A pleasing citrus hop aroma - which rolls to a malt character.

T - This has hops flavor out of the gate. Strong. But not overbearing. Finishes with the sweet malt.

M - Has very little carbonation in the mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy. Does have a fair amount of body.

D - A good drinking beer. Not at all filling. Very easy to drink.

This one reminds me of DFH 60 alot. Has that similar balance of malt and hops. Overall, a good beer.

katan, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

Hazy, muted orange color. Considerable hop aroma-grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Big burst of hop flavor without being harsh or overly bitter. Great maltiness to it as well. Nice, slick and resiny mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable. US IPAs tend to run together for me-this one certainly stands out.

lackenhauser, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas of grapefruity/ citrusy hops. In the taste, a mellow grapefruity hop and a malty balance. A bitter mouthfeel, with a small citrusy/ grafruity hop aftertaste. A very nice IPA, balanced, great aromas. A nice everyday IPA.

OWSLEY069, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of david131
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

A- Ever so slightly cloudy and orange. A thick, white head forms and settles to a thin covering over the entire top of the beer.

S- Lots of citrus and pine with hints of cinnamon. A good malt backing. Nothing really blows me away, but well done.

T- Lots of pine, citrus, and earthiness. The malt is good. Bitter and flavorful. Well done.

M- Very crisp and bitter. Slightly drying. Again, well done.

D- A good IPA. Nothing spectacular, but worth a try fo' sho'.

david131, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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?

BuckeyeNation, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of endgames
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

Received this as a bonus from Axelbay during a recent trade. Thanks again!

A-Poured slowly with very little head (perhaps a bad pour). Cloudy amber color with a little sediment dancing on the bottom of the glass. Massive carbonation coming from this one.

S-Hop are obvious here with hints of caramel and herbs.

T-Very earthy hops dominate this beer. Subtlety sweet finish.

M-Wicked carbonation really makes this attractive. Could be really refreshing on summer day.

D-If this was local I could see it becoming a usual in my fridge. Very easy drinking for the hopheads out there.

endgames, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of box299
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

I picked this one up in a mixed six pack on a business trip to Grand Rapids. It was one of the highlights of the six pack... Kind of lighter on taste and bitterness for most IPAs that I have tried. It's the kind if beer I would look for if I was going to have more than a couple.

box299, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance - a cloudy, dirty orange with lots of foamage...up and over!! Not too much though, four fingers worth and then over the top. Recedes back with a big eraser-like plug in the center that never goes away. Lots of bubbly lace in the wake.

Aroma - plenty of grapefruit and pine, good resilience.

Taste - mostly pine. Some light citrus but it's resiny, grapefruity. I pick up the malt side better after some palate adjustment. A little bit of biscuit to provide some needed balance. A little soapy at times but overall quite a tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel - some thinness here isn't all bad but would bolster the flavor were it meatier. Not much smoothness but again not a total miss. Carbonation is average.

Drinkability - a quality IPA beer worthy of a session.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.58/5  rDev -3%

Golden hued sporting a fluffy bone-colored head.
Nose of sprucey, resinous hops exclusively, and not at the volume to make this remarkable.
Enters the mouth with a caramelized grain notion that meanders toward honey and apple. It turns a bit disjointed and burnt just prior to the hop hit. They hammer in ganjafied resin, and pine cones, and grapefruit peelings, and flower petals. Gin-like alcohol vapors take their place on the close, and provide further bitterness. It comes across as fairly boozey despite its mild level of strength.
It carries a sticky yet oily medium body that befits the style with a lowly carbonation level.
In some ways, this does everything it should to be a standout IPA. But it's not. While no specific flaw stands out, taste-wise, it just doesn't ultimately cohere and thus it sticks in the middle of the road.

cokes, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to St. Louis. Pours into my glass an amber/orange hue with a hefty inch of creamy white head on top that leaves a bit of lacing on the way down. Aromas begin with lightly toasted, caramelized biscuit malt along with a nice punch of hops. Floral, herbal and lightly citrusy. Nice.

First sip brings a mellow caramel malt upfront that has a biscuit quality to it as well. Floral hop flavors move in that have a nice herbal/citric edge as well. Flows down with a nice bitterness, but the beer gets a bit astringent in the end as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of fast moving carbonation. It kinda gets to be a bit too much, but I could still sit down to a few. Overall, not a bad IPA, but it doesn't really grab me. I'll stick to the Smoked Porter and get my IPA fill elsewhere.

orbitalr0x, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of genog
4.28/5  rDev +16%

Pours a reddish orange type of color with a creamy, thick, frothy tanish color head that builds up so thick and out of the glass. I had to wait and pour about three different times before I could fill this 12 oz glass. Smell is of earthy and Piney hops. Taste is delicious with the earthy hops followed by a deliciously rich malty backbone. Moutfeeling is creamy and full.

This was a bonus beer and I forget who it was from, but thank you so much for a great brew!!

genog, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Tall white frothy head that leaves minimal lacing. Color is a dark amber orange, good amount of carbonation activity.
Smell has a sharp resiny hops aroma. A bit floral and piney. The hops in the taste is not as strong as I would have expected based on the smell. Still nicely balanced. A bit peppery in the finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick. A creamy carbonation on the palette.
This is a pretty nice session IPA

bort11, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of etenbus
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

This was my first O'Fallon beer and I am pleased.

Appearance: I poured the burnt orange-colored IPA into my Ron Jon pint glass. It verges on being too dark for an IPA, perhaps having the coloring of an amber. The head mushroomed nicely but disappeared rather quickly.

Aroma: Wow. This is a hophead's dream. Very fresh hops smell strongly of citrus. After the hop A-bomb, I smell orange marmalade, Earl Grey tea, maybe some apricots, and some sweetness--that reflecting the malt in there somewhere.

Taste: The bitterness covers the tongue side to side. The hops dominate, as one would expect from the aroma. There is not the balance of malt--a backbone so to speak--that so many beer advocates like with a highly hopped beer. That's ok. The flavor could use a little malt, biscuit, flavor to wipe up some of the hops, however.

Mouthfeel: It's fine. Medium body. Goes down easily.

Drinability: Usually an IPA with malt backbone means that these highly-hopped IPAs run to the 7-8% ABV side of things. I prefer an IPA that one can enjoy session style. If you want to produce an Imperial IPA, then run the ABV up to 8-9%. Otherwise, keep it in the sessionable 5-6% range. I digress. Schlafly's new IPA has too much alcohol. I like this one better. I'll have another.

etenbus, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

A - Hazy marigold orange brew with a massive three finger orange-rind colored head that gets rocky as it recedes to a nice tight cap. A whole bunch of sticky gold lace is left on the glass, and a swirl easily brings back a full two fingers. A whole bunch of yeasty chunks are floating around in there too! A damn fine looking brew!

S - Mandarin orange hops hit the nose right off the bat. Sweet and sour sauce....like General Tso's Chicken or that Sweet and Sour Orange Chicken stuff at Chinese restaurants. Sort of one dimensional though...mainly just sweet mandarin orange juice supported by a thin malt backdrop.

T - Sweet mandarin orange all over the place, followed by some pine sap nuances in the finish. Some really nice mineral qualities add some complexity, and it's much more malty that the nose suggests. This is damn good stuff.

M - Medium bodied and greasy with hop oils. The slightly dry finish leaves a lingering hop residue that is hop-head paradise. I like it!

D - An outstanding IPA. Lots of really nice hop flavors and a not-overly-dry finish, when combined with that great mouthfeel add up to a really drinkable IPA.

pmcadamis, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of revolution
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

An apricot-colored brew with a nice head.

Definitely smell the hops, pine.

A tasty IPA, the citrus, the bitterness and a nice malty flavor.

A light-to-medium bodied brew that goes down smooth.

One of the better brews I've had from here in MO, though the O'Fallon smoked porter is pretty solid.

revolution, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Slightly hazed, dirty coppery-bronze in hue; off-white head, at the apex the foam was almost two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, the bubbles hung together for a few moments before fading to a soapy, skimpy cap. The subsequent lacing was quite spotty and hardly noteworthy. Overall, the appearance is standard for the style.

The nose isn’t all that chatty. I’ve tried this beer three times now, from three different sources, the first two sucked. This one is the best but it doesn’t really “wow” me. Maybe I was expecting more. I get aromas of pine and citrus, well balanced with a nice caramel malt aroma. Smells like an APA. Nice.

Bitter as an IPA should be. Citrus rinds, grapefruit, pine, and hints of wood; caramel/toasty malt in the background… I also get hints of fruit and flowers. Lingering bitterness which is perfect for a hearty, bacon cheeseburger! God I want one now. IMO, 5 Day IPA reminds me of an Americanized English IPA brewed to show both sides of the IPA spectrum. If that blather didn’t make sense, it tastes like what Goose Island IPA use to taste like… a very good IPA.

Medium in body, moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer very well. Simplicity works.

I’d be satisfied to buy a six-pack, kickback and drink away. Sadly, I can’t get O’Fallon in Council Bluffs any longer. The next time I am in Kansas City I will buy some though. In the grand scheme of things this is an above-average IPA. Maybe it is not remarkable but not every beer needs to be a homerun. There is nothing wrong with a standup double. Thank you Bill via Darrel l for the fresh sample.

bditty187, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +8.4%

A solid entry in the American IPA category. Hyperactive head - a slow, careful pour is required to get the whole beer in the glass. Resulting head is thick and pillowy. Sharp hops, a bit green and rough, but a nice bite that is not too harsh. Malt smooths thing a bit toward the end, with moderate lasting bitterness. A little unpolished, but overall nicely done.

Brent, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of nortmand
3.58/5  rDev -3%

Hazy amber orange hue with a sustained white head.

Sweetgrass dominates the aroma. Also some soft citrus peach aromas as well.

Some sweet caramel up front. A bit wheat-ish and some citrus as well. Flowery orange oils throughout. Leaves a somewhat messy bitterness.

Soft mouthfeel with a pleasant carbonation. Overall a very average IPA. Definitely enjoyable.

nortmand, Jul 08, 2007
5-Day IPA from O'Fallon Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.