5-Day IPA - O'Fallon Brewery
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4.47/5 rDev +21.1%
This is a fantastic IPA!! this brewery is only a cpule mile from my home and I was blown away by this midwest IPA. It pours with a wonderful thick head and orage/copper color. The nose is where it really impresses. An awesome pine and citrus hop cloud with underlying malt pinning.
The taste was a wonderful balance of strong hops and malts. Citrus grapefruit and pine with a good malt and biscuit flavor without being sweet.
The body is firm but not thick, coating the tongue and leaving flavor all the way down. This is just an amazingly drinkable beer, which has become my regular social drinking beer. As a friend said, this is the kind of beer I would brew for myself (which I am planning to do with my nest brew session).
Get your hands on this beer.
06-20-2007 16:12:35 | More by ihscout426
2.98/5 rDev -19.2%
A: Musty orange color with a sea foam like head. Lots of lacing in the glass, and a medium to medium low level of carbonation.
S: Rich piney and citrusy hops, with a mild malty grain back bone. Touches of wood and corn are noted. Slightly out of the ordinary, and not a bad change up.
T: Hops right of the bat, with a distinct orange peel character flowing over the light biscuit and flour note. Soapy bitterness seems to detract from the enjoyablity of this beer. Rather uninspiring, and the orange flavor is kind of bothering me...
M: A little on the light side, lacking the oily and dense feeling that I look for in American IPA's.
D: Fair. Don't think I'll be seeing this one again anytime soon.
06-18-2007 00:13:34 | More by Frozensoul327
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Thanks to Cresant for this bottle.
Pours into my pint glass a hazy orange copper color with a 1/8 of an inch of soapy white head that slowly settles to leave a wispy covering. There some good sized yeast chunks there too.
The aroma mainly consists of piny hops, with a nice background of less pronounced spiced hop notes and a tiny bit of a citrus note. There is a good bready maltiness in the nose as well.
Nice pronounced bitter piny hops, a little bit of a more earthy hop note with a tinge of a more hoppy spice to it. There is a bit of citrus but is light and most noticable in the finish. A good caramel malt presence is there doing a pretty good job balancing the hops out.
Good solid mouthfeel but could use maybe a bit more carbonation.
This is a tasty and solid IPA. I'd drink this again if I have the chance.
06-10-2007 19:18:56 | More by Matthew
3.35/5 rDev -9.2%
Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin head that resists fading. Little lacing observed.
The smell is timid yet slightly hoppy.
Medium bodied, the mouth feel has a nice hop character.
The Flavor is light and hoppy but otherwise uninspired.
An average beverage. Not drawing me back for another.
06-01-2007 16:35:38 | More by jjayjaye
3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
Golden dark pumpkin orange with copper edges. Solid finger of stay-puff marshmallow light beige head. Laces very nicely. Pungeant pine resin funk and herbal pineapple hop nose with a juicy fruit malt backbone. Good balance. Resinous hop bitterness and flavor up front, followed quickly by toasted biscuity malt. Slightly astringent graininess in place of what I expected to be caramel and fruit. Light fruit sweetness eventually stops by, but numbing, piney hop bitterness soon takes over into the finish. Not bad, but the malt flavors seem a touch off. Modrate body with a slightly watery, non-creamy feel. A little undercarbonated too. Looks great, smells good, but the rest needs a little work.
05-21-2007 22:50:24 | More by alexgash
2.98/5 rDev -19.2%
I wanted to love this one - was hoping an IPA from my hometown area would stand up to its NorCal brethren. Alas, O'Fallon 5 Day IPA is a disappointment.
12oz bottle purchased as part of a "Build Your Own Sixpack" from the wonderful Lukas Liquors in Ellisville, MO. Pours a deep cloudy brownish orange, very thick head of multi-sized bubbles that never really dissipates.
Aroma is promising - dry-hopping definitely comes through, with assertively juicy American citrus, backed by some slight pine. Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite match up with the nose - a plaintive cry from the thin malt, some edgy hoppy bitterness, but not integrated with each other or with the rich smell. Unfortunately the texture continues to let the smell down - thin, watery. Some nice malt emerges on the finish, but it's too late. I finished the bottle, but I didn't put my additional bottles into my suitcase for transport back to California.
Not remotely a terrible beer - an excellent example of dry-hopping. But also shows that your aroma hops need to match what goes into the brew. Here's hoping O'Fallon makes another attempt and develops its line with as much promise as Schlafly has over the years.
05-20-2007 04:37:32 | More by Talisker
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
O'Fallon Brewery's plain labels never fail to get my attention, which runs counter to the wild labeling on the shelves at a well-stocked beer store.
"5 Day IPA" pours a dark, cloudy orange. Smell is mild fruit and pine, with a delicious smooth and sweet taste with no bitter finish. Perfectly balanced hoppiness will impress most enthusiasts. A full-bodied mouthfeel rounds out this excellent beer. Very drinkable and I'd highly recommend trying it.
This further reinforces the notion to "never judge a book by its cover."
05-13-2007 18:17:39 | More by logansboat15
4/5 rDev +8.4%
O'Fallon 5-Day IPA
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a tulip glass
Recent brewing, dabbled into 05/07
Poured a hazy amber orange with a large fizzy mostly lasting head with fair lacing.
Smelt of strong fruity apricot, pineapple and oranges, with pine and light sweet caramel and cookie malt.
Taste was upfront strong bitter spruce and grapefruit rind hops and moderate sweet oranges and light caramel followed by a strong to harsh grassy bitter green hops buzz with a light honey sweetness on an average length finish.
Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, fizzy, and strongly astringent.
Overall, an impressive IPA that is light bodied and drinkable in the summer. Slightly on the sweet side, but it balances out the hops nicely.
05-11-2007 04:57:38 | More by xav33
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
Pours a dark amber hue, pretty dark for an ipa, has a mild head with surprisingly there isn't a very strong scent like other ipa's, floral hops are present, but not overpowering like other ipa's. tastes vastly different than it smells, much more hoppy and has a nice maltiness to it, mouthfeel is full and rich, pretty good ipa all around.
05-10-2007 00:53:15 | More by 1fastz28
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
Thanks to jpm30 for another good local brew.
A: Dark orange rust color with some haze to it. Head is medium sized, with an amber tint to it.
S: Navel orange pulp, caramel corn, lemon rind and yellow apple.
T: Begins bitter with a gust of grapefruit rind and small moments of sugary tangerine. Dusty hops, wont say dirty but would say they are dusty tasting. Some nectar qualities with lemon washes come next with the caramel flavor I originally got in the smell coming next. Finishes with a medium bitterness as it warms the earthiness of the hops intensifies.
M: Medium body, hard mouthfeel.
D: I liked this beer but could have got without the dirty hops. Regardless it was quite tasty with decent balance amongst the various flavors.
05-08-2007 03:30:30 | More by Westsidethreat
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Pours a fairly dark caramel color, cloudy due to bottle conditioning with a decent head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is characteristic AIPA, with cascade and centennial in the forefront followed by a candy like "sweet" finish. This is quite a malty IPA, overall its very balanced. The hop flavor is quite fresh but the malt background is nice as well. There isn't layers of flavor that I've seen in better selections, but this one is very drinkable and enjoyable. Unfortunately I poured this bottle too damn cold and it's dulled a lot of it, I recommend serving it in the higher temp range for an IPA. For being so balanced, I think this is a very drinkable IPA.
05-01-2007 22:19:20 | More by dreadnatty08
3.1/5 rDev -16%
Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. No date. The body was clear of sediment and golden amber in color. There was a layer of sludge on the bottom of the bottle. The bright white pithy head faded slowly.
Smell was mildly plastic-like (?). Earthy and floral. More subdued than expected.
Taste had a zippy bitterness with a long greenish aftertaste. Grapefruit qualities. Light sweetness and husky grains appeared laster. I expected more from this one, it was rather plain for a beer advertised as being hopped for 5 days. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad it's just pretty average.
Mouthfeel was medium to thin. Medium carbonation.
04-29-2007 14:06:03 | More by Cresant
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
Very nice slightly hazy copper color with a decent off-whte head that retreats to just a light skin after a while but did manage a bit of lacing.
The aroma is grapefuit and pine needles over a biscuitty malt base, very appetizing.
The taste starts with bread, some caramel, and then a serious dose of grapefruit hops that carries on through to a slightly dry, piney finish with just enough alcohol warmth to set it off.
Should stand up well to spicey foods, went well with shrimp scampi. This is now my favorite from O'Fallon.
04-25-2007 04:13:04 | More by whynot44
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
Golden brown color. Rich malty aroma that wasn't overpowered by the hops, but struck a nice balance. Head dissipated to a ring but left an abundance of lacing throughout.
Pronounced malt flavor but with a crisp hop finish. Maybe a little too carbonated, but still an enjoyable mouthfeel.
Very drinkable, particularly on a warmer afternoon in the shade. A little heavy for summer possibly, but spring, winter and fall will see me with an ample supply.
04-23-2007 18:02:01 | More by kdog630
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
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
Clear orangish-red. Extremely fine, bright white head.
Biscuit and caramel dominate over leafy, bright, earthy hops. Nice fresh baked white yeasty bread lurks underneath. Really nice IPA nose. Reminds me of NBB's 2 Below, but on a more composed scale.
Medium in the mouth. Malt dominates initially, with biscuit in control, well-supported by some light caramelly notes. Hops kick in on the mid-palate, with a nice fresh flavor. Good bitterness on the long finish. Some mineral shows at the death adding complexity.
Lowish carbonation allows the malt to really have a run at the palate. There's enough there to scrape clean at the finish. Very drinkable. Nice to have a local, sessionable, hoppy beer like this one. Well done, O'Fallon!
04-09-2007 23:26:20 | More by Realale
4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
Picked up a sixer on my visit to St. Louis over Easter holiday 2007.
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass produces a golden, hazy orange brew with an ample amount of off-white head that leaves thick lacing. Aroma? Pot. What's next? No but seriously, this thing reeks of the stickiest of the icky, along with some caramel malts, citrus, and spice. Very good so far.
Taste doesn't disappoint, but isn't as fantastic as the appearance/aroma. Some earthy notes paired with big hops, grapefruit, and bread. Mouthfeel is good; well carbonated and crisp with a decent hoppy finish to let you know shit is in effect.
Definitely drinkable, appealing, and tasty. Get ahold of this one if you can.
04-07-2007 02:10:06 | More by wagenvolks
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
Nice balance. Adequate bitterness with a resiny after taste, the hop flavor does not bury the malt flavor. Cascade, piney, tarlike, wonderful version of an APA/American IPA. Perfumey nose, pine trees and flowers. They have done a really nice job with this one.
04-03-2007 18:22:02 | More by Hopking51
4.3/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
03-31-2007 21:35:50 | More by udubdawg
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
03-29-2007 02:20:48 | More by Monkeyknife
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
03-22-2007 21:53:04 | More by Mitchster
4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
03-20-2007 17:46:02 | More by jokelahoma
2.85/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
03-16-2007 18:45:50 | More by JEdmund
4.38/5 rDev +18.7%
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!
02-27-2007 22:59:37 | More by markgugs
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
02-21-2007 05:05:06 | More by rocketmotor
5-Day IPA from O'Fallon Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.