5:00 O'Clock Afternoon Ale
Renegade Brewing Company

5:00 O'Clock Afternoon Ale5:00 O'Clock Afternoon Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #682
Ranked #46,016
3.34 | pDev: 13.77%
Renegade Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
5:00 O'Clock Afternoon Ale5:00 O'Clock Afternoon Ale
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 75 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Wasatch
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Poured into a DFH glass a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, with some pretty nice carbonation, and with a one-finger plus white head, which leaves some nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a little citrus. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, ABV hidden nicely. Overall a pretty tasty brew, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a newer cousin of this brew recently - one with lemongrass and ginger added but that presumably is this brew as a base (my assumption). Those spices really worked, and lacking them, this is not nearly as satisfying.

It opens with great head and foam - truly outstanding. That foam sticks around a long time. The aroma is typical, clean and fresh and not overburdened with hops or anything else, just a tad of yeast smell.

The taste is fresh and clean. I guessed blonde ale and then checked, so they seem right on the style.

Overall, this is pretty decent, and I like the sentiment of the name - start easy! Recommended for when you don't want to get wasted. Yet.

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Photo of mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Attractive golden brew with plenty of foam in the chalice. Not much perceptible aroma. Fairly crisp and well-carbonated in the mouth, best features. Extremely light body.

There's a hint of Kölsch taste but then it tapers into a plain and dirty finish. Slightly astringent aftertaste but no trace of hops. Metallic note. From the 12 oz can in the Colorado mixed 12-pack purchased at Grapevine Liquors.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Should not be rated as a Blonde Ale, as the brewery counts it as a Kolsch.

Anyways, 5 o'clock pours a lightly hazy golden hay color, with a head that looks like it's going to fizzle out but it doesn't. It's very loosely knit and looks carbonated like a soda, but leaves impressive lace on the sides and keeps its head a good while. 40% opacity.

Smells like cake batter. Also...a bit of baked, honey-drizzled grains.

Flavor is sharp and bitter to start, but quickly fades to a honey-like sweetness and carrot cake finish. Lingering bitterness buzzes on the palate as the tug of war between sweet and bitter comes to an end.

Feel is light, crispy, and a touch aggressive in its sharpness/carbonation. A bit of pastiness finishes the feel.

Overall, not an impressive ale...I like the carrot cake aspect, but this beer can't decide if it wants to be a sweet Kolsch or a bitter one, instead turning out like carrot cake baked with dandilions and grass clippings. It gets tiring after half a can, which is not good at all, I may end up pouring the rest out. I suppose if you're sweating in the hot sun and need something to cool you down, this would work - but so would any other lighter styled beer on the shelf.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very easy-drinking; super pale, with good dry malts, grassy bite, and crisp textures; refreshing, morning-appropriate drinker. Not a life-changing kölsch, but still entirely solid.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus (orange), slight hops, hint of tea, pale malt, and slight spice. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, slight wheat, spice, pale malt, hops, hint of tea, and orange. Overall, enh the earthy malt and tea are too strong, but the citrus is a nice addition.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one was decent, but I was hoping for some more flavor. I guess it's a session beer more than anything. A recurring problem I've had with this brewery is that they tend to mis-classify their beers. I'd call this a very light session ale, not so much a golden. Tasted a bit watered down to me. Still looking for that Renegade beer that really deserves their reputation.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled also last night on 9/11/15. Comes in a 12-ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Michelob Fine Ales" pilsner glass.

Brew pours a clear golden-yellow in color with close to a 1-finger foamy white head. Some spotty lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is of grains with some floral hops and maybe a hint of spice. Pretty much can be said for the taste with a hint of probably lemon zest. Slightly hoppy and dry finish. Just on the lighter-side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall it was OK as I am not a big fan of this brew style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Poured a clear, golden yellow with a small, thin white head. Smelled of grassy hops and toasted caramel. Nice sweetness up front with a spicy bite. Mild piney hops.

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Photo of dar482
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a clear golden color.

The beer is quite mild. Pale malt, some bready sweetness throughout, a metallic finish, in general a watery brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Afternoon Ale seems like an apt title. It's crisp and bright with mild toasty malt and spicy hops flavors. This beer leans toward the bitterness, and there's a mild yeasty and fruity element to it. It reminds me more of a kolsch or keller pils than your average blonde. Fun beer. Have another.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A very hazy light straw yellow colored body holds up a frothy white head. Slow head recession leaves an eventual light film. Light random patches of lacing stay on the glass.

Aroma: This style, and more to the point -- this beer smells like wet breakfast cereal. There's a wet cardboard aroma in there with a touch of sweetness that may or may not remind me of honey.

Taste: Sweet and malty up front, and with a cereal grain thing about it. The hops seem to kick in here, whereas in the aroma not so much. The finish is slightly grassy and balances out the malty sweet beginning.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body. Goes down pretty easy.

Overall: Not outstanding, not bad. Easy to drink. They should have added some citrus zest and made it a summer ale, and it would have received a better rating from me. Otherwise pretty forgettable.

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Photo of SamN
2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks a bit like a wit; unfiltered, lemonade-like looks. Smaller head of soft, thin foam. Aroma is tart with hints of lemongrass with some light yeast smells, with some almost tea-like hops as well. Taste brings up a short burst of sticky hops, then fades to a drier finish with lingering hops rounding out the subtle malt bill. More pronounced IBUs than I expected, but nowhere near a hop bomb for the style. Body is medium-light, crisp and refreshing when cold.

Not a bad session brew, a bit too hoppy for what I'm looking for in a blonde ale. Glad I tired, but likely won't seek this out again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5% ABV confirmed. 500ml aluminum can with yellow label acquired as part of a 4 pack at me local CO bottle shop and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I think this is my first (or one of my first) beers from this brewery. No style is indicated on the label.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Not real fluffy or soft. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5+ minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. Appears adequately carbonated. Quite clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for what I'm assuming is a blonde ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's far from unique or special. No egregious flaws are obvious.

Sm: Simple clean barley is dominant. Straw. Floral hop character. That's about it.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. There's no real malt presence. It's an average strength aroma and is generically pleasant. I don't find any off-notes.

T: Clean barley, vague pale malts, floral hop character, and soft water. Balanced, but painfully simple. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There's just so little going on here, and unlike simple German style beers, for example, it doesn't have the balance and subtlety nailed down. I certainly like it, and I do think it's apt considering its moniker - I'd sit down with this at 5 o'clock.

Mf: I commend it for its softness, but elsewise there's little here which is notable. It's a standard smooth/wet mouthfeel which is pretty refreshing. Carbonation is slightly overdone. Decent presence on the palate. Very clean and light. Facilitates delivery of the flavours, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste. That said, it does suit it well in a generic sense.

Not oily, gushed, hot boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: True to style, it's extremely quaffable; I could easily kill the 4 pack in one sitting. It's probably best considered as a "pitcher with a pizza" kind of beer. The discerning drinker will find little here of interest, but I doubt any beer enthusiasts will truly hate it. I might get it again when out at a bar or restaurant. I think it's an above average brew and is very pleasant, but offers little beyond that. Certainly worth trying once. I think over time its current 76 rating will go up; it's a very approachable beer that would make a good "stepping stone" brew to ease newcomers into craft beer. By no means a bad offering from Renegade.

The highlight for me is the softness of the texture.

High C+

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Hazed dirty yellow, decent lacing

SMELL: Fresh grass, herbal, sweetness, vague spiciness, nutty

TASTE: Very grass, smooth, semisweet, wet, hop oil, floral, mild esters, lemony, peppery, citrus rind, husky finish

A bit raw, perhaps out of sorts. Still a decent sip though. If this brew was cleaned up a bit, we’d be looking at a brew that would be “sessionable.” Great intentions here, and the 16-ounce can always works. This one just slightly misses its mark.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yes, another beer by way of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, musty, a few floral notes. Taste is light, floral, malts, a touch of sweetness. A good thirst quencher but lacking a bit of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of KajII
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear pale yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that reduced down to a medium film with a small collar and had fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, grassy hops and a funky cheesy yeast with notes of citrus and some kind of adjunct.

The taste was lightly sweet with a bready malt backbone and a slight graininess from the start, becoming just a tad citrusy with a very mild hop presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted only a short time after the swallow, with an lightly bitter American adjunct finish.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery yet slightly creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall this was a brew with a very mild flavor, which is typical of an American light ale. Although it was not a bad beer by any means and would make a good light session brew for those hot summer days...


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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday as the result of my trip to CANorado to visit The Old Lady aka Ma Petite Abeille. I shipped a boatload of CANs back from Mecca and I aim to review every daggone one of them. Slainte! My thanks to the peeps at Colorado Liquor Mart for allowing me to break a sixer.

From the CAN: "5:00 a state of mind rather than a time of day. The feeling of freedom, when you [CAN] go out into the world and be a little Renegade. Brewed in the spirit of making every part of the day 5:00. This floral, yet crisp ale is perfect for an afternoon session of Renegade antics. Drink it in my friends, 5:00 is here to rescue the Renegades from the jaws of the mundane. Best enjoyed in the company of good friends."; "offensively delicious".

The Crack and inverted Glug was textbook and created two fingers of dense, bone-white foam with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow, but that made no difference to Croesus, Mammon and King Midas, all fighting for a taste. Back off, boys, this is mine! Nose had a grassy quality and it may be because I have "Easy Rider" on TV right now, but man, I swear I smell grass. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was pleasantly sweet, almost lager-like, with an underlying grassiness. Finish was semi-sweet and eminently drinkable. I would definitely like this in the cooler in the summertime and at 5%, it is on the cusp of being sessionable.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Pours hazy straw yellow with a thin white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is subdued - sweet bready honey malts.

The flavor is sweet honey malts with a light bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation.

Overall, uninspiring but not offensive.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a session beer, if not by abv, then surely by taste and weight. While some blonde ales provide too much hops, this one shies away. Yet, it doesn't go overboard on the malt either. It's lightweight with soft light toasted sweet bread, and a hint of grass/hay. Not a bad picnic beer or during a very hot day. Taste isn't bad, just isn't much, and it's cold and wet.

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Photo of blakelive784
1.5/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

16 fl oz can served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - pours a pale straw golden color with a thin, fizzy white head. Retention is terrible. You'd be hard pressed to differentiate this from BMC on looks alone.

S - light lemon notes, stale pale malts and bready yeast. There's a strange acidic-vomit note that I can't get past. A really strange off note. I'm mot sure why I'm going to try this....

T - watery malt extract opens over stale yeast. Acrid hops and the same vomit off note close. Watery and poorly built. Has a tonic like taste. Simple and unrefined. I'm positive a novice home brewer can do better.

M - thin and watery. Flat.

D - I don't drain pour, but this is tempting me. Why the hell would you put this on the market? I'd rather have Coors to be perfectly honest. Avoid.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eh, a sturdy blonde ale. pours an almost clear yellow color with a nice white head. smell is sweet for the style, with a good malty body. flavor is too sweet for what it is, but still refreshing to some extent. my critique of this one is its residual sugars, just too much lingering. feel is fine, good bubbles and a drinkably medium body. this one didnt do it for me, but id buy one for my girlfriend...

edit: this just came out in the can called an "afternoon ale" and seems to have been redone a bit. the sugars are tamed down, and theres a really floral element introduced. like a mouthful of dandelions. it tastes like dandelions, asparagus, crayons, and starch, in a good way. its gotten a lot more dry, and is a nice change of pace from the usual bock offerings in spring time. its a much better beer now than it was a year ago!

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Photo of Domingo
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Blonde ale...then bane of beer geeks everywhere, right? It's just an under-hopped pilsner using an ale yeast, right? It doesn't have to be, and this is a fine example of how to do it properly.
Arrives a pale straw color with a cap of foam. A bit of lacing, but nothing too rocky.
The nose is slightly sweet with the malts, with just a bit of hops in the finish.
The taste has a very distinct honey character Not quite like a lager would (from the yeast) but more of a sweet honey flavor from the malts. Bready pale malts are pretty much the whole show, but they're just plain good. There's just a tiny hint of citrus in the that might be coming from the hops, or maybe from the yeast. Just a hair of bitterness on the back end so it isn't too sweet. Simple, but tasty. Renegade isn't shy about pushing for stronger and crazier beers, but the simple 'ol 5 'O Clock is probably their beer I've drank the most of. Plus, it has enough flavor that you can have a bomb of a massive beer first and it still holds up.
It's a good everyday quaffable drinker that probably won't shock you or make you re-think beer, but it's hard to stop drinking it. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion.
Even if you're a geek - give this a try. It's slightly similar to Ska True Blonde, although more malt-centric.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at Renegade poured a hazy gold with a small lingering white head. Aromas of straw, bread and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and smoothg with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, bread and a hint of citrus with a smooth dry finish.

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5:00 O'Clock Afternoon Ale from Renegade Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 75 ratings