5 Barrel Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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#8 ranked English Pale Ale | 5.20% ABV

Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odellbrewing.com

Notes: Year-round availibility. The distinctive hop character of our 5 Barrel Pale Ale is due to the extraction of essential oils from select hops. We treat 5 Barrel Pale Ale to an infusion of fresh whole hop flowers in the Hop Back and the Fermentor, as well as four hop additions during the kettle boil. We like how this gives the beer a fresh, lively flavor and aroma.
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Exceptional
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Photo of alucard6679
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber with a two finger head that hangs out for a few minutes. Nice aroma of malty goodness I'd expect from the style, toffee and maybe almonds with a touch of grassy hop. Taste follows the nose pretty closely with maybe a but more of that American hop presence than I'd like in this style. The mouth feel is very nice, full and creamy. The kind of feel that just makes you want to relax and reach for another bottle when it's gone. That sessionability, for lack of a better word coming to mind is key for this style. Overall very enjoyable though maybe not the first one I'd reach for if I was in the EPA mood.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a white head. Smells of hops, malt, and slight citrus. Tastes very floral and of slightly bitter hops, wood, malt, citrus zest, and grass. Medium in body and carbonation. Probably one of the best English pale ales I’ve ever had.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 1/12/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- dark gold; steady carbonation bubbles that sustains a medium thick white head. Lacing is spectacular!
Smell - cracker and biscuit malt; very little hop character.
Taste - strong malt with just a hint of meek hops.
Feel - very mellow, very safe.
Overall- honestly, super safe and blah.

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with three fingers of white head. Lots of fine bubble lace.
Smell is bread crust with a whiff of pine.
Taste is bread crust malts with a mild but nice hop oil bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and mildly bitter.
Well done for the style.

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Photo of Jared40
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My go to beer with Odell !! Probably my favorite beer they brew. Beer poured in Odell pint glass The look is burnt orange bit hazy lots of lacing and good head. Nice smell to beer can smell the floral hops. Taste very easy to drink not too bitter or overly hoppy!! Overall this is a great beer and a awesome pale ale highly recommend it!!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle copped from Uppercrust in Phoenix. Pours a ruddy copper hue with minimal frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Drinkable.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a slightly hazy orange brown body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within thirty seconds. There is a slight amount of carbonation is seen rising. The smell has some light caramel, malts and bitter hops. The taste is slightly sweet, caramel aftertaste, dry finish. The palate is light and sessionable. Carbonation seems a bit higher than most English Pale Ales, but not overwhelming. Overall, this is a pretty good EPA that I would probably have again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.
Pours with a clear light copper colored body topped by a large, fluffy, durable, bone colored head.
Hoppy for style with moderates bitterness. Earthy and herbal flavor and aroma, with some pine in the nose.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, murky traffic light amber, 1 finger marshmallow fluff head, lots of bubbly carbonation. Smells of fresh-mown glass, a little lemon. A little shortbread taste, light lemon, minimal bitterness. Easy drinking, refreshing.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a snifter from a 12 oz bottle on March 25, 2016. Malt forward beer that is well made but does not stand out in any way. Glad I tried it but I don't think I'll be back for more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Peachy golden color with a nice frothy 1 finger head.

Aromas of barn wood, oak, hops, and a light amber malt base.

Flavor is bright, very musty though almost like grain dust, a nice fruity bright hop presence; not quite citrus but somewhere in that ballpark. Some resiny bitterness lingers faintly on the finish.

Feel is carbonated, effervescent, and light. It has a semi-dryness on the finish.

Overall, 5 Barrel is a pretty decent sessionable pale ale. I can't knock it for much, and I'd return to it again. The APA counterpart of Odell's IPA.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky bright orange color.

Big bright white head; frothy lacing.

Fresh bread & citrus nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Fresh bread up front; citrus bite on the back. A refreshing session ale. I'd have another.

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Photo of q33jeff
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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01/05/2012
Bottle from SS, Poured into a Brandy snifter.

AROMA: simple, hops, grains
LOOK: Cloudy Orange
TASTE: Lots of hops, pleasant.

Good Easy Drinking beer.
**

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well thats an interesting color for a pale ale, this one is darker than average, auburn, like amber and brown together at last. Carbonation was lower, but I guess that goes with the English pale ale territory. Aroma wasn't much.

Taste was that Burton yeast and wood vibe. O'Dells definitely left the hops out, or went old school low alpha acid on them. Not a repeat purchase, I guess good for people who don't like hoppy pale ales, somewhat of a niche market.

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Photo of Koral
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Copper, golden
Smell: Floral and fruity, intense hop aromas
Taste: Floral and fruity hops and hop oils provide a nice nose and then finish crisp on the tongue
Feel: not too thin, had a great mouthfeel for this crisp ale

Very intense hop aroma, finishes crisp, not too bitter.

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Photo of akolb
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nostalgic aroma that screams "beer!" Nothing more and nothing less. Floral and lemony hops and a bit o' malt. The taste reminds of of the first taste of craft beer I ever had: a sip of Redhook ESB on my daddy's knee many years ago. Sweet malts, a solid bitter background, floral hops, and a sweet/bitter finish. An underrated pale ale that sadly gets overlooked in Odell's all-star year round lineup. More of these will be in my future whenever I get tired of the barrel-aged this and sour that and need something that reminds me how good a simple beer can be.

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Photo of BWED
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Golden blonde. A little hazy. Off white head holds well at about one finger, and lacing is great.

S- Floral, citrus, and a light toasty backbone.

T- Great balance. Sweet citrus, toasty malt, and a piney bite.

M- Medium light body. Pretty clean finish with dull citrus. Carbonation is just faintly snappy.

O- Really well done. This one is well balanced and easy to drink. Very solid pale ale.

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Photo of B-Stad
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 1 and a half finger soapy head sits on top of a orange-Amber beer. Very floral aroma, with a little bit of grass and sweet malts. Initial taste is grassy, wildflowers, followed buy a good malt backing. Finishes with sweet, with a little bit of dry bitters, very clean. It's definitely a drinkable beer, obviously a little on the lighter side but not watery by any means. Overall it's a solid Pale Ale. I like what they did with the hops. It seems that a lot more PAs are going more hop forward and pushing towards the IPA style which I do enjoy. This is more of a traditional Pale Ale. Good floral taste and smell, easy to drink, not too light. Didn't blow me away, but I think I would drink it again. 84/100

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Light copper

S: Lots of caramel notes and light floral hops

T: Light floral hop presence and tasty caramel malt up front, finishes with a lot of hop floral notes and some hop bitterness, slightly sticky in the mouth. Residual sweetness like maple syrup.

F: A full bodied pale ale, light on the palate

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with three fingers sudsy foam consisting of tightly packed tiny bubbles. Settles to half a finger thick cap with spots of lacing.
Aroma is subtle floral hops and sweet malt, but not much more.
Taste is sweet up front with floral and fruit (juicy peach mostly) following. No bitterness.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 3-24-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, sediment filled, copper color with one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, caramel, faint flowers, not much going on here.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread and then an understated hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a great looking beer but otherwise underwhelming, it's not a bad beer, it just does not stand out enough to buy again as there are better options available.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Copper gold with a slight haze under a 2” cream colored foam cap that recedes moderately fast.

S: Biscuit, stone fruit, melon, some earthiness.

T: Very light peach, biscuit to bread crumb, very light sweetness, some drying on the finish. The malt flavors are medium to medium high, the fruit flavors are medium to medium high, the hop bitterness is medium low.

F: Medium body, medium high carbonation.

O: A full flavored malty and fruity pale ale. The hop aromas are a little muted due to age but it is still a pretty nice drink.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle this beer produced a beautiful, creamy head that disappeared within two minutes. There was however some lacing left behind. The liquid was amber with some haze. The aroma was a bit sweet with mild hoppiness. The flavor is quite mild, and just a bit fruity. A very light, drinkable ale.Not a terrible beer, but not the kind I would actively select again.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date states it's good for another month-and-a-half. Poured right from the fridge into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly chill-hazed honey amber, with about two inches of hearty eggshell head that sticks around for a good while, maintains a nice layer on the surface, and leaves considerable lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Not a ton going on in the bouquet of this one. There's some mild hop aroma that has a stone fruit quality to it, as well as a bit of caramel malt. There's a bit of an indeterminate acidic note in there, too.

T: This one is a bit sweet up front--straightforward caramel malt with something a bit more earthy underneath. The middle produces some delicate fruit notes--stone fruit and tangerine--that really don't assert themselves much above the malt backbone. The back end is more of the malts and a bit more of apricot and tangerine...but not much. There's a bit of tart at the close, but no bitter to speak of.

F: My biggest gripe with this beer--at least this one I opened--is that it feels quite flat and watery. It's on the light side of medium-bodied with, as I said, almost no carbonation on the palate. As I mentioned under taste, there's a bit of a lingering tartness at the close, no bitter on the palate, and a quiet, clean finish.

O: I like the flavors this beer delivers, understated as they are. It's just very difficult for me to get past the flat, watered-downed feel. Looking at the description that Odell gives for this beer, I've got to wonder if I didn't get a bad bottle.

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Photo of 10Crumra
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. Best by date of April 28, 2015.

Clear orangish golden in color. One inch head that recedes in a couple minutes. Minimal lacing.

Nice floral hippy aromas. Some pine notes.

Taste follows the nose. Slight maltiness. Minimal bitterness. Medium-bodied with a stickiness. Light carbonation.

Overall a fine beer that has enough flavor to be interesting while not being to overwhelming to preclude it from being sessionable.

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 903 ratings