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5 Barrel Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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5 Barrel Pale Ale5 Barrel Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of palliko
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yesterday I toured the Odell Brewery with brewmaster/owner Doug Odell personally doing the honors. If you get to Fort Collins, it is worth your time. A beautifully set up, organized and well-run first class operation! Bins full of imported English malts, a huge variety of hops and all the bells and whistles. They have 5 Barrel on tap, in both nitro and carbonated forms - so I had a growler to go! I liked the creaminess of the nitro, but knowing it would go flat, had a mixture poured into my jug. It travelled will, and still has plenty of fizz! It was worth the drive! There are a half-dozen hops that go into the process of making this beer, Willamette being the most prominent. I tasted it ‘green’ right out of the yeast tank - even then it was delicious! But the nitro version is SO creamy smooth!! But it has all the apricot-peach aromas, delicate hops, perfect fizz, medium malt middle and dry, elegant finish of the bottled, tap, nitro and growler versions were perfect!

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Photo of Illtryit
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dated drink by 5/5/2011

Pours an awesome, cloudy, orande - gold with 1/2 inch foam which dissapates quickly and leaves a thin ring around my mug with decent lacing as I enjoy this brew.

Smell? Delicious! Particularly, citrus....lemon and/or grapefruit.... and floral. Very enticing.

Tastes like the best Pale Ale I have ever had! Citrus, hoppy, mellow, refreshing, clean, and smooth with perfect carbonation. Aftertaste is citrus.

I have just found my 'fall back' beer. I will have this in my fridge at all times. Great Pale Ale.

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Photo of
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-beautiful amber color with a lofty two inch head. Carbonation is lively and add body to the beer.

s-can you say aromatic hops? They shine through, and you can smell the multiple hop additions that have imparted a beautiful nose to this beer. The hops have a nice malt smell to go with them in the beer. The hop back and dry hopping give it even more of the great hop aroma.

t-what I think a pale ale should taste like. This beer is not an IPA, the balance of the hops are on the toung for a second and the malts come in nicely. There are a decent amount of malts here too. Some good back to them. The aromatic hops are not transulated into bitterness, there is none present.

m-good body to this brew. There are a decent amount of sugars left in the beer, and it provides a nice feel to the beer.

o-In a world where there are so many over the top IPA's and IIPA's, this beer holds back and provides a nice pale ale. This beer should be judged by the fact that it's an English Pale, not an IPA. Nice work.

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Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 3/20/12

A- Pours a amber/orange body with white/light cream head. A thin cap stays throughout the beer. Good lacing.

S- Bready, biscuit, earthy hops. Very reminiscent of summit EPA

T- Starts out with bready and biscuity notes with a solid hopiness/cirtus notes shining through. The finish ends up slightly dry with nice hop dryness.

M- I like the med-high carbonation. Great finish.

O- Overally, excellent session beer. This reminds me so much of Summit EPA. It's a great craft beer that is extremely drinkable. Will I buy it again? I'll stick to the local guy (Summit EPA) but if I lived near Colorado, this would be my go to session brew. Well done Odell.

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Photo of thistle3189
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me a few beers for Colorado and this was among them.

A: Pours a dark straw color with a nice head and great lacing.
S: lot's of hops in the nose but not overwhelming.
T: Wow, very good lots of hops in a full profile
M: crisp and refreshing as should be in the style.
D: Very drinkable, if it was available locally it could be one to buy.

Per the label this is produced on there pilot 5 barrel system not the large one. With a very aggressive hoping schedule.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of a large trade with jhammerly from Nebraska...thanks Jimi.
I love the head that Odell brews get.
This one pours a pale orange with another 2-1/2 finger head of loose tan bubbles which melts to sticky lacing...slowly.
Aromas are light citrus hops and earthiness...a little hay, fresh mowed lawn....forest floor....very clean and refreshing...not barnyard at all.
Flavors is lightly sweet malt and citrus hops but clean sweet fruits on top of that.
Smoothness is incredibly...this isn't really a beer that can be sipped at all.
It is smooth and tasty and refreshing and just begs to be gulped.
Sinner that I am, I could drink these down like water all day long in the summer.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Some wonderful citrusy hops and caramel malt.

S - Dark copper with a rocky white head. Lots of lace and plenty of bubbles. The head alone makes this beer look delicious.

T - The first thing I notice is that there is less hop flavor than expected. There are some citrusy and earthy hop flavors but you really get malt up front, and the hop flavor follows.

M - Smooth in body just as in taste. Some nice bubbly sensation from the carbonation.

D - This is a really, really great session beer. I could drink these all night. A bit closer to the British style of Pale Ale than American which is always a plus for me.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
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 Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice amber, dark gold color. A nice white, bubbly-clumpy head topped it.
Aroma of hops; wet grass or dirt perhaps. Kind of a gritty smell to it.
Tastes very nice. Malt mixes well with the hops. Hops give it a slick dryness feel to it. Stops just short of becoming an American PA, or an IPA. Bitterness is haulted by the full hops.
Very nice

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Very impressive! One of the only beers to turn my head in a while.

Great appearance: hazy amber-orange body, off-white head. Good retention; very nice lacing.

The nose is hoppy but not real specific in its character. Citrusy, floral, grassy... Cascade and goldings perhaps? Basic underlying maltiness.

The flavor is very well balanced between a base of biscuity/caramelish malt and citrusy hops backed by a solid bitterness. Finishes drying with some residual hop flavors and a bit of lingering, dull bitterness.

Medium bodied with a gently zesty, median carbonation.

Definitely worth trying! An interesting pale ale that straddles the British and American versions of the style. Very drinkable!

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has an intense hop aroma that is floral and pleasant to the nose. It also has a solid malt base that consists of pale and carapils malts. The taste is great. It has a well balanced flavor. It has a nice malty core that boasts of pale and carapils malts as well as a very bitter hop taste and finish that's floral and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great pale ale. It has awesome aroma and taste; highly drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a rusty, hazy burnt orange. Really a very attractive color. It has a murky depths kind of carbonation, with a one finger head that reduces to a half-finger that sticks around for a bit. Thin lacing, if any.

The smell is when I really got on board. O'Dell wasn't lying about the hopping. With the addition of both a hopback filtration and dry hopping to the process, this smells like a cup of hop oil. Herbs and florals with a hint of spice. The malts add a sweetness to the smell.

This beer is an easy drinker, that's for sure. The front is bittersweet, all hop. The body pleasantly balances with smooth malts, caramel and biscuit flavors cropping up. The finish is sharp, floral, leaving a lingering sweetness. It's a very crisp pale ale, but not too dry. The flavor really develops deeply - you can keep sipping and focusing your attention all around the tongue, from start to finish, and keep finding nuance. It's really an expert hop profile, the malts being a solid foundation.

The mouthfeel is crisply silky, very nice. The hops snap, the carbonation is evident, but it's just oh so smooth.

This is a good take on the style. I enjoy a smooth, easy pale ale, and I love the time put into this hop profile. It's as complex as an IPA, but adapted with a reduced bitterness and more west coast US pale ale flavor. Definitely a good session beer.

Serving: Bottle, poured into pint glass.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hand-carried from my hometown (Greeley, CO...Thanks N&J)! I got an e-mail from N while they were in Greeley and he said this one was a keeper. Now I know why. An exceptionally drinkable offering from one of the best craft breweries. This is good stuff and I'm glad I still have one bottle left. The beer poured gorgeous gold into the glass with a nice head that quickly dissipated and left very delicate lacing on the glass. Very subtle fruity, piney hops were evident in the nose, and that carried into initial taste. Nice balance of sweetness (very light but pleasantly noticeable) and the aforementioned hops, with a moderate malty body, punctuated by delicate carbonation. Those are two words I'd use a lot with this beer: delicate and subtle. Nothing "in your face" about it. No alcohol taste at all, with a very slight dry bitterness at the end. I never put the glass down--and it tasted great right through to the warmer last few swallows. It's an excellent session beer you'd never grow tired of. Clearly a winner all the way around. [PS Kudos to the BA who donated the photo for the review page... one of the best photos I've seen. Love the "barrel" wood underneath.]

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Photo of Higravity
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a beer I really like all the personal info on the bottle always a plus. A nice deep yellow slightly hazed body covered with a head of billowing white froth that laces the entire glass. Smell of fruit, citrus, and a earth flavor of hops atop a nice malty back with caramel and a breadyness. The taste is like putting one 3-D glass, everything has depth, very intense range of hops but they are balanced on a knife edge with the malt that is always there to meet them. The hops even bring there own sweetness. The only thing is I have a feeling my bottle was a touch old as the hops seemed a touch oxidized, but it had a great body and is way too drinkable.

This is the only beer to rival DFH 60 minute for balance and flavor I have had this year. Cheers to Odell and may the grow and send some of this beer to MD.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 5.2% ABV. Very cool embossed bottle and textured paper labels. Pours to a hazy orange-amber, forming a tall rocky and soapy off-white head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is interesting...at first pungently skunky like Amarillo or Simco with some faint English character caramel and butterscotch with mild higher alcohols. The mouthfeel is exceptionally soft and silky smooth in the finish with a medium body. Very nice mouthfeel. The taste is also dominated by pungent skunk but not in the Euro-lager fashion...only in a hop way. This is nicely balanced by a pale malt under-running and thankfully no ruddy cardboard or caramel as expected. Bitterness is mild to moderate and resinous/skunky in nature. Great drinkability. No perceptable off-flavors or alcohol.

A very solid pale ale brewed with some cool hops. Kinda like a tamed-down Stone IPA. Me likey. Cheers!

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Photo of jmisiewicz
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First sight, this beer has an awesome creamy head. Perfect ale chill haze. Color bordering on Amber. A little rough over the palate. Tons of hop aroma with out the a hop punch in the mouth. Overall this is a great pale ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A real nice classic orange amber, with a soapy but good two finger white head. Bubbles real nicely with lots of shampoo like retention, and clumps in valleys and peaks. Nice slow rising carbonation through a bronze amber body. Classic looking, a little bit of dullness, but pretty solid.

Really nice light toasty grains, and a little bit of orange marmalade fruity character. Grain rips quite a good bit too, a real inviting sense of barley.

Light malts hit the palate with big dry grains. Barley just rips and drys the palate and gives a real huge toasty aroma. Hop angle is nice and real subtle, with some herbal earth quality, and perhaps a hint of drying tea leaves in the finish. Lively carbonation that isn't distracting either.

Overall a real straight forward solid Odell creation, great stuff.

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Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine for a tailgate back at the end of September for $7.99. Found a pair in the fridge so thought i would officially review this tonight.

Beer poured an amber orange with a solid white head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is caramel malts and fresh citrusy hops. Taste is well balanced between the caramel malts and a medley of citrus, melon, and piney hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just right. Drinkability is quite good, a lot of flavor is packed into this sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12fl oz bottle into my tumbler

Pours a medium copper color with a slightly off-white three finger head. Great head retention, very rocky as you would say. As the head fades down slowly it leaves very sticky soapy lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell is of citrus like hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine resin, and caramel malts. Smells oh so delicious.

Sweet citrus flavor as the upfront taste with very slight bitterness, slight grass and pine resin taste, very clean if you ask me. Caramel malts are slightly noticeable in the back. Clean, smooth, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing smooth taste is all I can say, BRAVO.

Another solid beer by Odell(very underated brewery I say). I could see myself drinking these very easily.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Hazy orange/copper not a real big head but nice sticky lace

S-Hops, very earthy and citrus

T&M-Very big pale nice clean fresh hop flavor in the front and back leaves a fantasic flavor in the back of your mouth from drink to drink.

D-Just another great brew from a brewery that just contiues to impress me I would pick this up anytime

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear honey color with a rocky head that coats the pint glass

Smell: A bit grainy, with subtle floral tones and an earthy hop aspect

Taste: Starts out with a very different flavor that seems to be a combination of tangerine and earthy fruit flavors - kind of a England meets America; it's almost perfumy in a strange way; after the swallow, the earthy hops and the biscuity malt blend nicely and provide a more traditional English finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes great; really interesting brew that is quite different from what I was expecting

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the adventure and Schmittymack, for the chance to re-visit

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served, on-tap, in a Pilsner glass (Denver, CO):

The beer appeared amber in color with a nice white head with decent retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was good as well, malty or bready with a little kick of hops, which was nice.

The taste was really good and a lot stronger than I thought that it would be. Bready with a nice hop to it. The beer had a nice dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste.

The beer had a light body to it; the beer was smooth, clean and extremely easy to drink. Definitely one of the best pale ales that I have had.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a nice beer. 5.2%, incredibly balanced and brimming with flavors. Session beer you have a poster child!

A - nice amber body, modest off-white head.

S - Citric, resiny soft floral hops balanced by biscuit malts.

T - Similar to aroma but with a crispness that adds a pop to the taste as it swirls around!

M - light to medium bodied.

D - where do I get a 6 pack?

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Photo of climax
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a mostly clear amber, a finger of head faded down with lace assembling on the rim

smell was nice, sharp, and smooth. grassy tones, soapy/piney hops and a bit minty...well balanced as the malt strengthens as it warms. but a bit more strength in the nose would have summoned an even better score

taste is fantastic. as two fat kids playing tug-of-war the aggressive hop character is challenged by substantial malt breadiness

feel was pretty light, carbonation is mild and smooth, the hop presence keeps it crisp. the finish is dry and clean

this beer goes down purty dern easy and its got plenty of character to stay exciting. sessionable for sure. one of the best pale ales i've tried. odell rocks.

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Photo of NATOuk
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber liquid, slightly translucent as there's a very slight haze to it. Decent head initially leaving some good residual lacing.

A fantastic, strong aroma dominated by zingy citrus notes.

An interesting taste, initial caramel sweetness before blending with lively citrus in the middle leaving a balanced moderate dry hop bitterness on the finish.

Moderate carbonation, medium body. It coats the mouth and definitely has a heavier texture compared to the likes of a lager. The carbonation does not interfere with the initial mouthfeel.

A wonderful brew. Full of lively citrus character in aroma and taste, this is a beer to savour by the bottle but equally drinkable in quantity. Pretty much ticks all the boxes for what I'm looking for in a beer and this is a wonderful example of a pale ale.

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