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

I assume that this beer replaces the Cuthroat Pale Ale, which I have not seen in at least 6 months. I really like the Cuthroat PA, so I hope this one is good as well.

Appearance: Poured into my pint glass a nice dark copper/amber color, not perfectly clear, there is a slight haze. White 1/2 inch head that slowly fell to form a tight cap and thick ring around the glass. Lacing was a little spotty, yet in layers which clung to the glass.

Smell: First whiffs are fresh hoppy aromas, piney, floral, and a little citrousy. Very good start. As the beer warms there is a little buscuity malt aroma as well, giving it a touch of a sweet scent. However, my first and lasting impression is of the hops.

Taste: Much like the Cuthroat, this is a well balance Pale Ale, athough I find that it leans a little to the hop side, although it is not overly bitter. There is a solid malt backing to this beer which provides the excellent balance. The malt seems a little more pronounced near the finish as the beer has warmed more.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, lightly carbonated. A slightly slick mouthfeel yet a touch dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Do I want another? Yes. Can I get another? Absolutely, a near sessionable beer (if your session is held to a 6-pack, IMO) and affordable. I can find this on sale every couple of weeks for $5.99. It's been awhile since I had a Cuthroat, so I can not compare them side by side, but this one is a little different.

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

355ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011.

A - Amber body with a thick head that dissipates over time, leaving a decent covering, decent lacing and a fair bit of cling that lasts right to the bottom. Constant, gentle stream of bubbles from the bottom.

S - Sweet toffee undertones with a citrusy hop lead.

T - Pleasantly complex mix of a sweet toffee / caramel opener, citrusy hops in the middle and some bitterness on the end, similar to the nose. Light bitter finish without too much lingering.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, quite smooth.

O - Extremely pleasant one overall, either on its own or as a session drink.

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

A- It's a somewhat hazy golden, apricot color with a white, one-finger head.

S- Floral, citrusy hops with some earthy malt aromas.

T- It's like there are two kids, one named hops and one named malts, fighting for attention. There is a lovely mixture of bready, yeasty malts and floral hops. Its a great balance of the two. I notice the malts first, but then the bitterness of the hops jump up for attention. Then the two play nicely to finish, with hints of the bread and yeast combining with the florals and citrus.

M- Medium body with good amount of carbonation.

D- This was a wonderful beer. I really enjoyed the balance between the hops and malts, they played off each other well. One of the better pale ales I've had.

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

Pours a clean, clear golden color with about a half inch of fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is malty, biscuity sweetness with a bit of citrusy hops as well. Very nice smelling beer, nothing too crazy.

Taste is more of that sweet, biscuity goodness with a very simple and well balanced hop finish. Very well done pale ale from Odell.

As it warms the flavors come out, this one is very drinkable.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rust color with a massive fluffy ivory colored head that retains well. Floral and biscuity odors. Malts up front with a hop kick for the finish in the mouth. Feels very good in the mouth, refreshing. If this was available in my area this would be my summer time session beer. Not as hoppy as other pale ales, but overall better than most. Many thanks to jhammerly for the sample.

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Photo of tayner
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz dated 2-16-08 as an "extra" in a trade with northertimber, thanks.. one of the better extras ive had lately.

After being so overwhelmed with all the winter porters/stouts/barleywines and heavy winter beers, today was a warm day, mid 70s, and i wanted something lighter and this was my pick.

Poured into my warsteiner pilsner glass a hazy wheat yellow color with a nice head that dissipated to a nice cover and ring that left sticky lace all the way down.

Smell was a bit subdued, but smelled of sweet earthy hops.

Taste was a nice sweet malt background with a light, refreshing pine-y, earthy, slightly peppery hop flavor, but all very well balanced and nothing overbearing at all. No one flavor dominated the drink, they just all hung out together like friends.

It was well carbonated and made it very easy to drink, and very refreshing, and maybe only slightly thin.

Drinkability on this one is fantastic, one of the easiest drinking, sessionable beers i have had in a long, long time.

I am not sure how this beer gets such low scores unless people are knocking it for not being an over the top, hop bomb, imperial beer rather than what it is trying to be, a very well balanced, easy drinking, pale ale... and it hits it right on the head. The only negative really is that it could use a bit more dominate nose, aroma hops.

Heres to someone making a fantastic session beer with flavor that you can drink more than one of without benig filled up and buzzin!

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Photo of LittleDon
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz. draft served in a pint glass in Lakewood, CO. Cloudy brown-amber appearance with noticeable carbonation. Thick head off-white with good retention and producing a small amount of lace. Subdued aroma, some piney hops, but very little of much else. Soft feel up front, despite the visible carbonation. Citrus and subtly floral hops present in the middle and end with some apple as well. Medium mouthfeel with very well balanced finish. Worthy of a second.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle dated best before 2/19/2010.

Served chilled and poured into a shaker pint glass, 5 Barrel has a redish copper color with a very slight haze. The head is thick and long-lasting with lace left behind.

Aroma is nicely hoppy with a combination of traditional English hops and some more American varieties. A little citrus from the latter makes it smell very fresh even though it's probably a little past it's prime.

The flavor is a great balance of bitter and sweet. The malts provide a solid backdrop of toast and caramel while the hops are earthy, grassy, and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with low+ carbonation.

Overall a great Americanized version of the classic British pale ale.

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Photo of jpwilliamson
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just short of awesome...very hoppy and very slightly bitter. I started drinking this beer over the winter and it works well in all seasons. It is well-balanced enough to go well with different foods, especially fish. Give it a try and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 29 Oct 16
12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 10/13/16

It's been awhile since the last time I've had this brew.

Pours a pretty nice slightly hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which really leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, slight hop note, very slight citrus. The taste is pretty nice sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, slightly citrusy. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew/thirst quencher. Nicely done Odell.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, the head is a nice creamy off-white color and leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, malty, slightly citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is kinda sweet, malty, nice hop/bitterness thrown in, slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty English Pale Ale, highly recommended.

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Photo of loren01
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the taproom in Fort Collins. Poured a light amber color. Slight carbonation and head with lacing up the sides of the glass. Smell is very good, earth/floral, smell of hops. Taste is very well balanced slightly malty with a nice hop aftertaste. Very good pale ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale ruddy tan with a thick white head that leaves beautiful webs of lace. Deep orange rind and brown bread toast nose - an unusual combination. Roasted hazelnut, caramel sauce and passion fruit up front with tropical + citrus hop flavor but not bitterness. Great balance. Medium, chewy and oily, but clean.

Does Odell ever do anything wrong?

An English PA hopped like an APA, which I didn't even think was technically possible. Fruitiness makes me suspect some Simcoe in there, even though that wouldn't be very English.

A unique and compulsively sippable pale ale.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a decent off white head.

Aroma is citrusy and floral hops with a faint malt sweetness as well. Very hoppy smell.

Taste is surpisingly balanced based on the nose. Sweet bread/biscuity malt up front with some citrusy and floral hops as well.

A very drinkable beer that would make for a great session.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funny to see this listed as an English Pale Ale as the hops seem very West Coast.

Pours a gold/copper with white head.

The smell is slight citrus hops but mostly malt. Almost like fruity nuts.

The taste is loaded with hop flavor yet still very balanced. Pineapple and tangerine with a bready backbone. The bottle conditioning makes it a very smooth bodied beer.

Great Pale Ale overall and wish I had access to it.

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Photo of ruleof72
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I moved out of Ft Collins over eight years ago and rarely get to try Odells for whatever reason. They have always made a good beer and the 5 Barrel is no exception.

The beer pours a medium caramel with a dense head and good lacing. The smell is just about perfect for me, especially in a Pale Ale. Toasted malt with a hint of sweetness along with some solid hops in the background. The taste is very good but not quite the same as the smell. There is the classic pale ale taste backed up with a little stronger hop profile. I tasted grass, pine and a little chocolate. The carbonation and body of the beer make it a beer for all seasons with just the right mix of body and liveliness. This is a super-drinkable beer it just goes down smooth. I think this would be one of my standards if I could get it in Atlanta. Unfortunately we can't so I will just need to visit Colorado more often!

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Photo of andreasmwatt
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5






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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a nice head of bone froth on top. Thin lacing but I've let the beer sit too long (had to feed the dogs).
The aroma of crisp English malted barley and noble hops.
A fine flavor of the malt punctuated with a hoppy finish that leaves a nice bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is a crisp and refreshing ale that is also smooth with light/medium effervescence.
One of my favorite pale ales and the best English style that I can recall. Well done Doug Odell!

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Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reaaly like this beer. I had it today for the first time in a long time. It is on the darker side of the pale ale spectrum, being a bright red color that is very appealing. There is a great hop bouquet in the aroma and the taste carries those hops with it, and balances them with a rich malt flavor. This is a big beer masquerading as a pale ale.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with informative label including a perforated "best by" date. Served in a nonic pint.

I was very pleased with this particular pale ale. It pours a smooth but hazy golden orange color complete with fizzy white head and spotty lacing.

The bouquet is a blend of caramel malt, spicy hops and high citrus.

Taste is toasted malt flavor skillfully swirled with spicy grapefruit, cut hay and green grass.

Bitterness is spot on. This beer remains smooth and unoffending while still achieving a fullness of hop flavor and aroma.

A great session beer this would make. Very nicely crafted.

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Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice beer. picked this up in columbia mo and i am glad i did. nice pour with three quarter inch head. nice earthy aroma of hops and some malt. taste is good, rich yet smooth. excellent lacing down the glass. this is a fine beer.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of BWED
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Glass Mug.

A - Vivid translucent gold color with a thick 2 finger deep white head. Solid retention with noticeable lacing.

S - Very noticeable pine and citrus hops with a bit of sweet malt character.

T - Pine and citrus hops throughout. Bitterness compliments the orange and grapefruit hop characteristics well.

M - The citrus tones allow for a smooth medium bold with a very slight astringency. Well carbonated.

D - Very easy to put down and ask for another.

Overall one of the better Pale Ales I've tried. I like the hop characteristics very much. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-16-2011 21:57:10

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden somewhat hazy amber hued color with a thick bubbly one finger head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing down the glass. Pretty damn good.

Smell is very floral with a light malty aroma in the back. It smells slightly like an orange dreamsickle.

Taste is great, very floral, lots of citrus and some grapefruit. Very smooth and complex English Pale. It has more hop character than most for the style, which I find very appealing, great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium to high carbonation.

Good drinkablility, I think this beer would be great paired with food.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale straw in color with thin white head that quickly dissipates. This belies what is to come.
S: Lively citrus hops. Mango and passion fruit notes. Interest is piquing.
T: Although strongly smelling of hops, there is good balance of malt that calms it down and actually produces a smoother, rather than bitter effect. Oak, slight smoke, soft malt, mildly bitter citrus hops, passion fruit (minus the acidity). Nice complexity.
M: Smooth and oily. Coats tongue well and lingers and matures nicely. Dry slightly acidic bitter finish. Very nice.
D: Very well balanced, which allows this to be much more drinkable than many of its cousins (in the English Pale Ale category). Extremely sessionable. This one is growing on me!

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 873 ratings.
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