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 ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I remember being impressed by this beer when it first came out. Its orange with a nice head and looks great in a pint glass. Smells good but I can see why this is "English" style. This is a nice balanced pale ale. Its very easy to drink, tasty, I can drink several of these, I should have bought a twelve-pack.

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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 alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 02/16/08. Served at 45 degrees F.

Deep golden center with yellower edges. Small, wispy, off-white head. Butterscotch and pear brandy malt aromas mix with spicy, herbal hops. Toasted malts and citrusy hop bitterness up front. Butterscotch and fruity malt flavors settle in. Citrus bitterness gradually becomes more of a mildly numbing herbal mint bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel in a moderate body. Nicely drinkable and would maybe be even better on cask.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a brilliant copper color with a fair amount of white head which quickly fades to a fine scum. Aroma is of some hops, some candy sugar, and more malt than I expected. Flavor is very malty and sour up front (like a not very heavily hopped barley-wine, but lighter) with some hops becoming present afterwards. Mouthfeel is thin. I'm not a fan of this.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my GD Cervoise goblet.

Pours a 1/2 inch white bubbly head, and the beer is a nice copper color

Slightly citrus and a touch grainy and grassy in the nose. Not big on aroma, but pleasant.

The taste is touch on the bitter side. Simple hop profile in that respect. Wish it were a touch more malty, but it does have a nice grainy taste. Slight caramel.

Moderately high carbonation. Standard mouthfeel for the style.

This is an enjoyable standby for me.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy orange pour into my glass that produces a sturdy inch of off white foam on top. Patchy lacing sticks to the glass. Aromas of bready caramel malts along with some nice hop oils in there as well. Citric and earthy.

A mellow mix of caramel and pale malts leads the way on this one followed up by some fruity tones. Herbal, earthy somewhat citric hops arrive next and bring a nice dose of bitterness. I get a biscuit flavor as the brew flows down. Finishes with a good balance.

Medium bodied on the tongue with lots of carbonation. Goes down easy enough. Overall, an easy drinking pale ale to be found here with a bit of a biscuit twist. Solid brew, but it doesn't really do anything to differentiate itself from the pack.

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Photo of jar2574
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Below average appearance. Very flat looking, with very little head initially, and none after it settles. Not that carbonated.

Nice hoppy smell though, so things might turn out all right.

Interesting taste. Hops, but also some unexpected sweetness -- banana flavor.

Overall, a decent experience, but not one I'm craving to try again.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bottle on 06/04/07 at a Sports Bar in the Denver Airport.

Golden in color with a nice full pillowy off-white head. Citrusy hop aroma and flavor (Amarillo ?); not overpowering. Nice balance. Medium bodied and smooth with a crisp hop finish.

Refreshing but not real spectacular.

Per OBC website: Fresh whole hop flowers in the Hop Back and the Fermentor. Four hop additions during the kettle boil.
5.2% ABV. 36 IBUs
Gold, Classic English-Style Pale Ale, 2006 GABF
Silver, Classic English-Style Pale Ale, 2005 GABF

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap the beer was a beautiful orange-amber with a healthy white head.

The aroma was predominately floral and cirus hops but also had a slight caramel maltiness to it.

The taste was a very nice balance between the citrus of the hops and the sweet malt notes.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and mildly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer that went very well with the vegetarian pizza it accompanied.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this on-tap before I knew the diffs between English and American Pales, and my initial impression was not very favorable. I tried this two more times out of the bottle and I think I was way too critical the first time I had this.

This isn't as hoppy as APA's which is why I think I was critical at first. This beer has a nice hop aroma and taste in good balance with the malts, and it was very refreshing. A nice alternative when you're not in the mood for the hoppiness of an APA. I'm becoming a fan of Odells.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a 2-finger white head. Head fades quickly, and leaves some lace on the glass.

Aroma dominated by citrus, slightly earthy hops.

Flavor is, again, dominated by hops. Malt is barely there in the background. And where is the hop bitterness? MIA.. that's where!

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a nasty mouth-drying astringent finish.

Not a bad beer, really... just pretty mediocre.

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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 dreadnatty08
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orange, medium copper color with lots of big bubbly white head. Aromas are pretty hop forward: Fuggle and EKGs give off a nice floral, citrusy aroma, fresh. Some faint lightly toasty malts are there, but mostly hops. On the palate, the hops continue to take center stage with a nice open of mango and citrus. Unfortunately, it takes a weird turn from there. An increasingly dry, thin body with biting carbonation give this one a poor mid palate and finish. Overall, drinkability is fine, but I'd like a better rounded 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 etenbus
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First tried this beer while camping at Yellowstone a few years ago. Had to drink it out of the bottle as I did not have the proper pint glass!

It pours a brilliant orange-amber into the Imperial pint glass I nicked from some pub in Manchester. It is topped by a half inch of billowy, creamy head, which settled to an eight of an inch after five minutes. Very clear beer.

The aroma definitely leans toward the British side of the IPA world. It doesn't have that crisp, spicy, smack you in the head hop bomb that my favorite domestic IPA (Goose Island, Chicago) provides. It is a bit more muddled, a little musty, followed by fresh lemons and oranges. The difference in citrus fruit between the typical well-done English IPA/bitter and American Pale Ale is that the former usually has more oranges, the latter more grapefruit. Appetizing, though.

Fully-flavored, it begins with some sweet orange candy and then tips toward lemons. And the hoppiness kicks in on the swallow, but it doesn't have the stringent, puckering bitterness; there are, however, more hops than your typical British IPA. It is more well-rounded. The mouthfeel is also rounded and perhaps a little thin. The carbonation is lively and the bubbles rising through the orange liquid continued until the beer is done.

This could be a session beer. A solid British-style Pale Ale with perhaps more hops than the average Brit. Perhaps not willing to live on the wild side of the beer experience, it certainly has better manners than many of those beers that do.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a golden amber color with about two fingers of thick off-white foam. Smells of earthy, fruity hops followed by a slight caramel malt note. Tastes of light citrus like lemon and bitter orange along with sweet caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly a sessionable brew that I'd seek out again.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an orangey-amber with an abundance of carbonation and a rich, thick, foamy head with many rifts in it. Leaves rings of lacing around the glass with each gulp. Aroma could have been a bit stronger. Smells like a mix of American and English pale ales. It has the diacetyl but there's a cleanness to it also. The hops are a mix of citrus and earthy herbal ones. Flavor is silky smooth with a solid malt background with sweet caramel tones and a rather pronounced hop presence of mandarin orange and bitter herbs. Mouthfeel almost leans toward thin, but the carbonation is excellent and smooth. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Cresant
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Dated 062807. The body was a hazy orange/apricot color. The lumpy white head reached three fingers and lingered throughout the drink.

Smell was rather aromatic. Earthy floral hops and fruits. Mild alcohol aroma came late. Later yet a honey-like caramel smell arrived.

Taste of medium sweetness and not as bitter as I expected. There was a smooth counterbalancing of hops and malts.

Mouthfeel was rounded, smooth and medium in body. Medium/mild in carbonation. Subtle, British. Well done.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange pale ale, off white head, par for the course. Chill haze, good lacing.
The aroma is balanced between some slightly sweet caramel malt and nonspecific hop aromas, a little citric but muted with earthy notes. Not a ton of aroma, could be better, the hops could emerge more in the taste.

The malt is too dark for this APA's own good. A touch more sweetness and easing off the bready malt is my recommendation. The hops are very prevalent, but could be supported better by a bigger mouthfeel. They finish a little thin IMO.

Drinkability is just fine. I thought it could have been a little more robust but it is sessionable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one several weeks back, poured to a pint glass. Embossed date: 012707.

A: Billowing light tan head, just shy of two-fingers. Clear amber-color with a few streams of slow carbonation. Attractive sticky bands of lace.

S: Enticing sweet, malty smell that screams "bakery!", followed with a nice mix of caramel malt and sweet orange rind hoppiness. Initially the smell bursts from the glass, detectable from a couple feet away, then mellows quite a bit...

T: Assertive biscuit-y malty flavor and sourdough bread, lemony and lightly bitter. Hops are faintly herbal as well and the beer, overall, is grainy tasting.

M: At times, it has a sticky/gummy mouthfeel that I don't really care for. Body is medium, carbonation light - overall it has a thicker, moderately creamy texture.

D: Pretty good, I'd have this again. Flavors are solid and balance is good. Mouthfeel is a little lackluster, but this beer has other attributes that I find appealing. Thanks to both Wasatch and flexabull for sending a bottle...

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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 Phyl21ca
2.16/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a medium amber with some light cloudiness and a medium slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dry and bitter hops is dominating. Taste consists of aggressive metallic hops with strong dry bitter finish. Body is slightly above average with some medium carbonation. I don’t know if the bottle was oxidized or if the type of hops use provide the metallic taste but I can’t say that this was a much appreciated experience.

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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 flexabull
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pour a light amber color, decent white head, and some haze visible.

Aromas are a bit subtle, but nice. A bit of citrus hops and a sweet malty quality are noted.

Flavors are quite crisp and tart. Hops are the dominant flavor, but not at all strong. Beer starts with a creamy tart quality, then finishes with a bitter citrus hop bite, kind of like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty full bodied for a Pale Ale.

This is a solid yet unspectacular beer. I would have no problem drinking another, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to track another one down. Certainly session worthy.

Thanks for the bottle Wasatch.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber-orange in color, somewhat cloudy. Thin, but active head, decent patchy lacing. The nose is hopped-up; juicy, piney hops and some notes of citrus. Sweet and sour like citrus hops are the first impression; turns musty in a hurry, but in a good way. Zesty lemon, mild malt backbone and traces of butterscotch candy are found here. Very enjoyable and a great session beverage.

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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