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 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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Photo of twokansamm
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Citrus hops, caramel malt.

S - Dark copper with little head. Lots of sediment (I had stored this bottle for 10 months)

T - Good hop flavor, not overpowering. An earthy flavor balanced with citrus hops, yet with a good balance of malt (which is up front)

M - Smooth and rich

D - Definately a british style pale ale, but with quite a bit going on.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, slightly creamy consistency, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a lightly hazy, red tinted, full amber color. The aroma is nice and hoppy up front, about what one would expect for a hoppy pale ale. The hops are clearly American with citrus notes of grapefruit, sweet orange peel and even a touch of apricot. There are some chewy malt aromatics towards the end that remind me of caramelized crystal malts and some dry, toasty, biscuit malt character.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, more so from the citrus-like hop notes than from an overabundance of unfermented malt though. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine define the citrus components but there is a touch of herbaceous pine as well as a hint of menthol in the finish. This has a nice medium bitterness to it that causes my tongue to buzz a bit after the beer has left my mouth. The malt plays a supporting role here, but there are some noticeable toffee notes as well as a generally caramelized malt character & even some biscuit like toasted malt notes peek out from time to time.

This beer is quite light and easy drinking. I could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these during a session. Of course it is light and interesting enough to be used as that beer that one starts out the night with, before moving on to more powerful beers.

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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 shamus
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd try some local pale ales while I'm here in Colorado This one is from Fort Collins and proposes on the label that it is brewed five barrels at a time. The label also explains that it is packed with hops and this is true. My girlfriend who is not a hop fan as I am found it impalatable.

I really enjoyed the strong hop perfume and flavour with the first sip. The bitterness however soon grew to a level that even I wasn't that happy with. Although I do love a strongly hopped beer I prefer that the hop notes are balanced more with the bitternesss.

It is a lovely beer to look at. A really nice creamy thick head with staying power. It also had a great mouthfeel even with the loads of bitterness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a nice amber color with a small head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - Smelled of hops, corn and malt.

T - It had a very good hop flavor-slightly bitter. This taste was complimented by a sweet maltiness.

M - It was dry and crisp. Light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty good PA. A good blend of hops and malt.

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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 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 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 jazappi
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottle, Brown, Another neat label.

Appearance: Orange, Light head, Very nice lacing that stayed around, not much bubbles

Aroma: Citrus

Taste: Citrus taste, with a slite tingle after taste.

Mouthfeel: A little rough, but the taste makes up for it.

Overall: Poured into a pint glass. I like the pale ales, but can't drink a lot of them, I was a little dissapointed in the head, I read that it should be a lot thicker than what I got. Overall it is a very drinkable beer.

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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 blitz134
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One more from my mixed 6 of Odell's brews I picked up while out west.

Clear caramel body, white head, half inch thick, reduced to a sporadic layer of dense foam. Decent lacing around the glass.

Hops are floral mainly, offering a bit of sweetness. I seem to get some fleeting bits of pine and citrus as well, showing the American influence on this beer. A bit of earthy malts come out when I swirl it, caramel malts show up as well. Smells good, not too overpowering considering the FWH and the DH this beer saw.

Flavor has more of the earthy malt tones coming out forming the basis for this beer. Hops are still present but they are weaker than the aroma indicated. More herbal, grassy in this sense and lives up more to the English Pale category this is grouped in. Not quite as "dirty" tasting overall as lots of the overseas versions of this style are. A bit of butteriness takes hold over most of the flavor, but still typical of the style IMO.

Good medium bodied mouthfeel with the carbonation in check. Flavor lingers for a bit before slowly fading away. Good drinkabilty overall. Nice flavor and really easy to put down. A nice beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber, and quite appealing too. Generous rocky meringue head. Dissipates after a few minutes but is quite spectacular at first. Bravo!

Nose is a clean, soapy note that is actually good. Ivory soap? A hint of vanilla and green apples.

Very smooth body, smooth taste. Everything meshes well - seamless. Slightly high carbonation, moderate malt, moderate hop bite, and a vanilla w/slight creaminess is there. Finishes with hop tartness and a mildly syrupy sweetness. Overall very good for an everyday beer.

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Photo of charlesw
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, largish off-white head with good retention and lasting lacing. Smells grassy. Tastes... Huh.

You know, this would be an absolutely amazing ESB - if it had different hops. Yeah, it's a Pale Ale and whatever. Oh, hmm. The category here is English Pale Ale. Well, that it ain't. There are just too many 'merican hops (floral, grapfruity) for this to be English anything. And, frankly, it disturbs me. This really would be a great beer, but, well, bleh.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: On the brown side of amber orange. 1/4 inch head, which subsides to heavy suds. Medium viscosity. Almost cloudy finish.

Aroma: Very mellow aroma, with suggestions of grapefruit and lemon hops, and honey malts. Subtle and pleasant, with more caramels apparent as it warms.

Taste: Interesintg orange and bread malts on the front palate, with the hops pushed into the background. Constant hop bitterness is understated, but as with many of Odell's beers this ale doesn't develop much. More breadiness in the mouth as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and creamy finish that is typical of Odell beers; thick but smooth and clean. Minimal aftertaste.

Drinkability: Sessionable, easydrinking pale ale. But thid definitely doesn't live up to the "we love hops" claims of the label, and I can't really see how the hop filtering and additions add to the beer. I think a lot of drinkers will find this inoffensive, but malty and lacking hops aggression - fruitier than other EPAs I've had, but not quite vibrant enough to be an APA or an IPA. As with many Odell beers, this is a line-drive single rather than a home run.

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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 thaichile
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper colour with a limited head. Citrus, hops and malt on the nose. Flavors are a hop winning battle with the malts, but I did not find this brew to be crazy hoppy. Grapefruit on a apricot canvas. A good pale ale. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of bort11
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

To start with, I really like Odell's label designs on all of their beers. It's not too flashy, in fact it's a pretty simple design, but sometimes it's something simple that makes a product stand out. I wonder if there are any design awards for beer labels? Oh well, to the beer.

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Whoa, massive cream colored head, over two fingers width. It is chunky and sticky as it recedes, leaving a very nice lace. The color is copper/orange and mostly clear.

The label text says, "Care for some hops with your hops?" I think that may be a stretch for what is being offered. There is a hops aroma to the smell, but it isn't overpowering by any means. If anything, it's sweet with a little bit of maltiness. Taste is also more of a mellow hops flavor, more balance than overpowering. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side, but not bad.

Over all, I think this is a tastey and balanced pale ale. This is the beer that Odell is replacing their Bobby Kolsch with. While 5 Barrel is good, if I had to choose, I think I would prefer Bobby.

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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 Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yep, this is a fine English pale ale. I like them much more than the American versions – just don’t care for the overload of floral hops.

This poured a great amber/orange, frothy tan head, nice sticky laces. Just a touch of citrusy malts in the aroma. Quaff resulted in notes of malt, followed by a small floral hop kick, nice – not overpowering. Labels mentioned how this is made with hops, but it was light and refreshing. A crisp and tart brew, just a tad thin.

With the 5.2%, this makes for a good sessional summer brew.

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

12 oz. brown bottle with best before date of 060706.

Hazed copper in color with pinkish tints and a white froth that laces.

Herbal, citric, and grassy hops dominate the nose, with underlying confier notes and a dose of sweet malts.

Medium-light bodied with mellow carbonation. Solid malt backbone is more than matched by agressive hopping. Herbal, citric, and grassy flavors to match the nose, along with a lemony finish and apple flavored burps.

I used to drink the Cutthroat Pale Ale quite a bit, this seems pretty comparable.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle compliments of jhammerly

Pours a slightly chill hazed amber with a creamy white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma of floral and citrusy hops with some sweet caramel malt peeking through. A rather mild aroma overall.

Taste is slightly malty and sweet upfront. A medium hop bitterness settles in with some nice floral and citrus hop flavors. Finishes slightly malty and rather clean. Very well balanced flavor.

Nice full body with a creamy texture.

This is a fine example of an English IPA. I'm not usually a big fan of the English IPAs, but this beer is making me think otherwise. I could definitely go for a few more.

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Photo of patrick16o
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice pour with a range of merigold hues. Good thick crown and steady head retention. A good number of bubbles rise to the crown. The beer is somewhat hazey and is even more-so directly below the crown. The frothy white head clings to the sides of the glass as the crown subsides. Good hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. The beer has a crisp hoppy taste with some citrus and even more bitterness toward the end.However, the flavor does seem to fade or dull too quickly. Mouthfeel is very nice, light, and refreshing. Good drinkability.

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

Appears an orange copper hue nice sized off white head leaves fine streaks of lacing down my pint. Aroma has citrus aromatics biscuit toned pale malts very nice hop profile here. Taste has a moderate bitterness citrus fruit zest bready pale malt balances very well together very nice depth to the simple straight forward pale ale if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied pale even smooth carbonation touch of oiliness in the texture. Drinkability is great such a balanced pale with ample hop flavor good indeed a good drink near 5 barrels of this stuff, quality.

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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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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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