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 Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a nice clear orange color with a white head on top. The head leaves a great lacing on the glass and a thin retention over the beer. The smell of the beer has a mild hop and malt aroma that seems well balanced. The taste is much like the nose, it's got a nice maltiness as well have a hoppy bitterness. The flavors are good across the board on this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation to it, very drinkable. Overall it's a good brew, very sessionable.

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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 Moose90
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 5/8/13
12oz bottle into tulip glass

A – Nice color, dark golden amber. Pours a fluffy 1" head that stays for a long time and leaves nice lacing.

S – Hops up front, nothing too citrusy though. Good bready malt undertones.

T – Caramel malts, bitter balanced hops. Grass and hay. This is very well balanced, and refreshing.

M – Crisp, clean and dry. What more could you want from this style.

O – Solid representation of the style, a nice balanced hoppiness to it. Could drink this one all day long.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Hyvee, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 12/20/2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Odell has a solid pale ale in their "5-Barrel" recipe, though perhaps it's a bit confused between the English and American styles. The flavor is bright, citrusy, and interesting in its interplay of hops and malt. While tasty, it's perhaps too hoppy for an English Pale Ale, and could actually use more balance or different hop properties (though for an American Pale Ale, it's right on target). Either way, if this were available near me, I'd probably have it with some regularity.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, which has excellent retention and leaves substantial washes of lacing along the sides of the glass. Head eventually fades to a thin cap of foam atop the body of the beer. The body itself is an orange-brown color with hints of red and yellow. Light brings out yellow and orange hues to the overall presentation. Carbonation is visible, though not particularly active.

Aroma is noticeably hoppy, with bright floral and light grapefruit overtones; undertones of light honey and toasted malt.

Opens with toasted and slightly caramel-like malt flavors that quickly fade into a grapefruit-meets-orange flavor combination. Mid-palate finds mildly floral and citrusy (grapefruit, orange) hops together with a modest bitterness and modest toasted malt sweetness. Back of palate picks up increased bitterness, some herb-like greenness from the hops, and only slight sweetness from the malt. Aftertaste of lingering grapefruit and orange rind-like hops with modest bitterness and malt sweetness.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium levels of carbonation that foam the beer slightly across the palate. The result is a generally smooth, easy-drinking pale ale that finishes quite dry and astringent.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, rust orange, with low head slight lacing. Smells like an ale, bready, yeasty with some low, deep notes of hops. Taste is similar to the nose: competent, bready, with some lingering bitterness, but mostly straight ahead ale. Carbonation is moderate, but tame, and not at all assertive. This is nothing as amazing as their signature IPA, and while well crafted, is just good, and not 'repeater' good, if you know what I mean.

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

Bottle, 355ml from The Cave, Glasgow:

Hazy orange to amber colour with a huge, foamy white head on the top that is about three fingers width tall and has nice retention.

A hoppy aroma with very malty base and some fruity citrus and grapefruit notes coming through. There is some caramel to towards the end to level things out and a fair helping of sweet malts.

Malt and caramel base with some hops in there that aren't as strong as with the nose. There is some grapefruit as well, also lighter, and a bit of bitterness. There is an earthy malt flavour and some citrus right at the end, nothing too strong though.

Smooth to begin with, there is a quite hop filled feel to the beer and a good citrus tang before things level out and you are hit with some sugar and a definite sweetness. The finish is moderately bitter.

A nice beer and one that was quite enjoyable despite not being as good as I had been hoping. Less hops and more malt than I was expecting and a little flat towards the end but still an acceptable effort from the brewery.

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

This beautifully-designed bottle (as all of Odell's beers are) pours a clean, rusty amber, with thick, foamy off-white head. Exquisite and fine lacing.

Aroma is malty up front, followed by some pine hoppiness. Good.

Taste is pine hops, with plenty of body and a heavy malt presence to balance it all out. Overall, this is a remarkably well-balanced session pale ale, with a superlative taste and nice body. Better than many IPAs!

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Photo of JamesMN
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a one finger off-white soapy head.

Aroma: Lots of bready malt in the nose. Just a touch of some sweet hops.

Taste: The breadyness from the aroma is present in the taste but balanced nicely by a bittersweet hop flavor. Mild sweetness on the palate with a little bitterness on the finish. A little juicy but not as much as their IPA. There's enough flavor here to make is sessionable at 5.2% abv.

Mouthfeel: There's good carbonation but it feels so smooth that it almost goes unnoticed. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Actually feels thicker than it is but has high drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Odell Brewing does it again; their 5 Barrel Pale Ale rings true to the style while offering a taste and feel that makes it unique. This is one of the smoothest APAs I've had and definitely worth seeking out. I could see this beer being enjoyed by curious macro-drinkers and it even pleases a hop head like myself.

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

A - Great color; pours a deep gold to rich orange/copper; fleeting, white head disappears quickly everywhere except the edges

S - Citrusy hop character right up front; with a good swirl, some grassy and spicy hop aromas are released

T - Mild malt right up front with some caramel, but mostly light, crisp malt character; finishes with earthy hop bitterness

M - Crisp and light on the palate with some balanced minerality; finishes very dry

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

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy coppery-orange. A steady stream of bubbles rises to the two-finger, rocky, off-white head.

S - Nice bready malt aroma with hints of light fruitiness from the hops.

T - Buttery and bready upfront. The body is a pleasant mixture of diminishing bitter hop notes and red apples mingling on a buttery biscuit background. Crisp hop bitterness and fruitiness as the beer passes over the pack of the tongue leads to a slightly metallic, red apple, caramel and butter finish.

M - Medium bodied with ample, slightly fizzy carbonation. Adequate, but doesn't seem to quite fit with the flavor profile.

The more I drank this beer, the more I liked it. The flavor profile has enough going to on to keep the drinker interested, yet things never seem to quite gel perfectly. I would get this again at a bar or in a variety pack, but probably wouldn't seek out a six of it.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Cloudy dark orange with an amber tint. Head and lacing retention is quite good

Smell - Sweet citrus hops with a slight pine smell, bready-yeasts, and malts. Simple but nice

Taste - Citrus hops, yeasts, malts and barley. Each flavor mentioned is very rich and flavorful in it's own way.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and very mild carbonation. It's also really crisp feeling, quite refreshing and easy to drink!

Overall - It's rich, flavorful and easy to drink and I could drink this all day! Let's hope this is available where I'm moving!

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Photo of coldriver
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy medium amber with good head and acceptable lacing. Aroma is very heavy on the bready malt, with some sharp citrus hops. Taste has a decent hop profile, but dominated by the bready malt. Mouthfeel seems a little limp, but nice dry finish. Seems like this would be a great session beer on tap at an English Pub, but as a standalone taste test out of the bottle it's a little blah...

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with best by date of 6/20/12, into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pale copper color, with about two fingers of tight white head, that leaves behind some very nice lacing.

Smell: Malt breadiness up front, with some slight floral hop notes in the background.

Taste: Nice piney, and flowery hop notes up front, with a nice bready malt taste in the middle and then finishes off dry with a nice touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A very nice crisp medium to light body on this one.

Overall: Pretty descent pale ale, though I feel it leans more towards an American PA as opposed to a British one. The hops just seem a bit to overpowering to be a British PA IMO.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice cloudy golden brown color. Small head with a very thin retention. Totally opaque color. Was expecting it to be clearer for some reason. Smells of sweet fruity hops. Tastes very much like the smell. Sweet up front and a nice medium bitter hop finish. Its refreshing. Went well with my meal.

Wish I had a few more to put down. Very nice malty pale ale here.

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Photo of tewaris
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 06/20/2012

Clear and amber golden with a medium head and medium retention. Malty, fruity, mildly hoppy sums the aroma up alright. Not bitter per se, but has a good hop flavor going on, if rather mild. Wonder if any darker malts are used because there is the slightest nuttiness somewhere, or I am just crazy. Quite clean. Perfect carbonation, lower than most of its kind. A medium body carries things nicely. Overall a good option, especially at the ABV. Although I imagine why couldn't it be even lower.

4, 3, 3, 4.5, 4

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Photo of BMoney575
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-12
Best before 3-28-12

Appearance: a cloudy golden amber color with a clingy white head. A thin layer of bubbles sits on top and doesn't fade.

Smell: subtly sweet with an interesting earthy quality that's hard to place. Very light, almost nothing going on.

Taste: just like the smell, a subtle sweetness gives way to a decent hop presence, and not much more. Not bad, just boring.

Mouthfeel: right for the style, suits the balanced malt and hops.

Overall: Not bad, just nothing special.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this bad boy.

This pours a murky amber-golden tan, like a crusty bread that’s been toasted. There’s a light hop aroma and a malt sweetness rounding out the nose. Flavor is more malt than hop, with just a tiny hop bite at the end, and more on the sweet side of things.

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Photo of kagent777
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my beer goblet. I got this beer while traveling in Denver recently.

Appearance: A very nice looking beer. A crystal clear light copper with effervescent streams working their way up to the top of the glass. A white head settled to a thin layer of foam, leaving lacing along the glass.

Smell: A little hop oil smell, but not much else.

Taste: A light orange specific citrus hops taste on the first sip. The bitterness is up front but not too strong to overpower. There is a bit of sweetness as the finish progresses. The malts are not very strong flavor wise and hard to nail down a descriptor for.

Mouthfeel: The beer is on the lighter side of medium, as is appropriate. The carbonation is fine as well. The flavors are not "stout" strong but do coat the mouth well.

Overall: This is a solid beer. I did very much enjoy having it. I would share this one with people new to the craft beer world of flavors, it will not overwhelm them.

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Photo of alli4051
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a brassy orange with about a finger and a half of off white head. Head recedes quickly but leaves some thick lacing and a nice cap. Nose is a bit faint, bready malts and faint hop aromas. Taste is nicely subtle, excellent balance between bready, earthy malts and herbal hops. Nice and even throughout. Medium bodied with a crisp but slightly sticky finish. Easy drinking too, could throw a few of these back easily. A solid brew that scratched that "lighter but tasty" itch I had.

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Photo of intensify
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two finger creamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Orange colour body.
Citrus and pine smells which are a bit lighter for this style of beer.
hops are mild in this ipa but the pine and earthy flavour balances this ipaout very well. Smooth finish with very little bitirness and no alcohol presence.
overall this is well balanced and is one i will consider for when i am craving something citrusy

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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 lawlerj
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by date is 3/29/12.

A. Pours a translucent amber with a one finger width white head. Splotchy lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated.

S. Strong caramel malt aroma with a moderate amount of citrusy and fruit hops.

T. The malt flavor more or less follows the nose but the hops make a stronger appearance in the flavor profile. Citrus hops again with a touch of pine and resin.

M. Light to medium bodied...not quite as carbonated as I had wanted it to be.

O. Overall, a slightly less hoppy pale ale. Still, very tasty, and as others have said, this would be a great for a session brew.

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

A: Pours a dim copper/brassy color. Finger width head.

S: Surprising amount of malt and caramel in the nose. Less hop than expected but it's there. Quite bready, really. Hint of citrus at the end.

T: Hops and malt are both evident in the taste. Malt actually has a surprising presence, almost making it taste like an amber. I was reminded of New Belgium's Fat Tire though it has more hop than that. There is a sweetness that comes out as it sits on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, fairly crisp. Smooth beer.

A well done drink, great as a session brew.

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Photo of denver10
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a nice off white head. Aroma is floral, biscuity, a touch of herbs and some citrus rind. Taste follows suit. A creamy, active medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a decent and very easy drinking pale ale. Quite sessionable. Not my favorote Odell offering, but it grows on me the more I drink it.

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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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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 874 ratings.
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