5 Barrel Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

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.

Added by Todd on 03-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
880
Reviews:
299
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
134
For Trade:
1
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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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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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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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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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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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 880 ratings.
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