5 Barrel Pale Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
863
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
19%
 
 
Wants:
34
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129
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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper with shades of red. A pillowy, bubbly, white head. Very little head retention and lacing. Head rebuilds quickly when you give it a swirl.

S - Nice balance of hops and malt. The hops have some bitterness and spice while the malt has a little bit of roasted sweetness and spice.

T - Bitterness prevails at first but malt takes over and dominates the finish. Good hop profile for a pale ale.

M - Smooth, easy to drink, and fits the style. Solid EPA.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a nice rich hazy copper color, would pin this a little darker and danker though, hard to describe the color but it has a nice richness to it. Small off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S – Earth notes, some sweet notes similar to a caramel or molasses, not much or a hop smelling coming through.

T – Similar to the smell, sweet malt on the front end and it’s like a blend of molasses and caramel but so inviting. A mild hop flavor that just heightens and this is enjoyed. This is very much of the malt forward English style Pale ale and I enjoyed it.

M – Good carbonation and a great balance on the thickness.

O – This was just a full flavored experience, great development from beginning to end. Every now and then I enjoy good malt forward English Style Pale ale, sure beats some of the alternatives coming out of England.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Medium orange copper color. Very clear. One finger off white head with decent retention and pretty nice lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Floral and citrus hops blend well with nothing really dominating.

T: Caramel at the tip of the tongue. Toasted toffee and a nuttiness come through next. Slight floral and citrus hops come through enough so not to allow this beer to be overly sweet, but still a bit on the sweet side.

M: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Could be a little crisper but is still refreshing.

O: A good Pale Ale. A touch sweet, but definitely not to sweet. Would like just a tad bit more bitterness in it.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention and sticky lacing.

S - Musty caramel and leafy hops, traditional english pale ale scents and reminiscent of an ESB.

T - Leafy green hops off the top, sweet honey and caramel among biscuit and toasted grains with a hint of paper mache.

M - Solid carbonation that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty English Pale Ale with a flavour profile suitable for the style. Nothing over the top, but a very pleasurable ale to consume.

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

912th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz.

Best by: 12/14/11
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A good murky Orange with some lighter brown notes and a good 1/2-1 finger of head. A small touch of cling and dots.

Smell- A bit floral with some earthy, caramel and sweet notes. The malts really open as this warms.

Taste- A good bit of layered flavors on this one. More soft vs what most abrasive pales would be. A bit floral with more sweetness and a touch of bitter, you can taste this is more of an English beer vs what most Americans would want.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. A good dose of earthy bitterness.

Drink- Not too shabby. This was a lot more flavorful than I thought it would be. More of a mellow balance and earthy.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A leftover fro WBF in Durham!

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with almost no head after a decent pour.

Smells very balanced and easy going. Lageresque!

Tastes like a subdued GL Commodore Perry. Slight bittering hops, and piney hops are there for aroma's sake. Guess theyre going for balance with this thing. Caramel malts are a welcome addition, and make it drinkable. The balance is what I think Ive been missing in a Pale Ale. The bittering hops are a nice compliment to the malts, but it really needs so aroma and flavor hops to make it feel more like an ale and less like a lager.

The flavors kind of dance around your tongue then disappear just as fast as the came. A lingering bitterness lets you know the hops are there.

A very solid Pale Ale.

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Photo of DCon
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 Fl Oz bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99. Poured from the Red bottle w/ barrels on it into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has a Bottle On date of 8/11/11A on the side. Cool!

Aroma- Very light hop aroma but has a bit of grassy/malty aroma blended together. Weird... but may be appropriate. Either way, can't say I'm a fan.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that is frothy and stays forever! Has a deep copper body and leaves thick lacing afterwards!

Flavor- Has huge tastes from even the beginning! Starts with grassy flavor and caramel sweetness. Malts play a big part in this brew but then the hop bitterness at the end is medium-high. Has a dry finish and all together, well-balanced!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, OVERLY Carbonation, and has nice hop finish that lasts on the palate. Not sure about this carbonation though...

Overall Impression- Wow this brew is all over the place! Starts with an awesome pour but then the aroma is too light and off-balanced. The taste then is amazing but then finishes strange. I would like to try this one on-tap and wouldn't mind getting it in a bottle again to compare. I like Odell Brewing Co a ton and will be a huge advocate of their brews while I'm in Colorado and while in St. Louis!

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

Pours a solid orange with a white head.

Smells of spicy hop, pine, and come chalky hop character. Caramel malt character also sneaks in.

Tastes of lemon/citrus up front with a biscuity malt middle and chinook-y, spice/pine hop finish.

Medium body with higher carbonation fit well for the beer.

This is a nice, hoppy but easy to drink beer. I could and would easily down a few of these.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head and lots of lacing. Clear amber.

S: cirtus and pine with hop notes.

T: a very tame taste to this one. More earthy hop flavors than the pine or citrus that is on the nose. Finish is a little toasted malt.

M: moderate carboation and medium body.

Overall: very drinkable beer but not a very flavorful pale ale though I suspect this has more to do with the fact that this is an english pale ale as oppose to an american pale ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great all purpose pale ale, this one smells of a cournicopia of different hop varieties, and has a slightly sweet aroma. mouthfeel is bright with a medium body, extremely refreshing. taste is constantly evolving hop essences and malt balance. this is a winner, a trusty daily drink.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odell continues to impress me. Their beers are always visually appealing with great aroma and high drinkability and this one is no different. Very nice hop and malt mix in both aroma and flavor. Solid tan head with lacing. Attractive amber body with swirling bubbles. Tasty malt flavors including a nice sweetness and toastiness. Flavorful drying and bittering finish. The total is greater than the sum of the parts (and the parts are pretty good).

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Photo of AEArider
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange, with a tight knit head that left some decent lacing. Malt was the foundation of the smell, but the fruity overtones were definitely well represented. I was surprised by some of the other reviews, because I thought this brew had a good hop bite to it. The bitterness was more than noticeable and I thought the flowery hop profile was dominant in the flavor. Mouthfeel was good, a bit dry.

Overall a good, representative pale ale.

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A little bit hazy amber pour. Decent slightly offwhite head. Lacing and retention is minimal but present.

S: Very subtle. Flowery with a bit of citrus. There is a sweet caramel element from the malt.

T: Definitely an EPA. Hops are a bit citrusy and maybe a little earthy? But like the smell, very mild. Very little bitterness The sweet caramel malt is everywhere as well.

M: Super super smooth. As mentioned, just a tiny bit of bitterness from the hops. Otherwise it's silky and flavorful. Just a tiny bit of graininess in the aftertaste.

O: I thought this was a great example of an EPA so I gave it extra points. It's not very strong in any area, it focuses more on the overall package and the drinkability I think. This is a great session beer for sure, nothing too strong or overpowering about any aspect. Just an easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of JennyJam
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Color is cloudy amber-copper color with a two-finger head. Smells citrusy, earthy, fresh, I saw a bit of carbonation. The first sip contains a zip of hops and an earthy, fresh taste. The flavor mellows and balances throughout, maintains flavor as it warms. The mouthfeel is very good (not too watery, not too full) and has velvety smooth drinkability.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. I love beers like this for their initial zip of hops then a mellowing/balancing effect as you drink.

I will definitely return to this brew!

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Photo of Alacy
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- orangish amber with one inch of white head that disappears quickly, pretty good lacing

S- malty sweetness, citrus hops

T- malty bread and sweetness, citrus and floral notes, hoppy bitterness

M- medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation

O- very drinkable, decided to try this one after not having it for awhile.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date 9/23/11A

A- Head expands to an inch at it's peak, recedes and holds at a half-inch for most of the pints-worth. Beer is a nice looking mid-orange color with some effervescence. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Sweet oranges, citrus hops.

T- Mild citrus and hop flavors well balanced with a good pale ale malt backbone. Very tasty.

M- Adequate carbonation, medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- I could drink quite a few of these if it came down to it...low enough in ABV, but very tasty for what it is. Loved burping it up! Perhaps the best tasting English Pale Ale I've had to date, props Odell.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a rusty, hazy burnt orange. Really a very attractive color. It has a murky depths kind of carbonation, with a one finger head that reduces to a half-finger that sticks around for a bit. Thin lacing, if any.

The smell is when I really got on board. O'Dell wasn't lying about the hopping. With the addition of both a hopback filtration and dry hopping to the process, this smells like a cup of hop oil. Herbs and florals with a hint of spice. The malts add a sweetness to the smell.

This beer is an easy drinker, that's for sure. The front is bittersweet, all hop. The body pleasantly balances with smooth malts, caramel and biscuit flavors cropping up. The finish is sharp, floral, leaving a lingering sweetness. It's a very crisp pale ale, but not too dry. The flavor really develops deeply - you can keep sipping and focusing your attention all around the tongue, from start to finish, and keep finding nuance. It's really an expert hop profile, the malts being a solid foundation.

The mouthfeel is crisply silky, very nice. The hops snap, the carbonation is evident, but it's just oh so smooth.

This is a good take on the style. I enjoy a smooth, easy pale ale, and I love the time put into this hop profile. It's as complex as an IPA, but adapted with a reduced bitterness and more west coast US pale ale flavor. Definitely a good session beer.

Serving: Bottle, poured into pint glass.

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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
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-beautiful amber color with a lofty two inch head. Carbonation is lively and add body to the beer.

s-can you say aromatic hops? They shine through, and you can smell the multiple hop additions that have imparted a beautiful nose to this beer. The hops have a nice malt smell to go with them in the beer. The hop back and dry hopping give it even more of the great hop aroma.

t-what I think a pale ale should taste like. This beer is not an IPA, the balance of the hops are on the toung for a second and the malts come in nicely. There are a decent amount of malts here too. Some good back to them. The aromatic hops are not transulated into bitterness, there is none present.

m-good body to this brew. There are a decent amount of sugars left in the beer, and it provides a nice feel to the beer.

o-In a world where there are so many over the top IPA's and IIPA's, this beer holds back and provides a nice pale ale. This beer should be judged by the fact that it's an English Pale, not an IPA. Nice work.

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Photo of Forb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Slowdown - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Golden haze with a minor fluffy head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Earthy, fruity hop elements with a grainy malt backbone.

Taste: Strong bread malt here with hints of the pine, grapefruit hop essence.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation leaving it with a smooth/creamy richness.

Overall: A decent pale ale. I would drink it again.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice light pour. Head is slight off-white. Brew is nice clean crisp orange with some yellow and amber.

S - Lots of Cascade and Amarillo hops. Nice fruity scent.

T - Very bland for a Pale... I would expect more aggression from Odell. Nice, but not potent.

M - Way too carbonated!!!! Light body with some depth missing.

O - A nice relaxing brew. Great for a hot summer day. Not one to seek, but a must try if you're able to find.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a nice copper-amber color, with some decent cloudy white foam on top. Aromas of caramel, light brown sugar and some floral hops. On the palate, light bodied, with caramel, biscuit and a hint of hops.

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

Pours a clear orange-amber with a fluffy white, one finger head. Really great retention, this beer was poured 10 or 15 minutes ago and the head seems to be in the same place as when it was poured. Floral hops on the nose touch of husky grain and a bit of fruit. Nectarines? Definitely something on the lighter side. Decent fruity body up front. On the mid palate I had a strong association with iced tea. Floral hoppiness on the end with just a touch of bitterness, but definitely not what I would describe as a hoppy beer. This is a really nice pale ale that I would definitely buy when I am looking for something on the lighter side, but still quaffable.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass. Enjoy by 8/3/11.

A- Nice deep orange, big sandy off white sticky head. Serious lacing. Really nice in the glass.

S- Light toasted grain and malt sweetness, some floral/sweet fruity hops.

T- Lots of sweet fruit, orange and cantaloupe, good hop flavors but next to no hop bitterness. Big bready malt. Nice toasted barley as well. A nice change of pace- but I could do with some more hops. Really fruity stuff here, though.

M- Lacking hops, malt is very nice though and makes this an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

O- Would like to try again- interesting beer.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-- Average, huge 2 finger head that dissipates at a medium rate

S -- Very interesting almost lavender or Jasmine smell.

T/M - * I am a hop bomb junkie, just putting that out there. Tastes very medium to light in barley, very lightly toasted, mostly malt with a brief hint at hops on the first few sips. Mouthfeel average.

Overall- About an average PA. If anything still would have preferred a lil more hops, but even a larger flavor from a darker roast. 5.2% ABV is about average.

PP (Price Point) -- $8.99 for a 6 pack picked up in Rock Springs Wyoming, not too far from where it was brewed. Would probably skip over this one.

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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