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:
881
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
135
For Trade:
1
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Photo of alleykatking
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade with Devin aka ArcTeryx. Been looking forward to trying this one for awhile now. Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pour's semi-hazy coppery amber color. One finger light dirty white head that dies down quickly to just skim on top of the beer. Nice sticky lacing on sides of glass.

S- Crisp citrus (pineapple) in here. Caramel malts in there as well. Light alcohol in tailend of aroma. Hops are most scent forward. Lightly muted I think overall.

T- First off strange metallic taste. Nothing bad just kind of there. Stayed the entire beer so I knocked off half a point for that. After that nice citrus hops burst under a caramel sweet malt taste. This beer would be simple and great tasting without the metalic hint to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for style. Hoppy citrus taste left all over palate with a malty aftertaste that is light and not overbearing. Light drying in the mouth with this beer.

D- Good drinking pale ale that was ruined slightly by the metallic overtones to it. Would love to try it again. Actually I could see this becoming a favorite of mine.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a snifter from a 12 oz bottle on March 25, 2016. Malt forward beer that is well made but does not stand out in any way. Glad I tried it but I don't think I'll be back for more.

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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 JayS2629
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the hoppy side. Nice copper color with thin white head that fades fast but leaves spiderweb lace. Smell has grapefuit, toffee, citrus notes and some lemon. Taste is off balance. Nice toffee, caramel backbone with bitter grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, citrus, and some pine notes. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

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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 aforbes10
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought for hotel-room drinking while driving across Wyoming. Pours a terra-cotta color with a short filmy white head. Slow lacing. Vague hop odor with sweet malts. Flavor is a nice lemony hop and mild bitterness, slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Simple but well crafter and tasty. Medium bodied. Goes down easily, with a nice flavor.

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a hazy, Amber ale. Ms all white head...average appearance. My he smell is soft,mbalanced between spicy hops and sweetish smelling malt. Some citrus notes. Tasty. The finish is long and slightly bitter, refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a small head. Really malty, biscuit, smelly beer, very nice smell. Unfortunately, that was the high point for me with this one. It was well crafted and the taste was perfectly fine, it just didn't wow me. It all seemed a bit muddled. Fantastic ingredients and tons of care, just nothing really remarkable that grabbed you and made you want to have another. A perfectly decent effort, you just kinda wonder what could have been.

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Photo of corywalston
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of RobTheKnob
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light amber color with an off white head, about two fingers to start out. A bit of light lacing. Nose brings some floral and citrus hops along with some light malt. Slight hoppy bitterness with some floral notes in the taste. Some light grain as well. Good feel with some mild bitterness. This is a pretty good example of the style and drinks fairly well.

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Photo of Summer92
3.6/5  rDev -5%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Nice dark golden color with nice clarity to it, glows a lithe lighter when held up to the light. Nice white cap with really good lacing to it. Good looking beer.

Slight citrus hop spiciness coming through in the initial aromas. Very bready, like warm buttered biscuits, probably some roasted pale malts.

Taste is on par with the smell. Very bready, liked buttered home made bread that's a little well done around the crust. Primarily spicy hops come through here, but it's all pretty mild hop profile.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a light medium with a nice balance. Good sweetness with only a touch of bitterness blended in with medium carbonation level. Buttery/oily feel that has a spicy dry finish. Really nice drinkable anytime brew. Safe beer to have lying around for anyone. Thanks Geoff for sending it!

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Photo of SamN
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Shimmering dark, orange brown ale, it is very clear. Visible carbonation and an off-white head that thins out to a slim disc on top.

S- Sweet metallic hop scents-- sweet juicy fruits, black teas, deeper down is a just off earthy aroma.

T- Crisp clean hops up front, sweet bing cherries in the middle, finishes on more hop flavor, but more bittered and pronounced. English hops profile, a good representation of the style.

M- Pleasantly smooth with good body structure, light carbonation.

D- Decent drinkability, the lingering bitterness gets old as you make your way through.

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Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brass color, with a thin off-white head. Smell is a minty, piney aroma. Taste is a bit of herbal, minty flavor up front, followed by a thin caramel middle, and a resinous, apricot finish. Mouthfeel is average, very nice low carbonation levels. Overall a good beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of Tbrodsky
3.6/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Five times the fun. Pours a lighter brownish copper color with orange hues, especially when held to the light. A frothy off white head and limited lace. Both dissipate over time.

The smell has lighter malt aroma with some grainy and generic malt bill. A nice noticeable hops aroma with some US and English characteristics

The taste is hoppier for a Pale. A basic malt backing with English notes but relatively boring. Some light caramel and biscuity flavors are noticeable if you look for them. A good bite at a citrus flower taste but quickly subdues with more earthy tones. For a English ale, its too bright and for an American ale its not enough.

There is a smoothness to the beer as pleasant. Kind of surprising for its limited taste. A good carbonation that isn't too much or too little. Overall this is a decent session beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that slowly reduced, down to a large puddle of foam with a medium collar which produced excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of biscuit malts, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) and a light tropical fruity ester (pineapple).

The taste was lightly sweet and rather malty with a touch of caramel and a bold fruitiness from the start, but quickly progressed into a much hoppier taste with a superb bitter citrus ending. The flavor lasted for a long while proceeding the swallow with a light sweetness hanging on, but not to be overdone by the bitter citrus flavor that eventually outlasted and lingered for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was a step or two above light in body and distinctly dry in texture with a carbonation that was just about medium in intensity.

Overall this was a delicious tasting Pale Ale with a nice sweet fruitiness that blended very well with the bitter citrus hoppiness, making this a very easy to drink and satisfying brew...

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Photo of sleazo
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a medium slightly cloudy amber with a smallish soapy head.

S_Citric hops are the strongest scent here with a nice little bready background.

T_Mostly dry with just a hint of sweetness. The hops are there but somewhat muted, their citric and slightly vegetal hop quality coming through. Mild biscuity malt makes its presence known mid sip.

M_Slightly thicker body with a moderate carbonation level.

D_Good pale ale, very drinkable but not a standout in any particular category.

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Photo of cuttlery
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale fuzzy peach body. Thin, bubbly ivory white head. Lace comes in sporadic rings. Nice little aroma of hops. A little citrus, a little pungent, a little resiny. On the palate, the malt base could use just a bit of a boost. As is, I get some toffeeish malt tones. Hops adds some lemon and citrus to the mix. Body is medium and the carbonation is quite subdued. Decent enough, but nothing I'm gonna need to seek again, like the St. Lupulin or the IPA.

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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 Hopmonster7
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 DabblinWiscCraft
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date states it's good for another month-and-a-half. Poured right from the fridge into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly chill-hazed honey amber, with about two inches of hearty eggshell head that sticks around for a good while, maintains a nice layer on the surface, and leaves considerable lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Not a ton going on in the bouquet of this one. There's some mild hop aroma that has a stone fruit quality to it, as well as a bit of caramel malt. There's a bit of an indeterminate acidic note in there, too.

T: This one is a bit sweet up front--straightforward caramel malt with something a bit more earthy underneath. The middle produces some delicate fruit notes--stone fruit and tangerine--that really don't assert themselves much above the malt backbone. The back end is more of the malts and a bit more of apricot and tangerine...but not much. There's a bit of tart at the close, but no bitter to speak of.

F: My biggest gripe with this beer--at least this one I opened--is that it feels quite flat and watery. It's on the light side of medium-bodied with, as I said, almost no carbonation on the palate. As I mentioned under taste, there's a bit of a lingering tartness at the close, no bitter on the palate, and a quiet, clean finish.

O: I like the flavors this beer delivers, understated as they are. It's just very difficult for me to get past the flat, watered-downed feel. Looking at the description that Odell gives for this beer, I've got to wonder if I didn't get a bad bottle.

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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 881 ratings.
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