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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.

Added by Todd on 03-09-2005

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Photo of biking4beer
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my GD Cervoise goblet.

Pours a 1/2 inch white bubbly head, and the beer is a nice copper color

Slightly citrus and a touch grainy and grassy in the nose. Not big on aroma, but pleasant.

The taste is touch on the bitter side. Simple hop profile in that respect. Wish it were a touch more malty, but it does have a nice grainy taste. Slight caramel.

Moderately high carbonation. Standard mouthfeel for the style.

This is an enjoyable standby for me.

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

An all around good but average pale. This will be bottled in june of this year(2005). Im glad it is replacing the current cutthroat pale. It had a dark amber color and a some what small head. Nothing too out there about it. One of the better local pales on tap. I would take it over the New Belgium products.

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

I have been in an IPA cycle, but decided to move slightly downstream and try an Odell Five Barrel Pale Ale. The color is deep for a Pale Ale, and the head appropriate. The aroma is very subtle. Flavor is very even, balanced nicely at the midpoint between sweet and bitter. The very tale end of the aftertaste turns toward bitter. A good beer, easy to drink and will go well with food.

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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 KickInTheChalice
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a pale and transparent copper color with a medium sized fluffy white head.

There is a spiced malt nose with a bit of a citrus hoppy kick.

The flavor starts with a grainy malts, with a faint sweetness. There is a bit of spice and pine, and a light citrus bitterness toward the end. It is a fairly simple beer, and not anything that I

The mouthfeel can best be described as not offensive. It is light bodied, somewhat smooth but still a bit grainy, with a medium carbonation.

This is fairly bland and just not that exciting.

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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 Parrotbeak
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with a golden hue, and a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is bready malts with some faint, spicey notes.
Taste is subtle malts with equally subtle hops. Malts become slightly crackery, with some faint, bitter notes at the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a bitter, dry finish. Light body. Slightly watery.
Drinkability is good. Overall a lackluster beer, but still easy to drink, and one which would be fitting on a hot day.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz American shaker pint at Denver International.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of wispy and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some erupting lava spout lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of flinty hard minerals, mild oily citrus, crackery pale malt, faint caramel, and further weak leafy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy pale and caramel malt, subtle stone fruit, tart citrus rind, and leafy, slightly grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite high, with its tightly rendered frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, with an average smoothness. It finishes on the dry side - hoppy (leafy, mostly) and stoney.

A fairly straight-ahead, dry, hoppy, sort of hybrid English-American Pale Ale, 'nuff said! Ok, it's easy to drink while watching the Broncos score again, if a tad unbalanced (just like the NFL!)

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Photo of
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, orange gold in color. Medium size, white head, composed of small bubbles.

Sweetish nose, fruit & flowers. Earthy and spicy.

Taste was more bitter than sweet. Sweet does pick up a bit and shows fruit, maybe melons. Bread dough in the middle. Nice spiciness at the finish. Great balance.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very tasty brew. Good balance, thirst quenching and easy to drink.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle sampled less than two weeks before its best by date, into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear medium amber body with light carbonation floating up to an inch of very coarse, frothy off-white head. Decent retention and ample lace. Not bad.

S: Rather dull aroma of toasted malt and floral hops. Not terrible, but not good.

T: Starts out with lightly sweet, biscuity, nutty malt, and finishes with a nice level of hop bitterness. The very clean aftertaste is the best part.

M: Fairly substantial medium body with plenty of soft carbonation. Excellent.

D: I'd like a bit more hop presence, but it's still quite drinkable.

Notes: I reviewed this in my notebook without having looked the beer up on BA, so I was assuming it to be an American Pale Ale (since it comes from a brewery doing mainly American styles). Now that I see it's listed as an EPA, a few of its characteristics make a bit more sense. If you want, feel free to consider the scores I've given for taste and drinkability to be a half-point too low. Either way, though, I don't think it's any more than a B+ beer.


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

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Reviewed with no knowledge of the beer's rating.

Pours a deep burnt copper color. This color looks amazing in the late afternoon sun. This is like one of the shades of orangey/red color you'd see at dusk. The 1 finger head even shows hints of that same color coming through. Not great retention or lacing.

Smell is some sweet bready malts and some citrus and pine hops. Not too bad here.

Taste is just like nose-- with a finish that reminds me of English ale yeast-- that mellow, kind of dry yeast note that reminds me of a good English pale. I'm reviewing this without knowldge of it being APA or EPA... But the yeast is making me guess it is of British style.

A slight bitterness. A little hint of teeth-coating oil. But nothing that really rocks my world.

This would be a good pale for a brisk fall afternoon. Not bad, but not something I'll seek out.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first from Odell. This is a basic plain Pale Ale. Not much special about the nose or flavor. The flavor has some nice malts and a little bitter kick that makes it a nice multiple drinker. The bitter lingers and cleans the palate so you will come back for more. But overall nothing special about this one.

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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 hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a white 3 finger head with good retention. The aroma has oranges, grapefruit, and some zest. The taste has grapefruit, zest, oranges, and biscuit.

Medium bodied, good carbonation, and it has a bitter finish. A pretty good beer overall, worthy of trying. I would not mind having this again sometime.

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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 PaleAlien2
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dense, cloudy amber with minimal white head. Some lacing.

Floral hops are prevalent in the aroma. Almost a metallic scent in there as well.

Taste is different. Hops are quite strong, but there is something in the flavor I can't quite place--like a spiciness or cloves.

Hops burn the tongue a bit after swallow. Nice medium body.

Pretty good. A little different.

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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 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 B-Stad
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 1 and a half finger soapy head sits on top of a orange-Amber beer. Very floral aroma, with a little bit of grass and sweet malts. Initial taste is grassy, wildflowers, followed buy a good malt backing. Finishes with sweet, with a little bit of dry bitters, very clean. It's definitely a drinkable beer, obviously a little on the lighter side but not watery by any means. Overall it's a solid Pale Ale. I like what they did with the hops. It seems that a lot more PAs are going more hop forward and pushing towards the IPA style which I do enjoy. This is more of a traditional Pale Ale. Good floral taste and smell, easy to drink, not too light. Didn't blow me away, but I think I would drink it again. 84/100

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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 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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5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 864 ratings.
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