5-Day IPA | O'Fallon Brewery

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5-Day IPA5-Day IPA

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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We dry-hop this American Style India Pale Ale with seven grains and four domestic hop varieties by adding dry whole hops to the finishing tank so the beer rests "on top" of the hops for five extra days!Malty sweetness up front with big cascade and glacier hops in the finish -- a wonderfully drinkable IPA!

66 IBU

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Photo of logansboat15
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

O'Fallon Brewery's plain labels never fail to get my attention, which runs counter to the wild labeling on the shelves at a well-stocked beer store.

"5 Day IPA" pours a dark, cloudy orange. Smell is mild fruit and pine, with a delicious smooth and sweet taste with no bitter finish. Perfectly balanced hoppiness will impress most enthusiasts. A full-bodied mouthfeel rounds out this excellent beer. Very drinkable and I'd highly recommend trying it.

This further reinforces the notion to "never judge a book by its cover."

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Photo of xav33
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O'Fallon 5-Day IPA
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a tulip glass
Recent brewing, dabbled into 05/07

Poured a hazy amber orange with a large fizzy mostly lasting head with fair lacing.

Smelt of strong fruity apricot, pineapple and oranges, with pine and light sweet caramel and cookie malt.

Taste was upfront strong bitter spruce and grapefruit rind hops and moderate sweet oranges and light caramel followed by a strong to harsh grassy bitter green hops buzz with a light honey sweetness on an average length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, fizzy, and strongly astringent.

Overall, an impressive IPA that is light bodied and drinkable in the summer. Slightly on the sweet side, but it balances out the hops nicely.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber hue, pretty dark for an ipa, has a mild head with surprisingly there isn't a very strong scent like other ipa's, floral hops are present, but not overpowering like other ipa's. tastes vastly different than it smells, much more hoppy and has a nice maltiness to it, mouthfeel is full and rich, pretty good ipa all around.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jpm30 for another good local brew.

A: Dark orange rust color with some haze to it. Head is medium sized, with an amber tint to it.

S: Navel orange pulp, caramel corn, lemon rind and yellow apple.

T: Begins bitter with a gust of grapefruit rind and small moments of sugary tangerine. Dusty hops, won’t say dirty but would say they are “dusty” tasting. Some nectar qualities with lemon washes come next with the caramel flavor I originally got in the smell coming next. Finishes with a medium bitterness…as it warms the earthiness of the hops intensifies.

M: Medium body, hard mouthfeel.

D: I liked this beer but could have got without the dirty hops. Regardless it was quite tasty with decent balance amongst the various flavors.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly dark caramel color, cloudy due to bottle conditioning with a decent head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is characteristic AIPA, with cascade and centennial in the forefront followed by a candy like "sweet" finish. This is quite a malty IPA, overall its very balanced. The hop flavor is quite fresh but the malt background is nice as well. There isn't layers of flavor that I've seen in better selections, but this one is very drinkable and enjoyable. Unfortunately I poured this bottle too damn cold and it's dulled a lot of it, I recommend serving it in the higher temp range for an IPA. For being so balanced, I think this is a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. No date. The body was clear of sediment and golden amber in color. There was a layer of sludge on the bottom of the bottle. The bright white pithy head faded slowly.

Smell was mildly plastic-like (?). Earthy and floral. More subdued than expected.

Taste had a zippy bitterness with a long greenish aftertaste. Grapefruit qualities. Light sweetness and husky grains appeared laster. I expected more from this one, it was rather plain for a beer advertised as being hopped for 5 days. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad it's just pretty average.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of whynot44
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice slightly hazy copper color with a decent off-whte head that retreats to just a light skin after a while but did manage a bit of lacing.

The aroma is grapefuit and pine needles over a biscuitty malt base, very appetizing.

The taste starts with bread, some caramel, and then a serious dose of grapefruit hops that carries on through to a slightly dry, piney finish with just enough alcohol warmth to set it off.

Should stand up well to spicey foods, went well with shrimp scampi. This is now my favorite from O'Fallon.

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Photo of kdog630
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden brown color. Rich malty aroma that wasn't overpowered by the hops, but struck a nice balance. Head dissipated to a ring but left an abundance of lacing throughout.

Pronounced malt flavor but with a crisp hop finish. Maybe a little too carbonated, but still an enjoyable mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, particularly on a warmer afternoon in the shade. A little heavy for summer possibly, but spring, winter and fall will see me with an ample supply.

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a one-finger head. It leaves small traces of Belgian lace.

S - It smelled of very fresh hops. Also, grain and malt aromas were present.

T - It tasted very hoppy with some slight bitterness. It also has a malty quality.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very good fresh hop IPA. The smell was outstanding and the flavor was pretty good, too

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Photo of Realale
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orangish-red. Extremely fine, bright white head.

Biscuit and caramel dominate over leafy, bright, earthy hops. Nice fresh baked white yeasty bread lurks underneath. Really nice IPA nose. Reminds me of NBB's 2 Below, but on a more composed scale.

Medium in the mouth. Malt dominates initially, with biscuit in control, well-supported by some light caramelly notes. Hops kick in on the mid-palate, with a nice fresh flavor. Good bitterness on the long finish. Some mineral shows at the death adding complexity.

Lowish carbonation allows the malt to really have a run at the palate. There's enough there to scrape clean at the finish. Very drinkable. Nice to have a local, sessionable, hoppy beer like this one. Well done, O'Fallon!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

100th review!
Picked up a sixer on my visit to St. Louis over Easter holiday 2007.

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass produces a golden, hazy orange brew with an ample amount of off-white head that leaves thick lacing. Aroma? Pot. What's next? No but seriously, this thing reeks of the stickiest of the icky, along with some caramel malts, citrus, and spice. Very good so far.

Taste doesn't disappoint, but isn't as fantastic as the appearance/aroma. Some earthy notes paired with big hops, grapefruit, and bread. Mouthfeel is good; well carbonated and crisp with a decent hoppy finish to let you know shit is in effect.
Definitely drinkable, appealing, and tasty. Get ahold of this one if you can.

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Photo of Hopking51
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice balance. Adequate bitterness with a resiny after taste, the hop flavor does not bury the malt flavor. Cascade, piney, tarlike, wonderful version of an APA/American IPA. Perfumey nose, pine trees and flowers. They have done a really nice job with this one.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a pretty light copper color, with a sizeable off-white head. A small amount of yeast sediment trickles in and quickly settles out. A very slight overall haze is noted. Head retention is good as a thin cap lasts till the bottom, and lacing is decent.

Nose is full of refreshing hop aromas. Bright, lively, mouth watering - screams freshness without being over the top...and having visited the brewery, I know that it is exactly that.

Taste starts with lively carbonation bringing bitterness to your palate, before citrusy sweetness and a bit of caramel overtake it. After I swallow, the bittering hops reassert themselves. Very impressive.

High initial carbonation leads to a creamy medium body, and a drying finish.

This beer reminds me of growing up drinking craft IPAs on the west coast. While not over the top with hoppy imbalance, there is enough here to satisfy this particular hophead.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the beer/operation with Dave and Brian, and hope these beers make it to Wichita one day soon. I could drink this most every day.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy tea color. The cream-colored head was light and small amounts of lacing on the glass.

Hops primarily but the malt lets you know that it's there.

A combo of bitterness and citrus lead the way, but again, the malts are there as well.

Nicely balanced and lightly carbonated.

Easy to drink. A good quality IPA but still a bit of a letdown. Maybe more boldness. I expected better, being O'Fallon.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with seven grains and four domestic hop varieties including cascade and glacier.

Pours out to a cloudy burnt orange...unfiltered. Forms a modest white soapy head with average retention and sparse lacing, despite a vigirous pour. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is quite nice with a juicy grapefruit and sweet mango hop quality. Cleanly fermented with no off aromas. Mouthfeel is prickly and acidic with a strong grain and hop astringency and medium body. The flavor is all about the hops. Lots of grapefruit pith and some piney, resinous qualities, with a decent amount of malt body. There is a little bit of mango which is something I really enjoy in my IPA's. The bitterness/sharpness/astringency is a bit much and limits it's drinkability. Aftertaste is quite bitter and the finish is slightly watery.

A decent IPA, but there are so many out there that are better. I have no interest in having this again, because the astringency and bitterness are out of whack, making it not very drinkable.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy deep copper color, with a quite substantial head that lasts a good, long while. There's some chill haze evident.

Nose is a good balance of vegetal hop and sweet malt, lending a "creamy" smell to the beer. There's a slight cheese aroma, but in a good way.

The beer is bitter at first taste, but not overwhelmingly so. This is not a pucker beer, where the insides of each cheek try to get intimately acquainted with every drink. Rather, the bitterness is a smooth, velvety bitterness. It's still bitter, mind you, since it is an IPA, but it's definitely a change of pace from some American IPAs. Since the bitterness is so smooth, it's hard to notice the transition from hop bitterness to malt sweetness. Before you know it, your mouth is saying "what the...?" and the taste you're left with is sweet and creamy. Finally, the sweetness gives way, and that subtle bitterness cames back for the long, slow ride into the sunset. This one is rather subtle for an IPA, to say the least, and damned if that isn't a great thing! There's no "bitter-SWEET-bitter" with this. It's more "bitsweebitter". Very nice.

The mouthfeel, like the flavor, is a bit creamy. A tad thicker than expected, but it just lends itself so well to the taste it's difficult to fault.

This one is very, very well done. For BMC drinkers, it'll be bitter. For full fledged hopheads, they'll wonder what's going on with the transition between hop and malt. For the rest, this is an easy to drink, very well made beer. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of JEdmund
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this brew as I've really enjoyed their Smoked Porter; however, I was a bit disappointed. Overall, it's a tasty beer with a crisp and clean finish. But the aroma is a big downer for me; it smells more of perfume/hair product than hops. It really kind of turned me off to it. Thankfully the flavor is in line with an IPA, but for an IPA, it's on the weaker side. Maybe I've gotten spoiled on bigger IPAs, but this one just didn't have the big punch of hops like you'd get in other lines.

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Photo of markgugs
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass; beer thanks to cardsmith

A: You can immediately tell the bottle-conditioning from the yeast sediment that trickles into the glass as you pour; fairly thin-looking ruby-red/copper/amber color, very sparkly, decent head and very minor lacing.

S: Beer smells delicious! All fresh hops and juicy citrust notes, with just a touch of bready malt for balance.

T/M: Lots of hops in this one, all over the place. Right up front, lingering on the finish, hops, hops & more hops. I detect several varieties of hops in here and one of them has got to be Cascade (got that distinct PNW bitterness to it). Nice balanced malts so the beer is more than drinkable. Creamy smooth to the feel with a sharp tangy carbonization to match the bitter hoppy finish. I'm really liking this one.

D: Yet another fantastic IPA from a tiny regional craft brewer. You'd do well to acquire this one in a trade, and get more than 1 'cause you'll be sad if you don't!


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Photo of rocketmotor
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, inch thick heads leaves nice lacing on glass, nice white foam. Brown/gold/amber colored and very clear for bottle conditioned beer.

Smells of fresh hops, pale malt, fresh hops, a little alcohol and a little biscuit and yeast. Great aroma, hops come through nicely without being overwheming.

Tastes great of fresh hops and nice mild malt. Really dominated by fresh hops, but not very bitter, more hop flavor than hop bitterness. Very nice! Mouthfeel is good, light from bottle carbonation but good solidity.

Drinkability is high, if this was available year round I would keep it on hand in the fridge. Very good.

Seems to be more widely available in tap than in bottles. A few restaurants around St Louis had it on tap, I only found the bottles at two liquor stores.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Vancer for including this in my BA Anniv. package.

A: Pours a dark murky amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving a film on top. No lacing to see.
S: Floral hop presence with a nice undertone of toasted grain. Citrus fruit notes are fairly big also.
T/M: Citrus fruit hop presence. Juicy and chewy, though slick through the mouth. Bitterness lasts in the finish with some fruit notes. Medium bodied. Malt notes balance out the hop bitterness nicely.
D: An easy drinking IPA. A solid example of the style--thanks for the opportunity Vancer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m glad the O’Fallon webpage noted that this is an American style IPA (instead of just saying it’s an APA). Details, details.

As an APA, I’d say this one matches the style quite well, and was a damn fine drinker, to boot.

Sharp looking pour, semi-hazy amber/org with a superb top of dense ivory cream-head. Aroma was a little too subtle, piney hopsickle, but the flavors came through nicely. Not a floral bomb, thank goodness, but a nice mixture of florals with a citrusy finish.

Sharp, dry, and crisp – a real lip smacker for any occasion.

Found at the Blue Sky bar & grill in O’fallon. On tap along with their wheat and gold. A little hole-in-the mall place that, from what I’m told, has a decent above average pub selection of food.

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Photo of drewseslu
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, Dave, just for you I'll review it.
Pours a hazy gold with a fluffy eggshell foam that settles into a cap and laces until I need a refill.
Nice hoppy aroma, Cascades evident and the Glaciers add depth and an herbal quality. However, I would still like a bit more aroma hops. Each version I've had has gotten closer, though, and the latest batches may be there.
Full of citrusy and fruity hops. Apricots, oranges, grapefruits, floral and honey flavors from the Centennials, super smooth bitterness and a nice backing of Caramel and 2R malts. Exaggerated hops, but nicely balance.
Lively carbonation, some creaminess I attribute to the house yeast and specialty malt selections. At worst it can be a bit thin, at best its quite refreshing.
On the whole...a damn fine IPA and I can't wait to get me some in bottles.
Ahh...what the hell: On the 5th Day God created the IPA, and this is a damn fine one.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The tap handle says O'fallon 5 Day IPA. I assume this is the same as it is the only IPA listed from O'fallon.

Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a nice white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing in the glass.

Smell is citrusy and floral hops with mabey a faint maltiness.

Taste is citrus, namely grapefruit up front followed by a little maltiness. Decently well balanced and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very nice and I could drink these all day. A solid beer from O'fallon, acually the best I've had from them.

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Photo of murrayswine
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My man BigLove added this bad boy to a trade for me.

The pour yeilds a lightly ambered beer with a thin head but sturdy lacing.

The smell is pine, a little lemon, fresh grass, and straw.

The taste is fairly heavy in the hop department for a basic IPA. It has a soft malt tone that takes over at the finish. Not bad at all!

Why O'fallon doesnt bottle this is mind boggling!

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Photo of carln26
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper to amber color, and was topped by a 1 inch off white head. The aroma has a nice herbal note up front, followed quickly by some grapefruit and light caramel. The flavor is blended nicely together. More of the herbal, grass quality. The grapefruit rounds out nicely into more of an orange character. Nice, sharp bitterness midway through the drink that lasts into the finish. The mouth feel is slightly sharp, a little heavy. Very nice drinkability. Great beer, I can’t wait until it is more widely available.

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5-Day IPA from O'Fallon Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 547 ratings.
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