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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Care for some hops with your hops? Before we ferment our 5 Barrel Pale Ale, we strain it through a bed of 'em. Then while it ages, we add even more. We like how this gives the beer a fresh, lively finish. We like hops.

As we go about refining the recipe for each new beer, we brew up just five barrels at a time. That's exactly how we arrived at this pale ale -- so that's what we named it. Plus, it sounded a lot nicer than Giant Vat Pale Ale.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger off-white head that results in nice lacing. The nose is caramel and light citrus hops. Taste is caramel, bread and light hops with a semi-bitter finish. Medium mouth feel. Decent pale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (663) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear amber-golden, with a big two finger head, good lingering lacing. Very fruity aroma of apple, fig and caramel. Medium-thin, crisp body. Malty apple caramel up front. Pine resiny and grapefruit hop flavors pick up at the end, with a satisfyingly bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle courtesy of aplusbreaks. Pours copper with a nice white head. Smells of earthy and dry. Tastes Tastes sweet and lightly spicy with a peppry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2008
<b>Bottle 355ml.</b>
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, wood, yeasty fruit, yeasty spicy. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (050808)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12oz bottle. cloudy orange color. pours with little head. lots of lemony hop aroma, classic english malts are present as well. the abundance of hops give this beer a lush juicy citric taste. great bitterness. a solid, simple american pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Had this at a restaurant in my hometown. I was really impressed. I usually don’t care for many pale ales but this one was good. Nice hoppy, malty taste. Would definitely drink again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
On tap, ESPN Zone Denver. Nice balance of sweet caramel malt and fruity crisp hop character (orange zest, passionfruit).

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2008
This could be the palest, most boring, most unsatisfying pale ale I’ve had in years. Tastes and smells like... nothing. Stale paper at least has that musty and dry-flakey oxidized smell, this basically smells like a glass of water and a drop of apple juice. Medium to light body, decent frothiness given the thickness, but again it just tastes like air. What gives?

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a yellow amber with a white 1 finger head. Aromas of caramel matliness and hops. Flavors are a balance between the hops and malts. decent brew but kind of boring.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle at ILL V MINN tailgate party. Pours amber with a white head. Faint aroma of wet grains and mild hops. Lighter side of medium bodied with a thin British like texture. Flavor of caramel, nuts, and toasty grains countered by a moderate herbal hop bitterness. Decent job of representing true British character. Good


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