MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at GBBF.
A very attractive golden amber colour with a good off white head and an excellent snowstorm when swilled. Very sweet malty aroma with rather a lot of alcohol showing. Wheaty and rather dull. Reasonable malt and hop balance and a delicate bitter finish.
cgarvieuk (19069) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home (one of my 60 bottle GBBF haul :-)) ... nice copper ... odd something and a little hop ... little sweet mellow fruit ... floral hops ... decent balance but like maeib says nothing special
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours a murky tan light brown color with a tan head, that fades quickly. Light hop aroma, slightly fruity sweetness, mild hops rather floral. Its not bad a for an english style pale ale its pretty good.
lb4lb (2581) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very lightly hazy, but mostly clear amber with a nice lasting whitish head. Smell is mildly hoppy with some light malt. Pleasant fruitiness to the hops. Taste is moderately fruity, lightly sweet and hoppy with a lingering light bitterness. Very nice, and sessionable with a good amount of flavor without being overpowering at all and a medium body. Nice beer.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Bottled - GBBF2008. A light amber coloured beer with a nice full hoppy aroma. Good balance of malt and hop in the mouth. Nothing spectacular but pretty solid and tasty.Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Average becomes 3.5
SODAK14 (320) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber color with a good size that never fades away. Really smooth beer, one that is definitely on my "Drink Again" list!
KimJohansen (10407) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber with medium beige head. Sweet fruity aroma with caramel and hoppy notes. Sweet flavor with grassy hops. Ends bitter.
GarrettB (1315) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Once again O’Dell dishes out the hops to those weak of tongue. Their IPA was mild enough, even for me, and so is this one, though the Barrel Pale Ale does have a slightly different flavor profile. Off-white head, and a basic pale ale bronze color give body to the deep well of flavors. Caramel, peanut butter, honey and a general roastiness give this only slightly hop edged beer a definitively good aroma. Likewise, the flavor, mainly nuttiness, with black pepper and a little caramel keep the general taste alive but pacified, making this O’Dell a deeper, roastier version of the IPA with equal talent for easy but tasty drinking. It’s an O’Dell Renaissance in my beer box!
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle - This was a complete surprise to me! Coming from Portland I’ll admit I’m a bit of a beer snob, but this little gem from Ft. Collins, CO just might be my new favorite pale ale! Although, I as an IPA fan the large amount of real flower hops made it very yummy. Please distribute in Oregon!!!
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours light orange amber, with a moderate sized white head. Aroma is clean and a bit subdued; mild citric hops are balanced with caramel. The flavor is fairly sweet at first, but is then joined by grapefruity hops. There are also notes of apricot and some vegetal character on the palate. Long, mildly bitter finish.