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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16587) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2008
Bottle from GBBF 08. Amber, thin beige head. A little bit of acidic nettle? Not a great pale ale, some toffeeish malt, but I’m not a big fan of these acidic nettle hop beers. Bit dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle pours a clear golden beer with a thin head. Aroma is sweet malt. Flavor is sweet grassy malt taste with a stong finish. Bitter end, not dry. Pretty good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottled: brought back from out West, probably could have gotten a better on though. Pours gold color that has a white head that disappears into a white lacing. Somewhat bitter in taste with somewhat of an aftertaste of rotten fruit. Didnt really enjoy it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (19760) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2008
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 16, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SODAK14 (327) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Pours an amber color with a good size that never fades away. Really smooth beer, one that is definitely on my "Drink Again" list!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10408) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
Clear amber with medium beige head. Sweet fruity aroma with caramel and hoppy notes. Sweet flavor with grassy hops. Ends bitter.

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