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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Looks and smells great. This is a really well done pale ale, esp. for an English one. Seems almost like an APA, sierra or something. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Pours with a frothy, slightly creamy consistency, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a lightly hazy, red tinted, full amber color. The aroma is nice and hoppy up front, about what one would expect for a hoppy pale ale. The hops are clearly American with citrus notes of grapefruit, sweet orange peel and even a touch of apricot. There are some chewy malt aromatics towards the end that remind me of caramelized crystal malts and some dry, toasty, biscuit malt character.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, more so from the citrus-like hop notes than from an overabundance of unfermented malt though. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine define the citrus components but there is a touch of herbaceous pine as well as a hint of menthol in the finish. This has a nice medium bitterness to it that causes my tongue to buzz a bit after the beer has left my mouth. The malt plays a supporting role here, but there are some noticeable toffee notes as well as a generally caramelized malt character & even some biscuit like toasted malt notes peek out from time to time.

This beer is quite light and easy drinking. I could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these during a session. Of course it is light and interesting enough to be used as that beer that one starts out the night with, before moving on to more powerful beers.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Clear amber color. Pretty big white head. Crisp hop aroma and flavor, but very simple and one-dimensional. My second beer from O’dell and both have been very average.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sallad (115) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
Pours dark straw-golden with frothy offwhite head. Hint of sedement in bottle, but stayed very clear in the glass. Tangy grass and musty mulch aromas through sweet malt. Almost chewy grassy hops fade to citrus over well balanced malt that leans slightly to bitter. Finish leaves the impression of grapefruit, light and fizzy. Excellent mouthfeel. Kinda like the 60 Minute’s kid brother.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Hazy amber appearance in the glass with a copper tint. Nice head not a pure white more of an eggshell. Lots of hops in the nose, sharp. Strong hops flavor with a hint of dark fruit and malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6158) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 6 Oct) Pale amber colour with small beige head. Fruity nose with notes of citrus (grapefruit) and pine needles. Fruity, slightly nutty, taste with grapefruit notes. Rather dry finish with a balanced hop character. Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Pours copper with a moderate sized off-white head. The aroma is quite clean and has caramel malt and earthy / spicy hops. Medium / light body with a small amount of soft carbonation. It would have helped to have more assertive carbonation. The taste starts with dusty caramel malt and a light sourness. The finish has some spice / woody hops that are nice, but then a watery feel tarnishes the good aspects. An okay pale ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is clear amber with a thin tan head...smell is grainy with some pine...taste is slightly hoppy and grainy with a weak bitter finish...

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Airlifter (118) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Dark, golden color. Thick head. Mild, hoppy aroma. Flavor is very strong hops with bit of malt to soften it. Strong metallic aftertaste. Good, but not a very complex flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottled. Poured amber, with a tan head. A floral, citrus nose and a malty flavor. Finish was nicely hoppy and the mouthfeel was clean and refreshing.


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