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RATINGS: 528   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2006
Has an orange-copper colour and pours with a generous white head that dissipates but leaves legs. Sweet aroma with some apricot; also a sweet hoppy taste with a touch of bitterness. Very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Pours a mostly clear, orange-copper color with a small, ivory, frothy head that lasts somewhat. Nose is great! Orange citrus hops and carmel to the forefront, slight breadiness and earthy hops subdued. Flavor is not as attractive, but citrusy-piney hops promonate with carmel breadiness and apricot also present. Palate is medium-light in body, with lively carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry, somewhat abruptly. Decent beer with plenty of fresh hops and a nice malt backbone.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Bottle, as I watched the Def Leppard story on VH1. Pours watery and thin with amber hints. No head or lace. Woody aroma with hops and a slight banana. Flavor is leaves, sour hops and a bit oí honey. Watery palate. Maybe adding another barrel would improve it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Orangish-amber with a light white head that goes quick. Very crisp bitterness from the hoppy character of this brew. Slightly below average pale ale as far as micros go, but still a damn good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2006
This beer pours a reddish orange color with a thin white head. a strong hoppy breadlike aroma. The flavor is quie good! Very smooth and not too overly hoppy for a pale ale. This is a very nice beer! Cheers!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Bottled (with thanks to Slothgar T!) Darker than the average pale, with a coppery color. Quickly dissipated head. Fresh hops on nose (I love the smell of hops!), nice strong but not over-powering hops taste. A bit smoky? Coppery taste in back of mouth on finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Had this bottled, thanks Slothgar! Deep reddish pour with a thin, off white head, nice thick mouthfeel with plenty of hops bitterness, notes of roses, and somewhat smokier than most pales. Good!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Bottled. Best before 10.21.06. Beer is a medium-dark, copper-brown color with a small, off-white, frothy, mostly diminishing, clingy head. The aroma is heavy with sweet dried fruit and lightly barbed hop. Alas, it fails to sing. Itís malty with light notes of toasted grain, caramel, cookie; Hoppy with moderate notes of resin/pine, moderate notes of dried apricot, flowers; Yeasty with a light note of cheesy dough. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily bitter, moderately sweet, lightly dry with a long, moderately dry/acidic, lightly-to-moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is fizzy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (598) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 13, 2006
This is one of my faves from Oídellís. When Iím lookiní for something a little less intense than IPA I reach for one of these.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Amber color, light head, moderate lacing. Nose of toasted caramel, light hop, grass and some hay. The flavor is very metallic, a bright hoppy metal flavor thatís not very good at all. I can choke it back faster, but that only intensifies it. Some caramel and wood in the finish. Iím not looking for bright citrusy hops here, just some body and balance, Iím not seeing either.


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