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RATINGS: 544   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
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle from Growlers Pub in Saint Louis MO.

Hazy amber with a copper tint. Nice whitish head. Lots of hops in the nose, sharp. Taste mostly hops with a hint of dark fruit and malt. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2006
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival. Amber coloured with an white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, fruits and hops. Flavour of malts, fruits, hops and pine needles.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (9490) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Draft... Pre-GABF ’06 at Falling Rock Tap House, Denver... Mostly clear, deep golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Easygoing nose... I’m not picking up much other than a touch of biscuity malt. Very well balanced in flavor with biscuity malt as well. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, lightly bitter finish.

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 o’ 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.


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