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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Pours amber/gold and has a creamy white head. Itís a great looking beer and head-retention is excellent. Aroma is hoppy and malty. It smells really fresh. Taste is moderately hopped and fairly malty as well. I also get a hint of metallic and itís a bit too crisp for me. For being a session pale, the body is pretty big. All in all, Iíd say this is quite good, but not amazing. Iíd get it again, but I wouldnít really seek it out.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Light amber body with nice fluffy off-white head. The aroma is light citrus with a touch of caramel. The flavor is grapefruit, biscuit, and caramel. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Nice session APA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 02/10/2005 Amber coloured with a floral aroma. Slightly sweet and smooth on the palate. Crisp malt finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dailybrews (6) - st louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2006 does not count
The best pale ale out there. This beer has a light refreshing body as well as enough hops to satisfy the IPA lover. Beautifuly brewed. Four or five pints of 5 Barrel might start a love affair with this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Nice llooking clear amber under a nice white head that sows some very nice lacing, and a head tht subsides to a tfine white layer in a few minutes. Based on the descritptio, I was expecting a biggerhop aroma, but there is only some subtle piney and spicey notes. Body is a little light, but not excessively so. Flavoe is alittle one dimensional with a caramel malt base and some accents of light citrus hops. Dry, thirst quenching finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2006
12 oz bottle: Pours an orange color with a thick creamy and frothy off-white head that sticks around for a majority of the beer. The aroma is mainly of hops with some undertones of citrus, bread, honey, pine, and a tiny bit of sweet sugary maltiness. The taste isnít what I was expecting after the aroma. It is thinner of a palate and a bit watered down. Although that may be the case about the mouthfeel the flavors are quite good, just light. They include: some (though not as much as aroma and description lead you to belive) hops, bread dough, lemons, flowers, and a strange ending taste, that I didnít particularly care for, not sure how to describe it, maybe like pine sol (Iím not that expereinced with hops, but maybe its the dry hopping flavor).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1221) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2006
12oz bottle. 03/03/06. Served in a NB worthy snifter. Dark orange/gold color with a small, off white head. The aroma is wildflower honey, citrus (orange, tangerine, pineapple) and some vanilla. Smells great. The initial flavor is sweet malt and citrus followed by some piney and floral, mild to moderately bitter hops and a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. This is a very tasty beer. Great example of dry hopping flavor. I do wonder about the "english pale ale" categorization...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
12 oz bottle, via beerhandy I think. Pours a dark copper with a fluffy beige head. Clear with minimal visible carbonation. Nice soft floral hop aroma over a lightly malty base. Not an extremely potent aroma, but very clean. Hops are definately in the fore, but the finish is very metallic. Minimal malt presance noted. Very lively carbonation, lighter bodied, and fairly refreshing. Iím thinking that the metallic taste may just be due to the variety of hops (Iím thinking Cascades), but there is no mention of varieties used on the label. Eithe way, not especially enjoyable.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ipaordie (4) - USA - FEB 7, 2006 does not count
Not bad, but not one to remember or seek out. The label indicates a hoppy flavor, but I didnít taste much...at all. Opaque appearance with no particulates, slightly fruity taste, but needs a little more puch -- MORE HOPS would do the trick. Golden-to-orange in color. Nice packaging.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yomamaphat (19) - USA - JAN 20, 2006
And hoppy it is. Excellent deep red colour, with a tiny-bubble tight foam head. I think it is alot like Sierra Nevada Pale, but more hop bite. All around balanced with a nice amount of sweetness, hoppiness, bitterness, and smoothness.


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