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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9012) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small diminishing ivory head. Aromas of carmel, bread and fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, bread, light earthiness and some light fruitiness with a crisp lingering moderatly bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (8548) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 1, 2013
355ml bottle (Viisi Pennia, Helsinki) - shared by mjs - thanks!
Bold orange, brief tight off-white head. Pleasant sweet caramelly fruity hops, and a bit zesty, in the aroma. A bit dull and watery in the palate, some gentle carbonation crispens it up. Simple sweet caramelly barley, simple gentle detail-less hops - just sweet and fruity. Quite nondescript apart from the buttered bread finish. OK bitter tingle too. A bit boring, to be honest. Should not be in the "English"-anything style, this is just middle of the road "American".

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2012
Deep gold pour, white head. Aroma is loaded with herbal/grassy/citrus hops. Flavor is very hop forward with a backbone of caramel malt.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (8526) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 12oz bottle acquired in trade with beerhandy (thanks!). Poured a medium and slightly cloudy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Fresh hop aromas dominate (flowers and oranges) with some toasted malts. Tastes of oranges, caramel, and flowers. Tastes all on the lighter side compared to the aroma. With the strong hop aroma, I was expecting more (but this is an English Pale Ale). This was quite drinkable though. Body on the thinner side.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8391) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Tasted on tap at the brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Light pale-orange appearance. Good English pale ale flavor- mild to medium hop flavor with a good malty body.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2008
This could be the palest, most boring, most unsatisfying pale ale I’ve had in years. Tastes and smells like... nothing. Stale paper at least has that musty and dry-flakey oxidized smell, this basically smells like a glass of water and a drop of apple juice. Medium to light body, decent frothiness given the thickness, but again it just tastes like air. What gives?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle. Amber with a fluffy off-white head. Aromas are toffee and pine with oranges, grapefruit and cream. Some light melon and kiwi with fruit flavoured tea. Flavours are sweet toffee malts with resinous green pine, woody and tea dry aspects and a grapefruit/pine bitterness. Lightly gritty on the palate with prickly pine on the finish. A good hoppy brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Nitro tap at the Brewery. Pours with a hazed golden body and a nitro milky head. Aromas are fruity, biscuity, grainy at first with some esters at the finish. Flavors are grainy, oatmeal, cereal, medium bitter with light hops and esters. Medium dry with a lasting bitterness. Nitro carbonation (soft).


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