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RATINGS: 534   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9405) - 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".

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9247) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9223) - 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 (9214) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9084) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle at home - Apr ’12. Hazy orange/amber pour with a smallish white head. Sweetish malts on the nose, a little toffee, muted hop aroma. Not as sweet in the taste as the aroma suggested, caramel malt, toffee, hops, a little herbal flavour. Medium bodied and carbonation with a clean finish. Drinkable but uninspiring.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - 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 (8750) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle thanks to Victor. Pours light caramel/gold. Tan head. Nose/taste of sweet and pale malts, fuggles and hops. Medium body. Clean and crisp finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8530) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle @ Joes Tasting shared with Joes and Dutchdrebus. Slightly hazy orange color, almost no head. Smell hints of sour, old hops (a bit faint) and lightly musty. Taste lightly hops, bitter, fruity. Nice carbo, low to medium body. Note: Best before February 9th 2011.


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