RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19634) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 2010-04-10, tasting at Paps, 6-4-6-4-13=33
Hazy amber color; creamy head. Nice but mild aroma, caramel and fruity hops, a bit earthy. Simple but reasonable caramel flavor, with residual sweetness, sweet nuts, correct bitterness.

2007-09-20, bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007, 6-3-6-3-11=29
Hazy light amber color. Some malt and hop aroma, maybe a bit fruity, and some grass. Simple flavor, with light caramel, dry, some sugar, very light apple peel, quite strong (or correct) bitterness. Too simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1970) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Had this beer on 6/28/2005. Aroma is malty with a faint sour hop scent. Color is a deep gold with very good carbonation and a nice tight head. Taste is smooth, hoppy and clean. Starting with a nice medium body it goes down with a smooth and yet slightly crisp feel. Finish comes on with a gentle sweet malt flavor that is backed by an even bitterness. on the end there is a nice hop taste and it leaves you with a smooth feel. At first It didnt strike me as anything great but its just so smooth and well balanced that I find myself liking it more as I drink it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle: Dirty Orange in color, slight haze, moderate fizzy off-white head, falls quickly, sparce lacing.   Nose isnt all that pleasing.   Mainly sulfer like notes, band-aided malts, cardboarded hops.   When I think Pale I think IPA Light.   This doesnt appear to be so.   Very minor citrus like bitterness on the tongue.   Hop presense is minor, if at all present.   Has a funk to it, slightly sulfuric.   Quite mealy on the tongue.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate (average).   Lackluster finish.   Just doesnt seem like that much of a Pale Ale to me.   Blech... not crisp enough for my tastes.   Pales should be clean and fairly crisp, to which this is neither.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CasperQuaffer (142) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Aroma simple hop and malt. Taste is strong on hops, some malt (caramel) and earthy notes. It is full bodied an pleasing on the tongue, but not distinctive beyond the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6773) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2007
Sampled at SBWF, 2007. Golden, slightly hazy. Sweet and fruity aroma. Fine hoppiness with grassy sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Bottle from BlackForestCO. Clear orange color with the aroma of light hops and that same weird funky peat, mildew aroma. Tne taste was lightly malty with a nice hop profile. Some citrus fruitiness in the finish. Not a bad brew. Thanks, Jake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4137) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
12 oz bottle from Cheyenne, WY; nose of light piney and citrus hops, caramel malt, and sweetness; amber with a medium beige head; flavor has flavor has pepperiness, light fruitiness (maybe nectarines), and a tiny bit of hop bitterness for a finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Had on tap at the Wazee Supper Club in Denver. Hops basically dominated this beer. It was a dark orange pour with smell and flavor of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Citrus piney aromas, malty sweet, and some caramell in the aroma. Spicy, malty, good hop flavors, some citrus. Good solid pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2007
This beer pours a brilliant copper color with a fair amount of white head which quickly fades to a fine scum. Aroma is of some hops, some candy sugar, and more malt than I expected. Flavor is very malty and sour up front (like a not very heavily hopped barley-wine, but lighter) with some hops becoming present afterwards. Mouthfeel is thin. Im not a fan of this.

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