RATINGS: 589   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3524) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 Draft,light and with minimal hopping. I cannot believe this is a microbrew as it is barely above an industrial. I will drink it again only to prevent extreme dehydration or if the alternative is a Bud. I have since tasted this again and while I still think it is light I have raised my overall impression somewhat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 3, 2007
pours slightly hazy orange with thin head. aroma skunky pine and citrus hop with some cocoa. taste is dominately citrusy/piney with biscuity malt and tiny hints bittersweet chocolate. finishes moderately bitter. pretty good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
donovan1983 (63) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2007
Pours a somewhat cloudy amber, with a small head that fades relatively quick. Citrusy hops dominate the aroma. The flavour is also very citrusy and on the bitter side, with some malt. Not very smooth, it has an interesting mouthfeel that is somewhat "sharp" and definitely caused me to take notice. Malt flavour is more noticable in the finish and aftertaste, although both are dominated by bitterness and a grapefruit-like flavour. Overall pleasant to drink and I enjoyed the flavour. Great for drinking on a warm afternoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
NewState (2) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2007 does not count
Bottle. Thin and unassuming. Smells good, but bitterness lingers. Hops are trying to break free, but fade quickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle. Poured a murky golden orange hint color. Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste is kinda chalky. With a semi nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Tap. Pours a hazy blond-amber color, with a medium sized pillowy off white head. Aroma is floral hops, malt. Flavor is basically the same, some bittering hops, caramel malt. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, mildly bitter finish. Decent effort here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Boutip (6087) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a medium amber with some light cloudiness and a medium slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dry and bitter hops is dominating. Taste consists of aggressive metallic hops with strong dry bitter finish. Body is slightly above average with some medium carbonation. I dont know if the bottle was oxidized or if the type of hops use provide the metallic taste but I cant say that this was a much appreciated experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iskirwan1 (66) - monument, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2007
pours a nice amber with foamy off white head,some what large.aroma of sweet malts with strong hop note in the background.taste is some what prickly not as hoppy as I expected mind you I am some what of a hophead diffenet malt backbone,but some what sweet for a e.p.a.medium lacing.finish is somewhat off malt flavors.overall pretty good but seemed like more of a E.S.B than a e.p.a mind you E.S.B is basically a extra hopped e.p.a.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Looks and smells great. This is a really well done pale ale, esp. for an English one. Seems almost like an APA, sierra or something. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Pours with a frothy, slightly creamy consistency, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a lightly hazy, red tinted, full amber color. The aroma is nice and hoppy up front, about what one would expect for a hoppy pale ale. The hops are clearly American with citrus notes of grapefruit, sweet orange peel and even a touch of apricot. There are some chewy malt aromatics towards the end that remind me of caramelized crystal malts and some dry, toasty, biscuit malt character.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, more so from the citrus-like hop notes than from an overabundance of unfermented malt though. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine define the citrus components but there is a touch of herbaceous pine as well as a hint of menthol in the finish. This has a nice medium bitterness to it that causes my tongue to buzz a bit after the beer has left my mouth. The malt plays a supporting role here, but there are some noticeable toffee notes as well as a generally caramelized malt character & even some biscuit like toasted malt notes peek out from time to time.

This beer is quite light and easy drinking. I could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these during a session. Of course it is light and interesting enough to be used as that beer that one starts out the night with, before moving on to more powerful beers.

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