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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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.

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3.2
vyvvy (6736) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Pours copper with a moderate sized off-white head. The aroma is quite clean and has caramel malt and earthy / spicy hops. Medium / light body with a small amount of soft carbonation. It would have helped to have more assertive carbonation. The taste starts with dusty caramel malt and a light sourness. The finish has some spice / woody hops that are nice, but then a watery feel tarnishes the good aspects. An okay pale ale.

3.2
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is clear amber with a thin tan head...smell is grainy with some pine...taste is slightly hoppy and grainy with a weak bitter finish...

3
Airlifter (134) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Dark, golden color. Thick head. Mild, hoppy aroma. Flavor is very strong hops with bit of malt to soften it. Strong metallic aftertaste. Good, but not a very complex flavor.

3.5
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottled. Poured amber, with a tan head. A floral, citrus nose and a malty flavor. Finish was nicely hoppy and the mouthfeel was clean and refreshing.

3.6
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle from Growlers Pub in Saint Louis MO.

Hazy amber with a copper tint. Nice whitish head. Lots of hops in the nose, sharp. Taste mostly hops with a hint of dark fruit and malt. Good.

3.4
joergen (29231) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2006
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival. Amber coloured with an white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, fruits and hops. Flavour of malts, fruits, hops and pine needles.

2.6
hopscotch (11246) - 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.

3.2
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2006
Has an orange-copper colour and pours with a generous white head that dissipates but leaves legs. Sweet aroma with some apricot; also a sweet hoppy taste with a touch of bitterness. Very enjoyable.

3.5
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Pours a mostly clear, orange-copper color with a small, ivory, frothy head that lasts somewhat. Nose is great! Orange citrus hops and carmel to the forefront, slight breadiness and earthy hops subdued. Flavor is not as attractive, but citrusy-piney hops promonate with carmel breadiness and apricot also present. Palate is medium-light in body, with lively carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry, somewhat abruptly. Decent beer with plenty of fresh hops and a nice malt backbone.

2.3
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Bottle, as I watched the Def Leppard story on VH1. Pours watery and thin with amber hints. No head or lace. Woody aroma with hops and a slight banana. Flavor is leaves, sour hops and a bit o’ honey. Watery palate. Maybe adding another barrel would improve it.


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