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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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2.8
samsmith33 (772) - - JAN 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Bottle poured into brandy sniffed. Cloudy orange color with a lot of hops in the taste.

3.2
valpoaj (755) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Reddish brown pour with off-white head. Hoppy aroma is very evident, and this lends into a nice hoppy flavor. Although far from a poor beer, this ale focused on one thing: hops. Nothing else to offset things, but reading the commercial description, this is pretty much what Odell set out to do. Good, but far from great...

3.5
gururyan (728) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Pours a cloudy orange, little to no head, strong aroma. Very smooth, very nice, I really like this. The bottle and label are also nice. This really is an amazingly smooth, yet quite hoppy Pale. Well done.

3.4
Beermack (725) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Poured deep-hued amber/orange with small off-white head that lasted well. Fairly sweet hop aroma with some citrus and pine. Taste of sweet, nearly caramel, malt balanced with the resinous, slightly citrusy hop flavours. Nice degree of bitterness to the finish. A flavoursome pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-gold with decent cream colored head and nice lacing for an EPA.

Aroma: Semi-sweet caramel, tea, spicy and citric hops.

Taste: Nicely balanced between malts and hops. The malts are loaded with caramel, tea and a mild earthiness, while the hops are fresh and spicy with twinge of citrus. Hoppier than a typical EPA, but it does not drown out the malts.

Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, nice drying finish. More crisp than a typical EPA but it suits the beer well.

Overall: One of the better English Pale Ales I have had, with a great balance, slightly ramped-up hops, and a nice feel overall.

3.2
bigbish (722) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
A good pale ale. Beautiful color, great aroma. The flavor is well balanced, but seems slightly one-dimensional to me. I like it.

3
JoshRaburn (721) - - NOV 14, 2014
Bottled import. Pours very hazy dark orange colour. Decent hop flavours and aroma, comes across much more hoppy than the 38 IBUs or whatever it says on the Odell website. Pleasant, pretty typical American Pale Ale (definitely not an English Pale Ale in any sense).

3.2
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear bright orange, thin head. Aroma is prominent, citrus at the forefront. Flavor is pale malts, a bit of roast. Has a slight alkaline/chalk thing going on. Slightly sweet with a big fresh citrus hop kick at the back end. Solid.

3.1
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Pours an amber almost orange color with a pretty decent head. Smells a big hoppy with a little bit of a floral undertone. The taste of the beer is a little underwhelming. It is a little bitter with a slight hoppy taste, but the flavor is pretty light. The beer goes down pretty easily with many small bubbles. This isn’t the best pale ale I’ve had, but it goes down easy and is relatively refreshing.

3.4
sethdude (708) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2007
A very solid, well done beer. Aroma is sweetly malty, a bit of nuttyness (yeast?), medium resiny notes of pine. Flavor is sweet, but certainly not too much so, balanced very, very well by the dry hops. Again with the nutty flavor, almosty like that yeast that NBB uses. I think the marketing department got thisone wrong. They should stop marketing this as a hop monster, and start singing the praises of balance and depth of flavor. Not at all what I was expecting, and that’s probably for the better.


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