5 Barrel Pale AleMay 1, 2006 Ft. Collins, CO
Odell Brewing Co.
Ft. Collins, CO
Available: CO, KS, MO, NE, NM, SD, WY
Brewed in small, five-barrel batches—hence the name—this is an English-style pale ale.
Alcohol (vol.): 5.2
Original Gravity: 1053
This is a hoppy beer, no doubt, but don’t go looking for the sharp grapefruity notes typical of most American-brewed pale ales. Because, judging from the rich and resiny, spicy aroma of this deep-orange/copper ale, and the brown spice notes and earthy bitterness layered over top of caramel and apple malt in the body, I’d say that this is one Colorado pale ale firmly rooted in the U.K. And craftily so, as well, with more bitterness than you’d typically find across the pond, but a great malt backbone to support it. I’d serve this one on its own, or with a medium-spiced vindaloo.
- Stephen Beaumont
Sweet honey-like, floral hop character in the aroma. Brilliant copper hue. Wonderful invitation. Warning: Don’t mask the superb character of this ale by serving it too cold. Sadly served ice-cold on tap down the street, but I’ll pay money for a bottle, so I can dictate the serving temperature. A sense of malt and hop balance that shines through with extraordinary thirst-quenching deliciousness. Why stop at 5 barrels?
- Charlie Papazian
This beer pours from the handsome bottle with a bright honey-orange color, cut through with swirls of yeast. The aroma is a gorgeous hop riot, bright and fruity with some nice earthy notes and a suggestion of garden mint. The bitterness is clean and snappy, leading to a dry malty/fruity palate and mineral finish. Rather exuberant for Mr. Odell, and a quite beautiful beer—classic and confident. I’d drink this with almost anything, but right now I’m dreaming of Thai crab cakes.
- Garrett Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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