Name: 5 Barrel Pale Ale
Origin: Odell Brewing Co., Colorado
Style: English Pale Ale
I drank this: on tap at Waldo Pizza, KCMO
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I’ll start off by saying that as an English Pale Ale, this shouldn’t be too strongly hoppy. The ur-EPA in my mind is Bass; St. Peters does a great one, and if you’d like to try a good Stateside version, Schlafly’s is excellent. EPAs tend to be well-balanced, with enough malts to give some sweetness and sturdiness to the hops.
The Odell misses the mark on this. It’s brightly hoppy – not all the way to American Pale Ale, much less India Pale Ale – but hoppier than I’d expect for an English Pale Ale. So I’ll throw out there that while I think the beer is pretty decent, I have troubles with the classification of it.
On to the actual beer. You can see the color of it – nice and bright amber with a touch of white head. The nose is all Cascades-y floral-citrus hops with a touch of almost honeyed sweetness behind it.
Flavor-wise, this is bright hops with a thick malty undercurrent. There are definitely malts here in a way a lot of APAs don’t bother with, so I can sort of see why they’re going with an EPA classification (though I will stick with my idea that I think this is over-hopped for an EPA). My notes sum up drinking this beer as the liquid equivalent of a biscuit with grapefruit/grass/rosemary/honey jam on top. I have weird taste buds, so I’ll throw out there that the combo sounds really good to me.
The aftertaste, however, is this weirdly bitter-sour mash of malts. BLEH. I drank this beer quickly, because drinking more of it seemed to be the best way to kill the aftertaste. I was out of pizza at that point, so I can’t say as to whether or not food would have helped.
The best thing I can say for this beer is that it might be a good starter pale ale for people who are just beginning to get into hops, so long as the aftertaste doesn’t bother them.