Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale review

Odell 5 Barrel Pale AleHere's a blast from the past. This is a beer that I've had on many occasions, but as of yet I had not given it a formal review. I tend to overlook some of our local breweries flagship classics, yet I end up returning to them time and time again. In this example I now formally review Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale. This brew is named after their classic pilot system and continues today to be one of their best selling beers.

5 Barrel Pale Ale brings back memories of taking long lunch breaks from work in Fort Collins several years ago and heading over to the HuHot Mongolian Grill and pairing this brew with a hot and spicy dish. It's weighs in at a sessionable 5.2% and despite being hopped 4 times and dry hopped later it has just a moderate 36 IBUs. This is my fallback beer I choose at restaurants when I'm in the mood for a pale ale.

Revisiting old beers is something I'll be doing a lot more of this year, particularly the one's I've yet to post reviews on and fortunately for me I've got a lot to catch up on. 5 Barrel Pale Ale has had a long history of awards dating back to at least 2005 at the Great American Beer Festival where it took a Silver medal and then a Gold in 2006.

Appearance: Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale poured a dark copper color into my glass and built up a nice 2-finger off-white head. The beer itself appeared a bit hazy. When taking a closer look I found that I saw hundreds of bubbles suspended in place within the glass. Even swirling didn't seem to affect them.

Aroma: Compared to other Pale Ales, this brew had more of a floral scent in the hops along with some noticeable sweetness and breadiness. There was just a slight hint of lemon without being to dominant. It's nice to have found an ale that didn't smell like a pine forest or grapefruit for a change.

Taste: 5 Barrel Pale Ale had a distinct bitterness and resiny feel up front followed by a bready and lightly sweet malt. It felt smooth,a light to medium body and somewhat drying on the palate after it went down.

Overall: This is a beer I'll continue to revisit often. It went down very easy and seems to go with either spicy food or regular all-American food. It's not over the top and not overly hopped, yet you can tell there were plenty of hops in there. I hope Odell Brewing continues to make this beer for years to come. It had just enough of everything to be sessionable, yet distinguishable enough to say this isn't an ordinary craft beer.

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