Style: English Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2 IBU: 36
Odell Brewing Company 5 Barrel Pale Ale
What the brewers say
“We treat 5 Barrel Pale Ale to an infusion of fresh whole hops flowers in the hops back and the fermentor, as well as four hops additions during the kettle boil. We like how this gives the beer a fresh, lively flavor and aroma.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big hops aroma with a mix of earthy/floral notes and an overlay of citrus. Perhaps it’s dry hopped with American variety? Very floral in the nose with some slight biscuit toast character in the back.”
Flavor: “Hop-tastic initial blast of flavor races ahead of the malt. Medium-high carbonation accentuates hops impact. Hops are floral and earthy, with some sweet citrus fruit notes as well. Bitterness is well balanced against a medium body of complex malt, with bread crust, biscuits and jam, and light caramel.”
Overall: “Tasty, juicy, hops-focused pale ale. Medium malt level allows for high hops bitterness without harshness. A well-executed and enjoyable beer where the hops and malt character come together and blend well. A tasty hybrid of American and English character.”
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