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Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale (142 of 1001)

Rating: 3.35

After trying my first Odell beer a few months ago in London, their 90 Schilling, which I found fairly average and very overpriced I thought now was the time to try another. I ended up opting for this one in The Cave bottle shop in Glasgow’s West End last week over a couple of other nice beers and quickly regretted it upon getting home and finding the bottle fast approaching its use by date. This meant I wasn’t able to cellar it until nearer Christmas as I had intended but no harm done, I get to try it now. It’s one I am looking forward to as their beers have an excellent reputation so I’m sure it’ll will be a good one. First the first two year from launch in 1994, this beer was only available on draft before the new bottling line was installed in the brewery and is the result of some pale ale experiments that the brewery carried out using their old equipment when they opted to upgrade the brewery; it is also named in honour the five barrel facility it was brewed in.

Appearance (4/5): A bright, hazy orange to amber colour with a huge, foamy white head on the top that is about three fingers width tall and has nice retention. It is quite a lively looking beer that settles to about a centimetre tall after a few minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a hoppy aroma with very malty base and some fruity citrus and grapefruit notes coming through. There is some caramel to towards the end to level things out and a fair helping of sweet malts.
Taste (6/10): A malt and caramel base with some hops in there that aren’t as strong as with the nose. There is some grapefruit as well, also lighter, and a bit of bitterness. There is an earthy malt flavour and some citrus right at the end, nothing too strong though.
Palate (3/5): Smooth to begin with, there is a quite hop filled feel to the beer and a good citrus tang before things level out and you are hit with some sugar and a definite sweetness. The finish is a moderately bitter one.

Overall (13/20): A nice beer and one that was quite enjoyable despite not being as good as I had been hoping, particularly after the somewhat poor performance of fellow Odell beer, 90 Schilling. It is one that is probably worth a try if you can find it at a good price but it’s not one to go out of your way to find in my opinion. Less hops and more malt than I was expecting and a little flat towards the end but still an acceptable effort from the brewery.

Brewed In: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: Odell Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1994
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: The Cave (Glasgow)
Price: £3.49

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  1. April 30, 2013 at 20:23

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