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St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 956
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 113
Gots: 137 | FT: 1
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Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 06-02-2009

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Reviews: 273 | Hads: 956
Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best by date of 9/10/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, earthy, and floral hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and grass. Big presence of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Big floral and herbal hop presence with earthy hints of grass and pine resin. Solid malt presence with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very solid hoppy aroma that is very IPA like.

Taste: Like it smells, a very earthy and juicy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus fruit and grass. Upfront presence of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, pineapple, and melon. Earthy and floral hops with notes of damp grass and pine resin. Good backing of malt with sweet notes of caramel, cracker, grains, and yeast. Very hop forward. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily and chewy. Finishes dry and smooth.

Overall: A really good take on a APA. Very good taste of citrus and earthy hops with a nice malt backing. One of the better hop forward versions of the style. (1,297 characters)

Photo of PerHops
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful light orange with a head that dissipates very quickly.

S- citrus and banana and a nuts

T- Really good, better than I thought it would be. Really close to an IPA, but less resinous. I got citrus, then banana bread, then a finish that was moderately bitter and showed some minerals.

M- Medium carbonation fits perfectly for this beer.

O- Very impressed. I could easily see this becoming one of my regulars in the fridge. (435 characters)

Photo of iSip
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell Lupulin Pale Ale: This seasonal from Odell has a rich golden body topped with a pillowy head and a great aroma to drawn in slowly. It is very smooth, almost a luxurious feel to it, with flavor that is full but well balanced. Nice malt tone throughout with great hop flavors coming and going, but no bitter or bite. The Lupulin is an extraordinary pale ale. Congrats to the folks at Odell. (394 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of these at Macadoodles (not sure of spelling) in northern arkansas.

My last one on a day of driving chilled down in a sink full of ice water. In a hotel water glass it has a nice golden color. Light amount of lace to it. Moderate hop aroma. Not overt. Lightly hints of cedar, looks lame but smells like it's got game.

Bready, hopped up a bit, but light. medium level bitterness that lasts for a few moments. Some malt to balance it. Lingering grapefruit peel & lemon flavor. Crisp refreshing stuff. One step from an IPA.

Good body to it. Not too light or heavy.

Pretty good purchase considering that their age makes the flavors deteriorate.
Very drinkable. But for how long is anyone's guess since they don't date bottles. (749 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The new Summer seasonal from Odell. Bring on the Summer!

Clear golden body and fluffy white head. Bright, sweet, fruity hop aroma. Toasty malt, bright, fruity hops. Turns grassy, mildly bitter and dry on the finish. Sharp bitterness, the hops create a long, lasting finish.

Flavorful, hoppy, but low on bitterness given the depth of hop flavor. Great APA, fun new seasonal, a perfect example of the benefit of dry-hopping. Finding a beer this good in a 6pk doesn't happen often. Grab it while you can!

What a fantastic year for Colorado beer. Keep 'em coming boys. (568 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this wonderful brew on tap. Poured into a pint glass; it's a lovely, clear golden color with dense white foam that leaves lacing down the glass.
The aroma is citrus, pineapple and mango and a hint of candied fruit and sweet biscuit.
The taste SO delivers. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus with a hint of pine bitterness at the end.
The mouthfeel is awesome! Smooth and creamy. The alcohol is totally hidden.
Overall, a delicious and very refreshing pale ale. Among my favorites in this style. (501 characters)

Photo of brewdub17
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light traces of copper are found in a gold base but looks a little bland. Beautiful lacing covers a half-empty glass

Smell: Amazing fresh citrus and complex floral aromas of the hops jet out of the head.

Taste: Near perfect combination of light grain and flavorful crisp hops give the beer a steady mellow "punch" of flavor.

Mouthfeel: The abundant flavors cover your entire mouth with great tastes

Drinkability: Though it is too high of ABV to consider it a "session beer", it does not reveal any flavors of alcohol and gives it great drinkability. (565 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, well this is my favorite in the style (I think). Great copper pour unleashes a bouquet of dry hopped nose busters. Wow.

Taste was even better! So light and refreshing, with an almost dipa like hop blast, yet isn't sticky and resin like. Very clean. The usual citrus and pine, even the typical summer lemon taste to a lesser degree. Thank you for finally making a summer seasonal with hops, I don't know why its always lemon, lemon, lemon but w/o hops. I mean, this seems in retrospect like a no brainer: lemon + hops! Brilliant!

Throughout, went down smooth, didn't fade, just wowed me consistently, and I have never been the biggest O'Dell's fan. Porter, sure, Extra Red, decent. IPA? Not a fan. But this? This is golden, this is the archtype, the model, the gold medal. (782 characters)

Photo of johnyeast
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A familiar sweet smell of Odell's hop profile. A bit of maltiness in there. Amber in color with a slight white head. The bitterness of the hops is combined with the sweetness of the hops and malt and creates a good balance. Not the bite of their IPA which I love and which makes this a bit more drinkable. Once again Odell's has produced an incredibly balanced and quality beer. I am lucky that I live in FTC. (409 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think what makes this beer so nice is the full hop aroma and flavors, but the more balanced, maybe even subdued bitterness. The blending is done so nicely. Even hop oil quality without excess.
Classic APA appearance with gold/amber, mostly clear body covered by an initially rich head that laces and then settles out.
Enough hops to leave an oily quality on the teeth, but smooth and tasty bittering.
Solid moderate feeling with an enjoyable creamy quality.
All around more than solid APA. A very nice drinker and perfect summer quaffer. (540 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale reddish orange color. Quite clear and sort of pale coloring. Tremendous soapy head floats happily atop the liquid. I can already see the wonderful lacing the loose, resiny head will leave behind.

S- Piney hops, flowering trees, nutty caramel malts, a strong ganja nose. Woodiness, deeper scents of apricots or other such fruits and edged smells of corn syrup. Quite good and with more complexities than I expected. I feel like I say that about every Odell brew, something unexpected. Hops forward pale ale with strong malt backbone.

T- Mmm, great balance at work here. I can almost physically feel the flavors shifting on my palette. Strong hops crescendos early in, than quickly turns a 180 to softly sweet malt with nether truly dropping off the radar. Oily, slight burning hops bittered finish. Lots of subtlety built in and planned out. Wonderful use of dry-hopping for deeper hops characteristics. This is just such a good beer.

M-Perfect amount or carbonation in this, perfect medium sized body, great pulls from the glass, even the foamy head caresses your mouth upon deep pulls. A truly great feel to this.

D- Almost flawlessly drinkable. Perfect balance without sacrificing the natural complexities of each ingredient, and some of the best dry hopping characteristics I've found in a beer for a while. Pretty sessionable for it's size, but I can see this pairing great with spicy fish seafood.

Damn good beer, another hit from Odell's! (1,457 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy darkish-gold with one finger white head that leaves some lacing and film with a few bubbles
Smell: Fresh citrus and pine
Taste: Malty sweet with rich, fresh citrusy hops, finishing with moderate bitterness. Yum.
Feel: Medium body, nice (typical) carbonation

Overall: Delicious and well balanced, as is expected from Odell. Great hops character without too much bitterness thanks to the dry hopping. The only caveat is that for a summer seasonal it is a bit heavier than you might expect. (503 characters)

Photo of CrossFitAlex
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN.

The bear had a reddish, orange, almost rust like color with nice head and carbonation.

Tasting notes: Smells piney, slight citrus, lots of grapefruit and marijuana. Foamy with a wet - hoppy feel. Pine and citrus. Mouthfeel was "chewy." Very citrusy. Hidden but noticeable alcohol bite. (334 characters)

Photo of tito42
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a Blvd. Smokestack tulip. Best by 09/16/2011.

A: Hazy and golden with a somewhat thin white head that sticks around nonetheless and leaves nice lacing.

S: Earthy, peaty hops, grapefruit, and hibiscus.

T: Very earthy tones, a strong presence of peat. Slight floral and grapefruit notes with a distinctive, peppery hops finish. A bit of an earthy aftertaste. Complex.

M: Perfect. Creamy without being chunky or overly sweet. A nice hops bite without drying out the palate too much.

O: Excellent pale ale. Not for the feint of heart, a bit hoppier than most, and certainly more earthy than any other I've had. But well crafted, complex, and has a sensational mouthfeel. (694 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a mason jar.

A - Pours a very nice light copper color with some nice light orange hues. There is a nice thin white head that recedes to a thin film.

S - Delicious citric hop character up front with some nice biscuit malt up front. Very nice hop profile with some mild pine resin as well.

T - Very grassy and earthy hop character. Nice fresh citric and hopy character up front. Cannabis and some nice biscuit malt are also present. There is a nice similarity to the Odell IPA. Except with a bit less hop citrus flavor.

M & D - Nice crisp and light bodied refreshing beer with very nice hop and malt profile. This would be a good intro to craft beer newbies juts like SNPA is used for this many times. (717 characters)

Photo of smulkowski
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 9/16/11, poured into shaker pint.

Nice very pale copper/honey color. Nice head dissipated somewhat quickly, relatively nice lacing for the strength of this beer.

Nose is of light pleasant floral hops, some citrus tending towards sweeter orange aroma.

Relatively light mouthfeel, nice citrus and herbal/floral aftertaste. The dry hop characteristic of this seems much more significant than the bittering hop characteristic. A bit of a honey aftertaste as well.

This is a nice beer, although probably not sessionable (6.5%), it drinks kind of like a session beer. This could be dangerous on a hot day. (626 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with a finger of gold head. Nice citrus hop aroma with a hint of ginger?! Starts out with some piney, green hop flavor. Seems very fresh and alive. Light bodied. Not overly bitter, but there is a lot of hop flavor that really lingers. Good example of why I like seasonal beers. The freshness of this beer is evident which is good for this style. (402 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery gold color with a respectable off-white head that sticks around fairly well and produces some really nice lace.

The aroma is mainly grapefruit and pine resin with hints of bready malt.

The taste also starts with a nice kick of piney citrus hops followed by a mild bready malt with hints of caramel and honey. The finish is lingering pine resin, crisp and refreshing for the hopheads out there.

Light/medium bodied, very easy to drink. The label calls it "extra pale ale", evidently the extra is alcohol and hops, which to me nudges this up to an India pale ale, put still a nice all purpose brew. (616 characters)

Photo of glakeswanderers
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was my go-to beer this summer.

a: pours with little head, but nice lacing. a bright almost unnatural orange color. looks beautiful like a rock jewel.

s: bitter green apples and orange, spicy too, dank/piney, fruity/floral.

t: like a nectar, smooth and sweet with a sharp hop bitterness. apples, pepper, orange, hops.

I am grateful to have been able to drink this beer while in colorado this summer. it was great while reading ancient chinese poetry after fishing trips. I just finished my last bottle that I had brought back to chicago. It is a very solid, tasty, fresh, refreshing, hoppy APA. One of my favorites of the style. (638 characters)

Photo of cjohns73
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured clear gold with a nice thick head on top. Aroma is very powerful fruit and some bitterness on it. Taste is a tropical, hop forward IPA. Minimal malt backbone -- fits kind of the ZD mold of APAs. Overall really good beer. (227 characters)

Photo of prcrawford
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light golden color with a big white head that does not quickly dissipate.

S: Citrus hops American hops dominate hints of malts but this beer is all about the hops.

T: Big citrus hop flavors that finish into a medium bitterness. Very low malts with almost no sweetness. Finishes very dry but not too bitter. The balance is heavy towards the hops but does not have an unpleasant bitterness...excellent.

M: Well carbonated, refreshing and light body with some slight lingering bitterness. No alcohol or astringency.

D: This might be my perfect summer beer. Loads of hops in a refreshing dry finish. This beer is a session beer for those who love big hop aromas and flavors. (686 characters)

Photo of coryking
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great little session ale! Light body, big hop character. This is another solid beer from O'Dell.

Light, pale, golden color. Nice aroma from the hops and even the malt. First sip is nicely balanced and then the bitterness from the hops comes through. Just enough bitterness to make this unique, but not so much to make the profile lopsided. Light body and mouthfeel. I prefer a slightly heavier mouthfeel, but its clearly labeled as an extra pale ale, so what can I expect! Finishes nice and pretty dry, I could drink this all day long! Very enjoyable... (555 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from fishpondmanager. Thanks!

Appearance: Hazy pale amber body capped by a finger of froth. The body clears up a bit as it warms, suggesting chill haze.

Smell: Really nice hop bouquet, very floral and citrusy. Centennial is evident, lending some fantastic floral notes. There's a touch of mango, and a slight yeastiness that works well with the hop profile.

Palate: Low in bitterness, high in juicy, fruity, floral hop flavor. Something of a centennial showcase, this is great stuff. Mango and pineapple make a brief appearance, followed by an herbal, slightly chalky cascade note. The mouthfeel is remarkably soft and silky, really the high point of the beer. The malt backbone is doughy, subtle, lightly sweet - present enough to give the great hop flavors a foundation. There isn't much bitterness to the finish - just enough to prevent the beer from having a hollow aftertaste.

Overall: This destroyed my expectations. A great pale ale with an outstanding mouthfeel. (988 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second encounter with this beer.

Rapidly evolving nose on opening the bottle including white pepper and a husky pine. In the glass there is in an amazingly beautiful appetizing balance of strong hop, huskiness and a honey like sweetness. A one and a half inch thick head tops this beer's light orange colour.
In the mouth the carbonation never dominates but orbits around the beer periodicaly. There is agaian a huskiness and a strawlike dry bitterness from beginning to end amongst much other development. This beer lightly coats the inside of your mouth but periodically it is soft too with just a gentle touch of malt here and there.
Like their IPA, not huge, not chest beating but firm and strong with so much character and development. Another total winner from Odell. (777 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks: perfectly pellucid goldenrod, with a craggy off-white head that collapses rather quickly and leaves sticky trails of lace interspersed with some full sheeting.

Smells: like an orchard. Nice, resinous hop aroma. Honey, grapefruit, california oranges, rose petals. Nice and sweet, but with a balanced spiciness.

Tastes: like the nose incarnate. Brewer Doug Odell once told me that he's a fan of blending hops to invoke more complexity out of a beer, and this tendency is apparent here. A great mix of hops that invoke notes of sweet citrus and floral seasoning. The bitterness is dialed in perfectly -- noticeable but not oppressive.

Feels: like a summer breeze. Medium-high carbonation caresses the tongue while an unexpectedly silky liquid shifts and swirls about the mouth.

Drinks: Like a day spent watching the clouds. Like those puffy wanderers, St. Lupulin becomes complex upon deeper contemplation. With flavors evoking images of flowers and sunshine, it's a fantastic beer for summer and another great one from Odell. (1,038 characters)

St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.