St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 934
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 111
Gots: 127 | 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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Photo of trappistlover
2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours clear golden color with off-white head. Light carbonation. Aroma has grapefruit, lemon, resin and some dank aromas. Taste has some bitterness, but is mostly malty like Fat Tire. Medium bodied with chunky texture. Bitter finish. Not a fan of this att all. Not sure why this beer is so highly rated on this site; its like a hoppy version of fat tire. (398 characters)

Photo of haz77
3.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a rich gold with a thin head, which rapidly falls to a ring and island. Small bubbles of evenly spread carbonation float to the surface. Reasonable start.

S - Resinous/herbal hops, peach, pineapple, light breadiness, slightly floral.

T - Refined herbal hops initially. Drink becomes watery and tasteless in the middle before light fruitiness appears. Finishes with an bubblegum edge. Aftertaste is lightly hoppy with a bit of caramel.

M - Far too watery. The light carbonation is nice, but the beer need more body.

D - I would struggle to give this anything other than an average score. There is nothing particularly dislikeable about the beer, but by the same token, nothing to get excited about. (711 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: clear gold color, no carbonation, little head ever appears, nice thick lace ring
s: soft piney hop aroma with light citrus
t: hoppy, citrus tastes are overcome with salty beef taste, kind of odd mix; finishes crisply with light hop bitterness
m: light to medium body finishes with mild carbonated spritz
d: fairly easy to drink, but the flavors didn't come together well enough for me (387 characters)

Photo of WhatANicePub
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much aroma on opening the bottle. Lovely orange-marmaladey hops on the palate, with zest and pith. Lots of sticky malt and a rather thick mouthfeel make it slightly syrupy. Hops counteract the sweetness giving a decently balanced beer.

The finish is bitter enough to be pleasant, but not as bitter as the aroma hops lead one to expect.

It's a decent, enjoyable beer, but given the price of it here as an import, I doubt I'll buy it again. (446 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Cicero's in The Loop (St. Louis), MO for $4.75. Tapped from the Odell Tap Handle into a Clear, Non-Labeled 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a strong citrus hop character from the beginning and low amounts of malt in between. A bit bready when it comes down to it and somehow this sneaks through the citrus aroma.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a dark golden body that is clear and leaves rings of lace behind.

Flavor- Very malty and just has a touch of hops here... Not enough pop to the mouth while an APA should usually. Has a light bitterness at the finish but mostly a very clean taste.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and has a sweeter finish.

Overall Impression- Very refreshing but not enough hop or flavor for me. This style is usually VERY hoppy and this brew would be perfect if it had more of this. Love Odell Brewing but fell short on this one for me... (947 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells strongly of grapefruit and mint. Slight willow tree scent.

Starts out savory with a caramel after taste. Mildly sweet with some woodiness and a mild hop flavor. Caramel and citrus flavor with a little cedar plank.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a decent APA. (330 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Sara and Craus for this one. Bottle code: 9/3/13D. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow, with just a bit of an orange tint, with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that had very low retention and very light lacing.

The aroma had some light malts upfront and underneath, then mostly citrus hops, with a bit of pine in the background. On the tongue, The was pretty much the same, a nice base malt, with citrus and pine hops making for a nicely balanced brew.

The medium body was good, very smooth and with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly and easily, and you could slide several down with no trouble. Overall, a pretty nice beer. Not really outstanding or memorable, but certainly enjoyable and worth a shot if you see it. (794 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 pack of bottles for $7.99

Poured from the brown bottle into a pub glass. About an inch of foamy white head forms up, receding slowly and leaving a thin cap with sticky full coverage lace.
The beer itself appears fairly light, golden transparent yellow, resembling a pils or somthing other then an apa. Lets just say the color is not doing anything for the beer.

Aroma is terrific. Plenty of fresh hops with an intense dank weed aroma. Bittering pineapple, grapefruit and leafy floral hops. A touch of green tea. Just a bit of buttered rolls too with a hint at sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick with a full bodied feel and mild carbonation, making this ultra smooth.

Hops in flavor are not the same as what aroma put off.
Creating a balancing act on the pallet. a mild sweetness to start the becomed muted fruity hops that turn to a more wet cardboard flavor of hops. Malt shines through with a buttery bready yeast flavor. Hops are much more herbal in taste. A mild green tea flavor with herbal leaf.

A decent brew, but I'm not a fan of the color and flavor seemed to lack a bit. What was great in aroma was not as noticeable in taste. Still a good beer, but I had higher hopes. (1,193 characters)

Photo of mastodonj
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer...not sure what to call it
Poured into a tulip

Medium amber color with small amount of lacing

No dominant aroma, a little piney and fresh hops

A nice sharp clean bitterness and maybe a biscuit-y bit.

Overall pleasant, clean mouthfeel and little aftertaste make it very drinkable. (304 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at an Albertsons in Pocatello on 9.4.12
Dated 10/18/12A

A - Pours a light, slightly hazy orange with a large near-white head that lasts forever and leaves tons of lacing.

S - Very subtle all-around. Subtle malts and a tiny bit of hops.

T - Very similar to the nose. Subtle pale malts and a hint of hops.

D - Tons of carbonation and a lighter body.

O - A very pale ale with a hint of hops. (414 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Josh!

Hazed golden in color with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves lines of lacing down the glass.

Some citrus, bread, and earth in the aroma. Simple enough, and nice.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a fairly high level of bitterness for the style, bread, earth, and citrus combining for a nice enough pale.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Above average. (442 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12. Oz bottle into nonic pint glass
BBD 10/2/13
A - light amber color with small head

S - citrusy, resiny hop aroma balanced by a bready malt smell. Fairly nice and balanced

T - lots of flavoring hops in the taste but, again, not overpowering. A little spicy hop flavor as well. A little saltine like flavor with the malt side and some caramel malts slide down the back end.

M - medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

O - not a bad beer at all but nothing worthwhile as well. A good sipper for a couple (521 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A finger of white foam quickly fizzles to a thin ring and some wisps, leaving no lace. Hazy golden peach body.

S - Pine, light dankness, some sugar, lightly toasted grains. It's definitely a malt-forward APA alright.

T - Taste is sugary malts and toasted grain. Somewhat bland, wit minimal hop flavor, and only light bitterness in the finish. No idea of the freshness on this.

M - Smooth medium body, with a bit of gritty medium-low carbonation. Light hop resins linger.

D - A pretty inoffensive pale ale from O'Dell. I'd have it again in a pinch, but it's nothing terribly exciting. (658 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow-gold, ok head.

Smell: Piney, herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Balanced pale ale flavor, some mild sweetness mixed with piney and citrus bitterness.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, could have a couple in a sitting.

Odell's summer seasonal is a balanced pale ale. Some pretty good hop flavor, not too bitter or too sweet. Reminds me of their IPA. Not too bad. (369 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was kinda soapy with really faint hops and had more of a hop character. There was also slight wheat and citrus notes. Up front malts dominate the taste very little hop bitterness and very little citurs wheat flavors. The beer was light to medium body with moderate carbonation that had slight hop bitterness but was crisp on the finish. I think the brew was a little old cause it was more maltier than it was hoppy but then again it was only a pale ale. It atill drank quite welll and was expecting more of a hop bite. (645 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lake Bryant Bowl.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and nice lacing. The beer smells fairly attractive as well, with some dry citrus, cereal grains, and light malt. Given the name of this beer, I was expecting a fairly hoppy pale ale. It really wasn't. I found SL to be a lightly hopped, easy going, easy to appreciate pale ale. It's very much on the dry side, and finishes with a light wash of hoppy bitterness. The beer is nicely balanced with everything nicely preportioned, but I found myself wishing for just a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile (frankly, I would have thought this beer to be in the 5% abv. range).

The bartender mentioned that this was a very popular beer, and I guess I can see that. It's got enough flavor to appeal to most beer geeks, but is not so intensely flavored that it will shock any macro drinker in the mood for something with a bit more flavor. However, for me, I'd take a SNPA over this beer every time. (1,056 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a golden yellow hue with a light colored head. Notes of citrus hops and fruit. More fruit in the nose than expected. Bitter hop taste but smooth overall. Clean and crisp. Not bad but not really a stand out either.
Great to see Odell now being sold in MN. (269 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a semi-clear orange-yellow color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Distinct rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and citrus zest with a noticeable soapy aroma. Taste is of malt and citrus zest and floral hops again with a slightly soapy flavor like the smell. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I wouldn't get it again. I am glad I got to try this one though as Odell isn't distributed to CA. (579 characters)

Photo of iota
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received one bottle as a gift from a very very cool aunt of mine.
Poured into a squat pilsner glass. Small head, scant lingerings on the glass (my friends like to call this the "thigh" of the beer).

S - Not much to report here; malt and light hops. It's a pale ale.

T - Gentle malt middle (hints of herbs, tangerine) reeled in by a lingering bitter-hop backend

M - restrained, malty body trades blows with jagged carbonation for a stimulating trip

Tasted a week after I'd undergone sinus surgery, so my sense of smell was a little wonky. I'd been through a string of aggressively hoppy beers (Lagunitas lucky 13, Two Bro. Hop Juice, Hop Ottin') and this was a nice break. Hoppy, but not too hoppy. Cheers! (713 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$9.80 a six pack.

It pours a clear perfect gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. There's some sticky lacing.

The smell is pretty damned hoppy for an APA...lots of grapefruit that reminds me of an IPA. I cannot detect any malty tones at all.

The taste is hoppy....grapefruit with some pine, a touch of grass and again, no malty notes that I can taste. I have to say the on tap sample I had did have a decent malt presence, this bottled version does not. I'm somewhat disappointed but I'd guess the hopheads of BA woud not be.

Meium mouthfeel and carbonation, it finishes...you guessed it, bitter.

Drinkability? Just another hoppy bitter APA that I don't think I'll visit that often. I ask the singular most important question comparing this to the draft version...where's the Malt? (789 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, yellow-amber color, with a nice looking head that had some staying power. Aroma was extremely pilsner-like, I thought, and while I like a good pilsner here and there, I didn't buy a pilsner, and was therefore a little thrown by the zingy grass and breadiness. I should mention I don't drink a lot of pale ales, though I do like SN's (of course, who doesn't?). I guess I was expecting more hoppiness given the story about St. Lupulin tending to his hops and the hop field design on the label, and there is some, but it's not really up front. In fact, this beer is just so balanced, just so medium across the board (medium body, medium hops, medium malt) that it was hard for me to identify this beer's particular character. I mean, where's the hook? What's the angle here? Very drinkable, and you could probably drink these all day long and not get tired of them, though the 6+% abv kind of excludes it from a sessionable as well. Good, but just confused as to where they were going with this. (1,014 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The arrival of May means the re-release of St. Lupulin, bottle dated best by 8.16.11. Pours a bit hazy but a pleasant gold/honey color with an off white 2 finger head that has average retention and leaves a couple rings of sticky lacing.

Smell is less floral and a bit more earthy than expected with resinous pine with a herbal quality making up a good portion of the hop character. Flashes of sweet citrus, orange and celmentines and sugary tropical fruit complement the lighty toasted bread quality of the malts.

Toasted bread with a touch of honey which evolves into a sweet bread impression that drags on through the drink. Hops start to surface, with pine resin and touches of grapefruit and lemon zest, bitterness substantial but comes in slick and oily. Slightly tart, more balanced than crisp.

Medium body, a little heavy for a summer beer and more carbonation would've done this some good. Slick aftertaste dries a little soapy.

I was really expecting a bright sunny hop profile just short of Odell IPA, a bit taken a back. This comes off a more balanced and earthy dry hopped English pale ale with the balance of malt and hops slightly shifted towards the hops. Resinous hop oil feel was as good as advertised. (1,225 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rec'd as an extra in a trade with Russpowell thanks!

Appearance: More on the golden side of the golden orange tip of the spectrum. Fairly transparent body with a nice 2 finger white billowy crown that shows lots of retention and lacing.

Smell: A punget bouquet of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and herbal (wet grass) hops comes together.

Taste: Totally flat and boring....massive disappointment after loving the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Drinkability: Too sad to have anymore.

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Photo of Premo88
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: pale gold ... yellow ... not much of a head, white, does stick

S: citrus, a bit bitter (grapefruit-like) with some skunk -- the bottle isn't clear, but there's clearly some skunk in this

T: citrusy, a bit sweet ... not quite a candied orange but in that direction; a ton of grain for an American IPA ... still bitter with some grapefruit. it leans all on the citrus side.

F: solid, not remarkable, plenty of carbonation despite a pretty flat pour

O: a good beer but not one of a kind -- it's got good citrus notes, and the bitter bite is there but very manageable. tastes good, and I'd have no problem drinking this all the time, but I can name 20 other American IPAs just as good or better (730 characters)

Photo of rye726
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dried wheat color with a nice beige head. Nose has bready malts, floral hops and citrus. Taste has crisp malts well balanced by fruity hops. Medium body has a light carbonation. Very refreshing body with a nice bitter finish. Good session beer from Odell. (263 characters)

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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.