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St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 971
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 115
Gots: 152 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 277 | Hads: 971
Photo of PSU79
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great brew look forward to it every late spring . It seems more consistent than the Odell's isolation ale which I also enjoy

I also like the Odell's iPa. These are my go to beers of choice at my neighborhood pub

I also prefer these brews in a very frosted mug pint size which at happy hours is 3.50 per pint

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Photo of kemoarps
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly standard crisp honey colour. Minimal head.

This beer smells really enticing. It's a crisp fresh aroma with resinous and sharp at once. Some fruity hop notes as well, with a bready malt backdrop. Possibly even that touch of pine on the finish.

The taste takes its cues appropriately from the nose. We are greeted initially by a dry piney hop that dances through genres experimenting with fruity citrus notes and a bit of a peppery kick before settling into a juicy/pithy combo at the finish. The malt is less pronounced on the tongue than it is in the nose and takes on more of a biscuit characteristic.

I was looking for a go to pale ale after moving away from the coast and had exceptionally high expectations that this would be it. After my first foray with it this summer, I thought it might fill the role, but it would be a couple of months before I saw it at the shop again. With that six pack I was initially underwhelmed (disappointed is actually a more appropriate term for how I felt), and thought it was back to the drawing board, but about halfway through the magic was recovered. I don't know why it seemed so drastically different to me from the first to the second half of that six pack, but I'm now firmly back in the camp of loving it (thought honestly not as much as I had hoped). This is an excellent pale ale from a brewery I am only now learning to appreciate. Sad it took me this long to discover them, but glad I'm getting to now!!

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean light orangey-yellow pour with 2 fingers of bright white head, great retention, and excellent lacing. smells of mild fruity and herbal hops, bready malt profile. not getting much there in flavor honestly, a crisp yet sweet malt profile, with light floral/fruity hops, slight citrus hints. medium body, high carbonation, damn well easy to drink pale ale.

it's hard to pick up on certain flavors, but it is a very well balanced pale ale. the hops used are more leaning towards floral/fruity, which work very well with the grains used for the malt. if you're into sweeter pale ales, this is for you. i usually prefer mine with a more hop forward profile, but this is pretty damn good.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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

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Photo of WGO
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber colour, with an off white head. Very small bubbles clinging to the glass throughout.
Citrus hop aroma as expected but not too powerful.
Very nice taste, quite alot of malt. Seems true to what I have read about the style.
Some hops showing through but not to over powering, hints of satsuma, grapefruit and pineapple.
Overall very drinkable but still holds my interest.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (dated October 17, 2013) into a nonic.

A-An aggressive pour produces very little head; just a thin cap that drops immediately to a patchy collar. The brew is slightly hazy and golden in color with a few stray bubbles of carbonation. There is a bit of lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

S-The smell is mild with bready, fruity malts contrasting against sharp, peppery hops. The impression is a bit chalky and mostly dry.

T-The taste is pretty sharp with peppery, spicy hops being quite prominent. The malts open with a dry, almost cracker-like quality, but transition to more fruit and caramel as the brew makes its way across my palate. The finish is mildly bitter with citrus notes.

M-The feel is sharp with a fine, crisp carbonation and a medium body. The feel is the high point of this beer.

O-Tonight is the first time I have had St. Lupulin from the bottle (I have had on tap multiple times prior to this and enjoyed it more) and I have to admit that I was not terribly impressed. The smell was balanced, but just "OK", and the taste, while packing a nice hop note, was a bit of the same...middle of the road. The feel, however, is great.

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Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On cask @ iTap soulard for firkinfest...with oranges
The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a razor thin halo of white head that doesn't lace. The nose is predominantly sweet hoppy citrus. The taste is oj concentrate forward with a potent zestiness and sweetness. Thick, syrupy, medium bodied with an orange soda finish. I'd say there isn't the dry, bitter finish I'd hoped for, but the mouthfeel is expected with a cask brew. Residual citrus dominates the palate, but it's a bit too heavy. I'd like to try this in bottles next time.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours orange with a little bit of cloudiness. I would imagine that this is form dry-hopping. A small but sticky head is present.

The aroma of this beer is magnificent. The beer is full of citrus and pine. Notes of grapefruit, just a whole cornucopia of wonderful hop aromas. No malt aromas are really present.

The beer has a light hint of malt with a hoppy finish. Not really bitter. Just enough hops to really clean the palate after each drink. The beer really leaves you wanting another sip after the previous.

The mouthfeel is medium.

Overall this is an excellent beer. The hop aroma and smooth hoppy finish just make this such a real treat. The beer is light enough that you can session them and the hops are tame enough that the beer lets you.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light to medium golden, yellow color. Medium, 2.5 finger head that retains very well. Clarity is high, with continuous carbonation streaming to the top. Lacing is pretty good.

S- Balanced with a strong dose of hops, but not an overpowering amount. This could easily pass for an IPA. Slight pine scent to the hops, but not bitter and resin-ey like many IPA's.

T- Balanced and hop forward. Starts with moderate hops bitterness that is consistent throughout the drink. Midway through the drink, the hops let up a little bit, letting a bit of a sweeter malt peek in. The sweeter malt and bitter hops give a small, honey-like flavor to the beer. Ends with a return of hops bitterness.

M- Smooth and medium in weight. The moderate dose of hops bitterness gives the beer most of it's body. High carbonation and creamy across the tongue. Easily sessionable.

Overall, a good way to break into Odell. I though this was an IPA in the store, and despite its APA classification, this one could go either way. Looking forward to trying more offerings from Odell.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bright, clear dark yellow-gold. It's pretty brilliantly bright, actually, and between this beer and Myrcenary I'm beginning to expect it from any and all IPAs or pale ales that Odell brews. A clean, compact head sits tight at right around one finger in height and drops lacing that sticks mostly in patches.
A sturdy aroma is sweet with citrus fruits as well as some tropical with a nice, bright sort of zesty bitterness to balance. Malts are bready and let the hops lead. A little bit of rind comes in underneath with a very gently herbal edge.
The taste follows suit with citrus and tropical fruits forward but leads with an additional floral bitterness as well. It's also a touch more peppery than the nose. Malts offers a bready dryness and the rind note pulls into the finish. Overall, it's as bright as the aroma.
The crispness bites while allowing some smoothness to flow nicely in a medium body.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Fantastic looking orange-yellow hues in this one. Looks a bit darker than usual for an APA.

S - Very floral and citrusy on the nose. Mild breadiness, but overall a pretty complex and inviting beer.

T - Superb hop flavor! Citrus hits your tongue right away before giving way to a mild lingering bitterness that really keeps you sipping. Very refreshing!

M - Near perfect carbonation also balanced extremely well with the hops and malt. Well done.

O - Odell has never ceased to impress me, and St Lupulin is no exception. This is certainly one of my favorite APAs and actually manages to impress me more than their highly acclaimed IPA, believe it or not! 4.75/5

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at Euclid in Denver. Nice copper color with small lacing. Sweet citrus hop aroma. Taste is a sweet citrus and candy hop with a nice dose of malt. Its a bit over malty but still nice. Solid flavorful pale ale. Just a bit heavy...

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Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow body, thick, sticky, white head. Melon and pine hop aroma interweaves with sweetbread malt notes. Surprisingly light and refreshing taste overall; soft malt notes with a correspondingly mild but prominent hop bitterness throughout. Soft, pleasing mouthfeel; medium-light; with a fairly dry finish.

A very pleasant beer to knock back while my dog and I wait for the oven to heat up for our pizza supper (Rocket also likes the taste of this beer – well, just about any beer I offer him...). All the same, a nice summer solstice brew to knock back, especially as Colorado smokes and burns, but year-round, too (based on numerous previous purchases of this beer).

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Photo of Algebrew
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a clear golden color with a strong white head that held a fine foam cap with a bubbly lace. This beer has a perfect appearance if done with a correct pour.

Smell: Sweet, citrus hops throughout, but just to the right degree. A touch of floral, perhaps herbal aromas peer through too.

Taste: The beginning starts subtle and sweet with an herbal tinge along with presence of citrus hops; the middle carries the hops, but plateaus them with such brilliance which holds the flavor and bitterness to a perfection; the end just barely sweetens the flavor from the tone of the hops. A perfect parabola of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, perfect carbonation, silky.

Overall: When this brew hit seasonally, I was astonished by the artwork. When I tried it, I was astonished by the brew itself. Perfect in every sense; taste, smell, look, feel, ABV... everything. It's on my top for Odell and beers in general. A perfect extra pale ale/APA.


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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station poured into an "imperial" 20 oz nonic pint glass. It was tapped the day before, so it's nice and fresh. I have to say that I *love* the use of negative space on the label. The foreground shows a hop farmer with runners of hops on either side, framing a field of hops in the distance, which also happens to give the impression of a beautiful glass of beer. Great stuff... but anyway, onto the beer.

Appearance - A golden amber hue with orange highlights topped with a generous two-finger head. The foam is frothy and just barely off-white, and takes quite awhile to dissipate, leaving quality lacing.

Smell - Intoxicating and aromatic, but subtle. I detect notes of citrus, floral hops and some hints of pine as well.

Taste - Delivers on the light but distinct promise of the smell. Faint citrus zest, piney resin and subdued hop bitterness. Enough to balance with the grainy base. The only issue I would take is that the flavor could be a tiny bit more pronounced, but it's a minor quibble.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent carbonation and a light body, but avoids getting into watery territory.

Overall a fantastic summer pale ale. This is what American pales should be for warmer weather. This one has instantly moved up near the top of my choices when it comes to APAs.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 3, 2013
Misc.: Best by Aug. 14, 2013

Poured a caramel orange amber color with two fingers of khaki white head. Lots of bubbles on the side and coming up from the bottom. Good uneven lacing on the sides. Average-to-below average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled awesome floral hops right from the get-go. Also some citrus notes - tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit and lemon. Nice and flavorful.

First taste reminded me of the Odell IPA that I tried the night before, just not as strong. So that also means that it reminded me of Manzanita IPA and the Chaotic. Floral hops, more bitter than the smell. Could taste the alcohol for sure. Lemon grass and orange peel as well. Some butter notes.

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

A pretty good pale ale. If you try the Odell IPA, you’re almost trying the same thing. But that is not a bad thing. Good beer.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pale golden orange color. A finger width of head dissipates quickly. Modest Lacing. Aroma is great. Nose is slightly floral with grapefruit, orange, and peach. Taste is full of hoppy fruitiness with a nice clean bitter hop finish. Just a great hoppy fruity flavor throughout. Mouthfeel is great with the perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is fantastic and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale reddish orange with three fingers of off white foam that clings to the glass.

Smell: Light musty citrus (tangerine/apricot) and a little bit of bright lemon. Some earthiness along with a little bit of sweet malt. Mild and pleasant.

Taste: Pine and lemon citrus zest with notes of floral and honey. Bready/caramel malt backbone and a nutty finish. Nicely balanced with a clean hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and clean with good carbonation.

Overall, St. Lupulin is another wonderfully crafted beer by Colorado's Odell Brewing Co. This is exactly what an APA should be. Flavorful, balanced, and refreshing. A perfect summer seasonal. This tasted great relaxing on the front porch at sunset after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 8/14/2013, so about 12 days old. 12 oz bottle.

A: Clear body, on the lighter side for color. Excellent retention, which is what I've come to expect from Odell.

S: More malt than hops, which is fine for the style.

T: Nice, mellow bitterness from the hops. Lots of citrus. Malt comes over at the end and gives this one a great finish.

M: Carbonation levels are right where they need to be. Pretty sessionable beer.

O: Solid APA from Odell. I'll be drinking more of these this summer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Bottle from 7/2012 (enjoyed fresh: review from notes)
Glass: Tulip

Odell's St. Lupulin is a very hoppy, but more fruit-flavored than bitter, American pale ale, which borders the line into IPA territory, if not crossing it. The fruit flavors are plentiful, and the peach, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and cantaloupe come together with the pale malt base for an exceptionally enjoyable, easily drinkable beer. One I'll miss not being able to enjoy during the summer.

Pours a 2-3cm tall, off-white head with good retention, eventually declining to leave copious clumps of lacing. Body is golden orange-brown in color, hazy, with light brining out bright yellows and oranges. Carbonation is visible and rather active.

Aroma is mild of tangerines, peach, and slight lemon, all on top of a lightly sweet malt base. Could be bolder with aroma.

Tasting opens sweet, pale malts and vague citrus fruit flavors. Mid-palate finds peach, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and cantalopue situated atop a modestly sweet pale malt base with modest bitterness. Bitterness increases in the back, but is still subdued by the fruit flavors. Aftertaste is of lingering hop bitterness with some nice fruit flavors (peach, tangerine, grapefruit) and light malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium to medium-light intensity. The beer foams up slightly, but is still smooth overall. Closes out with a little burn from ethanol, fostering a dry finish and little residual stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of quaybr
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An almost clear golden body with the slightest hint of amber. A bubbly white head dissipates after a few minutes.

Smells of fresh citrusy hops with a bit of malt.

Taste follows aroma: a well-balanced hop bill entertains the tongue while a quiet malt backbone brings continuity.

Light bodied with a relatively high level of carbonation that lends to a pleasant hoppy experience.

Overall I really enjoy this beer. Not simple, yet not terribly complex.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.