St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 109
Gots: 121 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 06-02-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

A: Pours a slightly-hazed gold color with a white head.

S: Citrus and earthy hops along with a bit of sweetness. A little bit muted, even for a pale ale.

T: Quite similar to the smell. Even for a pale ale, and especially for a Western pale ale, this one is a little heavy on the biscuit flavors, leaving the floral and citrus hops in the background.

M: Light-to-medium body with a nice dry crispness.

D: Nice and quaffable, but not one of my favorites from our visit that day.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-influenced golden color with a two finger head; decent retention and quite a few strands of lace

Smell: Biscuity malt with strong floral tones; piney hops, underneath

Taste: Opens with the biscuity malts laying a slightly sweet, toffee-influenced backbone; in the middle, the piney hops add a bitter, but floral aspect which comes into balance with the malts after the swallow, with the finish adding a citrusy edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another quality hoppy beer from Odell; much better than the typical APA

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an almost genre defining american pale ale. has all the complex hop characteristics you look for, but also has something all of its own. a jazzy light to medium mouthfeel despite the higer abv make this a magical back porch session. there are hop flavors in this beer that i have never tasted in another brew, it somehow gets to the essence of hops, without being major bitter. its just a real treat. bravo odell!

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

utterly fantastic beer, simply put one of the best i have had in a very, very long time. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/20/2010.

the pour was near perfect with a hazy amber color with loads of carbonation that left a sticky and rich looking white head that reached a height of three inches and never let me down.

aroma was rich hop notes, huge citrus here, fresh oranges, pineapple, grapefruit and the slightest balance of bready malts. warming brings it all out even further and leaves you utterly stunned by the brilliance here. smooth, creamy and incredibly rich the hops just stick to your teeth, this was ungodly fresh and clean with a smooth, full bodied feel and a super drinkability.

cannot stress this enough one of the best beers i have had in a long time. top notch.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easing off the hop bombs for a minute, the waiter at Bittercreek suggested this offering.

This beer appears a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of soapy pale beige head, which leaves some nice hanging puffy lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild bready malt, and herbal, fruity hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, mildly bitter orchard fruit pith, and herbal undertones. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, and smooth. It finishes with some soft bitter hops, and a rising bready maltiness.

Like a good little APA, this approaches, but does not dare to meet the IPA boundaries - easy to drink, enjoyable, and a welcome respite for various parts of my palate.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with hints of orange. It had a small, white, pillowy head of foam that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, floral notes and rich pine. Some subtle burnt toast aromas, too.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with a citrus kick. It had a nice roasted malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good APA. I took a sixer of it to a barbeque and found it to be very easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from COBeerBuff.

A: Pours with large 1.5 finger head with lots of bubbly pot marks, but it retains well, very orange wheat like color with some pale golden hue, very hazy.

N: Nice clean hop aromas, slight citrus and pine, some nice malty aromas as well, and almost juicy hop nose wafting from this. It has a beautiful hop smell that I wish could make a perfume out of.

T: Starts with a strange flat and bad malt taste that is somewhat bad, perhaps this is too old. The beer was really good up to here. I'll take a few more sips and see if my palate is just destroyed. After a few more sips I still have a slight rotten malt taste, but there is a nice hop taste that seems to follow it well. Some citrus and pine but light, pretty juicy and clean hop taste with a nice bitter following. It seems like it would have a great malty taste that isn't overpowered by the hops, but the hops clearly reign over. It has a slight biscuit taste as well, and the more I drink the more that funky malt disappears. Perhaps it was something on my palate, or perhaps my mouth is just getting used to it and finding the other nice flavors now.

Edit: Now that I'm almost through, I can't taste any off flavors at all. Its actually really refreshing and tasty. Not much for malts at all anymore and lots of nice juicy hops.

M: Somewhat thick but not very, and slightly hop oil sticky, decent carbonation

F: The finish is one of the best parts, along with the nose. I starts slightly sweet but finishes semi dry and has a nice hop bitterness that is very clean and really balances off the tongue as it dries and leaves you refreshed. It's got a really nice lingering pale taste that doesn't over power anything.

Final thoughts: A nice bitter pale ale that has a great hop taste, very clean and refreshing, slightly juicy, nice malt backbone that could have some off or old flavors but its hard to tell. I would love to get this fresh and review it again. Thanks again Chase!

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with a finger of frothy bright-white head. This retains with roughly a ¼ finger of creamy foam, which soaps the sides of the glass with spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, with more of a spicy leafiness dwelling underneath. This mingles with notes of bitter citrus and sweet grains, giving this an overall green twang in the nose.

The taste has an assertive green bitterness, balanced by a good bit of sweetness from notes of caramel and bready feeling grains. A good bit of sweeter fruit starts to emerge as this warms but the more aggressive aspects of the hops win out in the end with a finish that is dry and bitter with pithy rind flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly carbonation on the tongue, while the rest of the feel has more of a creamy and slick presence in the mouth. Any alcohol here is well hid, helping add to the overall smoothness.

While certainly solid, I think that this might have a bit of age on it, as this just lacked that fresh brightness that so many other reviews seem to mention. This was still well flavored and balanced and an overall refreshing quaff though. I’m going to be seeking this one out on draft when I’m in Idaho next month, as this really showed some potential.

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Must be the most perfume-like beer I've ever had. Clouds of pixie dust and after-shave lotion. Crisp and sharp with some malt underneath. Fruity with citrus fragrance but not so much of the bitter peel. Such an odd and distinctive taste but hard to put into words. Herbal with a slight sweet touch, flowery and grassy. Looks nice in the glass with decent lacing and the pale golden color.

Worth trying, but it's not in the mainstream of the style, which is a good thing in my opinion. They call it an "extra pale ale," which seems fitting.

Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Goebel in Wichita...

Pours honey colored with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. very good head retention & lacing

S: Citrus hops, by the bushel; plus some grassy & floral action

T: Grapefruitty & tangerine hops, a touch of honey malt & dryness up front. Slight pear fruittyness followed lemony & grapefruitty hops as this warms, plus some crackery notes. Finishes crisp, semi-dry with much citrus

MF: Medium-bodied, crisp with restrained carbonation & good balance

Trough the roof sessionability, I sure hope this stays in the rotation. One of the better APAs (not including AIPAS calling themselves APAs) out there IMHO

Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into half pint glass in the Oslo pub in Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes. The price was obscene in Ireland.

A: Two finger head of fair thickness but little cream. Hazy yellow-bronze colour.

Sm: Estery hops - grapefruit? Bittering hops.

T: Very hoppy estery build with a grapefruity finish. Some citrus orange on the finish. Bittering hops on the climax. Ruby candy aftertaste (you'll know it when you taste it!). Floral tones. Built well for the style and nicely balanced.

Mf: Wonderful coarseness and dryness. Complements the flavour.

Dr: A wonderful summer ale. It obscures its ABV very well. Quite delightful, but don't make the mistake of buying it in Ireland when you're from the state it's brewed in. Oops.

Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale

Lightly hazed, golden color, 1/2" snowy white head.

Soft aromatics, pleasant floral and citric fruit feel, leading into a higher hopped experience. Just a pinch of pepper.

Taste: soft mouthfeel, brisk hoppy play on the palate, remains mellow throughout. Minor finish, but the memory lingers on, the herbal, bitter dance on the tongue.
A little honey-sweetness, and some caramel toffee feel from the malt.

Extra-drinkable, this hop-forward EPA. I might choose this over a Summit EPA, but wouldn't pick one over an IPA. That's me, though. Very nice EPA, suitable for many occasions.

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a smaller pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Slight hazed orange gold color. Lots of active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Fruity pebbles with floral hops. Light malt flavor. More fruity pebbles.

Taste: Not so much fruity pebbles here. Citrus flavors instead. Lots of dry grassy hops. A bit like summit epa, but more citrus.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and hoppy with a resin feel to it.

Overall, a really nice epa. Started out weird with the aroma, but got past that with the taste and it was decent. Nice drinkability.

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a hazed golden copper color with a finger of off-white head. The cap fades leaving a wall of lace on the glass and rising bubbls maintain a layering atop.

The aroma is herbal with pine-like hop characteristics that get grassy towards the back. A little cheesy with toasty grain sweetness hinding underneath.

The taste is herbal and piney with a soft grainy sweetness. Grassy with a mild cheese flavoring. Some sulfur comes out a bit in aftertaste. Overall it is a noce compilation of hoppy to grainy characteristics.

Thia is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good brew. However, it had some pretty big shoes to fill considering how much I enjoyed Odell's IPA and red when I previously had them. This brewery really knows what they are doing with hops. While the best by date was still a month or two out, I dont feel confident that this was as fresh as it could have been. I would have this again in the future regardless of being more fresh or not.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Expiration date of September 2010; Sampled August 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a copper-gold hue that shows an almost clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The beer smells of herbal, hemp like hops up front backed by notes of Meyer lemon. A touch of garlic chive adds to the dank hop quality. After sitting for a bit more sweet hop fruit notes become noticeable in the nose; lychee, juicy fruit gum, tangelo and kumquat can at times be quite noticeable.

My first sip is sweet enough to accentuate floral and fruit hop notes of peach, orange flower nectar, lychee, and citrus oil. This is backed by a solid herbal and pine-like hop character as well as a firm, lingering bitterness. The finish also is a touch astringent from the hops. A pale grain sweetness is just noticeable and there is a touch of cracker like malt towards the finish, but this beer is clearly all about the hops. The malt character becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms, though it never plays a prominent role. Fairly light bodied, but it does have some palate heft to it; basically it has enough malt body to stand up to the ample hop character, but still remain quite drinkable. A touch of alcohol warming starts to come out as the beer warms.

This is a really nice beer, you will need to like a dominant hop focus though. Light and quaffable with a robust hop character that keeps this hop head coming back for more.

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

On draft at Wyoming's Rib & Chop House.

The beer is clear and light golden with a thick head. The aroma offers herbal and floral notes, with grass and light pine. Medium bitterness throughout. Grassy and even tart. Some biscuit malt in support. Zesty and tangy. Pretty tasty.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at Gomer's in Kansas City. 101709 is stamped on the label, not sure what it tells us....anyway this tasty offering pours slightly hazed yellowy amber, decent retention on the off white head and respectable froth and strandlet of lace left on the glass. herbal and citric nose...grapefruit infused ale, fruity,fairly tart and bitingly bitter, especially in the finish. Hop heads rejoice and go and get some of this tasty nectar

Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. Golden amber in color with a thin, sticky white head barely covering the beer.

Aroma has a zesty lemon mixing with some grapefruit citrus and a little bit of a resiny pine. A lighter, bready, sweet malt profile coming through as well. Pretty good and appealing hoppiness for the style, while also not crossing too far into IPA territory.

The taste starts out with some of the bready and zesty citrus qualities to it. Midway, a modest bitter, rind like quality starts to come out and mixes with some malty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style. It had some very nice hoppy notes to it, but the malt came through with some nice balancing flavors. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer of the style.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this brew for a while as my summer, go-to beer and just realized that I have not reviewed it. I'm quick..

Pours a light golden, clear body topped with an "average" head. And what I mean by that is that it's nothing spectacular, but perfect for the style. white, foamy, some hills.
Aroma is soft and solid. Grapefruit and persimmon mixes well with a light cracker malt. Some sweet honey or honeysuckle, perhaps.
Taste is "there". Not overwhelming, not quiet. Hops gives this ale a nice crispness and floral side to it. It doesn't lose it's malt and the sweetness is quick and unobtrusive. Some faint pine in the back.
Drinks very well. Crisp, clean, refreshing, with good taste and leaving a desire for more. Top notch.

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Freshcraft in Denver.

Pours a hazy golden yellow straw color with a thin half finger frothy white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Floral hop aroma with hints of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Hints of grapefruit, orange and lemon peel along with a pale malt backbone that gives off notes of grass and straw.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a crisp floral hop bite up front that lingers over the sweeter, earthy notes into a dry finish. Earthy pine, grass and straw countered by some grapefruit and lemon peel.

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
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