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St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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St. LupulinSt. Lupulin

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 971
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 114
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 morimech
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden, yellow color with a large white head that had very good retention. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. A bit worried about the lack of depth in color. Aroma is all hops. Citrus, piney and resiny, very strong hop aroma for a APA. The flavor is one dimensional and not balanced. Almost all hops. My fear of the pale color has been realized. I need more malt besides the slightest wisp of sweetness in the finish. The featured hops do taste good but more balance is needed. Nice carbonation for a hoppy beer, but the body is a little on the thin side. A little too bitter and high ABV for this to be a prolonged summer drinker.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 11/17/09

Thanks to Mitch for my first taste of Odell's.

A - Clear honey/amber, scant white head with trails of bubbles. Not much lace at all. 3.0

S - Mild cereal graininess with lots of sweet, citrusy hops. Hint of pine resin but more grapefruit than anything else. Tiny waft of alcohol. 3.5

T - Mild bitterness, very balanced pale ale with a good hoppy citrus flavor. Finishes bittersweet with yet again, a balanced malty sweetness and flavorful hops. 4.0

M - Light and refreshing. Could use a touch more carbonation. 3.5

D - Quite drinkable, a perfect summer drink. 4.0

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Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, best by 10/9/10, into a shaker pint.

A: Clear pale amber body under a breathtaking 3-finger head that towers confidently above the rim of the glass. Big, creamy, and white, this might be the best looking head I've ever seen in a pint glass. Amazing.

S: Lightly hoppy aroma, mainly floral but with plenty of citrus as well (lemon especially). I was hoping for more.

T: Grapefruit, lemon, and floral hoppy notes dominate, with some very light malt on the tail end. Bitter, almost tart finish. Quite nice, but not as intense as I'd hoped.

M: Light-bodied yet mouthfilling, with a healthy amount of soft carbonation. Excellent.

D: The finish is quite biting, but overall drinkability is pretty good, especially considering its IPA-like strength.

Notes: Having had and loved Odell's IPA in the past, I had extremely high hopes for this one. While it certainly was a hop-forward beer, it just didn't bring the lupulin as well as I thought it would. It's certainly worth a shot, but I won't be seeking it out again. I'll never forget how beautiful it was, though.


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Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: standard pint, slightly hazy golden-peach in color, a fluffy cap of off-white carbonation is retained for the duration, nice lace

s: juicy citrus hops on a bed of pale barley malt - nice soft bread aroma with some light caramel, vivid red grapefruit aromas hint at the dry-hopping, floral perfumes

m: light-medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation, a little light and fleeting but nothing to complain about

t: pleasant malt body gives bready flavors of pale barley, strong citrus peel flavors from a generous hopping, tangy grapefruit pith, mild sugars quickly tempered by a moderate bitterness that lingers in the finish with crisp citrus and grain husk, extremely well-rounded

d: definitely sessionable - the crisp finish and drier body allow easy quaffing despite the relatively elevated abv

sixer from the Liquor Depot, Rock Springs, WY...best by 10/03/09

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Easthy, musty hops, cedar and pine, with caramel coming through on the finish. Reminiscent of an ESB.

T - Again, more reminiscent of an ESB than an APA, with the musty malty caramel coming through alongside the leafy, earthy, hops. Cardboard and paper mache comes to mind, but not in a bad way. Musty caramel and buttered bread linger on the finish.

M - A tad thin and could use a bit of a carbonation boost, finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty APA with some unique characteristics making for a pleasureable experience. Easily drinkable and certainly sessionable. I could drink a 6-er of this stuff any day.

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Photo of birchstick
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a golden yellow with a small head that stays around for a while

S - smells delicious. Ctirusy hops dominate - this is the most citrus-smelling beer my nostrils have experienced. There is also a hint sweet, bready malts that enhance the sweetness of the beer.

T - taste follows the nose. Sweet malts are first detected, but is soon followed by s hint of spice and a blast of citrus hops. There is a lot of lemon in the nose, but the citrus in the taste is very grapefruity. There is also a lemony aftertaste that is left in the mouth after swallowing it.

M - full bodied and the carbonation burns the throat as it goes down

D - this is a pretty good beer. Very lemony and citrusy - I can see why it is a summer seasonal. I don't know if I would purchase this again based on its price, but I was satisfied by it nonetheless.

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Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle thanks to Dave. Best by 12/9/10.

Mostly clear yellow-copper with golden edges. Small, sticky, gauzy, beige-white head. Good lacing. Big hop nose with notes of orange marmalade, grapefruit, and pineapple. Sugary fruit and toasted biscuit malt in the background.

Toasted malt up front. Dry, hoppy bitterness follows with flavors of lemon, orange rind, and light pine. Very mildly sweet biscuit and fruit malt notes settle in. Citrus and pine hoppiness steals the show though. The dry, zesty hop btterness almost takes on a floral, herbalness. Light tropical fruit shows up in the lingering, mostly bitter finish. Moderate body with a lightly creamy feel, due partly to mild carbonation. A nice, very dry and refreshing APA that really shows off the citrus hops, but in a not overly bitter and heavy-handed way.

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

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma is very hoppy with lots of grassy and citrus hops. Flavor is slightly more mellow with tropical fruits and citrus hops. Pretty hoppy for an APA (it tastes more like an IPA to me), very delicious!

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

A: A clear golden pour with a decent white head that fades quickly. Retention and lacing is decent.

S: Sweet grapefruit and a bit earthy with a noticeable caramel malt background. Not particularly strong like a lot of APAs but still decent.

T: Quite earthy and maybe even a little grassy along with the grapefruit. Malt presence is solid and sweetens everything up nicely.

M: Pretty smooth and easy drinking. Leaves quite an oil residue long after each drink though.

O: Good starter beer for those who aren't quite acclimated to hop bombs. More hoppy than an EPA but not quite up to IPA standards. Easy to drink and a good compromise.

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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 garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from millah- thanks! Poured into SA sensory glass.

A: pours a bright clear golden with thin dense white head that leaves splotchy lacing.

S: nice aromatic citrus hop profile up front, picking up lemon, grapefruit and mangos, this all followed by a nice bready malt profile. Smells very nice.

T: The hops provide some fruity notes up front with a considerable amount of bitterness, the nice malt back bone comes shortly after the hops. Very nice balance. Somewhat bitter on the finish.

MF: medium carbonation, light body, very refreshing

D: this is a great APA, nice fresh hop profile, nice balance with the malts, drinks like it is way lighter than 6.5%. Great beer!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear copper-orange with a thin bright white head.

Bright aroma of fresh oranges, grapefruit, and pine.

The taste is much like the aroma. Big on the oranges, grapefruit, and pine. Very crisp for a summer evening.

Light-to-medium bodied, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

A quality seasonal from the folks at Odell. I'm always a sucker for a citrusy IPA.

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Photo of koopa
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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 MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a flavorful but drinkable Pale Ale!

Pours a nice, luminous golden color with very generous white head. It laces nicely.

Nose has a very appetizing candied component with some citrusy hops in the background - apricot, light grapefruit, etc.

That candied component is appreciated on the palate as well, perhaps with a honeyed direction in the sweetness. Balance is nice with the grapefruity hops, and a dry "hay" like sort of quality that is pleasing.

Medium bodied and well, just right. Not watery. Not heavy and slow drinking. Just right.

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

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine in lat August for $8.49.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice two fingered head that is leaving a beautiful rings behind. Nose is light floral hops. Taste is a nicely balanced between a solid malt backbone finishing with a decent citrus hop. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very satisfying. Drinkability is good, definitely not a session beer but several can be enjoyed at one sitting. This is a good solid beer with some nice heft that is very enjoyable. Another fine effort from my favorite Colorado brewer!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The St. Lupulin, like their "house" IPA is one of the better overall pale ales I've ever had the luxury of having. Having lived in Fort Collins, I was surrounded by a myriad of delicious brews, however, when I found a place that had St. Lupe, I always leaned towards it. I feel it tastes better in the bottle than on tap, unless you're at the brewery of course.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a rich thick white head and good lacing and retention

S-nice citrus fruit, pine, light malts, and hints of floral

T-grapefruit, pine, malty, floral notes and a nice hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and well-balanced

O-a great drinking pale ale with good flavor and balance

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a date of 5/25/11 (which I presume is the bottling date). Picked up from my local beer specialist. Love the image on the label.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. An orangey-amber hue with considerable hazy sediment and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. A hoppy aroma with notes of pine and resin, underpinned by sweet malt and hints of yeast.

Tastes of aromatic hops with a light malt backbone and a refreshing bitterness. Notes of pine, yeast esters, sweet malt and subtle graininess. Good body; the mouthfeel is smooth and astringent, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of piny hop bitterness and yeast.

Damn - very nice! Highly drinkable, if I had another I'd crack it right now. Light body and sweet malt perfectly balanced with a hefty dose of aromatic/bitter hops. Too bad it's a bit pricey over here, otherwise I'd make this a regular purchase. A must try for the uninitiated.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts and fruity, resiny hops with a little peppery spice.

The flavor is some sweet malts followed by a citrusey, resiney hop finish. Not a ton of bitterness but the flavors are good. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very well done and easy drinking APA.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly white foam. Great floral/fruity hop aromas, somewhat grassy, bubblegum. On the palaet, this one was light bodied, with flavors of fruity hops, pears and malt.

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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 rawfish
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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