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St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 958
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 113
Gots: 138 | 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: 958
Photo of slyke
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beers pours a bright golden color with a white head.

Smell is a bit piney, citrusy, and earthy.

Taste is citrusy, earthy, malty, and a touch of pine. It makes for a very nice blend.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp start, malty middle, and a lingering hoppy finish.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Not one to turn down. Thanks to the non-brewing friend who brought it over to a home brew tasting. (417 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of kkrez
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

This extra pale ale drinks light like a refreshing pale ale, but it also has the hop profile of an IPA which will please even the biggest hop heads.

It pours a golden yellow.

Aroma is of citrus and grapefruit hops

The taste of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, grass and pine hops play off a light malt base perfectly.

As drinkable as this beer is, at 6.5% you must be careful you don’t drink too much or you might wake up confused at 5am laying face down next to the pool.

Overall, this is one of my favorite summer seasonal beers. (551 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Duvel tulip. Dated 9/28/11A, (bottled 5/28/11). Brought back from New Mexico.

A. Gold, somewhat cloudy, with white head that settles quickly and leaves just a trace of lacing.

S: Not much left here that I can detect, but some vanilla and citrus.

T: Sweet caramel, then somewhat sour, then growing bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium body and light/medium carbonation. Smooth, with some heat and neutral finish.

O: Considering that it's an old bottle, it is quite balanced and flavorful. Good complexity. Will look forward to tasting it again next summer. (589 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (982 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 StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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! (413 characters)

Photo of mrdonno1970
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer while visiting the brewery at Ft. Collins, CO.

What really impressed me other than the aroma was the taste.

It had a great fresh hoppy flavor. It was very resiny and it felt like I was touching fresh hops.

Overall, this beer is delightful and I can't wait to try it again next year. (301 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 Dope
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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 elgiacomo
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Nov 8, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves a nice ring of drippy lacing and holds a wispy cap.

Aroma is very hoppy and features lemon and orange citrus, pine, floral, grassy, some caramel and bread. Very good strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, orange and lemon citrus, grass, pine, good caramel and bready malt in the middle, finishes with nice crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, sharp carbonation.

Super hoppy and tasty Pale Ale, nearly IPA territory. A real treat to get a chance to try this! (602 characters)

Photo of emaciated
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery

A-Yellow with a nice white head

S-Citrus hops, a little malt

T-Grapefruit, hoppy bitterness. Some malty sweetness.

M-Smooth with some carbonation

O-A great hop forward pale ale that is easy to drink. My favorite beer from Odell. (255 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 ncsutton
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Light amber color with a small head

S - Slight hop smell with a hint of citrus

T - Upon first taste it has a semi strong hop taste, with a citrus flavor coming through at the end

M - Slight carbonation, otherwise it goes down smooth

0 - This brew is way to good, its the perfect beer for summer. It's perfect for after going for a bike ride, or for sitting by the beach. I wish this wasn't a seasonal and was year round! (469 characters)

Photo of Badbobx
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A pale golden yellow beer with a half inch of head. Some lacing was seen during the session.
The aroma was rich with bitter citrus.
The taste was rich with grapefruit flavored hops. I felt a bit of the alcohol.
A very nice beer. I bought this in Kansas City and wish I could get more. (326 characters)

Photo of donfisher
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first to last swallow is crisp and refreshing as expected from an extra pale ale. The hops are mild hops but there are lots of them. A hint of sweetness, almost red aleish. Clean aftertaste. Fetching label provides an eye-taste of what's inside. Perfect for après mountain bike exhaustion. (294 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
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 AndyAvalanche
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Fairly hard pour here and a white fizzy head comes on up, very small bubbles. The head retains and provides some great looking lacing, somewhat uncommon with the fizzy white heads in my opinion. The color of the liquid comes out yellow, but more of a hazy yellow even though the beer appears filtered, very interesting.

Smell is pretty good. Hops are clearly present, citrus zest primarily ripe oranges. Malts make a good appearance too, more sort of like a sweet orange bread or something to that effect. The combination is good, could be a little stronger though.

Taste is similar to the smell very much. Hops again come out first, citrus zest again with primarily orange. Possibly some grapefruit too. In the smell the citrus aromas come out ripe and fresh, in the taste it's still ripe, but not really a fresh ripe, kind of like the oranges only have 2 days left tops before you question weather or not to keep them. Right between the ripe and past their prime stage. Malts are still there; rich and bready.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It's light bodied yet pretty smooth. Good carbonation level and well balanced. Very drinkable brew. I like it a lot, but I think Dale's Pale Ale is still the best CO American Pale Ale I've had.

Thanks chugalug06 for the extra in the trade! (1,335 characters)

Photo of Forb
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Crescent Moon - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Golden copper hue with a minimal, creamy head. Good sticky lacing with mediocre retention.

Smell: A light nose with earthy, piney, floral elements peaking through alongside a subtle citrus.

Taste: A delicious pairing of hop and malt here with the hop being forefront and the malt holding a sturdy backbone. Good pine hope flavor with a refreshing citrus tang.

Mouthfeel: Creamy deliciousness is presented here with a minor carbonation. Each sip is indulging to the next.

Overall: A real solid Pale Ale; simply put. (574 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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,294 characters)

Photo of azdback
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler glass. A bright, clear orange color. Medium carbonation bubbles that lead to a small two finger, bright white and creamy looking head. Lace seems like it's gonna stick, I'll report back, it does stick well in a ring pattern.

Smell is just a bit bread yeast. Some bright smells of pineapple and orange or pink grapefruit. Some piney notes go well with the sweet citrus.

Taste is not as great as the smell, but there are some great sweet citrus tastes. Light malts and no bread at all in the taste. Great APA!

Mouth is maybe a bit above average for the style. It holds up to an American IPA any day. Strong flavors stay all the way thought the swallow. Very enjoyable.

Overall I think this one stands up to most American IPA's brewed in the US. This has such a bright and refreshing taste and mouth, it should be enjoyed by the sixer all summer long. Highly recommended, Summer or not. (917 characters)

Photo of pigc
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 8-16-11.

A - Pours a light golden color with two finger head. Nice lacing. Clings to side of glass. Looks like dish suds.

S - Subdued. A little pine, breadiness of the malts, some clove?

T - Spicy, floral hops. Oh so smooth and well balanced APA.

M - Light to medium. Very smooth.

O - Another great beer from Odell. Great representation of the style. I could easily see myself drinking many of these on a hot summer day. Extememly satisfying when you're looking for a pale ale with lots of flavor that doesn't burn you out. Wish this was available year round. (588 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden body. A slight off white average, but decently lacy head.

Very herbal oily hop smell from the dry hopping. Some biscuity notes from the malt.

Citrus and mellow malts meld nicely to create a very smooth easy drinking beer. The malt provides a nice biscuit and caramel sweetness to offset the oily citrus hop flavor.

Not a whole lot of complexity, but what is there is delicioius. A really great beer. Mouthfeel is maybe a bit on the carbonated side, but not too bad. The alcohol is masked nicely in the flavor. Odell's offering is spot on. A great APA. (575 characters)

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