St. Lupulin | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by GilGarp on 06-02-2009

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with a thick head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Mellow aroma of citrus, pine and caramel malt with some fresh grain and bit of fruit.

T: Mild taste of caramel sweetness with bit of grain and touch of fruit. Has an easy bitterness throughout and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice mellow feeling.

O: Good drinker that goes down easy. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Allen for the 6er!

Pint glass
BB date of 08/15/12

A: Pours a perfectly clear and light gold straw color pale with a thin layer of soapy white stuff on top. Loose bubbles give to some lower retention. Carbonation streaming. Some light whispy tracks of lace.

S: Smell is a real nice tropic mango and peach combo that evolves into more citrus peel - tangerine. Sticky pine comes through and the aroma becomes more floral with a nice fresh catty hop pungency. Some slightly sweet pale malts underneath it all.

T: Flavors take on much like the nose just not quite as tropical. Major citrus zest with more of an orchard fruit influence. Flowery evergreens. Pale malt sugars bring a dry bready cracker presence throughout. Upper-moderate bitterness here that packs a nice little hop punch. No noticeable alcohol. Very clean hops, crisp, and oh so refreshing. Fruity and light.

M: Thin body that is even watery at times. Some sleek and resinous hop linger. Nice dryness and crisp in the finish.

D: Quite sessionable and I thought aroma was pretty stellar on this one. Flavors are there as well but for me I would have embraced even more hop character here. Still a great APA none the less. Would def recommend.

Odell's make some good stuff.

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Photo of Gatch
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Boulders On Broadway in Tempe, AZ for a Colorado Tap Takeover on 5/17/12.

A: Nice, golden-yellow with a fluffy, white head. Good lace. Head fades quickly.

S: Balanced malt and hops. Some fruit. Not much else. Disappointing.

T: So delicious. Fruity, piney, American hops followed by sweet, slightly toasted malt. Dry but refreshing. Juicy mango is my description of the finish.

M: So smooth and flavorful. Juicy is a very fitting adjective, again.

O: A really good West Coast Pale Ale with a weak nose. Another awesome Odell brew.

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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 zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best by 15 August 2012, which means it was probably bottled around tax day.

Pours very clear apple juice golden yellow. One finger of dense white head, slowly relaxes to a thick foamy cap, and leaves a ton of lacing. Quite nice.

Smells fantastic. All hops - grapefruit up front, with some pine in the back. Very light and aromatic, with just enough pale malt support.

Taste is quite mellow, with the grainy pale malts coming through much more. There's a gentle wash of light pine bitterness in the back end, but it's so smooth I hesitate to call it bitter.

A little on the flat side as far as feel goes. Medium-light body, just not enough carbonation.

This is my kind of pale ale - heavily dry-hopped, so it smells great, but without the bitter hop acids. I like it a lot. Main complaint is the low carbonation. But I could drink a whole lot of this, and I don't even really like pale ales.

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

Poured from bottle the day it hit the shelves, though the freshness box is not stamped on the bottle...weird. Anyhow, I know this is fresh. Poured to pint glass the beer arrives a translucent pale orange color with light honey colored highlights in the light. A decent 1 finger white head with little retention, and a bit of lacing. The nose is hop-forward with notable piney, fruity tones: grapefruit and lemon. Not an assault with the hops but more hoppy than malty, with just a hint of caramel malt base. The flavor again begins with the hops, with a more tropical fruity flavor than the nose let on, the pine and citrus are present as well. Mildly bitter for the style with a gentle caramel malt base. Fruity and sweet, though quite dry. Lighter in body with adequate carbonation. Overall, this is a seasonal release that isn't bad, though I typically buy one 6-pack each release and don't come back. Better options out there.

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Photo of denver10
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow with a thumbs width white head. Nice lacing. A sweet, floral and citric aroma. At first you smell the rind of the clementine, afterwards the actual fruit shows itself to give it some sweet juiciness. A wonderfully layered flavor profile to this, moreso than the aroma had led me to expect. Some clementine and lemon, some grass, some florals, on top a bready, even slightly biscuity, malt foundation. A crisp and silky medium body with some decent activity to it making it very drinkable. Overall, Odell does it again with another great and unique beer. Very bright and refreshing, will make for a great summer beer. I was bummed to see Red leave the shelves but after trying this it softens the blow just a touch.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with a big white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of pine, grapefruit, some cattyness, and few lighter fruit notes. Pretty hoppy and pleasing nose.

Taste is light tropical fruits up front that go into a more stone fruit and pine middle before ending on a grapefruit and bitter finish with lingering fruit notes. Killer hop flavor on this one and has a nice balance in terms of bitterness, relatively dry.

Lighter body with medium carbonation is right on.

Absolutely fantastic pale ale, that is more IPA, but a bit less bitter. Great pine and fruit notes and very drinkable.

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Photo of tronester
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. The nose is a bit of tropical fruits and pine, but a little muted. Taste is a citrus explosion to start, followed by a good amount of honey flavor, then a clean, dry minty bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth carbonation. Overall very good, I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very hazy golden with tall fluffy head that retained very well
S - strong notes of pine with some citrus and florals, mild sweet caramel
T - medium pine and perfume bitter hop flavours, toasted grainy malt with some earthiness of the back end
M - lowish carbonation, strong bitterness with a medium dry finish
O - a somewhat unique hop profile for an APA with the pine and perfume creating an interesting flavour, I would call this an occasional sipper if the mood strikes you, worth a try

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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.

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Photo of haz77
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of slyke
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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 kkrez
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of bierbrauer
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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 Zimbo
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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!

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Photo of mrdonno1970
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of iSip
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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 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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Photo of elgiacomo
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

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Photo of emaciated
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.