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St. Lupulin | Odell Brewing Company

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St. LupulinSt. Lupulin

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GilGarp on 06-02-2009

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Reviews: 290 | Ratings: 1,011
Photo of cjohns73
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured clear gold with a nice thick head on top. Aroma is very powerful fruit and some bitterness on it. Taste is a tropical, hop forward IPA. Minimal malt backbone -- fits kind of the ZD mold of APAs. Overall really good beer.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a 2 month old single into an imperial pint. Love the label.

a: big 3 finger puffy head with good retention and great lacing. goldish yellow, a little haze, some bubbles.
s: caramalt, biscuit, some ripe fruit

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Photo of SitkaSteve
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a faded amber color with a one finger white foamy head. Nice dissipation leaves runny messy lacing all about.
The smell starts off with some cooked caramel malts bleeding into a citrus rind. Light toast also balances.
The taste was mildly bitter with an okay semi-sweet citrus and caramel part to it.
The mouthfeel had a semi-bitter harshness from the citrus rind. I'd say it was light bodied.
Overall, for an APA, I wasn't that impressed. Glad I tried it, but pretty sure I'd have other seasonal APA's before this.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 08/06/15B; I felt lucky to find this in small town Missouri while visiting family
A - foamy ivory head slowly fades atop a light amber colored ale
S - citrus rind - grapefruit and mandarin come to mind, a bit tropical, some toasty grain and caramel malt in the nose too
T - juicy and fruity with mandarin, grapefruit, caramel, toasted grain, a but tropical, grassy, and peppery
M - medium bodied, a bit resinous, peppery bite on the tongue, fairly bitter finish
O - I've loved everything I've had from this brewery. Hope to find more on my next trip to Missouri.

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Photo of voduh
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The epitome of a balanced beer. I look for this every summer. Not much to review in my book. Just a really solid apa that hits all the marks without trying too hard in any area. Hoppy enough. Malty enough. Floral enough. Bubbly enough. Strong enough. Not "overly" anything.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.91/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a perfect beer. In fact it's the beer that first turned me on to the APA style. Pours pinkish/orange with a minimal head as well as minimal lacing (at least in my case). Smells light and floral, definitely citrusy, and almost piney..? Tastes citrusy and mildly hoppy, very very well balanced in terms of yeast, hop character, and citrus. Smooth feel, not overly carbonated and not assaulting. Overall, Odell proves once again that they are superiors brewers. I definitely will have this again.

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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.

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Photo of Myotus
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 12Aug15) into a Mikasa ale glass. Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates to a half fingers worth within 20 seconds. Bubbles are subtle. Pale golden in color. Moderate lacing. Strong aromas of floral hops, mild citrus hop aromas, hint of sugary notes and malts. Initial taste is strong with floral hop flavors that combine with a hint of citrusy hop flavors. Mild sugar notes finish off the taste. Medium-bodied, mild cabonation that tickles the tongue, crisp and dry finish. I know it's not the best APA out there, but this is definitely the best one I have tried thus far. I ❤ this brewery.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy darkish-gold with one finger white head that leaves some lacing and film with a few bubbles
Smell: Fresh citrus and pine
Taste: Malty sweet with rich, fresh citrusy hops, finishing with moderate bitterness. Yum.
Feel: Medium body, nice (typical) carbonation

Overall: Delicious and well balanced, as is expected from Odell. Great hops character without too much bitterness thanks to the dry hopping. The only caveat is that for a summer seasonal it is a bit heavier than you might expect.

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Photo of babaracas
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, thin white head, splotches of lace halfway down. Smell: minty/herbal, piney, apricot. Taste: apricot, / grapey, bread-y, piney, grapefruit. Best by 8/15/15. Nice.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date says this one is good for another two-and-a-half months. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a golden amber with about an inch of off-white head that quickly dissipates but has a good amount of cling. Quite clear, with a slight amount of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity bouquet: there's pineapple, muskmelon, and a bit of citrus coming through. There's a bit of bready malt underneath the more assertive hop aromas. Nice nose.

T: Interesting flavor profile for a self-proclaimed extra pale ale. It's got a real sweetness to the front end, partially attributable to the caramel malts but also registering as a fruit-like sweetness--I'm getting a real pineapple and melon vibe. There are also floral and pine hop notes that begin in the front and continue into the middle and back. There's a bit of a lemon zest to that middle, and that seems to carry over a bit into the back end, where those pine and floral hops bring on a bit of bitter. This one ends very cleanly.

F: This one is a bit heavier-bodied than I expected from the style. It's certainly bright, but it has a smoothness to its entire life on the palate that I wasn't expecting. As mentioned, it's very clean-finishing.

O: This is a very tasty ale, however one decides to categorize it. I really like that it doesn't try to be an overwhelming hop explosion but instead allows flavors to develop and blend nicely on the palate. It definitely tastes like summer in the outdoors.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very lovely, soft-yet-ever-present herbaceous high-mountain bouquet, reflecting the austere and rectified relationship to nature that is promised by the sobriquet "Saint Lupulin". The color, meanwhile, is a beautiful, quick-bubbling, and rather deep golden-brown that sort of belies that the "extra pale ale" designation—or, at least, defies expectations that would have one expecting a bright, even blanched-out blonde ale. But in each case, the characteristic that hold suzerainty is a paradoxically-effusive mildness: a sort of ne plus ultra epitome of golden-mean.

Indeed, for a beer that advertises its substantial dry-hopping, the lupuline payload is surprisingly soft-touch: good grassy notes meet clean; resinous alpine airs; but very little bitter elements, and a juiciness that is decidedly outstanding yet decidedly neither tropical nor piney, instead perhaps best described as "green" meeting "gold". Altogether, the flavors are rather fresh and free-wheeling atop a sturdy, honeyed-meal foundation—a basal layer that's perhaps a bit too sugary, a bit to weighted, and a bit too velvety for an "extra pale" ale.

But while I'd like the mouthfeel to assert more crispness, levity, and bite, it's nonetheless the only small ding in an otherwise very assured dry-hopped ale. Though I might quibble slightly with the "extra" placed before "pale ale," I'm not sure that St Lupulin could justly be qualified as an APA, either; and, given its clean and readily-consumable uber-moderation, I'm comfortable calling this an unconventional XPA.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, glowing golden-orange color with a medium sized white foam head. Recedes after a bit leaving a thin white head and a ring of lacing around the edges and some additional lacing that extends above that.

Aroma is very pleasant. Ripe citrus and pine lead it off. Grapefruit and mango. Floral hops. Citrus is nearly pungent, but in a good way. Very distinct.

Taste is a little heavier on the pine side. Mango and pineapple are still featured. Orange zest. A good deal of sticky, citrusy sweetness on the back end, with a dash of tart provided by that orange zest. Pine and grapefruit come through stronger as it warms.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Sweet, very easy to drink. Definitely a good summer beer.

Overall, another solid beer from Odell. An excellent APA for the summer months,

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold, head is moderate and creamy white. I get caramel malt and light dried fruit smells backed by citrusy and piney aroma hops. Bittering hops are the first to fill the taste, and while some tiny hints of caramel malt flavors try to push their way through, the citrusy bittering hops hold strong through the end. This one is perfectly carbonated if poured correctly, and maintains a nice crisp finish. Although not initially wowing me on taste this brew does seem to become more complex as I drink it.

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Photo of IPA1978
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

have had great bottles of this beer then also skunky German pilsner flavors (Heineken). the good ones had fresh resinous hop profile with good malt backbone.

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Photo of mjurney
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Golden-amber color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising. Bright white head, rocky.

Tropical fruit, some citrus hops, sweet pale malts.

Fruitiness up front, mostly sweet orange, there some hint of bubblegum. Pale malts, biscuit, a little toast. Citrus and floral hops towards the end. Finish is very crisp, clean, a little dry. Body is medium, slick, very crisp, refreshing, a little oily, dry.

It's a world class beer.

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Photo of Splatter_sin
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Billed as an extra pale ale. I like that style a little dryer, lower abv. Seems more like an ipa or stronger spectrum pale. Golden-yellow, translucent. Hops subtle citrus, i get a little pine. Mostly malt forward. I'll drink it again.

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Photo of FLima
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden color with thick three fingers head with great retention and leaving lots of laces.
Nice resiny aroma with notes of flowers, pine, herbal tea, orange peel, passion fruit and bread malt.
Quite hoppy and refreshing flavor with notes of pine, a good deal of resin, grapefruit, lots of perfume, tea leaves, some passion fruit and lemon.
Light body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is simply not there.
Very pleasant and outstanding APA. It has its own character, superbly balanced for hop heads, not cloying and hoppy and crisp. That is definitely a 6-pack beer, to have it in every season.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm happy this is back on the shelves. Gorgeous orange-amber color, smells and tastes of orange marmalade. I gravitate to the sweet, malty brown beers, but this is a staple in my fridge during the summer. Hoppy but not obnoxiously, face-grimacing so.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -1.7%

This is a pretty good summer seasonal, though I prefer some other Odell brews a little more. Not sure it's really that much different than 5 Barrel or even their IPA, but once again, I'll drink it if it's out there. Harder to find than most of their other beers as well, but worth a look.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this wonderful brew on tap. Poured into a pint glass; it's a lovely, clear golden color with dense white foam that leaves lacing down the glass.
The aroma is citrus, pineapple and mango and a hint of candied fruit and sweet biscuit.
The taste SO delivers. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus with a hint of pine bitterness at the end.
The mouthfeel is awesome! Smooth and creamy. The alcohol is totally hidden.
Overall, a delicious and very refreshing pale ale. Among my favorites in this style.

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Photo of arc3636
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Lots of citrus hops and high ABV could easily pass for an IPA. Flavor dominated by hops, would expect more balance from an APA. Overall tasty,will definitely buy again

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Photo of evanforbeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Best-by date 11/21/14, I assume it's pretty fresh
Pours a crisp golden strawberry blonde with crisp white head

Nose: hop oils, resin, citric zest, bready malt

Taste: some sweet pale malt, zesty hop punch with citric zest and very subtle tropical note, sweet booziness at back end

Feel: crisp, zesty, drinkable

Pretty solid, not a ton of depth, but very crisp and pretty tasty

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and drinkable, yet very hoppy, IPA hoppy to be sure. Floral and a touch of earthy, as well as some pine, resin, and herbal notes.

Body is extremely crisp and hides the 6.5% ABV pretty well.

Definitely one that I'm going to include in my take home sixer.

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

Looks: Beautiful Russet golden appearance, slightly cloudy. Two or so fingers of head which retained it's shape for a short time before dissolving into a good looking film on the glass.

Smell: Hops, citrus, pine. Subtle malt hints.

Taste: Clean hoppy pale ale characteristics. Some citrus notes amongst other things. On the smooth side for a pale ale, well balanced in-spite of the strong hoppy tones. Some slight biscuit/cracker type notes detectable in the after taste. Delicious and summery, could even be a session beer.

Mouth: Moderately velvet and smooth feel, slightly oily towards the first few quaffs but settling into a delightfully cloud-like sensation. Excellent level of carbonation, just right to refresh your taste-buds.

Overall: Get it whilst you can, because it's not gonna hang around! Anyone with even a passing interest in any kind of pale ale really should give it a blast. Probably the best thing I've tasted in months!

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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
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