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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 birchstick
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of oldfashioned
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack from Parker Payless Liquors.

Odell St. Lupulin poured an attractive golden honey color with a big, foamy head. The smell is noticeable immediately and is very hoppy with pine and citrus emerging as the dominant aromas.

The taste is very well-balanced for such a hoppy-smelling beer. Big pine and grapefruit notes hit the sides and back of the tongue and linger during the sip and afterwards, but a nice malty undercurrent settles in after a second or two and provides a good counterweight to the the hops.

This is one of the better APAs I've had recently. The balance between malt and hops, bitter and smooth, is nearly perfect and makes for superb drinkability. This is a great seasonal from Odell, and I'm glad I have five more to enjoy. (763 characters)

Photo of glakeswanderers
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was my go-to beer this summer.

a: pours with little head, but nice lacing. a bright almost unnatural orange color. looks beautiful like a rock jewel.

s: bitter green apples and orange, spicy too, dank/piney, fruity/floral.

t: like a nectar, smooth and sweet with a sharp hop bitterness. apples, pepper, orange, hops.

I am grateful to have been able to drink this beer while in colorado this summer. it was great while reading ancient chinese poetry after fishing trips. I just finished my last bottle that I had brought back to chicago. It is a very solid, tasty, fresh, refreshing, hoppy APA. One of my favorites of the style. (638 characters)

Photo of Wheelinb
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Stable.

Had what I would consider to be a typical pale all look and aroma but there was a bit of spiciness along with that.

Got a nice hop bite at the start but then the maltiness kicked in. Nice interesting mix of flavors going on in this beer. It went well with the food we were having. Very easy to drink and several others at the table ordered one after sampling mine. (399 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow, clear, good head

Awesome hop aroma! Like a big spicy IPA.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good resiny hop coating and sharp hop bite; ends dry and light, very much what I think an 'extra pale ale' should be like; light-medium body, normal carbonation level

Pretty impressed by this pale ale from Odell. The aroma is outstanding, and the flavor packs in a lot while managing to feel light, making it uber-drinkable. (445 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours deep yellow with hints of orange and copper. light white head with great retention. light lacing.

strong malt notes with a light crisp hop floral scent.

light floral and citrus hop flavor up front that quickly gives way to an earthy and bread like malt flavor. light citrus hop flavor through the finish.

light carbonation, full bodied. very little bite but very noticeable.

a pretty apa overall, very earthy and bread like so a few would be my limit but pretty easy to drink in small amounts. decent overall. (520 characters)

Photo of rye726
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dried wheat color with a nice beige head. Nose has bready malts, floral hops and citrus. Taste has crisp malts well balanced by fruity hops. Medium body has a light carbonation. Very refreshing body with a nice bitter finish. Good session beer from Odell. (263 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery gold color with a respectable off-white head that sticks around fairly well and produces some really nice lace.

The aroma is mainly grapefruit and pine resin with hints of bready malt.

The taste also starts with a nice kick of piney citrus hops followed by a mild bready malt with hints of caramel and honey. The finish is lingering pine resin, crisp and refreshing for the hopheads out there.

Light/medium bodied, very easy to drink. The label calls it "extra pale ale", evidently the extra is alcohol and hops, which to me nudges this up to an India pale ale, put still a nice all purpose brew. (616 characters)

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

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, earthy malt, and hop oil. Very strong and good aroma. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of floral hop oil and slight earthy malt. Overall, a great appearance, aroma, and body - though it does lack in complexity. (403 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with clearly marked best by date and a nice classy label with some nice info about the beer

Appearance: Fairly bright beer, dark gold in color, with a dense fluffy ivory cap with good retention and awesome sheets of lacing

Smell: BIG sweet orange and piney hops up front...kinda expected this, as this is dry-hopped, but I was still surprised by the sweet citrusy intensity of the hops...just a bit of caramel malt in the background, but this is all about the hops

Taste: Bright, pleasantly sharp/bitter hops right up front, resiny and characterized by woodsy/piney flavors...there's just a bit of orangey sweetness in the background as well...just enough of a malt presence to keep it from being over the top, but again, this is definitely hop-centered

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, nice and sharp pungent bitterness on the finish

Drinkability: The flavor of a lower-strength DIPA packed into a 6.5% abv beer; good stuff!

Conclusion: Had no idea what to expect with this one, liked the label and typically really like O'Dell's stuff, so I figured I'd give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised! (1,133 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very much looking forward to this one. yet another seasonal from one of my favorite local breweries, so here it goes:

A - slightly cloudy golden w/ a rapidly shrinking head

S - citrus resiny hops and notes of honey, not bad.

T - floral and citrus hops sparkle and steal the show from the supporting bready malts

MF - even carbonation and a medium sized body. not oliy or sticky

D - good session for hop-loving fools

overall -nothing to write home about, but a solid go-to for the summer time, a bit on the pricey side though. (531 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While listed as an APA, it's essentially an IPA that's very light in color. The alcohol and hops are certainly more akin to an IPA than an APA. That's not good or bad, just worth pointing out.
Arrived a pale golden color with a pretty fluffy head. Looks really good...reminds me of a pilsner.
It's hoppy, but along the lines of being floral instead of fruity.
The malt base is milder, but it blends well with the hops to make for an IPA with the body and drinkability of a pils.
This is pretty unique as the only thing I can compare it to is a lighter bodied IPA like Stone's.
Yes, Odell probably has enough hoppy beers that are treading the same territory, but this works well as a summer beer for hopheads.
Definitely enjoyable and something I'll have again. What's really nice is that it can be everything from a hop fix to a lawnmower brew. (845 characters)

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

A: light golden clear color with thin but long lasting head an lacing.
S: has a very powerful floral fresh hop smell mixed with light citrus
T: going along with the smell the taste is floral and spicy with citrus undertones like lemongrass. But the hops are not overwhelming because you can taste some caramel malts underneath.
M/D: light and sligtly dry with good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good do to it's good taste. Good brew for the summer months. (468 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, and some citrus. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet/malty, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Odell. (377 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with a finger of gold head. Nice citrus hop aroma with a hint of ginger?! Starts out with some piney, green hop flavor. Seems very fresh and alive. Light bodied. Not overly bitter, but there is a lot of hop flavor that really lingers. Good example of why I like seasonal beers. The freshness of this beer is evident which is good for this style. (402 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12fl oz bottle into my pint glass

Pours a very hazy/dirty light orange color with a bright white two inch frothy head. Great head retention that when fades leaves a small layer on top floating. Very little lacing is left clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell is on the citrus side with orange zest dominating, some grapefruit, pine resin.

Slight pine hops upfront with a combination of citrus that overtakes and is followed by with more fresh resiny hops and mellows out to a nice slightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Very refreshing taste.

This is a good beer to seek out and I would recommend trying it once. (660 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep straw gold color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head with fair retention to a half finger cap. Decanted continually. Lots of lacing with some washing down the glass.

S: Citrus. grapefruit and pine hops. Orange and grass as the beer warmed. Plenty of floral hops.

T: Very consistent with smell; overall, muted flavors very well balanced. Citrus is most prominent up front with lemon and light-colored fruits in the foundation. Resiny hops in the middle followed by a sharply bittering finish!

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating in the middle with a sharp bitter to balance a crisp finish. Very refreshing APA.

D: Very easy to drink. Good sessionable APA; flavorful, balanced. (720 characters)

Photo of Tolann
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Straw yellow with a white head. Some lacing sticks to the glass. Steady light carbonation moves through the glass.

S - Citrus and wet hoppy. Grapefruit and orange with some grassy herbal hops.

T - Kinda mellow, but every aspect of the nose is there in the taste. Citrus up front, maybe smoothed by pear and/or lemon. Plenty of hops, but not overwhelming. Like an IPA but so much more drinkable!

M - the hops kind of dance on your taste buds after the sip. Hop characteristics aren't too strong. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. It's has a slightly oily feel. carbonation feels right for the weight of the beer. It's light and crisp.

D - very easy drinking. I can tell already that the 6pack I just bought this afternoon won't be around tomorrow! Really good and I'll have to get more! Excellent for a hot day! YUM! (814 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with one of the coolest labels I have seen in a long time. I have always like Odell labels, but they have outdone themselves with this one. The hop vines bend and curve to show rows of grain in the back ground. The negative space creates an illusion of a beer glass, with ole St Lupulin standing in the middle. Just freaking awesome design. I want a t-shirt.

Poured into a pub glass, the head stands a quarter inch. It settles down quick. Lacing is great, wispy strands stick to the glass with a hazy cap on the surface. color is a pale yellow, reminiscent of a pale lager.

Smell has a light floral hops. It's simple and delicate. The hops moves from floral to slightly piney in the taste. Nothing that hits you over the head, but just very mild and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light with a thin oily texture. Goes down very smooth. I put the first one down without even thinking. This is a session beer, even at 6.5% ABV. I would also recommend this as an introduction to hops. It is a solid hops beer, but it is mellow enough to be approachable to someone who is not used to hops.

Blipped "New Patron Saints and Angels" by A.F.I. (1,145 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That's a good looking pour - golden-orange and a hint of opaqueness from within.

The head on this beer depends largely on the aggressiveness of the pour - experimenting a bit, one can overpour a pint with head, but if done right, it's a great head.

The right amount of hoppiness for an APA, but not necessarily an EPA - grassy and piney notes, with an underlying citrus, it's so completely stimulating and inviting.

Heavy grapefruit with grassy undertones, it sits on the outer edges of the tongue, bouncing moisture around your mouth, but leaving it watery toward the middle. Well-balanced.

Nice in the mouth - not too much carbonation, but enough that it serves as a platform for the flavors to resound.

I could enjoy this beer for the remainder of the summer - it's nearly on par with the new Boulevard IPA. But remind me what makes this an EPA? (858 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 (453 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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.


Drinkability: (505 characters)

Photo of Tolnik
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured out into a pint glass. The wheat colored brownish beer created a fair amount of foam. Yet reduced to low amounts of lacing. Giving off the evidence of not having tons of hops. The aroma of the beer is great, sweater amounts of malts with a great balance of hops. The taste of the beer is an equal amounts of hops and malts with a fair flavoring coriander. (376 characters)

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

I love Odell Brewing and this one is now right up there with their IPA. I poured this into a pint glass, and boy, did I enjoy it.

L: light amber color; not much head; slightly cloudy

S: Lots of nice hops; crisp; a faint alcohol scent; grapefruit, citrus and subtle pine elements

T: Again crispy and hoppy; this beer is very good up front but gets a bit watery and thin on the back end; citrus and subtle pine elements in the taste too

F: Pretty good mouth feel; thin on back end

D: This is a smooth and easy drinking pale ale and it sure doesn't taste/feel like much of an "extra" pale ale.

This is a great anytime beer; they are advertising it as a seasonal and that's too bad. This is a damn good brew! (710 characters)

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