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St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 93
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of trappistlover
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours clear golden color with off-white head. Light carbonation. Aroma has grapefruit, lemon, resin and some dank aromas. Taste has some bitterness, but is mostly malty like Fat Tire. Medium bodied with chunky texture. Bitter finish. Not a fan of this att all. Not sure why this beer is so highly rated on this site; its like a hoppy version of fat tire.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Light golden orange. Mostly clear (95%). Frothy 1" light cream head.

S: A little chalkiness mingles with a little fruit & resinous hops.

T: The malty backbone of this one allows the hop character to develop from beginning to end. A light caramel with bright, slightly citrus hops. Good.

M: Perfectly drying. Nice med-high carbonation.

D: Very good. Worth a second or third try.

Photo of ddahlen
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel snifter with about an inch of head which dissipates quickly and shines with a beautiful golden hue.
The nose has some fantastic hop aromatics with some mango, apricot and some fresh grassy notes.
The taste hits me with some mandarin orange, slight caramel malty notes and a smooth touch of bitterness.
The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Really nice.
Overall, this is an insanely refreshing brew with some superb hop aromatics. A very solid brew.

Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. Golden amber in color with a thin, sticky white head barely covering the beer.

Aroma has a zesty lemon mixing with some grapefruit citrus and a little bit of a resiny pine. A lighter, bready, sweet malt profile coming through as well. Pretty good and appealing hoppiness for the style, while also not crossing too far into IPA territory.

The taste starts out with some of the bready and zesty citrus qualities to it. Midway, a modest bitter, rind like quality starts to come out and mixes with some malty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style. It had some very nice hoppy notes to it, but the malt came through with some nice balancing flavors. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer of the style.

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy deep orange, amber with a thin white head.

S - Citrus, floral aroma with candied citrus notes. Pale malts with a doughy, bready notes.

T - Floral and citrus hops and sweet bready malts.

M - Airy body with a lingering candied citrus.

D - Well balanced and very easy drinking. Nice summer beer.

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

12oz bottle to Perfect Pint.

A: Almost perfectly clear light straw/golden yellow, with decent carbonation and slightly off-white head lacing.

S: Begins aromatic with tropical fruits and light malts but warms into a bitter pine and grapefruit nose, with touches of malt and honey sweetness.

T: Again, hop forward with a nice lightly toasted grain malt bill underneath and crisp finish that reminds me of green apples without the sweetness. The hops are earthy and the oil really begins to come thru after this beer warms up.

MF: Light, crisp, a little dry, slightly resinous once the hop oils show up.

O: A pleasant drinker that I would recommend.

Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into half pint glass in the Oslo pub in Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes. The price was obscene in Ireland.

A: Two finger head of fair thickness but little cream. Hazy yellow-bronze colour.

Sm: Estery hops - grapefruit? Bittering hops.

T: Very hoppy estery build with a grapefruity finish. Some citrus orange on the finish. Bittering hops on the climax. Ruby candy aftertaste (you'll know it when you taste it!). Floral tones. Built well for the style and nicely balanced.

Mf: Wonderful coarseness and dryness. Complements the flavour.

Dr: A wonderful summer ale. It obscures its ABV very well. Quite delightful, but don't make the mistake of buying it in Ireland when you're from the state it's brewed in. Oops.

Photo of
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to get this beer at the brewery, a day after they bottled it.

a-almost clear pretty golden with a two finger head. Head falls into a nice cloud and keeps a top on the beer through the drink. Laces well in the pint glass.

s-smells just like the brewery. Good balance of malts and hops. Not nearly as agressive as others on the nose, but does great for the beers style.

t-nice and crisp, some hops, not bitter, some malts. Refreshing and clean on the finish. Hops add more aroma than thay do bitterness. Nice for a summer beer.

m-clean and clear. Not thick, but not watery.

o-I think this is a great seasonal beer. Just got done doing yard work in 85 degree weather, and this is just what the doctor ordered. I would say this beer is a good example of an American Pale. Good for a session beer.

Photo of rawfish
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-influenced golden color with a two finger head; decent retention and quite a few strands of lace

Smell: Biscuity malt with strong floral tones; piney hops, underneath

Taste: Opens with the biscuity malts laying a slightly sweet, toffee-influenced backbone; in the middle, the piney hops add a bitter, but floral aspect which comes into balance with the malts after the swallow, with the finish adding a citrusy edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another quality hoppy beer from Odell; much better than the typical APA

Photo of Jeriba
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/29 and consumed on 11/2. You can't beat that!

A: Pours the color of a typical pale ale, with a generous cream-colored head.

S: Grapefruit and pine, and a kind of soapy aroma -- maybe lavender?

T: Tasty, but I would prefer more hop presence.

M: Crips and slightly astringent

D: Very high. Pass me another.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 11 Jul 2010. Poured in the Dillon Dam shaker pint.

Medium sized off white to yellow head. Lightly carbonated. Clear bright amber color. Aroma is light, resiny with some grapefruit zest. Fruity and sweet, with a bit of tangy grapefruit. Medium to light body. Ethanol somewhat noticeable. Finish is pithy bitter with a lingering bittersweet hoppy aftertaste.

Would definitely get this on a regular basis if I could.

Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.com...

Poured a golden yellow colour with a slight haze... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded to decent light covering... light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines cling to the glass...

Aroma - Light maltiness mixed with a good dose of citrusy and peppery hops, pine, tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, apples), very floral, quite grassy, faint honey sweetness, light breadiness, some sea salt...

Taste - Good grassy and citrus hop bitterness, light pine, tart fruits (grapefruits, apples), light sweet biscuit malts, hint of wheat, peppery, some salty notes, floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite smooth with a little bite underneath... light / medium body. Very, very quaffable and refreshing...

Overall - A excellent, straightforward, hoppy and very drinkable APA... recommended...

Photo of scarfield
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden from the bottle, a thin head subsides into just a light film over the top of the glass. Leaves little to no lacing in the glass.

Smell is predominantly of hops, however an over-ripe citrus aroma (almost like an apple-based wine) also appears.

Taste is overwhelmingly hoppy, with the aftertaste being more like a wheat beer such as Boulevard. The crisp qualities are there of a pale ale, but the aftertaste did not have the same hoppy bitterness that was picked up in the nose and initial taste.

(Edit... As the beer warms the hops become more prevalent in the aftertaste, but it is still wheaty)

Very crisp and extremely light in the mouth. Easy to go through a bottle without really realizing it.

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

Golden straw in color with a white foam head.
Green, grassy and floral in the nose. Really resinous with some bright grapefruit. So far, it delivers on the hoppy promise in the name, as lupulin glands are what hold the hop oils and resins.
Throughout there is a great hop flavor with a subtle malt backbone. Pleasant floral hop notes with grapefruit shining through that lends to a somewhat sweet malty, but bitter finish.
Light to medium body with bright flavors. The carbonation level adds to make it a really refreshing drink as it is a summer seasonal.

Photo of Lucklys
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a hazy golden honey with lots of carbonation initially that fades rather quickly into a light gauzy head. When I first poured it into the glass, the foam did hold its own right away, but also faded just as quickly as the bubbles in the liquid. The lacing did stick to the glass very well as I was drinking it.

The smell is surprisingly floral, which I haven't yet really had the pleasure of coming across in any of the other beers I've tried. It just doesn't smell quite like anything else once you get over the obvious citrus and bitter hop scents, especially when you start picking out something skunky - like cannabis... Somewhere in the way back, there is also a tiny hint of something spicy, perhaps pepper, that almost doesn't want to be found. Maybe it's just my nose making things up. No matter, I still rather enjoyed the bottled version over the tap, regardless of the overbearing hops which carried right into the flavor.

First taste: hops

Second taste: hops

Third taste: hops, citrus (grapefruit? sour orange?), honey, hops

Fourth and beyond: grapefruit, pine, honey, hops, grass, and barley

At the end of each smooth sip, it left my mouth thick and dry with an extremely bitter aftertaste that was not all that delightful. Though the beer had a nice, medium consistency with just enough carbonation to keep it flowing easy, once that mouthful was swallowed, I had to be ready with a wave of water. I'm not quite sure what a floral taste is, but this beer also has that, which I'm sure contributes to the heavy floral scent I mentioned earlier.

In the end, due to this being a seasonal beer from May to September/October, it really fits in with the early summer feeling. It's one to mow the lawn with, so you can further pull out the plant smells and tastes that are hiding under all the hops. I would love to sip this while walking through fresh cut grass, that crisp, tangy smell permeating the last of the early afternoon humidity.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

utterly fantastic beer, simply put one of the best i have had in a very, very long time. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/20/2010.

the pour was near perfect with a hazy amber color with loads of carbonation that left a sticky and rich looking white head that reached a height of three inches and never let me down.

aroma was rich hop notes, huge citrus here, fresh oranges, pineapple, grapefruit and the slightest balance of bready malts. warming brings it all out even further and leaves you utterly stunned by the brilliance here. smooth, creamy and incredibly rich the hops just stick to your teeth, this was ungodly fresh and clean with a smooth, full bodied feel and a super drinkability.

cannot stress this enough one of the best beers i have had in a long time. top notch.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - murky golden color with about 2 fingers of head and good carbonation.

Smell - fairly hoppy and wheaty. Floral smelling..somewhat dry.

Taste and mouthfeel - faintly citrusy at the beginning. Definite hoppiness, but not with a strong bitterness. Floral in the taste as well. Lightness to the texture, but still somewhat fuller in the body. Not a terribly strong aftertaste.

Drinkability - unique "feeling" to the bitterness that I like. Fairly easy to drink and complex enough to make it worth thinking about while you drink it.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Expiration date of September 2010; Sampled August 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a copper-gold hue that shows an almost clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The beer smells of herbal, hemp like hops up front backed by notes of Meyer lemon. A touch of garlic chive adds to the dank hop quality. After sitting for a bit more sweet hop fruit notes become noticeable in the nose; lychee, juicy fruit gum, tangelo and kumquat can at times be quite noticeable.

My first sip is sweet enough to accentuate floral and fruit hop notes of peach, orange flower nectar, lychee, and citrus oil. This is backed by a solid herbal and pine-like hop character as well as a firm, lingering bitterness. The finish also is a touch astringent from the hops. A pale grain sweetness is just noticeable and there is a touch of cracker like malt towards the finish, but this beer is clearly all about the hops. The malt character becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms, though it never plays a prominent role. Fairly light bodied, but it does have some palate heft to it; basically it has enough malt body to stand up to the ample hop character, but still remain quite drinkable. A touch of alcohol warming starts to come out as the beer warms.

This is a really nice beer, you will need to like a dominant hop focus though. Light and quaffable with a robust hop character that keeps this hop head coming back for more.

Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of camp0474
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale gold color with a creamy head.

S: Floral and Earthy hops with faint malt smell.

T: Floral hops and light sweet bread malt flavor. Reasonably well balanced for being dry-hopped. Tendency slightly towards the hops. Crisp bite in flavor and feel.

M/D: Medium body. Seems to be a bit too much carbonation as it goes down. Has a crisp bite to it.

Overall pretty drinkable and refreshing.

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

Dull golden honey hue with a small delicate capping of whitish foam. Lots of thinly placed sheeted lacing sticks to the glass.

Pleasingly sweet and floral aroma with a nice dancing twist to some citrusy lemon candy. Bits of dry wood, dry bread dough, and light pale malt adds a nice mix to its sweetness.

Taste grabs a dryish pale malt to start then all sorts of fun, easy going hoppy stuff rides in with a sweet floral ascent and a well rounded, well placed sweet lemony candied background. The dryness seems to always press its presense to the surface, but in a well balanced manner as to not get too pushy or harsh, letting that sweetened citrusy candyness sit inbetween with a favorable mellowness.

Airy medium body with nice dry and sweet balance that creates a nice twirl of character on the palate. Everything sits just right among one another. Its dryness is making up most of its play but that sweet citrus candied backing does its job.

A solid, playfully light and sweetened showcase of a style I usually avoid. A solid drinker of a Pale. This was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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.


Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with a one finger head with nice retention. The aroma has grapefruit and oranges. Not overly complex, but good. The flavor also has grapefruit and oranges, with a small amount of malt present.

Nice carbonation, crisp, clean, light to medium bodied. A nice drinkable beer which I would gladly buy and drink again.

St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.