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St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 971
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 115
Gots: 152 | 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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Reviews: 277 | Hads: 971
Photo of bigbelcher
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Papago. Aroma was that of grassy type hops. Some malt background but faint. Carbonation was low but appropriate for a cask conditioned beer. Flavor was rich two row malt with plenty of wonderful hop flavor. Odells did a great job dry hopping the beer. Again, very grassy flavor, not to much citrus. One of the best cask beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of TCMike
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium honey/gold color, and produced a 2 finger beige head.
The aroma was great....hops, citrus, bread.
The taste is similar to smell. It has medium carbonation, and mouth-feel. It ranks medium on the bitter scale, but is still easy drinking.
Great beer! I will be buying again.

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Photo of sevopie
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden in color with a thick white head. Laces well.

Nice floral citrus hops on the nose with a touch of caramel malt.

Hops greet you right up front with a large dose of grapefruit and a touch of pine. There's a bit of some spice in there with a grainy malt rounding it out.

Medium to light mouthfeel with a fine but generous carbonation.

Odell's knows how to make an enjoyable beer, and this is one of my new favorites. Crisp and refreshing, borderline IPA, but not too overwhelming on the ABV to be hard to put down a few.

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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 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 WGO
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber colour, with an off white head. Very small bubbles clinging to the glass throughout.
Citrus hop aroma as expected but not too powerful.
Very nice taste, quite alot of malt. Seems true to what I have read about the style.
Some hops showing through but not to over powering, hints of satsuma, grapefruit and pineapple.
Overall very drinkable but still holds my interest.

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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- clear gold. Full head.

Aroma- sweet and hoppy.

Taste- gentle floral hop start,then malty with hints of rich earthy bread, finishing with a dry bread yet hoppy balance. 47 IBUs

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass received from ottovon in our latest trade...

a-clean copper color...small quarter inch head that faded into a dusty white cap...leaving behind a little lacing...

s-sweet malt and believe it or not the faintest alcohol...citrus hops jump up in the middle before the bready character rounds this out

s-sweet malt and citrus hops up front...slight bitterness..middle is sweet and bready then a flash of hops jump in again before that bready note comes to carry this one off

m-a tad bit oily and resiny from the hops...taste does dance around for a while before fading....carbonation is spot on

d-could and would make this a regular in the rotation if i could get it....not hard to put away at all

overall i am impressed with this...my first bottle from the latest trade with ottovon proves a hit i can only imagine what the rest will be like

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Photo of Tolann
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of Humulus85
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time with this brew, but I love O'dell. From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter for effect.

Pours a hazy dark gold. Great egg-shell white, one and a half finger head. Very nice retention and sticky lacing.

Wow that is a wonderful nose. Tropical hops dominate, candy like sweetness that seems like it come from the hops not the malt. Slightly resinous. Caramel malts. No alcohol. Very, very nice.

Just a great hop profile. Easily the best hop profile I've tasted in a Pale Ale. Even with the "Extra" attached to the label this is pushing into the IPA range. The balance for an APA is a bit off. Loads of mango and melon, some citrus, some piney bitterness, slightly resinous. Mr. Lupulin would be proud. Solid, not too sweet, malt backing. Still that candy like sweetness, not sure were that is coming from, but I like it. Again no alcohol.

Solidly medium in body. Creamy and slightly chewy. Finishes clean with a bit of lingering hop bitterness. Perfect carbonation, from the obvious bottle conditioning.

Overall this may be the best APA I've ever had. Rivaling some of the "fresh" hop varieties around. I really can't find much bad to say about this beer other than it really seems more like an IPA to me. If I did this taste blind I would have called it an IPA. As a beer it is truly a 5, but as a APA it falls jut short. For a non-hop head this may be too much. Summit EPA has the hops and the balance with a great malt profile. Recommended to all. Cheers!

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Great to see St. Lupulin back on the shelves! Odell always has terrific bottle art, but I think this one is exceptional, with the glass of beer formed by the negative space in the picture. Pours a nice light gold amber with a ful inch head the consistency of quality dish soap. Incredibly resinous nose with plenty of hop aroma. Pine, grass, and some grapefruit abounds. Hops are present throughout the beer. There's pine and grass up front with some surprising bitterness in the middle of the sip before finishing with citrus fruit. There's no real complexity here, though there's a nice balance between malt and hops. Thisis is a beer that's very straightforward on the palate, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Golden yellow in color with a slight haze. Two fingers of frothy white head that had excellent retention and left all sorts of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Predominantly grapefruit hop aromas on this one, supported by a pale malt sweetness. Hints of tart fruit as well.

Taste: Things kick off with a tart fruity taste (not sure exactly what it is - green apple maybe?) supported by a sweet pale malt backbone. Biscuity middle and finishes up with a moderate grapefruit and pine hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with medium carbonation. An apparent smoothness, and a dry finish.

Drinkability/Overall: Quite sessionable but the alcohol sneaks up on you. Good flavors, not filling, and refreshing. Great summer brew.

Final Notes: This is a great beer, and easily one of the best summer seasonals I've had. Bordering on IPA territory but retains the refreshment and lighter character of the APA style. Good utility beer.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of these at Macadoodles (not sure of spelling) in northern arkansas.

My last one on a day of driving chilled down in a sink full of ice water. In a hotel water glass it has a nice golden color. Light amount of lace to it. Moderate hop aroma. Not overt. Lightly hints of cedar, looks lame but smells like it's got game.

Bready, hopped up a bit, but light. medium level bitterness that lasts for a few moments. Some malt to balance it. Lingering grapefruit peel & lemon flavor. Crisp refreshing stuff. One step from an IPA.

Good body to it. Not too light or heavy.

Pretty good purchase considering that their age makes the flavors deteriorate.
Very drinkable. But for how long is anyone's guess since they don't date bottles.

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Photo of tito42
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with about a finger of white head that retains pretty well throughout drinking. Leaves spotty lacing.

S - Nice hop aromas with floral and citrus notes. Somewhat of a hoppy "spiciness" present as well.

T - Similar to the aroma, citrus (mostly grapefruit) and floral hop flavors with a very slight sweetness in the background balancing it out. The hops also have the tone of spiciness in the flavor as well.

M - Medium bodied with a nice, but not too heavy resinous feel. Good level of carbonation

D - Very good drinkability. Has a very nice hop profile, and it is quite refreshing. Solid new seasonal offering from Odell, they have yet to let me down.

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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 Wheelinb
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, yellow-amber color, with a nice looking head that had some staying power. Aroma was extremely pilsner-like, I thought, and while I like a good pilsner here and there, I didn't buy a pilsner, and was therefore a little thrown by the zingy grass and breadiness. I should mention I don't drink a lot of pale ales, though I do like SN's (of course, who doesn't?). I guess I was expecting more hoppiness given the story about St. Lupulin tending to his hops and the hop field design on the label, and there is some, but it's not really up front. In fact, this beer is just so balanced, just so medium across the board (medium body, medium hops, medium malt) that it was hard for me to identify this beer's particular character. I mean, where's the hook? What's the angle here? Very drinkable, and you could probably drink these all day long and not get tired of them, though the 6+% abv kind of excludes it from a sessionable as well. Good, but just confused as to where they were going with this.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden copper hue, light white head, fizzles down quickly, leaving just a trace on top, nice lacing speckled & layered down the glass.

S- Ripe pear, honey dew, crisp citrus, fresh floral aroma.

T- Up front mild malt followed by nice burst of bitter hops. Slight spice, clean finish.

M- Medium body, grassy fresh texture, enough body to have a good punch of flavor, good dry finish.

D- 6.5% wow, this is a pretty big APA, I'm impressed, this beer is smooth, clean, nice bitterness, good lasting finish.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice gift from my parents during their visit!

Pours a clear russet gold leaving a nice touch of froth which slowly diminishes to a cap of white.

The nose consists of crisp malted barley with a touch of honey. The hop factor is well integrated providing a delicate balance. A floral aroma with some subtle spice.

The taste brings more clean malty flavor that is slightly sweet and very nice. More floral hop flavor and some citrus in the background. A great hop profile that is not overdone makes for a great session summerbrew.

The mouth feel is light, crisp and refreshing with just the right amount of fizz.

Overall this is one of my favorite pale ales. I really liked their 5 Barrel pale ale but this is even better! Bravo Odell's!!

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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 bennett_loves_good_beer
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pale golden orange color. A finger width of head dissipates quickly. Modest Lacing. Aroma is great. Nose is slightly floral with grapefruit, orange, and peach. Taste is full of hoppy fruitiness with a nice clean bitter hop finish. Just a great hoppy fruity flavor throughout. Mouthfeel is great with the perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is fantastic and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Forb
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.