St. Lupulin - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 109
Gots: 121 | 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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Ratings: 916 | Reviews: 275
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.

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.

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.

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Between this and the Denver Pale Ale, those are my favorite pale ales.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of pigc
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 8-16-11.

A - Pours a light golden color with two finger head. Nice lacing. Clings to side of glass. Looks like dish suds.

S - Subdued. A little pine, breadiness of the malts, some clove?

T - Spicy, floral hops. Oh so smooth and well balanced APA.

M - Light to medium. Very smooth.

O - Another great beer from Odell. Great representation of the style. I could easily see myself drinking many of these on a hot summer day. Extememly satisfying when you're looking for a pale ale with lots of flavor that doesn't burn you out. Wish this was available year round.

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.

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/14 - 12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Soapy, bone-colored head. Contrasting multitudes of tiny and large bubbling brings a lot of character up top...while the body itself is supremely crisp, a light, sun-kissed golden hue to the beer. Head has dissipated after a minute or two, leaving a sticky looking cap & webbing lace. We're off to a good start.
The first time I smelled this beer, I was in heaven. The bottle sampled tonight has about 2 weeks to it from date of purchase, and seems to have fallen down to earth a bit. Still, it is an outstanding lively & ethereal nose of the best hop characteristics: flower, perfume, tangerines, melons, earthy pungency... lofted on a dry, punchy malt backbone... this is a surefire winner.
Taste starts too light on the lips - watery and bouncy on the front, the beer begins to open up right on the middle of the tongue with a biting, noble hop profile. The beer 'catches', and the body seems to grow from nowhere.. From there the journey gets more exciting - a strong blend of orange blast & melons awaken my senses... all of these bright hoppy flavors are buoyed by a sweetish, lingering maltiness. Sufficient carbonation keeps things crisp, sharp as well, which is a nice treat... I'm surprised the alcohol stands at 6.5% abv, in my mind that detracts from the drinkability. Otherwise this beer is fantastic. Odell has brewed one of the more enjoyable APA's I've tried in a few years.

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

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very clear orangish-amberish-copper color with very few bubbles rising to the top. A solid wispy finger of bright white head caps off this beauty of an IPA.

Smell: Smells heavily of citrus and pineapple. Tinges of juniper and pine bitterness sneak through as well. This smells quite yummy!

Taste: Hoppiness ahoy! This is awesome. The bitterness of the hops is rivaled by the sweetness of the malts. It overlaps, and goes back and forth. It's an incredible taste and I love it!

Mouthfeel: This Extra IPA is crisp and light. The hops contribute to the bitterness and the light mouthfeel making this a very easy to drink Extra IPA.

Drinkability: I love this beer. If Odell chose to make this a year-round offering, they could ship a few cases out to Kansas every month to a very happy home and palate.

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

12 ounce bottle... best by date of 9/28/11 on the label.

Wow I believe we have a new favorite summer beer. Holy moly this stuff is good!

A - Very clear golden, dark yellow - a significant frothy white 2 finger head. Significant sticky lacing all the way down.

S - Mmmm good... wonderful mix of sweet malts and bittering hops. The dry hopping did wonders for this beer. Some fruity notes in the nose - perhaps pineapple / orange / grapefruit. Also some some pine in the hop character. Close to an IPA, but not quite as bitter.

T & M - Very smooth and nicely carbonated. Hides the 6.5% alcohol very well. Great beer to crack open and enjoy on a hot summer day. Taste similar to smell - like a pale ale on steroids.

Overall - a fantastic summer beer. I continue to be impressed with O'Dell. They are definitely one of my favorite breweries.

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.

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.

Photo of johnyeast
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A familiar sweet smell of Odell's hop profile. A bit of maltiness in there. Amber in color with a slight white head. The bitterness of the hops is combined with the sweetness of the hops and malt and creates a good balance. Not the bite of their IPA which I love and which makes this a bit more drinkable. Once again Odell's has produced an incredibly balanced and quality beer. I am lucky that I live in FTC.

St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.