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St. Lupulin | Odell Brewing Company

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St. LupulinSt. Lupulin

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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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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.



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Photo of Premo88
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: pale gold ... yellow ... not much of a head, white, does stick

S: citrus, a bit bitter (grapefruit-like) with some skunk -- the bottle isn't clear, but there's clearly some skunk in this

T: citrusy, a bit sweet ... not quite a candied orange but in that direction; a ton of grain for an American IPA ... still bitter with some grapefruit. it leans all on the citrus side.

F: solid, not remarkable, plenty of carbonation despite a pretty flat pour

O: a good beer but not one of a kind -- it's got good citrus notes, and the bitter bite is there but very manageable. tastes good, and I'd have no problem drinking this all the time, but I can name 20 other American IPAs just as good or better

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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.

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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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very hazy golden with tall fluffy head that retained very well
S - strong notes of pine with some citrus and florals, mild sweet caramel
T - medium pine and perfume bitter hop flavours, toasted grainy malt with some earthiness of the back end
M - lowish carbonation, strong bitterness with a medium dry finish
O - a somewhat unique hop profile for an APA with the pine and perfume creating an interesting flavour, I would call this an occasional sipper if the mood strikes you, worth a try

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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden, yellow color with a large white head that had very good retention. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. A bit worried about the lack of depth in color. Aroma is all hops. Citrus, piney and resiny, very strong hop aroma for a APA. The flavor is one dimensional and not balanced. Almost all hops. My fear of the pale color has been realized. I need more malt besides the slightest wisp of sweetness in the finish. The featured hops do taste good but more balance is needed. Nice carbonation for a hoppy beer, but the body is a little on the thin side. A little too bitter and high ABV for this to be a prolonged summer drinker.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Must be the most perfume-like beer I've ever had. Clouds of pixie dust and after-shave lotion. Crisp and sharp with some malt underneath. Fruity with citrus fragrance but not so much of the bitter peel. Such an odd and distinctive taste but hard to put into words. Herbal with a slight sweet touch, flowery and grassy. Looks nice in the glass with decent lacing and the pale golden color.

Worth trying, but it's not in the mainstream of the style, which is a good thing in my opinion. They call it an "extra pale ale," which seems fitting.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with tons of suspended yeast flakes. A few bubbles rise to the creamy, white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind an intricate web of lacing on the bottom half of the glass.

S - Fresh cut flowers and light fruit on a biscuity malt background.

T - Toasted biscuit and earthy fruit flavors upfront. The body has an appropriate amount of resiny hop flavor lingering in the background from dry hopping, but doesn't exactly fit well with the almost perfume like floral notes. The finish is an awkward blend of flower stems and hop resin.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fine, but nothing special.

Most Pale Ale's are hit or miss for me, and Odell's St. Lupin was off the mark. Maybe I am to blame for cellering it for over a year (which may explain the cloudy appearance), but I didn't like the way the floral dry hopped notes mingled with the biscuity body. In summary it has many aspects of a good beer, but things just don't come together quite right. I'll pass next time and go for a more fresh and refreshing APA more worthy of the St. Lupulin name.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

A: Pours a slightly-hazed gold color with a white head.

S: Citrus and earthy hops along with a bit of sweetness. A little bit muted, even for a pale ale.

T: Quite similar to the smell. Even for a pale ale, and especially for a Western pale ale, this one is a little heavy on the biscuit flavors, leaving the floral and citrus hops in the background.

M: Light-to-medium body with a nice dry crispness.

D: Nice and quaffable, but not one of my favorites from our visit that day.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Fairly hard pour here and a white fizzy head comes on up, very small bubbles. The head retains and provides some great looking lacing, somewhat uncommon with the fizzy white heads in my opinion. The color of the liquid comes out yellow, but more of a hazy yellow even though the beer appears filtered, very interesting.

Smell is pretty good. Hops are clearly present, citrus zest primarily ripe oranges. Malts make a good appearance too, more sort of like a sweet orange bread or something to that effect. The combination is good, could be a little stronger though.

Taste is similar to the smell very much. Hops again come out first, citrus zest again with primarily orange. Possibly some grapefruit too. In the smell the citrus aromas come out ripe and fresh, in the taste it's still ripe, but not really a fresh ripe, kind of like the oranges only have 2 days left tops before you question weather or not to keep them. Right between the ripe and past their prime stage. Malts are still there; rich and bready.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It's light bodied yet pretty smooth. Good carbonation level and well balanced. Very drinkable brew. I like it a lot, but I think Dale's Pale Ale is still the best CO American Pale Ale I've had.

Thanks chugalug06 for the extra in the trade!

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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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

St. Lupulin pours a bronze color with a small barley lacing head. A bitter aroma, with hints of apple. Taste is a a bit sweet, with a noticeable pine note, and finishes a little dry. Good body and feel. Overall, tasty and easy to drink.

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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.

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

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly white foam. Great floral/fruity hop aromas, somewhat grassy, bubblegum. On the palaet, this one was light bodied, with flavors of fruity hops, pears and malt.

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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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Foothills pint glass. Many thanks to busternuggz for a killer trade!

Pours with a brassy-golden hue and a slight haze from the yeast when held to the light. Active carbonation supplies a well-retained veil of beige head that leaves sticky lace along the inside of the glass. Earthy hop aroma backed by hints of tropical fruit. Smells very fresh and organic, while the malts are muted in comparison with a bit of pale & caramel sweetness.

Crisp, hoppy bite on the front of the tongue with earthy pine and resin. Malts are restrained, but bring enough balance to even out all the hoppiness. Body is bubbly and light on the palate, and finishes clean and hoppy. Odell knows how to brew solid, drinkable beers, and St. Lupulin is no exception. Recommended!

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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.

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Photo of IPA1978
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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 herman77
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep gold gold color, good clarity. Small off white head that dies off quickly to a film and ring. Nice small bubble lacing coats everywhere.

S: Nice earthy/piney and citrus aroma. Slight bread malt is also present. Smells nice and fresh.

T: Mainly pine hops with a hint of citrus. Pine sap/resin and lemon. Not overpowering at all since its a pale ale. There is a slight bread/biscuit malt background. Its not sweet in any way, which isn't bad, but I do prefer a little bit of sweet/fruity hops and toffee/carmel malt. Nice crisp, refreshing finish.

M/D: Light to medium body. It does have a very interesting mouthfeel, its very slick almost oily? Its like there is no sign of carbonation when it first hits the palate, but then you can feel it right after that. This is good for a hot summer day, but I think I would get tired after 1 or 2.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you n8dietz.

Pours a very clear copper with a thin laer of foam after a one finger head dissipates. OK bubbling.

The aroma is young tree branch just snapped off the tree with a little grass and citrus and some pilsner and light toasted malts.

The taste starts with medum bitterness from earthen and soft citric hopping. The middle lets out a dry palate and some carbonation fizz. The finish is dry and gypsumy with soft hops and pilsner malts lingering.

This tastes more light a hoppy pilsne at times than a pale al. Pretty easy to drink and session.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean light orangey-yellow pour with 2 fingers of bright white head, great retention, and excellent lacing. smells of mild fruity and herbal hops, bready malt profile. not getting much there in flavor honestly, a crisp yet sweet malt profile, with light floral/fruity hops, slight citrus hints. medium body, high carbonation, damn well easy to drink pale ale.

it's hard to pick up on certain flavors, but it is a very well balanced pale ale. the hops used are more leaning towards floral/fruity, which work very well with the grains used for the malt. if you're into sweeter pale ales, this is for you. i usually prefer mine with a more hop forward profile, but this is pretty damn good.

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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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow body, thick, sticky, white head. Melon and pine hop aroma interweaves with sweetbread malt notes. Surprisingly light and refreshing taste overall; soft malt notes with a correspondingly mild but prominent hop bitterness throughout. Soft, pleasing mouthfeel; medium-light; with a fairly dry finish.

A very pleasant beer to knock back while my dog and I wait for the oven to heat up for our pizza supper (Rocket also likes the taste of this beer – well, just about any beer I offer him...). All the same, a nice summer solstice brew to knock back, especially as Colorado smokes and burns, but year-round, too (based on numerous previous purchases of this beer).

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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,069 ratings.
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