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

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

Poured into a mason jar.

A - Pours a very nice light copper color with some nice light orange hues. There is a nice thin white head that recedes to a thin film.

S - Delicious citric hop character up front with some nice biscuit malt up front. Very nice hop profile with some mild pine resin as well.

T - Very grassy and earthy hop character. Nice fresh citric and hopy character up front. Cannabis and some nice biscuit malt are also present. There is a nice similarity to the Odell IPA. Except with a bit less hop citrus flavor.

M & D - Nice crisp and light bodied refreshing beer with very nice hop and malt profile. This would be a good intro to craft beer newbies juts like SNPA is used for this many times.

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

Pours glowing pale brass with an egg white head that fades to patches and clings and sheets. Big fresh fuchsia blossom and citrus marmalade nose. Clementine jam on white toast malts with light caramel sweetness and orange hard candy hops. Lemon resin finish, minty hops linger - together these are bracing. Light bodied, clean, ABV is buried.

Imagine a Creamsickle was a beer. So tasty and summery! Gets extra points on feel because it does a such a good job at what it is: a seasonal.

Light body and lack of chew keeps this from being an IPA. Top 10 APA, for sure.

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Photo of WhatANicePub
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much aroma on opening the bottle. Lovely orange-marmaladey hops on the palate, with zest and pith. Lots of sticky malt and a rather thick mouthfeel make it slightly syrupy. Hops counteract the sweetness giving a decently balanced beer.

The finish is bitter enough to be pleasant, but not as bitter as the aroma hops lead one to expect.

It's a decent, enjoyable beer, but given the price of it here as an import, I doubt I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was kinda soapy with really faint hops and had more of a hop character. There was also slight wheat and citrus notes. Up front malts dominate the taste very little hop bitterness and very little citurs wheat flavors. The beer was light to medium body with moderate carbonation that had slight hop bitterness but was crisp on the finish. I think the brew was a little old cause it was more maltier than it was hoppy but then again it was only a pale ale. It atill drank quite welll and was expecting more of a hop bite.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 mwagner1018
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mothman
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a smaller pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Slight hazed orange gold color. Lots of active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Fruity pebbles with floral hops. Light malt flavor. More fruity pebbles.

Taste: Not so much fruity pebbles here. Citrus flavors instead. Lots of dry grassy hops. A bit like summit epa, but more citrus.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and hoppy with a resin feel to it.

Overall, a really nice epa. Started out weird with the aroma, but got past that with the taste and it was decent. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, well this is my favorite in the style (I think). Great copper pour unleashes a bouquet of dry hopped nose busters. Wow.

Taste was even better! So light and refreshing, with an almost dipa like hop blast, yet isn't sticky and resin like. Very clean. The usual citrus and pine, even the typical summer lemon taste to a lesser degree. Thank you for finally making a summer seasonal with hops, I don't know why its always lemon, lemon, lemon but w/o hops. I mean, this seems in retrospect like a no brainer: lemon + hops! Brilliant!

Throughout, went down smooth, didn't fade, just wowed me consistently, and I have never been the biggest O'Dell's fan. Porter, sure, Extra Red, decent. IPA? Not a fan. But this? This is golden, this is the archtype, the model, the gold medal.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a flavorful but drinkable Pale Ale!

Pours a nice, luminous golden color with very generous white head. It laces nicely.

Nose has a very appetizing candied component with some citrusy hops in the background - apricot, light grapefruit, etc.

That candied component is appreciated on the palate as well, perhaps with a honeyed direction in the sweetness. Balance is nice with the grapefruity hops, and a dry "hay" like sort of quality that is pleasing.

Medium bodied and well, just right. Not watery. Not heavy and slow drinking. Just right.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will make this brief. This beer is hoppy and clean. It looks good, it has a light golden color with a hefty white head and great lacing.
It smells good, like fresh hop flowers, yippee for dry hopping.
The taste is well balanced and less bitter than I expected from the smell. A nice malt balance is present. There is a slight burnt aftertaste, like that found in many of the beers from that other famous Fort Collins brewery, too bad.

The feel and drinkability are good to great.

Now I can get back to the drinking part.


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

12 oz bottle.

A: Gorgeously gold colored with a thin head that dissipates into lace around the glass fairly quickly

S: Strong resiny, oily hop smell that pretty much overwhelms everything else

T: There is a bit of a malt backbone here that hits at the beginning, but is then quickly chased off by the piny and oily hops that leave a wonderfully bitter aftertaste. Complex and delicious!

M: medium mouthful with a very crisp & dry finish.

D: incredible; It is complex yet refreshing with a delicious hoppy flavor that really lives up the "extra pale ale" moniker given to it. This is a damn fine beer and one that I will continue to enjoy throughout the summer.

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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 Phelps
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks: perfectly pellucid goldenrod, with a craggy off-white head that collapses rather quickly and leaves sticky trails of lace interspersed with some full sheeting.

Smells: like an orchard. Nice, resinous hop aroma. Honey, grapefruit, california oranges, rose petals. Nice and sweet, but with a balanced spiciness.

Tastes: like the nose incarnate. Brewer Doug Odell once told me that he's a fan of blending hops to invoke more complexity out of a beer, and this tendency is apparent here. A great mix of hops that invoke notes of sweet citrus and floral seasoning. The bitterness is dialed in perfectly -- noticeable but not oppressive.

Feels: like a summer breeze. Medium-high carbonation caresses the tongue while an unexpectedly silky liquid shifts and swirls about the mouth.

Drinks: Like a day spent watching the clouds. Like those puffy wanderers, St. Lupulin becomes complex upon deeper contemplation. With flavors evoking images of flowers and sunshine, it's a fantastic beer for summer and another great one from Odell.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from millah- thanks! Poured into SA sensory glass.

A: pours a bright clear golden with thin dense white head that leaves splotchy lacing.

S: nice aromatic citrus hop profile up front, picking up lemon, grapefruit and mangos, this all followed by a nice bready malt profile. Smells very nice.

T: The hops provide some fruity notes up front with a considerable amount of bitterness, the nice malt back bone comes shortly after the hops. Very nice balance. Somewhat bitter on the finish.

MF: medium carbonation, light body, very refreshing

D: this is a great APA, nice fresh hop profile, nice balance with the malts, drinks like it is way lighter than 6.5%. Great beer!

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Photo of brewdub17
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light traces of copper are found in a gold base but looks a little bland. Beautiful lacing covers a half-empty glass

Smell: Amazing fresh citrus and complex floral aromas of the hops jet out of the head.

Taste: Near perfect combination of light grain and flavorful crisp hops give the beer a steady mellow "punch" of flavor.

Mouthfeel: The abundant flavors cover your entire mouth with great tastes

Drinkability: Though it is too high of ABV to consider it a "session beer", it does not reveal any flavors of alcohol and gives it great drinkability.

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Photo of katan
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours an extremely clear golden color, to almost straw. Head formation is bright white, 1mm, decent lacing. Well retained.

S - Some caramel malts and a decent hit of floral hopping. Somewhat grassy at times. A lighter nose than I expected.

T - Starts off with a lightly sweet malt note, which is then accompanied by a more floral note that almost could be some pilsner malts. Floral hop notes build in the mid-stream, very balanced. Finishes light, mainly hitting the bitter parts of the tongue.

M - Moderate beer body, carbonation creates a creamy sensation on the tongue. Finishes clean, only a little bitter oils left on the tongue.

D - Moderately high drinkability - although this beer could be considered just a bit too bitter for the APA style. Lightly filling.

This beer has to be about 1 IBU away from being an IPA.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thick bubbly two finger head.

Smell is a good citrus hops, some light bready malts in there as well. The hop aroma here is awesome, floral, citrus, pine and more.

Taste is great, nice bready malt flavor with some citrus hops shine through up front. Tons of hop flavors go together very well. This is a terrific APA, very well done. Perfectly refreshing summer beer for any hop lover.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, terrific APA, lots of great hop flavors.

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Photo of suretolose
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a brown bottle. It has a light copper color and is very clear. Has a nice head that last quite a while. Very carbonated, rice beer like.
Smell is of hops and pine.
Taste is of hops and citrus. Slightly dry finish.
Overall a good beer.

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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 ocelot2500
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear slightly amber with gold color that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus hops and with a touch of malt sweetness.

Tastes of citrus hops and some malt sweetness. Notes of grapefruit and lemon zest with a touch honey like sweetness. Some bread notes from the malt as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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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 bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Bright yellow with a touch of haze. Nice foamy white head and light lacing lines.

Smell: Very tangy orange and other citrus, with mild pine and grainy caramel malts.

Taste: Mostly orange-like hop oils with just barely sweet grainy caramel malts providing balance. Ends with bitter notes of spice and pine.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth and oily but fairly light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Lots of hop oils for an APA, making this a fairly unique beer for the style. However, despite the hop oils, it does not stray into IPA territory. Very drinkable with lots of flavor. Pretty impressive overall.

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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 Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow-gold, ok head.

Smell: Piney, herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Balanced pale ale flavor, some mild sweetness mixed with piney and citrus bitterness.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, could have a couple in a sitting.

Odell's summer seasonal is a balanced pale ale. Some pretty good hop flavor, not too bitter or too sweet. Reminds me of their IPA. Not too bad.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
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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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,072 ratings.
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