St. Lupulin | Odell Brewing Company

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St. LupulinSt. Lupulin
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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
294
Ratings:
1,050
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
18.38%
 
 
Wants:
120
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191
For Trade:
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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.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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 gregshead
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light golden color with two plus fingers of head

S: Biscuit malts and some faint citrus hops smell. Smells very crisp which draws me in

T: Biscuity sweet malts hit the tongue first but transition to a mixture of this plus a citrusy hops taste. Not an overwhelming hop presence, probably more in line with this style of beer

M: Very light feel with a light-medium carbonation feel. Excellent

O: If there was an extra pale ale category, this is the winer in my opinion. A great summer brew because it is light but still carries some hop presence.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very much looking forward to this one. yet another seasonal from one of my favorite local breweries, so here it goes:

A - slightly cloudy golden w/ a rapidly shrinking head

S - citrus resiny hops and notes of honey, not bad.

T - floral and citrus hops sparkle and steal the show from the supporting bready malts

MF - even carbonation and a medium sized body. not oliy or sticky

D - good session for hop-loving fools

overall -nothing to write home about, but a solid go-to for the summer time, a bit on the pricey side though.

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

This beers pours a bright golden color with a white head.

Smell is a bit piney, citrusy, and earthy.

Taste is citrusy, earthy, malty, and a touch of pine. It makes for a very nice blend.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp start, malty middle, and a lingering hoppy finish.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Not one to turn down. Thanks to the non-brewing friend who brought it over to a home brew tasting.

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Photo of aval89
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a golden orange color with a fingers worth of soft white head.. almost entirely clear body... active carbonation streaming up from bottom..

s: mango, apricot, fresh cut/wet grass, faint pine with a bready back bone.

t: fruity hops upfront.. some citrus peel, grassy notes.. almost like a bitter apricot flavor.. bready malt backbone balances out the hops, as well as a small nuttiness flavor... finish is an almost spicy hop bitterness with some zestiness. has a small amount of oily resin from hops..

mf: just short of medium bodied with crisp carbonation.. dry finish

o: an above average beer.. just expected a bit more from this one.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light golden clear color with thin but long lasting head an lacing.
S: has a very powerful floral fresh hop smell mixed with light citrus
T: going along with the smell the taste is floral and spicy with citrus undertones like lemongrass. But the hops are not overwhelming because you can taste some caramel malts underneath.
M/D: light and sligtly dry with good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good do to it's good taste. Good brew for the summer months.

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

Balanced floral, malty, citrus aroma. The taste has grapefruit, sweet caramel, earth, and mild bitterness. Also some complex herbs in there. A slightly creamy mouthtaste. Incredibly drinkable and flavorful, a great pale ale.

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Photo of TCMike
4.57/5  rDev +12%
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 goatgoat
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear sunflower gold, thick frothy white head and sticky bits of lace. Aroma is big and fresh. Citrus, lemon, floral. Taste is light, mostly hops with a pretty long clean bitter finish. Feels a little light in the mouth.

Nice pale with a solid hop kick but little else.

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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.

Slainte.

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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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Photo of sevopie
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +7.4%
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 WGO
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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 E-McFarden
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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 utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +4.7%
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 Cannibalgasm
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with some visible bubbly carbonation. Head is one finger of white color that dissipates quickly but leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Fruity with notes of grapefruit, melon, and mandarin. There is a fair amount of citrus and a nice herbal presence from the hops as well as some slight sweet malt notes. Well balanced and pleasant aroma.

T: Sweet malts are caramel flavors up front then you get the citrus and fruit flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon and melon. The hops provide herbal floral flavors as well as pine. Very pleasant and balanced.

M: On the heavier side of light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and a full crisp feel. Very smooth and refreshing to drink.

O: An incredibly well balanced and delicious brew. This is one of my favorite Pale Ales and a seasonal release I always look forward to. It has everything you could want in a good easy drinking pale. I highly recommend this brew as it frequently graces my tongue when its in season.

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Photo of Tolann
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +12.3%
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 +0.5%
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 bagpiper2005
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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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St. Lupulin from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.
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