Description:"A mystical legend echoes in our brewhouse – that of St. Lupulin (loop-you-lin) the archetypal hophead. He devoted endless summers to endless rows of hops, tending to the flowers and the beloved resin within – lupulin. Extraordinary oils in this yellow resin provide this dry-hopped extra pale ale with an undeniably pleasing floral aroma and clean, crisp finish. One sip of this seasonal summer ale and you too, will believe." — Odell Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: St. Lupulin is Odell's summer seasonal. Odell doesn't distribute in Oregon, but Oregonians recently had the opportunity to taste this beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival. I'm a big fan of Odell's label artwork. The St. Lupulin label shows hops bines, which can grow up to 50 feet high. They're an amazing sight! Last summer, I visited Goschie Farms during hop harvest and made a short video that shows the hop harvesting and sorting process. Check it out.
The tasting: Golden orange in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates very slowly leaving plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, pine, with bright grapefruit citrus. Flavor mirrors the aroma. Alcohol is present in the middle. Hop bitterness is pronounced, but does not go over the top. St. Lupulin is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a slick mouth feel. It finishes dry with lingering notes of bitter pine.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! As the name implies, this beer is all about the hops. However, unlike many beers that showcase hops, it's very well balanced. It has plenty of hop aromatics and flavors, but lacks the tongue scraping bitterness. I expect Odell achieved this through generous late boil hop additions and perhaps some dry-hopping. If you're looking for a hoppy (but balanced) beer, search for St. Lupulin before he disappears for the year!