Sunday, May 1, 2011

Odell's Double Pilsner and St. Lupulin are excellent

Odell classifies Double Pilsner (8.1% ABV) as an Imperial Pilsner.  When the term “Imperial” is used with a style it typically means a bigger beer, higher ABV, higher malt, higher hops, depending on what the brewer wants to achieve with the given Imperial they are brewing.  Pouring Double Pilsner is an experience because it is one of the most carbonated beers I have ever poured.  The bubbles never stopped – just take close look at the photo.  Double Pilsner pours gold with a two-finger head and has a good malt aroma.  The taste of this Pilsner is incredible and I would say it is my favorite Pilsner.  Odell describes Double Pilsner as “We feel the eyes of tradition upon us whenever we brew our Double Pilsner. But this beer is not just our tribute to the classic Bohemian pilsner – it’s our own craft interpretation of it. Refreshing and delicate yet bold and assertive, its clear golden color leaves nowhere for imperfections to hide but plenty of room for mystery”.  Double Pilsner is one of the 4-pack series.  I tried Myrcenary (Double IPA) and enjoyed it very mush too.  I will purchase the other offerings from Odell in their 4-pack series.  There are no imperfections with this beer and Odell hits a home run with this one.  It was a great pairing with Chicken, Jambalaya rice, and mixed sautéed vegetables.

After sampling Double Pilsner, I sampled a St. Lupulin (6.5% ABV and 46 IBU) that Odell classifies as an Extra Pale Ale.  St. Lupulin pours golden / straw – a bit darker than Double Pilsner – with a small lacey head.  St. Lupulin strikes a great balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.  I do not find this beer overly hoppy and I think it is a great summer ale.  Odell describes St. Lupulin as “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.”  St. Lupulin is a seasonal summer ale that is available between May through September and I will be purchasing more.  Besides Colorado, Odell distributes in Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona.  If you have the opportunity to sample St. Lupulin, Double Pilsner, Myrcenary, or other offerings from Odell I highly recommend them.  


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