Stoudt's Fourplay IPA - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Fourplay IPAStoudt's Fourplay IPA

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87 Ratings

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-29-2014

Our new year-round Fourplay IPA boasts two hop varieties (Apollo and Experimental 06300 for you hopheads) and a full-bodied malt backbone which complements the abundant hop flavor sublimely.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #88 (May 2014):

Brash, Tobacco, Bitter, Grass

Extra pungent hop bitterness with a thick layer of fresh clipped grass flavor. A bit of a hop overload here if that is possible. Experimental 06300 and Appollo hops are used in this brew, both are super high alpha acid hops. Meaning if even slightly overuse them taste buds will pay the price and they do.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Stoudt's Fourplay IPA
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Once again Stoudt's has produced an exceptional beer that won't get the acclaim it deserves. It's a very hazy deep copper beneath a frothy head of khaki foam. The head retention is excellent, continually maintaining a full 1/8" surface covering; and the lacing is just as nice, coating the inside of the glass with walls of broken, sticky foam. It has the appearance of an unfiltered "real ale".

In the nose it's both hoppy and malty, delivering a bit of citrusy fruitiness as well as notes of caramelish malt. It's gently resinous, softly pine-like, spicy, and more like orange in the citrus than pineapple or grapefruit.

Upfront, the flavor delivers juicy fruit atop a delicately sweet bread malt. The fruitiness continues across the middle as more resinous and minty hop flavors join in. The malt becomes more apparent as well, adding in caramel notes, and the blend of flavors at that point is really quite interesting with the fruitiness (tangerine, sweet grapefruit, mango), minty-ness, grassiness, spiciness, and subtly sweet notes of light and dark caramel colliding and overlapping with each other but never really combining. It's bitterness is solid, but it's not overdone, leading to a dry finish that's livened by the fruit and mint of the hops. It lingers, but not for too long, with the fruitiness cleaning it up a bit and leaving you ready for another sip. The alcohol never shows, but then again it really shouldn't at just 6.0% abv. It's really quite drinkable!

In the mouth it's medium bodied and surprisingly smooth with what seems like a natural carbonation. Along with the appearance, that really adds to it's "real ale" character.

It's a unique IPA in that it's actually kind of soft (due to the residual yeast, moderate carbonation level, dry-hopping, and restrained alcohol). It's bitter, and strong, but it doesn't hit you over the head - the choice of hops does that with its bright, somewhat tart juiciness; and that juxtaposition makes it really interesting, and almost compellingly drinkable. Others may fault this because it's not an aggressive, brashly hoppy and bitter IPA, but that's exactly why I love it. As Carol Stoudt once asked of me, "Why make a beer just like someone else's?"

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit hoppy, some malts are present. Taste is hops, bitter, some pine, a bit of malts at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but not a great IPA.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

- consumed in a spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.40) A: Pale orange, distinguishable clarity with a billowing, champagne colored head 3+ inches. Quick release of carbonation bubbles, acceptable broken band lacing coverage with a fair retention rate.

(3.35) S: Nose was bready with pine underbrush, low aromatical appeal. Stalky fragrance with not much hoppiness.

(3.40) T: Spicy pine and toasted munich malt dryness, grassy with parsley herbs. Dry citrus grind, some spruce resiny touch with a dry finish.

(3.35) M: Low carbonation, medium body, dry, ok, but rather unexciting middle of the road experience.

(3.35) O: After having thier black eye pa and thier big nasty, this was a bit of a let down. Middle of the road experience, mundane hop flavor, dry hopped, not much flavor C+.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Stoudt's Fourplay IPA has a very thick, foamy, off-white head, a murky, orange-gold appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is an interesting mix of candle wax, hop resin, and sweet, white bread. Taste is of that, too, and the straight-forward hop bitterness comes in at the mid-to-end of the sip to balance it out, wonderfully. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Stoudt's Fourplay IPA finishes puckering, easy drinking, and not the least bit alcohilic.


Photo of BB1313
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Best by 7/15/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours burnt orange with nice clarity; fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are subtle with lots of caramel malts blended with some grapefruit. Lots of bread. The flavors are very earthy. Lots of malts. There's a solid earthy bitterness. Lots of grass with hints of pine. Some lemon and lime too. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Moderate carbonation makes this an easy drinking IPA.

This is a decent IPA, but it's pretty boring and doesn't end up really grabbing my attention. I'm a fan of Stoudts, but this isn't my favorite from them.

Photo of JWU
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle straight from the brewery, poured into a tulip glass.

A- a light amber, with a huge off white head. Great lacing.

S- some caramel/bready malts, with some earthy and slightly citric hops.

T- starts with some mild fruity hop character, which is mixed with a pretty big bready, slightly caramel malt backbone. Hops aren't huge, but turn slightly minty, and resinous on the finish.

M- slightly heavier than medium. Plenty of carbonation.

O- Just not quite up to snuff. Hops just don't pop.

Photo of PA-hunter
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Cloudy amber with a lasting two finger cream colored head.

Smell- Roasred malt and grapefruit aroma.

Taste- Malt forward with not as much citrus as the smell would suggest. Has a bit of a bland aftertaste along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body.

Overall- Not very complex. A very basic ho hum IPA. Not very tastey either as it lacks flavor.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nice golden orange color with a one finger head of white fizzy foam floating atop the brew. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the lighter side overall and is largely on the slightly sweeter side for an IPA with some nice notes of tropical fruits and some caramel Along with the sweet smells comes aromas of a more hoppy nature with a grapefruit and grassy hop and perhaps just a hint of earth.

Taste – The taste begins with some bready and doughy flavors mixed with a decent showing of some caramel and a light bit of tropical fruit of tangerine and mango. The caramel fades a bit as the flavor advances, with more and more tangerine and mango coming to the tongue. Right from the start there is a decent showing of a grapefruit flavor which remains relatively constant throughout the taste, but which does get a bit stronger at the very end. While the grapefruit gets slightly stronger, it is joined by some other hop flavors of a grassy and pine nature. These flavors are joined by a little bit of a lighter fruit flavor of peach and apricot at the very end, leaving a smoothly hopped and somewhat sweeter but balanced IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 6 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are fantastic for the style and really accentuate the blend of hop in light of the nice malt bill that the brew has.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA overall that is has a good blend hop flavors and of sweeter malts all mixed with a quite easy drinking feel. A rather tasty brew overall and one to try if you get a chance.

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before 9-14-14

a: Clear, shiny copper; poured with a relatively short lived fizzy head.

s: Very fresh smelling yet mellow tropical fruit and citrus. Lots of caramel for balance.

t: East coast for sure and a good one. Lots of sweet grapefruit with hints of mango. Plenty of lingering bitterness and abrasive caramel.

m: Bit heavy for the size.

o: Top notch local IPA, glad to have the option.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber; crystal clear; 1 finger head; nice lacing;

S: floral, but not a lot of aroma - a little disappointing

T: grapefruit, fresh cut grass; moderately long bitter finish

M: medium bodied; smooth; moderate carbonation;

O: easy drinking; I like the bitterness;

Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Red-orange amber color with a lovely sprout of head. Lacing is two thumbs up.

Thin hoppiness. Minty hop, raw leaf, aspirin powder, floral notes, and more chalkiness. Rather dry, and non-fruity. Not a boastful hop nose, but malts neither. They have no stock in this beer. Just a pale cereal note that gets lost behind minty leaf, flowery hop, and the smell of talc.

Flavors are cleaner. Slicing through lime leaf, aspiriny hops, raw hop cone, peppermint, floral notes, lemon rind, and more of that pale cereal backing. Crispy and delicious. So easy to drink. Body is sudsy light; meaning, the carbonation steals all the good waves. I almost thought this was their session IPA, because of the drinkability. Don't get me wrong... the flavors are great.

Photo of ZagZagg
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

A: Deep haze, deep rich yellow, almost copper hue. One finger head that sticks around accompanied by frothy collaring – has a sort of glow to it, very pleasant to look at. Carbonation appears light and body medium.

S: Lemon zap, hop bitters layered with sweet malt and notes of caramel. Tea leaves, moist earth, freshly peeled bark, bits of pine play into a subtle resinousness. Picking up characters similar to unsweetened iced tea.

T: Zesty, dry, almost tart, lemon peels, and ginger. The forward flavor is earthy and herbaceous, bringing coriander, peppercorn, peppermint, lime, and spearmint. The malt here is crisp and dry, brings a bit of rye breadiness. The palate feels slightly minerally, possibly as a result of hard water brewing. Resinous characters manifests in the middle mouth, redwood, cedar, and fresh mulch. Finish is zesty, dry, and spicy, good earth feel.

M: Medium to light body, very crisp and easy to drink - carbonation is quite light and the after taste is lingering and rather drying.

O: Taste a lot like an American Amber to me, sorta like a toned down Nugget Nectar. Hoppy and zesty, but malt fortified. Drier than your typical IPA, but still manages to bring an alternative sweetness. The drinking is crisp and it goes down fairly easily. Not too bad, not too bad.

Stoudt's Fourplay IPA from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.