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Stoudt's Fourplay IPA - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Fourplay IPAStoudt's Fourplay IPA

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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.
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by tone77:
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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.

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4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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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?"

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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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+.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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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.


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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Stoudt's Fourplay IPA from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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