Stoudts American Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts American Pale AleStoudts American Pale Ale

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Reviews by tgbljb:
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a medium amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.

Smell demonstares a significant amount of citrus and grassy hops, without going too far.

Taste blends the hops and malt perfectly, with the result being a tasty hoppy beer withoung being too bitter.

Great long lasting flavor with a pleasant dryness
at the ending.

Very easy to drink, very flavorful.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep coppper color with medium head head that left some decent lacing,the aroma was very hoppy with a slight caramel malt background.Taste is hoppy with a slightly sweet ending,nice mouthfeel.A well done beer,if ur a hophead u would likely enjoy it.

Photo of Marty
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good, solid, very drinkable IPA. I had it on draught at a local bar, and it arrived at my table with a medium-sized head. I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it, because random micro-brewed pale ales tend to run the gamut from weak to extremely hoppy. The minute I smelled this guy, though, I knew I was going to enjoy it. Hoptacular. Smelled and tasted a little citric, a little sweet. Great lingering hoppy aftertaste. The head left a sticky lace around the top of my pint. I could easily have enjoyed several of these; a very drinkable IPA. I live less than an hour from this brewer, but I'd never heard of Stoudts until today. I'll have to investigate. Taste's good so far, though.

Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, hoppy orange in color and crystal clear with a good head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is big on the grapefruit. I can also pick up a slight biscuity smell.

Taste – The hops, fuggle or Amarillo or both, lead things off here. The biscuity malt balance is appropriately light.

Mouthfeel – I thought this was the ale’s weak point. This was light-bodied and could have used a bit more character.

Drinkability – This is nice and refreshing if a bit on the light side for me.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper amber body with a small offwhite head that retains well and leaves some patchy lace in its wake. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and orange, with some assertive pine resin notes. A malty caramel accent is in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Some hop oiliness is also present.
Taste is aggressively hopped, similar to a SNPA, with dominant flavors of pine cone and grapefruit rind. Biscuity caramel maltiness wanders about underneath. The hop bitterness has a nice citrusy juiciness.
This is a very good APA, that embodies the style very well. The hopping seems very close to that of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but with just a notch less bitterness. Nicely drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at the Standard Tap in Philadelphia, Pours clear, light honey amber, fine streaming bubbles reaching the top, off white puffy head, turning to a tiny bubble film and leaving healthy amounts of fine lacing and sheeting. Hoppy nose, citrusy, grainy hops and honey notes, maltyness leading to a nicely balanced and tasty ale. Nicely crafted/fine sessioner

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dull copper in color, with a thick and creamy white head that quickly died down to a thin layer. Quality lacing of the glass. Aromas were hoppy, indeed. Lots of citrus and pine. Small dose of malty sweetnees, too. Flavor is pretty par for the course. Nothing too complex or awe-inspiring. Started off surprisingly sweet, only to be drowned out by a rush of hoppy bitterness. Finishes crispy and cleanly with only a small amount of bitterness. Very thirst-quenching. Medium-bodied and easy to drink. Went really well with my pizza. A solid offering and a good session beer.

Photo of jakester
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from the new variety case. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours a beautiful, clear copper with a one finger head of off-white foam. Carbonation bubbles lazily float to the top. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent lacing.

Aroma is piney/grassy hops coupled with a clean, pleasant toffee malt background. Not overly fruity or estery.

The flavor is crisp, hoppy, with a good level of bitterness. Piney and grassy hop flavor dominates, with the malt playing a reserve role. Crisp and on the dry side. Aftertaste is crisp and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is kind of dry, with a strong bitterness in your throat. Carbonation is fairly smooth, and the finish is crisp and refreshing.

This is a pretty good example of the style. I believe they are trying to emulate SNPA, and have gotten fairly close. This has different hops, (it's not citrusy), but the format is much the same. Good beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep golden color color with almost no head. On the nose is a handful of malt with a hint of hops. Perfect for an APA. Slightly earthy and very pleasant.

Taste is exceptional for an APA, nice balace, malty backbone with a decent amount of Hops to keep it goin. Can't taste the alcohol at all. A bit high for a session beer, but damn, I could drink this all day. Very tasty.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz. bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours a clear golden light amber with some orange hues to it. a little over an inch of white to off white head. left a thin covering of foam over the top, pretty good retention. just a tiny bit of lacing.

the smell is of grainy, bready malts, some caramel, floral and a little bit of citrus from the hops.

i found the taste to be quite refreshing. some light malts in the begining that finishs with a wonderful hop bitterness.

light crisp and smooth, wonderful mouthfeel, really refreshing on a warm spring day. really nice sessionable beer. i would recommend this if your looking for a crisp clean american pale ale.

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/24/2011
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Nice amber, opaque colored body, white frothy finger head, that dissipates but leaves a nice lacing down the glass, nice attractive pale ale.

S: I get a little bit of the sweet malts and some citrus hops in the aroma, smells very good.

T: Good hoppy bitterness, citrus notes of grapefruit. Good malt backbone after the hop bitterness, good tasting pale ale.

M: Good medium mouthfeel , refreshing, finishes slightly dry

O: I enjoyed this pale ale from Stoudts. Another solid addition from their lineup that I have experienced. Refreshing, price is ok, would definitely have again.

Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Faint amber color with a beige head of small, tight bubbles. The head lingers and laces the glass. Aroma is hoppy, as is the flavor. No real flavor of malt in this one. The hop is not overwhelming, but a bit much for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and fills the whole mouth. Carbonation is just right. It's a very good beer, but not heading to the top of my favorites list.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My review mirrors Shiloh's but his is far more clever.

Pours a clear orange with a big fat white head that dissapears all too soon. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells mainly of cascade hops but a slight bread/biscuit aroma seeps through.

Taste is just a wee hint of caramel malt up front with a quick switch over to the afformentioned cascade hops. Medium body and carbonation. Quite drinkable but probably better suited to the summer months. Not malty enough for moi, but that's moi.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperas an amber copper with an off white beige head. Very nice appearance, but not much lace forming here. Aroma is mainly floral hops that flow so well together with a very nice malt balance, man another great APA. Damn talk about refreshing. The flavor comes out a bit more pine coney with traces of grapefruit balanced by sweet succulent malt surrounding the taste buds. A fluffy moutfeel filled with goodness and a great oily texture carries hop resins so well. Yes this has a medium bodied defintion of mmm mm good. Drinkability, well yes I 've tasted it on tap and I say give me a case of this stuff wonderful so amazingly addicting if your into hops.

Photo of glid02
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light grapefruit and floral hops with good amounts of pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pale malt flavors are a bit stronger than the smell would indicate and kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of grapefruit hop flavor enter in before a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this is an easy-drinking APA but nothing special.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear light amber with a towering, sticky sea-foam head and continued, steady carbonation.

Nose shows a bit of yeast behind a relatively muted hop profile, just a nice carroty sort of aroma. In the mouth, medium-full and a bit slick, balanced nicely between bitter and - not resinous, really, but maybe spicy, a bit grassy, hops, and a notable bit of grain and muted sweetness.

Balanced, tasty, easy to enjoy. Thumbs up.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly darker pale yellow than I am used to from an APA with a very thick two finger head that melts to beautiful heavy lacing which holds throughout the drink
Aroma is mostly fresh floral hops.
Taste is incredibly refreshing....lightly sweet malt followed by floral and citrus hops. This beer tasted really, really fresh (and it was...they are date stamped).
Aftertaste clean and bright...mouthfeel is everything an APA should be. This beer is my opinion of a true example of the craft brewers state of the art brew.
Very sessionable.

Photo of dacrza1
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Situation: a nightcap to a day of hosting good friends Brad, Erin and the twins...
Glassware: Yuengling pint...
Appearance: copper golden body with thick foamy one-finger head; body is clear and patiently effervescent...
Aroma: Hops are pleasant and aromatic but not overstated--definitely an East Coast thing...perfumy esters are present as well....
Palate: Bubbly, slightly effervescent and medium-bodied; smooth and slightly oily on the tongue... no real aftertaste...
Taste: pale malts keep this ale flattened.... hops are bitter and well-placed; balance is struck well enough to be repeatably drinkable...
Overall: Tought to find a criticism of this East Coast ale, sippable to the point of six-pack status; a soft end burn only encourages the next sip; cuts nicely into a London Broil...

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stoudt's American Pale Ale

Appearance- cloudy orange/ light brown with a thick head that laces nicely.
Smell- sweet with a very faint aroma of citric (lemon) hops and sugary malt.
Taste- immediate metallic bitterness. followed by a sugary sweet bitter malt flavor, finishing with a sweet crisp dryness.
Mouthfeel- acidic up front, bitter and dry in the end.

Overall- I was expecting so much more from this 1. The metallic taste ruins it! Stoudt's puts up a bad 1!?

Photo of QXSTER1
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm impressed by what a flavorful, everyday pale ale this is. In a less enlightened age this could pass for an IPA. Pours a deep gold with a decent head and some lace. Crisp, well defined flavors marked by toasted grain and floral hops blend for a pleasing taste.
Medium bodied with plenty of malt backbone to stand up to the sharp bitterness. As it warms the caramel becomes more apparent, but never overwhelms. A top notch session Pale Ale.

Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the Double IPA so much that I figured since I saw the 6-pack I'd buy it.

Appearance: Pours a yellow that I wasn't expecting with a quickly dissipating white head. Disappointing as I expected it to at least be hazy and have a bit of head retention.

Smell: Spicy and oily hops up front, some grapfruit and a bit of orange and acidity. Not the best, but pretty decent for the style.

Taste: Hop bitterness up front, some citrus tanginess and bitter grapefruit lingers during aftertaste. The grapefruit flavors are dominant near the end, and I like that spiciness. Though it's not as balanced as I wanted it to be.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. You can sense the bitterness while swishing it around, and this is a good thing.

Drinkability: A solid Pale Ale, but nothing I'd probably buy again. Still, at 5% it would be a trustworthy session beer, especially if you had it with the right foods; since the beer's more toward bitter in the balance department, I'm sure it would go with a lot.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable pale, closer to an IPA with leaf bitternss of hops. Juicy cascade, grapefruit aroma. Not all bitter, there is generous malting. On the strong carbonation side. Medium mouthfeel. OK, but not much in appearance. Another nice effort form this brewery.

Photo of tweeder263
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a darker straw/golden color,,1 finger head,not much lacing.Nicely scented ,can tell has high hop content.Then the taste,not terrible but not verydesireable either. A quick hit of grapefruit then undesireable tartness that lingers for a bit.Not terrible but i wont be trying one of these for a while

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Draft House.

Pours a hazy orange with a soft, white head that has good retention. The nose has an intense floral, citrusy, grapefruity aroma. The flavor is intensely bready and biscuity up front followed by a balanced citrusy hop character that complements the malt well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a nicely balanced, drinkable, enjoyable beer. The malt character is solid and the hops are intense and complementary. I would definitely have this APA again.

Photo of mempath
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice honey color, moderate lacing, quickly dimishing head of soda bubbles on the side with the thick, foamy center (much like the Lancaster HopHog).

again, similar slight hop, caramel-like sweet scent. a little more cereal/malt heft than the HHog. but catching no hoppiness after another swirl and hoglike snort. still, a nice waft of yeastiness asserts and that scores another haf point.

now the similarities depart...hops don't run up to you, but they just step up quietly into your face. i like that. a very palatable bitterness that, split-second, asserts then dimishes with class. this has a more 'aged' elegance and complexity than the HHog. interesting, in not being highly-hopped (something i still prefer to wallow in), it allows a profound subtlety to emerge. i can see the the moderate hoppists finding much to savor here and appreciate. i surely do. a minute later and hoppy micro-bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue. now this is what i like: stealth! maybe call this the BLACK (h)OPS APA...and as always, these get better as they slightly shift from cold to cool.

what begin as highly carbonated viewing is translating to microcarbonating mouthfeel. hop spice and a head that has reduced itself into a nice thick veneer of very compressed sudsiness is a sight to behold and...taste. luscious, thick and creamy medium that the hops, small as they are, shout BANZAI as they go down, harpooning my tongue. man, i might really have to mix the Lancaster HopHog and this to see how they battle it out or make jagged peace!

above average appearance and good smell lead to a triple slammer that stakes out something i want to explore more. true, my first Stoudts (and fairly local). this is a premium APA on all counts. would love to try it on tap. a real session brew if the circumstances warranted it (availability, willpower, etc).

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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