Stoudts American Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 372
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of TheDeuce
4.82/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stoudt's American Pale Ale....

Appearance-orange gold with a nice huge head, lacy simmers down with great carbonation.

Smell-aromatic with hops, malt and alcohol coming through in a nice haze, tried to pinpoint the hops but I can't quite, still very nice smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel- perfect balance, the hops hit at first but malt grain comes through as well, notes of alcohol but very light. Again the balance is just perfect.

Drinkability- easy drinking, about as easy as it gets, would make a great sessioner.

Overall- just a fantastic example of the balanced drinkable APA just hits the target on the spot. It may not be the biggest or the boldest but for me this is just as impressive. (693 characters)

Photo of Zaradog
4.82/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Visual: Served in a pint glass, rendered a nearly white one finger head that dissipated to a thin film within a minute. It has a slightly foggy “clover honey” color. Slight lacing left on the empty glass.

Aroma: I pick up a sweet bready smell mixed with peach/orange. It you have ever had the orange sweet rolls from Pillsbury… it is kind of like those… only before you add the icing. And the citrusy hop note has a very sweet smell rather than one that smells like it will be bitter.

Taste: There is a noticeable bready taste that goes a long way towards totally masking any bitterness you might expect. An ever so gentle bit of bitterness swells up in the back of your mouth and then fades leaving a fresh taste that I can’t quite describe… but I really like! Honey toast maybe… yeah, kind of like honey toast.

Mouth Feel: For whatever reason, when I cracked open the cap, it started to overflow… so I lost a bit of carbonation there. This was curious though because I don’t think I did anything to cause it to foam up. Anyway, I was left with the perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Not so much that it is hard to drink or that it makes you feel burpy… rather just enough to wake up your tongue. Again, I’m pleased.

Drink-ability: I think this might possibly be my new favorite beer. I find myself taking big draws from my cup and then sitting back and allowing the beer to touch every part of my tongue. Breathe in, exhale slowly… mmmm. For me right now… This beer is perfect. I find myself wishing I had a six pack to enjoy! I could get lost in the awesomeness of this beer for hours if I only had more.

Impressions: I’m left trying to remember if my local store carries this in six packs or if it was only available as a single. Is it a seasonal??? God I hope not. If it is I need to stock up. This beer is good enough that I just looked at the clock to see if I had time to drive south 40 minutes to get some more before the store closed. Unfortunately there is no time. This isn’t a strong beer, not a ton of character. Nothing stands out… it just tastes like… pleasure... sit back, relax, take it all in, PLEASURE. (2,173 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks great in the glass; rich ambered orange with fluffy lace and suburban lace ring-age.

Nose is a clean interplay of malt and citusy hops, and quite reminiscent of Pride & Joy, actually. That’s a compliment.

Even in this presumably not-super-fresh example this is a damned fine beer. More of an IPA than a pale ale, it seems. Crisp addictivity of a nice IPA that snaps in the mouth, making you beg for more.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are clearly above average. This is one of those sublime Pales you can frequently convince yourself you like more than IPAs... (574 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Golden brown, lots of carbonation, nice white head quickly thinning out to thin lacing

Smell- sweet malts with a slighty floral hoppy kick which does invite you in for your first sip

Taste- A good strong hop flavored pale ale, upfront sweetness with a nice long lasting hoppy finish, very enjoyable beer, i like this flavor alot, a very tasty beer

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated with soft smooth finish

Drinkability- Amazingly well rounded beer with such delicious hops in the flavor left me wanting more, very flavorful beer that I will definitely be trying to get more of as an excellent session option (618 characters)

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a style that I have been able to try lately with some success. Dale's is a great pool beer and others, but I have yet to find a great sessionable one until now.

A. Yellow brew with a wispy off-white head. Moderate carbonation.

S. Very well balanced. Malts are there but there is also a twang of hops.

T. Tastes balanced as well. The hops are there without overwhelming the malt. A great gateway beer for a Bud drinker to try. My son-in-law is hooked.

M. Moderate carbonation, thin body and clean finish.

D. This is the epitome of a great session beer. I served this at a company picnic to all BMC drinkers and I got several comments and questions. (660 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts American Pale Ale has a medium, egg-shell-colored creamy head and a mostly clear, amber appearance with lots of lacing left down the glass. The aroma is mainly of grapefruit citrus and a hint of malt sweetness and clean water. Taste is of mild, vibrant (as the website says) citrus/grapefruit flavor, with accompanying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Stoudts American Pale Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, mostly dry, and easy drinking. This is a wonderful pale ale.

RJT (492 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion one of the finest examples of the American Pale Ale style. Nice copper hue, good head retention and nice lacing. Nicely balanced with a hop kick. The aroma is strong, but what you would expect from a beer as complex as this one. For best taste and aroma, this beer should be enjoyed out of a glass. (312 characters)

Photo of jkrich
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with with best by date 11/06/07 stamped on neck of bottle.

Pours clear, deep gold to amber with sustained slightly off white head with some lacing on glass.

Upon opening bottle, I could detect the distinct odor of domestic northwest hops.

Initial taste of hop bitterness with a slight caramel aftertaste. Very balanced between the hop and malt. A hint of grapefruit is evident in the hops.

An outstanding, balanced and low alcohol session American pale ale. (474 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth easy drinking pale ale. Clear dark straw with a hint of amber. Light hop aroma. Very easy drinking with a nice malt character and mild hop flavor. Good as a starter for bitter beer haters. (196 characters)

Photo of Bounty628
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with an ABV of 5.0%, Stoudt’s American Pale Ale is precisely what a good pale ale should be. Perhaps they were going sort of down the brazen path attempting to name their beer after the style however what comes out of the bottle is worthy to be associated with the style as it truly exemplifies what a good American pale ale is all about.

The American Pale Ale, poured from a bottle into a pint glass, pours a rich amber color with hints of orange hues mixed into the glass. There is the right amount of carbonation that dances along the inside of the pint glass and gives way to a bright white head that is about one finger thick atop the glass. There is good retention once poured and a nice amount of lacing throughout the drinking of this beer.

The aroma has a grainy complexity to it that mixes it some pretty marked malt undertones. There is both a citrus backing and a sweetness from the malts that is present and the variety that is present in the nose really rounds out the offering. There is an earthy hop presence in the nose that really rises out of the glass quite well and balances the malty nature that exists within the nose.

The taste is what really makes this offering a winner. The balance struck by our friends at Stoudt’s Brewing Company has resulted in a symbiotic winner of an American pale ale. There is a great hop presence at play here but it is perhaps more rounded thanks to the malts within than what one would expect from perhaps an IPA. The hops bring about a citric component to the beer that is matched perfectly to a bready and toasted flavor brought on thanks to the malts. The citrus nature gives way to the toast flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel of American Pale Ale is spot on with a smooth and crisp balance maintained. There is a good amount of carbonation that holds true throughout the drinking of the offering therefore the flavors really work their way out of the glass across the palate.

With the aforementioned ABV of 5.0%, American Pale Ale by Stoudt’s has a great drinkability. This beer would be a really good way to liven up a cookout as both the name and the drinkability of this offering would make it a fan favorite for many different style fans. In a more relaxed setting, American Pale Ale would be a fine session beer for say the start of the football season. (2,338 characters)

Photo of bobbyc881
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out orange, off-white head is thin-supported by moderate carbonation. Clear through the glass. Aroma is sweet malts plus nice, citrusy American hops. Quite inviting.

Taste begins with some sweet, biscuity malts. Some clean bitterness follows. Grapefruit flavors follow through, with a crisp, dry finish. Quite pleasant overall. Solid taste profile. Well-balanced, maybe tipping a bit towards the bitter side.

Crisp and clean, an excellent session beer. Highly, highly drinkable. I'll certainly be looking to buy more of this through the summer. (552 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now brewed at Frederick in Maryland. It pours a slightly hazy amber with golden highlights and a short and creamy off-white head. The head drops shortly to a nice creamy collar and leaves some spotty lace. The bouquet expresses floral and citrusy Cascades. It's not bold, but bright and inviting! With a swirl of the glass some gently sweet biscuity malt becomes apparent as well. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation and it's gently crisp in the mouth. The flavor displays a delicate balance of gently sweet malt and firm bitterness entwined with refreshing citrusy, floral and piney hop flavors. It finishes short and dry with some residual Cascades. Excellent balance. Highly drinkable. An impressive APA. (719 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily one of the best APA's I have had in quite a while. I'd put this up against Rogue's American, actually. It poured a hazy orange with a pretty impressive craggy 2 finger head. Head stayed around for about a minute and a half before subsiding to a layer of frost across the top. Nice sticky lacing. The smell on this one was amazing! I could smell it right away as I began to pour. Lots of hops on the nose, and sweetly so. A little bit of fruit in there (apricots?). This thing just smells delicious! Good dose of hops in the taste, but not as big as I was expecting from the smell. A tiny bit of caramel makes a quick appearance towards the finish which is nice and malty. Well balanced. Great carbonation level and nice weight for the style. Easy to drink and very sessionable.
Blessed Be
-SS (809 characters)

Photo of BeerSingh
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A : Clean and clear copper coloured body with a fluffy, rather sudsy head that hangs around for a while, but leaves only little amounts of isolated lacing

S : Its a bouquet of biscuitiness from the malts and citrus zestiness from the hops

T : Biscuit and bread flavour complemented amazingly well with the citrus feel. Very good amalgamation of flavours. A little grassiness is evident in the afterwards.

M : Smooth and refreshing. Carbonation is not profound, well lets just say well to do.

D : Good flavour and length of experience, something that will simply amaze you, not because its an in your face or a big one - but rather because its simply very "drinkable" (670 characters)

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this is a perfectly balanced beer. Very pale in color, head is not too huge but does leave a small amount of lacing. The flavor comes off really bright and borderline too bitter but once it settles into your palate the aftertaste is quite nice. Finishes with a nice, sweat, creamy, hoppy flavor that's not too strong but just right. I could drink this all night long. Highly recommended. (391 characters)

Photo of charlesw
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What is it about not sleeping or eating and hanging out in airports for 35 hours in a row that makes beer taste REALLY good? So... No long stuck in SeaTac - now I'm in Philly. In this bar thing with 24 beers on tap. It's really amazing how much "variety" there is in BMC!

I'm all the more happy with this beer because I've not been really thrilled with Stoudts in the past. Maybe that's because I was drinking things where I thought they were trying to do big beers - but just missing the mark. Well... This (almost) session ale... This one... It's right on. Freaking beautiful tight foam that just never really goes away... I don't smell much from it but I'm cool with that (and, well, I've already started drinking it so, golly, that's just not really what's up anyway). Tastes... Yummy. Yummy malty with a nice and decent bitter backbone to it. Not crazy over the top, or anything. Lingers a little on the bitterness but not in a citrus way, for example. Very nice. I'd drink these all of the time, no problem. And at 5%, well, that's easier to do, eh? (1,056 characters)

Photo of mempath
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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). (1,854 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber with a decent white head that fades a little too quickly but leaves some pretty decent lacing. The smell is really quite nice, biscuity and dry with a slighttly sweet fruit finish. Flavor is similar, but very frsh tasting, even fruitier and slightly grassy. This one is in almost perfect balance and is really whhat an apa should be. It doesn't have the grapefruit or intense bitterness of some waest coast apas, bu really isn't that what ipas are for? The malt shines in this one, but not enough to overnalance the delicate floral hoppiness. A great beer, the nicest apa I've had in a while. Nice refreshing mouthfeel but with enough body not to be bland. Very sessionable indeed! (706 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow! This is such a great pale ale. This is my first sampling of a beer from the Stoudt’s Brewery and I’ll have to say that if all of their other brews are this good, I’ll definitely seek them out. Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a thick, bubbly head that dissipates moderately, leaving a thin lace on the glass. Nose is full of floral hops with small hints of sweet malts and caramel. Taste is sweet with mild hops. This is a perfectly balanced pale ale, the hops are just right; bitter, but not to overpowering. This is a very smooth and refreshing brew, I highly recommend it to any lover of pale ales. (619 characters)

Photo of aaronh
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy amber with a loose head that leaves a nice lace. Strong floral aromas followed by floral, citrus flavors on the tongue. More hops than I remember in the flavor, but that is a very good quality. A nice, full mouthfeel and a satin finish make this beer very drinkable. I have yet to taste a Stoudt's beer that is not top quality. Grab a few of one of the most patriotic beers available and remember how great an "American" can be. (443 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, well carbonated amber, with a two finger rocky off-white head.
Citrus hop aroma covering toasted biscuit. Floral note.
Nicely bittered citrus taste, lemon and grapefruit - zest like. Toasted biscuit, bit of a light caramel note.
Medium bodied, smooth.
Very pleasant to drink session beer. (307 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, copper color brew with a decent amount of a white head that faded to a ring.

S - bitter, citrus hop aroma.

T - a well balanced brew, very tastey.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Smooth, balanced and very drinkable.

I'd take this Pale Ale over quite a few other 'popular' Pale Ales. (357 characters)

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant orangish yellow in color and very clear looking. Hop aroma is very apparent and is on the floral side and citrusy. Plenty of hop flavor for a pale ale with the hops tasting more grassy than floral as the nose lead me to expect. Malts are on the sweet side and a good amount of citrus flavor mostly of orange and also spicy. Mouthfeel is medium in body and crisp. I have sessioned with this beer and wouldn't hesitate to buy another case in the future. (461 characters)

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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