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Stoudts American Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudts American Pale AleStoudts American Pale Ale

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of Bouleboubier


4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Pete's Famous Pizza)

A: surprisingly fantastic pour in a cold pint.... solid, rocky, cottony head - color of recycled egg crate paper... clear, golden liquid... lace left in broad bands, ample cover

S: balance of toasty, cereal-y malts and hop pellets.... mellow... unmistakable, straight-up APA

T: up front - nice, smooth, lightly-spicy hops... light-medium bitterness.... firm malt follow-through after each sip... malt a bit obscured in the background.... mild, mid-range crystal malt sweetness, but very naked flavor from it - like chewing on the grains

M: ideal lighter body and dry finish for the style... bit of a frothy wash from the foam

O: quintessential APA... quite well done... something to seek out in the summer

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 15:54:21 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of thecheapies


3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber beer with a lovely crusty foam head. Light, fluffy, airy, well-retained, and lacing all down the glass wall.

Florally bombastic with a good deal of citrus rind aromas and chunky biscuity malts. Leafy green and dosing with the bitterness. Delivering the nose.

Bolstered citrus and flowery hop cone with that good and dry pale malt backing. A hint of melon rind in there, too. Quintessential APA components here.

Crispy feel with aggressive bitter-carb punch and a dry body to punch through. A good feel for a hoppy pale ale.

Excellent pale ale. Not a top ten choice for me, but it's hard to say why.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 18:42:09 | More by thecheapies
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of fruity yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fruity yeast along with notes of pale malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good beer for the style because it’s easy to drink and has a good amount of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 23:48:19 | More by metter98
Photo of MONKandTUCK


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light gold. Just a hue darker than your average Lager.

A - Soft. There's come citrus, but not enough. I understand that with a low ABV beer, hops can very quickly crush the palate and take time to mellow. However, the aroma is what sells a beer, regardless of strength. This beer could have really set itself apart with a bigger, more flowing and succulent aroma.

T - Soft malts and a touch of caramel. Not exceptional. Still, very clean and flavorful. There's no grainy bite in the finish, no grass.

M - Lean, but it doesn't finish too dry.

O - Great session beer. But when more interesting offerings are on tap, it's difficult to stick with this one or regularly return to it. I do wish it were more regularly available in the area because this is a perfect "anytime" beer, and something beer geeks and BMC abusers can equally enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 22:41:51 | More by MONKandTUCK
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 02:42:53 | More by tdm168
Photo of kylehay2004


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger thick head. Golden with touch of amber.

S: nice strong hop and spice smell for a pale ale.

T: smell unfortunately does not forbode a hoppy taste. Its actually more malty. A little dry and a bit watered down initially but finishes with a mild sour and malty back end that is actually more tastey than it sounds. Floral notes.

M: mild body for a pale ale. Wet.

Overall: A different approach to a pale ale. The discontinuity of smell and taste give it a knock on the overall section.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 17:57:47 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Stoudt's Brewery, with an awesome top sirloin steak!

Pours an orange and brownish color. Smell is fantastic - the perfect amount of barley and hops for me. I like hoppy beers, and this had a little more 'kick' of the hops compared to most other pale ales.

Taste is very smooth, with lots of character. It'll take several sups to truly figure this beer out. I love it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 15:17:42 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of Kelly88


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the dilly deli.

A- Served in a nice tapered pint glass. Clear and translucent. Has a honey color that is kind of dark but looks really good. Has a Nice bright white head That is really lasting. Lacing is clinging the glass as I quaff.the carbonation level.

S- nothing really special here. Very faint hop aroma with some toned down malt. Not very strong at all.

T- the hops are present but come off as soapy and a little astringent. Finishes with some semi-sweet malts That balance the soapiness quite well. Good not great

M- medium bodied. Pretty heavy for a pale ale. I like the carbonation. Just wish there was more taste to deliver.

D- I could haveva few and enjoy them. I just don't think the drinkability is as good as similar beers.

First beer from stoudts and its pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 18:39:11 | More by Kelly88
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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Tobias Frog in pint glass.
Pours copper/orange with good clarity and a nice head that held for a little and laced well. Smell is pretty fresh with citrus notes and a bit of pine. Taste is good and clearly a pale ale. Not a borderline IPA like alot of APAs. Grapefruit and orange notes with a good dry bitter bite. Solid mouthfeel with a good coating. All in all, a solid option and is to style but is a notch below the top tier of pale ales IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2010 01:40:29 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of Lunch


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/09/10).

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with one finger of an off-white head that settled to collar leaving some patchy lacing.

S: Faint aroma of grassy and bitter hops along with a sweet malt.

T: Some grassy and bitter hops combined with a semi-sweet caramel malt. The bitterness lingers after the finish. Decent, but nothing special.

M: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and no hint at all of the modest 5% abv.

D: Quite drinkable and rather sessionable if you can get over the fact that this is certainly not the most flavorful American Pale Ale.

Overall this was a decent easy drinking American Pale Ale from Stoudts, but there are many more examples out there that I would rather drink. Worth a Look.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 15:51:15 | More by Lunch
Photo of BeerSingh


4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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"

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2009 08:55:18 | More by BeerSingh
Photo of y2jrock60


4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light orange, beautifully transparent, 3/4" lacing head

S- Very floral and citrusy, not as overpowering as most IPA's, perfectly balanced

T- I love this Beer. It's perfectly balanced, citrusy hops and smooth finish

M- Medium-bodied, the perfect mouth feel, not over bitter, the perfect amount of hops were used

D- Not as easy to drink like most session beers, but not as bitter as most IPA's

This is one of my favorite anytime beers. I used to pick up a case every week when it was $25. I prefer this over Sierra Nevada plus it's local. Will try to pick up a keg of it soon for the new kegerator.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 01:24:29 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint pulled at the mellow mushroom.
A pretty golden hue with a white head that sits heavy on top with small bubblies of the good stuff. The head sticks around pretty well.
The smell is nice and hoppy with a nice thin malt backbone, a nice drinking pale. The taste is about the same, nice and hoppy with just a bit of malt to back it up. Not a hugely flavorful beer, but very easy on the mouth. Good carbonation, it would be a nice beer to get somebody off of the macro crap. My hat off to the brewmistress at stoudts on this one, nice job. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 22:56:43 | More by grayburn
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/19/08. On tap at Dek's. Pours an orange/amber with a tan head. Aroma of light hops and sweet malt. Not a strong aroma. Flavor initially of bitter hops, sweet biscuity malt, light citrus and piney hops. Good malt/hops balance, light-bodied, like a light IPA. Very refreshing and good. As the beer warmed, the flavor became hugely cracker, cracker, cracker. I'd drink this cold, as more of the hops are present. Very good though, I'd love to keep this beer always on hand.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 16:17:21 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of DIM


3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear coppery amber color. It was served to me with a medium sized fluffy white head.

s: Mild grassy hops and some sweet vanilla/caramel.

t: Fresh tasting grassy hops with a bit of pine. Sweet grains that taste of caramel.

m: Nicely carbonated, long lasting.

d: This is a pretty nice local APA, one I don't have as often as I should.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 09:41:17 | More by DIM
Photo of dirtylou


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz draft, at the jet rock in the Philadelphia airport

appearance: nice bright copper appearance, clear with a light beige cap and a touch of lacing

smell: citrus hops, grassy and earthy traits, caramel malts, toasted grain - nothing over the top but very clean and encouraging

taste: nice and refreshing after an 8 hour flight from barcelona - toasted grain, citrus hops. Nothing plays too big of a role and this turns out as a solid, very drinkable pale ale - just the way it should be

mouthfeel: medium, moderate carbonation

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2008 22:21:12 | More by dirtylou
Photo of fishtownhxc


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i could honestly drink a case of these in a night. one of the better american pale ale's around, and honestly, sort of won me over because i wasn't a huge stoudt's fan until i had this beer.

pours a nice dark golden to amber. has a great hop aroma and isn't over bearing at all. very fruity and refreshing, but still seems well balanced. definitely a session beer; i could drink this for hours on end. overall, definitely a beer that could make more believers out of stouts, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 15:13:27 | More by fishtownhxc
Photo of HopDerek


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber color with 1 finger of frothy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells of pine and earthy hops with some caramel malt and honey. Tastes of caramel malts and biscuits with a touch of honey. Earthen hops and dry pine finish off the taste with a touch of grapefruit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Well balanced with a good bitter finish that doesn't linger too long.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 20:08:11 | More by HopDerek
Photo of tgbljb


4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2008 23:12:57 | More by tgbljb
Photo of BBM

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BoBBiQue in Patchogue NY. Beer poured a crystal-clear amber color with a one-finger foamy white head. Not much retention. Aroma was citrusy but not overpowering.

The brady malts really come through more than one would expect, with the citrus and pine hops taking something of a backseat. The balance is there, but nothing jumps out at you and zings the palate. Caramel and toffee sweetness, American hop bitterness, and an easy session beer for a warm summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2008 16:23:37 | More by BBM
Photo of Tucquan


3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap on 2008-05-29 at the Stoudt's Brewery. Had this again on 2014-01-11 from a bottle in Columbia, PA.

A - Somewhat hazy yellow-orange with a big, pillowy 3-finger head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S - Pale malt with a touch of sour dough yeast, citrus, light touch of hop floral. Nice. More on the bready side than citrus and pine.

T - Kind of an odd flavor. Maybe this bottle is a off but it's a bit sour and tart with some bread and quite a bit of grapefruit zest bitterness. The finish is sour and bitter. Not pleasant. I certainly liked it better in 2008.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Decent for the style.

O - I'll give this beer the benefit of the doubt and will consider this an off bottle. That being said, it was purchased from a bottle shop in the same county as the brewery and one which turns beers quickly. I'll try it again and see what's up with this brew.

Original Review Below

I think this is a very fine, summertime beer with a crisp, citrus-hop taste with just enough malt to give it some body.

It has moderate carbonation and a 1.5" head in a 16 oz. glass. The color is golden brown.

This is definitely a session beer and seems to be wel-liked by many of my friends.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 11:17:24 | More by Tucquan
Photo of AltBock


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this Stoudt's beer on-tap at Teresa's Next Door around 5/23/2008. They served it to me in a standard Brooklyn pint glass.

The color of the beer depends on how you look at it. At one angle, it was a light and clear amber. At another angle, it was a clear gold color. It all depends on what angle you're looking at. Sitting on top of this muti-colored beer was a 3/4 inch head of white foam. This head of foam had nice retention that left behind a small white film and a few streaks of white lace around the glass.

The aroma was well balanced between the biscuit malts and the spicy floral hops. That was it and that was good enough for this style of beer.

The taste starts off with some biscuit malts and a splash of caramel backing it up. After the caramel, the taste goes hoppy with grapefruit, a touch of lemon, and tons of bitter citrus hops. Overall, it was a well balanced taste.

For a Pale ale, it was medium bodied with a great aftertaste of grapefruit, a drop of lemon, toasted malts, and plenty of citrus hops. This aftertaste was long lasting. It didn't want to leave.

Are they sure that this beer has a 5% ABV. I swear it tasted like there was more than 5%. I'm extremely glad the bartender gave me a sample of this. It was so good, I just had to order a full glass of this beer. In the end, this was a great flavorful session beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 16:48:50 | More by AltBock
Photo of genog


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear very light yellow orangish color with a little soapy, sudsy white head resting on top. Aroma is very faint but I can pick out a little honey and citrus. Taste is very balanced with some citrus hops poking through. Mouthfeel was very smooth and a little bit on the watery side. Although I was very surprised with this one. A very decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 19:19:51 | More by genog
Photo of jwolfie70


3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap. Pours a golden yellow, with thick white head. The beer was heavily carbonated. Smell is of hops with some grain smells coming through. Taste has a lot of up front bitterness. Taste is overall pretty dry, and is dominated by the hops. A decent pale ale that I am glad I got to try, but not one worth seeking out. I would have liked some more malt presence and less carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 14:24:21 | More by jwolfie70
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2008 16:05:55 | More by charlesw
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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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