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Stoudts American Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts American Pale AleStoudts American Pale Ale

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Reviews: 372
Hads: 662
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 372 | Hads: 662
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a nice looking amber color with a white fizzy head. The smell of the beer is mostly hoppy mixed with a sweet malt back bone. The taste is hoppy and sweet at the same time. The mouthfeel is pretty good and has a medium body. Overall this beer is a pretty decent amber ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-tinged goldenrod with a very nice head that displays nice retention but scant lace

Smell: Bready, with a piney hop aspect

Taste: Opens bready, but by mid-palate, the piney hops add an herbacious element that persists after the swallow; just a hint of caramel in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Middle of the road and not partcularly enticing; this brewery makes a number of other beers that are far better

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber with a smidgen of orange rind. The light tan head is medium-large and falls slowly, leaving little in the way of lace.

Hops dominate the nose, as they should. Grapefruit and orange lead the way, with a just of touch of earthiness as well. So far, so good. American Pale Ale is enjoyable beer. Hops are still in charge, but needs to be more assertive.

A more substantial body/mouthfeel would be great. Things start out acceptably enough. However, by the final third of the mouthful the beer borders on thin. Carbonation is no better than acceptable.

Stoudt's American Pale Ale is a decent version, but it needs an identity. Again, it would benefit immensely from a more confident flavor profile and a more full body. Thanks to gueuzegeek for the bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a clear amber, with lots of visible carbonation. A nice one inch white head faded awat leaving a nice lace down the glass.

S - Smell was very light and didnt really impress to much. Light corn, grain and bread like smell was about all that was there.

M & T - The taste was a bit odd. Very bready with a slight hop finish. The feel was smooth, not too thin with a good carbonation. As it warmed it started to take on almost some wine like characterics and some hints of sour grapes and pears.

D - This brew was ok, definatly not the best APA, but then again not the worst either. Just not enough hops for me, no balance to the malt sweetness. Needs a bit more life in it to really come off well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper body with a frothy, white head that left bits of splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Toasty pale maltiness with a small hint of caramel. Citrusy, woody, even slightly spicy hops.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly toasty, and with a slight caramel sweetness. Sharp, citrusy hops with a moderate, unyielding bitterness. Finishes crisp and appropriately dry with a long, lingering, but restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, I'll give it a thumbs up. A very solid, spot-on APA.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a large head that rises up quickly and fades quickly, reaching about 2.5 fingers and almost over the sides of my tulip glass. It's a super clear golden orange wheat color.

N: Lighter than I was expecting. Light hops, some grassy and spicy, hint of citrus, as well as a pungent musty resinous fresh hop aroma. A very slight chewy hop aroma too.

T: Starts with a nice hop flavor, some chewy hops, slight oily feel and fresh musty hop resin as well on the taste. A touch of citrus and pine, but not much. A slight creamy malt taste also strikes through, but the beer def plays down the malt side. A decent bitterness, also quelled a bit. Semi dry, with mostly a clean and crisp tasting ale.

M: Lighter body, very slight hop oils, with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with a long bitter taste, that builds and culminates right after the swallow. It gets pretty dry too that goes with the bitterness. A creamy malt taste also lingers with the hops. The hops continue with that fresh resinous hop flavor, with a touch of pine.

My thoughts on this one, the beer is a decent drinkable summer pale, with some extra bitterness giving it that American Pale tag, but I didn't like the way the hops played. They toned way up on the musty resinous hops, which are OK, but any of the really tasty hop flavors are just toned so far down they are drowned out by the resins. This would be a B+ if it added a little more depth in flavors to the hops.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Another solid beer from Stoudts. Although this one is not 'extreme' it's a nice, flavorful, drinkable beer. Great carbonation and light bodied, but still with lots of flavor. A nice little hop kick but clearly not as strong as an IPA one. I also thought the amount of hops was less noticeable compared to other pale ale's out there... all in all, very drinkable and good when you want something a little lighter.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus, but there's something a little pungent in there that I can place and throws everything off.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus up front and a mild burst of floral hops bitterness quickly following. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer just seemed rather ordinary to me. There wasn't anything too bad about it, but nothing about it really stood out enough to make me want it over too many other beers in the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this chilled into my Dfh shaped glass.

A - A clear medium amber w/ 2 fingers of eggshell cap that makes sticky lace and the bead is fine

S - A floral, slightly piney hop aroma w/ hints of grapefruit rind notes

M - moderate carbonation and bitterness w/ mild sweetness from the malt w/ moderate hop acidity and a clean finish

T - A slightly bitter flavor at first w/ light mellow pale malt character. The taste is balanced well

D - A very drinkable pale, one I would not hesitate to buy for an easy to drink local

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: not sure, but just recently revisited it from a bottle given to me by a neighbor.

Clearish, copper pour into a Lost Abbey teku (no reason), a finger or so of frothy white head receded to a thin layer and left spots of lacing on the glass. Toasted grainy bread aroma, light piney hops, touch of earth. Bready and earthy up front in the taste, pale malts for a slight sweetness, balanced with bitter pine hops and notes of citrus rind. A little dry and stale. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, decent overall, but nothing great. Typical Stoudts sub-mediocrity.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/11/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, light caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balances citrus/floral hops and pale/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant pale ale style. Good balance of citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a lovely, bright ruby-red color, and a nice off-whitish head that slims to a narrow ring.
Aroma: fruity, yet dry, nice, but nothing more.
Taste: rather easy-going, feeling a tiny bit flat.
A ringing, resounding fruity finish...body is light, texture minimal, flavor mild, although these aren't drawbacks, I realize, as I reel back and check the intended brew against their intentions. It's an average pale ale, very drinkable, inoffensive, least likely to scare anyone away...doesn't please me too much, though.
Anyway, hurray for the red, white and blue, and thanks to Marc77 for providing the sample.

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange/amber with a thin head that disappears, but reappears after swirling. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of fresh citrus with a caramelish sweet breadiness lingering in the back.

The taste is of citrus and floral fruitiness mixed with a sweet, bready background. Fairly balanced, with hops staying just ahead of the malt. Unfortunately, there is some watery thinness in the middle, but flavors still come through. Bitter-sweet finish - Flavors hang around.

Smooth with a light body almost reaching for medium. Watery thinness in middle detracts somewhat.

This is an easy-drinking, tasty "session" brew that leans in favor of the hops, but malt backbone certainly is not lost. A nice American Pale Ale. My only real gripe is the wateriness in the middle, but otherwise it's well-done and certainly recommended as a "sessionable".

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer offers a nice white head, but it fades quickly. The color is pale with a slight amber hue. The "American Pale Ale" destinction suggests the use of American grown hop varieties used to not only bitter the ale, but also to flavor and add hop aroma. This beer does just that with the use of Cascade hops to add a floral aroma that is quite pleasant to the nose. The hop flavor is more than adequate pushing the envelope of most pale ales. This beer would be considered an IPA if it were not for it's low ABV (5%). It is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. My only criticism is that the grain bill seems to be a bit simplistic, but sometimes it's the simple things that are the most fantastic. I love the marketing strategy. In a post- 9/11 world anything with the slightest resemblence to Americana is highly visible and attractive to the consumer. "Two Thumbs Up!"

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks kindly to mdaschaf for the trade!

A solid simple white head with a good retention and about three fingers off the pour. Nice white head has some very solid staying power. Body color is clear and consistent with some rising carbonation, and a good nice orange amber appearance. Clumpy retention comes as the drink falls too.

Bouquet is herbal tea and solid toasty malts. Nice and obvious with some sweet slight honey. Very solid and good.

Taste is a nice hop and bread brown toast presence. Hop bitter makes just enough presence but leaves the malt to balance out nicely. Brown bread and toast on the swallow, almost with an English Bitter sense with that hop strangely. Texture is just about right.

Overall a good solid simple pale ale. Good Good Good all around.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine effort from Stoudts. This pale ale pours a nice deep copper color with a medium head. There aroma produced some sweetness and hoppiness that wasn't terribly exciting, but better than average. The mouthfeel is smooth with some slight crispness. The malts and hops are well balanced, and they both last well into the aftertaste. Your taste buds feel refreshed and happy during each swallow. This is a great session beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Callaghan's in Allentown. I couldn't get much out of the aroma besides a little sweet malt and citrus hops, but it had great lacing. The flavor was a tad mellow, the malts didn't come alive ever, but there was a great, long-lasting citrus rind hop note that never seemed to fade. It also happened to be incredibly drinkable. With more time and money, I'd probably do some damage with this beer.

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.