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Stoudts American Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of Drew966


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

Stoudt's American Pale Ale pours a light copper color with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is all citrusy hops, which I always enjoy. Nice hoppy flavor, citrusy hops dominate, good malt backbone is present. A very pleasant, drinkable APA.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 23:50:36 | More by Drew966
Photo of number1bum


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with just a thin head but a good deal of carbonation. Strong hoppy smell with a some floral tones, as well. Nice hoppy taste that I expect from an american pale ale, but not overdone and overall nicely balanced. Lingering hoppy bitterness on the palate; an overall solid and highly drinkable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 22:16:28 | More by number1bum
Photo of SacoDeToro


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

The beer poured a rich gold with a minimal white head.

The aroma was of floral hops, fresh bread/biscuits, and an English ale yeast.

The flavor was initially of floral hops with a touch of coarseness that Warrior hops often give. The crisp maltiness came through after the hops with a touch of biscuit and caramel notes. There was a nice fruity finish that helped round things out.

The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was light and crisp without being thin at all.

This is a solid American-style pale ale that is very reminiscent of 3F Alpha King. This would make a great session beer for a hophead. Very tasty. Anytime I see a beer with "America(n)" in the name, I think of the theme song to "Team America - World Police." You know what I mean...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 00:49:45 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of Cresant


4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. APA into an IPA glass. Orange/amber colored body was slightly hazy. Head was a rocky two fingers that dissipated quickly.

Smell was strong and citrusy. Floral hops and later bready. Nice.

Taste was more balanced that the aroma suggested. Solid APA with Cascade and Worrior hops. Effective combination of sweetness and contained hop presence. Wonderful combination.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Mild zestiness and tingling carbonation. Refreshing and highly drinkable. This one is not available in my area but I would seek this out again. Fine.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 13:27:52 | More by Cresant
Photo of kimcgolf


3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This very hoppy, All-American beer poured light amber in color with a one-finger whtie head that dissipated fairly quickly and had average lacing. Aroma was hops and hint of citrus, mopstly grapefruit. Citrus was again evident in the taste, although the flavor was mostly dominated by the hops. Finsih bvecame slightly bitter, but was smooth, and long. A perfect beer for a hot FOURTH, and I plan to have more tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 00:36:45 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of drugsbunny


1.63/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is the second offering I've had from this brewery and they both are poor examples of a "craft" brew. I should have skipped this one after I tried the Scarlet Lady ESB. And then I read all the praise on the sides of their six pack container. Award winning beers? Not this one. Who cares that the color was decent, or it had a slightly appealing smell. I said slightly. It tastes bad and I am a fan of APAs. Skip this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 13:28:59 | More by drugsbunny
Photo of jockstrappy


4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jean Bonnett Tavern in Bedford, PA. Arrived a clean orange color with a 3/4" creamy white head that left soap like lacing after every sip. Aroma was mainly floral hops, not much else there. Taste followed it's aroma to a "T", nice floral hop kick up front, not much malt there to speak of, but by no means unpleasant.Subtle carbonation and thin to medium body provide pleasant mouthfeel, and this ale is very drinkable....I had 3 pints in 25 minutes on this day! Nothing flashy here, but rock solid, and a nice example of an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2006 01:30:31 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of Abita45


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

On tap at the Standard Tap in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, this was a bartender recommend and it did not disappoint. Nice copper color with average carbonation and balanced hops. Very good taste and hoppy enough that you take notice without overpowering you or drying out the taste. While the aroma and appearance were not unusual or distinct, the taste was there and the drinkability was there. A terrific beer for a nice Friday afternoon. I think I prefer Yard's pale ale, however, this is another example of good, local beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 15:35:17 | More by Abita45
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, I poured one of these on the eve. Bottle said it was best before July 1, 2006, so I'm two days beyond that date. . . .

A: Poured a light, golden copper -- slightly hazy -- with a 1-finger off-white foamy head. Some lacing, but not a lot. Little bubbles of carbonation rise continually.

S: I smell floral, citrusy and piney hops, but then I wonder if I sense the piney smell because "The Trees" by Rush just came on the iPod.

T: First off, a metallic, tangy hops flavor hits the side of the tongue. Citrusy bitterness coats the back of the throat, causing a Pavlovian response and a craving for more. The more I drink, the more I keep thinking that this is a "clean" and "dry" beer that's predominantly about the hops. Even the tad bit of sweetness I sometimes sense seems to come more from the florally hops than from any malt.

M: It is well-carbonated (but not too much so). The body is somewhat thin and watery, lacking those malt undertones that would provide some heft.

D: Definitely an easily quaffed beer for the summer.

The overall verdict: Though it's somewhat one-dimensional, in my opinion that one dimension -- hops -- is what makes the style. All in all a good drinking beer that showcases the style nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 14:28:03 | More by Kendo
Photo of DuqTroops


3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange in color, little head (disappeared quickly).

Smell - large amounts of citrus - orange and grapefruit.

Taste - lots of hops, great tasting beer!

Mouthfeel - very light bodied, not much to offer.

Drinkability - easy to drink, not hard at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2006 16:56:16 | More by DuqTroops
Photo of nyjets1248


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

A very enjoyable experience. Good color. Good aroma. Good taste. Poured into a pint glass a golden amber and produced a nice cream colored head. I instantly pick up the aroma of the hops and was not disappointed with my first drink - strong hops with a bit of hoppy citrus bite in the aftertaste. It is a medium bodied beer that finishes very crisp and refreshing. This is a good beer to reward yourself with after that Summer yard work. The Stoudt Brewing Company can be proud.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 02:37:43 | More by nyjets1248
Photo of Phatz


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting to start my review with the comment that I don't typically prefer the APA style, However, this is a pretty good American Pale ale, and my next review is Three Floyds Pale Ale I must say these are some pretty good beers.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color decent head (not much retention) and nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma if a bit fruity with malty backbone and a gentle balanced bread grain aroma in the nose.

Taste: Very easy drinking APA, the toasted malt character leads on tip of the tongue. The center is thin and bordering watery but apropos for the style. The finish is where the hops show up not big but certainly suitable. A little bit of a citrus (cascade hop) grapefruit nibble (not a bite). Very nice.
Note: A plus for me is the lack of any annoying Diacytel flavor that seems to be typical in APAs.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with a nice semi-dry mouthfeel that lingers a bit.

Drinkability: This is certainly a session beer IMO. It is very easy drinking and refreshingly clean and crisp. I recommend it as a party beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 05:28:51 | More by Phatz
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say? One of the better American Pale Ales I have had. Six pack picked up at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. for $7.99.

Pours a medium golden, slightly hzay with a decent off-white heads that drops to a solid cover to keep the flies out.

Aroma is fresh clean hops- not overpowering, but solid. Bright flora/grassy aroma of moderate stregth. Flavor is biscuity malt, with just a hint of sweetness, overlain by solid hops bite. The hops are floral, slightly oily that wrap around the tongue and start over again. The hops are a little on the oily side for me, but not bad, and they aren't nearly as "in your face" as some APAs.

I like this beer. Easy drinking, could be a mini-session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 18:41:28 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-yellow color with a slightly creamy head that didn't stick around too long. Smelled refreshing..sort of a hoppy citrus mix. Tasted great - slightly hoppy with a hint a lemon that got stronger as I drank more. Aftertaste was a little dry with that citrus kick. I would definitely reccommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 00:13:27 | More by JohnnyM2002
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 19:50:27 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of CNeilP09


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

Great label design. Poured a tight, but fragile white cotton head. Brazen golden orange colour, with a slight cloudiness. Basically, it's a thin pale ale. Very easy to drink. It carries a boldness to its structure with a bit of finesse as well. The hops are a bit overwhelmed with the malts used, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I must be honest, I expected a bit more from this beer, given the brewer from which it came. Stoudt's is obviously capable of producing "great" beers, their American Pale Ale unfortunately is not a "great" beer in my opinion. There are far more APAs out there that don't cost as much and deliver the same if not better quality. As for the flavour, it's middle of the row. A quaint orange citrus, with a bready foundation. This is a great summertime brew, good for afternoon sunsets by the grill listening to 60s soul. Or watching a ballgame. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 22:34:05 | More by CNeilP09
Photo of DogFood11


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contents poured into a tulip, formed a decent head, little lacing or staying power, very light copper, bit of a chill haze.

Bready malts, leaning towards the doughy side, with a toasted backer. Hops have a sharp edge to them before settling down and letting the malt profile shine in the end. A bit of a light lemony citrus cleans up and in my opinion is really needed as the malt profile is fairly dominant.

Notes: It was OK. I've had great success with this brewer, and although I think this is a step below their other offerings its a quality sessioner and holds my attention throughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 03:11:00 | More by DogFood11
Photo of TastyTaste


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Devil, NYC:
Average copper color, moderate white head, nice lacing left behind. Smell is dominated by hops, carmel is also present. Overall very citric and fresh tasting. I have had many pale ales on level with this beer, not saying that that is a bad thing, just that it doesn't stick out among the pack, but is an easy drinking regional pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2006 14:14:51 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 22:42:18 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of Illinick


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper and golden yellow with amber hues in color. Big, fluffy, slightly off white head that sticks around. A good looking brew. Good lacing throughout.
S: Hops abound in the nose with a slightly floral and citrus scent. Some pine and citrus rind scents also with some malty bread, caramel and faint roasted scents in there.
T: Smooth flavors with a malty bite at first-bread and sweet malts again with faint roasted flavors. Citrus - tart citrus rind - and herbal flavors in there. Also some oily hop flavors near the middle to end and some medicinal flavors. Solid APA flavor profile.
MF: Medium-light with a smooth finish.
Overall: A solid APA and one that I will definately try again and probably again. Nothing stands out to make this brew exceptional, but a solid APA nonetheless and one that deserves a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 03:38:04 | More by Illinick
Photo of thepitch


4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into a room temperature pint glass. Initially, I notice a nice medium brown color, clear body, with a foamy, thick white head and a bit of lace.

The beer smells quite good, citrusy, hoppy and inviting.

The first sip was defintely the best, as the flavor diminished over time. I would say it is mildly hoppy at first, with a crisp and malty finish. Not overwhelming hops or body, but a nice, solid brew. As a classic west coast american pale and IPA fan, I obviously don't find the beer ideal, but it tasted good on this warm Philadelphia night. These east coast flavors are definitely growing on me and I am sure my consumption of eastern beers will continue assuming I can find them when I get back to LA LA land.

It has an awesome mouthfeel and is very drinkable. It goes down almost too easy. Looking forward to expanding my horizons even further.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 01:47:53 | More by thepitch
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent golden brown color with a beautiful fluffy, khaki colored head. The nose is hoppy, citrusy, mainly orange and lemon peels.

The taste definitly has a fully-hopped character. A bit spicey and piney. Very good tasting beer here. Quite hoppy, but not overly so. Even the non-hopheads might appreciate this one.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but barely. Very drinkable as well. This is one apa I wouldnt get tired of after only a couple.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 04:57:33 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came an orange amber with a light tan oatmeal like head that had big submerged bubbles that looked like chocolate chips hiding beneath the surface.

Smelled of oranges, and an earthy and floral pine hops.

The flavor had a base of watery brown sugar with a nice pineapple and cedar hops up front. The finish was refreshingly dry with a few peaches and lime rind.

The mouth feel was light to medium body with a light crisp carbonation.

This beer really lets you know where its flavor stands, but its also mild enough to drink all night.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2006 15:02:56 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -26%
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!?

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 20:24:43 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of bahumutx


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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden straw with a small head

Smell: Strong piney hop smell with a slight malt also present.

Taste: Starts with a piney hop flavor and end with slight malt sweetness. Much like the smell. As the beer warms the malt becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Medium but slightly thin Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

A good example of the style. Another good beer from the folks at Stoudt’s Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 02:18:07 | More by bahumutx
Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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