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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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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | 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 Foxman
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a coppery amber, slighty hazy and fairly carbonated. A finger of white head floats lazily, ands dwindles soon. Minimal lacing appears inside the glass.

The aroma is a light mixture of toasted caramel malt and mild grapefruit hops, along with a vague grassiness at the periphery.

Upon sipping, the malt comes foward first, with caramel and biscuit most notable, as well as an airy hint of yeast. The hops are again a dry grapefruit presence, but thinner this time than in the aroma, and they lose any flavor promptly as a brief doughiness is followed by a briefly lingering bitterness in the finish. It's basic, and fairly tasty, and fairly sparse in places.

Light bodied, the hops have an every so slightly oily presence on the palate.

It's like a pretty dog with patches of eczema, a fine coat with thinning or bald patches. Nothing wrong with the dog, mind you, but it's just not all it would be minus the spotty blemishes. Still, the lightness and briskly bitter finish render this nicely drinkable, and is a good candidate as an undemanding session beer. So I'll drink it, should it present itself as the best option in the future, but it won't be winning any best in show awards.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The ale is an amber/orange color, crystal clear, with a thick 1.5 finger head.

S: The aroma is very grainy with an earthy hop scent that does not stand out so well.

T: The Taste is strong biscuity malts. Hops sneak in and out of the ale, providing a hint of grapefruit before returning to the malt flavor. The bitterness is subtle but pleasing on the palate.

M: The malt mouthfeel is chewy and nicely paired with the hop bitterness.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a firm malt backbone that is accentuated by a grapefruit hop taste.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a dense ands lacy ivory head. Smells of grassy pale malt and noble hops.

Tastes of grassy malt and herbal hops. Persistent and prominent hops in the finish. Medium bodied, long low bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty tasty, pretty drinkable, if not outstanding.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Kendo
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of SilentSabre
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

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.

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.

Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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