Stoudts American Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | 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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
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!?

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of HugoGrim
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in the Black Angus Restaurant at the Stoudt's Brewery.

Body is a hazy golden color. Nice thick white foamy head which produced some surprisingly nice lace.

Crisp hop scent, with some citrus peeking through.

Flavor is what you'd expect from an APA, but nothing special. Not overly hoppy. Finishes with a smooth malty bread flavor.

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

Pours to a slightly hazy orange copper, forming a modest soapy off-white head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is fresh and hoppy with plenty of citrus notes and subtle skunky resin...residual sugars, green apple, and grain husk in the mix. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink with a medium, chewy body. Somewhat creamier than most pale ales. There is a nice balance of the hops and malt..definitely hoppy but with moderate bitterness. The finish is fruity with grapefruit and pine. Aftertaste of residual sugars. I'm getting some mild harshness in one of the hop varieties used. I'm sure there's some Cascades in here...kinda like a SNPA.

An APA that's good across the board. Nothing stands out in particular but it's decent.

Photo of cubedbee
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel orange color with two fingers of foamy off-white head, decent retention, moderate lacing. Nose is a grassy and flowery hops over a malt with a slight honey note. Taste is a nice clean pale malt, slight caramel note, with a good dose of citric and flowery hops, leaving a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with a medium level of carbonation. Overall this is a nice little APA, nothing special, but very drinkable.

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

Nice dark orange color, head doesn't stick around much. The aroma is nice, a little piney, a little like grapefruit, fairly strong and easily noticed. The flavor is good, a nice complex blend of base malts, seemingly a little caramel, clean, and a bit of hop flavor that fades to a nice clean bitterness. Seems a little astringent too. Overall this is a nice example of American Pale Ale, not the strongest or most aromatic or most complex but a decent brew.

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

This beer was a pleasant looking orange colour. Off the pour, a soapy white head developed for a hasty affair. Lacing was strewn about as the head receded to an incomplete ring around the glass. Moderately bubbly. The aromas were light, but contained a fair amount of citrus and some slight caramel maltiness. Generally fruity and sweet smelling. Not an overly aromatic display. The tastes were a bit subdued as well. Oranges and sweet grass. Bitter to a fair degree. Mouthfeel lies in the light category with some dryness in the finish. The drinkability factor is good. There is nothing here that is powerful enough to become abrasive to the palate. Not bad, but sadly, not very interesting either.

Photo of IceAce
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper body showing amazing clarity and capped with a full finger of moon-crater large bubbled foam. Exhibits a wonderful nose, malty sweet with a floral hop presence which blends into an amazing treat.

Entry is smooth and shows a palate-pleasingfull mouthfeel. Midtaste is a mix of sweet malt playfully mixed with just-right carbonation.

Hops jump to the forefront and dominate the finish with a cool combo of floral and citrus notes giving way to a slight alcohol warming.

Pass the jalapeno poppers, please!

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent APA. Pours out to an amber orange color that hints at cloudiness. Nice 1/4 inch head remains consistant and present. Thick rings of lacing. Medium-high level of carbonation. Aromas of hops and sweet grapefruit are abundant. Straightforward taste; hops, sweet and sour citrus notes, medium bodied malts. Not bad. Mouthfeel is smooth and has a silk like element to it. Decent drinkability, this is a solid offering from Stoudt's. Nothing special, but good enough. Something about this brew bores me... Still, it's worth a try.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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

Served in bottle.

A - Beautiful, slightly hazy golden-amber color, with a moderate head that settled back down to a good lace that stuck around all the way down the glass. Very slight carbonation.

S - A nice balance of hops and malts in the nose.

T - This is an excellent pale ale. There is a very nice balance between the hops and the malt going on here. Its not over powering.

M - This is a smooth light bodied pale ale. There is no oily feel to it. It starts out smooth and remains so, with a clean finish.

D - This goes down easy and won't bring on an attack of heart burn. Its not too heavy bodied and could be an excellent session beer.

The bottom line is that this is an excellent ale. Perhaps its not as good as Stone's (what is?) but its still a worthwhile example of the style.

Photo of ypsifly
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper with a small ivory head. Lasting retention with lots of webby lace.

Light citrus aromas that want to be grapefruit with some sweet malt underneath. Slight grassiness. Pretty straightforward, but a bit weak.

Way more hop than malt. Again, citrus and grass come up but there isn't enough malt for balance. The hops need something more to dance with. Lingering bitter finish.

Moderate mouth that's good for the style. The carbonation washes it clean. A solid session brew, but not enough going on to keep me interested.

Photo of DrJay
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber with an off-white head composed of fine bubbles. The foam receded quickly to a ring. Orange, powdery hop aroma with mild sweetness. Mild bitterness, a bit of sweetness that has some malt component, but is primarily sugary. Finishes with some lingering bitterness, more than their DIPA. Moderate carbonation, medium/light body that falls away and becomes a bit watery as soon as the CO2 is gone. Some slickness as well. Not bad, but not something I'll go looking for again.

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of jaluria
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-copper colored with a white-colored head that has good retention and leaves behind a lot of lacing. Aromas of citrus, malt, hops, and sugar come out. The malt flavor is upfront with a strong bitter finish that quickly dominates the initial taste. A dry aftertaste that is moderately sweet. A moderately hoppy pale ale (there are others with much more bite), but overall an enjoyable bee that is a good beer to start with or to pair with a variety of dishes. Good drinkability with it's tame personality and lower ABV.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy yellow oragne with a white head that fades, but not completely. Some decent lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrusy hops with a nice sweet malt smell intertwined. The smell is very nicely balanced.

A nice burst of citrusy hops up front with a nice malt taste that follows. Finishes clean and crisp. Nicely balanced and quite refreshing.

Nice body for ths style. Feels good in my mouth.

Easily able to consume this as a session beer. The delicious flavor and reasonable ABV make it an easy choice for a long session.

Photo of BeerBeing
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck generic bottle, white/red/blue label

Appearance: clear amber color, medium white head, minor lacing

Smell: malt, citrus, floral hops

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, toasted malt, hoppy bitterness, some citrus

Notes: just average

Photo of santoslhalper
2.28/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearence: A clear amber body with a weak, white head. Nice clarity and just a touch of carbonation. A little dull looking.

Smell: The smell is a well balanced mix of floral hops and malts, slightly hop accented, but a little weak all over.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Weak. The hops are very limited in flavor, and the flavors there are nothing impressive. Kind of a metallic taste. Has it been oxidized? I don't think, I think it just doesn't taste good. The malts are bland and boring. The mouthfeel is light, and leaves a nasty aftertaste.

Drinkability and Overall: An old bottle maybe? I don't know. I don't really like it too much. Stoudt's is usually good, but this one is avoidable.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper amber body with a small offwhite head that retains well and leaves some patchy lace in its wake. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and orange, with some assertive pine resin notes. A malty caramel accent is in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Some hop oiliness is also present.
Taste is aggressively hopped, similar to a SNPA, with dominant flavors of pine cone and grapefruit rind. Biscuity caramel maltiness wanders about underneath. The hop bitterness has a nice citrusy juiciness.
This is a very good APA, that embodies the style very well. The hopping seems very close to that of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but with just a notch less bitterness. Nicely drinkable.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Standard 12 ounce bottle sealed with a black crown cap which has Stoudt’s text on it, it actually says “Stoudt’s World Class Craft Brewed”…hmm after the Double IPA I guess that is an opinion rather than a statement of fact LOL. The main label has a very patriotic feel to it, yet on closer inspection the draped Old Glory has 13 stripes, though the quantity of red and white stripes is inversed, and the dark blue patch has no stars….guess it’s either a modern interpretation, or it could just be that the Stars and Stripes are altered enough to allow it to be used on a Bottle Label. Described as an American Style Pale Ale and a microbrewed beer. No strength but a Best Before 11/21/05 date is ink jet stenciled onto the top of the bottle neck.

Appearance: Lucid Amber orange body with a healthy looking off-white expanded head. Resilient lacing of the smattered kind that splashes and stays and never goes anywhere. Low level conditioning.

Nose: Hmmm, dare I say the best part about the whole experience was the nose. Nice low level pine oil aroma, tingle of malts and some cut grass in the background. Drops out with a light sweaty nose at the end which spoils things a little.

Taste: Fresh hop bitterness. Nothing stands out but all the trademark components are there in good measure. Citric hops, floral smears and some lightly toasted biscuit malts. Bitterness is enough to ride the strip start to finish. Short finish helps to assist you with picking this one again quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium light feel, clean defined support from the carbonation assists the times when this one has balloon lightness. Dry at times though it seems to fade quickly.

Drinkability: Nice enough, it has some redeeming features that lend a nice touch to this American Pale Ale. Drinks well alone.

Overall: Like the Stoudt’s Pils, it cost me $1.69 for the pleasure of the single. There are simply way too many good West Coast Pale Ales in my locale to afford me the luxury to pick this one up again, but I am glad that I did nonetheless. A nice “out of town” APA. Decent enough.

Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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