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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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BA SCORE
83
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624 Ratings
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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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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.

Frozensoul327, Dec 30, 2005
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.

Sammy, Dec 18, 2005
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.

Kreuger, Dec 12, 2005
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.

ypsifly, Nov 29, 2005
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.

DrJay, Nov 19, 2005
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.

Schwarzbart, Nov 17, 2005
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.

jaluria, Nov 11, 2005
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.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 07, 2005
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

BeerBeing, Oct 07, 2005
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.

santoslhalper, Oct 02, 2005
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.

merlin48, Sep 19, 2005
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of walleye
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle. poured a light amber with a off white head and some good lacing. aroma and nice blend of hops, malts and caramel, got some citrus. flavor, a good balance of malts and hops, hints of orange, and caramel. enjoyed drinking this. I don’t know if I got this in a trade or bought it so if I got it in a trade thanks to the one that sent it.

walleye, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of jakester
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from the new variety case. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours a beautiful, clear copper with a one finger head of off-white foam. Carbonation bubbles lazily float to the top. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent lacing.

Aroma is piney/grassy hops coupled with a clean, pleasant toffee malt background. Not overly fruity or estery.

The flavor is crisp, hoppy, with a good level of bitterness. Piney and grassy hop flavor dominates, with the malt playing a reserve role. Crisp and on the dry side. Aftertaste is crisp and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is kind of dry, with a strong bitterness in your throat. Carbonation is fairly smooth, and the finish is crisp and refreshing.

This is a pretty good example of the style. I believe they are trying to emulate SNPA, and have gotten fairly close. This has different hops, (it's not citrusy), but the format is much the same. Good beer.

jakester, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's American Pale Ale pours a very nice amber colour with a nice creamy head atop it. Residue on the glass is consistently solid throughout.

The aromas consist of a piney, somewhat oily hop note, some sweetness, a bit of bready maltiness and some floral notes as well.

The flavour is basically more of the same, yet a bit more subdued than the aroma. This flavour starts out a bit sweet and juicy and holds that characteristic throughout, but starts to mix with some floral flavour and some bread flavour and finally finishes a bit dry, yet still with that juicy base to it.

I found the mouthfeel to be a bit thin at the first sip or two, but it was consistently solid thereafter and spot on for the most part.

This is a tasty, yet basic brew. I enjoyed it, as its a well crafted pale ale overall.

SixpointJMH, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - An attractive hazy copper color, medium sized head that vanishes in a minute. Little lacing.

Smell - Fairly potent hoppy odors hit you first. A slight metallic tone underneath, but not enough to be unpleasant.

Taste - The hoppy nature of the beer is not as dominant in the flavor as it is in the smell, but it is still present. The metallic odors are very prominent in the taste. The bitterness is very evident, just short of what one might expect from an ESB. The bitterness does a fair job at concealing some of the metal flavor. I was surprised that it was devoid of malt character in both flavor and scent.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, but nothing odd.

Drinkability - Decent. With its low abv and a mild flavor, this APA would compliment many foods. It is a tad bitter and lacking in other character. Though, I wouldn't particularly care for another.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass at room temp, it pours a golden amber color with 2 inches of clean, bubbly, white head that creates lots of lace on the glass.

Aroma is mainly of some citrus (grapefruit) and floral and pine hops. Maybe some sugars are detected, but mostly hops on the nose. Nothing exciting.

Sipping reveals a mild bitterness and some slight grains and grassy flavors, accompanied by a smooth pine hops flavor. Maybe some slight citrus tones come out, but nothing too specatcular.

This is a very smooth ale with average carbonation and some slight bitterness that is mild enough to not destroy too much of the flavors or enjoyment of it. No alcohol detected really.

Overall, i remember drinking this brew a LOT in college and loving it! Unfortunately, it is not quite as great as it seemed then. Then again, it is a mild, nicely put together ale. I would definitely recommend, but it doesn't set the world on fire. However, very easy to drink; a six pack is a good start!

Fish113d, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a tall, foamy bone-white head. Aroma is some light malts with some mandarin orange hoppiness.

Taste is a good malt/hop balance. Toasted, bready malts and some lightly bitter hops with a touch of citrus. Finish is dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable. A good, quaffable brew.

assurbanipaul, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of oggg
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although it's not part of the scoring, I first have to say that the label on this beer is great. Classy and patriotic. I poured this brew into a pint glass and it looked great. Clear, orange, nice fuzzy, modest off white head. Nice hop aroma. On the tongue this beer has a nice hop flavor and sufficient bitterness. The hop flavor is a little harsh at the end. Unfortunately there is little malt to give this beer some backbone, so it feels thin and watery after the nice hop charge. Finish is clean. Alcohol subtle.

Overall: decent hops but falls through in the hop department.

oggg, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light gold with a small white head that mellows out leaving tiny traces of lacing.
Smell is of citrusy hops that is not overbearing.
Taste is of citrus, pine, and a balanced malt taste that make this a decent session brew.
Mouthfeel is decent. The hops are in check for this style and there is nothing over the top. Mild sweetness is balanced by mild hoppiness, which seems to cover the palate nicely.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion one of the finest examples of the American Pale Ale style. Nice copper hue, good head retention and nice lacing. Nicely balanced with a hop kick. The aroma is strong, but what you would expect from a beer as complex as this one. For best taste and aroma, this beer should be enjoyed out of a glass.

plaid75, May 10, 2005
Photo of buckiflyer
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back to North Carolina with me from Western Massachusetts. Poured a two fingure head, straw color that turned darker. Noticed the hop smell right away. Smooth taste with hoppy finish, but not overpowering. Overall a good mild american pale ale. I liked the american flag bottle design and will add it to my colection.

buckiflyer, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the Double IPA so much that I figured since I saw the 6-pack I'd buy it.

Appearance: Pours a yellow that I wasn't expecting with a quickly dissipating white head. Disappointing as I expected it to at least be hazy and have a bit of head retention.

Smell: Spicy and oily hops up front, some grapfruit and a bit of orange and acidity. Not the best, but pretty decent for the style.

Taste: Hop bitterness up front, some citrus tanginess and bitter grapefruit lingers during aftertaste. The grapefruit flavors are dominant near the end, and I like that spiciness. Though it's not as balanced as I wanted it to be.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. You can sense the bitterness while swishing it around, and this is a good thing.

Drinkability: A solid Pale Ale, but nothing I'd probably buy again. Still, at 5% it would be a trustworthy session beer, especially if you had it with the right foods; since the beer's more toward bitter in the balance department, I'm sure it would go with a lot.

asabreed, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a small head that quickly subsides. The smell is hoppy, but not overpoweringly so, with some nice floral and malt scents in there as well. The taste is pretty basic APA: significant hoppy character to go with some fruity malts. A very sessionable beer with a pleasant aftertaste and just enough hops to stay interesting. Not too bad to suck down for three dollar pints at a dive bar.

whartontallboy, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of eksortso
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber. Nice thick head, with a wee bit of lacing. Hoppy, somewhat fruity, and flavorful, with an aftertaste that's as powerful as the taste of the beer itself. A little frothy in the mouth, which seems to complement the aftertaste. This is the type of beer that stays with you for awhile. Very nice.

eksortso, Jan 16, 2005
Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.