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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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603 Ratings
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Ratings: 603
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:
No notes at this time.

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

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 02:30:35 | More by buckiflyer
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asabreed

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 03:55:40 | More by asabreed
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whartontallboy

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2005 19:23:59 | More by whartontallboy
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eksortso

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 00:01:36 | More by eksortso
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Abstract US Flag motif single labeled 12 oz. Browner. No freshness info. Just American Pale Ale.

Dark amber russet hues with scant bubbles rising up under a pillowy thick tight antique white spumescent rocky head cap. Appetizing pour. Latticed lace and excellent head retention.

Sweet hoppy aroma and caramel sugar malt balanced scents.

First Swigs: Supurb balanced flavors of sweet caramel candy malts and sweet hops. Can’t quite pinpoint the hop style. Some piney almost grapefruit notes and lemony citrous hop characters. Leafy. Lingering sweet sticky aftertaste.

Gently cushy carbonated but consistent level throughout. Well drinkable with plenty of taste and enjoyable through and through. This is one of the best session beers that I can think of off the top of my head.

Last Swigs: Balanced west coast like in the hop department. Not mind blowing, but just a nice session Pale with some character. Almost like a little brother to Stone. Turns out, this is Cascades. Whoduthunk?

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 03:01:00 | More by blitheringidiot
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a darker straw/golden color,,1 finger head,not much lacing.Nicely scented ,can tell has high hop content.Then the taste,not terrible but not verydesireable either. A quick hit of grapefruit then undesireable tartness that lingers for a bit.Not terrible but i wont be trying one of these for a while

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 03:03:01 | More by tweeder263
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carln26

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a thick, dense cream colored head. OK, so far this sounds like many other reviews I’ve done for an APA. The head quickly turned into a thick seet of lace on the side of the glass. The nose is very characteristic of a west coast IPA. Very piney and some citrus notes. The flavor has more malt sweetness than I expected. It still favors the hops (with the pine and citrus I detected on the nose) and now includes a subtle bread dough character. The surprise comes from a definite malt sweetness (caramel) that comes across in the finish. It has a mild, light mouth feel, and is very drinkable. Good beer, this would be a great summer thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 22:44:08 | More by carln26
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heidelbeerg

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep golden amber color and has a nice head about one inch that holds up well. The smell is mostly malt. The taste is good. Malty with a nice hop bitterness for balance. There is nothing that stands out as awesome but overall a very nice tasting beer. The mouthfeel is pretty good. Has a noticeable carbonation to it. The drinkability is good. Could put in a session with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 01:57:39 | More by heidelbeerg
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donnebaby

North Carolina

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

Rich copper color, and very clear, with lots of suspended junk in the brew (is this OK? will keep drinking to find out..). Nose has far more malts than I'm used to in a Stoudts. Sweet and robust, with some spices and citrus.

Tastes, OK, like a pale ale--so I'll ignore the particles. An upfront bitter dryness greets and carries all the way through. Not a sweet pale, which I like. Earthy and roughish. Uncomplicated taste. Could definitely session this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 03:37:50 | More by donnebaby
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necoadam

Connecticut

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

Purchased at Town & Country in W. Springfield MA

Pours out a nice amber color with a nice head to follow it up. Smell consisted of malts mostly with a touch of citrus aromas as well. Taste was malty to start out with and then the hops took over with the malts going into the backround, but not out of it completely. It's balanced for sure, but a little lackluster. Had a medium body to it. Worth a try but nothing to shout about.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 15:43:25 | More by necoadam
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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

12oz bottle left over from my bachelor party. What a good time! Dark tan in color with a small white head that lasts. The smell is actually a bit hoppier than I expected. Some malt hints come through as well.

The first thing I notice is the perfect level of carbonation. I hate a ton of carbonation in this style. Malty in the beginning and hoppy in the end. Many citrus and grassy notes come through. A solid pale ale that I could drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 22:19:01 | More by CharlesRiver
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Ricochet

Ohio

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

I had this beer on tap at The Brew Kettle. I was expecting a pale ale more like some of my favorites but got just an above average flavor but tasting generic.

It appeared fine, with a slight head and smelled average. The mouthfeel and drinkability were average. Where it gets a slight advantage is in taste where it had a little more flavor than some of the brews I've had but compared to micro APA's I've had, this one is woefully middle-of-the-road with no tastes I'd enjoy again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2004 20:55:58 | More by Ricochet
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mobyfann

Ohio

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

Paid $7.50 at the brewery for a 6 pack...

The appearence is alright, a nice amber colored ale with a small-medium sized head, retains better than most and laces just a touch. All American label which is quite nice... The aroma is the high point of this beer, it was the dual citrus-floral blend that was nice and lgith to one's nose.

The taste is pretty good, more hoppy than one would get from the smell, bitter, but good bitter... The mouthfeel is a medium body fairly good on the pallette and the drinkability is above par, but can't drink these as a session, it's nice...

FInal Thought: This didn't really stand out as a top notch beer, nor is it to be ignored as just an above average beer
> Some people will really like this!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 19:18:58 | More by mobyfann
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

this APA pours a nice amber with a 1" head. very little head retention but, decent lacing. smell is floral and a bit sweet. taste is reletively hoppy with a light citrus note followed by a rather bitter finish. mothfeel is slightly light. drinkability is this ale's strongpoint...it goes down smooth and fast and, at only 5%abv an easy session or after-work beer. a good showing for my first stoudt's draft.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2004 02:31:06 | More by ramrod666
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Dithyramb

Maryland

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

Appearance – Poured a clear, orange/copper with a thick off-white head. Dissipated, but still had O.K. lacing.

Smell – Floral and citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit.

Taste –First sip is crisp. Very hoppy at first, followed by a nice mellowness. Surprisingly well balanced and hit all the taste buds. Too many beers listed as “American Pale Ales” go overly hoppy. This has just enough malt and sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel – Light, but nice overall mouthfeel, bitter and sugars work well.

Drinkability – A crisp, refreshing beer. I enjoyed all six while catching New Jersey’s finest flounder. Light, but that is what is needed on a warm, sunny day.

Purchased a six-pack at Avalon Liquor’s in Avalon, NJ for $7 and some change. After seeing the packaging, the prominent flag on the label, it was definitely worth a sample for 4th of July weekend. Good out of the bottle too.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 14:31:53 | More by Dithyramb
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, hoppy orange in color and crystal clear with a good head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is big on the grapefruit. I can also pick up a slight biscuity smell.

Taste – The hops, fuggle or Amarillo or both, lead things off here. The biscuity malt balance is appropriately light.

Mouthfeel – I thought this was the ale’s weak point. This was light-bodied and could have used a bit more character.

Drinkability – This is nice and refreshing if a bit on the light side for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 02:48:25 | More by RoyalT
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elsinore

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The (quite attractive, IMHO) label claims this style of ale originated in the Pacific Northwest "but was perfected in Adamstown, PA by Stoudt's."

The label writes a check that the beer can't quite cash ... but still, this is a crisp, refreshing, pleasant beer, just the thing to break in new ale-heads or to serve at the backyard barbecue party.

Color is light amber with good lacing. The smell has strong citrus and floral overtones, both of which carry through to the flavor as well.

The hoppy bitterness is nice, well-balanced, but faded perhaps a little too quickly for my taste. Not every beer can be a hop-bomb, but I was left wanting just a little more.

Mouthfeel fairly light, not offensively so, but nothing to write home about either.

All in all, a well-made and pleasant beer (and a good deal at PA prices) with good character that doesn't club you over the head. I won't make it the only beer in my world, but I'll pick some up now and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 02:42:58 | More by elsinore
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The pour is a nice golden yellow color with a small halo of white head. Although there is no cloudiness, it is obvious from the appearance that it is not a watery beer.

Smell: Mostly a hops smell in the nose. The bitters outweigh any subtle notes.

Taste: This a very nice bitter beer. It isn't terribly aggressive, but doesn't wimp out on you either. Its just a nice, mild bitter hops flavor that keeps you sipping (quickly) until the end of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 04:57:17 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, well carbonated amber, with a two finger rocky off-white head.
Citrus hop aroma covering toasted biscuit. Floral note.
Nicely bittered citrus taste, lemon and grapefruit - zest like. Toasted biscuit, bit of a light caramel note.
Medium bodied, smooth.
Very pleasant to drink session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 16:20:43 | More by mschofield
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konabrewer

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed hanging out with Carol at the Art of Beer. her booth was next to mine. I wonder if she remembers hugging me at the end of the night...?

the floral aroma is slightly sweet with drop of citrus on the finish of the nose.

The look and taste is nothing short of exactly what I want from an APA. a deep straw color with adequate lacing on the glass. Taste of sweet subtle malt mixed with mild caramel and a hint of bitterness on the tongue. A slight hint of butter but not enough to call it a flaw.

Carbonated well

very drinkable, a great beer for the summer

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2004 15:15:14 | More by konabrewer
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sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

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

This beer pours a clear straw color with a vague sweet floral aroma. Good clarity and glass lacing make for a beer with strong carbonation and a fresh affect. Taste reminds me of subtle mimosa flowers. A strong but distinct floral sweetness followed by a bitter finish subtlely hoppy. Mouthfeel lacks in this beer but only in the context of detracting from a truly amazing product. Remains a very goo, very quaffable beer. would be willing to enjoy again and again. appeals to a middle ameraica taste, but one that is engaged and is aware of good beer. Craft brew for the masses. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2004 03:12:34 | More by sublimesipping
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dippy

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had been talked up by friends but for me didn't live up to the hype. Orangish, copper color with a decent head after the hard pour, some lace left on the glass. Smells mildly hoppy with a touch of sweetness. A medium bodied beer, felt a little watery in my mouth. Light carbonation due no doubt to my hard pour. Tastes very balenced, not sweet but not hoppy. I taste Wood and a slight citrus. Not my favorite beer, I would rather go with a Stone or a Sierra if on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 16:40:04 | More by dippy
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ark57

Pennsylvania

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

It pours a nice amber with a thin head. The aroma is hoppy with some maltiness. It is pretty well balanced with some mint and lemon zest notes in the finish. It has some graininess and caramel flavorsbefore finishing in an almost astringent bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 18:25:58 | More by ark57
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have just gotten a 6er, and I think this is a nice brew that could really grow on a person. Possible conversion material.

It pours a nice amber color, with some light head, and little, but still noticable lace. Smells citrusy and whatnot.

I would say this has a very balanced flavor, which definately works to it's advantage. There is a nice light citrus presence from the hops, and, it has a interesting malt profile. It is definately sweet, and mixed well with the hops, but it has a subtle, dare I say, roasted/toasted flavor. very nice.

It hasa light mouthfeel, and a crisp, finish, with no real emphasis on one aspect over another.

This is a bretty nice brew. While not the most amazing thing you may ever had, it is a nice example, and something you can curl up to

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 03:39:08 | More by PSUDREW
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 20:46:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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