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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: 631
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | 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 ark57
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.

ark57, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
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

PSUDREW, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice copper color with a big fluffy white head that has good retention. The aroma is nice and hoppy as well as grainy.

The flavor is mildly hoppy, but there are enough hops to give it bite. It is crisp and smooth with a light-medium body. The balance is exceptional with sweet malts providing a nice backround. I could personally use a tad more hops to really make it a bit more interesting. The drinkability is great, and this is a great session beer. I will sure keep a few of these around for a good drinker from time to time.

ElGuapo, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of Erix
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold, from bottle in pint glass.
Appearance: Goldish, apricot colored. Poured a nice but quickly subsiding head. Quite a bit of sediment in this beer. I know its quite a bit more than usual, so this might be an old bottle. Its a bit disconcerting. I'll see how it tastes.
Smell: Smells really good. Nice citrusy hops, a little sweet malt. Pretty much what I expect for an APA.
Taste: Here goes.. Citrusy hops mainly, nicely balanced. It just doesnt taste quite right though. I think it could be psychological due to the floaties. Why dont they put a best by date on the bottles if they have a space for it? No off flavors at all, but I'll have to try another one.
Mouthfeel: Good clean mouthfeel. Refreshing, kinda thin, but I think thats fine for this style.
Drinkability: Very highly drinkable. Well, it usually it, but I'm just a little turned off by all the sediment. This beer is usually one of my staples, and is almost always on hand.

Erix, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of Stopper
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange-amber with a modest head. The aroma is of bright citrusy hops with a chewy malt counterpoint. The flavor starts bitter, but not unbalanced, and gradually becomes a bit drier with a prevalent tart, fruity, clean citrus hop finish.

Clean, refreshing, and drinkable -- "American style pale ale" on the bottle really says it all.

Stopper, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at D's in Pittsburgh.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color, head was initially very nice, but dissipated quickly into a thin layer of foam.

Smell: A definite aroma of a citrusy hop is noted, but without the overwhelming grapefruit aroma I've smelled in some other hoppy beers. Quite nice in the nose.

Taste: Starts off with a sharp hoppy bite with fades into a nice mild sweetness. Maybe a hint of a grainy taste, but mostly this seems like a hop beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. No real aftertaste. Alcohol level is pretty well masked.

Drinkability: Very smooth beer, hoppy enough to satisfy the dedicated hop heads, but not so overpowering as to scare off a malty person like myself. Goes down very easily. A definite treat, and I'd recommend this one.

JackTheRipper, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label has a space for a freshness date, but no date was stamped.
It pours bright amber with medium-sized white head and some sticky and sliding lace.
The aroma of hops and sweet malt are equal in strength. The medium bodied malt has a bit fresh dough taste, along with a light sweetness. Lemon and lime bitterness mix a light metallic bite. Slightly astringent and just a bit of pleasant sourness make for a unique and tasty brew.

BeerResearcher, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My review mirrors Shiloh's but his is far more clever.

Pours a clear orange with a big fat white head that dissapears all too soon. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells mainly of cascade hops but a slight bread/biscuit aroma seeps through.

Taste is just a wee hint of caramel malt up front with a quick switch over to the afformentioned cascade hops. Medium body and carbonation. Quite drinkable but probably better suited to the summer months. Not malty enough for moi, but that's moi.

yankeeheel, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer, glad I met it.
Medium/dark golden hue with a full finger head that quickly left leaving a minor ring and a touch of cling.
Aroma had a slight maltiness to it.
Medium body and carbonation.
Taste had a slight malty hint to start but quickly switched to the cascade hops and a citrus end.
Very slight syrupy mouthfeel.

Shiloh, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a burnished copper orange, showing the haze of a hand pumped real ale - nice to see. Had stolid head and lace that stuck around for the 40 minutes of its existence. Impressive appearance. Smelled biscuity, smelling strongly of Cascades with edges of herby Fuggle scents, and orange notes, too. Taste was malty with a session ease, as the light cascade flavor was obvious. Had some floral notes too and was juicy all the way through. An average session mouthfeel, this was a decent beer on cask but not one I’d choose again but then again I didn't - the bartender gave it to me for free!

nomad, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of Gasp100
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz bottle with a cool American Flag label. Poured a light copper color and very clear with a small head that flattened out with light lacing down the side of the glass. The smell was of hops and a sweet malty overtone. The taste was crisp and very light; a bit too light for my tastes. At the end of was a strong acidic aftertaste with a tart fruitiness (grapefruit?). The mouthfeel was light and enjoyable, but seemed to disappear a too quickly. This is a lighter drinkable Pale which doesn't fill you up to much. Nice but nothing special.

Gasp100, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine effort from Stoudts. This pale ale pours a nice deep copper color with a medium head. There aroma produced some sweetness and hoppiness that wasn't terribly exciting, but better than average. The mouthfeel is smooth with some slight crispness. The malts and hops are well balanced, and they both last well into the aftertaste. Your taste buds feel refreshed and happy during each swallow. This is a great session beer.

Gavage, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of theozag
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

despite the relatively high reviews for this beer, i was not impressed. granted, i may have had a bad bottle, but when it settled out in my glass, there were a lot of suspended solids in the brew. granted, i don't think they changed the taste or mouthfeel of the beer *too* much, but something just isn't right about seeing little brown flecks in a glass of beer.

the beer pours a deep amber color and settles into a medium-dark copper. it's smell is sweet, but rather fruity and light. the head over the ale is chalk white and seems to stay on the beer for virtually as long as you'll leave it sitting on the counter. the beer itself starts smooth with a slight hoppy bite. it is medium bodied with a gummy texture and a hint of spice. this ale finishes crisp with a distinct weight to the aftertaste. it is somewhat drinkable, but it doesn't quite match up to other pale ales i've tried.

overall not a bad beer, with an enjoyable kick, but not something i'd pick out of a lineup again.

theozag, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of silks636
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date.

Pretty golden amber with a big sticky head. Excellent retention and heavy sheets of lacing. Nose is distinctively citric with a slight touch of bread and pine. Pretty generously hopped with cascades. Carries a nice spicy, citric, and earthy taste over a solid biscuit base. Finish is crisp and bitter. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.

A solid pale ale and a seriously refreshing brew as well. Definitely heavy in the hop department. Very drinkable.

silks636, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange amber color, smallish foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied, malty and fairly hoppy American Pale Ale (APA). Malts are sweet but are punched out by the big bold hops. It well balanced. Flavors are bold, with a touch of citrus and pine. Nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

beerguy101, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dull copper in color, with a thick and creamy white head that quickly died down to a thin layer. Quality lacing of the glass. Aromas were hoppy, indeed. Lots of citrus and pine. Small dose of malty sweetnees, too. Flavor is pretty par for the course. Nothing too complex or awe-inspiring. Started off surprisingly sweet, only to be drowned out by a rush of hoppy bitterness. Finishes crispy and cleanly with only a small amount of bitterness. Very thirst-quenching. Medium-bodied and easy to drink. Went really well with my pizza. A solid offering and a good session beer.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Ahhdball
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Max & Erma's (restaurant) had this on special so I figured I'd give it a shot. Should've given this a wide berth when no BOD was seen. Red color with very little head. No smell. Too much "citrus", the balance was definitley off on this and had a long highly acidic after taste.

Since this is the first beer I've tasted from Stoudts I'm willing to give others a chance, I doubt this one.

Ahhdball, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of dmarch
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer for the fourth of july considering the patriotic label. Deep amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is well balanced with both malt and hops. The taste features bitterness from the hops with a slight caramel maltiness. Although not my favorite from stoudt's, this is a good beer just to have stocked in my fridge.

dmarch, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Jarod
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

765ml bottle: Bought fresh from the brewery
Best by dated: 10-03-2003
Label of American Flag, consumed on 7-4-2003 (Fourth of July)

This beer poured into the glass an amber copper color that had red highlights. It produced an off white colored head that was semi thick and lasted awhile before settling down to a small skim on the top of the glass. Also a fairly decent lace was produced on parts of the inside glass. The aromas that came from the beer were of fresh flowers (dandelions), fresh cascade hops, fruit (grapefruit bite), sweet malt (light), and pine trees. Hops were very pronounced in the aroma. The flavors were also mostly of hops (fresh and floral hops), citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon), light malt was detected, and some light yeast. The aftertaste was mostly of fresh hops, which left a dry feeling on the tongue. This beer is medium bodied. It is a clean and crisp beer that again was dry in nature after the last sip. I would have liked to see a better balance of hops to malt, but not too bad over all. A good beer for it’s style and hop heads should enjoy.

Jarod, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell, OH (came with a glass!). I have to say I enjoyed this more on draught than in the bottle which is pretty much par for the course with me. This beer pours a dark amber with an orange halo. Medium off-white head and thin lacing. The aroma is mostly hops with a little malt as well. Medium-bodied with a solid hops flavor along with some citrus and malt tones. The finish is rather crisp and hoppy. I would definitely get this on draught again.

Dogbrick, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a lovely, bright ruby-red color, and a nice off-whitish head that slims to a narrow ring.
Aroma: fruity, yet dry, nice, but nothing more.
Taste: rather easy-going, feeling a tiny bit flat.
A ringing, resounding fruity finish...body is light, texture minimal, flavor mild, although these aren't drawbacks, I realize, as I reel back and check the intended brew against their intentions. It's an average pale ale, very drinkable, inoffensive, least likely to scare anyone away...doesn't please me too much, though.
Anyway, hurray for the red, white and blue, and thanks to Marc77 for providing the sample.

feloniousmonk, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent orangeish/copper color. It is somewhat cloudy. There is a little bit of a head to it. Aroma is a good balance of malts and hops, although not terribly strong. Flavor is a fairly good balance of malts and hops, with a bit of a bitter finish. Overall, a pretty decent brew!

Boto, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber copper colored ale that is quite hoppy for an APA, the malt is very thin and the nose is very floral. A smooth taste that is highly drinkable and low alcohol make this a good beer to drink all night if desired. The hops do take over as the glass is finished but the malt is mild enough to have a light effect.

bierman2000, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep coppper color with medium head head that left some decent lacing,the aroma was very hoppy with a slight caramel malt background.Taste is hoppy with a slightly sweet ending,nice mouthfeel.A well done beer,if ur a hophead u would likely enjoy it.

oberon, Jul 02, 2003
Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.