1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Stoudts American Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stoudts American Pale AleStoudts American Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

645 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 645
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 645 | Reviews: 373
Photo of donnebaby
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.

Photo of necoadam
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.

Photo of CharlesRiver
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.

Photo of Ricochet
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of mobyfann
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of ramrod666
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Dithyramb
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of elsinore
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.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of mschofield
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of konabrewer
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Photo of sublimesipping
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of dippy
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.

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.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Erix
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Shiloh
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of nomad
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.