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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: 613
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of dmarch


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

07-19-2003 13:09:22 | More by dmarch
Photo of Jarod


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-07-2003 09:08:52 | More by Jarod
Photo of Dogbrick


3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

07-06-2003 17:43:17 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

07-06-2003 02:46:18 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Boto


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

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!

07-05-2003 08:28:11 | More by Boto
Photo of bierman2000


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

07-02-2003 15:46:12 | More by bierman2000
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-02-2003 15:27:41 | More by oberon
Photo of canoehornpoint


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Patriotic bottle. Pours a reddish orange with a nice white head that lasts awhile. Slightly carbonated. Has a mild, pleasant balanced hop/malt aroma. The taste is relatively consistant, mild maltiness balanced evenly with mild citrusy and a bit flowery hop flavor. Mouthfeel does finish with some heaviness and earthy taste on the back of the tongue. This is supposed to be a cascade pale ale but the cascade hops don't stand out like they normally do. This is my kind of beer but not one of my favorites.

06-12-2003 17:39:50 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of SchmichaelJ


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

This pale ale was golden, almost orange in color. The small head had pretty good retention, and some nice lacing clung to the glass. Particulalry large carbonation bubbles were also apparent. A strong hop aroma was present, but hints of a good malt foundation came through. The taste was nicely bitter, with some fruity aspects. A bit of a yeasty taste came through in the end, but the bitter aftertaste quickly overcame this somewhat distracting characteristic. Very crisp and refreshing. The medium-body was very appropriate for the style, and the bitterness seemed to give the mouthfeel a particulalry sharp aspect. The American Pale Ale is a great example of the style, and perfect for those moments demanding a crisp, bitter, honest brew.

05-29-2003 22:59:41 | More by SchmichaelJ
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

This beer offers a nice white head, but it fades quickly. The color is pale with a slight amber hue. The "American Pale Ale" destinction suggests the use of American grown hop varieties used to not only bitter the ale, but also to flavor and add hop aroma. This beer does just that with the use of Cascade hops to add a floral aroma that is quite pleasant to the nose. The hop flavor is more than adequate pushing the envelope of most pale ales. This beer would be considered an IPA if it were not for it's low ABV (5%). It is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. My only criticism is that the grain bill seems to be a bit simplistic, but sometimes it's the simple things that are the most fantastic. I love the marketing strategy. In a post- 9/11 world anything with the slightest resemblence to Americana is highly visible and attractive to the consumer. "Two Thumbs Up!"

05-28-2003 06:28:15 | More by WesWes
Photo of Scooter77


4.38/5  rDev +18.7%

Holy cow! This is such a great pale ale. This is my first sampling of a beer from the Stoudt’s Brewery and I’ll have to say that if all of their other brews are this good, I’ll definitely seek them out. Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a thick, bubbly head that dissipates moderately, leaving a thin lace on the glass. Nose is full of floral hops with small hints of sweet malts and caramel. Taste is sweet with mild hops. This is a perfectly balanced pale ale, the hops are just right; bitter, but not to overpowering. This is a very smooth and refreshing brew, I highly recommend it to any lover of pale ales.

05-24-2003 16:40:50 | More by Scooter77
Photo of LarryKemp


4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

This bottle poured a deep golden with a firm white head that clung to the side of the glass. The aroma was muted but primarily of hops. The taste is a good blend of hops and malt. A little citrus hits my tongue on first taste and then gives way to a brush of malty sweetness which is followed by hop bitterness until the next sip. None of these taste overpower. Each enhances the other. The mouthfeel was light with slight carbonation. This beer ratings have kept going up with each sip. I find this beer quite drinkable and would suggest it to even the most sophisticated beer drinkers. It is NOT a session beer to be slammed down quick and in large quantities, but rather enjoyed slowly to allow it to reveal all its very good aspects.

05-19-2003 19:05:43 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

The look is a hazy dark amber with a generous golden tan head. Good lace effect from the residual head. The nose comes up full of hops. There is a full body with a good malt backbone serving up the bittering hops. This is a true pale ale with plenty of hops to remind the drinker of its heritage. Strong bitter finish masks the malt substance, but it is there behind the piney hops. Very good example of the style.

05-13-2003 22:06:03 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of far333


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Faint amber color with a beige head of small, tight bubbles. The head lingers and laces the glass. Aroma is hoppy, as is the flavor. No real flavor of malt in this one. The hop is not overwhelming, but a bit much for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and fills the whole mouth. Carbonation is just right. It's a very good beer, but not heading to the top of my favorites list.

05-12-2003 18:12:16 | More by far333
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

Apperas an amber copper with an off white beige head. Very nice appearance, but not much lace forming here. Aroma is mainly floral hops that flow so well together with a very nice malt balance, man another great APA. Damn talk about refreshing. The flavor comes out a bit more pine coney with traces of grapefruit balanced by sweet succulent malt surrounding the taste buds. A fluffy moutfeel filled with goodness and a great oily texture carries hop resins so well. Yes this has a medium bodied defintion of mmm mm good. Drinkability, well yes I 've tasted it on tap and I say give me a case of this stuff wonderful so amazingly addicting if your into hops.

05-03-2003 06:15:12 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Marty


4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

This was a good, solid, very drinkable IPA. I had it on draught at a local bar, and it arrived at my table with a medium-sized head. I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it, because random micro-brewed pale ales tend to run the gamut from weak to extremely hoppy. The minute I smelled this guy, though, I knew I was going to enjoy it. Hoptacular. Smelled and tasted a little citric, a little sweet. Great lingering hoppy aftertaste. The head left a sticky lace around the top of my pint. I could easily have enjoyed several of these; a very drinkable IPA. I live less than an hour from this brewer, but I'd never heard of Stoudts until today. I'll have to investigate. Taste's good so far, though.

03-27-2003 15:42:41 | More by Marty
Photo of jreitman


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

A very strong and borderline overwhelming hop aroma greeted me as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a very nice copper color with a white head that left some nice lace on the way down the glass. After the aroma, it wasn't too surprising that the flavor was balanced toward the hoppy end of the scale. Sweet maltines blends well with the citrusy, hop flavors that are the backbone of the beer. Finished dry and moderately bitter. Could easily make this a session beer.

03-18-2003 21:10:58 | More by jreitman
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.4/5  rDev +19.2%

Now brewed at Frederick in Maryland. It pours a slightly hazy amber with golden highlights and a short and creamy off-white head. The head drops shortly to a nice creamy collar and leaves some spotty lace. The bouquet expresses floral and citrusy Cascades. It's not bold, but bright and inviting! With a swirl of the glass some gently sweet biscuity malt becomes apparent as well. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation and it's gently crisp in the mouth. The flavor displays a delicate balance of gently sweet malt and firm bitterness entwined with refreshing citrusy, floral and piney hop flavors. It finishes short and dry with some residual Cascades. Excellent balance. Highly drinkable. An impressive APA.

01-16-2003 19:24:50 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of beernut7


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

This american pale brew pours with a nice faomy head and a vibrant orange color. The aroma of spicy hops leads into the initially strong grapefruit hop flavor. The malt presence is a bit lighter than I prefer in this style, but is not absent. Teh body is smooth and the overall mellowness of the brew makes is quite drinkable.

12-26-2002 11:14:44 | More by beernut7
Photo of DarthMalt


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours dark-gold with chill haze and wispy thin white head. Yeast in suspension.

Full delivery of APA on the senses. Body carries a honey maltiness, that is not cloying, and hops fan out in the mid-range with a [brace yourself] spearmint flavor!

Hop blanket finishes your tongue off.

None too shabby. None too exceptional either.

12-13-2002 20:20:03 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of maxpower


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

Glowing amber color, nice thick white clingy head. Light malt aroma. Taste average, balanced malt, light on the hops for an APA, not much flavor, light body, watery mouthfeel, not my favorite, but very easy to drink.

12-05-2002 14:07:32 | More by maxpower
Photo of QXSTER1


4/5  rDev +8.4%

I'm impressed by what a flavorful, everyday pale ale this is. In a less enlightened age this could pass for an IPA. Pours a deep gold with a decent head and some lace. Crisp, well defined flavors marked by toasted grain and floral hops blend for a pleasing taste.
Medium bodied with plenty of malt backbone to stand up to the sharp bitterness. As it warms the caramel becomes more apparent, but never overwhelms. A top notch session Pale Ale.

11-26-2002 13:49:17 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of Gusler


4/5  rDev +8.4%

The pour crystal clear amber color, the head spectacular, the lace lumpy, both light beige in color. Nose is malt, lightly floral, citrus, crisp and clean, very sniffable. Front is lightly malt sweet, top is skimpy, the finish comfortably hopped, satisfactorily carbonated, aftertaste sufficiently malt dry. Stoudt's is a brewery that makes some top notch beers, if you can sample anything you find, I don't think you will be disappointed, I've not found a loser yet. Ranks a respectable #353 on my current 1000 beer master list, which will soon expand to 1500 as I have just way to many decent beers, to stay at a 1000.

11-03-2002 12:27:40 | More by Gusler
Photo of marc77


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

Attractive, clear, light copper hue covered by a persistant off white head that leaves lace. The aroma is a balanced combination of citrusy hops, medium caramel and mild biscuit malt. Pleasantly assertive hop bitterness upfront in flavor lingers, then is ensued by dryish bready and toasted malt notes. Malt sweetness is partially overshadowed by hop bitterness and dry biscuit notes, but a subdued light caramel sweetness emerges towards the finish. Appropriately light in body, yet full enough in mouthfeel to help lend excellent quaffability. Light grapefruit hop flavor. Finishes dry w/ lingering cracker like grain and hop bitterness fading slowly. A unique and flavorful pale. The hop bitterness is above the norm and biscuit notes abound. With a more assertive malt backbone this would be outstanding.

10-30-2002 17:17:20 | More by marc77
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.8/5  rDev -24.1%

Pours with a serious white head, good carbonation. Nice amber color with a good mix of hops and malt but ending is seriously hoppy and bitter. I have had better pales. The ABV is 5.0%.

10-25-2002 15:56:10 | More by jdhilt
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