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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: 623
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 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
Photo of canoehornpoint
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

canoehornpoint, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SchmichaelJ, May 29, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!"

WesWes, May 28, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Scooter77, May 24, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

LarryKemp, May 19, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

AtLagerHeads, May 13, 2003
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

far333, May 12, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, May 03, 2003
Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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