Stoudts American Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | 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 yesyouam
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stoudt's American Pale Ale is a crystal clear golden ale with a soft, dense, slightly yellowed white head that leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a fresh, hoppy aroma with notes of grapefruit, pine and grass. It's medium-light bodied and very smooth with a crisp, dry finish. It has a simple, satisfying taste: grapefruit and pine with a crackery malt underneath. It's lightly bitter from start to finish. It was the perfect choice for mowing the lawn.

Photo of WEBBEER
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild clear coppper/orange not really cloudy at all.
Thin average head dissipates to lace that lingers for the entire serving.
Great carbonation.
Average pale ale flowery hoppiness.
I don't pick up any really sweet notes but it does have some nice mellow spice notes.
Substantial body that pairs with spicy food very well but even at only 5% I wouldn't call this a session beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a large head that rises up quickly and fades quickly, reaching about 2.5 fingers and almost over the sides of my tulip glass. It's a super clear golden orange wheat color.

N: Lighter than I was expecting. Light hops, some grassy and spicy, hint of citrus, as well as a pungent musty resinous fresh hop aroma. A very slight chewy hop aroma too.

T: Starts with a nice hop flavor, some chewy hops, slight oily feel and fresh musty hop resin as well on the taste. A touch of citrus and pine, but not much. A slight creamy malt taste also strikes through, but the beer def plays down the malt side. A decent bitterness, also quelled a bit. Semi dry, with mostly a clean and crisp tasting ale.

M: Lighter body, very slight hop oils, with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with a long bitter taste, that builds and culminates right after the swallow. It gets pretty dry too that goes with the bitterness. A creamy malt taste also lingers with the hops. The hops continue with that fresh resinous hop flavor, with a touch of pine.

My thoughts on this one, the beer is a decent drinkable summer pale, with some extra bitterness giving it that American Pale tag, but I didn't like the way the hops played. They toned way up on the musty resinous hops, which are OK, but any of the really tasty hop flavors are just toned so far down they are drowned out by the resins. This would be a B+ if it added a little more depth in flavors to the hops.

Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and a nice peach aroma.

L: Clear golden yellow, decent head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

T: Caramel like malt, nice citrus undercurrent. Grapefruit and peach like bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

Pretty forgettable pale ale, good but not great, hence my short review.

Photo of cdizinno
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's Piney Grove in Columbia, SC

A: Pours a bright golden amber color. The depth of the growler shows definite orange amber. Clear with a nice, fluffy off-white head with thick lacing along the glass.

S: Lots of malt. Some sweet caramel, biscuit, and floral hops with a hint of underlying citrus.

T&M: Caramel malts are strong with decent hop characteristic. Bitterness is prominent with no real outstanding flavor. Medium bodied, crisp all the way through with a dry finish.

Easy drinker, but nothing special. Their Double IPA is outstanding, but I won't be seeking this out any time soon.

SORRY - this is my 2nd edit on the scores. I bought a 2nd growler and this is actually growing on me as a nice session beer with a more balanced flavor than I originally reviewed.

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

On-tap at Tobias Frog in pint glass.
Pours copper/orange with good clarity and a nice head that held for a little and laced well. Smell is pretty fresh with citrus notes and a bit of pine. Taste is good and clearly a pale ale. Not a borderline IPA like alot of APAs. Grapefruit and orange notes with a good dry bitter bite. Solid mouthfeel with a good coating. All in all, a solid option and is to style but is a notch below the top tier of pale ales IMO.

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

Poured into a mug.

Massive off-white head that leaves nice sticky lacing, sitting atop a deep golden orange colored brew. The head fades to a chunky island...

Smells of biscut, light citrus and some herbal hops...

Tastes of mild herbal, grassy hops with nice bitters up front. Biscuty malt sweetness is well balanced in the end.

Good feel, light-medium, good carbonation with little to no discernable alcohol presence.

This is a great summer brew - can't imagine anyone objecting to this. Easily could go through a bunch of these with friends on a hot day...ahhh, summer...

Photo of Freethyhops
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in TN.

a- pours a bright orange-gold color. great clarity. a small off-white head with moderate retention left nice lacing along the glass.

s- a fairly substantial malt influence. some sweet caramel and biscuit. the hops are mainly floral with just the slightest hint of citrus.

t- the taste is mainly biscuit malts with a mix of lemon and grassy/floral notes. the caramel as strong as in the nose. this beer is really dominated by the biscuit and bitterness. hop characteritics just really don't come in to play enough in this one. a bit of a dissappointment.

m- a great medium body with ample carbonation. keeps it crisp and blend well with the slightly drying finish.

d- a really easy drinker, but I didn't think much of the main categories here. I could drink a bunch of this one but I probably won't be picking it up again.

Photo of silentjay
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper with a pretty big off-white head that recedes quickly but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass

smell is relatively faint, but of some citrus and floral hops and a bit of cereal grains.

taste starts out with an orange juice type citrus hop that leads into some sweetening from the malt, and then finishes with a pretty big bitter kick that lingers just a bit.

light to medium bodied with average carbonation and not too much lingering.

drinks ok. everything is middle-of-the road. seems like the house beer at your average brew-pub.

Photo of jmerloni
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear light amber orange color with pretty huge white head. The head recedes fairly quickly however. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Nice grassy hops. Some grapefruit rind. Citrus malt.

T - Follows the nose but pretty mellow overall. There is some interesting spice on the afterbite that is pretty enjoyable. Almost like black peppers. But overall, the hops aren't as fresh as they could be and the taste is pretty dull. This beer would benefit from the malt being more pronounced. It smells like it should be as malty as a Dogfish 90, but there's no such comparison in the taste.

M - Light to medium bodied but kind of watery. Nicely carbonated and nicely hopped however.

D - Drinkability is very good. I can see drinking a 6 of these on a hot summer night out by the fire. This is definitely very drinkable and I can see maybe getting it again although it is certainly nothing spectacular. Decent.

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

Finally got a sense of what other reviewers have called "grassy"--this is it. I really like this beer. The hoppiness is not overwhelming. Nice herbal, fresh smell. Great summer or spring beer. Would pair nicely with strong cheese or spicy Asian dish. Excellent mouthfeel, exactly what I'd expect from a pale ale, with an added bonus of very low carbonation. Can't wait to have it again.

Photo of therica
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This would be a great hops intro beer for a macro-blinded victim, but a bit light on bitters for a hop-head's expectation of a big APA.

A= deep yellow with an orange hue; good-sized head when poured, dissipates to little rim or lacing.

S= delicate hops florals, cereal malts, some citrus notes at times.

T= very nice hops flavor (Cascade, Munich) with good bitterness, slightly light (41 IBU) on the bitterness scale compared to many micro/craft's but very nice. Green hops, grassy malts with some toasted hints, slight oil. Very nicely balanced for a non-hophead APA.

M= clean, slight oil, nice green hops bitters, hints of citrus tang, light caramel sweetness.

D= highly drinkable, would be a great on-stock beer at home or for sessions.

Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from LSUExplorer03. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" light beige head above the slightly cloudy amber brew. Frothy head falls slowly, with sporadic chunky lace. Aroma is sweet, with citrus and vegetal hops notes. Taste starts lightly malty, goes citrus in the middle, and closes with a crisp bitter character. Mouthfeel is smooth but maybe a bit too bubbly, and drinkability is pretty good. Nice standard.

Photo of DerekP
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass.

Whoa! The IBU's in this beer must be through the pint! I'm pretty happy I found a few rack spots offering a few brews from this brewery. I only read about Stoudt's brewery/restaurant & pub a few days ago and assumed it was sit in/take out only, not distributed. Glad I was wrong.

The APA from Stoudt's is amber-orange, and forms a strong, egg white, robust head with excellent lacing. The smell is a tiny bit sour, a little more sweet. The taste is pretty bitter, with a lot of hops handling their business. They're more dry than floral, with some grapefruit characteristics coming through in the finish.

The head retention is one of the most notable elements to this brew. The taste and overall feel is unquestionably first in line. Cheers!

Photo of Lunch
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/09/10).

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with one finger of an off-white head that settled to collar leaving some patchy lacing.

S: Faint aroma of grassy and bitter hops along with a sweet malt.

T: Some grassy and bitter hops combined with a semi-sweet caramel malt. The bitterness lingers after the finish. Decent, but nothing special.

M: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and no hint at all of the modest 5% abv.

D: Quite drinkable and rather sessionable if you can get over the fact that this is certainly not the most flavorful American Pale Ale.

Overall this was a decent easy drinking American Pale Ale from Stoudts, but there are many more examples out there that I would rather drink. Worth a Look.

Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of thecarster1 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear, light golden orange with a thick white head that leaves good lacing and a small cap fed by some stray bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma is light and sweet with as much malt sweetness as hops. There are some faint grassy aromas but the sweet caramel and biscuity malts are dominant in the nose.

The taste has lemon grass up front but, like the aroma, those hops are secondary to the bready malts. The finish is like dry toast with some bitterness from the hops lingering as well.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with solid carbonation with a toasted character, especially in the finish.

Not the best pale ale out there but certainly not the worst and I could see myself drinking a few of these on a summer afternoon.

Photo of armock
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light copper color with white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit hops mostly

T - Starts off with some malt upfront then finishes off with citrus hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink beer that I enjoyed very much it has a very good taste that I could drink all night long worth getting to try

Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangy straw color with frothy white head, minimal lacing. Smell is of earthy, resiny and floral hops with a grain husk smell. Taste has a earthy hop presence with a fuller malt profile than many pale ales. Slightly metallic. Medium carbonation and lighter side of medium bodied. Pale in hop flavor with a kicked up malt presence points me more towards a British style of beer. Decent, but not earth shattering.

Photo of jjboesen
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you just need something uncomplicated to sip at the end of a harrowing day, Stoudt's Brewing can usually accommodate. In this case, we have a bottle of their American Pale Ale.

The bottle pours a gushing head of billowy foam - or even a billowing head of gushing foam - that quickly settles to crown a body of bright amber. Inside the glass is a torrent of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. What minimal lacing exists remains for the duration of the quaff. The smell does not overpower; it consists of your basic fruity notes of something akin to peach. I thought the taste had a rather faint hint of orange to compliment the mild hoppiness of it. Of course, it has a very light body - very "uncomplicated" to say the least.

All in all, a pleasant craft from a reliable craft brewer. If it is something simple you seek, look no further than this one. But any of the Stoudt's beers generally hit the spot.

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

I poured this chilled into my Dfh shaped glass.

A - A clear medium amber w/ 2 fingers of eggshell cap that makes sticky lace and the bead is fine

S - A floral, slightly piney hop aroma w/ hints of grapefruit rind notes

M - moderate carbonation and bitterness w/ mild sweetness from the malt w/ moderate hop acidity and a clean finish

T - A slightly bitter flavor at first w/ light mellow pale malt character. The taste is balanced well

D - A very drinkable pale, one I would not hesitate to buy for an easy to drink local

Photo of biophiliadude
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pils.

A: Clean yellow, not much cloudiness. 1/8 inch head that quickly dissolves leaving a thin layer of foam on top. lacing.

S: Hops, flowers, cake!

T: Very smooth, bite at the end. Watery syrup?

F: Smooth and refreshing, the bitter doesn't last long.

D: I could drink this all night. A very simple beer that has a nice bitterness and great smell. The taste is easy and agreeable. With all the DIPA's and Imperial Ales around it's nice to see a simple Pale Ale that isn't exploding taste buds but refreshing them.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Number 100!

Nice full white head poured into a pint glass, light copper complexion, crystal clear

Smells of earthy, grassy citrus hops, light pine light malt aroma of biscuit and two row

Tastes piney, with a medium pale malt body, Slight grassy hop flavor, metallic presence, slight tannic dry bite finish. Mellow caramel flavors

Overall a nice beer for a pale ale. Not over the top ipa, a well balanced American Pale ale

Photo of dacrza1
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Situation: a nightcap to a day of hosting good friends Brad, Erin and the twins...
Glassware: Yuengling pint...
Appearance: copper golden body with thick foamy one-finger head; body is clear and patiently effervescent...
Aroma: Hops are pleasant and aromatic but not overstated--definitely an East Coast thing...perfumy esters are present as well....
Palate: Bubbly, slightly effervescent and medium-bodied; smooth and slightly oily on the tongue... no real aftertaste...
Taste: pale malts keep this ale flattened.... hops are bitter and well-placed; balance is struck well enough to be repeatably drinkable...
Overall: Tought to find a criticism of this East Coast ale, sippable to the point of six-pack status; a soft end burn only encourages the next sip; cuts nicely into a London Broil...

Photo of Jayli
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this one from TheManciacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

Consumed 11/2
A: This beer pours a clear amber/copper color with a one finger of white head. Decent retention that leaves a nice coating of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of faint hops, pale malts and hint of breadiness.

T: Taste starts with a bit of bready malts fading to pale malts, finish is a citrus hop bite to it. Overall slightly bland in the taste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick feel to the mouth.

D: Ok offering, somewhat bland though still quite drinkable.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A : Clean and clear copper coloured body with a fluffy, rather sudsy head that hangs around for a while, but leaves only little amounts of isolated lacing

S : Its a bouquet of biscuitiness from the malts and citrus zestiness from the hops

T : Biscuit and bread flavour complemented amazingly well with the citrus feel. Very good amalgamation of flavours. A little grassiness is evident in the afterwards.

M : Smooth and refreshing. Carbonation is not profound, well lets just say well to do.

D : Good flavour and length of experience, something that will simply amaze you, not because its an in your face or a big one - but rather because its simply very "drinkable"

Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.