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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

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BA SCORE
82
good

652 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Ratings: 652 | Reviews: 365
Photo of XsoldoutX
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a perfectly mediocre U.S. ESB from a solid Pennsylvania craft brewer. I was expecting more flavor, given Stoudts resume. Would drink on draft again, but probably wouldn't buy a sixer of it.

Photo of Paul432_1
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not the best but most certainly not the worst Red ale I've had. Very bitter aftertaste though that I wasn't expecting.

Photo of 57md
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish-copper color. The overwhelming flavor is an odd sweet note. The finish is slightly bitter.

Photo of classixIII
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear amber color with 1/2" creamy head and lingering lace. Creamy carbonation, not a ton of flavor, some hops at the finish. I could drink more.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by (no date) bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few tiny island of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, chill haze
Flavor malty with a trace of diacetyl, slightly sweet, ends with slight hop bitterness; no alcohol
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25.
A very pleasing ESB which hits all the characteristics. Don’t know if this ever won any GABF awards but it should.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. BB 7/24/14

Pours a dark amber with a nice inch and a half thick white head. Smell is quite malty...reminds me of a typical amber ale honestly. Taste though is much more like an ESB. Very drinkable but just not that much flavor. extreme amount of maltiness. finishes dry with not much bitterness at all. its decent. mild body with mild carbonation.

overall a drinkable beer but nothing to rave about. bit too bland.

Photo of bmwats
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Medium, beer ring lacing.

S: Nuts, caramel, fresh tea leaf.

T: Lightly malty. White bread, with a slight hop. Lightly bitter, with a slight indistinct sweetness.

M: Light body. A bit of a shallow feel. Lightly bitter bland aftertaste remains.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Persistent foamy head, and some nice lacing. Nose is nutty and buttery with some tea leaf. Light and bready with a slightly bitter hop, balanced with a slight sweetness. A little shallow and bland. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a brown/red color with a two finger head and moderate lacing. Low carbonation.

The smell is thick,bready and slightly soapy. Slightly astringent.

The taste follows the nose with bready malts up front then a soapy taste then some crisp, not terribly bitter hops come in on the end. There is a dry taste left in the mouth after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is chewy and filling, surprisingly good.

Overall this is a very sessionable ESB. Malty and not terribly better. I would have given it higher marks for a more fruity or nutty taste than for the soapy taste in the middle.

Photo of dwren89
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber with reddish and gold highlights, thick, fluffy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: caramel, bready, some earthy hop notes, slight floral character as well

Taste: less flavorful than I had hoped for, and certainly less malt character than true English ESBs. Some malty, caramel character that finishes bitter with some earthy and floral hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. This would be better if it was less carbonated like English cask ales

Overall: Not bad but I don't know if I would get this again. Caramel and bready malt character with earthy and floral hop character. A good start for any beer but this just seems to be somewhat poorly executed.

Photo of ppvora
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Brown, no aeration, half a finger of head that disappeared very quickly. No aeration.

Aroma: Sweet, malty aroma. A lot of mango and a little bit of peach. Gorgeous aroma. Loved it!

Taste: Malty, some hops. Despite the mango/peach and sweet aroma, no sweetness in the beer and no fruitiness. If you love the smell of fruit but don't necessarily like to taste it in your beer, this is the perfect beer for you. No complex flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Held the taste for a while, nothing significant to report.

Overall: A straight and narrow ale. Despite the "ESB" moniker, this beer is not bitter at all. Malty taste with a little bit of hops towards the end. Fruity aromas don't make their way into the taste of the beer.

Photo of Highlander15401
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I consider this a wonderful session brew, worthy of more than one. Chestnut brown-orange in color, faint nose in the std. pint glass. Nice sweet malt with hops bringing up the rear. Not many brewers do the ESB-style & this is a fine example. Worthy of your time.

Photo of WissBrauSean
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a 50 degree F bottle into a standard pint glass produced a clear amber/ copper beer with a nice bone white one finger head that stays as a nice frothy cap the entire drink and leaves a shark tooth lacing pattern on the glass that falls back down to the head. Pretty cool!

Initially I smelled mostly caramel malts with a little breadiness to it, but as it got warmer some earthy notes as well as dark fruit notes came out.

As I get further into the beer flavours of sour apple, bread, caramel malts are pretty evenly distributed followed by some earthy hops and a bit of tannins and mild black pepper.

The mouthfeel is mildly sweet, moderately light, and has a dry finish. A bit of a slippery feel is left on the tongue and the carbonation is about medium and maybe just a tad, just a tad, bit lively. I like it a lot and think that I can drink the heck out of this beer!

Overall, I like this beer a lot. I think it fits into the style very well and would recommend trying it to anyone who likes English beers. The only thing that detracts from this beer for me is the tannin taste and it's not over the top at all so I am going to give this beer a solid 4 out of 5!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB has a thin, off-white head, some sheen of lacing left on the glass, and a brilliant, bubbly, off-white head. The aroma is of brown bread crust and dank fruit. Taste is of brown bread crust, some sugar, a little bitterness, and tannin. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB finishes dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. The tannin aspect holds it back a bit, but it’s still very good and worth checking out.

RJT

Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like tart apples, herbal/floral hops and some caramel malt. It tastes like herbal/floral hops, toasted and bready malt, tart apples, and some nuts and tea. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid beer, it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sour apple. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt and slight tang. Not much sweetness or hop bitterness to speak of. Kind of plain.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Average ESB.

Photo of lovindahops
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- scarlet lady pours a copper body with a frothy head of foam that quickly recides

S- faint dry apple scent that is bundled with a buttered scent as well. Even a little herbal component

T- very bitter and sweet flavor simultaneously. There is a fruity component that really fits in well with the sour apple taste

M- thin but carbonated with flavor

O- very bitter brew from stoudts that is drinkable

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with some ruby edges; there is a nice, soft, off white head that leaves a thin lacing

S - juicy dark fruit,faint baked apple, caramel

T - caramel, fruit, bitter, earthy, faintly medicinal

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This a decent ESB, but it has a few off notes. The medicinal underpinnings I'm not fond of. It's also a bit more bitter than I would have liked. I did the big fruity notes provided by the yeast and I thought it had a decent grain bill. If you're a fan of the style, then you definitely have to check it out.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/28/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange, biscuit, nuttiness, toast, herbal, grass, and light earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, orange, herbal, floral, grapefruit, grass, and light earth. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and citrus on the finish for a good bit. Very well balanced with nice amount of toasty flavors. No cloying flavors on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice ESB! Very flavorful and well balanced; very smooth and drinkable. No complaints at all, really enjoyed this.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two finger head on a cloudy amber with golden hues body and some lacing. Aroma is very mild with breads, barely and caramel malts. Flavor is also of breads and caramel with a slight tart fruitness which some ESBs overdue. Medium body that is a bit chewy with moderate to high carbonation. A decent and drinkable beer. Not very exciting and unidimensional.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a roasted amber, with hints of honey gold, burnt orange, tan, ochre, and gold. A 1/4" head reduces to a skim and remains, with a decent amount of carbonation feeding it.

Smell is subdued toffee malt, with a bready malt bottom.

Starts with a smooth malt backbone, punctuated by a tangy, almost tart lemon bitterness. There's a grassy, almost herby taste that hits three-quarters of the way through the sip.The finish is dry, bitter, and again almost tart.

Light bodied, with enough of a bitter tang to keep it interesting. The tongue gets sticky as you work your way through this.

A decent enough brew, pleasant and east drinking, though I'm not much of a fan of this aftertaste.

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

A-slightly cloudy relish amber color with an off-white head and some lacing

S-biscuit, fruit, caramel

T-caramel and fruit, toasted bread, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth slick mouthfeel

O-a decent beer but just a little too much sweetness for me to want to seek it out

Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 8/14/12, though the numbers are a little smeared.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and half inch fluffy offwhite head that dissipates slowly. Pours a hazy copper and leaves a few splashes of lacing.

Smell: Fresh pastry and marzipan. Bready malt underneath. A clear, almost-fruity cola note comes out with time, sort of "cutting the richness" of the aroma. Cake-like malt forward aromas stay pretty strong over time though, and really brings out the different malt flavors in the beer. Some nice caramel notes pop up as well.

Taste: A little watery up front, then all the malt depth of the aroma comes out in the flavor. Various pale malt and caramel malt flavors come through, tasting like country bread, gooey pastries, whole grains, with Willamette hops lurking around here and there. Finishes very clean, feel-wise, but has a lingering white bread aftertaste.

Lots of great flavor and balance here. There's a decent bitter bite in the middle that doesn't so much restrain the malt flavors (which aren't overly sweet to begin with) as it adds a nice crispness to the feel; just works well with the carbonation to excite the palate. The malty flavors develop with time, and I notice different things with every sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Somehow both watery and creamy. High side of moderate carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: Stoudts does beers like this (lower alcohol than most craft beer, lots of flavor, emphasis on balance) so well. It's rare to find malt flavor this robust in American beers that aren't stouts/porters or high ABV. This beer is right up my alley.

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice off white and fluffly head, manages maybe just a little over a finger, sitting on a very dark red amber body, kind of dull a bit, not much noticeable carbonation but pretty clear.

Nose is a real nice toasty cinnamon and malt. Subdued sweetness and an appealing baked sense. Seems like a nice smelling brew.

Mid palate seems a bit wet, and all the flavor is in the swallow. Faint toasty malts and bread, with a good mix of herbal tea like finishing. Very light palate though, almost nearly nothing to taste upon first sip. A nice hop English IPA like finish on this so slightly. Palate after some time brings out some milky chocolate.

Overall not bad, you could do worse fairly enjoyable. I could have this again, but don't desire it.

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish copper. Some foam, but no layer remains. Malty smell. Caramel notes. Smooth mellow malty taste. Light hop. A little sweet. Some toffee too. Very tasty. A mild english ale, very simple, but good.

Photo of magine
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear, slightly hazed amber with copper red edges. Off white head is thick and settles to a nice layer. Head settles to a lacy island. No lace to speak of. Lack of lace hurts.

Brew smells of caramel malts, biscuit and faint hops. Average nose.

Brew is malty smooth up front and has sweet fruity hops as well. Lots of malts here in the middle. Giving way to a crisper hop finish. Caramel malts, biscuit, fruit hops some floral hop resin as well left behind. A good solid brew here.

Great session brew; good flavors and feel here. A nice case drinking type brew.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.