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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

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579 Ratings

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:18:11 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of bmwats


3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:05:16 | More by bmwats
Photo of microbrewlover


3.61/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 20:32:17 | More by microbrewlover
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 20:55:24 | More by dwren89
Photo of ppvora


3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 14:54:31 | More by ppvora
Photo of Highlander15401


3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 21:28:46 | More by Highlander15401
Photo of WissBrauSean


3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 23:13:02 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 18:35:30 | More by RonaldTheriot
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:28:32 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 00:47:21 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of lovindahops

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 21:41:42 | More by lovindahops
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:25:09 | More by tdm168
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:08:06 | More by superspak
Photo of kylehay2004


3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:23:19 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 02:18:08 | More by TheHoppiest
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

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 12:18:06 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Pahn

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 05:55:45 | More by Pahn
Photo of smakawhat


3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:00:32 | More by smakawhat
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 12:29:32 | More by KTCamm
Photo of magine


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:20:57 | More by magine
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a dark amber red with a few brown hues. On top is an off white head that leaves a little bit of lacing upon thinning out.

Aroma: Sweet fruits in the front some pistachio notes and a few almonds. Bready malts, caramel both citrus and floral make themselves known.

Taste: Toffee, bready malts, almonds, light citrus fruit but mostly malt forward. Chewy mouthfeel with a light stickiness.

Notes: Nice and malt forward and very drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:19:08 | More by horshack7
Photo of AdamBear


4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber with nice cream colored head

S-creamy hops and caramel. smells bitter and fresh but is faint

T-comes in with just a great taste of bitter creamy hops and caramel. its a clear and crisp taste with an after-taste of burnt biscuits. it works.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a slightly dry finish

O-this is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. it is perfect for the long haul. i know it comes in bottles, but wow a few cans of this and a fishing trip would be pure happiness. the flavors aren't unique or very bold, but they are crisp and smooth

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 06:07:14 | More by AdamBear
Photo of thecheapies


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Robust red body with a thin filmy cream-colored head.

Toasted malts, some grapefruit hops and a touch of pine. Very light in aroma.

Sweet toasted caramel malts with some bitterness from candied hops. Grainy and slightly tinny. A bit of tart apple combined with a diffuse bitterness in the finish. Quite nice, really.

A little thin, but with great effervescence. Easy-to-drink.

Stoudts always seems to impress me, and this ESB hits the spot. Give 'er a try!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 00:38:58 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a reddish-copper color. The head is small and quick to fade giving very little lacing.

Smell – A bit of sweet malty breadiness and caramel is mixed with a very light floral hop aroma. The aroma is nothing too potent and quite subdued.

Taste – A somewhat biscuit maltiness first meets the tongue. There is a bit of sweetness; mainly caramel in character but mixed in with a bit of of grassy hoppiness. The hopiness increases to some degree with the loss of much of the sweetness. At the end there is a lingering more bitter malt mixed with hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Light and rather crisp with an average carbonation level; both of which lend to it being very easy to drink, yet sorta simple and boring.

Overall – Its rather average in my opinion. I would have it if offered to me, but wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 01:03:40 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one itno a pint glass, it has a amber color body with not head or lace. The smell is of toasted bread and a nutty aroma. The taste has a nice nuttiness to it and some carmel notes with a little bit of hops closer to the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is nice well balanced and overall is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 06:00:21 | More by chefhatt
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