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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Reviews: 364
Hads: 653
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a not quite scarlet color, more of a deep amber, with a thin white lace on top. Maybe its me, but it appears there are particles floating in my pint glass. Who cares?! Its good!

The aroma is a perfect balance of malts and hops. I got a mild floral aroma upon sniffing this one, along with a fruity, raspberry aroma. The taste initially is nearly sweet, with a bit of a caramel malt flavor, as well as some mild fruit flavoring which is delicious. The hops dont seem to hit until after I swallow, then they seem to bite down nicely on the back of the tongue. A very nice balanced brew. (594 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty amber color with a thin but creamy off-white head and minimal lace. Mildly bitter hops aroma. The flavor was not as bitter as some but does have a nicely sweet malt presence. An interesting ESB to say the least. (218 characters)

Photo of aaronh
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scarlet Lady pours a deep copper color with a nice off-white/light tan head. This is a very attractive lady. Tgere are some nice hops aromas mixed with malt sweetness. Not as strong aromas as some ales, but it's a very nice perfume the lady wears. She plays somewhat hard-to get with the flavor. I can taste some nice hops, and then a bit of malt jumps in. Some mouthfuls are sweeter than others, but I would not call this a sweet beer. She has a wonderful bitter finish, and a nice crisp mouthfeel. Stoudt's produces yet another good beer. Definitely a nice lady to spend an evening with. (600 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow!!!! Ive been drinking for awhile now, and this came up on my rotation, and i was disappointed in the fact i didn't have it earlier!!!! an incredible, distinctive beer. pour the ruby tinted amber dark color that every beer lover loves, though it hold a lace on a glass that a convesiour would appreciate, has a mellow taste for a pale ale, considering this brewery which in every instance i have experienced has pushed the taste to the limits for evertype i drank. it seems to me they focus more on actue taste than mellowness, but yet i could easily seem myself pounding these with a happy face; this is yet another approved beer.

5KD (643 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After all this weeks discussion of growlers, bombers,and minikegs, I have to start with a 765ml bottle direct from the brewery. Pours a bright red copper with gold highlights. A lively free form off white head, which settles down. Fine carbonation. A very strong, fruity nose highlighted by apples and pears. Taste is mostly malt, with some butter, and just enough hops to give it balance. Wonderful full, rich body. Very British. Could easily do another bomber of this in a sitting. Extra Special Indeed. She is quite a lady. (526 characters)

Photo of Murph
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a thick, creamy tan head that leaves a nice lace all the way down the glass. Smell is of sweet caramel malts and some buttery diacetyl with absolutely no hops. The brew start off sweet and creamy and then goes into a buttery flavor but never manages to show me even one hop flower. The lack of bitterness kills the balance of this brew. Smooth and chewy, the lack of any bitterness makes the mouthfeel a bit sticky and cloying as well and brings down the drinkability some as well. Not a bad beer but it definitely needs to find some balance. After the good reviews this ESB had received I was somewhat excited to try it and to be honest, it let me down. I will probably try it again, but not for quite some time. (745 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comsumed vom Fass at Stoudts on 07.20.02. A very nice ESB. Fantastic colour with a rangy head sitting firmly atop. Freshness personafied. Aromas of biscuity goodness with a solid hop twinge. A good balance of malt and hops in flavor. One of the best domestic ESBs I have had. A session brew for me if there ever was one. Well worth the try. (340 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear medium amber with thick head. Nice hoppy aroma. Full of flavor, and richly bitter. A nice woodsy character floats through, reminiscent of wheatgrass or as I almost put it, it kinds of tastes like dandilions (in a good way). Has a slight sweet character, as this beer finishes and coats the mouth with a full mouthfeel. (327 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Watch out, this Scarlet Lady is a temptress! A superb English-style bitter, especially notable in that it comes from an American micro whose specialty is German-style beers. Thick layered head over a clear amber body; good malt foundation if a little horsey and woody. No matter; the rawness adds to the overall appeal. Hops give just the right twist of freshness, amplifying the terrific, medium-thick quality of the liquor (water). Very drinkable, excellent finish, and seemingly thirst-quenching - except that you're never satisfied! This can go head to head with the best of the UK but is distinctly American, perhaps primarily because of the water. I only bought one bottle and now I am very sad. (701 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color looks amber / copper in color, small hop/floral nose...On the palate it starts with caramel malt up front(so good!), notes of apples perhaps, touch of butter, slightly bitter throughout, tiny hop bite towards the middle, and has a slightly fruity finish. Very enjoyable ESB! I love this stuff! (303 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redish in color with a nice head. Lots of carbonation. Slight hoppy/malty smell, and a classic bitter taste. Could be a little more malty/smooth in the mouth. A little over carbonated. Overall, a good bitter slightly above average for the style. (250 characters)

Photo of Reverand
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy,reddish-brown in color. Not a very complex beer,but certainly a beer that you can have all night. I was disappointed propably because I was expecting more of the English style bitter (189 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Brownish-red color, not crystal clear, a bit hazy.

Flavor leaned a bit towards the 1 dimensional. A bit less full flavored then the appearance would leave you to think. A real nice sweet-tart flavor leaning towards an apple sweetness in the middle. Finish was dry.

Maybe it is just a quirk with me, but I find alot of the American micro ESB's lean towards an apple-cider like profile in a vague way. This was similar tasting to Redhooks, but overall less sweet and less complex.

A solid work-horse beer. (518 characters)

Photo of bcm119
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy copper color with a memorably delicate, lacy head. Delicious nose bursting with over-ripe oranges and tea, while the finish is amazingly English. Hops are fairly mild in bitterness but lend some super-complex flavors, while the mouthfeel beckons you to slug it down like lemonade. If you can't have a good time with this beer you're out of luck. (352 characters)

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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