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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | 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 hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from mymrngjckt in the Secret Bunny exchange. Different color label (actually scarlet...) from the picture displayed on BA.

Appearance: Fairly red in color, fitting to the name. Very clear. Two finger white head, good retention. Some lace.

Smell: Toasted malts, some fruitiness.

Taste: Very tannic, fairly light on malt and hops... Toast just before the swallow, resolves to a tannic/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side, acidity makes up for what seems a little light carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, but fairly light. Sessionable, but not something to enjoy just one bottle of.

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

A cask serving at the brewery in Adamstown, PA.

A: The ale is copper red with a thick 2 finger head that is quite billowy.

S: The ESB delivers a strong nutty malt body with an earthy hop bitterness supporting it.

T: A true cask ale, this beer is damned near warm! The room temperature serving brings out the nuttiness of the malts and the sharp bitterness of the English hops, creating an easy drinkin' ale that excites the tastebuds without overdoing it. The nuttiness cedes to some toffee sweetness at the end of a sip

M: The mouthfeel is peppy hops and chewy malts, a real sessioner.

D: The cask serving brings out the simple beauty of this ale, a chewy ale that has a strong hop bite.

Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours honest to its name, clear and scarlet with a slight amber tinge. A finger of off-white, pithy head sprouts then wilts to a mere surface trace. Pinstripes of lacing suit the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a pairing of caramel and toasted nuts, but the real presence is the floral hops, fairly vague in character but credible in its insistence.

Upon tasting, it's somewhat sweet, with caramel and a very wee bit of sugariness, as well as a general malt fruitiness. Soon, though, the hops again take over, with more articulated floral and pepper components spreading their wings and bittering and drying the center ground. A glimpse of biscuit revisits, giving the grain an encore opportunity until the bitterness cleans and lingers a short while. Not unlike the aroma, it's nice, but just nice, and a bit thin.

Light bodied, it seems to flow quickly, leaving little behind of the grain, though the hops tingle the palate.

It's subtle, which can be such a strength, but subtlety demands an underlying depth and complexity that really isn't present here. The result is an enjoyably drinkable bitter that doesn't have enough oomph to inspire one to seek out more. I'd have no reason to say no to another, but it could easily get lost in the shuffle of more notable offerings.

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

Had this on cask at Stoudt's.

It arrived in the glass a reddish amber color with a rocky, inch high, off-white head.

The aroma was better than what I have ever gotten out of the bottled version. Floral hops, caramel, and a hint of roasted nuts.

The flavor was better, also. Fruity, flowery, sweet caramel, earthy. Hardly any bitterness...which could have been a little more pronounced. Closer to an amber ale, but really good from the cask.

Typical, thinner mouthfeel being a cask-conditioned beer. Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable.

Photo of soupyman10
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into a mug

A - Amber color with a fairly nice head; no real lacing

S -Weird smell, which is the first thing that hit me; after a second I realized it was a fairly strong floral hops flavor

T - This seems like a fairly odd ESB; the flavor seems mostly dominated by the very strong floral flavor with the undertone of fairly sweet malts; lacks the sweet malts that I expect of an ESB and not quite hoppy enough for any other style

M - Medium body, no real issues but nothing too great

D - It's alright; I dunno, I haven't really been that impressed with any Stoudt's I've had yet, so I'm not that surprised

Photo of loren01
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours as the name suggests a scarlet color, 1 finger width white head, ,good lace down the glass
S: Slight toffee smell. Also picking up a sour, vinegar like smell
T: Good maltiness, biscut/breadlike maltiness, slight hop flavor although was expecting more. I did just get done drinking an IPA so that could be why.
M: Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.
D: Pretty good beer, was expecting something a little more hoppy, this reminds me a lot of Fat Tire actually. Thanks to jasonm for this one via trade.

Photo of cichief
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Soudt's makes wonderful beers, but this is one of ther least worthy efforts. It doesn't hve the body I expect from an ESB. It doesn't hold up against food as well as other ESBs that I have had. It has a nice deep red color, and the head was rather nice. There was little in the smell to appeal to me. It had a clean taste, but lacked the maltiness I expect from the style. I can drink this, but with Stoudt's other offerings, I don't.

Photo of mattd017
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red, coppery brown with a medium head that leaves a pretty constant thin head. Has almost no scent, kind of disappointing. Slightly bitter, fairly malty. Nice mouthfeel, thick with light carbonation. Not a typical ESB, not a bad brew, very tasty. Good, but there are better brews from Stoudts

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Clear,vibrant red color,2" thick slightly off-white head.some wisps of tiny bubbles stringing together tightly knited.Good retention with a fair amount of laced curtians down the glass.

A good malty aroma with sweet carmell,toasty and nutty.A pleasing fruityness,a nice and complex aroma.

A light carmell taste,astringent,grassy,candied tastes,friuty,slighty sour finishes tart with some citrus rind. The taste was a bit of a let down after the nice aromas.

Medium body,grainy,some sourness. Goes down fairly easy, just nothing to really make me want to drink more

Photo of Luchman
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A somewhat clear, amber color with a slight yellow hue towards the bottom. A small off white head appeared off the pour, fading fast into thin clumps on the surface.

S: Pretty subtle in the nose. Toffee/caramel malts equaled out with some hops. A mineral like smell is also found.

T: Nothing really too great here.Follows the nose, but with even less flavor that is given. Hops are mildly strong, which then gives off to a plain malt flavor. Yeast is given off in the end as well as that mineral water like taste. Has slight bitterness that finishes pretty long.

M: A thin/medium body with medium carbonation. Is a little on the smooth side

D: Yeah its drinkable, but I wish the hops were more apparent and malts gave off more flavor. Pretty average here.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was another pleasant experience with Stoudt's. They make some quality beer. This one pours a beautiful white head and laces all the way down the glass. A nice looking brew! Smells of some caramel and perhaps a little chocolatey spice. A little peppery spice also. Decent hoppy bitterness at the end. It tastes like a baby brother of an American strong ale, but of course, not nearly as strong. Medium bodied and highly drinkable. A great session beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-amber with virtually no head, just a thin swirl and even that soon vanishes. Decent color/clarity.,,head retention? not here.

The smell is of caramel/honeyish sweetness. Very soft and mild.

The taste is of caramel. Earthy in character, there is just enough bitterness to offset some of the caramel sweetness. Some toasted grains also come through (almost hinting more at an amber ale rather than an esb). More hops are detectable in the finish, but not quite enough to tie down the sweetness enough. I think that their idea was to restrain the hop profile to make it more English than American ale, and while it was an idea, it didn't quite come through as an ESB. More of a sweeter ale with enough earthiness to make it lean towards English is what the taste amounts to, IMO.

It picks up in the feel, which is smooth - malty smoothness - in a firm, medium body. Somewhat drying.

It doesn't fit with style well, but is a decent beer, especially if you are in the mood for a sweeter beer with just a subtle hop bitterness. It does go down pretty easily, and though sweet never becomes cloying. In all, they nearly missed the mark completely on style but turns out to be a decent, easy, "sessionable".

Photo of kimcgolf
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy orange-red, with mdium off-white head that lasted for a while and left okay lacing. Initial aroma was hoppy citrus (grapefruit) and floral. However, this dissipated and becme muted as the beer warmed. Flavor was likewise the hoppy floral, with a nice bitter palate, true to form. The dry, bitter finish was the best part of this beer for me.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle bought at the Park Slope Food Coop with no freshness date.

A: Red amber colored. Thin head with nice lacing.

S: Not a lot of aroma, mostly alcohol.

T: Sharp bitter flavor, but not much more than that.

MF: Medium bodied. Felt smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable. Easy to knock back, but not my favorite ESB by far.

Photo of rowew
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, no freshness info.

Appearance: Light red color, thin head with decent retention, just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malt and a bit of muted hops - smells distinctly ESB.

Taste: Flavor is very similar to the aroma, but it seems a bit muted. It has a bit of malty sweetness and bready flavor, with a hint of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: This is a decidely average beer. Not bad, and I'd be able to drink quite a few - but it just really doesn't excite me.

Photo of Budlum
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pour in to a pint glass produces one inch of creamy, off-white head. The head is retained nicely for about one minute with a thin layer remaining on top of the beer. As the name suggests, the body is a glowing red and orange.

The nose is nicely hopped with a bit of sweet malty notes.

Similar to the nose, this ale is delightfully hoppy. Actually, it is very hoppy for an ESB even. The hops do provide an enjoyable bitterness with an unfortunate metallic taste. The finish is dry, hoppy and add some malt flavors long after each sip.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, somewhat buttery and relatively dry. The hops dance on the tongue with notable bitterness.

This ESB is very drinkable. It goes down easy and provides a nice drinking experience. A good session choice.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a medium to dark amber with red highlights and good carbonation. The head is one fat finger, off white and fluffy looking.

The smell is pedestrian, malt hops, nothing interesting but pleasant and fresh smelling.

The taste is good, pleasant, malty, hopy. Slightly bitter then most. but not over the top as the name ESB would suggest. Maybe that's why I like it more.

The Mouthfeel is good, fuller then medium body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is good. I like this beer but not enough to but a lot. MK

Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice initial bittering levels that tone down slowly as the beer settles onto your tongue. Less pervasive hop flavor than most ESB's. But hop bittering is good, and the hops that do come through are earthier rather than robust or floral. The aftertaste has faint notes of raspberry tea. Subtle tastes throughout, but taste, drinkability, and mouthfeel are all quite serviceable.

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown amber color.

Smell: Not as much nose as I expected, but it was nutty and a little fruity.

Taste: Surprising amount of taste after not detecting much in the nose, but it is a little watery and maybe that could be contributing to the weak nose. Caramel malts, earthy mild hops, grains and nuts. Flavors are balanced, but mild and not as much hop flavor as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Decent.

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

In the glass this is a clear red ale with an OK tan head, nothing at all special.

Smell is sweet with a lot of toasted grain aroma. Fruity and herbal scents I would normally expect from an ESB are missing.

Taste is sweet and toasted grains at the start. After a bit the hop bitterness appears. No real fruitiness here just a rather basic pale ale.

Mouthfeel is average.

A completely forgettable beer. This is a shame Stoudts makes many great beers but this isn't one of them.

Photo of bobljr
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first E.S.B. I have ever tried, and I'm sure to have more.

A- At first glace it looks very appetizing with a warm amber color and a nice off white head that did fade a bit quick.

S- Very faint smell. However has a slight hopiness to it with overtones of spices.

T- Loved it! Mild hops with a bitter finish. Which is the way it's supposed to taste. Definetly reached for another one.

M- Refreshing yet warm at the same time.

D- I was surprised when my glass was empty. Goes down very easily and leaves you wanting more.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass at 45 degrees.

I was under the impression that this was a red ale - both before and after I drank one. Pours a reddish-brown with a small head. Smells of sweet malt and spice with herbal accents. Tastes sweet and of spice; a little heavy going down but it still finished very crisp. A very drinkable ESB...I'm a little torn on how to review it, though. If reviewing as an ESB, I wouldn't score it very high as the bitterness just isn't there. But if I never read the label, and assumed it was a red ale, I'd score it appropriately. So I decided to review it based purely on it's characteristics and not it's style (whew! hope that makes sense). So in summary, a rather enjoyable offering from the folks in Adamstown!

Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've hear others say that, as ESBs go, this one isn't as hoppy. I'm not a hops fanatic, though I love a nice hop flavor. This one delivers. Stoudt's makes some great beers, but this one is unique in their lineup--at least among those commony found. Nice red/amber color with decent head of foam; hops in the nose, but the taste is at first malt--flavorful, carmel malt--and then the hops hits you. Like a mild chili sauce that keeps delivering a punch, the hops stays with you for awhile. But it's definitely not overpowering and very drinkable. Very good.

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

12oz brown bottle, best before 9/13/06.

Crystal clear deep copper. Thick, dense head of off white foam that dimples profusely while settling to a thick cap with a tall, popped collar. Bands of sticky lacing rim the glass with sheets clinging as the glass is emptied. Fine lines of snaking carbonation. Aromas of caramel maltiness and spicy hops that are a touch with a bit of fruit fill the nose. A brief spicy hop flavor leads into an ample malt body before reverting back to a slightly fruity/spicy lemony hop bite. The finish is short and only moderately crisp with a light edge that is also a bit drying. Medium-light body with fine carbonation and a non-offensive mouthfeel. Overall this was decent, but did not stand out and I’d be willing to give it another try on draft.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a long-lasting moderate head. Smell is faint, but has notes of sweet malts. I'm not able to tease any other taste out of this brew. Taste is a lot like honey, with an all-encompassing mouthfeel of sweetness. A touch of brown sugar as well. There is a strange other taste about 3/4 of the way through that makes it a bit sour, almost like there was something wrong with the yeast, or it was contaminated. In addition to this there seems to be a lack of diversity in the beer. However it goes down easy, and thats always a good thing.

Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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