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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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601 Ratings

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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

NOTE*** I have tried this beer in two different glasses (6 beers total on different nights). A pint glass yields the best smell and flavor. This review is a summary of the six experiences, with beer #6 currently being enjoyed while typing.

Appearance: This beer is a nice copper color. It is cloudy enough that it is nearly opaque - light does effect its color but you can not see through it.

Smell: The smell is sweet and hoppy. As per the bottle, there is a floral aroma as well. All of these are subtle however.

Taste: I know that they classify this as an extra special bitter, but really, its not especially bitter. It is special in the flavors that accompany the bitter. Have you ever bitten into a flower before? There is a bitterness in this beer that accompanies the hops. I could be imposing it because mentally I'm processing the sweet floral smells, but I swear I taste the flowers.

It is very special. The taste has much grace. It actually starts off in the mouth very gently, almost a clean tasteless quality for about 3 or so seconds. (hey, that can be a long time). Once it has had a chance to sit on your tongue it starts to activate the bitter areas with the hops. It finishes with a sweet herbal/citrus aftertaste that is not overpowering. It is just enough.

Of the beers that came in my Stoudt variety case, this one is probably my favorite - or at least tied with the American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 05:08:58 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one-fingered bubbly head that goes quickly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation. Faint malty nose. Medium bodied. Starts with a slight sweet maltiness and finishes with just a hint of bitterness. $1.40 for a 12oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 21:51:29 | More by jdhilt
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew reminds me, in nearly every way of Harpoon Ale.
It pours a hazy copper color with a fairly fast fading white and a small amount of trailing lace.
A fruity and somewhat citrusy aroma burst out at first pour, but fades quickly. A grassy malt smell picks up where the hops leave off.
This ESB is not as malty sweet as is normally associated with the style, and that's a bit disappointing.
A mild lemony citrus taste mingles with a light metallic tang.
I would prefer a little more malt body and an additional dose of dry hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 00:27:02 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of simmons

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great feel to it when you are drinking it. This is defiantly the best ESB that I have had yet. This ESB has the perfect blend of hops and it isn’t too bitter, it’s just right. The head that you get when you pour it out is there but it isn’t too great. As for the aroma nice and strong. When I first opened this bottle up I just knew that it would be good. After I showed this to my buddy who loves ESBs this is for the most part the only ESB that he drinks now. This is highly recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 17:47:14 | More by simmons
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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Colorful bottle, pours a nice amber with little head but nice lace. The aroma is a nice mixture of sweet malt and floral hops. This starts sort of crisp and light then the hoppiness kicks in. It is a sort of cherry, currant fruit hoppiness that is mellow but certainly present. This is truly a session beer that is easy drinking but has great qualities. If your looking for mega hops and flavor, it's not here but if you want a quality drinking beer, this is it

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 02:11:27 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of merlin48


4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper amber, not much of a head even with an aggressive pour but leaves attractive sheets of lace. Aroma of sweet, buttery malts, floral hops balance, and walnuts. Mouthfeel is light bodied, minimal carbonation, and slightly watery. Taste lives up to the bouquet's promise of a fine ESB. Excellent toffee malt sweetness, nutty walnut, superb mild hops bitterness. Perhaps a bit of "watered down" effect midway through, but this doesn't distract from the exceptional flavors going on here. I've not been impressed with many North American ESBs, but this one reminds of the topnotch Propeller ESB from Nova Scotia. This one has some very minor flaws, but taste and drinkability make this ale one of the best ESBs I've had from North America. Highly recommended to fans of fine ESBs.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 12:57:16 | More by merlin48
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a transparent burnt orange topped with a small frothy head of persistent bubbles. The aroma is an earthy hopiness, with slight spice, over a modest malt base. The first sip reveals a smooth, light-ish body, with a mild bitterness quickly evident. The hops only become more prevalent as the finish brings a somewhat dry hop spice and maybe even a very slight hint of a lightly toasted malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2004 04:34:29 | More by Stopper
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This dark ruby colored beer pours with an off white head and very notciable carbonation. The smell is that of sweet and citrus hops with an overall sweetness in the aroma. The taste is again sweet and fruity with a smooth and mellow body. It doesn't seem to be as bitter as you'd imagine. With and aftertaste that is lightly bitter but the fruitiness takes over and leaves the hops overshadowed. My only wish it that it was a bit more bitter, but it's still a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 00:49:18 | More by stewart124
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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a sizeable off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells deeply of bread and malt with a hint of hoppy citrus.

Taste wise it starts off with a fair amount of caramel malt and a little bit of a toasted-nutty flavor.The middle seems somewhat sweeter in the diacetyl kind of way. Smooth and buttery. The finish is slightly dry and hoppy. A well rounded brew. I'd like to have a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 21:55:14 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. There are plenty of floaties here. The aroma is clean, hoppy, and full of malty character. It smells of roasted, pale, and crystal malts. The taste is good. It boasts of bitterness along with a good balance of malts and hops. It has a nice amber color which means pale and crystal malts. It is good tasting and has an even better mouthfeel. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great drinking ESB.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 03:19:26 | More by WesWes
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a tan color body with a small off white head. The smell is malty with a touch of hops in the background. Smells sweet. A litter ESB than I was expecting. Nothing is overpowering with this beer. Very sweet malt in the beginning then at the very end some hops come in. A bit floral and nutty.

A good beer, just isn't blowing me away. Very easy drinking and something I think I will come back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 23:47:31 | More by CharlesRiver
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Arrived a reddish/copper offering with a short crown. Island lace and mini ring were soon to appear. A murky beer with an array of sediment floating through out.
Carbonation is light.
Body medium/full.
The nose has a slight floral scent.
The taste is well balanced, lightly malted to begin finishing to a light bitter. The substance of the taste comes to an abrupt halt leaving you wanting some continuence.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 00:49:40 | More by Shiloh
Photo of Bighuge


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy cherry red appearance. Creamy but thin off white head. Lacing is quite full and intricate. This aroma's got a nice little cherry aspect to it and some buttery tones as well. The taste is quite subtle. Toffee malt backbone is sufficient. Very slight diactyl. A little fruitiness. Dryness on the finish. And just a little hop bitterness. It has a slick, easy going mouthfeel. Medium body. Decent enough bitter. I'd guess more like a bitter than an ESB though.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 03:06:46 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Boto


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

The beer has a bit of a reddish color to it, with a slight haze. There is a small head with a little bit of lacing down the glass. The aroma is mostly that of malts, with a little bit of hops to it. There is a good malty taste, with a bit of a bitter finish. A pretty decent ESB. No appreciable difference from the draught version.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 21:39:42 | More by Boto
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium amber with a medium white head that barely lasts, but laces very nicely. Aroma is floral, citric, piney, with some caramel and a sweet graininess. Flavor is sweet, lightly fruity, ending with a medium hop bitterness and some floral character. Medium body, slight sourness comes in near the end. It's much better on tap than it is in the 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 20:31:09 | More by goz
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice color and head. The nose had a really nice sweet biscuity smell with a real nice malty base and floural hop hint. Taste seemed a bit subdued on the hop side for an ESB. Nice malty flavors but nothing jumped ouit at me. Hop flavors were very tame with some mild floural undertones. There were tiny particulates sitting in suspension in the entire beer, not sure what that was all about. Overall not very complex and I was hopping to have more of a hop element.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 23:37:53 | More by OatmattStout
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750mL capped bottle courtesy of one NeroFiddled as a wedding present. Many thanks.

Appearance: Crystal clear, light reddish amber color with a medium white head that faded quickly to a small covering. Provided spots of lacing all around.

Smell: Light malt with hints of hops and caramel. Subtle notes of fruity esters, medicinal, and metals??? A light aroma that trys to draw you in, but is not overwhelming.

Taste: Very balanced malt and hops with hints of fruit and caramel. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Finished very clean and crisp.

Very quaffable and a down right solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 16:36:03 | More by Loki
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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin lacing on a clear garnet coloured brew. Big aromas of toasted malt, fruitiness and a brush of herbal hop. The smoothness is spot on within the medium body. Toasted malt flavours seem to overwhelm the palate and shadow over the hops. Barely enough bitterness and hop flavour to balance, finishes a tad sweet and very little lingering hop.

I personally like my ESBs to have a big and bold fresh hop character ... sadly this one did not.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2003 11:26:47 | More by Jason
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New Jersey

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

A golden amber colored brew from what I could tell in the dim lighting. It was covered in a thin white foam that held its ground and eventually left the glass covered in lace. The aroma was spicy with hops, and had subtle notes of sweetness.

A medium bodied brew with sufficient flavoring and great drinkability. The bitterness of the hops is well under control for those non-hopheads out there. The sweet flavors from the malts balances very well. There is certainly nothing amazing about this beer, but it is definitely a solid brew. It is above average in every aspect, and it is therefore a good one to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2003 20:43:20 | More by ElGuapo
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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes I really don't know what to expect from ESBs. Just inconsitence in taste I suppose. Pours nicely, looks like yuengling lager (don't ask), oddly enough. It has a crisp clean taste, with more malts then hops present, IMO. It has a very clean and easy drinking flavor, very crisp through and through. It is not a bad beer to sit down with and relax. need to try some more

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2003 14:43:27 | More by PSUDREW
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a semi-clear amber color with a small head that doesn't last very leaving a sexy lace in its tracks.

A strong hop aroma dominates the first quaff.

The srtong aroma hops continue to the bittering hops as well as the the flavoring hops. Pale english malts are the dominate malt in this one the toastiness is there when the beer warms.

An overall nice beer with a crisp finish for and easy drinking beer.


Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 19:25:18 | More by kunzbrew
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 12oz bottle, colorful with no born on dating. The color poured out a cloudy, deep amber with a reddish hue. The 1/8 inch head dissipated almost immediately (maybe a bad pour the first time, but after the 6th one still nothing noteworthy). The scent was of light hops with a very slight fruit accent. The taste was bitter with a nice bite but a very smooth finish. The mouthfeel was bright and crisp with a nice tingle. I really enjoyed this beer, my first real ESB (I think I had a Pete's ESB before I really started "tasting" beer). It was just bitter enough, very crisp and clean and nice and smooth at the tail end. I'm very interested in sampling some of the other Stoudt's creations soon --- this one is a keeper and I will continue to explore ESB's.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 00:59:22 | More by Gasp100
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a bit thin and not as bitter as I would have liked. However, it had a nice mellow flavor and was very drinkable.

It fills the glass with a nice clear amber color topped off by a white head that quickly dissolved to a thin ring around the surface. The aroma was very faint but mainly malty with a hint of flowers (hops). Each sip was a bit thin and began with a toasted and caramel malt flavor. A fruity bitterness moved in towards the middle and it finished somewhat hoppy. It seemed rather dry on the palate and left a mild sour taste behind.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and a good all around beer to have in the house when you just want to drink a brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 20:05:14 | More by WanderingFool
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well...a little confusing. I think this beer may be mislabeled, but I still enjoyed it. Color was a nice light amber with a decent head. The smell was a bit odd. Oily perhaps, I couldn't pinpoint it. Taste was a bit on the light side with no hop burst or maltiness. Somewhat neutral (but not balanceddue to lack of hoppiness or maltiness) Mouthfeel was good...smooth. Drinkability was ok...no pronounced aftertaste...smooth. Once again, not a bad brew, but as others have said, not an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 23:21:41 | More by edchicma
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North Carolina

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

The beer pours a dark cludy amber, bordering on deep orange. The the white head is thin and quickly disappears. The beer looks nice, with its colorful pour.

The aroma is very sweet, nearly all malt, with a fruity undertone that masks a hint of distant hops. For an ESB (which is noted on the bottle) this beer smells very much off-style.

The taste is hoppy up front, not very bitter at all, but settles very quickly into a malty finish. The mouthfeel is unfortunately a little watery. A little bit of a disappointment, however, to be perfectly honest, the beer does taste rather nice. It's just not an ESB.

Thanks to NeroFiddled!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 01:59:35 | More by kindestcut
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.