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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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611 Ratings

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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 wisnerd


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours nicely with a thin and delicate tan head. The red amber color is pleasing as is the odor. Taste is slightly bitter but not extra specially bitter, with a hint of sweetness and the hops rounded out well. The Scarlet Lady has a good consistency but is a little too bubbly, I like a woman who is a bit more reserved. This could be due to the bottle. Overall a solid beer with excellent value ($1/bottle but then again I live 30 minutes from the brewery). Goes well with a meal or on its own, and is a good choice in general.

12-10-2004 04:20:35 | More by wisnerd
Photo of ppoitras


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the copper brew. Head exhibits reasonable retention, with average-to-good lacing. Aroma is sweetly malty, with little hops character evident. Taste continues in the same vein, with the balance leaning towards grain, an oddity for an ESB. Mouthfeel and drinkability okay, but in this brew's case the maltiness just limits the ease-of-drinking factor a bit. An acceptable brew that seems mis-categorized, but it's hard to switch when ESB is in its name...

11-24-2004 01:05:14 | More by ppoitras
Photo of emericanchaos


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Color is a nutty brown almost wooden color. Tinges of orange around the edges. Auburn i guess would be a nice way to put it. Very little carbonation and very little head though i poured gently.

Smells of English beers. Malty smell of a Bass Ale with a dose of hops.

Truth in advertising here, tastes exactly how you would predict from the smell. Reminds me of Bass ale in the background with all the english malt but with a heavy dose of hops to give it a dryness that pushes the malt away.

Feels thick and sluggish in the mouth. Lack of carbonation is who i blame. I'm tempted to pour another to see if it's just this one bottle but as i said, i poured gently so it's unlikely that I'll yeild different results.

Easily drinkable. While the hops overpowers the malt here with a balance slightly more hoppy then a typical IPA it's not hoppy to a point where's it's too bitter. I'm a fan of hops but i don't think this is intimidatingly hoppy. My guess is much less malt was used in making this brew. Reguardless, i'm not so intrigued that i absolutely have to have another but it would be easy to make a night of it.

Basically, if you like Bass Ale then this should be a good choice. In comparison the Scarlet Lady is less carbonated and more hoppy then bass but strikingly similar for the most part.

10-26-2004 18:53:21 | More by emericanchaos
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Dark amber to bronze in color with a 1/2" head. Some mild lacing develops during the drink. The aroma is slightly bland as only some malt is detectable. The flavor is bolder than the aroma, as toasty caramel, bread, raisin, and a hint of nut are up front. The bitterness is mild and not very noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth at the start and finish. The toasted caramel tones linger briefly. A decent brew that could be better with a touch more bitterness.

10-23-2004 01:12:50 | More by Gavage
Photo of Suds


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

This is a beautiful, clear, amber colored liquid with a moderate tan head. The nose is dominantly of toasted malts. There’s a subtle hop floral-ness in the background, framed with a dough and cracker-like smell. The aroma is not particularly strong, but it’s solid and stable. The taste is malty and sweet, balanced very nicely with the hops. The toasted character stands out in the taste, with a little nut and fruit. It all comes together as a very drinkable beer. An outstanding session brew.

10-15-2004 01:14:11 | More by Suds
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

Nice clear red brown color and a tan, lasting head. Nose is dry cereals, roasted and edible.

Taste is even more edible than the smell. Roasted peanut shell and granulated grains, rich in flavor. Definitely nutty, like cashew butter, lined with bitter hoppiness.

Carbonation is pretty high, which I thought detracted from the excellent taste and lowered the drinkability.

09-27-2004 04:39:01 | More by donnebaby
Photo of necoadam


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Purchased at Town & Country in W. Springfield, MA.

Pours out a amber/copper color with some nice carbonation visible and stays with you a good amount of time. Smell consisted of malts mostly, some toasted aromas hung around in the backround. Some hops and citrus aromas hang around in the background as well, but faint compared to the other aromas. Taste was ok. Malts, toffee, and toasted flavors show up with some hops kicking in the middle and finishes on the dry side. Not a bad example by any means, but this needed a little more bitterness to it. Afterall it's called an extra special bitter. But not bad for a session beer.

09-08-2004 01:11:45 | More by necoadam
Photo of chilidog


2.6/5  rDev -28%

I had to step back from this ESB and wonder, is this a bitter at all? And according to the bottle its brewed in Fredrick, Maryland for this Pa. brewer. Whats up?
It pours a creamy copper amber with a slightly tan, well carbonated head that fades quick. Lace in spots at best. The aroma is malty sweet with hints of strawberry. The taste is sweet caramel, toffee with a thick over the top buttery toasted malt. I find little to no bitterness or hop to balance this beer. I find the drinkability hard for its just too sweet. My score--not inpressed by this Lady.

07-04-2004 19:26:02 | More by chilidog
Photo of shapudding


4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured out a great amber color. There is alot going on in that glass... millions of floater like sediment shooting around. This bottle was shared and the pourer did not think to even out the pour and we had a fun experience in that my glass caught the sediment and another was clear, the amount of yeasty taste was sooo different between the 2 glasses also. Lesson learned. Very balanced brew and very, very tastey and nicely sweet but not overly so. Juicey finish.

06-01-2004 21:41:41 | More by shapudding
Photo of mschofield


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a red-gold, well carbonated with a two finger tan head.
Caramel, strawberry aroma, Perfume like - with a tinge of alcohol.
Perfumy floral taste "juicy", caramel, ok bitterness but not high enough for an ESB. Butterscotch, toffee and citric bitterness.
Medium bodied, needs to bring in some more bittering hop to equal the aroma and taste.

05-19-2004 16:10:59 | More by mschofield
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

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

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


3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

02-23-2004 17:47:14 | More by simmons
Photo of canoehornpoint


4.18/5  rDev +15.8%

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

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


4.63/5  rDev +28.3%

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.

02-04-2004 12:57:16 | More by merlin48
Photo of Stopper


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

01-29-2004 04:34:29 | More by Stopper
Photo of stewart124


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

01-18-2004 00:49:18 | More by stewart124
Photo of yankeeheel


3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

01-01-2004 03:19:26 | More by WesWes
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

12-22-2003 23:47:31 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

12-12-2003 21:39:42 | More by Boto
Photo of goz


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

12-07-2003 20:31:09 | More by goz
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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