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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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630 Ratings

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | 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 Gasp100
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.

Gasp100, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
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.

WanderingFool, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of edchicma
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.

edchicma, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of kindestcut
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!

kindestcut, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with an impressive head. The aroma is distinctly of sweet chocolate malt. The initial glug settles a smooth medium body along the palate with a mellow malty character. The mild bitterness is very mellow and pairs nicely with the malt presence and a floral hop spice. The brew stays smooth right through a sweet flush toward the last few sips and a nice clean finish.

beernut7, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones. Called "Stoudt's Scarlet Lady Ale ESB".

This ale poured a clear, dark red-amber color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass. The smell was caramel malt. Odd for an "ESB". The taste was slightly sweet with caramel malt a dominant flavor, but balanced with a good shot of bitter hops and some floral hops. The mouthfeel was dry and a bit "chalky" from the hops, with otherwise smooth, with medium body and low carbonation feel. The aftertaste was dry and hoppy. This was a very good beer but more like a red/amber ale than an ESB.

UncleJimbo, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out an orangey-amber color. The head thinned out pretty quick. Nice lemony hop notes over a subtle sweetness from the grains. Citrus flavors come out as the beer is consumed. Very smooth and finishes clean with a nice hop character. Despite being a feminine sounding and looking beer, I would have no trouble drinking this in any football game parking lot!

Then again my foam coolly would cover the label up!


pezoids, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an average ESB from the fine fols at Stoudts. This beer poured a nice reddish amber colour with a small head. The aromas were malty and slightly hoppy. The taste was a bit too malty for a true ESB, but the hops do come shining through, especially in the dry malty, yet bitter, finish. The mouthfeel is a little thin and the drinkability suffers from this.

Still decent though.

francisweizen, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of Jarod
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

765 ml bottle, purchased at the brewery.
Best by date of 9/06/2003

This beer poured a crystal clear golden red color that had some light orange tones to it when held to the light. The beer was well carbonated from opening to last pour. It produced a light beige/off white head that started off fairly thick then fell to a small layer and a ring on the inside of the glass that lasted o the last sip, and produced a somewhat watery lace in parts of the glass. The aromas were on the light side but were noticeable, I nosed sweet malt, flowers, hops, light fruit in parts, grains, and bread. The flavors were a little more pronounced then the aromas, tastes of hops, flowers, sweet malt, caramel, barley grain, light fruits and bread were all present and became more noticeable as it warmed. It left a light hop aftertaste in the first few sips, then it became more bread like as it warmed. It was light to medium bodied. A slightly bitter, slightly hoppy, slightly sweet and creamy beer, all these were evident from the opening of the cap to the last sip in the bottle. Was not the kind of beer to get if you were looking for tons of flavors, but not a bad representative of the style and a drinkable beer.

Jarod, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"In cask form exclusively at Monk's." So they say.

Poured a chestnut/orange color with a nice dull glow to it. Had a clumpy sort of foamy head that was off-white colored. Not much lace and definitely no stain left behind.

Smelled of light nut and wood scents; were very "real" smelling but unfortunately a little faint. Also had a light sour/bittersweet fruity hops scent and some roasty malt behind it all. Taste started off almost sweet with a good malt first step. It then went off on to definitively sour hops that came across calm and conditioned. Had a lemony finish.

Had a thin body but a true nut core to it, as a good ESB should. Due to the lack of carbonation, it tasted and felt like a true English ale, cask and all. But, it did feel like it was coming close to the end of its quick half-life. I applaud Stoudt's effort at an ESB, casking, and making something special for Monk's Cafe (PA).

nomad, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, first I must say that this beer on cask improves it so much. I have had in the bottle on tap, but on cask this is a different animal alltogether. Appears copper amber with an off white toffee toned head leaving full even wonderful rings of lace around my pint. Aroma is heavenly with buttered kent goldings the mixture of the malts they use with the English hops in this English style ale blend to form one full inviting aroma. The tste is mellow with hops and rich with mallt yet it remains hoppy just not to hoppy, very balanced session brew that I is a treat to all. Very creamy silky texture to it with the oily resins trickling lightly on the palate giving this medium bodied true to the style ESB one amazing mouthfeel. Wow I could have easily had at least three of these wonderful creations, great representation of an awesome style thanks Carol.

WVbeergeek, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed with the APA, so I figured I'd give the Scarlet Lady a try, and I wasn't disappointed. The beer pours a dark amber color with a fair bit of head. The smell is a nice mix of wheat and flower and simply smells wonderful. Fortunately, the taste of the beer doesn't disappoint either. The original taste fades into a lovely bitter, wheat aftertaste. I could certainly have more than one of these if I wasn't testing, as it seems to overwhelm the pallette with flavor. I'd buy another of these any day!

beergeek279, May 10, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with well retained medium head,smell was sweet and malty and biscuity.Really appetizing on the palate,malty with a touch of friuty hop,ending with a very biscuity quality.Firsy beer from Stoudts and was not let down,I really think Iam gonna enjoy this area's selection of beers.

oberon, May 10, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a handsome brew. Dark amber to copper that is quite hazy or lightly cloudy, and capped by a very nice golden tan head. The head diminishes fairly slowly and leaves nice deposits of lace. The nose starts quite caramel malty from the robust head, but hops poke through as the head weakens. The flavor is nicely balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness. A pleasant, refreshing brew that starts well and ends well. Just a tad thin on the body, but still crisp enough. Good for a go or two.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of jreitman
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber/copper in color with a fair amount of white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and lighlty toasted malt. Flavor was that of caramel malt with a nice bitterness, but not as strong as I would have liked. Mouthfeel was a little too watery for my liking but was not too far off. Very enjoyable and an interesting label to boot.

jreitman, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a small off white head , mild hop flowery and caremel malt aroma. Caremel malty flavor with a nice mild hop bitterness, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, fishes with a very dry bitterness, not a bad ESB, IMHO not the best, still drinkable.

maxpower, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

IrishRedRock, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 11, 2002
Photo of aaronh
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

aaronh, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of allboutbierge
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.


allboutbierge, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

RonfromJersey, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of Murph
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Murph, Jul 28, 2002
Photo of goindownsouth
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

goindownsouth, Jul 10, 2002
Photo of psugrad98
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

psugrad98, Jun 24, 2002
Photo of Thrasher
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Thrasher, May 30, 2002
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.