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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 CharlesRiver
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.

Photo of Shiloh
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.

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.

Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of goz
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.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Loki
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.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of ElGuapo
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.

Photo of PSUDREW
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
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

Photo of kunzbrew
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.


Photo of Gasp100
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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!


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.

Photo of Jarod
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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).

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.

Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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