Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 1,259
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 63
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.43% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004

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Reviews: 759 | Hads: 1,259
Photo of mobius71
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excellent beer. Can't have too many of them. Aside being a double it will burn your palate out after one of them. Very strong but great flavor. A go to if you want ONE beer that's bitter.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A white 3” pillowy persistent foam collar sits atop a brilliant gold column laying a strip of lace on the glass to mark each drink. S: Fruit and grass aromas rise from the glass with traces of citrus and biscuit. T: Big malt backbone with some caramel notes supports layers of flavor beginning with a herbal bitterness, a layer of fruit and citrus, a more assertive pithy citrus bitter, followed by a blast of alcohol. There is more bitterness in the foam than in the body which changes the flavor profile through the course of the drink as the foam slowly collapsed into the body. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: The brewer balances bit malt, alcohol and hop flavors and bitterness to produce a beet that is scary easy to drink

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: the only way I can describe it is over ripe strawberries;

T: follows the nose; a little harsh from mid-palate through the finish; mildly bitter at the end, but the bitterness build after the swallow;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: a little too sweet for my taste and the strawberry character was a little odd for the style;

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Photo of Fuori_fuoco
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber look, pours a thin foam that disappears quickly. Smells of malt.
Not strongly hoppy but strong in alcool, low carbonation.
It's pretty good, tastes like a belgian triple more than to a double IPA. 9.43% alcool, quite a lot!
Not my favourite, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of DDiFran
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strangely bitter, but not in the usual good way - might be stale. Some type of bottled on or best by date would be helpful. 9℅ + ABV means it really doesn't matter, does it.

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Photo of Brillig
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointed with this one. Have enjoyed various Stoudt's offerings in the past but this had a heavy, sour taste that not only wasn't enjoyable, but doesn't seem to fit the style very well at all.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My best friend lives right across from the brewery. While I like their beers, I do feel that they have yet to hit a homerun. I'm glad to support local breweries when I can, whether my adopted city or the one I was born in. Cheers.

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Photo of JasW
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

A short finger head leaving moderate lacing on top of an intensely colored golden body. This is a very good DIPA with a rich, medium bodied mouthfeel. The predominant note is an unusually sweet, yet boozy, caramelized hoppiness.

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Photo of freystout17
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around excellent DIPA. Nice fruity finish to a moderately bitter brew. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had out of a bottle. A little pricey (I paid about $15/4 pk), but well worth it. It is important for this beer to be kept cold, so make sure you buy it from somebody who has handled it properly to guarantee freshness. Nothing worse that a microbrew being cooked on a hot delivery truck !

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Photo of jsausley
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on recommendation from Bob at West Burlington Wine Company. Poured into an IPA glass.

A: A very rich orange-gold with hints of brown and red. Very dramatic coloring, like a sunset sky. Vivid, bright, wonderful. Rich and full, thick opaque, a nice milky head, very strong lacing, lovely lovely appearance. Nice carbonation flowing up on the sides of the beer. Possibly one of the most attractive looking beers I've ever seen.

S: Packed full of thick malty richness with a very strong hop body. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, honey, caramel and wood notes. I'm even getting a nice "leather" aroma, which is a first I think.

T: Full-bodied, rich and sweet, extremely malty base with huge hop character on top. A lot of citrus, orange and grapefruit on the nose. A slight rosey effervescence. Sweet with a lot of honey and caramel. Very boozy, fairly bitter but not overpowering. Estimated 70-80 IBU. The flavor is very rich and has numerous nuances. Bready aftertaste. Hard to describe because it's so thick and flavorful! As this beer warms you will notice various tastes that are completely different from what it had before.

M: Thick and rich, but not hard to drink. Very crisp, nice balance and carbonation.

O: This is one of the best balanced double IPAs I've had. It's not overly bitter which is nice, maybe that's not characteristic of the style, but still it's a very good double IPA. Loved it! A+++!

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Photo of IronLover
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, dense, white foam that reduced to a healthy cap leaving sheets of sticky lacings down the glass. Musty, ripe tropical orange aroma with herbal hop and boozy notes along with a bready, malty backbone. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Smooth feel in the middle with light, tangy, prickly carbonation on the edges. Earthy, musty, tropical flavors, ripe pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Sweet malty and boozy flavors at the end as this finished with musty, herbal hoppiness and malty notes. Not a typical DIPA. Teetering on the edge of DIPA vs barleywine. Nevertheless, a hoppy, malty fabulous beer.

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Photo of Llcruserll
1.7/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

I did not see any dates on this bottle, but I got nothing in flavor other than a slight fruity double IPA mixed with a strong sour style beer taste. (Vinegar is what really hit my palette from this beer, I was not satisfied at all, especially for a double IPA, but the alcohol presence was definitely strong. I poored it out after two sips, and I have never purposely wasted a beer before. Maybe I will try another just to be sure it wasn't an old beer, and if I get a better taste the next time, I will certainly update my review.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint
Weak aroma of pine
Head average (4 cm), white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent, semi-continuous of primarily small bubbles coating the glass
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor begins with a sweet alcoholic pineyness, which fades quickly to nothing. No diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

A mediocre DIPA, worth trying once. Possibly, like Fat Dog, better on tap than in bottles.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack in DC, first week of April 2014. Poured into a snifter.

This DIPA has a cloudy haze to its copper orange color. Head is plentiful, three fingers thick, foamy and pillow-like. Lace is abundant and scattered and the head shows some great persistence.

There's a bittersweet citrus aroma on the nose, reminiscent of grapefruit. It's got that dank quality, some citrus peel, and a sweet malt presence.

Ooh, this has a pungent citrus flavor. Almost like orange juice and reminds me a bit of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed. The flavor is alternately sweet citrus and dry orange peel. Complementing these elements is a sweet maltiness about mid-palate that lends some breadiness or toast. It all works very well. I like this quite a bit.

Bitterness up front leads way to citrusy sweetness, then the thick malt middle. The beer has a long dry finish that is somewhat like biting into an orange. It's pretty easy drinking for a DIPA and isn't hot at all.

I discovered this beer through the recommendation of a Whole Foods beer-buyer and I'm glad I did. It's tasty and heavy on citrus, so I can get my vitamin C intake for the day.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- A dark hue resembling a light black tea color. Topped with a good 2 finger head. Exceptional lacing with this beer.

S- Sweet hoppy notes. floral. Fruity notes are over the top intense. Yeasty bread.

T- Wow. Just...Wow. sweet hoppy flavor. A pale bitterness in the mix but it really softens out in the finish. Tropical fruits twisted with a bready flavor. Just awesome.

M- thicker with a smooth syrup texture from the hop sugars. Very full body.

O- This one is at the top of my DIPA scale. It is simply in a class all it's own. Very rarely do you come across a beer that packs this much flavor into 12 simple ounces. All I need is a good loaf of Italian bread and a tall glass of this and paradise is not too far off.

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Photo of gebbie
4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle in a mug. pours a beautiful amber-orange, with a thick velvety off white head. lacing is evident and the head is retaining even half way through the beer.

the smell is fruity and sweet with a bit of alcohol essance. the delicious smells arent out done by the tase though. the taste is alcohol bite and hops bitterness followed by a fruity sweetness and finished with a bready dryness.... just what i like. mouthfeel is spot on bit of burn at the cheeks, smooth semi thick feeling in the mouth nice carbonation once again.. spot on
overall this is my new favorite beer and definately a world class beer... a little pricey by the sixer for me and because of its potency maybe not the wisest choice for a session beer . but a favorite i will definately remember not to over look again . excellent excellent beer. ( just finished the first one. the lacing and head stayed all the way til the last drop)

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured from a 12oz. can at the Malted Barley in RI.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber orange brown color. A very careful pour did not generate any head but a few swirls brought out a bit of a cap.

Smell: Sharp sugars, some alcohol and *lots* of fruits in the nose. It makes me think on passion fruit and peaches.

Taste: Toasted sugars and fruity juicy flavors are pleasing but not as complex as the Middle Ages beer I had last night. There is a bit of orange oils, peachy juices and citrus hops (but not very bitter). The alcohol is very evident. I enjoy it but I think some people may find it quite boozy.

Mouthfeel: The texture is slick despite the sharp alcohol attribute.

Drinkability: This beer went down quite nicely but I would certainly *not* consider this an 'easy' or a sessionable beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into DH IPA glass.

A: Orange golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, tight, frothy white head. Settles slowly leaving some residue behind as it does. Thick, persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Orange and lemon citrus, tropical fruit, and pine resin. A bit of a soapy distinction.

T: Biting hops accentuated with some orange liqueur, pine cone, some bitter nut shell, and a slight sweet resin.

M: Thick and syrupy fell. Hops attack the palate and linger. Bittersweet finish that seems a little off. Boozy.

D: Character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is good. Frothy head, and thick persistent lacing. Citrus, tropical fruit, and pine make up the nose. Biting with some boozy orange, bitter nut, and pine resin (not enough to finish the balancing act though). Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Got this one as a Christmas gift from Florida. From notes.

A - Poured mildly hazy and dark golden. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top. Good carbonation. Decent lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Peach, boozy fruits, sugar.

T - Peach, citrus, booze. Not much complexity.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, peachy bitterness to finish with some alcohol.

O/D - Nothing too interesting. Could be older than you'd want in a DIPA. Not too much hop depth at all and fairly restrained. Avoid it if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of DarkBeerGuy
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

A: A sweet looking beer. Orange hazy color with a thin white head. Lacing is really good.
S: Moderately strong hop aroma of pine and earth. Sweet malty scents of sourdough with some orange mixed in.
T: Very sweet at first. Orange and bread. A slight bite of pine hops and grapefruit close it out. Very well balanced.
M: Very smooth. Carbonation is OK, but it doesn't take away from the beer. Nothing in the ruins it, though nothing makes it stand out either.
D: I'd drink it all night or buy again. A well balanced beer.

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Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful, deep, clear orange color.

S - A little pungent up front but blends into a nice mix of orange and lemon with some deep floral notes.

T - This beer has a very deep hop profile that comes together very well. It is a little bitter upfront but overall is not very bitter. There is definite citrus flavor but the strongest taste is floral. The flavor almost transforms from slightly bitter, to a little citrusy and then floral, with a nice, smooth finish.

M - Very good mouthfeel. The beer pours with a thick, frothy head and the beer and has a slightly thicker texture than most IPAs but it lends well to the malt and hop profile and there is a nice carbonation to it.

Overall - Awesome DIPA. Very complex, yet very smooth.

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Photo of DragonHead
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 16oz pub glass at about 40*F from a bottle.

Appearance: Orange-y, golden, coppery appearance. Very pleasant. Mildly to moderately cloudy. That’s OK. Lots of good beers out there are unfiltered. I have a preference for crystal clear beers, but I did not subtract for cloudy appearance. One to two finger head barely off-white and loose. Head disappeared quickly but left an attractive lacing. Not highly carbonated but certainly enough. As it warmed it cleared up.

Smell: Right away I picked up malty. Also got a clear sense of yeast in this aroma. There is no traditional big hop smell like I expected from a DIPA. A little disappointed that I did not get that 'punch in the nose' I was looking for. If you search hard you may find a little citrus and maybe a little biscuit-y, but they are well hidden by the malt and yeast smells. There is, oddly enough, a faint sourdough smell to it. Almost a Trappist/Belgian smell here.

Taste: The taste here is pretty consistent with the smell. Lots of malt sweetness and yeast. There is, however, a small presence of hop flavor. It is not on par with some of the more popular DIPA's as far as hop bite or bittering. Not a bad taste if you like malty beers. There is a warm alcohol presence up front that is more obvious as it goes down; but is not unpleasant at all.

Mouthfeel: There is not much here that is light. This is a medium-heavy body that is almost chewy. The sweet aftertaste is a little lingering but not all bad. There is no bitter hop linger that I was looking for.

Overall: This is not a bad beer but the lovers of big, bitter, hoppy DIPA's will be sorely disappointed. It is not a very dry beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy , golden/orange; medium frothy off white head; good lacing

Smell: Deep malts; light hops; orange pulp, maybe; dried fruits; smells great

Taste: Creamy malty start; warming alcohol hits pretty quickly; coats the tongue with sweet malt, but well balanced with the hops; finishes sweet and balanced.

Mouthfeel: very creamy throughout

Remarks: This was an excellent beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For another big IPA, this is a another solid contender. It is a very cloudy-hazy liquid. Gold and capped with a bright foam. Sweetish smell, with a flowery hop scent. The taste is immediately and cutting. The flavor has some sweetness as well, but the hop flavor dominates...which gets more herbal as the bottle continues. Very full in body and mouthfeel. It is a serious and respectable beer.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into McDonald's collector glass (I'm...not at my own place right now). Cloudy orange-yellow with a thick rocky white head even from a gentle pour that fades quickly but leaves tons of lacing everywhere. Smells malty, with a hint of hops in the background, hmm. Taste is unlike any DIPA I've had to date. Definitely a bottle-conditioned beer; that secondary fermentation yeast flavor is evident. Smooth sweet malts at first give way to huge unique fruity hop flavors, and then the alcohol heat rises to join the fading hops and creates an incredibly aromatic herbal/minty flavor that lingers over the aftertaste, which is sticky with just a bit of bitter hops left. Not sure why others said the malt was too strong to be a DIPA; the "double" refers to the alcohol content, not the hop presence. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and smooth. To be able to make an outstanding and, more importantly, unique beer in one of the most popular (read: common, overdone?) styles these days is a true accomplishment.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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