Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Kendo:
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 5-20-06, consumed on 1-25-07.
A: Poured moderately aggressively into a Piraat tulip glass. The result? A hazy coppery-orange body (looks almost like Orange Crush or Sunkist soda) with a bubbly 3-finger, off-white foam head that threatened to run over the side of the glass. Lots of staying power in that head, as it settled to a nice pillow in the center of the glass and left rings of lacing on the side. Splotches of lacing on the way down, too. On closer inspection there was a decent amount of sediment in the beer and what looked to be particulate in suspension. Slightly disconcerting (though not entirely unexpected given the bottle-conditioning), so I deducted a bit from the appearance score as a result.
S: Fresh sugar-coated grapefruit, candied orange peels and sweet mandarin oranges dominate. A hint of pine hides itself somewhere, but it's there if you stick your nose in the glass and inhale deeply. Florally, perfumey smells evident as well at first, but as it warms the sweet fruity smells take over. Toward the bottom of the glass, when it was close to room temperature, it smelled of overripe juicy nectarines that have been soaked with whole oranges in Southern Comfort -- i.e, some alcohol becomes evident in the nose when it warms up.
T: I was slightly underwhelmed and surprised by the first sip. I expected bigger hop flavors from the nose and this style in general. But the more I drank it, the more I liked it. Sweetness dominates over bitterness -- buttery caramel malt and tropical fruit salad are the flavors that come to mind, along with the ever-present oranges. Alcohol warmth and spice appears at the end of the sip on the back of the mouth, and the 10% ABV is felt in the belly pretty quickly, even if it is pretty well-masked in the taste. A faint bitterness lingers on the aftertaste, but is ever-so-slight.
M: Thick and full-bodied, viscous -- almost syrupy but not quite -- and generally smooth. An oily feel lingers on the palate where you'd normally expect a dry and bitter hop assault from a DIPA.
D: Very good. For a beer of this strength, it is highly drinkable. It's also worth noting that as it warmed, its drinkability didn't diminish at all. The sweet flavors and thick body made it feel in some ways like an Orange Liqueur as it heated up -- a not unpleasant experience at all.
Notes: If ever a beer's label could give you a dead-on impression of what's inside the bottle, it's the label on this beer. It may sound crazy, but this beer looks, smells and tastes like that orange label on the bottle. It almost looks like orange soda, and then oranges dominate the nose and taste. . . . All in all I enjoyed this beer, even if it's a lot sweeter than I've come to expect from my DIPAs and lacking in the over the top hops you often get from beers of this style. I've seen some reviewers suggest this is more like a barleywine than a DIPA. I can understand the sentiment, as it doesn't quite taste and feel like most DIPAs, but I disagree. I think maybe it's just more of an "East Coast American Double IPA" that's more focused on balance than a one-sided, palate-shredding hop attack. Not that there's anything wrong with that sort of assault, mind you. . . . But it's nice to see something different, and frankly, I enjoyed the end result even if it didn't fit in with my preconceived notion of what this beer was going to be.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2007 17:04:47 | More by Kendo
More User Reviews:
4.95/5 rDev +25.3%
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)
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 18:50:21 | More by gebbie
4.09/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
Serving type: can
02-12-2014 02:13:09 | More by ExtraStout
3.55/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 03:41:33 | More by bmwats
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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