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

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

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very good

1,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 1111
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004)
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Photo of gebbie


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
Photo of jdb8507


4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have really gotten into the IIPAs recently. This one is odd, but a good odd. I was expecting a highly hoppy, bitter beer, but this is not. This is what I would expect from DFH, given the overall sweetness of the brew. Lots of floral/caramel. VERY drinkable.

Im usually not a fan of sweet beers, but this one is exceptional. If you like IIPA or IPA but do not like the bitterness, give this a try. If you like the bitterness, try this too. It is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 18:04:31 | More by jdb8507
Photo of ericlawton007


4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have considered this my favorite beer for some time now, so need to finally review it. Double IPAs are my favorite style, and this is the best of the bunch. Its appearance is dark gold, with a long staying head that helps preserve the flavor as you sip this beer. The hops come in quite nicely in the smell, and take over your taste buds upon drinking it. The only downfall only comes if you try to make a session beer out of this, as after 3 or 4 your taste buds are overwhelmed and you can no longer appreciate the hop flaovor and balance that this beer offers. If i could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 03:21:34 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of emericanchaos


4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this one in a 24 gang of 12's. I'm a local so this one is pretty easy to come by. LUCKY!

Pours an amber hue of gold. Could be a rusty brown, depends how you like your rust. Develops a bouldery cream head that quickly dissolves in the exceptionally high amount of alcohol this beer achieves.

Smells of hops. Lots of citrusy fruit. Maybe a bit of nut. Develops into a sweetness remnant of toffee or burnt caramel.

Hop bomb penetrates the tongue and mouth meat on the first sip. If you're not used to hops this will turn your mouth inside out very quickly. If you're adjusted to hops you should notice a strong under current of pineapple and toffee maybe a bit of butterscotch. Spicey hot finishes the ride.

Mouth feel is a tad prickely but not so bad considering the style and hop content. Very oily but hops seem to wash you clean so grain sweetness doesn't linger for too long. Very nice balance of bitter to sweet for a double IPA.

Overall this beer is a gem. The nose is a bit deceiving. Doesn't tell you the whole story. You expect the bitter spicey hops but not the toffee/butterscotch that dominates the hops all the way through. Maybe this is a malty DIPA if there were such a thing. What I can say is that the hop profile is perfect. Great balance of citrus and fruit to sugar grain. Makes it easy to flesh out the fruit.

This beer goes extremely well with extremely sharp cheddar, german sausage, spicey/whole grain mustards and that type of flavor profile. Had brats with reduced onions and mustard today with cabott extra sharp cheddar. What a great time.

I hold tihs beer against DFH 90, Greenflash WCIPA and other big players in the DIPA category. It can't get much better. World class. Cough up the cash boys. This one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 05:45:32 | More by emericanchaos
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4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good DIPA. There is a strong hoppy and floral scent and taste with a hint of fruit. There is also scent similar to that of grass or plants. Three types of hops and two types of malt are brewed in the beer. I get a feeling of warmth and relaxation after each sip due to the high hop content. The malt flavors provide a well balanced background. The color is an orange amber, and the appearance is not transparent and cloudy. It has a nice carbonation quality, good mouthfeel, and gives me a euphoric feeling of calmness that is complimented with a lingering aftertaste of hops and floral sweetness. This is a very good DIPA to have at the end of the night before bed or when looking to relax.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 22:30:31 | More by DarkBeer
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4.86/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 17:46:23 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange copper hue with a light colored cream head leaves immaculate lacing all around my pints glass, when I say immaculate I'm saying evenly dispersed nicely streaked foam. Aroma: Deep sharp citrus, not just loads but mounds of hop varieties exist in this frolicking field of hop desire. Worw I wish I could explain this one to everybody two layers of sugar and citrus peel damn near plug my nose now this is amazing just come near this brew of beauty. I must proclaim I'm going out next Friday evening and if any beer is as close to this recipe as I am dreaming then everybdody is in trouble. Taste: Deep piney layers of grapefruit much like last year's Hop Wallop I hope this rings a bell wtih somebody, damn past incredibel brew leafy hops protrude with bitterness man I'm satisfied syrupy filled texture comes with much warmth of the alcohol layers that satisfy me time and time again. Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied nothing can seperate this brew from thie big leagues cause it's already there nice carbonation big syrupy body can't be beat. Drinkability: I'm in amazement hands down seek and you shall find all of that bullshit aka beermail me it's that good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 09:20:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a honey orange with a fairly decent white head.. Aroma is of Curacao oranges and honey. Taste is of sweet hops and malt..Star fruit and mango.. Hops are there but not super bitter. This beer reminds me of DFH 120 with less steroids.Its like Barry Bonds when he was with the Pirates. . Tasty hops.. Nice malt, but over all a Fantastic brew.. Some have said that it has alcohol burn? must have had an earlier batch, cause this as smooth and drinkable as any 5% brew.. This is dangerously drinkable ... Even though its $$ for a sixer its worth it.. WOWEY WOW WOW drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 04:28:48 | More by TinusTime
Photo of jcipa88


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was down at the Black Angus Restaurant back in 7/05 - had a taste of the Double IPA - Amazed and not confused, I ordered a full size glass. I held it up and took a deep review of it's color and them ran the aroma below my eyes - sniffed and smiled! Made the first sip and enjoyed it over a chorizo appt. Absolutely incredible - the sent of hops will wake you upright. Thought it was the best I've tasted. Ever since then, I've been on the beat for hopped out IPA's. This one from Stoudt's is high on the list.


Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2006 14:50:34 | More by jcipa88
Photo of hdofu


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We have a winner with this one. A beer that begins by punching the nose with apple and hopp note. It poured gold with a fuzzy head. Taste is sweet with an intense hopp completion. There is just the right amount of burn to the tongue as it goes down. could definitely enjoy a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:14:29 | More by hdofu
Photo of Stubbie1


4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This double pours a deep orange color. An off white, not tan but light, light oranges/tan head meets the top of the glass. Retention is for ever and fades down to a thin layer, then patchy lacing. Aroma is of citrus and maybe some honey, and a touch of malt. I’m thinking light bread tones for some reason. Flavor is well balanced between the citrus (orange) and malt, light bread tones come in and a bitter sweet finish. Nice body, extremely drinkable and well balanced with the flavors.The 10% is well hidden and not even noticed. Well worth the purchase. This Double IPA rocks!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 02:11:56 | More by Stubbie1
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4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Confronted with some wonderful brews, I find myself frequently returning to this well rounded and satisfying IPA.

Appearance - orange color, quality head and lacing.

Smell - hops are present, pleasing and appetizing.

Taste - intensely hopped, remarkable.

Mouthfeel - Good body, rich and satisfying - delightful hops.

Drinkability - despite the intense hops and high alcohol, goes down very smooth. Maybe too drinkable, leave the driving to others.

Overall - Exceptional American double IPA, has it all: taste, appearance, drinkability, and readily available, at least in my area. Highly recommended for those that favor a richly hopped IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 03:22:08 | More by rextheone
Photo of JWU


4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler from the brewery this afternoon, poured into a straight sided pint glass.

A- light honey colored with a hint of an orange tint. Bright white head, which leaves fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- a slight sweetness, but mainly dominated by citric/piney hops. There is something a little extra to the sheer "density" of the aroma.

T- Simply put, fantastic. This is one of those benchmark beers for the style. Complexity abounds, from the sweet interplay of the malts and the hops that start a bit grapefruity, but turn a little piney and a little floral. There's even some tropical fruit aspects to the hops. It's a bit boozy throughout the sip, but it just fits the overall taste intensity of this beer. The finish is very, very long, and very, very good.

M- if you need to know what a creamy mouthfeel is for an IPA, drink this. light/medium carbonation

O- Love this brew. A must try for any double IPA lover.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2011 01:33:58 | More by JWU
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise from Stoudt's, the first beer I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Appearance: What you'd expect from an IPA. Smuttynose gets my 5.0 for the seemingly golden and floating chunks of hops swirling in the brew. But this is nice, amber to golden hazy orange, white foamy head that forms a nice ring as the head.

Smell: Wow. One of the most complex of double IPAs I've smelled, mainly because the hops and malt work equally with each other instead of the hops reigning over the malt, which is usual, and usually welcomed. Citrus, grapefruit, with some candi sugar-like aromas, slight oily hops, amd some fruity malt. Very nice.

Taste: Once again, complex. Citrus, hop, and malt presense are the characters that are mostly up front. Initial oily hop flavor which is then usurped by the fruitiness, only to subside into a harmonious aftertaste. A great take on this style, which is different from many of the double IPAs I've had in the sense that the malt almost seems to take over, but it's the balance that wins out by the end. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Also very nice. Great carbonation balance. Medium-bodied. Flavors get stuck on the tongue.

Drinkability: First of all, this is one of the most deceiving beers I've ever had, easily. It's 10% and I had no clue, since it was on tap, and figured it to be about 7%. But goddamn is this a good beer. I wish I could get much more of it somewhere, and I'm going to try. Be careful with it, but do try it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2005 03:52:30 | More by asabreed
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4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

F***ing transcendent! An aroma of spicy, bitter hops along with a touch of ceder sublimate from the glass. Citrus and harvest apples precede an iron-gauntlet-in-a-silk-glove hop presence that positively kicks ass! This brew finishes with sweet roast malt and bitter hops in a life or death struggle for supremacy, ending in a beautifully breathtaking balance that makes me question every "truth" I have ever taken for granted.

No. . .seriously, it's that good!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 01:43:41 | More by clippersfanbob
Photo of mempath


4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a beautiful looking pour, much lacing, hardcore head, beautiful, semi-transparent (that would, thus be, semi-opaque!) orangey-amber.

smell is slight hoppiness overtaken by alcohol-cereal. nice. doesn't jump out and yell. i would like a malty and/or hoppy punch.

wow. this is defined. rich, Nugget Nectar hop sense immediately wafts up, away from the tongue and throat...everything goes UP to the roof of the mouth then fades fast. is this the alcohol, chemistry? a second taste reveals what i thought i sensed...rich malty-hop blast (i.e., an EXPLOSION) that is over very quickly. something bittersweet is there. but this is fast. third taste and i am so impressed by the quantum, mercurial devastation i taste...it just ends so so fast.

it is so crisp, so creamy, but still SO hard to get a handle on due to that crazy dissipation. you have to focus on one at a time: taste...then mouthfeel. either one gives a unified pleasure...give up and just enjoy!

at this high ABV, i would be very very careful. this goes down fast because it really provides such a wonderful experience on multiple levels. plus, you have to keep taking swallows due to the fast, upward vanishing act. i can't count that against this bottle. it's the nature of it i think. as i get an exponential, accumulated sense of what this IS, i am finding the hops heavily involved, but staying in the shadows of structure where nice maltiness play their not-too-sweet game.

there is something else going on here making this a really stellar DIPA. i will revisit this and get a larger sense of it. each swallow reveals more. each bottle i am sure, more.

what's interesting is this. the mystery of this brew is not in the flavor profile. it is right there. what changes the dynamic (for me) in a way i have never experienced is that straightforwardness comes across at turbo speed. my slow tongue can barely catch all the info. i will devote a weekend to listening to the tale(s) this wonderful Stoudt's has to tell. whew!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:39:52 | More by mempath
Photo of Maestro


4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was great! I am thoroughly impressed with the steps that Stoudts has taken to make this. It seems to stand out from their other beers. I guess they are going through some changes. Anyhow, the beer is a solid orange, with a creamy tan head. The lacing is substantial. The nose is hops of a serious persuasion. Lots of citrus and fruitiness. The first taste, although very hoppy, is suprisingly sweet and lets you know that this beer has some true body and mouthfeel. There is almost a thick, chewy feel too. Very balanced double ipa. Malts and hops are equally represented. I truly respect this beer. Did I mention it has a lil bit of alcohol?

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2005 01:11:56 | More by Maestro
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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic DIPA. Flavor reminds me of a favorite brew - SN Celebration Ale. Rich pine, hops bitterness and grapefruit in the taste. An undercurrent of sweet malts as well. The slightly off-white head isn't much, but the beer leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Nice orange, fairly clear color. Smell is great. Good blast of grapefruit, pine and hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin on first taste. It achieves its goal of overpowering the taste buds and leaving a rich, resiny coating after a few sips. I had no idea this was 10% abv. I would call this a three-and-out session beer and a good session at that!! I was really impressed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 01:50:57 | More by JayQue
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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

while not in general a fan of IPA's or other particularly hoppy beers, this is one of the finest beers I have ever tasted... so finely crafted with exceptional richness and smoothness it made me re-examine IPAs on the whole
when I now have a craving for a rich, tasty complex beer this is at the top of my short list

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 13:57:13 | More by tuben
Photo of poppollutesminds

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy but not overly bitter beer. Refreshing sweetness but still true to its IPA nature. Well balanced for a 10+% ABV. I really enjoyed the traditional inital taste, which flowed into a less intense, more flavorful finish for an IPA. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:13:35 | More by poppollutesminds
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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours an amber colour that is very clear. It's bottle conditioned so be careful about pouring in the mud as that will cloud it but not hurt you as it is vitamin B laden and will help with that hangover if you decide to drink more than one of these beauties! The head is a one finger head that remains through the drink as a thin but full cap and leaves a light "Roman Aquiduct" looking pattern on the glass.

The mild aroma is of caramel malt sweetness, plums, faint apple and notes of sodabread.

The taste is sweet caramel and hop bitterness from the start with a mild up front carbonation bite on the tip of the tongue. As the beer flows back across your tongue dark fruit flavours intermingle with the caramel as along the sides of your tongue you can pick up a very mild granny smith apple. Alcohol is mildly apparent along this trip and warms a bit at the end where the bittering hops engulf your tongue, leave you a little dry, and prepare you for that next delicious encounter between goddess nectar and your tongue. Don't mind the mild black pepper that may linger in between sips, it's an aphrodesiac!

The mouthfeel is of a sweet, full beer that ultimately leaves you a little dry with a bit of a coat on your tongue. It's rather nice. The carbonation is lively for such a full bodied beer, but it works in conjunction with the flavours and really brings them out.

Overall I am, even though I am relatively new to the IPA world, going to call this a world class beer and invite all to try it even if you don't like an IPA. I feel it has qualities that can bring out the IPA lover in even the hop faint hearted. Of course it's hoppy, but not extreme. Not at all. And besides, if you don't like it, you can always give the rest of it to me!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:09:28 | More by WissBrauSean
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4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 23:59:47 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle that's around a year old. Foggy orange color (probably because I poured in some of the sediment), with little hop bits floating around (yeah, I must've poured in sediment). Head dissipated to a bit of ring, but leaves some good sticky lace.

Aroma... not too aromatic, but there's an inviting little hint of fresh pineapple smell.

Holy lord, this beer is insanely delicious. A year of age did tone down the hop bitterness a bit from when I tried this beer last, but the hops still left a trace of tropical fruitlike flavor. Nice bit of caramel-malty sweetness too. It tastes like fruit juice in beer form!

Mouthfeel is syrupy, a bit dry, but overall good. The bitterness that's still lingered kinda hits the back-sides of the tongue in a weird way. Alcohol is present, but not as much as you'd expect from a 10% brew.

I could drink a few of these without any problem... well, until I feel drunk a few hours later. Beware its strength, but befriend its deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 22:27:37 | More by NolateM
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4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: great head, not much carbonation; clear golden orange; very nice lacing
S: very fresh hoppy aroma
T: this is a brooding double IPA, tweaked to draw upon a barleywine style or a double bock; the alcohol content makes this feel like an imperial version; I detect black cherry overtones

What a fantastic beer. Take your time with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 15:23:57 | More by Arithmeticus
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4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This looks good right off the bat. Nice golden honey hue with a cloudy bottle conditioned translucentness. Small head but nice lacing.Aroma is of SWEET hops!! not sickly sweet, but nectar like sweet. Mangos explode in my nose, along with some warming alcohol and a bready maltiness. The taste is likewise sweet upfront. They did a great job a snagging the FLAVOR from these hops. There is plenty of malt and alcohol to balance tis beer out, and once again I love the hop profile, with a not too bitter sticky finish. At 10% this is stupid drinkable. definitely a new fave.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 00:07:18 | More by avylover
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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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