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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: 763
Hads: 1,267
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 65
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004

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Reviews: 763 | Hads: 1,267
Photo of buschbeer
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. oz bottle
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours amber in color with burnt orange highlights. It haze a slight haze. It is topped with three inches of beige head that sticks around awhile leaving some pretty decent head.

I immediately get some rubbing alcohol. I don't get much in the way of hop aroma. I do get some toasted malt.

The taste starts out just like the smell with a strong alcohol presence. I do taste some hops in the way of some pine with plenty of caramel malt in there as well.

Medium mouthfeel

I am not much of a fan. The rubbing alcohol aspect is not my favorite. I guess it's over 9% so there's that.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one grows on you. Picked up a case in Pennsylvania, with their backwards beer laws, and at first thought this unremarkable. The next tasting was better, and I noticed similarity to some alt beers, like Double Bag, from Long Trail. Finally, I was given pie, and had to pair it with this beer (don't ask), and found it a sweet partner for apple and cherry pies. Not a Heady Topper, or Sip of Sunshine, but really solid. Nice job, Stoudts!

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

12 oz bottle, no date

pours a clear orange-toned golden color, with bone -white head. good head retention. nice fruity juicy hop aroma. flavor is dominated by pleasant hop flavors without any bitterness. just enough malt flavor to support. medium bodied, mouthfeel is a bit sticky.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stoudt's Imperial IPA is a rich tasting American Double/Imperial that is satisfying and tasty. The froth for this beer/ale is minimal. The body of the beer is of a medium nature, on a scale of thin/medium/thick. Its color is sort of like a somewhat bright but translucent and not transparent amber. The smell is of a sort of bready-hoppy combination and is suggestive of the great taste of this beer.

American Double/Imperial ales/beers tend to have a sort of rich hoppy taste in general. Some weave in a sort of secondary taste to mix with the hoppy bitterness often found in an American Double/Imperial brews. This brew is one of the latter; namely it weaves in a sort of bready taste into the hoppy American/Imperial taste, and makes for a very rich and satisfying combined taste altogether.

While some American Double/Imperial brews may seem like a drink, others may seem like a meal. This beer has the meal quality to it, and the sort of satisfying and tasty element of this brew is really unique and tasty. The beer's hoppy taste has a sort of ribbon of sweet pseudo-breadiness woven into it that sort of sparkles within and beneath the hoppy taste, sort of allowing one to not get too bogged down in the hoppy taste its self. For, while one has on the one hand the sort of traditional American Double/Imperial taste to this beer, it is nicely spruced up with a sort of sparkle of bready more wheat-beer taste that altogether makes for a very rich combination of hops bitterness and bready sparkle.

The aftertaste of this beer is also satisfying. The hoppy bitterness doesn't linger too long with this beer. Though there is the nice hoppy bitter aftertaste, it doesn't really overpower the more medium bodied elements of the taste, and instead fuses with it to make an altogether very drinkable and satisfying beer. The aftertaste is also perhaps unique in that it fuses the spicy bitterness of hops with the lighter tastes present in the beer, hence perhaps making for a beer that is very satisfying even in the aftertaste's linger.

Altogether, this is a very tasty and satisfying beer.

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