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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,211 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 57
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004)
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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oustanding head with nice lacing introduces this cloudy, medium gold brew. Smell was a "super hop" infusion of floral hops with subtle yeasty undertones. If you love hops, this is a must try. The hop presence remained throughout, with a suprisingly understated alcohol presence (suprising for a 10 abv). Mouthfeel was full and somewhat chewy. The drinkability was extremely smooth for the high abv.

edchicma, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This offering from a fine brewery poured with a creamy, consistent, two-fingered head and a hazy orangey gold color. The nose is potent, as you don't have to get too close to smell. Its fresh and biscuity, also exuding a some pale citrus, but not anywhere near as highly hopped as I expected. The body is medium, but pushing on the edge of heavy. There's some fresh grapefruity hops, and definitely a creamy malt balancing presence that attempts to mask the high alcohol presence, but fails. The hops are surely subdued for a double. It finishes with a candied apple sweetness and somewhat acidic grapefruit edge. You can just feel the alcohol seeping through. It seems like it could have been more carefully made as it exudes more barley wine characteristics than a double IPA.

Hhawk06, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perspicuous pumpkin with burnished amber edges. The pastel orange head is on the small side, so I guess the ABV won the battle against the hop oils. It's thickly creamy and nicely persistent, though, and looks good in contrast to the color of the beer. A modest amount of lace isn't a big surprise.

The nose, while good, isn't as hoppy as I'd hoped it would be. Double IPA smells caramel malty and orange fruity, but I can tell that it won't be a resinous hop bomb. Not a trace of alcohol greets my nose; an amazing feat since the ABV is in the double digits.

The flavor is a member of the caramel malty, non-brilliantly hoppy school of DIPAs. In fact, if blinded, I'd have said 'barleywine' with guesses one, two and three. A prodigious pale and caramel maltiness dominates, providing generous amounts of toffee and butterscotch. The amount of sticky sweetness is just right; any more would be too much and would enter the realm of cloying.

What hoppiness is present is noted as orange fruit and a lingering, slightly puckery bitterness that sneaks in on the finish and counters the malt quite effectively. Better late than never. The flavor is good, it just isn't DIPA good. The alcohol adds rather than detracts. I'm still impressed at the relatively refined nature of this 10.0% beast.

The mouthfeel is well done. It's somewhere in that netherworld between medium and full and is infinitely smooth. I like it more and more as the beer warms. Bubbles provide interest and lift, but don't intrude.

Stoudt's Double IPA is not the stuff of dreams for those hopheads among us, but it is good beer that is best enjoyed cool rather than cold and in sips rather than in gulps. While I'm disappointed that my ever-present 'hop jones' wasn't satisfied, I'm pleased at the beer that Stoudt's has chosen to brew. I'd gratefully add a sixer or two to my cellar if I had access.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of rizzyo
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful two finger head lingers forever. Gorgeous color, what is expected of a DIPA
S-Floral notes and hops, along with a whiff of alcohol.
T-Lacked the hop character I expected of a DIPA. Also, alcohol is not hidden well, and is easily distinguishable. Still an excellent beer, but not as rich as a Ruination.
M-Well carbonated, nothing truly special, but Stoudt's got it right.
D-The alcohol makes this a tough one to finish, I couldn't see myself having more than one or two in a night.

A great beer, but not up to par with the other greats. DIPA's in general have a somewhat "great beer" reputation, and this one falls just short.

rizzyo, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of ddarden
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured dark copper with very nice rocky head and leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is more malt than hops, but still has a spicy hop smell. Has a slight Belgian yeast smell. The taste is a good sweet malt with a very big alcohol burn. I can't tell if the bitternes is hops or alcohol. This is not a very hoppy DIPA IMO. Alcohol burn last for a while. The mouthfeel is medium and nice. Drinkability suffers from the strong alcohol burn.

ddarden, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of KroMagnon
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange-golden color. White head, doesn't stick around much though. The aroma is hard and heavy on malt, along with some spicy dried fruit aromas like raisin and perhaps some piney hops. The flavor is good, strong and sweet with a very good hop flavor profile but less bitterness. Which is good because the beer just misses having that 'cough syrup' flavor that happens when a beer is too sweet and bitter. There's a strong alcohol presence here, and its very tingly on the tongue as well. Tasty, pretty blasted strong though. Back before people talked about double IPAs I'd have classified this (yeah I do that alot...sorry...) as a barleywine. it reminds me of Old Nick a little, although I haven't had that in years.

KroMagnon, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of BRoss242
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very cloudy orange color, head faded very quickly, lots of sediment floating around.

S: Nice balance of malt and hops with a mixed aroma of citrus, pine, and caramel.

T: First couple of sips all I can taste is hops with barely any malt present, but not the strong hoppiness you usually associate with a DIPA. I let the beer warm for a couple of minutes and the hops began to blend with the malt to give it a nice sweet taste, and the alcohol started to come through in massive quanties.

M: Smooth full bodied beer with good carbonation on the tongue even though I mentioned little to no head. Alcohol left a nice tingling sensation on my tongue.

D: I think that this beer is very drinkable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this.

BRoss242, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of fromage
2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yuck, not a good DIPA. Like Fat Dog, way too much alcohol and too little other taste.

Looks ok coming out of the bottle. Not a whole lotta head but a peachy color...

Which matches the intense peach aroma I get, some plum, brown sugar, some citrus and grass, but not an intense hop presence. Reminiscent of DFA 90 so far...

Taste is overwhelmed by alcohol bite. Some peach remains, but hardly any hop bitterness to appropriately match the alcohol. Did I mention alcohol?

Mouthfeel is fine--medium.

Drinkability is not good. I've got 3 left and I'll probably space them out quite a bit.

fromage, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper colored with plenty of light tan fine bubble head. Plenty of lacing.

S - Aroma is of pine and grapefruit, some mown hay.

T - Plenty of sweet malt at first with some taste of alcohol (not surprising since it is 10% alchol). Then there is a wash of the piney citrus hops that IPAs are known for. Has a bitter aftertaste with some astringency.

M - Moderately viscous with plenty of carbonation.

D - My first impression was that it was a little too sweet, but the sweetness seems just a disguise for the bitterness. I enjoyed this beer. There are other IPAs that I like better but I could be happy drinking a few of these

CDBeerDisappear, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a long-lasting head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Primarily fruity, with grapefruit, pineapple and peach tones and a little malt in the background; fusel alcohol as well in the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nicely balanced fruit and malt combination; rather sweet, in fact; the hops never quite rise to the expected level and are slightly rough in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth; modest carbonation; the alcohol feel is definitely there, too

Drinkability: More like a double APA than an IPA, I really enjoy the style; I would be happier with a little less alcohol, but that is a quibble

brentk56, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm deep orange body that is clear with a strong dense carbonation. The head is a creamy yellowish white that last for a good long bit.

S- The smell of caramel malt and green floral hops is well balanced. Not much other depth in the hop bill.

T- The flavor of big juicy hops with a faint spearmint note makes them really taste fresh. The note of malt that has been caramelized in the pot is a nice background flavor. The finish is a big, slightly earthy, hop bitterness that has a very gentle alcohol boost to it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture to it. The alcohol warmth is soft but give the hops a nice compliment.

D- The hops are soft in the nose but all there in the taste. It is nice to taste the caramelize malt that gives it a smooth flavor and nice support to the hops.

rhoadsrage, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - A beautiful fiery reddish orange color with a two finger foamy white head. A great look overall in the snifter. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. I really can;t get over the color, it's awesome.

S - A nice mix of pine and citrus hops on the nose. Notnhing earth shattering as far as a super hop bomb for a DIPA but nice to sniff overall.

T - Wow what a nose dive here. The initial taste is actually nothing but sweet malt. Then the hops come in to beat it back a little but that sweetness seems to be too much. Not very balanced. Just doesn't taste like much of an IPA and the sweetnes is a bit overbearing.

M - A fairly heavy mouthfeel with all the sweetness. A bit oily and slick on the tongue.

D - After a few more sips this beer really is barely drinkable. That sweetness is way out of whack and overall this is not a good example of the style. This beer is GREAT eye candy, but not what I'm looking for in the style.

Notes: This really just seems like a miss by Stoudt's. A great looking beer with an inviting aroma. The taste just falls flat though. Oh well, they can't all be nectar of the gods.

EStreet20, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours otu to a cloudy dark caramel, forming a rocky and soapy beige head with very good retention and nice sheets of lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is not as hoppy or pungent as I expect....citric and slightly piney. This is all backed by green apple esters, residual sugars, honey and grain husk. The mouthfeel is very smooth and syrupy with a dense, oily body. The taste is at first piney and grapefruity...this is followed by a very big thick malt body. Towards the end, things fall apart for a sec with some boozy alcohols characteristic of a prolonged warm ferment. These are quickly overrided by the hops in the aftertaste but are enough to be distracting and hamper it's drinkability. Belches are green and fruity. The alcohol is otherwise not harsh for it's supposed 10% ABV. Somewhat sweet for an IPA, but not completely out of balance.

Nice brew. I would drink this one again. Try it!

Mitchster, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DIPA-ADVENTURE! In order to progress on this beer journey, you have to OPEN the BEER. OPEN BEER. And off I went... on my own DIPA-ADVENTURE! An adventure... to extreme flavors. Let's review, shall we?

Appearance: Orange-copper color, marked by some scant haziness, and crowned by a frothy white head. Solid head retention and spectacular lacing.

Smell: Fragrant fruitiness (pineapple) and citrus characteristics mingle amidst the piney hop aroma. Also, there's a considerable amount of malt in the nose. There's a touch of alcohol too, but it's very insignificant amongst the other key components.

Taste: Initial bitterness, which soon gives way to layers of luscious, juicy tropical fruit flavors. Soon, and moreso as the beer warms, sweet caramel malts emerge to add a bit of balance to the hops. The finish is dry, though very brief, leaving the tongue free and clear of any scalding hop oil aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The gentle carbonation rescues this beer from ever becoming syrupy, instead allowing it to simply be splendidly mouth-coating.

Drinkability: Altogether drinkable, especially with the 10% ABV never becoming offensive. A delightful beer, and along with Stoudt's Fat Dog, is one of my favorites among this brewery's offerings.

Stoudt's Double-IPA is living every beer's dreams!

I think in one way or another, we are all trying to OPEN a BEER ADVENTURE in our own lives. We just want to being our own beer adventures. Am I right, guys?

And in the end... the BEERS are in our own hearts.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper color with orange hues, has a light head that dropped into a slight lace.
the aroma is hoppy, malty, citrus.
the flavor is bitter, hopsack, citrus, orangy, sweet malt, spicy.
the mouthfeel is very thick.
this beer is very drinkable but most enjoyed on a cald night by a fire.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented as a light orange beverage with modest white puffy head that showed good retention. Beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.Smell was extremely enjoyable, with strong notes of piney hops that virtually attcked the senses with a nice hint of malt in the background. Almost like being in a pine forest. Some citrus also to be found. The taste proved also to be a superb combination of the piney hops and citrus-like malt. The blend produced an excellent result. Finished with a good hop bitterness which was tempered with more maltiness. This was an absolutely great beer that completely hides its 10% alcohol. Great drinkability.

tgbljb, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that retains fairly well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is spicy, piney hops with some melon and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary melon initially with a subdued spicy bitterness. I don't really care for the balance of the sweetness and spiciness. As I drink more, it collides into one big bland mess. There are some notes of alcohol in the finish. It is medium bodied and kind of watery but sticky.

Overall, a pretty mediocre DIPA and a pretty big disappointment. The sweetness far outweighs the bitterness. I prefer my DIPAs bitter. This reminded me a bit of Avery's 11 DIPA.

Beaver13, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

WOW WOW WOW. This is close to the "perfect beer". Floral scents, nice hops but not too hoppy, more balanced. Kinda has the feel for me of Dead Guy Ale. Only problem, is it's waaay too strong. Wish the abv was in the 6-7% range. I could see myself treating these like a 5% cause they taste like a session beer, but are as strong or stronger than most belgians. Outstanding beer one of the best I've tasted.

bigdeuce, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of Mark
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer showed me really how different IPA's can be from one part of the country to the other. All my Double IPA experience comes from west coast brewers. This beer was a light amber,maybe a bit orangey amber in color. Nice head left good lace. Smell was nothing even close to west coast varieties, I expected more hop aroma. Taste was pretty balanced, not in your face, I sensed a bit of orangey taste but otherwise hada hard time describing it. Very drinkable however, I admit my review is a bit scattered. I liked the beer, but it did not meet my expectations. Pehaps it's unfair to cpompare and just accept the dfferent styles. Thanks to my buddy Rkhaze for the sample.

Mark, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of sopor
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly creamy tan, somewhat dimpled head over a red/brown hued amber (around 12 Lov). Syrupy sweet and fruity smell with a hint of citrus rind and resinous hops. Flavors start out syrupy and sweet, almost to the point of cloying, with undertones of biscuits and bread, and a hint of apples. Hops are flavorful, but not overly bitter, and actually pretty balanced to the strong malts. There are flavors of citrus rind and resinous tar that blend with a just slightly noticeable alcohol note. Pretty good, but I would have liked the hops to overpower the malt, it is a DIPA after all. Feels slightly oily but moderately light on the tongue to make for a very smooth beer. Pretty drinkable too, as the hops don’t slap you around. A beer I will probably pick up again for cold winter days.

sopor, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass, a dark amber with two fingers of off-white dense head, good retention, nice lacing. Nose is a nice floral hoppiness, slight bit of malt, but almost all hops. Juicy hop taste, citrusty, nice lingering bitter finish, slight caramel malt, nice big IPA flavors. Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation and a slightly fizzy finish. Overall this is a solid IPA, not overwhelmingly hoppy, nice with a simple meal.

cubedbee, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish orange in color with a small white head.
Its aroma is dominated by hops and a slight amount of citrus.
The flavor has a solid caramel malt base with a citrus presence followed by a nice bitter finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly oily. The carbonation level is low.

This is a decent DIPA, but there are better ones out there.

Naes, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of SwillinBrew
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Hollingshead.

A - poured a sligthly hazy orange peel color with a dirty white head that didnt have much endurance. Very nice burnt orange color.
S - Malt sweetness and port. But this is a DIPA so i'm going to waff again... port and malt sweetness. Well, this smells quite well actually, but isnt this a DIPA. Someone forgot to dry hop or something like that maybe.
T - Malt sweetness and port, wait, did i say that before. There is a good malt sweetness with caramel notes and maybe some toffee and i believe there may be some hops to cut the malt. But this is a DIPA.
M&Dr - Great body with solid smooth flavors. I couldnt really taste the alcohol.

You know, this is a pretty good brew, and different than the DIPA's i've had from out here on the west coast. I need more hops to give a higher score on smell and drinkability, but damn tasty beer nonetheless.

SwillinBrew, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color. Big lumpy head that fades quickly but leaves behind clumpy sticky lacing. The appearance give me high expectations that are quickly dashed with the first intake of smell. Smell is all sweetness. Where is the hops? Taste is also of an overpowering sweetness with no hops bitterness to add some balance. It is just too candy sweet. Having said that it is not a terrilbe beer, it just dosn't have the hops character that i would expect in a double ipa. Mouthfeel is pretty chewy. There is a faint bitterness in the aftertaste but it is too little too late. Drinkablility really surfers for the total lack of balance.

beermanbrian, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visuals: Lovely hazed out honey colour. Proper bubbling effects provided by vigorous little streamers. A dirty white head of decent magnitude bloats to a peak and falls away into froth in abrupt fashion. Stalactites and sheets of lacing are left in its trail.

Smell: Rich in the double malt bready scents with some sour tones. I offer up sourdough as a vagary. Hops? Not so much. Faint suggestions. There is no bountiful bouquet. No outright proclamation of hop intensity. Scarcely a foreshadowing. Madly malty though.

Taste: Deeply malt dominated. There is only a fleeting crispness provided by hop character. Dryness is rained out by the sweet wetness. I taste a slight orange quality that is most likely synergy between hops and malt. I am really missing the bitter smack and dry though. Low alpha acid and poor stability of the hop variety? Low bitterness and a subdued bouquet for sure. Reasons undetermined. This brew is really lacking in hop attitude for a double IPA. It seems as though it would have preserved well, even if it were a little advanced in age. Unimpressive in terms of the style. The flavour is good in general. Nothing unpalatable, just not a superb representative of the style.

Mouthfeel: Adequate. I can't go so far as chewy, but it surely has some weight. Well malted as previously noted, just sadly lacking the bitter and dry that would so beautifully complement the body.

Drinkability: Good if you are not the kind to fuss over it being less than provocative in the hops department. This tastes good. It just does not taste correct. It has potential.

SupaCelt, Dec 03, 2005
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.