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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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1,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 59
Gots: 66 | 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:
Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice gold to copper orange. Smells of citrus, mainly lemon, some grassiness, and also a little dose of sweet malt and piney-ness. Taste follows with a bitter finish that is laced with alcohol taste. The bitter/alcohol finish is at first a little too harsh for my own tastes, even though I usually enjoy the style, but it improves as it approaches room temp and the maltiness is more evident.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy and extremely fresh. Although, it's a rather subdued aroma for a DIPA.

Sweet and hoppy upfront with just a trace of malt. Has some nice peachy tones and tastes very fresh. Not a whole lot of IBUs. It finishes sweet and that sweetness lingers a bit.

Full body, solid carbonation.

This is a nice DIPA, but it could stand to be a little less sweet.

Photo of WaffleSauce
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Px2GrafX for the special hookup on this little guy.

12 oz bottle marked 2/15/06

Nose is prunes and dates with a hint of grape fruit. Just a smidgen of strawberry lost in there somewhere.

Pouring into my trusty pint glass. Vigorous 2-finger head erupts to the top of the glass. Vesicle size is medium-large. Judging by the lack of bubble action coming from the bottom of the glass, I doubt this head will last long. Lacing is slightly better than average. Color is a burnt orange, slightly opaque with just a hint of amber.

Malty for an IPA. Alcohol is dominant. The hop profile seems muffled by the malt and alcohol. . .it’s hard to read it because of this, but it’s back there somewhere. A quick burst of lemon-pine hop up front, rushing in to a predominant malt and alcohol, with just a fleeting kick of fruity hop at the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit too sticky/heavy for me, but despite this fact, and despite the dominance of the alcohol, it’s very drinkable. Although the alcohol is more than noticeable, it is not at all displeasing.

Pretty good brew!

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased from Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA in early April 2006 for $2.49.

Pours a bright orange-golden with huge carbonation feeding a surprisingly small head (considering the amount of bubbles coming up)- quite pretty.

Aroma is solid but not overpowering, mostly sweet citrus, some spiciness (oddly enough, almost-tripel like in tone) and a bit of medicinal chemicals.

Flavor is a very substantial heavy malt/heavy hop dance, sliding between the sweetness of the base, and the floral, slight oiliness of the hops. Minor alcohol burn at the end- but pretty well hidden for 10%. My first thought is that this is one of the better DIPAs I have tried. Will it hold through the end of the glass? I am thinking yes.

Rich full mouthfeel, creaminess from the carbonation keeps it interesting, and I want to drink it a lot faster than I should. All good notes to consider!


Photo of GreenWBush
2.72/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brewed in Pennsylvania. Shipped to Georgia, purchased in Atlanta. Brought back from Atlanta to Indiana for consumption. Now there's drinking local! Still, this is remarkably fresh, brewed less than two months ago. Thanks Stoudt's for marking the brewed-on date!

This beer's physical appearance is attractive, notably transparent and focused on clarity. Bronze with hints of red. Best retention and cling this side of a BSPA. Gorgeous.

I mentioned in my notes that this beer has a ' beery' flavor and not much more. Upon further whiffing, I get malty tones and just the slightest suggestion of hops underneath a honeyed tropical fruit juice impression. Boiling wort. Creamy; marshmellow, heavy cream, sugar, rainwater.

Taste is an abrupt invasion of sweetness. Dear god this is just too much - its as if someone forgot to put the hops in. Reminds me of AB's recent malt-liquor experiment, or a English barleywine done poorly. Layers upon layers of sweetness, and vaguely Belgian characteristics flutter in and out.

Mouthfeel is great actually, but that implies that you get it that far.

Sadly, a cloying drain pour.

Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a HUGE head that dissapetes. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Woah. Citrusy, grassy, hoppy...A wave of tropicalness???

Taste: Juicy. Grassy notes, citrus, maybe apricot or mango....ABV is VERY well hidden. This is a tasty brew. A bit of floral hops now coming through, with maybe some peaches??!?!?! Why did I wait so long to try this one?!? Very good DIPA. A but big in the sweet dept, but the hops keep it from being TOO sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy and syrupy, but not overdone. Very nice. Smooth as hell. Grassiness and citrus in the finish. YUM.

Quality beer here. Doesnt feel or taste like a 10% brew. I will definately be picking up more of this. If you see it, give it a shot. You wont be disappointed. Two thumbs up. Almost TOO easy to drink considering the ABV. Dangerous!!!

Photo of Hautacam
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, cloudy orange gold. Big foamy head..laces , coats glass and drops slowly to 1/8".
Smells great!..aromatic fresh piney hops...a little yeasty.
Tastes super-sweet, heavy malt and citrusy, pineapple-grapefruit hops...smooth; no bite....barely bitter...the malt wins out at the end....some alcohol coming through. Hops fade more and malt steps up more on warming.
Heavy, syrupy, cloying mouthfeel...medium carbonation.
A really good DIPA....could be a little less sweet...a strong brew for sure...kicking my butt 3/4 the way through...one will do.

Photo of pbr85
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 a little low, but it doesn't take away from the beer. Nothing in the mf ruins it, though nothing makes it stand out either.
D: I'd drink it all night or buy again. A well balanced beer. If you're looking for a hop bomb, look elsewhere. I found myself prefering this to 90 Minute, though both of my friends strongly disagreed with me.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Zorro
Appearance: Clouded gold and copper, massive off-white head leaves impressive amounts of lace. Settles to a small creamy layer atop the beer.

Smell: Upfront raw and tangy citrus hops, some alcohol, but not a lot.

Taste: Alcohol is big, almost overshadowing the hops, which are only left to making an appearance on the backside of the flavor, in a very grapefruit-like fashion. Much of the punch of this beer is from the alcohol, not the hops, which is not ideal.

Drinkability: I like big, hoppy beers, and this one does have a lot of hops, but I feel they weht too big with the ABV, not with the flavor.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - gold amberish color with a tall head atop the body.

Aroma - great scents eminating out of the beer - mostly of hops (lots of them).

Taste - a smooth combination of malt and hops that sneak up on you at the end. bittery, yet complex enough to smooth it out.

Drinkablity - not the usual IPA and the alcohol is hard to taste. wouldn't have a lot of these in one sitting.

We had this at the end of a night of beer tasting. I never heard of Stoudt's and grew up in PA. Looking forward to more varieties.

Photo of copasetic
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep orange that's remarkable clear, this one pours with a small fluffy head. Soon, it's a fine lacing and the bubbles keep percolating to the surface. Pungently citrusy, but this contrasts with the first taste. How else can I say it? The body and malty sweetness make me think barleywine at first blush. It's just plain sweet. Full on sweet. Still, the hops come through loud and clear. Not as punchy as, say, Bigfoot, and marked by more of the floral hop sweetness. In my mouth, it's heavy, oily, and... heavy. The finish is another dose of sweet hops.

Is it good? Yeah. Is it tight to the style of an IIPA? I dunno, but it sure is tasty.

Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with hues of yellow and orange. Slight white head that dissipates quickly. Not much lace.

S: Aromas of citric fruit hops--almost like and island mango fruit juice with some bananas in there also. Deep breadry malty background. Very sharp smelling. High abv noticeable to the nose.

T: Tastes fruity hops with a slight malt background. Hoppyness lingered in the back of my throat for awhile. Slight bitterness, but not exaggerated at all. Very tasty.

M & D: Mouthfeel is great on this offering from Stoudt's. Evaporates nicely and leaves the flavors to tingle your tongue. Smooth and slightly dry finish, but definately very drinkable. A few of these would leave you in a good state as the abv is quite high, though not as noticeable in the taste as it was in the smell. Love this one!

Photo of rodrot
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep golden color, slightly hazy(whoops! I accidentally poured in some sediment that was at the bottom of the bottle) with a small head that lingered. Aroma was quite malty for a DIPA with whiffs of caramel, citrus and peaches mixing in. Taste was malty at first, then a biting hop bitterness comes in with notes of peaches, vanilla, mango and grapefruit in the palate and a warming alcoholic feel to finish. This is by far the maltiest DIPA I've had. Don't get me wrong, it's very hoppy. Just not a total hop bomb. Very balanced and very good.

Photo of tastybeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing orange amber with a nice welcoming oily off white head. Great retention. A blanket of fine bubbles along with patches of larger ones. Lace forms before I even get a sip. Smells suprisingly very biscuity, with cream, yeast, caramel and toffee. Various floral and a bit of alcohol seeps through the bready citrus. Bubble gum, oranges and apricots. A very interesting aroma. Tastes simliar with the combination of biscuit and citrus. Begins sweet with caramel, gum, bread and yeast. Then comes the spiced floral and candied citrus. Slick in the mouth and slight dry at the finish.

Very intersting, and pretty complex. A little too much gum and sweet bread for me. I'd like more hops instead. Not a bad double IPA at all especially when I rediscover the abv is 10%.

Photo of evanackerman
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark somewhat hazy copper color with a large billowing head that eventually subsides into a thin covering that lingers throughout consumption.

smell is mostly a lemony smell mixed with alcohol, not the greatest, kind of like a mild lemon vodka.

taste is exceptional. great balance of malt and hops the way a double ipa should be, not the typical grapefruit flavor, more floral.

mouthfeel, nice and smooth consistent with the style.

overall, one of the better 2IPAs i've had, very very delicious, would drink this anytime.

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange. Strongly alcoholic nose with hints of honey infused caramel malts, toffee, light fruits (apricot) and hops (grapefruit, resin). The hops are initially subdued and this is much more malt accented on the front-palate and mid-palate, giving a lovely sugary malt contribution and hints of caramel. The hop assault begins on the finish, giving pine, lemon and resin flavors. A pretty good Double IPA.

Photo of UnionMade
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed copper, a rough pour creating a generous, creamy white froth. The bottle conditioning stirs up easily, so be careful if you don't like it. Sheeting lace, keeping a thick layer of head throughout. Very floral, hoppy aroma. Pungent. Citrusy and piney, with some toasted malt in the background. Fairly clean, aside from a bit of booze and mild esters. The flavor starts with mild, toasty pale malt, moving into citrusy fruit, with a bit of nectarine and ripe green pear. Hops blast through the finish, copious amounts of bitterness grind into my tastebuds with a grapefruit peel acidity. Awesome. Very floral hop flavor, with some lemony citrus characteristics, finishing off with huge grapefruit and pine. Long, long finish, hop flavor hanging around forever. Bold and brash, although it maintains smoothness. A bit of cracker-like yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, but not syrupy. Mellow carbonation lends to the smooth feel. I really like imperial IPAs like this. It's not like a hoppy barleywine, it's just a huge IPA. Tasty and completely hop driven. This stuff drinks way too easy.

Photo of thepitch
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Made a trip to the brewery as a refreshing stop from a driving tour of
Amish country and picked up a mixed 6-pack to get a feel for what Stoudt's can do.

Side-poured the beer into a pint glass. It has a nice orange-amber color with a small white bubbly head that faded away with each sip. The body of the beer is hazy and inviting.

The smell is rather fruity, malty and sweet, with a definite tinge of alcohol. Given the high ABV, the alcohol smell is very well-balanced.

The taste is initially tangy and fruity, leaving a malty aftertaste over the whole mouth as it is swallowed. Mouthfeel is nice, that leaves you with a pleasurable sting from the high alcohol content and carbonation. It became more drinkable as I went on, but not a beer I will return to in the near future.

Overall, a good, but not great double IPA.

Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's Double IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Bottle conditioned
Served in a wide mouthed snifter glass

Pours a murky, hazy golden orange amber blend. Sticky dots of lace patterns cling to the glassware.

Whiffs of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Syrupy sweet malts with a pineapple, peach and orange hop explosion. Super intense ginger/peach bite and fruity citrus sweetness blended with a piney flavor from the excessive hop character of this beer. Slight alcohol warmth in the belly too. Becomes more enjoyable as it warms in the snifter glass. A really good representation of the style and worth aging if you can resist.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper orange with thin off white head. Decent amount of lacing clinging to the sides.

S - Strong spicy, peppery hop aroma followed by a sweet caramel maltiness.

T - Toffee and butterscotch maltiness up front with a spicy orange hop ending. Hint of alcohol on the finish.

M - Medium body. Slightly slick.

D - Well balanced but not as hoppy as other double IPA's I enjoy. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of ybnorml
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy amber/light brown beer. Has a small creamy off white head with good lace. There is a rich citrusy grapefruit hop aroma with some hints of sweet malt wandering about in the background. The taste starts with a quick sharp jolt of citrusy hop bitterness. Followed by a smooth balanced malt character in the middle and a nice dry finish. Then the tummy warming starts.

Photo of kaimcm
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

A: glowing cloudy orange body with a dull white head. tiny little bubbles, look super soft and luscious. spots littered on the glass as I drain the beer.

S: fresh green wet hops, some sugar, light citric acidity

T: hits creamy and soft with a little sugar and tingly hops. Orange, lemons, grapefruit, and loads of butter. sugar dries and the hops take back over. lots of malt and grainy feel and taste. finishes dry and lingering. Really nice.

M/D: Super creamy mouthfeel with great carbo level. viscouse, luscious, coats the mouth and begs for another sip. i can just put this back so easy for such a flavorful and high alcohol beer. awesome, right on stoudts!

Photo of beerinator
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear straw copper colored ale. Off-white rocky head with good retention.

Aroma: Strong hop aroma, not too citrusy. Seems to lean toward hoppy spicyness, notes of pepper. The sweetness seems to balance well with the hop aromas.

Taste: This one is fairly balanced, but it's not as hoppy as I was expecting from the smell. There is a bit of strong alcohol kick coming through near the end of the swallow. The flavors are a bit out of the norm from what I usually find in double IPAs. Mouthfeel is full.

Notes: Not my favorite double IPA. But it is drinkable. The alcohol content seems a bit more noticable as I get closer to the bottom of the pint glass.

Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About a month back, I was told by the very helpful and quite friendly owner of Hollingshead that this would likely be the last time I would be able to buy this in California. Apparently those thousands of miles in between this coast and Pennsylvania put it Stoudt’s beers at a disadvantage in the expansive California market in regard to price. He also implied that the bottle’s contents were even better than the contents of the growler I just had him fill: Russian River’s Pliny the Younger – possibly best beer I’ve ever had and easily the best hoppy beer I’ve ever known. Is this possible?

I saved the wee 12 ounce until I finished the glorious Younger nectar. With that all gone and freshly on mind, I took up the taste test. I took a quick look at the bottle, nearly 3 dollars for the 12 ounces – there was a freshness date on the side but I couldn’t make any of the numbers out. I opened it up and poured it into my snifter. It had a stark, cloudy orange color with a finger head. The hop clobbering aroma was FAR less than I craved since the Younger had left me. There were hops there but also roasty malts and sweetness. The taste was very fueled with alcohol, at least initially. It let up and had some pine hops and the roasty malts. The sweetness in the background added a nice kick and it got better as it went along.

I could have easily polished off another one, though that now seems impossible. Sorry Mr. Hollingshead, the growler was better.

Photo of goschool
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's part two of my way too late at night Pennsylvania Hop Wallop/Stoudt's 2IPA face-off. This one pours a rich amber with a generous amount of yeast and sediment with a frothy white head. The head retention is great. The nose is filled with grapefruit, orange, pineapple, peach, and pine. I can see why some people might not like this (although I don't understand it) since it's cloudy, yeasty and it hits you with a gritty bust of hops, but I really dig this stuff. It starts out with citrusy hops and sweet caramel malts and it finishes with piney, but still somewhat citrusy, mainly grapefruit, bitterness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but very lively at the same time and they get an "E" for effort for trying to hide the alcohol. This is go-od. It was too expensive to purchase regularly when I can get several amazing California 2IPA's cheaper, but considering the fact that we can still get Shipyard beers, it's a shame that I won't get to drink anymore of this for a longtime, if ever.

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