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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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1,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 55
Gots: 49 | 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 chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Hazy golden color with lots of lacing around the glass and a small head. Check 1.

Lovely floral hop bouquet in the nose. The high alcohol content is also present. Check 2.

An uppercut of a hop punch! Very interesting. Maybe some fruity tones. Not drop-dead bitter like a lot of other DIPAs. Wow, very tasty. Check 3.

Rich, full mouthfeel. Very satisfying. Again, not over-the-top bitter. Check 4.

I'd love to have this beer again, if I can find it. Very impressive. Check 5.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of macpapi
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

My first Stoudt's product ever. Thought I'd give a flier to a single bottle. I was not disappointed.

Pours a nice orange/light amber color. Hazy, mysterious and somewhat opaque. There is also a minimal white head.

Smells extremely hoppy, with a nice citrus balance. Good and well balanced aroma. Alcohol is present as the the beer warms.

Tastes of fantastic citrus and hop mixture. Made more complete by a full grapefruit presence. That same grapefruit adds to the overall bitter, but sweet flavor. Very impressive.

In the mouth this D.I.P.A. is sharp, crisp and bitter. A fine and substantial presence.

Overall I am extremely impressed. This is a damn fine beer. Although alcohol presence is noted in the later stages of the sip, it is still very pleasant and amazingly balanced!! A couple of these a night will suffice, but make for a great beer drinking evening.

macpapi, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of Terp96
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Have been waiting to try this for over a year but have been put off by the price. $12.99 at Well's is too much but grabbed one of two sixers left at my local for $9.99.

Poured into a pint glass, there was virtually no head. Color is a near perfect hazy deep orange for this style. Definitely smells of grapefruit, orange and not overly floral. Definite alcohol presence.

Hops come through in the intitial sip. The beer quickly sours and warms until it ended with a nice, dry finish.

Very nice mouthfeel. Feels thicker than most DIPAs which is nice but it doesn't add to the drinkability. This beer gains more of an alcohol presence as you go making it tougher to swallow.

Even though this is my favorite style of beer, I have had beers of similar quality that are easier to drink. I will have to be in a rare mood to drop the cash on this one again.

Terp96, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of wobblynoggin
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

This bottle conditioned Double IPA pours with a soapy head leaving a sweet sticky lace that you can scrape off and eat...and I have.

Orange in color, tiny bubbles, and carbonation that calms downs fairly quickly.

On the nose, grapefruit, apricot, and noticeable alcohol - that's okay.

On the tongue, a bit of malt hits the pallet, followed by a tangy hoppiness as it subsides into an almost citrus sucking candy like feel. Like many double IPAs, it lingers a bit and sends a note of licorice to the nasal passage. It feels great on the throat, with the flavor really staying up front in your mouth and on the sides of your tongue. For such a strong beer there is no aftertaste that differs from its natural taste. Joyous!

For being high in alcohol content it's surprisingly easy to drink a few of these. The alcohol is more noted in the smell than the taste. You could fool someone who isn't used to strong beer with this one. You can even fool yourself, so be careful.

This beer is great with food, especially snacks, fried foods, even pizza. Salty foods compliment this beer very well.

Though strong and easily a “sippable” choice, one can't help getting a full mouthful of this gem. It's lingered with me even after the typical summer months when I tend to buy more IPAs.

wobblynoggin, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

12oz with the bottled on date of 10/12/05 ink jetted on the neck, poured into a tulip.

Somewhat bright yet hazy orange with a small white head that falls to a fat ring surrounding a thick, bubbly veil . Nice layer of foamy lace left in its wake.

Solid grapefruit and pine notes with a good sweet smelling malt in the background. Nicely balanced nose on this one.

A quick taste of sweet but slightly earthy malt upfront that lays a good foundation for the grapefruit and piney hop flavors that are strong, yet tempered by just enough lingering malt. Dry finish that doesnt have excessive hop oils. The abv does not register at all. I really like this beer.

The mouth is initially full, and the carbonation is just enough to wipe it clean before things get too oily. Drinkability?...oh shit this beer is dangerous

ypsifly, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Semi-transparent amber color. Malty/hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts spicy sweet with hints of caramel, finish is a malty/hoppy mix that makes this a really nice double IPA. The high ABV is not noticeable. $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of clippersfanbob
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%

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!

clippersfanbob, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%

Appearance is near perfect if not perfect. Gorgeous milky smooth head that sticks like cotton candy. Deep copper with orange hue on the edges. Full of fine carbonation in full support of the presentation.

Take your pick of aroma you could choose out of this big dog. I really got a deep (bear with me) grilled pineapple? Odd but hey its not your average beer. Lots of citrus fruity flavors kicked in the ass by a hop presence that is not overwhelming but more of a balancing act. Bready malts, kind of doughy. Kind of a raw mashy goodness that fills the air, like your at the brewery, very fresh in the nose. Alcohol slaps me around like a rag doll in a train wreck. Bold. Not sure how to hide a 10% but It's been done. Mouthfeel stings the taste in and alcohol lingers. Nightcapper material for sure. hard to imagine the palate being ready for anything else after this. Goodnight!

DogFood11, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz., bottle-conditioned on 6/8/05 - served lightly chilled in a big round wine glass. The body is coppery and a bit hazy and it has a thin tan head that leaves some lacing, but not much. Smells of pineapple, pine, grapefruit, and burning alcohol. Lots of hops in the flavor - pine, grapefruit, hop oils, and a sharp bitterness that is not overdone. As it approaches room temperature, the sweet malts become stronger up front, but there is still the bitter/hop flavored aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, and at one point I almost gave it a 5, but it wasn't quite there. A good solid DIPA that I will probably drink if I encounter it again.

mmmbeer, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of veggiemafia
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%

I've been on a big Double IPA kick lately as the weather gets cool, and also because I've been eating a lot more spicy/Thai food lately and it just kind of puts you in that mood.

Bottled on date: 8-03-05.

Even after waiting for this to warm out of the fridge, and with a VERY hard pour, this produced almost no head. Nice butternut squash kind of orange/gold color though.

What smell is around is fruity hops, citrusy with some sweetness and a bit of a grainy thing.

Tastes very good, grapefruit, grassy hops, fairly bitter, but I expected more a hop hit from a DIPA. Little bit of a maltiness in the front that makes for a good balance and blend of flavors. (But this is a DIPA, balance and a malty flavor aren't what I look for when I open a DIPA). As this one is warming though, and I'm working through the last few ounces, there's an almost sickly alcohol presence in the back of the tongue where there was once a great hop bitterness.

I personally don't think this is carbonated enough for the style, and honestly the mouthfeel is just a little flat and slick. Not the kind of aliveness I've come to associate with most IPAs.

Very drinkable beer, and I did have a 4.5 until the end when the alcohol made itself known in kind of a strange, unpleasant way in the finish as it warmed.

Really warming alcohol sensation though, great for late fall/winter nights.

I want to like this one guys, I really do. I'll try it on tap, and again in bottles, but this just might be one of those beers you can't bring yourself to drink that often.

veggiemafia, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Finally bit the bullet with this one. One of the reason was that it was so expensive for a sixer. At Table and Vine I noticed a lonely sole DIPA, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Hopefully the cashier wouldn’t yell at me. She didn't. Actually paid 1.69 for a bottle, when a sixer costs 12.99. Do the math.

Tremendously omnipotent beer. Pumpkin like in its appearance, good lacing- steady as she goes, consistent. Thankfully I didn’t wait for this one to chill. Overloaded with bananas and cinnamon, I don't even like waffles either. Continues to overload on the taste buds as well. A bit numbing because of the alcohol content, if you are starting off with this one, it's ruined after that.

Wonderful beer. With any luck I'll make it to this brewery in time to have my steak too.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

this beer is a hazy orangey amber, with a thick light tan head that the carbonation can't maintain. the aroma is very floral with some pineapple and citrus hops in the mix as well. a little booze and a little bread in there too. citrusy hop bitterness, with a juicy fruity character, maybe pineapple and something else i can't really identify. any malt balance is hidden well until it warms when a caramel character comes out with a mild raw extract flavor too. it also gets a little boozey towards the end. the mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a medium body and gentle carbonation. quite drinkable in spite of it's boozey qualities. a respectable double IPA that falls just shy of the mark.

kmo1030, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of sponberg
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

Brilliant copper with a thinnish white head whose lace hangs on for a good long time. Aroma like citrus jam or marmalade spread across lightly toasted bread.

What's this? Malt? Overshadowing the hops in a double IPA??? The sweet, chewy, tropical fruit maltiness in this one is a very nice surprise. It blends REALLY well with the Indian River red grapefruit hops in the flavor. Then two more aspects come along - a welcoming underlying bitterness, which balances off the other flavors, and a very warming surge of alcohol which, while not unpleasant, does detract from the drinkability a bit. It's big and lets you know it. This warming surge o' is actually a good thing as the taste would let you pour this down like water.

A double IPA for malt mavens if ever there was one.

sponberg, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

The appearance of this beer is an orange amber with a decent head that leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

The smell is appealing with both malty bread and some pineapple and citrus notes.

The taste is not at all expected for a Double IPA. There is a lot of delicious malt balance to this beer, and it doesn't just try to kick your ass with hops. The hops are there though, incorporating some pineapple and other tropical fruit flavors to the mix.

Incredibly drinkable for a beer with this ABV. There is some noticable alcohol, but it does not overwhelm. The balance of the hops and malt is the interesting part of this IPA. The hops are known, but they don't appear to be there just for the sake of more hops.

Maybe not a beer for the hophead, but a nice change of pace sort of beer. Stoudt's appears to be able to brew some different brews instead of trying to make exactly what everyone else is making. Very interesting, and very much worth a try.

gotbeer, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%

Very clear copper colour, with healthy tan head, mostly tight around the edges, but with loose bubbles in center. As it recedes, nice sticky lace is left behind.

Smellis sort of like Stoudt's Triple with hops. :) There's a very piney-fruity hop aroma up front, with some alchol nose under. Just a hint of grapefruit in it, as well.

Not as hoppy as I wuld have expected form a DIPA. The hops hit on the fumes as you're about to take a sip, then give way to the sort of licorice-like alcohol. That sticks with some spice fro rather a while, and the hops tend to be more a suggestion at the end. For someone who's rather a hophead, this DIPA doesn't really deliver. It tastes too much like their Triple.

The carbonation is medium in the profile, and rather tight. It is much mroe present up front,t hen slowly fades. The liquid seems rather thick under it.

This one is just a bit too thick and pungent to have high drinkability, unless you like that sort of thing. In that case, you're golden. It's an enjoyable beer, but I think one or two may be enough for me at a single sitting.

Be well

UncleFlip, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%

Appearance - Dark amber color with orange-white colored head. Excellent head retention with lovely lacing.
Smell - Moderate citrus and grapefruit tones with a slight alcohol impression.
Taste - Dry & crisp; very good representation of the style. Slight bitterness that is not long lasting, but powerful. As the beer warms, the hop bitterness begins to really captivate my taste buds.
Mouthfeel - Lingering feel of the alcohol; fruit flavors blend with the alcohol for an interesting aftertaste.
Drinkability - Excellent; the high ABV is well hidden in the taste. I can easily have a few of these. The subtle complexity allows for continued exploration and unique experience every time one drinks this brew.

jaluria, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured from 12 oz bottle

This imperial IPA pours a deep dark amber with a very minimal head that dissipated rather quickly. Does leave a wispy lace on the glass.

Smell: Initial hints of sweet, fruity malt, apricots, caramel, and a slight hint of pine.

Taste: Starts with a sweet, caramel beginning that transitions to a dry hoppy middle. A pretty strong, hop finish leaves the mouth pretty dry. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Pretty, thick and creamy. Fairly low carbonation.

Overall: A pretty decent Imperial IPA. A little sweet for my taste but not bad. High abv is a factor when drinking this beer, as are all imperal IPA's. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste, but you can definitely feel its warming affects. Worth trying but there are others that are better.

SwillBilly, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

Whew. I just drank one of these babies earlier this evening, and i had no idea what the ABV was going into it. Now that i see it's 10%, i'm not the least bit surprised.

Bottle was wonderfully marked with the exact bottling date, a practice i wish every brewer would adopt. Mine was bottled on 8/17/05, and i consumed it on 9/1. That's about two weeks of aging for a 10% alc beer. No wonder it slapped me so hard in the face. Thanks to Doug for bringing this back for me from his recent trip to Green's in Atl.

Standard orangy amber color for a IIPA. Head grew a little faster than i anticipated as i poured; i lost a few drops from overflow, curse my careless ass. Lace.

Smell was VERY up front. Like smelling fresh hop pellets right before tossing them into a pot of homebrew. Magnificent. That's how beer ought to smell.

Smackdown hop flavor and bitterness. Absolutely knocks you on your ass. Really spicy. Alcohol has an intense bite. My mouth was left feeling like it does after i take a bite of spicy food. Was tingling from the heat.

This is still a bit raw, thus the drinkability rating suffered. I can't imagine opening another bottle right now. It needs at least a couple months to grow up a bit and hit its prime. I have two more in my "cellar." I'll probably open another in 3 months and depending upon how that goes, the last either at 6 months or a year. I think if you waited too long this would lose its splendor.

Tremendous beer. I think when it hits its prime it will surpass Hercules from Great Divide.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours from the bottle a deep red tinged orange with a half inch of frothy eggshell head on top. Aromas of citric hop resins abound. Grapefruit and pine needles dance with a big caramel malt sweetness. Fairly well balanced but seems a bit timid for a DIPA.

First sip brings a mix of caramelly pale malt sweetness along with a citrusy resinous hop profile. Pine needles and grapefruit. Alcohol shows up mid palate but isn't overwhelming. Malts and hops work together but I'd still like a bit more hop in the front. An enjoyable DIPA.

Mouthfeel is viscous slick and slightly oily. A smidge of alcohol burn detracts from the drinkability a bit on this one...but I could still easily down a few. Worth trying if you enjoy DIPA's, but there are better out there for my money. Thanks to warriorsoul for the hook up on this one.

orbitalr0x, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.03/5  rDev +2%

This one really crept up on me, I really wasn't expecting it to be packing 10% abv.

Pours a very nice amber in color with golden fluctuations and noticable carbonation with a thin off-white head, very pleasant to look at and admire. Nose is quite powerful, wafts of citrus and fresh hops. Taste is overpoweringly hoppy, a nice citrusy hoppiness without the sour notes. A decent malt backbone and a slightly creamy texture. Because of the hop level it's a bit unbalanced in that regard but still very tasty nontheless.

Overall worth seeking out, a nice DIPA.


Gaisgeil, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Very dangerous drinkability for something that is 10% strong. Just by tasting this you'd think it a somewhat malty, plain ol' IPA.
Not very aggressive at all; on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Probably not the best choice for when you want a tangy hop fix but it might be a good choice to ween someone into the world of hoptasticness.
Dogfish Head's 90 minute IPA is probably still my favorite for the style... but I could see myself being more easily in the mood for Stoudt's.
This is pretty top notch stuff.

ommegangpbr, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Mmmmhops. Love em.

This DIPA pours a pretty ruby color, extremely clear, with a thick, thick white head. Smells hoppy- bitter, sour, slightly earthy- very inviting to a hops lover.

Taste was oddly enough not as hoppy as I thought or wanted it to be. Much milder in fact. It's extremely deceptive and sneaky in alcohol percentage, which is appreciated, but still- I'm missing the crazy hops attack. It's also a lot sweeter and maltier than I expected it to be. Nicely bitter at the end. I was disappointed at first by the lack of attacking hops, but it really grew on me. It's very complex, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy and bubbley, very nice. And overall, very drinkable. I liked this even better once it warmed up. A hoppy brew with more character than the average.

scooter231, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%

there is something about the bright orange label that just doesn't match up with what i expect when i see a 10% double IPA. personal problems aside, i pour this thick and bubbly beer into an imperial pint.. it's a clear peach color with a taut, tense solid but thin head. definite lacing left behind. mad bubbles, yo

aroma falls somewhere between the juice of clementines and grand marnier.. big citrus without sourness and foreboding wafts of alcohol. i can taste the fresh hops without putting the beer in my mouth. something else! some fruit stripe gum in the aroma as well. salivatingly perfumed.

taste begins with an estery tartness that quickly explodes with overpowering hop bitterness mixed indescribably with an overabundance of alcohol. the combination of these two monstrous forces really limits the taste one can pull from this brew.. perhaps a bit of green hops and more of that orange liqueur in the aftertaste, once your mouth has cooled off from the ABV bombardment. reminds me almost of yuzu, the extremely bitter and tart japanese citrus used in stronger alcoholic beverages to evoke a grand blast of tanginess. body is a bit on the thick side, and with the flavor and ABV it all matches up, save the deceptively light appearance.

not a bad beer, and starts off really good. suffers from a lack of ability to predict what this beer would turn out like.. somewhat reminiscent of burton baton in its unique sloppiness. i think this beer might do well with a year on it. i will get another bottle to test out and rereview.

also, i like my 2xIPAs chilled.. this one needed to be brought to room temp in order for me to get any flavor from it.

goodbyeohio, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%

…..a wandering foamy mushroom laden crown cap settles like a flying carpet coming into land amongst a quiet English grove full of Citrus sinensis trees……the Elephas maximus indicus on the label of the bottle has me thinking…The Elephant Man…..the mystic Victorian freak circus meanders in my mind as the cap firmly lays its surface like a smooth moroccan cloth…..it lays thick like an Axminster pile atop the body….the body is……the circus music from The Elephant Man plays in my mind as mad laughing black & white faces from the film assault me...nightmares return…….it looks like Scotlands other drink, Irn-Bru, is this made in Scotland from Girr-da’s??..….I ponder this conundrum…….as I watch the layers of sticky spunky froth rim the sides of the glass vestibule pass by….only a good Zuffle could remove them……I continue to fall headlong into the clear autumnal colored body….I fight to breathe……a strikingly bitter-sweet nasal passage has a Soda-like sugary orangeness, it feels like I have been slapped by a very short man with extremely long arms….each with its own massive clown like wobbly hand…..formed from inflated orange rubber gloves…..it hits the nose sharper than a talkative Comedian on Speed….at an Acid Convention….drop this one like a tab and the Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Satsuma’s ripen in your widening nostrils……..peeling the thick dry yet tangy skin away, I keep my eyes peeled too……now they are dilated widely…..all the time allowing to me to play with my Citrus reticulata whilst watching the flying orange Elephants now peel off the 12 ounce bottle label and dive bomb me……ha, they will soon fear my orange mouse……but soon the coppery orange hue lays uneasily against the white flesh, it catches the back of the mouth like stray pubes from a ginger Minge……morose yet vibrant alcohol, wild like a drunken carrot-topped Gaelic mad-man, it is far from easily forgotten, “Wot the feck you lercking at?” it wants to fight…..but I’m fading…..the Mandarin sunset strakes the Kumquat oily hops and shockingly vibrant Tangerine…..is it the fruit?….or Pages masterpiece, Song #7 from Led Zep 3…….the latter appeals more….seemingly more hidden messages than the classic text from Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only Fruit….sadly they seem to be here…..

.…surrealistically Half, rather than Double…….tiz a mysterious drug-induced Orange pith ale that reminds me more of my ribbed for pleasure Chechnian crotchless jockeys….rather than an D-IPA…..or am I tripping again…….

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

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!

Stubbie1, Aug 16, 2005
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.