Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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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.
10-05-2005 00:02:00 | More by kmo1030
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.
10-02-2005 03:00:54 | More by sponberg
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.
09-30-2005 22:26:13 | More by gotbeer
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.
09-16-2005 05:20:07 | More by UncleFlip
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.
09-14-2005 16:47:17 | More by jaluria
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.
09-04-2005 21:35:44 | More by SwillBilly
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.
09-02-2005 01:41:16 | More by Bonhoeffer
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.
08-31-2005 01:41:24 | More by orbitalr0x
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.
08-28-2005 08:56:39 | More by Gaisgeil
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.
08-23-2005 07:25:58 | More by ommegangpbr
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.
08-20-2005 04:20:36 | More by scooter231
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.
08-17-2005 14:24:57 | More by goodbyeohio
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-das??.. .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 Satsumas 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 Im 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 .
08-17-2005 04:51:01 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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. Im 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!
08-16-2005 02:11:56 | More by Stubbie1
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
Good IPA, with orange and good head look, very grapefruit and orange citrus aroma, and intense taste. Well drinkable. Surprisingly 10%. Very hoppy yet not bitter as well malted. Medium to full mouthfeel. Great with fish. A good effort by this brewery.
08-15-2005 02:40:38 | More by Sammy
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
Stamp says "Bottled 7/13/05". I'll save my 2nd bottle (if I have the willpower) for a year or so to compare the two.
Pours a somewhat hazy bronze color. Head is pillowy & the retention is amazing. Leaves a nice coating of lacing with every swig.
Aroma of citrus hops, strong toffee malts, and alcohol create a candy-like aroma that is very unique. The taste is unique as well...I thought all DIPAs stood for were "hops, hops, hops", but this one is remarkably balanced. There is a huge malt backbone which gives this brew a lot of added character and more of a "bready" taste, not just the hop bite that is associated with double IPAs. The hops don't sting the tastebuds right off the bat, like some..but linger forever..and I mean, a long time...creates an almost numbing feeling on the tongue even minutes after each drink.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth..the alcohol is hardly noted at all, but is evident. Very drinkable for a beer this high in alcohol and this complex. Add in just a touch more Cascade hops, and I'd be in heaven.
Those living in Adamstown, PA don't realize how lucky they are...I really enjoyed this brew, and wish it were more available in the midwest. Huge thanks to ski271 for the bottle!
08-12-2005 22:53:42 | More by hero27
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
I picked up a six pack of this brew while re-visiting some north Orange County stores last weekend. Didn't notice any freshness dates but read that Stoudt's DIPA is bottle-conditioned. I used one of my tasting goblets for this one.
Appearance: nice faintly clouded amber coloring, tons of vigorous carbonation streaming to the surface, and a dense white head that lingered for quite a while and left some ghostly rings of lace.
Smell: quite varied and enticing. Robust malt component stands up well to a variety of tropical fruit aromas; mango, pineapple, and grapefruit rinds. Pretty sweet aroma overall. Softly spicey and floral. Oh yeah, you can't miss the wafting alcohol fumes. Ten percent ABV; no shit!
Taste: complex, multi-layered, and intricate. Yeasty malt base, somewhat toasty and drizzled with caramel and toffee. Bountiful fruitiness with ripened pineapples, mango, papaya, and melon flavors all wrestling around looking for attention. Hops bitterness is also present with a solid citrus flavor and vague herbal spice kick. Strong alcohol presence; certainly lets the drinker know it weighs in at 10% ABV.
Feel: medium-bodied heading toward full, lively thanks to the abundant carbonation, with a dry finish.
Overall: Stoudt's double IPA is a quite nice example of the style though I think it could get by with a less forceful alcohol component. I believe it could be even better at 9.0% or even 8.5%ABV. Nonetheless, this is a well crafted American double IPA and should be sampled, given the opportunity.
08-11-2005 18:54:47 | More by Boilermaker88
1.95/5 rDev -50.6%
Appearance - Cloudy amber/mahogany color with a monster head that fades in minutes leaving a delicate ring of lace behind.
Smell - Caramel malt and piney hops. A nice odor.
Taste - Very sweet caramel malt, a strong vanilla character that stays through to the aftertaste, strong initial hop character that rounds off to a bitterness with the vanilla for the aftertaste. I really like the vanilla, but this beer is far, far, far too sweet for my tastes. The abv is masked, but under an oppressive sweetness. I don't even usually mind sweet beers like a lot of people, but this is undrinkable to me - the taste makes me cringe.
Mouthfeel - Moderately thick and frothy. Quite drying.
Drinkability - After the first sip, I didn't want to finish this one. At 10% abv too many of these would put you out of commission. Would clash with anything I can think of eating. I don't understand how everyone seems to love this beer.
I am sorely dissappointed with this beer. I heard so many good things and am finding the reality not to my liking at all.
08-10-2005 00:16:37 | More by mrasskicktastic
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
Appearance: Slightly hazy but vibrant amber-orange with a small, off-white, tight head that slowly diminishes to a fairly thick, tenacious film. Lacing is thicker than average and sticky, somewhat sporadic but still marking each taste most of the way down the glass.
Smell: Hey this is a nice change from the other DIPAs Ive had lately. You can actually smell the malts without really searching. Still, citrus hops take center stage, supported by a caramel sweetness, pine, alcohol, herbs and pineapple.
Taste: Big hops of course, but far from being a one-dimensional hop-attack. Rather sweet and tea-like. The initial bitterness backs off a bit to let the solid, sweet, bready malt backbone make its presence known, but the mix of fruit flavors (orange, grapefruit, pineapple and apricot, among others) stick around. The strength of the fresh orange flavor is almost surprising at first but quite delicious. As the beer warms, the bready malts really start coming out. Lots of orange on the finish, along with some alcohol spice and warmth, pine, resin, and a lingering sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily/slightly creamy texture, moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Cant believe Im rating this so high when it seems almost TOO sweet, but theres something almost addictive about this beer. The freshness of the hops and the citrus sweetness make this a real warm-weather refresher. If youre looking for a big hops slap-in-the-face, youre not going to get much of that here once you get past the initial sip. If youre looking for a well-rounded, intricate, refreshing IPA, then this is definitely for you. The strangest thing about this beer is that Ive had about 5 or 6 of these beers this past week, and I pick up different nuances each time. But I think the IPA fanatic should really try to get their hands on a bottle of this.
Original review 8-8-05, update 2-15-07:
True, this beer is far from being a good example of the style, but style aside THIS STUFF IS LIQUID CRACK TO ME! I find this beer so overwhelmingly satisfying that it doesn't matter how it compares to other beers of that style.
08-08-2005 16:07:13 | More by ski271
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
This beer poured into a pint glass with a big off white head and a slightly hazy deep copper color. There is a slight citrus smell, mild hops, and I was getting a whiff of the alcohol. Tastes great, started with a malty sweetness and then the hops kick in, didn't get the citrus that I smelt. There is a bit of an alcohol burn on the end, I guess that is what you get with the high ABV. Low carbonation medium body, great in the mouth. This is highly drinkable
I have this beast in the keg fridge again. Looking at my review from last year it doesn't change much, just my experience with DIPA's. This beer matches up with Dreadnaught quite nicely, like a 7/8 version.
08-08-2005 14:54:54 | More by orsulacp
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
Pours a hazy orange colored brew with a persistent tan colored head.
Smell is strong you can smell the hops way before you get near it. Sweet malt and strong grapefruit and pine scent hit your nose hard. Alcohol in this tingles your nose just to let you know that this is a serious beer. Smell is quite spicy from the hops; black pepper, bitter oranges and lemon are the strongest of them.
Taste is quite sweet and woody at the start then the grapefruit starts to come out. The flavor finally settles in to starting sweet and fruity then the grapefruit hits and it finishes as dry oak woodiness. Highly hopped but not harsh at well balanced.
Mouthfeel is fairly heavy; there is lots of malt in this.
Drinkability is very good for as big a beer as it is. Not too sweet or harshly hopped this is as drinkable as Double IPA gets.
08-02-2005 03:33:30 | More by Zorro
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Pouring into a snifter from a room temperature bottle, it pours an amber color w/ pale ruby highlights, along with a white-cream colored 1" spongy head, with decent retention.
Aroma is mostly of hops (grassy and piney hops), with a hint of sugary grapefruit. Overall, it seems pretty bitter. Also some alcohol tickles my sinuses, but doesn't seem as big for a 10%-er.
Sipping, it is mildly bitter, with a slight hops flavor, until you swallow, where it hits you hard with a sugary, hops flavor, and a hefty shot of alcohol to you palete. A nice dryingness takes over at that point as well...very nice!
Very little carbonation up front and nice body until the swallow where the alcohol creates a rather heavy dryness to it...nicely balance overall IMO.
Another nice brew from Stoudt's that is pretty drinkable. I think another one would put anyone over the top and keep motor vehicles out of their future, but a nice session brew that'll make you very happy! ;)
07-25-2005 02:44:59 | More by Fish113d
3.95/5 rDev 0%
I obtained this bottle thanks to the generosity of UncleFlip, who carried it all the way from Vintage Cellar in Virginia. For the lack of proper snifter, I poured this into an oversized wine glass, where it looked murky pale orange, with a persistent, inch-thick, foamy head.
The aroma was strangely devoid of a lot of hoppyness. More rather like an Old Ale, leathery, musty, cellar like, with a peppery hop zing if you inhaled too deeply. The flavor was also atypical of Double IPA mold. Malts presented themselves in a big bready way up front, with an earthy yeastiness to accompany them. Only in the mid palette and later did the hops start poking above in a citric, spicy way.
As the beer warmed to near room temperature, the hops did start make their presence known more clearly. The alcohol fumes however were there from the beginning and did not relent throughout.
This one reminded me vaguely of the 120 Minute DIPA. It was not as cloyingly sweet, or as blindingly strong as the DFH behemoth, but it was basically a few steps in that direction from the average DIPA like Hercules or Rogue I2PA.
Sticky sweet mouthfeel was very nice, and went a long way towards redeeming the beer. If they could turn down the strength a few notches, and crank up the bitterness a notch, this would be a great DIPA.
07-24-2005 03:23:08 | More by rajendra82
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
presentation: 12oz bottle with an orange label with indian elephants, and what looks like an illustration of the stoudt brewery. bottle conditioned printed on the label and no abv displayed.
appearance: pours a red-orangey amber with yellow highlights in a tulip glass. nice fluffy white head that sticks and laces well. champagne-like bubbles from start to finish.
smell: very floral and fruity. i smell more alcohol than i tasted.
taste: i taste more fruit while inhaling more hop floral aroma. huge grapefruit flavor but not too sour. finishes smooth with a slight bready flavor as the beer warms. alcohol is masked well.
mouthfeel: very very smooth with a great swallow. carbonation is near perfect.
drinkability: extremely drinkable! i tried to savor, but just couldn't put it down. the alcohol is masked, but i could feel my belly warming, so be careful!
overall: wow! excellent DIPA! great job by stoudts. highly recommended.
07-23-2005 16:37:49 | More by Px2GrafX
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a clear bright copper color with a big, foamy off white head.
Nice balance of citrus/grassy hops and sweet malt in the aroma.
Tropical fruit, caramel and a whiff of alcohol.
Taste follows the smells pretty well although the balance seems a bit off. The hops have a wet earthy flavor and peppery finish. You can certainly tell it's 10% alcohol.
Medium bodied with a full, slightly oily mouthfeel.
Good beer but it didn't seem to quite come together to my taste. The alcohol really warms the throat and stomach.
07-20-2005 23:12:39 | More by rkhaze
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.