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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

1,215 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 56
Gots: 58 | 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 jamesclark
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pale orange in my glass. A thick, rocky, creamy head rests on top and reduces very slowly. There is little cloudiness, and no noticeable sediment - which I find odd in a bottle-conditioned beer.

It smells of hops and hops alone. It is a flowery aroma, tangy and slightly citrusy. It is an earthy smell - warming, but without alcohol characteristics.

There is a crisp hoppy flavor, with moderate-to-low carbonation. The hops are intricately arranged - the result is a multi-dimensional flavor. There is a balancing sweetness. It includes a significant bitterness, but not as much as I've noticed in other double IPAs (or even some 'standard' IPAs). The finish brings out more of the bitterness, but also adds a creamy feel. The aftertaste of this beer resides more in the nose than in the mouth.

Quite drinkable for a highly hopped beer, this ale is smoother than one might expect, with an interesting character.

Permitting myself to use vague synesthetic terms, I'd say the smell is brown and dark green, the flavor is bright and orange. This is a good IPA, comfortable and hearty. The alcohol is hidden very well.

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

This was a lovely amber brew with a one finger head that left LOTS of lacing.

Aroma was of mellow grapefruit and oranges, with faint malts underneath. Nowhere near what one would expect from a 10% double IPA... I expected the hops to be like a hammer, rather than just resting there waiting to be sniffed.

Taste was... pretty damn good. Initially quite bitter, with a good amount of warming (but no alcohol taste). That bitterness faded quickly to mellow malts. It was quite good and well-balanced.

Dang... mouthfeel was smooth and mellow. VERY good. Could have been a touch chewier, but not totally necessary. Still outstanding.

Drinkability is very good. Damn, this does NOT feel like a 10% brew!

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

Pours a hazy cloudy rich orange color with a fluffy cream colored head that falls to a ring surrounding clumps of foam. Laces nicely very nice looking beer.

Aroma is sweet lots of sweet malt mingling with soft fruits tangerine, apricot hints of pineapple touches of mango smells soothing and pleasant. Aroma is great but little sududed for a I2PA, doesn't really smell bitter at all decieving.

Taste is lots of malt sweet necture of the gods loaded with tropical fruits listed above rich creamy feel very nice. The bitterness seems to be an afterthought here but it creaps out of the sweet fruity malt and nips at you orange peel hints of lemon rind mixed with touches of pine.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully soft full rich loaded with fruit and sweet bisquit like malts.

Drinkability is good a nice I2PA one that wows you with subtle softness instead of just harsh hop bitterness.

Photo of mentor
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by shippos. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a two-finger light cream colored head over a crystal clear light rust liquid. Smells piney grapefruit pith and lemons with tangerine and orange skins. Plus, a creamy character with a little bit of alcohol sting. Tastes apricot malty sweet when pulled in, then crystal sugar sweet with some hop bitter (but not much compared to the amount of sugar-sweet) and flavor followed by a fruity sweet creamy finish and a gentle alcohol after-burn. Fruit esters are apricot, peach syrup, pineapple, and mango. Hop bitter is mild compared to the malt, but hop flavor does stand (faintly) against the storm. Hop flavor comes across as oranges, some tangerine, and (with searching) some grapefruit sour. I can't tell if the sting I get at the end is from carbonation release or alcohol. I swirled to restore a two-finger head and will have another go at the final third of the glass. Really good lacing on the inside of the glass, BTW. Thick smooth mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.

The creamy smoothness is more apparent and delightful now. The sting remains and is perhaps stronger as an alcohol hot. Works well with the potent sweet and moderate hop flavor assaulting my mouth. Grapefruit pith is much stronger as a hop flavor and the oranges have subsided.

Photo of Buildscharacter
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Can we say Holy Head Retention? My god... I've finished my glass of beer and there's STILL a head on it.

The head is a pure white blanket of virgin snow that covers the top of this beautiful perfectly clean looking DIPA.

I don't htink that you could have any prettier glass of beer.

The scent is of floral bits with a strong fruity ester of grapes and pineapple.

The flavor is smooth, only slightly bitter, with a warming almost harsh alcohol bite in the end. Good clean hop aftertaste.

I was more than happy to purchase this brew and have no doubt that I'll have it again in the future.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark copper with a thin ivory head. No lacing to speak of. Smell is fruity, malty and hoppy.

Taste is very malty up front, caramel and sweet molassess, followed by alcohol flavors giving off hints of vanilla. Then the bitterness takes over for the finish. Very bitter hops to balance the sweetness. Hoppy as hell to my East Coast palate. Mouth is sticky with a long bitter aftertaste. The hop flavors stick to the cheeks and teeth, you can lick them off. Very smooth though, for being 10% ABV. I would not have ever guessed it. A sipper but quaffable.

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

About what I expect from an East Coast DIPA....heavy on the caramel sweetness and smoother sweeter hop flavors (pineapple, mango, papaya)...sticky sweet mouthfeel...nice fresh, sweet hoppy aroma....this is a subtle DIPA....lacks a real strong bitterness which is fine with me depending on my mood.

Very nicely balanced but probably one of the sweeter DIPA's made....some will knock this for it's lack of bittering horsepower but I am finding this to be a very enjoyable brew...I'd never guess it to be 10%.

Special thanks to WarriorSoul for this nice little extra gift!!

Photo of beerluvr
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich thickly textured light cream colored head, leaving awesome lacing on the sides of the glass. Almost clear dark golden liquid with slight haziness. Rich malty nose, nice and sweet smelling, then some pungent floral hoppiness. Taste is juicy, fruity maltiness, intense yet somewhat subdued hop bitterness and alcohol powered potency. Finishes up nicely balanced, bittersweet and fruity, a great effort from Stoudt's.

Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one pours a thick and malty orange-brown in color with a sizable head that left tons of lacing.

Smell – The big East Coast hops in the nose are paired with a mighty malt base. The malts are yeasty and full of biscuit. There’s a lot of caramel sugar in here as well, making this a nose full.

Taste – Yes, this is classic Right Coast. The biscuity malts are huge and heavy and the hops pick things up at the taste to draw even. The finish is leafy hop dryness and the mix of bitter hops, sweet caramel, and heavy malts just explodes on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel – This ADIPA is somewhere close to full-bodied and very slick in between the cheeks. The bitter dryness starts off slow in the middle but really comes down hard at the end. It’s the perfect mix of up front hops, heavy caramel/malt middle, and a sugary bitterness to finish. The light boozy tease just makes you want to drink more.

Drinkability – This is a gigantic East Coast Double that is sure to please the true hop lover. It is so hop heavy it takes on that familiar sweetish tone. If I had to drown in something this would probably be it.

Photo of JackStraw22
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, no freshness label that I saw. Pours a light orange body that's slightly cloudy (it's bottle conditioned I think). Good inch or so of bright white head. Not a whole lot of retention, but a little layer stuck around. Some decent lacing too. Thick, oily hop aroma, with just enough sweetness as to not bulge your eyes out. Hops smell fresh, amarillo? Wonderful mouthfeel, smooth and full without being overly sticky. Huge hop taste. The hops are nicely balanced between aroma/taste/bittering, there's a seemless transition between them all. Almost no hint of alcohol either, so if you're not a big fan of that, this beer is for you. Wonderfull DIPA, get some if you can.

Photo of merlin48
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va.
Appearance: Pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a one finger, ecru tinted head. Excellent retention and an exceptional patch lacing effect.
Aroma: Profound aromas of fruits, hops, and malts greet the nose. Quite a melange here, with fresh orange pulp, red apple skins, grapefruit, and pine sap, mingling with malty caramel and some saffron. Very nice array of tropical fruits also includes papaya and pineapple.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with restrained carbonation, some oily hop resin, and some vanilla creaminess.
Taste: Fruity hops are dominant, with lots of grapefruit and orangepeel bitterness. Excellent balance is provided by a sweetbread maltiness. Accents of saffron, cotton candy, and vanilla add a surprising complexity. Lots of tasty flavors here, but the finish has an ideal grapefruit and pine resin bitterness.
Drinkability: Wow! This one is a beauty. How do they conceal the 10% abv so well? Tasty and well balanced, dangerously drinkable. One of the best Double IPAs around.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of warriorsoul.
Pours a very nice hazy orangy copper with a small bone white head. Retention is kind of iffy (which is is pretty standard for a beer of this alcohol content), but lacing is pretty impressive.
Smell is faint toasted malts, caramel, crystal malts, and a very nice earthy hop aroma. There is a definite fruitiness to this DIPA that you don't get in the nose of many others. It's almost a peach or a grapefruit aroma that's kind of refreshing.
Taste begins with sweetness, a slight toasted character and that fruitiness that I described in the aroma. The fruitiness lends itself to a pleasing hop flavor and eventual bitterness. Not much alcohol in the taste, but it is definitely there. A very very slight warming sensation coats the throat as this one goes down.
Mouthfeel is a little off, just a hint more oily than I like my beers. Very smooth though considering bot the hop content and alcohol content.
Overall, a very interesting DIPA. It's certainly not like anything I've ever had. Flavors meld well and it's not hard to drink.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. The beer is courtesy of santoslhalper, thx!

The beer pours a bright clear amber color with a 1 cm fluffy offwhite/orangish head foaming up easily. The aroma is all hops, starting with citrusy notes of grapefruit and some orange as well, but also a nice pine scent is buried in there.
First sip reveals an average body with a bit of oily texture and fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is sweet caramel and hard candy up front and leaves a bit of this sweet flavor stickiness on my lips after each sip. This flavor quickly moves to a grassy and piney hop bitterness that also allows some grapefruit to say "hello".
The beer finishes very clean and crisp and I only get any hint of abv after the beer hits my stomach. Amazingly drinkable and tasty.
A very nice beer that is well crafted and not over the top while still being rather intense.

Photo of blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking DIPA. Cloudy orange caramel color with a thick and clumpy nearly white head. A fair amount of floaties as well. Lacing is thick as well.

Smell is sweet, much like those orange suckers you get at the bank teller. A nice citrus aroma overall with bits of straw. I could sit and smell this for hours, but my beer would get warm.

Immediately you can tell this is a DIPA as it stings a bit from the hops. A good blend of citrus and straw grasses with some resin bitterness at the end. I like the citrus flavor without an overwhelming cascade hop taste. This is pretty balanced as well. A good dose of yeasty, bread laden malt comes through. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and oily as it should be. The drinkability on this could get you in trouble. The high abv is the only thing bringing it down.

Photo of Goldorak
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent, and somewhere on that limit between golden and amber, with a tight tan head.

Smell: Flowery hops, sweet honey with hints of raspberry.

Taste: Light to mid carbonation, I was expecting a lot more hop bit from this one. The malt isn't too overshadowed, which gives this Beer a certain balance that I enjoyed. The alcohol is definately there, but again, the malt steals the show. Perhaps a bit too weak of a finish for the real hopheads out there, but an enjoyable one for me.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured, Stoudt's bottle-conditioned Double IPA delivers a just slightly hazy orange-copper body beneath a full head of frothy "antique" white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves very nice rings and dripping sheets of lace throughout the entire glass. The nose is enticing with bright notes of citrusy hops (orange, grapefruit, pine), summer fruit (peach, melon, pineapple), and sweet malt. It's delicate carbonation gently tickles the tongue, and it's medium-full body is viscous, slick, and smooth across the palate. A beautiful combination of sweet malt and fruity, citrusy hops appears upfront, and then quickly gives way to more piney hop flavors and a bold, rising bitterness. As big and sweet and rich as its maltiness is, it's balanced! It finishes with a fleeting tide of sweet malt and hop that gives way to lingering bitterness and piney hop flavors. Superb!

Photo of silver0rlead
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a thick white head, you can tell theres something to this beer just from the look. Aroma is big citrusy, piney, resiny hops with a sweet background. Taste is huge hops flavors: citrusy, floral, resiny, oily, piney with a big grapefruit flavor and a sweet caramel malt background. A very hoppy, yet balanced and complex brew. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is very high despite the abv. The finish is dry and very bitter but complex nonetheless. The alcohol is not very noticeable and the brew hides it well. One of the best beers i've had, very well done by Stoudt's.

Photo of sideshowrob
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard logo'ed pint glass. Great think amber color, with good head. A considerable amout of sediment suspended as well. very inticing. Smell is a change-up pitch. almost a sugary-sweet dominant note with a strong piney support. Taste is great. This a a huge and well-balanced brew. Hides the 10%abv very well. Good mouthfeel, very drinkable. A solid, and top-tier double IPA.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep hazy burnt orange with a tight one finger head,aromas of spruce and pine abound here big and bold to say the least with a light touch of brown sugar in the background letting u know there is some malt here.Wow this beer is big in flavor and body big resiny,sprucey pine hits the tastebuds hardcore with a nutty malt base that is subdued but there for sure.The alcohol burn comes on late but damn what a nice burn,a huge ass east coast DIPA from a fine brewer who I enjoyed alot living in eastern Pa,hell yeah!.

Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The golden hue was nothing short of pretty, sparkling and effervescent. The creamy, frothy white head worked up a couple fingers, then dwindled slowly as it left its footprints along the glass.

Captain, there be hops here! Yes, hops aplenty, citrusy and sassy, but never failing to give credence to the impressive malt presence in its company a caramel character not to be missed.

The malt flavor establishes itself first, and not too briefly, as the mentioned caramel note lays claim to the palate, then swirls with a doughy quality that fills things out. Before long, though, the hops assert, and with some force, pushing the citrus and spice character across the tongue with a purpose. It tingles and glows and the flavors fade, leaving the tongue something to think about.

Thick and hop-oily, it has a very real presence in the mouth. It coats and drapes itself across the surfaces, yielding grudgingly.

One more hefty brew from Stoudt's, helping to remake a reputation. The malt biceps work with the hop triceps to blend some serious muscle. And know it...this is strong and full of presence, and that is what keeps it from being considered as a session beer. Such ABV's are best kept at a moderate level. But it's fun to drink, and you never once forget what it is you're drinking. I'm happy with that. I'd bet you would be too.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decided to swing on in to the brewery in Adamstown, PA....was visiting family and wanted to collect a couple cases direct from the source, so it was this and Fat Dog to go.
Pours a very attractive bright golden orange w/ almost a full finger of bright white head. Lacing disappears quickly, as does the head.
Aromas packed w/ citrus hops, a touch of spiced malt and more hops.
The flavor is one sweet, hoppy punch...giving Hop Monster a run for its money. Thick and somewhat syrupy...this fluid sticks to the taste buds and delivers a very flavorful mouthful.
Can't say it is balanced...the malts are there, but the hops are what this beer is about.
The carbonation keeps the sweetness in check and it is actually quite bittersweet in its finish.
I cannot rate this offering very drinkable, as it is sweeter than I'd prefer. I would, however, enjoy a pint of this juice every week or so.
Another fine brew from Stoudt's...good stuff.

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

Pours a very nice golden orange with a frothy white head that sticks around a good while. on the nose you get a full aroma of hopscitruspine needles with touch of malt behind it. Taste is really good stuff...full bodied, rich and creamy brew with a good malt/hop balance. Geez, I just realized this puppy had 10% abv. this abv. is well hidden due to the abundance of flavor...Highly recommended brew!

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

To think I lived in Reading for over 2 years and this is my 1st Stoudt...oh, wasted youth...LOL.

An interesting dirty, ruddy gold in color, the nose was light and crisp, yet mildly sweet. Head was a good 1/2" of tight white foam that slowly faded into tight, clingy lace.

Man, this is a nice IPA! Its smooth up front, then some mild spice with hints of a biting peppery tone, then the hops...yowza. Finishes very tight with those wonderful hops. This is one of the best IPA's I have tried - highly recommend.

Note - this just went absolutely perfect with a Reuben on caraway rye with fries with 1000 Island on the side. Perfect match.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cast in a hazy orange hue, with solid, off-white foam above, as it sits in my elegant tulip glass...looking very inviting, every bit the form of an excellent IPA...
Nice fruit and bitterness in the aroma, apricot and peach, a whiff of pineapple and grapefruit, a glimmer of pine, quite nice.
Great big, bitter buzz of hops at the front, and juicy, too!
Excellent texture, slick, yet sharp, with the hop attack never quite quitting, and the alcoholic strength revealing itself. Very happy in the mouth, if a bit overpowering. For a bad boy, it provides some mettle, but this would have to be a once-in-a-while thing for me, I like my IPAs gentler than this. Stings a touch too harshly, the flavor is large, too,but doesn't buffer the beastliness, complements it instead, creating a large-scale palate attack.

glad to have tried it, and much thanks to kafkaEsb.

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has got 'em. BIG and BOLD ones! Hops, that is! Pours a golden orange with a frothy white head that sticks around. Lacing is scattered throughout the glass for the duration of the drinking. The smell is fantastic as you get that full aroma of hops with some maltiness behind it. Smells like someone took a few handfulls of hops and dumped them in a juicing machine, took out that concentrate and dumped it right in here.

Tastes awesome! Full bodied, rich and creamy, citrusy and peachy hop flavored IPA with a strong malt backbone for balance. Hides the alcohol too, I might add. This one will definitely creep up on you if you're not careful. Mouthfeel is terrific as well as she swirls throughout my mouth with balanced intensity and perfect carbonation, leaving me asking for more.

You can drink these in moderation before it comes calling your name but if this style is your thing, don't hesitate to grab a sixer and kick back.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.