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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)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.43%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gavage on 10-23-2004

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a beautiful vibrant orange color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and delicious. It’s sweetness is largest in a tangerine smell, but has other sweet smells of caramel, banana, and some tropical fruits. Along with the sweet is a nice bready aroma and some notes of a yeasty nature. Overall it is a wonderful smell.

Taste – The taste begins of a big bready and malty flavor with hints of a the tropical fruit and tangerine are present. The bready and malty flavors create a base for the brew and remain rather constant throughout, but the fruit sweetness varies through the taste. The fruit initially starts light, grows stronger toward the middle, and then fades again toward the end. During the sweet flavor transitions the hop flavors transition as well. In the beginning there is a light citrus hop. More toward the middle of the taste more grapefruit and lemon citrus come to the tongue. In the end, the hop flavors increase again as some earthy hops join the mix. The combination of the malty, hoppy and light fruit are joined by a medium alcohol presence to leave a bitter hop and light tingling warmth on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – At 10 % abv the body of the beer is medium with a carbonation level that is average.

Overall –This beer has a very nice taste, smell and look. It’s pretty good stuff and well worth a try.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Bottled 15 April 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and sticks to the top of the glass. Hazy gamboge orange in color with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains the whole way and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Pale malts, caramel, pineapple and honeydew melon as well. Quite fruity and nice, with enough strength to make you take note.

TASTE: Pale malts, toffee an caramel sweetness up front. Some nice honeydew melon sweetness through the middle, into a nice bitter piney and alcohol nuanced swallow. Bold and lingering finish of pale and toffee sweetness, piney, bitter hops and some boozy notes. Good stuff, though a touch boozy for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn at th swallow and finishes slightly mouth coating. Definite burn and some heat lingers here.

OVERALL: A better offering than their imperial stout, but a little too harsh and boozy to really be top class. Smoothen it out a bit and fill out the palate, and you might have a really nice brew on your hands. For now, it's probably on the better side of average in an increasingly competitive style.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into perfect pint glass.

Aggressive pour yields aggressive, three finger fluffy, slightly off-white head. Head minimizes after a few minutes, but maintains a thin bubbly layer on the surface. Color is awesome -- pale orange, golden yellow, layered for sure, with lighter colors on the bottom. Smell consists of light pine hops, more intense citrus and malt, with some sweetness in there as well. Not as aromatic I would prefer. Tastes like sweet candy citrus hops. A bit of malt, and little bit of bite. There is a thickness to the beer that renders it syrupy and bready. It's smooth and creamy though, with light carbonation. Overall I'm a fan. Good beer with sweet hoppy flavors and light coloring.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Lost of head created, four fingers deep, lots of retention and a creamy and fluffy top. Body color is a orb glowing peach apricot yellow, but also a little hazy. Real interesting appearance, but a very aggressive head.

Nose rushes with lots of mushy tropical fruit. Mango, squashed peaches over-ripe. There's not much else to say here, but seems quite inviting.

Taste is big and thick, nearly syrupy body with matching mushy fruit nose and mango and apricot jammy finish. Sweetness is toned down by the hop bitter it seems. There is also an interesting prickly feeling on the tip of the tongue with this beer in the carbonation.

Overall the brew is tasty, but feels strangely too fruity rich for my tastes. It's overall though pretty good, but I can't find myself wanting to have this again.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this one in a 24 gang of 12's. I'm a local so this one is pretty easy to come by. LUCKY!

Pours an amber hue of gold. Could be a rusty brown, depends how you like your rust. Develops a bouldery cream head that quickly dissolves in the exceptionally high amount of alcohol this beer achieves.

Smells of hops. Lots of citrusy fruit. Maybe a bit of nut. Develops into a sweetness remnant of toffee or burnt caramel.

Hop bomb penetrates the tongue and mouth meat on the first sip. If you're not used to hops this will turn your mouth inside out very quickly. If you're adjusted to hops you should notice a strong under current of pineapple and toffee maybe a bit of butterscotch. Spicey hot finishes the ride.

Mouth feel is a tad prickely but not so bad considering the style and hop content. Very oily but hops seem to wash you clean so grain sweetness doesn't linger for too long. Very nice balance of bitter to sweet for a double IPA.

Overall this beer is a gem. The nose is a bit deceiving. Doesn't tell you the whole story. You expect the bitter spicey hops but not the toffee/butterscotch that dominates the hops all the way through. Maybe this is a malty DIPA if there were such a thing. What I can say is that the hop profile is perfect. Great balance of citrus and fruit to sugar grain. Makes it easy to flesh out the fruit.

This beer goes extremely well with extremely sharp cheddar, german sausage, spicey/whole grain mustards and that type of flavor profile. Had brats with reduced onions and mustard today with cabott extra sharp cheddar. What a great time.

I hold tihs beer against DFH 90, Greenflash WCIPA and other big players in the DIPA category. It can't get much better. World class. Cough up the cash boys. This one is a winner.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.74/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-dark orange with a nice frothy cream colored head

S-a decent blend of hops, citrus, and weeds. It a decently balanced mix of the trio. There's a sour graininess to it as well. Medium to faded scent.

T-comes in with a decent blend of cream and herbs. There's just a slight bitterness. The after-taste is slightly matching with more of a grains flavor. Not loving this. It's an odd taste.

M-medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-I don't know why but I'm not a fan of this at all. It's almost gross in a way, and it's sorta difficult to finish. I'd still give it another try in case this isn't a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second time having this beer.

Appearance - What I've come to expect from doubles. Vibrant orange, looks promisingly full of citrus flavors and hops. Not much of a head and no trace of a lacing. Appears thick, but watery (Yeah, I know that does not make much sense)

Smell - Heavy mango and tangerine. Bustling with the smell of fresh hops and wheat.

Taste - For me personally, this beer misses the mark a bit. Compared to the other doubles I've had, such as Burton Baton, hopslam, and dreadnaught; Stoudts double IPA just can't measure up. Don't get me wrong, though; the beer is still quite tasty.The alcohol grips you and grips you strong, taking you through a briar patch mixed full of sweet oranges and hops. The alcohol pokes at you here and there, but the sweetness prevails in the end.

Mouthfeel and drinkability - I find this beer a bit unbalanced when it comes to its 10% abv. It is medium to heavy bodied with a sharp sweetness at the finish. Worth a try.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey with a touch of head but sticky lacing. Smells of sweeeet hops, candy like but with pine notes.
Taste is of sweet malty hops. Nice honey sweet malts with some boozey dried fruit notes????
Really amazing beer. Complex, different, and great flavors. Well worth a try!!

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Photo of stooge
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Hazy amber/orange color with a two-finger, healthy head. Nice lacing throughout the glass.

S - Nice full hop aroma with notes of pine and citrus tones.

T - Intense piney hop flavor and spicy bitterness with tones of grapefruit and citrus. Finishes with a pleasant bready malt flavor.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Surprisingly thin for the aroma and taste profile, yet pleasant and very easy to drink for a beer of this strength.

O - Deceptively drinkable for a brew of this strength. Not your typical DIPA, strong and boozy, but not as full bodied and resinous as I expected. Not quite what I was expecting, but tasty and balanced.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger thick off white head on a hazy golden with crimson hues body. decent lacing.

S: very fruity with grapefruit, candied oranges and nice malt notes.

T: begins minimally sweet and citrusy which becomes an alcoholic malt note finishes with a pine

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. dry finish.

Overall: a little too boozy without enough balance. decent malt presence and the finish is way too dry for the way I like my DIPAs.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Summit's Wayside tavern May 17, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) a very hazy light golden orange with a light ring of white cream atop. A very hazy unfiltered Double IPA. Appearance is quite nice. 4

(Smell) Aroma is a fruity hop and yeast with little bitterness that reaches the nose. Aroma is a bit too mild, a touch of spiciness and a light alcohol presence does little to spice up the aroma overall. 3

(Taste) A mild spicy hop flavor with a bit of fruit on top of a pale malt bed. Hop bitterness is very mild and alcohol adds a little heat to the spicy hop flavor but overall this is a mild and dangerously easy-drinking DIPA. I enjoyed the flavors. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is airy with a touch of carbonation, which is good for the style. Alcohol presence is mild. Body is light/medium. Good pairing, just a tad sharp with the alcohol. 4.5

(Overall) This is one of the mildest DIPA's that I've had in a while and naturally it's highly drinkable and I found the mild spicy and fruit notes a welcome addition to the key flavors that the beer possesses. At the right price, you should certainly check this out. 4

Stoudts Brewing Company's
Stoudt's Double IPA

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, if typical, clear amber with a rather thick and fine-bubbled pale cream head that does not stick around too long. Hoppy aroma has a yeasty overtone and more than a hint of fruit. Flavor is as yeasty as it is hoppy, but still good to drink; there is a decent undertone of apple and orange. Texture has average body, and the fizz is not strong but persists quite well. A decent, if not outstanding, double IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Big piney aroma with some boozy notes. There were mild caramel notes.

T - Lots of pine and grassy hop bitterness. Boozy malt with caramel and burnt toast flavors in the background.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a big, boozy double IPA. Strong yet very tasty.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*Review taken from notes*

A: Paler golden appearance with cream colored head.

S: A bit of citrus / bit of floral. Malty. Not as hoppy as I'd like, and what's there is stinging my nostrils.

T: Bitter with very little flavor. Boozy. The alcohol is overwhelming the flavor. The taste did get better the longer the beer sat. Might have been too cold to begin with.

M: A bit syrupy -- not what I like. Heavy body.

O: My first impression of this beer was bad. Second impression was a bit better. But, there's very little flavor. Average Imperial IPA, I think.

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Photo of IPAaDay
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently became available at my local grocers, which is saying something for Manassas, VA. Perhaps not your typical D-IPA, but that's a good thing in this case. Much more caramel flavor and the hops don't dominate, but give a great finish. Flavor linger is excellent ... "citrus-y" fading away slowly ... when its gone, enough time can go by that you forget and check the bottle to see if you are in fact out. ;) A new favorite for me and one I'd be happy to have every day.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours orange with a nice white cap. Head is bubbly and foamy. It laces well and also retains for most of the glass.

S-Perfumey and piney hops. Malty balance. This beer is definitely a balanced DIPA. Very floral and sweet.

T-A big combination of perfumey hops, floral hops, pine hops and rich sweet malt. Not my favorite take on the style, but this is still a nice brew. Plenty of balance. Perhaps too much balance. Seems to be missing something. Moderate bitterness.

M-Lightly resinous. Medium carbonation. Heavier body. Bitterness lasts and the alcohol makes an appearance on the palate.

O/D-Hard to describe, but this is not my representation of the style. Maybe a bit too balanced and perfumey. Almost too sweet for me; and this was freshly tapped too. Not a bad drink but far from a stellar DIPA.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, color is a very nice gold, transparent with a frothy off white head thats bubbly and sticking to the glass.

Smell is lightly alcoholic with a very solid malt backbone with a heavy but clean citrusy and pine hop.

Taste is very nice, great mix of hops, citrus and pine and lemon, with the some smooth, clean malt flavors, maybe some light toast but no heavy caramel.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between something resinous and a clean crisp ipa, it works well with some nice lingering sweetness and heavy bitterness to balance.

Overall this is a very tasty DIPA, exceptional flavors that are clean, not too sweet a little booziness; been a while since I've had a Stoudt's and this was a nice surprise, very tasty.

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Photo of BBP
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical hop orange with a bit less head and retention than usual but a tad more lacing.

The aroma is much sweeter than expected. It did have hop aromas but more in an old ale or barleywine way. It was mostly tropical with a smidge of pine sneaking through.

The taste was a bit light at first. Truth be told I saw a single of this and the words IPA and just bought it without looking it over. I thought it was actually a regular IPA until it was poured and I put the bottle back. After you get a bit deeper in the flavor definitely builds and stacks well though. By mid drink I no longer felt that it was light. It seems to fit the mold of most good DIPAs but there's a bit more spicy hops to it and the hops aren't really working at creating a lot of the grapefruit or citrus flavors that American IPAs are all too known for.

It drinks fairly smooth, although there's a bit of heat to be felt after it's gone down. I have mixed feelings about this. It has a beginning that doesn't provide the same intensity as most but it holds on a lot further. The more I drink it, the more I enjoy it though.

The mouthfeel was only a tad overcarbonated with medium weight and medium/full thickness.

Overall, this was a nice, surprising DIPA. I would grab it again. My first from the brewery and I'm curious to try more.

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Photo of zac16125
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stoudts Douple IPA
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
From notes taken Jan 2012

A: Hazy golden amber with ½ fingers width of sea foam white head, which quickly dissipates down to only an outter ring and leaves no lacing.

S: Sweet fuiry malts, and hop aromas consisting of pineapple, orange, and a touch of piney hops. A subtle hint of mint and an alcohol presence.

T: Caramel malt sweetness and some hop bitterness. Way sweeter than I anticipated, and the hop presence that is there is mostly bitterness. It is maltier than most DIPAs, but overall tasty and pretty well balanced.

M/D: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth with a dry finish. Does a nice job of hiding the ABV.

O: Overall, pretty good. Not bad, not great. I wouldn’t turn it down if it was handed to be, but I won’t make a conscious effort to seek it out.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep golden color with a small creamy white head on top. The aroma is big bready malts, biscuits, toffee, a bit of pine. Flavor follows where the malt dominates along side heavy booze and very little hop influence. Has a funkiness to it that is unpleasant, and maybe a little sour. Relative to other dipas, i put this one pretty low.

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a big 16 oz snifter.

BOOM! pours that perfect amber with a little orange. Nice poofy head and hardcore lacing. Smells FRUITY.

The taste is the same- fruit and heat but not too much sweet! A nice beer to take in big gulps and swish around (despite the ABV), as the citrus fruits come across differently (from flowery and light to pungent grapefruit) over the course of the hop-trip.Alcohol is hidden impeccably- it's barely there in the nose or taste, but can be felt in the aftertaste, and the warm-belly sensation. The thickness of the beer that one notices in the lacing is certainly detectable in the sticky mouthfeel, but not terribly so- this is no old ale/ barleywine. The leave is only lightly bitter- another "dangerously drinkable" DIPA.

My first Stoudt's brew, now I'm a believer! I'll be asking my local spot to carry some, as I found this one at Sicilliano's, about 50 mi. away from me. Wish I would've grabbed more of their stuff- I believe I only payed 2.00 for this 12 oz.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Double IPA, served cold, in a wide-mouthed brandy snifter. No freshness date on the bottle. A part of a mix-and-match sixer.

Pours hazy (I was careful not to dump in too much of the conditioning yeast). A warm tone of red-orange amber with a bright and fluffy off-white head. Very worthy lacing. Great head-retention, I might add.

I think this hop profile is that of Summit hops, which I having a liking for. A strong earthy citrus nose ripe with orange, grapefruit, and cherimoya. There's that 'onion' character in the smell that I don't particularly characterize as such, but I get it. Picked up the same in Founders Devil Dancer and Lagunitas Sucks. Caramelly malts lean to sweet in the bouquet with a buttery bread kind of smell. This one knocks off the socks! And, where's the 1.2 ounces of pure ethanol in here? Barely detectable!

Medium bitterness (mild at first, intensifies after the swallow), mild sweetness with some caramelized sugar and overripe pineapple; very resinous hops that start fruity (hint of sappy pine, as well, which washes away in an instant), quickly evolves into earthy, and flutters out with spice notes. The initial sip is really mellow and sweet with a layer of booze, and then the dank hops flash it all away. The finish has that unique Summit hop 'onion' note, and this time, it's not so pleasant. It's not off, just a muddy finish. This beer has some great complexity and character.

Mouthfeel is easy-going for such a big beer. Pretty smooth with a nice carb bite. Bushy and a little slick. The alcohol gets to you eventually along the way. More drinkable than I had expected.

I'm a fan. Love the nuances of different fruits that aren't obvious. I'm used to very big and very specific flavors of different citrus fruits, pine, flora, tropical fruits, etc. This DIPA tastes like hops and malt, and quality ingredients, at that. Only thing going against it is a not-so-clean finish. Will certainly buy again, and would consider to do so in bigger quantity.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another poker box beer. Another solid offering I wouldn't have otherwise tried. 12oz bottle.

Poured moderately agressively - 1 1/2" head, longevity, sticky lacing. Body is brite, amber, no active carbonation.

Aroma is cereal grain, more to the grapefruit side of hoppy.

Flavor is muted. Mild caramel malt flavors, quick rush of hops but quickly gone as well. A bit of bitterness lingers but the taste is quite crisp.

Mouthfeel is correct for the style. A touch oily, and there isn't any carbonation noticeable on the palate.


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Photo of vande
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, solid golden pour with a slight head, white to off white in color...glows...with the aromas of citrus and pine residue blended nicely to provide a nicely balanced hoppy dipa... bitter at the back, but smooth all the way through...even a bit creamy... overall a pretty good drink...

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. A clear golden orange with bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: Bready malts, caramel malts, grapefruit, and pine.

Taste: WOW, this stuff is fantastic. Very well balanced. Citrus, bready, biscuit, caramel sweetness, bitterness and mlats blend well together, and even some slight boosiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: I have had this before and happy to have had it again and more in the future. This DIPA is very easy to drink and someday would like to try it out on draft. I would recommend this one to anybody.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.