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

1,217 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 56
Gots: 59 | 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 Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Bottled on 8/27/08 indicated on the bottle (hope it's not past its prime). Poured a translucent orange-gold with a one inch frothy, white head; good head retention. Copious tiny bubbles visible in solution. Thick strands of lacing formed a half moon around the glass. Nose indicates citrus and some piney hops. Taste follows nose - some citrus astringency up front and some hops bitterness at the back. Not a particularly bold flavor profile for the style. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent level of carbonation from start to finish - adds a nice even texture. Not a huge DIPA by any means (could be a function of age), but the abv is very well hidden, and it has a decent balance that goes down easy.

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

A: Pale Clear Golden pour with light fizzy head. Small bubbly lacing.

S: Apricots and biscuits!

T: Sharp grapefruit and spicy apricot and sweet biscuit. Nice fruity bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is surprisingly subtle for a strong brew.

MF: Sticky, medium bodied brew. smooth and flavorful

D: Not as over-the-top hoppy as a lot of DIPAs, but has a wonderful, unique hop character. Great warm weather DIPA. you can drink a few...

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

Another relatively fresh bottle of beer from Stoudt's found up here in New England!

Pours a slightly viscous, very beautiful and clean bright orange color. When held to the light this really looks good! The head is nice and thick and fluffy white, as it fades it leaves some nice lacing. Great looking pour!

Smells sweet, powedered sugary along with some nice citrusy notes. Nothing overpowering like some of the other hop bombs but that might mean this one is a little more balanced, which is a good thing.

Wow, this is a very floral tasting dIPA. Not just super hop bitterness but quite a bit of other tastes jump out. The citrus/grapefruit is there along with some orange and lemon. This a strong dIPA even for dIPA standards but the alcohol does not jump out and is not astringent like some beers.

This is beer that is waaay to easy drinking for its ABV! One 12 oz bottle should be adequately warming. Wish I had more but at the same time I have to work in the morning!

Photo of AMoceri7
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant, pleasant surprise this was. Fantastic!

A: Might I add, that with past endeavors, (not mentioning any names like Mojo Risin or anything) the honey color this had for a DIPA allowed for me to immediately judge this poorly. Not sure if this is possible or not but when I first tasted it, the beauty of it escalated, making this Golden lacy beauty exactly that. Minimal head and gorgeous bottle conditioned bubbles.

S: Wow, I have never smelt an IPA with the exact character of an Amarillo hop cone. Brought me back to the 90 Minute clone I made a few days ago. Really not much else going on but fresh hoppy goodness. The malt seems minimal with maybe a hint of alcohol but until a few minutes ago, after consuming I had no idea this was 10%. Towards the bottom of the glass the orange rind really sticks out. Amazing

T: BLEW ME AWAY! Maybe due to times preceding that I expected this to taste like crap but this puppy is a beautiful bouquet of flowers, hops, fruit, orange rind, and brought together with large amounts of caramel malt. Balanced to the nth degree and highly comparable to DFH 90 Minute. It seems to have a hint more amarillo and just the slightest amount extra of bitterness which almost is more desirable.

M: Was near perfect. Carbonation was exactly where you would desire. Wanted to chew on it. Thick and just enough residual to beg for more.

D: Knowing now this was 10% the drinkability was staggering. What a mystery it held to its ABV.

Overall: I bought a single of this and a 4 pack of 90 Minute and kind of wish I had bought the six for display. If you love 90 Minute or Bells Hopslam, this puppy competes well with both. Very good find and a great ambassador for DIPAs.

Photo of schroederm
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter

Poured a little too cold originally but once it warmed retained head when swirled. Lacing a bit weak. Clear golden body. Smells absolutely fantastic. Lemon and grapefruit provide sweet fruity aromas and a bit of alcohol comes through. Tastes wonderful: fruity and floral hoppiness, specifically lemony. Aftertaste is peppery and citrusy and overall refreshing. Pretty hot, however. Carbonation is a bit biting and just too prevalent. Body is about average. High hoppiness is a bit tough on the tongue, but the fact that this beer is so delicious sort of makes up for that.

Overall: This alcohol is just a bit too obvious in this one. However, it has great

Photo of natasharai
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured 1 inch off white smooth head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving some lacing. The beer is orangish-bronze and hazy.

Smell: Some flowery hops, with a strong caramel malt, and some alcohol

Taste: Very earthy, caramel malt, then sweet flowery hops, turning to a more bitter piney hop.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, very smooth, pretty low carbonation.

Overall: Not as hoppy as I expected for an IIPA. Very good malt character with a bit of bitter hops showing through in the end. Not much alcohol showing through in the flavor or mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy to drink for an IIPA.

Photo of goatgoat
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear burnished gold. A mounding thick white head forms and falls to a thin cap. Visible trails of tiny bubbles. Sticky sheets of lace grace about half the glass.
Aroma is moderate. Mostly floral, pine, a little musty. A slight breadiness as well.
Taste is all hops, as it should be. More earthy than the smell, but still with a light pine character. Malt body is a bit more forward than other DIPAs, with a bready note. Finish is pleasantly bitter, no harshness but with a prominent alcohol bite/astringency and warming.
Medium body with a light oily feel (much less than other DIPAs).

An amazing looking brew, though the taste didn't quite match up to the appearance. There's a bit too much alcohol in the finish and the hop character just seems muted. The aroma could be bigger. But those are pretty fine points on a solid brew.

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

In my DFH shaped pint glass, Stoudts Double IPA is bright golden amber in body with two fingers of glossy white head atop. The cap of foam retains as a semi-solid, deflating slowly, resting at a bumpy cloud-like mass that deposits a single wide drippy band and plenty of associated lacing-freckles spattered on the inside of my glass.

The aroma is a hoppy perfume of pineapple and zesty citrus, augmented with light caramel and toffee, floral honey, and a swirl of oily evergreen.

The taste is quite sweet and succulently fruity with a stiff, but manageable balancing bitterness. A sting of citrusy, lemon-lime hop notes melds with a mild apple juiciness to lighten the profile. A lingering note of orange rind oil lubricates the aftertaste. Alcohol is a palpable presence, contributing to the fruitiness and providing a bit of drying that helps clean up the finish.

The drink is medium-bodied with crisp carbonation and is much, much too drinkable for a very big beer.

Photo of mempath
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a beautiful looking pour, much lacing, hardcore head, beautiful, semi-transparent (that would, thus be, semi-opaque!) orangey-amber.

smell is slight hoppiness overtaken by alcohol-cereal. nice. doesn't jump out and yell. i would like a malty and/or hoppy punch.

wow. this is defined. rich, Nugget Nectar hop sense immediately wafts up, away from the tongue and throat...everything goes UP to the roof of the mouth then fades fast. is this the alcohol, chemistry? a second taste reveals what i thought i sensed...rich malty-hop blast (i.e., an EXPLOSION) that is over very quickly. something bittersweet is there. but this is fast. third taste and i am so impressed by the quantum, mercurial devastation i taste...it just ends so so fast.

it is so crisp, so creamy, but still SO hard to get a handle on due to that crazy dissipation. you have to focus on one at a time: taste...then mouthfeel. either one gives a unified pleasure...give up and just enjoy!

at this high ABV, i would be very very careful. this goes down fast because it really provides such a wonderful experience on multiple levels. plus, you have to keep taking swallows due to the fast, upward vanishing act. i can't count that against this bottle. it's the nature of it i think. as i get an exponential, accumulated sense of what this IS, i am finding the hops heavily involved, but staying in the shadows of structure where nice maltiness play their not-too-sweet game.

there is something else going on here making this a really stellar DIPA. i will revisit this and get a larger sense of it. each swallow reveals more. each bottle i am sure, more.

what's interesting is this. the mystery of this brew is not in the flavor profile. it is right there. what changes the dynamic (for me) in a way i have never experienced is that straightforwardness comes across at turbo speed. my slow tongue can barely catch all the info. i will devote a weekend to listening to the tale(s) this wonderful Stoudt's has to tell. whew!

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

A- Clear Golden apearance, used to beers with abvs as high as this being hazy and not nearly as clear. Its different, but in a good way.

S- smell is a good amount of citrus and flowery smell that hops create. Typical of a an IPA DIPA, but still nice

T&M- sweet taste more than bitter. as it goes down your throat you feel a small burn of alcohol. The longer it stays in your mouth the more bubbly it becomes and the sweeter the taste. good DIPA taste, but not incredible in one way or another. The Mouth feel is great with the carbonation that allows much more sour aand bitter to come out.

D- easily drinkable, especially considering the 10% ABV. dangerously easily drinkable.

Overall a very good DIPA. Though I've had a fair number of DIPA's, I haven't reviewed many. It will be interesting how it stacks up.

Photo of thain709
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden amber transparent body...an off white one finger head...lacing cascades down the glass

S - Nothing but hops

T - Not what I was expecting from the nose...but that's not a bad thing...smacked in the faces with a sweet malt flavor...big time...the hops come through at the end and leave a nice bitterness on the palate...tasty

M - Medium body and pretty smooth

D - The first one was good I had to have another one...a good IPA that lingers more on the sweeter side

Photo of TheDoorman
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light transparent amber with a small white head. Carbonation apparent in the body. Aroma unexpectedly fruit forward. Strawberries come to mind. Malty. Alcohol esters as well. Palate brings out the hops, but they are not terribly flavorful. Bitterness is fairly strong, but not matched in taste. Alcohol is noticeable. The feel is light and unremarkable. No oily, resiny quality. This is just a bitter beer, with little more to say about it. Unbalanced. Not much flavor actually.

Photo of oldhippie247
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light gold. Very clear with only a little noticeable carbonation. Head dissipates quickly.

Citrusy hops with a slight earthiness make up the aroma base. Made with Warrior bittering hops along with Cascade and Willamette aroma hops (from Stoudt's website). Malts are hardly noticeable at least when beer is cold.

Relatively thin mouthfeel, but with a lingering dry, bitter finish. Bittering hops are the star of this beer.

Overall a decent beer at a decent price, but a little disappointing. I wanted a little more body on a Double IPA along with a little more malt balance. For an Imperial/Double IPA at 9-10%abv, I'd rather go 90-Minute or Hopslam.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A golden amber color. Small head with thin,bubbly lace.
The aroma of hops,grapefruit and a hint of alcohol. Some light malts.
The taste is slightly bitter and of course hoppy. Some sweetness along with malts,some caramel hints and a subtle citrus flavor.

The feel was of some low alcohol warmth,dry in the finish with smooth, medium carbonated touch.

Notes: A very good beer. Excellent balance. So creamy and smooth and yet so high in ABV. This beer set itself apart from the rest. It didn't run away with top prize,but it did provide for a good experience. I got a sixer of the brew at Whole foods and it will not be the last time.

Photo of GJ40
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 11/11/08.

A - Golden and clear with a very small white head. Some lacing.

S - Piney, grassy and earthy with some butterscotch coming out as it warms.

T - A combination of hop oils and malt richness. Piney and grassy with caramel, bread and biscuits. A firm alcohol presence.

M - Good consistency with low to moderate carbonation.

D - A decent beer but not my style of DIPA. I like them less piney and more floral and citrusy.

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

Dudes ... THIS is one SMACK YOU UPSIDE YOUR HEAD kind of brew! Think about it - creamy white frothy head floating on a golden nectar of alocholic splendor. Then it hits you - HOPS and ALCOHOL are what this brew is all about! YEAH!!

Heavy handed in both? ... FREAKIN'-A YEAH! DOUBLE-ly so! Dude - If you're not a hop head, STEP AWAY ... NOW! Also - If you want to have this with FOOD?! ... STEP AWAY ... NOW! This is one chalice of DELICIOUSNESS that better be savored one sip at a time! (OR ELSE!!) Slow n' easy ... savoring the crazy goodness of the liquid hops...Sorry - I really *Love* this brew.

Kudos to Spooner for the intro ...

Miss you, dude.

Cheers!

Photo of wiseguy142
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy corn-yellow characteristic of double ipas.. not sure why most of them I've had are usually a bit on the ugly side.. maybe something to do with more ingredients etc? Well whatever. Thin, patchy head with good lacing.

Nice grassy aroma of cascade and/or simcoe and/or amarillo (double ipa.. probably all of the above). Sort of like. cascade piney grass fruit juice.

Fruit juice is apparent in the taste with a strong alcohol bite. A little too strong in terms of pure ethanol/vodka flavor, but it goes along with the strong hop presence. Just enough malt flavor to keep things interesting.. not like Hop Devil or other carbonated hop water beverages. Basically a ton of hops, a ton of alcohol, and some crystal 20 to round things out. Good for a double ipa, but I'm not really a big hophead so it's not moving me all that much.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. "Bottled on 12/10/08" is marked onto the neck of the bottle.

A- Amber appearance, and strikingly clear. Pours with a very minimal white head, which fades very rapidly into a thin, whispy cap. Some bits of lacing.

S- Piney-hops start at the forefront, but quickly fade to only a feint presence. Slight sweet/malty notes to be detected as hops note fade.

T- Sweet and malty, with fairly subdued pine/hops flavors. Alcohol is fairly forward, though not overbearing or hot.

M- Moderate carbonation. Goes down fairly smoothly, with a touch of alcohol warming. Fairly dry.

D- Decent. High ABV is reasonably well blended, but not offset by spectacular nose and flavors to the point of making this one dangerous. Decent one and done sipper.

Future outlook: A solid, though fairly "run of the mill" DIPA. With so many spectacular DIPA's to be had, this one probably didn't rise up enough to warrant seeking out again...though easily good enough to fall back on if ever the need arise.

Photo of JasonA
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pourd a clear light copper. Exponential carbonation with ample lacing. Boy is this head thick. There is something about the pour that screams average. Something in the color.

Piney tar hops. Some citrus. Light malt body. Good, not great.

Medium malt. More malt. Hop finish. Wow, is there a lot of body in here. Solid flavor and well done on the tongue.

Well balanced, almost perfectly balanced with the malt and hops. Just enough bite on the palate. Carbonation might be the only detractor. Make sure to have this at a solid 55 degrees.

I cant have many of these, but Im glad they are going to age in my cellar :)

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

The beer pours a copper body with a white head that sits on top with proud longevity and sticky spotty lacing. The aroma is full of spicy, piny, resiny deliciousness. In the back of the aroma there is a faint note of alcohol spice. The taste follows with the aroma but with a more pronounced malt biscuity flavor. This beer is drunk with a malty chewiness and a nice sticky hops resin. The beer hides the 10 percent abv very well and is easier to drink then most beers of this caliber. A wonderful Double IPA that I will continue to come back too.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 12 Oct 2008. Trade from unionturf, thanks.

Poured in a shaker pint glass. Medium very light peachy colored head. Very well carbonated. Bright amber color. Aroma is resiny, sweet and salty, a bit like kettle corn. Starts with resin and caramel with the bitterness increasing throughout. Some yeasty chewiness. Ethanol noticeable in finish. Aftertaste is bready sweet. Medium body.

Alcohol is not too bad until you have to stand up...

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a week or two back since I've never had it before and I've heard good things about this beer. The few times I've been to Stoudt's in Adamstown, I've had a blast. More importantly, the good times and love of beer that I enjoyed there can also be found in this beer. There's no need to reach for something from the west coast to enjoy this style - it's all right in this bottle!

I didn't get as much head out of this as some other reviewers did, but it was there...unlike the lacing. The hue was crisp, radiant, and a nice dark amber. Even better was the mouthfeel, in that it's amazingly balanced for a hoppy beer. The notes of grapefruit and pine are pretty sfrong up-front, but they give way to a backbone of caramel and molasses with a leathery undertone. Yes, this packs a hop wallop but it's a persistent feel, not one that's overpowering. I have no idea how they got this to be so hoppy and complex at the same time, but it works!

This is one of the best beers I've ever had at disguising the ABV%. I'm nearly through my glass and I had no idea that it was 10.00%, since I can't taste or feel any of the alcohol at all. I'll never give up the West Coast hopbombs that I love, but this beer can keep up with the best of them and manage to taste thick while looking thin and balanced. Props to Stoudt's for representing the East Coast well with this offering...

Photo of possumfollower2
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Stoudt's since my area just got this brewery. Thanks Jeff! Overall a delightful beer. Appearance is good. You can tell it's not syrupy by looking at it. The beer already looks like it will be well balanced. The head is creamy and lingers for a while which to me is a good sign. Aromas are delicate and a little on the sweet side, not piney or over the top citric. First sips are the same. The flavors confirm my pre-tasting conclusion that this Dbl IPA is very well balanced. At the back of the palate I do get the hopped up piney flavor that's present in any big IPA worth it's salt. Definitely a softer variety. Not a crazy beer in this style but very drinkable. Scarily so. You don't get any hint of the alcohol. Very pleasurable.

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

Pours a very nice amber with beautiful carbonation. The head is pretty thin though and disappears almost immediately into a crown. Lacing is decent.

Smells of citrus hops but the smell is faint. Agitating it released a stronger aroma of different hops. Has me looking forward to the drink itself.

Taste is good, not quite as hoppy as I had hoped. By no means a hop bomb, this is actually more toward the balanced part of the scale. I actually checked the bottle to make sure it is fresh, and indeed it is only a couple of months old. Still good, just not as distinguished as I might have hoped. I will try to find an even fresher bottle just to make sure this isn't an anomaly.

Mouth is good for the style, medium on both counts.

Very easy to drink as is, hides its 10 percent extremely well.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber coor with white head.

Smells very hoppy.

The taste is all hops, bitter, bitey, and dry.

The resonating dryness in the mouth is somewhat unpleasant, but not overly so. I can't say I'd drink this over and over again, but it's a good IPA.

Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.