Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)

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1,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 61
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.43% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004

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Photo of asabreed
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise from Stoudt's, the first beer I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Appearance: What you'd expect from an IPA. Smuttynose gets my 5.0 for the seemingly golden and floating chunks of hops swirling in the brew. But this is nice, amber to golden hazy orange, white foamy head that forms a nice ring as the head.

Smell: Wow. One of the most complex of double IPAs I've smelled, mainly because the hops and malt work equally with each other instead of the hops reigning over the malt, which is usual, and usually welcomed. Citrus, grapefruit, with some candi sugar-like aromas, slight oily hops, amd some fruity malt. Very nice.

Taste: Once again, complex. Citrus, hop, and malt presense are the characters that are mostly up front. Initial oily hop flavor which is then usurped by the fruitiness, only to subside into a harmonious aftertaste. A great take on this style, which is different from many of the double IPAs I've had in the sense that the malt almost seems to take over, but it's the balance that wins out by the end. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Also very nice. Great carbonation balance. Medium-bodied. Flavors get stuck on the tongue.

Drinkability: First of all, this is one of the most deceiving beers I've ever had, easily. It's 10% and I had no clue, since it was on tap, and figured it to be about 7%. But goddamn is this a good beer. I wish I could get much more of it somewhere, and I'm going to try. Be careful with it, but do try it.

Photo of WesWes
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice malt base that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with an intense hop aroma. It is bitter and floral with a slight earthy scent; very nice. The taste is awesome. It has an extremely smooth and malty flavor that is accompanied by a kick ass hop flavor that is bitter and floral. It is nicely balanced and very tastey. It has an elevated abv. , but you can't tell. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. It has flavor. It has aroma. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. Stoudt's is quietly becoming the best brewery in Pennsylvania. I love this beer.

Photo of krberg
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 1/5/05
Consumed: 3/9/05

Light copper with a giant, rocky white head.

Smells like hops, hops and more hops! Some malty sweetness.

So where did all the hops go? Slightly bitter, very malty. Amazingly balanced with well hidden alcohol, but I like (and expected) hops. There is a very nice lemon/orange zest flavor amongst all the malt. The finish is very long and pleasant.

Thick and smooth. Not very carbonated. Could probably guess this is bottle conditioned. Outstanding mouthfeel!

Very drinkable. 10% keeps the score low, but big beer drinkers might be able to make a (short) evening out of this.

Finally a Stoudt's product I really like! I would almost call Stoudt's DIPA an "English" style DIPA. Clearly lots of aroma hops, but not a lot in flavor. A very unique and great version of the new American classic.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ManekiNeko for a couple of bottles.
Pours an orange/amber hue with a white head and splotchy lace.
Aroma of caramel, bubblegum, orange citrus and some piney resins.
Flavor starts with chewy caramel and mvoes to a really resiny hop note and a quikc burst of citrus. Finishes with a strange and powerful burst of depp pine bittering.
Mouthfeel is medium-boided with some lifht sweetness. This is followed by varying degress of bittering ranging from citrus to heavy, gooey resins. Highly hopped.
Drinkability is good. Nice combination fo sweet and bittering. Powerful resined note at the end is a bit over the top but doesn't detract too much.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy light orange to deep golden. Salty hops build up a nice citrusy perfume with mellow spice undertones (thyme, basil). Sweetish flowers accompany the typical grapefruit and lemon, pinneapple even to form a rather complex aroma, very appealing and broad in terms of hop flavors. Mysteriously almost husky malt bill add a most welcome balancing earthiness. Oddly, the taste is rather mellow, mostly straightforward grapefruit and lemon. Strong bitterness, but probably even stronger maltiness that opens up an almost vanilla level sweetness. Bready yeasty suggestions and a honey kiss form the finish background. Medium to full bodied, slickly malty, light and soft carbonation. Gently understated alcohol, this one sure doesn’t make its weight. Typical Stoudts quality product, but this is definitely not as good as their regular IPA to me.

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

This beer pours a very amber, as if plucked from the end of the cane from that old guy in Jurassic Park (note: no dinosaur DNA). There is a nice 3/4 inch fluffy white head atop that leaves decent lace along the glass. The beer smells like . . . you guessed it, hops! Very piney, incense like a little, but nice. The taste is buscuits dipped in honey, then rolled in frankencense and green raisins. Very "neat" (what a lame description). The mouthfeel is effervesent and astringent, but medicinal in a good way if you know what cures ya. Even with the 10% alc. I could drink quite a few of these. It's the kind of beer that makes you forget about dark beers for a while, if you feel me!

Photo of aaronh
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff should have a vintage on it. 12 oz bottle, rather unassuming. Typical Stoudt's, right? Wrong. This is one assertive brew. This deep amber colored beer with gold highlights sports a rather creamy head. The aroma is heavy with caramel notes. Some hops , but mostly caramel and alcohol esters. The first sip produces a heavy alcohol burn, backed by a mild bitterness and then a heavy dose of that caramel flavor. Higher alcohols on the finish. A nice experience, but not an everyday or even a regular drinking beer. Buy a few and lay ‘em down for a while, maybe they'll improve.

Photo of Stimack
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gave this brew a try last night. It poured to an somewhat cloudy orange color with a thick chunky white head that did have excellent retention and left quite a bit of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma was very much dominated be an alcohol smell that seemed to take away from this brew. You are able to notice the hops right away as well, very citrusy, but for some reason this brew did not come together all that well for me. The taste was very similar to the aroma where it was once again dominated by an alcohol type flavor mixed in with hops that seemed to have an orange/spice taste to them. Over all it is a fair brew, but I guess I was anticipating something a bit different. I would like to try it again just to confirm my review here, but over all I think that I have had a number of DIPA’s that I like more.

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid looking deep orange tone. Thin and foamy white head leaves ample lace. Sweet passion fruits and alcohol soaked berries on the nose. Sweet caramel/crystal malts duely noted as well in the aroma. Sweet peachy, cantelope kinds of tastes dominate in a spiked punch sort of way on the palate. Boozy and fruity. Where's the hop bitterness?? The alcohol provides some spicy edge, but that's about it. The mouthfeel borders on syrupy, but does not quite reach that zone. It's good for the style. Body is nearly full. Everthing about this beer is good...but that's it.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a pleasant surprise. Pours a nice deep orange color with a smallish head, but leaves insane amounts of lacing in the glass. Smell is hoppy and floral, but there's also a malt sweetness permeating it. Taste is hop bitter, but with a lot of fruity citrus tastes and malty sweetness. The finish is quite bitter with an aftertaste of hops that lingers for a while. I feel the thick, syrupy mouthfeel of this brew is what sets it apart from other DIPA's. I'm not sure quite how I feel about it, but it's chewy and makes it tough to take more than a small sip at a time. It's not quite for me, but it's certainly interesting and worth trying once. Drinkability is exceptional for a brew this strong; I feel like I could sip it all night without a problem.

Photo of Maestro
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was great! I am thoroughly impressed with the steps that Stoudts has taken to make this. It seems to stand out from their other beers. I guess they are going through some changes. Anyhow, the beer is a solid orange, with a creamy tan head. The lacing is substantial. The nose is hops of a serious persuasion. Lots of citrus and fruitiness. The first taste, although very hoppy, is suprisingly sweet and lets you know that this beer has some true body and mouthfeel. There is almost a thick, chewy feel too. Very balanced double ipa. Malts and hops are equally represented. I truly respect this beer. Did I mention it has a lil bit of alcohol?

Photo of ramrod666
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this dipa pors a nice persimmon with a nice lacey head that sticks to the pint glass like cobwebs. smell is awesome. huge hops in the nose. citrusy. slightly sweet. taste is terrific big hops that smack ya in the mouth with subtle citrus and alcohol notes. mouthfeel is heavy, oily , and not overly carbonated. drinkability is great...if you can handle more than a few. this brew kicked everyones' ass at my local bar. great beer but it will hurt ya if you don't respect it's power. a bad ass big beer from stoudt's.

Photo of TinusTime
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a honey orange with a fairly decent white head.. Aroma is of Curacao oranges and honey. Taste is of sweet hops and malt..Star fruit and mango.. Hops are there but not super bitter. This beer reminds me of DFH 120 with less steroids.Its like Barry Bonds when he was with the Pirates. . Tasty hops.. Nice malt, but over all a Fantastic brew.. Some have said that it has alcohol burn? must have had an earlier batch, cause this as smooth and drinkable as any 5% brew.. This is dangerously drinkable ... Even though its $$ for a sixer its worth it.. WOWEY WOW WOW drinkable

Photo of avylover
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This looks good right off the bat. Nice golden honey hue with a cloudy bottle conditioned translucentness. Small head but nice lacing.Aroma is of SWEET hops!! not sickly sweet, but nectar like sweet. Mangos explode in my nose, along with some warming alcohol and a bready maltiness. The taste is likewise sweet upfront. They did a great job a snagging the FLAVOR from these hops. There is plenty of malt and alcohol to balance tis beer out, and once again I love the hop profile, with a not too bitter sticky finish. At 10% this is stupid drinkable. definitely a new fave.

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

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 14th, 2005: Pours a murky, surprisingly bright orange color with a medium light beige head. Thin lacing. Satisfying aroma of citrusy hops and spice. Medium-bodied with a pretty strong hops profile, along with grapefruit and a perfect amount of malt balance. Alcohol is well-hidden. The finish is nicely bitter and clean, making this beer a great surprise.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, brewed and bottled at Stoudts in Adamstown.

A chill-hazy dull orange body, with bits of carbonation rising, topped by a three-finger cylinder of just-barely-off-white-to-white foam. A bit of decent lacing.

Nice citrusy aroma, extremely fresh, and heavy with oranges. Carries well.

Good solid malt background arrives with a solid crash-thru-the-door of sweetness. A barrage of hops slowly arise, scrubbing down everything in reach, balancing, and finally taking control as the liquid flows away, leaving the hops nipping away at the tongue and the insides of the cheeks in a nice lingering afterbite.

Mouthfeel has a slight watery aspect at times, but at other times the beer feels solidly firm. Not a significant defect.

10% ABV? No way, can't be. This is a very easy drinking "big" ipa.

The beginning of a new big, bolder era for Stoudts? I am surprised and impressed. Go out and grab some.

Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with a full beige head, very active carbonation, and good lace. Big fruity (somewhat grapefruity) hop aroma but a bit too bitter to get a 5.0. Big citrusy almost too overpowering hop character with a big hop bite... Light bodied and airy for style at first turns to full-medium body and creamy with a very bitter finish.

Per Stoudt's website: Over 10% abv and more than 75 IBU's. 10% abv

Bottled: 11/10/04 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 01/10/05

Note: Drink fresh !! Was way bitter when re-tasted in June 2005.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper/orange color. White foamy head. Very few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom. Decent head retention, nice patchy lace on the glass. Very citrusy nose. Sweet carmel malt, big citrusy grapefruit hops. Seems to be even some orange zest thrown in. Nice amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Slightly warming, and dry in the finish. Medium body, maybe a bit too much carbonation. Pretty nice double IPA, interesting citrus flavors.

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

12 oz bottle, poured carefully as to leave the sediment behind. Perfect clear orange with a light tan head that settles to a 2 mm thickness. Looks beautiful in my Duvel glass. Nice dry-hopped hoppy nose mixed in with some nice yeasty fruitiness. Part of that hoppiness must be being carried up by alcohol. Big malty flavor, only lightly bitter. There is an abundance of flavor hops to balance things out. Big mouth feel. Malty/hoppy balanced finish. Very barley-wine like in its character. Those fresh hops make the beer now, and I bet the maltiness of aging will be fantastic. This is one big beer!

Photo of francisweizen
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging orange, with patchy khaki foam all over the place. Aromas of fresh citrusy hops, orange and lemon zest, a bit of pine, and some nice sweet malts as well. Taste is hoppy as all get-out up front with some zesty citrus and pine flavors intermingling nicely with some interestingly sweet and quite British malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perhaps a bit thin for a Double IPA. Drinkability remains very nice, as this is a good simple example of a recently created style. Thanks Ev.

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

Label declares "bottle conditioned" Double IPA with dual circus elephant motif.

Cloudy bright orange hued particle suspended pour topped off with a sticky 1/2" high beige uneven spotty cap leaving respectable lattice lace.

Fair scents of pine sappy, hoppy fresh squeezed orange juice pulp.

First swigs: Flavors are distinctly orange peel hoppy. Nearly some apricot schnapps due to the clean high ABV awl-kee-hawl distinction. A bit of acidic grapefruit slice and orange citrous meld. Clean lingering peppery citrous aftertaste.

Plenty of tacky thick syrupy body to compliment a 2IPA. Sticky, slightly thick, but short of being overbearing.

Last swigs: Syrupy citrous orange/grapefruit focused concentrate with ABV bite. Complex enough to be tasty, thin enough to be quite drinkable. $40 a case in good ole beer freindly PA.

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

Bottle conditioned (brown bottle). Very pretty orange color. Hazy, if you pour in the yeast, which I always do. (It gives me great gas!) Wonderful hop aroma, followed by citrus and alcohol. Whitish head that laces all the way down the glass. I could honestly count every sip.

Terrific hop flavor, followed by fruit and alcohol. This beer will knock your dick in the dirt! The malt base is perfect for the amount of hops, making for a zen-like mouthfeel. Not exceptionally bitter. The finish is slow, with alcohol giving way to a coating of citrus and malt. Very pleasantly surprised that Stoudt's (mostly a German style lager brewery) came up with this exceptional DIPA.

Photo of clvand0
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was sent to me by a fellow BA. This beer pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit hops then some grapefruit hops. The flavor has a standard caramel backing, but is packed full of the sweet grapefruit hops. Alcohol is slightly apparent and the drinkability suffers slightly from this. Great beer.

Photo of marc77
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy light copper hue. Head recedes into a one fingered, pitted cream white layer. Loose lace remains. Assertive wafts of pink grapefruit flesh and smashed pine needle upfront in aroma. Secondary are notes of peach like esters and light toffee. Robust, clean and inviting aromawise. Incipient in flavor is cuspate hop bitterness, which lends a transient, puckering dryness. Sweetness ensues promptly, in a combination of sugary caramel and slightly underripe tangerine. As the beer warms, gentle butterscotch hints bolster the caramel malt backbone. Moderate in body for style, with a dangerously fliud and brisk mouthfeel. Finishes with an apricot skin and hopped vanilla sugar cookie notes lingering agreeably. Satiating alcohol warmth surfaces after a deliberation. An excellent DIPA overall with superb drinkabilty. A quintessential example of the style with its citrus driven flavor profile and sturdy, yet dryish malt backbone. Top notch, and an instant DIPA favorite of mine.

Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours nicely out of the bottle with a cloudy honey peach color with a decent head, which leaves copious amounts of white draping lace hanging off the glass. The smell is deep and fruity, with a ton of sweet hops on the front and some nice berry aromas hanging around in the back of the nose. A bit of wheat underscores the whole aroma. The taste was at first a bit harsh because this beer is very thick and sweet, but then once your pallate gets used to it, a plethora of other flavors is revealed. The hops are clearly there, as well as some smokey burnt hints and some bitter grapefruit/lemon. There is a lot more malt presence in this beer than most IPAs I have had. The mouthfeel is fitting of the rest of the beer, it is sweet and thick, with plenty of small bubble carbonation. Again, here's another beer I didn't know off the bat was 10% ABV and was pleasantly surprised at how well it went down, given that. A very strong showing

Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.