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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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762 Reviews

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Reviews: 762
Hads: 1,265
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 63
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004

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Photo of stercomm
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Clear, light honey color, single finger off white head, recedes quickly leaving great glass lacing.

S - Scents are tightly bound together and very subtle, get some pine, some grapefruit and very slight sweet malt.

T - Excellent, incredibly balanced between the hops profile of pine, grapefruit and orange and the slightly sweet malted toffee, very nice finish.

M - Very creamy mouth feel, medium bodied moderate carbonation.

O - This is a keeper, very nice brew, nice long satisfying finish.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a snifter to hold in the IPA smell. That smell was an interesting mix of floral and fruity. There really wasn't a citrus mix as you would expect.

The coloring is stock, and the head as expected. I don't know what I am looking for, but this fits the bill... and doesn't exceed it for looks.

The taste is interesting as well. They break the double IPA mold with this new mix of hop selection. That being said, it doesn't quite match what I am looking for.

I recommend picking this up for something new, but don't kill yourself trying to get a bottle. This isn't a world-beater.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with one finger of off white foam on a hazy, copper colored body. Settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - pine and sweaty grapefruit with lots of toffee in the background.

T - sweet malt and fruity hops up front. Toffee and orange notes in the middle. Finishes with grapefruit, pine and migrate bitterness.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - nicely done, sweet and thick without the dark malt character that covers up the hops in some other sweeter dipas.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi hazy amber/orange hue with visible carbonation and a thick bright white head. Smells is big on pineapple, real big with lots of caramel and sugared candy beneath.

This is a beer with big malt backbone. Creamy and silky mouthfeel with a big caramel covered pineapple sweetness up front. Big and juicy with a slightly dryer tropical fruit finish and a slightly minty hop finish.

Some alcohol becomes present on the nose as the beer warms. Flavors are all well balanced and in check. Just wish the nose was more pungent.

Very surprising find, picked this bottle up on a whim knowing nothing about it. In a world filled with double ipas I was expecting this to be just another okay one buy boy this is something good for sure.

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

A cloudy apricot colored beer with a good head and creamy lace that sticks well to the sides of the glass. Decent aroma is sweet and malty with tropical fruit notes from the hops. Smells nice enough.

A very balanced flavor, definitely not a hop bomb. Lots of sweetness and prominent biscuity malt, combined with those tropical fruit flavors, particularly pineapple, plus a little floral/herbal note. Booze is definitely noticed as the beer has a strong and warming kick to be sure.

Nicely smooth and sticky mouthfeel, a little creamy, modest carbonation. Finish isn’t particularly long or lingering. Thicker and a bit more viscous than one might expect.

A well-made, well balanced, and tasty DIPA, typical of the style.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/6/11

A: Pours a golden amber color, cloudy. Two to three fingers of soapy, white head. Leaves a foamy film and loads of lacing around all side of the glass.

S: Smell is subtle, but pleasant. Sweet, tropical fruits, sugary. Malts seem to be on the toasted side.

M: The taste is pretty well balanced. Tropical fruit, sugar/candi, malts are toasty, biscuity. This is a nice tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky.

O: I didn't expect too much from this beer, but I like it. One thing to note, the alcohol is very well hidden. When I scrolled up to see what the ABV was, I nearly choked when I saw that it's 10.00%...been drinking this way too fast. I'd pick this up again--especially if I can find a fresher bottle.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #86
Served On: 11/12/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was from a 6 pack I picked up at the brewery a couple days ago.

Look: Poured a very cloudy orangish yellow color. Two finger white frothy head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation was rather low for a bottle conditioned beer.

Smell: Sweet floral pine and grapefruit with rich malty notes. Aroma was basically a mix between the East and West coast styles.

Taste: Pine was first and then completely opened up into a tropical fruit with mango and spicy hops. The finish was somewhat clean with pine and grapefruit notes and a slight alcohol warmth. Body is full and syrupy with a soft mouth feel. I just kept wanting more after each sip.

This is an excellent double IPA. The drinkablity and complexity is just off the charts. This brew was actually one that prompted my transition into the craft beer world. It will always hold a special place in my heart. Although it is rather pricy at $12.50 per 6-pack (and that’s even direct from the brewery).

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Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 2/5/11; no freshness date

A - Pours a translucent orange with slow rising carbonation and two fingers of pillowy head.

S - Smell is mostly floral hops and some fruitiness as well, mostly pineapple and some faint citrus. Some biscuit malts come through as well.

T - Hops may have faded a bit (I bought the bottle a month before drinking, and no freshness date) but are still predominant in the taste. Lots of sweet and floral tastes as well: sugar, pineapple, a bit of caramel. I'd like to try one that I knew was fresh for comparison, but this is pretty tasty.

M - Good mouthfeel. Full-bodied and somewhat sticky with low carbonation.

O - A good DIPA, though the sweetness starts to build by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This doesn't really strike me as a DIPA; an interesting brew from Stoudt's.

A 12 oz bottled poured into a Perfect Pint glass

A: A nice deep golden-brown color with a two fingerhead atop the glass looks nice as you gaze at the beer. It's a hazy brew with an abundance of small bubbles rising to the surface.

S: You're greeted by the scent of sweet tropical fruits...they smell candied even. Some hops can be made out, but they're definitely in the back seat.

T: Not the type of hop flavor you'd expect from a DIPA. The flavor is a combination of bitter hops and super sweet fruits. The malt is quite present, making this a very balanced beer. Overall, I'd say it's a little sweet for what I'd expect, but the tropical fruit/bitter hop combo works well enough.

M: Nice carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Nice.

O: An interesting beer, but not what I was expecting. Sweeter and maltier than I anticipated...but still good.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/3/11, so less than three months old, should be OK for a DIPA; and thanks for dating, Stoudts! Pours a hazy, light yellow body with a one-finger eggshell white head. Good lacing.

Grapefruit hops jump out at first, but are closely follow by a solid caramel malt aroma. Some other light citrus notes of orange and lemon follow.

East coast DIPA flavor for sure. The hops are present, but a sttong malt base is the dominant feature of the flavor. Grapefruit hops with notes of lemon blend with the malt base for a good balance.

Medium mouthfeel with the oily hop texture. It seems this one would age to a barleywine in short order, but fits the bill as a solid DIPA right now.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This double IPA pours a stale golden corn color and is hazed from the get go. There is a yeast settlement on the bottom that in this case I chose to avoid. The head is a thick cap of white sand suds and is a good mix of small and large bubbles. Nice looking but not the best I've seen.

The nose is slightly above average but only by a thin margin. There is some pungent hops going on here but they aren't the leading smell as your expect from a IIPA. In fact the citrus like nose gives way to a vegetable infused bread like smell. Actually kind of a let down after the initial whiff.

Flavor continues to be slightly above average. Heavy toasted grains mixed with faint hop pine and citrus. A boozy flavor dominates and takes away from the bolder and nicer IIPA tastes that should be more distinguished.

Ahhhh hops! Where have you been this whole beer? Despite the poor showing in the nose and taste the hops dominate the mouthfeel. Awesome gobs of bitterness rule as soon as the beer splashes into your mouth. I can feel it stripping a thin layer of enamel off my teeth... YES! That with a great body and thin carbonation make it a joy to drink if only there were better flavors. Overall this is a sub par brew. The feel doesn't make up for the other lacking attributes. A brew to pass by next time in my book.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a very pleasant store in Dearborn, Michigan. Bottle conditioned, eh? My last foray into that concept didn't go so well...

This beer thankfully pours a somewhat cloudy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of dense foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice pocked marked limestone cliff of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet tropical fruit - sugary pineapple, mostly, cotton candy, booze (I feel dirty writing that), and a faint caramel malt. The taste is sweet fruity malt, the pineapple still domineering, with some mango throwing its hat in as well, and some mild, subtly probing booze (this is 10%, really?). The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes less sweet, the hops' bitterness finding new claim.

An interesting DIPA, the dominating fruitiness really stealing the show, rendering the malt character to a sideshow, which is less of a big deal than the equivalent treatment afforded the big booze, which needs to be more outspoken, given its potency, if you care about that sort of thing. Given the current Saturday night hour, I sure don't...

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Photo of zrab11
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice scorched orange color with a white 2 finger head.

S- Has a nice pine aroma, also smell some grapefruit and carmel as well. Some malts and hops are also present

T- Has a nice piney citrus flavor up front followed by a nice carmel sweetness and then finish's with a bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a bit of a yeasty aftertaste

M- Medium body with ok carbonation

D- Overall this was a nice smelling and decent tasting DIPA. it had a nice beginning and middle but the bitter grapefruit ending made this not very enjoyable. Needs to balance flavors a little more. So a decent DIPA but not that great.

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Photo of jamescain
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-orange with a thin off white head that clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and fruit, pineapple and peach, with a small amount of maltiness breaking through.

Taste: More citrus in the taste, with grapefruit and pineapple. It has a nice malt backbone and very little perception of high alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation, a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: It was a good DIPA, exceptionally drinkable for 10%. I'm not sure how old it is so its hard to gauge how good the aroma was if it is fresh or not.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice bit of foam that turns to a sticky ring. Color is a bit hazy with a nice amber hue.

S - What a great bit of pineapple like hops! Citrus hops are strong with a touch of gram cracker like malt.

T - Wow how did I avoid this for so long? Very balanced hop flavors that has a touch of bready malts and a kind of chalkiness which might be the bitterness at the end of my palate.

M - Medium bodied and very balanced with no detectable ABV.

Overall it may not be the most bitter DIPA but it is very balanced more so that double trouble. I finally have something to drink when in the mood for an IPA.

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Photo of bbeane
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with 1/4" thick head that mostly disappears leaving very light lacing stuck to the glass. Beer is light amber in color with some fine sediment and very little activity

S- Cirtusy with a hint of malt and a moderate booziness

T- Starts with a very citrusy hop flavor that is eventually balanced out with some sweet maltiness. Has a bit of boozy heat in the finish with some mild bitterness tagging along

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- Not bad, but maybe a bit higher in price than the beer calls for. All in all, quality, but not as good as some of their other stuff


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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Enjoyed on September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
L: Pours cloudy golden yellow with a foamy white head that goes down quick.

S: Citrusy hops, slight grapefuity-ness, little grain maybe wheat, mild alcohol.

T&M: Noice. The taste is similar, the alcohol is there but this is also a DOUBLE ipa. Solid aftertaste. Hops stick around on taste buds.

O: Big, solid beer. A warm weather session beer, I drank a few.

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Photo of fdkayti
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy straw orange with a small head that fades quickly. The tiniest bit of lacing hangin' out.

S- A sweet scent prevails, giving way to a slight whiff of hops.

T- More of a honey-like sweetness than anything else. Not much hops for an IIPA. The sweetness really seems to dominate everything else. If this is really 10 percent abv, I certainly can't tell.

MF- Slightly sticky and pretty well carbonated. Might be my favorite part of this beer.

O/D- This is a very mild DIPA. Seems like it could easily be sessionable taste-wise, if not for the alcohol content. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and slightly hazy deep gold. Short head leaves no lacing.

The smell is sweet for a dipa. Honey and caramel malts are supported by citrus hops.

The hops are fresh tasting citrus- orange, mango, and grapefruit. It does have a strong sweet malt presence.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry and clean. Alchohol is masked extremely well.

A very good DIPA that, if I had regular access to, I would certainly put in rotation.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear deep golden color with a solid medium, creamy, sticky off white head that has great retention and lacing.

S-Ok, here's where I'm really picky with my IIPA's. The nose and flavor should be over the top hoppy for an American IIPA. And this beers imo, is too malty and not enough of hops. Don't get me wrong, they're there, but not in the front. It is balanced with rich caramel malts and floral, potpourri-like hops, maybe like mount hood hops, nope, just checked their websight and they are cascade and willamette... anyways, I digress. I think the Willamette are prodominent.

T-The flavor is a little too sweet imo. Again the malts shine a little brighter than the hops. A very clean bitterness helps it from being too sweet. Sweet caramel malts in the front and potpourri and floral hoppy notes in the back. Some alcohol warmth is very present, but not too bad.

M-Very big and creamy body with a sweet start and bitter finish.

O-Overall, I'm not too impressed with this one. But I'm very glad to have tried it.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of huge amounts of grapefruit, orange, caramel, lemon, mango and a bit of pine; small amount of booze as well. Huge sweet aromas here, with very little spiciness, all fruits. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, mango, caramel, and a bit of pine. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus, caramel, and pine flavor. A very malt forward DIPA. Low-medium carbonation with a fairly full body. Surprisingly no alcohol noticed except for a warming on the finish, well hidden. Overall, a good DIPA, enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of shanblur
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. Bottled on 4/17/2011. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Hazy light orange with a minimal white head. This recedes, leaving moderate lacing.

S - More of a citrus hops aroma with some sweetness and caramel smell.

T - Combination of piney and citrus hops on the palate with a moderate sweetness. A definite alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

A nice double IPA. Can really tell the alcohol is there. That is not a bad thing though. Nice hops blend.

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Photo of NODAK
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was initially decidedly hoppy, with good tropical notes...but it settled down in a very sweet, fruity one. Sweet grapes seemed the most prominent.

Decent bitter snap upfront with tropical, pineapple hops...perhaps not to the same power as many DIPA's but certainly present and crisp. However, from there, this becomes a very sweet beer with monster fruit notes that have grape, apple and perhaps cherry tastes in them. A fruit cocktail, in a way. Thick and sweet. Finishes a bit hot...small bitter note on the finish as well. As it warms, it definitely shows the booze. In fact, I had just 1 and was already feeling it pretty well and I'm not a lightweight.

It's different due to the sweet fruitiness of it....people who are looking for an exceptionally hoppy DIPA will be disappointed. Others have compared it to an English barleywine, which I'm not really familiar with, but I can't help but think it probably would fit other styles well.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant yellow-orange. Lace is white and very soapy.

This one throws me for a loop the instant I put my nose into it. My limited experiences with DIPAs tells me it's going to smell immeasurably hoppy, with earthy, leafy, tropical and sticky resinous flavors and textures.

This, on the other hand, has a huge maltiness to it- aromas of rich butterscotch and buttered biscuit are just as prominent as the hoppy tones of mango, cooked pineapple and mandarin orange juice. There's a faint cheesiness from the hops too.

The palate is full-bodied and very malty with butterscotch flavors and a malty creaminess wrapped snuggily around the hoppy melon flavors. The bitterness is moderate, while the alcohol is hidden pretty decently, contributing some warm pear and faint spice flavors. The brew ends a little deeper in flavor, with caramel and ripe papaya on the moderately long finish.

Overall, a stellar brew. Immensely delicious with a wonderful creamy attack of butterscotch dripped tropical fruits. Like I said, with my limited DIPA experiences (90Min, Hoptimus Prime, Ruination, Hoptimum), this tastes nothing like a DIPA to me- it's just too malty. But there's no flaw in that. I'll just have to expand my definition.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed burnt orange, active carbonation and slightly off white head. Scent is a curious blend of citrus, alcohol and bready and caramel malt... almost an orange liqour whiff. Taste brings a quick punch of citrus rind like bitterness with a solid fruity flavor following, alcohol and malts blend together, slight oniony taste at the end. The backbone is malty but not overly sweet. Medum bodied, creamy, good carbonation, dry bitter coating finish. A decent dIPA but nothing to really jump for joy at.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.