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

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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:
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(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-23-2004)
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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade with JasonM of Pittsburg, PA

Bottled on 12/13/06. Pours a beautiful amber/red color. Any head settled very quickly. My pouring sucks, or i didnt let it age long enough. Oh Well. Smells amazing, with vibrant notes of grapefruit along with a faint slightly astringent alcohol odor that would probably mellow with more age. Tastes of pink grapefruit, not overly bitter. Mouthfeel is very nice and thick, almost to the point of being syrupy. An easily drinkable, high quality offering. The High ABV is very well hid in every area except smell.

Photo of yelterdow
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass. Bottled on 9/20/06.

Appearance- Big and sticky, this beer would push a full four-finger head if I hadn't eased up on the pour. It's a beautiful hazy orange, with a head so dense that it almost runs out of space to stack itself. Stalwart and deadly still, the bubbles explode in slow motion one by one. The lacing is basically textured wallpaper. A *great* looking hopbomb.

Smell- Rich, succulent hops are dredged in an equally massive malt profile. A mature expression of a well balanced beer.

Taste- For a Double IPA, this beer is not on a mission to wreck the palate... with so much flavor I'm surprised that the malts weigh in so heavily. Solid.

Mouthfeel- Simply put, *perfect*. It's sudsy (the name of my beloved late parakeet) and sublime. There's no topping it.

Drinkability- One real attribute about this bruiser of a beer is that the ABV (10%) is completely hidden... it's nowhere in any of the above categories. This is more like a nectar, thick and juicy, garnering respect for each sip.

Photo of JohnW
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap, appears medium dark bronze, fairly dense head though not long lasting. Aroma is very muted (unless it was because the beer was served chilled) Hardly any aroma at all, and what there was hinted at sweetness and alcohol rather than much else. Taste is almost as expected (and as others have said) very sweet, hints of candied fruit and spice, and the malts, but little evidence of hop bitterness. The alcohol is obvious from the impression as it goes down, slightly heavy and warming. Rather too sweet for my liking, though sure would warm you up on a cold winters day. Because of its sweetness and alcohol strength, would not ever consider it a session beer, and not sure I could drink a whole pint of it! For that reason I rate drinkability down. I could imagine having a small glass on a cold winters evening, and enjoying sipping it slowly, but not otherwise!

JohnW (While in Tampa FL May 2007)
B'ham UK

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber in color with nuclear orange hues. Dense white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing stays troughout the sample.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits. Medicinal hops. Fresh bread. Grain Alcohol.

T: Sweet candied tropical fruit flavors gradually give way to a bitter and herbal hop blast to the tongue. Soft touch of grapefruit is met by caramel malts that try to lend balance to this beer. Bready or biscut flavors are taken over by more puckering sweetness and a strong warming alcohol.

M; Smooth and slick. Minimal carbonation. Warming and dry.

D: A nice DIPA that has alot going on inside the depths of it's flavor. Lacks complete balance but is tasty none the less. A tad to sweet for my tastebuds but that should'nt stop anyone from enjoying this brew. Recommended.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ring lace from each sip. A good initial head on the pour--three fingers. Great staying power; one finger after five minutes. Gorgeous dark honey color (light amber); slightly cloudy.

The smell is more muted than I would expect. I can detect the floral hop, but it is subtle. Little else shows up on the aroma.

High hop flavor up front which fades with time. Very low level of malt in the mouth....The aftertaste is all hop in pleasant way (not overly bitter). The body is above average, which is to say perfect. The carbonation is high. Interestingly, there is very little alcohol warmth in this beer.

An excellent entry in the Double IPA category. Very little I would recommend except for a stronger level of complexity. Try this one!

Photo of Kudashov
2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With the Stone Roses " All Across The Sands " on the Hi-Fi and being on a IPA bender lately . I took some time to review this brew . Poured into a pint glass this tawny , brassy looking brew is very nice to look at . Eggshell thin fingered head which did not last long . As for smell , there is none . Nothing comes to my mind . No grapefruit , pine , nothing citrusy / fruity at all . Over the weekend I had a few Ruinations . That stuff smells so good , never mind the taste . To me that is my fav . If Yankee Candle had a Ruination candle I would buy it and the car freshener too . As it goes down there is nothing that would want to make me buy it again . It is not bad , not at all . The flavor though is not there . Mouthfeel is thick , with again no flavor . With my cheeks getting red from the 10 ABV% there is a kick that is hidden so be careful .
I think this is the last time I will be anywhere near this brew again .

Bland , Boring , and Bleah

Photo of BMoney575
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-29-07
Bottled on 1-31-07

Pours a nice orange color with a gigantic craggy white head. Has a ton off little tiny floaters and leaves ridiculous lacing.

Smell is all strong piney hops. Maybe some citrus too with a decent malt background.

Taste is thick hoppiness. Huge piney and citrusy hop flavors with a good amount of bitterness. Alcohol is warm and sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very good, thick and resiny with a little less carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, but this is a thick, hop-filled beer all the way.

Overall, one of the better DIPA's I've had. Good flavors with a good thickness too. It also ages exceptionally well and I'll have to hang onto a couple for awhile.

Photo of khiasmus
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear with thin light head that settles to a ring quickly. Little to say about it, but it looks clean, clear, and beautiful.

S- Tons of caramel malt, toffee, some piney, sprucey, and grapefruity hops. As it warms, the alcohol smell becomes more and more apparent. Interestingly, when the glass is empty, it smells like... a bag of apricots!?!

T- Initial caramel maltiness, with some roasty grains in the back, and an almost burnt-biscuity character that's hard to put my finger on. Hops come in, especially in the back, leaving a lingering grapefruit-bitter flavor on the back of the tongue.

M- Velvety with slightly too low of carbonation for my taste and the style. A lingering, warming finish from the alcohol.

D- The lingering bitterness cuts down the drinkability slightly, but this is a decent DIPA.

Photo of cbn
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color, orange-amber body, thin white head dissipates quickly.

Acid sweetness as of over-ripe tomatoes, alcohol, thin pale malt and grassy grain aroma.

Sweet dried fruit, figs etc., cut with alcohol astringency yeilds a liquor like flavor.

Good carbonation and high ABV are balanced by a tongue coating sweet malt.

Not a session beer, drinkable within its style.

Photo of darkcarrington
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me preface this by saying IPAs are definitely not my favorite style of beer or even close really. However, I can definitely recognize that this is a very well done IPA.

Appearance: A nice dark amber color

Smell: A lot of hops

Taste: Has a decent taste, with lots of hops and hell of a lot of alcohol. This is the first beer I have ever had where I could taste plain alcohol in it. It almost tasted like a mixed drink which is weird because I have had several beers with more alcohol than this.

Drinkability: Definitely could not have too many of these at once as it packs a punch, but overall and enjoyable beer

Photo of AltBock
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that has this orange rock colored label with these 2 big Indian elephants dressed beads around their feet and neck while wearing a 2 orange star saddle blanket on their back. These 2 big Indian elephants are about to stomp the hell out of a black and white picture of the Stoudt's brewery. In between the elephants in reddish orange letters is the words "Double IPA." Below the brewery is where they tell you it's bottle conditioned, it's an IPA, it's a microbrewed beer, the address of the brewery, and the net contents. To the left of the picture is where Stoudt's puts the Government warning and to the right of the picture is where they keep the barcode and the refund prices. Stoudt's usually puts some kind of date on their bottles, but not this one. I know it has a 10% ABV and it will age, but some kind of date would have been nice for aging purposes.

Appearance: I served this DIPA in a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. It poured a slightly hazy golden orange color. If you want to know what the color of the beer looks like before you buy it, just look at the color of the label. You take that color and you tone it down a bit and you got the color of the beer. The head of foam was about a quarter of an inch in height and white in color. It then soon dissipated into some foamy rings around the edge of the beer and some spotty white bubbles that was acting as the lace.

Smell: Had a slightly sweet aroma of dry roasted hops, some toasted malt here and there, a pinch of juicy fruits, a drop of alcohol, some caramel toward the bottom of the bottle, floral infused citrus hops, and all of this ended with what smelled like was some cotton candy or Belgian candy sugar. I'm not sure which one it was, but whatever it was, it was candy like. For a DIPA, I would have thought the hops would be more pronounced, but not this one. It was more sweet then hoppy.

Taste: After the sweet aroma, I thought I was going to say that this was going to be sweet beer, but it wasn't that sweet. Instead it was slightly sweet and dry at the same time. It was sweet/dry with a slice of grapefruit, a pinch of toasted malts, a twig off a pine tree, and then finished with a mild hop bomb of citrus hops. After the hop bomb exploded, a fallout of alcohol came out from behind the hops. To tell the truth, with a beer that has a 10% ABV and it's labeled as a DIPA, I was expecting to get this huge hop bombe that ruined my taste buds, but that wasn't the case with this one. The hops were a lot tamer then expected. It was a nice surprise.

Mouthfeel: It's more medium bodied than full bodied and with an aftertaste of sweet dry roasted hops and a few drops of alcohol. Sometimes it felt like I was drinking a beer that has a 10% ABV and other times I couldn't taste or feel it's high ABV%. It was very odd and unreliable when it came to whenever the high alcohol content wanted to show itself.

Drinkability: It's definitely a not over the top DIPA that was brewed hops, hops, hops, and more hops. Well, it was actually probably brewed like that, but it sure didn't taste like it was brewed like that. It's just a well balanced and well done DIPA. Would I give it another whirl? Not any time soon. It was nice to try at least once.

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

Fresh from the tap. Poured into a snifter type glass.

A- A beautiful golden-amber, with a tan head.

S- Spicy hoppy scent, very inviting.

T- Powerful, with a warming from the alcohol, but no burn. The hops remain throughout. Nice.

M- Smooth, very well carbonated.

D- Although this is a powerful beer, it is very drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than a couple a night.

Photo of abcsofbeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 11/15/06. Pours with a nice clarity on a pure amber color. There is ample carbonation as witnessed from the rising bubbles. The head is two fingers high, white in color and leaves some sticky lace. The aroma is a bit mild for an IPA, but, there is a bit of hoppiness accompanied by some peach and apricot smell.

The taste is extreme hoppiness with some very nice spiciness. I would describe it as a potent hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very tart with some moderate alcohol flavor too. Overall, this is a fairly good example of the style.

Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My contribution to NEPA BC Split #1.

Pours a beautiful orange amber, crystal clear with a big, foamy off-whtie head. Amazing retention, lots of bubbles, and some sticky lacing too. Nice.

Smell is piney, floral hops primarily, a bit of citrus to the hops as well with a feint caramel malt sweetness also present. Taste is not as hop heavy as would be expected. The hops are there, for sure - piney, primarily, also some grapefruit - but they are balanced nicely by a solid malt backbone. Finishes somewhat dry with some bitterness and a bit of roasted flavor left on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, and the carbonation is light.

I've had this now a few times and I think the alcohol is just a touch too pronounced. It definitely affects the drinkability, and I really debated knocking it down a notch on taste to 3.5, as well. This is a really good DIPA but not great, and not my favorite.

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

Served a light amber with a diminishing head. The aroma was of nice floral hops with some sweet pale malts. The taste was a great balance of piney hops and caramel malts, a surprising departure from the aroma. The beer was slightly heavy with alcohol that's not afraid to show itself. There is a slight syrupiness, but it's mostly tolerable. This is an enjoyable sipper, but this is certainly a one a night beer.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tasting for the first time I was sort of impressed. Yeah, there was alcohol in this beer but the flavors were relatively in balance. Right in the middle, though, there was a chemical somthing or other that was fairly disturbing. Old keg, bad line? Hard to believe this could occur at the source. Shouldda had another Pils.

Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright gold color, a slight amount of haze, and a decent head with nice lacing.

Aromas are of grapefruit, pine, and some other citrus like smells. A pleasant beer to smell.

Taste is overall somewhat mellow for a DIPA. There is a bit of a creamy and sweet malt like quality to this one underneath, follows with a fruint punch like flavor, and a bit of a hop bite at the end. It's a crisp and dry beer. Nice tasty DIPA, but I do like a bit more of a punch to DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a touch light and thin.

Drinkability is up there. It's a fairly easy drinking DIPA. It has a very pleasant taste, and is easy to drink. I just prefer this style to be a little bit more flavorful. A very nice beer overall.

Bottle courtesy of todd1. Thanks again!

Photo of porbeagle7
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Session #1: Maybe it's just me (obviously based on the average review of over 4.0, it very well may be), but I was not impressed by this beer at all. I've tried dozens of other 2IPAs, and this one left me shaking my head & wondering if that fish fry I just had is messing with my taste buds, or if I just miss my favorite 2IPA too much. The pour & copper color were nice enough, but that ended my positive experience. The smell, taste, and lasting impression all reminded me of something...alcohol. That variable was simply overpowering in this brew. The malts, citrusy hops, and subtle flavorful nuances of a good 2IPA were difficult to sense because of it. I do agree with one of the other reviewers about its similarity to 90 minute. I'll try this brew again just to make sure of my review. Any beer can have a bad day.
Session #2: Not as disappointing as the first. Seemed more drinkable this time, but still lacked the overall character I personally like in a 2IPA. Bumped it up a few notches.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler...

Pours a brilliant clear orange amber color with a nice off tan head that fades fairly quickly.

The impressive smell of sweet syrupy malts and citrus can be acquired at arms length.

The initial mouth feel is sweet and full in the way that it coats your tongue as it passes. There is little carbonation, with a nice subtle ting from hops. A sturdy warmth in the chest as it makes its way down

The flavor is again sweet and rounded malty with a slight lingering hop as it finishes.

I find this quite drinkable. There is quite a broad interpretation of this style. I'm a big fan of this one.

Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnnyM2002

Pours a clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, basically no lacing at all. The nose is sweet/malty, not much hops or citrus at all. The taste is sweet/malty, not much hops or citurs at all, the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, but a different DIPA all together. This is also my first Stoudt's.

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

I got this as an extra in a trade with zrrbrrt. What a surprise. It was orange and teh head was creamy white. the taste was very close to DFH 90 minute in my opinion. Very balanced between malt and hops. Alcohol made its presence known immediately. Good beer and a nice East Coast DIPA.

Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this DIPA. It's been some time since I've had a beer from Stoudt, and have to say I'd pretty much given up on trying anything exciting or cutting edge. However, this definitely did the trick for me.

This is obviously a very big DIPA with an abv. of 10%. While the alcohol was noticeable, it was well disguised by the wonderful flavors of citrus (orange and cherry mostly I thought) in this beer. The aroma of this beer was enticing and mouthwatering, with the promise of excellence to come. While this was quite a hoppy beer, the bitterness was well balanced by the malt. I thought this beer absolutely delicious and only wish the abv. was bit lower. With an abv. of 10%, there's just no way I can see myself having more then one of these. Too bad....

Photo of roughsax
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Delirium Noel snifter.

A- orange-copper, slight haze, creamy white head, moderate lace

S- sweet malt, floral, orange citrus, pine/resin, alcohol

T- alcohol, sweet malt, biscuit, pine, resin, orange-grapefruit-tangerine citrus, pepper/alcohol finish

M- syrupy, med-well, smooth

D- a well balanced dipa. plenty of malt to back up the hops. warming (@ 10% duh!). one and done for me, but a great brew nonetheless.

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

Poured into Pint glass, rich, cloudy amber color with moderate carbonation.

Thick head that lingered resulting in impressive lacing.

Mouthfeel very robust accompanied with a creamy feel -- left a mild glaze on the pallette. Taste is a pine, citrus/grapefruit with a solid malt base with & a hop kick at the finish. The mild burn of alcohol rounds out the final assault.

A couple of these highly priced demons ($11.99/6-pack) are plenty for any beer drinker to deal with. I am somewhat of a hophead and was left believing the hop content could have been kicked up a notch. Nevertheless, this brew is worth trying and picking up a couple times a year and keeping around the house for that special occassion.

Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice one finger head on top, which lingered for a while and left a nice lacing on the mug. Brew is a nice transparent, golden color.

Smell: Big citrus and hop aromas. Grapefruit and orange seem to be the primary citrus notes. But, lots of pine coming off of this one.

Taste: Big time pine hops. It's good. Carbonation level is good. Alcohol is definitely strong on this one. Citrus notes are definitely there. Very bitter though. Hops are strong, which is not a bad thing in my humble opinion.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: This is a strong brew. It's good. But, I don't think I could drink more than one at a time. Very bitter. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. But, I've had better in the class.

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