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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,249 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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 DragonHead
2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 16oz pub glass at about 40*F from a bottle.

Appearance: Orange-y, golden, coppery appearance. Very pleasant. Mildly to moderately cloudy. That’s OK. Lots of good beers out there are unfiltered. I have a preference for crystal clear beers, but I did not subtract for cloudy appearance. One to two finger head barely off-white and loose. Head disappeared quickly but left an attractive lacing. Not highly carbonated but certainly enough. As it warmed it cleared up.

Smell: Right away I picked up malty. Also got a clear sense of yeast in this aroma. There is no traditional big hop smell like I expected from a DIPA. A little disappointed that I did not get that 'punch in the nose' I was looking for. If you search hard you may find a little citrus and maybe a little biscuit-y, but they are well hidden by the malt and yeast smells. There is, oddly enough, a faint sourdough smell to it. Almost a Trappist/Belgian smell here.

Taste: The taste here is pretty consistent with the smell. Lots of malt sweetness and yeast. There is, however, a small presence of hop flavor. It is not on par with some of the more popular DIPA's as far as hop bite or bittering. Not a bad taste if you like malty beers. There is a warm alcohol presence up front that is more obvious as it goes down; but is not unpleasant at all.

Mouthfeel: There is not much here that is light. This is a medium-heavy body that is almost chewy. The sweet aftertaste is a little lingering but not all bad. There is no bitter hop linger that I was looking for.

Overall: This is not a bad beer but the lovers of big, bitter, hoppy DIPA's will be sorely disappointed. It is not a very dry beer.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy , golden/orange; medium frothy off white head; good lacing

Smell: Deep malts; light hops; orange pulp, maybe; dried fruits; smells great

Taste: Creamy malty start; warming alcohol hits pretty quickly; coats the tongue with sweet malt, but well balanced with the hops; finishes sweet and balanced.

Mouthfeel: very creamy throughout

Remarks: This was an excellent beer.

Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For another big IPA, this is a another solid contender. It is a very cloudy-hazy liquid. Gold and capped with a bright foam. Sweetish smell, with a flowery hop scent. The taste is immediately bitter...sharp and cutting. The flavor has some sweetness as well, but the hop flavor dominates...which gets more herbal as the bottle continues. Very full in body and mouthfeel. It is a serious and respectable beer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into McDonald's collector glass (I'm...not at my own place right now). Cloudy orange-yellow with a thick rocky white head even from a gentle pour that fades quickly but leaves tons of lacing everywhere. Smells malty, with a hint of hops in the background, hmm. Taste is unlike any DIPA I've had to date. Definitely a bottle-conditioned beer; that secondary fermentation yeast flavor is evident. Smooth sweet malts at first give way to huge unique fruity hop flavors, and then the alcohol heat rises to join the fading hops and creates an incredibly aromatic herbal/minty flavor that lingers over the aftertaste, which is sticky with just a bit of bitter hops left. Not sure why others said the malt was too strong to be a DIPA; the "double" refers to the alcohol content, not the hop presence. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and smooth. To be able to make an outstanding and, more importantly, unique beer in one of the most popular (read: common, overdone?) styles these days is a true accomplishment.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stoudt's Double IPA - 12 fl oz bottle

Scored one of these and another of theirs I have not cracked yet thanks to an exchange with Hendry.

Look - Pours a pale yellow around the outside and a darker caramel amber in the middle. Nice soapy head with lots of lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Aroma is caramel malts with a subtle resin hop overlay. Interesting, expected more of a wallop in the nose.

Taste - Rich malty caramel with a slight resin hop over it, just like the aroma. Was not expecting that, a bit disappointed here. It does have some good bite at the end but it does not feel like enough, the malt is center stage and this is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, malty, caramel and sugar, where is the hop linger?? Also a bit on the boozy side. Meh.

Overall - If they called this an IPA I would perhaps give it a 3.5, but this is not a DIPA by any means, this is far too malt heavy. It's like an IPA meets a Helles Bock or something. Hop heads don't bother, but other than that it's hearty, give it a shot. It's not the worst, but it is certainly not the best either.

Photo of Hendry
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stoudt's is another brand that I can't get in Vermont, so a recent family trip to Albany,NY found me stopping @ exit 16 on NY 87 to the Savemore Beverage in Clifton Park. The owner made sure I found what I was looking for and warned me that the Stoudt's IIPA I had in my hand was " A BIG beer and nobody should operate heavy equipment or speak to their wives upon consuming!": I was SOLD!

Super cloudy off orange and unfiltered, so those scared off by a bit of chunky sediment should look no further. The fine white one finger head gave way to a permanent cap in a matter of a couple minutes. Lacing a straight average.

The nose is bright tropical orange and yeast, with malts weaving their way in and out of the background. There is a certain pungent aroma that comes on strong, and combined with the beastly unfiltered appearance, it lets you know right up front that this is not a IIPA fpr the meek.

Flavors, well, how about Orange Julius meets hearty IIPA meets Trapist ale?! A hop forward aggressiveness combined with an almost trapist type yeastiness puts forth flavors that are unique and will end up either being enjoyable and refreshingly different, or a swing and a miss.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, quite chewy in the hop department, and the unfiltered attributes are an instant plus or minus depending on your tastes and preferences. The aftertaste is long and bitter, with the 10% hidden quite well.

Fitting squarely in the "Big Beer" category, Stoudt's Double IPA gives it to you raw, unapologetic, and bold. Unique and interesting, those that appreciate unfiltered boldness will likely find plenty to enjoy here in this intruiging IIPA.

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours an amber colour that is very clear. It's bottle conditioned so be careful about pouring in the mud as that will cloud it but not hurt you as it is vitamin B laden and will help with that hangover if you decide to drink more than one of these beauties! The head is a one finger head that remains through the drink as a thin but full cap and leaves a light "Roman Aquiduct" looking pattern on the glass.

The mild aroma is of caramel malt sweetness, plums, faint apple and notes of sodabread.

The taste is sweet caramel and hop bitterness from the start with a mild up front carbonation bite on the tip of the tongue. As the beer flows back across your tongue dark fruit flavours intermingle with the caramel as along the sides of your tongue you can pick up a very mild granny smith apple. Alcohol is mildly apparent along this trip and warms a bit at the end where the bittering hops engulf your tongue, leave you a little dry, and prepare you for that next delicious encounter between goddess nectar and your tongue. Don't mind the mild black pepper that may linger in between sips, it's an aphrodesiac!

The mouthfeel is of a sweet, full beer that ultimately leaves you a little dry with a bit of a coat on your tongue. It's rather nice. The carbonation is lively for such a full bodied beer, but it works in conjunction with the flavours and really brings them out.

Overall I am, even though I am relatively new to the IPA world, going to call this a world class beer and invite all to try it even if you don't like an IPA. I feel it has qualities that can bring out the IPA lover in even the hop faint hearted. Of course it's hoppy, but not extreme. Not at all. And besides, if you don't like it, you can always give the rest of it to me!

Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Close to two fingers of eggshell white foam, dense but some much larger bubbles at the point of pour, dimples more like deep valleys, settling into a fairly thick mist across the surface, the lacing is haphazard but clings well where it is. Rich golden orange hued liquid with a more yellowish aura, not hazy but does have a mild translucency, good amount of super tiny bubbles streaming upwards but you have to get close to see them. The nose has some salted pretzel and grains before yielding to tar, black earth, tangerine to mandarin orange citrus, pine pitch, mild flowers and peach, apricot fruit, seems to want to push deeply into the nostrils but not so as to disturb anyone. In the mouth it’s full-bodied with some prickle but a generally creamy mouthfeel, noticeably sweet with powerful pink grapefruit, tangelo, mandarin orange citrus as well as bread dough, pine, wheat germ and lemongrass. The carbonation keeps fluffing the pillow. The fruit is also sweetly tropical with pineapple, mango, nectarine, white peach flavors. Not much hoppy bite given it’s a DIPA and all, the malty smoothness blossoms through the finish. Yeah, maybe a touch warm but not getting any real alcoholic heat. Sweetness salves all wounds.

Photo of blackcompg
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours 2+ fingers of creamy dense golden foam, body is a gorgeous unfiltered golden orange amber, nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Wow, literally like a dream-sicle, vanilla, orange, light carmel, tropical fruits, some sweet candied grapefruit peel, very lite wheat and yeast. And while drinking this, you actually get a significant banana-bubble bum nose, wild stuff her, wild = good

Taste - Huge sweet citrus right off the bat, orange, blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, a good amount of yeast, now some banana esters, tropical fruits and lite vanilla in the background, sweetness of citrus and lite carmels, finishes with orange peel and some pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, medium carb that provides some crisp edges at the sides of the tongue, quite smooth, cream-soda-esque.

Overall - Not what I expected from a DIPA, very unique, and very delicious if you like citrus and tropical fruit flavors. If I were blindfolded I would guess the style as an imperial hefeweizen, if such a thing exists. I personally like these flavors and am really enjoying this, great complexity, good balance, alcohol very well hidden - glad I got a 6xer of this, highly recommend. *You definitely get the yeast and sediment flavoring this, in a good way imho.

Photo of mikeg67
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-orange with a medium lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of bready malt, yeast and hints of hops and ripe fruit. Body is full and slightly tangy. Taste is of intense citrusy, spicy hops with bready and caramel malt and some fruit in the background. Finish is long and very bitter. I did not like bottle conditioning idea in this DIPA.

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

Let me preface by saying this unexpected gem has proven to be one of my favorite East Coast DIPAs to date. Coming from the hop crazed West Coast, my expectations were low, and boy I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured into an Ale glass (stemmed, bottom curved, no lips) a cloudy amber with generous lacing.

The aromas are quite interesting. Faint bubblegum and floral hints, with strawberries, cotton candy sweetness, orange zest and wet grass.

Intense orange flavor that builds, with herbal hop notes underlying in the mid palate. Malt sweetness is in perfect balance with hop bitterness that reaches a crescendo in the mid palate while the finish ends noticeably on the sweeter side (tongue coating). A stand in for Great Divide Hercules any day. Medium bodied on the tongue, drinkable but not too easily. Seek this one out!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stoudt’s Double IPA has a medium-to-thick, creamy, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold, bubbly appearance, and some thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of lemony citrus, white bread, shoe leather, and maybe apricots. Taste is of white bread, citrus of some sort, toffee (to a small extent), and somewhat bitter hops (but, certainly I’d never guess 90- seems more like 35 or so, to me). Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Stoudt’s Double IPA finishes dry, refreshing (oddly enough, being that it’s 10% abv), and drinkable. Even though it’s a rather peculiar beer, it is very good. A NOTE: Alcohol flavor is not really picked up with this, but halfway through the bottle one will know in the brain that it is most certainly a 10% alcohol beer. You’ll feel it!

RJT

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and spice.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Bready malt and hop bitterness. Taste of alcohol was present which I did not like.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Warm going down.

O: Looks great in the glass. Nose was slightly disappointing, and the taste was overwhelmed by alcohol. Just an average Double IPA.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish copper with a big, foamy, white head that has decent retention

S - sweet, cake batter, alcohol, some citrusy hops

T - bread, cake, sweet, citrusy, alcohol, mild bitterness

M - medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really good DIPA. The malt character is sweet, bold, and delicious. The hops aren't as intense as I would like them to be but they're there, and they lend some balance. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is complimentary. I could probably have two or three of these and enjoy each one the same.

Photo of lovindahops
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first stoudts brew.

A- very hazy orange with vibrant color and good lacing on the sides of the glass. Foam lingers around and slowly recides showcasing a nice brew

S- not massive scent but some floral and malty components

T- very bitter with some sweet malt and caramel. Not as hoppy as I want with my double ipas but still flavorful from a malty standpoint

M- smooth but thin

O- not my fav interpretation but still good brew

Photo of DarkBeer
4.86/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good DIPA. There is a strong hoppy and floral scent and taste with a hint of fruit. There is also scent similar to that of grass or plants. Three types of hops and two types of malt are brewed in the beer. I get a feeling of warmth and relaxation after each sip due to the high hop content. The malt flavors provide a well balanced background. The color is an orange amber, and the appearance is not transparent and cloudy. It has a nice carbonation quality, good mouthfeel, and gives me a euphoric feeling of calmness that is complimented with a lingering aftertaste of hops and floral sweetness. This is a very good DIPA to have at the end of the night before bed or when looking to relax.

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

It may just be me, but the first beer that came to mind when I first smelled and tasted this beer was DFH 90 Minute (though I may just be going crazy from my lack of many good beers here in Louisiana). What really gave me this impressions was the sweet, fruity flavor of the hops (which you also really get in the aroma) along with the alcohol in the finish.

However, despite my comparison to DFH 90, I think this beer is a little bit smoother while also containing a little more alcohol (and slightly cheaper from the price of DFH where I used to live in NC). Like I said before, I may just be overly excited about finally getting a good DIPA down here, but in my opinion this is like DFH 90 Minute except better. I have other DIPAs that I certainly like more than this one (because of the different hop profiles) but this is a pretty good one. I don't think I could sit down and drink a bunch of these like I can some DIPAs (which may be a good thing), but it's very good and I highly recommend trying it.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the DIPA was a golden amber color with some variation in the color. A slight white head topped the beer, showing some lacing in the glass. A pleasing fruity aroma topped the glass, with hints of pineapple, peach, and other tropical fruits. My initial impression was how smooth this DIPA is as it glides across the tongue. The earthy hops were peppery and fruity with an aggressive assault of tropical fruits. The malt backbone allowed the sweetness of the hops to shine. A warming sensation followed thie beer across the tongue and down the back of the throat with the warmth lingering. As this happens, the hops continue to pinch the tongue with the after effects of the hops.

Photo of acevenom
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/13/12.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orange golden with a white head. There are a few visible tiny bubbles in the beer. The head retreats very slowly, leaving some lacing behind on the glass. I pick up aromas of earthy hops with some piney hops as well. I can detect some of the malt in the nose as well. Some of those citrus flavors come out more in the taste, but this is mostly sweet up front with some of those piney hop flavors. The malt is there providing a good background for this beer. There is some alcohol as well. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is not clean, which allows the aftertaste to linger. This is a very good beer.

Photo of minterro
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was a present from my gf, might have let it sit around too long.

A&S: Pineapple, grapefruit, slight floral hops, and a scent of alcohol. Light transparent copper colored beer, pours a finger of half fizzy head.

T&M: Not "in your face hoppy", but has grassy, floral hoppyness to it. You really taste the alcohol in the finish and in the pit of your stomach. Moderately bitter in the finish. High body, medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Really nothing to desrcript, pretty decent beer, but its much too overpriced for what it is.

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

After driving for about 7 hours, need a good tasty and strong beverage to chill out with.

I poured this brew into a 14oz tulip glass, and the brew makes a massive amount of tighlty forming, off white head, and the body is copper in color and moderately hazy.

The aroma is a medly of caramel, orange rind, grapefruit, perfume, plum, and slight metallic traits.

The taste of the brew is over ripe orange at first, then a bitter lemon kicks in, and then a boozy kind of attack.

Feels full in body, oily slick and wetting to the palate, and a slight warm finish with spicy bitterness.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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