1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

1,178 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 55
Gots: 49 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,178 | Reviews: 751 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MrMonkey
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to adamharbaugh for hooking me up with this one!

Pours a light orange with golden hues and a two-finger creamy off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap leaving some thick lacing behind.

Smell is orange zest from the moment I pop the cap. After pouring there's lots of caramel malt, grapefruit, tangerine, and a hint of booze.

Taste begins with some sweet caramel and citrus flavors, before some bitter grapefruit and pine kick in. There's a bit of warming alcohol mid-palette, which is not unexpected given the ABV. Finishes dry with some more piny bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. A bit oily and sticky, but smooth.

Really good drinkability, but the alcohol keeps this a sipper. Still, I could sip several of these throughout the night. I hope Stoudts eventually makes its way to NH.

MrMonkey, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlingon, VT at the Stoudts Brewery Night.

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a one finger white head made up of little bubbles with thick lacing. Sweet citrus aromas of grapefruit & tangerine, tropical fruits and bubblegum. Very sweet and fruity flavors, sweet grapefruit, tangerine, starfruit, passionfruit, orange with some alchol warmth throughout. Medium body and carbonation, this is an insanely smooth beer with no bitter pucker. Great drinkability, at 10% ABV, be careful with this one or it could be a long night.
If you have friends who don't like hoppy beers, this one could change their mind.

scottg, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Farmhouse.

A-Pours a clear honey amber with very little head.

S-Grapefruit hops, some unexpected but pleasant honey notes along with malt sweetness.

T-As with the nose, just a bit sweeter than expected for the style. This is not a bad thing; I loved the honey in this year's Hopslam. But I would have enjoyed a stronger hop presence to bring this more in balance.

M-A little slick, medium bodied.

D-Does not taste like 10% ABV, which is both good and dangerous.

HV

sholland119, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another gem from new buddy mikereaser. Thanks again! DIPA is my favorite style DIPA with 10% is my favoriter style.

Pours pretty thick semi-opaque orange caramel. The head has a little trouble sustaining itself.

Smell is pretty mild. Slightly disappointing. Hops are present though. Malty fruit underbase.

Taste is pretty damn good. A lot more punch than the nose suggests. Good hop bitterness with a nice balancing malt counterpart. A little too balanced if you ask this hop lover.

It's a very thick beer. I can see the bubbles struggling to rise. Feels nice, drinkability is very high.

Overall: I like it

PatronWizard, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of msante79
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours hazy burnt orange with white head. Good lacing. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, sweet malts and other citrus flavors. Flavor is hoppy with citrus, pine, sweet malt and some alcohol comes through in end. Mouthfeel is a little thick and syrupy. Alcohol really started to come through as beer warmed. Best to have this one cold as I enjoyed the first half of my glass more than last half. Still a decent double IPA.

msante79, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glancing at the reviews after opening this & was surprised at the "intensity" of the smell - there's a touch of hops coming off mine, but nothing like what I'd expect. Then I look at the bottle. "Bottled 1/30/08". Which means it was already past six months old when it arrived via trade.

Well, bummer, but I guess that's the wild card in the beer trade, eh? The alcohol certainly hasn't suffered from the involuntary aging, woohee! I'm not sure it's 10% any more, Gilligan. Otherwise it seems to have held up well. There's a down-home taste to it, not funked, not faded into mustiness, but something more appealing, like your grandpa coming in after using the chainsaw on a cold January morning or something. It evokes a bit of cold, woody outdoors without tromping through the house in its muddy boots.

Mouthfeel is racily carbonated. Not sure about the drinkability, especially with the apparent alcohol. Good beer. I'd like to take a shot at a fresh one some time to see how it compares.

maximum12, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of johnnybravo
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding Double IPA. All the aggressiveness that it needs but still well in balance en a very good drinkability. Very much on the fruity (orange, tangerine, apple) side of the spectrum and less grassy but well hopped anyway. Very thick, syrupy and even oily.

johnnybravo, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber color. A nice two finger thick head forms on top, that is off white in color. A very intense aroma of grapefruit, pine, and grass strike the nose at first scent. That is followed by a malty sweetness, along with a bread fragrance at the end. The surprising taste of a hearty bread is there at the start. The hops then show up at the party, bringing a citrus bitterness, and blending to a grassy and earthy flavor at the end. A medium bodied feel, that finishes on the palate dry and clean. There is a bit of a tingle from carbonation. This is a very drinkable IPA, solid in every aspect, a good choice when looking in this style.

HopEnthusiast, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.

A- a gorgeous hazy coppery orange that is what I would expect and great to look at. A flully white head with good head formation and retention

S- Not much nose in this beer, perhaps it was too cold, but I just smelled a little malt and alcohol

T- This DIPA was very sweet and alcoholic up-front, but as the beer warmed and my palette grew accustomed to the sweet and alcohol, the complexities of the beer started to show much better. First you taste the sweet buttery malt, followed by ripe pineapple and then a grassy hop to balance out the sweetness is the after taste

M- Very smooth, completely coating my mouth with it's thick viscosity

D- high alcohol makes this tough to drink as does the sweetness of the malt. I would have trouble drinking more than 1 of these, as that would seem to completely innundate and paralyze my palette. But one is very tasty and the beer gets better as temperature increases

Soonami, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured clear copper color with great head, although little retention. Left significant lacing on the side of my glass.

S: Lots of citrus hop aroma, followed by a caramel malt scent. Delicious smelling beer.

T: Very much the taste of citrus hops with a bitter caramel malt finish. Left an outstanding aftertaste. Alcohol could not be found in the taste of this beer.

M: Not a thick beer at all. Left a nice bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

D: I've had 4 of these tonight and love this beer. Can't wait to drink it again. Am going to age one of the last 2 just to see what it's like in 8 or 9 months. An outstanding beer.

tadowdaddy, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a small white film head and some lacing. Aroma is medium sweet with floral, grapefruit and resiny. Flavor is big citrus with lighter pine notes and a nice caramel backbone. Medium bodied, sticky texture. Finishes dry, bitter and short.

kmeves, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a new-style SA pint glass.

A: Poured a yellow, amber color with firey highlights and a thin head of tight carbonation which left some great sticky lace on the glass.

S: Smells of lush, ripe tropical fruits and spicy, herbal hops come rising from the brew. A bit of caramel sweetness and alcohol can be detected among the fruit punch aroma.

T: Taste is a powerful blend of tropical, citrus fruits mixed with oily, pine and fruity, spicy hop notes. The alcohol is not as noticeable in the finish as is mid-palate, when the hop bitterness is at its height. The finish is sticky, sweet and a bit more malty than expected.

M: Mouthfeel is sticky, prickly and medium-full bodied.

D: Despite being about 10% ABV, the alcohol taste is not very notable, and it can be attributed to the great balance among sweet and spicy elements from the malt and hops. A nice, crazy smooth DIPA.

The creamy mouthfeel, sweet blend of spiced fruits and hop oils made this DIPA a real treat. A superior brew from Stoudt's, and I look forward to sampling more of their big beers.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to NittanyBeerFan for this one. I have had great experiences with Stoudts so far, so I was looking forward to this one. Poured it into a pint glass...

A: Pours a hazy light copper with some nice, very slow carbonation creeping up the glass. When held up to a light you cannot see through this, only mere shadows on the other side of the glass. This creates a big, fluffy, creamy eggshell white head that is extremely sticky and glues to the side of the glass.

S: As I type this the glass is a good two feet away from me and the blast of the hop scent is all around me. Very floral intense hop scents. Tons of citrus hops and grapefruit along with some light fruit scents as well.

T: Very flavorful hop presence! Wow big blast of orange and grapefruit in the mouth. Really sticks to your taste buds and doesn't let go. A lot of caramel in the taste too, which is great to see this spectacular blend of hops and malt done so well. For 10% ABV, this is unbelievable how well hidden it is. I'm not saying the alcohol isn't notices, because there is a slice peppery alcohol finish, but it really only helps this beer.

M,D: The mouthfeel is pretty heavy as expected. The carbonation is a bit low, but that reveals a nice, creamy DIPA. The drinkability, at 10% ABV, is about as good as you can get for a 10% ABV beer.

An exceptional beer by Stoudts...they have yet to disappoint me!

treyrab, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a clingy white head.

bursting smell of grapefruit and pine. malt sweetness isin the back.

taste is bitter hoppy with alcohol noticable after a couple of sips.

much better than expected. full feel and 10% anv masked relatively well.

aubuc1, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright yellow orange color with two fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of earthy hops, slightly sweet malts and citrus.

Taste of sweet sugars and sour citrus with earthy hops and some citrus. Very balanced being sour and sweet with a nice kick from the hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and biting, as expected, excellent.

paco1029384756, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of ckaufman
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a DFH snifter...

A: Poured a cloudy orange amber color with minimal lacing and barely any head retention. Not the best looking DIPA I've had the pleasure of viewing.

S: Lots of citrus hop aroma, some apricots, floral notes with some herbal thing going on... and alcohol deep in the nose.

T: Very sweet and malty up front with a bitter dry finish and a strong alcohol burn as this beer warms. Good balance of hops and malts... perhaps a little too much alcohol... if that's possible!

M: Moderate carbonation and a medium body. I personally feel this is a little thin for a DIPA, but passable in all accounts.

D: The sweetness of the malt backbone allows this brew to go down fairly easy, however the high ABV will cut into the amount of these one could drink in an evening. An above average DIPA.

ckaufman, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of ericlawton007
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have considered this my favorite beer for some time now, so need to finally review it. Double IPAs are my favorite style, and this is the best of the bunch. Its appearance is dark gold, with a long staying head that helps preserve the flavor as you sip this beer. The hops come in quite nicely in the smell, and take over your taste buds upon drinking it. The only downfall only comes if you try to make a session beer out of this, as after 3 or 4 your taste buds are overwhelmed and you can no longer appreciate the hop flaovor and balance that this beer offers. If i could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it.

ericlawton007, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grain and hop oil flying off the nose with a touch of malt. Has a peach or apricot color with a sustained full sloppy sudzy head. Hopiness is restrained but there. Hops present in as much of a tactile sense as they are in terms of flavor. Maltiness is present providing orange, biscuit, grain, toastiness, toffee, citrus . . . Hop bitterness takes over at the very end. Mouthfeel suffers from high carbonation however it aids in drinkability.

Chinon01, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
(Bottled 3/17/08) Caramel-tinged orange with a 1/4" head; low carbonation

Smell
Hoppy and sweet like candied/dried orange, pineapple, & apricot; hops seem faded for a DIPA

Taste & Mouthfeel
Big, full flavor with a kick of alcohol at the end; for six months old, hops are still there, but not huge, but also not tasting like wet paper; back end features a hint of pine and there's a lingering fruity aftertaste; fairly chewy body and low carbonation; overall sweetness is more sugary than doughy, and I don't care for that as much

Overall
Drinkability is fairly high as it doesn't feel too heavy and filling, but the alcohol does prickle the nasal passages after each sip.

JEdmund, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Brew33
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I was excited to drink this beer as I love DIPA's. I was not impressed at all. It looked the same as most Imperial or Double IPA's amber/orange with a puffy white head that sticks around. It smells very sweet, hoppy, grapefruit.

The taste was not very good to say the least. Slighty spicy, very sweet, sharp alcohol flavor. The aftertaste of alcohol was VERY strong. This is not a beer for the faint of heart. Stoudt's should have done a better job hiding the booziness of this beer. The mouthfeel was great though, oily, hoppy, slick on the tongue.

Dogfish Head's 90 minute is the best DIPA I have ever had and I will continue to try new ones until I find a beer I like half as much in the style. This is not it... Not Stoudt's best effort.

Brew33, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.73/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An almost 6 month old bottle in trade from raverjames. Specifically requested a fresh bottle before trading and this is not what I had hoped for. Pours an orange amber color, cloudy, and with a nice lasting light beige head. Smell is mild and nondescript light, stale hops. Taste is bitter, grassy and alcoholic with some dull stale fruitiness and prominent malt flavor, but mostly alcoholic and unimpressive. No citrus notes or crisp hop flavors in this beer at all. Best case, a stale DIPA, and worst case, just another overly hot, unimpressively flavored DIPA. A notch above "drainpour", but still not worth finishing.

JDV, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of doho95fu
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap after having had the bottle and this is definitely a beer that is solid bottled but way better on tap. I know that is the general rule, but some beers seem to really excel when fresh.

The appearence is a golden amber and a bit hazy. Good head and not overly carbonated. I didn't pick up any pine smell as others indicated. The taste is robust but not over the top. Clearly hoppy but no punch in the face alcohol burn. This is a class of beer I enjoy and I think this rates highly drinkable for its place on the ABV scale.

doho95fu, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of batty
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours just a slightly cloudy orange-amber color with nice thick-looking khaki head, pretty good retention and great lacing.

smell is of citrusy hops, a bit of piney hops, a touch of malt and just an inkling of apricot.

taste follows very well -a touch of fruity apricot and sugar, dominated by a decent dose of bittering hops, headed up by some citrusy and earthy hop notes. pretty good hop, but overall not as balanced as i would like -a touch too fruity-ish for my taste. does do a pretty good job of hiding the alcohol though.

mouthfeel is nice, very smooth, kinda low carbonation,

drinkability for me is not that great -very bitter, but a little sickly sweet at the same time works out not well.

batty, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of phattysbox
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass. Wonderful orange amber color and a good one inch head that slowly dissipates to nice thick lace. Interestingly the label clearly mentions it is is bottle conditioned so I was expected a certain amount of turbidity. Clear as day...

Smells of grapfruit and citrus hops. Couldn't really notice any alcohol smells, but I did pick up on some biscuity malts. Taste is an initial hop wallop that is very fleeting. It stays around for about 15 seconds and is pulled back by sweet malts. Bready and quite biscuity for my taste, but not that bad. Medium bodied and a tad dry that finishes more malty than hoppy.

Not bad for drinkability, though alcohol is hidden quite well. However, a bit one-dimensional, though I will definitely finish the six-pack. A decent standby DIPA.

phattysbox, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for $2.

This brewery seems to be well hyped and I see why. While I do enjoy IPAs more than DIPAs, this one was pretty damn good. Great aroma, color, and taste. Tasted very well balanced and even though it has a high ABV it is well hidden, although it has a nice warming effect. I came in with high expectations and it met them.

oriolesfan4, Sep 09, 2008
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.