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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Reviews: 757
Hads: 1,252
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 61
Gots: 75 | 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 aaronh
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Stimack
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Maestro
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
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? (652 characters)

Photo of ramrod666
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.82/5  rDev +23%
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 (575 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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! (599 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 (947 characters)

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

The two elephants on the label invited me to partake of this hearty double. The pour is thick and syrupy with a orange tint and a very dense and foamy head which left significant and sticky lace all around the glass. The first aroma to the nose was the sweet floral and pine smell, and the strong hoppiness floats in just a bit after. The mouthfeel is extremely thick, almost pulpy, and the taste is reasonably well-balanced--maybe a bit on the sweet side (very much like a sweet and sour sauce at the local Chinese eatery). I have to admit that I could not detect the alcohol, so well hidden as it was. A good IPA choice for a cold winter night. (646 characters)

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

Pours a bright, though lightly hazy, copper color and is topped by a pale thinnish tan head. The aroma is at first full of grapefruit, but then picks up lesser notes of hay and grass. A soft citrus character definitely dominates the aroma though.

The taste is quite smooth up front, then it starts to pick up some tingling bitterness as the hops kick in. The beer is malty sweet, which works in conjunction with, and magnifies the citrus hop character. There is a hint of hot alcohol in the finish as well as a smooth bitterness, which surprisingly disappears pretty quickly. The bitterness that is in the middle of this beer is in full force, but it does not linger through to the finish as much as some.

This beer is quite tasty, yet it is quite simple a combination of the malt sweetness and the grapefruit-like citrus character of the hops. For a Double IPA though, I am not sure if it is quite over the top enough. (925 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BTAH in NYC, pours a nice deep golden color, off white head, not much head on my pour, fine lacing left behind, this is is suprisingly well balanced brew, starts out with a boatload of crunching hops, mega grapefruit, nose and tongue. Tons of malt also present to float this one thru. Large and lovely, 10% hidden somehow fairly well, love the style, love this one on tap! (386 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, thanks to clvand0 for sharing this beer. The color is nice amber golden color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer very well. The nose is all full of grapefruit hop and sweet caramel malts. Like it. The flavor is mostly grapefruit hop. The malts are not really dominant. The feel is thick, but also somewhat oiley from the hops. Drinkability suffers from an apparent alcohol as well. This is a good beer, but there are some flaws in it. I'd drink it again. (476 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a cloudy copper with a tan head. Head leaves nice lacing. There is loads of yeast in this beer (and I even left the bottom little bit in the bottle). The yeast is fighting it's way down against the cabonation.

Smell: The aroma is almost all alcohol. A tiny bit of hops pull through, those of which are quite herbal, but mostly you can only smell the high ABV.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Finally!! An extremely well-balanced Double IPA!! I didn't think I'd ever see this day. The hops and the alcohol really play well together, creating a complex yet super tasty beer. My taste buds are astonished. The best tasting DIPA I've had to date. In the mouth it's nice and fizzy and full.

Drinkability and Overall: This is good stuff. A prime beer. I can't wait to try the other new beers from Stoudt's. This is one of the better DIPA's I've had to date. It's so well balanced, and that is key in a beer that is this high in alcohol. I'd have another, but too many of this would get to you pretty quick, so it's definitly not the most drinkable beer. Try it. (1,072 characters)

Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As Emeril would say, Bam!

This is a DIPA that is in your face, though more with the alcohol than with the hops. At 10%, this is the most potent double I've danced with to date.

Normally, I'd review a beer by breaking it down into the pieces that BA has you assign a score for. I'm not going to do that with this beer.

The beauty of this beer is simple: balance. Something most DIPAs fail to (or don't even try to) achieve. The hops in this brew will knock you back, but the malt base will pull you right back. It's akin to the equilibrium of tying a rope to a tree and grabbing hold of the rope and leaning back. It feels nice and solid, like you could stay with it forever.

The abv of this beer can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. In my opinion, I wish it packed less of a punch, because I'd like to drink these things all night long. Unfortunately for me, two of them and I'm done. If you're looking to get hammered and drink something quite delicious at the same time, welcome to prime time.

All in all, an absolutely delicious beer and proof that a DIPA can, in fact, be balanced while still appealing to a confirmed hophead such as myself. Packs a massive punch, so do be aware. (1,215 characters)

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