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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,144 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 54
Gots: 36 | 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)
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid Double IPA all around.

High clarity orange with a flurry of carbonation that rises and settles into a creamy head of foam. Eventually it settles to a skim, with a delicate ring of lacing left in the glass.

Malty, spicy hop aroma, light sweet citrus around the edges.

Orange slice candy, sweet malt, toffee, mild bitter finish. Pretty full bodied. Herbal burp. The 10% isn't that apparent in flavor or mouthfeel. Easy to have one or two, it's a nice one to sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 01:37:40 | More by emerge077
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stoudt's on 8/12/08.

A - Clear amber/light orange body with one-finger creamy white head that receded to a thin ring of retention, leaving thick lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Similar to Victory Hop Wallop, the aroma is rather muted for a DIPA, with traces of citrus and pine coupled with a mild dose of alcohol (that consequently grows stronger as the liquid warms). Malt is primarily sweet caramel with some toffee notes.

T - The aromas really expanded into the flavor with a bold hop presence consisting of citrus and pine notes, as well as a bit of resin. Malt backbone is extremely sturdy with plenty of caramel sweetness to keep the aggressive hop bitterness in check.

M - Medium body with a creamy, slightly slick texture and moderate carbonation. Pretty substantial sting and a bit of heat from the alcohol presence. Finishes slightly dry with a bold bitterness on the palace.

D - Two years ago, this DIPA was simply too much for my unrefined palate. Today, this is right up my alley... almost a bit tame, actually. Still, this is a tasty DIPA from Stoudt's that's well-balanced and flavorful.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"It smells like licking butter." - while tasting the new Stoudt's Heifer-in-Wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 23:06:11 | More by ffejherb
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, hazy orange into my pint glass. The head was an inch thick and almost overflowed my glass and the head lingered for a while. The hop smell is overpowered by citrus and sweetness. It tastes sweet and hoppy and the alcohol is noticeable, but I expect hoppiness and alcohol in a DIPA. Not as hoppy as some other DIPA's I've had though. The flavors are well balanced and leaves a little stickiness on the tongue. It drinks well but should be enjoyed slowly. Two of these will make you toasty. Definitely a double IPA that I will be buying more of, though for whatever reason it seems to be difficult to find in my local beer stores, unlike other Stoudts offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 15:24:12 | More by mtbbaboon
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

Pours out boasting the typical orange/rust color that many in this style posses, though probably a lighter lighter in hue than most, with a huge fluffy, bumpy head that clings and sticks to the glass for dear life.

Hops aplenty in the aroma, a cinnamon-like sweetness following. Good back-up from the malt. Not quite as huge and juicy-smelling as some others, but quite enjoyable all the same.

Big pine-laden hops dominate the front of the sip, the finish, and the whole bitter, sweet, candy-like center. Develops a tart layer with warming, like chomping on the flesh of a lemon. But also enough mellow malt to keep that in check. Bold stuff but exquisite in balance. Decadent. Candy for adults. Those hops keep riding through in the incredibly long finish, as does a toasty kind of rum/butterscotch flavor.

Wonderfully smooth, rounded, buttery texture...perhaps a thinner double IPA, compared to some others. No, that should be "less thick", as this still throws its own weight around.

Delicious. Because this is so well-balanced, it drinks way easier than any 10% beer should. But I'm not complaining. Stoudt's is one of those breweries that took its sweet time getting into the world of big beers, but this super DIPA only indicates that they can not only do it, but do it well.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 23:57:37 | More by Metalmonk
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chuckd123

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one on tap and from a bottle several times. Excellent double IPA example. Very unique in taste relative to other dipa's in that it's no hop bomb & the citrus smell and taste is muted somewhat and does not overpower. Lacing is thick and holds up very nicely. Taste is hard to pinpoint, but while some of my other favorites (Ruination, Mojo Risin', Hercules) are so hoppy and citrusy (both in smell and taste), this one is much smoother overall. Don't get me wrong, I am a true hophead, and the 3 others I mention are all fantastic in my opinion, this one's just different, and I always enjoy it for that reason. You have no doubt it's an IPA, and the alcohol is noticeable, so you know you're drinking a double, but the taste will never be confused with any one else's beer. Excellent, and absolutely worth trying if you're an IPA fan.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2008 19:27:42 | More by chuckd123
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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- Pours a golden amber color, slightly hazy with a very light off white colored head that leaves a good amount of very spotty lacing and a layer of bubbles on top of the brew.

S- Wonderful citrus hops jump right out, followed by some caramel malts and tiny bit of alcohol.

T- I really enjoy this brew. Tons of citrus and floral hops of every kind balanced with some sweet caramel malts.

M- Right where you'd expect. Medium to full in body, good carbonation and a bit chewy.

D- Very good, I can see how this one could sneak up on you though.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 13:01:36 | More by nrbw23
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ph2001

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

clear light orange-amber color, tons of carbonation, one to two fingers of head. the smell is pungent of hops and citrus. a breadiness in there too.

tastes surprisingly sweet, citrus, very smooth hoppiness. finishes with a very subtle, barely there bite. 10% is completely not noticeable. smooth, creamy, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 16:23:49 | More by ph2001
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ahking

Michigan

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

Finally a double IPA that's not so freakin' fruity. What I mean is that many DIPA's I have tried recently have so much juicy pineapple like flavor that while still good, detracts from the drinakability and the overall balance of the beer. This one pours a nice light copper color which I like a lot. A good amount of lacing down the glass as the thin white head descends to the bottom. Aroma is of candy apple and pears. Hops are herbal and a bit spicy with hints on grapefruit. A bit sweet on the tongue but it can be forgiven for its overall balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and a bit creamy. Quite drinkable!!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 02:12:20 | More by ahking
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer spilled into the glass with a very thin head even though I tried to coax one with an aggressive pour. The beer was bright orange/amber in color and fairly clear. There was actually some visible carbonation, which I was not expecting. The glass was left with a nice amount of lacing after the beer was consumed.

The aroma was slightly sweet and had a nice spice quality. The aroma reminded me of cinnamon and almost a light chocolate or cocoa powder.

Taste was well balanced front to back. I still sense some cinnamon as I drink the beer and the nature of the malt is quite interesting. Get a slight nutty flavor as well. You definitely get some fruitiness (pineapple) in this beer which is deep and delightful. I like the assertiveness of the hops, but do not find them over the top. There is a slight sense of the alcohol in this brew but it doesn't get in the way.

Smooth, medium mouth feel that quite pleasing and almost buttery. There is only a scant amount of carbonation in this brew. I find this quite drinkable and another great member of the Stoudts' lineup. They just make quality beer.

Happy to report I purchased a six pack based upon my overall opinion of Stoudts. Glad they came through for me. I'll be back for the others.

Definitely give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 21:55:37 | More by Reagan1984
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BgThang

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kegatron for this brew in a trade.

Pours a 2 finger head

this is almost like a barley wine, it has the sweetness of a barley wine but lacks the maltyness character of one. Clear golden ale that is pretty sweet for a DIPA.

It also has some nice lacing that lasted through the whole experience.

I would prolly pass on this one if I had the importunity again but I was really glad I had the chance to taste it.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 16:26:21 | More by BgThang
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a slightly translucent orange amber with a big, mountainous bone white head. The head took a long time to subside and left spider web-like lacing down the glass.

Sweet candied grapefruit, orange, and pineapple with clean caramel malt. Almost in perfect balance. I like the smell, but I want it to jump out of the glass more than it does.

Taste mimics the nose on almost all aspects except for a slight bitter kick, a spicy hop flavor, and a little bit of booze.

Chewy hop presence, medium bodied and light carbonation.

Doesn't drink like a 10% iipa. Pretty smooth and easy going.

Haven't had this one in a few years....used to think it was a big, bitter iipa. Definitely sweeter and spicier than it used to be. But it's probably just my tastes evolving.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 01:40:34 | More by ColForbinBC
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

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

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- Pours a hazy orange color. A nice faint lacing around the top of the glass. Not a lot of head though. Carbonation is a plus as it flows up through.

S- orange and grapefruit aroma. A very citrusy combination. it over rides the alcohol and barley/whaety smell that i can get a hint of.

T- very hoppy and the citrus was more pronounced in the smell than in the taste. The hops are a strong spicy blend with something else. The alcohol is thick and obvious as well. a bittersweet flavor as well.

M- Thick and full bodied. A little carbonation but the hops burst in my mouth like a bomb. A bittersweet coating in the mouth.

D- This is a definite sipper. Hard to pound these and if you do you will be lit in a matter of minutes. High on ABV and will kick your ass. A nice chill beer though.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 22:34:21 | More by Dodo2step
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jeremyd365

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a short glass (~ half pint?) and poured a medium bodied, clear golden with just a hint of head that quickly dissapated. It smelled hoppy and a quite winey. It tasted more of the same with the alcohol in dominance over the hops and hints of fruit. It felt medium to thin in my mouth and was semi drinkable. I've enjoyed other imperials much more than this one, but this brew wasn't too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 20:58:26 | More by jeremyd365
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz received in a slew of extras in my most recent trade with DIM.. awesome!! Listening to my old "Beer Party" playlist Honkey Tonk Women by the Rolling Stones to kick it off... gave Brenda a modest pour to make sure she got to try it.. she says "WOW... a bunch of cascades! (I have no idea if they use cascades... but I love her!)"

Poured into my New Belgium snifter.... A golden orange brew.. with 2 finger head that lived on and on.

Aroma is citrus/grapefruit ... a little bit of background pale malt.. not too sweet.. a little bready malts as it warms.

Flavor is alot more sweet than the aroma... but I am pretty sure it needs it to balance the big hoppiness... a little bit of grassy/herbal notes mix well with the citrus bomb ... this beer tastes very fresh.. Mouthfeel is pretty much spot-on .. but the drinkability is dangerous for a 10% brew.

This is the 2nd time I've had this brew.. I shared the first with my trading partner after we had already had a couple 22's of other PNW DIPA's... I wish I would have saved it now so I could have it again on a clean palate.

Another great brew from my Main Man from my home state. Dan ... I am planning on a fall/early winter trip home ... I promise we will be enjoying some fine brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 05:59:25 | More by JohnGalt1
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watkins

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A great DIPA i have had a couple times before, now I get to sit down with it.

A: Pours a nice golden-amber with two finger head. Nice carbonation streams from base of pint glass.

S: Deep sweet citrusy smell with hop accents, though 10% abv, not a trace of booze.

T: Initial hoppy biterness moves to alcohol-tinged sweetness, almost raisin-y in flavor. I like.

M: Carbonation is pretty spot on, medium body, a little alcoholic burn.

D: Not a beach beer. At all. This is a tasting beer, one to examine, dissect, admire; like other IPAs and DIPAs. Very heavy. (I just ran 4.5 miles, and I'm now full with a third left to go.)

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 04:46:43 | More by watkins
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mhewes

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a nice golden orange with a good head that leaves good lacing behind.

S : Lots of citrus hops, especially grapefruit. Good sweet malt aroma also

T : Strong hops flavor and bitterness up front. Same citrus flavors as in the smell. Not much malt flavor.

M : Medium bodied

D : Not my first choice for an imperial IPA but it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 00:33:43 | More by mhewes
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jordoo

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Poors an orngish/amber color with a tight white sticky lasting head. The whole brew is hazey when trying to look through it but seams to radiate or reflect some brightness making it look highlighted to the background. Wow hopefully the flavor is as wide ranging as the smell. I get Sweet citrus fruits, alcohol and some grassy nose tingling hops as well as a hint of carmal and bredy malts. Wow taste is pretty complex everything that the smell advertised and more. Great alcohol warmth hits you right away and then the palate reals from one flavor to the next. The taste just sticks with you well after it gone as the brew really coats nicely. Pretty drinkable for a big beer as well. Over all I was very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 14:39:23 | More by jordoo
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joepais

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dim for this one
My bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a lasting finger worth of head that turned slowly to a thick lace across the glass .The body of the brew was a clear golden copper color

The hops aroma was very pronounced you could smell it in the room. Some malt sweet notes as well as other citrus smells

Wow very sweet for a DIPA not overtly so but more than I expected, a little alcohol warmth present too you get the pine flavors of the hops as a finish Good body as well as carbonation

I'd drink this again. I would love to try it on tap to see if there is any difference to the hop profile. another solid brew from Stoudts

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 13:50:26 | More by joepais
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Gtreid

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy, translucent, orange with one finger of bone colored head. Thick lacing lines the glass.

A: Nice citrus hops, apricot, orange, grapefruit and vanilla. Sweet malts balance it well.

T: Very malty for a DIPA, I was expecting much more hops, but I was very pleased with what I got. The hops are not overpowering, but they let you know they are there. It finishes bitter with a strong alcohol sensation.

M&D: No carbonation, medium body. Very different from the DIPA's I've been drinking lately. Nice. I'm suprised at the drinkability given the 10% ABV. Another impressive brew from Stoudts. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 21:25:50 | More by Gtreid
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Franchise

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt foggy orange leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is floural citrus, spicy hops, refreshing herbal smell, slightly medicinal, honey, sweet sunflowers, very nice.

The taste is superb, delicious, caramel, honey, spicy flavors, followed by a sharp acidic, citrus, bitterness that really has fun on the palate. The finish is sharp grapefruit bitterness, which is balanced nicely by the honey, fruity, feel on the back of the throat.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 15:13:07 | More by Franchise
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ewright

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a nice light coppery color with a thin layer of head. The foam rapidly disappears leaving a thin collar on the glass.

S: A lot of orange notes up front, both from the hop nose and the sweet malt. There's a faint alcoholic note lurking underneath. I also get a hint of fruit ... maybe apricot, or possibly something tropical.

T: Mild bitterness up front with plenty of toasty sweetness to balance it out. Notes of those same fruits are showing up along with some honey.

M: A bit thin for the style... not enough body.

D: Drinks more like an IPA than a DIPA ... we'll see how that pans out after an entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 22:15:18 | More by ewright
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Brad007

Vermont

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color: Pours a light amber/golden color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Decent hop kick upfront with bready malt character. Floral and again, the hop bitterness is definitely on track for the style.

Taste: Very strong and bitter upfront. Hop character is followed by alcohol warmth. A hint of biscuity malt in the middle but hops dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel: Hops and alcohol dominate the mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping beer. Feels somewhat unbalanced.

Drinkability: Something you might want to take your time with. The alcohol content is high and unless you actually like your hops, you might not like this.

Verdict: Not bad but it just feels unbalanced. Not enough malt and the alcohol is not hidden enough. If you age this, it might not taste so good over time when the hops diminish. I could be wrong though.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 20:11:12 | More by Brad007
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beachbum1975

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this one with newtonty; we cracked it at my Texas Hold 'Em/IPA party last night. A big ol' pair of elephants greet me on the label of this beer. I wonder why there's elephants on there, is it like goats with bock beers? Who knows... (Probably someone on BA!)

Appearance: 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. I dropped this one into a Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass at about 45 degrees. She pours a mildly cloudy, dark amber at the top with an orangish bottom. I am greeted with a light tan 1/8 inch head. After the initial pour, there's only a couple fizzes coming up to the top and the head retains nicely.
Smell: Surprisingly, very sweet malts, and light yeast. This one isn't going to be a hop-bomb.

Taste: Heavily loaded, super-sweet malts. The aftertaste was a waxy, bitter and almost an apricot mix. Where's the pounding of hops? For that matter, where's the hops? After the drink was, I detect light amounts of pineapple-like hops. Not a whole lot though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: I don't think I would have called this a Double IPA, but it was definitely a decent beer overall. I love me some strong hops and expected that with a DIPA (especially from a quality craft brewer like Stoudt's), but I was disappointed. It left me craving more hops. Crap, guess I need to grab another beer :)

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 23:49:34 | More by beachbum1975
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly cloudy amber copper color. It was served to me with a medium sized creamy white head; good lace and retention.

s: Big fresh smelling aromas of caramel and toffee malts; and grassy pineapple hops. Just a hint of alcohol as well.

t: This isn't as hoppy as I prefer my DIPAs, but it is unique and quite tasty, almost barleywinesque. Sweet malt flavors of caramel candied sugar dominate without being cloying. The hops are noticeable as well, tasting of spicy, grassy citrus.

m: Good body and ample carbonation.

d: This is no hop-bomb, but it is still well worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 15:51:22 | More by DIM
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber-honey color with smallish white clingy foam.

Smells very floral with some woody spice and a hint of sweet grapefruity citrus.

Wow, first impression is this is way too sweet... The alcohol is pretty well hidden, as far as heat is concerned, but this cloying sweetness is not much a better alternative. Sweet caramelly, candied orange dominate and the hops just peek out here and there to remind you its a DIPA.

Smooth, despite a decent amount of carbonation and not nearly as sticky feeling as some. Would prefer more hop bitterness to balance the sweetness to keep it drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 03:34:08 | More by BeerZack
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.