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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,155 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 54
Gots: 39 | 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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phattysbox

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 15:37:06 | More by phattysbox
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 23:32:51 | More by oriolesfan4
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

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

Obtained a bottle in trade from paulthebeerguru

A - Full two fingers of frothy, near white head that sticks heavily with decent retention. Murky, light copper color and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Earthy and piney hops along with citrus and grapefruit character, maybe some starfruit.

T - Intense bitterness and alcohol early on. Fruits in the aroma are present in the taste as well. Dry aftertaste, although sort of sweet. Slight metallic taste. Malt taste is slight, but noticeably roasty. Very good!

M/D - Very frothy and fills the throat with bubbles. Average drinkability, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 21:59:33 | More by SirSketch
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mbrasi

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is good 10.6 hardly noticable. Pours cloudy golden with a massive head. Aroma: sweet citrus with hops overpowering very very nice aroma. Flavor is nice. Hoppy but not as powerful as I was expecting more sweet malts than most x2IPAs. Good but there are better doubles out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 23:25:25 | More by mbrasi
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mltobin

Connecticut

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

Served on-tap at a small bar in Connecticut.

Appearance is a light brown color with a decent sized head.
The smell is peppery, but not as robust of a smell as I had expected.
The taste is hoppy , with some sweet tones blended in.
The mouthfeel is a enjoyable blend of the alcohol and the grains and quenches the burn of buffalo wings very well.
A great IPA and made right in Pennsylvania.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 21:47:46 | More by mltobin
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cameraman

Kentucky

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

A medium amber color, with hints of gold at the bottom of the glass. A three finger thick head forms on top, that is cream 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 16:32:13 | More by cameraman
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changeup45

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a bright darker shade of orange with some head and a bit of lacing hanging around throughout the beer. Sweet and fruity hopped aroma but it isn't all that powerful. The flavor consists of a crisp hoppy grapefruit bite, a bit sweet and a mild bitter aftertaste. The hops don't scream Imperial IPA to me. More like a solid IPA and certainly doesn't seem like there's 10% abv in here. It must be well hidden!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 20:16:32 | More by changeup45
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kirok1999

Ohio

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

Pours a light copper with just a bit of head and wispy lacing.
Smells hoppy and sweet. Promises a nice balance of malt and hop. Hops seem floral and citrusy.
Taste is rich and malty, nice sweet malt at first then a rich, lingering slightly bitter finish. There's caramel, floral hops, and a very lush sweetness.
Feels very smooth with just a little carbonation. I left the yeast in the bottle.
Goes well with some parmesan cheese and crispy bread.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 22:58:41 | More by kirok1999
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Ragingbull

California

2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold in color with a light foam head and faint prickle. Sweeter and maltier nose than I anticipated for a Double IPA. Hoppy attack and flavor. The hops grows, peaks and dissipates but leaves a sweet and hoppy aftertaste. I didn't read that this was bottle conditioned until after I had poured and I tried to overlook the bits of yeast in the beer when I was rating the appearance but still it was just "alright." A pretty average beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:05:43 | More by Ragingbull
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Glowing opaque orange that matches the color on the bottle. Speaking of which, the bottle says it's "bottle conditioned", which explains the lack of clarity. Go yeast! Average head retention with ultra-thick lacing.

4.0 S: Very hoppy and citrusy. Cool mountain water and strong herbal tea/spice.

4.0 T: WOW. Simply amazing. Very spicy on the onset. Tropical fruits next (mango foremost) and a hint of strawberry icecream from sweet maltiness. Mild alcoholic finish.

4.5 M: Unexpectedly very creamy. Alcohol manages to somehow only warm the top of my mouth, which I wholeheartedly embrace.

4.0 D: The fact that I'm craving a second beer with this much alcohol and character really speaks to the greatness of this beer and its drinkability. Exceptional.

This is my fourth Stoudt's beer and three of them were among the best I've had for each style. Not too shabby.

Edit: I've had this a few times since this review and the experience doesn't keep up with the scores I posted. Adjusting the scores now and will adjust the review later. Sometimes I wish to go back to the days when beers like this made me that happy.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 22:13:13 | More by DavoleBomb
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bonkers

New Jersey

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

poured 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
a-hazy copper/orange in color with a very thick long lasting puffy white head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass
s-strong, sweet citrus hop aroma
t-big citrusy hop flavors with a nice bitter aftertaste that just lingers
m&d-a full bodied sipper with just the right amount of carbonation
overall-a damn good beer from Stoudts!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:16:01 | More by bonkers
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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
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.