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Stoudt's India Pale Ale - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's India Pale AleStoudt's India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

53 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-29-2002)
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Reviews by John:
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The presentation of this brew is a 750ml capped brown bottle. Vintage date stamped 7/03. Bottle conditioned. Picked this up at Downtown Liquors – Davis Square in Somerville, MA. Pours a lovely rich hazy amber color. Head is monumental and lasting. Very pristine appearance in the tapered 20oz. glass. Aroma is fruity some faint apricot and peach notes, multi-grain breadiness and citrus hop. The first sip leaves a “got beer?” foam mustache. The hops dominate but are well backed by a sturdy grain bill. The hop flavor profile is well done, balancing the citrus and pine capably. I would guess this is hopped with a variety of types. The hop flavor is very pronounced up front but trails off a bit in the back end. This is quickly remedied by having another sip ;-) The body is full and substantial, carbonation spot on. A very well done IPA.

John, May 27, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of shapudding
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my biggies left from the early fest this year! yay!
Unfiltered cider color, dark and unclear, very cloudy and full of chunky sedement. Very thick looking during the pour, with tons of thick creamy khaki head that settled to a nice and full covering of thick tiny bubbles. Lightly scented of grapefruit rind. Thickish and creamy mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbination, not too much and not too little. Perfect amount of bite, grapefruit and rind with abit of honey in the background. Slight sharp edgeyness in the aftertaste, makes me think of a nice aged sharp cheese, like a good asiago. This is such a nice IPA. Great freakin session beer. Excellent drinkability!

shapudding, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Towering champagne magnum that is only capped. A vintage date of 7-23-03 is on the label.

Appearance: The marvelous head lays two fingers deep with some major clinging action, only a mild haze in the deep tawny coloured brew.

Smell: Tangerines, piney hop, soft alcoholic esters. Light caramel sweetness from the malt

Taste & Mouthfeel: Brilliantly smooth within the medium body. Restrained hop bitterness, lots of hop flavour to go around though. Mildly piney with a solid citrus backing. Nice sturdy malt backbone with sight caramel tones middle to end. Warming esters become more apparent towards the finish with a prevalent ester profile.

Notes: $5.99 for a magnum of bottle conditioned 7.5% abv IPA is a steal … I’d would have paid $8 for this easily. A superb IPA, hopping is not too out of control. I personally recommend drinking this fresh to fully enjoy the hop flavour.

Jason, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of Osiris9588
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, capped, with a vintage date 4/25/02. I should've asked Ali at Boulevard carry out how the bottle had been stored recently. It pours deep, rich ruddy bronze color with golden overtones. The head extremely think, foamy, and stiff. I poured it with slight aggression, but the head immediately rose to take over the top half of my Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Great retention and copious thick, fluffy strands of lacing.

The smell is sweet and slighty spice hops, some pine, and light lemon. The flavor is differed from my expectations, and not in a negative way. Despite the typical IPA charateristics portended by the aroma, a creamy, butterscotchy, slightly chocolately, maltiness accompanied the hops.

The mouth is medium bodied and extremely complex with gread carbonation. The creaminess of the body, before the slightly bitter finish that features a sugary tang tempering the hops, sets it apart from many an IPA that just goes for a hop holocaust.

It very drinkable, as is well balanced and smooth. It almost seems like a Scothish ale mixed with an IPA. Some fans of IPA might dis it for not being robust enough, but I dig the mellow characteristics it brings to the table.

Osiris9588, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to try this one on cask at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. The appearance is a rustic brown amber almost copper tone, and the head formed thick with long lasting retention. From the aroma I am sensing the hops dominate, and I was picking up floral, earthy, and pine cone like tones from the hop aroma. Flavor comes with a wave of creamy malt wrapped with hop bitterness to form a quite balanced beer. The overall mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fluffy characteristic to each sip. A very drinkable beer that I would of had more than one, but I had to drive home.

WVbeergeek, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 11/20/01 - not quite a year old. It's amazing how well these beers age! Pours a hazy, very deep-amber (borderline brown) robe with a creamy 1/4" head that holds well and leaves some spotty lace throughout the glass. Sharp, fresh hops rise from the glass to greet you - resinousy and citrusy - almost completely blocking out the sugary and bready malt notes underneath. The medium (almost full) body combines with an exceptionally fine and gentle carbonation to give a rich, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor starts with a rich maltiness that thins to reveal some grassy and citrusy hop flavors as it warms. It finishes with some crisp bitterness at first, mellowing into a lightly chocolatey and caramel maltiness, and finally ending with some grassy hop character that becomes increasingly resiny as it sits in the back of the mouth and throat. Wow! What a finish! This beer is not what I'd expect from the I.P.A. designation, but thankfully, it's something more! A very special beer that probably deserves more recognition than it gets. Absolutely worth trying, and even worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of beerluvr
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml. bottle, indecipherable vintage date.
Pours an intense cream colored head of rocky foam, hangs around for a very long time. The beers' color is deep amber/burnished copper in appearance, lots of yeast in suspension...even more on the refill of the glass. Nose is caramel, spicy hoppiness and great fruity yeast esters rising upwards, very appealing. Notes of restrained hop and light toffee caramelization and rich fruitiness combine sublimely, with a shot of warming alcohol after the flavors fade...a nice combo of taste sensations going on here. Finishes up long, rich and bittersweet, malty and fruity with a dry hop ending. Hats off to Stoudt's for this gem, it's a "big" IPA without the usual over the top palate blinding hoppiness.
Thanks to blitheringidiot for this nectar!

beerluvr, Jul 18, 2004
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9-19-02 and bottle conditioned.
Dark amber in color with a light tan head that laced. Drank some without the yeast, then added the good amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle to my glass. Very cloudy with the yeast.
Aroma is fruity, with floral hops and malt also coming through.

Sweet biscuity, caramel malt well balanced by floral hops. Hoppy and tastey, but balanced. I wonder what this would be like fresher, hoppier I'm guessing. Would be interesting to find a fresher bottle for comparison.

Good mouthfeel.
Tastey, balanced and very drinkable.

Overall, a good IPA.

PhantomVodoo, Nov 17, 2003
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4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the way an IPA is supposed to be. Reminds me of the first IPA I ever tasted, really, my introduction into craft beer. Clean, crisp, fresh, delicious.

Pours brilliant hazy red/orange with a frost head and plenty of lacing all around the glass.

Taste is classic IPA. Awesome combination of fruits; banana, orange, grapefruit, a real citrus kick, followed by an incredible balanced hopppines, accompanied by equally balanced malts.

Judging as a category, this beer is tops in its class. It'll take a lot to persuade me to rate any other IPA higher. Well balanced a beer that I will defiantly revisit.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 20, 2005
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tawny gold, slightly hazy with some good active carbonation, and a big beautiful sticky head. The scent is all piney hops and hop oils with just a hint of malt to back it up. As for the taste, I think it best to start a new paragraph.

I tasted this one, ( my first from this brewery) put the glass down, and said aloud, 'damn that's good!' and it is. A medium bodied, smooth drinkin' IPA with the classic well-hopped taste, solid and strong malts in the balance, and just enough hop bitterness to bring you back to the glass for more. In no way overdone, a seriously well made beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and slick, and the carbonation lightens it up. Very drinkable. Very drinkable, and I'll echo Jason's sentiment that this one is a steal at 6 bucks and change. Drink up.

mydeadguy, Nov 04, 2003
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have now had this one for the third time and it seem's to keep getting better and unvailing new flavors each time.

The head on this beer is so thick and rocky with fluffy lacing from the top of the glass to the bottom. The nose is of rich malt and dark dried fruits with a real nice fruity, heavy floral note. The mouthfeel of this beer is incredible and surrounds your tounge with texture. The hops are adequate but not over the top. It's 7.5% ABV but it really hides it well behind a huge caramel and slightly toasted malt flavor. The hops not as drying in this beer but add a nice well balanced sharpness.The hop flavors are deep and complex with almost a sweet floral finish.
If you like English IPA's you will love this one, it's bigger and better than most. The oly drawback is that it is very heavy and filling so drinking a 750ml kind of makes it hard to have more after this one and if you are eating don't bother your full.

OatmattStout, May 22, 2003
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC, pint glass

Appearance: mild haze to it, light amber color, great head poured

Smell: citrus, piney hop, sweetness from the malt

Taste & Mouthfeel: Brilliantly smooth within the medium body. Restrained hop bitterness, lots of hop flavour to go around though. Mildly piney with a solid citrus backing.

A superb IPA, hopping is not too out of control. Well balanced, nice to have one like this when people now are just looking for the hops in a DIPA, myself included. Even after finishing this the hops just stay on your tongue making you want another

bonbini26, May 06, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

765ml bottle.

Pours slightly hazy deep copper/amber in color, with a large tan head that mostly lasts, leaving tons of lace. Aroma is slightly malty (caramel), with a huge citrus and pine hop presence in there. Flavor is a good bit of caramel, with a very strong hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied, extremely tasty and immensely enjoyable.

goz, Dec 09, 2003
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came from the 750ml bottle a very dark ruby/garnet color with a thick tan head, and sheets of lace down the side of the glass. The aroma has some grass, pine and hop flowers with a bit of caramel malt and candy. The taste has some of the pine flavor with a hint of grapefruit and more malt sweetness than I expected. There is a pleasant bitterness towards the finish. The beer has a nice silky mouth feel, and is very drinkable.

carln26, Jan 02, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle-conditioned IPA which is now aged 2 years. Dark copper, sticky off-white head. Aroma is interesting, reminiscent of an english strong ale with complex hop character.. or a mellow american barleywine with a few years of age. Plenty of malt to keep me interested, almost like a scotch ale. Taste is superbly balanced, orangey east coast hops, light smokiness, earthy. Medium-bodied and smooth. A true winner, my new favorite IPA as it stands. Stoudts is my brewery of the month making subtle and pure brews, fully crafted and well-thought out. Thanks Martin!

Rastacouere, Jan 27, 2004
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a lighter amber color with a tall and thick white head that settles fast to a slight film over the glass. It laces the glass a lot on the way down.
S: The smell is of sweet malt underneath a large amount of citrisy and piney hoppy aromas.
T: The taste follows the nose pretty well with a sweet malt base and alot of citrisy and piney hoppy bitterness to finish. Really nice taste.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, and a bit warming from the amount of alcohol.
D: Pretty drinkable for this big beer.

erosier, May 16, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 19 November 2002. Stoudt's IPA pours a hazy amber, featuring a medium head w/ large bubbles in it. This IPA has a nice hoppy nose & flavor. It actually does have some slight malt notes in the background. All in all, this is a nice IPA

jcalabre, Jun 07, 2003
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange in hue, topped by a very thick, creamy head that leaves Belgian lace. Citrusy hop nose upfront in aroma, but lightly tart fruity esters follow along with light caramel malt. Although only approximately 13 months old (aged at room temp. from a store, bottled 7/18/01) hop bitterness seems to have faded considerably, and thus allows sweet caramel, honey & pleasant fruity esters to initally dominate the flavor. A touch of yeast mustiness is perceptible as well. Hop flavor promptly ensues and is comprised of mellow citrus and perhaps a touch of earthiness. Quite full in body for style w/ perfect carbonation that helps lend a smooth, agreeable mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a quickly fading honey - like malt flavor common to well - aged high gravity brews (but it's only one year old!) The delayed mild alcohol warmth is indicative of above average strength for an IPA. Delicious and true to style, but my only real qualm is that the hop profile seemed a bit faded. Regardless, Stoudt's IPA is rich & highly enjoyable. I can't wait to try their Tripel!

marc77, Aug 02, 2002
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4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

765ml (1pt, 9.87oz) bottle from who knows where. 04 Vintage.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head grows before it falls, snow-coning above the rim, leaving sporadic chunks of lace in its wake. Aroma is sweet, but still predominantly fruity hops. Taste is intense, yet still balanced, with the sweetness and fruity hops working together to please the palate. Mouthfeel and drinkability are still superb. This one is like the Energizer Bunny of IPAs.

(4/4.5/5/5/5, 5/12/04)
765ml (1pt, 9.87oz) bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured (carefully) into an imperial pint glass, formed a huge (~4") dense tan beige head, which took awhile to foam down so that I could get some more of the honey-amber hued brew into the glass. We're talking like five minutes! Not that I'm known for patience, but whoa, this head just won't go away. Nose is predominantly of biting hops, which is great. Taste is upfront with a heavy amount of malts (shockingly enough), which is balanced soon after by a big old shot of hops. Incredible. Mouthfeel and drinkability are stupendous. Highly recommended IPA, for sure.

ppoitras, Dec 29, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 07/01 Tasted 10/02 [25.87 oz bottle cond.]

Hazy Deep Copper/Bronze with a light brownish head. Nice hoppy citrusy aroma and awesome hoppy grapefruity taste. Good malt balance with a nice level of bitterness. Medium to full bodied and smooth !

More along the lines of an American style IPA to me ... would be interested in the hop varites but the beer was not listed on their website.

I liked it the best when tasted before a year but still damn good after 15 months even thought it had lost some of it's fruity hoppiness.

RBorsato, Oct 16, 2002
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was on cask at Stoudts last weekend. Quite a treat! The beer comes in a pint glass and a large frothy beige head is present. This fades gradually but never disappears. The color is a hazy chestnut with a fair amount of white sediment in the bottle of my glass. Also what appears to be some hop flower particles floating around. The aroma is all hops! I get sour grapefruit mixed with some grassy/earthy scents. The carbonation on the first sip is almost non-existent like a cask ale should be. The flavor is piney and citrusy through and through. The finish is slightly drying and encourages me to take another sip. SMooth tasty brew

sulldaddy, May 03, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a slightly hazy copper orange color with a thin 1/2" white head. Big bubbles in the head. Nice carbonation. Some lacing develops. The aroma was of malt and strong hops. The flavor was a nice balance of malt and serious bitterness, while some softer citrus tones floated in the background.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the start and had a light crisp and a very bitter finish. The bitterness lasted well into the aftertaste. A nicely drinkable IPA.

Gavage, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of DrewS
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad at all. This beer is amber in color, slightly hazy, and pours into a thick and creamy head with a grassy aroma. Well balanced, medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. This IPA has a note of sweet honey along with some earthy flavors. Man, what a great combo of malt and hops. I really did enjoy this beer after drinking mostly APA style beers with a high hop bitterness. I recommend if you can find it.

DrewS, Apr 29, 2002
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting IPA. Not an over-the-top West Coast IPA, but not quite a tradional more mellow English IPA. It's somwhere in between.

It poured out in a very creamy manner, a murky reddish-brown brew with plenty of sediment in the bottom of the bottle from the bottle conditioning. Fresh fruit and floral hops in the nose. The hops don't blow your socks off in the aroma, and this follows in the taste as well. It's still well hopped enough for this hophead, but I like my IPA's to kick my ass. Although this is very good, it wasn't quite there. A very good IPA, but not one for the hopheads to seek out. The mouthfeel is thick and rich for an IPA, which was different so I enjoyed it. I give this a 3.5 (low for me, because most beer is sooo drinkable) due to the fact that I want more hops. To each his own. I would like to try this beer when it's really fresh and more raw, as opposed to the aged bottle I sampled.

IrishRedRock, Jun 09, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Our Stoudt's IPA was served from a capped champagne style bottle that yielded nearly two pints of ale the color of an autumn pond, deep orange and brown and rather hazy. Capped off with a very full creamy off-white head, chunky style. There appeared to be a healthy amount of yeast/sediment in the bottle, as a fair amount settled out in the bottom of my glass. Aroma is very sweet and riddled with scents of floral hops and fresh fruit. Taste is very sweet at first, but quite full of fruity esters; I'm thinking grapefruit and a little peach. Good hop flavor is very well balanced by a malty smoothness. Notes of brandy become evident in the nose and finish as this beer warms a bit. Medium to heavy body for an IPA, but very smooth. I'd like to try this one on draft....

mikeys01, Nov 05, 2003
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Stoudt's India Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.