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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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53 Ratings

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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 Rastacouere:
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Quebec (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 00:43:36 | More by Rastacouere
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-27-2013 11:12:29 | More by dgherm
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 14:35:25 | More by erosier
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New Jersey

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 12:57:53 | More by bonbini26
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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped in the other day for the first time to stoudt's brewery in adamstown, pa

Its a nice older steakhouse that the brewery was built on to.

Served in a 12oz. snifter. Golden amber in color. 2 finger head that goes away quickly. Not a lot of smell. Was surprised by this. Taste was great. Very sweet with lots of spicy hops at the end. Mouthfeel was creamy and stayed for a while on the palate. Drinkability, was great. Could have had a couple if I didn't have to drive home.

Very nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 05:03:58 | More by slvrmon82
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 00:24:15 | More by ppoitras
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen this beer around for a while, so I decided to grab it. I was a bit hesitant at first, but the label said that it would mature nicely. Unfortunately the vintage date on the side was not exactly legible (the $6 dollar price tag didn't hurt either). Poured into a tulip glass a reddish pink color, with a big frothy white head. Smell had toasted grains, sweet honey and honeydew. Taste starts off very sweet, with the malt in the foreground, and the hops slightly hidden in the back. Honey and chocolate dominate this beer in the beginning, only to be replaced by a light kiss of hop flavor in the finish. Somewhat light on the palate as far as body, but the flavors are very pronounced. This is a very drinkable India Pale Ale. A few reviewers said that this was reminiscent of a scotch ale. I would have to agree. This is definitely one of the more interesting IPAs I have had in a while, although I am hardly surprised because Stoudts is a pretty great and innovative brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 02:25:42 | More by jamie2dope
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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Newtonville Wine&Spirits, Newton, MA(great place). A - Poured a deep amber with a towering thick head with staying power. S - light on the aroma side, nothing pungent, slight hoppy smell, light mushrooms, a hint of sweetness. T - Wow, I'm not a real IPA fan, I lean towards Belgians myself, but this is an outstanding IPA. It carried numerous undertones without being heavy-tasting, and without any bitterness. Quite a feat. Hints of butterscotch, portobello, and a light nuttiness. M - Big carbonation coupled with its light body made for a better than average mouthfeel. D - Very drinkable. Didn't have time to finish, so put it back in the fridge and was still good the next day. Not that I'd recommend doing that. An IPA this good should be enjoyed in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 20:07:42 | More by bjoyce12
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 20:21:01 | More by Osiris9588
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber almost copperish murky color with an initial two finger cream colored foamy head. Lots of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Looks carbonated.
S: Aromas of fruity and floral hops hit the nose first with a slight grassy smell also. Malts are noticeable also--they come in as the secondary smell and take over.
T & M: Very fruity and light taste up front with not much hops at all. Slight metallic taste also, which is unappealing. Earthy almost smokey malt notes leave a warm bitter feeeling on the tongue. Malts are the most dominant on this ipa with a fruity carbonated aftertaste, sort of like I just drank some seltzer. Very smooth and velvety on the palate. goes down very smooth. Refreshing even.
D: Drinkability is ok on this offering from stoudt's. I figured it would be more hoppy than it was, but no matter, still a good offering. Would have this again on tap to see if I missed anything or had a bad batch.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 23:26:10 | More by bjohnson
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a brew dated 1/7/04 reviewed in April of 06. Usually I would not review an IPA aged like this, but it was a positive experience.

It had a nice dark copper color, and a smell of caramel and tropical fruits.

The taste included the same caramel malts, tropical fruit flavors, and subdued hops. Incredible malt profile, but still some fruity hop character to balance things out. The mouthfeel was silky smooth. Drinkability was excellent as well.

It wasn't my intention to cellar this one- I just got lucky. I must try it fresh now, but it's great with a couple of years under it's belt. A real surprise.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 01:04:01 | More by gotbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the Kuhnhenns gathering on 6/10 thanks goes to pailhead for this one. poured a cloudly dark amber, with a white head. aroma on this at least 2 year old beer was earthy, hops and malts,citrus, pine, caramel and fruits. the flavor was well balanaced for me the hop and malts were made this nice and smooth, than some yeast came out and just a touch of alcohol. would like to get my taste buds on this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 13:58:44 | More by walleye
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottled conditioned brew and it shows. Vintage dated 1.7.04, I guess the beer store was kind enough to age it for me, as I only bought it yesterday. This is actually one of the more intriguing IPA's I have had. I poured this beer about 40 minutes ago, and I still have the same ultra creamy 1/4 buttercream colored head I started with. Very cloudy copper, I did see some yeasties during pouring. Aromawise, I am picking up mostly piney notes, some alcohol. Also some bready yeastiness. Tastewise is where this one gets interesting. Some Maine type malts, over-all prevading yeasty quality makes me wonder if I am drinking a Belgian IPA. There's no real spice or anything going on, but the yeast is pronounced. The hops in the finish do taste like they have waited a good year and half in the bottle, the rough edges have been smoothed out and quite possible carmelised. The only roughness comes from the small carbonation as it hits your tongue. A nice change from IPAs that are all about the hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 23:16:49 | More by PatandDavid
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best IPAs this beerdrinker has ever had the good fortune to try. The head is monstrous; in fact, it took so long to settle that it created a high anticipatory feeling - this is what great beer is supposed to be about. You know that it is something special. After a slow settle with little lacing, I detected a powerful floral aroma (almost sweetish); the color is a dark copper, the body and mouthfeel extraordinary - yet it is not overwhelmingly hoppy - a great blend, almost like a single malt in terms of complexity. Highly drinkable and highly recommended. Stoudt's is one of America's best microbrewers.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 20:10:57 | More by jjboesen
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 22:51:10 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 00:08:42 | More by carln26
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New Jersey

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.

Serving type: cask

10-23-2004 01:35:08 | More by Gavage
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 765 mL bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark copper, with a nice foamy head with great retention. The smell is a nice piney, slightly citrusy hoppiness. The taste certainly has a pineyish, slightly grapefruitish hop, but this beer is definitely as malty as an IPA comes, and the sweetness adds a nice element. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, without hops to numb the mouth, this would be a very nice sessioner.

Sadly, this is one of the last remaining 765 mLs of this beer. The new Stoutdt's IPA will be another one of the super-duper-IPA variety, which I certainly enjoy, but there's a place for beers like this as well! So, here's at least one person hoping that the Stoudts will keep this recipe for new 12 oz. bottles. Quite good, and I really hope I'll have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 18:43:48 | More by beergeek279
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. The more I thought about it, the more I gravitated towards 4's for everything. A beautiful hazy orange with a nice head and some lacing. Nose is citrusy, with hints of pine, but the orange sweetness comes out more than anything else. Taste is a bit dry and slightly maltsweet and finishes with citrusy/lemon tartness (without lemon rind) and finishes with big sour bitter pinethat lingers and lingers. Carbonation and mouthfeel are pretty good. Carbonation adds to the hop bite slightly, but it feels smooth. Drinkability probably suffers from overt lingering bitterness, but when you're in the mood for an IPA, this is the stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 02:34:11 | More by twilight
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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!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 15:23:29 | More by shapudding
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3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a nicely trade 750ml bottle into a pair of pint glasses over a hard working brew day of making a Double IPA.

Notes as taken in the field:
Big hazy orange brew with a light beige head.

Aroma is all malt with a surprising lack of hops for an IPA. Its been a while since I've been on the east coast though. :) A brown sugar character of oxidation rounds the edges of the brew's aroma.

Flavor is malty at first blush, brown sugar and caramel toffees. Midpalate sees a strong citrus peel hop assert itself over the beer. Finally some hop to drive the beer home to a bitterish finish that cleans towards the next sip.

Not bad... Little old... little east coasty after all of these years exposed to the depravity of the west Coast.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 08:12:46 | More by drewbage
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

murkey light caramel color, caramelt also follows through in the smell. the odor also hints of chocolate and sweat malts and a slight green hops hint as well. fluffy brownish head. hop taste up front, greenish grapfruity hop flavoring, not harsh but clear and pronounced. finished up with caramel/chocolate maltiness. the chocolate flavors were stronger in my first glass but it fades to subdued caramel by the third glass, two hours later. very well blended and balanced. could stnad a bit more bitter hoppiness up front, but you know how it is, when don't you think they could have pushed thta hop limit just a bit. low carbonation despite the big head that started off the first pour. very drinkable, very smooth, probably because they didnt push that hop limit. good hop burps, but not the kind that burn your nose. good stuff, check it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 02:58:11 | More by MediocreatBest
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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Go to Adamstown PA. and get some.
I tend to like IPAs, but so many of the highly ranked ones are so hopped, they taste like grapefruit juice. Not so with this great IPA. Mrs. Stoudt has this one right on.
Comes with a RICH head that stays till the last drop. You smell fruit, maybe some cherries, some caramel and just faint hops.
It takes a while to determine all the flavors, cherries, peaches, at bit of citrus all smooth and balanced. No sharp hop after taste, no suggestion of the alcohol. A nice fruit finish.
This is a real drinkable IPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: cask

07-25-2004 17:44:40 | More by 57andcounting
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Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 14:21:53 | More by beerluvr
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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer luck fell my way with a coincidental trip to STOUDT'S for the brewfest after their purchase of a new 12 oz. bottling line. That means their huge 765 mL bottles are a thing of the past, but here in the present. Aw yeah!

A beautious first pour into me pint glass looking dark peach almost russet hued IPA with plenty of bottle conditioned cloudy goodness. The super tight off white head tops off this beer's pour. As the brew disappears, odd shapes from the lace are left in the glass.

Mixed dark fruit scents pervade the nose. A few swirls evoke some esters.

Serious complexity hits me tongue. Flavors of ripe oranges, even a twinge of bananas and yeasty dough notes. Malts are creeping out as a bit of warmth takes over.

Chewy bready feel lends to a full bodied beer. This is heavy, most likely due to the bottle conditioned nature. There is a lasting creamy feel that is fully sustained here.

Any brew that disappears this fast and is in a pint + 9.87 oz. bottle must be drinkable.

Second pour with the scrod chunks and all darkened me pint to a sandstorm curtain of beer. Also, the head was pure solid cake that was like a solid statue. It ain't movin'.

Last swigs: This is a mature IPA, in a HUGE bottle that stretches beyond the hop til ya drop, overplayed Cascade-Amarillo popular flavor, although I happen to enjoy those IPAs as well. There is a balanced restrained pronounced hop flavor with a malty background to keep STOUDT'S IPA grounded. Second pour is like a different beer that resembles a cask conditioned beer. Two beers in one bottle. Worth a try for the beer adventurer.

Beer is good. Happy local bottle conditioned beering.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 05:27:13 | More by blitheringidiot
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Stoudt's India Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.