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Smooth Hoperator - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Smooth HoperatorSmooth Hoperator

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very good

412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: leftmindedrighty on 05-05-2007)
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- Beautiful. A deep, translucent amber, with a dense, fluffy off white head. Laces fantastically.

S- Bready, caramel malts with an earthy hop component. The hops work surprisingly well, and make for a really tasty interplay of malt and hops.

T- A nice, bready, caramel and cracker malt bill. Big lager yeast presence, and some mild dark fruit. Closes with some earthy hops that come off almost minty. Lightly bitter on the finish.

M- pretty thick, certainly feels like a doppel. A creamy character that I find on a lot of Stoudt's brews.

O- Looks fantastic, mouthfeel is pretty great as well. Smell Falls a bit short, and I could use a bigger hop presence, but it's pretty darn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 22:20:25 | More by JWU
Photo of FLima


3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber copper color with a thick beige head with eternal retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Sweet aroma of honey, vanilla and papaya.
Intense and predominant sweet flavor of peaches, toasted malts, herbs and spices, and bit of pine. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is well hidden.
Well executed Doppelbock with an American hoppy touch, nevertheless malt still predominates here, as it should.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 13:48:16 | More by FLima
Photo of Omnium


3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Alpine Spring Pint

A - Pours a nice medium amber/light brown color, nice thick two finger off white head, good lacing.
S - Big caramel malt up front, and then some earthy hop flavors.
T - Sweet malt its dominant here, then you get some pine and other earthy hop bite in the middle, finishes more on the sweet side.
M - Very chewy and sticky feeling
O - Not bad for a hoppy doppelbock, has some decent hop character, but its still over-powered by malt. It could use a bit more balance. The name is the best part of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 19:09:32 | More by Omnium
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3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange brown color with a big frothy cream colored head that falls oh so slow. Lots of sticky lace left behind.

Aroma is some sweet malty notes but lighter then a Dooplebock should be, Some light fruity notes cherry mainly with alcohol esters and a good dose of pine.

Taste is lots of malts to start caramel earthy peat notes with good fruit but then something weird happens and the pine hops creep up add there kick. First off I love hops but this just seems wrong to over hop this style. Taste is ok would almost rate it worse but guess its not bad just wrong.

Mouthfeel is solid medium carbonation seems a little too peppy for a dopplebock.

Overall heck its worth a try but for me that's all it will be. It is not bad per say just don't think everything needs to be hopped it is just wrong.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:10:43 | More by mntlover
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a dark burgundy red/brown color with a big fluffy white head that left tons of chunky lace

S- BIg raisin notes, sweet caramel, and cherry pits. Pretty aromatic

T- Big juicy raisins, sweet caramel, tart cherry juice, plums, cherry pits, some tea bitterness, and some breadiness. Pretty complex and unique for a dopplebock

M- Very very smooth, medium to fuller bodied, slightly sticky, some warming, but wow is this smooth

O- Had no idea what the style was and was expecting a big hop bomb. This was a really nice complex and malty beer. This one was definitely a sipper, but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:46:13 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty outstanding Doppelbock served in an Elysian snifter.

A: Dark, rusty amper color, but fairly clear in its disposition. One finger head.

S: Cherry Jolly Rancher.

T: Incredible malt backbone here with a mild, sweet bread quality that was pretty awesome. After the huge sip, I got a big chug of white pepper and yeast.

M: Much more carbonation for this style than I'm used to. I usually think of Doppelbocks as port-like. Not this one.

O: I can see why this one is so highly rated. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:07:27 | More by Chaney
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is has a nice hoppy flavor which is odd for a double bock. I enjoyed this one alot. It is vey smooth. Usuallly I find double bocks tough on the palate. But not this one. It has the carmel taste along with the hops. I know its been around for years, but this is the first time I saw it on tap in my area.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2013 15:42:16 | More by beerfinder
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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stoudts Brewing Co. - Smooth Hoperator - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a clear maple syrup golden tinted brown and a hint of amber with a massive foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing. This is a beautiful looking brew.

Smell - Tangy sour yeast, malt, and some citrus hops. Mouth-watering in that regard, light but has a bite. Reminiscent of IPA meets Belgian-style but not as heavy, should be a bit heavier.

Taste - Smooth malt intro, then a yeasty blast and a metallic citrus hop creeper that is more on the bitter side. Almost like a bad apple cider this is overly tart. Too thin.

Mouthfeel - Tangy, sour, and slightly metallic yeast smashed into hops lingers. Medium bodied as in this brew should be thicker than this. Not boozy, but not great on drinkability either.

Overall - Interesting fusion (a hoppy doppelbock) but I am not sold on this one. I was excited after the pour, then lost some interest during the aroma phase, and it was all downhill from there, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 13:49:02 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Hendry


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda bought Smooth Hoperator alongside Stoudt's IIPA on a whim. Not realizing this was a Dopplebock upon purchasing, the beauty of beer shopping with other people's money (splitting the cost with buddies for out-of-state-varieties) allows one to stretch out the budget with a wider variety with less risk (getting hung with mutiples that don't meet the credentials of a second purchase).

The rich,creamy two finger head that rests atop the deep ruby hue stays put until settling down to a permanent cap with average lacing in the snifter style glass.

The nose is aggressively sweet and yeasty, behaving like a concoction brewed closer to Belgium than Germany (more so than U.S.A. especially), which is the birthplace of the Dopplebock. There are indeed some malts present in the aroma, but this is a sort of hopped up mongrel that defies description.

The taste is sharp and very European in the way of yeast delivery, but again, I'm thinking about Brussels rather than Munich (certainly not Pennsylvania, U.S.A.). There is an immediate sweetness of malts followed by a confusing and unexpected blend of aggressive yeast and hops. The long yeasty aftertaste is slightly apple-cidery and unusual, if not unique.

For my taste, this is a Dopplebock that is unsure of it's own identity: the yeasty kick seems more trapist inspired rather than what one would typically imagine from a quality German Dopplebock (such as Ayinger). While worth a try for those that appreciate Belgian yeastiness, this is one of those beers that makes me appreciate splitting six packs with friends so I don't have to look at 5 more bottles for the next year.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:14:31 | More by Hendry
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains pretty well before it works its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Fresh piney hop aroma with some faint citrus notes. Good cereal grain sweetness. Smells more like an IPA than a Doppelbock. Overall, quite earthy.

T- Bitterness comes on strong and has little malt backing it given the color. Taste is slightly metallic and one-dimensional. Just bitter hops that are redundant and lack the citrus and sweetness from the aroma.

M- Sticky, borderline syrupy with a harsh bite from the hops and not much body. Medium carbonation.

O- The aroma is such a tease considering the rest of the beer's characteristics are closer to mediocre. By the way, they totally missed the chance to call this Hoppelbock. That would be a better name since the hops in this are anything but smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:55:26 | More by Immortale25
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one blind expecting an IPA, didn't quite realize that the slick-ass dude on the cover was actually a dude-goat. Smooth Hoperator pours an amber-brown color with three fingers of very well retaining head. The aroma is very rich with caramel malts, but there's plenty of citrus and pine hops hanging out on the nose too. The taste is excellent, the malts rule the show at first, with some caramel and toasted malts up front, but the finish belongs to the citrus and pine hops. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a dopplebock, and the light carbonation is spot-on. Overall, Smooth Hoperator is a robust beer that should appeal to fans of maltier IPAs and dopplebocks alike.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:26:32 | More by shand
Photo of babaracas


3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper with huge cream colored head; settles slowly into a meringue-like cap with thick clumps of lace on the glass. Smell: floral with spicy, grassy, and sweet citrus notes. Sweet, slightly grainy. Taste: quite sweet... caramel, sweet apple, earthy, nectarine, herbal with a little orange citrus. Hoppy finish, but oddly drying and tannic. Miss, but if I was going to drink a ton of doppelbocks, I might throw one of these in from time to time for something different.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 07:33:55 | More by babaracas
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 123oz. bottle with no freshness info.

Appearance: A light copper color, murky a little but mostly clear. Head is huge and long lasting leaving spotted lacing everywhere. All around on the sides, huge air bubbles fill it up.

Smell: Sweet peaches mixed with malt, fruit-like hops and caramel malt.

Taste: Plump peaches with underlying malty caramel and a quite present hop-like character.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, not as thick as a doppelbock should be. Some bitterness lurks.

Overall: A different interpretation of a traditional style that didn't completely win me over.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 12:25:36 | More by papat444
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter

Appearance – Served an amber colored brew with a half finger white head. The head faded over a moderate time to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of malt and some toffee and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas were some good hoppy aromas of a grapefruit citrus as well as a pine aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet toffee and malty flavor with a good presence of a grapefruit hop flavor. As the taste moves more toward the middle there are flavors of a pine hop that come to the tongue. While this occurs some of the sweetness fades a bit. In the end the pine and grapefruit grow slightly stronger and in the end leave a hop bittered, but malt balanced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is smooth and creamy with a carbonation level that is just about average. The smooth and creamier body is great for the hop flavors and really lets them shine through the flavor profile.

Overall – Quite nice. The beer has a great flavor profile, nice flavor transitions as well a good feel for the style . While not what I would consider a doppelbock, it is a god blend of doppel and IPA. Its very drinkable, flavorful, and very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 00:13:51 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to tone77 for this beer! The beer pours a dark copper, deep amber and light brown to deep chestnut in color. There is a tall half-inch of thick and creamy off-white head.

The aroma is rich malt and fruity hops, a good amount of orange and a bit of floral. The taste is deep, rich malt, roasted and caramel, in near equipoise with orange fruit hops.

There is a spice and a tang in the finish, which is smooth and creamy. This is an interesting and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 02:52:46 | More by cpolking
Photo of chefhatt


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one had a nice amber color body with a 2' white head that hangs around for a bit and turns into a thin lace and stickyness along the top of the glass. The smell is of rich, sweet malt. The taste is kinda sweet up front then a little more bitter on the back of tongue. It has a little hop presence not to much though. The mouth feel is really nice, rolls off the tonuge really good and overall this is a good Doppelbock, specially after it warms up a little bit then the flavors really start to come out.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 02:26:25 | More by chefhatt
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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: minimal head on a hazy amber body. no lacing really.

S: very malty, burnt ambers, candied citrus.

T: caramel and toffee malts, candied citrus. pretty simple.

M: medium body and moderate carbonaton.

Overall: not sure if doppelbock is the right style for this one. I dont have much to say about this one other than where are the hops in the smooth HOPerator?

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:56:13 | More by kylehay2004
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3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, amber colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - A malty aroma with a bit of toffee and some spicy hops in the background.

T - Sweet malt up front with some toffee. More fruity malt character in the middle with a finish of red apple, anise, and moderate bitterness with a lingering spicy hop note.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Drinkable enough, but I'm not that into it. The malt character is ok, but uninspiring and the beer just seems to be missing something.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:55:58 | More by nickfl
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A striking appearance witha deeply rubied amber colored ale and a tall tan head sitting on top.
Aromatics are quite enticing with lively citrus hops being the dominate aroma. Sweet malts with a slight toffee nuiance can also be scented.
Drinks more like an imp. red then a bock.
The first part has a more hoppy taste,after the beer starts warming you can get the bock taste. Sweet toffee and hints of roasted malts though very lite come through.
I liked this beer it was quite good. Drinks smooth and sweet. Feels a bit thin and washed out too, but worthy of many more.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 13:07:05 | More by micromaniac129
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces slowly to a film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and caramel malts along with some citrus/grapefruit and lighter pine/resin hops.

T: A very pleasant combination of the malty doppelbock flavors and the IPA hoppy flavors - I enjoyed this blending of the tastes. There is a dark malt body with some lighter hints of caramel malts as well. For the hop flavors, there is a dominant citrus/grapefruit hop flavor along with some lighter notes of pine/resin hops.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: A very interesting hybrid style - doppelbock and IPA - which I really enjoyed the addition of the hops. I found this to be enjoyable and easy to drink. A little too heavy to be sessionable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 17:02:05 | More by dbrauneis
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber and cloudy in body with foamy white head that stays. Smells malty, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon skins, wet grass, and pine. Tastes of cinnamon, breadiness, nutty, light caramel, subtle grass, grapefruit, nice spices. The flavors are subtler than I was expecting and thats a good thing. Thick in body with light carbonation. Smooth and flavorful and filling.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 23:01:06 | More by JRed
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into Portsmouth brewery tulip.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep, dark fiery autumnal orange with three full fingers of creamy oatmeal colored head. Quality head retention which produces some sticky lacing.

Smell: Mild aroma of sweet caramel malts begin the nose before giving way to some large flowery hops notes. Some lemony citrus notes as well. Doesn't have much of a doppelbock aroma but it's still a nice smelling beer.

Taste: Starts out with a sharp kick of hoppy bitterness and I expected to be overpowered by hops. But I was pleasantly surprised that there was a solid malt backbone which added some balance to the flavor. To me Smooth Hoperator tastes more like a hoppy red ale than a doppelbock. Still tasty though.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth despite its hoppiness. Fairly medium bodied and quite drinkable even at 7%.

Overall: It's not a doppelbock. It's still tasty and drinkable. I'd rate it higher if I wasn't rating against the style. Either way, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2012 21:39:36 | More by pburland23
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color with a solid 2 finger cream head that lingers indefinitely. Beautiful.

Aroma is led by sweet caramel malt, a hint of toast and nuttiness, with heavy floral hop. There's a hint of citrus at the end that comes out more as it warms, along with pine and resin.

Flavor is fairly sweet, caramel malt forming the backbone, with grapefruit pith and resin surfacing to carry through to the decidedly bitter hop finish. Lemon becomes evident.

Body is moderately heavy, with a fairly heavy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Not as much malt complexity shines through as with a typical doppelbock, but the hops keep flavors intriguing. Definitely hop heavy.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 05:58:38 | More by barczar
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a very deep orange amber almost mahogany brown. a fingers worth of tightly packed tan foam. good retention. spotty lacing.

S - nose is subtle but pleasant. grainy malt profile with notes of whole wheat toast. a leafy herbal hop profile with bright notes of lemon zest.

T - sweet toasty malts up front. earthy hops enter back in the mid palate along with a note of citrus rind. bitterness lasts well after the finish.

M - incredibly smooth texture. almost decadent. medium bodied verging on full, with a creamy medium carbonation.

O - it sure lives up to its name. velvety smooth and very well hopped a very nice example of an Americanized doppelbock.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 14:52:58 | More by Teleweizen2
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Finger of off-white head. Perfectly clear amber coloring

S - Smell is balanced with both malt and hop notes. Floral grassy and sweet.

T - More hops come through in the taste profile but sweet malts are still present in the background. Spicy finish.

M - Very smooth, minimal carbonation

O - True to the name, this beer is extremely smooth. It is definitely hoppy but is also balanced out with some sweet malts and spicy notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:33:15 | More by TheBigE5
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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.