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Smooth Hoperator - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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86
very good

440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 32
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma invites sweetness, there is initial caramel sweet followed up immediately by all IPA-level hops. Big malty head. A good bitterness. Amarillo and summit hops. A bit of toasted malt.Smooth drinking with suitable carbonation.Fresh and satisfying.

Sammy, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2%

zestar, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

acurtis, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a beige head. Barely any carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate aroma of citrusy hops in the nose, which is surprising for this style, along with notes of dark malts.
T: The taste is a combination of hoppy and malty flavors; notes of grapefruit really stand out.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and tastes like a hybrid of a dopplebock and an IPA.

metter98, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a somewhat modest head that leaves traces of lacing behind

Smell: For a doppelbock, this surprisingly smells like a pine forest; there is a bit of the malt underneath but the aroma is about the hops

Taste: The expected fruity caramel flavor is there from start to finish but running along a parallel track is the piney hop bitterness; the two flavors don't get in the way of each other and if you concentrate you can almost block one of them out on every sip, making one sip hoppy and the next sip, malty

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation - smooth

Drinkability: A distinctively American take on the doppelbock style and well worth seeking out

brentk56, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt coppery orange that reveals bright tangerine highlights when backlit with sunshine. The golden sandstone colored cap is whipped creamy and forms multiple lace bridges with the sides of the glass. Plenty of lace is simply frosting on the cupcake.

What an interesting nose! Stoudts calls this brew an American style doppelbock. I think it smells like two (or three) parts American IPA to one part doppelbock. Or Oktoberfest. Or some other toasted malty lager. The hoppiness is even more wonderful for being so unexpected.

Smooth Hoperator tastes as interesting and as unique as it smells. It's easy to love a beer with this much good hop flavor. Since I'm not a huge fan of doppelbocks, or Oktoberfests, or other toasted malty lagers, the addition of massive amounts of little green cones can only make them taste better. Style guidelines? We don't need no stinkin' style guidelines! This is a free-for-all of a beer. And a damn good one.

There are two things happening simultaneously within each mouthful. Picture two rivers, one flowing on top of the other. The lower river contains toasted/earthy/nutty malt and the upper river contains citrus and pine sappy hops (Summit and Amarillo). It's a great effect and is one that is becoming more enjoyable with each passing ounce.

The Smooth part of the name isn't a lie. The mouthfeel is nice and soft, in spite of 50 IBUs worth of hops. Actually, like the flavor profile, it's a perfect yin-and-yang combination of silky (malt) and biting (hops). A modest amount of fine-bubbled carbonation helps immensely.

For my money, Stoudts Smooth Hoperator deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the outstanding Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout). Kudos to the brewery for giving us beer geeks something new and different. Not to mention hoppy and delicious.

BuckeyeNation, May 03, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ygtbsm94, May 15, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up in a trade recently and to be honest was thrilled to death when I had received it. I had been looking for it for a long time. Grabbed this out of the fridge last night and poured it into an imperial pint glass. Rich looking pour, with a deep dark amber color. Nice clarity with a two inch plus head of white that never really did faded much, leaving tons of side glass lace all over the place and really just pulling through a monstrous and wonderful appearance. Lots of visible carbonation streaking up, letting me know this one was definitely alive.

The nose was very nicely balanced, with rich and sweet caramel tinted malts coming through the strongest at first this mellowed into a bready and biscuit like aroma which was accented very nicely by a good dose of floral pine like hops. Very resin like, even in the aroma and this I would find out would soon carry over very nicely into the overall flavor. Started out very smooth, with a thick medium body and more the ample carbonation. A touch coating on the tongue, rich bready malts and sweet notes of caramel and candied sugar took up the lead as this one went down. It then transformed into a nice and well rounded hop mixture, fuggles maybe? Not sure but nice and mellow and nothing harsh and biting about it. Easy and like the name, very smooth drinker here. I could have easily threw down multiples of this one, based on the balance alone.

Overall this was definitely a keeper. One of the better beers I have had lately and definitely a winner in my book. Very well balanced, not sure about the style classification, but still very good indeed. I would have no issues with picking up a good bit of this one down the road.

mikesgroove, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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?

kylehay2004, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown ody with a thin, wispy beige head.

Smell: Lightly toasted caramel and grain scents in the aroma. Hops impart strong notes of orange zest and pine. Hint of cocoa.

Taste: Sweetish flavor of toasted caramel and grains. Pine and citrusy orange hop flavors are strong, though never overbearing. Faint mintiness on the grainy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not too bad for a doppelbock desperately trying to appeal to the hopheads out there.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its great to see Stoudts down here in NC.Poured a lighter bronze color with a tight one finger white head that great lasting power sticking like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly.Wow what a hop presence for a doppelbock!Very citric in the nose mixed with some caramel sweetness and some toasted malt.A little prickly in the mouth but not to annoying.A hefty dose of citric hop flavors with some tropical fruit-likeness as well,toasty in the finish with a light sourness as well.Hmm interesting to say the least,being a hophead I love the hop profile albeit it seems outta place a little.

oberon, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

nickfl, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad somebody decided to brew a German style bock with some American hops a long overdue experience. Appears a ruby amber tone crystal clear cast to it with a large tan head thick bubbles fomrs large floating above the glass like a biscuit. Aromatics are very nice with full piney and floral hop bouqets with some leafy tobacco and spicy character complemented by a nice warming biscuit caramel malt presence. Flavor comes off upfront leafy herbal bitterness, piney hops really are the highlight with some rolling blended caramel malt rather spicy with a biscuit bready tone to it finishes pretty clean with some hops sticking around. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is rather light despite the large bubbled nice sized head flows even with a slick oily finish. Drinkability is great an original concept with more than ample flavor I like what Stoudt's has done I could have a few of these without a problem.

WVbeergeek, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, some dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & dark fruit and bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then there's a strong hops bitterness for the style that comes in to provide a nice bite. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with an extra burst of hops that you don't too often in the style, this is a good flavorful beer with substance that is worth drinking for a very long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, dark, coppery amber color with a finger of creamy off-white (almost tan) head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention yields massive swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is packed with some nice floral hops and citrus in the front that then melds into some sweeter accents of caramel and bread.

The taste once again posesses a nice floral hoppy bittterness up front that gives way to juicy citrus and that is all set up against a backdrop of bread and caramel sweetness. That tingling earthy hop profile runs all the way through and lingers after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and smooth feel.

A really unique take on a Doppelbock that is packed with a ton of hops and drinks a lot easier than that style would dictate. Tasty and refreshing, Stoudts has a winner with this one.

Kegatron, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with a ruby and amber tint. Nose is niiiice. Nice hoppy, red character. Me like. Flavor is hoppy and like a red ale as well. Nice robust tones that stay constant. Feel has a good carbonation and nice liquid feel. This is damn drinkable. A very well made brew. Must try.

RblWthACoz, May 22, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Nonic cold.
A - Deep copper/garnet with a very thin sliver of a white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - A nice woody cherry like fruitiness in the aroma along with a citrus hop note. Very sweet odor like a clementine.

M - A lighter body for all the aroma. Slightly slick, easy drinking. Effervescence is moderate and bitterness is not overdone.

T - A decent hoppy sweet lager. The citrus flavors are backed by a bready, almost spicy malt. Interesting acidity and malt synergy tastes like an amped up amber w/ juicy hops giving a nice fruitiness that lasts.

D - The flavor of a nice amber ale. Sweet and plenty of hops it Hoperates well in the league of accentuated hop beers.

Slatetank, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers melbatoast93 for this one!

Pours orange/copper with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Earthy & citrussy hops

T: Citrussy hops, herbal hops & biscuitty malt up front. Some orange blossom honey, dryness, a bit of astringency, & much hoppyness as this warms. Finishes with slight astringeny, much citrus hoppyness & a bit of caramel, a bit of booze. I penalized this 1 point for style deviation

MF: Chewy, skews way too hoppy for a dopple, low, but noticeable carbonation

Drinks great, just not a dopple, maybe if dopples came outta San Diego or Kent they'd be like this. Good beer, off style though. Would score higher as an AIPA to me

russpowell, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Forms a nice 1.5 finger frothy head in my SA Perfect Pint Glass with very good retention. It's a crystal clear beer with varying colors, being auburn orange at the thinner parts and ruby red at the thicker, and a good amount of bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. The head even leaves a slight lacing, as a memory of each sip. Perfect appearance at least.

N: Nice piny hops really to start, with some fresh resiny musty wet hops as well. A touch of earthy chewy hops and hints of citrus. With that is some lighter dark malty aromas underneath that are hard to get to through the hops.

T: Fresh hops again smack you right away, but a little different this time. Starts with those hops, fresh piny wet hops and some citrus as well as a little earthy chewy hops. Then are some interesting malty flavors, stemming from the doppelbock character. It has some dark malts, some wheat, chewy flavors, a little malty sweetness. It's different, but the bitterness and malty doppelbock flavors just don't blend well. They really seem to clash here.

M: Med body with ridiculous amount of carbonation.

F: Some bitterness but seems to ebb a little. Lingering hop resins though, with that musty taste not going away, and a little astringent. The sweet sticky flavor is also present on the finish but the dark wheat flavors seem to fade and this turns more to a DIPA than what it really is.

jlindros, May 07, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

The chalkboard called this simply: "Doppelbock," but presumably it was the Smooth Hoperator. Really seemed like an IPA in disguise. Poured a light amber with red-orange tints, and a small white head that left decent lacing. Surprisingly IPA-ish in the aroma, with a burst of pine hops with a sweet caramel malt base. If it was a blind taste test, I would've though this was an IPA upon tasting it (if it got past the aroma). Piney hops, citrus zest, apple peel, and some smooth malts to take the edge off, but not quite reach a balance on the palate. Smooth and medium-bodied, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of roasted malts and hops. There appears to be some crystal malt sweetness as well, but the hops really stand out in this one. The taste is great! It has a powerful hop flavor that just blows you away in the beginning. Then the malts hit you in the finish. It's got a sweet crystal malt taste as well as a dry roasted malt flavor. The hops create such a bitter palate. It resinates on your tongue in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I'm not sure it follows typical doppelbock guidelines, but it really drinks well.

WesWes, Oct 23, 2007
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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.