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Smooth Hoperator - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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439 Ratings
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Ratings: 439
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 silentjay
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a purple-ish amber-ish copper with a huge, frothy head that makes me pour in stages, but dissipates quick enough while leaving tracing on the glass. expected a darker beer, but its nice looking nonetheless.

not only does it look like an amber, but its aroma reminds me of one as well. piney, spicy hops are supported by caramel malts.

caramel malts come up first. spicy, piney, earthy hops take over with a tiny bit of citrus adding some juiciness to the chewiness. caramel, a bit of toffee, and some toast and butter sweeten it up.

very oily on the tongue and prickly with the carbonation. bitterness lingers for minutes with the oiliness.

eh~ goes down ok. semi-complex flavors meld with the alcohol well. but the flavors just don't mesh too well. kind of an odd pairing that misses its mark just a bit for me.

silentjay, May 15, 2010
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 DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I can't believe I never saw this brewery until today. I guess even beers brewed in the same state tend to only be local.

A - Deep Amber in color with impressive white head.
S - Whoa most Dopplebocks smell of heavy fruit or malt but this one in dominated by well hops. Nice
T - Not as hoppy or malty as expected. Blended great but bitter finish kept this beer from loosing hop profile. Loved it.
M - Dry yet drinkable, very nice
D - Well since this is a limited release I may have to grab up one more before it's gone. I couldn't see a best to drink by anything on the bottle itself but the label really is a cool one. Glad the goodl beer matched the awesome label.

DrDemento456, May 06, 2010
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a big doppelbock fan, I was very interested in the idea of a hoppy American version of a lager.
This is a 12 oz. unlabeled bottle (Yes, from a six pack with bottles that had no labels.) Stoudt's may want to do some QC with their labeler. The bottle is also dated best by of 3/23/10 (Today's date... We are really testing Stoudt's QC today)

It pours a clear reddish orange body with an off white head that leaves some good lacing down the glass.
The aroma is plenty of caramel malts along with some grapefruit and earthy aromas. The first sip tells me this is not the hop filled beer that others have written about. On second thought, maybe it is. Yes, there it is. The nose was so dominated by malt that I was tuned into it and wasn't thinking about the hops. I like the "two rivers" analogy used by BuckEyeNation. Earthy and malty paired with fruity citrus. Its a delightful pairing.
The mouthfeel is full without being overly so.
Had I waited till 3/24/10 to crack this I am pretty sure it would have been just as tasty of a beer.

rtratzlaff, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean amber, nice head, overall very inviting. The smell and mouthfeel were dominated by caramel malts, that finished throughout the beer. This is a strong malty beer, so if your into those, this is one of the better ones. Big fan, thanks to one of my east coast traders for this.

chickencoop, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of bob3701
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Poured a clear deep amber color with a small off-white head that slowly goes into a film with very good lacing. Hops dominate the aroma with a hint of malts. Hops hit you right away with pine and citrus and again in the bitter finish, in between you get a sweet caramel and biscuty flavor. This brew surprised me, was hopful for a good dopplebock, which I like, and got a mouth full of hops.

bob3701, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (BB 3/23/10) from brewery into pint glass.

Poured a deep copper color with excellent clarity. Small head with a little lacing. Strong nose from fresh german hops backed by a bready malt aroma. Has a sweet taste of caramel and honey with a suprisingly milder than expected hop flavor. Finishes quite bitter for a dopplebock though. Mouthfeel is a little slick for style. Not a bad beer but not what I like in a dopplebock.

JunkYardJake, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last year, but this time around it is certainly fresher. 12oz bottles bought at the Beeryard, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1 Finger off-white head, sort of hodge podge of larger carb bubbles and smoother fluffy pillows. Carbonation bubbles decorate the side of the glass all over as many many more stream from the bottom of the glass back to the top. A thin layer of foam retains itself for quite a while. Beautiful, crystal clear amber color.

Smell: Some caramel malt lends a bit of sweetness to the nose. Biscuit malts as well. A piney hop aroma comes through that I didn't get much of last year. Certainly smell more hoppy than it did last time, but again, it is fresher.

Taste: Whole new beer compared to older bottles from last year. Sweet caramel malts, some biscuit and some bread there. Incredibly balanced with some oily, piney hops. Not over whelming hops, I'd say its a very even mix of malt and hop. Probably not to style, but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, incredibly smooth. Low to Medium carbonation, some slight hop bitterness lingers at the end and a bit of a hop oil slick on the tongue. Very slight though.

Drinkability: Masks the 7% beautifully. Tastes great.

I wanted to give this a 4.5 in taste, based on my own preferences, but docked it that .5 in an effort to score "to style." Pretty hoppy compared to other dopplebocks I've had, not as much of a malt presence, but it should be made clear, I love this beer.

Ezekiel81923, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of matt062286
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a translucent cherry reddish color with a small off-white head. Minimal lacing and minimal head retention.

Smell - Sweet, piney hops and a hint of grainy malt.

Taste - Up front I can taste the hops. They are not overpowering as expected from the smell or name of the beer. A pretty malty backbone holds the rest of the beer up. This beer is characterized as a doppelbock, but tastes far hoppier than any other I've had.

Mouthfeel - a moderately heavy body and light on the carbonation.

Drinkability - not bad for a beer with the body of a double bock. Still, rather tough to go through more than a couple of these.

matt062286, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Axic10
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Six pack purchased from the brewery pub.

Appearance: Poured medium amber color with a quarter inch head that quickly subdued.

Smell: Very floral hops, almost like an IPA instead of a dopplebock.

Taste: Didn't get any of the hops from the smell. Taste is malty and very heavy biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel on the palate. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very easy sipper for a dopplebock. An interesting beer by Stoudt's that is worthy of another purchase in the future.

Axic10, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter brownish orange-colored, creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Hugely floral, big citrus and flowers. Along with some bready caramel malt aromas too. Certainly doesn't seem like a Doppelbock.

Taste: Floral but balanced big hops with a good balance of sweetness and rind-like hops, along with some bready caramel and doughy malts.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy for a bigger-bodied beer. Not too heavy, though, and good carbonation levels.

Drinkability: I thought this was a Pale, and certainly not a Doppelbock. So does that take points off? I'm not sure, but I don't think so. Certainly the hoppiest version of the style I've had, but I like the risk and the differences pay off her.

asabreed, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of PSUBeerman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy off white head. Decent head retention and nice lacing.

Strong floral and hoppy aroma. Citrus and vanilla notes. Slight malt smell in the background.

Taste is not as sweet as the aroma. Peppery and bites the palate a bit. Hop presence balanced by a malt flavor.

Nice carbonation and feels light bodied for a doppelbock.

PSUBeerman, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The bock appears a hazed amber chestnut color with about two fingers of creamy light ecru foam. Nose and flavors consist of mild pine and brown sugar, toasted bread, crackers, caramel malt, grassy, toffee. Maybe a notch or two better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Worth checking out. A bit different than your ordinary doppelbocks.

ClockworkOrange, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a somewhat hazy deep copper/slight amber color with a 1 finger of rocky offwhite head to it. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaves nice thick sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is high in caramel malts, a good dose of biscuit/bready notes and a bit of hop presence.

T: Taste is a more subdued sweet, caramel and toffee malt upfront, the middle is balanced nicely with a toasted flavoring and a touch of breadiness, finish gives a touch of piney hop bite.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, relatively creamy feel with a clean finish.

D: This is a nice dopplebock. I didn't even know that it was a dopplebock at first. ABV isn't detectable, well blended, and easy to sit with for a bit.

Jayli, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK beer to have with a meal but not strong enough to stand by itself

Appearance: Orange-copper, little head

Smell: Sweet malt, fragrant...hops??

Taste: Sweet toasty malt, where's the hops?

Mouthfeel: Little bit of bitterness, overall sweet, blah

Drinkability: Meh, average at best

Norfawkers, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark Clear fairly clear amber, good head, lots of cling, reduces to chewy disk.

S - Bread, biscuit, cracka - its light bread!

T - Subtle sweet malt with some hop back up. Not as bready as some doppels that I really enjoy.

M - Creamy, medium to light body, whole experience tends to fall of and water down towards the end.

D - Very easy to drink, for sure!

srandycarter, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear red/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light piney nose. Flavor is a hoppy burnt sugar with some lingering aftertaste. Unusual dopplebock. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was really good. Because of the name, I didn't know it was a Dopplebock until after I bought it. Poured into a pint glass with a clear amber color with a big, pillowy head that looked light tan at first pour, then off white after that. Head retention is good, lacing is thick.

Smell is malty and biscuity malts. Taste is the same, but there is some subtle hops balance that cuts the sweetness and gives the beer a crisp overall flavor and mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly rich. Not much evidence of a bready "meal in a glass" that some good dopplebocks provide.

Drinkability is good, probably better than a classic dopplebock. It is lighter and crisper than some. Very tasty and worthy of more than one 12 oz bottle.

JayQue, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This jumped out at me on the shelf because of the label, and because it was Stoudt's doing what I thought was a hop-centric beer. Then I find out via this site that it's a doppelbock. Or is it? It does have a goat on the label, and it does end in "-or". Hmm...

This is a gorgeous beer: the head is creamy and fluffy, thick and clingy. You can just tell there's going to be a ton of lace before the head starts thinning and any liquid is gone (and there is--absolute SHEETS of the stuff). The color is a rusty burgundy-amber color, deep and jewel-like. Despite the big and long-lasting head, the color screams "barleywine."

Equal dose in the nose of big caramel and toffee malt with clean, floral hops brightness.

Whoa. This tastes like no other beer I've had. It's somewhere between a doppelbock, an IPA and a barleywine. It's not heavy of weight or syrupy in texture (the "smooth" part of the name, I guess); the hop bitterness is grassy and prominent; caramel and toffee come in right behind the hops. Light flash of burnt sugar; sour/unripe dark fruits (fig, green grapes). Actually, I'm hardly reminded of a doppelbock the longer I sit with it. Take Surly's Bitter Brewer and slam it against an imperial brown ale, and you've got Smooth Hoperator. Maybe.

A true hybrid, at least from what my own tongue says. Not sure how the brewer actually describes/classifies this. All I know is it gets an A+ for originality, although it's just a step or two away from blowing my mind. It's complex, bordering on confusing, but it avoids being a mess. Kudos to Stoudt's for the ingenuity that went into this one.

Metalmonk, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark reddish copper color with a fluffy ½" off-white/light tan head that recedes slowly, leaving behind a modest ring of foam and a bit of patchy foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a ring line of foam and patches of lacing that turn into legs and speckles. The lacing patches continue on sipping through much of the beer. By the end sipping leaves only light speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a complex blend of herbal, almost earthy, hops set in a framework of dark caramel. There is also some roasted malt and possibly some alcohol.

Taste: The flavor has some nice citric/herbal hop flavors intermingling with the dark roasted caramel and some hints of dark chocolate from the malt that initially dominate the flavor. At any given time the flavor is quite complex. But just as you think you've got the it worked out it changes on you. Furthermore the complexity continues across sips as the malts and hops ebb and flow in a quiet exchange of prominence in the flavor so that the flavor seems to change from sip to sip.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and soft with modest carbonation that is fine, prickly and persists until the end of the beer. The finish is moderately long and ends in herbal hop bitterness the leaves one ready for another sip

Drinkability: The brewery points out that this is an American style doppelbock which means the malts are what you'd expect, but that American hops have been used instead of the noble hops found in most doppelbocks. I personally find this very interesting and drinkable and a nice variation on the classic style. I could easily have another (and another after that). I will definitely return to this beer, if only because I like it regardless of whether it fits "to style" or not. It actually seems to me to be the doppelbock that would be brewed in Europe if originators of the style had had American hops rather than noble hops to work with.

drtth, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby amber color with one finger of creamy off white head.

Scent of hops, sweet malts, some candy, caramel, and hints of earth and chocolate.

Taste of caramel, faint hops, and grain. Nothing new or exciting, but is it still a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and a bit thin with good carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, with strong orange tints. Nice 2-finger head with great retention. Very nice large bits of lacing.

Big amber malt nose with piney hops present. Nose is also slightly sweet.

Hits the tongue with a nice estery feel. Slightly astringent. Malt takes over, then gives way to some decently floral hops. Caramel comes in at the end.

Very thick for the style.

Easy drinker.

beer2day, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a dirty orange brown color with a large orange/brown head. Big booming aromatic hops in the nose, lots of pine and bitter fruit. A very balanced beer, i was actually unaware of the style before searching to review, doppelbock? really? I could have swore DIPA to be honest. Either way, lots of rich caramel malts play nicely with the absurd amount of fresh, peppery hops dumped into this thing. Very nice indeed, wish they distributed this one? Do they distribute this one? This beer should be called enigma.

ATPete, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Buggies
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear amber color with a huge head.

S: Nice hop aroma with some fruitiness. Smells great!

T: Mostly hops. Strange for a doppelbock, but there is definitely a malt presence. You also get a slight fruitiness there also. The finish is a little bitter.

This might be more of an APA to me. I've had this on tap and from a bottle. This is an awesome beer.

Buggies, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of nriech
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, good finger or two head. A bit of lacing

A bit of hops in the nose but nothing overwhelming. A little sweet.

Hops are balanced well with malts. Good amount of carbonation. A little sweet.

Definately not your standard doublebock but its not advertized that way. I think theres enough balance to make this appetizing to any serious beer drinker.

PS. I did get a slight burning sensation on my tounge from this, its lasted about 12 hrs so far. Havent figured that out yet.

nriech, Jun 18, 2009
Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.