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Smooth Hoperator - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 30
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: leftmindedrighty on 05-05-2007

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Ratings: 455 | Reviews: 264
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Sharp hoppy profile that really stands head and shoulders above all. A slight sweet malt profile in the background.

T = Big hop flavor upfront with a malty backbone balancing out the bitterness. The finish was semi-sweet with the hoppiness still being dominant.

MF = Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall, this definitely was a very hoppy doppelbock. To me, the doppel characteristics took a back seat to the big hoppy flavor of this beer. Worth trying.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear, deep amber color with a massive off-white head. There's a bit of lacing and very good retention. Wish it were just a bit darker, but otherwise very nice. The smell is mainly noble hops, maybe just a bit of American in there, or maybe I'm just thinking of the American approach when I smell it. Something new, but not what I hope for in a doppelbock. Not even a whiff of dark, sweet, chewy malts. The taste is about the same. A sharp, spicy, minty hoppiness. Not a lot of bitterness, maybe it was sucked up by the malt, but I can't really taste it either. With some effort, I can taste a bit of caramel sweetness, no chewy, bready maltiness. I like the feeling of the noble hops, but a doppelbock, there's no doppelbock feeling here. This is more like an Alt, and a strong one at that. It still drinks kind of smoothly, with almost no notice of the 7% ABV. It doesn't hit the doppelbock spot, but I enjoyed it. Don't expect anything and you'll probably enjoy it. Really a cool and interesting idea, and I'd reccmmend it for those interested.

Photo of LunaChick
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice beer. Definately in a class of its own. Another user said "Indiabock"-- a very apt description.

Pours a copperish mildly hazy color with a nice tan head. Retention is decent and glass lacing is picture worthy.

Smell is muted hops, some sweetness, and malty to some extent. The aromas do a good job of keeping each other in check so nothing is predominant. Slight hints of allspice come through towards the end.

Taste is richly hop-forward but not bitter. Spicey with a slight tingle. A very solid malt presence comes through in the middle. True to a bock very chewey. Yeasts impart a nice bready flavor. Finish is mostly clean with some left over hops and hints of spice. 7%? Can't taste it. Nicely earthy--hints of rich grass are also noted. A very well balanced beer.

Nice carbonation, mouthfeel is chewy and smooth. Goes down very well.

Drinkability is very good. Hops are strong but not resinous. At 7% its not exactly a session brew but still one that can be enjoyed throughout the couse of an evening out.

Would pair very well with a hearty stew or a basket of nicely seasoned frites. Etivaz or Tomme de Savoie cheese would pair nicely as well.
Even a nice farmhouse cheddar with earthy grassy tones would be nice as this brew has a certain earthy characteristic.

Photo of natasharai
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with 2 fingers bubbly off white/ light tan head that dissipated to a thin layer over a few minutes leaving some nice lacing. The beer is a amber golden color with a slight hazyness to it.

Smell: Sweet fruity smell like bananas, with a sharp hoppyness and roasted malt

Taste: Initially pretty sweet with a fruity banana/apple flavor, a nice malty middle, then the hops hit much stronger than in the smell, followed by a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium bodied, leaves mouth pretty sweet

Overall: Pretty easy to drink, the flavors are not overpowering but still prevalent. A little sweeter than I like but there is just enough hop bitterness to help balance it out.

Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a... well, I dunno quite what the glass is. It's funky, with an unusually decorative and thin base with a tulip like flare on the end. It made the beer look fabulous, either way... a nice, topaz brew with a beautiful foamy head that retains like a champ

S: A nice earthiness and a hefty hops aroma; quite leafy and herbal. Any sweetness/maltiness is fairly masked by the hoppiness, but those offer a very nice aromatic quality.

T: An interesting flavour profile... the big, malty backbone is there. It goes a little beyond being the backbone and comes to the forefront. It's got a nice, fruit sugar sweetness to it, with an intense hop flavour thrown in. It has been done quite tastefully and allows the elements of the beer to really come together and form a unique, enjoyable tasting brew.

M + D: Somewhat chewy body, carbonation makes itself known somewhere over the middle of the tongue, giving it a sparkling sensation rather than a stickiness. Almost too easy to drink, with a nice smoothness that makes it all that much more pleasant. Recommended drinking.

Photo of BravoTwo
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt copper-orange. Hints of lighter orange around the edges, with a nice cap of foam that leaves lacing down the glass.

S - Malty and bready, with aroma of nice hop backdrops.

T - DopplePA, IndiaBock... The combination here is hard to nail down and hearing the name for the first time one would assume it is an IPA. The combo of the flavors with the grainy, malty backbone, balanced with the lovely hop character creates an unusual, tasty brew with real individuality.

M - Silky smooth, with just eniugh bite from the hops and good carbonation,

D - Highly drinkable, given the unusual nature of this brew, at 7% its alcohol is well tolerated because of the flavors and the character of this beer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Awesome label.

Pours an orange infused deep amber with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Loads of spider web lacing all over the place.

Aroma of toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, and earthy hops.

The hops shine in the flavor.Earthy, grassy, spicy hops with caramel and dried dark fruits. Finishes dry and bitter.

Creamy and medium bodied. Slightly chewy hop body.

Its too bad this guy is at 7%, because I would love to drink this all night.

Not a typical dopplebock by any means. Reminds me more of an hopped up amber/red.

Photo of william5586
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Burnt copper with one finger white head and some decent lace

S- Very good earthy dry hopped smell

T- Good hops. Earthy hop taste with a nice bitter finish

M- Medium body. Very smooth.

D- Pretty high. The abv kind of surprised me

Overall this a very good beer, however I would have never guessed it is a doppelbock. I could not really find any malt in it and thought that is was more of an IPA. Either way i enjoyed it.

Photo of abents
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sweet looking label, stouts has the best labels by far

Pours out a ruby reddish gold with nice big white head that laces well. Really hoppy for a dopplebock in the nose, very floral tinge of citrus and a splash of some sweet roasted caramel malts. Tastes starts out with a nice sweet malt bocky taste, but is rudely interrupted by a hops explosion of bitter citrus and piney nature. Very nicely done. It is like no other doppelbock I've had, but when it's done like this, it's a great pleasure. Very smooth drinking beer with the nice balance achieved with this one. Must try again.

Photo of ajr24
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing's first; great label! But it's what's on the inside that counts.
A- Pours a golden copper brown with an amber tinge. Initially it has a creamy white colored head that doesn't exactly like to leave lacing.
S- Smells of caramelized malts with a ton of hops. Awesome- a hoppy doppelbock! Doughy and yeasty scents too.
T- Tastes grainy, bready and hoppy. Malty and caramel like a doppelbock along with the hoppy tones of, say an amber ale.
D- At 7% abv, it's strong but not too strong. This beer can stick with you for some time.

Photo of orcasteve
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, poured a rich red color with a three finger tan head rising and lingering for awhile, the smell was a bit sweet, hops and a strong alcohal aroma. the first flavors that hit my toung was sweet malt and sweet alcohal, then thay are washed away to smooth hop bitterness that almost stings your toung and you can still taste minits later, this is a great beer!

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Grey Lodge. It pours a deep amber with a moderate white head, good lacing. The aroma is full of hops, a heavy amount of citrus. The beer is labeled as a Doppelbock, but it taste like an IPA. The flavor is dominated by citrus, there is a malty backbone, but it is dominated by hops. The beer is a light/medium bodied quaffer. I liked this beer and graded it as if it were an IPA. IMO this is not a doppelbock, but it is a good brew.

Photo of boralyl
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours 2 fingers of frothy tan head that has a very good retention and leaves some nice lacing. The beer is a clear, dark amber color with hints of red throughout.

S - Some mild citrus and pine mixed in with some caramelized malts. Interesting aroma for a doppelbock.

M - A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has s smooth feel to it with a bite in the finish.

T - At first taste it's citrus followed by a nice sweet malty backbone. Some grassy hops mixed with a sweet roasted chocolate flavor. It's not bitter in the finish, just nice and smooth.

This is an interesting beer for sure. It's hot a lot more hops flavor/smell then your typical doppelbock, but still has most of the main doppelbock characteristics. It's a very drinkable beer, that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper pour, head is intense at first but diminishes quickly. Really thought this guy was an IPA from the name, but I was delightfully surprised. A nice hoppy lager for sure. I smell grapefruit and citrus, quite strange for a doppelbock. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, I still am having a hard time classifying this beer. Tastes so much like an IPA. Very smooth, velvety for a lager. Certainly glad I picked up a sixer of this beer, I've been dying to try it due to the name. Love it. Great beer, share it with others.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear copper red with a 2 finger head of billowy foam. Fantastic looking brew in my glass!

The smell is very hoppy with a bucket load of pine and some citrus. Whoa. A Doppelbock?? Ok, there's *some* sweet notes in the nose but it's hard to pull 'em out.

The taste is also very hoppy with the pine and citrus there in abundance. I do notice the malt more than in the smell...some good earthy tones, light caramel that I can taste the most of in the finish. Tastes spicy as well. Interesting. A lot of good flavours here but not close to style. That happens to me on occasion so I always use my rule of thumb: let the drinking experience dictate my review.

The mouthfeel is medium with a rather light amount of carbonation, the overall effect is creamy and a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability? Dang this is easy to drink. Plenty of flavour, great body, reasonable abv for the style, a very good drinker indeed. Oh and head retention is great as is the lacing. I enjoyed every ounce of this brew and was craving more. Well done, Stoudt's!

Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this, not knowing anything about it. I assumed it was a PA or IPA or some other style known for its hops... not a doppelbock. I found out this was a doppelbock before taking my first sip. Appearance? Gorgeous... but not very typical for a doppelbock. Smell? This is the first doppelbock I've come across in a long time where pungent hops were the focal point of the nose. And even when this beer initially hit my tongue, I was still thinking that this beer HAD to have been mis-categorized on this site. But then that smoooth, sweet malt body that i know and love about doppelbocks comes through in the middle. Very tasty, and big enough to holds its own against the potent hops... but soft enough to be very drinkable. I heard 50 IBUs mentioned for this beer... seems a little sharper than that, but still quite enjoyable. Fantastic treat after an afternoon of snowy trail running. Yet another example why Stoudt's is a brewery worthy of being mentioned among the state's best.
(I know I didn't go into the specifics of the beer like I normally do, but if you want that, read the other reviews. I just felt like summarizing my tasting experience, and now I'm going to get back to my wonderful beer... cheers!)

Photo of CoolJosh
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at zenos and picked up a 6er. was forced to drink 3 out of the bottle, gave 2 away and I saved one for a review.

Not a looker thats for sure. Bubbly white head that disappears pretty quickly. A very thin light brown amber colored body, that initially shows a lot of carbonation which tones down at a rapid speed to display a nice still beer.

Fresh citrus hops and pine hops pop out right away. Slight touches of caramel and sweet malts matched with sweeter grapes. This smells good doppelbock, very refreshing.

Great smooth caramel right from the beginning, with a hop kick that comes right at you, and doesn't leave you alone until you finish the sip. Overwhelmingly delicious citrus hops with some pine hops mixed in the background. Fairly sweet taste with a moderate texture and one that is fitting for this beer.

I could have a few more of these with out hesitation. Great beer, I really hope I can find more of this stuff.

Photo of ToddT
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a coppery brown color with a light tan head that diminishes slowly and leaves a well defined lace pattern on the glass.

S- Hops, hops and more hops. Slight malt and fruit undertones.

T- Aggressive bite of hops up front that turns slightly sweet then finishes with just the right twang of hop bitterness. I swore this was an IPA the first time I had one, was surprised to find out it was a doppelbock.

M- Nice medium body beer, just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes clean, crisp and slightly dry. No hint of the 7% ABV.

D- Easy drinking beer that leaves you looking for just one more. It is just as easy to finish off several of these on a hot summer day as well as a cold winter night.

A great twist on a Doppelbock and one that everyone should try. Great one to give to your hop head friends.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/copper with ruby hues with a nice off-white color head. Retention is decent.
Has an aroma of fruits, peach, mango, grapefruit.
Taste is very flavorful, all of the aromatics can be found on the palate, hops, mango, peach, pears, grapefruit, pine and hints of toasted malts as well. Not sure it fits the category, but very interesting and very enjoyable!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Dark amber, one finger head.

S- Very rich caramel malts, little chocolate aromas.

T- Solid caramel flavors offset by a nice blend of toast and chocolate. Nice dry hoppy finish.

M- Medium full bodied, good carbonation.

D- This went down very nice.

This one leans a little towards a Maibock in terms of color and taste. Not the best by traditional standards, but it is still very good as it plays with the style guidelines a little.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I stumble upon this beer by name and decided "Damn that's a cool name." I gotta get one. It sat on my wants, cold and alone, until the Under 100 BIF, during which it was put in my package as a "wants" extra by super cool BIFer mikereaser. Awesome! You gotta see this bottle. A pimped out Joe Camel stealing your bitch! Awesome!

Pours out an amber-hued caramel with a nice compact almost white mushy head. I must admit, it's pretty good looking.

Smell is fairly pleasant too. Big malt base with a crisp hop rapid punch.

Taste reminds me of tea leaves or fresh tobacco. It's not a super yummy flavor but it's ... compelling. I want to drink more. Nice bitterness.

Medium-full bodied, slightly harsh carbonation.

I wanted it for the name alone and it actually turns out to be a good beer! Double score! I love a win-win.

Overall: a pleasant surprise

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront peppery hop followed closely by a sweet cereal malt.

The taste consisted of a vibrant spicy hop and a milky sweet malt. Good residual hop.

The mouthfeel was dynamic - from sharp to smooth and back to sharp.

Overall an interesting and hop driven dopplebock.

Photo of mcsquint
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jtrockchalk(again!)for the gift bottle. Poured into a pint glass.
A - Dark golden brown in color with 1 12 finger slightly offwhite head. Nice lacing on the glass.
S - Malty aroma
T - Full malty taste with subdued sprucefloral hops.
M - Light to medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish.
D - A little heavy on the hops for me, but interesting nonetheless. I probably wouldn't buy this, but wouldn't turn a free one down.

Photo of hellomcfly
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an attractive dark ruby red color with a fluffy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing. Leaves tight rings of lace down the glass.

S - Nice light hop smell. Citrusy and floral for the most part. Caramel malts.

T - This is my second bottle and this tastes better than the first which was kind of funky so I suspected maybe it was off. Glad I decided to review this bottle instead. It's a tasty beer but seems more like a hoppy red ale that's been turned into a lager than a doppelbock. Great taste of citrus hops and caramel malts that balance each other out.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy though sharply carbonated mouthfeel. A little dry.

D - I'd say pretty highly drinkable. Could definitely drink a couple. A nice hoppy beer that hop heads who aren't into doppelbocks can enjoy.

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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