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Smooth Hoperator - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: leftmindedrighty on 05-05-2007)
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Photo of jordoo


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Nice dark amber with golden orange outlines. Big sticky super pillowy long lasting off white head. Fresh grassy, piney and citrus hints with sweet toasty malts in the nose. Very slight hint of alcohol comes into play as well. Intense hops sting with some pine, floral and grassy hit while having a super smooth sweet carmelled malt flavor that actually clashes in a very enjoyable way with hop flavors. The malt and hop profile seem to take turns tugging on you senses, and it makes for a unique enjoyable experiance. Feel on the mouth is wonderfull and its easily drinkable.

06-22-2008 15:27:55 | More by jordoo
Photo of Matty1918


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%

No best before date.
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with a 2 finger off white head. Nice retention with a good amount of lacing.

A citrus aroma up front...grapefruit with a hint of pine.

A slight bitterness that is overtaken by roasted malts. Citrus up front but then there is a nutty finish. Again hops up front toasted malt finish. Too much hops for this doppelbock.

Watery mouthfeel with a little carbonation. good to try but I won't buy another.

06-21-2008 01:23:44 | More by Matty1918
Photo of pittvkyle7


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

A- crystal clear coper brown. Tan head that starts to fade right away. Visable carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells dry hopped. piny hops with some sugary biscut hints

T- I would have never guessed it to be a lager, but maybe this dopplebock uses ale yeast (I found out it does not use an ale yeast, it is a lager strain). It really seems like an IPA and a modest one at that. It does have a very smooth bitterness to it. The hops are piney. The malts are rich and cracker like with a touch of toast. A mildly hoped IPA with a stong malt backbone. The finish has an expected bitterness.

M- highly carbonated with a medium light body.

D- Very tastey, very smooth like it says, refreshing and very well made.
Even the head brewer of Stoudt's says it reminds him of an IPA

06-13-2008 20:10:56 | More by pittvkyle7
Photo of gford217


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle courtesy of Zapata poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep clear amber with a small off-white head that shows minimal retention and no lacing. The smell is big on hops up front with a big caramel malt aroma right on top of it. There are also some significant candy sugar whiffs as well. Taste is toasted malts with caramel but with a huge grapefruit hop kick up front. The finish is fairly clean given the two competing tastes. Mouthfeel is medium with some decent carbonation but fairly clean and crisp.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer and certainly the most hopped up doppelbock I have ever tasted. The big flavors may not meld as well as I would like, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

06-10-2008 02:10:27 | More by gford217
Photo of ph2001


4.35/5  rDev +11%

orangy reddish color. no head, looks thick. smells seems equal of malt and hops

mild, even empty flavor at first, but the hops kick in right before the swallow. they are there for the after taste but mellow quickly. it's not as thick as it appeared. smooth like the name says and very drinkable. simple, but full flavors. grab this one if/while you can.

06-04-2008 18:15:12 | More by ph2001
Photo of letsgopens


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

I was rather surprised to see Doppelbock as the style assigned to this beer, but non-the-less it pours a rusty copper/amber with a thick, light tan head which retains it frothy shape well and leaves some substantial webs of lace behind.

A very nice balance in the aroma; sweet caramel malt and spicy, piny hops mesh seamlessly. Resinous and fragrant along with a brown bready note and a slight metallic tinge.

A ton of hops up front. Spicy and resinous pine fades a bit to more citrus and caramel drizzled bready sweetness. Again very well balanced and very up-beat with a popcorn toastiness and a very clean finish.

Bright and crisp with a medium body and a mildly bready hop aftertaste that really contributes to the overall mouthfeel for me. Light and very fine (yet substantial) carbonation. A great collaboration of of bready caramel malt and big hops.

06-03-2008 21:14:37 | More by letsgopens
Photo of ckeegan04


4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Amber red in color. One finger light brown head. Moderate retention and excellent lacing.

S - Sweet hop delight. Much stronger hop aroma than doppelbocks I have had before. Earthy hop aroma with a very sweet scent as well.

T - Hops are not as strong in the taste as the smell would lead you to belive. Sweet malts with a light hop bite at the end.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very easy drinking. Might not be very true to style, but a very drinkable doppel.

06-03-2008 00:17:23 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of TurdFurgison


4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is dark copper colored with a thick head leving sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is really hoppy, this doesn't smell like a doppelbock at all. I expected hops based on the name but still this was nice. The taste is unique, a very good mix of hops into doppelbock malts. The hops wins the fight hands down. Nice beer from Stoudts.

05-30-2008 02:29:41 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of BBM

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

This beer poured a dark, clear brown into a pint glass with a thin beige head. It was mistakenly labeled an IPA, so I was surprised it was so dark. Aroma was mellow and slightly bitter.

The flavor is up front and robust; very hoppy and quite earthy. The malt sweetness was present, but not the focus-- if anything it enhanced the musty, herbal tinge of the hops. Mouthfeel was smooth and medium-full. Overall this is an ambitious brew that may be a bit too green. Nice, unique effort though.

05-23-2008 17:48:03 | More by BBM
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.43/5  rDev +13%

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.

05-22-2008 07:34:38 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Kraken


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Harp pint glass. Label on this bottle is classic. I recently started saving labels and the Smooth Hoperator and Peche Mortel are by far my favorites. Firm pour results in two finger rocky head. Moderate lacing. Light brown in color with a nice rocky off white head. Smell is citrus and floral hops with a pungent malt backbone. Taste is slightly complicated. Citrus hops initially on the palate, followed by a nice malt body that may be considered a bit thin, finishes with a slight hop bitterness. A very nice beer that can be a bit cloying as it warms. Marked down slightly on drinkability.

05-22-2008 00:47:36 | More by Kraken
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to DIM for the chance to try this brew! So, I'm sitting here with the oft debated question - do you review the beer independent of the style guidelines or do you review the beer with an eye towards the style guidelines? I'm going to score it on the doppelbock style as that's what the brewery calls it and offset it some in my review

A - rich dark brown in color, nice offwhite head.

S - wow, an american IPA ramped up and avoiding the cascade effect, very clean underlying light malt note. Quite nice but for the style, way off. Call it an american IPA and I'm up to a 4 / 4.5

T - piney, grassy hops dominate everything. Light crisp caramel malt note. Again, different style better grade, not malty lager crips doppelbock as I would like. Call it an american IPA and I'm up to a 4 / 4.5

M - medium bodied, crisp, clean, soft carbonation.

D - highly drinkable, moreso if you're a hops fan!

make of it what you will. an intruiging beer for sure. what's a style anyway?

05-20-2008 20:48:38 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of Bierfreund


3.23/5  rDev -17.6%

Pours orange with a thick white head.

Smells like pineapple!!
I never experienced this before!!

The sweet aroma is misleading: the taste is not sweet at all, but sharp instead, with a bite. Very hoppy, as the name hinted already.
This is totally weird, but not in a bad way.

Not smooth at all.

I never had a beer like this before. But then, I am usually drinking german brews.

Surely interesting experience.

05-19-2008 13:36:15 | More by Bierfreund
Photo of sulldaddy


4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
The brew pours a clear deep chestnut color with a fizzy beige head of 1 cm foaming up easily and fading very slowly.
Aroma is grainy and husky malt scents with some caramel notes as well. I also get some spicy and grassy hops mixing in.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with fine tingly and fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is some caramel malt and grainy notes as well. Slightly sweet and then rolls to some grassy, planty hops that give just a bit of lingering hop bite on my palate.
This beer is super easy to drink with no hint of alcohol and a very well-balanced mix of hops and malt.
Quite a nice brew that I could drink a few of, I guess the 7% would catch up with me, but I wouldnt taste it coming. Worth a shot if you see it.

05-19-2008 02:07:33 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Deep yet clear copper color. Some white head but a nice showing of lacing.

S: The malt you would expect is there but there is also a detectable hop presence. Also an old ale like smell.

T: Interesting beer. A hoppy doppelbock? Definately interesting. The malt is there in full force. Finishes with a nice sweet tea taste.

M: A nice thick full bodied beer. Syrupy feel to it.

D: Super easy drinking. Not quite within the style guidelines but a really nice beer.

update: Got a fresh bottle much better nose. Much hoppier. Really nice and different beer.

05-19-2008 01:14:29 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Avryle

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Love the label art... Looks like a goat from Jersey. Haha!

A- Nice clear copper brown in color with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S- Malty with lots of hops. Difficult to pinpoint the style by the nose alone

T- I don't think its fair to classify this strictly as a doppelbock because of the intense hoppiness. Lots of floral hops in both the body and finish without completely decimating the malt profile

M- Medium bodied. Pretty low carbonation. Sticky and sweet.

D- Its interesting and kind of wish I'd picked up a whole 6er instead of just a bottle to try

05-19-2008 01:08:44 | More by Avryle
Photo of jwc215


4.43/5  rDev +13%

On-tap at the Blind Tiger:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that stays throughout. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is citric/piney resiny with a caramel backing.

The taste is of oily, citric/piney/resiny hops balanced by caramelish sweetness. Very forward, but not too aggressive. Certainly an "American" interpretation of the style. Delicious!

Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Expectionally smooth. Alcohol very well-hidden.

It's not your traditional example of the style. But, who cares when it tastes this good! Both hoppy and malty, this is highly drinkable and shows the creativity of American craft brewing! Well-done!

05-18-2008 13:13:14 | More by jwc215
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle, best before 08/26/08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, copper color with a light tan head that fell to a layer which left good lacing.

S - Amarillo hops hit me in the nose!

T - great balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. I'm not sure this is actually a "dopplebock" but it tastes great!

F - medium bodied with a clean carbonation feel.

D - smooth and easy to drink.

05-18-2008 00:05:11 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours orange/copper with ruby hues with a nice off-white color head. Retention is decent.
On the nose a assortment of tropical fruits is gathered, peach, mango, grapefruit. Mouthfeel is chewy.
Taste: 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!

05-16-2008 17:33:45 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of pwoods


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at The Comet awhile back. Reviewed from notes.

16oz. pint

A: Light mahogany, hazy. 1 finger of head, tinted, good retention and lacing.

S: Strong citrus, resiny hops. Sweet buttery malts, thick.

T/M: Tastes like a hoppy vienna lager, though I see it's a doppelbock. More like a blonde doppelbock? The citrus is potent but doesn't interfere with the malts. Malts are very sweet, and sticky, same as the nose. Medium body is good carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and keeps you interested.

05-16-2008 01:45:30 | More by pwoods
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Single, 12 oz bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Funny front logo sticker with a chic, suave ram with sunglasses winking its eye...
Pours a ruby-red, deep, dark, colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited some staying power before slowly receding and leaving behind a fine amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Smooth, malty aroma bursting with a nice balance of fresh hops and malts along with a touch of caramel and vanilla nuances...
For an American Doppelbock, I think the taste was outstanding and very well done - rich, and thick, but certainly not cloying or overbearing in any sense... Beautifully balanced with a hint of hops and a touch of malts... Caramel, vanilla, honey, figs, and prunes, dominates the flavor, which was very clean, crisp, and smooth... Great mouthfeel and ultra-easy drinkability for a hefty beer with a 7% alcohol percentage...
Great stuff from Stoudts...

05-12-2008 16:36:56 | More by dsa7783
Photo of kirok1999


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Yeah, not an IPA. Pours a clear, dark amber, ruddy and just a slight white head.
Smell is malty and dark with a nice hop note. Lots of fruit in the nose as well, orange, plum, some spice.
Taste is dark and hoppy up front with a nice hop bite and a good amount of malt in the finish. Sharp and biting yet mellows in the swallow. Lots of carbonation lend a bright mouthfeel.
Easy enough to drink but not my favorite style.

05-12-2008 01:02:54 | More by kirok1999
Photo of smcolw


4/5  rDev +2%

With a name of Smooth Hoperator, I'm expecting a Double IPA. I see, though, this is entered as a doppelbock. Hmm, let's see.

Pours with a dark amber (and clear) color. Wonderful head and better lace. Looks wise, it could go either way.

Woah, lots of floral hop! I'm going to review this as an IPA. Lots of pine and grapefruit

Prickly hop in the front of the taste. This is not a bock, way too much bitterness. That said, it has some excellent fresh hop flavors. The malt is present but in the background. The aftertaste is quite bitter and long lasting. The body is solid and the carbonation is appropriate, if not slightly understated, for the mouthfeel.

Hopheads will enjoy this. It has a wonderful bitter flavor.

05-11-2008 20:58:28 | More by smcolw
Photo of KarlHungus


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a clear deep amber color. The head is two inches in height, fluffy, and recedes very slowly into a lot of sticky lacing. The aroma is of very hoppy for a doppelbock, or any other beer for that matter. Grapefruit, grass clippings, with hints of caramel and toffee underneath. The taste is a little maltier than the aroma, but is still dominated by hops. Caramel leads the way, but is soon cut in half by the sharp hop edge. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer for what the brewer intended it to be. A wiser BA than myself once said, "I can tell you if a beer is high quality, and I can tell you if I like it, but the answer isn't always the same." I can tell you that this is a high quality beer, but I am not a huge fan of hoppy doppelbocks. Still, props to the brewer for stretching the definition of beer.

05-11-2008 00:35:29 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of albern


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

This beer is very good and quite unique. It is certainly a hybrid of sorts, that does blaze its own path. The beer pours a copper color amber with some retaining head and lacing. There isn't much carbonation, which reminds me a bit of the doppelbock or octoberfest in the beer. The smell is very pungent floral estery hops. The smell is amazing. The pine scents just last and last. It truly is an amazing aroma that is unlike most hopped up ales. The taste is IPA in part with the estery, somewhat oily and chewy hop bite and grapefruity puckerishness. But there is a doppelbock element to the beer in that there are caramelly amberish malts, a medium body, some sweet almondy flavors, and a slight flatness in terms of carbonation. The malty sweetness blends so well with the estery hop bite, that the beer is incredibly unique. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, the hops linger but don't overpower. This beer is well worth seeking out.

05-10-2008 04:00:06 | More by albern
Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.