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Smooth Hoperator - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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455 Ratings
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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 number1bum
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of NEPA BC split #14.

I first had this beer on tap last year at Monk's and was blown away. I had it on tap again in Philly this year, and now I finally have it from the bottle. I actually don't think it drinks quite as well from the bottle as on tap, but this review is sort of a composite of my perceptions overall.

Pours a perfectly clear bronze/copper color with a good two inches of creamy, light ivory head. Keeps a solid lace and leaves a mess of stick. Awesome.

Smell has an underlying bready/slightly caramel malt sweet base, but is dominated by hops. Lots of pine and some grapefruit and citrus, too. Very nice.

Taste is much the same as the smell, with a bready, slightly sweet and lightly toasted malt base and then lots of hop flavor. Pine is the primary hop flavor, but there is some citrus too, and also some other indiscernible fruitiness. Moderate bitterness that gives some balance, but hops are mostly flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Very easy drinker.

This is an awesome beer, plain and simple. Try to fit it tightly into a style description (like doppelbock, as it's listed) and you're going to be disappointed. But drink it for what it is - an awesome, unique beer - and you can't possibly be.

Photo of wgarton
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a worthy beer. And if nothing else, one of the best bottle designs on the market.

A: Dark amber, thicker white head lacing the side of my glass.

S: Pine, molasses, light fruit tones

T: Crisp, pretty strong hop character coming through the piney flavors. No indication of its 7% makes it very drinkable.

F: Avoids being syrupy, as can happen with such a hoppy beer. Nothing exceptional, but easy to drink.

I'm very happy that I had a chance to drink a couple (or more...) of these in their run. Very drinkable, tasty, enjoyable brew

Photo of DIM
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear amber, copper color. It was served to me with a quarter inch fluffy white head.

s: I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass! The malts smelled of moderately sweet grains and plums. There was a big hop profile here as well. They smelled of light citrus, orange in particular. There was a bit of pine there as well.

t: This was quite good, but it seemed to clash with itself at times. I tasted nothing that reminded me of a dopplebock. As soon as I got that word out of my head though, all was well. The taste mirrored the smell, with the addition of some pepper and a bit of alcohol.

m: Certainly thick enough and very well carbonated.

d: This is an unusual offering that really doesn't fit any category. I can't believe it took me so long to try this!

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

12oz bottle received as extra from dashirey. Thanks a bunch! Poured into my Ayinger glass

A: Pours a gorgeous copper with a fluffy 1" light brown head. Steady stream of carbonation and this one's very very pretty

S: Nose is sweet malts with plums, rum, raisin and molasses.

T: Starts off a complex fruity sweet with just a hint of spiciness - nutmeg?mace? I can't quite put my finger on it. This is followed by a strange disappearance of the initially medium-body. The finish is what you'd expect for the style - you're palate is tickled by the malts and the alcohol is moderately drying

M: Apart from the disappearance of the body halfway through, this one's great

D: Oh boy - I could go for another

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An awesome polished copper color. Pours with a large yellow colored head thick and fluffy. Some sticky bubbles cling to the sides of the glass and release in an untimely manner.

Second time I've tried this beer and it's really becoming a great liker. Very earthy, herbal, piney hop aromas. Grassy with a caramel malt hidden in the depths. A lager by aroma as there isn't much fruit and a bready malty middle. Crisp refreshing floral ester.

The same grassy herbal piney flavors the smell indicated. Great hops and bitterness on the finish. A bit of dopplebock shows through but most is masked with the hop. Floral on the finish with a bready malt character. Mouth is very thin on draught compared to what I've had in bottle. Otherwise a fine drinker.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow!! What an outstanding beer this is. I was even hesitant to try it. Pours a nice oft brown color. Lacing all the way down, glad I let it warm up before tasting. Rich, floral, hoppy aromas on the nose, almost IPA like. The taste is even better. Smooth, crisp, malty, yet hoppy as well, but not too much. The hops do not linger. Don't know if this is a dopplebock, really. Whatever the style, it is unique and well worth a good try!!

Photo of nrbw23
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Wow looks really nice a crystal clear deep copper color with a nice tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Could pick up some hops here and some nice sweet malts. Also some bread like odors.

T- I could taste quite a bit here pretty complex. Well, balanced and went down way to easy. Hard to describe but I'll give it a shot piney hops, some citrus in there also, maybe a hint of some sort of smoke/charcoal also. Very nice.

M- Good carbonation and medium body.

D- Very drinkable. Really nice, smooth and goes down great.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with ruby hues and a half-inch head of white. Sparkling clarity.
Retention is minimal and within a few minutes there is barely a trace of foam on the surface.
Aromatics are pungently filled with tropical fruits and sweet malt. Mango, tangerine, peach, candied grapefruit, and plump, juicy malt.
The mouthfeel is medium, lightly carbonated and quite smooth, with a chewy edge to it.
Sticky hop resins lead off the pallet, with juicy, ripe citrus fruits and sugar-dusted spruce needles. Plenty of peachs, pears, and tangerine.
Plump, fresh, sticky malt follows through with some warming alcohol and a firm bitterness. A trace of toasted malt is lost in the hop attack.
Finishes with sweet malt, lingering tropical fruit and warming on the throat.

To call this beer a dopple-bock is a joke.
With the sweet malt and pronounced hopping, I would say this is right on for an Imperial red.

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

Ruby red in color. Small head, gone fairly quickly. Thin wispy lace. Strong grassy hop aroma. Nice earthy hop flavor at first sip. Some malty nutty tones in the aftertaste. Nicely carbonated, good meduium mouth feel. Good drinkability. Seems like a nicely balnced IPA except its a lager not an ale. Good stuff.

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

On tap at the brewery.

Poured a clear deep copper red color with a nice layer of creamy tan head, ok retention, great lacing. Smells of citrus, grass, caramel, and biscuits. Taste is really unusual for a doppelbock, lots of hoppiness like grapefruit and fresh cut grass up front followed by the sweetness of caramel and brown sugar along with bread. Finishes with more earthy hops and an ever so slight alcohol touch protruding. Medium in body, good carbonation, just as smooth as the name suggests with a nice bitterness. Very easy to drink, great flavors and a good balance. One of my favorites from Stoudts.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruby color with an off white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

A nice sweet hoppy smell, not what I expected.

I would never guess this is a doppelbock. Doesn't taste like one at all, but in a really good way. Very hoppy throughout with a nice malt backbone that comes through especially in the after taste. Very tasty, I'm going to hunt down a case of this stuff if I can.

Good mouthfeel, less body than you would expect from a doppelbock, but at this point I should not even be thinking of this as a doppelbock.

Great drinkability.

Photo of rayjay
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome beer from Stoudts, maybe my favorite next to Y2K IPA. Awesome score in the SecretBunny08 BIF from dashirey. I used it to christen my new Y2K IPA glass which I am absolutely gushing over!!!

BTW, nothing like a dopplebock. Big dry hopping is the main focus here. Huge aroma, maybe summit hops? Aroma is almost as good as Blind Pig IPA.

VERY smooth bitterness. Black pepper and red pepper flakes are hinted, as well as Munich and smoked malts. A very drinkable lager that reminds me much more of a cross between a fresh peppery maibock/smooth dry hopped English IPA cross, not some thick sticky dopplebock. Smooth malt body with a decent carmel malt presence, almost like chewing on some 20L malt. The body is fairly light and gives way to hoppiness, but the bitterness is gentle and perfectly executed.

Exceptional drinkability. Moderate carbonation.

One of the most pleasant surprises I've yet to come across. SEEK THIS OUT FAST!!!! Big cheers to the brewers at Stoudts!

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a transparent dark amber with 1.5 finger thick head that dissipates to a thin layer and laces nice on the glass.

Smell is sweet malt and hops combination, basically if you poured a nice hoppy IPA into a malty crisp lager.

Taste is a smooth malty front followed by shot of citrusy hops, and then the two combine to finish out on the back of the tongue. Just an interesting combination of sweet malt and piney, citrusy hops; a unique tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated, a little bit of lingering flavor from the hops.

Very drinkable, I'm glad I picked up case so I can sit and enjoy a few more over this weekend.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DIM for getting a growler of this for me.

64 oz. poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear copper hue with a one finger off-white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Light webbing left on the sides of the glass. Love the smell of this one. Oily pine and citrus hops with powerful caramel malt backbone. Such a unique combination, but it works so well. An interesting apple like aroma dances in the nose throughout as well. Taste is unique as well, but in a good way. This is a doppelbock? Taste is mostly hops with grapefruit and slick pine coming through. Towards the end is where the malty flavors emerge. An enjoyable carmel sweetness in the aftertaste with a slight floral and lemon zest. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium body with a subtle carbonation. Goes down so easy. Amber ale? Doppelbock? Pale ale? Who the hell cares, this is a damn good beer. Thanks again Dan for hooking me up.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, somewhat dense, initially fat-two-finger thick, creamy tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, gold-hued, bright cranberry color. The aroma is nicely hoppy, with notes of herbal pine noticed up front. A closer inspection yields more of the same, but with more intensity. This is citrus infused though with aromas reminiscent of grapefruit, touches of tangerine and some notes of lemon rind. This has a "herbal" note to it that makes me think of hemp seed oil, this note, while somewhat soft, is definitely, distinctly noticeable. There is also a fair amount of malt character here by way of toasty malt notes, soda crackers and a touch of caramel malts.

The hop character is aggressively noticeable from the get go. A bracing bitterness and tons of herbal, rank hop flavors linger on in the finish. A mix of garlic chives, hemp oil, astringent hop leaf and pungent pine sap lingers on in the finish and really clings to the palate. What malt character is noticeable is quite clean and provides a touch of chewy, malty, complex sweetness for all of a half second at the front of each sip before it is subsumed by the dominant hop notes. Touches of softer, fruit-focused hop notes can be noticed at times; flavors of grapefruit and tangerine can be pulled out if you really dig for it.

I was quite surprised to see this listed as a Doppelbock. The hop character is clearly the dominant note here; even to be an American interpretation the malt really needs to play a bigger role here (this is of course my own opinion though as this beer clearly shines as an example that I am wrong). This really does not work for me even on a purely hop driven level as the garlic / herbal hop character of Summit hops is just a bit too dominant to be enjoyable. This is just another beer that proves to me how much I really do not like Summit hops.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice dark caramel color with reddish hues and good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers thick, off white foam and leaves good lace.

The smell is hopy, pine and citrus, lots of caramel malt to boot.

The taste is good and well balanced, Lots of thick caramel malt with enough hops to even the score. Earthy hops with citrus notes orange. Sweetness does not play out.

The mouthfeel is thick and well carbonated.

The drinkability is good, with a little tweaking in the hop profile this brew could be a monster. Prosit MK

Photo of HugoGrim
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Stoudt's Brewery in a stemmed glass. Lots of carbonation with a thick foamy head. Deep ruby brown transparent body. Nice lace.

Aroma is of resiny hops with hints of orange.

Flavor is an intense dark hop blast. Very smooth, with rich hops. Piney, citrusy, strong.

Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass on 11/12/07. Best by date: 2/12/08.

I enjoyed a few of these over the weekend, so I decided to pick up a 6-pack at Stoudt's.

A - Hard pour revealed a three-finger-high light beige, soapy head. Deep amber to light copper color. Left some elaborate lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Solid jab of hops right off the bat. Extremely hoppy for a lager! Slight toasted/roasted malt aroma with a tinge of alcohol as well.

T - Earthy, piney hops at the forefront, with more alcohol emerging as the liquid warmed.

M - Prickly hops all over the tongue and down the sides of the mouth. Moderate palate is more on the coarse side due to the assertive hops. Not overly carbonated. Subtle carmel malt flavor as well.

D - I could easily enjoy a couple of these in one sitting. I like dopplebocks and I like hops, so this offering is a match made in heaven!

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

Appearance: a lovely bright and clear reddish amber with a nice thin creamy white head.

Smell: definitely piney and hops, i found it more citrusy than malty in aroma

Taste: Smooth yet HOPS! as the name would suggest. Reminds me of an IPA.

Drinkability: yes please. At 7% it is still a pleasurable beverage. I had this at the brewery and had to bring back a 6 pack to share with friends.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours a clear, reddish-brown with a thin off white head.

S--Light roastiness with nice piney and orange zest in the hop nose.

T--Carmel sweet with strong hop flavors though never overbearing. Nice smooth taste with a noticable dry finish.

Mouthfeel--Medium bodied with a good roundness. Carbonation low to medium.

Drinkability--An easy drinking beer for sure. While this is considered a dopplebock I would not classify it as such....regardless of what it is Stoudts made a nice brew with this one.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of guinnessfan
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's German mug fill from Oktoberfest.

A: Dark amber, crystal clear, with a nice two finger, pillowy IPA head. Awesome lacing and the retention is terrific.

S: Grassy hops aroma fills my nasal caverns, sweetened by a mild malt backbone.

T: Perfect...awesome initial hop punch, ended by a smooth, sweet malty finish.

M: Smooth, creamy, silky...perfect carbonation. No bitterness whatsoever.

D: Virtually perfect. Maybe a slightly strong hop profile for true malt-heads. I really enjoy Stoudt's take on this style.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Enjoyed on tap. Served in a Pilsener glass for some reason.

Red amberish presentaion with a long lasting white head. Mad Cascadesque hop nose. Tastes of charred wood, oranges and spicy alcohol. This beer is super smooth with tons of hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-full. Drinkability is nice. Very "hopflavorful" with a crisp finish.

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

Very clear orange colour with a fine, whitish head. Great retention with thick, solid lacing. The aroma is all hops - floral and pine, fruity and earthy. Nice balance of hop character. Solid bitterness that's not overpowering. Sweet orange and grapefruit flavours were balanced by short-lived toffee. Intense floral hops with faint pine and a moderately hoppy finish. Smooth, malty texture, lowish carbonation with a little bit of strange slickness. Very drinkable with a great balance of flavours.

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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