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1860 IPA - Stoudts Brewing Co.

1860 IPA1860 IPA

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DIM on 11-19-2009)
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Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy copper orange color with an off white head. Not too much retention or lacing. Nose brings forward a tiny bit of citrus as well as some grassy and floral notes. The taste is similar with the three just not combining all that well in the end, though this is plenty hoppy. Pretty decent body and bitterness levels. A bit different, but drinks well enough in the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 11:35:25 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from guzzle211, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced and starts with a hearty malt character that is followed by caramel and fruity citrus sweetness. The hops presence is on the thin side for the style but it's still strong enough to work well in this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, while it's not the hop-bomb that most other beers are in the style, this is still a very enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 04:29:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Rifugium


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philly, PA

Brewed for the 150th anniversary of McGillin's. Poured into a pint glass, a hazy golden brown with a finger of foamy white head; moderate lacing. A pretty decent balance of malts and hops in the aroma. Smooth, bready, sweet malts in the taste overpower the modest, citrusy hop profile. This style is typically not as hoppy as a straight-up IPA, but still, this was just a bit too unbalanced. Medium mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Somewhat drinkable, but nothing too extraordinary. Also, it's from McGillin's, which is a terrible bar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 16:22:46 | More by Rifugium
Photo of corby112


2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange with golden straw colored hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger head that has pretty good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Floral hop aroma that's slightly earthy with subtle citrus and a faint malt presence. Hints of oily hops, grass, pine needle and pineapple countered by caramel malt and biscuit.

Light bodied with subtle dry bitterness up front that lingers throughout over the floral/citrus notes and malt backbone into a slight dry finish. There's a real grassy, earthy characteristic that clashes with the citrus notes, creating an odd hop profile. Just an odd combination of floral, earthy and citrus notes. None of these is prominent and the blending of these flavors is kind of off-putting. Pale malt backbone provides some balance but this beer is somehow hoppy without being dry or overly bitter.

Overall I wasn't very impressed with this beer. I'm usually a big fan of Stoudts but this beer just tastes very strange and kind of unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 08:32:31 | More by corby112
Photo of woodychandler


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been one IPA after the other for me these last several days and I am planning to make this my last so that I may work with ambers for a while. I got this (and two more) in a trade at the Black Angus for half of my sixer of Amber 25.

From the bottle: "American, Unfiltered, Bottle Conditioned Ale"; attributed to "McGillin's Old Ale House" in Philadelphia.

My pour created about a finger of dense, off-white head with good retention, especially in this heat. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Nose smelled of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Mouthfeel was quite full with its level of carbonation and that combined with the hops made my tongue feel as though I had applied scrubbing bubbles. As I continued to drink, sticky lacing began to appear in my glass. The taste was definitely of hops, but it seemed as though they were restrained, at least in terms of the style. Actually, I liked it that way as it served as a bridge between the softer English IPAs and the much more intense AIPAs. I suppose that it is all in what you are looking for in a beer. I could probably drink several of these at a sitting, while some AIPAs cause me to have to stop and catch my breath. The finish exhibited a nice commingling of the hops and malt. I was very satisfied with my trade!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 17:51:26 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Slatetank


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Evets for sharing this one - poured chilled from the 12oz into a standard pint

A - A light tea-like amber w/ a thin quick dropping white w/ lots of streams of lace inside the glass

S - The nose is mostly herbal and tea like w/ mild biscuit malt notes in the nose and mild floral hop tinges w/ light toast accents

M - The feel is crisp and semi-sweet w/ medium light body and moderately low bitterness for the style but it works for this beer and plays up the balance w/ a pleasant clean finish

T - The taste has nice vibrant flavors of sweet toasted malt and gentle biscuit notes w/ lemony hop taste and mild sweet floral tinges - The finish is sem-dry w/ hints of nutty grain and orange tea like taste of hops lingers

D - A very interesting and drinkable IPA with subtlety and balance which is unusual in these 'extreme beer' times, but it works and I really felt it was a quaffable beer - Kudos Stoudts!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:14:17 | More by Slatetank
Photo of gford217


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to thecarster1 for hooking me up with this one, Secret Santa style.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge billowy white head that shows extremely good retention with a rocky bottom fed by tons of bottles from the bottom. Good lacing as well.

The aroma is mildly hoppy with sweet citrus - oranges and pineapples specifically. There is just as much sweet caramel malts in the nose and I's call this a more balanced nose.

The taste is also sweeter than I was expecting with the malts almost as noticeable as the hops. There is a light citrus bitterness up front and in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and possibly a tad overcarbonated.

This is a very balanced IPA from Stoudt's with the hops and malts both making an impression which leads to a very drinkable beer. It's neither complex nor a hop bomb, just a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:37:20 | More by gford217
Photo of jrallen34


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Orval glass...Pours a light copper off white head that is very bubbly, light retention but very good lacing...Super light aroma, a little hops, malt caramel finish...The taste is really nice, super easy to drink but nothing that really blows me away, but yet I'm crushing it really fast. Light hop finish is nice send off.

Nothing special but an easy to drink ipa, worth a shot if you see at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 21:07:43 | More by jrallen34
Photo of blackie


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden color, nice meringue-thick head with great retention

s: citrus hops - grapefruit especially, simple pale malt structure

m: carbonation light-medium and smooth, light-medium body

t: citrusy and green pine hops on a pretty simple pale malt body, actually nicely loaded with vibrant hop flavor and capped off with a pleasant bitterness

d: quite easy

single from Foodery, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 23:48:18 | More by blackie
Photo of ffejherb


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stoudt's on 10/16/10.

A - Clear golden body with a slight amber tint and a finger's worth of frothy, off-white bubbly foam that retained well and deposited a webbing of thick lace around the glass.

S - Melange of spicy, citrusy and grassy hop notes with a hint of grapefruit rind and lemon zest. The hop character suggests Amarillo or Simcoe... perhaps both? Clean, well-balanced IPA nose with a backing of sweet biscuity malt.

T - Opens with a citrusy hop character, especially grapefruit, but displays some grassy attributes as well. Hint of spice in the middle. The grainy, biscuity malt backbone adds some sweetness in the backend, followed by a punch of more citrus and grassy hops.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth texture and an oily, sticky mouthfeel. Finishes with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Really solid, well-balanced and drinkable IPA with enough hop presence to keep me interested until the end. Much more drinkable than their DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 12:51:02 | More by ffejherb
Photo of flexabull


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of gn0sis, thanks again!

Pours a bright and slightly hazy gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are a bit muted, some light citrus, and pine notes.

Taste is clean, fairly simple, dry and crisp. Light malt creaminess up front, some caramel and spices mixed in as well. Finish has a pine and mineral hoppiness that is pretty tame.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Well carbonated and it doesn't feel overly heavy.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty simple IPA, but it has it's redeeming qualities, and decent flavors. It's best quality is that it's pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 23:31:27 | More by flexabull
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with full, frothy white head which disipates quickly leaving some lacing. Smell is very forward of grapefruit with hints of malt, pine and spice. Taste features the same assertve grapefruit with a more noticable, and quite bold malt presence. Grassy hops linger in the background with some sweetness. Lacks a bitter punch. Medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated leading to a somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Good beer with a few minor issues with balance, bitterness and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 14:15:44 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Reagan1984


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked rhis bottle up at the Stoudts Brewery as we drove through PA. 

A one finger off white head forms atop a slightly cloudy orange/amber beer. A lot of carbonation is quickly rising through the beer.  A decent amount of lacing. 

Aroma is of citrus, orange, a touch of yeast and almost a dirty malt aroma. 

A decent amount of orange/tangerine in the flavor. Some pithy bitterness. Not sure im a fan of the malt flavors here. But i do like the frut flavors. 

Spritzty carbonation. Pretty light. 

A pretty decent beer. But there still is a musty/dirty taste to it.  

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 17:08:47 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of DIM


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's brewed this IPA for Mcgillins Old Ale House's 150th anniversary. Fortunately they kept some in house. I loved it on-tap and grabbed a six-pack.

a: This was a clear, golden color with a little copper. It was served to me with a short, foamy cap.

s: Big, fresh citric hops take center stage. Freshly zested lemon and grapefruit. Caramel and toffee are present in the backround.

t: Best IPA I've had from Lancaster county by far. Nothing new or ground breaking, just fresh, zesty citric hops backed up by sweet, but not cloying or abrasive caramel.

m: Lush, creamy carbonation.

d: I hope this comes back in some form. Great IPA that I would love to have on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2009 11:45:13 | More by DIM
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel orange with honey folds. The crown is 2 fingers, slightly off white (buttery), displays medium retention and good lace. I've give it a 4.2 if I could and I'd give it a 4.5 if it wasn't murky.

Smell: Caramel over herbal hops, grass notes, and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Same as the nose but less caramel presence. Mainly grass and herbal hops over a bready malt. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:01:20 | More by koopa
Photo of mikereaser


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/2/09

A - Pours a nice golden orange with 1/4 inch of foam that left some lacing

S - citrus hops, orange and grapefruit dominate the aroma

T - light malt base with citrus hops throughout, smooth finish with just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish

M - smooth, good carbonation, very nicely balanced

D - very nice flavor and mouthfeel, would make a very nice anytime beer

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 20:36:30 | More by mikereaser
Photo of joepais


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dim I needed an IPA tonight
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass produced a two finger white head that stays around. This sits on top of a clear golden colored ale.

This must be a fresh sample because the hop aroma is great.
There is a nice citrus /grassy aroma that filled my head. The flavor is what I look for from an IPA slight sweet start with a dry bitter finish. It had ample carbonation and was light and crisp in the mouth

A good drinking IPA well worth the try, I could easily session this brew and would if I had more

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 02:30:38 | More by joepais
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip shaped piint glass; presents with a nice thick off white head; dissipates to top the beer with nice lacing and lingering cover.

Smell is mild piney, light citrusy hops with a mild malt undertone.

Taste is on the light smooth side of IPAs, not overpowering in the hop bitterness, good mix of pine/grapefruit followed by a solid malt base (not biscuity or sweet, just good presence).

Mouthfeel is on the smooth side, reminds me more of something between a philly pale ale and hoppier pale ale.

Overall, well done, this is a solid IPA on the lighter side of the flavor scale.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 04:36:38 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of meatyard


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, slightly dark, golden amber that showed plenty of carbonation. The head was a creamy, fluffy white of about 2-fingers in height that left decent lacing with good retention.
Has a floral aroma and also comes through after that whit a stronger citrus hop smell.
The taste has this same floral, somewhat subtle hop taste followed by the citrus and malt with a light bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium with really nice continued carbonation throughout.
This is a very pleasant drinking IPA, way above average. If I were to see it on tap I would definitely give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 19:16:59 | More by meatyard
Photo of thecarster1


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

single picked up at capones - only 200 cases brewed by stoudts for mcgillin's old ale house's 150th anniversary - glad i got the chance to try this!

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger creamy, bubbly head with great retention, clear deep gold/amber color - i expected a bit of hazy due to this being unfiltered, good amount of carbonation.

s- mild but great, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, faint earthy malt.

t- this is a balanced ipa with a good amout of malt upfront, bitter grapefruit, great earthy hops that turn bitter come the finish. this is a welcome change of pace to the other hopped up ipas that i've been drinking lately. in all fairness i'm not sure how many hop bombs were brewed in 1860..

m- medium bodied, very creamy with loads of carbonation.

d- this is a super drinkable ipa, glad i got to try this one time brewed beer. i hope this becomes a regular brew for mcgillin/stoudts.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:33:35 | More by thecarster1
Photo of jwhancher


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single bottle from the Foodery in Northern Liberties. Missed a chance to have it from the tap at McGillin's previously.

A: Pours a golden color with a very nice two finger head.

S: Strong smell of citrus hops. Reminds me of an orange peel.

T: I get pale & amber malt background, then followed by the hops. The hops aren't full throttle but definitely come across as grassy to me.

M: For an IPA, it's rather light. The hops don't punch you in the face like many others that I've tried.

D: I imagine that this IPA was formulated to be a session beer as McGillin's is a place where you meet with friends then drink and drink and drink...I wonder how many of these I could polish off in a night???

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 23:05:43 | More by jwhancher
Photo of JWU


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass

A- a not-quite-translucent goldenrod with orange highlights. A finger of bright white head that dissipates quickly.

S- not much going on. Some centennial hops and grainy notes?

T- some grainy malt notes, almost pilsner in taste, give way to decidedly centennial hop notes. Faint grapefruit and bitterness. There's just not a whole lot here.

M- a pronounced fine carbonation, thin side of medium.

O- A little disappointed. Stoudt's can do much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:03:29 | More by JWU
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/09/09
House Brew at McGillins Old Ale House in Philly that Stoudts brewed for their 150th anniversary. Got at Stoudts in a mixed 6-pack.
Poured a hazy (bottle conditioned) burnt orange with plenty of head that had some nice retention. Had a grassy/grainy smell with a floral hint. Good hop/malt balance with a nice bitter bite without sacrificing drinkability. I could easily drink a bunch of these. This beer doesn't stand out from it's peers but it is a solid ale nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:58:49 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this India Pale Ale while visiting the Stoudt's Brewery.

Pours a very bright orange color, a little more bright than a typical IPA. Can visibly see the carbonation in the glass.

Smell is bursting with hops. Taste is very sweet, sugary, and tart at times. The hops are almost overwhelming, and I love hops. A little let disappointing compared to their other wonderful beers and IPAs. I'd suggest the Double IPA over the 1860 IPA if you're at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 15:20:52 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of MONKandTUCK


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer had at an interesting bar. McGillin's is class joint with a rich history and unbeatable prices. Their resistance to sell-out or go trendy makes this place dually a worthwhile tourist attraction and a homey spot for regulars.

A - Twany gold. Deepth and light hue give an impression of thich body. Unfortunately, this beer has no head-retention.

A - There's an unmistakable blast of Centennial and Amarillo. Sometimes it smells more of Amarillo, but in the end the sharper snap of Centennial prevails. Not as gushingly aromatic or layered as the best IPA's out there, but a treat for the uninitiated/unspoiled.

T - There's a lot going on here. The taste of grapefruit rind holds up all the way through. A bready-nutty malt profile does compete with hop notes, however. Really, this beer drinks more like an over-hopped Pale Ale than a clean, crisp, hop-juice IPA.

Bitterness in the finish develops as the the glass empties.... maybe too much.

That's the only flaw of this beer, though. Which means a lot, since so many IPA's make irredeemable mistakes.

M - Girth in the body is really satisfying, but this beer just doesn't finish crisp enough. I actually wonder if the beer weren't slightly sweeter, or the bitterness more restrained, if my perception would be radically different.

I like the restrained malt in my zesty Pilsners, but I could never do with a pronounced hop profile in my savory Doppelbocks. Mouth-feel is determined by more than just the final gravity reading.

O - It's not as malty as Hop Devil, and the sweetness is very restrained. A better impression of the maltiness can be drawn from comparisons with Vienna Lagers/Festbier or Bitters. I strongly suspect some Munich and Toasted malt were used in the grist to add depth of character. It's enjoyable, but it might contend too much with the hops.

That said, IPA's are so much a matter of perception. The variables affecting the impressions of samplings of this style are numerous and generally unquantifiable. Paired with food, or enjoyed without recent experience with other hoppy ales to compare it to, this beer might register as something very different.

More complexity of hops and an impression of something leaner would do this already enjoyable and approachable beer well since it comes off more as an unbalanced Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 17:06:10 | More by MONKandTUCK
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