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Stoudt's Winter Ale (2010-2011) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Winter Ale (2010-2011)
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: foureyedgeek on 12-05-2010)
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Reviews by mempath:
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

pours moderately active, head rises a bit, settles quickly with an under the radar mm lacing. bright deep apricot amber.

nose hints immediately to a very hoppy presence! at least, not expected. taste matches it, but comes off dry, with the hop bitterness fading out fast. not catching the 'sweetness' reported by others, but would've welcomed it. doesn't seem to be what i expected a 'winter' ale would be like. hops must've put the spices to bed...a second taste and i catch a sense of spices, but very subtle. mouthfeel is good...not thick or thin. as it should be. drinkable enough, but it's held back bitterness reminds me of a lower octane version of the Smuttynose IPA...i think i should've bought a few more of these to see what else is revealed. in essence, a subtle powerhouse of flavors. i think my palate wasn't ready to read in between the lines. i'll return to this.

p.s. as i finish it, i am noticing lingering bitterness that i like. the dry disappearance again was a trick. interesting. perhaps a good session brew to see what else is revealed. or mix it with some overly spiced brew.

12-25-2010 16:44:13 | More by mempath
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.58/5  rDev -31%

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a light amber with a one finger light brown head that starts lacing right away. Nose is malty and earthy, also a bit metallic which is fairly off putting.

Taste is overwhelmingly metallic/iron which is really hurting the flavor as I drink it. Mouthfeel is quite watery and the carbonation is sharp. Overall this is a mediocre beer but on close out it was a good deal.

08-29-2011 16:55:05 | More by kingcrowing
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

01-29-2014 20:11:02 | More by ryser2k
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

11-25-2011 00:27:56 | More by WaydeRafnel
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.8%

05-09-2012 02:42:16 | More by avisong
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, considerable sweetness. Taste is good, not nearly as sweet as the smell, good balance of hops and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a pretty good offering.

01-01-2011 19:09:59 | More by tone77
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Ba Review #85
Served On: 11/10/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this one on tap at the Stoudt's brewery in Adamstown, PA back on Thursday.

Look: A brownish copper color served in a pint glass. A reddish hue appeared when held to the light. Head was a 2 finger layer of lighter tan foam.

Smell: Aroma was very spicy with the hops creating most of the nose. Also some dark maple, cinnamon and the other usual spices found in most winter releases.

Taste: First were the spices - then the hops kicked in and basically dominated most of the palate. The middle and finish were of more hops and a hint of dry spice that made for a nice aftertaste.

Overall this was a good winter ale. The server said it was a hoppy red ale this year - and she was right! Body was rather thin, but the hoppiness was extremely nice for a change.

11-12-2011 13:59:54 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

Poured a deep dark amber with a nice one inch off white head and a good amount of lace. Nice retention on the head as well. Smell was deeply hopped, with a nice pine resin aroma and a hint of light grain. My first impression was a bit light in the carbonation, and a slight slickness or oilyness to it. Big hop profile was very nicely balanced against the malted grain back.

03-20-2011 22:09:27 | More by mikesgroove
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-11-2012 14:13:54 | More by Tyrawlings
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-16-2011 02:58:02 | More by oline73
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-04-2013 03:07:06 | More by calcnerd
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with a creamy thin head.

Has a sweet, malty smell, with hints of caramel and grapes. Some grassy aroma as well.

Has a bitter beginning, like an ESB, with definite sweet in the middle before finishing bitter. Mildly malty, with hints of apricot and peach, this beer has a pleasant, though not very "wintery" taste.

Medium-bodied, this beer leaves the tongue feeling rather dry.

I find this beer rather drinkable, with it's only knock being that it is slightly sweeter than it should be for as bitter as it is.

12-21-2010 01:00:57 | More by TheHoppiest
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Tifore

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a orangeish slight amber color and develops a small super white head that dissapates quickly.

S - Smells of banana, cloves, some light hops, and roasted malts. Some what different than what I was expecting which dissapointed me a bit.

T - Taste was lacking for sure. Very light and over carbonated when I was expecting more of a winter warmer. Lots of light sweet hops up front, banana and toffee with some slight spice but mainly nothing impressive.

M - Mouthfeel is light as well with lots of carbonation without the flavor profile to back it up.

D - Not so sure I'm excited to finish off the six pack I bought but perhaps a second taste is needed.

12-26-2010 03:02:34 | More by Tifore
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

12 oz bottle, this is the current winter ale from Stoudt's, 2010-2011. Its a hoppy red ale this year.

Pours a very clear copper red, with a nice tan head that falls to a good cap of foam. Nice lacing as well.

Smell is is sweet caramel and graham cracker. Definitely malt-forward to the nose.

Tastes very well balanced. The maltiness of the aroma carries through, backed up well by a pleasant hoppy finish. This is not your standard amber/red ale nor is it an over-the-top take on the style.

Mouthfeel is full bodied without being sticky and the dry finish brings you back for another sip.

Drinkability is very good with this beer, I could see spending a nice evening with a six pack of this beer. Definitely not an ordinary take on a winter ale and there's nothing wrong with that at all.

12-05-2010 01:29:44 | More by foureyedgeek
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

First had: on tap at Teikoku, Edgemont, PA

Another disappointment, in that when I see something called a "winter" beer, I expect a winter warmer or something with a bit of spice, and this wasn't that. It was still a decent brew though.

On tap, poured into a stem glass, clear copper in color with a thin, eggshell head; minimal lacing. Sweet, toasted malts in the aroma, caramel; some light resinous hops detectable. No spice. :( Sweet taste with caramel malts coming through, light indistinct fruit notes, a bit grassy, with some hints of pine, providing a bit of balance and dryness. Medium bodied, and pretty nice to drink.

07-03-2011 03:13:52 | More by Rifugium
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amnesia85

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

04-03-2012 20:35:11 | More by amnesia85
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

12oz bottle with a "best before date" of 5/17/11.

Pours a beautiful crimson red with brilliant clarity and a one finger off-white head that has settled to a thin layer after only a few minutes, but is leaving behind some nice lacing.

Smell is somewhat mild. It has more of a clean malty smell as apposed to a big bready one. I'm getting some hops in there as well.

Nice balance between the hops and malts. Again, this is very clean as apposed to say....Rogue Santa's Private Reserve which is more cloudy, and much more malty. They're both Winter Red Ale's with no added spices.

Medium body with a nice hop bitterness throughout.

I could drink this beer all evening, and at 6% I'd probably be alright.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a winter warmer, but it's one of the best Red Ale's out there. I'd take over Santa's Private, Rogue Amber, Hopback Amber....etc. This isn't the freshest bottle, yet it's still nice and hoppy. Pretty sure they're changing up the recipe again next year. They switch it every 2 years.

03-05-2011 01:40:23 | More by Morey
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

12-04-2011 04:02:39 | More by bigred89
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-12-2012 17:21:41 | More by InspectorBob
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale, crystal, and biscuit malt scent. It's dry and bitter with a mild hop nose. It's balanced with some caramel and bread-like notes. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malty flavor that's balanced with a semi-aggresive hop bitterness. It has excellent malt character; boasting of caramel and biscuit malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking winter seasonal. It's nothing flashy, just a well brewed American amber ale.

01-21-2011 01:47:48 | More by WesWes
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-08-2013 23:16:44 | More by ejimhof
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

I received this as an extra in a trade, so I'm always happy to try a new beer. It's certainly solid enough. Review is from notes taken on 12/14/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a standard coppery/orange color; starts with a one finger off-white head with decent retention that eventually fades to a thin and uneven cap with a thicker ring around the surface; body is a little hazy, but one can still see through it and the moderately strong carbonation;

Smell: The smell is mostly the strong malty backbone, and it has some elements of caramel to it; slight hoppiness in there, but it's very weak in the nose; could definitely use some more strength here...

Taste: It's a pretty standard American Amber -- nice caramel and sweet malts and a nice balance of bitter hops as well that has a slight citric and grassy taste to them; a bit of a dry, toasty graininess lingers in the back with a bit of a coppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium and has solid carbonation that provides enough liveliness without being sharp; a moderately thick and semi-dry sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth and the gums are left a little tingly from the carbonation; the belly is left a little warm from the bitterness and carb; a well-bodied beer with enough "stick" to it to provide from sustenance.

Drinkability: It's solid, but I have no idea why Stoudts designates it as a Winter Ale as opposed to just calling it an Amber, sheer marketing strategy I guess. I noticed that it has different annual designations, so perhaps they vary the style from year to year. Decent flavors, nose could be a little better, but overall, it's easy enough to drink and has a lower ABV so it's not as if it's going to knock you over or anything.

12-15-2010 02:52:48 | More by bamadog
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-16-2013 00:13:21 | More by Thedrizzle
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

A - Poured with a clear copper body...the head was an off white color and pretty creamy...it stood about two fingers and showed nice retention...decent lacing

S - Sweet caramel malt notes mixed with some bready and grainy notes as well...a blast of hops finishes things off

T - The flavor starts off with an initial sweetness of caramel and toffee...in the middle there is a big grainy flavor that presents buttered bread, roasted malts, and some barley...nice, but I wish the caramel/toffee flavors would have lasted longer...to finish the beer there is a nice and quick blast of citrus hops

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a moderate roastiness and pleasant hop presence

D - This is a bit different than last years amber version...I like the addition of the hops right at the end...the beer had a nice flavor profile it's just that the grainy flavor got to me after a while

01-10-2011 12:02:50 | More by thain709
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

03-02-2012 17:08:27 | More by zekeman17
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Stoudt's Winter Ale (2010-2011) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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