Fourplay IPA | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Fourplay IPAFourplay IPA

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our new year-round Fourplay IPA boasts two hop varieties (Apollo and Experimental 06300 for you hopheads) and a full-bodied malt backbone which complements the abundant hop flavor sublimely.

Added by Jason on 03-29-2014

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Stoudt's Fourplay IPA
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Once again Stoudt's has produced an exceptional beer that won't get the acclaim it deserves. It's a very hazy deep copper beneath a frothy head of khaki foam. The head retention is excellent, continually maintaining a full 1/8" surface covering; and the lacing is just as nice, coating the inside of the glass with walls of broken, sticky foam. It has the appearance of an unfiltered "real ale".

In the nose it's both hoppy and malty, delivering a bit of citrusy fruitiness as well as notes of caramelish malt. It's gently resinous, softly pine-like, spicy, and more like orange in the citrus than pineapple or grapefruit.

Upfront, the flavor delivers juicy fruit atop a delicately sweet bread malt. The fruitiness continues across the middle as more resinous and minty hop flavors join in. The malt becomes more apparent as well, adding in caramel notes, and the blend of flavors at that point is really quite interesting with the fruitiness (tangerine, sweet grapefruit, mango), minty-ness, grassiness, spiciness, and subtly sweet notes of light and dark caramel colliding and overlapping with each other but never really combining. It's bitterness is solid, but it's not overdone, leading to a dry finish that's livened by the fruit and mint of the hops. It lingers, but not for too long, with the fruitiness cleaning it up a bit and leaving you ready for another sip. The alcohol never shows, but then again it really shouldn't at just 6.0% abv. It's really quite drinkable!

In the mouth it's medium bodied and surprisingly smooth with what seems like a natural carbonation. Along with the appearance, that really adds to it's "real ale" character.

It's a unique IPA in that it's actually kind of soft (due to the residual yeast, moderate carbonation level, dry-hopping, and restrained alcohol). It's bitter, and strong, but it doesn't hit you over the head - the choice of hops does that with its bright, somewhat tart juiciness; and that juxtaposition makes it really interesting, and almost compellingly drinkable. Others may fault this because it's not an aggressive, brashly hoppy and bitter IPA, but that's exactly why I love it. As Carol Stoudt once asked of me, "Why make a beer just like someone else's?"

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Stoudt's Fourplay IPA has a very thick, foamy, off-white head, a murky, orange-gold appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is an interesting mix of candle wax, hop resin, and sweet, white bread. Taste is of that, too, and the straight-forward hop bitterness comes in at the mid-to-end of the sip to balance it out, wonderfully. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Stoudt's Fourplay IPA finishes puckering, easy drinking, and not the least bit alcohilic.


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Photo of Chris77McGrath
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/6/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is strong but a bit subdued and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intensely hoppy this is an astonishingly enjoyable IPA when drank fresh. Lovely balance on the nose and taste and a chewable mouthfeel. A very nice IPA overall.

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Photo of Barleycorn
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am proud to have Stoudt's B.C. here in Lancaster County, PA & I admittedly take them for granted, not drinking their beers as regularly as I used to, given the plethora of new beers coming available every day. It is a pleasure to have at least a couple as part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour into the awaiting glass. I then experienced a moment of Zen & simply sat, peering at the newly-arrived liquid therein, contemplating my next move. It was to take up the nearby spoon and agitate the beer with an in-glass swirl. This action raised two-plus fingers of rocky, foamy, tawny head which slowly fell back to wisps & left sticky lacing in its wake, affording me a few more moments of quiet contemplation. Dust gathered & settled, the light shifted oh-so-subtly, but nary else transpired. I peered at the Deep-Amber/Light Copper to Copper liquid (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity & reminisced on my visit to Lincoln, NE in 2006 when I originated the term. I raised the glass to my nose and sniffed. I was rewarded with a strong citrus odor, like grapefruits, lemons and oranges with some pine thrown in for good measure and underlain with a biscuitiness. I raised my glass in a toast to my guests, Kenny, Jimmy, Coy & Pops, all perched in a corner by the kitchen door. Tilting the glass to my awaiting maw, I allowed the liquid to sit on my tongue to warm & caress it with its medium embrace. The taste was quite bitter, pithy, if I may, but just the sort of thing to satiate my hops monkey which sits on my back. I was a little surprised by the intense bitterness & dryness of the beer, but I really should not have been, with four varieties of hops & a biscuit malt backbone. In retrospect, I would have been more surprised if it had been sweet. Sometimes, I think too much, other times, I do not think enough. It is a delicate balance. I would love to be able to tell you that this beer struck a balance, but such was not the case. It was made for a self-avowed, self-described hophead, such as myself. It finished with a bitter dryness that left me reaching for a bit of water and wiping the unbidden tears from my eyes. More, please!

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4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before 9-14-14

a: Clear, shiny copper; poured with a relatively short lived fizzy head.

s: Very fresh smelling yet mellow tropical fruit and citrus. Lots of caramel for balance.

t: East coast for sure and a good one. Lots of sweet grapefruit with hints of mango. Plenty of lingering bitterness and abrasive caramel.

m: Bit heavy for the size.

o: Top notch local IPA, glad to have the option.

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3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A--Strong golden/orange color. Meaty head that dissipated quickly and left no real lacing.

S--Citrusy hops are prevalent but a malty backbone is suggested as well.

T--Both hops and malts are present. Grapefruit on the finish with caramel also.

M--Nothing astringent from the hops. Feels juicy and carbonated.

O--A very good beer, but not really seeming like an IPA. I'd certainly go back for another.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head which leaves rings for lace. The color is solidly amber. Clear.

Caramel aroma followed by a fresh fragrant hop nose.

The base is lightly toasted pale malt. The hop doesn't come in to strong but certainly dominates. The aftertaste brings forward a sweetness I wasn't expecting. It leans rich with an above average carbonation level. Easy to drink and well balanced for an IPA.

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3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Fourplay IPA from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 121 ratings