Stoudts American Pale Ale | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts American Pale AleStoudts American Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More beery with a kiss of hops on tap at the Barbary for the Dead Milkmen. Has that just right amount of bitter hops to keep you coming back with a strong malt backbone. Slightly citric. Well carbonated and crisp dare I say a bit watery.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start out by saying this...I was stunned at how similar this is to Bell's Two Hearted, there's a few slight differences that make this not quite on the same level, but what a great effort by a local brewery. Look is a coppery brown color with a thin head but with lasting wisps of foam and lacing. Smell has lots of floral and citrusy hops and some pine. Taste has big citrus flavor (lemon, orange, grapefruit...both the juices and the rinds), some pine, and some floral notes. Good balance between bitter and sweet. Feel is about medium with medium carbonation, finishes dry and clean. It's just slightly more harshly hopped and slightly rougher on the finish than Two Hearted, but overall, a fantastic APA option for beer lovers in PA and the nearby areas.

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Photo of thebeers
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange-straw color with a thick white head and plenty of lacing. A pleasant floral aroma with citrus and pine. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Moderate hop bitterness balanced with hop flavor and a light malt backbone. Refreshing and easy-drinking. A classic.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of herbal hops, bready malt and some caramel. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, pale malt and ripe pears fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Average session brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/11/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, light caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balances citrus/floral hops and pale/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant pale ale style. Good balance of citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrus, floral aroma and taste. Lower on the bitterness scale for an ale (~50 IBU). Taste has a bit of bready nature to it. An ale that can serve as either a dinner or a party option, with its lighter tones and texture. As a small, Pennsylvania brewery, Stoudts really holds it's own here.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Pete's Famous Pizza)

A: surprisingly fantastic pour in a cold pint.... solid, rocky, cottony head - color of recycled egg crate paper... clear, golden liquid... lace left in broad bands, ample cover

S: balance of toasty, cereal-y malts and hop pellets.... mellow... unmistakable, straight-up APA

T: up front - nice, smooth, lightly-spicy hops... light-medium bitterness.... firm malt follow-through after each sip... malt a bit obscured in the background.... mild, mid-range crystal malt sweetness, but very naked flavor from it - like chewing on the grains

M: ideal lighter body and dry finish for the style... bit of a frothy wash from the foam

O: quintessential APA... quite well done... something to seek out in the summer

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Gorgeous amber with a nice tint of orange. Generous amount of bubbles rise to the top to support a creamy 1/8" head, unpure white in color. A few splotches of sticky lace as the beer slowly departs from the glass.

S: A little disappointing here... Hops make themselves known; grapefruit and orange citrus zest with a little bit of earthy pine and grass. While the expected aroma is present, it's a bit weak and comes off a little too clean in the nose.

T: Flavors start out nice. A bit on the bready side, with a slight jolt of hops. A bit herbal in the finish with an aftertaste I can't quite put my finger on, and the mystery isn't really a good thing. The malt backbone is gone, the bitterness from the hops dissipates, and you're left with a really sour fruit-like flavor. I can't quite discern it, but I know it's not really hitting the spot.

M: Body sits comfortable in the middle—not too light, not too heavy. Crisp carbonation. Rolls across the palate smoothly and finishes semi-dry. Commendable.

O: With Stoudt's being a PA brewery and having heard good things about their American Pale Ale, I decided to grab a bottle. It poured nice, but I was immediately underwhelmed by its clean aroma, and even less impressed with its funky, sour finish. At first I thought it was a freshness problem. The place I frequent for beer purchases usually doesn't leave stale brew on display, but I was almost certain I found something that had been marinating for too long. Lo and behold, the label clearly states that I still have about three months to enjoy this beverage. I don't really know what's going on here and, while it's not offensive, it definitely led to a less-than-pleasant experience. Perhaps the sourness is a fluke. The rest of it was decent and I'll be re-visiting this again, for sure. Some things deserve a second chance.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Cloudy pour, (beware of some sediment at the bottom, yeast and whatnot) 1 finger head with good glass cling. Dark copper yellow color.

S- Light hop aroma, sweet citrus, could almost benefit from an orange wedge in there. A bit of pith-like bitterness.

T- Citrus hops. A good strong bitterness in the finish. This beer gives you way more on the palate than it does for your nose. Bold flavors.

M- A good balance. Just right in my opinion.

O- As a hop head in training I am still getting used to bitter finishes from beers. IPAs and APAs are still a work in progress but this one is a drinkable beer for me. The sweet citrus notes help to tame the bitterness in the finish to make this one very palatable. High marks for the this one on flavor.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber beer with a lovely crusty foam head. Light, fluffy, airy, well-retained, and lacing all down the glass wall.

Florally bombastic with a good deal of citrus rind aromas and chunky biscuity malts. Leafy green and dosing with the bitterness. Delivering the nose.

Bolstered citrus and flowery hop cone with that good and dry pale malt backing. A hint of melon rind in there, too. Quintessential APA components here.

Crispy feel with aggressive bitter-carb punch and a dry body to punch through. A good feel for a hoppy pale ale.

Excellent pale ale. Not a top ten choice for me, but it's hard to say why.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy burnt orange with a frothy white head. Nice lace and cling on the glass.

S - Bread dough, grain, yeast, corn, citrus hops, perfume, flowery.

T - Bread and yeast dominate the front end of this, citrus hops, and malts.

O - Solid offering, easy to drink, but doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of ppvora
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle on a nice summer evening (not too hot, low humidity -- just the perfect Mediterranean weather).

App: Gold with slight hints of orange color. Some aeration with 2 fingers of head.

Aroma: Gorgeous citrusy and hoppy aroma. Delightful!

Taste: Malt and hops. The citrusy aroma is not supported in the taste of the beer. If you like citrusy aromas but not necessarily like to taste citrus in your beer, this one is for you. No fruity taste either. Just malt and nice hops -- not too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Keeps the aroma and the taste -- does not back off.

Overall: A surprisingly good malty and hoppy ale. Gorgeous aromas and great taste. If you like citrus aromas but don't like its taste in the beer this one is for you -- malt and hops too.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a bottle for later consumption while in Philadelphia, at the Craft Beer Outlet.

The DVD which came with my subscription to Beer magazine included a segment with the woman who founded this brewery, making drinking it now more interesting, as did the somewhat American flaglike label on the bottle.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Transparent amber with a two-finger thick white head which dissipated slowly to a heavy surface foam with extensive lacing. Nice!

s: Mildly piney.

t: Just like the smell, due to the hops balanced against the malt. Those pine notes increased as consumption proceeded.

m: light to moderate, smooth and refreshing.

o: A creditable pale ale, and a very good summer session brew. I will be looking for more Stoudt's the next time I pass through Pennsylvania or wherever else it shows up.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: not sure, but just recently revisited it from a bottle given to me by a neighbor.

Clearish, copper pour into a Lost Abbey teku (no reason), a finger or so of frothy white head receded to a thin layer and left spots of lacing on the glass. Toasted grainy bread aroma, light piney hops, touch of earth. Bready and earthy up front in the taste, pale malts for a slight sweetness, balanced with bitter pine hops and notes of citrus rind. A little dry and stale. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, decent overall, but nothing great. Typical Stoudts sub-mediocrity.

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Photo of acevenom
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours slightly hazy golden with a thick white head and a moderate amount of visible tiny bubbles in the beer. The head retreats slowly. There's some lacing left on the side of the glass. There's a floral aroma from the hops. I also pick up some of the bready smell from the malt. The taste follows the nose, but then goes beyond that. The floral hop flavors are balanced with come citrus peel and hop spiciness. The breadiness from the malt also comes through. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA. It is very light colored almost golden. The nose is a typically hoppy IPA aroma but its fairly weak and leaves something to be desired. The taste on the other hand is outstanding. A lot of hop flavor but very very smooth. There are fruity elements to it as well. Low carbonation which I like. I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear dark cider hue. Head is respectable. Dies off from its original inch-high statue, but it does maintain half its height. It also laces with much consistency.

S-Sweetness wins out in the nose. The aroma is not very intense. I get caramel and sweet bread with light chords of floral hops. Stresses a mantra of 'subtle balance'. I want a bit more here.

T-The flavor is more impressive than the nose. Hops are flowery but hey also have some fair citrus flesh and even some lemony zing. The malt is toasted white bread and lemon tart. Still a bunch of balance, but the hops are more intense and lively.

M-Lighter bodied with some creaminess. Bubbles are standard. Sessionable.

O/D-Decent price, but the beer is far from memorable. Another serviceable Pale Ale. Maybe this was hanging on the shelf to a bit too long?

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Photo of 57md
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper with a finger of head. The nose certainly has a stronger hoppiness than most APAs. The flavor is crisp with a mild maltiness and clean hoppy finish. This a an excellent example of an APA - certainly the flagship beer from Stoudt's Brewing.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of fruity yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fruity yeast along with notes of pale malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good beer for the style because it’s easy to drink and has a good amount of flavors.

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Photo of cpolking
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tone77 for this beer!

The beer pours a bright orange golden in color. There is an inch of creamy, thick and foamy head that is off-white in color.

The aroma is light tropical fruit and citrus over a subtle bed of malt.

The taste is light and fresh, floral and citrus over a light caramel malt, with a tangy and then bitter finish.

The beer is light in the mouth, with just the right amount of carbonation, and finishes crisp and dry. This is a nice easy drinker.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into mug pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lighter golden color with a medium white head. The head faded relativly fast leaving a lighter amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell is of barley malt as well as hints of caramel. Mixed with these are some floral and citrus hop aromas. They are lighter overall, but blend well.
Taste – The taste begins a little sweeter with a bready base. Toward the middle some of the sweetness fades as a light citrus hop flavor comes to the tongue. At the end a lighter bready flavor mixed with the citrus linger on the tongue and leave a refreshing, crisp, flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light to average in nature with the carbonation being on the higher side. The thinner body and higher carbonation both create and enhance the easy drinking style of the brew.
Overall – Good easy drinking brew with a good set of flavors. While the flavors and aromas are lighter in nature (one of the reasons it is so easy drinking) they all meld well and create a nice brew.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Best by 6/21/12"

Unlike many APAs, this one is actually pale, i.e., gold, and not auburn. Sticky, white, two-finger head leaves plenty of lacing down the pint glass. Light, fruity hops couple with some biscuity malts for an all around spot on aroma. The citric nature of the hops are undoubtedly American, however, its mild overall nature and somewhat buttery malt is reminiscent of an EPA. This is a medium-bodied pale ale with a semi-dry finish. Restrained but lingering bitterness. I admit a little bias – I think this brewery is fantastic and this offering is no exception. Like other beers from Stoudts, their pale ale is not over-the-top; it's modest and exceptionally well-crafted within its style. I highly recommend a fresh bottle.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light gold. Just a hue darker than your average Lager.

A - Soft. There's come citrus, but not enough. I understand that with a low ABV beer, hops can very quickly crush the palate and take time to mellow. However, the aroma is what sells a beer, regardless of strength. This beer could have really set itself apart with a bigger, more flowing and succulent aroma.

T - Soft malts and a touch of caramel. Not exceptional. Still, very clean and flavorful. There's no grainy bite in the finish, no grass.

M - Lean, but it doesn't finish too dry.

O - Great session beer. But when more interesting offerings are on tap, it's difficult to stick with this one or regularly return to it. I do wish it were more regularly available in the area because this is a perfect "anytime" beer, and something beer geeks and BMC abusers can equally enjoy.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a review I wrote on the draft version a while back?

This beer has been on draft at my local bar for a while and is actually a very good pale ale. One of the better ones I've had.

Appearance is light straw, active carbonation and a little cloudy, not too much.

Aroma is a perfect combination of light malt and citrus hops. Very inviting.

Flavor is good, what it should be for the style. Good mix of malt and hops while being very refreshing. The low abv makes it an easy drinker.

Overall a great pale ale and one I'll continue to enjoy as long as I see it.


The cask was also very good with all the features that you find in a cask ale. OVerall very good.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Draft House.

Pours a hazy orange with a soft, white head that has good retention. The nose has an intense floral, citrusy, grapefruity aroma. The flavor is intensely bready and biscuity up front followed by a balanced citrusy hop character that complements the malt well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a nicely balanced, drinkable, enjoyable beer. The malt character is solid and the hops are intense and complementary. I would definitely have this APA again.

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