American Pale Ale
Stoudts Brewing Co.

American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,919
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,552
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.29%
Reviews:
376
Ratings:
679
From:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  15
Gots
  49
SCORE
84
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 29, 2015
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fdig23 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Mar 15, 2012
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DarthMalt from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark-gold with chill haze and wispy thin white head. Yeast in suspension.

Full delivery of APA on the senses. Body carries a honey maltiness, that is not cloying, and hops fan out in the mid-range with a [brace yourself] spearmint flavor!

Hop blanket finishes your tongue off.

None too shabby. None too exceptional either.

Dec 13, 2002
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on-tap on 2008-05-29 at the Stoudt's Brewery. Had this again on 2014-01-11 from a bottle in Columbia, PA and on tap on 2014-09-01. Had this again on 2015-07-11 at the LPGA US Open at the Lancaster Country Club. And again on 2017-07-02 on-tap and 2017-07-04 from a bottle (side-by-side with a Deschutes Mirror Pond)

A - Somewhat hazy yellow-orange with a big, pillowy 3-finger head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S - Pale malt with a touch of sour dough yeast, citrus, light touch of hop floral. Nice. More on the bready side than citrus and pine.

T - Biscuit malt, citrus, light pine. Mild-moderate bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Decent for the style.

O - Tasted great after an 11-mile hike in 2014 and 9 mile hike in 2017. Good stuff.

Notes from 2017-07-04 regarding tasting alongside Mirror Pond (both in bottles): Stoudt's has a more bready aroma and spicier taste, with more carbonation and a rawer hop bitterness. Mirror Pond's aroma and flavor has more citrus and caramel. It also has more pine. Between the two, I'd say Mirror Pond is more sophisticated and has a flavor profile that appeals to me more. I still enjoy both of them though and it was particularly good on tap after a long hike on 2017-07-02.

Original 2008 Review below:

I think this is a very fine, summertime beer with a crisp, citrus-hop taste with just enough malt to give it some body.

It has moderate carbonation and a 1.5" head in a 16 oz. glass. The color is golden brown.

This is definitely a session beer and seems to be wel-liked by many of my friends.

May 29, 2008
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Fishbone

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Mar 22, 2012
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CharlesRiver from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle left over from my bachelor party. What a good time! Dark tan in color with a small white head that lasts. The smell is actually a bit hoppier than I expected. Some malt hints come through as well.

The first thing I notice is the perfect level of carbonation. I hate a ton of carbonation in this style. Malty in the beginning and hoppy in the end. Many citrus and grassy notes come through. A solid pale ale that I could drink all day.

Aug 13, 2004
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1p5v from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Dec 18, 2011
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srw from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Jul 18, 2012
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tigerpaws from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favs. It has a nice look to it and goes down very well. The hops are there for us hopheads but not overbearing for those people that do not care for the bitterness. I would highly recommend this beer.........CHEERS

Jun 13, 2002
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Grintbrad from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 05, 2012
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Scott1970 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Jul 22, 2012
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PSUDREW from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have just gotten a 6er, and I think this is a nice brew that could really grow on a person. Possible conversion material.

It pours a nice amber color, with some light head, and little, but still noticable lace. Smells citrusy and whatnot.

I would say this has a very balanced flavor, which definately works to it's advantage. There is a nice light citrus presence from the hops, and, it has a interesting malt profile. It is definately sweet, and mixed well with the hops, but it has a subtle, dare I say, roasted/toasted flavor. very nice.

It hasa light mouthfeel, and a crisp, finish, with no real emphasis on one aspect over another.

This is a bretty nice brew. While not the most amazing thing you may ever had, it is a nice example, and something you can curl up to

Mar 02, 2004
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.99...
Almost all samples that I've tried from this brewery have been top-notch, so I was expecting the same from their American Pale Ale...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, bright-amber, copper colored-hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that left a copious amount of lacing...
Sweet, attractive, smooth aroma bursting with a nice suggestion of hops and florals... - very much on par for an American Pale Ale...
Taste, as compared to the style, was also a winner and very flavorful and distinct for a modest 5% ABV...
Decent mouthfeel with a great level of drinkability make this a very good rendition of the style...
Worth a try...

Mar 29, 2008
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Maseitz from Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jun 02, 2012
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell, OH (came with a glass!). I have to say I enjoyed this more on draught than in the bottle which is pretty much par for the course with me. This beer pours a dark amber with an orange halo. Medium off-white head and thin lacing. The aroma is mostly hops with a little malt as well. Medium-bodied with a solid hops flavor along with some citrus and malt tones. The finish is rather crisp and hoppy. I would definitely get this on draught again.

Jul 06, 2003
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glid02 from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light grapefruit and floral hops with good amounts of pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pale malt flavors are a bit stronger than the smell would indicate and kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of grapefruit hop flavor enter in before a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this is an easy-drinking APA but nothing special.

Oct 01, 2009
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VicVinegar from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Apr 08, 2012
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goindownsouth from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my first attempts at a Pale Ale, and it is one to be tried. Myself, along with "tigerpaws" sampled this one on a warm South Carolina day before a football game. A great environment for this refreshing and slightly-above-average hoppy beer.

Jun 21, 2002
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drtth from Pennsylvania

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear bright golden orange color with a 1 & 1/2” off white head that recedes slowly, at first leaving some lacing but not a lot. The beer is filled with some nice streams of carbonation and sipping leaves some interesting lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is not strong but it definitely contains some hops with citrus and floral character, and the beer has a touch of caramel, and some bready malt.

Taste: The flavors are much as I expected from the nose and are also a bit more assertive. There is some bready character and a touch of caramel that plays well with the citric hops and the pervasive bitterness that is restrained but definitely there.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is medium long with a touch of dryness and fruitiness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a drinkable beer for when you want to entertain friends and have an evening of good food, good beer, and good conversation. Assertive enough that you know it is there but not so assertive that it distracts you from the important stuff. Just the thing for when you want something light and refreshing. My overall impression is that this is a good, well-made beer well suited for an evening session of low ABV drinking and enjoyment with friends. I’ve had it before and I’ll be having it again. I like having a beer in the fridge that I can turn to when I want something with good flavor and relatively low ABV.

Feb 12, 2012
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nstroup from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jul 16, 2012
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ElGuapo from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice copper color with a big fluffy white head that has good retention. The aroma is nice and hoppy as well as grainy.

The flavor is mildly hoppy, but there are enough hops to give it bite. It is crisp and smooth with a light-medium body. The balance is exceptional with sweet malts providing a nice backround. I could personally use a tad more hops to really make it a bit more interesting. The drinkability is great, and this is a great session beer. I will sure keep a few of these around for a good drinker from time to time.

Mar 01, 2004
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y2jrock60 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light orange, beautifully transparent, 3/4" lacing head

S- Very floral and citrusy, not as overpowering as most IPA's, perfectly balanced

T- I love this Beer. It's perfectly balanced, citrusy hops and smooth finish

M- Medium-bodied, the perfect mouth feel, not over bitter, the perfect amount of hops were used

D- Not as easy to drink like most session beers, but not as bitter as most IPA's

This is one of my favorite anytime beers. I used to pick up a case every week when it was $25. I prefer this over Sierra Nevada plus it's local. Will try to pick up a keg of it soon for the new kegerator.

Jul 07, 2009
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IPAchris from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Oct 27, 2012
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aaronh from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy amber with a loose head that leaves a nice lace. Strong floral aromas followed by floral, citrus flavors on the tongue. More hops than I remember in the flavor, but that is a very good quality. A nice, full mouthfeel and a satin finish make this beer very drinkable. I have yet to taste a Stoudt's beer that is not top quality. Grab a few of one of the most patriotic beers available and remember how great an "American" can be.

Oct 10, 2002
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Sep 13, 2014
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