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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 666
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came an orange amber with a light tan oatmeal like head that had big submerged bubbles that looked like chocolate chips hiding beneath the surface.

Smelled of oranges, and an earthy and floral pine hops.

The flavor had a base of watery brown sugar with a nice pineapple and cedar hops up front. The finish was refreshingly dry with a few peaches and lime rind.

The mouth feel was light to medium body with a light crisp carbonation.

This beer really lets you know where its flavor stands, but its also mild enough to drink all night.

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Photo of jreitman
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very strong and borderline overwhelming hop aroma greeted me as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a very nice copper color with a white head that left some nice lace on the way down the glass. After the aroma, it wasn't too surprising that the flavor was balanced toward the hoppy end of the scale. Sweet maltines blends well with the citrusy, hop flavors that are the backbone of the beer. Finished dry and moderately bitter. Could easily make this a session beer.

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with just a thin head but a good deal of carbonation. Strong hoppy smell with a some floral tones, as well. Nice hoppy taste that I expect from an american pale ale, but not overdone and overall nicely balanced. Lingering hoppy bitterness on the palate; an overall solid and highly drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light copper color with a thin head. Bready malt and flowery, piney hops in the aroma. Pleasant on the palate with a medium body and very light carbonation. An initial broad bitterness is balanced by some toasted malt. Pine notes develop toward the end but it has a snappy finish. Very enjoyable and drinkable, this is another high-quality and balanced beer from the folks at Stoudt's.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fresh 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear golden yellow color with a good two inches of lingering bone white head. The head leaves a minimal lacing on my glass. Flavors and aromas consist of medium toasted bread grains, pine, citrusy hops, a touch of lemon and grapefruit, grassy. Falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation for an APA. Excellent drinkability as well. A rather under rated and under appreciated pale ale.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice head and lacing. color was hazy gold. really very nice fruity nose that had a sweetness and light hop smell.

taste is really nice malty front that tatses of sweet buiscuits. The hop balance is nice and hangs around for a nice spicy grapefruit finish

Really like this apa. Bottle conditioned and tasty. Very nice session beer.

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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 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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Photo of buckiflyer
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back to North Carolina with me from Western Massachusetts. Poured a two fingure head, straw color that turned darker. Noticed the hop smell right away. Smooth taste with hoppy finish, but not overpowering. Overall a good mild american pale ale. I liked the american flag bottle design and will add it to my colection.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Abstract US Flag motif single labeled 12 oz. Browner. No freshness info. Just American Pale Ale.

Dark amber russet hues with scant bubbles rising up under a pillowy thick tight antique white spumescent rocky head cap. Appetizing pour. Latticed lace and excellent head retention.

Sweet hoppy aroma and caramel sugar malt balanced scents.

First Swigs: Supurb balanced flavors of sweet caramel candy malts and sweet hops. Can’t quite pinpoint the hop style. Some piney almost grapefruit notes and lemony citrous hop characters. Leafy. Lingering sweet sticky aftertaste.

Gently cushy carbonated but consistent level throughout. Well drinkable with plenty of taste and enjoyable through and through. This is one of the best session beers that I can think of off the top of my head.

Last Swigs: Balanced west coast like in the hop department. Not mind blowing, but just a nice session Pale with some character. Almost like a little brother to Stone. Turns out, this is Cascades. Whoduthunk?

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with date ink stamped on neck of bottle, which has been smeared and is unreadable. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: light bronze orange colored body with soft off-white fluffy head. Head slowly dies down to reveal very sticky lacing on glass.

Smell: slight piney hop scent with sweet, slightly nutty malt fragrance. Very clean smelling.

Taste: dry hoppy bitterness up front meets a subtle bread crust sweetness.

Mouthfeel: well balanced and dry on the tongue. Carbonation is spot on with me. Head rebuilds with some agitation.

Drinkability: not overpowering in any sense, neither bitterness nor sweetness. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper body with a frothy, white head that left bits of splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Toasty pale maltiness with a small hint of caramel. Citrusy, woody, even slightly spicy hops.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly toasty, and with a slight caramel sweetness. Sharp, citrusy hops with a moderate, unyielding bitterness. Finishes crisp and appropriately dry with a long, lingering, but restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, I'll give it a thumbs up. A very solid, spot-on APA.

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Photo of Marty
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good, solid, very drinkable IPA. I had it on draught at a local bar, and it arrived at my table with a medium-sized head. I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it, because random micro-brewed pale ales tend to run the gamut from weak to extremely hoppy. The minute I smelled this guy, though, I knew I was going to enjoy it. Hoptacular. Smelled and tasted a little citric, a little sweet. Great lingering hoppy aftertaste. The head left a sticky lace around the top of my pint. I could easily have enjoyed several of these; a very drinkable IPA. I live less than an hour from this brewer, but I'd never heard of Stoudts until today. I'll have to investigate. Taste's good so far, though.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a medium amber color, bright gold highlights and exceptional clarity. The aroma is your basic APA -- sweet, grahamy malt notes with some nutty elements combined with fresh, citrus and pine American style hops. On the palate, the malt and hop components are well balanced and integrated. Fresh, green bitterness at first, along with a blast of carbonation, then some metals at the mid-palate and a semi-sweet, malty finish. Good weight and carbonation to the mouthfeel, at least for the style. Overall, this is quite a nice APA. Well done in all respects, and not too high in ABV. Bravo.

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Photo of walleye
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle. poured a light amber with a off white head and some good lacing. aroma and nice blend of hops, malts and caramel, got some citrus. flavor, a good balance of malts and hops, hints of orange, and caramel. enjoyed drinking this. I don’t know if I got this in a trade or bought it so if I got it in a trade thanks to the one that sent it.

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Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a thick, dense cream colored head. OK, so far this sounds like many other reviews I’ve done for an APA. The head quickly turned into a thick seet of lace on the side of the glass. The nose is very characteristic of a west coast IPA. Very piney and some citrus notes. The flavor has more malt sweetness than I expected. It still favors the hops (with the pine and citrus I detected on the nose) and now includes a subtle bread dough character. The surprise comes from a definite malt sweetness (caramel) that comes across in the finish. It has a mild, light mouth feel, and is very drinkable. Good beer, this would be a great summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of marc77
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive, clear, light copper hue covered by a persistant off white head that leaves lace. The aroma is a balanced combination of citrusy hops, medium caramel and mild biscuit malt. Pleasantly assertive hop bitterness upfront in flavor lingers, then is ensued by dryish bready and toasted malt notes. Malt sweetness is partially overshadowed by hop bitterness and dry biscuit notes, but a subdued light caramel sweetness emerges towards the finish. Appropriately light in body, yet full enough in mouthfeel to help lend excellent quaffability. Light grapefruit hop flavor. Finishes dry w/ lingering cracker like grain and hop bitterness fading slowly. A unique and flavorful pale. The hop bitterness is above the norm and biscuit notes abound. With a more assertive malt backbone this would be outstanding.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Devil, NYC:
Average copper color, moderate white head, nice lacing left behind. Smell is dominated by hops, carmel is also present. Overall very citric and fresh tasting. I have had many pale ales on level with this beer, not saying that that is a bad thing, just that it doesn't stick out among the pack, but is an easy drinking regional pale ale.

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Photo of deepsouth
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

the beer poured a crystal clear golden amber with about a finger of nice fluffy head.

the beer smells a bit spicy. noticible hops. a nice sweetness as well. smells like it's going to be good.

the taste is very clean and the finish is sharp but pleasant. nice hoppiness. i still haven't drank a bad offering from stoudts.

mouthfeel is light but silky. nice carbonation.

this is good stuff. one i'd keep around the house for watching games or just hanging out and listening to music. easy to drink and another fine offering from stoudts.

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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 Phocion
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple singles at a World Market the other day.. just now noticed the "Best before 7/1/06." Let's see how well it held up...

Pours a transparent light amber with a massive foamy white head that consumes about a third of my pint glass. The head quickly sinks into a solid rocky finger and a half, but from there is in no hurry to get out of the way.

Aroma is soft roasted caramel, almost honey-line malts. Somewhat of a grassy/earthy flavor as well. Faint grapefruit hops, but these may have faded a bit as I have no idea when this was bottled. This seems like it may have been a little better fresh, but this is what I have in my glass in front of me, so I'd might as well keep moving.

Okay, maybe I was wrong about the hops I (didn't) smell. This has a nice citrus hops bite, balancing perfectly with the complex malts; caramel, bready, grassy, and roasted. Very complex, but somewhat understated.

Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Very silky smooth and creamy on the palate. This is very drinkable and definitely a solid brew. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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

This bottle poured a deep golden with a firm white head that clung to the side of the glass. The aroma was muted but primarily of hops. The taste is a good blend of hops and malt. A little citrus hits my tongue on first taste and then gives way to a brush of malty sweetness which is followed by hop bitterness until the next sip. None of these taste overpower. Each enhances the other. The mouthfeel was light with slight carbonation. This beer ratings have kept going up with each sip. I find this beer quite drinkable and would suggest it to even the most sophisticated beer drinkers. It is NOT a session beer to be slammed down quick and in large quantities, but rather enjoyed slowly to allow it to reveal all its very good aspects.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper amber body with a small offwhite head that retains well and leaves some patchy lace in its wake. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and orange, with some assertive pine resin notes. A malty caramel accent is in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Some hop oiliness is also present.
Taste is aggressively hopped, similar to a SNPA, with dominant flavors of pine cone and grapefruit rind. Biscuity caramel maltiness wanders about underneath. The hop bitterness has a nice citrusy juiciness.
This is a very good APA, that embodies the style very well. The hopping seems very close to that of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but with just a notch less bitterness. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep golden color color with almost no head. On the nose is a handful of malt with a hint of hops. Perfect for an APA. Slightly earthy and very pleasant.

Taste is exceptional for an APA, nice balace, malty backbone with a decent amount of Hops to keep it goin. Can't taste the alcohol at all. A bit high for a session beer, but damn, I could drink this all day. Very tasty.

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

Reviewed 7/24/2011
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Nice amber, opaque colored body, white frothy finger head, that dissipates but leaves a nice lacing down the glass, nice attractive pale ale.

S: I get a little bit of the sweet malts and some citrus hops in the aroma, smells very good.

T: Good hoppy bitterness, citrus notes of grapefruit. Good malt backbone after the hop bitterness, good tasting pale ale.

M: Good medium mouthfeel , refreshing, finishes slightly dry

O: I enjoyed this pale ale from Stoudts. Another solid addition from their lineup that I have experienced. Refreshing, price is ok, would definitely have again.

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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