Stoudts American Pale Ale | Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudts American Pale AleStoudts American Pale Ale
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Ratings: 673 |  Reviews: 375
Photo of apmcpm
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of drugsbunny
1.72/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is the second offering I've had from this brewery and they both are poor examples of a "craft" brew. I should have skipped this one after I tried the Scarlet Lady ESB. And then I read all the praise on the sides of their six pack container. Award winning beers? Not this one. Who cares that the color was decent, or it had a slightly appealing smell. I said slightly. It tastes bad and I am a fan of APAs. Skip this beer.

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Photo of jegross2
1.86/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewing the Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Company out of Pennsylvania.
Score: 50

No bottling date. Enjoyed 02/10/12 at The Cowbell in New Orleans. This restaurant is not exactly located in the best part of town -- it was bad enough that three different cab companies refused to send a cab driver to pick us up for whatever reason (thankfully the chef drove us back to the hotel) -- but the burgers are absolutely seeking out if you can get there and back in the middle of the day. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of fluffy white frothy head. Semi transparent golden/honey orange color. Settles into a half foamy layer that then slowly recedes into thin layer. Below average soapy lacing. 3/5

Smell: Old earth, bitter hops, maltiness, stale citrus. 2/5

Taste: Stainless steel and hops. A little orange citrus and dirt/earthy hops upfront, but a strong metallic taste on the midpalate that kinda lingers in the finish overwhelms any of the other flavors in the beer, effectively wiping them away. Lingers with a bitter, slightly acidic metal flavor. Metal mellows out as the beer layers per time, turn to old, dirty oranges. No wait, I spoke to soon. As Jack Black famously remarked, "no one can destroy the metal." 1.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter, stainless steel finish. 2/5

Overall: While the restaurant's burgers were absolutely amazing, this beer was bad enough to potentially ruin your food if you were to consume them simultaneously. Why do I get the feeling this beer was out of date? You can only blame the brewery for this since they refuse to date their bottles.

Recommendation: Avoid this one like the plague, but certainly eat at the Cowbell.

Pairings: The sink drain.

Cost: $6 for a 12 oz beer at the restaurant.

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Photo of Bfleming1281
2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Ardon
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A below average pale ale, nowhere near as good as the Southern Tier I had last night. Mild hop bitterness. Almost zero malt presence making it very unbalanced. Nothing to get too excited about. Kind of an odd metallic aftertaste that grows more bothersome each sip.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearence: A clear amber body with a weak, white head. Nice clarity and just a touch of carbonation. A little dull looking.

Smell: The smell is a well balanced mix of floral hops and malts, slightly hop accented, but a little weak all over.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Weak. The hops are very limited in flavor, and the flavors there are nothing impressive. Kind of a metallic taste. Has it been oxidized? I don't think, I think it just doesn't taste good. The malts are bland and boring. The mouthfeel is light, and leaves a nasty aftertaste.

Drinkability and Overall: An old bottle maybe? I don't know. I don't really like it too much. Stoudt's is usually good, but this one is avoidable.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
2.39/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Orange-Amber color, quite cloudy for a pale ale. Thin white head with good retention. Medium carbonation.

S - Strong citrusy hops come through strong. Sweetness as well, a very well balanced and clean smell.

T - Quite bitter, though not a whole lot of actual flavor comes through. Tastes watery and carries a lot of heat at the end, which is surprising for a 5% beer. I picked this up as a single and I wonder if it isn't past its prime.

M - Thin and watery, with a little bit of bubblyness on the back of the throat.

D - I did not finish this bottle. Like I said I have no idea the bottling date so this could have simply aged past its prime. Though the smell was good so who knows. Bottom line - do not take this review as gospel.

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Photo of Ahhdball
2.46/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Max & Erma's (restaurant) had this on special so I figured I'd give it a shot. Should've given this a wide berth when no BOD was seen. Red color with very little head. No smell. Too much "citrus", the balance was definitley off on this and had a long highly acidic after taste.

Since this is the first beer I've tasted from Stoudts I'm willing to give others a chance, I doubt this one.

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Photo of dsauter
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of palma
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light gold body. Nice fluffy white head. Good retention.

This beer had a weird wet hay smell. Reminded me of a horse stable. Not good.

Taste was average for a pale ale. Solid hop profile with a medium malt background. Clean and distinct on the palate. Finishes with some citrus notes.

A below average APA. I will not look out for this beer in the future. I would drink it again only if it were the last beer in my fridge.

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Photo of theozag
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

despite the relatively high reviews for this beer, i was not impressed. granted, i may have had a bad bottle, but when it settled out in my glass, there were a lot of suspended solids in the brew. granted, i don't think they changed the taste or mouthfeel of the beer *too* much, but something just isn't right about seeing little brown flecks in a glass of beer.

the beer pours a deep amber color and settles into a medium-dark copper. it's smell is sweet, but rather fruity and light. the head over the ale is chalk white and seems to stay on the beer for virtually as long as you'll leave it sitting on the counter. the beer itself starts smooth with a slight hoppy bite. it is medium bodied with a gummy texture and a hint of spice. this ale finishes crisp with a distinct weight to the aftertaste. it is somewhat drinkable, but it doesn't quite match up to other pale ales i've tried.

overall not a bad beer, with an enjoyable kick, but not something i'd pick out of a lineup again.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - An attractive hazy copper color, medium sized head that vanishes in a minute. Little lacing.

Smell - Fairly potent hoppy odors hit you first. A slight metallic tone underneath, but not enough to be unpleasant.

Taste - The hoppy nature of the beer is not as dominant in the flavor as it is in the smell, but it is still present. The metallic odors are very prominent in the taste. The bitterness is very evident, just short of what one might expect from an ESB. The bitterness does a fair job at concealing some of the metal flavor. I was surprised that it was devoid of malt character in both flavor and scent.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, but nothing odd.

Drinkability - Decent. With its low abv and a mild flavor, this APA would compliment many foods. It is a tad bitter and lacking in other character. Though, I wouldn't particularly care for another.

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Photo of lisahope27
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of praufs01
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Amber color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Light hop and grass aroma.

Palate - Light carbonation, very smooth.

Flavor - Light hop flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts - Drinkable brew but not memorable. I'm not big on the metalic aftertaste.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stoudt's American Pale Ale

Appearance- cloudy orange/ light brown with a thick head that laces nicely.
Smell- sweet with a very faint aroma of citric (lemon) hops and sugary malt.
Taste- immediate metallic bitterness. followed by a sugary sweet bitter malt flavor, finishing with a sweet crisp dryness.
Mouthfeel- acidic up front, bitter and dry in the end.

Overall- I was expecting so much more from this 1. The metallic taste ruins it! Stoudt's puts up a bad 1!?

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Photo of jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a serious white head, good carbonation. Nice amber color with a good mix of hops and malt but ending is seriously hoppy and bitter. I have had better pales. The ABV is 5.0%.

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Photo of scooter231
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty, orangeish color with a fair amount of head that dissipated pretty quickly. Smells malty and sweet with a light hops aroma, but mostly quite sweet. Taste has more hoppyness going on, but has a weird metalic aftertaste that is really not delicious. Mouthfeel is decent, very smooth. Fairly drinkable.

I was a little disappointed with this one. I love their Double IPA, so I expected more out of this. It's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not great, either.

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Photo of dippy
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had been talked up by friends but for me didn't live up to the hype. Orangish, copper color with a decent head after the hard pour, some lace left on the glass. Smells mildly hoppy with a touch of sweetness. A medium bodied beer, felt a little watery in my mouth. Light carbonation due no doubt to my hard pour. Tastes very balenced, not sweet but not hoppy. I taste Wood and a slight citrus. Not my favorite beer, I would rather go with a Stone or a Sierra if on tap.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Pours crystal clear bright copper color, a bit on the light side, with a fantastic two-finger off-white head that has great retention and leaves fantastic lacing. Could do with just a bit of haze in my book, but an excellent-looking beer any way you look at it.

Nose has a nice, bready caramel sweetness to it complemented by a light citrusy hop nose, a bit soapy. Very restrained.

Taste is remarkably clean, no real bite to it at all. Hops come off as soapy, especially as the beer warms, a bit of citrus underneath, very mild bitterness, over a pale malt sweetness that's light and a bit grainy. Rather off-putting soapiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy even, with a smooth carbonation. A bit astringent and drying towards the finish.

Drinkability is hurt primarily by the odd hop character. May have to check the bottle to find out when this one came in, though Stoudt's haven't been in the TN market really long enough for their beer to have already gone bad, unless it came in already old. May have to investigate.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid flavors and taste drinks pretty well

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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