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 soupyman10
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a weize glass

A - Amber, golden color, one finger nice head, fairly big bubbles, dissolves fairly quick

S - Light hoppy smell, some mild grapefruit scent, a little spicy, fairly mild smell

T - Mostly hoppy up front, not particularly complex; little malt flavor; good, but doesn't really take you anywhere transcendent; hops tend to stay with you throughout the drink, gets a little of that grapefruit taste towards the end; not much malt at all

M - Medium mouthfee, medium body; good carbonation, short-lived hoppy aftertaste

D - Overall, its a solid beer, but definitely nothing special; there's not a lot of uniqueness to the hop character, which overwhelms any mild maltiness there might be (I seriously can't tell); not a bad IPA, but from what I've had, there aren't really that many bad IPAs

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Photo of bosco7
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice pale orange color with creamy white head.

Nutty caramel, toffee, peach, orange, and some mint in the nose.

Starts with some orange peel and hints of caramel. Not too sweet. Some peach and herbal flavors in the middle. The finish is bone dry with a fair amount of bitterness with some grainy flavors on the back of the tongue. Flavors are nice and balanced but are not very exciting.

The mouthfeel is dry and prickly. This really distracts the tongue from the flavor of the beer.

Overall a good beer, I think the malt and body should be increased and the carbonation decreased to make it a better beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus, but there's something a little pungent in there that I can place and throws everything off.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus up front and a mild burst of floral hops bitterness quickly following. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer just seemed rather ordinary to me. There wasn't anything too bad about it, but nothing about it really stood out enough to make me want it over too many other beers in the style.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours urine colored with thin film of bubbly head. A thin web of lacing sticks around. Nose has butterscotch and bitterness. Taste is a bit thin, but bitter hops are mainly prevalent. Tastes pretty fresh, though. Hops lingers on the palate. Pretty easy drinker.

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

Appearance is light golden amber with about two fingers of white head and good lacing very mild carbonation

Smell is very hoppy good aromas of flowerycitrus hops no real strong malt notes shine through

Taste is clean and a little bitter sweet with good body and full flavors

Mouthfee/drinkablity overall this beer has good drinkablity not my favorite but worth trying compares to serria Nevada pale ale. This is worth trying if you like american pale ales

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Stoudts usually has bottling dates on the neck, but I didn't see one here.

A - Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a 1 finger white head which quickly fades to a rim. A little lacing. Very bubbly.

S - The nose is dominated by hops with aromas of orange and grapefruit. The hops give off a subtle, floral and citrusy bouquet. Slight maltiness, but not too much going on.

T - The bitterness bites you with a twinge up front. Reminds me more of what I'd expect from an IPA than an APA. The taste is largely bready pale malts with biting citrusy hops. The finish is crisp and clean with a slight lingering bitterness.

M - Light body, almost medium. High carbonation, almost too much at times.

D - It's a fairly easy drinking brew, but an average one at that. Nothing really seemed to shine here.

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

Pours clear reddish amber with decent white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film that leaves sparse lace. The smell is very mild, clean, malty with light citrus hops. The initial flavor is bitter hops on top of a good malt base that is a little weak between IF and aftertaste. The aftertaste is a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers appropriately and is pleasant, but there seems to be a hint of baking soda. Maybe a slightly off bottle? I have only had this once before, and I don't remember this, but I only had one bottle for this tasting. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a little watery. Overall, this is a good drinker with food, especially fish and chips. It also makes a good session beer, because of its light feel, though it is a little expensive for that.

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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 DogFood11
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contents poured into a tulip, formed a decent head, little lacing or staying power, very light copper, bit of a chill haze.

Bready malts, leaning towards the doughy side, with a toasted backer. Hops have a sharp edge to them before settling down and letting the malt profile shine in the end. A bit of a light lemony citrus cleans up and in my opinion is really needed as the malt profile is fairly dominant.

Notes: It was OK. I've had great success with this brewer, and although I think this is a step below their other offerings its a quality sessioner and holds my attention throughout.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My review mirrors Shiloh's but his is far more clever.

Pours a clear orange with a big fat white head that dissapears all too soon. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells mainly of cascade hops but a slight bread/biscuit aroma seeps through.

Taste is just a wee hint of caramel malt up front with a quick switch over to the afformentioned cascade hops. Medium body and carbonation. Quite drinkable but probably better suited to the summer months. Not malty enough for moi, but that's moi.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a lovely, bright ruby-red color, and a nice off-whitish head that slims to a narrow ring.
Aroma: fruity, yet dry, nice, but nothing more.
Taste: rather easy-going, feeling a tiny bit flat.
A ringing, resounding fruity finish...body is light, texture minimal, flavor mild, although these aren't drawbacks, I realize, as I reel back and check the intended brew against their intentions. It's an average pale ale, very drinkable, inoffensive, least likely to scare anyone away...doesn't please me too much, though.
Anyway, hurray for the red, white and blue, and thanks to Marc77 for providing the sample.

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Photo of BBM
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BoBBiQue in Patchogue NY. Beer poured a crystal-clear amber color with a one-finger foamy white head. Not much retention. Aroma was citrusy but not overpowering.

The brady malts really come through more than one would expect, with the citrus and pine hops taking something of a backseat. The balance is there, but nothing jumps out at you and zings the palate. Caramel and toffee sweetness, American hop bitterness, and an easy session beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of JayQue
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Lacing and head retention are minimal. Mild, pleasant malty aroma.

Good taste, not particularly spectacular or anything, but solid. Taste is primarily malty with some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Drinkability is pretty good as an everyday type beer.

Probably would be good on tap as well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-tinged goldenrod with a very nice head that displays nice retention but scant lace

Smell: Bready, with a piney hop aspect

Taste: Opens bready, but by mid-palate, the piney hops add an herbacious element that persists after the swallow; just a hint of caramel in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Middle of the road and not partcularly enticing; this brewery makes a number of other beers that are far better

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Photo of oggg
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although it's not part of the scoring, I first have to say that the label on this beer is great. Classy and patriotic. I poured this brew into a pint glass and it looked great. Clear, orange, nice fuzzy, modest off white head. Nice hop aroma. On the tongue this beer has a nice hop flavor and sufficient bitterness. The hop flavor is a little harsh at the end. Unfortunately there is little malt to give this beer some backbone, so it feels thin and watery after the nice hop charge. Finish is clean. Alcohol subtle.

Overall: decent hops but falls through in the hop department.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pourd into a pint glass. Color is clear dark gold with about an inch of white head. Nice lacing left during the duration. Smells of piney hops. A hop bite up front, ending with a taste of biscuity malt. Pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is thin and nicely carbonated. A decent beer, but definately not the best APA I've had

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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Standard 12 ounce bottle sealed with a black crown cap which has Stoudt’s text on it, it actually says “Stoudt’s World Class Craft Brewed”…hmm after the Double IPA I guess that is an opinion rather than a statement of fact LOL. The main label has a very patriotic feel to it, yet on closer inspection the draped Old Glory has 13 stripes, though the quantity of red and white stripes is inversed, and the dark blue patch has no stars….guess it’s either a modern interpretation, or it could just be that the Stars and Stripes are altered enough to allow it to be used on a Bottle Label. Described as an American Style Pale Ale and a microbrewed beer. No strength but a Best Before 11/21/05 date is ink jet stenciled onto the top of the bottle neck.

Appearance: Lucid Amber orange body with a healthy looking off-white expanded head. Resilient lacing of the smattered kind that splashes and stays and never goes anywhere. Low level conditioning.

Nose: Hmmm, dare I say the best part about the whole experience was the nose. Nice low level pine oil aroma, tingle of malts and some cut grass in the background. Drops out with a light sweaty nose at the end which spoils things a little.

Taste: Fresh hop bitterness. Nothing stands out but all the trademark components are there in good measure. Citric hops, floral smears and some lightly toasted biscuit malts. Bitterness is enough to ride the strip start to finish. Short finish helps to assist you with picking this one again quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium light feel, clean defined support from the carbonation assists the times when this one has balloon lightness. Dry at times though it seems to fade quickly.

Drinkability: Nice enough, it has some redeeming features that lend a nice touch to this American Pale Ale. Drinks well alone.

Overall: Like the Stoudt’s Pils, it cost me $1.69 for the pleasure of the single. There are simply way too many good West Coast Pale Ales in my locale to afford me the luxury to pick this one up again, but I am glad that I did nonetheless. A nice “out of town” APA. Decent enough.

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

This beer was poured into a glass, it has a gold color body with a little bit of head that lays down quickly to a thin lace. The smell is sweet malts and some pine hops. The taste is exactly like the smell, malts up front then the hops come through. Very nice mouth feel, refreshing and smooth. Overall this is a good beer.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with a faded US flag on the label, it's a pleasant gold with a somewhat thick white head. The smell is mild, with enough hops to be noticeable, typical for a beer of the style. It has not unpleasant aromas but nothing to really set it apart from most pale ales. The same is true of the taste. The malt and hops are nicely balanced, but the overall impression is one of a decent but not overly impressive pale ale. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also more or less par for the course for a craft pale ale. It would certainly make for a more than passing session ale and a beer drinker could do worse. However, with a little searching, a beer drinker can definitely find better in the same price range.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and a nice peach aroma.

L: Clear golden yellow, decent head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

T: Caramel like malt, nice citrus undercurrent. Grapefruit and peach like bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

Pretty forgettable pale ale, good but not great, there just isn't much to say about this one.

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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 rtratzlaff
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Pale pours a golden body with a two finger beige head that leaves some lacing. Aromas are sweet malt below plenty of hop character that imparts grapefruit. The flavor matches well with more malt character than expected. The hop character isn't quite what I want for an "American" pale ale, but its there nonetheless. The body is lighter than many other pales, but this would make a good session pale ale on a warm summer day.

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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 Boto
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent orangeish/copper color. It is somewhat cloudy. There is a little bit of a head to it. Aroma is a good balance of malts and hops, although not terribly strong. Flavor is a fairly good balance of malts and hops, with a bit of a bitter finish. Overall, a pretty decent brew!

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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