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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Ratings: 672 |  Reviews: 375
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

This beer offers a nice white head, but it fades quickly. The color is pale with a slight amber hue. The "American Pale Ale" destinction suggests the use of American grown hop varieties used to not only bitter the ale, but also to flavor and add hop aroma. This beer does just that with the use of Cascade hops to add a floral aroma that is quite pleasant to the nose. The hop flavor is more than adequate pushing the envelope of most pale ales. This beer would be considered an IPA if it were not for it's low ABV (5%). It is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. My only criticism is that the grain bill seems to be a bit simplistic, but sometimes it's the simple things that are the most fantastic. I love the marketing strategy. In a post- 9/11 world anything with the slightest resemblence to Americana is highly visible and attractive to the consumer. "Two Thumbs Up!"

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of plaid75
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion one of the finest examples of the American Pale Ale style. Nice copper hue, good head retention and nice lacing. Nicely balanced with a hop kick. The aroma is strong, but what you would expect from a beer as complex as this one. For best taste and aroma, this beer should be enjoyed out of a glass.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber with a decent white head that fades a little too quickly but leaves some pretty decent lacing. The smell is really quite nice, biscuity and dry with a slighttly sweet fruit finish. Flavor is similar, but very frsh tasting, even fruitier and slightly grassy. This one is in almost perfect balance and is really whhat an apa should be. It doesn't have the grapefruit or intense bitterness of some waest coast apas, bu really isn't that what ipas are for? The malt shines in this one, but not enough to overnalance the delicate floral hoppiness. A great beer, the nicest apa I've had in a while. Nice refreshing mouthfeel but with enough body not to be bland. Very sessionable indeed!

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks like it first went through the toaster and then was frozen; its orange colour is crispy and heated but its complexion is chilly and icy. That haze does little to hinder the bright shimmer but adds apparent texture to it. The bubbles, meanwhile, aloofly flutter about; their obvious apathy leads to a head that is dopey and limp (and wouldn't last).

What makes a beer "American"? For starters, a lot of hops. In that regard, this does indeed smell "American". It has traces of pine serum and pink grapefruit, both lathered in a gooey caramel coating. A strong impression of toasted malts mellows out much of the citric and piny characteristics of the hops but they manage quite capably to be noticed nevertheless.

What else makes a beer "American"? How about a brazen, brassy attitude. A beer that doesn't tickle the taste buds but smack them upside the head. The kind of beer that doesn't turn its music's deafening bass down when it stops at a red light. The kind of beer that radiates confidence in everything it does. Indeed, this makes concessions for no one.

Especially not those drinkers who are put-off by too much bitterness, flavour or character in their beers. A lot of people think of American beer as watery, insipid swill - Stoudts American Pale with its firm, chunky toasty maltiness, underlying caramel sweetness and the stinging, citric hops is the nemesis to all that. And the enemy to mine enemy is my friend.

This kind of jazzy, hoppy, confident ale is emblematic of how the Americans like to brew their beers. In fact, it's so American that it hates the French. All this assertive, self-assured flavour is exactly why American beer is so charming, and this level of quality and craftsmanship is exactly why its microbreweries have been so successful.

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Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden, amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates to a splotchy film with webs of sticky lacing.
S: Biscuity, malt aroma with floral hop aroma. Not much of a citrus smell.
T: Light body with strong carbonation. Very earthy, floral hop taste. Clean, crisp finish. Strong malt body balances the bitterness from hops. Not an exceptional APA but a very good one. As expected from Stoudts a great take on a potentially bland style.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a darker than average yellow, with a firm white head, which leaves some nice lacing in a mug.

S: Nice fresh smell of grassy hops and hay, very full, which is refreshing for this style, since many noses leave much to be desired.

T: Crisp biting hops mix with pale, biscuit malt to create a full flavoured pale. Hops are a mix of pine and citrus with no real lean to either side, bready finish.

M: Clean, crisp, refreshing, though a tad on the thin side for this style.

D: Another good APA, better than most I've had in a while.

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Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

Pours from 12oz bottle a hazy medium gold with a small head of foam that during the session, shrunk to some spotting with some lacing.

The smell is hoppy with noyes of grapefruit and some grass.

The taste is pretty big on the grass on the first sip with a good malt backbone that balances it out well. After a few more sips, the hops calm down a bit and there's more of the balanced flavour going on until the finish where it ends up slightly bitter with a short aftertaste. When I swish this APA in my mouth, the most dominant flavour is the malt that takes an earthy route. Pretty good APA in my book and I'd drink it again, no problem.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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 beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright copper-gold with a creamy slight white head.

S: hoppy with a light grassiness and pungent grapefruit notes creating a rich citrusy aroma while the tomahawk provides nice floral hints.

T: dry citrus and grapefruit hopping followed by a moderate backing of caramel. Overall a good balance between the malt and hops allowing each to be appreciated though the nose was more promising hop wise.

M: thin with a light-medium body.

D: Overall a moderately enjoyable drink, nothing to complex just a basic traditional apa.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, hints of biscuits and citrusy hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with some citrus hops in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty good Pale Ale that is worth a shot.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light gold with a small white head that mellows out leaving tiny traces of lacing.
Smell is of citrusy hops that is not overbearing.
Taste is of citrus, pine, and a balanced malt taste that make this a decent session brew.
Mouthfeel is decent. The hops are in check for this style and there is nothing over the top. Mild sweetness is balanced by mild hoppiness, which seems to cover the palate nicely.

Finger licking good.

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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 stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mltobin
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of Stoudt`s APA from Stew Leonards.

The appearance is a yellow / light copper color with a small head. Smell is faint, but pleasant, basis scent of a good pale ale. It tastes of more of what you may expect, malt, some hops, a faint spice, all done properly in a good balance. Appropriate carbonation level, clean, semi-dry aftertaste. Drinkability is solid on this offering from Stoudt`s. It is a very good session beer and worth your time if you have not yet enjoyed it.

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

A: The ale is an amber/orange color, crystal clear, with a thick 1.5 finger head.

S: The aroma is very grainy with an earthy hop scent that does not stand out so well.

T: The Taste is strong biscuity malts. Hops sneak in and out of the ale, providing a hint of grapefruit before returning to the malt flavor. The bitterness is subtle but pleasing on the palate.

M: The malt mouthfeel is chewy and nicely paired with the hop bitterness.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a firm malt backbone that is accentuated by a grapefruit hop taste.

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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