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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Reviews: 374 | Ratings: 668
Photo of glid02
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.

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

The pour crystal clear amber color, the head spectacular, the lace lumpy, both light beige in color. Nose is malt, lightly floral, citrus, crisp and clean, very sniffable. Front is lightly malt sweet, top is skimpy, the finish comfortably hopped, satisfactorily carbonated, aftertaste sufficiently malt dry. Stoudt's is a brewery that makes some top notch beers, if you can sample anything you find, I don't think you will be disappointed, I've not found a loser yet. Ranks a respectable #353 on my current 1000 beer master list, which will soon expand to 1500 as I have just way to many decent beers, to stay at a 1000.

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

22oz draft, at the jet rock in the Philadelphia airport

appearance: nice bright copper appearance, clear with a light beige cap and a touch of lacing

smell: citrus hops, grassy and earthy traits, caramel malts, toasted grain - nothing over the top but very clean and encouraging

taste: nice and refreshing after an 8 hour flight from barcelona - toasted grain, citrus hops. Nothing plays too big of a role and this turns out as a solid, very drinkable pale ale - just the way it should be

mouthfeel: medium, moderate carbonation

drinkability: good

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent deep golden amber with a tight bubbled white head with solid retention. The nose brings a nice balance of pale and caramel malts, lightly sweet, with a fair amount of oily citrus hops and a touch green. The flavor is also well balanced, nice light malt presence and a fairly strong hop finish. Pale and caramel malts, a touch of citrus and herbal hop with a gentle bitterness in the finish. The feel is decent, clean and crisp, medium body, a touch of heavy and syrupy. Very well balanced and sessionable ale.

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Photo of Dogbrick
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas of a sweet malt and a grapefruity hop. In the taste, more of the same, grapefruity hop, a sweet malty flavor, but very mellow and smooth. It has a hop aftertaste and a very clean end. Enjoyed the hop, nice and smooth. Very non abrasive.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, best by 7-25-2009, into a pint glass. Pours a light amber color with medium white foam (1-2 fingers). Notable lacing down the side.

Smell is hoppy more than anything. Some malt buried in there I think, but a pine-y hop controls the nose.

Taste is not nearly as hoppy as the smell might indicate - its very balanced throughout. Good buzz in the mouthfeel, with a hop finish. A tad empty through the middle - slightly watery. But overall a good tasting beer.

A drinkable pale ale - there's some hop bittering throughout, but still tasty enough to have a few. The Stoudts pilsener is better though.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, hoppy orange in color and crystal clear with a good head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is big on the grapefruit. I can also pick up a slight biscuity smell.

Taste – The hops, fuggle or Amarillo or both, lead things off here. The biscuity malt balance is appropriately light.

Mouthfeel – I thought this was the ale’s weak point. This was light-bodied and could have used a bit more character.

Drinkability – This is nice and refreshing if a bit on the light side for me.

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Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of thecarster1 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear, light golden orange with a thick white head that leaves good lacing and a small cap fed by some stray bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma is light and sweet with as much malt sweetness as hops. There are some faint grassy aromas but the sweet caramel and biscuity malts are dominant in the nose.

The taste has lemon grass up front but, like the aroma, those hops are secondary to the bready malts. The finish is like dry toast with some bitterness from the hops lingering as well.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with solid carbonation with a toasted character, especially in the finish.

Not the best pale ale out there but certainly not the worst and I could see myself drinking a few of these on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. I love Stoudts and am looking forward to drinking this very patriotic beer.

4.0 A: Light orange color. Very clear. Two fingers of off-white head. Head is really dense and retains well. Not a lot of lacing though.

3.5 S: Citrus and a decent amount of floral/grassy hop aroma. Bready malts.

3.5 T: Citrusy with a spicy tang to it. A bit of pungency as well. A little bit bitter than most for the style and for that I am greatful.

3.5 M: Smooth, good carbonation. Medium body. It would be better if creamier.

4.0 D: Good drinkability. Not boring since the hops are so pronounced, yet could be better.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Inviting amber orange with solid, sticky 2-finger off-white head with good retention and a dcent crust of lace at the top of the glass with a spot or stream here or there down the glass.

S: Plenty hoppy with floral, orange peel, and light pine aromas mingling with solid lightly toasted malt backing

T: A very good APA with hops outweighing but not outdoing malt. Mouthfilling with initial caramel and light toasted pale malt sweetness and breadiness countered nicely with orange, floral, and spicy hops flavors. Good complexity of the hops profile long-lasting hoppy aftertaste.

M: Tacky mouthfeel that is respectable but could be a bit more robust.

D: A really nice APA with multiple malt and hops flavors working together well to deliver a solid package. Nice work again Stoudt's.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts American Pale Ale has a medium, egg-shell-colored creamy head and a mostly clear, amber appearance with lots of lacing left down the glass. The aroma is mainly of grapefruit citrus and a hint of malt sweetness and clean water. Taste is of mild, vibrant (as the website says) citrus/grapefruit flavor, with accompanying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Stoudts American Pale Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, mostly dry, and easy drinking. This is a wonderful pale ale.


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Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright Amber/Copper in color. This beer poured with a slight foamy head the vanished before you really had a chance to enjoy its look. The beer is very clear and I don't spot any visible carbonation.

Aroma is slightly malt like and also a bit biscuit like.

Flavor is very nice and also well balanced. Your taste buds are greeted by a one/to punch of malt goodness and hops, that then fades to a mellow biscuit like finish. There is just enough hops in the background that allows them to linger nicely.

Mouth feel is light to medium in body and there is a scant amount of carbonation.

I'd say a very drinkable beer.

Another good effort from the boys at Stoudts.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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. Good stuff.

Original 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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a small head that quickly subsides. The smell is hoppy, but not overpoweringly so, with some nice floral and malt scents in there as well. The taste is pretty basic APA: significant hoppy character to go with some fruity malts. A very sessionable beer with a pleasant aftertaste and just enough hops to stay interesting. Not too bad to suck down for three dollar pints at a dive bar.

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Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice little off-white head, light amber in color, average retention

s: citrusy and young pine hops supported on a pale malt body, doesn't put much out there but it's certainly well constructed

m: carbonation just under medium, lighter in body and perhaps just a bit thin for my preference

t: simple but good, pale malts with only the lightest dose of caramel and a moderate citric hop profile with brushes of pine, finishing with a balanced bitterness

d: no problems here, very satisfying with a great balance and dry, hoppy finish

single from Market Street Wine, Charlottesville

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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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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy gold with a creamy off-white head. Stick lacing all around.

Sweet malts dominate the aroma while a hint of grapefruity hops lies softly behind.

Again, a nice dose of sweet malts with the citrusy hops more up front.

Light to mid-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation to it.

This is a really good APA. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New to the state of Louisiana, gotta check em out!
Best by 11/25/11.

A - Pours a light amber/sunny color combination. Head was fair, less than a finger, and had very little to no retention....not even a thin ring of sorts.

S - Light sprinkling of grassy, citrus hops but more sweet bread crust, malty caramel aromas.

T - Up front, it's a bit more malt forward: bready, caramel. But the finish has a nice light bitterness, and a smidge of herbal, citrusy hops.

M - Medium in body, nice creaminess to it.

D/O - Drinkability is good. But overall, I just wasn't that impressed. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about it...but there's nothing that really separates it from the pack.

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

Very nice pale ale that feels on the lighter side; hoppy with a malty finish on the bitter side, yet light and refreshing. It's a hoppy beer, but not too hoppy, and goes down smooth. Good enough and balanced enough to drink this all night. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/19/08. On tap at Dek's. Pours an orange/amber with a tan head. Aroma of light hops and sweet malt. Not a strong aroma. Flavor initially of bitter hops, sweet biscuity malt, light citrus and piney hops. Good malt/hops balance, light-bodied, like a light IPA. Very refreshing and good. As the beer warmed, the flavor became hugely cracker, cracker, cracker. I'd drink this cold, as more of the hops are present. Very good though, I'd love to keep this beer always on hand.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow-orange color with a nice fluffy white head that settles rather slowly into a nice bubbly layer covering the top of the beer.

Smell is nice and fresh with hops and malts both blending together nicely for a pleasing aroma.

Taste is a nice blend of hops and malts with somewhat bitter yet clean finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with good carbonation adding to the biteyness of this beer.

Could easily put a sixer back at a BBQ.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is an underrated Pale in my opinion. Right up there with the best Pales that I've tried. Perfect for the summertime.

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Photo of 57md
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper with a finger of head. The nose certainly has a stronger hoppiness than most APAs. The flavor is crisp with a mild maltiness and clean hoppy finish. This a an excellent example of an APA - certainly the flagship beer from Stoudt's Brewing.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a review I wrote on the draft version a while back?

This beer has been on draft at my local bar for a while and is actually a very good pale ale. One of the better ones I've had.

Appearance is light straw, active carbonation and a little cloudy, not too much.

Aroma is a perfect combination of light malt and citrus hops. Very inviting.

Flavor is good, what it should be for the style. Good mix of malt and hops while being very refreshing. The low abv makes it an easy drinker.

Overall a great pale ale and one I'll continue to enjoy as long as I see it.


The cask was also very good with all the features that you find in a cask ale. OVerall very good.

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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