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 ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from LSUExplorer03. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" light beige head above the slightly cloudy amber brew. Frothy head falls slowly, with sporadic chunky lace. Aroma is sweet, with citrus and vegetal hops notes. Taste starts lightly malty, goes citrus in the middle, and closes with a crisp bitter character. Mouthfeel is smooth but maybe a bit too bubbly, and drinkability is pretty good. Nice standard.

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

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass.

Whoa! The IBU's in this beer must be through the pint! I'm pretty happy I found a few rack spots offering a few brews from this brewery. I only read about Stoudt's brewery/restaurant & pub a few days ago and assumed it was sit in/take out only, not distributed. Glad I was wrong.

The APA from Stoudt's is amber-orange, and forms a strong, egg white, robust head with excellent lacing. The smell is a tiny bit sour, a little more sweet. The taste is pretty bitter, with a lot of hops handling their business. They're more dry than floral, with some grapefruit characteristics coming through in the finish.

The head retention is one of the most notable elements to this brew. The taste and overall feel is unquestionably first in line. Cheers!

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

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/09/10).

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with one finger of an off-white head that settled to collar leaving some patchy lacing.

S: Faint aroma of grassy and bitter hops along with a sweet malt.

T: Some grassy and bitter hops combined with a semi-sweet caramel malt. The bitterness lingers after the finish. Decent, but nothing special.

M: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and no hint at all of the modest 5% abv.

D: Quite drinkable and rather sessionable if you can get over the fact that this is certainly not the most flavorful American Pale Ale.

Overall this was a decent easy drinking American Pale Ale from Stoudts, but there are many more examples out there that I would rather drink. Worth a Look.

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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 armock
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light copper color with white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit hops mostly

T - Starts off with some malt upfront then finishes off with citrus hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink beer that I enjoyed very much it has a very good taste that I could drink all night long worth getting to try

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Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangy straw color with frothy white head, minimal lacing. Smell is of earthy, resiny and floral hops with a grain husk smell. Taste has a earthy hop presence with a fuller malt profile than many pale ales. Slightly metallic. Medium carbonation and lighter side of medium bodied. Pale in hop flavor with a kicked up malt presence points me more towards a British style of beer. Decent, but not earth shattering.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you just need something uncomplicated to sip at the end of a harrowing day, Stoudt's Brewing can usually accommodate. In this case, we have a bottle of their American Pale Ale.

The bottle pours a gushing head of billowy foam - or even a billowing head of gushing foam - that quickly settles to crown a body of bright amber. Inside the glass is a torrent of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. What minimal lacing exists remains for the duration of the quaff. The smell does not overpower; it consists of your basic fruity notes of something akin to peach. I thought the taste had a rather faint hint of orange to compliment the mild hoppiness of it. Of course, it has a very light body - very "uncomplicated" to say the least.

All in all, a pleasant craft from a reliable craft brewer. If it is something simple you seek, look no further than this one. But any of the Stoudt's beers generally hit the spot.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this chilled into my Dfh shaped glass.

A - A clear medium amber w/ 2 fingers of eggshell cap that makes sticky lace and the bead is fine

S - A floral, slightly piney hop aroma w/ hints of grapefruit rind notes

M - moderate carbonation and bitterness w/ mild sweetness from the malt w/ moderate hop acidity and a clean finish

T - A slightly bitter flavor at first w/ light mellow pale malt character. The taste is balanced well

D - A very drinkable pale, one I would not hesitate to buy for an easy to drink local

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Photo of biophiliadude
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pils.

A: Clean yellow, not much cloudiness. 1/8 inch head that quickly dissolves leaving a thin layer of foam on top. lacing.

S: Hops, flowers, cake!

T: Very smooth, bite at the end. Watery syrup?

F: Smooth and refreshing, the bitter doesn't last long.

D: I could drink this all night. A very simple beer that has a nice bitterness and great smell. The taste is easy and agreeable. With all the DIPA's and Imperial Ales around it's nice to see a simple Pale Ale that isn't exploding taste buds but refreshing them.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Number 100!

Nice full white head poured into a pint glass, light copper complexion, crystal clear

Smells of earthy, grassy citrus hops, light pine light malt aroma of biscuit and two row

Tastes piney, with a medium pale malt body, Slight grassy hop flavor, metallic presence, slight tannic dry bite finish. Mellow caramel flavors

Overall a nice beer for a pale ale. Not over the top ipa, a well balanced American Pale ale

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Photo of dacrza1
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Situation: a nightcap to a day of hosting good friends Brad, Erin and the twins...
Glassware: Yuengling pint...
Appearance: copper golden body with thick foamy one-finger head; body is clear and patiently effervescent...
Aroma: Hops are pleasant and aromatic but not overstated--definitely an East Coast thing...perfumy esters are present as well....
Palate: Bubbly, slightly effervescent and medium-bodied; smooth and slightly oily on the tongue... no real aftertaste...
Taste: pale malts keep this ale flattened.... hops are bitter and well-placed; balance is struck well enough to be repeatably drinkable...
Overall: Tought to find a criticism of this East Coast ale, sippable to the point of six-pack status; a soft end burn only encourages the next sip; cuts nicely into a London Broil...

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Photo of Jayli
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this one from TheManciacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

Consumed 11/2
A: This beer pours a clear amber/copper color with a one finger of white head. Decent retention that leaves a nice coating of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of faint hops, pale malts and hint of breadiness.

T: Taste starts with a bit of bready malts fading to pale malts, finish is a citrus hop bite to it. Overall slightly bland in the taste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick feel to the mouth.

D: Ok offering, somewhat bland though still quite drinkable.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A : Clean and clear copper coloured body with a fluffy, rather sudsy head that hangs around for a while, but leaves only little amounts of isolated lacing

S : Its a bouquet of biscuitiness from the malts and citrus zestiness from the hops

T : Biscuit and bread flavour complemented amazingly well with the citrus feel. Very good amalgamation of flavours. A little grassiness is evident in the afterwards.

M : Smooth and refreshing. Carbonation is not profound, well lets just say well to do.

D : Good flavour and length of experience, something that will simply amaze you, not because its an in your face or a big one - but rather because its simply very "drinkable"

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Photo of Thur123
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok so, this brew yields only a little white head and has a golden orange color. The smell is a slightly dank herbal hop that's light and well balanced with the malt it seems.

Glug glug glug

Hits with a balanced flavor that fades into a bitter hoppyness that coats the tongue. The hops are mostly herbal tasting and balanced for the style for sure, but I still feel the malt character on this is weak. The whole mouth feel is a little thin and this brew ends up coming off like a decent IPA that watered down.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another left over from the beerfest at Bolton. Pours a clear golden color with an off white colored heading that sticks around a little while. Kind of soapy looking lacing and heading throughout.

Smell is of crisp doughy-like malt followed by a slight spicier hop profile.

Taste is more or less just like the aroma. Heavy dough maltiness followed by a bitter hoppy bitterness..

Mouth is thin and bubbley a bit overcarbonated I think. As I swoosh it it foams up something fierce. Lightier bodied.

Drink is good easily drinkable and a decent APA.

Probably nothing worth seeking out but for free a definite goodie.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a thin head that seems to stick around forever. The aroma is very hoppy and it pretty much tastes how it smells. As you'd expect from an APA, it is distinctly hoppy with a bit of citrus. It is also one of the more drinkable APA's that I've had and I had no problem drinking each one to the bottom. I would definitely recommend and will probably pick it up again.

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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 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 thecarster1
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head with ok retention, amber brown coloring, nice lacing mix of big bubbles and wispy lace, head clings to the glass in broken waves on the way down.

s- bready malt, earthy astringent hops.

t- taste mimics the nose, crisp, biscuity, bitter but not in a great way, little too astringent for me (and i love bitter hoppy beers), earthy melt backbone but the bitters take over, i wonder what kind of hops are in this?

m- thin to medium body, little bit of zing from the carbonation.

d- ok drinkability, i've had this beer several times before and remember it being more drinkable and sessionable, not bad but stoudts other offerings are much tastier.

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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 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 porterwoobie
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: light amber, clear, slim white head that laces well.

S: caramel and malt notes with a mild but pleasant citrusy hop aroma.

T: mimics the smell with no new surprises. good balance from the caramel malts and the hops. overall its a tasty beer.

MF: medium bodied, medium to medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: another good beer from Stoudt's. it has good balance, so you could session drink these w/o getting too hopped up.

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Photo of CptAubrey
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into mug.

A: Pours pale yellow-orange. Creamy white head sticks to glass all the way down. A visually appealing beer. If I saw someone drinking this in a bar I'd definitely have to try it.

S: Malt and hops! Citrusy hops at that. Very appetizing.

T: Lightly sweet malt flavor blends well with oily, citrusy hop flavor. Medium hop bitterness with a fair amount of hang. Bitterness, while not high, is aggressive and with the hop flavor gives an effect similar to grapefruit juice. Perhaps a little out of balance - could use a greater malt presence.

M: Light-medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these on a sunny afternoon. Overall this is a good beer. Not spectacular, could be more balanced, but worth a purchase for sure.

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Photo of jpro
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep golden / light copper color and very clear - head is minimal, although there is decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by floral hops, although there are some hints of bread and caramel malt. It actually tastes much hoppier than it smells, mostly of grapefruit rind - the malts are there, but something about this beer seems incomplete. Mouthfeel is light - medium bodied, with some zingy carbonation, bitter finish, but it seemed a little thin. This is a very drinkable brew and is quite refreshing -

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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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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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