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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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Photo of jegross2
1.86/5  rDev -50%
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 Why do I get the feeling this beer was out of date?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 drtth
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear bright golden orange color with a 1 & 1/2” off white head that recedes slowly, at first leaving some lacing but not a lot. The beer is filled with some nice streams of carbonation and sipping leaves some interesting lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is not strong but it definitely contains some hops with citrus and floral character, and the beer has a touch of caramel, and some bready malt.

Taste: The flavors are much as I expected from the nose and are also a bit more assertive. There is some bready character and a touch of caramel that plays well with the citric hops and the pervasive bitterness that is restrained but definitely there.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is medium long with a touch of dryness and fruitiness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a drinkable beer for when you want to entertain friends and have an evening of good food, good beer, and good conversation. Assertive enough that you know it is there but not so assertive that it distracts you from the important stuff. Just the thing for when you want something light and refreshing. My overall impression is that this is a good, well-made beer well suited for an evening session of low ABV drinking and enjoyment with friends. I’ve had it before and I’ll be having it again. I like having a beer in the fridge that I can turn to when I want something with good flavor and relatively low ABV.

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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 maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy, looking at my deviation from the norm, I've been grumpy, 15/16 have been below the masses average. Another victim? I hope not. Thanks to stormking47 for this extra. Split with my wife as a starter batch for the evening.

Poured into a cut little glass being christened after a recent release, it's a dense, middling orange. Nose is promising, pale malts are nice but cut by dewy grasses & mild citrus.

Stoudts American Pale Ale is American through & through, there ought to be a twangy gee-tar playing in the background whilst I'm swigging this. Very nice light malts twine hands with the citric hops. Gentle bittering comes through, quickening in the finish. Touch of bakery-fresh bread. Easier to drink than ice-tea served by a girl in daisy dukes on the front porch in Jul-eye; six ounces won't last four shakes of a hound dog's leg.

Who needs complexity? This is just a good, solid, simple pale ale. You screw this up, it sucks. You make it well, it's this. Very good beer & my third winner from Stoudts. Keep them comin'.

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Photo of uustal
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark golden color with a two-finger pearl white head. Really nice lacing and head retention for the style. Didn't get much from the aroma. A bit of a grainy, toasted aroma with a hint of pine. Flavor beings with a nice, sweet, toasty malt. Subtle hints of toffee and caramel mix well with the grain flavor. Ends with a very quick hit of pine hops. Really creamy and refreshing mouthfeel, feels a lot thicker than the flavor profile suggests. Overall, a solid pale ale with a nice little flavor, but certainly not a memorable beer of this style.

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

A: Bottle has best by 12/11/11 poured into pint glass. Bright golden color with 2 fingers of head. Very clear.

S: Toasty sweet malts with slight hint of piney hops at the end.

T: Follows the nose. Toasty malts up front followed by a really nice pine bitterness on the back end. Pretty well balanced and very crisp. Nice dry finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Refreshing.

O: Another tick mark to why this is my favorite style. Nice malt presence with a good hop bitterness to it. Nothing is over powering and everything works well.

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Photo of HosP
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz into pint glass.

A- pours dull Orange in color. Slight haze, with white quarter inch head. Sticky lace on glass.

S- burst of floral hop aroma up front. Fades to subtle sweet malt smell.

T- nice hop flavors. Floral, grassy hop flavors from the beginning to the middle. Bitterness starts to come through, but cut into with sweetness from caramel malts. Ends sweet but mixes well with the hops.

M- medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little oily in the mouth.

O- solid ipa. A little sweet for me, but still a good drink. I could drink a couple of these pretty easily!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not very much head only a slight white layer that turns to a nice lace ring. Color is a nice amber yellow, average for a pale.

S - Smell is very inviting pale malts and piney hops. Slightly sweet smelling malts as well.

T - Huh its pretty good just not great. I do get some hops so it is balanced and the level of pale malts and grains are balanced so they are not very aggressive. Good.

M - Light to medium. I even get a bit of lingering hop flavor.

Overall it was a very good pale which I assume was fresh since they got cases of these recently. Could use a bit more carbonation (head) and it would be pretty session able.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer was pale and poured a nice blond head. The lacing was very good also. The beer had a hoppy smell and really hoppy taste. Way to much in my opinion for a American pale ale. The beer also had a bit of a soapy taste we thought. Will not buy again.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Troegs Pale Ale.

A: Mostly clear golden amber color with a two-finger, creamy, white head that lasted more than a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity and hoppy smell. Floral aroma. Herbal tea.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness up front. Slightly more noticeable bitterness in the finish, but still not much. Not enough bitterness to balance. Not what I was expecting from the nose.

M: Light to medium bodied with little to no carbonation. Slightly disappointing.

O: This beer looked and smelled great, but the flavor wasn't what I was hoping for based on the nose. The carbonation was almost nonexistent. I liked the Troegs slightly better.

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Photo of dudelove7485
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull golden amber color. Slim, tiny-bubbled head with an average retention. The aroma is sweet, hoppy and citrusy with a bit of pine. The taste is average; light malt with a hoppy back. Very indicative of an American Pale, but a bit bland. Crisp with a medium body. The bitter finish settles on the back of the tongue with citrus and a hint of peach.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is very hoppy, really not much else going on, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with an ABV of 5.0%, Stoudt’s American Pale Ale is precisely what a good pale ale should be. Perhaps they were going sort of down the brazen path attempting to name their beer after the style however what comes out of the bottle is worthy to be associated with the style as it truly exemplifies what a good American pale ale is all about.

The American Pale Ale, poured from a bottle into a pint glass, pours a rich amber color with hints of orange hues mixed into the glass. There is the right amount of carbonation that dances along the inside of the pint glass and gives way to a bright white head that is about one finger thick atop the glass. There is good retention once poured and a nice amount of lacing throughout the drinking of this beer.

The aroma has a grainy complexity to it that mixes it some pretty marked malt undertones. There is both a citrus backing and a sweetness from the malts that is present and the variety that is present in the nose really rounds out the offering. There is an earthy hop presence in the nose that really rises out of the glass quite well and balances the malty nature that exists within the nose.

The taste is what really makes this offering a winner. The balance struck by our friends at Stoudt’s Brewing Company has resulted in a symbiotic winner of an American pale ale. There is a great hop presence at play here but it is perhaps more rounded thanks to the malts within than what one would expect from perhaps an IPA. The hops bring about a citric component to the beer that is matched perfectly to a bready and toasted flavor brought on thanks to the malts. The citrus nature gives way to the toast flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel of American Pale Ale is spot on with a smooth and crisp balance maintained. There is a good amount of carbonation that holds true throughout the drinking of the offering therefore the flavors really work their way out of the glass across the palate.

With the aforementioned ABV of 5.0%, American Pale Ale by Stoudt’s has a great drinkability. This beer would be a really good way to liven up a cookout as both the name and the drinkability of this offering would make it a fan favorite for many different style fans. In a more relaxed setting, American Pale Ale would be a fine session beer for say the start of the football season.

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

Thank You n8dietz for the otherswise unavailable beer pick-up.

Clear, light copper color with good bubbling and a nice two finger head. The foma hangs on to a thick film for all twelve ounces.

Hay and toasted malts combine with very soft meadow aromas and a little lemon squirt. Earthy and bready in the nose.

Taste is a Springy meadow of earthy and citric hops that is spread on a thin, toasted biscuit. Hops and malt are off balance, but thats fine by me.

Earthy hop zest makes for an astringent palate, but a good session beer. Makes me feel patriotic when I look at the bottle and take a sip from my glass.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks kindly to mdaschaf for the trade!

A solid simple white head with a good retention and about three fingers off the pour. Nice white head has some very solid staying power. Body color is clear and consistent with some rising carbonation, and a good nice orange amber appearance. Clumpy retention comes as the drink falls too.

Bouquet is herbal tea and solid toasty malts. Nice and obvious with some sweet slight honey. Very solid and good.

Taste is a nice hop and bread brown toast presence. Hop bitter makes just enough presence but leaves the malt to balance out nicely. Brown bread and toast on the swallow, almost with an English Bitter sense with that hop strangely. Texture is just about right.

Overall a good solid simple pale ale. Good Good Good all around.

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

At first sip, this APA seems more like a plain old pale ale - not over the top enough to be called an APA. Subsequently, it grows on you and it reveals itself to be a bit fuller than it seemed on first taste.It has a nice, complex bitterness and just the right amount of malt for the style.

Ultimately this is a very drinkable APA - you could have a few without being over powered.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it has an amber colored beer appearance with a medium size head which dissipated at average speed.It smelled some fruit, citrus, bitter hop. I tasted some bitter hop,slight wheat/bread,and fruit in the finish.
It was a light to medium body beer which was pretty refreshing.
Overall a good beer but is it really a pale ale?
I guess if you just put the word "American" before describing a style then it makes it okay to have nothing to do with the style.

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Photo of bpw28
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Two finger white head, hazy copper (about a hazy 12 SRM), beautiful lacing, lots of carb can be seen.

Smell: Smells American. Floral hops forward, sweet malt back. Grassy, earthy, rosemary.

Taste: Floral forward, light malt, rosemary, earthy, good hop bite, crisp light body, good carb.

Final Thoughts: A good example of an american pale, but not much more then that. But don't get me wrong, it's a good brew.

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

Bottle poured into my Victory Tulip glass.

A: A nice pretty typical color for an American pale ale. Maybe a little darker in color and less transparent. It is more of a hazy orange/brown/copper.

S: Typical fruity and mild hop aroma. Floral and delicious smelling.

T: Parallels the smell. Floral tastes and fruity flavors are present as well as a decent finish bitter. Pretty tasty stuff.

M: Good mouthfeel for the style. Not extremely thick but not watery. Heavy carbonation on this one.

O: A pretty solid APA. I have had better, or have I? It is always hard to remember slight nuances and characteristics of a beer to compare when thinking back. This is pretty damn good though.

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

Reviewed 7/24/2011
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Nice amber, opaque colored body, white frothy finger head, that dissipates but leaves a nice lacing down the glass, nice attractive pale ale.

S: I get a little bit of the sweet malts and some citrus hops in the aroma, smells very good.

T: Good hoppy bitterness, citrus notes of grapefruit. Good malt backbone after the hop bitterness, good tasting pale ale.

M: Good medium mouthfeel , refreshing, finishes slightly dry

O: I enjoyed this pale ale from Stoudts. Another solid addition from their lineup that I have experienced. Refreshing, price is ok, would definitely have again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger thick head. Golden with touch of amber.

S: nice strong hop and spice smell for a pale ale.

T: smell unfortunately does not forbode a hoppy taste. Its actually more malty. A little dry and a bit watered down initially but finishes with a mild sour and malty back end that is actually more tastey than it sounds. Floral notes.

M: mild body for a pale ale. Wet.

Overall: A different approach to a pale ale. The discontinuity of smell and taste give it a knock on the overall section.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Faint citrus and biscuit note
Taste-Biscuit, faint toasted malt, soft hop bite. Very quaffable, easy going and easydrinking. A pleasant warm weather sesssion ale.

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Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy light golden/yellow color with less than a finger of head an nice lacing in my Sam Adams glass.

S - Smells nice and citrusy, awesome. Grassy/piney notes present as well and a malty sweetness to top it off.

T - Pretty damn tasty - citrusy (lemon/grapefruit/orange) first then grassy/floral flavors. A bit of a wet tart finish.

M - Nice medium body (or less) appropriate carbonation, pretty drinkable.

O - First time I've had the APA actually, not a disappointment at all.

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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