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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: 674 |  Reviews: 375
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a medium amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.

Smell demonstares a significant amount of citrus and grassy hops, without going too far.

Taste blends the hops and malt perfectly, with the result being a tasty hoppy beer withoung being too bitter.

Great long lasting flavor with a pleasant dryness
at the ending.

Very easy to drink, very flavorful.

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Photo of BBM
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Tucquan
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. And again on 2017-07-02 on-tap and 2017-07-04 from a bottle (side-by-side with a Deschutes Mirror Pond)

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 and 9 mile hike in 2017. Good stuff.

Notes from 2017-07-04 regarding tasting alongside Mirror Pond (both in bottles): Stoudt's has a more bready aroma and spicier taste, with more carbonation and a rawer hop bitterness. Mirror Pond's aroma and flavor has more citrus and caramel. It also has more pine. Between the two, I'd say Mirror Pond is more sophisticated and has a flavor profile that appeals to me more. I still enjoy both of them though and it was particularly good on tap after a long hike on 2017-07-02.

Original 2008 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 AltBock
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this Stoudt's beer on-tap at Teresa's Next Door around 5/23/2008. They served it to me in a standard Brooklyn pint glass.

The color of the beer depends on how you look at it. At one angle, it was a light and clear amber. At another angle, it was a clear gold color. It all depends on what angle you're looking at. Sitting on top of this muti-colored beer was a 3/4 inch head of white foam. This head of foam had nice retention that left behind a small white film and a few streaks of white lace around the glass.

The aroma was well balanced between the biscuit malts and the spicy floral hops. That was it and that was good enough for this style of beer.

The taste starts off with some biscuit malts and a splash of caramel backing it up. After the caramel, the taste goes hoppy with grapefruit, a touch of lemon, and tons of bitter citrus hops. Overall, it was a well balanced taste.

For a Pale ale, it was medium bodied with a great aftertaste of grapefruit, a drop of lemon, toasted malts, and plenty of citrus hops. This aftertaste was long lasting. It didn't want to leave.

Are they sure that this beer has a 5% ABV. I swear it tasted like there was more than 5%. I'm extremely glad the bartender gave me a sample of this. It was so good, I just had to order a full glass of this beer. In the end, this was a great flavorful session beer!

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Photo of scooter231
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty, orangeish color with a fair amount of head that dissipated pretty quickly. Smells malty and sweet with a light hops aroma, but mostly quite sweet. Taste has more hoppyness going on, but has a weird metalic aftertaste that is really not delicious. Mouthfeel is decent, very smooth. Fairly drinkable.

I was a little disappointed with this one. I love their Double IPA, so I expected more out of this. It's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not great, either.

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Photo of Ardon
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A below average pale ale, nowhere near as good as the Southern Tier I had last night. Mild hop bitterness. Almost zero malt presence making it very unbalanced. Nothing to get too excited about. Kind of an odd metallic aftertaste that grows more bothersome each sip.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Amber/light copper color with a one finger head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Nice and hoppy aroma. Biscuit malt must be in this as I detect a decent whiff of it.

Taste: Bready and biscuity upfront. Mild hop bitterness that lingers in the middle of the mouth. Smooth. Seems well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Biscuit and mild hop bitterness. Delicious. Drinkable.

Drinkability: Very nice example of an APA. Solid and inoffensive. A good introduction to this brewery's offerings.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a style that I have been able to try lately with some success. Dale's is a great pool beer and others, but I have yet to find a great sessionable one until now.

A. Yellow brew with a wispy off-white head. Moderate carbonation.

S. Very well balanced. Malts are there but there is also a twang of hops.

T. Tastes balanced as well. The hops are there without overwhelming the malt. A great gateway beer for a Bud drinker to try. My son-in-law is hooked.

M. Moderate carbonation, thin body and clean finish.

D. This is the epitome of a great session beer. I served this at a company picnic to all BMC drinkers and I got several comments and questions.

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Photo of genog
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear very light yellow orangish color with a little soapy, sudsy white head resting on top. Aroma is very faint but I can pick out a little honey and citrus. Taste is very balanced with some citrus hops poking through. Mouthfeel was very smooth and a little bit on the watery side. Although I was very surprised with this one. A very decent beer.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out orange, off-white head is thin-supported by moderate carbonation. Clear through the glass. Aroma is sweet malts plus nice, citrusy American hops. Quite inviting.

Taste begins with some sweet, biscuity malts. Some clean bitterness follows. Grapefruit flavors follow through, with a crisp, dry finish. Quite pleasant overall. Solid taste profile. Well-balanced, maybe tipping a bit towards the bitter side.

Crisp and clean, an excellent session beer. Highly, highly drinkable. I'll certainly be looking to buy more of this through the summer.

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Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a pretty silky, white head with nice retention and nice lacing along the the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, hoppy smell with some malty undertones - possible evidence of some dry-hopping.

T: An earthy, malty taste with some bitter hops evident in the aftertaste. Fairly balanced taste of hops and malt.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied beer that went down very nicely.

D: A nice, drinkable beer. Nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer a very nice, APA.

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Photo of praufs01
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Amber color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Light hop and grass aroma.

Palate - Light carbonation, very smooth.

Flavor - Light hop flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts - Drinkable brew but not memorable. I'm not big on the metalic aftertaste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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 dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.99...
Almost all samples that I've tried from this brewery have been top-notch, so I was expecting the same from their American Pale Ale...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, bright-amber, copper colored-hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that left a copious amount of lacing...
Sweet, attractive, smooth aroma bursting with a nice suggestion of hops and florals... - very much on par for an American Pale Ale...
Taste, as compared to the style, was also a winner and very flavorful and distinct for a modest 5% ABV...
Decent mouthfeel with a great level of drinkability make this a very good rendition of the style...
Worth a try...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 jwolfie70
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap. Pours a golden yellow, with thick white head. The beer was heavily carbonated. Smell is of hops with some grain smells coming through. Taste has a lot of up front bitterness. Taste is overall pretty dry, and is dominated by the hops. A decent pale ale that I am glad I got to try, but not one worth seeking out. I would have liked some more malt presence and less carbonation.

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

Pours a copper to orange color, with a nice fluffy white head. bubbles are tight and retention is solid. The lacing is fair as well.

Floral and citrus hop aroma that turns a bit harsh. There's some sweet maltiness behind this that is a nice surprise in an APA.

Taste is citrus hops, almost biting you as you sip. A good amount of caramel malt in the taste, swirled with some alcohol and a bitter hop finish that is quite pleasant. Interesting blend of flavors here, and not what I would typically expect from this style. Well balanced, and could be considered an American Red or Amber ale IMO.

Nice body for an APA, and some character that impresses me still. I could drink this any time of day or night without question.

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Photo of wardough
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful amber into a hotel room clear cup (yep, I'm on the road and forgot a pint glass). Carbonation is screaming to the surface producing a light lacing.
S: Nice hops and bready malts. Pick up on a honey smell. Good aromatic hops. Yum.
A: Nice malt backbone with hops to bitter it out. It's well balance in my opinion.
M: Light on the palate. Medium carbonation.
D: Definitely a session type ale.

I like this beer. I would gladly drink this any day of the week.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice straw color with a big head and lacing. The head actually fades to a soap bubbles kind of appearance.
This beer smells bready, almost like biscuits with a citrus undertone.
Nice malty backing with a good balance of citrus hops. Bitter finish. Taste of orange actually are detected in the finish.

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Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a diminishing head. The aroma was sweet caramel malts slightly overpowering the citrus and pine hops. The taste was more of the same. The beer was medium bodied with more alcohol presence than expected. This was a moderately enjoyable APA at best.

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Photo of bosco7
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served at Ditto's in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Poured a golden amber with great carbonation and a head of tight head of one-finger white foam.

S: Smells of sweet grainy corn husk and a little spicy hop resin.

T: Taste is sharp grainy malt backed by a sturdy hop backbone. The hops serve as a nice drying finish to what is mostly sweet biscuity malt. Pretty good.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and crisp up front but a little sticky in the finish, probably because of the hop leaf oils.

D: A very manageable ABV and interesting strong flavors make it one of the more drinkable APAs out there. I'd get it again.

I was pretty satisfied overall with the Stoudt's. If it were in a bottle selection again, I'd pick it out, but it's not that great that I'd stock it in my fridge. Probably good for tailgating though.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 charlesw
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What is it about not sleeping or eating and hanging out in airports for 35 hours in a row that makes beer taste REALLY good? So... No long stuck in SeaTac - now I'm in Philly. In this bar thing with 24 beers on tap. It's really amazing how much "variety" there is in BMC!

I'm all the more happy with this beer because I've not been really thrilled with Stoudts in the past. Maybe that's because I was drinking things where I thought they were trying to do big beers - but just missing the mark. Well... This (almost) session ale... This one... It's right on. Freaking beautiful tight foam that just never really goes away... I don't smell much from it but I'm cool with that (and, well, I've already started drinking it so, golly, that's just not really what's up anyway). Tastes... Yummy. Yummy malty with a nice and decent bitter backbone to it. Not crazy over the top, or anything. Lingers a little on the bitterness but not in a citrus way, for example. Very nice. I'd drink these all of the time, no problem. And at 5%, well, that's easier to do, eh?

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Photo of wspscott
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (xmas in ft myers)

A: Dark yellow/gold color with 1 finger white head, disappears quickly leaving a thin lace
S: Slightly sweet (honey?), piney hops with a hint of citrus, floral
T: slightly bitter pine hops, enough caramel malts to round things out.
M: Slightly oily, very drying/astringent, nicely carbed
D: Well balanced hops and malt, definitely worth trying. Great example of an APA, not one of my favorites but would buy again in the price was right.

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