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 palma
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light gold body. Nice fluffy white head. Good retention.

This beer had a weird wet hay smell. Reminded me of a horse stable. Not good.

Taste was average for a pale ale. Solid hop profile with a medium malt background. Clean and distinct on the palate. Finishes with some citrus notes.

A below average APA. I will not look out for this beer in the future. I would drink it again only if it were the last beer in my fridge.

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Photo of joe1510
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$6.97 6-Pack
Sicilianos, Grand Rapids

Stoudts American Pale Ale exits the bottle a crystal clear golden with an orange hue. A few streams of large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. A one finger off white soapy head formed on an aggressive pour but quickly faded to a thin swirling. Leaves a spot of lace here and there but nothing much.

The aroma has generous helpings of caramel and biscuity malt. There's a sugared grapefruit a orange wedge citric edge that balances out the malt bill. Smells good but a little on the weak side.

Stoudts Pale is one of those nicely balanced pale ales. Although I usually prefer the brewers going a little heavy handed on the hops I can appreciate a well balanced pale ale, and this is nicely balanced. Much more biscuity in the flavor than the aroma but the caramel still swirls around in there. The citric candy like hoppiness come around toward the backend.

The medium body is about right with slickness that slides through nicely. It could stand a higher level of carbonation. The lack of carbonation leaves this beer feeling a little watery when it really shouldn't.

I could see myself drinking a few of these around the grill or while watching some football. There's a nice refreshing character that keeps this going down easy.

While this is a decent pale ale I don't think I could justify picking it up again with all the great options out there. I do think this would be a good introduction into craft brew for the newbie though.

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Photo of StarSAELS
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If it's ale ye wants, then it's ale ye drinks! And I say, arrgghh! Give me an ale!

All silliness aside, this is a fine example of a well-balanced pale ale.

Pours an orangey-amberish with a nice two-finger head that recedes slowly, leaving fair lacing. Sip after sip, swirl after swirl, the head is easy to rise.

Foam-aroma is lightly hoppy, a little citrusy, and something in the floral range (my nose knows what flower that is, but it's not telling my brain).

Taste is much the same: citrusy hops leading the with a sweet malty note trailing behind. Very well balanced. Feels smooth on the palate, light cleansing carbonation, pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste.

Pour me another one...

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Photo of GbVDave
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and quite still orange amber. Nice two finger head that is slightly off-white in color. Excellent lacing.

S: Fruity citrus hops dominate as well as a slightly off-putting soapy aroma. Slightly funky malt aroma

T: Bitter piney tasting hops (strange how they smell fruity and taste like pine). Lightly toasted malt and that aforementioned soapiness.

M: Bitter but the malt keeps that in check. Nice.

D: Quite drinkable. I'd like to try a fresher sample someday.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear reddish amber with decent white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film that leaves sparse lace. The smell is very mild, clean, malty with light citrus hops. The initial flavor is bitter hops on top of a good malt base that is a little weak between IF and aftertaste. The aftertaste is a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers appropriately and is pleasant, but there seems to be a hint of baking soda. Maybe a slightly off bottle? I have only had this once before, and I don't remember this, but I only had one bottle for this tasting. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a little watery. Overall, this is a good drinker with food, especially fish and chips. It also makes a good session beer, because of its light feel, though it is a little expensive for that.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. oz bottle, thanks to BA richgo6. Orange coloured beer, large and lasting off-white head with an orangey hue. Initially very nice Cascade aroma, citrus and floral notes, diminishes after a while in the glass. The flavour is very well balanced between the malts and hops, Cascade and Warrior hops have a distinct presence throughout, but are not overdone. Bitter aftertaste. A very drinkable and refreshing beer!

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Photo of geexploitation
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a medium amber color, bright gold highlights and exceptional clarity. The aroma is your basic APA -- sweet, grahamy malt notes with some nutty elements combined with fresh, citrus and pine American style hops. On the palate, the malt and hop components are well balanced and integrated. Fresh, green bitterness at first, along with a blast of carbonation, then some metals at the mid-palate and a semi-sweet, malty finish. Good weight and carbonation to the mouthfeel, at least for the style. Overall, this is quite a nice APA. Well done in all respects, and not too high in ABV. Bravo.

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

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly malty, very slight hop, slight citrus, and some caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, malty, slight hop/citrus, and some caramel. The finish is dry and has a some bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty APA, but could use more hops.

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

12 oz bottle with with best by date 11/06/07 stamped on neck of bottle.

Pours clear, deep gold to amber with sustained slightly off white head with some lacing on glass.

Upon opening bottle, I could detect the distinct odor of domestic northwest hops.

Initial taste of hop bitterness with a slight caramel aftertaste. Very balanced between the hop and malt. A hint of grapefruit is evident in the hops.

An outstanding, balanced and low alcohol session American pale ale.

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

Served at 35F from amber 12 oz into Boston Lager glass.

Pours beautifully, crystal clear golden amber having plenty of body, with fluffy off-white head leaving very little lacing.

Nose is a waker-upper, strong pungent hops combined with light grassy maltiness.

Flavor is quite balanced between caramel and spicy hops, with a touch of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is balanced, with plenty of bitterness and a slick finish.

Very drinkable, a good, basic APA.

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Photo of roller
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-golden color with virtually no head. Little lacing, but an ample amount of fizzy bubbles break the surface. Smells like freshly milled light malt with some citrus notes. Taste conveys a malty backbone with citrus that starts sweet and bitters in the finish, leaving a rind taste that lingers on the palate. Medium body and well carbonated. A pretty good APA. I'd have it again, but I don't know that I'd seek it out.

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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 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 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 tempest
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Callaghan's in Allentown. I couldn't get much out of the aroma besides a little sweet malt and citrus hops, but it had great lacing. The flavor was a tad mellow, the malts didn't come alive ever, but there was a great, long-lasting citrus rind hop note that never seemed to fade. It also happened to be incredibly drinkable. With more time and money, I'd probably do some damage with this beer.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with date ink stamped on neck of bottle, which has been smeared and is unreadable. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: light bronze orange colored body with soft off-white fluffy head. Head slowly dies down to reveal very sticky lacing on glass.

Smell: slight piney hop scent with sweet, slightly nutty malt fragrance. Very clean smelling.

Taste: dry hoppy bitterness up front meets a subtle bread crust sweetness.

Mouthfeel: well balanced and dry on the tongue. Carbonation is spot on with me. Head rebuilds with some agitation.

Drinkability: not overpowering in any sense, neither bitterness nor sweetness. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks great in the glass; rich ambered orange with fluffy lace and suburban lace ring-age.

Nose is a clean interplay of malt and citusy hops, and quite reminiscent of Pride & Joy, actually. ThatÂ’s a compliment.

Even in this presumably not-super-fresh example this is a damned fine beer. More of an IPA than a pale ale, it seems. Crisp addictivity of a nice IPA that snaps in the mouth, making you beg for more.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are clearly above average. This is one of those sublime Pales you can frequently convince yourself you like more than IPAs...

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Photo of kajerm
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Standard Tap, pours amber and clear. So this is the part where I bitch about how filtration ruins the aesthetics of beer and does absolutely nothing good for the flavor. Sam Calagione can say what he wants about 90-minute, but I'm standing firm on this-- beer should be CLOUDY.

Glad I got that out of my system.

The smell is light citrus with some mild earthiness, pretty subdued. Smells like mixed American and British hops.

Tastes like it smells-- inoffensive. Some clear light malts show up mid-palate, and the finish is very, very, very, very, very slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light with brisk carbonation. Drinkability is high, like lawnmower beer high. Everything about this beer seems precision-engineered to make a beer that no one can object to.

I sort of object to that.

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Photo of akahn
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this for July 4th drinking. It served the purpose well, and earns its American flag by being a quaffable, balanced ale. Pours a clear orange color with a clean white head. Muted nose of piney hops. Hops play a supporting role in the flavor, with a rounded, even malt backbone. Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, with a refreshing spritz. All in all a solid beer. More drinkable than more hoppy pale ales.

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

Served on-tap in pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber color with a thick white head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Citrus hops with some caramel undertones. Nothing too strong.

Taste: Caramel malts dominate with some definite citrus US hops. Good balance between malt and bitterness. Somewhat clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, perhaps a bit too bubbly.

Drinkability: Mostly clean finish with typical bitterness.

Overall, not a bad beer. It could use a bit more complexity overall, but it does demonstrate malt as well as hops.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a nice white head that drops to a good cover.

Smell is faint. Some earthy hops and pale malt.

Taste is quite good. Some light fruity hop flavor with breadiness in the malt finish.

Very creamy and easy to drink.

Overall, tasty and highly sessionable. Recommended.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours a amber color with minimal head that doesn't hang around to long. Smell is of floral flowers a bit weedy as well, smell is pretty good. Taste is a bit bitter, not overly bitter but a nice citrus bite to this offering. This goes down really smooth and a fine floral offering from stoudt's.

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Photo of 0tt0
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a duvel glass.

Got to admit, the bottle is attractive: very partiotic and eye catching. I'm a fan of Stoudt's Tripel, so this could be a fun one. Pours a pale amber color with yellow-orangish tints around the curves of the glass. Head is enourmous, though it fades relatively quickly.

The scent brings up a nice biscuity malt, accompanied by a twinge of pine note and some fruity notes. Malt seems to be the dominant factor here, and its missing the defining grapefruit characteristic that I associate with most APAs (this, though, is not a bad thing... just different.)

A sip... sweet caramel malt flavors with a tad of spicy hop in the middle and end. Aftertaste is somewhat dry and long, tipping its hat towards an almost berry-like finish. Mouthfeel is thin, but consistent with most APAs I've tried. I could drink an abundance of them, though.

Overall, its a nice session beer that lacks any unique traits that would make it a standout. On the whole, I'd say a bit run of the mill. It's a C+ pale ale, minus a bit more hop profile and some carbonation. Nothing I would seek out anytime soon. And price was a bit steep ($9.49/six) for the quality of the brew.

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

Poured a light amber color with a two finger white head. Some minor lacing and decent retention. Aromas of light citrus hops and some metallic dough-like hints. Citrus and earthy notes combined with some light bready malt make this a pretty solid APA. An easy drinking brew, and something I'd grab again when I want a no-frills Pale Ale.

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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