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 mikesgroove
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a clear amber, with lots of visible carbonation. A nice one inch white head faded awat leaving a nice lace down the glass.

S - Smell was very light and didnt really impress to much. Light corn, grain and bread like smell was about all that was there.

M & T - The taste was a bit odd. Very bready with a slight hop finish. The feel was smooth, not too thin with a good carbonation. As it warmed it started to take on almost some wine like characterics and some hints of sour grapes and pears.

D - This brew was ok, definatly not the best APA, but then again not the worst either. Just not enough hops for me, no balance to the malt sweetness. Needs a bit more life in it to really come off well.

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

Had this on drat at the philly airport jet rock bar and grill

A-Pale golden amber, clear, nice tight white head about 1 1/2 inches. Bartender struggled with the pour, hence the atypical tall head. decent retention, great lace

S-nice fresh mild citrus and green hops. Nice biscuit malt as well

T-perfectly balnced APAnice mild bitterness with nice malt backbone that supports the bitterness well. Bitter finish in the pallete that does not linger.

M-light to medium body. The carbonation lends a prickly feel that is unoffesive and would certainly be welcome when parched.

D-right up there, an easy session

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Orange-Amber color, quite cloudy for a pale ale. Thin white head with good retention. Medium carbonation.

S - Strong citrusy hops come through strong. Sweetness as well, a very well balanced and clean smell.

T - Quite bitter, though not a whole lot of actual flavor comes through. Tastes watery and carries a lot of heat at the end, which is surprising for a 5% beer. I picked this up as a single and I wonder if it isn't past its prime.

M - Thin and watery, with a little bit of bubblyness on the back of the throat.

D - I did not finish this bottle. Like I said I have no idea the bottling date so this could have simply aged past its prime. Though the smell was good so who knows. Bottom line - do not take this review as gospel.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a weize glass

A - Amber, golden color, one finger nice head, fairly big bubbles, dissolves fairly quick

S - Light hoppy smell, some mild grapefruit scent, a little spicy, fairly mild smell

T - Mostly hoppy up front, not particularly complex; little malt flavor; good, but doesn't really take you anywhere transcendent; hops tend to stay with you throughout the drink, gets a little of that grapefruit taste towards the end; not much malt at all

M - Medium mouthfee, medium body; good carbonation, short-lived hoppy aftertaste

D - Overall, its a solid beer, but definitely nothing special; there's not a lot of uniqueness to the hop character, which overwhelms any mild maltiness there might be (I seriously can't tell); not a bad IPA, but from what I've had, there aren't really that many bad IPAs

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange/amber with a thin head that disappears, but reappears after swirling. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of fresh citrus with a caramelish sweet breadiness lingering in the back.

The taste is of citrus and floral fruitiness mixed with a sweet, bready background. Fairly balanced, with hops staying just ahead of the malt. Unfortunately, there is some watery thinness in the middle, but flavors still come through. Bitter-sweet finish - Flavors hang around.

Smooth with a light body almost reaching for medium. Watery thinness in middle detracts somewhat.

This is an easy-drinking, tasty "session" brew that leans in favor of the hops, but malt backbone certainly is not lost. A nice American Pale Ale. My only real gripe is the wateriness in the middle, but otherwise it's well-done and certainly recommended as a "sessionable".

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle bought at the Park Slope Food Coop with a 5/6/07 freshness date.

A: Honey color. Thick foamy head.

S: Sweet, fruity and hops aroma.

T: Bitter, hoppy flavor.

MF: Medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable. I love this beer.

So far, Stoudts has not let me down.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with a faded US flag on the label, it's a pleasant gold with a somewhat thick white head. The smell is mild, with enough hops to be noticeable, typical for a beer of the style. It has not unpleasant aromas but nothing to really set it apart from most pale ales. The same is true of the taste. The malt and hops are nicely balanced, but the overall impression is one of a decent but not overly impressive pale ale. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also more or less par for the course for a craft pale ale. It would certainly make for a more than passing session ale and a beer drinker could do worse. However, with a little searching, a beer drinker can definitely find better in the same price range.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy orange with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers white rocky with no lace left behind.

The smell is Piney, no other dimension.

The taste follows, This brew seems one dimensional pine like hops and needs some malt to stand it up.

The mouthfeel is ok a little overly carbonated like soda pop.

The drinkability is ok but not good enough to buy again. MK

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

Fine looking beer - looks like beer. Fine smelling beer - nothing amazing but smooth overall aroma. Taste is immediately bitter, but not terribly so. Maybe a hair too bitter for my taste, which makes this not a beer I'll buy again. Not bad, buy it for me and I'll drink it. Mouthfeel decent, but bites the tongue too much in addition to the bitter. Drinkablility so-so.

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Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple singles at a World Market the other day.. just now noticed the "Best before 7/1/06." Let's see how well it held up...

Pours a transparent light amber with a massive foamy white head that consumes about a third of my pint glass. The head quickly sinks into a solid rocky finger and a half, but from there is in no hurry to get out of the way.

Aroma is soft roasted caramel, almost honey-line malts. Somewhat of a grassy/earthy flavor as well. Faint grapefruit hops, but these may have faded a bit as I have no idea when this was bottled. This seems like it may have been a little better fresh, but this is what I have in my glass in front of me, so I'd might as well keep moving.

Okay, maybe I was wrong about the hops I (didn't) smell. This has a nice citrus hops bite, balancing perfectly with the complex malts; caramel, bready, grassy, and roasted. Very complex, but somewhat understated.

Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Very silky smooth and creamy on the palate. This is very drinkable and definitely a solid brew. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of maek228
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: a fall orange with a slightly brown hued head. Looks like your average beer.

Smell: Is it just me or does this smell fantastic? I got an incredibly complex sweet/sour fruity scent that had aromas of dry hops and caramel malts. Smells great

Taste: Tastes like a solid American Pale Ale. Crisp with a dry hop finish. Nothing special but none the less solid

Mouthfeel: refreshing

Drinkability: I could see myself drinking many of these if given the opportunity

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

Nice light orange color. Cloudy and with decent carbonation. Almost no head whatsoever. Has a thick, dense appearance.

There is a sweet, malty smell with a hint of yeast. And also some mild hops. Good balance of all the elements.

There is an ever-so-slight hop aftertaste, but with a sweet malty undertone. A bit of bread-like yeast. Slightly flowery attributes.

It's got a flat, but excellent feel. Very smooth with a thick, creamy finish. It's a very pleasant beer. Smooth drinking. Not much in the way of uniqueness or character, but is easy to drink a few of them.

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

It pours a coppery amber, slighty hazy and fairly carbonated. A finger of white head floats lazily, ands dwindles soon. Minimal lacing appears inside the glass.

The aroma is a light mixture of toasted caramel malt and mild grapefruit hops, along with a vague grassiness at the periphery.

Upon sipping, the malt comes foward first, with caramel and biscuit most notable, as well as an airy hint of yeast. The hops are again a dry grapefruit presence, but thinner this time than in the aroma, and they lose any flavor promptly as a brief doughiness is followed by a briefly lingering bitterness in the finish. It's basic, and fairly tasty, and fairly sparse in places.

Light bodied, the hops have an every so slightly oily presence on the palate.

It's like a pretty dog with patches of eczema, a fine coat with thinning or bald patches. Nothing wrong with the dog, mind you, but it's just not all it would be minus the spotty blemishes. Still, the lightness and briskly bitter finish render this nicely drinkable, and is a good candidate as an undemanding session beer. So I'll drink it, should it present itself as the best option in the future, but it won't be winning any best in show awards.

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

Pours a nice clear light amber with a towering, sticky sea-foam head and continued, steady carbonation.

Nose shows a bit of yeast behind a relatively muted hop profile, just a nice carroty sort of aroma. In the mouth, medium-full and a bit slick, balanced nicely between bitter and - not resinous, really, but maybe spicy, a bit grassy, hops, and a notable bit of grain and muted sweetness.

Balanced, tasty, easy to enjoy. Thumbs up.

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

A: The ale is an amber/orange color, crystal clear, with a thick 1.5 finger head.

S: The aroma is very grainy with an earthy hop scent that does not stand out so well.

T: The Taste is strong biscuity malts. Hops sneak in and out of the ale, providing a hint of grapefruit before returning to the malt flavor. The bitterness is subtle but pleasing on the palate.

M: The malt mouthfeel is chewy and nicely paired with the hop bitterness.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a firm malt backbone that is accentuated by a grapefruit hop taste.

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

Pours a clear copper with a dense ands lacy ivory head. Smells of grassy pale malt and noble hops.

Tastes of grassy malt and herbal hops. Persistent and prominent hops in the finish. Medium bodied, long low bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty tasty, pretty drinkable, if not outstanding.

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Photo of Drew966
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's American Pale Ale pours a light copper color with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is all citrusy hops, which I always enjoy. Nice hoppy flavor, citrusy hops dominate, good malt backbone is present. A very pleasant, drinkable APA.

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with just a thin head but a good deal of carbonation. Strong hoppy smell with a some floral tones, as well. Nice hoppy taste that I expect from an american pale ale, but not overdone and overall nicely balanced. Lingering hoppy bitterness on the palate; an overall solid and highly drinkable pale ale.

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

The beer poured a rich gold with a minimal white head.

The aroma was of floral hops, fresh bread/biscuits, and an English ale yeast.

The flavor was initially of floral hops with a touch of coarseness that Warrior hops often give. The crisp maltiness came through after the hops with a touch of biscuit and caramel notes. There was a nice fruity finish that helped round things out.

The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was light and crisp without being thin at all.

This is a solid American-style pale ale that is very reminiscent of 3F Alpha King. This would make a great session beer for a hophead. Very tasty. Anytime I see a beer with "America(n)" in the name, I think of the theme song to "Team America - World Police." You know what I mean...

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Photo of Cresant
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. APA into an IPA glass. Orange/amber colored body was slightly hazy. Head was a rocky two fingers that dissipated quickly.

Smell was strong and citrusy. Floral hops and later bready. Nice.

Taste was more balanced that the aroma suggested. Solid APA with Cascade and Worrior hops. Effective combination of sweetness and contained hop presence. Wonderful combination.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Mild zestiness and tingling carbonation. Refreshing and highly drinkable. This one is not available in my area but I would seek this out again. Fine.

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

This very hoppy, All-American beer poured light amber in color with a one-finger whtie head that dissipated fairly quickly and had average lacing. Aroma was hops and hint of citrus, mopstly grapefruit. Citrus was again evident in the taste, although the flavor was mostly dominated by the hops. Finsih bvecame slightly bitter, but was smooth, and long. A perfect beer for a hot FOURTH, and I plan to have more tomorrow.

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Photo of drugsbunny
1.72/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is the second offering I've had from this brewery and they both are poor examples of a "craft" brew. I should have skipped this one after I tried the Scarlet Lady ESB. And then I read all the praise on the sides of their six pack container. Award winning beers? Not this one. Who cares that the color was decent, or it had a slightly appealing smell. I said slightly. It tastes bad and I am a fan of APAs. Skip this beer.

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Photo of jockstrappy
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jean Bonnett Tavern in Bedford, PA. Arrived a clean orange color with a 3/4" creamy white head that left soap like lacing after every sip. Aroma was mainly floral hops, not much else there. Taste followed it's aroma to a "T", nice floral hop kick up front, not much malt there to speak of, but by no means unpleasant.Subtle carbonation and thin to medium body provide pleasant mouthfeel, and this ale is very drinkable....I had 3 pints in 25 minutes on this day! Nothing flashy here, but rock solid, and a nice example of an APA.

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Photo of Abita45
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Standard Tap in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, this was a bartender recommend and it did not disappoint. Nice copper color with average carbonation and balanced hops. Very good taste and hoppy enough that you take notice without overpowering you or drying out the taste. While the aroma and appearance were not unusual or distinct, the taste was there and the drinkability was there. A terrific beer for a nice Friday afternoon. I think I prefer Yard's pale ale, however, this is another example of good, local beer.

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Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, I poured one of these on the eve. Bottle said it was best before July 1, 2006, so I'm two days beyond that date. . . .

A: Poured a light, golden copper -- slightly hazy -- with a 1-finger off-white foamy head. Some lacing, but not a lot. Little bubbles of carbonation rise continually.

S: I smell floral, citrusy and piney hops, but then I wonder if I sense the piney smell because "The Trees" by Rush just came on the iPod.

T: First off, a metallic, tangy hops flavor hits the side of the tongue. Citrusy bitterness coats the back of the throat, causing a Pavlovian response and a craving for more. The more I drink, the more I keep thinking that this is a "clean" and "dry" beer that's predominantly about the hops. Even the tad bit of sweetness I sometimes sense seems to come more from the florally hops than from any malt.

M: It is well-carbonated (but not too much so). The body is somewhat thin and watery, lacking those malt undertones that would provide some heft.

D: Definitely an easily quaffed beer for the summer.

The overall verdict: Though it's somewhat one-dimensional, in my opinion that one dimension -- hops -- is what makes the style. All in all a good drinking beer that showcases the style nicely.

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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