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

The beer looks like it first went through the toaster and then was frozen; its orange colour is crispy and heated but its complexion is chilly and icy. That haze does little to hinder the bright shimmer but adds apparent texture to it. The bubbles, meanwhile, aloofly flutter about; their obvious apathy leads to a head that is dopey and limp (and wouldn't last).

What makes a beer "American"? For starters, a lot of hops. In that regard, this does indeed smell "American". It has traces of pine serum and pink grapefruit, both lathered in a gooey caramel coating. A strong impression of toasted malts mellows out much of the citric and piny characteristics of the hops but they manage quite capably to be noticed nevertheless.

What else makes a beer "American"? How about a brazen, brassy attitude. A beer that doesn't tickle the taste buds but smack them upside the head. The kind of beer that doesn't turn its music's deafening bass down when it stops at a red light. The kind of beer that radiates confidence in everything it does. Indeed, this makes concessions for no one.

Especially not those drinkers who are put-off by too much bitterness, flavour or character in their beers. A lot of people think of American beer as watery, insipid swill - Stoudts American Pale with its firm, chunky toasty maltiness, underlying caramel sweetness and the stinging, citric hops is the nemesis to all that. And the enemy to mine enemy is my friend.

This kind of jazzy, hoppy, confident ale is emblematic of how the Americans like to brew their beers. In fact, it's so American that it hates the French. All this assertive, self-assured flavour is exactly why American beer is so charming, and this level of quality and craftsmanship is exactly why its microbreweries have been so successful.

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Photo of edrachman
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, there is nice head which thinned out quickly. Color was a pure amber, not too dark, but very deep amber color - fairly transparent.

Both the smell and taste were less than I expected. There is a definite brightness to the taste and some grassy flavor in the background.

Tastes very nice in the mouth; just the right balance of elements, but the mouthfeel stands out a bit with the lack of flavor.

Definitely a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of mahargcornsilk
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a standard pint glass

A. light amber colour, thin dissapating head with a tiny bit of cling to it.
S. Good balance of malty and piney smells, with the latter winning out
T. The malt wins out when it comes to taste, but is still well proportioned to the light piney hop action
M. This beer seems like it should be thin from its colour, but thicker from its smell and taste, maybe I'm imagining things but this beer seems to get thinner as you get towards the bottom. Slightly less than moderate carbonation.
D. definitely a session beer, very drinkable.

Overall not my favorite of the style but a solid offering from one of my favorite local breweries.

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Photo of BenAthar
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical amber color, but the taste is balanced for a APA. Had good flavor that isn't similar to others.
Color is good and within style.
Mouthfeel is not bitter or hopped excessively. A good balanced beer.
Drinkability is good for a Sunday football session for sure!

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with a small amount of white fluffy head.

The scent is of toasted caramel malts and some citrus.

The taste was of citrus first, then toasted malts, light bitter hop taste.

Light bodied, smooth and a little creamy, perfect carbonation.

This is an average pale ale all around, very easy to drink but nothing special. I wouldn't mind having it again but I wouldn't necessarily look for it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, presents with thin white head on the top, but laces and clings the glass. Color is a translucent copper with light effervescence.

Smell is very good, nice piney hop notes with solid malt finish, not overpowering but all the right notes.

Taste is a little thinner than the scent, with not a strong hop presence but a solid amber malt flavor, a bit earthy.

Mouthfeel is a bit biting on the tongue and cheeks, but the flavors cover well.

Just a touch off my type of APA, could use a bit more hop and malt taste, but decently drinkable.

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

I picked up a sixer of Stoudt`s APA from Stew Leonards.

The appearance is a yellow / light copper color with a small head. Smell is faint, but pleasant, basis scent of a good pale ale. It tastes of more of what you may expect, malt, some hops, a faint spice, all done properly in a good balance. Appropriate carbonation level, clean, semi-dry aftertaste. Drinkability is solid on this offering from Stoudt`s. It is a very good session beer and worth your time if you have not yet enjoyed it.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours a golden amber with an off white head that fizzes to a thin collar. Smells of of grapefruit and pine with a slight waft of fresh bread.

The hops don't follow through in the taste as strong as they had in the nose leaving only a whimper of piney hops in the semi-dry finish. Malts provide little character and only serve to balance the hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and understated. Fairly drinkable brew that is neither stellar nor off putting. A good beer to bring to a summer BBQ or while hanging out with the guys.

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3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass.

A: The pour produces a 2 finger head of white foam with above average retention. The body is exceptionally clear, light copper orange in color. Lacing is between fair and good with drooping semi sheets half way around the glass.

S: Very toasty malt aroma of caramel and grain. Above average maltiness (Two-row, Munich & Caramel) with an average amount of hops (Cascade & Warrior) showcasing grapefruit, pine and resin aromas.

T: Brown sugar comes through as well as ints of honey, rasin and apple. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Medium body with an oily texture. Average fizziness with a finish that is chalky and mildly bitter.

D: Nothing in this brew stands out to a significant degree. Very safe and easy to drink. I wouldn't mind being offered another but I won't be purchasing any for myself.

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

Light copper color with a thin head that disappears quickly. Perfect clarity. A swirl of the glass wakes up the carbonation to create a foamy white cap. Light hoppy aroma, mostly orange, with a hint of biscuit. Smooth, buttery feel with pleasant carbonation. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Citrus orange flavor followed by a malty/bready flavor. Finishes with a metallic taste along with lingering hop flavor.

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Photo of hdofu
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice orangeish yellow beer with a thick white head. Smell is a bit like wheat and honey. Alot of honey in the taste too. Compared to some APAs this one carries a great deal more sweet ness. Smooth on the tongue with the bubbles being sort of sudsy. Its about as drinkable as APAs go

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Pours crystal clear bright copper color, a bit on the light side, with a fantastic two-finger off-white head that has great retention and leaves fantastic lacing. Could do with just a bit of haze in my book, but an excellent-looking beer any way you look at it.

Nose has a nice, bready caramel sweetness to it complemented by a light citrusy hop nose, a bit soapy. Very restrained.

Taste is remarkably clean, no real bite to it at all. Hops come off as soapy, especially as the beer warms, a bit of citrus underneath, very mild bitterness, over a pale malt sweetness that's light and a bit grainy. Rather off-putting soapiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy even, with a smooth carbonation. A bit astringent and drying towards the finish.

Drinkability is hurt primarily by the odd hop character. May have to check the bottle to find out when this one came in, though Stoudt's haven't been in the TN market really long enough for their beer to have already gone bad, unless it came in already old. May have to investigate.

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Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice little off-white head, light amber in color, average retention

s: citrusy and young pine hops supported on a pale malt body, doesn't put much out there but it's certainly well constructed

m: carbonation just under medium, lighter in body and perhaps just a bit thin for my preference

t: simple but good, pale malts with only the lightest dose of caramel and a moderate citric hop profile with brushes of pine, finishing with a balanced bitterness

d: no problems here, very satisfying with a great balance and dry, hoppy finish

single from Market Street Wine, Charlottesville

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Photo of yesyouam
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stoudt's American Pale Ale is a crystal clear golden ale with a soft, dense, slightly yellowed white head that leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a fresh, hoppy aroma with notes of grapefruit, pine and grass. It's medium-light bodied and very smooth with a crisp, dry finish. It has a simple, satisfying taste: grapefruit and pine with a crackery malt underneath. It's lightly bitter from start to finish. It was the perfect choice for mowing the lawn.

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Photo of WEBBEER
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild clear coppper/orange not really cloudy at all.
Thin average head dissipates to lace that lingers for the entire serving.
Great carbonation.
Average pale ale flowery hoppiness.
I don't pick up any really sweet notes but it does have some nice mellow spice notes.
Substantial body that pairs with spicy food very well but even at only 5% I wouldn't call this a session beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a large head that rises up quickly and fades quickly, reaching about 2.5 fingers and almost over the sides of my tulip glass. It's a super clear golden orange wheat color.

N: Lighter than I was expecting. Light hops, some grassy and spicy, hint of citrus, as well as a pungent musty resinous fresh hop aroma. A very slight chewy hop aroma too.

T: Starts with a nice hop flavor, some chewy hops, slight oily feel and fresh musty hop resin as well on the taste. A touch of citrus and pine, but not much. A slight creamy malt taste also strikes through, but the beer def plays down the malt side. A decent bitterness, also quelled a bit. Semi dry, with mostly a clean and crisp tasting ale.

M: Lighter body, very slight hop oils, with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with a long bitter taste, that builds and culminates right after the swallow. It gets pretty dry too that goes with the bitterness. A creamy malt taste also lingers with the hops. The hops continue with that fresh resinous hop flavor, with a touch of pine.

My thoughts on this one, the beer is a decent drinkable summer pale, with some extra bitterness giving it that American Pale tag, but I didn't like the way the hops played. They toned way up on the musty resinous hops, which are OK, but any of the really tasty hop flavors are just toned so far down they are drowned out by the resins. This would be a B+ if it added a little more depth in flavors to the hops.

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Photo of bum732
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and a nice peach aroma.

L: Clear golden yellow, decent head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

T: Caramel like malt, nice citrus undercurrent. Grapefruit and peach like bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

Pretty forgettable pale ale, good but not great, hence my short review.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's Piney Grove in Columbia, SC

A: Pours a bright golden amber color. The depth of the growler shows definite orange amber. Clear with a nice, fluffy off-white head with thick lacing along the glass.

S: Lots of malt. Some sweet caramel, biscuit, and floral hops with a hint of underlying citrus.

T&M: Caramel malts are strong with decent hop characteristic. Bitterness is prominent with no real outstanding flavor. Medium bodied, crisp all the way through with a dry finish.

Easy drinker, but nothing special. Their Double IPA is outstanding, but I won't be seeking this out any time soon.

SORRY - this is my 2nd edit on the scores. I bought a 2nd growler and this is actually growing on me as a nice session beer with a more balanced flavor than I originally reviewed.

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

On-tap at Tobias Frog in pint glass.
Pours copper/orange with good clarity and a nice head that held for a little and laced well. Smell is pretty fresh with citrus notes and a bit of pine. Taste is good and clearly a pale ale. Not a borderline IPA like alot of APAs. Grapefruit and orange notes with a good dry bitter bite. Solid mouthfeel with a good coating. All in all, a solid option and is to style but is a notch below the top tier of pale ales IMO.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Massive off-white head that leaves nice sticky lacing, sitting atop a deep golden orange colored brew. The head fades to a chunky island...

Smells of biscut, light citrus and some herbal hops...

Tastes of mild herbal, grassy hops with nice bitters up front. Biscuty malt sweetness is well balanced in the end.

Good feel, light-medium, good carbonation with little to no discernable alcohol presence.

This is a great summer brew - can't imagine anyone objecting to this. Easily could go through a bunch of these with friends on a hot day...ahhh, summer...

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in TN.

a- pours a bright orange-gold color. great clarity. a small off-white head with moderate retention left nice lacing along the glass.

s- a fairly substantial malt influence. some sweet caramel and biscuit. the hops are mainly floral with just the slightest hint of citrus.

t- the taste is mainly biscuit malts with a mix of lemon and grassy/floral notes. the caramel as strong as in the nose. this beer is really dominated by the biscuit and bitterness. hop characteritics just really don't come in to play enough in this one. a bit of a dissappointment.

m- a great medium body with ample carbonation. keeps it crisp and blend well with the slightly drying finish.

d- a really easy drinker, but I didn't think much of the main categories here. I could drink a bunch of this one but I probably won't be picking it up again.

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Photo of silentjay
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper with a pretty big off-white head that recedes quickly but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass

smell is relatively faint, but of some citrus and floral hops and a bit of cereal grains.

taste starts out with an orange juice type citrus hop that leads into some sweetening from the malt, and then finishes with a pretty big bitter kick that lingers just a bit.

light to medium bodied with average carbonation and not too much lingering.

drinks ok. everything is middle-of-the road. seems like the house beer at your average brew-pub.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear light amber orange color with pretty huge white head. The head recedes fairly quickly however. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Nice grassy hops. Some grapefruit rind. Citrus malt.

T - Follows the nose but pretty mellow overall. There is some interesting spice on the afterbite that is pretty enjoyable. Almost like black peppers. But overall, the hops aren't as fresh as they could be and the taste is pretty dull. This beer would benefit from the malt being more pronounced. It smells like it should be as malty as a Dogfish 90, but there's no such comparison in the taste.

M - Light to medium bodied but kind of watery. Nicely carbonated and nicely hopped however.

D - Drinkability is very good. I can see drinking a 6 of these on a hot summer night out by the fire. This is definitely very drinkable and I can see maybe getting it again although it is certainly nothing spectacular. Decent.

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

Finally got a sense of what other reviewers have called "grassy"--this is it. I really like this beer. The hoppiness is not overwhelming. Nice herbal, fresh smell. Great summer or spring beer. Would pair nicely with strong cheese or spicy Asian dish. Excellent mouthfeel, exactly what I'd expect from a pale ale, with an added bonus of very low carbonation. Can't wait to have it again.

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

This would be a great hops intro beer for a macro-blinded victim, but a bit light on bitters for a hop-head's expectation of a big APA.

A= deep yellow with an orange hue; good-sized head when poured, dissipates to little rim or lacing.

S= delicate hops florals, cereal malts, some citrus notes at times.

T= very nice hops flavor (Cascade, Munich) with good bitterness, slightly light (41 IBU) on the bitterness scale compared to many micro/craft's but very nice. Green hops, grassy malts with some toasted hints, slight oil. Very nicely balanced for a non-hophead APA.

M= clean, slight oil, nice green hops bitters, hints of citrus tang, light caramel sweetness.

D= highly drinkable, would be a great on-stock beer at home or for sessions.

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Stoudts American Pale Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 668 ratings.
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