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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New to the state of Louisiana, gotta check em out!
Best by 11/25/11.

A - Pours a light amber/sunny color combination. Head was fair, less than a finger, and had very little to no retention....not even a thin ring of sorts.

S - Light sprinkling of grassy, citrus hops but more sweet bread crust, malty caramel aromas.

T - Up front, it's a bit more malt forward: bready, caramel. But the finish has a nice light bitterness, and a smidge of herbal, citrusy hops.

M - Medium in body, nice creaminess to it.

D/O - Drinkability is good. But overall, I just wasn't that impressed. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about it...but there's nothing that really separates it from the pack.

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

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/9/11.

A: Pours a clear golden color with light orange hues and off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Smells really nice, great blend of sweet malt and honey with citrus hops.

T: A blend of hop bitterness and sweet pale malts at first, the bitterness fades to reveal some more bready malt and citrus hops with some honey as well.

M: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid pale ale, good drinkability, not much to complain about. Great levels of malt and hop flavor and aroma for an American pale ale.

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

At the Stoudt's Brewery, with an awesome top sirloin steak!

Pours an orange and brownish color. Smell is fantastic - the perfect amount of barley and hops for me. I like hoppy beers, and this had a little more 'kick' of the hops compared to most other pale ales.

Taste is very smooth, with lots of character. It'll take several sups to truly figure this beer out. I love it.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz to a SA Snifter glass.

Pours a clear light golden orange, with huge 2 finger head and a lot of visible carbonation. Smells of musty stinky, skunky, wet slippery hops, peaches and mangos bigtime, on top of delicious sweet caramel malts, filled with lots of spices that tickle the nose. Peaches, mangos, sweet malts, BIG wet hop character. Fucking Awesome. Light on the mouthfeel, a little too carbonated but still good, leaves the mouth dry, awaiting another sip. This is a damn fine APA, will truly re-visit this sucker.

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Photo of Franz4
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 8/23/11

A- pours a nice golden color with a rather foamy head that settles to a finger quickly.

S- nice hop bitterness in the nose, comes through just strong enough, makes me think this brew is going to walk the line between APA and IPA

T- Toffee and biscuit in the background and the hops come through up front. There is some nice balance going on here.

M- just right carbonation, aftertaste lingers a bit.

O- a nice brew, I've enjoyed this one the most of any of the offering's I've had from Stoudt's, this would be a good beer to have on hand for those nights when you just want "a beer"

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Photo of Zaradog
4.82/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Visual: Served in a pint glass, rendered a nearly white one finger head that dissipated to a thin film within a minute. It has a slightly foggy “clover honey” color. Slight lacing left on the empty glass.

Aroma: I pick up a sweet bready smell mixed with peach/orange. It you have ever had the orange sweet rolls from Pillsbury… it is kind of like those… only before you add the icing. And the citrusy hop note has a very sweet smell rather than one that smells like it will be bitter.

Taste: There is a noticeable bready taste that goes a long way towards totally masking any bitterness you might expect. An ever so gentle bit of bitterness swells up in the back of your mouth and then fades leaving a fresh taste that I can’t quite describe… but I really like! Honey toast maybe… yeah, kind of like honey toast.

Mouth Feel: For whatever reason, when I cracked open the cap, it started to overflow… so I lost a bit of carbonation there. This was curious though because I don’t think I did anything to cause it to foam up. Anyway, I was left with the perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Not so much that it is hard to drink or that it makes you feel burpy… rather just enough to wake up your tongue. Again, I’m pleased.

Drink-ability: I think this might possibly be my new favorite beer. I find myself taking big draws from my cup and then sitting back and allowing the beer to touch every part of my tongue. Breathe in, exhale slowly… mmmm. For me right now… This beer is perfect. I find myself wishing I had a six pack to enjoy! I could get lost in the awesomeness of this beer for hours if I only had more.

Impressions: I’m left trying to remember if my local store carries this in six packs or if it was only available as a single. Is it a seasonal??? God I hope not. If it is I need to stock up. This beer is good enough that I just looked at the clock to see if I had time to drive south 40 minutes to get some more before the store closed. Unfortunately there is no time. This isn’t a strong beer, not a ton of character. Nothing stands out… it just tastes like… pleasure... sit back, relax, take it all in, PLEASURE.

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

I poured this into a Sam Adams glass which yielded an creamy 1 finger white head which receded to a ring and a thin blanket. The color was a nice golden orange with a light haze and straw colored rim.

Smelled of hops, grain, and a little sweetness. Nose was not huge but lightly pleasant

Flavors - Some piney hops up front, yielding to some citrus and orange peel/zest, followed up in the end with more hops biting at the front of the tongue. Not a long beer in the mouth though the hops lingered.

Good mouthfeel, crisp, clean and a bit of carbonation to cleanse.

Prior to drinking this I had the Dogfish 90 min IPA which may affect may review here. As a comparison I found the Dogfish much better all around. However, if I just came in from mowing the grass or the like, I'd prefer the Stoudts APA as it is more crisp and refreshing.

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

Pours a clear amber color with little to no white colored head. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Has a slight citrus flavor with bread and toasted malts as the main smell. Has a smooth and hoppy flavor that carries the same minimal citrus smell in the taste. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A drinkable beer but wish it was a bit more flavorful.

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Photo of jduffy21
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was had from a bottle poured in to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. It was golden yellow in color with a volcano of carbonation with a 1 inch thick head that recedes to a half inch. The smell is pine and citrus. The taste is just like it smells...pine and and citrus off set by the slight malt flavor. Stoudts has a nice selection of beers and this is no different.

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Photo of NaLoGra
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well i'm not much of a pale ale guy, but I found myself enjoying this beer quite a bit.

A - Not much head at all, which was disappointing, but the great amber color made up for it.

S - Initially dominated by hops and maybe fruity, then almost yeasty.

T - Like the smell, but real mellow, almost malty, and very smooth.

M - Definitely medium bodied beer, nice overall mouth feel.

O - Honestly I was genuinely impressed by this pale ale, I would drink again outside at a BBQ or tossing the ball around.

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

12 oz bottle, best by 8/11, poured into SA Perfect Pint

A - Clear, pale golden pour with a decent sized off-white head. Retention eventually settles to a skim and leaves a loose lace.

S - Citrusy with a touch of resin and hints of toasted malt

T&M - Very nice balance on this one, with a zippy, citrusy hop zing followed by a good dose of lightly toasted malt, with a touch of grain. Leaves a slightly slick feeling in the mouth. Like some other Stoudt's offerings I've had, the flavors are simple, but very well done.

O - An easy drinking, every man's pale ale. My glass was empty before I knew it, and I found myself seeking out another. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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, there just isn't much to say about this one.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the recent beer tasting at Avenue Wine Shop in Canton, OH.

Appearance - A very rich and foamy head is noticeable immediately. Quite a clear and transparent yellow to the color.

Smell - Quite piny with a slight watered down citrus smell to it. Slight bitter hops noticeable as well.

Taste - Very smooth and hoppy. Overall, just a very consistent citrus pale ale.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Extremely dry on the finish. A good balance of malty hops and slight citrus.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade.

A - Amber in color with a small head that dissipates into a ring that sticks around the glass.

S - Sweet malts and some grassy hops, not overly complex but pretty nice.

T - Mmm, plenty of those grassy hops right up front. The malts are bready and light; quite refreshing.

M - Fairly light in body with moderate to low carbonation for the style.

D - This would be an excellent summer brew. I enjoyed it, but perhaps not as much as a SNPA or Burning River.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the dilly deli.

A- Served in a nice tapered pint glass. Clear and translucent. Has a honey color that is kind of dark but looks really good. Has a Nice bright white head That is really lasting. Lacing is clinging the glass as I quaff.the carbonation level.

S- nothing really special here. Very faint hop aroma with some toned down malt. Not very strong at all.

T- the hops are present but come off as soapy and a little astringent. Finishes with some semi-sweet malts That balance the soapiness quite well. Good not great

M- medium bodied. Pretty heavy for a pale ale. I like the carbonation. Just wish there was more taste to deliver.

D- I could haveva few and enjoy them. I just don't think the drinkability is as good as similar beers.

First beer from stoudts and its pretty good.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-tinged goldenrod with a very nice head that displays nice retention but scant lace

Smell: Bready, with a piney hop aspect

Taste: Opens bready, but by mid-palate, the piney hops add an herbacious element that persists after the swallow; just a hint of caramel in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Middle of the road and not partcularly enticing; this brewery makes a number of other beers that are far better

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Stoudts usually has bottling dates on the neck, but I didn't see one here.

A - Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a 1 finger white head which quickly fades to a rim. A little lacing. Very bubbly.

S - The nose is dominated by hops with aromas of orange and grapefruit. The hops give off a subtle, floral and citrusy bouquet. Slight maltiness, but not too much going on.

T - The bitterness bites you with a twinge up front. Reminds me more of what I'd expect from an IPA than an APA. The taste is largely bready pale malts with biting citrusy hops. The finish is crisp and clean with a slight lingering bitterness.

M - Light body, almost medium. High carbonation, almost too much at times.

D - It's a fairly easy drinking brew, but an average one at that. Nothing really seemed to shine here.

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

Appearance is light golden amber with about two fingers of white head and good lacing very mild carbonation

Smell is very hoppy good aromas of flowerycitrus hops no real strong malt notes shine through

Taste is clean and a little bitter sweet with good body and full flavors

Mouthfee/drinkablity overall this beer has good drinkablity not my favorite but worth trying compares to serria Nevada pale ale. This is worth trying if you like american pale ales

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

This was really drinkable. Pours a light pale yellow, decent head, some lacing. Smells clean, the wheat and other grains are evident. Tastes very much the same. Wheat and some floral hops but the mouthfeel is spot on and makes this a crisp and refreshing APA. This was really enjoyable.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent "American Pale Ale"!

Lots of western hops in aroma, taste and finish - tons of flavour, beuatifully balanced, and all that accomplished at 5% ABV. I've heard that it's not possible to get flavour at low alcohol, but this batch certainly proves otherwise. I look forward to trying any future batches I can get my hands on!

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

12oz from a mixed 6-pack, poured into a tulip pint

Picked this up as part of a mix and match 6-pack at Wegman's, and plenty glad I did. American Pale Ales are not my thing, but this one stood up pretty well. Attempting to put aside my dislike for them in general and give a review compared to what it's trying to be ...

L: Light yellow and clear but a touch cloudy (my pour is a touch cold), with a dollop of soapy white head. Great lacing with huge foam clumps clingingto the glass.

S: Corn sweetness with a goodly amount of hops, crisp and simple without much depth.

T: Just like it smells, corny, wheaty and hoppy, until the finish where some subtle floral notes kick in, and linger with a crispness.

F: Light, effervescent, crisp and clean. Everything an APA should be, really.

D: Worthy of the flag on the label! Seriously though, pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden beer almost amber, hazy. Nice size foamy head propped up by a hardy carbonation.
Dry malt aroma similar to a pils, slightly hopped.
Dry malty bill with hints of being toasted. Biscuits and butter are in there too.
Balance hop taste but not over powering.
Medium body beer that's nicely balanced.
I think in my view of APA's this should be a little more hopped up.
Drink well my friends.

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