Scarlet Lady Ale
Stoudts Brewing Co.

Scarlet Lady AleScarlet Lady Ale
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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #240
Ranked #43,599
3.63 | pDev: 12.12%
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Scarlet Lady AleScarlet Lady Ale
Notes: This English-style ale is brewed with Marris Otter and Caramel malts for a rich, reddish-copper color and smooth malty palate. The use of bittering and aroma addition hops balances the regal, sweet maltiness and imparts a softly perfumed aroma.
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mjp1305 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasty beer, have enjoyed drinking this for many years, have always loved all of Stoudts offerings, as my cousin from Germany would say "Lets get some of the beer from that Carol Stoudt!"

Sep 26, 2019
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into the glass.

A: Clear copper with less voluminous head that dies down to a 2mm of bubbly foam with minimal lacing.

S: Light hop note, floral and very light earthy note. Medium malt note like toffee.

T: Follows nose with more maltiness and faint, subtle floral and herb notes.

M: medium-light bodied, not filling, mildly hoppy bitterness on ultimate finish.

O: Nice example of the style that I am pretty sure I can get at the local store for a welcome break from non-nuanced, imbalanced and unsubtle brews.

Jun 18, 2019
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witster18 from Tennessee

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

warning, if you spill this beer on you - you will smell like beer like a skunk smells like a skunk after it has been hit by a car. There's no hiding it. THis FINE BREW is what the long-time beer drinker wants... just beer... choco and piney hops and a bit of metallic funk(phenols?) that somehow just add to the ridiculously wild and flavorful beer bomb. Not as sessionable as their helles(one of the finest american lawnmower beers to be had), but for someone weary and tired of all the fancy-pancy, fruity-tooty, same-old-same-old... well... this is wayyyy past due. GRAB A FEW! Grainy? Yes. Malty? Yes. Hoppy? Yes. ANy questions? No. You drink your raddler or sour, and I'll drink one of these...
SHow me a 5 percenter with more "beer" flavor... let me hibernate.

Apr 21, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep copper color with thin quickly dissipating off white head. Spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Light malt aroma mixed with some floral notes. Caramel finishes off the nose.

Taste - Nice malty, slightly bitter nutty flavor. There are mild flavors of caramel and some floral flavors as well. All the flavors other than the malts are well balanced, the malts do not over power but are more prominent.

Feel - Medium body soft carbonation, pretty dry finish, bitterness lingers a bit.

Overall - A solid ESB, great flavors well balanced a very easy drinking beer.

Apr 16, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark burgundy with just a little fog to it. Finger and a half of off-white head, with good retention and barely any lacing. Aroma is toasted, and nutty malts with a bitter bite. Flavor profile is a non-dynamic display of toasted, and nutty malts with pine hops. Nothing very loud, just a consistent flavor profile from start to finish. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a slightly watery edge. Overall, a beer that drinks simple enough to be easily sessionable, or an easy-going, post-work beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Apr 14, 2017
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JWU from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- A dark copper brew with a light tan head, and very good lacing.

S- Some solid biscuity malt notes, with some herbal English hops. Slight caramel note.

T- Not as rich as something like Fullers ESB, but a nice mix of caramel, biscuity malt, and a light herbal english hop note. A very nice intro to the style.

M- Medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

O- Very sessionable, and pleasant intro to the style. Far too few ESB's out there, but a nice change up from the hop bombs.

May 25, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a fingernail of tan head rests on top. Heavy lacing is present. The aroma is of amber malt with a lightly copper note and delicate earthy German bittering hops. The taste is a subtle, yet the amber malt is the dominant player. The grassy German hops and noticeable in the back of the palate. The mouth has a smooth profile with a light creaminess.

Jan 21, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear deep copper color with thin tannish head. Surprisingly good lacing.

S: Biscuits and fresh cut grass on the nose.

T/F: Malts and grains form the backbone, but there is some hops for balance. Not a hoppy beer per se, but it definitely cleans up the brew and prevents it from being too sweet. Slightly herbal. Sharp carbonation and a bit sticky on the mouthfeel. Finish is dry, not unpleasant.

O: A fairly easy drinking ESB, great for a session but not one that will blow you away. One I will probably revisit.

Dec 22, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Appearance- the color is a reddish amber with a medium sized white head. Aroma- full of malt and bread. Taste- malt and a mild hop finish. Overall, a real good ESB

Oct 31, 2015
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HawkGP from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great ESB. Still learning how to describe things - malty? Caramel? Just a well done, consistent ESB and different from any other local offering. Stoudts does a great job crafting distinct flavors across their offerings.

Aug 11, 2015
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XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a perfectly mediocre U.S. ESB from a solid Pennsylvania craft brewer. I was expecting more flavor, given Stoudts resume. Would drink on draft again, but probably wouldn't buy a sixer of it.

Apr 18, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish-copper color with a healthy head that is over a finger in height. The overwhelming flavor is an odd sweet note. The finish is slightly bitter.

Feb 04, 2015
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classixIII from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear amber color with 1/2" creamy head and lingering lace. Creamy carbonation, not a ton of flavor, some hops at the finish. I could drink more.

Jan 25, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by (no date) bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few tiny island of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, chill haze
Flavor malty with a trace of diacetyl, slightly sweet, ends with slight hop bitterness; no alcohol
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25.
A very pleasing ESB which hits all the characteristics. Don’t know if this ever won any GABF awards but it should.

Sep 25, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. BB 7/24/14

Pours a dark amber with a nice inch and a half thick white head. Smell is quite malty...reminds me of a typical amber ale honestly. Taste though is much more like an ESB. Very drinkable but just not that much flavor. extreme amount of maltiness. finishes dry with not much bitterness at all. its decent. mild body with mild carbonation.

overall a drinkable beer but nothing to rave about. bit too bland.

Mar 26, 2014
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Medium, beer ring lacing.

S: Nuts, caramel, fresh tea leaf.

T: Lightly malty. White bread, with a slight hop. Lightly bitter, with a slight indistinct sweetness.

M: Light body. A bit of a shallow feel. Lightly bitter bland aftertaste remains.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Persistent foamy head, and some nice lacing. Nose is nutty and buttery with some tea leaf. Light and bready with a slightly bitter hop, balanced with a slight sweetness. A little shallow and bland. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Feb 01, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mostly clear copper brown body, tan cap. Toast and caramel in the nose, very mild. Tastes starts the same but the caramel is far sweeter as we go through the sip, with citrus and herbal hops finishing but not dramatically cutting into the sweetness, bland and off target for style. Feel is watery as it warms, malt driven but not boldly. Just doesn't have a backbone to build on

Jan 28, 2014
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a brown/red color with a two finger head and moderate lacing. Low carbonation.

The smell is thick,bready and slightly soapy. Slightly astringent.

The taste follows the nose with bready malts up front then a soapy taste then some crisp, not terribly bitter hops come in on the end. There is a dry taste left in the mouth after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is chewy and filling, surprisingly good.

Overall this is a very sessionable ESB. Malty and not terribly better. I would have given it higher marks for a more fruity or nutty taste than for the soapy taste in the middle.

Sep 26, 2013
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dwren89 from Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber with reddish and gold highlights, thick, fluffy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: caramel, bready, some earthy hop notes, slight floral character as well

Taste: less flavorful than I had hoped for, and certainly less malt character than true English ESBs. Some malty, caramel character that finishes bitter with some earthy and floral hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. This would be better if it was less carbonated like English cask ales

Overall: Not bad but I don't know if I would get this again. Caramel and bready malt character with earthy and floral hop character. A good start for any beer but this just seems to be somewhat poorly executed.

Sep 08, 2013
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ppvora from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Brown, no aeration, half a finger of head that disappeared very quickly. No aeration.

Aroma: Sweet, malty aroma. A lot of mango and a little bit of peach. Gorgeous aroma. Loved it!

Taste: Malty, some hops. Despite the mango/peach and sweet aroma, no sweetness in the beer and no fruitiness. If you love the smell of fruit but don't necessarily like to taste it in your beer, this is the perfect beer for you. No complex flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Held the taste for a while, nothing significant to report.

Overall: A straight and narrow ale. Despite the "ESB" moniker, this beer is not bitter at all. Malty taste with a little bit of hops towards the end. Fruity aromas don't make their way into the taste of the beer.

Aug 24, 2013
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Highlander15401 from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I consider this a wonderful session brew, worthy of more than one. Chestnut brown-orange in color, faint nose in the std. pint glass. Nice sweet malt with hops bringing up the rear. Not many brewers do the ESB-style & this is a fine example. Worthy of your time.

Jun 16, 2013
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WissBrauSean from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a 50 degree F bottle into a standard pint glass produced a clear amber/ copper beer with a nice bone white one finger head that stays as a nice frothy cap the entire drink and leaves a shark tooth lacing pattern on the glass that falls back down to the head. Pretty cool!

Initially I smelled mostly caramel malts with a little breadiness to it, but as it got warmer some earthy notes as well as dark fruit notes came out.

As I get further into the beer flavours of sour apple, bread, caramel malts are pretty evenly distributed followed by some earthy hops and a bit of tannins and mild black pepper.

The mouthfeel is mildly sweet, moderately light, and has a dry finish. A bit of a slippery feel is left on the tongue and the carbonation is about medium and maybe just a tad, just a tad, bit lively. I like it a lot and think that I can drink the heck out of this beer!

Overall, I like this beer a lot. I think it fits into the style very well and would recommend trying it to anyone who likes English beers. The only thing that detracts from this beer for me is the tannin taste and it's not over the top at all so I am going to give this beer a solid 4 out of 5!

May 12, 2013
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB has a thin, off-white head, some sheen of lacing left on the glass, and a brilliant, bubbly, off-white head. The aroma is of brown bread crust and dank fruit. Taste is of brown bread crust, some sugar, a little bitterness, and tannin. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB finishes dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. The tannin aspect holds it back a bit, but it’s still very good and worth checking out.


Jan 24, 2013
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like tart apples, herbal/floral hops and some caramel malt. It tastes like herbal/floral hops, toasted and bready malt, tart apples, and some nuts and tea. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid beer, it's definitely worth a try.

Jan 18, 2013
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SolipsismalCat from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sour apple. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt and slight tang. Not much sweetness or hop bitterness to speak of. Kind of plain.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Average ESB.

Jan 04, 2013
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