Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, first I must say that this beer on cask improves it so much. I have had in the bottle on tap, but on cask this is a different animal alltogether. Appears copper amber with an off white toffee toned head leaving full even wonderful rings of lace around my pint. Aroma is heavenly with buttered kent goldings the mixture of the malts they use with the English hops in this English style ale blend to form one full inviting aroma. The tste is mellow with hops and rich with mallt yet it remains hoppy just not to hoppy, very balanced session brew that I is a treat to all. Very creamy silky texture to it with the oily resins trickling lightly on the palate giving this medium bodied true to the style ESB one amazing mouthfeel. Wow I could have easily had at least three of these wonderful creations, great representation of an awesome style thanks Carol.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed with the APA, so I figured I'd give the Scarlet Lady a try, and I wasn't disappointed. The beer pours a dark amber color with a fair bit of head. The smell is a nice mix of wheat and flower and simply smells wonderful. Fortunately, the taste of the beer doesn't disappoint either. The original taste fades into a lovely bitter, wheat aftertaste. I could certainly have more than one of these if I wasn't testing, as it seems to overwhelm the pallette with flavor. I'd buy another of these any day!

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with well retained medium head,smell was sweet and malty and biscuity.Really appetizing on the palate,malty with a touch of friuty hop,ending with a very biscuity quality.Firsy beer from Stoudts and was not let down,I really think Iam gonna enjoy this area's selection of beers.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a handsome brew. Dark amber to copper that is quite hazy or lightly cloudy, and capped by a very nice golden tan head. The head diminishes fairly slowly and leaves nice deposits of lace. The nose starts quite caramel malty from the robust head, but hops poke through as the head weakens. The flavor is nicely balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness. A pleasant, refreshing brew that starts well and ends well. Just a tad thin on the body, but still crisp enough. Good for a go or two.

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Photo of jreitman
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber/copper in color with a fair amount of white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and lighlty toasted malt. Flavor was that of caramel malt with a nice bitterness, but not as strong as I would have liked. Mouthfeel was a little too watery for my liking but was not too far off. Very enjoyable and an interesting label to boot.

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Photo of maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a small off white head , mild hop flowery and caremel malt aroma. Caremel malty flavor with a nice mild hop bitterness, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, fishes with a very dry bitterness, not a bad ESB, IMHO not the best, still drinkable.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a not quite scarlet color, more of a deep amber, with a thin white lace on top. Maybe its me, but it appears there are particles floating in my pint glass. Who cares?! Its good!

The aroma is a perfect balance of malts and hops. I got a mild floral aroma upon sniffing this one, along with a fruity, raspberry aroma. The taste initially is nearly sweet, with a bit of a caramel malt flavor, as well as some mild fruit flavoring which is delicious. The hops dont seem to hit until after I swallow, then they seem to bite down nicely on the back of the tongue. A very nice balanced brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty amber color with a thin but creamy off-white head and minimal lace. Mildly bitter hops aroma. The flavor was not as bitter as some but does have a nicely sweet malt presence. An interesting ESB to say the least.

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Photo of aaronh
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scarlet Lady pours a deep copper color with a nice off-white/light tan head. This is a very attractive lady. Tgere are some nice hops aromas mixed with malt sweetness. Not as strong aromas as some ales, but it's a very nice perfume the lady wears. She plays somewhat hard-to get with the flavor. I can taste some nice hops, and then a bit of malt jumps in. Some mouthfuls are sweeter than others, but I would not call this a sweet beer. She has a wonderful bitter finish, and a nice crisp mouthfeel. Stoudt's produces yet another good beer. Definitely a nice lady to spend an evening with.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow!!!! Ive been drinking for awhile now, and this came up on my rotation, and i was disappointed in the fact i didn't have it earlier!!!! an incredible, distinctive beer. pour the ruby tinted amber dark color that every beer lover loves, though it hold a lace on a glass that a convesiour would appreciate, has a mellow taste for a pale ale, considering this brewery which in every instance i have experienced has pushed the taste to the limits for evertype i drank. it seems to me they focus more on actue taste than mellowness, but yet i could easily seem myself pounding these with a happy face; this is yet another approved beer.


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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After all this weeks discussion of growlers, bombers,and minikegs, I have to start with a 765ml bottle direct from the brewery. Pours a bright red copper with gold highlights. A lively free form off white head, which settles down. Fine carbonation. A very strong, fruity nose highlighted by apples and pears. Taste is mostly malt, with some butter, and just enough hops to give it balance. Wonderful full, rich body. Very British. Could easily do another bomber of this in a sitting. Extra Special Indeed. She is quite a lady.

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Photo of Murph
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a thick, creamy tan head that leaves a nice lace all the way down the glass. Smell is of sweet caramel malts and some buttery diacetyl with absolutely no hops. The brew start off sweet and creamy and then goes into a buttery flavor but never manages to show me even one hop flower. The lack of bitterness kills the balance of this brew. Smooth and chewy, the lack of any bitterness makes the mouthfeel a bit sticky and cloying as well and brings down the drinkability some as well. Not a bad beer but it definitely needs to find some balance. After the good reviews this ESB had received I was somewhat excited to try it and to be honest, it let me down. I will probably try it again, but not for quite some time.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comsumed vom Fass at Stoudts on 07.20.02. A very nice ESB. Fantastic colour with a rangy head sitting firmly atop. Freshness personafied. Aromas of biscuity goodness with a solid hop twinge. A good balance of malt and hops in flavor. One of the best domestic ESBs I have had. A session brew for me if there ever was one. Well worth the try.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear medium amber with thick head. Nice hoppy aroma. Full of flavor, and richly bitter. A nice woodsy character floats through, reminiscent of wheatgrass or as I almost put it, it kinds of tastes like dandilions (in a good way). Has a slight sweet character, as this beer finishes and coats the mouth with a full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Watch out, this Scarlet Lady is a temptress! A superb English-style bitter, especially notable in that it comes from an American micro whose specialty is German-style beers. Thick layered head over a clear amber body; good malt foundation if a little horsey and woody. No matter; the rawness adds to the overall appeal. Hops give just the right twist of freshness, amplifying the terrific, medium-thick quality of the liquor (water). Very drinkable, excellent finish, and seemingly thirst-quenching - except that you're never satisfied! This can go head to head with the best of the UK but is distinctly American, perhaps primarily because of the water. I only bought one bottle and now I am very sad.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color looks amber / copper in color, small hop/floral nose...On the palate it starts with caramel malt up front(so good!), notes of apples perhaps, touch of butter, slightly bitter throughout, tiny hop bite towards the middle, and has a slightly fruity finish. Very enjoyable ESB! I love this stuff!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redish in color with a nice head. Lots of carbonation. Slight hoppy/malty smell, and a classic bitter taste. Could be a little more malty/smooth in the mouth. A little over carbonated. Overall, a good bitter slightly above average for the style.

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Photo of Reverand
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy,reddish-brown in color. Not a very complex beer,but certainly a beer that you can have all night. I was disappointed propably because I was expecting more of the English style bitter

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Photo of bmills1608
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Brownish-red color, not crystal clear, a bit hazy.

Flavor leaned a bit towards the 1 dimensional. A bit less full flavored then the appearance would leave you to think. A real nice sweet-tart flavor leaning towards an apple sweetness in the middle. Finish was dry.

Maybe it is just a quirk with me, but I find alot of the American micro ESB's lean towards an apple-cider like profile in a vague way. This was similar tasting to Redhooks, but overall less sweet and less complex.

A solid work-horse beer.

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Photo of bcm119
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy copper color with a memorably delicate, lacy head. Delicious nose bursting with over-ripe oranges and tea, while the finish is amazingly English. Hops are fairly mild in bitterness but lend some super-complex flavors, while the mouthfeel beckons you to slug it down like lemonade. If you can't have a good time with this beer you're out of luck.

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