Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB | Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB
672 Ratings
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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Ratings: 672 |  Reviews: 372
Photo of BigMike
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a variety case of Stoudts and this is the first beer i tried.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle a nice garnet color with a thick creamy head.
lacing disappears quickly.

Light on the aroma side but taste is complex.
A nutty caramel flavor with a nice bitter finish.

Very smooth and drinkable.
I could enjoy this as a nice session brew.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a sixer of this over the past weekend whilst camping in Copake NY.

A: Poured into highballer, red, pumpkin orange, and brassy bottom color, light tan half finger head with ringed slowly sliding lacing.

S: Nose was a sublte mix of caramel and estery hops.

T: I have to drink a few of these before I realized Stoudt's has their own take on what "bitter" means in an ESB. To many Fullers in my past had me prepared for my pallet to get smacked by the hops, however this was very mild in that category. The malts made it very smooth bordering on too sweet believe it nor not.

M: Medium, and intially stingly bitter, but very quickly converting to creamy and smooth with the hops losing out the malts. Clean finish and very drinkable for those that are afraid of bitters.

D: Call this a starter bitter for those just moving into categories. Certainly won't scare you off by any stretch of the imagination. Stoudt's has an interested and low key take on this style.

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Photo of jordoo
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Nice sized dirty white head that left patchy lacing. Its ahazey orange/amber color. Smell is mainly carmel malts with fruity and herbal hops. I also semll some toasted malts. As in the nose the carmal and toasted malts come through with a little fruity hop flavor to go with some bitter hop on the finish. This beer has a nice feel to it being neither thin nor full bodied. Its not one I'd drink a lot of purelly because it seemed a little mild to me all the way around.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cherry red with good head that falls to light lacing. The beer has almost no aroma, but the flavor is strong, malty, almost rye-like, with a woody edge and a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin given the strength of the flavor. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful dark copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is toasted biscuity malt, caramel and hops. The taste is pretty similar to the aroma with malt, some caramel and hops in the finish. Overall, Stoudt's Scarlet Lady is a decent ESB, but nothing that I would purchase again.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nice amber color with a thick tan head that recedes, but a little stuck around and there was lacing like crazy.

the smell is nutty and bitter. the smell is richer than expected.

the taste is good. not bitter at all. a bit lacking of any real character though. sure smells better than it tastes.

the mouthfeel is thin, but not necessarily watery. acceptable for the style.

overall, i'm glad i got to try a beer from this brewery. i wish i could get some of their higher rated stuff as they seem to be much hyped. this one is easy enough to drink though.

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Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper colored with a thin off-white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving no lace.

Aroma of bisuity malt, ripe fruit, cinnamon and citrusy hops.

Flavor fairly matches the aroma - doughey malt, ripe apple and pear, cinnamon and toffee, and light citrusy hops. Fairly balanced, no flavor overpowers another.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a tickly finish. Good session beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark clear red amber with a slightly tan head.

Smell. Has a light citrus hoppiness accompanied wiht some sweet caramel. Good aroma that is just a typical smelling esb.

Taste. Has a bittler caramel flavor, but the caramel does not have that much sweetness. Has a yeastiness to it that is clouding the flavor. Aftertaste is slightly metallic and puckering.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium to slightly full with good carbonation.

Overall, not bat but not one of my favorite esb's.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Bronze in color and transparent. Very nice looking beer. Head is minimal after semiconservative pour.

S- Nice and hoppy with a sweet malt backing. Smells of molasses and honey are present.

T- Malty in the beginning but not overpowering or too sweet. Bittering hop kicks in midstream and finishes with you too. Very well balanced ESB.

M- Medium in the mouth and medium carbonation.

D- Not overly drinkable but decent. I could session this in the winter, but not in this heat!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pint came with a thin off white head that was foamier in texture than creamy.

Color was a deep Copper almost red yet very clear.

The beer had a pleasant toasty malt aroma.

Taste was nicely balanced between the roasted malt and the subtle hop bitterness which lingered for a shot while.

Excellent balance and mouth feel. Very subtle carbonation.

Almost a toasty finish after the hops fade.

Good drinkability.

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

This beer poured a nice dark golden color with a huge off white head which dissapates fairly quickly. The smell was of toasty malts, fruits and a nice hints of hops. The malty sweetness dominates and the hops don't really show up to the dance which I expect from an ESB. The mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer but falls short of being a great ESB and is just average. I expect more from an ESB in terms of hops.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the Stoudts brews, and this is my latest try. This beer has a scarlet and rust color, but not much head -- sorta laces the glass ring. Aroma is dry crackers and other malts, not much in the hops department. Taste is quite malty but with a nice bitter backbone and after taste, a bit more bitter than most of this style. Hoppy and a little dry. A good brew.

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Photo of DIM
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear dark amber color. It was served to me with a thin light tan head that lasted for a while.

s: Lots of earthy malts and some floral hops bitterness.

t: The hops are more noticeable than the smell would suggest, but the sweet earthy malts are still quite apparent.

m: Well carbonated and crisp feeling.

d: When fresh this pretty good, but my close proximity to Stoudt's means that something I like more is usually available.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- Pours a smooth and crisp deep red with tints of amber. A nice lil lacing around the edge of the glass but nothing major. After letting it settle a lil there is also some copper hues in there.

S- Pine and hopes hit the snout. Also the smell of alcohol is prominent and a faint hint of citrus. Maybe dark citrus.

T- A dark citrus or candied fruit flavoring. A powerful punch of hops and barley.

M- dry and hoppy yet very smooth and refreshing.

D- easily drinkable and nice to have on hand for a nice hot day. Goes down and smooth and no forcing either.

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Photo of thartman
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear brownish red with a decent head with minimal lacing. There was an earthy smell with some underlying malt and breadiness. Toasted malt with some hop bittnerness on the finish. Kind of watery and thin, and very easy to drink. Finishes dry and crisp. Not quite the same as an English ESB, but not bad, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a red, amber body with a small, off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: A nice, malty smell with a slightly sweet and sour smell with some spicy undertones.

T: A nice, malty taste with an earthy, spicy aftertaste. A nice combination of mats and some spicy, bitter hops did well to balance each other.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste definitely makes this beer drinkable. Worth a sixer or a session.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a nonic pint glass.

A - clear, copper color with tan head of foam that settled and left good lacing.

S - Earthy, English ale aroma.

T - malty flavor with light bitterness finishing sweet.

M - silky smoothness.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

Final Note: I think ESB should have 2 listings -
English-style ESB and American ESB.

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Photo of praufs01
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy amber color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Cookie dough and caramel. Very buttery smelling.

Palate - light almost watery.

Flavor - Light caramel with a nice floral hop in the finish.

Final thoughts - I liked this one. Very nice interpretation of an ESB.

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Photo of mltobin
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Ginger Man.

The appearance was a dark, deep amber color with a one finger head.
The smell was rich, sweet with hints of chocolate.
The taste was kinda nutty, some barley and oak as well.
The mouthfeel was rich with a lingering taste, the aftertaste was a bit overwhelming.
Drinkability is average on this beer, I was really hoping for a better tasting beer when I ordered this ESB.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had an amber color. There was a somewhat small amount of head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: More than anything, there was the smell of malt with this beer.

T: I tasted malt, caramel, some other type of sugar and a bit of hops. Not overly complex, but OK.

M: The carbonation rate was fine. There was a bitter finish, mixed with the syrupy quality of the sugars involved.

D: This is one of those beers that's alright, but doesn't blow you away. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Best By: 10/8/07

Pours a nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, very slightly spiced, and caramel. The taste is too watery for me, malty, with some caramel. Light body. Almost drinkable, this is a disappointment to me since I've had better brew's from Stoudts.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an deep dark brown, clear with a tan head and a great lacing.
The smell was very mild, with sweet malt and an almost milk-chocolate hint.
The taste was heavy on the malt, with honey and brown sugar, mild hops.
The mouthfeel was somewhat disappointing, with an overall watery feel and a slight bitterness throughout (I know, I know, its an ESB, but the bitterness wasn't counteracted by the sweetness from the malt in the way I had hoped). Still, in spite of this bitterness, there was little aftertaste. The only thing left in your mouth was an almost acrid feel that wasn't terribly pleasant.
Overall decently drinkable but certainly nothing fantastic.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This one poured an amber color with good clarity and a frothy white head that really stuck around.

S: Buttery toffee malt, soft brown bread and a little peppery hop aroma.

T: Roasted malt is light but hearty. Toffee and caramel in balance with bittering hops. Malt side hits first but a bit of spice from the hops keeps the malt from dominating and brings a good balance.

M: Smooth medium body with a dry finish.

D: Another one of Stoudt's delicious offerings this one is easy to session and also great with a meal. Worked well with salmon and roasted potatoes.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky reddish brown with a thin light head with poor retention and not a lot of lacing. Smelled of sweet, sweet malts and yeast with a hint of hops. The taste was sweet malt with a good balancing bitterness. There is a dry hop finish with a lemon water aftertaste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, not great for the style but still good.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Creepily murky brownish coloration, opaque, small bit o' froth, poor retention yet beautiful lacing. Looks pretty odd, but in an intriguing way.

S - Nice earthly aroma, bitter with some bread like malts.

T - Grainy "organic" sort of bitter malt profile. Not too complex, but pretty decent. A little yeasty towards the end and perhaps even a touch of citrus flavor.

M - Light bodied, crisp carbonation, rough texture, dry finish.

D - Decent, I could put a few away before having to move on. Not an outstanding ESB but certainly an enjoyable one. Worth a try.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 672 ratings
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