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 OWSLEY069
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with an off white head that goes away quickly. Aromas a small sweet malt presence and a small peppery hop. It has a small bitterness, sweet malty, and a bit earthy taste. Very clean aftertaste, just a small sweet malt presence lingers. Easy to drink, kind of hoping for more bitterness, but it is nice.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer emerges a crystal clear, ruby color with tiny bubbles racing skyward at a rapid pace. An off white head forms on top and lasts quite a while. Copious lacing.

Aroma is buttery and bready. Tons of caramel malts and bisciut malts. Not much in the way of hops. Sweet smelling. Perhaps the breadiness is a bit much and the hops aroma seems a bit lacking, but I cant complain too much.

Biscuity and bready flavor as well. A little more sweetness emerges but atleast the hop bitterness balances out the sweetness pretty well. Mild english hop flavor.

A very nice ESB overall. Bitterness and sweetness balance each other nicely and the overall flavor is wonderful. I could drink these all day. With the +100F heat we have here today, I just might do that. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a slighlty dry finish make this a perfect sessioner.

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Photo of AlephNull
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an deep amber brown that has a distinct rosewood color when held up to the light. The 1 finger of head has some staying power and it leaves a sticky lacing as drunk.

S- a lightly biscuity malt scent with some light citrus hops on top.

T- A clean, floral hop flavor opens but is quickly overtaken by a slightly carmely malt. The hops take over again in the aftertaste -- not strong.

M- A fairly dry ESB with a medium body.

D- A wonderfully drinkable beer. While the component, flavor, appearance, etc. Aren't fantastic. A good mouthfeel and taste combine well into a beer that's a real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong but pleasantly malty. From the bottle it pours a lovely dark brownish gold with a nice thick head. Flavor is richly malty and has a smoky undertone. Smooth and easy to drink, it has no bitterness in the flavor or aftertaste. A pleasantly drinkable ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.49 at Total Wine (& More) in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearane: Pours a clear, cherry wood hued body with a thin, though lasting off-white head.

Smell: Sunbaked biscuity malts, primarily, with a rather understated, light herbal hoppiness.

Taste: Slightly sweet biscuity maltiness with a hint of fruit and even nuts. Again, the hops, with a floral, rose petal taste, remain light. Finish with a brief tea-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Makes for light, refreshing drinking!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Transparent rust colorod body. bubbles can be seen floating to the top. Nice cream colored smooth head with great retention.
S- I can faintly pick up a malt smell. really hard to detect the smell.
T- Malt with some carmel. Then floral hops that remain until the aftertaste. Sweet fruity taste lingers. This was a good balanced mix but it was somewhat watery and very light.
M-Heavy Carbonation and medium weight body. Goes down smooth.
D- Yes. This is really easy to drink and enjoy. I would venture to have this one again.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours a rustic copper with a fuffy head that leavs some thick lace on the glass. Smell is citrusy hoppy with a burnt woody smell. Mild taste with a bit of hop bitterness, I can taste a bit of weed and bark with some citrus fruits not overwhelming in taste and pretty smooth going down. Not a bad offering but not a great offering, not enought flavor in my book.

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

Received from mymrngjckt in the Secret Bunny exchange. Different color label (actually scarlet...) from the picture displayed on BA.

Appearance: Fairly red in color, fitting to the name. Very clear. Two finger white head, good retention. Some lace.

Smell: Toasted malts, some fruitiness.

Taste: Very tannic, fairly light on malt and hops... Toast just before the swallow, resolves to a tannic/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side, acidity makes up for what seems a little light carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, but fairly light. Sessionable, but not something to enjoy just one bottle of.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cask serving at the brewery in Adamstown, PA.

A: The ale is copper red with a thick 2 finger head that is quite billowy.

S: The ESB delivers a strong nutty malt body with an earthy hop bitterness supporting it.

T: A true cask ale, this beer is damned near warm! The room temperature serving brings out the nuttiness of the malts and the sharp bitterness of the English hops, creating an easy drinkin' ale that excites the tastebuds without overdoing it. The nuttiness cedes to some toffee sweetness at the end of a sip

M: The mouthfeel is peppy hops and chewy malts, a real sessioner.

D: The cask serving brings out the simple beauty of this ale, a chewy ale that has a strong hop bite.

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Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours honest to its name, clear and scarlet with a slight amber tinge. A finger of off-white, pithy head sprouts then wilts to a mere surface trace. Pinstripes of lacing suit the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a pairing of caramel and toasted nuts, but the real presence is the floral hops, fairly vague in character but credible in its insistence.

Upon tasting, it's somewhat sweet, with caramel and a very wee bit of sugariness, as well as a general malt fruitiness. Soon, though, the hops again take over, with more articulated floral and pepper components spreading their wings and bittering and drying the center ground. A glimpse of biscuit revisits, giving the grain an encore opportunity until the bitterness cleans and lingers a short while. Not unlike the aroma, it's nice, but just nice, and a bit thin.

Light bodied, it seems to flow quickly, leaving little behind of the grain, though the hops tingle the palate.

It's subtle, which can be such a strength, but subtlety demands an underlying depth and complexity that really isn't present here. The result is an enjoyably drinkable bitter that doesn't have enough oomph to inspire one to seek out more. I'd have no reason to say no to another, but it could easily get lost in the shuffle of more notable offerings.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at Stoudt's.

It arrived in the glass a reddish amber color with a rocky, inch high, off-white head.

The aroma was better than what I have ever gotten out of the bottled version. Floral hops, caramel, and a hint of roasted nuts.

The flavor was better, also. Fruity, flowery, sweet caramel, earthy. Hardly any bitterness...which could have been a little more pronounced. Closer to an amber ale, but really good from the cask.

Typical, thinner mouthfeel being a cask-conditioned beer. Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into a mug

A - Amber color with a fairly nice head; no real lacing

S -Weird smell, which is the first thing that hit me; after a second I realized it was a fairly strong floral hops flavor

T - This seems like a fairly odd ESB; the flavor seems mostly dominated by the very strong floral flavor with the undertone of fairly sweet malts; lacks the sweet malts that I expect of an ESB and not quite hoppy enough for any other style

M - Medium body, no real issues but nothing too great

D - It's alright; I dunno, I haven't really been that impressed with any Stoudt's I've had yet, so I'm not that surprised

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Photo of loren01
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours as the name suggests a scarlet color, 1 finger width white head, ,good lace down the glass
S: Slight toffee smell. Also picking up a sour, vinegar like smell
T: Good maltiness, biscut/breadlike maltiness, slight hop flavor although was expecting more. I did just get done drinking an IPA so that could be why.
M: Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.
D: Pretty good beer, was expecting something a little more hoppy, this reminds me a lot of Fat Tire actually. Thanks to jasonm for this one via trade.

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Photo of cichief
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Soudt's makes wonderful beers, but this is one of ther least worthy efforts. It doesn't hve the body I expect from an ESB. It doesn't hold up against food as well as other ESBs that I have had. It has a nice deep red color, and the head was rather nice. There was little in the smell to appeal to me. It had a clean taste, but lacked the maltiness I expect from the style. I can drink this, but with Stoudt's other offerings, I don't.

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Photo of mattd017
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red, coppery brown with a medium head that leaves a pretty constant thin head. Has almost no scent, kind of disappointing. Slightly bitter, fairly malty. Nice mouthfeel, thick with light carbonation. Not a typical ESB, not a bad brew, very tasty. Good, but there are better brews from Stoudts

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Clear,vibrant red color,2" thick slightly off-white head.some wisps of tiny bubbles stringing together tightly knited.Good retention with a fair amount of laced curtians down the glass.

A good malty aroma with sweet carmell,toasty and nutty.A pleasing fruityness,a nice and complex aroma.

A light carmell taste,astringent,grassy,candied tastes,friuty,slighty sour finishes tart with some citrus rind. The taste was a bit of a let down after the nice aromas.

Medium body,grainy,some sourness. Goes down fairly easy, just nothing to really make me want to drink more

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A somewhat clear, amber color with a slight yellow hue towards the bottom. A small off white head appeared off the pour, fading fast into thin clumps on the surface.

S: Pretty subtle in the nose. Toffee/caramel malts equaled out with some hops. A mineral like smell is also found.

T: Nothing really too great here.Follows the nose, but with even less flavor that is given. Hops are mildly strong, which then gives off to a plain malt flavor. Yeast is given off in the end as well as that mineral water like taste. Has slight bitterness that finishes pretty long.

M: A thin/medium body with medium carbonation. Is a little on the smooth side

D: Yeah its drinkable, but I wish the hops were more apparent and malts gave off more flavor. Pretty average here.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was another pleasant experience with Stoudt's. They make some quality beer. This one pours a beautiful white head and laces all the way down the glass. A nice looking brew! Smells of some caramel and perhaps a little chocolatey spice. A little peppery spice also. Decent hoppy bitterness at the end. It tastes like a baby brother of an American strong ale, but of course, not nearly as strong. Medium bodied and highly drinkable. A great session beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-amber with virtually no head, just a thin swirl and even that soon vanishes. Decent color/clarity.,,head retention? not here.

The smell is of caramel/honeyish sweetness. Very soft and mild.

The taste is of caramel. Earthy in character, there is just enough bitterness to offset some of the caramel sweetness. Some toasted grains also come through (almost hinting more at an amber ale rather than an esb). More hops are detectable in the finish, but not quite enough to tie down the sweetness enough. I think that their idea was to restrain the hop profile to make it more English than American ale, and while it was an idea, it didn't quite come through as an ESB. More of a sweeter ale with enough earthiness to make it lean towards English is what the taste amounts to, IMO.

It picks up in the feel, which is smooth - malty smoothness - in a firm, medium body. Somewhat drying.

It doesn't fit with style well, but is a decent beer, especially if you are in the mood for a sweeter beer with just a subtle hop bitterness. It does go down pretty easily, and though sweet never becomes cloying. In all, they nearly missed the mark completely on style but turns out to be a decent, easy, "sessionable".

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy orange-red, with mdium off-white head that lasted for a while and left okay lacing. Initial aroma was hoppy citrus (grapefruit) and floral. However, this dissipated and becme muted as the beer warmed. Flavor was likewise the hoppy floral, with a nice bitter palate, true to form. The dry, bitter finish was the best part of this beer for me.

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

Poured from 12oz. bottle bought at the Park Slope Food Coop with no freshness date.

A: Red amber colored. Thin head with nice lacing.

S: Not a lot of aroma, mostly alcohol.

T: Sharp bitter flavor, but not much more than that.

MF: Medium bodied. Felt smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable. Easy to knock back, but not my favorite ESB by far.

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Photo of rowew
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, no freshness info.

Appearance: Light red color, thin head with decent retention, just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malt and a bit of muted hops - smells distinctly ESB.

Taste: Flavor is very similar to the aroma, but it seems a bit muted. It has a bit of malty sweetness and bready flavor, with a hint of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: This is a decidely average beer. Not bad, and I'd be able to drink quite a few - but it just really doesn't excite me.

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Photo of Budlum
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pour in to a pint glass produces one inch of creamy, off-white head. The head is retained nicely for about one minute with a thin layer remaining on top of the beer. As the name suggests, the body is a glowing red and orange.

The nose is nicely hopped with a bit of sweet malty notes.

Similar to the nose, this ale is delightfully hoppy. Actually, it is very hoppy for an ESB even. The hops do provide an enjoyable bitterness with an unfortunate metallic taste. The finish is dry, hoppy and add some malt flavors long after each sip.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, somewhat buttery and relatively dry. The hops dance on the tongue with notable bitterness.

This ESB is very drinkable. It goes down easy and provides a nice drinking experience. A good session choice.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a medium to dark amber with red highlights and good carbonation. The head is one fat finger, off white and fluffy looking.

The smell is pedestrian, malt hops, nothing interesting but pleasant and fresh smelling.

The taste is good, pleasant, malty, hopy. Slightly bitter then most. but not over the top as the name ESB would suggest. Maybe that's why I like it more.

The Mouthfeel is good, fuller then medium body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is good. I like this beer but not enough to but a lot. MK

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice initial bittering levels that tone down slowly as the beer settles onto your tongue. Less pervasive hop flavor than most ESB's. But hop bittering is good, and the hops that do come through are earthier rather than robust or floral. The aftertaste has faint notes of raspberry tea. Subtle tastes throughout, but taste, drinkability, and mouthfeel are all quite serviceable.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 673 ratings.
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