Double IPA
Stoudts Brewing Co.

Double IPADouble IPA
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IPA - Imperial
3.98 | pDev: 12.81%
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Double IPADouble IPA
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into pint glass in February 2018. No packaged date on the bottle, and drank less than 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Deep gold body with thick light-tan head. Beer is a bit cloudy. Head is very thick, and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with a strong hops aroma, and includes citrus, grapefruit, pepper, and pine smells.

Taste: There is a noticeable hops flavor, as expected from an American IPA. There is good bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus, but the hops bitterness is not overpowering. This is not as bitter as some other American IPAs, and there is a little sweetness. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time. Not overly bitter or hoppy, and has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Strong alcohol, which matches the 9.4% posted.

This is a smooth strong-bodied beer, that is easy to drink. It is a good IPA, and is very well balanced. The aftertaste is really enjoyable. I would definitely drink this again.

Feb 15, 2018
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep orange pour with a light two-inch head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.
S: Strong banana, mango, a bit of cheap tequila.
T: Very sweet, caramel, aggressive malt character; alcohol plays heavy.
F: A oily, coating mouthfeel with subdued carbonation.
O: Boozy, malty, slick, hot as opposed to a hop-bomb DIPA.

Jan 04, 2017
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HeadyTopperLover from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is another dangerous beer. Very smooth, but oh so potent if you aren't careful. 9.43 ABV is a powerhouse but you don't taste the alcohol. Nice color, nice aroma, nice finish. Say goodnight Gracie.

Jul 25, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 4/13/16. Pours a dark orange with a 2 inch sticky white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is apricot, mellon, caramel, biscuit, and a little grapefruit.

Taste apricot, bubblegum, biscuit, caramel, and a little more grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty big for the style, nice amount of life, not really dry, and besides the rather odd pairings of flavors, pretty approachable for its size.

Overall this is a very unique DIPA, kind of leaves you confused, but really pretty interestingly tasty.

May 27, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a pub. It was served in a pint glass. It pours a hazy copper color with a thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. For an IPA, the smell is surprisingly malty and there is a distinct aroma of ripe fruit. The taste was totally unexpected: it's quite sweet with ripe strawberry and a lot of caramel up front and a slight bitter hoppy taste at the finish. It is also surprisingly malty. It's a medium-bodied ale, lightly carbonated, and the 9.43% ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming. Overall, this is, to me, a unique Double IPA, the sweet fruit and malt being prevalent. I really enjoyed it. I would like to try this one in a bottle and at a warmer temperature.

May 21, 2016
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reverendsteveii from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got bottles at a local quick six, served a chilled pint glass. A caveat, I'm an IPA man, and this is my first double/imperial IPA review.

Color - Dirty blonde tending to copper, cloudy and opaque like a Hefe, but darker in color. A middle ground between a hefe weizen and an IPA.

Nose - Very malty, very hot, corn/bourbon note, hops not very forward

Head - White with a touch of coloration from the beer, airy, recedes after about a minute, but leaves eavy lacing

Mouthfeel - Heavy and thick, but just hoppy and strong enough to not leave the mouth feeling 'coated' as with barleywines and other strong beers. Middling-light carbonation, a bit creamy.

Taste - Opens v sweet, v hot, almost overwhelming. hops add crisp but slightly soapy finish (simcoe?). On second sip, detecting chocolate, coffee and caramel notes.

Impression: The first sip is half vodka half corn syrup, with a touch of caramel. The second sip is a little less surprising in its boldness, and you begin to notice the hops in the finish. On the third sip, the hops become more pronounced (perhaps the sweetness taste buds on your tongue have taken a well-deserved break) and you begin to realize there's some complexity here, but the hops also come quite close to being chemical in their bitterness. The caramel gives way to coffee and chocolate, which compliment the bitter finish brilliantly. This one's a grower, and I didn't care for it at first. The depth, however, is surprising.

This beer is an example of a genre I don't normally care for, but has a uniqueness that makes it stand out compared to other beers in this style. 85%, an excellent proof of the fact that high gravity doesn't mean a simplistic malt nightmare,

Mar 16, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.29/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Darker than expected pour, dark orange, leaning auburn. Aroma was devoid of hops.

Big malt experience. Too much alcohol. Fuck this. All caramel and alcohol burn, maybe some toffee. Disappointing, son. A little flat too.

Mar 10, 2016
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BrokenEdge from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the brewery. Looks a bright orange color with a frothy white head, leaves tons of lacing. Smell has a lot of alcohol initially, also with some citrus, caramel, and bread scents. Taste has bold citrus and pine hop flavor with a strong malt background; not too bitter, but noticeably sweet and rich. Between the bold hop aroma and flavor, and the overall richness of this beer, it's definitely not sessionable. Feel is sticky, medium, and leaves a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Very boozy, but it works with all the other flavors and I didn't mind the faint alcohol burn.

Mar 04, 2016
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. oz bottle
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours amber in color with burnt orange highlights. It haze a slight haze. It is topped with three inches of beige head that sticks around awhile leaving some pretty decent head.

I immediately get some rubbing alcohol. I don't get much in the way of hop aroma. I do get some toasted malt.

The taste starts out just like the smell with a strong alcohol presence. I do taste some hops in the way of some pine with plenty of caramel malt in there as well.

Medium mouthfeel

I am not much of a fan. The rubbing alcohol aspect is not my favorite. I guess it's over 9% so there's that.

Dec 27, 2015
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PJKSR02 from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one grows on you. Picked up a case in Pennsylvania, with their backwards beer laws, and at first thought this unremarkable. The next tasting was better, and I noticed similarity to some alt beers, like Double Bag, from Long Trail. Finally, I was given pie, and had to pair it with this beer (don't ask), and found it a sweet partner for apple and cherry pies. Not a Heady Topper, or Sip of Sunshine, but really solid. Nice job, Stoudts!

Nov 29, 2015
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice Double IPA orange color, the aroma is a mix of hoppy and malty and something faint like pineapple. Taste is nice, not enough hops for me, but a good beer.

Nov 19, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no date

pours a clear orange-toned golden color, with bone -white head. good head retention. nice fruity juicy hop aroma. flavor is dominated by pleasant hop flavors without any bitterness. just enough malt flavor to support. medium bodied, mouthfeel is a bit sticky.

Nov 03, 2015
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DavidS333 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stoudt's Imperial IPA is a rich tasting American Double/Imperial that is satisfying and tasty. The froth for this beer/ale is minimal. The body of the beer is of a medium nature, on a scale of thin/medium/thick. Its color is sort of like a somewhat bright but translucent and not transparent amber. The smell is of a sort of bready-hoppy combination and is suggestive of the great taste of this beer.

American Double/Imperial ales/beers tend to have a sort of rich hoppy taste in general. Some weave in a sort of secondary taste to mix with the hoppy bitterness often found in an American Double/Imperial brews. This brew is one of the latter; namely it weaves in a sort of bready taste into the hoppy American/Imperial taste, and makes for a very rich and satisfying combined taste altogether.

While some American Double/Imperial brews may seem like a drink, others may seem like a meal. This beer has the meal quality to it, and the sort of satisfying and tasty element of this brew is really unique and tasty. The beer's hoppy taste has a sort of ribbon of sweet pseudo-breadiness woven into it that sort of sparkles within and beneath the hoppy taste, sort of allowing one to not get too bogged down in the hoppy taste its self. For, while one has on the one hand the sort of traditional American Double/Imperial taste to this beer, it is nicely spruced up with a sort of sparkle of bready more wheat-beer taste that altogether makes for a very rich combination of hops bitterness and bready sparkle.

The aftertaste of this beer is also satisfying. The hoppy bitterness doesn't linger too long with this beer. Though there is the nice hoppy bitter aftertaste, it doesn't really overpower the more medium bodied elements of the taste, and instead fuses with it to make an altogether very drinkable and satisfying beer. The aftertaste is also perhaps unique in that it fuses the spicy bitterness of hops with the lighter tastes present in the beer, hence perhaps making for a beer that is very satisfying even in the aftertaste's linger.

Altogether, this is a very tasty and satisfying beer.

Oct 11, 2015
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mobius71 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excellent beer. Can't have too many of them. Aside being a double it will burn your palate out after one of them. Very strong but great flavor. A go to if you want ONE beer that's bitter.

Aug 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A white 3” pillowy persistent foam collar sits atop a brilliant gold column laying a strip of lace on the glass to mark each drink. S: Fruit and grass aromas rise from the glass with traces of citrus and biscuit. T: Big malt backbone with some caramel notes supports layers of flavor beginning with a herbal bitterness, a layer of fruit and citrus, a more assertive pithy citrus bitter, followed by a blast of alcohol. There is more bitterness in the foam than in the body which changes the flavor profile through the course of the drink as the foam slowly collapsed into the body. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: The brewer balances bit malt, alcohol and hop flavors and bitterness to produce a beet that is scary easy to drink

Aug 11, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: the only way I can describe it is over ripe strawberries;

T: follows the nose; a little harsh from mid-palate through the finish; mildly bitter at the end, but the bitterness build after the swallow;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: a little too sweet for my taste and the strawberry character was a little odd for the style;

Jul 27, 2015
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Fuori_fuoco from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber look, pours a thin foam that disappears quickly. Smells of malt.
Not strongly hoppy but strong in alcool, low carbonation.
It's pretty good, tastes like a belgian triple more than to a double IPA. 9.43% alcool, quite a lot!
Not my favourite, but I enjoyed it.

Jun 04, 2015
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DDiFran from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strangely bitter, but not in the usual good way - might be stale. Some type of bottled on or best by date would be helpful. 9℅ + ABV means it really doesn't matter, does it.

Mar 08, 2015
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Brillig from Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointed with this one. Have enjoyed various Stoudt's offerings in the past but this had a heavy, sour taste that not only wasn't enjoyable, but doesn't seem to fit the style very well at all.

Feb 20, 2015
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My best friend lives right across from the brewery. While I like their beers, I do feel that they have yet to hit a homerun. I'm glad to support local breweries when I can, whether my adopted city or the one I was born in. Cheers.

Jan 18, 2015
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JasW from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

A short finger head leaving moderate lacing on top of an intensely colored golden body. This is a very good DIPA with a rich, medium bodied mouthfeel. The predominant note is an unusually sweet, yet boozy, caramelized hoppiness.

Oct 19, 2014
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freystout17 from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around excellent DIPA. Nice fruity finish to a moderately bitter brew. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had out of a bottle. A little pricey (I paid about $15/4 pk), but well worth it. It is important for this beer to be kept cold, so make sure you buy it from somebody who has handled it properly to guarantee freshness. Nothing worse that a microbrew being cooked on a hot delivery truck !

Jul 31, 2014
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jsausley from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on recommendation from Bob at West Burlington Wine Company. Poured into an IPA glass.

A: A very rich orange-gold with hints of brown and red. Very dramatic coloring, like a sunset sky. Vivid, bright, wonderful. Rich and full, thick opaque, a nice milky head, very strong lacing, lovely lovely appearance. Nice carbonation flowing up on the sides of the beer. Possibly one of the most attractive looking beers I've ever seen.

S: Packed full of thick malty richness with a very strong hop body. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, honey, caramel and wood notes. I'm even getting a nice "leather" aroma, which is a first I think.

T: Full-bodied, rich and sweet, extremely malty base with huge hop character on top. A lot of citrus, orange and grapefruit on the nose. A slight rosey effervescence. Sweet with a lot of honey and caramel. Very boozy, fairly bitter but not overpowering. Estimated 70-80 IBU. The flavor is very rich and has numerous nuances. Bready aftertaste. Hard to describe because it's so thick and flavorful! As this beer warms you will notice various tastes that are completely different from what it had before.

M: Thick and rich, but not hard to drink. Very crisp, nice balance and carbonation.

O: This is one of the best balanced double IPAs I've had. It's not overly bitter which is nice, maybe that's not characteristic of the style, but still it's a very good double IPA. Loved it! A+++!

Jul 25, 2014
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, dense, white foam that reduced to a healthy cap leaving sheets of sticky lacings down the glass. Musty, ripe tropical orange aroma with herbal hop and boozy notes along with a bready, malty backbone. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Smooth feel in the middle with light, tangy, prickly carbonation on the edges. Earthy, musty, tropical flavors, ripe pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Sweet malty and boozy flavors at the end as this finished with musty, herbal hoppiness and malty notes. Not a typical DIPA. Teetering on the edge of DIPA vs barleywine. Nevertheless, a hoppy, malty fabulous beer.

Jul 13, 2014
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Llcruserll from Florida

1.7/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

I did not see any dates on this bottle, but I got nothing in flavor other than a slight fruity double IPA mixed with a strong sour style beer taste. (Vinegar is what really hit my palette from this beer, I was not satisfied at all, especially for a double IPA, but the alcohol presence was definitely strong. I poored it out after two sips, and I have never purposely wasted a beer before. Maybe I will try another just to be sure it wasn't an old beer, and if I get a better taste the next time, I will certainly update my review.

Jul 04, 2014
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