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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ckeegan04 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange color with frothy off-white head. Moderate lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet malts stronger than expected. Also picked up some citrusy hop aroma hinting of grapefruit.

T - Malty sweetness stronger than expected. A taste of sweet sugars followed by a piney hop bite. More on the sweet side than I like from a DIPA. Very light hint of alcohol.

M/D - Very smooth medium bodied beer. Very sippable DIPA but that 10% can sneak up on you. It does not stand out in the taste at all.

Apr 27, 2008
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KroMagnon from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange-golden color. White head, doesn't stick around much though. The aroma is hard and heavy on malt, along with some spicy dried fruit aromas like raisin and perhaps some piney hops. The flavor is good, strong and sweet with a very good hop flavor profile but less bitterness. Which is good because the beer just misses having that 'cough syrup' flavor that happens when a beer is too sweet and bitter. There's a strong alcohol presence here, and its very tingly on the tongue as well. Tasty, pretty blasted strong though. Back before people talked about double IPAs I'd have classified this (yeah I do that alot...sorry...) as a barleywine. it reminds me of Old Nick a little, although I haven't had that in years.

Feb 10, 2006
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harpus from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Sep 23, 2014
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HalfFull from California

3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Stoudt's double pours a hazed orange and offers up a thin cap of foam. Retention is rather short but the pour does keep a film and yeilds light lacing.

Nose is moderately hoppy with orange citrus notes dominant. Bit of grain is evident but largely a 'hoppy' and 'bitter' Fanta soda is in order. Flavor follows but is a bit better. Alcohol is well hidden by the lightly bitter and citric sweet flavor, reminding me of Citra in a sense. Feel is a bit washed out however as the typical bitterness is masked by an Orange Soda sweetness which affects the drinkability in a negative way. Too simple sweet in the end and without an enjoyable bitterness.

Sep 14, 2010
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warnerry from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 2/5/11; no freshness date

A - Pours a translucent orange with slow rising carbonation and two fingers of pillowy head.

S - Smell is mostly floral hops and some fruitiness as well, mostly pineapple and some faint citrus. Some biscuit malts come through as well.

T - Hops may have faded a bit (I bought the bottle a month before drinking, and no freshness date) but are still predominant in the taste. Lots of sweet and floral tastes as well: sugar, pineapple, a bit of caramel. I'd like to try one that I knew was fresh for comparison, but this is pretty tasty.

M - Good mouthfeel. Full-bodied and somewhat sticky with low carbonation.

O - A good DIPA, though the sweetness starts to build by the end of the bottle.

Nov 11, 2011
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Aug 31, 2013
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy golden color, crowned by a finger's worth of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. Boozy aroma of assertive, fruity hops, sweet pale malt, and more than a little alcohol. Palate is a little muted on the hops up front, with sweet, bready malt making most of the initial impression. A good dose of alcohol emerges mid-palate, along with fruity hops that contain notes of grapefruit and flowers. Body is a little sticky, which is welcome in a such a big IPA. Goes down fairly easily for such a strong ale, leaving me quite satisfied and wishing I'd bought more than one. Overall, it could stand to have a more assertive blend of hops, but it's quite a tasty offering.

Dec 11, 2008
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bosco7 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper with substantial head. Lacing is sticky and thick.

Strawberry, mango, brown sugar, grapefruit juice, and spruce aromas.

Sticky sweet. Begins with caramel, brown sugar, and tobacco. Lots of bubble gum, pine and naval orange in the middle. Finishes sweet, bitter, and a bit boozy. Tastes better than it smells.

Medium-high mouthfeel with light carbonation. Pretty good DIPA-a little sweet and the hop character is nothing special, none the less pretty good.

Aug 19, 2007
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thampel09 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 27, 2015
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allhaildracula from Utah

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Aug 27, 2012
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has got 'em. BIG and BOLD ones! Hops, that is! Pours a golden orange with a frothy white head that sticks around. Lacing is scattered throughout the glass for the duration of the drinking. The smell is fantastic as you get that full aroma of hops with some maltiness behind it. Smells like someone took a few handfulls of hops and dumped them in a juicing machine, took out that concentrate and dumped it right in here.

Tastes awesome! Full bodied, rich and creamy, citrusy and peachy hop flavored IPA with a strong malt backbone for balance. Hides the alcohol too, I might add. This one will definitely creep up on you if you're not careful. Mouthfeel is terrific as well as she swirls throughout my mouth with balanced intensity and perfect carbonation, leaving me asking for more.

You can drink these in moderation before it comes calling your name but if this style is your thing, don't hesitate to grab a sixer and kick back.

Finger Licking Good!

Apr 07, 2005
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rayjay from Hawaii

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

#4 from my newly aquired collection of east coast goodies, driven out by a good friend all the way from the Foodery. I used to live in PA and drank Stoudts on a regular basis; Y2K IPA was my favorite beer from those days. Can't wait to tear into this one for a nightcap.

Like I said, Y2K was my fave, so I'm gonna be critical with this one. A sad thing when someone discontinues your #1 brew. Pours a hazy golden amber color with fine sediment. Not a big head, but the layer of soft foam that's there is very inviting. Smells similar to the Y2K, which is a fresh, flowery fruitcake of British smelling hops. I smell alcohol but I already knew it weighed 10% abv.

Taste is heavy. The gentle sweetness and stickyness of the malt is a big part of the taste, along with the alcohol; the two blend nicely and form a backdrop for the hops. I dig the soft carbonation, which is just barely there and reminds me of fresh cask ale. Similar to the 90 Minute, but I like this better.

Stoudts: I love you so much and mean no offense, but my question is did you really use more hops in this than the old single IPA? Okay, I admit it's perfectly balanced. I definately detect way more malt and booze than the old beer.

This is definately on the British end of the spectrum, full of rich malts and all about balance; totally the opposite from a Pliny the Elder. There is a time and a place for both, and when you think about it, what a wonderful world we live in!!!

Honestly, I had a great time drinking this beer, BUT: 1) I prefer the old IPA, with less of the heavy syrupy sweet malts and, honestly, about the same amount of hops, and 2) I like my Double IPA's to be overpowered by hops and lighter-bodied, guess this just isn't my style and I should stay on the west coast. I would not turn this beer down, though, especially from a hand pump.

Long live Y2K IPA!!!!

Aug 09, 2006
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augie from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Mar 23, 2012
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Khazadum from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good carbonation level here. Just a few bubble streams going on. Low retention on the wedding lace top thins out to a bare collar above the clear orange? Light amber... bit of honey... body. Simple to view, not really exciting, hit or miss lacing.

S- Nice and caramelly. This one exudes an ethanolic tinge all around the back end warming the nose a hint. There are some fruit characteristics somehow kept in check. Bit of sweet grapefruit but very subdued. Perhaps a floral or grassy hop that is just too fleeting after the poor. The bottle is pretty fresh... bottled 1/26/2011 according to the neck.

T- Opens up first with a smash of sweetness, caramel on grass anyone?, only to have the middle be dominated with a strong ethanolic body. I actually think I enjoy the flavor of the alcohol, but the feeling of it starts to become cloying. Finishes off pretty dry, almost hot. The hopping of this beer is truly confusing. I feel like I want to call this a DIPA but it doesn't have that overwhelming bitterness at all.

In fact its a nice collection of floral or grassy notes that just act like wallflowers at an 8th grade dance. You know they're there, but they don't need to be in your face. They are filling out the space and you are happy for that.

M- Full bodied, not too sticky, definitely sharp and hot moments. Menopause like, really. Lingers somewhat, but not a true overall retention for me. Just a solid feeling.

D- I like it. Its pretty good, it takes some time to appreciate, but its not bad. With the alcohol I really have to take my time with it. However, it isn't the end of the world when it comes to this beer. Surely something I might like to try again in the future.

I feel like the nose is a work of art. The subtleties of the aromas blending perfectly with an alcohol that doesn't overwhelm is quite an achievement. It doesn't translate perfectly into the flavors, but for the most part I think this one was a good choice.

I think its a DIPA to be honest. Not the most hoppy of one, but definitely a malty east coast one.

Mar 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Aug 29, 2012
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. The beer is courtesy of santoslhalper, thx!

The beer pours a bright clear amber color with a 1 cm fluffy offwhite/orangish head foaming up easily. The aroma is all hops, starting with citrusy notes of grapefruit and some orange as well, but also a nice pine scent is buried in there.
First sip reveals an average body with a bit of oily texture and fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is sweet caramel and hard candy up front and leaves a bit of this sweet flavor stickiness on my lips after each sip. This flavor quickly moves to a grassy and piney hop bitterness that also allows some grapefruit to say "hello".
The beer finishes very clean and crisp and I only get any hint of abv after the beer hits my stomach. Amazingly drinkable and tasty.
A very nice beer that is well crafted and not over the top while still being rather intense.

Jun 16, 2005
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MSchae1017 from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

This beer pours an amber orange with a frothy white head that holds for a bit but leaves a little film the whole way down the glass and leaves a little lace. The smell is very sweet to the nose with some amount of citrusy and piney hops. It is not an overall strong smell. The taste hits you on the first sip with the alcohol burn. It then mellows out a bit and you really taste a lot of sweetness. There is also some flavor of citrusy and piney hops. Unfortunately the alcohol and sweetness overpowers the hop character. The beer feels great in the mouth. Very thick and a nice carbonation. Overall it still would rate good on drinkablility, since I love DIPAs and will take one any chance I can get.

Jun 27, 2006
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oldhippie247 from North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light gold. Very clear with only a little noticeable carbonation. Head dissipates quickly.

Citrusy hops with a slight earthiness make up the aroma base. Made with Warrior bittering hops along with Cascade and Willamette aroma hops (from Stoudt's website). Malts are hardly noticeable at least when beer is cold.

Relatively thin mouthfeel, but with a lingering dry, bitter finish. Bittering hops are the star of this beer.

Overall a decent beer at a decent price, but a little disappointing. I wanted a little more body on a Double IPA along with a little more malt balance. For an Imperial/Double IPA at 9-10%abv, I'd rather go 90-Minute or Hopslam.

Feb 26, 2009
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Feb 15, 2012
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ksimon from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Jul 30, 2013
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Gavage from Nevada

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New 12 oz. bottle with an orange label and two elephants on it. It poured a hazy orange color with a nice 1.5" head. Some mild lacing developed during the drink. The aroma is of very floral hops and strong citrus. The flavor is well balanced between the big malt levels and strong bitterness. Orange citrus and a touch of honey round out the flavor. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Smooth at the start with a smooth, dry finish. The bitterness rides the tongue well after the swallow. Between a medium and heavy bodied brew, this is a tastebud pleaser.

Oct 23, 2004
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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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Brenden from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one's a cloudy amber brew with a good-looking fluffy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.
Grapefruit hops is strongest on the nose, definitely some citrus hops here. There's an unexpected sweetness in this one, too, along with nip of alcohol and a spiciness.
There seems to be a lot of fruit flavor in play, adding a mix of tartness, zest and pleasant sweetness that really counters a strong hops character. Grapefruit is most evident, but lots of complexity. There's a sort of sugary flavor that isn't too sweet or artificial. There's definitely a teasing spice underneath and a good malt backing evens it out a little. Grains and toasty biscuit / breads come out, particularly in a nice, dry finish that lingers at the back of the throat.
The mouthfeel is strong, smooth and creamy. Body is moderate to full and carbonation is at just the right level to add a crisp nip without taking away the full, rich smoothness.
This is a very nice IIPA and one I'll gladly drink again.

Aug 24, 2009
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dcbeers from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Mar 23, 2013
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GRBLUE12 from Florida

3/5  rDev -24.6%

Jul 19, 2013
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