Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)
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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.43%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 1,285 |  Reviews: 771
Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresher sample re-review:

12oz bottled Dec 22, 2010. Two months old, much better than the last time I had this.

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a large foamy white head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds a foamy island and ring.

Aroma is orange and grapefruit citrus, some pine and floral hops, a bit of caramel. Moderate to good strength. Opens up as it warms.

Flavor is heavy on hop oils, citrus, resinous hops, a bit grassy and floral, fair caramel malt backbone with mild sweetness, alcohol is there but not as brash as the last time I had this. Moderate bitterness...a bit low for the style. Flavor is better this time around but not as strong as other DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Good DIPA, but the high price and heavy competition in this segment will mean it is unlikely I'll buy this again.

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12oz bottled Nov 4, 2009.

Pours hazy golden amber with a small one-finger white head, maintains a light foamy cap, leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is primarily citrus, grapefruit, orange, a bit of lemon, some pine and a touch of bread and caramel malt.

Flavor is some grapefruit, resinous hops, a bit of earth and pine, strong caramel malt in the middle. Alcohol is very present and rather unpleasant, almost finishes like cheap vodka. Medium bitterness, moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick, medium carbonation.

At 6 months old, I wasn't expecting it to be at its best, although it was still good, particularly the aroma. However the price is really high on this, nearly Hopslam territory, and even if this was piping fresh, I doubt it would rival the top tier DIPAs on the market.

Appearance 4, Smell 4, Taste 3, Feel 3.5, Drinkability 3.0, Score 3.3

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep hazy burnt orange with a tight one finger head,aromas of spruce and pine abound here big and bold to say the least with a light touch of brown sugar in the background letting u know there is some malt here.Wow this beer is big in flavor and body big resiny,sprucey pine hits the tastebuds hardcore with a nutty malt base that is subdued but there for sure.The alcohol burn comes on late but damn what a nice burn,a huge ass east coast DIPA from a fine brewer who I enjoyed alot living in eastern Pa,hell yeah!.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one pours a thick and malty orange-brown in color with a sizable head that left tons of lacing.

Smell – The big East Coast hops in the nose are paired with a mighty malt base. The malts are yeasty and full of biscuit. There’s a lot of caramel sugar in here as well, making this a nose full.

Taste – Yes, this is classic Right Coast. The biscuity malts are huge and heavy and the hops pick things up at the taste to draw even. The finish is leafy hop dryness and the mix of bitter hops, sweet caramel, and heavy malts just explodes on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel – This ADIPA is somewhere close to full-bodied and very slick in between the cheeks. The bitter dryness starts off slow in the middle but really comes down hard at the end. It’s the perfect mix of up front hops, heavy caramel/malt middle, and a sugary bitterness to finish. The light boozy tease just makes you want to drink more.

Drinkability – This is a gigantic East Coast Double that is sure to please the true hop lover. It is so hop heavy it takes on that familiar sweetish tone. If I had to drown in something this would probably be it.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4oz sample on tap followed up with a bottle.

Appearance: murky orange body with clumpy lace.

Aroma: Oily citrus, on the sweeter side, more orange then grapefruit. Caramel.

Taste: Peach, cantelope, orange juice, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Not as bitter as one would expect. Medium to full bodied. Only slightly boozey. Is this really 10%?

Drinkability: Quite good. For a 10% beer this really goes down easily.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured from a 12oz. can at the Malted Barley in RI.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber orange brown color. A very careful pour did not generate any head but a few swirls brought out a bit of a cap.

Smell: Sharp sugars, some alcohol and *lots* of fruits in the nose. It makes me think on passion fruit and peaches.

Taste: Toasted sugars and fruity juicy flavors are pleasing but not as complex as the Middle Ages beer I had last night. There is a bit of orange oils, peachy juices and citrus hops (but not very bitter). The alcohol is very evident. I enjoy it but I think some people may find it quite boozy.

Mouthfeel: The texture is slick despite the sharp alcohol attribute.

Drinkability: This beer went down quite nicely but I would certainly *not* consider this an 'easy' or a sessionable beer.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle over the weekend, "Bottled on 10/24/07." Poured into a snifter. Nice orange color, slight haze, over a finger of foamy white head tapering off while leaving a lot a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

There's a nice big inviting aroma balanced pretty well between butterscotch malts, honey, apricot, and citrusy hops. Towards the end I got some nice soy sauce and marmalade aromas, believe it or not. It smells like beer candy. Maybe given the style some would prefer it to be less-balanced towards the hops, but I find it pleasant.

The hops in the flavor seem just about right, mostly grapefruit and citrus, still plenty of sweetness from the malt, very slight alcohol bite at the end.

I thought the mouthfeel may have been a tad dry and thin for all that malt, but that just adds to the drinkability, which is very good for the strength of this beer. Didn't taste like 10% at all. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

A: glowing cloudy orange body with a dull white head. tiny little bubbles, look super soft and luscious. spots littered on the glass as I drain the beer.

S: fresh green wet hops, some sugar, light citric acidity

T: hits creamy and soft with a little sugar and tingly hops. Orange, lemons, grapefruit, and loads of butter. sugar dries and the hops take back over. lots of malt and grainy feel and taste. finishes dry and lingering. Really nice.

M/D: Super creamy mouthfeel with great carbo level. viscouse, luscious, coats the mouth and begs for another sip. i can just put this back so easy for such a flavorful and high alcohol beer. awesome, right on stoudts!

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of steelerguy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber, low carbonation, nice head on the pour that settles to a good covering.

S - Citrus hops with some sweet malt, a touch toasted bread.

T - Hops hit hard up front with lots of grapefruit notes, the bitterness continues but is balanced with a simple but stout malt backbone. A bitter kick at the end but not as strong as you might expect, they did a good job of getting a lot of aroma and flavor out of the hops without it killing you at the end.

M - Medium bodied, right on for a DIPA, nice warmth from the alcohol on the finish. Would like a touch more carbonation (was almost flat) to help clean each sip up.

O - Very solid DIPA, one I have in my rotation when I am looking for a good and tasty hop kick.

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Photo of MikeC144
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a deep red tinged orange with a half inch of frothy eggshell head on top. Aromas of citric hop resins abound. Grapefruit and pine needles dance with a big caramel malt sweetness. Fairly well balanced but seems a bit timid for a DIPA.

First sip brings a mix of caramelly pale malt sweetness along with a citrusy resinous hop profile. Pine needles and grapefruit. Alcohol shows up mid palate but isn't overwhelming. Malts and hops work together but I'd still like a bit more hop in the front. An enjoyable DIPA.

Mouthfeel is viscous slick and slightly oily. A smidge of alcohol burn detracts from the drinkability a bit on this one...but I could still easily down a few. Worth trying if you enjoy DIPA's, but there are better out there for my money. Thanks to warriorsoul for the hook up on this one.

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Photo of Marc33
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking DIPA. Cloudy orange caramel color with a thick and clumpy nearly white head. A fair amount of floaties as well. Lacing is thick as well.

Smell is sweet, much like those orange suckers you get at the bank teller. A nice citrus aroma overall with bits of straw. I could sit and smell this for hours, but my beer would get warm.

Immediately you can tell this is a DIPA as it stings a bit from the hops. A good blend of citrus and straw grasses with some resin bitterness at the end. I like the citrus flavor without an overwhelming cascade hop taste. This is pretty balanced as well. A good dose of yeasty, bread laden malt comes through. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and oily as it should be. The drinkability on this could get you in trouble. The high abv is the only thing bringing it down.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with lots of lacing around the glass and a small head. Check 1.

Lovely floral hop bouquet in the nose. The high alcohol content is also present. Check 2.

An uppercut of a hop punch! Very interesting. Maybe some fruity tones. Not drop-dead bitter like a lot of other DIPAs. Wow, very tasty. Check 3.

Rich, full mouthfeel. Very satisfying. Again, not over-the-top bitter. Check 4.

I'd love to have this beer again, if I can find it. Very impressive. Check 5.

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Photo of JasonA
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pourd a clear light copper. Exponential carbonation with ample lacing. Boy is this head thick. There is something about the pour that screams average. Something in the color.

Piney tar hops. Some citrus. Light malt body. Good, not great.

Medium malt. More malt. Hop finish. Wow, is there a lot of body in here. Solid flavor and well done on the tongue.

Well balanced, almost perfectly balanced with the malt and hops. Just enough bite on the palate. Carbonation might be the only detractor. Make sure to have this at a solid 55 degrees.

I cant have many of these, but Im glad they are going to age in my cellar :)

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Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of three new “big beers” from Stoudt’s, this one is a bottle-conditioned Double IPA. 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a turbid (from the bottle-conditioning) amber with glowing orange hues, topped with a bright white head that’s tight, retains amazingly well, and displays some wonderful stick and lacing.

Seductive aroma of sugary tropical fruit juices with a somewhat pungent herbal character that joins in by pricking at the nose and tearing the eyes. Nice wafting of alcohol spice, too. Hints of grapefruit. Soft floral to provide some soothing comfort.

A simply awesome mouthfeel, extremely viscous, firm, and velvety smooth. This malt juice is a sweet one, too, with flavors of over-ripe pineapple, orange peel, and a cornucopia of intricate tropical fruits. Sweetness also lays down some candy and touch of smooth buttery caramel notes that coat the palate in an almost syrupy fashion, while a woody herbal hop character stings the palate with a salty citric rind dose, and some grapefruit. A highly aggressive and punchy alcohol mingles in well, throwing down some major alcohol spice and immediate cheek and brain warmth. Very bready towards the end, with some grain and a palate sticking oily feel that holds remnants of herbal hops and sugars for quite sometime, providing some very pleasing afters.

An amazing example of the DIPA-style, and a wonderful surprise from Stoudt’s! I’m very psyched that this hails from the East Coast, too. A massive, heady, complex, and aggressive brew that’s sure to please connoisseurs of big beers.

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Photo of sponberg
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant copper with a thinnish white head whose lace hangs on for a good long time. Aroma like citrus jam or marmalade spread across lightly toasted bread.

What's this? Malt? Overshadowing the hops in a double IPA??? The sweet, chewy, tropical fruit maltiness in this one is a very nice surprise. It blends REALLY well with the Indian River red grapefruit hops in the flavor. Then two more aspects come along - a welcoming underlying bitterness, which balances off the other flavors, and a very warming surge of alcohol which, while not unpleasant, does detract from the drinkability a bit. It's big and lets you know it. This warming surge o' is actually a good thing as the taste would let you pour this down like water.

A double IPA for malt mavens if ever there was one.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that retains fairly well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is spicy, piney hops with some melon and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary melon initially with a subdued spicy bitterness. I don't really care for the balance of the sweetness and spiciness. As I drink more, it collides into one big bland mess. There are some notes of alcohol in the finish. It is medium bodied and kind of watery but sticky.

Overall, a pretty mediocre DIPA and a pretty big disappointment. The sweetness far outweighs the bitterness. I prefer my DIPAs bitter. This reminded me a bit of Avery's 11 DIPA.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of rizzyo
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful two finger head lingers forever. Gorgeous color, what is expected of a DIPA
S-Floral notes and hops, along with a whiff of alcohol.
T-Lacked the hop character I expected of a DIPA. Also, alcohol is not hidden well, and is easily distinguishable. Still an excellent beer, but not as rich as a Ruination.
M-Well carbonated, nothing truly special, but Stoudt's got it right.
D-The alcohol makes this a tough one to finish, I couldn't see myself having more than one or two in a night.

A great beer, but not up to par with the other greats. DIPA's in general have a somewhat "great beer" reputation, and this one falls just short.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Fcip78
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Duster72
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a minimal white head. Citrus and earthy hops are aggressive in the aroma as well as big sweet bread. Taste is fruits, citrus, and piney hops which meet a big malt profile that gives a lot of sweetness. Very tasty brew that is best sipped. I enjoyed it on a hot summer day, but I would imagine it would be even better on a cold evening.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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