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)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.43%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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Photo of gebbie
4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle in a mug. pours a beautiful amber-orange, with a thick velvety off white head. lacing is evident and the head is retaining even half way through the beer.

the smell is fruity and sweet with a bit of alcohol essance. the delicious smells arent out done by the tase though. the taste is alcohol bite and hops bitterness followed by a fruity sweetness and finished with a bready dryness.... just what i like. mouthfeel is spot on bit of burn at the cheeks, smooth semi thick feeling in the mouth nice carbonation once again.. spot on
overall this is my new favorite beer and definately a world class beer... a little pricey by the sixer for me and because of its potency maybe not the wisest choice for a session beer . but a favorite i will definately remember not to over look again . excellent excellent beer. ( just finished the first one. the lacing and head stayed all the way til the last drop)

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Photo of jdb8507
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have really gotten into the IIPAs recently. This one is odd, but a good odd. I was expecting a highly hoppy, bitter beer, but this is not. This is what I would expect from DFH, given the overall sweetness of the brew. Lots of floral/caramel. VERY drinkable.

Im usually not a fan of sweet beers, but this one is exceptional. If you like IIPA or IPA but do not like the bitterness, give this a try. If you like the bitterness, try this too. It is worth it.

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Photo of ericlawton007
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have considered this my favorite beer for some time now, so need to finally review it. Double IPAs are my favorite style, and this is the best of the bunch. Its appearance is dark gold, with a long staying head that helps preserve the flavor as you sip this beer. The hops come in quite nicely in the smell, and take over your taste buds upon drinking it. The only downfall only comes if you try to make a session beer out of this, as after 3 or 4 your taste buds are overwhelmed and you can no longer appreciate the hop flaovor and balance that this beer offers. If i could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this one in a 24 gang of 12's. I'm a local so this one is pretty easy to come by. LUCKY!

Pours an amber hue of gold. Could be a rusty brown, depends how you like your rust. Develops a bouldery cream head that quickly dissolves in the exceptionally high amount of alcohol this beer achieves.

Smells of hops. Lots of citrusy fruit. Maybe a bit of nut. Develops into a sweetness remnant of toffee or burnt caramel.

Hop bomb penetrates the tongue and mouth meat on the first sip. If you're not used to hops this will turn your mouth inside out very quickly. If you're adjusted to hops you should notice a strong under current of pineapple and toffee maybe a bit of butterscotch. Spicey hot finishes the ride.

Mouth feel is a tad prickely but not so bad considering the style and hop content. Very oily but hops seem to wash you clean so grain sweetness doesn't linger for too long. Very nice balance of bitter to sweet for a double IPA.

Overall this beer is a gem. The nose is a bit deceiving. Doesn't tell you the whole story. You expect the bitter spicey hops but not the toffee/butterscotch that dominates the hops all the way through. Maybe this is a malty DIPA if there were such a thing. What I can say is that the hop profile is perfect. Great balance of citrus and fruit to sugar grain. Makes it easy to flesh out the fruit.

This beer goes extremely well with extremely sharp cheddar, german sausage, spicey/whole grain mustards and that type of flavor profile. Had brats with reduced onions and mustard today with cabott extra sharp cheddar. What a great time.

I hold tihs beer against DFH 90, Greenflash WCIPA and other big players in the DIPA category. It can't get much better. World class. Cough up the cash boys. This one is a winner.

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Photo of DarkBeer
4.86/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good DIPA. There is a strong hoppy and floral scent and taste with a hint of fruit. There is also scent similar to that of grass or plants. Three types of hops and two types of malt are brewed in the beer. I get a feeling of warmth and relaxation after each sip due to the high hop content. The malt flavors provide a well balanced background. The color is an orange amber, and the appearance is not transparent and cloudy. It has a nice carbonation quality, good mouthfeel, and gives me a euphoric feeling of calmness that is complimented with a lingering aftertaste of hops and floral sweetness. This is a very good DIPA to have at the end of the night before bed or when looking to relax.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- A dark hue resembling a light black tea color. Topped with a good 2 finger head. Exceptional lacing with this beer.

S- Sweet hoppy notes. floral. Fruity notes are over the top intense. Yeasty bread.

T- Wow. Just...Wow. sweet hoppy flavor. A pale bitterness in the mix but it really softens out in the finish. Tropical fruits twisted with a bready flavor. Just awesome.

M- thicker with a smooth syrup texture from the hop sugars. Very full body.

O- This one is at the top of my DIPA scale. It is simply in a class all it's own. Very rarely do you come across a beer that packs this much flavor into 12 simple ounces. All I need is a good loaf of Italian bread and a tall glass of this and paradise is not too far off.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange copper hue with a light colored cream head leaves immaculate lacing all around my pints glass, when I say immaculate I'm saying evenly dispersed nicely streaked foam. Aroma: Deep sharp citrus, not just loads but mounds of hop varieties exist in this frolicking field of hop desire. Worw I wish I could explain this one to everybody two layers of sugar and citrus peel damn near plug my nose now this is amazing just come near this brew of beauty. I must proclaim I'm going out next Friday evening and if any beer is as close to this recipe as I am dreaming then everybdody is in trouble. Taste: Deep piney layers of grapefruit much like last year's Hop Wallop I hope this rings a bell wtih somebody, damn past incredibel brew leafy hops protrude with bitterness man I'm satisfied syrupy filled texture comes with much warmth of the alcohol layers that satisfy me time and time again. Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied nothing can seperate this brew from thie big leagues cause it's already there nice carbonation big syrupy body can't be beat. Drinkability: I'm in amazement hands down seek and you shall find all of that bullshit aka beermail me it's that good.

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Photo of hdofu
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We have a winner with this one. A beer that begins by punching the nose with apple and hopp note. It poured gold with a fuzzy head. Taste is sweet with an intense hopp completion. There is just the right amount of burn to the tongue as it goes down. could definitely enjoy a couple of these.

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Photo of jcipa88
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was down at the Black Angus Restaurant back in 7/05 - had a taste of the Double IPA - Amazed and not confused, I ordered a full size glass. I held it up and took a deep review of it's color and them ran the aroma below my eyes - sniffed and smiled! Made the first sip and enjoyed it over a chorizo appt. Absolutely incredible - the sent of hops will wake you upright. Thought it was the best I've tasted. Ever since then, I've been on the beat for hopped out IPA's. This one from Stoudt's is high on the list.


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Photo of TinusTime
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a honey orange with a fairly decent white head.. Aroma is of Curacao oranges and honey. Taste is of sweet hops and malt..Star fruit and mango.. Hops are there but not super bitter. This beer reminds me of DFH 120 with less steroids.Its like Barry Bonds when he was with the Pirates. . Tasty hops.. Nice malt, but over all a Fantastic brew.. Some have said that it has alcohol burn? must have had an earlier batch, cause this as smooth and drinkable as any 5% brew.. This is dangerously drinkable ... Even though its $$ for a sixer its worth it.. WOWEY WOW WOW drinkable

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Photo of DarkBeerGuy
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

A: A sweet looking beer. Orange hazy color with a thin white head. Lacing is really good.
S: Moderately strong hop aroma of pine and earth. Sweet malty scents of sourdough with some orange mixed in.
T: Very sweet at first. Orange and bread. A slight bite of pine hops and grapefruit close it out. Very well balanced.
M: Very smooth. Carbonation is OK, but it doesn't take away from the beer. Nothing in the ruins it, though nothing makes it stand out either.
D: I'd drink it all night or buy again. A well balanced beer.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This double pours a deep orange color. An off white, not tan but light, light oranges/tan head meets the top of the glass. Retention is for ever and fades down to a thin layer, then patchy lacing. Aroma is of citrus and maybe some honey, and a touch of malt. I’m thinking light bread tones for some reason. Flavor is well balanced between the citrus (orange) and malt, light bread tones come in and a bitter sweet finish. Nice body, extremely drinkable and well balanced with the flavors.The 10% is well hidden and not even noticed. Well worth the purchase. This Double IPA rocks!

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Photo of HeadyTopperLover
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
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

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Photo of JWU
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler from the brewery this afternoon, poured into a straight sided pint glass.

A- light honey colored with a hint of an orange tint. Bright white head, which leaves fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- a slight sweetness, but mainly dominated by citric/piney hops. There is something a little extra to the sheer "density" of the aroma.

T- Simply put, fantastic. This is one of those benchmark beers for the style. Complexity abounds, from the sweet interplay of the malts and the hops that start a bit grapefruity, but turn a little piney and a little floral. There's even some tropical fruit aspects to the hops. It's a bit boozy throughout the sip, but it just fits the overall taste intensity of this beer. The finish is very, very long, and very, very good.

M- if you need to know what a creamy mouthfeel is for an IPA, drink this. light/medium carbonation

O- Love this brew. A must try for any double IPA lover.

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Photo of rextheone
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Confronted with some wonderful brews, I find myself frequently returning to this well rounded and satisfying IPA.

Appearance - orange color, quality head and lacing.

Smell - hops are present, pleasing and appetizing.

Taste - intensely hopped, remarkable.

Mouthfeel - Good body, rich and satisfying - delightful hops.

Drinkability - despite the intense hops and high alcohol, goes down very smooth. Maybe too drinkable, leave the driving to others.

Overall - Exceptional American double IPA, has it all: taste, appearance, drinkability, and readily available, at least in my area. Highly recommended for those that favor a richly hopped IPA.

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Photo of asabreed
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise from Stoudt's, the first beer I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Appearance: What you'd expect from an IPA. Smuttynose gets my 5.0 for the seemingly golden and floating chunks of hops swirling in the brew. But this is nice, amber to golden hazy orange, white foamy head that forms a nice ring as the head.

Smell: Wow. One of the most complex of double IPAs I've smelled, mainly because the hops and malt work equally with each other instead of the hops reigning over the malt, which is usual, and usually welcomed. Citrus, grapefruit, with some candi sugar-like aromas, slight oily hops, amd some fruity malt. Very nice.

Taste: Once again, complex. Citrus, hop, and malt presense are the characters that are mostly up front. Initial oily hop flavor which is then usurped by the fruitiness, only to subside into a harmonious aftertaste. A great take on this style, which is different from many of the double IPAs I've had in the sense that the malt almost seems to take over, but it's the balance that wins out by the end. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Also very nice. Great carbonation balance. Medium-bodied. Flavors get stuck on the tongue.

Drinkability: First of all, this is one of the most deceiving beers I've ever had, easily. It's 10% and I had no clue, since it was on tap, and figured it to be about 7%. But goddamn is this a good beer. I wish I could get much more of it somewhere, and I'm going to try. Be careful with it, but do try it.

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Photo of Maestro
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was great! I am thoroughly impressed with the steps that Stoudts has taken to make this. It seems to stand out from their other beers. I guess they are going through some changes. Anyhow, the beer is a solid orange, with a creamy tan head. The lacing is substantial. The nose is hops of a serious persuasion. Lots of citrus and fruitiness. The first taste, although very hoppy, is suprisingly sweet and lets you know that this beer has some true body and mouthfeel. There is almost a thick, chewy feel too. Very balanced double ipa. Malts and hops are equally represented. I truly respect this beer. Did I mention it has a lil bit of alcohol?

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Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a beautiful looking pour, much lacing, hardcore head, beautiful, semi-transparent (that would, thus be, semi-opaque!) orangey-amber.

smell is slight hoppiness overtaken by alcohol-cereal. nice. doesn't jump out and yell. i would like a malty and/or hoppy punch.

wow. this is defined. rich, Nugget Nectar hop sense immediately wafts up, away from the tongue and throat...everything goes UP to the roof of the mouth then fades fast. is this the alcohol, chemistry? a second taste reveals what i thought i malty-hop blast (i.e., an EXPLOSION) that is over very quickly. something bittersweet is there. but this is fast. third taste and i am so impressed by the quantum, mercurial devastation i just ends so so fast.

it is so crisp, so creamy, but still SO hard to get a handle on due to that crazy dissipation. you have to focus on one at a time: taste...then mouthfeel. either one gives a unified pleasure...give up and just enjoy!

at this high ABV, i would be very very careful. this goes down fast because it really provides such a wonderful experience on multiple levels. plus, you have to keep taking swallows due to the fast, upward vanishing act. i can't count that against this bottle. it's the nature of it i think. as i get an exponential, accumulated sense of what this IS, i am finding the hops heavily involved, but staying in the shadows of structure where nice maltiness play their not-too-sweet game.

there is something else going on here making this a really stellar DIPA. i will revisit this and get a larger sense of it. each swallow reveals more. each bottle i am sure, more.

what's interesting is this. the mystery of this brew is not in the flavor profile. it is right there. what changes the dynamic (for me) in a way i have never experienced is that straightforwardness comes across at turbo speed. my slow tongue can barely catch all the info. i will devote a weekend to listening to the tale(s) this wonderful Stoudt's has to tell. whew!

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Photo of clippersfanbob
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

F***ing transcendent! An aroma of spicy, bitter hops along with a touch of ceder sublimate from the glass. Citrus and harvest apples precede an iron-gauntlet-in-a-silk-glove hop presence that positively kicks ass! This brew finishes with sweet roast malt and bitter hops in a life or death struggle for supremacy, ending in a beautifully breathtaking balance that makes me question every "truth" I have ever taken for granted.

No. . .seriously, it's that good!

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Photo of tuben
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

while not in general a fan of IPA's or other particularly hoppy beers, this is one of the finest beers I have ever tasted... so finely crafted with exceptional richness and smoothness it made me re-examine IPAs on the whole
when I now have a craving for a rich, tasty complex beer this is at the top of my short list

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Photo of Amnoisis
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a very clear, apple juice shade of orangish-yellow. Head is 1/4 inch, and fades rather quickly, with none remaining after 5 minutes.

Smell - Wow. The sweetness of the malt and the fruity-bitterness of the hops meld deliciously. No alcohol or estery smell - just almost want to smell it all night.

Taste - The sweetness of the malt shines through, offset by a little bitterness and tons of lingering hops aftertaste, but very little bitterness remaining, unlike several DIPA's I've had.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, slightly oily. Very pleasant to swirl around. Good carbonation, but not overly so to the point of being fizzy.

Drinkability - AT 10% ABV, definitely one to enjoy slowly, which I don't find difficult. Trying to down this too fast is almost impossible, as I enjoy every sip just as is. Wish it would last even longer, but an extremely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of avylover
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This looks good right off the bat. Nice golden honey hue with a cloudy bottle conditioned translucentness. Small head but nice lacing.Aroma is of SWEET hops!! not sickly sweet, but nectar like sweet. Mangos explode in my nose, along with some warming alcohol and a bready maltiness. The taste is likewise sweet upfront. They did a great job a snagging the FLAVOR from these hops. There is plenty of malt and alcohol to balance tis beer out, and once again I love the hop profile, with a not too bitter sticky finish. At 10% this is stupid drinkable. definitely a new fave.

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Photo of JayQue
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic DIPA. Flavor reminds me of a favorite brew - SN Celebration Ale. Rich pine, hops bitterness and grapefruit in the taste. An undercurrent of sweet malts as well. The slightly off-white head isn't much, but the beer leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Nice orange, fairly clear color. Smell is great. Good blast of grapefruit, pine and hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin on first taste. It achieves its goal of overpowering the taste buds and leaving a rich, resiny coating after a few sips. I had no idea this was 10% abv. I would call this a three-and-out session beer and a good session at that!! I was really impressed by this one.

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