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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of poppollutesminds
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy but not overly bitter beer. Refreshing sweetness but still true to its IPA nature. Well balanced for a 10+% ABV. I really enjoyed the traditional inital taste, which flowed into a less intense, more flavorful finish for an IPA. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours an amber colour that is very clear. It's bottle conditioned so be careful about pouring in the mud as that will cloud it but not hurt you as it is vitamin B laden and will help with that hangover if you decide to drink more than one of these beauties! The head is a one finger head that remains through the drink as a thin but full cap and leaves a light "Roman Aquiduct" looking pattern on the glass.

The mild aroma is of caramel malt sweetness, plums, faint apple and notes of sodabread.

The taste is sweet caramel and hop bitterness from the start with a mild up front carbonation bite on the tip of the tongue. As the beer flows back across your tongue dark fruit flavours intermingle with the caramel as along the sides of your tongue you can pick up a very mild granny smith apple. Alcohol is mildly apparent along this trip and warms a bit at the end where the bittering hops engulf your tongue, leave you a little dry, and prepare you for that next delicious encounter between goddess nectar and your tongue. Don't mind the mild black pepper that may linger in between sips, it's an aphrodesiac!

The mouthfeel is of a sweet, full beer that ultimately leaves you a little dry with a bit of a coat on your tongue. It's rather nice. The carbonation is lively for such a full bodied beer, but it works in conjunction with the flavours and really brings them out.

Overall I am, even though I am relatively new to the IPA world, going to call this a world class beer and invite all to try it even if you don't like an IPA. I feel it has qualities that can bring out the IPA lover in even the hop faint hearted. Of course it's hoppy, but not extreme. Not at all. And besides, if you don't like it, you can always give the rest of it to me!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi hazy amber/orange hue with visible carbonation and a thick bright white head. Smells is big on pineapple, real big with lots of caramel and sugared candy beneath.

This is a beer with big malt backbone. Creamy and silky mouthfeel with a big caramel covered pineapple sweetness up front. Big and juicy with a slightly dryer tropical fruit finish and a slightly minty hop finish.

Some alcohol becomes present on the nose as the beer warms. Flavors are all well balanced and in check. Just wish the nose was more pungent.

Very surprising find, picked this bottle up on a whim knowing nothing about it. In a world filled with double ipas I was expecting this to be just another okay one buy boy this is something good for sure.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious IPA. Pours an amber color with quite a bit of carbonation. Smells very malty and sweet with a strong hint of pineapple and cinnamon undertones. The taste is sweet but is balanced very well by the hops. I was surprised by how smooth this beer was for the 10% alcohol content. Towards the middle of the glass I really started to taste and smell the malt flavors. Not as complex as some IPAs I've tried, but quite unique and very smooth. I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into McDonald's collector glass (I'm...not at my own place right now). Cloudy orange-yellow with a thick rocky white head even from a gentle pour that fades quickly but leaves tons of lacing everywhere. Smells malty, with a hint of hops in the background, hmm. Taste is unlike any DIPA I've had to date. Definitely a bottle-conditioned beer; that secondary fermentation yeast flavor is evident. Smooth sweet malts at first give way to huge unique fruity hop flavors, and then the alcohol heat rises to join the fading hops and creates an incredibly aromatic herbal/minty flavor that lingers over the aftertaste, which is sticky with just a bit of bitter hops left. Not sure why others said the malt was too strong to be a DIPA; the "double" refers to the alcohol content, not the hop presence. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and smooth. To be able to make an outstanding and, more importantly, unique beer in one of the most popular (read: common, overdone?) styles these days is a true accomplishment.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: great head, not much carbonation; clear golden orange; very nice lacing
S: very fresh hoppy aroma
T: this is a brooding double IPA, tweaked to draw upon a barleywine style or a double bock; the alcohol content makes this feel like an imperial version; I detect black cherry overtones

What a fantastic beer. Take your time with it.

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Photo of YankChef
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled on 5/23/07 poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy in appearance, amberish with brown and peach hues. 1/2 inch thick foamy white head that is at the apex of the tulip.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet on the nose with hints of apricot, juicyfruit gum, orange and hop oil, as well as a grassiness to it. Smells like delicious.

Taste: First impression is that this beer is sweet! all of the afore mentioned fruity and sweet stuff is goin in the taste as well. It then fades to an incredibly balanced and equally strong grassy hop flavor that lingers on the palate, but not as raw pucking biterness like a lot of other hop monsters. Alcohol is present in a warming way, but is very, very well masked.

Mouthfeel: very silky smooth and somewhat creamy for an ipa, and relatively full bodied for the style. Carbonation is present but no very strong, it really just melds well into the whole experience of the beer perfectly.

Overall: The true sign of an excellent is an outrageous amount of hops and equally strong amount of delicious malt to balance it, stoudts double IPA has both of these things in an incredibly well balanced brew that even non-hop heads can enjoy. My favorite double IPA out there and is underrated IMHO. If you can get your hands on it, do so.

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Photo of NolateM
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle that's around a year old. Foggy orange color (probably because I poured in some of the sediment), with little hop bits floating around (yeah, I must've poured in sediment). Head dissipated to a bit of ring, but leaves some good sticky lace.

Aroma... not too aromatic, but there's an inviting little hint of fresh pineapple smell.

Holy lord, this beer is insanely delicious. A year of age did tone down the hop bitterness a bit from when I tried this beer last, but the hops still left a trace of tropical fruitlike flavor. Nice bit of caramel-malty sweetness too. It tastes like fruit juice in beer form!

Mouthfeel is syrupy, a bit dry, but overall good. The bitterness that's still lingered kinda hits the back-sides of the tongue in a weird way. Alcohol is present, but not as much as you'd expect from a 10% brew.

I could drink a few of these without any problem... well, until I feel drunk a few hours later. Beware its strength, but befriend its deliciousness.

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, no freshness label that I saw. Pours a light orange body that's slightly cloudy (it's bottle conditioned I think). Good inch or so of bright white head. Not a whole lot of retention, but a little layer stuck around. Some decent lacing too. Thick, oily hop aroma, with just enough sweetness as to not bulge your eyes out. Hops smell fresh, amarillo? Wonderful mouthfeel, smooth and full without being overly sticky. Huge hop taste. The hops are nicely balanced between aroma/taste/bittering, there's a seemless transition between them all. Almost no hint of alcohol either, so if you're not a big fan of that, this beer is for you. Wonderfull DIPA, get some if you can.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a gret DIPA. The appearance was a nice amber copper color with a slightly yellowish white head. Head lasted about half the beer and ther was some nice lacing. The smell was hoppy aroma that was acompanied by the smell of alcohol. I would have liked it to be a little more floral.

The taste was great, supper hoppy and a nice hint of malt. The was a little citrus, but mainly you tasted HOPS. The mouthfeel was very good, this was an extremely smooth DIPA, almost creamy. It was lacking a little in the CO2 dept, but it was still very good.

Try this beer, it was great. I wish it was easier to get in California.

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Photo of freystout17
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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 !

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Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale amber body with orange juice-looking edges and a thick three finger ivory head.

Smell: Orange juice, lemon peel, some pine notes...HOPS! Oily floral hop notes are all over the place. This smells like trouble.

Taste: WOW! Tangy citrus, orange peel, lemon peel, pine notes all over the place. The cool thing is that there is a nice malty, carmel backbone that shows up. It's not prominent and definitely overpowered by the hops but it's there. It balances out this hop monster quite nicely. Truly an amazing taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Slightly slick and oily with just a touch of pop due to the carbonation. A bitter bite at the end rounds out the palate.

Drinkability: Dangerous stuff. This will blow your palate in a heartbeat. That being said, it is so good that it will be hard to only have one at a time.

Notes: Wow! What an amazing beer. I could see this becoming a regular occurence for me. Haven't had a bad one from Stoudt's yet and I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of galliard
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having my first Stoudts Double, I had to review this...

This was purchased in a six-pack from the holy grail of beer distributors - "Half Time" in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Wow, is this an amazing one! I love IPA's, so I may be a bit biased, but this beer is exceptional. The color was a gorgeous red-orange-copper color. After settling down to a picture-perfect looking pint, the smell was a bit citrusy, but not overwhelming. Taste was delicious- a nice amount of hopiness albeit not overwhelming by any stretch. This is one incredibly smooth ale considering the ABV content (10 %). This is probably the most subtle beer I have ever had with this high ABV amount. Compared to Stone, DFH 90 MInute, etc. this one is not as bitter, but that may or may not be an accolade depending on your taste. Drinkability was also exceptional. I'm shocked to see some reviews in the "3's". This beer is way more deserving than a 3, even a low 4 IMO.

Overall, an amazing double. Just be careful - after two pints you may be ready to take your clothes off and climb the nearest coconut tree just for goofs.

Try it!

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Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va.
Appearance: Pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a one finger, ecru tinted head. Excellent retention and an exceptional patch lacing effect.
Aroma: Profound aromas of fruits, hops, and malts greet the nose. Quite a melange here, with fresh orange pulp, red apple skins, grapefruit, and pine sap, mingling with malty caramel and some saffron. Very nice array of tropical fruits also includes papaya and pineapple.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with restrained carbonation, some oily hop resin, and some vanilla creaminess.
Taste: Fruity hops are dominant, with lots of grapefruit and orangepeel bitterness. Excellent balance is provided by a sweetbread maltiness. Accents of saffron, cotton candy, and vanilla add a surprising complexity. Lots of tasty flavors here, but the finish has an ideal grapefruit and pine resin bitterness.
Drinkability: Wow! This one is a beauty. How do they conceal the 10% abv so well? Tasty and well balanced, dangerously drinkable. One of the best Double IPAs around.

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Photo of Zorro
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange colored brew with a persistent tan colored head.

Smell is strong you can smell the hops way before you get near it. Sweet malt and strong grapefruit and pine scent hit your nose hard. Alcohol in this tingles your nose just to let you know that this is a serious beer. Smell is quite spicy from the hops; black pepper, bitter oranges and lemon are the strongest of them.

Taste is quite sweet and woody at the start then the grapefruit starts to come out. The flavor finally settles in to starting sweet and fruity then the grapefruit hits and it finishes as dry oak woodiness. Highly hopped but not harsh at well balanced.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy; there is lots of malt in this.

Drinkability is very good for as big a beer as it is. Not too sweet or harshly hopped this is as drinkable as Double IPA gets.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber body with a full, chunky, rocky tan head that sticks to the side. Nice looking beer! The smell is warm from the alcohol, and filled with heaps of pine and citrus flavors from the hops. Beneath that is a buttload of sweetish maltyness.
The taste is exactly likt the smell, but better! Super beer. This is getting a 5. Absurdly hoppy at the start, but with plenty of malt to keep things balanced. Alcohol is not noticable at all. Super smooth for a beer of this size. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth, and drinkability is killer for a big beer like this.

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Photo of WesWes
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice malt base that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with an intense hop aroma. It is bitter and floral with a slight earthy scent; very nice. The taste is awesome. It has an extremely smooth and malty flavor that is accompanied by a kick ass hop flavor that is bitter and floral. It is nicely balanced and very tastey. It has an elevated abv. , but you can't tell. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. It has flavor. It has aroma. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. Stoudt's is quietly becoming the best brewery in Pennsylvania. I love this beer.

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Photo of burgercamp
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dudes ... THIS is one SMACK YOU UPSIDE YOUR HEAD kind of brew! Think about it - creamy white frothy head floating on a golden nectar of alocholic splendor. Then it hits you - HOPS and ALCOHOL are what this brew is all about! YEAH!!

Heavy handed in both? ... FREAKIN'-A YEAH! DOUBLE-ly so! Dude - If you're not a hop head, STEP AWAY ... NOW! Also - If you want to have this with FOOD?! ... STEP AWAY ... NOW! This is one chalice of DELICIOUSNESS that better be savored one sip at a time! (OR ELSE!!) Slow n' easy ... savoring the crazy goodness of the liquid hops...Sorry - I really *Love* this brew.

Kudos to Spooner for the intro ...

Miss you, dude.


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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, what can I say--the best double IPA I've had so far.
This wonderful beer pours a nice deep gold color, and the aroma hits you immediately. A rich earthy, citrusy sweet malt smell hits the nose, and begs you to take a sip.

It tastes even better. This is a rich beer full of so many wonderful flavors, you have to take a few sips to digest them all! It is quite possibly the most drinkable 10% abv commercial beer I've had (a few homebrews I've had beat it barely). There are no hot alcohols (fusels) in the mouthfeel, and it has a decent body to the beer as well. The balance of hops and alcohol are truely amazing in this beer.

Grab this one up before the hop shortages makes them not produce this wonderful beer anymore!

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Photo of jwc215
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/copper with a thin, lasting head. Very nice clarity/color.

The smell is fruity/floral with some pine mixed in, as well as a very subtle breadiness. Very aromatic and inviting.

The taste is of chewy hops - fruity, floral, citric. slightly earthy. Nice hop profile. Bready, sweet malt stays subdued, but enough to keep things together. Nice balance for style. Finishes slighlty salty with a hoppy bitterness. Peppery alcohol is barely noticeable.

The feel is full, creamy and smooth. The abv is incredibly deceptive! Flavors linger nicely.

Dangerously drinkable! Abv not listed on bottle - shocked to learn of 10% abv. Very nice taste with an incredible mouthfeel. If you like IPA's, esp. doubles - look for this one.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - pours a deep hazy amber/yellow, with a big two finger white head
S - bitter citrusy hops. and sweet malts, good balance
T - delicious. super sweet citrus, hoppy bitterness, and sweet malts all balanced
M - smooth, creamy, easy to drink, delicious
O - not as good as hop wallop, but possible the second best double ipa from pa, i am biased since i like bitter better

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Photo of caresville
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best in the stoudt's line of beer. hands down. this is one of my all time favorite's. pours a cloudy golden haze with a foamy white head. smells of major hops and some pear and grapefruit. very bitter but easily drinkable as there is some citrus zing in there (thats how the alcohol is well hidden in my opinion). goes down pretty easy and you get a solid buzz as soon as youre on number 2. amazing stuff.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange color with quite the respectable head. Nice, heavy aroma-very nice blend of malt and hops-hops are a bit toned down but the balance is very good. Killer flavor-perfest balance between the maltiness and the hops. Not overly hopped to me-quite bitter but doesnt have the "floral" slam of a lot of double IPAS. Excellent malty sweetness. The whole flavor package is top notch. Excellent body. Dangerously drinkable-I have gone thru 2 before I even saw the abv. One of the best beers I have had from Stoudt's in a long time.

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Photo of hmmmmmm
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no freshness date to be found, into a tulip glass
A- pale orange with a finger's worth of white head that dissipates to reveal great lacing
S- citrus explosion, pineapple, alcohol
T- hop spiciness with amazing notes of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, hint of sour grape and melon followed by alcoho
M- crisp, how an dipa should be
D- dangerously drinkable

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard logo'ed pint glass. Great think amber color, with good head. A considerable amout of sediment suspended as well. very inticing. Smell is a change-up pitch. almost a sugary-sweet dominant note with a strong piney support. Taste is great. This a a huge and well-balanced brew. Hides the 10%abv very well. Good mouthfeel, very drinkable. A solid, and top-tier double IPA.

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