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 ONovoMexicano
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack in DC, first week of April 2014. Poured into a snifter.

This DIPA has a cloudy haze to its copper orange color. Head is plentiful, three fingers thick, foamy and pillow-like. Lace is abundant and scattered and the head shows some great persistence.

There's a bittersweet citrus aroma on the nose, reminiscent of grapefruit. It's got that dank quality, some citrus peel, and a sweet malt presence.

Ooh, this has a pungent citrus flavor. Almost like orange juice and reminds me a bit of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed. The flavor is alternately sweet citrus and dry orange peel. Complementing these elements is a sweet maltiness about mid-palate that lends some breadiness or toast. It all works very well. I like this quite a bit.

Bitterness up front leads way to citrusy sweetness, then the thick malt middle. The beer has a long dry finish that is somewhat like biting into an orange. It's pretty easy drinking for a DIPA and isn't hot at all.

I discovered this beer through the recommendation of a Whole Foods beer-buyer and I'm glad I did. It's tasty and heavy on citrus, so I can get my vitamin C intake for the day.

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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 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 ExtraStout
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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 bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into DH IPA glass.

A: Orange golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, tight, frothy white head. Settles slowly leaving some residue behind as it does. Thick, persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Orange and lemon citrus, tropical fruit, and pine resin. A bit of a soapy distinction.

T: Biting hops accentuated with some orange liqueur, pine cone, some bitter nut shell, and a slight sweet resin.

M: Thick and syrupy fell. Hops attack the palate and linger. Bittersweet finish that seems a little off. Boozy.

D: Character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is good. Frothy head, and thick persistent lacing. Citrus, tropical fruit, and pine make up the nose. Biting with some boozy orange, bitter nut, and pine resin (not enough to finish the balancing act though). Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Got this one as a Christmas gift from Florida. From notes.

A - Poured mildly hazy and dark golden. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top. Good carbonation. Decent lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Peach, boozy fruits, sugar.

T - Peach, citrus, booze. Not much complexity.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, peachy bitterness to finish with some alcohol.

O/D - Nothing too interesting. Could be older than you'd want in a DIPA. Not too much hop depth at all and fairly restrained. Avoid it if you're a fan of the style.

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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 Smooth-Hoperator
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful, deep, clear orange color.

S - A little pungent up front but blends into a nice mix of orange and lemon with some deep floral notes.

T - This beer has a very deep hop profile that comes together very well. It is a little bitter upfront but overall is not very bitter. There is definite citrus flavor but the strongest taste is floral. The flavor almost transforms from slightly bitter, to a little citrusy and then floral, with a nice, smooth finish.

M - Very good mouthfeel. The beer pours with a thick, frothy head and the beer and has a slightly thicker texture than most IPAs but it lends well to the malt and hop profile and there is a nice carbonation to it.

Overall - Awesome DIPA. Very complex, yet very smooth.

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Photo of DragonHead
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 16oz pub glass at about 40*F from a bottle.

Appearance: Orange-y, golden, coppery appearance. Very pleasant. Mildly to moderately cloudy. That’s OK. Lots of good beers out there are unfiltered. I have a preference for crystal clear beers, but I did not subtract for cloudy appearance. One to two finger head barely off-white and loose. Head disappeared quickly but left an attractive lacing. Not highly carbonated but certainly enough. As it warmed it cleared up.

Smell: Right away I picked up malty. Also got a clear sense of yeast in this aroma. There is no traditional big hop smell like I expected from a DIPA. A little disappointed that I did not get that 'punch in the nose' I was looking for. If you search hard you may find a little citrus and maybe a little biscuit-y, but they are well hidden by the malt and yeast smells. There is, oddly enough, a faint sourdough smell to it. Almost a Trappist/Belgian smell here.

Taste: The taste here is pretty consistent with the smell. Lots of malt sweetness and yeast. There is, however, a small presence of hop flavor. It is not on par with some of the more popular DIPA's as far as hop bite or bittering. Not a bad taste if you like malty beers. There is a warm alcohol presence up front that is more obvious as it goes down; but is not unpleasant at all.

Mouthfeel: There is not much here that is light. This is a medium-heavy body that is almost chewy. The sweet aftertaste is a little lingering but not all bad. There is no bitter hop linger that I was looking for.

Overall: This is not a bad beer but the lovers of big, bitter, hoppy DIPA's will be sorely disappointed. It is not a very dry beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy , golden/orange; medium frothy off white head; good lacing

Smell: Deep malts; light hops; orange pulp, maybe; dried fruits; smells great

Taste: Creamy malty start; warming alcohol hits pretty quickly; coats the tongue with sweet malt, but well balanced with the hops; finishes sweet and balanced.

Mouthfeel: very creamy throughout

Remarks: This was an excellent beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For another big IPA, this is a another solid contender. It is a very cloudy-hazy liquid. Gold and capped with a bright foam. Sweetish smell, with a flowery hop scent. The taste is immediately and cutting. The flavor has some sweetness as well, but the hop flavor dominates...which gets more herbal as the bottle continues. Very full in body and mouthfeel. It is a serious and respectable beer.

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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 JMScowcroft
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stoudt's Double IPA - 12 fl oz bottle

Scored one of these and another of theirs I have not cracked yet thanks to an exchange with Hendry.

Look - Pours a pale yellow around the outside and a darker caramel amber in the middle. Nice soapy head with lots of lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Aroma is caramel malts with a subtle resin hop overlay. Interesting, expected more of a wallop in the nose.

Taste - Rich malty caramel with a slight resin hop over it, just like the aroma. Was not expecting that, a bit disappointed here. It does have some good bite at the end but it does not feel like enough, the malt is center stage and this is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, malty, caramel and sugar, where is the hop linger?? Also a bit on the boozy side. Meh.

Overall - If they called this an IPA I would perhaps give it a 3.5, but this is not a DIPA by any means, this is far too malt heavy. It's like an IPA meets a Helles Bock or something. Hop heads don't bother, but other than that it's hearty, give it a shot. It's not the worst, but it is certainly not the best either.

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Photo of Hendry
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stoudt's is another brand that I can't get in Vermont, so a recent family trip to Albany,NY found me stopping @ exit 16 on NY 87 to the Savemore Beverage in Clifton Park. The owner made sure I found what I was looking for and warned me that the Stoudt's IIPA I had in my hand was " A BIG beer and nobody should operate heavy equipment or speak to their wives upon consuming!": I was SOLD!

Super cloudy off orange and unfiltered, so those scared off by a bit of chunky sediment should look no further. The fine white one finger head gave way to a permanent cap in a matter of a couple minutes. Lacing a straight average.

The nose is bright tropical orange and yeast, with malts weaving their way in and out of the background. There is a certain pungent aroma that comes on strong, and combined with the beastly unfiltered appearance, it lets you know right up front that this is not a IIPA fpr the meek.

Flavors, well, how about Orange Julius meets hearty IIPA meets Trapist ale?! A hop forward aggressiveness combined with an almost trapist type yeastiness puts forth flavors that are unique and will end up either being enjoyable and refreshingly different, or a swing and a miss.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, quite chewy in the hop department, and the unfiltered attributes are an instant plus or minus depending on your tastes and preferences. The aftertaste is long and bitter, with the 10% hidden quite well.

Fitting squarely in the "Big Beer" category, Stoudt's Double IPA gives it to you raw, unapologetic, and bold. Unique and interesting, those that appreciate unfiltered boldness will likely find plenty to enjoy here in this intruiging IIPA.

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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 farrago
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Close to two fingers of eggshell white foam, dense but some much larger bubbles at the point of pour, dimples more like deep valleys, settling into a fairly thick mist across the surface, the lacing is haphazard but clings well where it is. Rich golden orange hued liquid with a more yellowish aura, not hazy but does have a mild translucency, good amount of super tiny bubbles streaming upwards but you have to get close to see them. The nose has some salted pretzel and grains before yielding to tar, black earth, tangerine to mandarin orange citrus, pine pitch, mild flowers and peach, apricot fruit, seems to want to push deeply into the nostrils but not so as to disturb anyone. In the mouth it’s full-bodied with some prickle but a generally creamy mouthfeel, noticeably sweet with powerful pink grapefruit, tangelo, mandarin orange citrus as well as bread dough, pine, wheat germ and lemongrass. The carbonation keeps fluffing the pillow. The fruit is also sweetly tropical with pineapple, mango, nectarine, white peach flavors. Not much hoppy bite given it’s a DIPA and all, the malty smoothness blossoms through the finish. Yeah, maybe a touch warm but not getting any real alcoholic heat. Sweetness salves all wounds.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours 2+ fingers of creamy dense golden foam, body is a gorgeous unfiltered golden orange amber, nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Wow, literally like a dream-sicle, vanilla, orange, light carmel, tropical fruits, some sweet candied grapefruit peel, very lite wheat and yeast. And while drinking this, you actually get a significant banana-bubble bum nose, wild stuff her, wild = good

Taste - Huge sweet citrus right off the bat, orange, blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, a good amount of yeast, now some banana esters, tropical fruits and lite vanilla in the background, sweetness of citrus and lite carmels, finishes with orange peel and some pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, medium carb that provides some crisp edges at the sides of the tongue, quite smooth, cream-soda-esque.

Overall - Not what I expected from a DIPA, very unique, and very delicious if you like citrus and tropical fruit flavors. If I were blindfolded I would guess the style as an imperial hefeweizen, if such a thing exists. I personally like these flavors and am really enjoying this, great complexity, good balance, alcohol very well hidden - glad I got a 6xer of this, highly recommend. *You definitely get the yeast and sediment flavoring this, in a good way imho.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-orange with a medium lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of bready malt, yeast and hints of hops and ripe fruit. Body is full and slightly tangy. Taste is of intense citrusy, spicy hops with bready and caramel malt and some fruit in the background. Finish is long and very bitter. I did not like bottle conditioning idea in this DIPA.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface by saying this unexpected gem has proven to be one of my favorite East Coast DIPAs to date. Coming from the hop crazed West Coast, my expectations were low, and boy I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured into an Ale glass (stemmed, bottom curved, no lips) a cloudy amber with generous lacing.

The aromas are quite interesting. Faint bubblegum and floral hints, with strawberries, cotton candy sweetness, orange zest and wet grass.

Intense orange flavor that builds, with herbal hop notes underlying in the mid palate. Malt sweetness is in perfect balance with hop bitterness that reaches a crescendo in the mid palate while the finish ends noticeably on the sweeter side (tongue coating). A stand in for Great Divide Hercules any day. Medium bodied on the tongue, drinkable but not too easily. Seek this one out!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stoudt’s Double IPA has a medium-to-thick, creamy, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold, bubbly appearance, and some thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of lemony citrus, white bread, shoe leather, and maybe apricots. Taste is of white bread, citrus of some sort, toffee (to a small extent), and somewhat bitter hops (but, certainly I’d never guess 90- seems more like 35 or so, to me). Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Stoudt’s Double IPA finishes dry, refreshing (oddly enough, being that it’s 10% abv), and drinkable. Even though it’s a rather peculiar beer, it is very good. A NOTE: Alcohol flavor is not really picked up with this, but halfway through the bottle one will know in the brain that it is most certainly a 10% alcohol beer. You’ll feel it!


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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and spice.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Bready malt and hop bitterness. Taste of alcohol was present which I did not like.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Warm going down.

O: Looks great in the glass. Nose was slightly disappointing, and the taste was overwhelmed by alcohol. Just an average Double IPA.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish copper with a big, foamy, white head that has decent retention

S - sweet, cake batter, alcohol, some citrusy hops

T - bread, cake, sweet, citrusy, alcohol, mild bitterness

M - medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really good DIPA. The malt character is sweet, bold, and delicious. The hops aren't as intense as I would like them to be but they're there, and they lend some balance. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is complimentary. I could probably have two or three of these and enjoy each one the same.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first stoudts brew.

A- very hazy orange with vibrant color and good lacing on the sides of the glass. Foam lingers around and slowly recides showcasing a nice brew

S- not massive scent but some floral and malty components

T- very bitter with some sweet malt and caramel. Not as hoppy as I want with my double ipas but still flavorful from a malty standpoint

M- smooth but thin

O- not my fav interpretation but still good brew

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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 BeerNoobNC
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It may just be me, but the first beer that came to mind when I first smelled and tasted this beer was DFH 90 Minute (though I may just be going crazy from my lack of many good beers here in Louisiana). What really gave me this impressions was the sweet, fruity flavor of the hops (which you also really get in the aroma) along with the alcohol in the finish.

However, despite my comparison to DFH 90, I think this beer is a little bit smoother while also containing a little more alcohol (and slightly cheaper from the price of DFH where I used to live in NC). Like I said before, I may just be overly excited about finally getting a good DIPA down here, but in my opinion this is like DFH 90 Minute except better. I have other DIPAs that I certainly like more than this one (because of the different hop profiles) but this is a pretty good one. I don't think I could sit down and drink a bunch of these like I can some DIPAs (which may be a good thing), but it's very good and I highly recommend trying it.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,281 ratings.
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