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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Added by Gavage on 10-23-2004

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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 RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange with a big crème head that falls fairly slowly. Nose is like strawberry starburst candy (yeah...I said that) and hops mixed. Flavor is pretty sweet. I guess that candy nose plays more into effect than I thought it would. Not much else comes through here except that sweet tone, no hop character to speak of at all really. Feel is decent. Lots of bubble getting the tongue and a slightly thicker liquid feel. Drinkable, just not as smooth or mature as other DIPAs.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Lost of head created, four fingers deep, lots of retention and a creamy and fluffy top. Body color is a orb glowing peach apricot yellow, but also a little hazy. Real interesting appearance, but a very aggressive head.

Nose rushes with lots of mushy tropical fruit. Mango, squashed peaches over-ripe. There's not much else to say here, but seems quite inviting.

Taste is big and thick, nearly syrupy body with matching mushy fruit nose and mango and apricot jammy finish. Sweetness is toned down by the hop bitter it seems. There is also an interesting prickly feeling on the tip of the tongue with this beer in the carbonation.

Overall the brew is tasty, but feels strangely too fruity rich for my tastes. It's overall though pretty good, but I can't find myself wanting to have this again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BTAH in NYC, pours a nice deep golden color, off white head, not much head on my pour, fine lacing left behind, this is is suprisingly well balanced brew, starts out with a boatload of crunching hops, mega grapefruit, nose and tongue. Tons of malt also present to float this one thru. Large and lovely, 10% hidden somehow fairly well, love the style, love this one on tap!

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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 feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cast in a hazy orange hue, with solid, off-white foam above, as it sits in my elegant tulip glass...looking very inviting, every bit the form of an excellent IPA...
Nice fruit and bitterness in the aroma, apricot and peach, a whiff of pineapple and grapefruit, a glimmer of pine, quite nice.
Great big, bitter buzz of hops at the front, and juicy, too!
Excellent texture, slick, yet sharp, with the hop attack never quite quitting, and the alcoholic strength revealing itself. Very happy in the mouth, if a bit overpowering. For a bad boy, it provides some mettle, but this would have to be a once-in-a-while thing for me, I like my IPAs gentler than this. Stings a touch too harshly, the flavor is large, too,but doesn't buffer the beastliness, complements it instead, creating a large-scale palate attack.

glad to have tried it, and much thanks to kafkaEsb.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/27/05- Received in a trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottling date imprinted on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden orange colored pour. Full 3/4 inch frothy white head with light lacing along the sides.

Smell- Another tropical fruit scented DIPA! This one has some peaches, apricots, maybe even some banana and papaya. Sweet and sugary as well.

Taste- The first think I noticed as the decent amount of dark malt that I tasted. Was very nice for a change to get a bit more malt than expected. The hops were sugary and fruity. Mostly the common grapefruit taste. Maybe a light touch of a woodsy taste along with it.

Mouthfeel- Not really creamy as much as it was very smooth and mouthcoating. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable. An easy one to quaff. Maybe best suited as an after dinner IPA or with a dessert.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into my Delirium tulip. Beer is orange and a little hazy. Forms a thin head of off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is primarily malty with a little hops. Some pine character.

Beer is mostly sweet with mild bitterness in the back. Some pininess in the mid palate but overall the malt wins this showdown. Cool label, I love elephants but this will not be a repeat. Its OK if you like malt forward beers though. Go for it.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had plenty of times on tap & fresh in the bottle. Not sure why people are reviewing an aged DIPA on here and giving it shitty ratings. Drink it fresh and rate. Anyway...

A - Honey colored body with great clarity, bottle conditioned though doesn't appear to be unfiltered. Creamy and frothy white head with absolutely incredible lacing.

S - Somewhat muted though citrusy hops prevail; pineapple, lemon and some minor sweet malt notes. This is definitely hop-centric when fresh, like most DIPAs.

T - Whoa. Fresh citrus fruits, namely pineapple and orange zest. The bitterness is definitely here though tamed by the sweet fruity qualities. Very West Coast-esque -- which is awesome to see an East Coast brewery use this tactic. Some bready/dough like qualities round out the overall feel into something dangerously tasty for the ABV.

M - Thicker body, pushing a full-bodied beer with great, bubbly carbonation that simply enhances the flavor profile.

D - Maybe too drinkable. At 10% ABV, this is perhaps too well hidden, and may hit your list for a well balanced DIPA. You'll feel this, but probably won't taste it. Although, it does warm the chest as it sits. Awesome.

Stoudt's diverges here from the norm in the DIPA style but still come out with a stellar beer. Seek this one out for something different and unique for a small and relatively hidden gem East Coast brewery.

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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnnyM2002

Pours a clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, basically no lacing at all. The nose is sweet/malty, not much hops or citrus at all. The taste is sweet/malty, not much hops or citurs at all, the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, but a different DIPA all together. This is also my first Stoudt's.

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Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried this one a couple times and I just don't think it's that great of a DIPA. It starts off with a rich tangerine, grapefruit, and citrus aroma. The flavor, however, has too much sweet malt character. There is a decent reisinous grapefruit flavor, but this is reminds me more of an imperial amber than a DIPA. The alcohol also really comes out and becomes a problem as this warms.

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Photo of tone77
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops with some citrus. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, some notes of citrus. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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

Poured in to a Duvel tulip. A fairly old bottle, dates 7/29/09, so there has possibly been some hop fading.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange colour with one finger of thick, foamy white head. Some lacing on the side on the glass.

S - The nose is citrus hops with some sweet caramel malts. Not an overly strong nose for a DIPA.

T - Hops - citrus and pine with a slight sweet malt backbone. A strange aftertaste left in the mouth that isn't all that pleasant (can't pinpoint what it is). The bitterness of the hops is more prevalent than their flavour characteristics. The more I drink, the more the sweet malt backbone becomes noticeable. Definitely seems as though there has been some hop fading here.

M - Medium body, slight chew. Mild carbonation.

D - A very good DIPA, but would love to try a fresh one. Tastes like a very well balanced east coast IPA with the forward malts.

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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 DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Which of these items don't belong to this beer? 10% ABV, Double IPA style, or 99 cents for a 12 ounce bottle? Actually, they all apply to the bottle I got at Vendome, which was in the markdown section for some reason. Never having a DIPA before, I took a flyer on this low-risk/ high reward brew. Let's get on to it:

A thick, compact head rises from the beer. It's hoppy alright, mixed with scents of piney tropical fruits. I was expected a blitz of hops in the taste, but it wasn't as intense as I was expecting. Flavors of orange, mango, sweet malts, and a hoppy finish dominate the taste. Despite a warm feeling from the 10% ABV which burned as it went through my chest, it was easy to drink for such a style. Because of that, keep track of how much you've had of this if you plan to operate machinery afterwards.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Golden orange in color, small head forms and some lace. Aroma is rather mild, some sweetness from the malt, a touch of hop and a hint of booze, not surprising for a 10% ABV beer. Taste is a bit sweet, and the hop flavor is a very mild citrus. Suggestions of mandarin oranges, fresh grapefruit juice and light earthyness. For a double IPA I would expect more hop flavor, but with that said it isnt bad by any stretch.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the formula for this one included as an extra in a recent trade. I'd had it before but never reviewed it. Pours a nice orange color with little head and what is there settles to a slight swirl of bubbles on top. Aromas of wax and apricots primarily, but there is a hint of citrus and some sweet malt as well. Taste is also fairly strong on the apricot flavors from the hops as well as a lingering bitterness and nice piney finish. A bit waxy throughout, but I like that. Rounded, a little sweet up front, but fairly bristling with piney bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is big and prickly, but with a smooth undercurrent of malt to help cut the spice. Big beer for sure, and quite a bit bigger and better than I remember. I believe this is fresher than my last one. Nice- I'll seek this out again, and I'm really glad I tried it again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap a bunch of times and recently for a review.

A- Stoudt's double has a hazy golden with some bronze highlights here and there. Not much of a foamage on this one just a off white sparse cap. Very weak lacing.

S- No doubt about, this was brewed in the east coast, that's apparent from the nose which is a sweet mess. This is going to be one malty MF'er. Big sweet malts, some alcohol, some perfume, light on the citrus, more of a floral type hop.

T- This does not remind me of a DIPA, more like a very tame english barleywine without all the complexities of a B-wine. A sweet cloying taste that is malt forward, the sweetness while big, just does not taste good. The alcohol does not help things in this matter. Perfume finished with small traces of grapefruit, no pine, no nothing, this stinks.

M- Sweet, rich, malty, boozy. The malt is on par for the style but the malt ingredients don't make it right. It's all that stays on the mouth along with booze. I could not even bring out more hop flavor with some swishing, what's wrong with this beer? Medium and abovve bodied with moderate carb.

D- Not for me, not again, not ever, it's been nice knowing ya.

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Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight pour into a pint glass would give way to plenty ofhead, almost all of which would stay and leave behind lacing. Cool appearence, crisp golden colour with a little tornado sinking down the middle from the stream of yeast poured from the bottom of the bottle. A really hoppy aroma. Similar hop profile to the Stone-esque west coast big IPA's. Mouthfeel and taste considerably inconsistent. Rather flat, not syropy, but a little undercarbonated. No real bitterness - a surprise considering how hoppy the aroma is. Other than a tad on the aftertaste, no real bitterness what so ever; especially this being a DIPA! Not much indication of the alcohol percentage and stays quite clean. Flavours however don't offer much complexion, and this really is one of the lesser tasty of the style I've sampled. Still a decent offering though...

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy apricot colored beer with a good head and creamy lace that sticks well to the sides of the glass. Decent aroma is sweet and malty with tropical fruit notes from the hops. Smells nice enough.

A very balanced flavor, definitely not a hop bomb. Lots of sweetness and prominent biscuity malt, combined with those tropical fruit flavors, particularly pineapple, plus a little floral/herbal note. Booze is definitely noticed as the beer has a strong and warming kick to be sure.

Nicely smooth and sticky mouthfeel, a little creamy, modest carbonation. Finish isn’t particularly long or lingering. Thicker and a bit more viscous than one might expect.

A well-made, well balanced, and tasty DIPA, typical of the style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, though lightly hazy, copper color and is topped by a pale thinnish tan head. The aroma is at first full of grapefruit, but then picks up lesser notes of hay and grass. A soft citrus character definitely dominates the aroma though.

The taste is quite smooth up front, then it starts to pick up some tingling bitterness as the hops kick in. The beer is malty sweet, which works in conjunction with, and magnifies the citrus hop character. There is a hint of hot alcohol in the finish as well as a smooth bitterness, which surprisingly disappears pretty quickly. The bitterness that is in the middle of this beer is in full force, but it does not linger through to the finish as much as some.

This beer is quite tasty, yet it is quite simple a combination of the malt sweetness and the grapefruit-like citrus character of the hops. For a Double IPA though, I am not sure if it is quite over the top enough.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz received in a slew of extras in my most recent trade with DIM.. awesome!! Listening to my old "Beer Party" playlist Honkey Tonk Women by the Rolling Stones to kick it off... gave Brenda a modest pour to make sure she got to try it.. she says "WOW... a bunch of cascades! (I have no idea if they use cascades... but I love her!)"

Poured into my New Belgium snifter.... A golden orange brew.. with 2 finger head that lived on and on.

Aroma is citrus/grapefruit ... a little bit of background pale malt.. not too sweet.. a little bready malts as it warms.

Flavor is alot more sweet than the aroma... but I am pretty sure it needs it to balance the big hoppiness... a little bit of grassy/herbal notes mix well with the citrus bomb ... this beer tastes very fresh.. Mouthfeel is pretty much spot-on .. but the drinkability is dangerous for a 10% brew.

This is the 2nd time I've had this brew.. I shared the first with my trading partner after we had already had a couple 22's of other PNW DIPA's... I wish I would have saved it now so I could have it again on a clean palate.

Another great brew from my Main Man from my home state. Dan ... I am planning on a fall/early winter trip home ... I promise we will be enjoying some fine brews.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this DIPA. It's been some time since I've had a beer from Stoudt, and have to say I'd pretty much given up on trying anything exciting or cutting edge. However, this definitely did the trick for me.

This is obviously a very big DIPA with an abv. of 10%. While the alcohol was noticeable, it was well disguised by the wonderful flavors of citrus (orange and cherry mostly I thought) in this beer. The aroma of this beer was enticing and mouthwatering, with the promise of excellence to come. While this was quite a hoppy beer, the bitterness was well balanced by the malt. I thought this beer absolutely delicious and only wish the abv. was bit lower. With an abv. of 10%, there's just no way I can see myself having more then one of these. Too bad....

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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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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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