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 darkcarrington
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me preface this by saying IPAs are definitely not my favorite style of beer or even close really. However, I can definitely recognize that this is a very well done IPA.

Appearance: A nice dark amber color

Smell: A lot of hops

Taste: Has a decent taste, with lots of hops and hell of a lot of alcohol. This is the first beer I have ever had where I could taste plain alcohol in it. It almost tasted like a mixed drink which is weird because I have had several beers with more alcohol than this.

Drinkability: Definitely could not have too many of these at once as it packs a punch, but overall and enjoyable beer

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Photo of AltBock
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that has this orange rock colored label with these 2 big Indian elephants dressed beads around their feet and neck while wearing a 2 orange star saddle blanket on their back. These 2 big Indian elephants are about to stomp the hell out of a black and white picture of the Stoudt's brewery. In between the elephants in reddish orange letters is the words "Double IPA." Below the brewery is where they tell you it's bottle conditioned, it's an IPA, it's a microbrewed beer, the address of the brewery, and the net contents. To the left of the picture is where Stoudt's puts the Government warning and to the right of the picture is where they keep the barcode and the refund prices. Stoudt's usually puts some kind of date on their bottles, but not this one. I know it has a 10% ABV and it will age, but some kind of date would have been nice for aging purposes.

Appearance: I served this DIPA in a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. It poured a slightly hazy golden orange color. If you want to know what the color of the beer looks like before you buy it, just look at the color of the label. You take that color and you tone it down a bit and you got the color of the beer. The head of foam was about a quarter of an inch in height and white in color. It then soon dissipated into some foamy rings around the edge of the beer and some spotty white bubbles that was acting as the lace.

Smell: Had a slightly sweet aroma of dry roasted hops, some toasted malt here and there, a pinch of juicy fruits, a drop of alcohol, some caramel toward the bottom of the bottle, floral infused citrus hops, and all of this ended with what smelled like was some cotton candy or Belgian candy sugar. I'm not sure which one it was, but whatever it was, it was candy like. For a DIPA, I would have thought the hops would be more pronounced, but not this one. It was more sweet then hoppy.

Taste: After the sweet aroma, I thought I was going to say that this was going to be sweet beer, but it wasn't that sweet. Instead it was slightly sweet and dry at the same time. It was sweet/dry with a slice of grapefruit, a pinch of toasted malts, a twig off a pine tree, and then finished with a mild hop bomb of citrus hops. After the hop bomb exploded, a fallout of alcohol came out from behind the hops. To tell the truth, with a beer that has a 10% ABV and it's labeled as a DIPA, I was expecting to get this huge hop bombe that ruined my taste buds, but that wasn't the case with this one. The hops were a lot tamer then expected. It was a nice surprise.

Mouthfeel: It's more medium bodied than full bodied and with an aftertaste of sweet dry roasted hops and a few drops of alcohol. Sometimes it felt like I was drinking a beer that has a 10% ABV and other times I couldn't taste or feel it's high ABV%. It was very odd and unreliable when it came to whenever the high alcohol content wanted to show itself.

Drinkability: It's definitely a not over the top DIPA that was brewed hops, hops, hops, and more hops. Well, it was actually probably brewed like that, but it sure didn't taste like it was brewed like that. It's just a well balanced and well done DIPA. Would I give it another whirl? Not any time soon. It was nice to try at least once.

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Photo of cichief
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the tap. Poured into a snifter type glass.

A- A beautiful golden-amber, with a tan head.

S- Spicy hoppy scent, very inviting.

T- Powerful, with a warming from the alcohol, but no burn. The hops remain throughout. Nice.

M- Smooth, very well carbonated.

D- Although this is a powerful beer, it is very drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than a couple a night.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 11/15/06. Pours with a nice clarity on a pure amber color. There is ample carbonation as witnessed from the rising bubbles. The head is two fingers high, white in color and leaves some sticky lace. The aroma is a bit mild for an IPA, but, there is a bit of hoppiness accompanied by some peach and apricot smell.

The taste is extreme hoppiness with some very nice spiciness. I would describe it as a potent hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very tart with some moderate alcohol flavor too. Overall, this is a fairly good example of the style.

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Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My contribution to NEPA BC Split #1.

Pours a beautiful orange amber, crystal clear with a big, foamy off-whtie head. Amazing retention, lots of bubbles, and some sticky lacing too. Nice.

Smell is piney, floral hops primarily, a bit of citrus to the hops as well with a feint caramel malt sweetness also present. Taste is not as hop heavy as would be expected. The hops are there, for sure - piney, primarily, also some grapefruit - but they are balanced nicely by a solid malt backbone. Finishes somewhat dry with some bitterness and a bit of roasted flavor left on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, and the carbonation is light.

I've had this now a few times and I think the alcohol is just a touch too pronounced. It definitely affects the drinkability, and I really debated knocking it down a notch on taste to 3.5, as well. This is a really good DIPA but not great, and not my favorite.

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Photo of atsprings
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a light amber with a diminishing head. The aroma was of nice floral hops with some sweet pale malts. The taste was a great balance of piney hops and caramel malts, a surprising departure from the aroma. The beer was slightly heavy with alcohol that's not afraid to show itself. There is a slight syrupiness, but it's mostly tolerable. This is an enjoyable sipper, but this is certainly a one a night beer.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tasting for the first time I was sort of impressed. Yeah, there was alcohol in this beer but the flavors were relatively in balance. Right in the middle, though, there was a chemical somthing or other that was fairly disturbing. Old keg, bad line? Hard to believe this could occur at the source. Shouldda had another Pils.

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Photo of flexabull
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright gold color, a slight amount of haze, and a decent head with nice lacing.

Aromas are of grapefruit, pine, and some other citrus like smells. A pleasant beer to smell.

Taste is overall somewhat mellow for a DIPA. There is a bit of a creamy and sweet malt like quality to this one underneath, follows with a fruint punch like flavor, and a bit of a hop bite at the end. It's a crisp and dry beer. Nice tasty DIPA, but I do like a bit more of a punch to DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a touch light and thin.

Drinkability is up there. It's a fairly easy drinking DIPA. It has a very pleasant taste, and is easy to drink. I just prefer this style to be a little bit more flavorful. A very nice beer overall.

Bottle courtesy of todd1. Thanks again!

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Photo of porbeagle7
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Session #1: Maybe it's just me (obviously based on the average review of over 4.0, it very well may be), but I was not impressed by this beer at all. I've tried dozens of other 2IPAs, and this one left me shaking my head & wondering if that fish fry I just had is messing with my taste buds, or if I just miss my favorite 2IPA too much. The pour & copper color were nice enough, but that ended my positive experience. The smell, taste, and lasting impression all reminded me of something...alcohol. That variable was simply overpowering in this brew. The malts, citrusy hops, and subtle flavorful nuances of a good 2IPA were difficult to sense because of it. I do agree with one of the other reviewers about its similarity to 90 minute. I'll try this brew again just to make sure of my review. Any beer can have a bad day.
Session #2: Not as disappointing as the first. Seemed more drinkable this time, but still lacked the overall character I personally like in a 2IPA. Bumped it up a few notches.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler...

Pours a brilliant clear orange amber color with a nice off tan head that fades fairly quickly.

The impressive smell of sweet syrupy malts and citrus can be acquired at arms length.

The initial mouth feel is sweet and full in the way that it coats your tongue as it passes. There is little carbonation, with a nice subtle ting from hops. A sturdy warmth in the chest as it makes its way down

The flavor is again sweet and rounded malty with a slight lingering hop as it finishes.

I find this quite drinkable. There is quite a broad interpretation of this style. I'm a big fan of this one.

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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 ArrogantB
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra in a trade with zrrbrrt. What a surprise. It was orange and teh head was creamy white. the taste was very close to DFH 90 minute in my opinion. Very balanced between malt and hops. Alcohol made its presence known immediately. Good beer and a nice East Coast DIPA.

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

12oz bottle served in a Delirium Noel snifter.

A- orange-copper, slight haze, creamy white head, moderate lace

S- sweet malt, floral, orange citrus, pine/resin, alcohol

T- alcohol, sweet malt, biscuit, pine, resin, orange-grapefruit-tangerine citrus, pepper/alcohol finish

M- syrupy, med-well, smooth

D- a well balanced dipa. plenty of malt to back up the hops. warming (@ 10% duh!). one and done for me, but a great brew nonetheless.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Pint glass, rich, cloudy amber color with moderate carbonation.

Thick head that lingered resulting in impressive lacing.

Mouthfeel very robust accompanied with a creamy feel -- left a mild glaze on the pallette. Taste is a pine, citrus/grapefruit with a solid malt base with & a hop kick at the finish. The mild burn of alcohol rounds out the final assault.

A couple of these highly priced demons ($11.99/6-pack) are plenty for any beer drinker to deal with. I am somewhat of a hophead and was left believing the hop content could have been kicked up a notch. Nevertheless, this brew is worth trying and picking up a couple times a year and keeping around the house for that special occassion.

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Photo of prototypic
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice one finger head on top, which lingered for a while and left a nice lacing on the mug. Brew is a nice transparent, golden color.

Smell: Big citrus and hop aromas. Grapefruit and orange seem to be the primary citrus notes. But, lots of pine coming off of this one.

Taste: Big time pine hops. It's good. Carbonation level is good. Alcohol is definitely strong on this one. Citrus notes are definitely there. Very bitter though. Hops are strong, which is not a bad thing in my humble opinion.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: This is a strong brew. It's good. But, I don't think I could drink more than one at a time. Very bitter. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. But, I've had better in the class.

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Photo of loren01
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper color, 1 finger width head, dissipates quickly, slight lacing down the glass.
S: Strong malt smell, spicy hoppiness/citrusy smell. Smells very fresh.
T: Starts real sweet/malty, biscut flavor. Good fresh hop flavor, not too over the top, perfect amount of hoppiness I would say. Finishes with a dry alcohol flavor
M: A little bit heavier bodied than the apperance would give way, nonetheless, pretty smooth
D: Very well done beer, I think I prefer these DIPA's that are not complete hop bombs and are a little more toward the malty side. Thanks to jasonm for this awesome brew.

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

P: 12 oz bottle with elephants on orange background
A: Hazy copper color (bottle cond), 1/4 inch head dissipates quickly
S: Nice, citrusy hops, some sweet malt and just a hint of alcohol
T: Sweet up front with biscuity malt, then hops everywhere, great aftertaste-like hop juice, similar to the almighty Dreadnaught
M: Perfect for style, slick but not too heavy, stays on the tongue
D: 2 or 3 max and at 10%, it's bedtime after 3

Notes: It aint Dreadnaught, but it's close enough given the cheaper cost and year round availability. Brewery is only an hour away, so it's easy to get it fresh. This is probably my "house" double IPA.

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Photo of nase
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz'er tasted next to a Victory Hop Wallop. Bottled 11/15/06

Color is a rich orange. Smell is absolutely "divine." Definitely has a malt balance that I tend to look for in a DIPA. Taste is quite sweet and delicious. Mouthfeel is more full/creamier than the Hop Wallop. Dangerously easy to swig this down.

App - 4.5, Smell - 5.0, Taste - 4.0, Mouth - 4.0, Drink - 4.5

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Photo of mattd017
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/13/06, poured 2/17/07. Served at about 55 degrees. Poured a light, copper brown with a medium tan head that was gone shortly after the pour. Smells piney, slightly floral, with a sweet malty backbone. Has a thick, creamy mouthfeel, with good, unyeilding carbonation. Tastes of hops, very bitter, good strong malt character. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, but still detectable. Hops linger on the tongue for a few minutes before fading. Very very tasty

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Photo of geexploitation
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-clear reddish amber body with a perfectly white head that leaves some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Surprisingly little head retention. Aromas are an intriguing mix of sweet and sticky, meaning sweet caramel malts and very resiny hops. On the palate, bursting piney bitterness up front, metals at the mid-palate and hot alcohol at the finish. Pretty thin malt payload for a double IPA. Harsh mouthfeel from the hop oils and present alcohol. Still, it's pretty tasty, and if you're looking for a hop blast it will certainly fit the bill.

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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 Byeast
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a rich, cloudy , darker orange with a creamy offwhite head of half an inch.

Smell: Mmm fruity and citrusy hops abound. Lots of different sweet fruit like pear , mango etc mix with sweet malt , lots of citrusy hops and a bit of pine.

Taste: Lots of hop flavor and a huge maltiness. Hops are citrus , a bit oily and resinous , pine , pear , pinneapple, and slightly earthy. As strong as the hops are , the malt sweeps in with massive presence. Sweet bread and caramel steal the hops thunder in this tasting. Awsome balance and lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: very viscous and smooth.

Drinkability: I am very surprised by this brew. It really shows how varied the DIPA style is. The malt is very impressive , and the fruity complexity is awsome. It also has that DIPA hop kick , this one just balances out the hops alot more. Could pass as a hoppy barleywine in my book.

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Photo of DGryger
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber tea with coarse, lively carbonation. On finger high off-white head that settles to a nice skin. Decent lacing. (4.5)

Smell: Mainly bready with hints of citrus-y pine. Sweet malt notes carried by alcohol vapors. Alcohol is much more pronounced as the beer warms (3.5)

Taste: Sweet maltiness in the front, hops in the body with slightly bitter alcohol finish. This bills itself as a DIPA, but I would like to see a little more in the hop department. As the beer warms, flowery notes appear. Altought I feel the balance is off a little in favor of the malts, it is still a tasty brew. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: I think it is from the sweetness, but the mouthfeel is sticky and chewy. For an IPA I would like to see it a little thinner and dryer. (4.0)

Drinkability: A fairly sweet (but still tasty in its own regard) DIPA that goes down easily, but halfway through the glass it can go straight to you head. I’ll give it a 4.5 for its smoothness.

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

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Nice long lasting off white head. Medium copper color. Visibly effervescent. Opaque.

S: Fruity nose with strong resinous aroma. Alcohol aroma also perceptible. No perceptable sweet malt scents.

T: Medium malty sweet balance. Strong resiny floral hop flavor. Lingering bitterness in aftertaste but not overly harsh. Not boozy.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Effervescent. For a high ABV beer a limited sign of alcohol warming.

D: Decent double IPA. Well balanced between hop/malt. May have actually been a little too malty. Quite drinkable for such a high ABV.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,283 ratings.
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