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

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,282 Ratings
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
stoudtsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.43%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gavage on 10-23-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,282
Reviews:
770
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
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67
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Photo of theformula
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this DIPA, and it surprised the hell outta me if not just for the fact that it's a great value.
Consider DFH 120' IPA @ roughly $12/bottle. It's 4x as expensive and the overall taste is very similar.

A: Pours honey, light-orange body w/ a good sized white head that retains oh so well. Laces beautifully.

S: Gottal love those hops. Gobs of grapefruit, piney hops, but they're elegant and not as pronounced as a west coast IPA. Floral esters laced with a light honey malt and biscuity yeast.

M & T: Medium-full mouthfeel and velvet-like smoothness. A moderate bite of carbonation gives it a crisp balance.
Piney/herbaceous hops jump start this DIPA, but it's the lightly syrup/honey malts that give it a great balance. A great bread/biscuit middle layer and great big 'ol citrus (orange & grapefruit) notes are never-ending. The finish is herb/tea-like and bitter. Floral notes and spices (clove) jump out, as well as candy sugar. It seems like it has some Belgian SBA qualities....maybe that's just me.

A: Surprisingly drinkable given the ABV. Much easier to frink than 120' IPA by DFH. A great brew again as it's a great value. Alcahol kicks in w/ a spiciness once it warms, so watch out.

This was a damn good surprise.

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Photo of
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Clear dark gold/amber in color. Medium sized ivory head. Very creamy.

Aroma was quite sweet and honey-like. Fruity, as well. Peach, bubblegum, some alcohol. I have spent too much time with West Coast IPAs, wouldn't think this was one based on aroma.

Taste follows aroma and is sweet and fruity. Clementines, oranges, sweet citrus. Hops hit you mostly in aftertaste, and are grassy in character. I am back to wondering where the line between a DIPA and a barleywine is....Biscuity, caramel and alcohol (not too obvious). Pepper at finish.

Medium + in body. Carbonation initially seems low, but as creamy as the beer is, it has to be closer to medium, medium +. Drying. Alcohol warming is felt early.

A very well done beer, but not my kind of DIPA. A bit of a barleywine in disguise. If you like sweet DIPAs, this is for you. If you want bitter, go west....

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Photo of Kendo
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5-20-06, consumed on 1-25-07.

A: Poured moderately aggressively into a Piraat tulip glass. The result? A hazy coppery-orange body (looks almost like Orange Crush or Sunkist soda) with a bubbly 3-finger, off-white foam head that threatened to run over the side of the glass. Lots of staying power in that head, as it settled to a nice pillow in the center of the glass and left rings of lacing on the side. Splotches of lacing on the way down, too. On closer inspection there was a decent amount of sediment in the beer and what looked to be particulate in suspension. Slightly disconcerting (though not entirely unexpected given the bottle-conditioning), so I deducted a bit from the appearance score as a result.

S: Fresh sugar-coated grapefruit, candied orange peels and sweet mandarin oranges dominate. A hint of pine hides itself somewhere, but it's there if you stick your nose in the glass and inhale deeply. Florally, perfumey smells evident as well at first, but as it warms the sweet fruity smells take over. Toward the bottom of the glass, when it was close to room temperature, it smelled of overripe juicy nectarines that have been soaked with whole oranges in Southern Comfort -- i.e, some alcohol becomes evident in the nose when it warms up.

T: I was slightly underwhelmed and surprised by the first sip. I expected bigger hop flavors from the nose and this style in general. But the more I drank it, the more I liked it. Sweetness dominates over bitterness -- buttery caramel malt and tropical fruit salad are the flavors that come to mind, along with the ever-present oranges. Alcohol warmth and spice appears at the end of the sip on the back of the mouth, and the 10% ABV is felt in the belly pretty quickly, even if it is pretty well-masked in the taste. A faint bitterness lingers on the aftertaste, but is ever-so-slight.

M: Thick and full-bodied, viscous -- almost syrupy but not quite -- and generally smooth. An oily feel lingers on the palate where you'd normally expect a dry and bitter hop assault from a DIPA.

D: Very good. For a beer of this strength, it is highly drinkable. It's also worth noting that as it warmed, its drinkability didn't diminish at all. The sweet flavors and thick body made it feel in some ways like an Orange Liqueur as it heated up -- a not unpleasant experience at all.

Notes: If ever a beer's label could give you a dead-on impression of what's inside the bottle, it's the label on this beer. It may sound crazy, but this beer looks, smells and tastes like that orange label on the bottle. It almost looks like orange soda, and then oranges dominate the nose and taste. . . . All in all I enjoyed this beer, even if it's a lot sweeter than I've come to expect from my DIPAs and lacking in the over the top hops you often get from beers of this style. I've seen some reviewers suggest this is more like a barleywine than a DIPA. I can understand the sentiment, as it doesn't quite taste and feel like most DIPAs, but I disagree. I think maybe it's just more of an "East Coast American Double IPA" that's more focused on balance than a one-sided, palate-shredding hop attack. Not that there's anything wrong with that sort of assault, mind you. . . . But it's nice to see something different, and frankly, I enjoyed the end result even if it didn't fit in with my preconceived notion of what this beer was going to be.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper with a beige, pourus head of 3/4 of an inch.
Aromatics are floral and almost pungent, loads of citrus fruits.
Fresh pineapple, mango, peach, tangerine, and some mild sugared grapefruit. Quite juicy and pretty fresh, with some finishing pine notes.
Mouthfeel is sticky and mildly chewy. Carbonation is high enough to keep the beer refreshing and not cloying. Slightly creamy.
The pallet is a showcase of tropical fruits and zesty hops. Apricots, clementine, peaches, and pears all atop a light malt backbone and a firm bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and adds substantial character to the flavor but not detractive. No heat, just a lingering bitterness and a light puckering akin to grapefruit zest.
A very much underated IIPA.

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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 Beertracker
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stoudt' Double IPA is best served at cool, cellar temperatures (40-50°F) and enjoyed from a trademark house pounder or from your favorite drinking vessel. This big beer from Stoudt pours up very sharply with ample carbonation that creates a standing creamish-white head that sits atop a bright copper-ochre amber body. The decidely malty, caramel aroma is unsurprisingly hop oriented with some enjoyable citrusy, earthy & woodsy tones. The flavor starts off nicely with a solid caramel sweet maltiness that eventually gives way to a marked bitterness from the Warrior hops. The solidly bitter finish is surprisingly balanced with some alcoholic complexity. This medium to medium-full bodied hand-crafted Double IPA may be well suited for hop heads, but shows plenty of malt depth & complexity to keep everyone. Try pairing this one with one of the chef's classically pan-fried Limestone Spring Trout which is made with a lemon caper sauce and served with your choice of sides like julienne squash or wasabi-mashed potatoes. Here's to the Stoudt's and their fine line of handcrafted beers!

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of adammills
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice light amber, maybe more of a copper in color. A tad disappointing with a slight head the did fade a bit, there is some slight lacing on the sides of my glass. There is a pleasing aroma of fruit sweetness, some citrus with a bit of yeastiness. Tastes good. Sweet malt and hops blend nicely. Some spice rolls in from the hops. Very drinkable. Was floored to see that it is 10%, a bit spooky, no alcohol perceptable in the mouth. Nice beer. Very drinkable, but will get you shitty in a hurry.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent controversy erupted in the forums about reviewing tainted beer. I agreed that people shouldn't review tainted beer--and yet I was convinced that Stoudt's DIPA was awful because the two different samples of Stoudt's DIPA I'd tried were both awful and figured they couldn't both be contaminated, bought at different times from different stores.

Well, I was completely wrong! Those two beers were indeed both infected. Stoudt's DIPA is crytal clear, not turbid. Here is my new review, followed by the original review. I should have used my brain and realized that a beer that "looks like Metamucil" is infected. I hope I learned my own lesson.

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Starting here: my new review of Stoudt's DIPA:

Served at 40F into Boston Lager glass.

Appearance is above par: Pours with lots of body, crystal clear, golden in color with big inch and a half head persisting well and leaving generous lacing.

Plenty of pungent hops in the nose, along with sweet maltiness, but marred by fusel rubbing alcohol aroma.

Taste is well balanced between bitterness, sweetness and hop flavor, but it could use a bit more darker malt, maybe a tad less sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a great balance of bitterness and carbonation. Coats the tongue with hop flavor and back of the throat with hop bitterness, and leaves saltiness on the lips.

Drinkability is excellent. The 10% ABV is very deceptive. This feels like an 8% beer. Rich and balanced overall, but I wish it had a bit darker malt bill and was fermented cooler to get rid of the rubbing alcohol aroma.

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Original review, of infected sample(s), kept here for educational purposes:

appearance: 2.5, smell: 2.0, taste: 2.0, mouthfeel: 3.0, drinkability: 1.0

Poured at about 35F from a 12 oz amber bottle into a nonick pint.

Very cloudy, the most turbid beer I've seen in a while. Color was orangish yellow and opaque, like metamucil. Overcarbonated.

Aroma reeks with fusel alcohols, with some hops mixed in.

Taste was dominated by higher alcohols, with a good balance of the malt and bitterness and hop flavor (looking past the toxicity). Perhaps a bit sweet, grainy.

Mouthfeel was alright, expected some silt from the turbidity, but that wasn't detectable. Good body for the style and some slight alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: No, one was enough. Not interested in a headache and hangover. Had to have a different beer afterwards to cleanse the palate. Take a pass until they figure out their fermentation problems. Looking past the glaring defects, it's probably a good recipe. Since my scores are so low, I held off reviewing until trying the beer a second time from a different, fresher purchase. The problems are not isolated to a bad bottle or batch.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Big unexpected foamy head almost overflows glass. Orange honey colored hues. Head recedes to extremely sticky
lacing all around glass.

Smell: abundance of floral hops, piney, sweet malty alcohol with
grassy notes.

Taste: sweet alcohol at front followed by hop bitterness with extremely nice balance.

Mouthfeel: rich, syrupy and full-bodied. A bit chewy with hop bite. Alcohol rests on tongue without being overpowering.

Drinkability: I look forward to this beer. Higher alcohol is masked
pretty well with hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Could drink several of these at any one time.

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Photo of TheBungyo
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Northertimber for this one!

Wow, body is a pretty burnt amber color ... very nice. Head is big like it belongs to Tito Ortiz.

Hmmm. I have issues with the nose. Does it smell good? Yes. Does it smell like a double IPA? Not at all. The malt is seriously huge and the hops never show up in the ways we expect them to for a double IPA. There's no grapefruit, no pine. Imagine smelling a dried orange coated in sugar ... that's all the hops we get. Just orange and tangerine and that's all. This actually reminds me a lot of Double Bastard ....

Taste is exactly the same way. Nope, this is deinitely NOT an IPA or even double IPA. I love that Stoudt's is giving us a taste of an IPA sans pine and grapefruit but this just doesn't taste like an IPA. If I want a hops fix I would never reach for this beer. Does it taste good though? No, it's delicious ... too bad it's delicious in all the ways an IPA shouldn't be.

I like this a lot, and would definitely buy it if it was sold near me, but not if I was in the mood for an IPA.

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

Poured clear gold with a slight haze from the yeast. This brew exhibited a great deal of visible carbonation and a medium, white, frothy head that retained quite well.

Sweet malt in the nose with a sharp, pine, hop bouquet. Personally, I love a DIPA where the high hop profile overtakes the strong malt backbone. There is also a mildly, spicy alcoholic presence, as well as some citrus rind.

Sweet malt up front with lots of orange and tropical fruits. The citrus and pine hops yield to an unexpectedly, sweet, fruity aftertaste. After several sips, I've decided that this is not necessarily a bad thing, albeit unique. It's an interesting balance that goes from sweet to bitter and then back to a different sweet altogether. Unlike many other DIPA's, the malt is kept in check by the bitter hops and fruity flavors. The peppery, spicy alcohol flavor is notable but well muted for the high ABV.

Aggressively carbonated with a medium/full body, this is a pleasing DIPA with great drinkability.

Notes- this is a unique, refreshing and tasty take on the style!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle-conditioned 12 oz. bottle (thanks to zrrbrrt) poured to a standard pint glass. Bottled on 11/15/06, consumed on 01/20/07.

A: Amber/honey-colored and mostly clear (a faint haze) with a fair amount of tiny, slowly bubbling carbonation. A creamy 1-finger head tops it off, fading to a thin white cap. Nice lacing.

S: What I smell is sweet - lots of caramel malt, sugary and full of grains. Hops are too subtle for an type of IPA, much less a Double. A bit of citrusy orange, not much else...

T: Honey and graham crackers. It's a bit odd to expect hops and have them play such a supporting role. A slightly soured fruitiness with sugar predominates over the hops, which when found are herbal and slightly bitter. It's not bad at all to have the malts go toe-to-toe with the hops in this beer; it results in a likable balance of sweetness and hops.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel, almost syrupy at times. Some fusel warmth from the 10% ABV and certainly from the fact that this beer is barely 2 months into the bottle. Has a stickiness on the lips but is quite smooth overall. Almost velvety, with little carbonation in the mouth.

D: A very nice DIPA, one I'd be thrilled to have again. Fine balance with a healthy but well-hidden kick of alcohol. Easy to drink and easy to recommend. Thanks, Josh.

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

This beer pours a hazy orange sunset with a thick, sticky eggshell colored head. Slow bubbles rising from the bottom. An extra bonus for the bottle conditioned/unfiltered haze!

This beer smells strongly of alcohol and malt. The hops are seriously missing for a double IPA. I am not trying to imply that it isn't hoppy, but where is the overflowing cascade of lupulin? The nose speaks of caramel malt, Graham crackers and honeyed apricots. The hops lend an herbal perfume punctuated with pollen, grass and lemon peel. As it warms isopropyl alcohol dominates the scene.

This beer tastes more like an American barleywine than a DIPA. I like the malt profile and the bitterness. With age the beer could lose some of its "hotness", but it would lose more of its hops as well. About those hops . . . they are present up front and in the finish as IBUs, but they are lacking in flavor and aroma. Some citrus notes dominate along with some geranium leaf.

The mouthfeel lacks integration. There is a nice round sweet profile that lends itself to the large dose of cleansing IBUs, but the solventy alcohol seems as if it is coming in and out of the mixture.

This beer is just OK. I could enjoy it more or less if in the right mood, but it lacks a certain level of character to rate it highly overall. It goes down okay, but I am not falling in love.

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

Cheers to GnomeKing for this one!

Pours amber with a slight haze & a pinky deep sand colored head. No lacing & some head retention

S: Fruittyness & some citric hops. Some alcohol as this warms

T: Big-time fruittyness gives way to piney & citric hops. Breadyness/biscuitty tastes follow. Treacle . honeyed malts& toffee comes through as this warms. Finshes warming, hoppy & bready, very balanced approach

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & great balance

Dangerously drinkable, this would put you on your butt after a couple of pints but a really nice DIPA

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

12 ounce bottle, poured into bell pint glass.

Pours a bright copper, with a massive head, dense and slightly rocky white, leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma is fruity citrus hops and sweet malt.

Taste is sweet hop and sweet malt, grapefruit and other citrus, with a perfumey hop bite and some hop tang. Really nicely balanced between citrus hops and sweet, warming malt. Notable tangerine and mandarin orange as it warms.

Long warm alcohol in the mouth with distinct tingly hops, and moderate body. In the aftertaste is a slightly odd note, a little fish-like. It doesn't take over, and isn't enough to ruin the beer by any means, but it is enough to knock down the score a bit.

I'll definitely buy this again.

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

Definately a robust D-IPA. Poured a glowing golden cloudy yellow with good retention and slick lacing. Fruity, floral hop aromas along with esters of peaches and banana. A lasting hop bitterness works great with the sweetness of the double and the ABV. A smooth body gives way to an oily finish- good choice, but it will knock you out.

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

Very nice-looking hazy, cloudy light orange color. Think soapy head. Higher than average carbonation with some specks of lace.

Very heavy and thick hoppy smell. Heavy, flowery aroma. Bitter hops dominate the scent.

Mild flowery kick to the hops. Slightly bitter ending, but smooth. Minor alcohol hint toward the end.

Thick and creamy. Dry and foamy. NIce thickness, good body. This is an outstanding beer. Has all the hops I love but is so smooth that I could drink several in a row. Bitter hops with a smooth finish.

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Photo of wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A kind gift from Rick (surfadelic23). Coming in a 355ml slim brown bottle, without freshness info. and alc. strength printed on the bottle... Served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: pours a hazy dark-orangey amber hue; the off-white foamy beer head dissipates rather fast, on top of a static body.
S: mixed and rich--the tangerine+peach fruity, mildly piney and fragrant scent of hops upfront are backed by a rich body of cane-sugary and candy-ish pale malts, semi-sharp, sour-sweet and powdery yeastiness and a firm backbone of alc. Easily identified as a heavy-weight by the smell...
T: a softly effervescent mouthfeel comes with streams of sweet citric-fruity hops and dense-bodied honey-ish malts... the mid-palate reveals a surprisingly smooth bitterness from tangy-dryish fruity and piney hops, on top of quietly intensifying yeastiness and pine-sprigs... all the way towards a subtly warming, slightly sour-sweet yeasty as well as soothingly tannic finish.
M&D: the carbonation is executed next to perfection, to the point where the beer tastes just as much refreshing as satisfying at the same time. For a 10%abv. DIPA, I find the nice balance b/w malts and hops is retained in every sip with little sign of alc. on the tongue, that really makes this ale a dangerously quaffable one. If only the tail could hold up even better and keep more bitterness, this beer could well be a winner. Millions of thanks go to Rick for this fine ale~~

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Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all-around good IPA. It pours a deep cloudy amber with a fluffy, foamy head. It smells rich and smooth with lots of malty notes. The first drink isn't mouth puckering as the maltiness still overwhelms. The hoppiness comes in small birsts at the end of each sip. 10% ABV? Coulda fooled me...

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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 grub
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

biegaman shared this bottle with me. thanks jan!

pours a nice copper colour with an inch of dense yellow head. the head is slow to drop and leaves lots of fine lace behind.

aroma is nice. alcohol. biscuit and cracker malt. bit of toffee. hint of yeast presence. almost no trace of hops.

taste is good. mild bitterness, alot less than i'd expect from an american dipa. bit of pine and orange, but again much lower than expected. cracker malt. bit of alcohol. just a little sweetness.

mouthfeel is ok. good body. low carbonation is ok, but i think should be a bit higher.

drinkability is good. it hides the 10% very well, especially considering the lackluster hops and low bitterness. feels more like an english ipa than an american dipa.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden color, not much head to speak of.

Deep nose of both citrus and herbal hops primarily.

In the mouth, a combination of sweet, heavy stickiness (from alcohol more than from malt) with a powerful but not overpowering hop presence.

Interesting marriage of barleywine-ish alcohol with a big and attractive hop profile. But not smooth enough to warrant coming back to.

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Photo of xav33
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stoudt's Double IPA
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a mug
Recent brewing, ingested 12/06

Poured a hazy orange amber with a rocky off white fully lasting head with excellent lacing that left layered ring of lacing upon every sip, like reading the rings of on a tree and tracing it's age.

Smelt of strong sweet grapefruit and orange, tropical pineapple banana bubble gum or starbust mystery flavor, parsnip, with light barnyard and earthy yeasty flavors.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet sweet pineapple and citrus cake followed by a harsh and bitter conifer taste with moderate sweet sweet bread on a long hops finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, creamy with a dry finish, also lightly syrupy, softly carbonated, a nice slight alcoholic warmth and moderate to heavy hops astringency.

Overall, a great DIPA that balances a malt sweetness backbone and strong hops nicely.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,282 ratings.
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