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

Stoudt's Double IPA, served cold, in a wide-mouthed brandy snifter. No freshness date on the bottle. A part of a mix-and-match sixer.

Pours hazy (I was careful not to dump in too much of the conditioning yeast). A warm tone of red-orange amber with a bright and fluffy off-white head. Very worthy lacing. Great head-retention, I might add.

I think this hop profile is that of Summit hops, which I having a liking for. A strong earthy citrus nose ripe with orange, grapefruit, and cherimoya. There's that 'onion' character in the smell that I don't particularly characterize as such, but I get it. Picked up the same in Founders Devil Dancer and Lagunitas Sucks. Caramelly malts lean to sweet in the bouquet with a buttery bread kind of smell. This one knocks off the socks! And, where's the 1.2 ounces of pure ethanol in here? Barely detectable!

Medium bitterness (mild at first, intensifies after the swallow), mild sweetness with some caramelized sugar and overripe pineapple; very resinous hops that start fruity (hint of sappy pine, as well, which washes away in an instant), quickly evolves into earthy, and flutters out with spice notes. The initial sip is really mellow and sweet with a layer of booze, and then the dank hops flash it all away. The finish has that unique Summit hop 'onion' note, and this time, it's not so pleasant. It's not off, just a muddy finish. This beer has some great complexity and character.

Mouthfeel is easy-going for such a big beer. Pretty smooth with a nice carb bite. Bushy and a little slick. The alcohol gets to you eventually along the way. More drinkable than I had expected.

I'm a fan. Love the nuances of different fruits that aren't obvious. I'm used to very big and very specific flavors of different citrus fruits, pine, flora, tropical fruits, etc. This DIPA tastes like hops and malt, and quality ingredients, at that. Only thing going against it is a not-so-clean finish. Will certainly buy again, and would consider to do so in bigger quantity.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another poker box beer. Another solid offering I wouldn't have otherwise tried. 12oz bottle.

Poured moderately agressively - 1 1/2" head, longevity, sticky lacing. Body is brite, amber, no active carbonation.

Aroma is cereal grain, more to the grapefruit side of hoppy.

Flavor is muted. Mild caramel malt flavors, quick rush of hops but quickly gone as well. A bit of bitterness lingers but the taste is quite crisp.

Mouthfeel is correct for the style. A touch oily, and there isn't any carbonation noticeable on the palate.


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Photo of vande
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, solid golden pour with a slight head, white to off white in color...glows...with the aromas of citrus and pine residue blended nicely to provide a nicely balanced hoppy dipa... bitter at the back, but smooth all the way through...even a bit creamy... overall a pretty good drink...

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. A clear golden orange with bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: Bready malts, caramel malts, grapefruit, and pine.

Taste: WOW, this stuff is fantastic. Very well balanced. Citrus, bready, biscuit, caramel sweetness, bitterness and mlats blend well together, and even some slight boosiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: I have had this before and happy to have had it again and more in the future. This DIPA is very easy to drink and someday would like to try it out on draft. I would recommend this one to anybody.

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

A - golden orange, barely any head

S - hoppy and very citrusy

T - not very bitter, citrusy, flowery, you can definitely taste the alcohol

M - a little bit heavy with a smooth finish

O - not a bad ipa but not a spectacular one either. Fairly average in my opinion.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Half Time poured a clear golden amber withg a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of bread, yeast, earthiness, light pine and light citrus. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, citrus, earthiness asnd a hint of pine with a crisp dry moderatly bitter finish.

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Photo of FoundersFanatic
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S- smells a little weird compared to the flavor. Can't quite put a label on the smell other than to say I can't quite make out the smell, but it's hoppy and somewhat citrusy.

T- A very good Double IPA. Somewhat of a lite taste compared to my favorite hoppy beers, but has a nice citrus flavor, some hops, some malts, pretty balanced overall. Overall, it's very much like a grapefruit flavor but without the crazy sour. There's more of a sweet and tart thing going on. Not crazy in your face hoppy like some other nasty hop beers. Can not taste the alcohol what so ever, but about half way through the glass, you WILL feel it. Plus a hint of sweetness is nice. A very solid Double IPA that is just a tad lower on my ratings than Flying Dog Double Dog.

M- decent mouthfeel, somewhat thin feeling, but a nice balance of carbonation and smoothness. Not too much carbonation, which I like.

O- just a really good std Double IPA. Not sure about one of the best, but it's good and nothing weird to turn you off. Very expensive for how std it is. Flying Dog Double Dog is much much better and less expensive if your looking for a "best" of beer in this style.

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

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

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Photo of JWU
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler from the brewery this afternoon, poured into a straight sided pint glass.

A- light honey colored with a hint of an orange tint. Bright white head, which leaves fantastic lacing down the glass.

S- a slight sweetness, but mainly dominated by citric/piney hops. There is something a little extra to the sheer "density" of the aroma.

T- Simply put, fantastic. This is one of those benchmark beers for the style. Complexity abounds, from the sweet interplay of the malts and the hops that start a bit grapefruity, but turn a little piney and a little floral. There's even some tropical fruit aspects to the hops. It's a bit boozy throughout the sip, but it just fits the overall taste intensity of this beer. The finish is very, very long, and very, very good.

M- if you need to know what a creamy mouthfeel is for an IPA, drink this. light/medium carbonation

O- Love this brew. A must try for any double IPA lover.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Clear, light honey color, single finger off white head, recedes quickly leaving great glass lacing.

S - Scents are tightly bound together and very subtle, get some pine, some grapefruit and very slight sweet malt.

T - Excellent, incredibly balanced between the hops profile of pine, grapefruit and orange and the slightly sweet malted toffee, very nice finish.

M - Very creamy mouth feel, medium bodied moderate carbonation.

O - This is a keeper, very nice brew, nice long satisfying finish.

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

I poured this into a snifter to hold in the IPA smell. That smell was an interesting mix of floral and fruity. There really wasn't a citrus mix as you would expect.

The coloring is stock, and the head as expected. I don't know what I am looking for, but this fits the bill... and doesn't exceed it for looks.

The taste is interesting as well. They break the double IPA mold with this new mix of hop selection. That being said, it doesn't quite match what I am looking for.

I recommend picking this up for something new, but don't kill yourself trying to get a bottle. This isn't a world-beater.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with one finger of off white foam on a hazy, copper colored body. Settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - pine and sweaty grapefruit with lots of toffee in the background.

T - sweet malt and fruity hops up front. Toffee and orange notes in the middle. Finishes with grapefruit, pine and migrate bitterness.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - nicely done, sweet and thick without the dark malt character that covers up the hops in some other sweeter dipas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bottled on 8/6/11

A: Pours a golden amber color, cloudy. Two to three fingers of soapy, white head. Leaves a foamy film and loads of lacing around all side of the glass.

S: Smell is subtle, but pleasant. Sweet, tropical fruits, sugary. Malts seem to be on the toasted side.

M: The taste is pretty well balanced. Tropical fruit, sugar/candi, malts are toasty, biscuity. This is a nice tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky.

O: I didn't expect too much from this beer, but I like it. One thing to note, the alcohol is very well hidden. When I scrolled up to see what the ABV was, I nearly choked when I saw that it's 10.00%...been drinking this way too fast. I'd pick this up again--especially if I can find a fresher bottle.

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

Ba Review #86
Served On: 11/12/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was from a 6 pack I picked up at the brewery a couple days ago.

Look: Poured a very cloudy orangish yellow color. Two finger white frothy head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation was rather low for a bottle conditioned beer.

Smell: Sweet floral pine and grapefruit with rich malty notes. Aroma was basically a mix between the East and West coast styles.

Taste: Pine was first and then completely opened up into a tropical fruit with mango and spicy hops. The finish was somewhat clean with pine and grapefruit notes and a slight alcohol warmth. Body is full and syrupy with a soft mouth feel. I just kept wanting more after each sip.

This is an excellent double IPA. The drinkablity and complexity is just off the charts. This brew was actually one that prompted my transition into the craft beer world. It will always hold a special place in my heart. Although it is rather pricy at $12.50 per 6-pack (and that’s even direct from the brewery).

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

Notes from 2/5/11; no freshness date

A - Pours a translucent orange with slow rising carbonation and two fingers of pillowy head.

S - Smell is mostly floral hops and some fruitiness as well, mostly pineapple and some faint citrus. Some biscuit malts come through as well.

T - Hops may have faded a bit (I bought the bottle a month before drinking, and no freshness date) but are still predominant in the taste. Lots of sweet and floral tastes as well: sugar, pineapple, a bit of caramel. I'd like to try one that I knew was fresh for comparison, but this is pretty tasty.

M - Good mouthfeel. Full-bodied and somewhat sticky with low carbonation.

O - A good DIPA, though the sweetness starts to build by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This doesn't really strike me as a DIPA; an interesting brew from Stoudt's.

A 12 oz bottled poured into a Perfect Pint glass

A: A nice deep golden-brown color with a two fingerhead atop the glass looks nice as you gaze at the beer. It's a hazy brew with an abundance of small bubbles rising to the surface.

S: You're greeted by the scent of sweet tropical fruits...they smell candied even. Some hops can be made out, but they're definitely in the back seat.

T: Not the type of hop flavor you'd expect from a DIPA. The flavor is a combination of bitter hops and super sweet fruits. The malt is quite present, making this a very balanced beer. Overall, I'd say it's a little sweet for what I'd expect, but the tropical fruit/bitter hop combo works well enough.

M: Nice carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Nice.

O: An interesting beer, but not what I was expecting. Sweeter and maltier than I anticipated...but still good.

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

Bottled on 8/3/11, so less than three months old, should be OK for a DIPA; and thanks for dating, Stoudts! Pours a hazy, light yellow body with a one-finger eggshell white head. Good lacing.

Grapefruit hops jump out at first, but are closely follow by a solid caramel malt aroma. Some other light citrus notes of orange and lemon follow.

East coast DIPA flavor for sure. The hops are present, but a sttong malt base is the dominant feature of the flavor. Grapefruit hops with notes of lemon blend with the malt base for a good balance.

Medium mouthfeel with the oily hop texture. It seems this one would age to a barleywine in short order, but fits the bill as a solid DIPA right now.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This double IPA pours a stale golden corn color and is hazed from the get go. There is a yeast settlement on the bottom that in this case I chose to avoid. The head is a thick cap of white sand suds and is a good mix of small and large bubbles. Nice looking but not the best I've seen.

The nose is slightly above average but only by a thin margin. There is some pungent hops going on here but they aren't the leading smell as your expect from a IIPA. In fact the citrus like nose gives way to a vegetable infused bread like smell. Actually kind of a let down after the initial whiff.

Flavor continues to be slightly above average. Heavy toasted grains mixed with faint hop pine and citrus. A boozy flavor dominates and takes away from the bolder and nicer IIPA tastes that should be more distinguished.

Ahhhh hops! Where have you been this whole beer? Despite the poor showing in the nose and taste the hops dominate the mouthfeel. Awesome gobs of bitterness rule as soon as the beer splashes into your mouth. I can feel it stripping a thin layer of enamel off my teeth... YES! That with a great body and thin carbonation make it a joy to drink if only there were better flavors. Overall this is a sub par brew. The feel doesn't make up for the other lacking attributes. A brew to pass by next time in my book.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a very pleasant store in Dearborn, Michigan. Bottle conditioned, eh? My last foray into that concept didn't go so well...

This beer thankfully pours a somewhat cloudy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of dense foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice pocked marked limestone cliff of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet tropical fruit - sugary pineapple, mostly, cotton candy, booze (I feel dirty writing that), and a faint caramel malt. The taste is sweet fruity malt, the pineapple still domineering, with some mango throwing its hat in as well, and some mild, subtly probing booze (this is 10%, really?). The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes less sweet, the hops' bitterness finding new claim.

An interesting DIPA, the dominating fruitiness really stealing the show, rendering the malt character to a sideshow, which is less of a big deal than the equivalent treatment afforded the big booze, which needs to be more outspoken, given its potency, if you care about that sort of thing. Given the current Saturday night hour, I sure don't...

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Photo of zrab11
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice scorched orange color with a white 2 finger head.

S- Has a nice pine aroma, also smell some grapefruit and carmel as well. Some malts and hops are also present

T- Has a nice piney citrus flavor up front followed by a nice carmel sweetness and then finish's with a bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a bit of a yeasty aftertaste

M- Medium body with ok carbonation

D- Overall this was a nice smelling and decent tasting DIPA. it had a nice beginning and middle but the bitter grapefruit ending made this not very enjoyable. Needs to balance flavors a little more. So a decent DIPA but not that great.

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

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-orange with a thin off white head that clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and fruit, pineapple and peach, with a small amount of maltiness breaking through.

Taste: More citrus in the taste, with grapefruit and pineapple. It has a nice malt backbone and very little perception of high alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation, a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: It was a good DIPA, exceptionally drinkable for 10%. I'm not sure how old it is so its hard to gauge how good the aroma was if it is fresh or not.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice bit of foam that turns to a sticky ring. Color is a bit hazy with a nice amber hue.

S - What a great bit of pineapple like hops! Citrus hops are strong with a touch of gram cracker like malt.

T - Wow how did I avoid this for so long? Very balanced hop flavors that has a touch of bready malts and a kind of chalkiness which might be the bitterness at the end of my palate.

M - Medium bodied and very balanced with no detectable ABV.

Overall it may not be the most bitter DIPA but it is very balanced more so that double trouble. I finally have something to drink when in the mood for an IPA.

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Photo of bbeane
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with 1/4" thick head that mostly disappears leaving very light lacing stuck to the glass. Beer is light amber in color with some fine sediment and very little activity

S- Cirtusy with a hint of malt and a moderate booziness

T- Starts with a very citrusy hop flavor that is eventually balanced out with some sweet maltiness. Has a bit of boozy heat in the finish with some mild bitterness tagging along

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- Not bad, but maybe a bit higher in price than the beer calls for. All in all, quality, but not as good as some of their other stuff


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