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

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1,283 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, NO BS 3 - a bif stuck on me due to arctic temps

bottled 10-24-07

appearane: pours into la chouffe tulip...clear bright amber body, golden hue, thin white foam with light lacing. pretty looking beer

smell: smooth citric hops - mostly grapefruit and orange peel, lots of fruity malt sweetness...certainly nice but nothing spectacular

taste: i dont feel the 10% in this one at all...nice syrupy malt base with grapefruit hops dripping all around it, apricot, white peppery malt, orange peel. Nothing too bold but an easy drinking DIPA

mouthfeel: medium body, syrupy smooth

drinkability: just fine

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Photo of uconnalum2
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a mostly clear dark amber with nice lacing. Smell is sweet and fruity, mostly citrus. The taste is very well balanced. It is malty, slightly sweet and only some bitterness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste. The mouthfeel is syrupy and very smooth. The drinkability is very good especially considering this is 10% ABV. Despite how easy these go down, two of these is the max due to its effect. Overall, this is a very nice DIPA. The bitterness and alcohol don't overpower the taste like others. There isn't a ton of hops that shine through but its still an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark gold and left excellent lacing on the glass.
The smell was the first thing that confused me; an almost skunky aroma was only overshaddowed by vanilla and mild malts. Almost no hops at all?
The taste was much of the same. Semi-sweet and nice malt taste but not nearly the hop level I expected with a DIPA.
The feel was a smooth creamy sweetness that fades into a buttery feel, but the bitterness and bite I expect from hops was once agian, noexistant.
Decent beer overall, but definitely wasn't much of a DIPA. Maybe a mad/old keg but I need to pick up mroe of this to make sure I'm getting what everyone else is raving about.

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Photo of boogles
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, a bit of a strange color--it's a tad cloudy, but neither cloudy enough nor clear enough. The head was very small and immediately dissipated.

I like the smell of this--it's bold but not overpowering, with fruity esther and scents of resin incense. It could have a bit more punch.

The taste is bitter in a lovely, hoppy way, although I wish the flavors could slice through a bit more. Like the color, the flavors taste kind of watery. It was also a bit flat. No fresh date--purchased as a single, so I wonder, even though there was no dust on the bottle (and there would be if there was any to be had) ... could have been in the cooler, then set out? Decent, but no match for the hop guns.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with off white head into a pint glass. Nice citrus aroma, not overwhelming. Nicefirst few sips. Not a sharp crazy bite, but pretty well rounded- citrus hops balanced well with the sweetness from the malt. A very drinkable double. Very dangerous!! Have to limit myself to one, which is hard.

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sits in the pint glass solid gold, not a great head.

A very strong pineapple nose, different from the usual grapefruit, very nice.

It really comes through in the flavor too, the pineapple comes through pretty sweet and finishes with a assertive hop bite. It doesn't linger quite like I'm used to.

It's really not all that heavy. It's a deceptive 10% ABV, I could innocently down a few of these, and get in a lot of trouble.

I don't think I've had a craft brew from PA that I didn't like, I also don't think I've had a double IPA I didn't like.

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

The most striking point about this beer is that it is a 10% ABV and it is very well hidden. Actually, it's quite startling how well hidden the alcohol is, and there is no throaty harshness. The beer pours an ever so slightly cloudy orange amber with minimal head, lacing, retention. The smell is delightful hoppy esters, lemon grass, sweet malts, raspberry or other such fruit. The consistency is quite thick, heavy, and bordering on the syrupy consistency of a lighter barley wine. There is little carbonation in this beer. The taste is not quite as nice as the aroma would lead me to, but it is very nice. You will get the orangy rind, the sweetness of an aperitif, the grassy oils and esters of ripe hop, and some candied sugars. This is a complex beer well worth seeking out. It comes as quite a surprise. L'Chaim.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very complex brew here. Pours a off-red grapefruit color with a small head that eventually expands and becomes very prominent as the beer warms. Sweetness of the hops really stands out in the aroma. Some light grapefruit and tangerine with a malty sweetness behind it. This brew is very well balanced, you expect something knee-buckling bitter, but this brew is a bit sweet with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Also really smooth for a big 10-percent DIPA.

Deceptively drinkable and dangerous. One of the most intriguing DIPAs I have had in a while. Well off the beaten path, in a good way.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious IPA. Pours an amber color with quite a bit of carbonation. Smells very malty and sweet with a strong hint of pineapple and cinnamon undertones. The taste is sweet but is balanced very well by the hops. I was surprised by how smooth this beer was for the 10% alcohol content. Towards the middle of the glass I really started to taste and smell the malt flavors. Not as complex as some IPAs I've tried, but quite unique and very smooth. I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the last of the single beer's I bought from Total Wines and it smells the freshest.

Hazy oranage colored body.Nice white head that doesnt last long.

Very fruity nose.Smells very nice.

Very sweet,but hoppy.The abv must have kept this beer fresh in the horrible ipa conditions at TW.

Oily mouthful,syrpy,cloying.Nice burps.

Not bad.I think its more along the lines of a barleywine.Not bad.I was expecting worse.

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Photo of stewart124
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy amber color with orange hues and a thick and sticky off-white head. Already leaving lace on the glass after just a couple minutes.

Smell hits strong. Tropical fruits, bits of citrus, and a slight piney hint.

Taste is very bold and viscous. Huge body and hints of the alcohol. Caramel malts are present and blend very well with the hops here. The hops just tingle the tongue and counteract the huge grain bill. Citrus, pine, and sweet fruits are picked up from these big hops.

This finishes clean, crisp, and smooth. Alcohol seems present but not overwhelming. This beer feels as thick as a smoothie going down and everything blends together very well. Nicely done.

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

This beer was bottled on August 23, 2007 and opened new years day whilst watching the Capital One bowl.

Poured into the De Garre snifter very forcefully and only then did it produce a nice head. It faded quickly but left some lacing. The beer has a nice orange body that is fairly cloudy.

A huge aroma of hops and malt... huge. But the alcohol smell is a little too present. Perhaps a bit astringent as well.

I love DIPA's and I love this beer, but somehting is slightly off in the flavor and aroma. The medicinal/alcohol flavor is very strong. Still, this beer is full of citrus hop goodness and a very stout malt backbone. A good DIPA, but it falls about in the middle in the sea of DIPAs on the market.

It probably needed to be laid down for another 12 months.

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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 joe1510
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$2.39 Single
Sicilianos, Grand Rapids

Stoudt's Double IPA appears a slightly hazy copper with large slow rising carbonation bubbles. A one-plus finger clean white head grew as I poured but fell rather quickly to an island with a thick ring. Quality drink lines were left after each drink. This is a good looking IIPA.

The aroma is pretty good but, unfortunately, is on the weak side. The flavor is very candied up front with boozy sweet caramel in the background. The hops bring along candied citrus, orange maybe some lemon; it's tough to put my finger on.

Flavor follows the aroma closely but seems just as weak. For such a big abv the flavor just isn't there. Again, it tastes good but just seems a little sluggish. The alcohol is well hidden and the candied citrus is pretty tasty over that caramel backdrop but it's just not my style.

Body is on the moderate side of heavy with a coating mouthfeel. The carbonation, while on the lighter side, keeps this beer moving just enough to keep it from becoming too sticky.

The big abv and lack flavors on the weaker side for the style make this a one and done. This bottle will get sipped on and be the last (Stoudt's IIPA) of the night.

This is a decent brew from Stoudts. With the crazy amount of high quality IIPAs out there now-a-days it's tough to justify picking this one up again. I have another bottle left and will enjoy it but that will probably be my last sample.

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Photo of jim102864
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this solid double IPA on tpa @ E. Served in a 1/2 pint glass, a thin head with slight carbonation was noted. Lovely amberish copper color.

The nose was citrusty, mild as it was. Grapefruit, lemons and the like.

The taste was heavy on fruity esters such as oranges and grapefruit, and a hint of lemons.

Mouthfeel was smooth and citrusy sweet.

Very drinkable, delicious brew. A solid effort and one of the best doubles out there.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce beer obtained at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD into a pint glass.

A. Hazy amber yellow beer with a decent 1 finger head and good lacing.

S. I loved the smell of this beer. Rather than the normal piny hops with a slightly noticeable malt background, this has a middle ground of fruits and candy. Very enjoyable aroma.

T. It tastes much as it smell. The hops were great and the middle of sweet fruits was enjoyable. However, I did downgrade it slightly since the malt was stronger than I like and gave it a sweet cloying ending.

M. Very smooth with mild carbonation.

D. Lower because of the abv and the sweet maltiness.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a surprisingly light yellow into a pint glass. About a half inch head, which left decent lacing on the glass.

Aromas are not overwhelming, and a lot less than I was expecting from this beer. There is a definite sweet malty aroma as well. I think I may have gotten an older bottle. Upon looking at the bottle, it says it was bottled 7/26/?? Perhaps 07?
So, it is about 6 months old.

Taste is rather watery, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not nearly the hop monster I was expecting. Compared with other DIPAs, especially at this alcohol level, the beer seems rather thin and light.

I'm not sure it that is necessarily a bad thing, though, as the beer does go down fairly easily.

As it warms, more malts appear and it seems to "thicken" slightly.

Overall, I'm not sure what to think of this beer. From a strictly drinkable viewpoint, it's pretty good, however if you're looking for a DIPA bomb then it seems to disappoint.

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Photo of pershan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Slightly cloudy, amber color with a thin white head. Not sure why it should be cloudy.

S: No discernable hop aroma.

T : Very noticable alcoholic flavors and warmness, with not a lot of hop bitterness to balance it. Needs more bittering hops, in my opinion.

M: Not bad, but alcohol dominates everything else - would have liked more hop flavor and lingering bitterness.

D: A good beer, but would be better if the alcohol content were balanced with more hop presence - flavor and bittering.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lovely hazy peach color with a bubbly, off-white foam cap that covers some lazy tendrils of carbonation. This one laces like crazy.

S: Very interesting combination of pungeant hops and sweet caramel malt. Citrus notes abound as well as some spice and pepper. As it warms a spicy alcohol aroma becomes apparent.

T: Big citrus hops and sweet caramel malt dominate the forefront in this one. As it warms, flavors of sweet Bartlett pear, and sweet, warm, brown sugar-sauteed Honey Crisp apples step out for a walk around the taste buds.

M: Surprisingly full, oily, and slippery. Very sticky!

D: The alcohol becomes more and more apparent as it warms. That's not a bad thing, it just takes a really big beer and adds another layer to it. Excellent!

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Photo of RedChrome
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium orange colored clear body. Half an inch of pure white head stayed a few minutes. Tiny, carbonation in average amounts. Sticky lacing clung in sheets.

Light fruity aromas up front in the initial nose full. Scents of grapes blend with a bitter hop backbone and a hint of alcohol. A decently balanced aroma, but not overly strong.

A very bitter blend of hop flower tastes. Bite of the hop overpowers all the other flavors. Alcohol wafts in and out of the taste but, can't hold against the bitterness.

A nice viscosity on the mouth surfaces. Carbonation has very little pop on the tongue.

A decent brew. Good against a very strong cheese. Not the best in style, but an clear hops dominance is a nice touch. Must try for lovers of the style.

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

Thanks NJpadreFan for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear golden orange. 2 fingers of pearly white, rocky head. good retention and nice lacing rings.

S: Could smell it right when I popped the top. Big hoppy citrus oils and a nice spicy bite. Crisp piny scent in the background. Malts are restricted to a syrup sweetness. Just a bit of alcohol.

T/M: Spicy grapefruit esters and a pine needle snap. Malts rush in with a creamy sweetness. Super dry finish with a lasting bitterness that has a nice, slightly less tart, grapefruit surprise. Alcohol comes through some more as it warms.

D: Very tasty yet very bitter. If your a hophead, you'll love this. 2-3 max.

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 04/11/07. Thanks JJ for sharing this one!

Hazy copper orange in appearance. With some nice sticky lacing that didn‘t go anywhere. Smells of sweet malt, citrus, and some pine. Tastes as it smells. Some bitter hops cut through the carmel sweetness. The 10% ABV is slightly noticeable as it goes down. Mouth feel is medium bodied with some stickiness to it. Overall drinkability is damn good considering the high ABV. Not complex, but a well done double IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Stoudt's Brewery in Adamstown, PA.

Classicly colored body with nice lace. No head to speak of, though a bubbly head remains.

Aroma is of freshly cut wood, and piney hops. Intense and earthy.

Flavor of woody pine hops, acidic but smooth. Full hop flavor, though not as powerful or in-your-face as many of the style. Alcohol is very hidden, almost unnoticeable considering the ABV.

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

I was pretty disappointed by this beer when I had it the first time from a bottle I purchased in Virginia (bottle review - 9/13/2007). Then I had it again on draft at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH and was much happier with the experience. I thought it pretty mild-mannered for a DIPA and masked its alcohol content quite well. Pretty good, which is a definite reversal from my previous experience.

Appearance was a pretty golden with maybe a centimeter of head. Aroma was hoppy with some papery smell which may have indicated this beer had some age on it, but was oddly pleasant. Flavor was fairly hoppy but nicely balanced, although very mild-mannered for this style. Definitely a bit dangerous, as I didn't realize this beer was 10% ABV until logging onto this site.

Quite good.

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Photo of djeffbee
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The APA is a staple in my fridge, this is my first crack at the DIPA - poured into a Sam Adams special edition etched glass.

Appearance - orange and hazy in color, thick head and lacing.

Smell - citrusy hops are present, but I can smell the alcohol. I am a bit nervous.

Taste - lots of citrusy hops, very bitter (bitter = good) and somehow a bit of a sweetness then a dry finish with an alcohol burn that lasts.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with perfect carbonation for a monster like this.

Drinkability - The hops and flavor eventually meld nicely, but a bit high in alcohol to enjoy more than one at a sitting.

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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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