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 warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decided to swing on in to the brewery in Adamstown, PA....was visiting family and wanted to collect a couple cases direct from the source, so it was this and Fat Dog to go.
Pours a very attractive bright golden orange w/ almost a full finger of bright white head. Lacing disappears quickly, as does the head.
Aromas packed w/ citrus hops, a touch of spiced malt and more hops.
The flavor is one sweet, hoppy Hop Monster a run for its money. Thick and somewhat syrupy...this fluid sticks to the taste buds and delivers a very flavorful mouthful.
Can't say it is balanced...the malts are there, but the hops are what this beer is about.
The carbonation keeps the sweetness in check and it is actually quite bittersweet in its finish.
I cannot rate this offering very drinkable, as it is sweeter than I'd prefer. I would, however, enjoy a pint of this juice every week or so.
Another fine brew from Stoudt's...good stuff.

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

Pours a very nice golden orange with a frothy white head that sticks around a good while. on the nose you get a full aroma of hopscitruspine needles with touch of malt behind it. Taste is really good stuff...full bodied, rich and creamy brew with a good malt/hop balance. Geez, I just realized this puppy had 10% abv. this abv. is well hidden due to the abundance of flavor...Highly recommended brew!

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

To think I lived in Reading for over 2 years and this is my 1st Stoudt...oh, wasted youth...LOL.

An interesting dirty, ruddy gold in color, the nose was light and crisp, yet mildly sweet. Head was a good 1/2" of tight white foam that slowly faded into tight, clingy lace.

Man, this is a nice IPA! Its smooth up front, then some mild spice with hints of a biting peppery tone, then the hops...yowza. Finishes very tight with those wonderful hops. This is one of the best IPA's I have tried - highly recommend.

Note - this just went absolutely perfect with a Reuben on caraway rye with fries with 1000 Island on the side. Perfect match.

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

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

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

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has got 'em. BIG and BOLD ones! Hops, that is! Pours a golden orange with a frothy white head that sticks around. Lacing is scattered throughout the glass for the duration of the drinking. The smell is fantastic as you get that full aroma of hops with some maltiness behind it. Smells like someone took a few handfulls of hops and dumped them in a juicing machine, took out that concentrate and dumped it right in here.

Tastes awesome! Full bodied, rich and creamy, citrusy and peachy hop flavored IPA with a strong malt backbone for balance. Hides the alcohol too, I might add. This one will definitely creep up on you if you're not careful. Mouthfeel is terrific as well as she swirls throughout my mouth with balanced intensity and perfect carbonation, leaving me asking for more.

You can drink these in moderation before it comes calling your name but if this style is your thing, don't hesitate to grab a sixer and kick back.

Finger Licking Good!

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

Turned a 5-4-3 with this one on 3/31/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Good fluff of starting, somewhat loose head that shows a big amount of stick and some great lace that lasts and lasts. Amber hue with a golden touch and lots of clarity, some dizzying action. Can smell the hop juice coming off from a foot away; tons of grapefruit and lemon/lime on nose along with maple syrup sweetness and some light beach grass. Hop levels are fairly even, that is, despite its I2PA masthead, which makes this pretty interesting; puckering I had expected is not there but instead more fruity characteristics and a nice, medium body. Good stuff.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale amber body with orange juice-looking edges and a thick three finger ivory head.

Smell: Orange juice, lemon peel, some pine notes...HOPS! Oily floral hop notes are all over the place. This smells like trouble.

Taste: WOW! Tangy citrus, orange peel, lemon peel, pine notes all over the place. The cool thing is that there is a nice malty, carmel backbone that shows up. It's not prominent and definitely overpowered by the hops but it's there. It balances out this hop monster quite nicely. Truly an amazing taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Slightly slick and oily with just a touch of pop due to the carbonation. A bitter bite at the end rounds out the palate.

Drinkability: Dangerous stuff. This will blow your palate in a heartbeat. That being said, it is so good that it will be hard to only have one at a time.

Notes: Wow! What an amazing beer. I could see this becoming a regular occurence for me. Haven't had a bad one from Stoudt's yet and I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of asabreed
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise from Stoudt's, the first beer I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Appearance: What you'd expect from an IPA. Smuttynose gets my 5.0 for the seemingly golden and floating chunks of hops swirling in the brew. But this is nice, amber to golden hazy orange, white foamy head that forms a nice ring as the head.

Smell: Wow. One of the most complex of double IPAs I've smelled, mainly because the hops and malt work equally with each other instead of the hops reigning over the malt, which is usual, and usually welcomed. Citrus, grapefruit, with some candi sugar-like aromas, slight oily hops, amd some fruity malt. Very nice.

Taste: Once again, complex. Citrus, hop, and malt presense are the characters that are mostly up front. Initial oily hop flavor which is then usurped by the fruitiness, only to subside into a harmonious aftertaste. A great take on this style, which is different from many of the double IPAs I've had in the sense that the malt almost seems to take over, but it's the balance that wins out by the end. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Also very nice. Great carbonation balance. Medium-bodied. Flavors get stuck on the tongue.

Drinkability: First of all, this is one of the most deceiving beers I've ever had, easily. It's 10% and I had no clue, since it was on tap, and figured it to be about 7%. But goddamn is this a good beer. I wish I could get much more of it somewhere, and I'm going to try. Be careful with it, but do try it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice malt base that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with an intense hop aroma. It is bitter and floral with a slight earthy scent; very nice. The taste is awesome. It has an extremely smooth and malty flavor that is accompanied by a kick ass hop flavor that is bitter and floral. It is nicely balanced and very tastey. It has an elevated abv. , but you can't tell. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. It has flavor. It has aroma. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. Stoudt's is quietly becoming the best brewery in Pennsylvania. I love this beer.

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Photo of krberg
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 1/5/05
Consumed: 3/9/05

Light copper with a giant, rocky white head.

Smells like hops, hops and more hops! Some malty sweetness.

So where did all the hops go? Slightly bitter, very malty. Amazingly balanced with well hidden alcohol, but I like (and expected) hops. There is a very nice lemon/orange zest flavor amongst all the malt. The finish is very long and pleasant.

Thick and smooth. Not very carbonated. Could probably guess this is bottle conditioned. Outstanding mouthfeel!

Very drinkable. 10% keeps the score low, but big beer drinkers might be able to make a (short) evening out of this.

Finally a Stoudt's product I really like! I would almost call Stoudt's DIPA an "English" style DIPA. Clearly lots of aroma hops, but not a lot in flavor. A very unique and great version of the new American classic.

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

Thanks to ManekiNeko for a couple of bottles.
Pours an orange/amber hue with a white head and splotchy lace.
Aroma of caramel, bubblegum, orange citrus and some piney resins.
Flavor starts with chewy caramel and mvoes to a really resiny hop note and a quikc burst of citrus. Finishes with a strange and powerful burst of depp pine bittering.
Mouthfeel is medium-boided with some lifht sweetness. This is followed by varying degress of bittering ranging from citrus to heavy, gooey resins. Highly hopped.
Drinkability is good. Nice combination fo sweet and bittering. Powerful resined note at the end is a bit over the top but doesn't detract too much.

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

Slightly hazy light orange to deep golden. Salty hops build up a nice citrusy perfume with mellow spice undertones (thyme, basil). Sweetish flowers accompany the typical grapefruit and lemon, pinneapple even to form a rather complex aroma, very appealing and broad in terms of hop flavors. Mysteriously almost husky malt bill add a most welcome balancing earthiness. Oddly, the taste is rather mellow, mostly straightforward grapefruit and lemon. Strong bitterness, but probably even stronger maltiness that opens up an almost vanilla level sweetness. Bready yeasty suggestions and a honey kiss form the finish background. Medium to full bodied, slickly malty, light and soft carbonation. Gently understated alcohol, this one sure doesn’t make its weight. Typical Stoudts quality product, but this is definitely not as good as their regular IPA to me.

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

This beer pours a very amber, as if plucked from the end of the cane from that old guy in Jurassic Park (note: no dinosaur DNA). There is a nice 3/4 inch fluffy white head atop that leaves decent lace along the glass. The beer smells like . . . you guessed it, hops! Very piney, incense like a little, but nice. The taste is buscuits dipped in honey, then rolled in frankencense and green raisins. Very "neat" (what a lame description). The mouthfeel is effervesent and astringent, but medicinal in a good way if you know what cures ya. Even with the 10% alc. I could drink quite a few of these. It's the kind of beer that makes you forget about dark beers for a while, if you feel me!

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Photo of aaronh
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff should have a vintage on it. 12 oz bottle, rather unassuming. Typical Stoudt's, right? Wrong. This is one assertive brew. This deep amber colored beer with gold highlights sports a rather creamy head. The aroma is heavy with caramel notes. Some hops , but mostly caramel and alcohol esters. The first sip produces a heavy alcohol burn, backed by a mild bitterness and then a heavy dose of that caramel flavor. Higher alcohols on the finish. A nice experience, but not an everyday or even a regular drinking beer. Buy a few and lay ‘em down for a while, maybe they'll improve.

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Photo of Stimack
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gave this brew a try last night. It poured to an somewhat cloudy orange color with a thick chunky white head that did have excellent retention and left quite a bit of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma was very much dominated be an alcohol smell that seemed to take away from this brew. You are able to notice the hops right away as well, very citrusy, but for some reason this brew did not come together all that well for me. The taste was very similar to the aroma where it was once again dominated by an alcohol type flavor mixed in with hops that seemed to have an orange/spice taste to them. Over all it is a fair brew, but I guess I was anticipating something a bit different. I would like to try it again just to confirm my review here, but over all I think that I have had a number of DIPA’s that I like more.

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

Turbid looking deep orange tone. Thin and foamy white head leaves ample lace. Sweet passion fruits and alcohol soaked berries on the nose. Sweet caramel/crystal malts duely noted as well in the aroma. Sweet peachy, cantelope kinds of tastes dominate in a spiked punch sort of way on the palate. Boozy and fruity. Where's the hop bitterness?? The alcohol provides some spicy edge, but that's about it. The mouthfeel borders on syrupy, but does not quite reach that zone. It's good for the style. Body is nearly full. Everthing about this beer is good...but that's it.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a pleasant surprise. Pours a nice deep orange color with a smallish head, but leaves insane amounts of lacing in the glass. Smell is hoppy and floral, but there's also a malt sweetness permeating it. Taste is hop bitter, but with a lot of fruity citrus tastes and malty sweetness. The finish is quite bitter with an aftertaste of hops that lingers for a while. I feel the thick, syrupy mouthfeel of this brew is what sets it apart from other DIPA's. I'm not sure quite how I feel about it, but it's chewy and makes it tough to take more than a small sip at a time. It's not quite for me, but it's certainly interesting and worth trying once. Drinkability is exceptional for a brew this strong; I feel like I could sip it all night without a problem.

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Photo of Maestro
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was great! I am thoroughly impressed with the steps that Stoudts has taken to make this. It seems to stand out from their other beers. I guess they are going through some changes. Anyhow, the beer is a solid orange, with a creamy tan head. The lacing is substantial. The nose is hops of a serious persuasion. Lots of citrus and fruitiness. The first taste, although very hoppy, is suprisingly sweet and lets you know that this beer has some true body and mouthfeel. There is almost a thick, chewy feel too. Very balanced double ipa. Malts and hops are equally represented. I truly respect this beer. Did I mention it has a lil bit of alcohol?

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Photo of ramrod666
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this dipa pors a nice persimmon with a nice lacey head that sticks to the pint glass like cobwebs. smell is awesome. huge hops in the nose. citrusy. slightly sweet. taste is terrific big hops that smack ya in the mouth with subtle citrus and alcohol notes. mouthfeel is heavy, oily , and not overly carbonated. drinkability is great...if you can handle more than a few. this brew kicked everyones' ass at my local bar. great beer but it will hurt ya if you don't respect it's power. a bad ass big beer from stoudt's.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a honey orange with a fairly decent white head.. Aroma is of Curacao oranges and honey. Taste is of sweet hops and malt..Star fruit and mango.. Hops are there but not super bitter. This beer reminds me of DFH 120 with less steroids.Its like Barry Bonds when he was with the Pirates. . Tasty hops.. Nice malt, but over all a Fantastic brew.. Some have said that it has alcohol burn? must have had an earlier batch, cause this as smooth and drinkable as any 5% brew.. This is dangerously drinkable ... Even though its $$ for a sixer its worth it.. WOWEY WOW WOW drinkable

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Photo of avylover
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This looks good right off the bat. Nice golden honey hue with a cloudy bottle conditioned translucentness. Small head but nice lacing.Aroma is of SWEET hops!! not sickly sweet, but nectar like sweet. Mangos explode in my nose, along with some warming alcohol and a bready maltiness. The taste is likewise sweet upfront. They did a great job a snagging the FLAVOR from these hops. There is plenty of malt and alcohol to balance tis beer out, and once again I love the hop profile, with a not too bitter sticky finish. At 10% this is stupid drinkable. definitely a new fave.

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

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 14th, 2005: Pours a murky, surprisingly bright orange color with a medium light beige head. Thin lacing. Satisfying aroma of citrusy hops and spice. Medium-bodied with a pretty strong hops profile, along with grapefruit and a perfect amount of malt balance. Alcohol is well-hidden. The finish is nicely bitter and clean, making this beer a great surprise.

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

12 oz bottle, brewed and bottled at Stoudts in Adamstown.

A chill-hazy dull orange body, with bits of carbonation rising, topped by a three-finger cylinder of just-barely-off-white-to-white foam. A bit of decent lacing.

Nice citrusy aroma, extremely fresh, and heavy with oranges. Carries well.

Good solid malt background arrives with a solid crash-thru-the-door of sweetness. A barrage of hops slowly arise, scrubbing down everything in reach, balancing, and finally taking control as the liquid flows away, leaving the hops nipping away at the tongue and the insides of the cheeks in a nice lingering afterbite.

Mouthfeel has a slight watery aspect at times, but at other times the beer feels solidly firm. Not a significant defect.

10% ABV? No way, can't be. This is a very easy drinking "big" ipa.

The beginning of a new big, bolder era for Stoudts? I am surprised and impressed. Go out and grab some.

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

Orange with a full beige head, very active carbonation, and good lace. Big fruity (somewhat grapefruity) hop aroma but a bit too bitter to get a 5.0. Big citrusy almost too overpowering hop character with a big hop bite... Light bodied and airy for style at first turns to full-medium body and creamy with a very bitter finish.

Per Stoudt's website: Over 10% abv and more than 75 IBU's. 10% abv

Bottled: 11/10/04 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 01/10/05

Note: Drink fresh !! Was way bitter when re-tasted in June 2005.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper/orange color. White foamy head. Very few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom. Decent head retention, nice patchy lace on the glass. Very citrusy nose. Sweet carmel malt, big citrusy grapefruit hops. Seems to be even some orange zest thrown in. Nice amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Slightly warming, and dry in the finish. Medium body, maybe a bit too much carbonation. Pretty nice double IPA, interesting citrus flavors.

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