Smooth Hoperator
Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
3.93 | pDev: 10.69%
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: This medium bodied, copper colored strong lager is in a class all by itself. it has a delicate malty palate up front, which is abruptly overshadowed by the dominating hop presence which is attributed to the 1.5#/bbl. of hops added for aroma and flavor. Available twice a year in October and April.
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark orange in color with very good clarity. Poured with a moderate, dense, creamy, tan foam with very good retention. Dark caramel malt, bread crust, light boozy notes and light earthy hop aromas. On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Brief, creamy smooth feel up front and pleasant warmth near the finish. Caramel malt, bready and toasty malt flavors with a hint of dark fruit sweetness up front. Medium light, earthy, spicy hop bitterness through the middle followed by light, spicy, herbal hops and caramel notes to the end. Finished cleanly with a mellow boozy bite and toasty bread notes followed by light spicy hop bitterness. Great malt character, not too sweet, with subdued hop character to provide an excellent balance. Great feel and finish. Very tasty and drinkable.

Mar 14, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 6/21/17, so couple days past.

looks good. clear dark amber body. thick creamy cream colored head, leaving gobs of lacing. light carbonation.

aroma is all about sweet malts.

well its a hoppy doppelbock, and at just 2 days past its best by, the malt wins out quite easily. there is a hop presence though, especially in the finish.

close to full on the mouth, sweet on the tongue, slightly hoppy on the finish.

overall, an interesting enough brew. not unpleasant tasting in any way, just cant imagine having more than one in a night.

Jun 24, 2017
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep garnet color with a tall foamy off white head. Translucent in clarity.

Smell- Citrus, caramel, mango

Taste- Earthy floral hop flavor. Hints of grapefruit. Bitter, dry grainy finish,

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body.

Overall- Far from a true doppelbock. Inaccurate for the style. More like a lackluster ipa.

Dec 09, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$ 12.99/six pack ($ 0.180/oz) at Giant Eagle, Meadville, PA
Bottle marked BB 7/14/15 too faint to see with beer in the bottle at 42 degrees into a JK snifter
Aroma of hops and malt
Head average (3.7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to an eight – nine mm ring and heaped layer
Lacing good – partial rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown, hazy
Flavor malty, slightly sweet, some hop bitterness perceived but no hop flavor; no caramel, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.5

Feb 20, 2016
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cambabeer from New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeah, I liked this, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. Somewhat watery for a dopplebock I thought. Nice earthy and hoppy flavor up in the middle however. No real hint of the alcohol and not a whole lot of nose. This came recommended from the bartender, but I just wasn't that impressed. Had some nutty and woodlike notes, but overall, just not a lot of flavor. Nothing else really bad about it, the taste that was there was good.

Jun 21, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours brown with dense, cushiony, white head. Head retains very well. Random lacing.

S-Hoppy but layered in its maltiness. Hops are green and grassy and the malt is toasty and caramelly. It's smells like a hopped-out Doppelbock. Maybe it's the yeast that preserves that Doppelbock personality.

T-Hops come on quite strong on the first half my first sip. Then, the maltiness and yeast character kicks in. After the pine agp d grassy and generically bitter hops wash over, the caramel and brown maltiness and unique yeast start talking.

M-Medium bodied. Quite bitter. Medium carbonation.

O-Smooth Hoperator is a very unique brew. A hoppy Doppelbock is a neat idea. Decently entertaining label as well.

Jun 06, 2014
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JWU from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- Beautiful. A deep, translucent amber, with a dense, fluffy off white head. Laces fantastically.

S- Bready, caramel malts with an earthy hop component. The hops work surprisingly well, and make for a really tasty interplay of malt and hops.

T- A nice, bready, caramel and cracker malt bill. Big lager yeast presence, and some mild dark fruit. Closes with some earthy hops that come off almost minty. Lightly bitter on the finish.

M- pretty thick, certainly feels like a doppel. A creamy character that I find on a lot of Stoudt's brews.

O- Looks fantastic, mouthfeel is pretty great as well. Smell Falls a bit short, and I could use a bigger hop presence, but it's pretty darn tasty.

Jan 17, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber copper color with a thick beige head with eternal retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Sweet aroma of honey, vanilla and papaya.
Intense and predominant sweet flavor of peaches, toasted malts, herbs and spices, and bit of pine. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is well hidden.
Well executed Doppelbock with an American hoppy touch, nevertheless malt still predominates here, as it should.

Dec 19, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Alpine Spring Pint

A - Pours a nice medium amber/light brown color, nice thick two finger off white head, good lacing.
S - Big caramel malt up front, and then some earthy hop flavors.
T - Sweet malt its dominant here, then you get some pine and other earthy hop bite in the middle, finishes more on the sweet side.
M - Very chewy and sticky feeling
O - Not bad for a hoppy doppelbock, has some decent hop character, but its still over-powered by malt. It could use a bit more balance. The name is the best part of the beer.

Sep 02, 2013
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange brown color with a big frothy cream colored head that falls oh so slow. Lots of sticky lace left behind.

Aroma is some sweet malty notes but lighter then a Dooplebock should be, Some light fruity notes cherry mainly with alcohol esters and a good dose of pine.

Taste is lots of malts to start caramel earthy peat notes with good fruit but then something weird happens and the pine hops creep up add there kick. First off I love hops but this just seems wrong to over hop this style. Taste is ok would almost rate it worse but guess its not bad just wrong.

Mouthfeel is solid medium carbonation seems a little too peppy for a dopplebock.

Overall heck its worth a try but for me that's all it will be. It is not bad per say just don't think everything needs to be hopped it is just wrong.

Aug 13, 2013
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a dark burgundy red/brown color with a big fluffy white head that left tons of chunky lace

S- BIg raisin notes, sweet caramel, and cherry pits. Pretty aromatic

T- Big juicy raisins, sweet caramel, tart cherry juice, plums, cherry pits, some tea bitterness, and some breadiness. Pretty complex and unique for a dopplebock

M- Very very smooth, medium to fuller bodied, slightly sticky, some warming, but wow is this smooth

O- Had no idea what the style was and was expecting a big hop bomb. This was a really nice complex and malty beer. This one was definitely a sipper, but I really enjoyed it.

Jul 02, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

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

Pretty outstanding Doppelbock served in an Elysian snifter.

A: Dark, rusty amper color, but fairly clear in its disposition. One finger head.

S: Cherry Jolly Rancher.

T: Incredible malt backbone here with a mild, sweet bread quality that was pretty awesome. After the huge sip, I got a big chug of white pepper and yeast.

M: Much more carbonation for this style than I'm used to. I usually think of Doppelbocks as port-like. Not this one.

O: I can see why this one is so highly rated. Cheers!

Jun 08, 2013
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beerfinder from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is has a nice hoppy flavor which is odd for a double bock. I enjoyed this one alot. It is vey smooth. Usuallly I find double bocks tough on the palate. But not this one. It has the carmel taste along with the hops. I know its been around for years, but this is the first time I saw it on tap in my area.

Jun 06, 2013
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stoudts Brewing Co. - Smooth Hoperator - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours a clear maple syrup golden tinted brown and a hint of amber with a massive foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing. This is a beautiful looking brew.

Smell - Tangy sour yeast, malt, and some citrus hops. Mouth-watering in that regard, light but has a bite. Reminiscent of IPA meets Belgian-style but not as heavy, should be a bit heavier.

Taste - Smooth malt intro, then a yeasty blast and a metallic citrus hop creeper that is more on the bitter side. Almost like a bad apple cider this is overly tart. Too thin.

Mouthfeel - Tangy, sour, and slightly metallic yeast smashed into hops lingers. Medium bodied as in this brew should be thicker than this. Not boozy, but not great on drinkability either.

Overall - Interesting fusion (a hoppy doppelbock) but I am not sold on this one. I was excited after the pour, then lost some interest during the aroma phase, and it was all downhill from there, unfortunately.

May 26, 2013
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Hendry from Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda bought Smooth Hoperator alongside Stoudt's IIPA on a whim. Not realizing this was a Dopplebock upon purchasing, the beauty of beer shopping with other people's money (splitting the cost with buddies for out-of-state-varieties) allows one to stretch out the budget with a wider variety with less risk (getting hung with mutiples that don't meet the credentials of a second purchase).

The rich,creamy two finger head that rests atop the deep ruby hue stays put until settling down to a permanent cap with average lacing in the snifter style glass.

The nose is aggressively sweet and yeasty, behaving like a concoction brewed closer to Belgium than Germany (more so than U.S.A. especially), which is the birthplace of the Dopplebock. There are indeed some malts present in the aroma, but this is a sort of hopped up mongrel that defies description.

The taste is sharp and very European in the way of yeast delivery, but again, I'm thinking about Brussels rather than Munich (certainly not Pennsylvania, U.S.A.). There is an immediate sweetness of malts followed by a confusing and unexpected blend of aggressive yeast and hops. The long yeasty aftertaste is slightly apple-cidery and unusual, if not unique.

For my taste, this is a Dopplebock that is unsure of it's own identity: the yeasty kick seems more trapist inspired rather than what one would typically imagine from a quality German Dopplebock (such as Ayinger). While worth a try for those that appreciate Belgian yeastiness, this is one of those beers that makes me appreciate splitting six packs with friends so I don't have to look at 5 more bottles for the next year.

May 12, 2013
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains pretty well before it works its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Fresh piney hop aroma with some faint citrus notes. Good cereal grain sweetness. Smells more like an IPA than a Doppelbock. Overall, quite earthy.

T- Bitterness comes on strong and has little malt backing it given the color. Taste is slightly metallic and one-dimensional. Just bitter hops that are redundant and lack the citrus and sweetness from the aroma.

M- Sticky, borderline syrupy with a harsh bite from the hops and not much body. Medium carbonation.

O- The aroma is such a tease considering the rest of the beer's characteristics are closer to mediocre. By the way, they totally missed the chance to call this Hoppelbock. That would be a better name since the hops in this are anything but smooth.

Apr 10, 2013
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shand from Florida

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

Grabbed this one blind expecting an IPA, didn't quite realize that the slick-ass dude on the cover was actually a dude-goat. Smooth Hoperator pours an amber-brown color with three fingers of very well retaining head. The aroma is very rich with caramel malts, but there's plenty of citrus and pine hops hanging out on the nose too. The taste is excellent, the malts rule the show at first, with some caramel and toasted malts up front, but the finish belongs to the citrus and pine hops. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a dopplebock, and the light carbonation is spot-on. Overall, Smooth Hoperator is a robust beer that should appeal to fans of maltier IPAs and dopplebocks alike.

Feb 08, 2013
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babaracas from Florida

3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper with huge cream colored head; settles slowly into a meringue-like cap with thick clumps of lace on the glass. Smell: floral with spicy, grassy, and sweet citrus notes. Sweet, slightly grainy. Taste: quite sweet... caramel, sweet apple, earthy, nectarine, herbal with a little orange citrus. Hoppy finish, but oddly drying and tannic. Miss, but if I was going to drink a ton of doppelbocks, I might throw one of these in from time to time for something different.

Jan 16, 2013
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papat444 from Canada

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 123oz. bottle with no freshness info.

Appearance: A light copper color, murky a little but mostly clear. Head is huge and long lasting leaving spotted lacing everywhere. All around on the sides, huge air bubbles fill it up.

Smell: Sweet peaches mixed with malt, fruit-like hops and caramel malt.

Taste: Plump peaches with underlying malty caramel and a quite present hop-like character.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, not as thick as a doppelbock should be. Some bitterness lurks.

Overall: A different interpretation of a traditional style that didn't completely win me over.

Nov 23, 2012
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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

Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter

Appearance – Served an amber colored brew with a half finger white head. The head faded over a moderate time to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of malt and some toffee and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas were some good hoppy aromas of a grapefruit citrus as well as a pine aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet toffee and malty flavor with a good presence of a grapefruit hop flavor. As the taste moves more toward the middle there are flavors of a pine hop that come to the tongue. While this occurs some of the sweetness fades a bit. In the end the pine and grapefruit grow slightly stronger and in the end leave a hop bittered, but malt balanced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is smooth and creamy with a carbonation level that is just about average. The smooth and creamier body is great for the hop flavors and really lets them shine through the flavor profile.

Overall – Quite nice. The beer has a great flavor profile, nice flavor transitions as well a good feel for the style . While not what I would consider a doppelbock, it is a god blend of doppel and IPA. Its very drinkable, flavorful, and very tasty.

Oct 26, 2012
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cpolking from Iowa

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

Shout out to tone77 for this beer! The beer pours a dark copper, deep amber and light brown to deep chestnut in color. There is a tall half-inch of thick and creamy off-white head.

The aroma is rich malt and fruity hops, a good amount of orange and a bit of floral. The taste is deep, rich malt, roasted and caramel, in near equipoise with orange fruit hops.

There is a spice and a tang in the finish, which is smooth and creamy. This is an interesting and tasty beer.

Oct 19, 2012
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chefhatt from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one had a nice amber color body with a 2' white head that hangs around for a bit and turns into a thin lace and stickyness along the top of the glass. The smell is of rich, sweet malt. The taste is kinda sweet up front then a little more bitter on the back of tongue. It has a little hop presence not to much though. The mouth feel is really nice, rolls off the tonuge really good and overall this is a good Doppelbock, specially after it warms up a little bit then the flavors really start to come out.

Oct 11, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: minimal head on a hazy amber body. no lacing really.

S: very malty, burnt ambers, candied citrus.

T: caramel and toffee malts, candied citrus. pretty simple.

M: medium body and moderate carbonaton.

Overall: not sure if doppelbock is the right style for this one. I dont have much to say about this one other than where are the hops in the smooth HOPerator?

Sep 11, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, amber colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - A malty aroma with a bit of toffee and some spicy hops in the background.

T - Sweet malt up front with some toffee. More fruity malt character in the middle with a finish of red apple, anise, and moderate bitterness with a lingering spicy hop note.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Drinkable enough, but I'm not that into it. The malt character is ok, but uninspiring and the beer just seems to be missing something.

Sep 11, 2012
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

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

A striking appearance witha deeply rubied amber colored ale and a tall tan head sitting on top.
Aromatics are quite enticing with lively citrus hops being the dominate aroma. Sweet malts with a slight toffee nuiance can also be scented.
Drinks more like an imp. red then a bock.
The first part has a more hoppy taste,after the beer starts warming you can get the bock taste. Sweet toffee and hints of roasted malts though very lite come through.
I liked this beer it was quite good. Drinks smooth and sweet. Feels a bit thin and washed out too, but worthy of many more.

Jul 29, 2012
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 474 ratings