Smooth Hoperator | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by leftmindedrighty on 05-05-2007

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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Photo of rayjay
4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome beer from Stoudts, maybe my favorite next to Y2K IPA. Awesome score in the SecretBunny08 BIF from dashirey. I used it to christen my new Y2K IPA glass which I am absolutely gushing over!!!

BTW, nothing like a dopplebock. Big dry hopping is the main focus here. Huge aroma, maybe summit hops? Aroma is almost as good as Blind Pig IPA.

VERY smooth bitterness. Black pepper and red pepper flakes are hinted, as well as Munich and smoked malts. A very drinkable lager that reminds me much more of a cross between a fresh peppery maibock/smooth dry hopped English IPA cross, not some thick sticky dopplebock. Smooth malt body with a decent carmel malt presence, almost like chewing on some 20L malt. The body is fairly light and gives way to hoppiness, but the bitterness is gentle and perfectly executed.

Exceptional drinkability. Moderate carbonation.

One of the most pleasant surprises I've yet to come across. SEEK THIS OUT FAST!!!! Big cheers to the brewers at Stoudts!

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of wfowlks
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Great balance of dark malts and hops, and a nice THICK frothy head, with great retention.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
The brew pours a clear deep chestnut color with a fizzy beige head of 1 cm foaming up easily and fading very slowly.
Aroma is grainy and husky malt scents with some caramel notes as well. I also get some spicy and grassy hops mixing in.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with fine tingly and fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is some caramel malt and grainy notes as well. Slightly sweet and then rolls to some grassy, planty hops that give just a bit of lingering hop bite on my palate.
This beer is super easy to drink with no hint of alcohol and a very well-balanced mix of hops and malt.
Quite a nice brew that I could drink a few of, I guess the 7% would catch up with me, but I wouldnt taste it coming. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Stoudt's Place sure seems to have their shit together because here is another fine example of excellent brew! Probably not real close to the style"standards" but in taste and quality this is one Smooth Hoperator!
pours dark, clear and clean,somewhat transparent
smelled pretty wild with lots of different contrasts, Hoppy, Toasty, Fruity ,Bready Sweet like with some malt present, pretty cool!
taste was nice with with alot of the nose effects coming thru, SMOOOTH
medium to heavy mouth with a touch of carbonation
Overall a very nice brew, hope to be able to partake of this one again!

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Photo of number1bum
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of NEPA BC split #14.

I first had this beer on tap last year at Monk's and was blown away. I had it on tap again in Philly this year, and now I finally have it from the bottle. I actually don't think it drinks quite as well from the bottle as on tap, but this review is sort of a composite of my perceptions overall.

Pours a perfectly clear bronze/copper color with a good two inches of creamy, light ivory head. Keeps a solid lace and leaves a mess of stick. Awesome.

Smell has an underlying bready/slightly caramel malt sweet base, but is dominated by hops. Lots of pine and some grapefruit and citrus, too. Very nice.

Taste is much the same as the smell, with a bready, slightly sweet and lightly toasted malt base and then lots of hop flavor. Pine is the primary hop flavor, but there is some citrus too, and also some other indiscernible fruitiness. Moderate bitterness that gives some balance, but hops are mostly flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Very easy drinker.

This is an awesome beer, plain and simple. Try to fit it tightly into a style description (like doppelbock, as it's listed) and you're going to be disappointed. But drink it for what it is - an awesome, unique beer - and you can't possibly be.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's German mug fill from Oktoberfest.

A: Dark amber, crystal clear, with a nice two finger, pillowy IPA head. Awesome lacing and the retention is terrific.

S: Grassy hops aroma fills my nasal caverns, sweetened by a mild malt backbone.

T: Perfect...awesome initial hop punch, ended by a smooth, sweet malty finish.

M: Smooth, creamy, silky...perfect carbonation. No bitterness whatsoever.

D: Virtually perfect. Maybe a slightly strong hop profile for true malt-heads. I really enjoy Stoudt's take on this style.

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt copper-orange. Hints of lighter orange around the edges, with a nice cap of foam that leaves lacing down the glass.

S - Malty and bready, with aroma of nice hop backdrops.

T - DopplePA, IndiaBock... The combination here is hard to nail down and hearing the name for the first time one would assume it is an IPA. The combo of the flavors with the grainy, malty backbone, balanced with the lovely hop character creates an unusual, tasty brew with real individuality.

M - Silky smooth, with just eniugh bite from the hops and good carbonation,

D - Highly drinkable, given the unusual nature of this brew, at 7% its alcohol is well tolerated because of the flavors and the character of this beer.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Enjoyed on tap. Served in a Pilsener glass for some reason.

Red amberish presentaion with a long lasting white head. Mad Cascadesque hop nose. Tastes of charred wood, oranges and spicy alcohol. This beer is super smooth with tons of hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-full. Drinkability is nice. Very "hopflavorful" with a crisp finish.

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4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a pint glass for $5.75. Sampled 11/16/10.

A: Served with a finger and a half of foamy/sudsy head, off-white in color with medium retention. The body is smack dab in between ruby and amber and extremely clear. There is almost no sign of effervescence on the inside of the glass. A long lasting film leaves spare lacing on the glass.

S: The nose provides a clean blast of hops. Despite the beer's name, the intensity of hop aroma was rather unexpected. The mix between grapefruit and orange is balanced and completely dominates the malt bill in this decidedly American-style doppelbock. Floral, fragrant and lightly soapy.

T: Again, the hop presence is incredible. So much so that the malt bill is hard to dissect. As the beer warms, some caramel flavor pulls through, however, not in a substantial way.

M: The mouthfeel begins lightly sweet and dries out from middle to end. The crisp, prickly and enlivening carbonation keeps the mouthfeel alive well after the swallow has commenced. Medium body with a big grainy texture which somehow seems to get bigger in the middle of each sip.

D: [DRINKABILITY] I don't know how closely Smooth Hoperator resembles a proper doppelbock but, disregarding styles altogether, this is BY FAR the best I've ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruby color with an off white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

A nice sweet hoppy smell, not what I expected.

I would never guess this is a doppelbock. Doesn't taste like one at all, but in a really good way. Very hoppy throughout with a nice malt backbone that comes through especially in the after taste. Very tasty, I'm going to hunt down a case of this stuff if I can.

Good mouthfeel, less body than you would expect from a doppelbock, but at this point I should not even be thinking of this as a doppelbock.

Great drinkability.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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