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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Photo of rayjay
4.84/5  rDev +22.8%
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +17.3%
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 +16.8%
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 +16.2%
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 +15.5%
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 +15%
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 +14.7%
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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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of sgoodship
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew came to me through the exceptional kindness of Hophead101. Thanks Greg!

A: Handsome brew. Dark, rich bronze. Pretty clear with nice little carbonation pillars rising. Delivered a nice tan, creamy 2 finger head and immediately started to deliver some fine lacing. Head retention was very good.

S: A surprisingly balanced smell of malt sweetness and orange hops. I was surprised by the amount of alcohol aroma creeping in there for a 7.0 ABV.

T: Really tasty stuff. More than an "American style Doppelbock", I'd say that this is a hybrid of IPA and Doppelbock. You get a little dark fruit sweetness up front, then big German malt flavor which is then dominated by the Summit hops kicking in, delivering an IPA type boldness of flavor on the back of your palette. The finish is then more malty and smooth with a slight hop kick in the aftertaste which makes you want to dive back in. I really like this beer.

M: Medium bodied. Felt fuller because of the ample malt. Nicely carbonated - lively but soft. Clean and creamy feel.

D: Very drinkable. It's one of those drinks that you have finished before you realize it. If this brew was easily available, I would drink it often. Nicely done Stoudts!

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Photo of psugrad98
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep reddish amber with thick foam and lace. Biting hop aroma that smells of fresh hop flowers with slight sweet hints. First taste is of sharp biting bitterness that can be a bit surprising even for a hop head. The bitterness gives a slightly dry quality that gives way to a nicely balanced hint of nutty sweetness that then gives way as to the taste of fresh hops as the drink finishes.

This is an outstanding hoppy beer for those who are into bitter hoppy brews. Not for the faint of heart, though this is more balanced and easier drinking than others in its class.

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Photo of AltBock
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with one of the coolest labels ever put on a Stoudt's bottle. This label depicts a 1970's era standing up right ram wearing a leisure suit, a gold chain that says "Smooth" around his neck and some black and white wing tip shoes. This "Smooth" ram is holding a pint glass and giving a wink to all the sexy ladies he sees in the disco. Behind the ram is not a disco ball, but a bunch of hop buds falling from the sky. It's a great picture! The only other stuff on the label is just the mandatory US information. You might find a best before date stamped on the neck of the bottle. Mine was smeared so I couldn't read what was on my bottle.

Appearance: When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this Americanized Doppelbock was a very intriguing light cranberry red with some copper and orange mixed in with it. I've never seen a beer with this color before. I believe I came to close to what the color actually was. It was a bunch of colors mixed in together. Sitting on top of the mixed colored brew was a small 1/4 of an inch off white colored head of foam. This small head of foam had excellent retention because it never receded. It stayed the same size the entire time. Whenever the beer level went down, this small head of foam did leave behind a few small streaks of lace around the glass. The appearance of the beer was just as interesting as the label on the bottle.

Smell: The first time I ever had this beer, it smelled like liquid bread with toasted malts and a few hops in the background. This one smelled nothing like that one. This one was heavy on the grapefruit and spruce. That aroma came out of left field. I wasn't truly expecting that. Behind the grapefruit and spruce wall was a hint of citrus hops and the slightest touch of toasted caramel malts. These caramel malts came and went as they pleased. In the end, it was a pleasant hoppy aroma coming from a Lager.

Taste: The aroma was the things to come when it came to the taste. Up front is a small and I mean small toasted caramel malt presence. Then all of a sudden, these caramel malts are quickly covered up by citrus hops, a considerable amount of grapefruit, and an abundance of spruce. I could actually taste all the citrus flavors dwindle down from when they busted onto the scene. After the aroma, the taste was no surprise. I knew they were going to be very little malts and a ton of bitter citrus flavors. But what I didn't know was that I had no idea that a hoppy Lager could be so enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Even though this hoppy Doppelbock clocks in at 7% ABV, it was light to medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation and with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of grapefruit, spruce, and citrus hops. There wasn't any malts in this taste. It tasted like the malts gave up and just gave in to all the citrus flavors. This nice hoppy aftertaste will linger on your tongue for a few minutes.

Drinkability: As you can tell from the score I gave this beer, I now have a new favorite Stoudt's beer. "Smooth Hoperator" was nothing short of being a great easy drinking hoppy Lager. I would have no problems drinking this winner again. If you're thinking this is going to be a take on a traditional German Doppelbock, think again!

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Photo of drtth
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark reddish copper color with a fluffy ½" off-white/light tan head that recedes slowly, leaving behind a modest ring of foam and a bit of patchy foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a ring line of foam and patches of lacing that turn into legs and speckles. The lacing patches continue on sipping through much of the beer. By the end sipping leaves only light speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a complex blend of herbal, almost earthy, hops set in a framework of dark caramel. There is also some roasted malt and possibly some alcohol.

Taste: The flavor has some nice citric/herbal hop flavors intermingling with the dark roasted caramel and some hints of dark chocolate from the malt that initially dominate the flavor. At any given time the flavor is quite complex. But just as you think you've got it worked out it changes on you. Furthermore the complexity continues across sips as the malts and hops ebb and flow in a quiet exchange of prominence in the flavor so that the flavor seems to change from sip to sip.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and soft with modest carbonation that is fine, prickly and persists until the end of the beer. The finish is moderately long and ends in herbal hop bitterness the leaves one ready for another sip

Drinkability: The brewery points out that this is an American style doppelbock which means the malts are what you'd expect, but that American hops have been used instead of the noble hops found in most doppelbocks. I personally find this very interesting and drinkable and a nice variation on the classic style. I could easily have another (and another after that). I will definitely return to this beer, if only because I like it regardless of whether it fits "to style" or not. It actually seems to me to be the doppelbock that would be brewed in Europe if originators of the style had had American hops rather than noble hops to work with.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt coppery orange that reveals bright tangerine highlights when backlit with sunshine. The golden sandstone colored cap is whipped creamy and forms multiple lace bridges with the sides of the glass. Plenty of lace is simply frosting on the cupcake.

What an interesting nose! Stoudts calls this brew an American style doppelbock. I think it smells like two (or three) parts American IPA to one part doppelbock. Or Oktoberfest. Or some other toasted malty lager. The hoppiness is even more wonderful for being so unexpected.

Smooth Hoperator tastes as interesting and as unique as it smells. It's easy to love a beer with this much good hop flavor. Since I'm not a huge fan of doppelbocks, or Oktoberfests, or other toasted malty lagers, the addition of massive amounts of little green cones can only make them taste better. Style guidelines? We don't need no stinkin' style guidelines! This is a free-for-all of a beer. And a damn good one.

There are two things happening simultaneously within each mouthful. Picture two rivers, one flowing on top of the other. The lower river contains toasted/earthy/nutty malt and the upper river contains citrus and pine sappy hops (Summit and Amarillo). It's a great effect and is one that is becoming more enjoyable with each passing ounce.

The Smooth part of the name isn't a lie. The mouthfeel is nice and soft, in spite of 50 IBUs worth of hops. Actually, like the flavor profile, it's a perfect yin-and-yang combination of silky (malt) and biting (hops). A modest amount of fine-bubbled carbonation helps immensely.

For my money, Stoudts Smooth Hoperator deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the outstanding Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout). Kudos to the brewery for giving us beer geeks something new and different. Not to mention hoppy and delicious.

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Photo of ToddT
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a coppery brown color with a light tan head that diminishes slowly and leaves a well defined lace pattern on the glass.

S- Hops, hops and more hops. Slight malt and fruit undertones.

T- Aggressive bite of hops up front that turns slightly sweet then finishes with just the right twang of hop bitterness. I swore this was an IPA the first time I had one, was surprised to find out it was a doppelbock.

M- Nice medium body beer, just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes clean, crisp and slightly dry. No hint of the 7% ABV.

D- Easy drinking beer that leaves you looking for just one more. It is just as easy to finish off several of these on a hot summer day as well as a cold winter night.

A great twist on a Doppelbock and one that everyone should try. Great one to give to your hop head friends.

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Photo of treyrab
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for this gem...

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my chalice...

A: This is a phenomenal looking beer. Gorgeous deep amber with nice red hues. It has a creamy 2 finger head and laces the glass exceptionally well. There is nice, active carbonation rising up through the glass as well.

S: The hops really come through here. Granted, the name is Smooth Hoperator, but for a doppelbock, I was not expecting this by any means. The smell is of citrus hops and a nice caramel malt as well.

T: The taste is of exceptional citrus hops followed by a creamy (very creamy) malty sweetness. Some cereal grains in there as well, but the flavors of the sweet malt and hops balance the beer so amazingly well. The mouthfeel is so creamy in this one, I was totally surprised.

Overall, this is a great showing buy Stoudts. Probably the best beer I have had by them and definitely one of the best doppelbocks!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to a74gent for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade after seeing it on my Wants! Served from bottle into a Grolsch Pilsner. Poured a deep red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, oranges, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, citrus, citrus hop, and grapefruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew! A Doppelbock!? Holy Christ... I was thinking this was an IIPA until I read the style on here. Very easy drinking despite the 7% ABV. I could see myself getting in trouble with this one with large quantities. Very nicely balanced flavor and good aroma going on here. Definitely up there when it comes to favorites of this particular style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blind Tiger:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that stays throughout. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is citric/piney resiny with a caramel backing.

The taste is of oily, citric/piney/resiny hops balanced by caramelish sweetness. Very forward, but not too aggressive. Certainly an "American" interpretation of the style. Delicious!

Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Expectionally smooth. Alcohol very well-hidden.

It's not your traditional example of the style. But, who cares when it tastes this good! Both hoppy and malty, this is highly drinkable and shows the creativity of American craft brewing! Well-done!

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear reddish copper with a decent sized off-white head. Nice lacing works its way down the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is a good blend of fresh citrus and pine hops and some gooey sweet caramel malts. Smells delicious and inviting.

The flavor is unlike any amber lager I have ever had...and I like it. The hops make this one stand out from the crowd and well above it, too. Nice bitterness mellows the sweetness out and vice versa. Amazing job. Very fresh tasting all the way around.

Medium body with a drying finish to it. Makes me want another one. Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. I will have to get some more of this very soon. Still amazed at what they did to an amber lager...great job, Stoudt's!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a transparent dark amber with 1.5 finger thick head that dissipates to a thin layer and laces nice on the glass.

Smell is sweet malt and hops combination, basically if you poured a nice hoppy IPA into a malty crisp lager.

Taste is a smooth malty front followed by shot of citrusy hops, and then the two combine to finish out on the back of the tongue. Just an interesting combination of sweet malt and piney, citrusy hops; a unique tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated, a little bit of lingering flavor from the hops.

Very drinkable, I'm glad I picked up case so I can sit and enjoy a few more over this weekend.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with a ruby and amber tint. Nose is niiiice. Nice hoppy, red character. Me like. Flavor is hoppy and like a red ale as well. Nice robust tones that stay constant. Feel has a good carbonation and nice liquid feel. This is damn drinkable. A very well made brew. Must try.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with ruby hues and a half-inch head of white. Sparkling clarity.
Retention is minimal and within a few minutes there is barely a trace of foam on the surface.
Aromatics are pungently filled with tropical fruits and sweet malt. Mango, tangerine, peach, candied grapefruit, and plump, juicy malt.
The mouthfeel is medium, lightly carbonated and quite smooth, with a chewy edge to it.
Sticky hop resins lead off the pallet, with juicy, ripe citrus fruits and sugar-dusted spruce needles. Plenty of peachs, pears, and tangerine.
Plump, fresh, sticky malt follows through with some warming alcohol and a firm bitterness. A trace of toasted malt is lost in the hop attack.
Finishes with sweet malt, lingering tropical fruit and warming on the throat.

To call this beer a dopple-bock is a joke.
With the sweet malt and pronounced hopping, I would say this is right on for an Imperial red.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Love the label/name. Poured out a beautiful dark deep golden amber/copper color. Formed a strong off white head. (Would 50 miles in the saddlebags effect that, ya think?)
Sm. Nice strong orange citrus and grapefruit , but sweet and hoppy of course.
Ta. Sweet hoppy orange with a nice dry bitter finish. A little czramel in the background. Really nice.
Mf. medium body with pleasant carbonation.
Dr. Very, very easy to drink. Gone before you know it or want it to be.

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Photo of burkyburk
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was honestly expecting this to be an IPA by the name of the beer.
It had a good inch and a half of head.

Great smell, very earthy, grassy smell.

I tasted the grapefuity-ness I had heard about hoppy beers having.

Smooth like the name suggests, and not bitter like I was expecting.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Poured a clear deep copper red color with a nice layer of creamy tan head, ok retention, great lacing. Smells of citrus, grass, caramel, and biscuits. Taste is really unusual for a doppelbock, lots of hoppiness like grapefruit and fresh cut grass up front followed by the sweetness of caramel and brown sugar along with bread. Finishes with more earthy hops and an ever so slight alcohol touch protruding. Medium in body, good carbonation, just as smooth as the name suggests with a nice bitterness. Very easy to drink, great flavors and a good balance. One of my favorites from Stoudts.

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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