Smooth Hoperator | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German 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 blackie
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: lovely khaki head over a clear garnet colored lager, good retention and lacing

s: toasty vienna and munich malt body, lager-clean apple aromas, light sugars, crisp citrus hop nose, cleaner and more pilsner-like than is typical of doppelbocks, interesting hybridization of a toasty german lager with an american ipa style hopping

m: each sip brings a mouthful of delicately effervescent carbonation chasing the medium bodied lager down my gullet

t: german malts supply a dominant flavor of toasted bread, a little appley, malts much cleaner - and the hops more pronounced - than most versions, citrus-herbal hop flavor with a palate-cleansing bitterness

d: an interesting take on the style, and very drinkable

single from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last year, but this time around it is certainly fresher. 12oz bottles bought at the Beeryard, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1 Finger off-white head, sort of hodge podge of larger carb bubbles and smoother fluffy pillows. Carbonation bubbles decorate the side of the glass all over as many many more stream from the bottom of the glass back to the top. A thin layer of foam retains itself for quite a while. Beautiful, crystal clear amber color.

Smell: Some caramel malt lends a bit of sweetness to the nose. Biscuit malts as well. A piney hop aroma comes through that I didn't get much of last year. Certainly smell more hoppy than it did last time, but again, it is fresher.

Taste: Whole new beer compared to older bottles from last year. Sweet caramel malts, some biscuit and some bread there. Incredibly balanced with some oily, piney hops. Not over whelming hops, I'd say its a very even mix of malt and hop. Probably not to style, but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, incredibly smooth. Low to Medium carbonation, some slight hop bitterness lingers at the end and a bit of a hop oil slick on the tongue. Very slight though.

Drinkability: Masks the 7% beautifully. Tastes great.

I wanted to give this a 4.5 in taste, based on my own preferences, but docked it that .5 in an effort to score "to style." Pretty hoppy compared to other dopplebocks I've had, not as much of a malt presence, but it should be made clear, I love this beer.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber body, clear, small white head, bits of lacing

Smell - Hops are very distinct and pronounced for a dopplebock, I like it

Taste - A nice malty caramel fruity dopplebock flavor with a big hop backbone

Mouthfeel - Smooth balanced mouthfeel

Drinkability - ML might not like this dopplebock because it's a bit hoppy for the style.. But I sure appreciated it

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Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An awesome polished copper color. Pours with a large yellow colored head thick and fluffy. Some sticky bubbles cling to the sides of the glass and release in an untimely manner.

Second time I've tried this beer and it's really becoming a great liker. Very earthy, herbal, piney hop aromas. Grassy with a caramel malt hidden in the depths. A lager by aroma as there isn't much fruit and a bready malty middle. Crisp refreshing floral ester.

The same grassy herbal piney flavors the smell indicated. Great hops and bitterness on the finish. A bit of dopplebock shows through but most is masked with the hop. Floral on the finish with a bready malt character. Mouth is very thin on draught compared to what I've had in bottle. Otherwise a fine drinker.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was rather surprised to see Doppelbock as the style assigned to this beer, but non-the-less it pours a rusty copper/amber with a thick, light tan head which retains it frothy shape well and leaves some substantial webs of lace behind.

A very nice balance in the aroma; sweet caramel malt and spicy, piny hops mesh seamlessly. Resinous and fragrant along with a brown bready note and a slight metallic tinge.

A ton of hops up front. Spicy and resinous pine fades a bit to more citrus and caramel drizzled bready sweetness. Again very well balanced and very up-beat with a popcorn toastiness and a very clean finish.

Bright and crisp with a medium body and a mildly bready hop aftertaste that really contributes to the overall mouthfeel for me. Light and very fine (yet substantial) carbonation. A great collaboration of of bready caramel malt and big hops.

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Photo of BB1313
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 4/6/11. Wow, I must first say this is the without a doubt the hoppiest doppelbock I've ever come across. I actually forgot I was drinking a doppelbock. Pours a beautiful shiny light brown that glows; white fluffy head and sticky lacing. Hop aromas are in the forefront, along w/ apricots. Tastes like it smells, very hop forward w/ the malts taking a backseat. Mouthfeel is nice, rich and creamy; not overly carbonated. Drinkability is okay, but the sweetness takes it down a notch.

If DFH Aprihop and Boulder Beer Cold Hop had a baby, it would be Stoudts Smooth Hoperator. I don't know what to make of this one. Doppelbock purists may not appreciate this one, simply bc it's not true to style.. but it's a tasty beer, recommended.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with massive off-white head.
Smell is loaded with piney, grassy, citrusy hops with a nice fruity malt character in the background.
Taste is also dominated by hops, but as the flovor develoips in the mouth, the strong fruity malt begins to take over.
At the finish the hops again begin to assert themselves to present the perfect finish.
Extremely drinkable.
This is what you get when hops meet bock. truly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ATPete
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a dirty orange brown color with a large orange/brown head. Big booming aromatic hops in the nose, lots of pine and bitter fruit. A very balanced beer, i was actually unaware of the style before searching to review, doppelbock? really? I could have swore DIPA to be honest. Either way, lots of rich caramel malts play nicely with the absurd amount of fresh, peppery hops dumped into this thing. Very nice indeed, wish they distributed this one? Do they distribute this one? This beer should be called enigma.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep yet clear copper color. Some white head but a nice showing of lacing.

S: The malt you would expect is there but there is also a detectable hop presence. Also an old ale like smell.

T: Interesting beer. A hoppy doppelbock? Definately interesting. The malt is there in full force. Finishes with a nice sweet tea taste.

M: A nice thick full bodied beer. Syrupy feel to it.

D: Super easy drinking. Not quite within the style guidelines but a really nice beer.

update: Got a fresh bottle much better nose. Much hoppier. Really nice and different beer.

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Photo of thethrone
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear deep mahogany, with an off-white head with good retention. Thin lacing.

S - Big hoppy smell, lots of pine. Hints of citrus and caramel sweetness.

T - Lots of hops dominate the flavor at the start. Also notes of sweet caramel malts, which come out a lot more as it warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers well after the sip is done.

D - Not as smooth as the label would lead you to believe, but still a great brew. Recommend to hopheads, may catch doppelbock drinkers off guard.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, dark, coppery amber color with a finger of creamy off-white (almost tan) head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention yields massive swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is packed with some nice floral hops and citrus in the front that then melds into some sweeter accents of caramel and bread.

The taste once again posesses a nice floral hoppy bittterness up front that gives way to juicy citrus and that is all set up against a backdrop of bread and caramel sweetness. That tingling earthy hop profile runs all the way through and lingers after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and smooth feel.

A really unique take on a Doppelbock that is packed with a ton of hops and drinks a lot easier than that style would dictate. Tasty and refreshing, Stoudts has a winner with this one.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at Barley's Smokehouse on 12/1/10

Rustic copper color with a slight amber hue around the bottom of the glass. Poured a one finger head of porous foam that dissipated slowly over a good bit of time. Medium skim, retention-wise. Solid wall of lace dries & cracks over time.

Piney hop aroma fans out, cut down the center with sharp & clean citrus. Grapefruit pith mostly, with some pineapple & a hint of lemon. Hmm...Amarillo perhaps? All of this is bolstered by a solid malt presence reminiscent of toasted bread & nips of caramel.

Wow, the hops are in full swing here (especially for the style) & they are expressed quite well. It isn't overly bitter; no, there's a nice display of citric goodness. Softer flavors of pine with a penchant for oiliness. Toasted bread offers a minute sweetness; a substantial balance for the hops. The flavors really start to gel as the beer warms up.

Smooth Hoperator is something of a medium-full bodied beer. Carbonation is rather low & unobtrusive. Despite the oily hops, the feel is quite clean. Toasted malts & hops linger on the finish.

Sure, this may be an unconventional dopplebock what with the hops & all, but it's really darn tasty. I got a kick out of how the flavor profile progressed as the beer warmed, shifting toward maltiness. Totally off my radar, now totally recommended.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The groovy goat chillin' on the label is pointing at me. What!? Huh!?

Decrowning the bottle and transferring its contents into my Kolsch cylinder reveals a brew the color of dark copper, the sparkling clear body alive with fine carbonation and sporting a tint of red-orange amber. A huge three-finger cap of polished antique ivory foam graces the upper surface of the liquid, stubbornly holding its ground until the glass-tipping commences. Fat bands and chunky blobs of 3-D lacing hash-mark the inside of the tumbler to chronicle the passing drink.

The smell is loaded with fruity, citrusy hops, warm caramel, and notes of toasted pignola. Hop notes are fragrant and mildly grassy, and certainly command more of the profile than in any other dopplebock I've yet enjoyed. The requisite malts endemic to the style are there, don't misunderstand me-- underneath the hop-load is warm bready toast, grainy cereal, and soft caramel syrup-- but the hop forces are undoubtedly in command of the olfactory production.

The taste is similarly under hop-control, with loads of grassy, citrusy hop flavor at center stage. The malt backbone of the drink asserts itself here, with warm toasted malts, darkened whitebread toast, and semisweet caramel colliding headlong with the runaway hop charge. The net result is a malty brew that is wonderfully hoppy in flavor, as the sweetish malty profile knocks the hop oils down a peg or two, mellowing the drink, keeping things flavorful without 'ruinating' the palate with drying or intense bitterness. As the drink warms, a bit of toffeelike malty sweetness joins the profile.

The drink is medium in body with fine carbonation and is really pretty darned quaffable. As the encounter comes to an end, I glance back at the super-cool label-goat. He's still pointing, but now I get it... no need to ask... the Smooth Hoperator wants YOU to drink his brew!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber with a big off-white head and great lacing. I enjoy a beautifully bright lemony sweet grapefruit hops aroma. The flavor offers a crisp citrus hops over a bready malt foundation. Very pleasant, fairly light and very drinkable, uniquely flavorful with tart hops but very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear, dark-reddish amber with a 2-finger beige head. Nice visible carbonation and lacing that leaves behind sheets of sticky foam.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose, but a nice combination of sweet malt -- think toffee and butterscotch -- and hops -- think pine, grass and a bit of a floral bouquet.

T: Toasty malt up front, followed by bitter hops (citric and pine) at the end, leading to a nicely balanced, semi-dry finish. As it warms I get a sense of fruit from the malt. Think of an Oktoberfest that's had some American hops thrown in and you get the basic idea.

M: Light in heft, nice all-around feel.

D: Very good. Goes down easy and yet has some flavor to it. Worth checking out.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Wow looks really nice a crystal clear deep copper color with a nice tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Could pick up some hops here and some nice sweet malts. Also some bread like odors.

T- I could taste quite a bit here pretty complex. Well, balanced and went down way to easy. Hard to describe but I'll give it a shot piney hops, some citrus in there also, maybe a hint of some sort of smoke/charcoal also. Very nice.

M- Good carbonation and medium body.

D- Very drinkable. Really nice, smooth and goes down great.

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Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a dark brown with a twinge of red in there. Huge three and a half fingered head dwindles down to a nice one finger crown. Cirrius clouds of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

S_Clean smelling with a huge ammount of piney hops. Very nice.

T_Much maltier than the smell. A nice roasted honey covered biscuit malt sets the stage for a mid range dose of pine cone hops. Aftertaste manages to be both sweet and bitter at the same time. All throughout it is very clean tasting. As it warms a little breadiness comes through.

M_Medium bodied with a perfect light carbonation to cut through it.

D_Top notch, I really like this one and will look out for it. Definitely one smooth beer though my only complaint is it could have a little more hop wallop. However if the name wasn't hoperator I would not complain.

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Photo of akorsak
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's. I had the beer on tap there and look forward to this one in a bottle.

A: The lager pours with a clear copper red color and a very thick head. The thick head laces well throughout the glass.

S: The nose is full of sweet malts and a nice undercurrent of fresh citrus hops. The freshness creates a very moist aroma, very pleasing.

T: The malt body is really amped up, creating a full taste with some sweeter green grapes and apples coupled with biscuity grains and dark raisins. That maibock body is nicely paired with the fresh hops that add a citrusy body that shows off some fruit rind flavors. The bigger hop presence really makes the beer stand out.

M: The hops add an enjoyable bitter body to this lager, nicely supplementing the malt body with vibrant kick.

D: The abv is well hidden but can catch up to you. Still, this hybrid harvest maibock really hits the spot.

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Photo of wgarton
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a worthy beer. And if nothing else, one of the best bottle designs on the market.

A: Dark amber, thicker white head lacing the side of my glass.

S: Pine, molasses, light fruit tones

T: Crisp, pretty strong hop character coming through the piney flavors. No indication of its 7% makes it very drinkable.

F: Avoids being syrupy, as can happen with such a hoppy beer. Nothing exceptional, but easy to drink.

I'm very happy that I had a chance to drink a couple (or more...) of these in their run. Very drinkable, tasty, enjoyable brew

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, some dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & dark fruit and bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then there's a strong hops bitterness for the style that comes in to provide a nice bite. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with an extra burst of hops that you don't too often in the style, this is a good flavorful beer with substance that is worth drinking for a very long time.

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Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours a clear, reddish-brown with a thin off white head.

S--Light roastiness with nice piney and orange zest in the hop nose.

T--Carmel sweet with strong hop flavors though never overbearing. Nice smooth taste with a noticable dry finish.

Mouthfeel--Medium bodied with a good roundness. Carbonation low to medium.

Drinkability--An easy drinking beer for sure. While this is considered a dopplebock I would not classify it as such....regardless of what it is Stoudts made a nice brew with this one.

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Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, with strong orange tints. Nice 2-finger head with great retention. Very nice large bits of lacing.

Big amber malt nose with piney hops present. Nose is also slightly sweet.

Hits the tongue with a nice estery feel. Slightly astringent. Malt takes over, then gives way to some decently floral hops. Caramel comes in at the end.

Very thick for the style.

Easy drinker.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a great looking burnt orange with crystal-like reddish hues and a rocky head of white foam.

S: Smelled a bit musty and smoky, with a resinous hop leaf aroma and some deep fruits also; complex!

T: Taste brought a combination of soft, dark fruits like plum and raisin mixed with a bready malt character and a fairly smooth hop finish, as expected by the name. Lingering phenol and hop aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is full and sticky from the hops.

D: It's a good brew for a heavier meal featuring a main meat dish, didn't exactly pair with my mahi mahi burger; but made for a great sipper once the meal was done. Probably not one to session, but certainly one to enjoy slowly.

Great brew with a style that's difficult to define. I wouldn't immediately think Dopplebock when it's served, but I wouldn't necessarily think DIPA either. I'll just call it a tasty brew.

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Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and bronze in color. Almost looks a little too filtered. Sitting atop is a slightly off-white, two finger head. It disappeared pretty quickly and left a very light coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is definitely intriguing. It features a nice blend of aromas that, taken together, results in a very distinct smell. There's clearly a nice mix of caramel and light roasted malts. A little sweet smelling, but not overly so. There's also some toasted nut and a bit of yeast. But, there's a really nice hop aroma that is a nice surprise and adds some complexity. Secondary citrus notes emerge toward the end. Very interesting and nice smelling beer.

Taste: It's not materially different from the nose, but the nose is a little more refined and well done. It's malty and sweet up front. Caramel malts give it a solid backbone. Toasted nut flavor is a nice touch. The hops are clearly the x-factor in this beer. They provide a very nice bitter bite that's quite surprising and very welcome. There's a touch of pineapple and grapefruit to add some sweetness on the tail. Finishes a little yeasty and dry. It's a nice flavor, but simply isn't as well done as the nose.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and smooth. Stoudt's definitely got that part right. Carbonation is spot on and it goes down really easy. Drinkability is very good. It's a little short elite, but still impressive. I just don't see myself hammering down a six pack of this in a night. Probably two bottles...tops.

Stoudt's developed a really interesting beer with this one. The hop flavor really is the surprising component that propels it to "very good" status. Given the name, it's not a huge surprise. But, somehow it manages to be when you taste it. It's just hard to imagine the flavor combo that smacks you in the face. I haven't had a beer quite like this one. In any event, it works. Check it out.

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 473 ratings