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Smooth Hoperator | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
stoudtsbeer.com

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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#7,571
Reviews:
264
Ratings:
472
pDev:
10.77%
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma invites sweetness, there is initial caramel sweet followed up immediately by all IPA-level hops. Big malty head. A good bitterness. Amarillo and summit hops. A bit of toasted malt.Smooth drinking with suitable carbonation.Fresh and satisfying.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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?

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of funny I picked this beer to be my random six pack for the weekend, considering I strongly dislike bock's and doppelbocks, I looked it up on here and thought 'oh well looks like this one will be going to my dad after I try one'. Turns it it tastes like a delicious Double IPA! I don't see how this is in the bock category at all.. definitely a huge hop presence, maybe a bit more maltier than the average IPA/DIPA out there but this one is a nice bitter brew that goes down easy. Just disregard the style... it tastes like a DIPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a beige head. Barely any carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate aroma of citrusy hops in the nose, which is surprising for this style, along with notes of dark malts.
T: The taste is a combination of hoppy and malty flavors; notes of grapefruit really stand out.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and tastes like a hybrid of a dopplebock and an IPA.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a somewhat modest head that leaves traces of lacing behind

Smell: For a doppelbock, this surprisingly smells like a pine forest; there is a bit of the malt underneath but the aroma is about the hops

Taste: The expected fruity caramel flavor is there from start to finish but running along a parallel track is the piney hop bitterness; the two flavors don't get in the way of each other and if you concentrate you can almost block one of them out on every sip, making one sip hoppy and the next sip, malty

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation - smooth

Drinkability: A distinctively American take on the doppelbock style and well worth seeking out

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces slowly to a film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and caramel malts along with some citrus/grapefruit and lighter pine/resin hops.

T: A very pleasant combination of the malty doppelbock flavors and the IPA hoppy flavors - I enjoyed this blending of the tastes. There is a dark malt body with some lighter hints of caramel malts as well. For the hop flavors, there is a dominant citrus/grapefruit hop flavor along with some lighter notes of pine/resin hops.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: A very interesting hybrid style - doppelbock and IPA - which I really enjoyed the addition of the hops. I found this to be enjoyable and easy to drink. A little too heavy to be sessionable in my opinion.

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Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Forms a nice 1.5 finger frothy head in my SA Perfect Pint Glass with very good retention. It's a crystal clear beer with varying colors, being auburn orange at the thinner parts and ruby red at the thicker, and a good amount of bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. The head even leaves a slight lacing, as a memory of each sip. Perfect appearance at least.

N: Nice piny hops really to start, with some fresh resiny musty wet hops as well. A touch of earthy chewy hops and hints of citrus. With that is some lighter dark malty aromas underneath that are hard to get to through the hops.

T: Fresh hops again smack you right away, but a little different this time. Starts with those hops, fresh piny wet hops and some citrus as well as a little earthy chewy hops. Then are some interesting malty flavors, stemming from the doppelbock character. It has some dark malts, some wheat, chewy flavors, a little malty sweetness. It's different, but the bitterness and malty doppelbock flavors just don't blend well. They really seem to clash here.

M: Med body with ridiculous amount of carbonation.

F: Some bitterness but seems to ebb a little. Lingering hop resins though, with that musty taste not going away, and a little astringent. The sweet sticky flavor is also present on the finish but the dark wheat flavors seem to fade and this turns more to a DIPA than what it really is.

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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 oberon
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its great to see Stoudts down here in NC.Poured a lighter bronze color with a tight one finger white head that great lasting power sticking like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly.Wow what a hop presence for a doppelbock!Very citric in the nose mixed with some caramel sweetness and some toasted malt.A little prickly in the mouth but not to annoying.A hefty dose of citric hop flavors with some tropical fruit-likeness as well,toasty in the finish with a light sourness as well.Hmm interesting to say the least,being a hophead I love the hop profile albeit it seems outta place a little.

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Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

The chalkboard called this simply: "Doppelbock," but presumably it was the Smooth Hoperator. Really seemed like an IPA in disguise. Poured a light amber with red-orange tints, and a small white head that left decent lacing. Surprisingly IPA-ish in the aroma, with a burst of pine hops with a sweet caramel malt base. If it was a blind taste test, I would've though this was an IPA upon tasting it (if it got past the aroma). Piney hops, citrus zest, apple peel, and some smooth malts to take the edge off, but not quite reach a balance on the palate. Smooth and medium-bodied, and quite drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 smcolw
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name of Smooth Hoperator, I'm expecting a Double IPA. I see, though, this is entered as a doppelbock. Hmm, let's see.

Pours with a dark amber (and clear) color. Wonderful head and better lace. Looks wise, it could go either way.

Woah, lots of floral hop! I'm going to review this as an IPA. Lots of pine and grapefruit

Prickly hop in the front of the taste. This is not a bock, way too much bitterness. That said, it has some excellent fresh hop flavors. The malt is present but in the background. The aftertaste is quite bitter and long lasting. The body is solid and the carbonation is appropriate, if not slightly understated, for the mouthfeel.

Hopheads will enjoy this. It has a wonderful bitter flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers melbatoast93 for this one!

Pours orange/copper with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Earthy & citrussy hops

T: Citrussy hops, herbal hops & biscuitty malt up front. Some orange blossom honey, dryness, a bit of astringency, & much hoppyness as this warms. Finishes with slight astringeny, much citrus hoppyness & a bit of caramel, a bit of booze. I penalized this 1 point for style deviation

MF: Chewy, skews way too hoppy for a dopple, low, but noticeable carbonation

Drinks great, just not a dopple, maybe if dopples came outta San Diego or Kent they'd be like this. Good beer, off style though. Would score higher as an AIPA to me

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown ody with a thin, wispy beige head.

Smell: Lightly toasted caramel and grain scents in the aroma. Hops impart strong notes of orange zest and pine. Hint of cocoa.

Taste: Sweetish flavor of toasted caramel and grains. Pine and citrusy orange hop flavors are strong, though never overbearing. Faint mintiness on the grainy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not too bad for a doppelbock desperately trying to appeal to the hopheads out there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 472 ratings
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