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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -11.9%
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 metter98
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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 brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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 nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
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 oberon
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up in a trade recently and to be honest was thrilled to death when I had received it. I had been looking for it for a long time. Grabbed this out of the fridge last night and poured it into an imperial pint glass. Rich looking pour, with a deep dark amber color. Nice clarity with a two inch plus head of white that never really did faded much, leaving tons of side glass lace all over the place and really just pulling through a monstrous and wonderful appearance. Lots of visible carbonation streaking up, letting me know this one was definitely alive.

The nose was very nicely balanced, with rich and sweet caramel tinted malts coming through the strongest at first this mellowed into a bready and biscuit like aroma which was accented very nicely by a good dose of floral pine like hops. Very resin like, even in the aroma and this I would find out would soon carry over very nicely into the overall flavor. Started out very smooth, with a thick medium body and more the ample carbonation. A touch coating on the tongue, rich bready malts and sweet notes of caramel and candied sugar took up the lead as this one went down. It then transformed into a nice and well rounded hop mixture, fuggles maybe? Not sure but nice and mellow and nothing harsh and biting about it. Easy and like the name, very smooth drinker here. I could have easily threw down multiples of this one, based on the balance alone.

Overall this was definitely a keeper. One of the better beers I have had lately and definitely a winner in my book. Very well balanced, not sure about the style classification, but still very good indeed. I would have no issues with picking up a good bit of this one down the road.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Nonic cold.
A - Deep copper/garnet with a very thin sliver of a white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - A nice woody cherry like fruitiness in the aroma along with a citrus hop note. Very sweet odor like a clementine.

M - A lighter body for all the aroma. Slightly slick, easy drinking. Effervescence is moderate and bitterness is not overdone.

T - A decent hoppy sweet lager. The citrus flavors are backed by a bready, almost spicy malt. Interesting acidity and malt synergy tastes like an amped up amber w/ juicy hops giving a nice fruitiness that lasts.

D - The flavor of a nice amber ale. Sweet and plenty of hops it Hoperates well in the league of accentuated hop beers.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad somebody decided to brew a German style bock with some American hops a long overdue experience. Appears a ruby amber tone crystal clear cast to it with a large tan head thick bubbles fomrs large floating above the glass like a biscuit. Aromatics are very nice with full piney and floral hop bouqets with some leafy tobacco and spicy character complemented by a nice warming biscuit caramel malt presence. Flavor comes off upfront leafy herbal bitterness, piney hops really are the highlight with some rolling blended caramel malt rather spicy with a biscuit bready tone to it finishes pretty clean with some hops sticking around. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is rather light despite the large bubbled nice sized head flows even with a slick oily finish. Drinkability is great an original concept with more than ample flavor I like what Stoudt's has done I could have a few of these without a problem.

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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 smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Meridian Pint.

Nice off white cream head that is very foamy. Lacing sheets of lace while drinking sometimes and lots of stick. Classic dark amber color that is clear. Looks real good here.

Bouquet is a mild dry malt sense but also a weird sour smell and a mix of nut, very much like an English brown ale or something. It's good but odd I must say.

Taste.. brings the strangeness. Weird but neat. Brown nut and dryness with an almost funky sense and malt mix. Chew texture and finish but a clever mix of hop bitter that is small and malt yeast sour.

Overall I didn't mind this but this is one strange doppelbock, but it's very easy drinking for the high abv I must say.

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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 Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, "Best by 9/23/07" dating etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours almost ruby amber, clear, with a few bubbles rising to the top. Medium tan head and leaving spotty and stringy lacing. Malty, nutty nose, with flourishes of leafy, resiny hops. Full flavor, complex brew. Layers of rich malts and then resin laden waves of hoppy dryness. Nice, well worth a try

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear reddish orange in color with a nice two finger head that lingers around a while. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: nice fruity and malt sweetness is balanced with a nice floral hop presence.

Taste: big malt profile here. Ripe fruit sweetness, green apples, a mild orange citrus, and a hearty floral bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable. Definitely more hop presence than expected.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Long malty and floral hop finish. Medium-heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: smooth and enjoyable. This is a great beer from Stoudts. Try this if you see it on tap.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd wondered for quite a while why there wasn't a lager equivalent to the IPA. Well, here it is, big and hoppy, It has a very American citrus and perfume aroma with matching flavor. The taste, however, adds a bit of citrus rind and very smooth, almost light, caramel malt. Unfortunately, there's a touch of alcohol in the nose, but for the most part the 7% abv is well hidden. It's not the lager version of Two Hearted, but its a great beer.

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