Smooth Hoperator | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 469
Photo of pburland23
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into Portsmouth brewery tulip.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep, dark fiery autumnal orange with three full fingers of creamy oatmeal colored head. Quality head retention which produces some sticky lacing.

Smell: Mild aroma of sweet caramel malts begin the nose before giving way to some large flowery hops notes. Some lemony citrus notes as well. Doesn't have much of a doppelbock aroma but it's still a nice smelling beer.

Taste: Starts out with a sharp kick of hoppy bitterness and I expected to be overpowered by hops. But I was pleasantly surprised that there was a solid malt backbone which added some balance to the flavor. To me Smooth Hoperator tastes more like a hoppy red ale than a doppelbock. Still tasty though.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth despite its hoppiness. Fairly medium bodied and quite drinkable even at 7%.

Overall: It's not a doppelbock. It's still tasty and drinkable. I'd rate it higher if I wasn't rating against the style. Either way, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color with a solid 2 finger cream head that lingers indefinitely. Beautiful.

Aroma is led by sweet caramel malt, a hint of toast and nuttiness, with heavy floral hop. There's a hint of citrus at the end that comes out more as it warms, along with pine and resin.

Flavor is fairly sweet, caramel malt forming the backbone, with grapefruit pith and resin surfacing to carry through to the decidedly bitter hop finish. Lemon becomes evident.

Body is moderately heavy, with a fairly heavy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Not as much malt complexity shines through as with a typical doppelbock, but the hops keep flavors intriguing. Definitely hop heavy.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a very deep orange amber almost mahogany brown. a fingers worth of tightly packed tan foam. good retention. spotty lacing.

S - nose is subtle but pleasant. grainy malt profile with notes of whole wheat toast. a leafy herbal hop profile with bright notes of lemon zest.

T - sweet toasty malts up front. earthy hops enter back in the mid palate along with a note of citrus rind. bitterness lasts well after the finish.

M - incredibly smooth texture. almost decadent. medium bodied verging on full, with a creamy medium carbonation.

O - it sure lives up to its name. velvety smooth and very well hopped a very nice example of an Americanized doppelbock.

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Photo of TheBigE5
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Finger of off-white head. Perfectly clear amber coloring

S - Smell is balanced with both malt and hop notes. Floral grassy and sweet.

T - More hops come through in the taste profile but sweet malts are still present in the background. Spicy finish.

M - Very smooth, minimal carbonation

O - True to the name, this beer is extremely smooth. It is definitely hoppy but is also balanced out with some sweet malts and spicy notes.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy burnt orange colored beer with a 2-finger and sea foamy off-white head on top. It dissapates very slowly and leaves a patchwork of lacing with it. The aroma holds some caramel tones underneath a resiny earthy hop character with a definite touch of herbal and grassy notes as well. Not incredibly aromatic, but well-rounded and pleasant.

A sharp resiny twang runs through the palate of this one, definitely a bit of earth in the hops as well. A thick caramel malt lends more feel than flavor, but there is a faint sweetness from caramel and toffee. The resiny taste has a tobacco quality that is strong, taking over the balance of this beer to the point where its close to overbearing. Not bad in reality, but it does seem to overpower other flavors that are a bit more subtle. Definitely a generous use of the hops, but a lack of really great balance affects my view on this one. Worth a try though.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish orange beer that is a few degrees from ruby. The beer pours with a crackle and a quick to form tan head. The bubbles recede quickly and stain the sides of the glass with leftover suds.

The smell is malty sweet with hints of white pepper. Not much in the way of hops but it is a pleasant nose.

Taste is quite nice. The malts are for sure the dominating component of this brew with a sweet, bready presence. Again no trace of a hop except for a mild bittering in the finish.

To me the mouthfeel is the best part. I dig the smooth texture of this one and the slight carbonation. There is a subtle hop pinch finally here that could have been around in the scent and taste but then that wouldn't be true to style. All in all a tasty beverage but not much more then average. Easy to drink but not very exciting.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle a globe glass.
Appearance: a slightly hazy amber with a off white head that leaves beautiful lacing.
Smells: a mild toasted malt with a bold floral hop
Tastes: a flavorful bread like malt with a light pine and bigger floral hop that blends with a sweet candied finish.
Mouthfeel: the 7% is super easy and enjoyably SMOOTH. Good carbonation.
Overall: a $14 six pack is a bit pricey for me but the pack I did get was great.

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Photo of Spider889
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Bodega, served in a shaker pint. Eh...

A - Head is short but has excellent retention and is super thick and clingy. Very nice clarity as well. This was a 4.5 appearance at best, but with a proper pour I am confident that this beer can produce a "5" rated appearance score.

S - Hoppy. Well it is what this beer is meant to be, I guess. No semblance of a doppelbock in the aroma though which greatly disappointed me. Amarillo-type sweetness and fruit with a Cascade-like citrus kick and earthy/spicy bite. Green and leafy at times with a hint of caramel foretelling of the malt profile.

T - Malt is there - caramel, crackery grains, etc. but I don't get anything that clues me in on this being a doppel... or even a lager for that matter. As a dark/amber IPA this is a great beer, but as a doppelbock it fails. Once I let the second half of the glass warm up considerably I did begin to get notions of toffee and stem fruit, but imo it is too little too late.

M - Strong bitterness but creamy carbonation.

O - Like I said this beer is purported to be a hybrid of styles - clashing, competing styles at that - a hoppy doppelbock. It does not marry the two, but rather murder a doppelbock to create an Imperial India Dark Lager.

The score is entirely dependent on how you view the beer. Rated as an IPA or similar, this scores in the 4.0+ range, as a doppelbock it's pretty poor. As a marriage it is also poor. Thus I am torn here...

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Photo of bornridiculous
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The 2 finger head stuck around long enough to take the dog around the block. The beer is dark but with nice clarity.

Smell: Smells malty and Hoppy with hints of crystal malt. The hop smell is evident but obscured by the malt.

Taste: This is where I was most critical, I was expecting the nice smooth malty goodness of a doppelbock. It was so hoppy it took me by surprise. As a result I waited a day to review this, and retasted knowing what to expect. The taste for me is somewhere in-between a DiPA and Doppelbock, which doesn't quite work for me. The taste itself is bitter upfront, with a rather odd malty finish, not bad, but not that great either.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is big as is typical of the style, seems appropriately carbonated.

Final impression: A lot of the negatives in my review of this come from personal preference, I did not like an overly hoppy Doppelbock, but there is nothing wrong with the beer of a technical standpoint. I will finish the sixer, but next time I will go back to Stoudts DiPA, or the Fat Dog.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/red in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Citrus and toasted malt notes
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, nice hop prescence, well-balanced and very smooth. Tastes like a malt-forward IPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.44/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- amber to copper brownish, thin white lacing stayed, small amount carbonation streamed slowly,

Smell- mix of faint malt and hops not much at all going on

Taste- just very mild malt up front followed by alot of firm bitter hops behind, not complex in flavor and not all that interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with slick carbonation

Drinkability/overall- this has to be the single worst interpretation of a dopplebock i have ever had with out any doubt, just saw off in the style its laughable, beyond that what every style you want to call its just plan out boring and simple, you can drink it but found myself truly not wanting to

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemless wine glass. Ruby-brown in color, slightly hazy, and with a frothy, 1-finger head that dissipates to leave a little island of ecru bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: Fresh-baked bread up front with a nice dry, grassy hop note on the back-end. Lite malt and hop notes promise a smooth beer not dominated by either characteristic. Inviting, but subtle.

T: Different and interesting. The beer doesn't advertise on the bottle what it is, so your mind can sort of wander: this is a good thing considering that taste-wise, it doesn't fit any specific style. It has the subtle maltiness of a lager up-front, with a crisp hoppiness on the swallow. These two major flavors meet in the middle to create a murky, swirling mix of flavors. Major notes include vanilla, burnt caramel, coffee grounds, grass, flower petals, and pumpernickel bread.

M: Smooth and dry, but just chewy enough to get a purchase on your tongue. This beer has a well-balanced presence in the mouth and a dry finish that invites more.

O: This is not the first beer I would point to if someone were to ask me what a Doppelbock tastes like, but it's definitely one I would point to if they were to ask me what a good one is. Curious, different, and one of the best bottom-fermented beers I've had (though, coming from someone who loves ales, take that with a grain of salt...)

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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 JerzDevl2000
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City since that was the only place around here where I could find it. I hadn't had a Stout's beer in ages and even though this was listed as a Dopplebock, I would agree with most reviewers on here that this was more characteristic of an English Ale or an earthy IPA. That's not to say that this was bad, but there's no doubt that I've ever had a Dopplebock quite like this one before.

Nice appearance to the pour - with a radiant amber hue, solid lacing, and a head that almost wouldn't quit. Lemon and pine are strong in the aroma and assert themselves in the taste, with a good amount of caramel and crystalline sweetness to back them up. Like a Black IPA, this pushed the envelope of what a Dopplebock can be and even the appearance was different, since there was just a bit of swirling activity apparent when I held this up to the light. The astringent taste that hit me up front faded to a warming and more full-bodied sensation in the back and this beer made that transition quite nicely. It probably had to do with the slightly oily mouthfeel of it and carbonation being spot-on, since it help clean up the range of flavors after each sip was long gone.

To be fair, this is a bit strong in the alcohol department. Amazingly, I couldn't taste it at all and it was only after I downed the whole bottle that the booze snuck up on me. There's a good tang to this like in a slightly spicy wing sauce and just like that, the flavor of this kept me coming back for me. As cheesy as the name of this beer may be, this certainly lived up to its name and hopheads should certainly seek this out!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm... A Doppelbock entitled "Smooth Hoperator"... Should be interesting...

A deep tawny reddish brown appearance plays the part of a doppelbock for sure although those piney hop aromas wafting out of the glass tell me a different story...

Piney aromas right off the bat sort of surprise me... Seems very heavily hopped for a doppelbock, i can say that... The sweet caramel of the malts is present as well and sort of has me intrigued... I like it already... Its different in a good way...

A well balanced combination of the piney hops and a sweet caramel-chocolate maltiness that works very well here... Biting hops right upfront settle down into a smooth malty finish for an unusual experience...

Almost Red Ale-like in its hoppiness, this will probably be a beer that I reach for time and time again... A good smooth easy drinking effort from Stoudts here... I liked this one...

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber color color with a creamy rich pinky size head of foam. Gentle carbonation with very sticky and glue-like foam that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus hopping with a pungency to the aroma along with earthy smelling and bready malt. Smells more in the realm of an IPA as opposed to a Dopplebock.

T - Slightly toasted caramel sweetness hits the tip of the tongue immediately and stays throughout the sip. The bitter citrus starts to build midway through with a little lemon goodness, meanwhile, the caramel malt retains a strong and even presence. The presence of lemon lends itself to a little bit of tang on the palette.

Despite my overall score, I'm actually stuck somewhere between a B and B+.

M - Heavier side of light body and a somewhat watery finish. There's a small amount of toasty caramel in the aftertaste that doesn't linger while the pine and grapefruit hop bitterness does.

O - This is a very Americanized interpretation of the style, it's downright confusing as I would have taken this to be a heavily hopped British IPA style as opposed to a lager. If you're one who prefers your beers more true to style, you may not enjoy this one, it's anything but "true to style", Stoudt's pushes this one off the hop charts for a Doppelbock. If you're a hop head, this one might well be worth pursuing. 'Tis good to shake things up every now and then!

Despite my overall score, I'm actually stuck somewhere between a "B" and "B+".

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is alive with malts, hops, a touch of caramel, some sweetness. Taste is malty up front, somewhat sweet, the malts kicking in at the finish, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of output01x
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream tan head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a clear reddish amber with almost no carbonation bubbles. Some decent lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Strong pine and citrus hops aromas come pouring out of the head. Bready malts are in the background, giving a little substance and balance to the nose.

Citrus and piney hops strike the tongue as soon as the beer is sipped. Dark caramelized malts follow in with an almost milky sweetness that offsets the hops. A pure lemon juice flavor accompanies the malts. A citrus bitterness rests in the back of the mouth. An oaky wood aftertaste finishes each sip.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer is very consumable. The body is a little light for the style and seems a bit thin. The carbonation is unexpected from the appearance but packs a good fizz.

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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 DarthKostrizer
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very nice reddish brown color with 1/2 inch white foamy head little retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Copious amounts of piney citrus hops and a little bit of oak

Taste: Very bready and malty notes. Hints of caramel and actually a very little hoppy flavor. Almost taste flat

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation and a slightly dry finish

Overall: Very unique flavor profile not the best tasting beer I have ever had but I am glad I tried it but I won't drink it again

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a rich clear copper-red color with a bit finger-plus of frothy tanish head. The head fades slowly to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is full of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. There is also a bit of lemon and bread as well.

T - Starts off with lots of citrus hop flavor and bitterness. There is also enough sweet caramel malts in the background to balance. Through the middle, some lemon flavor and bready flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of hops and bitterness with some caramel sweetness that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and a bit dry. The finish especially nice with a bit of dry and bitterness that linger.

D - Very drinkable. The addition of the hops on top of the doppelbock style is really interesting and different. The balance is also really nice here.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head with nice foam

smell: hops, caramel, malts,

taste: grass, caramel, malts, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: pretty good beer. actually shocked this is a doppelbock. more hoppy then expected which made it more my style.

the CPJ

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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 drinkiusmaximus
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy best dopplebock I've ever had batman.

A- A fingers width bone head sits atop a beautifully ruby tinted amber colored Sam Adams sensory glass full of what looks like pure bliss.

S- Hops explosion grapefruit and lemon peel with a little sweet smell coming through.

T- Ruby red grapefruit roasted malts and cherries, so hard to label this a dopplebock.

M- Medium bodied, light on the carbonation and lingers a bit but it is nice when this flavor lingers.

D- I love this beer, I could drink more than a few.


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