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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 output01x
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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 -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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
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 +10.8%
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 +2.6%
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 imbibehour
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +10.8%
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 +13.3%
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 Thickfreakness
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this is a doppelbock!

A- Beautiful ruby amber with a cherry tinted 2 finger head that leaves a nice about of foamy lacing behind. Really nice carbonation!

S- Smells like a 2XIPA!!! So citrus forward it's rediculous. Fresh squeezed grapefruit and lemons. Nice piney nose backed up by a candy corn malty sweetness. Getting bigger as it warms up!

T- Nice piney notes, sticky. Tons of fresh citrus fruit, all balanced out by the malty sweetness. Not as overwhelming as the smell, but delicious none the less.

M- Sticky enough to coat the tongue without too much lingering. Nice hop bite combined with a smoothness from the malt.

O- An excellent brew, but I expect nothing less from Stoudts. I shoulda picked up more than one bottle of this. I'll have to grab a few more and put one aside to see what it's like down the road as well.

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Photo of burkyburk
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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 hopmonsterIPA
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stout's Smooth Hoperator is an occasionally brewed "doppelbock" hopped like an IPA. It is more IPA then Bock/Lager, and there is really no way around that at 50IBU. Sure it is a lager and yes it is a high strength dopplebock at its core but the experiment of making it "American", which apparently means hopping it beyond recognition means you cannot think about this as a dopplebock.

The clean lagering, the ever so slightly sweetness of double bock - mostly because of the hopping I believe, the use of summit for bittering and a heavy handed use of Amarillo aroma with makes this a little difficult to puzzle out. In fact, when I sampled it at Stout's pub, I asked the server if she brought me the right beer as it was certainly leaning toward IPA territory and because of the hop excellent treatment tasting like an IIPA. The Amarillo aroma bleeds off of the rich, taupe color head. The a snap off dry finish of base the lager serves to highlight and brighten the hops. Simply stated this beer can only be considered awesome for the hop inclined. They really pulled off what I fully expected to be insipid.

I applaud this effort! I am pleased I went in open minded as you cannot approach this as a dopplebock, because that is just a bad tag that had a genesis in the core beer and provided license to create a label with a flipped out goat on it. If you go in understanding it as a hoppy experience and not expecting something in the bock family, I expect you will be impressed with this experiment and maybe slightly disappointed that it is randomly brewed twice a year.

For completeness, it is just as good out of the bottle. Prost!

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Photo of nuggetsofnectar
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper/amber hue with a lovely 1 1/2" pillowy cap that slowly (slightly) dwindles leaving nice lacing behind

Aroma: Wow...sweet hoppy caramel malts all in one...apple juice...grapes and bready malts

Taste: nice sweet apple juice...honey suckle bready notes....not as deep in musty as you may find with some other doppels...nice balance between hop and malt though...and smooth it is

Mouthfeel: very smooth and without question a good candidate for sessioning..

Overall: Quite a nice doppel....

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Photo of btorsdog
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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 LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark Clear fairly clear amber, good head, lots of cling, reduces to chewy disk.

S - Bread, biscuit, cracka - its light bread!

T - Subtle sweet malt with some hop back up. Not as bready as some doppels that I really enjoy.

M - Creamy, medium to light body, whole experience tends to fall of and water down towards the end.

D - Very easy to drink, for sure!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours an amber-red, with a frothy off-white head and plenty of carbonation.

Has a hoppy-pin aroma, with loads of sweet malt and hints of citrus.

Sweet and fruity start, with a yeasty malty middle and mildly bitter sweet end. Grapes, peaches and apricots are present, with a bit of spice at the finish.

Medium-bodied, this is a smooth drinking beer.

Fairly drinkable, while it has a hoppy smell, there's not much hop to the taste. Still, a nice tasting beer I'd gladly have again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Against artifical lighting appears to be a dull ruby with a easy sense of clarity revealing a strong effervesce of showering bubbles densely packed together in a feverish rise. The head is modest in size, a bit spongey and tan in color, but short in retention. Lacing was modest and splotchy of average coverage.

S: For aroma there was a sense of dry toasted caramel against a dry floral helping of hops. A nice level of intention hop wise comes with dried grapefruit pulp and yes a fairly smooth aromatic intake.

T: Dry toasted caramel opens the flavor upfront with a nice bite of dry citric grinds. Very good level of hoppiness, grapefruit, pine that is equally complimented by a generous malty touch of speciality grains adding depth and toastiness.

M: Nice fullness, malty, with a spicy bite of pine grapefruit hops warming the inner cheeks. Moderate level of carbonation with a warming of a spicy hop bite off the tongue.

D: Solid level of drinkability, and this is where I think this shines. Could definitely enjoy several of these session style without getting tired of the flavor. A big six pack recommendation, smooth, hoppy with a dry toasted malting all coming together in a very drinkable package. Tasty and toasty warm quality, though i think this drinks closer to a american amber then a dopplebock.

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Photo of thain709
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear copper body with visable carbonation bubbles...the head was a creamy, off white color and stood two fingers tall...the head retention remained at one finger for the entire beer...nice lacing

S - I pick up hops right away...bitter piney hops mixed with bright citrus hops...there is a fruity character coming from not only the IPA part, but the doppelbock side, as in dark fruits...sweetness is in the form of caramel

T - The IPA qualities jump out first...the hops are bright and bold and again present a slight fruity flavor...caramel rounds out the middle along with those dark fruits...it tames the hops for a brief moment...until they come back strong in the finish and finish bitter

M - Medium bodied...this one had a bittersweet finish...caramel dipped hops...a little thick and chewy at some points

D - I finally got to try Smooth Hoperator and I was rewarded...a great experiment from Stoudt's and I see why they made this a seasonal...nice hop presence for the hop heads with just enough malt to please other beer drinkers

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Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am definitely a Stoudts fan, and so I was more than willing to give this a shot. I wasn't sure if I had tried it before. Now that I am drinking it, I think I would have remembered. It is pretty unique.

It has a thick, unusual bitterness, a slight roasty flavor, and an almost sour after taste. This is uncanny since I had a taste for that Belgian sour and the beer store was all out.

If I didn't read it here, I would not have identified the style. I'm not sure what I would call it - experimental? I guess if they are calling it a doppelbock it must be bottom fermented. It's pretty light colored. But the combo of yeast, loads of hops, etc. isn't really working for me. I will not buy this again, but it is something everyone should try. Once.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

and thus... bring on the dopplebock! I've been hearing great things about Stoudts So lets give it a go.
Brilliant amber brown color. it almost shines. One finger head that dissipates quick. very see thru with little to no bubbles.
smell is a very hoppy beginning that is just overpowering everything. not like most dopplebocks at all. has light caramel backgrounds with almost no maltyness to it at all.
Its like you can taste the bitterness... but it doesn't bite like it has it. the name lives up to it. It is a very smooth hop dopplebock. I will say i am very impressed with the taste of this. A little unconditional taste to its style though.
it feels like a dopplebock when you drink this. but it sure as every doesn't have the normal dark malty tastes to it. Very nice balance though of roastness and hopness.

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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 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 levifunk
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great extra from jmacdaddy.

a - ruby brown color with off white head.

s - name appropriate; huge hops with caramel sweetness. smells more like a dipa than a doppelbock.

t - toffee, nuts, pine and citrus hops, and roasted malts. I'm don't think this fits the description of a traditional doppelbock, but i love it. bitterness lingers forever.

m - lighter body. nice carbonation. become quite dry on the finish after a bit.

overall - very surprised by this beer. I'd pick up a 6pack if we had Stoudts around here.

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Photo of garuda
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliant, clear deep amber with a fluffy off-white head that has decent retention and lacing.

S - Good, but a bit unconventional for the style with grassy, floral hops in the forefront with the big sweet caramel malts in the background.

T - Caramel malts, a touch of dark fruit, then the hops come in with earthy floral and pine notes. Finishes with just a touch of roastiness.

M - On the heavy side of a medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes clean.

D - Scarily drinkable. If you want more hops in a dopplebock, this is your beer. I would defnitely buy this again.

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Photo of Morey
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This hopped-up Doppelbock pours a beautiful reddish-brown with excellent clarity. Nice cream colored head that is still about one finger after several minutes and there's some decent head retention too.

Nice bready molasses like aroma common for the style, but you also get some hops in the nose as well.

Very interesting taste. Not quite as thick as you'd expect for the style, but the additional hops make up for the lack of bready malts. The malts and hops compliment each other very well, making for a unique and tasty lager.

Medium mouthfeel. Perhaps a little thin for the style, but that's alright with me. Moderate to low carbonation which suits this beer perfectly.

Drinkability is sky-high for the style. I could probably do a sixer on a good day.

Morey's Bottom Line: This was not the freshest sample, so I could only imagine how good this beer must be when super fresh.

I've been waiting to sample this beer for a LONG time, and I must say, it lived up to my expectations. I'm more of a hoppy ale type of guy...as apposed a thick malty lager type of guy, so this twist on the style works in my favor. Stoudts is an underrated brewery in my opinion. This is one of their best. One of the more creative beers that I've had in a while.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This so-called Doppelbock pours a beautiful light brown/copper color, very clear, with a finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving modrate to low amounts of lacing.

Aroma starts very hoppy with a fruity and earthy profile also with some citric notes. Caramel and roasted malts are there as well lingering behind the hops.

Taste starts mildly sweet with caramel and roasted malts and soon transitions to fruity and earthy hops with a strong bitter finish that persists in your mouth for a while after the sip.

This has a medium body and high carbonation. Nice balance between malt and hops with great drinkability and non noticeable alcohol.

It is totally out of style though due to excessive hoppiness. It will loose points for that but it still a good beer that I would have again.

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 472 ratings
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