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 NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a pilsener glass.
Best by 10/24/10...just in time.

Auburn highlighted copper with good clarity. Foamy, bright white head that leaves pools of bubbles in its wake. Condensed lacing with good strength.

Sweet caramel and molasses aromatics with notes of slightly creamy toffee. Tropical fruit esters with a touch of lemon solvency. Hints of clean wheat and grain.

Biscuity malt flavor up front that is surprisingly airy and clean. Any hints of sweetness are an afterthought as the hop profile announces its presence quickly and assertively. Notes of pine, melon, and citrus with hints of alcohol. Certainly not reminiscent of traditional Doppelbock flavor characteristics, but quite pleasant.

Medium in body; clean with a nice balance between malt slickness and hop film/grit.

I'm not really sure what to make of this insanely hoppy Doppelbock? Points deducted for such a deviation from the style, but good flavors nonetheless. Very unique.

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

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from the brewery.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear coppery brown brew. Head recedes slowly, with coating lacing. Aroma is thick earthy pine. Taste begins with a peek of sweetness, which quickly gives way to the pine bitterness, which dominates the experience. Citrus makes a guest appearance, but pine is the game here. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy once the hops wear your resistance down a bit. Nice offering.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a beige head that is gone soon. Some light sticky lacing in the beginning.

Grapefruit forward with some toasted malt, vanilla, and fruit. Hops pretty much squash the other aromas.

Hoppy hoppy hoppy. Citric bitterness with sweeter toasted malt in the background, some boozy fruit, some woody elements. Not unpleasant at all, but not what you'd expect from a doppelbock.

Fuller bodied, with some surprising carbonation. It works.

Hard to rate this one. If rating by category, it kinda misses the mark. This is heavier in the IPA range. But structurally, it is doppelbock. A tasty brew that is what it's creators intended it to be: a hybrid. Worth the try, but I don't think I could drink more than 2 at a time.

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

Had this at Carl's Tavern in Wilkins Township, PA.

Poured into a shaker pint: Finger of off-white head over deep amber body, transparent. Sheets of lacing.

Smells of grapefruit hops & a nice toasty background, a little pine, very light caramel.

Taste is defined by a woody bitterness, orange peel, a little lemon, & a tiny bit of caramel in the finish. Definitely unexpected for a doppelbock, but should've guessed based on the name. Very good. Bite mellows into a tea-like leafiness.

Medium-bodied, mild bite at first but smooth & creamy. Dries out in the aftertaste.

Again, strays from the style for a bock of any kind, but very enjoyable. Hoppy with support from malt that doesn't get sickeningly sweet like some hoppy ales. Very mellow & surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a draft of this at Geogre Keeley's on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I like everything about this beer except the name. Smooth Hoperator sounds like it's going to be an IPA or a double IPA. None the less this is a very good Doppelbock.

Dark brown in color. Great malty aroma. A little low on carbonation but overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth Hoperator - On Tap.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with an off white head and a good bit of lacing.

Smell: Floral hops providing a flowery aroma, just a hint of bready malt sweetness.

Taste: Hops. Bitter, slight citrus, slight pine. There is some caramel/roasted malt action but this beer is more about the hops than anything. It lives up to the name.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability: Clocking in at 7% ABV, this beer still remains dangerously sessionable, if you don't mind getting a solid buzz after three or four. I was slightly disappointed that there wasn't more Doppelbock character to it. Though its a lager, it tastes more like an IPA.

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Photo of silentjay
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a purple-ish amber-ish copper with a huge, frothy head that makes me pour in stages, but dissipates quick enough while leaving tracing on the glass. expected a darker beer, but its nice looking nonetheless.

not only does it look like an amber, but its aroma reminds me of one as well. piney, spicy hops are supported by caramel malts.

caramel malts come up first. spicy, piney, earthy hops take over with a tiny bit of citrus adding some juiciness to the chewiness. caramel, a bit of toffee, and some toast and butter sweeten it up.

very oily on the tongue and prickly with the carbonation. bitterness lingers for minutes with the oiliness.

eh~ goes down ok. semi-complex flavors meld with the alcohol well. but the flavors just don't mesh too well. kind of an odd pairing that misses its mark just a bit for me.

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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 DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I can't believe I never saw this brewery until today. I guess even beers brewed in the same state tend to only be local.

A - Deep Amber in color with impressive white head.
S - Whoa most Dopplebocks smell of heavy fruit or malt but this one in dominated by well hops. Nice
T - Not as hoppy or malty as expected. Blended great but bitter finish kept this beer from loosing hop profile. Loved it.
M - Dry yet drinkable, very nice
D - Well since this is a limited release I may have to grab up one more before it's gone. I couldn't see a best to drink by anything on the bottle itself but the label really is a cool one. Glad the goodl beer matched the awesome label.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a big doppelbock fan, I was very interested in the idea of a hoppy American version of a lager.
This is a 12 oz. unlabeled bottle (Yes, from a six pack with bottles that had no labels.) Stoudt's may want to do some QC with their labeler. The bottle is also dated best by of 3/23/10 (Today's date... We are really testing Stoudt's QC today)

It pours a clear reddish orange body with an off white head that leaves some good lacing down the glass.
The aroma is plenty of caramel malts along with some grapefruit and earthy aromas. The first sip tells me this is not the hop filled beer that others have written about. On second thought, maybe it is. Yes, there it is. The nose was so dominated by malt that I was tuned into it and wasn't thinking about the hops. I like the "two rivers" analogy used by BuckEyeNation. Earthy and malty paired with fruity citrus. Its a delightful pairing.
The mouthfeel is full without being overly so.
Had I waited till 3/24/10 to crack this I am pretty sure it would have been just as tasty of a beer.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean amber, nice head, overall very inviting. The smell and mouthfeel were dominated by caramel malts, that finished throughout the beer. This is a strong malty beer, so if your into those, this is one of the better ones. Big fan, thanks to one of my east coast traders for this.

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Photo of bob3701
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Poured a clear deep amber color with a small off-white head that slowly goes into a film with very good lacing. Hops dominate the aroma with a hint of malts. Hops hit you right away with pine and citrus and again in the bitter finish, in between you get a sweet caramel and biscuty flavor. This brew surprised me, was hopful for a good dopplebock, which I like, and got a mouth full of hops.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (BB 3/23/10) from brewery into pint glass.

Poured a deep copper color with excellent clarity. Small head with a little lacing. Strong nose from fresh german hops backed by a bready malt aroma. Has a sweet taste of caramel and honey with a suprisingly milder than expected hop flavor. Finishes quite bitter for a dopplebock though. Mouthfeel is a little slick for style. Not a bad beer but not what I like in a dopplebock.

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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 matt062286
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a translucent cherry reddish color with a small off-white head. Minimal lacing and minimal head retention.

Smell - Sweet, piney hops and a hint of grainy malt.

Taste - Up front I can taste the hops. They are not overpowering as expected from the smell or name of the beer. A pretty malty backbone holds the rest of the beer up. This beer is characterized as a doppelbock, but tastes far hoppier than any other I've had.

Mouthfeel - a moderately heavy body and light on the carbonation.

Drinkability - not bad for a beer with the body of a double bock. Still, rather tough to go through more than a couple of these.

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Photo of Axic10
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Six pack purchased from the brewery pub.

Appearance: Poured medium amber color with a quarter inch head that quickly subdued.

Smell: Very floral hops, almost like an IPA instead of a dopplebock.

Taste: Didn't get any of the hops from the smell. Taste is malty and very heavy biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel on the palate. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very easy sipper for a dopplebock. An interesting beer by Stoudt's that is worthy of another purchase in the future.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter brownish orange-colored, creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Hugely floral, big citrus and flowers. Along with some bready caramel malt aromas too. Certainly doesn't seem like a Doppelbock.

Taste: Floral but balanced big hops with a good balance of sweetness and rind-like hops, along with some bready caramel and doughy malts.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy for a bigger-bodied beer. Not too heavy, though, and good carbonation levels.

Drinkability: I thought this was a Pale, and certainly not a Doppelbock. So does that take points off? I'm not sure, but I don't think so. Certainly the hoppiest version of the style I've had, but I like the risk and the differences pay off her.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy off white head. Decent head retention and nice lacing.

Strong floral and hoppy aroma. Citrus and vanilla notes. Slight malt smell in the background.

Taste is not as sweet as the aroma. Peppery and bites the palate a bit. Hop presence balanced by a malt flavor.

Nice carbonation and feels light bodied for a doppelbock.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The bock appears a hazed amber chestnut color with about two fingers of creamy light ecru foam. Nose and flavors consist of mild pine and brown sugar, toasted bread, crackers, caramel malt, grassy, toffee. Maybe a notch or two better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Worth checking out. A bit different than your ordinary doppelbocks.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a somewhat hazy deep copper/slight amber color with a 1 finger of rocky offwhite head to it. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaves nice thick sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is high in caramel malts, a good dose of biscuit/bready notes and a bit of hop presence.

T: Taste is a more subdued sweet, caramel and toffee malt upfront, the middle is balanced nicely with a toasted flavoring and a touch of breadiness, finish gives a touch of piney hop bite.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, relatively creamy feel with a clean finish.

D: This is a nice dopplebock. I didn't even know that it was a dopplebock at first. ABV isn't detectable, well blended, and easy to sit with for a bit.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK beer to have with a meal but not strong enough to stand by itself

Appearance: Orange-copper, little head

Smell: Sweet malt, fragrant...hops??

Taste: Sweet toasty malt, where's the hops?

Mouthfeel: Little bit of bitterness, overall sweet, blah

Drinkability: Meh, average at best

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Photo of srandycarter
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 472 ratings