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 Gyle41386
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with two fingers of off-white head. Head doesn't really retain that well, but there's plenty of lacing on the glass.

This smells like an IPA, which is really interesting. There's a toasted grain quality underneath it, but it's mostly IPA-style hoppiness.

There's a little bit of malt sweetness up front, but it quickly gives way to the citrus and pine from the hops. Very nice bitterness, and then what appears to be a lager-y toasted grain flavor in the aftertaste to support the bitterness. A really interesting American-style dopplebock. Great flavor.

The texture, as the name may suggest, is quite smooth. Body is probably a little heavier than medium, with appropriate carbonation. I really like this one.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Love the label/name. Poured out a beautiful dark deep golden amber/copper color. Formed a strong off white head. (Would 50 miles in the saddlebags effect that, ya think?)
Sm. Nice strong orange citrus and grapefruit , but sweet and hoppy of course.
Ta. Sweet hoppy orange with a nice dry bitter finish. A little czramel in the background. Really nice.
Mf. medium body with pleasant carbonation.
Dr. Very, very easy to drink. Gone before you know it or want it to be.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color with a two inch head and a foamy lace.
The aroma was of floral hops,fruits,grapes,grapefruit and a hint of caramel.
The taste did not follow the nose at all. Starts off with hops,malts,mild bitterness and a strange aftertaste.
The feel was a cross between an IPA and a Dopplebock.
medium body,medium carbonation and a hop bitterness.

Notes: Strange beer and a strange taste. Really all I can say is it is worth the try and not much else because this is really a weird beer. I can not say I liked it so I will not,yet it did intrigue me.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew came to me through the exceptional kindness of Hophead101. Thanks Greg!

A: Handsome brew. Dark, rich bronze. Pretty clear with nice little carbonation pillars rising. Delivered a nice tan, creamy 2 finger head and immediately started to deliver some fine lacing. Head retention was very good.

S: A surprisingly balanced smell of malt sweetness and orange hops. I was surprised by the amount of alcohol aroma creeping in there for a 7.0 ABV.

T: Really tasty stuff. More than an "American style Doppelbock", I'd say that this is a hybrid of IPA and Doppelbock. You get a little dark fruit sweetness up front, then big German malt flavor which is then dominated by the Summit hops kicking in, delivering an IPA type boldness of flavor on the back of your palette. The finish is then more malty and smooth with a slight hop kick in the aftertaste which makes you want to dive back in. I really like this beer.

M: Medium bodied. Felt fuller because of the ample malt. Nicely carbonated - lively but soft. Clean and creamy feel.

D: Very drinkable. It's one of those drinks that you have finished before you realize it. If this brew was easily available, I would drink it often. Nicely done Stoudts!

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Photo of phisig137
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful deep amber color, with a two finger dense head. Thick creamy foam slowly dissipates leaving a thick cap and delicate lacing.

S- At first the nose is quite boring, but over time delicate bread notes and a heavy hand of noble hops shine through. Not overly complex or interesting, but nicely balanced and characteristic.

T- Very mild from front to back. Slight flavors of caramel malt, with dusty grain flavors all the way through. Finish is quite dry, especially for the style, and exhibit some metallic hoppy flavors. It lacks the depth, malt character, and layers of the style.

M- Again, thin for the style, but decent overall.

D- It does hide its alcohol well, and has the flavor profile of a session beer, so drinkability is pretty high.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. It isn't nearly as good as Stoudt's other offerings, and it is quite a ways off base for the style. I won't be buying another one...

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: There was a nice hoppy aroma with traces of malt.

T: Up front, there's a burst of hops and some malt, but after that, nothing. It seemed a little thin and not very complex to me.

M: A decent amount of carbonation here and a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: In my opinion, this is beer with mixed results. It has its solid attributes, but it comes down to the taste, and that's just not that interesting.

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

12oz bottle @ The Headkeeper: This one poured a fairly clear copper color. There was a small white head on it that left some lacing. The aroma was good. Lots of hops up front with this one, mainly with pine and some floral notes. A fair amount of caramel malt also. The taste was also very good. There were enough hops to make you think IPA, but a lot of malt and dark fruits that you get in a doppelbock. Definitely worth having again.

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Photo of BigMike
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep bronze color with glowing orange highlights.
Two fingers worth of thick white head.

Smell is sweet and fruity. Caramel and sugary.

Sweet brown sugar hits my buds first. Followed with a smooth bitterness.

Medium body with an average amount of carbonation.
Pretty good mouth feel but way too sweet for my likings.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a regular pint glass. The beer pours an amber color with a 1 finger head. There is great lacing with this beer as well as head retention. I could not get much out of the aroma with this one. I could only pick up hops and malt. Perhaps this is due to the glass that I used. The taste is predominately hop oriented. The first sip there is a pinch of malts and then it is all hops. The carbonation is fine and the beer goes down very smooth. This is an interesting take on the style and one that might improve with a little more balance.

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

Brilliantly clear tawny beer, with an intense rocky head. Nice lacing down the glass.
Notes of Horse blanket & wet dog in the aroma.
Citrusy tasting, with hints of papaya. Mildly fruity, but plenty of malt up back up the hops.
Light to medium bodied with a slightly harsh finish, hints of solvent and acetone.
I found this to be a very drinkable beer. It's style says Doppelbock, but I'm not convinced.
Try some, it's a cross between a bock and and IPA.

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

Picked up one bottle of this at Bruisin' Ales thinking it was an IPA, oh well, I certainly do like Doppelbocks as well, and if its as hoppy as Sierra Nevada's DeBockle, I'll be happy. 12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip a crisp dark copper with a decent eggshell head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a nice balance of crisp sweet malt and Earthy hops. The taste is certainly loads of hops in nice balance with crisp malts still possessing that expected Bock bite. The beer is medium bodied with crisp carbonation and fairly well hidden alcohol. This is certainly one of the more interesting Doppelbocks I've ever had.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The groovy goat chillin' on the label is pointing at me. What!? Huh!?

Decrowning the bottle and transferring its contents into my Kolsch cylinder reveals a brew the color of dark copper, the sparkling clear body alive with fine carbonation and sporting a tint of red-orange amber. A huge three-finger cap of polished antique ivory foam graces the upper surface of the liquid, stubbornly holding its ground until the glass-tipping commences. Fat bands and chunky blobs of 3-D lacing hash-mark the inside of the tumbler to chronicle the passing drink.

The smell is loaded with fruity, citrusy hops, warm caramel, and notes of toasted pignola. Hop notes are fragrant and mildly grassy, and certainly command more of the profile than in any other dopplebock I've yet enjoyed. The requisite malts endemic to the style are there, don't misunderstand me-- underneath the hop-load is warm bready toast, grainy cereal, and soft caramel syrup-- but the hop forces are undoubtedly in command of the olfactory production.

The taste is similarly under hop-control, with loads of grassy, citrusy hop flavor at center stage. The malt backbone of the drink asserts itself here, with warm toasted malts, darkened whitebread toast, and semisweet caramel colliding headlong with the runaway hop charge. The net result is a malty brew that is wonderfully hoppy in flavor, as the sweetish malty profile knocks the hop oils down a peg or two, mellowing the drink, keeping things flavorful without 'ruinating' the palate with drying or intense bitterness. As the drink warms, a bit of toffeelike malty sweetness joins the profile.

The drink is medium in body with fine carbonation and is really pretty darned quaffable. As the encounter comes to an end, I glance back at the super-cool label-goat. He's still pointing, but now I get it... no need to ask... the Smooth Hoperator wants YOU to drink his brew!

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

Thanks DIM for the opportunity.

Pours a beautiful clear dark ruby with woody brown shadows. Decent head, finger's worth light tan falling over the course of a few minutes. A few filaments of foam remain here and there.
Aroma is crisp, sweet malt and hops. Honey, a little bready, and a hint of citrus. Intriguing.
Taste is a fresh bite of hops. It takes a little work to get beyond the grapefruit and citrus, but back there lies a light crisp sweetness and lager sensibility. A long clean bitter finish.
Medium body.

Definitely not a beer for purist doppelbock fans. But much more to my personal liking. IPBock?

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here I came in ready to shit all over this beer, the name led me to believe this was an IPA of sorts, but dopplebock makes much more sense.

Appears a very nice dark maroon hue with an off white head that laces the entire way down. Carbonation appears light in my SA sensory glass.

Smell is weak, but what is there smells like a light IPA.

Taste is good, weak hop notes over a balancing malt profile.

Mouth is sufficient, medium body with medium carbonation.

Extremely easy to drink, no sense of alcohol content, pretty damn good, but why waste that wonderful name on anything but an IPA?

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Photo of hoppyhobby
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Pours to beautiful clear copper brown color (almost looks like iced tea). Small off white head with good lacing.

S - Earthy hoppy sweetness.

T - A smooth and balanced maltiness and hoppiness. Not overly hopped and not bitter.

M - Clean, crisp and good carbonation.

D - A pleasant beer that you could easily have more than one as it's not heavy and lack an alcohol after taste despite it's 7.0% ABV.

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

A - Poured from a growler into a pint glass. The beer is clear copper with blond highlights and a sticky white head.

S - Sour maple sap.

T - Lemony citrus hop quality, roasted malt, slight farmy sort of corn flavor.

M - Slightly thinner than medium bodied.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got three of these in my Superbowl packages. Thanks to each of you I will enjoy each and every one.

Pours a nice copper hue with a solid one finger head. The head dies to a nice solid cap and shows good retention. Spotty lace left behind.

S: Very nice combination of malt and hops. Nice roasted malt with a hint of sugary caramel sweetness. There is a nice dose of hops in this one. They are kept in check by the malt, but notes of floral and grassy hops come through nicely.

T: The balance translates to the flavor. Nice rich sweet malt up front. Light caramel with a bit of toast. The hops push through in the middle but do not get ridiculous. Nice floral hopped finish with just a touch of bitterness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with sublime balance.

D: Drinkable. I see why people love this one. If you like balanced IPA's this is one of the best. To be honest I like them a bit overthetop, but this one is tasty as hell.

HopHead or not... Try it you will like it!

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Sharp hoppy profile that really stands head and shoulders above all. A slight sweet malt profile in the background.

T = Big hop flavor upfront with a malty backbone balancing out the bitterness. The finish was semi-sweet with the hoppiness still being dominant.

MF = Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall, this definitely was a very hoppy doppelbock. To me, the doppel characteristics took a back seat to the big hoppy flavor of this beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear, deep amber color with a massive off-white head. There's a bit of lacing and very good retention. Wish it were just a bit darker, but otherwise very nice. The smell is mainly noble hops, maybe just a bit of American in there, or maybe I'm just thinking of the American approach when I smell it. Something new, but not what I hope for in a doppelbock. Not even a whiff of dark, sweet, chewy malts. The taste is about the same. A sharp, spicy, minty hoppiness. Not a lot of bitterness, maybe it was sucked up by the malt, but I can't really taste it either. With some effort, I can taste a bit of caramel sweetness, no chewy, bready maltiness. I like the feeling of the noble hops, but a doppelbock, there's no doppelbock feeling here. This is more like an Alt, and a strong one at that. It still drinks kind of smoothly, with almost no notice of the 7% ABV. It doesn't hit the doppelbock spot, but I enjoyed it. Don't expect anything and you'll probably enjoy it. Really a cool and interesting idea, and I'd reccmmend it for those interested.

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

What a nice beer. Definately in a class of its own. Another user said "Indiabock"-- a very apt description.

Pours a copperish mildly hazy color with a nice tan head. Retention is decent and glass lacing is picture worthy.

Smell is muted hops, some sweetness, and malty to some extent. The aromas do a good job of keeping each other in check so nothing is predominant. Slight hints of allspice come through towards the end.

Taste is richly hop-forward but not bitter. Spicey with a slight tingle. A very solid malt presence comes through in the middle. True to a bock very chewey. Yeasts impart a nice bready flavor. Finish is mostly clean with some left over hops and hints of spice. 7%? Can't taste it. Nicely earthy--hints of rich grass are also noted. A very well balanced beer.

Nice carbonation, mouthfeel is chewy and smooth. Goes down very well.

Drinkability is very good. Hops are strong but not resinous. At 7% its not exactly a session brew but still one that can be enjoyed throughout the couse of an evening out.

Would pair very well with a hearty stew or a basket of nicely seasoned frites. Etivaz or Tomme de Savoie cheese would pair nicely as well.
Even a nice farmhouse cheddar with earthy grassy tones would be nice as this brew has a certain earthy characteristic.

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Photo of natasharai
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with 2 fingers bubbly off white/ light tan head that dissipated to a thin layer over a few minutes leaving some nice lacing. The beer is a amber golden color with a slight hazyness to it.

Smell: Sweet fruity smell like bananas, with a sharp hoppyness and roasted malt

Taste: Initially pretty sweet with a fruity banana/apple flavor, a nice malty middle, then the hops hit much stronger than in the smell, followed by a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium bodied, leaves mouth pretty sweet

Overall: Pretty easy to drink, the flavors are not overpowering but still prevalent. A little sweeter than I like but there is just enough hop bitterness to help balance it out.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a... well, I dunno quite what the glass is. It's funky, with an unusually decorative and thin base with a tulip like flare on the end. It made the beer look fabulous, either way... a nice, topaz brew with a beautiful foamy head that retains like a champ

S: A nice earthiness and a hefty hops aroma; quite leafy and herbal. Any sweetness/maltiness is fairly masked by the hoppiness, but those offer a very nice aromatic quality.

T: An interesting flavour profile... the big, malty backbone is there. It goes a little beyond being the backbone and comes to the forefront. It's got a nice, fruit sugar sweetness to it, with an intense hop flavour thrown in. It has been done quite tastefully and allows the elements of the beer to really come together and form a unique, enjoyable tasting brew.

M + D: Somewhat chewy body, carbonation makes itself known somewhere over the middle of the tongue, giving it a sparkling sensation rather than a stickiness. Almost too easy to drink, with a nice smoothness that makes it all that much more pleasant. Recommended drinking.

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt copper-orange. Hints of lighter orange around the edges, with a nice cap of foam that leaves lacing down the glass.

S - Malty and bready, with aroma of nice hop backdrops.

T - DopplePA, IndiaBock... The combination here is hard to nail down and hearing the name for the first time one would assume it is an IPA. The combo of the flavors with the grainy, malty backbone, balanced with the lovely hop character creates an unusual, tasty brew with real individuality.

M - Silky smooth, with just eniugh bite from the hops and good carbonation,

D - Highly drinkable, given the unusual nature of this brew, at 7% its alcohol is well tolerated because of the flavors and the character of this beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Awesome label.

Pours an orange infused deep amber with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Loads of spider web lacing all over the place.

Aroma of toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, and earthy hops.

The hops shine in the flavor.Earthy, grassy, spicy hops with caramel and dried dark fruits. Finishes dry and bitter.

Creamy and medium bodied. Slightly chewy hop body.

Its too bad this guy is at 7%, because I would love to drink this all night.

Not a typical dopplebock by any means. Reminds me more of an hopped up amber/red.

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Photo of william5586
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Burnt copper with one finger white head and some decent lace

S- Very good earthy dry hopped smell

T- Good hops. Earthy hop taste with a nice bitter finish

M- Medium body. Very smooth.

D- Pretty high. The abv kind of surprised me

Overall this a very good beer, however I would have never guessed it is a doppelbock. I could not really find any malt in it and thought that is was more of an IPA. Either way i enjoyed it.

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