Smooth Hoperator | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 thethrone
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear deep mahogany, with an off-white head with good retention. Thin lacing.

S - Big hoppy smell, lots of pine. Hints of citrus and caramel sweetness.

T - Lots of hops dominate the flavor at the start. Also notes of sweet caramel malts, which come out a lot more as it warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers well after the sip is done.

D - Not as smooth as the label would lead you to believe, but still a great brew. Recommend to hopheads, may catch doppelbock drinkers off guard.

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

A_Pours a dark brown with a twinge of red in there. Huge three and a half fingered head dwindles down to a nice one finger crown. Cirrius clouds of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

S_Clean smelling with a huge ammount of piney hops. Very nice.

T_Much maltier than the smell. A nice roasted honey covered biscuit malt sets the stage for a mid range dose of pine cone hops. Aftertaste manages to be both sweet and bitter at the same time. All throughout it is very clean tasting. As it warms a little breadiness comes through.

M_Medium bodied with a perfect light carbonation to cut through it.

D_Top notch, I really like this one and will look out for it. Definitely one smooth beer though my only complaint is it could have a little more hop wallop. However if the name wasn't hoperator I would not complain.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: This is perhaps the finest looking beer I've ever seen in my life. The color is amazing and everchanging from a neon orange to a deep mahogany. Decent head retention and lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Very hoppy. Citrus comes through. Very pleasant and flowery. More is going on, but my sense of smell is poor at best.

4.0 T: Quite hoppy. This dopplebock has me thinking it's an IPA (which I'm sure it was in its past lives). Citrus, ginger, and a great bitterness.

3.0 M: Something about this beer just doesn't sit well on my tongue. No idea how to explain that since it tastes pretty good.

4.0 D: I can see putting down a couple of these in a night.

Stoudts is great, nuff said.

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

Arg! How the heck do I rate this beer??? And what does the goat have to do with bocks? Like, man, I'm just so out of it!

Thanks to dashirey for the chance to try this one! Dude... You rock!

OK... First comment... The label on the example pic is crooked. Sheesh! At least mine is on straight!

But I tasted this and said, "What the heck is this?" And I did some I'net research and I'm not alone in asking that question! I do kinda wonder...

So, now I have to fill in some numbers up there. Shit. This isn't easy! You have to put the beer in a style...

OK, fine. It looks good. Very clear deep amber. Head. Lacing. Could be any beer, sort of.

Smells heck-o malty (sweet caramels, man, sweet caramels. I could eat 'em all day!). In fact, drinking this right after a triple ipa [sic] I can still smell the malts and such - that's malty!

Tastes... Like it's pretty hoppy. Oh, you wouldn't want this one to age - the hops are all light, grassy and floral. Maybe a hint of citrus. Very light bitterness. Aged... Well, aged this might just be a doppelbock and where would the fun be in that?

Poured some more in my glass and upped the appearance. This is one beautiful beer!

Mouth is good and I could drink a lot of these...

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

A clear amber with a big off-white head and great lacing. I enjoy a beautifully bright lemony sweet grapefruit hops aroma. The flavor offers a crisp citrus hops over a bready malt foundation. Very pleasant, fairly light and very drinkable, uniquely flavorful with tart hops but very drinkable and refreshing.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear, dark-reddish amber with a 2-finger beige head. Nice visible carbonation and lacing that leaves behind sheets of sticky foam.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose, but a nice combination of sweet malt -- think toffee and butterscotch -- and hops -- think pine, grass and a bit of a floral bouquet.

T: Toasty malt up front, followed by bitter hops (citric and pine) at the end, leading to a nicely balanced, semi-dry finish. As it warms I get a sense of fruit from the malt. Think of an Oktoberfest that's had some American hops thrown in and you get the basic idea.

M: Light in heft, nice all-around feel.

D: Very good. Goes down easy and yet has some flavor to it. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to shaebs99 and JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Best By: 8/26/08

Pours a very nice golden copper color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, citrus/pines, and caramel. The taste is hoppy mostly with some malt notes, nice citrus/pines, with nice caramel tones. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is not a doppelbock. This is a very tasty IPA all the way. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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 far333
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper colored with an inch of frothy and lumpy foam atop. Good retention.

Inviting but low aroma of tangerine hops and some light maltiness.

Full and rich flavor of citrusy hops, celery, and sweet malt (without being cloying). Well-balanced, nice mix of malt and hops. Smooth is right. Finishes with some grapefruit rind.

Full and even mouthfeel. Creamy and rich, but finishes a bit crisp. Good beer, very driinkable.

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

Appearance: It's very clear and bronze in color. Almost looks a little too filtered. Sitting atop is a slightly off-white, two finger head. It disappeared pretty quickly and left a very light coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is definitely intriguing. It features a nice blend of aromas that, taken together, results in a very distinct smell. There's clearly a nice mix of caramel and light roasted malts. A little sweet smelling, but not overly so. There's also some toasted nut and a bit of yeast. But, there's a really nice hop aroma that is a nice surprise and adds some complexity. Secondary citrus notes emerge toward the end. Very interesting and nice smelling beer.

Taste: It's not materially different from the nose, but the nose is a little more refined and well done. It's malty and sweet up front. Caramel malts give it a solid backbone. Toasted nut flavor is a nice touch. The hops are clearly the x-factor in this beer. They provide a very nice bitter bite that's quite surprising and very welcome. There's a touch of pineapple and grapefruit to add some sweetness on the tail. Finishes a little yeasty and dry. It's a nice flavor, but simply isn't as well done as the nose.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and smooth. Stoudt's definitely got that part right. Carbonation is spot on and it goes down really easy. Drinkability is very good. It's a little short elite, but still impressive. I just don't see myself hammering down a six pack of this in a night. Probably two bottles...tops.

Stoudt's developed a really interesting beer with this one. The hop flavor really is the surprising component that propels it to "very good" status. Given the name, it's not a huge surprise. But, somehow it manages to be when you taste it. It's just hard to imagine the flavor combo that smacks you in the face. I haven't had a beer quite like this one. In any event, it works. Check it out.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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 flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of EGledhill, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear amber color, with a nice white head.

Aromas are doughy, spicy, peppery, vegetal, tea like, and with a bit of earthy hops.

Flavors are crisp and clean. Tea like maltiness, some creaminess and sweet notes. Finish is spicy, with some earthy hop flavors, and a bit of a bite from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking. But certainly not bad.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice easy drinking beer. I could easily enjoy more than one of these in a seating. But it is a bit too high in ABV to be sessionable. Quality brew overall that is well worth trying.

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

Had this beer courtesy of mikereaser

Poured a deep amber color

smelled very hoppy at first then settled into a nice malty smell with hops present. Highly enjoyable smell

both taste and mouthfeel were excellent... slightly carbonated with alot of amber flavor.. I really like this beer and at 7% can't session it too much but I will try to get more of this in the future as add in to trades.. very good and recommended

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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 jordoo
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Nice dark amber with golden orange outlines. Big sticky super pillowy long lasting off white head. Fresh grassy, piney and citrus hints with sweet toasty malts in the nose. Very slight hint of alcohol comes into play as well. Intense hops sting with some pine, floral and grassy hit while having a super smooth sweet carmelled malt flavor that actually clashes in a very enjoyable way with hop flavors. The malt and hop profile seem to take turns tugging on you senses, and it makes for a unique enjoyable experiance. Feel on the mouth is wonderfull and its easily drinkable.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No best before date.
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with a 2 finger off white head. Nice retention with a good amount of lacing.

A citrus aroma up front...grapefruit with a hint of pine.

A slight bitterness that is overtaken by roasted malts. Citrus up front but then there is a nutty finish. Again hops up front toasted malt finish. Too much hops for this doppelbock.

Watery mouthfeel with a little carbonation. good to try but I won't buy another.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- crystal clear coper brown. Tan head that starts to fade right away. Visable carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells dry hopped. piny hops with some sugary biscut hints

T- I would have never guessed it to be a lager, but maybe this dopplebock uses ale yeast (I found out it does not use an ale yeast, it is a lager strain). It really seems like an IPA and a modest one at that. It does have a very smooth bitterness to it. The hops are piney. The malts are rich and cracker like with a touch of toast. A mildly hoped IPA with a stong malt backbone. The finish has an expected bitterness.

M- highly carbonated with a medium light body.

D- Very tastey, very smooth like it says, refreshing and very well made.
Even the head brewer of Stoudt's says it reminds him of an IPA

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Photo of gford217
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Zapata poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep clear amber with a small off-white head that shows minimal retention and no lacing. The smell is big on hops up front with a big caramel malt aroma right on top of it. There are also some significant candy sugar whiffs as well. Taste is toasted malts with caramel but with a huge grapefruit hop kick up front. The finish is fairly clean given the two competing tastes. Mouthfeel is medium with some decent carbonation but fairly clean and crisp.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer and certainly the most hopped up doppelbock I have ever tasted. The big flavors may not meld as well as I would like, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of ph2001
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orangy reddish color. no head, looks thick. smells seems equal of malt and hops

mild, even empty flavor at first, but the hops kick in right before the swallow. they are there for the after taste but mellow quickly. it's not as thick as it appeared. smooth like the name says and very drinkable. simple, but full flavors. grab this one if/while you can.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was rather surprised to see Doppelbock as the style assigned to this beer, but non-the-less it pours a rusty copper/amber with a thick, light tan head which retains it frothy shape well and leaves some substantial webs of lace behind.

A very nice balance in the aroma; sweet caramel malt and spicy, piny hops mesh seamlessly. Resinous and fragrant along with a brown bready note and a slight metallic tinge.

A ton of hops up front. Spicy and resinous pine fades a bit to more citrus and caramel drizzled bready sweetness. Again very well balanced and very up-beat with a popcorn toastiness and a very clean finish.

Bright and crisp with a medium body and a mildly bready hop aftertaste that really contributes to the overall mouthfeel for me. Light and very fine (yet substantial) carbonation. A great collaboration of of bready caramel malt and big hops.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber red in color. One finger light brown head. Moderate retention and excellent lacing.

S - Sweet hop delight. Much stronger hop aroma than doppelbocks I have had before. Earthy hop aroma with a very sweet scent as well.

T - Hops are not as strong in the taste as the smell would lead you to belive. Sweet malts with a light hop bite at the end.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very easy drinking. Might not be very true to style, but a very drinkable doppel.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is dark copper colored with a thick head leving sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is really hoppy, this doesn't smell like a doppelbock at all. I expected hops based on the name but still this was nice. The taste is unique, a very good mix of hops into doppelbock malts. The hops wins the fight hands down. Nice beer from Stoudts.

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

This beer poured a dark, clear brown into a pint glass with a thin beige head. It was mistakenly labeled an IPA, so I was surprised it was so dark. Aroma was mellow and slightly bitter.

The flavor is up front and robust; very hoppy and quite earthy. The malt sweetness was present, but not the focus-- if anything it enhanced the musty, herbal tinge of the hops. Mouthfeel was smooth and medium-full. Overall this is an ambitious brew that may be a bit too green. Nice, unique effort though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Kraken
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Harp pint glass. Label on this bottle is classic. I recently started saving labels and the Smooth Hoperator and Peche Mortel are by far my favorites. Firm pour results in two finger rocky head. Moderate lacing. Light brown in color with a nice rocky off white head. Smell is citrus and floral hops with a pungent malt backbone. Taste is slightly complicated. Citrus hops initially on the palate, followed by a nice malt body that may be considered a bit thin, finishes with a slight hop bitterness. A very nice beer that can be a bit cloying as it warms. Marked down slightly on drinkability.

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