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 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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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DIM for the chance to try this brew! So, I'm sitting here with the oft debated question - do you review the beer independent of the style guidelines or do you review the beer with an eye towards the style guidelines? I'm going to score it on the doppelbock style as that's what the brewery calls it and offset it some in my review

A - rich dark brown in color, nice offwhite head.

S - wow, an american IPA ramped up and avoiding the cascade effect, very clean underlying light malt note. Quite nice but for the style, way off. Call it an american IPA and I'm up to a 4 / 4.5

T - piney, grassy hops dominate everything. Light crisp caramel malt note. Again, different style better grade, not malty lager crips doppelbock as I would like. Call it an american IPA and I'm up to a 4 / 4.5

M - medium bodied, crisp, clean, soft carbonation.

D - highly drinkable, moreso if you're a hops fan!

make of it what you will. an intruiging beer for sure. what's a style anyway?

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Photo of Bierfreund
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours orange with a thick white head.

Smells like pineapple!!
I never experienced this before!!

The sweet aroma is misleading: the taste is not sweet at all, but sharp instead, with a bite. Very hoppy, as the name hinted already.
This is totally weird, but not in a bad way.

Not smooth at all.

I never had a beer like this before. But then, I am usually drinking german brews.

Surely interesting experience.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
The brew pours a clear deep chestnut color with a fizzy beige head of 1 cm foaming up easily and fading very slowly.
Aroma is grainy and husky malt scents with some caramel notes as well. I also get some spicy and grassy hops mixing in.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with fine tingly and fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is some caramel malt and grainy notes as well. Slightly sweet and then rolls to some grassy, planty hops that give just a bit of lingering hop bite on my palate.
This beer is super easy to drink with no hint of alcohol and a very well-balanced mix of hops and malt.
Quite a nice brew that I could drink a few of, I guess the 7% would catch up with me, but I wouldnt taste it coming. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep yet clear copper color. Some white head but a nice showing of lacing.

S: The malt you would expect is there but there is also a detectable hop presence. Also an old ale like smell.

T: Interesting beer. A hoppy doppelbock? Definately interesting. The malt is there in full force. Finishes with a nice sweet tea taste.

M: A nice thick full bodied beer. Syrupy feel to it.

D: Super easy drinking. Not quite within the style guidelines but a really nice beer.

update: Got a fresh bottle much better nose. Much hoppier. Really nice and different beer.

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

Love the label art... Looks like a goat from Jersey. Haha!

A- Nice clear copper brown in color with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S- Malty with lots of hops. Difficult to pinpoint the style by the nose alone

T- I don't think its fair to classify this strictly as a doppelbock because of the intense hoppiness. Lots of floral hops in both the body and finish without completely decimating the malt profile

M- Medium bodied. Pretty low carbonation. Sticky and sweet.

D- Its interesting and kind of wish I'd picked up a whole 6er instead of just a bottle to try

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blind Tiger:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that stays throughout. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is citric/piney resiny with a caramel backing.

The taste is of oily, citric/piney/resiny hops balanced by caramelish sweetness. Very forward, but not too aggressive. Certainly an "American" interpretation of the style. Delicious!

Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Expectionally smooth. Alcohol very well-hidden.

It's not your traditional example of the style. But, who cares when it tastes this good! Both hoppy and malty, this is highly drinkable and shows the creativity of American craft brewing! Well-done!

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

12oz bottle, best before 08/26/08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, copper color with a light tan head that fell to a layer which left good lacing.

S - Amarillo hops hit me in the nose!

T - great balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. I'm not sure this is actually a "dopplebock" but it tastes great!

F - medium bodied with a clean carbonation feel.

D - smooth and easy to drink.

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

Pours orange/copper with ruby hues with a nice off-white color head. Retention is decent.
On the nose a assortment of tropical fruits is gathered, peach, mango, grapefruit. Mouthfeel is chewy.
Taste: very flavorful, all of the aromatics can be found on the palate; hops, mango, peach, pears, grapefruit, pine and hints of toasted malts as well. Not sure it fits the category, but very interesting and very enjoyable!

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

On tap at The Comet awhile back. Reviewed from notes.

16oz. pint

A: Light mahogany, hazy. 1 finger of head, tinted, good retention and lacing.

S: Strong citrus, resiny hops. Sweet buttery malts, thick.

T/M: Tastes like a hoppy vienna lager, though I see it's a doppelbock. More like a blonde doppelbock? The citrus is potent but doesn't interfere with the malts. Malts are very sweet, and sticky, same as the nose. Medium body is good carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and keeps you interested.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Funny front logo sticker with a chic, suave ram with sunglasses winking its eye...
Pours a ruby-red, deep, dark, colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited some staying power before slowly receding and leaving behind a fine amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Smooth, malty aroma bursting with a nice balance of fresh hops and malts along with a touch of caramel and vanilla nuances...
For an American Doppelbock, I think the taste was outstanding and very well done - rich, and thick, but certainly not cloying or overbearing in any sense... Beautifully balanced with a hint of hops and a touch of malts... Caramel, vanilla, honey, figs, and prunes, dominates the flavor, which was very clean, crisp, and smooth... Great mouthfeel and ultra-easy drinkability for a hefty beer with a 7% alcohol percentage...
Great stuff from Stoudts...

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Photo of kirok1999
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, not an IPA. Pours a clear, dark amber, ruddy and just a slight white head.
Smell is malty and dark with a nice hop note. Lots of fruit in the nose as well, orange, plum, some spice.
Taste is dark and hoppy up front with a nice hop bite and a good amount of malt in the finish. Sharp and biting yet mellows in the swallow. Lots of carbonation lend a bright mouthfeel.
Easy enough to drink but not my favorite style.

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

With a name of Smooth Hoperator, I'm expecting a Double IPA. I see, though, this is entered as a doppelbock. Hmm, let's see.

Pours with a dark amber (and clear) color. Wonderful head and better lace. Looks wise, it could go either way.

Woah, lots of floral hop! I'm going to review this as an IPA. Lots of pine and grapefruit

Prickly hop in the front of the taste. This is not a bock, way too much bitterness. That said, it has some excellent fresh hop flavors. The malt is present but in the background. The aftertaste is quite bitter and long lasting. The body is solid and the carbonation is appropriate, if not slightly understated, for the mouthfeel.

Hopheads will enjoy this. It has a wonderful bitter flavor.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a clear deep amber color. The head is two inches in height, fluffy, and recedes very slowly into a lot of sticky lacing. The aroma is of very hoppy for a doppelbock, or any other beer for that matter. Grapefruit, grass clippings, with hints of caramel and toffee underneath. The taste is a little maltier than the aroma, but is still dominated by hops. Caramel leads the way, but is soon cut in half by the sharp hop edge. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer for what the brewer intended it to be. A wiser BA than myself once said, "I can tell you if a beer is high quality, and I can tell you if I like it, but the answer isn't always the same." I can tell you that this is a high quality beer, but I am not a huge fan of hoppy doppelbocks. Still, props to the brewer for stretching the definition of beer.

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Photo of albern
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very good and quite unique. It is certainly a hybrid of sorts, that does blaze its own path. The beer pours a copper color amber with some retaining head and lacing. There isn't much carbonation, which reminds me a bit of the doppelbock or octoberfest in the beer. The smell is very pungent floral estery hops. The smell is amazing. The pine scents just last and last. It truly is an amazing aroma that is unlike most hopped up ales. The taste is IPA in part with the estery, somewhat oily and chewy hop bite and grapefruity puckerishness. But there is a doppelbock element to the beer in that there are caramelly amberish malts, a medium body, some sweet almondy flavors, and a slight flatness in terms of carbonation. The malty sweetness blends so well with the estery hop bite, that the beer is incredibly unique. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, the hops linger but don't overpower. This beer is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of joepais
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dim for this Rare treat
Bottle poured into my pint glass produced a good finger worth of head that settles to a thick lace on top of an amber colored body

Aromas of pine floral hops with a sweet malt base

Taste is nothing like any doppelbock I tried, great hop flavors. I have drank IPA with less hop profile. The malts truly help smooth this one out helps keep the bitter in check

Nice crisp mouthfeel a little oily on the tongue

Great brew if I lived closer it would defiantly be a go to brew for me, highly drinkable

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a great looking burnt orange with crystal-like reddish hues and a rocky head of white foam.

S: Smelled a bit musty and smoky, with a resinous hop leaf aroma and some deep fruits also; complex!

T: Taste brought a combination of soft, dark fruits like plum and raisin mixed with a bready malt character and a fairly smooth hop finish, as expected by the name. Lingering phenol and hop aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is full and sticky from the hops.

D: It's a good brew for a heavier meal featuring a main meat dish, didn't exactly pair with my mahi mahi burger; but made for a great sipper once the meal was done. Probably not one to session, but certainly one to enjoy slowly.

Great brew with a style that's difficult to define. I wouldn't immediately think Dopplebock when it's served, but I wouldn't necessarily think DIPA either. I'll just call it a tasty brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt coppery orange that reveals bright tangerine highlights when backlit with sunshine. The golden sandstone colored cap is whipped creamy and forms multiple lace bridges with the sides of the glass. Plenty of lace is simply frosting on the cupcake.

What an interesting nose! Stoudts calls this brew an American style doppelbock. I think it smells like two (or three) parts American IPA to one part doppelbock. Or Oktoberfest. Or some other toasted malty lager. The hoppiness is even more wonderful for being so unexpected.

Smooth Hoperator tastes as interesting and as unique as it smells. It's easy to love a beer with this much good hop flavor. Since I'm not a huge fan of doppelbocks, or Oktoberfests, or other toasted malty lagers, the addition of massive amounts of little green cones can only make them taste better. Style guidelines? We don't need no stinkin' style guidelines! This is a free-for-all of a beer. And a damn good one.

There are two things happening simultaneously within each mouthful. Picture two rivers, one flowing on top of the other. The lower river contains toasted/earthy/nutty malt and the upper river contains citrus and pine sappy hops (Summit and Amarillo). It's a great effect and is one that is becoming more enjoyable with each passing ounce.

The Smooth part of the name isn't a lie. The mouthfeel is nice and soft, in spite of 50 IBUs worth of hops. Actually, like the flavor profile, it's a perfect yin-and-yang combination of silky (malt) and biting (hops). A modest amount of fine-bubbled carbonation helps immensely.

For my money, Stoudts Smooth Hoperator deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the outstanding Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout). Kudos to the brewery for giving us beer geeks something new and different. Not to mention hoppy and delicious.

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Photo of number1bum
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of NEPA BC split #14.

I first had this beer on tap last year at Monk's and was blown away. I had it on tap again in Philly this year, and now I finally have it from the bottle. I actually don't think it drinks quite as well from the bottle as on tap, but this review is sort of a composite of my perceptions overall.

Pours a perfectly clear bronze/copper color with a good two inches of creamy, light ivory head. Keeps a solid lace and leaves a mess of stick. Awesome.

Smell has an underlying bready/slightly caramel malt sweet base, but is dominated by hops. Lots of pine and some grapefruit and citrus, too. Very nice.

Taste is much the same as the smell, with a bready, slightly sweet and lightly toasted malt base and then lots of hop flavor. Pine is the primary hop flavor, but there is some citrus too, and also some other indiscernible fruitiness. Moderate bitterness that gives some balance, but hops are mostly flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Very easy drinker.

This is an awesome beer, plain and simple. Try to fit it tightly into a style description (like doppelbock, as it's listed) and you're going to be disappointed. But drink it for what it is - an awesome, unique beer - and you can't possibly be.

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Photo of wgarton
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a worthy beer. And if nothing else, one of the best bottle designs on the market.

A: Dark amber, thicker white head lacing the side of my glass.

S: Pine, molasses, light fruit tones

T: Crisp, pretty strong hop character coming through the piney flavors. No indication of its 7% makes it very drinkable.

F: Avoids being syrupy, as can happen with such a hoppy beer. Nothing exceptional, but easy to drink.

I'm very happy that I had a chance to drink a couple (or more...) of these in their run. Very drinkable, tasty, enjoyable brew

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Photo of DIM
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear amber, copper color. It was served to me with a quarter inch fluffy white head.

s: I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass! The malts smelled of moderately sweet grains and plums. There was a big hop profile here as well. They smelled of light citrus, orange in particular. There was a bit of pine there as well.

t: This was quite good, but it seemed to clash with itself at times. I tasted nothing that reminded me of a dopplebock. As soon as I got that word out of my head though, all was well. The taste mirrored the smell, with the addition of some pepper and a bit of alcohol.

m: Certainly thick enough and very well carbonated.

d: This is an unusual offering that really doesn't fit any category. I can't believe it took me so long to try this!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as extra from dashirey. Thanks a bunch! Poured into my Ayinger glass

A: Pours a gorgeous copper with a fluffy 1" light brown head. Steady stream of carbonation and this one's very very pretty

S: Nose is sweet malts with plums, rum, raisin and molasses.

T: Starts off a complex fruity sweet with just a hint of spiciness - nutmeg?mace? I can't quite put my finger on it. This is followed by a strange disappearance of the initially medium-body. The finish is what you'd expect for the style - you're palate is tickled by the malts and the alcohol is moderately drying

M: Apart from the disappearance of the body halfway through, this one's great

D: Oh boy - I could go for another

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

An awesome polished copper color. Pours with a large yellow colored head thick and fluffy. Some sticky bubbles cling to the sides of the glass and release in an untimely manner.

Second time I've tried this beer and it's really becoming a great liker. Very earthy, herbal, piney hop aromas. Grassy with a caramel malt hidden in the depths. A lager by aroma as there isn't much fruit and a bready malty middle. Crisp refreshing floral ester.

The same grassy herbal piney flavors the smell indicated. Great hops and bitterness on the finish. A bit of dopplebock shows through but most is masked with the hop. Floral on the finish with a bready malt character. Mouth is very thin on draught compared to what I've had in bottle. Otherwise a fine drinker.

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

Wow!! What an outstanding beer this is. I was even hesitant to try it. Pours a nice oft brown color. Lacing all the way down, glad I let it warm up before tasting. Rich, floral, hoppy aromas on the nose, almost IPA like. The taste is even better. Smooth, crisp, malty, yet hoppy as well, but not too much. The hops do not linger. Don't know if this is a dopplebock, really. Whatever the style, it is unique and well worth a good try!!

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Photo of nrbw23
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Wow looks really nice a crystal clear deep copper color with a nice tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Could pick up some hops here and some nice sweet malts. Also some bread like odors.

T- I could taste quite a bit here pretty complex. Well, balanced and went down way to easy. Hard to describe but I'll give it a shot piney hops, some citrus in there also, maybe a hint of some sort of smoke/charcoal also. Very nice.

M- Good carbonation and medium body.

D- Very drinkable. Really nice, smooth and goes down great.

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 473 ratings