Smooth Hoperator | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 471
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +11.2%
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 +9.6%
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 +3.6%
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 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 +17.3%
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 +1.5%
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 +0.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.6%
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 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 -10.4%
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 +7.4%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.8%
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 +6.6%
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 +9.9%
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 +3.6%
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 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 -2.3%
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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Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 +4.1%
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 +1.5%
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 -9.1%
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 -3%
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 +9.1%
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 +1.5%
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 -1.5%
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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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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