Stoudts Double IPA, Adamstown PA A find amongst the antiques

Tasting: June 28, 2012
Style: Imperial IPA
Stouts Double IPA

Stoudts Double IPA

Long before kids, my wife and I would spend many weekends meandering through antique shops in the rural towns of Pennsylvania. One of our favorite stops was Adamstown. We may have left some antique shops empty handed in this small town outside Lancaster but most times I’d return home with some Scarlet Lady Ale from Stoudts Brewery. Needless to say, Stoudts conjures up some warm and fuzzy memories for me.

The German influence in this part of Pennsylvania is abundant, and the Stoudts are a German family that makes a fine line of German-styled beers. They throw an awesome Oktoberfest festival complete with lederhosen, dancing, oompah bands and bratwurst. It might seem odd that with all this German blood that the brewery offers up a double IPA; a style that is more of an Americanized version of an English-style ale. Well, Scarlet Lady Ale was an English-style ESB so, I’ll chalk it up to a rogue member of the family that had the right idea (wink).

Stouts Double IPA is 10% alcohol by volume it pours a cloudy reddish, orange color. Nose is sweet. The first sip is sweet like honey with some fresh hop tucked underneath. I get some bread grains as well as some fruit punch flavors of pineapple and berries. Mouthfeel is nice and rich with smooth carbonation. Slightly boozy but doesn’t interfere with the experience. A real beauty — 91 points.

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