Saturday, July 25, 2009

25. Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady Ale ESB

Our second selection from Stoudt's, located in Adamstown, PA.

Scarlet Lady Ale has a bready, biscuity malt nose—almost a dry crackeriness even—with a slight floral hoppiness to it. It is nut brown in color with subtle red hints, and minimal carbonation. Opening with a rounded bready malt flavor and some British-type ester qualities, Scarlet Lady moves into a slightly bitter middle before finishing clean and crisp with some residual malt and biscuit flavors. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with little to no bite from the carbonation—basically, Stoudt’s actually follows through on the British style implied in the name, with bready malt flavors and bitterness being used to build the beer profile, and a lower level of carbonation than found in most American pale ales. Scarlet Lady is a crisp and refreshing ale—it is both well-balanced and very drinkable.

From Stoudt’s website: “This English-style ale is brewed with Maris Otter and Caramel malts for a rich, reddish-copper color and smooth malty palate. The use of bittering & aroma addition hops balances the regal, sweet maltiness and imparts a softly perfumed aroma.”

ABV: 5%
IBU: 32
Bittering Hops: Perle
Aroma Hops: Williamette
Malts: Maris Otter, Caramel, and Carafa III


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