Wednesday, September 16, 2009

78. Stoudt’s American Pale Ale

“It’s tasty in a nondescript way”

Our third beer from Stoudt’s Brewery (first and second). We had this on tap at South Park Tavern. Yes, again.

American Pale Ale (and yes, it is both name and category here) starts with a light malt and a faint floral hop aroma. The color is a tawny gold, and it has a light white head. It begins with light clean malt flavors, with both biscuit and crystal malts playing themselves out in the opening. In the middle, the beer moves into a pleasant bitterness that is not overpowering; the bitterness lingers, but is not cloying, astringent, or overpowering. Elli was feeling less like talking about beer today. As she reminded me, “we have to drink a beer for the day, but we don’t have to talk about it.” When I reminded her that the blog was her idea, I got a snide look that told me I was an ass. Which I am, but that’s not the point.

Slight grapefruit in hops at end.

American Pale Ale is a pretty straight forward American pale ale—well balanced, and while nothing really stands, it is a clean and enjoyable beer. So we each had another. And we each had each other.

From the Stoudt’s website: “This uniquely American beer offers a crisp, medium body with a light amber color. Generous additions of Cascade hops provide a refreshing bitterness and vibrant citrus aroma. ”

ABV: 5%
IBU: 41
Malts: Two-row, Munich, & Caramel
Bittering Hops: Cascade & Warrior
Aroma Hops: Cascade


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