Stoudt’s Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)

So, I’ve basically been up all night smoking a 15 pound brisket. If you follow the blog at all, you know I love smoking any sort of meat, but brisket is my favorite. I have to pull it out in about an hour (after 15 hours of cooking), but until then, I figured I’ll throw up a couple of more posts to kill the time.

ABV: 9%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to, “Stoudt’s Brewery is a microbrewery and restaurant located in the Lancaster County borough of Adamstown. It was one of the commonwealth’s first microbreweries, having been started in 1987 by Ed and Carol Stoudt. The restaurant, Black Angus Steakhouse, has been in business for half-a-century.”

Random: The cat is back to meowing at the door so I take him out. He seriously thinks he’s a dog.

This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy yellow with lots of visible carbonation throughout. The nose was very citrusy with some apricot as well. Belgian yeast came through with very mild spices such as cloves and coriander. So far, I wasn’t impressed. But the taste delivered much more than the nose did. I got apricots, golden raisins, cloves and big Belgian yeast. The booze was really well-integrated on this one as well. The body was on the lighter end of the style and had lots of carbonation as well. The finish was long and sweet with apricot. This wasn’t the best tripel I’ve had, but was definitely solid and worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB

Katie picked up a six-pack of this one awhile ago. It’s been on my list to try, but I just hadn’t gotten to it. I’ve really started to enjoy ESBs, although I tend to find that the American ones are just lacking a little from their British counterparts. Hopefully this one changes my mind about it.

ABV: 5%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)

Trivia: According to, “The Scarlet Lady is a 1928 American silent drama film, written by Bess Meredyth and directed by Alan Crosland.”

Random: I really don’t understand why people don’t stay in their houses or evacuate when told to. I was out in the storm last year and it was miserable. This one is worse. Why wouldn’t you just follow directions? I seriously detest stupid people.

This brew poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was sweet and nutty malt with a touch of mineral as well. The taste was mineral up front, then some nutty malt with a hint of chestnut. It also had a little bit of bitterness at the end. My first complaint? The flavor was too subtle and could easily be dialed up. My second complaint? The body was way too thin and the carbonation was way too heavy for the thin body. The finish was long with a lot of mineral qualities. This was an alright brew, but nothing to write home about.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Stoudts Brotherly Suds 2 (BS2)

After we hit the Ale House, we made our way to Brauhaus Schmitz. This is a place that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. German food with a great beer list? Count me in. When I saw this on the list, I figured I had to try it, because I may not get to again. And the food at the Brauhaus is amazing, by the way. It was so good that I took two orders of potato pancakes to go…

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to Atlanta Beer Master, “The collab features Tom Kehoe (Yards), John Trogner (Troegs), Brent Kintzer (Stoudt’s), Bill Covaleski (Victory) and Gordon Grubb (Nodding Head). BS2 will be a lager – described by the group as a ‘brewer’s beer’ not a beer geek beer. ‘A selfish beer.’ Finding importance in layering flavors into the beer itself. Brent Kintzer from Stoudt’s organized the collaborative and provided the equipment. The malt bill was designed by Trogner & Covaleski. The hops – Grubb & Kehoe. The crowning touch of history & brewing comes from the yeast. Fuhrmann & Schmidt Brewing Company was a Philly beer staple from 1906 until they closed their doors in 1975. Brotherly Suds 2 will feature Schmidt’s yeast, bridging Philadelphia brewing past, and present.”

Random: I really like the nature of collaboration beers. The whole idea of different breweries coming together to make a beer for people to enjoy is really nice to me. I guess I’m a beer sentimentalist.

This poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated quickly. The body was a clear golden-yellow with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had some hops to it, which were surprising. It also had grass, spices and some apple. This definitely was not was I was expecting. The taste also was a little thicker than expected. I got some hops and bitterness up front, followed by malt, hay and grass. The spice really came out at the end and on the finish. This was a very crisp beer and so easy to drink. The finish lingered, but it was really nice. Since I tend to prefer ales to lagers, I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Stoudts 1860 IPA

Yesterday, my sister and I went into Philadelphia for the day. We started the day at Reading Terminal Market, which being a foodie, was right up my alley. I’ve been there before, but this was before I really cooked a lot. We got a few spices that I had been looking for, picked up some awesome looking chicken sausages and ended our visit there at their beer garden. They actually had a few local beers on tap. But, since I was thirsty, I went for my old standby, Victory Hop Devil. We then made our way to McGillin’s Ale House, just by chance. I paired this beer with their Old Bay fries, which by the way, were outstanding.

ABV: ?

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to McGillin’s website, “Shortly after the Liberty Bell cracked and long before ground was broken for City Hall, McGillin’s Olde Ale House threw open its doors. Its beer taps have been flowing since 1860 — making it the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia. McGillin’s has outlasted Strawbridge’s, the Civil War and even Prohibition. McGillin’s celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010.”

Random: I think I would try anything if there was Old Bay seasoning on it.

I chose this beer as it is the beer specifically brewed for the bar. You know, the whole “when in Rome…” thing. This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that left some lacing on the glass. Since the bar was pretty dark, what I could see of the beer looked like a clear orange color, but I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was definitely subtle grapefruit, but I really had to search for it. The taste had a bit more thickness than I expected. It also presented with more carbonation. I got a lot of grapefruit with some malt sweetness to back it up. But, this wasn’t a hop bomb by anyone’s standard. It was well-balanced with the sweetness. After a few sips, I also got some floral notes. I would have thought that this was an English IPA, but after some research, I found that I was wrong. I would assume that this is a pretty low alcohol brew (5-6%), but I can’t find anything online to confirm that. This is a brew that goes down easily with a slightly bitter finish. It was also served in a nonic, which gives a beer instant sexiness to me. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0