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Stoudts Brewing Scarlet Lady Ale (365 Day 50)

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Stoudts Scarlet Lady Ale

It is hard to believe that I am already on day 50 of drinking a different American craft beer every day for a year. Until I had the beer in hand and was reviewing the beer did I realize that it was 50: I wanted it to be something special. Oh well, I guess I will have to wait for 75 or 100. I do have to admit, at least to this point, the first 50 have flown by.

Scarlet Lady Ale by Stoudts Brewing Company is an ESB that had been in the cellar for a short time. I actually thought I had the beer before and wanted to sample other offerings first. Little to my surprise this is a new beer to me.

The beer is malt forward with caramel, toffee, and nut flavors and aromas. The nut comes through, becoming a great compliment to the beer, adding to its level of hardiness. I found this part of the beer to be my favorite. The hops come across as earthly with pine and floral notes. Quite a good and complex ESB. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.4

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Stoudts Gold Lager (365 Day 7)

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I have to say that the main beer of the evening was the second as I started with Saugatuck’s Singapore IPA. A beer that I forgot I had already had, but for the second time it has surprised me with how top shelf this lil’ ole IPA is from western Michigan. If you are passing through Michigan, especially the west side, try to pick this beer up and you will think that you are much further west than east of Lake Michigan.

Stoudts is one of those breweries that I can’t get locally but whenever I have the chance, I will pick up a few flavors. I have now had 11 different beers by Stoudts and can say, to this point, it has been hit or miss.

Gold Lager is a beer I have been putting off tasting as I didn’t think it would tickle my fancy. Was I wrong. This is a really solid lager. Aroma, taste, mouth, and drinkability are all stars. The bread/grain malt adds a very nice “big” feel to an otherwise light beer that surprisingly enough, I could see myself drinking year round and just during the warmer months. My first pleasant surprise and in the first week. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.9

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