Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Stoudts Smooth Hoperator

Dolphin Stadium is about to become Land Shark Stadium. Wow, I never thought I'd say that. Here's an article that said it's soon likely (don't bother reading the bonehead reader remarks at the bottom). Many of you know that I basically live in the shadows of the stadium, so I'm guessing I'll be able to hear Buffet music all season long (which is cool) and there's already enough LandShark Lager available locally. Maybe they should give some free cases to the locals. Just an idea.

Today's news: fridge is fixed, it's another boring reason-to-drink holiday Cinco de Mayo today (like St. Patrick's Day), stopped at Total Wine on the way to pick up my kids from school, and I just went over 150 (live) posts here (with 50 more in the works). Maybe I should write a book? What do you think?

Today I'm trying Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator brewed by Stoudt's Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. I've had a few of this brewery's beers before, but this is a new one.

Smooth Hoperator has a hoppy and slightly earthy aroma. The immediate flavors are of hops and grapefruit and a little lemony citrus juice. As the beer develops on your palate, you can taste the malts and a slightly peppery spiciness. The astringency hangs on for a while as well. They got the name right when they called it smooth, and this beer is very drinkable. It has a fairly light body and I couldn't tell if there was even any alcohol in it. The bottle didn't call it an India Pale Ale as most IPA's do, and since this tasted like an IPA with some twists, I went online looking. Everyone is calling it a Doppelbock. You decide. Regardless of style, this is a solid beer and one of my favorites from Stoudts.

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