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This medium bodied copper colored strong lager is in a class all by itself. First released in celebration of our 20th Anniversary. Ed Stoudt calls this beer an "American-style Doppelbock" He believes it to be the first high gravity lager brewed with German Malts and American Hops. This brew has a delicate malty palate up front, which is abruptly overshadowed by the dominating ho presence that can be attributed to 1.5lbs/bbl of hops that were added to this brew for aroma & flavor. A hop lover's beer indeed.

Yeast: Bottom Fermenting Lager
Bittering hops: Summit
Aroma hops: Amarillo
Malts: Two-row,Vienna & Others

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1649) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Pours amber with a small tan head. Aroma its caramel, yeast, toast and floral. Taste is sweet with a touch of bitterness. Smooth and almost creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LuckyDog (33) - - JUL 12, 2014
Wow. Great balance. Not a brewery I’ve had anything from before, but I’ll be looking for more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vlan1 (188) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2014
On tap at Black Angus. Pours a hazy tea color with a average fluffy head. Tart Grassy hop aroma with subtle sweet bready notes. Flavor is distinctly hop forward with not much malt backbone to carry their weight. The hops here also have a very astringent aftertaste. IMHO not up to snuff with Stoudts other offerings.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
obguthr (3655) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Tea nose, a little vegetal. Clear copper, medium cream colored head. Tea and cabbage. Significant astrigency. Probably an old bottle, did not hold up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (839) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Ruddy brown, small white head. Aroma of raisins and coffee, flavor of raisins, grassy hops and burnt coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (2980) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Draft @ Sunset Grill & Tap. 4 oz. sample, dirty amber color with a ton of carbonation. Caramel, toasted grain, fruitiness with a light earth note as well.

Flavor is light. Malt dominant with dark fruit and a sweet finish caramel leading into a weak earthy hop note. Very light watery body hints of sweetness. Alcohol for 7 % shows up in the finish. With a name like “Smooth Hoperator” I was expecting a much bolder hop profile. Not a bad brew in anyway just a bit of a letdown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjames317 (66) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Medium bodied chestnut brown lager with off white head. Interesting concept of a beer. German malt, booze-soaked raisins, sour dough bread, and floral hop bouquet. Very well balanced. Has a burnt, chewy quality to the mouthfeel. Nice bitterness. Crisp lager carbonation gives way to flavorful hop profile that finishes bitter and dry. Great change of pace from the typical IPA. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (2557) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Dark copper brown body, medium to thin light tan head, spotty lacing. Caramel, fruity hops, bread, light floral and grassy notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, mild bitterness. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3446) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle: Pours cloudy, copper-amber with a tall, puffy tan head. Strong caramel, breadheel aroma. Tangy caramel and citrus taste... Grassy...herbal hopping. Different sort of Dopplebock...quite tasty, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1932) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2014
Draft at Kloby’s. Pours dark reddish copper with a creamy beige head and lots of lacing. Tastes like dry hops, malt, light raisin and booze. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like malty booze with light hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1859) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Cloudy, amber orange with a 1-finger khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, earthy hops, bread and fruit. Taste of bread, peaches, grapefruit, caramel and apple. Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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