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6th Generation Stock Ale - Susquehanna Brewing Company

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6th Generation Stock Ale6th Generation Stock Ale

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BA SCORE
76
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Susquehanna Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: undeadozzy on 06-12-2012

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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma decent. It has a bone dry pale malt scent along with a light touch of caramel malt for color and body. The hop aroma is adequate, but nothing to write home about. The taste is decent as well. It has a crisp, clean flavor with a solid malt character and a mild hop bitterness. It goes down easy with a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty solid brew, but nothing I'd go out of my way to find.

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Photo of ripocceschi
1/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm not going to rate this beer on the norms of rating beer but I will say this that the other people that gave a review on this either work or have some sort of affiliation with this brewery to rate this so high I personally think that this beer is a total drain pour it tastes like miller light with more of a "beer" taste to it

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is labeled an "old ale" here and the name evokes that style as well, but as an old ale it completely fails to deliver anything of what I'd expect from the style.

However, the lengthier description also makes it sound like an older, endemic style of American beer. The above scores are what I'd give it as a California Common. It was a crisp and refreshing beer. If you're expecting the fruity malts of an old ale, then skip this. If you want an easy drinking summer beer, this will suit you fine.

Photo of Frostyglass
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first time having any beer from Susquehanna Brewing Company. This brewery is new but the family has been in the business for a long time.

The nose was strong for an ale. Had almost IPA qualities to it which I happen like a lot. Quite hoppy notes in the nose.

It pours nice leaving a light white head that quickly fades away. The lacing was also light as well.

The taste was more complex than I expected for an ale. First I got the bitterness of grapefruit, which settled into a nice malty flavor with almost a Munich style malt profile.

Has a solid mouth feel that ends in a bitterness that makes you want another drink. Very nice on a summer night.

Overall I am pleased with the beer quality. It is a beer that pairs good in any situation.This might be my new go to beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Giant beer Garden in Enola,pa

A- dark gold in color that is quite clear. minimal head and average lacing.

S- strong on the malts and nothing else really.

F- fruity esters with caramel malts with earthy hops to round it out.

M- light bodied and malty with the fruity esters hanging there.

O- not a bad beer but I would slightly above average.

Photo of undeadozzy
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden yellow color with a foamy head that left lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Picking up on lots of hops and some bright malt scents too. Can't quite place any particular scent among the hops and malts, but it smells fairly good.

T - Wonderful sweet taste, very delicious pale ale. Smooth and creamy, and very tasty. Picking up some hot buttered toast and a little some potato chip on the tongue, and something akin to a fried dough on the rest of my mouth, very good. Has a great salty aftertaste too, almost like french fries.

M - Not too thick or thin, a good place for a beer to be.

O - Another good beer by the SBC, so far they haven't let me down! Haven't been able to get a hold of their third beer, but I'll see where the beer gods take me next. A must try for any fan of pale ales!

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Honey-gold body, transparent, under a finger of soft beige head that falls to a thick coating.

Interesting smell of subdued, sweetly bread malts with a little bit of sulfuric or vegetal note. Earthy, slightly peppery hops. Puts me in a mind of a helles bock, with the sweetly biscuity, honey-ish character & smell I can only characterize as "light", though that's not a great descriptor. Maybe a little mineral. As a previous reviewer said, not that far from an American lager but with a little more grain & hop character.

Very light graininess off the bat that quickly gets overwhelmed by a moderate bitterness. That's right, a *moderate* bitterness, which just speaks to what a pushover the malt is. A little lemony, very leafy & even soapy bitterness, it really takes over & it's hard to get much else out of this. Warmly pithy, orange peel.

Medium-bodied, a moderate effervescence, & that unbalanced hop flavor kind of rakes the palate, deadening my tastebuds but leaving just a tinge of sugar in the finish.

I was really interested to see something by Susquehanna in my neck of the woods, but this seems to be really out of balance, even for its overall restrained character. And yeah, it's hard to shake that phantom macro-lager profile, though this definitely has more to offer. Let's talk about marketing & expectations here. They call this a "stock ale" on the label & website, which to me says "old ale", though it's 5.5% ABV & listed on BA here as an American pale. Maybe I'm a little shy on my history here, but I really didn't know where to calibrate my expectations of this beer. Hopefully my appraisal didn't suffer, but it was a bit confusing. Regardless of what it's "supposed" to be, the lack of balance really hurt it.

Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I recently wrote about Susquehanna BC for my column in Ale Street News, so I consider what I am currently doing to be "research". I found out that Jaime Jurado is no longer with them, leaving my old friend, Guy Hagner, solidly in charge of the brewing operation. Cool!

From the bottle: "People Beer by Beer People"; "You could say beer is in our blood. For six generations now - before it was hip to brew beer - we were setting the standard for perfect, drinkable beers right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This Stock Ale you're holding stays true to all six of those generations. We start with our unique blend of malt from the venerable Muntons malt house in Britain, and the finest hops from Oregon. Then, we finish in the hopjack for the signature hop flavor. Curious what beer tasted like way back then? The answer's right here."

My initial pour produced two fingers of fizzy, rocky french-vanilla colored head with decent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose gave off a metallic twang along with a piney hop character. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, and the taste was odd for the style, more caramel malt-forward than I expected or would have liked with the hops almost a passenger along for the ride. I got a quick wash of grassy mintiness on the finish, but this was not my bag, especially in light of the style. That said, I have gathered that they like to play around with styles and such at SBC, but they need to play just a bit more with this one, IMHO. YMMV.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This bottle has been in my cellar since spring. It was a birthday gift from my brothers. Thanks guys!
Bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temp. The beer pours a bright clear amber hue with extremely minimal head foaming up and fading to nothing immediately not even a trace of bubbles remain. Lack of any foam hurts the appearance a bit for me.
Aroma is grainy malt and a bit of caramel and earthy hop note. Overall the nose is kind of mild but is not flawed or problematic.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation. Nice easy drinker which works for the style.
Flavor is grainy malt with some caramel and toffee mixing and a crisp dry finish of earthy hops.
Not an overly complicated beer, certainly not flawed, and a solid easy drinker to boot. Could be sessioned and stay interesting I think.
Pick up a six pack for a football game etc and be satisfied with your purchase.

Photo of wac9
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another wonderful beer made by this company a very golden beer beer a taste life a beer you want to keep on drinking sbc knows how to make beer so sit back and enjoy the beer they beer they dont make mistakes enjoy and drink a beer when you look at it in your it a strong dark yellow color not a water down beer but a beer that a worthly to drink and say it out loud i drink this beer and its worth evey sip

Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love a drinkable, flavorful, solid ale. This one fits the bill. It is an amber-copper color with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt forward, with a little fruit. Slight background of herbal hops. The flavor is balanced...nice malt backbone with firm bitterness that lingers. Full in body. This is a well made, drinkable ale.

Photo of RuinationPress
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium, golden yellow, medium carbonation that holds throughout.

Smell: light and fruity

Taste: hops really come out, supporting a nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: dry and sweet, crisp.

Overall: very nice, refreshing. ABV is readable and the ability to have more than one is here. Well done.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is quite a mild apa, if it's even that. Lots of malts with a minimal hop presence. What's there barely nips, though at least there is something. Seems earthy and restricted. Biting carbonation. Easy to drink, sure, but not really that interesting. Of probably try this if it were on cask.

Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a mix-a-six from Shady McGrady's, enjoyed from the bottle chilled in tulip pint.

The color is deep golden with excellent clarity and visible carbonation with thick head that has lasting retention and fine bead with waving lace that clings. The smell is good with mostly herbal hop aroma yet a mild malt sweetness is apparent with slight yeast ester. The feel is good with balanced yeast and hops with malt adding sufficient support and mild bitterness overall with moderately high carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The flavor is very crisp up front with sligth spice and herbal flavors from the hops which seem to have a fruity influence alongside the yeast with slight toasted and caramel flavor from the malt base with some mild sweetness in the finish. Overall this is not a bad beer to me, it does have more of an English yeast and hop flavor than American Pale ale qualities, but I found it pretty drinkable for the style.

Photo of cyguyjg
4.38/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this "new" beer from the new Susquehanna Brewing several times at local taverns -- always on tap in a pint glass.

Pours to a a head slightly less than an inch. Medium lacing that lasts long enough to indicate desired freshness.

Although this is classified as an APA, the color is not pale -- it is more that of an amber lager.

The hops are not upfront in the foretaste so your first impression is of a rich ale commensurate with the fine blend of malts (see their web site). But the hops quickly assert their presence while not overshadowing the malts and not imparting excessive bitterness and not lingering too long in the aftertaste.

This beer is a pleasure for good times.

Photo of WissBrauSean
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful rich and clear amber colour with a faint head and very little lacing until agitated and then it fades again.

The aroma is definitely English ale style. Caramel malts, bready yeast, and light fruit aromas and very mild floral hops. Very nice indeed!

The taste is equally as nice! Caramel malty sweet light but sweet enough, some grainy yeast, a tiny bit of dark fruit and apple with a mild hoppy finish. Bitterness is very light and barely noticeable between sips.

The mouthfeel is smooth and quite light in body but well balanced and highly sessionable! The carbonation is moderate. This is a nice beer!

Overall my only complaint is the body being a bit on the thin side and it's a bit off the mark as an APA but I love English ales! Otherwise this would be an excellent beer getting a solid 4 out of 5!

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

6th generation stock ale pours a darker golden color with no head. There is a sweet light and crisp aroma. The taste is the same, light and crisp, with a sweeter flavor; some apple notes. The body is rather light and the beer is overall watery. Overall its by no means bad, but nothing too special.

Photo of BWED
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft tumbler

A- Dark gold in color, with really good clarity. The head is light tan. Retention is okay, and there is no lacing.

S- Malt forward, like it should be. Caramel notes, and very faint fruit esters (barely there.)

T- The taste, like smell, is malt forward as well. The caramel notes come though with a subtle sweetness, but the fruit esters are lacking. There is some detectable hop character that is faintly earthy.

M- Medium body, with a bittersweet finish. The hop is noticeable. Fairly well balanced, but I think the malt could be just a bit heavier to tip the scale slightly. Moderate carbonation.

O- Okay. I'd like this to have a little more body, a little less hop bitterness, and some more fruit character. It's sweet-ish, but I think it could be stronger.

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.47/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in taster cup at the brewery before it was released to the public.

Quite average appearance, light golden, clear, and bubbles rising gently. Smell delivered hops immediately, almost suggesting an IPA, so I expected a hop forward pale ale when I tasted it. In tasting I received a well balanced ale, slightly heavy handed on the hops, which is definitely okay with me. 35 IBU's? Wow, I would have guessed more. I love this beer. Looking forward to being able to buy in bottle for home consumption!

Great job Jamie and SBC staff!!

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright shiny amber, excellent clarity, topped by four fingers of level just-off-white foam.

Fresh hay aroma. Clean. Touch of earthiness.

Very sweet malt foundation. Hops balance, and offer a bit of bite at the swallow.

Solid smooth medium mouthfeel.

A solid well constructed old school malt forward ale.

Photo of Flounder57
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass at Lucky's Sporthouse in Wilkes Barre, PA.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, light caramel, and fruity. Very similar to an English pale ale.

Taste: Same as above. Mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty average APA, but it reminds me of English versions.

Photo of Omnium
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange amber with half a finger of fizzy off white that goes away nearly instantly. No lacing.
S - Sweet malt, light mineral traces. Bland
T - Sweet caramel malt, a little light herbal blend. Just ok
M - Medium feel, just decent.
O - It just tastes like a "beer". I dont know what else to really say.

Photo of MDDMD
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-golden color with a smallish off-white head and a little lacing

S-bready malt, slight herbal, hint of sweetness

T-grainy malt, slight herbal/vegetal flavor, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation

O-nothing special, not a whole lot of flavor

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6th Generation Stock Ale from Susquehanna Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.