Shady Spot | Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Susquehanna Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Stofko1992 on 06-21-2014

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Marty91:
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3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of TTripp725
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of asuburbanman
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Susquehanna Brewing Co. "Shady Spot Lemon Shandy"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Look: Hazy yellow gold body beneath a short head of bright white that holds fairly well but leaves only limited lacing.
Smell: Watery lemonade. No real malt to speak of.
Taste: Again, watery lemonade but with some pleasant grainy maltiness. A light acidity balances it, and it finishes surprisingly dry as some residual malt fades steadily away.
Feel: Light-medium in body and gently crisp.
Overall: As far as shandies go it's quite good, avoiding extra sweetness, and delivering an interesting and refreshing alternative to a standard alcohol beer although it's very close at 4.7% ABV.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of georgeblazer
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillCheck
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaKirch
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Another from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop that needed an approved picture before I would be willing to Pop! it open. I have no problem with taking pictures and resizing them for approval, but I wish that the approval side of the process could be more expeditious.

From the bottle: “People Beer by Beer People”; “Shandy may be fairly new to these shores, but the idea of beer and lemonade mingling together in beautiful, refreshing, taste bud tingling harmony has been known overseas for almost a century. Originally brewed in England as shandygaff and in Germany as Radler, there’s nothing more appropriate on a hot summer’s day than a shandy. And because you should never mess with a good thing, Shady Spot is brewed the traditional, dry, English-style way. Sure, we could have spent our afternoons trying to out-do the classic, but it’s hot out there, and we needed a shandy.”

Once I Pop!ped the cap, I could immediately smell the lemons! My subsequent heavy-handed pour not only resulted in a pseudo-cascade, but it settled into two-plus fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with great retention. It also unleashed a very lemony smell into my kitchen. Color was a cloudy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 – 2) and the effect was that of a slice of lemon meringue pie in my glass! Nose was like a squirt of ReaLemon. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste was like a lemon biscotti – lemon, certainly, but tempered with biscuit malt to keep it from being undrinkably tart (like Sixpoint’s RAD, ahem). The label called it “dry”, but I would argue for semi-dry since the malts were helping to keep everything in check. It is a cool, overcast day in early Autumn, but I could envision this on the porch on a hot Summer’s day.

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Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%

Looks like ginger ale. Lemony notes abound in the nose and flavor profile. Very light – barely tastes like beer as all. However, I could imagine knocking down one after another of these on a baking hot summer day.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pubscout
4.61/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This shandy gaff is a prime example of a beer being better than the sum of its parts. During the dog days of summer, Shandies are very popular because they are low in alcohol and quite refreshing. That's why the Germans hand them out at bicycle races. Susquehanna's Shady Spot is among the best of these. Though its nose is redolent of lemonade, it's actually a nice mix of malt, grain and lemonade. The judges at the World Beer Cup apparently agreed and awarded it a gold medal, though how much better it is than Porch Rocker or a good German Radler is tough to say. At just 4.5% alcohol, though, you can drink a number of these without falling off your porch rocker after a hot day of yard work.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of frankwoj
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing shandy! Better than Leiny and travelers. A must try on a hot summer day!

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Photo of Categart
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oldn00b
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shop guy said this shandy was different than any he'd had in that it wasn't overly sweet. I got one for my wife but wound up liking it more than her and drinking it myself.

Nice hazy bright yellow pour. Fizzy head fades quickly.

Nose is mostly lemon, bit of yeasty bread comes through.

Flavor is bright and crisp - tastes like it's brewed with lemons vs. beer being mixed with lemonade. Not to dry, on the light side but that's fine.

This isn't my go to style but this is very nice for a summer afternoon. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jacobier10
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Given to me as a gift as part of a mixed 6-pack. One of the lightest beers I've ever seen in terms of color. Very pale straw yellow and hazy. Small white head that dwindles down to nothing. Aroma is straight up lemons. Tastes like a light adjunct lager mixed with lemonade. Light bodied and refreshing with no off flavors, but not something I would ever purchase on my own.

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Photo of Brew_ski
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Shady Spot from Susquehanna Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 53 ratings