Susquehanna Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,022
Ranked #19,082
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Susquehanna Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hopcellerator pours a copper color, with little head. Fresh floral hoppy aroma. Flavor has earth notes, with big fresh floral hop flavors. Good body and feel. Overall a very decent and drinkable IPA.

Jul 05, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, citrus, and pine.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt, some citrus notes (orange, in particular), a gigantic heap of grassy hops, a bit of resiny pine, and light tropical fruit (mango). An interesting flavor that's a bit out of whack. The hops content is a bit too aggressive for my taste, but the other elements aren't bad.

F: A good amount of carbonation with an overly bitter, yet dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer in most respects. The flavor's not quite there, but the beer has some good attributes.

Aug 21, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Notes via stream of consciousness: An average pour (maybe I should have been rougher) brings up a very hazy golden-orange body that rests gently beneath a finger-thick head of white. It's hard to see the bubbles rising within the glass, and it doesn't seem to be that carbonated. In the aroma grainy malt and citrusy hops seem to be about on the same level, mixing well, but not coming off as boldly hoppy and hop-focused as a West coast IPA should be. At the very least the hops should be brighter. Just using Pacific Northwest hops is no longer enough in my book to call a beer a West coast IPA. It should have no caramel malts, or very close to it; really lean heavily towards the hop flavors to the point that the malt is just a platform for them and it's almost out of balance; and it should be drier and more perceptively bitter. Moving forward, the flavor also includes a bit too much malt character and sweetness, although it's on the edge. I'm getting a little bit of caramel malt (or something like it), but regardless, the hops aren't popping! It's citrusy but I can't really pick out anything specifically beyond grapefruit and orange. There's some pine, and there's some peach and mango which I associate with Citra, but again, nothing is bright and clear. It's firmly bitter, a touch on the lower end for the style, although it works, and it finishes dry with some pine and earth and bitterness lingering. So I'll stop my bitching but it doesn't seem like a West coast IPA to me, it's more of a blend in my eyes, part East coast and part West coast - which in all honesty makes for a more balanced beer. Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level that leaves it gently crisp and then smooth. Conclusion: decent enough but very mainstream and tame. I understand what Susquehanna does and they do it very well, but if they're going to head into a little bit of a different territory they're going to need to step it up or get lost in the crowd.

Aug 08, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: June 24, 2017... OCCASION: Big Bass Lake with the Morgans--can’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a NEPA beer!... GLASSWARE: Heineken pokal... pours a thick white head that tabletops with substance... near-perfect lacing... lively carbonation--a stampede of bubbles herds upward in a golden body... I like the look of this... boisterous hop impact, with resin and pine at the fore... orange lemon, fruity esters play and punch the nostrils...a promising aroma... hop-forward profile only offers a mild bitterness at its finish, with a strong, lingering, enjoyable aftertaste... slightly chewy with a thick, stout body... West Coast indeed--easy pine/resin one-two that smoothly invites a puckering finish... lemon and orange are not balanced by very light dough malts... shopping for local brews and familiar with Susquehanna, this beer took me by some surprise--they placed this style well, crafting a beer that pairs well with grill fare and sunny summer days... belying its 7% ABV well, it encourages its next sip... maybe not distinguishable from other IPAs, but that can't be held against a solid beer...

Jun 26, 2017
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davisrs from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I compare all other beers to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale; there may be better out there, but many that are worse.
This gives a 2 finger head.
The color is a cloudy light amber.
There is plenty of aroma from Citra, Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo hops which is a nice flowery, citrusey, pine.
There is plenty of taste om Citra, Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo hops which is a distinct flowery, citrus/pine.
Bitterness is extremely mild toward the back of the palate with a hint of malt which offers a smooth finish.
Overall, love the full, rich flavors, and aroma. Unfortunately, this beer has a fairly local distribution here in PA.

Jun 06, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a clever burnt orange to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mellow pace. Semi-foamy white ring of lace.
The aroma smelled like orange marmalade with some faint piney sweetness. Light floral bits. Light tobacco/somewhat earthiness.
The flavor took those sweet and bitter hops to coincide with the malts stealthily. Aftertaste was orange marmalade.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied. Dry tobacco to earthy finish. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, decent AIPA at best. Maybe if handed to me, I'd give it a shot again.

Jun 05, 2017
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MacRodge from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my first review on here. Holy crap. Everyone reviewing these beers is like a cicerone. Do you take reviews from dudes like me?

I'm reviewing this beer from like less than a mile from the brewery at time of consumption... And as other reviewers have noted, this beer is NOT discontinued.

I liked it. It's hoppy (imagine that). To be honest, I had it out of the bottle and didn't look at it much. It's moderately carbonated and goes down easy. I'd buy it again for sure.

Apr 29, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear golden orange body with two-finger head. The aroma is light and airy with a bit of soapy hops to it. The beer is raw and crisp and has a light citric flavor with touches of malt sweetness and a slightly dry/bitter finish. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done.

Apr 26, 2017
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- hazy amber orange color with half finger frothy head and hilly lacing on the pint.

S- orange and floral arrangement of hops with a slight tinge of pine.

F- floral hops and citrus flavor dominate. very nice

M- sweet and light bodied IPA and goes down smooth

O- great ipa an thank you sire i wish i could get another.

Apr 22, 2017
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sideshowrob from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its definitely not retired. Having it on tap at a multitap bar in cental Maryland. Not bad, not exceptional. Never had anything from the brewery before. Its hard to make a standout IPA these days.

Mar 08, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this beer is listed as retired, since it's on the SBA website as currently brewed. picked up at Sabatini's on Friday. 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

slightly hazy yellow body, very active carbonation, small white persistent head, but little in the way of lacing.

No aroma to speak of.

Slightly sour bitter taste. a bit of a sweet malt background, but that gets crushed by the bitterness.

Mouth is a tad below medium.

Overall, not an ipa that does it for me, a little too bitter.

Aug 14, 2016
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BACG from New York

4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, easy, simple layers. A beer that reminds you of all the best things an ipa can be. My favorite expression by SBC as yet. Well balanced carbonation and gravity. Nothing tricky here to pull out, just a great overall experience.

Jun 28, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: It pours golden with a slight orange tinge. It has a moderate white head.

Smell: It has subtle aromas of citrus, grapefruit and hints of floral.

Taste: It has flavors of citrus, floral, grapefruit and a bit of toast.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with moderate bitterness. It has a moderate carbonation that is on the high end.

Overall, it is a hop driven citrus and grapefruit IPA with a toast malt backbone.

Jun 26, 2016
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Jeffwise from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mannnn.. Beautiful golden color. Two finger head... So much fruity juicy goodness in the smell. Makes you excited to taste. The taste is phenomenal. So much citrus. So much juicy fruity goodness. Weirdly amazing for SBC.. No offense to them haha. The citrus and fruit is balanced on the back end with a nice fairly strong bitterness. This honestly is one of the better IPA's I've ever had and a huge surprise as I didn't expect anything more than average. Truely a must try for hop heads who enjoy some juiciness with it

Feb 11, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

Clear golden in color, with bone white head. Some lacing. Pine and citrus hop aroma. Taste is fairly bitter, minimal malt flavor. Sticky mouthfeel

Jan 29, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - extremely turbid fossilized amber appearance. Lots of pronounced particulate suspended motionless in the glass. Neat.

S - has a bright, floral, piney nose. Candied fruits and slight caramel malts.

T - fresh tart grapefruit. Not the sweet ruby red stuff. Nothing leaps out, but there's a lot going on in the background. Hints of citrus, wintry pine, tropical fruit. Very drinkable.

F - light but fluffy without being too airy, if that makes any sense. It goes down almost too easily.

O - always nice to see the west coast style attempted from thousands of miles away! Super sessionable and a delight to drink. My socks aren't blown off, but this is solid. Great post-work relaxation beer.

Jan 28, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I tried this from the bottle in a goblet chilled.

The color is dark golden with light haze and white head with thick lace that sticks. The smellhas a nice grapefruit hop aroma with slight pine odor and gentle fruity yeast ester. The feel is good with mix of moderately bitter with a light sweetness level and moderately carbonated with resinous texture with semi-dry finish.

The taste is tangy citrus with a slight bitter flavor with mild malt base and gentle sweet flavor with very mild grassy and light astringent hops with subtle juicy tropical quality with malt balanced in the finish. Overall a very good IPA, nicely balanced and easy to quaff.

Jan 14, 2016
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NuclearBeerGirl from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has that sort of " hopped-up flavor" I enjoy with a hint of pine and semi-floral aromas. It has a touch of something citrusy, which I'm not a huge fan of, but it works with this beer. Somewhat murky, and a little amber. Overall, very pleasing. It is an easy drinking, semi-bitter IPA with great heady flavor.

Oct 22, 2015
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TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just the right hop flavor. Nice body. Very pleasant beer, great purchase. I believe it is the first I have had from Susquehanna Brewing Company, much better than i expected. I would quickly choose to try another of their beers.

Oct 18, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I have been housed in King of Prussia for over six weeks and it has been Br'er Rabbit in the Briar Patch time! Man, going to Wegman's Bottle Shop brings me to my knees every time I walk in the joint. That is where I scored this bottle.

From the bottle: "People Beer by Beer People"; "West Coast Style IPA"; "Citra, Simcoe, Cascade, and Amarillo hops, are the stars of this supercharged IPA. With a hooped-up flavor and lots of citrus zest, tropical, pine and floral notes, this defiantly delicious brew is all-American and proud of it. Its cloudy glowing orange appearance in the glass sure is pretty, too. As a 6-generation beer family, we're revved about crafting brews that keep your taste buds firing."

I Pop!ped the cap and began an aggro pour since they characterized it as "cloudy" and I figured that I had nothing to lose. I created two fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention as a result. Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was dank, with just about every American hop scent seemingly present. If they made this into a perfume, I would have my lady wear it! My mouth was watering like Pavlov himself was ringing a bell. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more subdued than I expected, but the fruity flavors were front and center with peach and mango leading the way. This led to a more pine-like flavor as it warmed. Oh, man, this was tasty! The ABV was well-hidden and it was eminently drinkable as a result. I was really running through it quickly. The finish was dry, but not so dry as to have me reaching for my asthma inhaler. I really hope that they will make this more than just a limited release!

Aug 24, 2015
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jrb5094 from California

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So pleasantly surprised with this new brew from Susquehanna. I don't generally like too much of their stuff but they really hit on this one. Nice juicy, citrusy IPA with a great feel and finish. If your in nepa be sure to check this one out

Aug 18, 2015
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Offered by my brother in law at my nieces birthday party.

101415 bottle code so bottled mid may 2015?

Drank from bottle so not sure of appearance. No visible sediment in bottom of bottle so probably filtered or at least not bottle conditioned. Decent label.

Mild hop aromas out of the bottled. Subdued but there.

Citrusy and a touch bitter. Nice blend of grapefruit and mango. Maybe a touch of orange peel. Mild tasting but pleasant. Not overpowering but a good blend of flavors. Very good balance of malt and hops.

Light bodied, semi dry. Drinks almost like an APA. Good carbonation.

this beer from NEPA where I grew up is a very well made IPA. It has some good hop notes and blends nicely with the malts. Easy drinking. Nice brew to get someone into IPA's. I enjoyed this on a hot summer day and it hit the spot. Nice work SBC. I'll look out for you now.

Jul 12, 2015
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 103 ratings