6th Generation Stock Ale | Susquehanna Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Susquehanna Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
sbcbeer.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by undeadozzy on 06-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
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 IdrinkGas
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5/3....copper color, very light foam. Buttery nose, honey very light. Malty taste, sweet, and sharp. Thick mouthfeel, heavier consistency. Some cloying at the end. Slight hop bite at the close. Good.

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Photo of Stofko1992
2.88/5  rDev -16%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

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6th Generation Stock Ale from Susquehanna Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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