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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Photo of RichardMNixon
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Britton
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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 Minus_Mike
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of 52P48
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of 904Will
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Bdel34
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Genx
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 BeerCon5
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of aqualung23
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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 JLapadura
2/5  rDev -41.7%

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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bouder32
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of George2744
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of pajeff
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of The_Chewlord
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of WissBrauSean
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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