Monday, June 24, 2013

A Year of Craft Beer, Vol. 139, Susquehanna Brewing Company 6th generation Stock Ale

Hey Y'all!

This beer has been around for a while and is considered an American Pale Ale as it uses hops from the Pacific Northwest but it also uses grain from Britain and truthfully it tastes very British and mild.  APA's are a take on the original English IPA's that were highly hopped to survive the long sea voyage to India.  Over the decades, for one reason or another,  IPA's lost much of their potency in alcohol and hoppiness.  APA's try to revive the original strength using American ingredients.  

This beer has been around for 6 generations and is reportedly the same as it was way back when which is most likely English in some characteristics.
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!

I'm so glad that I received this as a gift and tried it!  Thanks Rich!  Fantastic style!


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