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Berkshire Ale Traditional Pale Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Berkshire Ale Traditional Pale AleBerkshire Ale Traditional Pale Ale

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214 Ratings

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Reagan1984


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time for a quick pint on a Saturday afternoon. BBC Pale Ale seems to fit the bill perfectly.
The pint came with a finger of tan head. Slightly hazy burgendy shoe polish color. Soapy lacing everywhere.

Aroma is toasty, caramel cinnamon. Needless to say, leans malt vs. hop

Very nice flavor. Bready, cinnamon, caramel
Follows the aroma and is more on the malt side of the spectrum for an APA, but still nice. Reminded me a bit of a scotch ale, believe it or not.

Almost creamy, fairly full bodied, just a touch of carbonation.

Very drinkable and a nice choice for a cold winter day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 20:37:22 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Ezone024


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours with about an inch of thick creamy head thats stays for a while, not much scent but a bit of smoke.

has a surprising taste very earthy with a deep hop flavor that is hidden beneath a weird smoky/carmel malt.
This beer tastes really full. i wouldn't drink too much. Share the growler with friends or buy a bomber.

It is so full flavored it pairs well with a cigar or cigarette.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2009 22:25:35 | More by Ezone024
Photo of woodychandler


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On each of my thrice-yearly trips up to BOS, I try to pick up a couple of offerings from BBC, not just because they are so attractively priced, but also because they never disappoint.

This poured with a finger of deep-tan head with decent retention. The color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose was an interesting combination of flowers and light chocolate, like a date with your girlfriend. Mouthfeel was medium with a light cocoa flavor on the tongue. The finish had a powdery chocolate quality. Heck, a bottle of this in lieu of chocolates!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 13:59:55 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brothercannon for bringing a variety of Berkshire beers back from VT for me. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my standard shaker glass. Appears a hazed rich amber color with about two fingers of fluffy bone white head. A thin lace is left on my glass with each sip. Nose and flavor are a very pleasant combination of citrus fruits, mainly orange peel and essence, and sweet caramelized malts, lightly toasted grain. A few notched better than medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Thanks again for the bottle Tim.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 04:44:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler brought up by a friend of a friend. aka, i have no idea how fresh this was when it came off the tap.

Pours a very nice looking ruby reddish color with almost a brown tint. Clear and deep red when held to the light. A nice head of off white foam retains well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is fairly subdued. There is definitely some bready malt in there, and some very mild hop aromas.

Taste sort of reflects the nose. Some bready malt in the beginning. Mellow and unbitter hop flavors kind of rise as we approach the finish, the malt profile staying almost dominant throughout. There is a touch of tiny bitterness as the finish is reached. This one *almost* has an english style to it, but is still american in style as well. slight sweetness lingers on the aftertaste with small hop notes but next to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard. Carbonation is dead on, but this one is a tiny bit more viscous than i would like it to be. Feels soft and heavier than it should on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty strong aside from the minor mouthfeel issues. Doesn't seem hot, but isnt entirely slammable either. I could (and did) drink a few.

Overall a decent pale. A kind of flagshippy type of not boring but not exciting either pale ale. I think it could use a bit more of a hop profile, but i am WC bias too. I think if the viscosity was slightly reduced it would be a bit more drinkable as well. Certainly not a bad pale ale, but really nothing exciting either. meh.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2009 19:42:39 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of indiapaleale


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber with a foamy inch of head that clings to the outside of the glass.

Smell is a rich sweet smell of malt with a tinge of citrusy hops. Its a wonderful smelling beer, sort of bread doughy, a bit of vanilla ice cream and that little bit of hoppiness.

Taste is IMO about as perfect a combination of malt and hops as you can get in an APA. I just find this beer extremely smooth, easy to drink and of course drinkable. That sweet doughy maltiness just blends so nicely with that bit of hop bitterness. Nothing is overdone at all.

Along with their coffee porter, this is definitely one of my favorites from BBC.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 00:33:40 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of DrJay


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber with a short cap of light beige bubbles. Lacing was a little streaky and spotty. Nice hop aroma, tangerine and orange with a bit of strawberry, mild toasted malt. Moderate bitterness that lingered in the finish. The flavour had the same fruity hop character as the aroma, oranges and strawberry, with the citrus really taking hold towards the end. Malt gave it a pleasant balance, light caramel and biscuity, toasted notes provided just the right amount of sweetness. Medium bodied and very smooth, a little lighter than usual on the carbonation without feeling lifeless. Slight dryness. This beer was really quite drinkable, well balanced and flavourful without being intense.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 23:32:25 | More by DrJay
Photo of bsend


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler from my local liquor store. Poured myself and others 16oz. pint.

The beer poured a nice dark brown color. Much darker than I was expecting. The beer had a very small amount of head on the top.

The smell was nothing spectactular, but good none the less. I got a well balanced mix of malt and hops.

The taste was great. A very light but complex beer. The mix of hops and malt was well balanced. Very little alcohol was detected.

The mouth feel was good. Despite the generous helping of yeast at the bottom, the beer had a very smooth body.

Drinkability was awesome. I could easily have enjoyed the entire growler by myself. Wonderful session brew from BBC.

Final Thoughts - This was a well pale ale from BBC. If you can buy a growler in your area, do it! You will be rewarded with a great session brew at an unbelievable affordable price (under $7 for 4 pints!).

Serving type: growler

04-04-2009 00:14:45 | More by bsend
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had been sitting on this bottle for a while in the fridge and finally got around to getting it out tonight. Bottled last fall, this one was poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 03/30/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich copper colored amber with a smooth, even body to it. Lots of carbonation bubbling up through the surface of the glass, settling into a smooth and rounded head of around two inches in height. Nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass on this one as it rolls through and leaves a nice mellow layer to it. The aroma was nice and deep pine resin hops with a sharp cutoff and bite to it that were really nice, and quite sweet. Rich notes of light caramel and a smooth biscuit like presence came up nice and clear come mid palate and the long and drawn out finish was equally hoppy and bitter as it was mellow and malty. Nice touches of orange coming through in the aftertaste as the last thick and resin filled sip fluttered past my tongue.

Overall I was very, very impressed with this one. One of the better pales I have had in quite some time. I am very certain I would go after this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 00:35:51 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of thespaceman


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ordinary Joe's, pours a nice amber color, off white head with nice lacing and retention. Aromas up front was a strong presence of some apple, wheat and caramel from the maltiness. Taste was sweet for an APA, a dry fruit taste first hits the palete, followed by a significant malt sweetness, very biscuity. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, a bit chewy, got a bit wet on the tongue nonetheless. Overall, a very good offering from Berkshire, a nice pairing of hops and maltiness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 15:35:35 | More by thespaceman
Photo of WalterSobchak


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy bright mahogany with a light tan one finger head dissipates to a thin but stable cap.
Moderate sweet and toasted malts, hint of citrus, but fairly subdued overall.
More hoppy than I expected which is a nice treat. Significant malts, but well balanced, leave a sweet taste in the back of the throat. Very drinkable and a bit of a surprise both for its flavor and appearance.
I'm really digging the BBC guys lately. In the past I drank their offerings selectively but everything I've had lately has been a treat. Good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:09:54 | More by WalterSobchak
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark brown/reddish amber. Slightly cloudy. Off-white one finger head, that reduces to a thin layer. Some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Smells of darker hops, mostly apple, and some malts. The apple scent is overwhelming.

Taste: Sweet syrupy hops up front with a smooth finish and little aftertaste. Very simple taste, a very basic ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, with some carbonation. A "slick" feeling while drinking.

Drinkability: A very simple ale, easy to drink. Decent, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 00:43:39 | More by jonziefle
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a great orange-red-brown combination, with a fairly fluffy head and a nice lace around the rim of the glass. The smell was smooth malts first and foremost, then hops that were a little bit citrus and piney, some sweet smells, and a bit of dark fruity aromas. The taste was very nice: it was dominated by the malts that I was ready from from the smell For the hops, the flavor was mellow and smooth. Complimenting that, there was a drop of sweetness, a general taste of herbs, some pineyness, and some buttery malts too. Complex and delicious. Malts up front, a dry-but-not-too-dry hop finish. A very drinkable beer, very enjoyable. I liked it a lot, and although I just drank a big bottle of it, I already want some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:16:29 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Was poured with a finger and a half of white head with excellent lacing. A nice deep copper color. Tons of carbonation keeping the head fluffy till the end of the glass.

S: Big malt nose on this beer. Just a very nice crisp smell. There were some hops but they were definitely taking a backseat here.

T: Like the nose this is a malt forward pale ale. Fresh as part of the taste. Had the taste of straight up diesel homebrew. Really just well balanced.

M: A little bit heavier than most pale ales but I enjoyed that.

D: Had two pints and enjoyed both of them greatly. Went really well with a plate of wings. Just a really solid pale ale. If I lived in Mass I would seek this beer out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 20:38:24 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of hopdog


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!).

Poured a deep orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, grapefruits, light pine, light caramel and lightly floral. Tastes of caramel with some citrus. The aromas where stronger citrus with light caramel where the tastes where the complete opposite. After drinking for a little bit, I was also getting some toasted malts. Body a tad on the thin side. This one was a nice surprise!

Notes from 8/23/06

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 16:28:57 | More by hopdog
Photo of Applesauce1


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at The Independent in Somerville, MA.

Appearance: copper-amber color with a nice 1/2" white head off the tap

Smell: hops and floral notes....citrus too

Taste: light hoppiness, some citrus, and a little bit of sweet pale malt....nice, overall, on the hoppier side

Mouthfeel: light to medium body...seemed a tad watered down

Drinkability: threw this one down pretty fast...could do a few in a night

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2008 13:02:42 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of msolar


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We had this on tap at work and it was one of the most popular beers we've served.

It's a great light-to-medium bodied beer that appeals to a very wide range of people from n00bs to snobs. I'm a big BBC fan, and this beer doesn't disappoint. I hadn't had it prior to having it on tap at work and I'll certainly put it on tap at home next spring/summer. (For now, it's heavy beer time)


Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 18:31:11 | More by msolar
Photo of gfreed


4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A delightful bottle of beer! While the color and the head are nothing special (deep copper color; thin, floaty tan head; both of which are still attractive), the aroma and the taste border on exceptional. Plenty of hops in the nose, with hints of iced tea and a tinge of bitterness that borders on grapefruit. But the bitterness is quite mild in the taste, which is dominated by malt but not in a heavy-handed manner. The hops are still present enough to be tangy at the back end, and there's enough citrus to remind one that the hops are available, but the malty backbone provides wonderful balance. Don't buy one expecting the sourness of so many American IPAs-- it's an APA, after all-- and you won't be disappointed. Berkshire Brewing is a pearl!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 01:56:34 | More by gfreed
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick pillow of head atop a reddish brown (or brownish red). The head dies down quickly, but the lace defiantly remains.

Some pale malts in the smell mingle with deep roasted -- almost amber -- malts. A little musty but appropriate for style. Decent, mild hop.

The flavor here is much more of a musty, funky amber ale than a pale. ALmost hte flavor of an old Killian's. Not unpleasant, but not a favorite. Some crisp pale malt flavors toward the end.

This one is thick for a pale. Creamy, not spiky. Actually unusual for style. I'm not so sure this is even a pale; it's a decent enough brew, but not a sock-blower-offer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 21:13:26 | More by williamherbert
Photo of changeup45


3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first ot two different growlers to sample from the brewery. Pours a somewhat cloudy, brown-amber body. Nice thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet with a sugary maltiness to it. Sweet with a pretty nice hoppy taste with small amounts of malt too. A little sour aftertaste and there is just something missing from the mouthfeel. Nonetheless, a very enjoyable beer and I would definitely get it again.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2008 19:49:50 | More by changeup45
Photo of jaxon53


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Can't go wrong with a beer from Berkshire.

Appearance: Traditional Pale Ale pours out a beautiful amber copper color that is quite deep and dark, and a bit hazy. Almost looks brown in the glass. A somewhat hard pour results in about a finger of thick off-white foam, that fades somewhat quickly. Minimal lace is left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Aroma of this beer is thick and has a strong toasted malt presence. Almost has a grainy, cereal like note to it. Short hints of mellow hops are noticed in the background. Has an underlying fruit and yeast aroma.

Taste: Nice full flavor here. Nice thick malty flavor with a balancing bitter hop bite. More of the yeasty fruitiness that was noticed in the nose. Slight hints of caramel in the smooth dry finish. Not a bit of noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Feels lighter than it actually is.

Drinkability: Pretty decent drinkability. Goes down smooth and easy. Another tasty brew from Berkshire.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 17:11:01 | More by jaxon53
Photo of scottg


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a light reddish brown with a thin tan creamy head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Lots of malt aromas, chocolate and dark fruit. Fruity flavors of cherry and raspberry mix with sweet citrus hops and chocolate malt, not to fruity but has a balanced and intersting taste, Medium body, light carbonation, there is a chalky mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, the dominatnt flavors take turns on every sip making you want another.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2008 16:17:48 | More by scottg
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Berkshire growler into a Ro's Pizza pint glass:

A: Poured a bright copper color with reddish amber highlights and a slight haziness throughout. The head was off-white and creamy, which left some nice sticky lace.

S: Smell is a bit toasted and buttery, like a bakery roll, with some bittersweet floral hops and a noticeable alcoholic estery smell. There's a little bit of fruitiness mixed with the floral hop, and interesting mix.

T: The taste is clean, toasted caramel malt, some deep fruits like plum and raspberry, which give way to some bitter leaf oil hopping near the finish. The aromas reflected well in the taste, and the noticeable alcohol flavor didn't hinder the drinkability, as the flavors worked well together.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and bubbly.

D: This is a great drinking pale ale, and a tad English tasting given the creaminess and fruitiness at times of the malt.

Great to share a growler, or get two and keep one to yourself. Combined nicely with my BBQ chicken and potato salad.

Serving type: growler

05-28-2008 23:10:38 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of corey0212


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Coppery-chestnut color, foamy tan head fades down pretty fast, but with super-sticky lacing all over the glass. Malty sweetness dominates the smell, with a little bit of citrusy hops in the mix as well. Tastes sweeter than your average APA, but it's nice. Caramel, a touch of raisin. Tasty!! Really nice round and creamy mouthfeel....drinkability is insane on this one. I think the world of this brewery, and this is another excellent BBC brew. I also think this would work really well as one of the fabled "gateway" beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 21:40:49 | More by corey0212
Photo of mmmbeer


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2 liter, screwtop growler - unfiltered and unpasteurized. Hazed garnet brew with low carbonation and a semi-dense, slowly-receding tan head that leaves some decent lacing. There's a fruity/caramelly candy sweetness in the nose, with aromas of raspberry, strawberry, earthy and herbal hops, chocolate, a hint of diacetyl, and maybe some roses. Pretty similar flavors, with the addition of cherry, grassy malts, and leafy, minty, tea-like hops that impart a medium bitterness, on top of a medium, smooth, lightly dry body that leaves an herbal finish. Overall a tasty ale, though a bit light in the flavor department. Hard to label this one also, as it starts like a nice amber or pale ale, moves to an herbal Irish red, that drifts back into amber territory. I'll just stick with what Berkshire calls it - a traditional ale. Unique and worth a try.

Serving type: growler

04-17-2008 18:02:03 | More by mmmbeer
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