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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Steel Rail Extra Pale AleSteel Rail Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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527 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-22-1996)
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datalager

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-20-2012 16:21:55 | More by datalager
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Ben7773

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-31-2014 17:39:31 | More by Ben7773
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Todd

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Presentation: Pint size, on tap from the Eastside Grill, Northampton, MA.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, with a smooth white head that left rings around the glass as the level went down.

Smell: This brew had a nice clean balance of malt and hop aromas, with hints of a pleasing citrus smell.

Taste: A very light ale, with an extremely refreshing amount of carbonation. Lovely honey, lemon, and nut overtones followed by light sweet malt afters.

Notes: By far on of the best American Pale Ales in the NE on tap. The chicken, shrimp, and andouille jambalaya complemented this extrodianry brew. Mexican and other Cajun meals would also be recommended.

08-22-1996 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

Ahh, my old friend Steel Rail.

I've been drinking it for years as I enjoy its simplicity and drinkability year round.

Recently got a sixtel of it for a backyard BBQ on a hot summer day.

Pours a clear bright yellow with a decent head retention. Aroma is unique - biscuity and hoppy, though not the ultra-bitter smell. Very inviting to take a sip.

More faint biscuit taste in the mouth with restrained hops. Finishes with a slightly sweet malt finish. Each sip begs another as it's balanced and ultra-clean.

I never really thought of this as a summer beer, but I do now. Sooo easy to drink many of these.

07-12-2011 00:49:23 | More by SunDevilBeer
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40451

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2012 00:49:51 | More by 40451
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-12-2014 03:25:14 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2012 21:45:17 | More by VernonKell
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-25-2014 22:06:58 | More by Doomcifer
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ThisLadyLovesBeer

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

A = a nice cloudy amber. My pint was served extremely cold, probably due to the sub-zero temperatures in the cellar during the cold NH winter. As a result, it had only a slight head. I actually had to wait awhile for it to warm up for the rest of my tasting.
S = Brisk? Can I use that term for beer? Also, a slight scent of citrus and yeast/bread. No detectable hops, light if any, and that makes me happy.
T = Reminded me very much of a heavy pilsner. Crisp, nice medium-light flavor. Very drinkable.
M = Again, like a heavy pilsner, if there is such a thing. It complimented my lunch quite nicely!
O = Even if I didn't seek this ale out, I would order it again if I saw it on a menu. I would even drink it sans food, as it is crisp, refreshing and leaves no "beer-ish" aftertaste. A very nice beer, indeed!

01-30-2014 00:57:10 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-28-2013 11:21:09 | More by JakerLou
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -7%

22 oz brown bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Densely tiny bubbled lace sticks everywhere, dusty weather golden colour comes close to a beige hue.

Smell: Biscuit dough, yeast and flour … light hops, malt and fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A grand smoothness softens the yeasty blow, not that the yeast has a bite but it is there like a thick blanket after a winter storm. The maltiness has a sturdy steam and branches off into biscuity and grainy flavours. Bread wheat malt. Hops are mild with a monotone citric flavour.

Notes: A simple ale, small in stature but still flavourful.

09-30-2003 05:30:28 | More by Jason
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BlueHammer

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish color with a moderate white head. Head leaves some decent lacing on the glass as it is drunk. Smells somewhat citrus, even a little floral. Tastes just a little on the bitter side, hops are apparant. Starts smooth but with the carbonation it finishes slightly abrasive. Easy to drink since the bitterness isn't overwhelming. A rather bland beer.

05-12-2006 23:31:17 | More by BlueHammer
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mctizzz

California

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-05-2012 04:26:15 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: minimal head, gold in color, clear

Smell: sweet honey, malt, and grass

Taste: sweet honey, malt, small hops, touch of spice--maybe cinnamon, and grass

Mouthfeel: sweet bordering cloying, light bodied, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: To me this is an above average APA. I like the touch of honey in this brew. I could have a six.

01-29-2010 19:25:41 | More by tigg924
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mjc8412

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-23-2014 15:06:54 | More by mjc8412
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captainhowdy39

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-21-2013 20:00:33 | More by captainhowdy39
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

poured into a nonic glass froma 22oz. brown bomber with a crimped cap.

Cloudy,golden/straw color looks unfiltered. 2" thick,creamy white head with decent retention with some spotty lacing.

Grassy/dry hay nose with fruityness and some light malt notes

Clean bisquity,fresh bread,some fruityness,light malt,with a bit of a tang. Finishes crisp,clean with a light maltiness. Very good balance.

Smooth,with a bit of grainyness. Easy drinking,refreshing good summer beer.
Has a bit of a Macro feel.would be a good beer to give to a BMC drinker.

03-08-2007 03:35:27 | More by jcdiflorio
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RTEdmunds

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

As the name suggests, it is very pale! Almost a greenish hue to it. The head dissipates pretty quickly.

Smells of honeydew and grains. Aroma is pleasant and sweet, but a little mild.

Fruity flavor. Reminds me of melon or cantaloupe? I would like a little more of a hops presence.

Exceptionally smooth, with a clean finish. Chewy and very drinkable.

It's a little bit mild. But it's quite nice and well balanced. Certainly worth a try.

04-28-2012 22:36:11 | More by RTEdmunds
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-26-2014 16:45:43 | More by ccurrid
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-16-2011 02:51:26 | More by virinow
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-14-2011 16:17:42 | More by bpfrush
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juicebox

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

12-13-2012 18:00:14 | More by juicebox
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far333

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Straw yellow with fine streams of bubbles rising up. A fluffy white head rises up quickly and sizzles back down to a half inch of foam.

Aroma of corn add butterscotch, some grassy notes.

Even flavor of bready malt, notes of corn and butter. Some toffee and honey and slight floral and lemon nuances in the finish. Mild bitterness, low hop profile.

Full and rich mouthfeel, very creamy. Tasty and drinkable beer, nice even sessionable sipper.

07-17-2009 23:15:47 | More by far333
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BadBadger

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

There was nothing very special at all about this pale ale. It was a light amber/gold in coloration. There was a descent foamy head. The smell unfortunately was rather non-descript. The taste was bland, best possibly described as watery wet. I can't really recommend this beer.

06-30-2004 19:29:30 | More by BadBadger
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jefftuck47

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-12-2013 13:05:54 | More by jefftuck47
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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.