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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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542 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell- Sweet, hints of candy sugar.

Appearance- Nice Golden color, moderate head which faded quickly.

Taste- sweet and malty, very low hop profile with a dry finish. The sweetness just disappears at the end.

Mouthfeel- light in body, big on a crystal sweetness. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability- very quaffable, nice flavor and taste. A truly drinkable Pale Ale. This beer could use some more hops to add dimension to it, and balance out the sweetness.

deanhead, Nov 26, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

SuomiHobbit, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Ben7773
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Ben7773, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Todd, Aug 22, 1996
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

SunDevilBeer, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of 40451
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Doomcifer, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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!

ThisLadyLovesBeer, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JakerLou, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jason, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of BlueHammer
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BlueHammer, May 13, 2006
Photo of mctizzz
3/5  rDev -16.2%

mctizzz, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

tigg924, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of mjc8412
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mjc8412, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of captainhowdy39
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

captainhowdy39, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

jcdiflorio, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of RTEdmunds
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RTEdmunds, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ccurrid, May 26, 2014
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +11.7%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

juicebox, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

far333, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of BadBadger
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BadBadger, Jun 30, 2004
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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.