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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607 Ratings

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 13
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-22-1996

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Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of BlueHammer
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of BadBadger
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good beer.

Pours a nice yellow... nice head...

This is a crisp tasty beer, clean, but flavorful.

This is a great traditional beer fro non-craft beer drinkers, the beer reminds me of the old school beers, 'but better' I loved it.

I would really suggest this beer to anyone trying to adventure...

I love this beer.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3-13-2010, 22 oz. bottle

Upon opening the bottle, I had high expectations for this beer. The smell was balanced, albeit light in hops for an American pale ale, and the pour was nice with a golden yellow, slightly haze color. The carbonation is low and does not encourage a decent head.

Grassy with a hint of citrus hoppiness along with a stronger malt taste adds to this beer's light, crisp taste.

Unfortunately my expectations were not quite met. Not particularly a special brew, but still a solid spring/summer drinking ale.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a Springfield MA resturant and poured into a 22 oz mug.

A- slightly cloudy, straw color with a nice, thin white head

S- some hops some citrus

T- excellent. Balanced with the hop profile. Smooth up front, clean in the finish.

M- Balance again is the key here, just enough mouthfeel without any trace of water.

D- A most drinkable and refreshing beer. I love it on tap and in the bottle. So refreshing, that this is now my go to beer on tap. The fact that it is locally brewed in Western MA as well, bonus.

Photo of jmz62565
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a medium head that leaves no lacing. The smell is a mixture of bread yeast "bisquity' aromas along with sweet malt and hops. The taste has a crisp hop bite with sweet malt and bread yeast. A light m/f with all the flavors mixing very well. This is a better tasting beer than looking or smell and it could be an everyday brew in the summer. You won't be sad when you pick this up.

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Northampton Brewery. I am liking this Berkshire brewery as their product is above-average from the four I have tried. I could not get an aroma because of the chlorine used to clean the glass. Their was a light pale colour. The taste was very decent for a pale. Refreshing and crisp, hops and malt.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, I like the label work - traditional yet appealing.

I poured pretty aggressive - comes out a light & mildly hazy golden straw. A frothy off white head mellows down to a thin layer & leaves a trail down the glass.

Belgian-like yeast funk, pale malts, mild earthy hops & some citrus come through in the nose. Looks like Saison meets APA.

Wow, clean & crisp come to mind real quick. Solid malt backbone come together with a moderate amount of hop character & a punch of lemon zest. This pale is a very balanced and refreshing brew. All the components stick together throughout very well with just a touch more citrus in the aftertaste than on the tongue.

Prickly carbonation & foamy effect work well with the refreshing taste - cleansing the palate nicely. Medium body (5/10) makes for great drinkability, dangerously sessionable. This brew would be perfect with a rack of dry rub BBQ ribs.

Thanks goes to my beautiful girlfriend for bringing this back to me from her trip to Boston.

Photo of Onemoresolo
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft last night at a local BBQ joint.

I know a lot of people are going to see the current scores (81/81) and immediately pass on this, which is an absolute shame.

It's not going to blow your mind with crazy dank/tropical flavors, but it has a soft honeyed bread flavor and medium-low carbonation that's enough to keep you interested, but light enough to make the beer sessionable. Perfect dinner beer.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have had in several types of servings; the best being on tap. Living in the area affords me the "freshest" beer. Steel Rail is a true micro-brew that is very drinkable. Goes very well with hot/spicy food. Has a fruity flavor but in no way is it over powering.

Being so drinkable has its drawbacks though. Unfilter, unpasturiezed, LOOK out if you have too many.

A wonderful beer!

Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright golden yellow with creamy white foam. Sticky and laces. 1 finger head at the onset.

Very light toasty smell. More grainy than anything.

Light taste, mild hop. Is this an ale or a lager? Touch watery. Some yeastiness. Soft finish with a mild carbonation.

Drinkable...but the taste is a bit of a let down. The BBC Traditional Pale Ale is much better.

Photo of Tbub18
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

I come from the Berkshires and fondly recall having my first Steel Rail--this was actually my first craft beer. I say this in an effort to be as unbiased as possible.
A--yellowish orange with a white head
S--hops are there but need to sniff through the malt to get them
T--malty and sweet, very smooth for an APA (under today's standards anyway) with minimal hoppy bite
M--light, lots of carbonation
O--Its hard to drink this now because the memory of its greatness simply doesn't match. This is a very drinkable APA but man there just isn't much going on here. I'm a hop head though so perhaps I'm just missing the bite I've grown accustomed to? Any way, BBC Steel Rail has a place forever in my heart.

Photo of edchicma
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Delaney House in Holyoke, MA. Bartender indicated it was brewed by Berkshire Brewing and was like Steel Rail Pale Ale. Poured a bright medium yellow with decent carbonation and a very nice head with very good lacing. Nose was fruity and somewhat malty as it warm. Mouthfeel was very rounded and smooth. Flavor was lightly citrus...a nice warm weather brew. Finish was lightly hoppy and left a very slight bitter aftertaste. As mentioned, very smooth and easy to drink. Could easily quaff a few with no problem.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful off white fluffy dense head that with stamina. Nice pale clear yellow color.

Taste is very well balanced. fresh mild dry malts and good hop dryness as well. very refreshing and although the body is light for an APA but it has good mouth feel.

I like this beer and will pick up a growler for a good session with the boys and sure i wont grow tired of after a couple of pints.

There is a taste profile to this beer that is very interesting to me and quite to my liking. Cant put my finger on though.

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber stamped Best By 03/07/12. Sampled on February 27, 2012. The pour is a cloidy pale yellow with a tremendous head building up from active carbonation bubbles. The aroma has malts, a little yeast, and clean hops in there but there is something else akin to citrus. The body medium and holds its texture well when swirling on my tongue. The taste has a kind of grainy, malt sensatioin along with this hard to define tart, citrus note. The hops end clean. Likeable.

Photo of Carlton1964
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice balanced brew. Poured out very nice. Decent head and a little nice lacing. Held its head nicely too. Mellow hints of fruits and very mild nutty taste. Had mine at Steaming Tenders with some lobster bisque. It complimented the bisque very nicely. Would not hesitate to order this up again if I came across it. On the other hand...I won't search for it.

Photo of philbe311
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger's and a half worth of fluffy slightly airy pure white colored head... Decent retention gives way to a full creamy lacing... The color is a pale lemony yellow straw color with an ever so slight haziness... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... Just a tad of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Some crisp grainy notes... Some sweet lemon lime notes... Some green grapes... Some golden raisins... Some grassy and gay notes... A bit musky...

T - Interesting floral notes... Some faint lemon zest... Doughy light biscuit... Perhaps some grape and golden raisin accents...

M - Light to medium bodied... A bit of lushness... Very muted carbonation... Sleek and a bit sticky... Not thin, but perhaps it feels bit flat...

D - An average at best American Pale Ale... Lots of interesting aromas and flavors, but I'm not sure they add up to much of anything...

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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.