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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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553 Ratings

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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joefalafel, Sep 30, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy golden color with a two finger white head that holds very well and a nice lace to the finish. smell is fruity and citrus but a little weak. taste is yeasty and malty, bready just great. mouthfeel nice smoothness good balance and good carbonation. drinkability is excellent definitely try this beer. its on my list.

billybob, Jan 15, 2007
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4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
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.

mcarroll10177, Mar 15, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Lise for gifting this to me after her trip to the Berkshires!
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger of white head with good retention. Golden liquid (macro lager colored) with a chill haze.
S: Citrusy and fruity; biscuity and buttery
T: Great malt flavor up front like a delicious wheat cracker - Wowzer! Mmmm, no off or metallic aftertaste (I expected it from the light color, though I don't know why).
M: Like edelweiss - clean and bright.
D: A great session beer. Satisfyingly citrusy, like lime in corona, but at least 10x better.

dfillius, Mar 14, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've recently had the Steel Rail in the bottle, a close 2nd to it's kegged cousin, however it's always otherwise been via tap.

Golden brown appearance, slight head and low carbonation looks very much average to me. Subtle hops and fruity smell are inviting. Taste is fantastically heavy - my definition of full-bodied. doesn't taste too hopy at all... subtle, great finish. I can drink these all day.

This beer is totally no frills, just very, very good beer - my new favorite.

Rackerman, Jun 19, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

captainhowdy39, Mar 21, 2013
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Brendan1984, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

kjk05006, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

YAndreK47, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Thatbastarddon, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Abra, Jan 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

scmoore81, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good.
sweet and bitter like grapes. ester and toasted malt. nice delicate malt background for such a pale beer.

Balanced by a fruity hop hint this beer is just so perfect and simple, it leaves nothing undesirable on the tongue or in the stomach. its so drinkable i could chug it like water.

Cheers BBC

Canibacea, Oct 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

RobVan, Jul 08, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite session beers from Western MA. I was introduced to this brew four years ago and it has become one of my staple fridge stockers. Great drinking session beer well made and balanced. Everyone that I have try this beer ends up really enjoying its simplicity and great drinkability. I have had this beer so many times that it slipped my radar for a review. I have had it on tap, in a 22oz, and out of growlers.

Great pour hazy yellowish copper straw hue. There is a clean white frothy head that leaves some nice mild lacing down the pint. Initial smell of sweet malts with a nice floral citrus hop balance. Fresh malt and a clean bread like yeast smell followed up by a sweet fruit smell perhaps some mild hints of pear or apple. Very complex smell that is really refreshing. Smooth and very drinkable. The light malt taste with a nice hop bouquet in the finish will make you grow fond of this beer quickly. There is a presence of a bread like yeast flavor almost fruitiness. The nose description is almost exactly how it tastes. You know what you are drinking as soon as you smell it and then you are glad for the great flavor and taste.

I would consider this to be a light to medium bodied brew. Good carbonation slow rise of tiny bubbles. Well constructed flavors from start to finish like always. Being BBC's flagship beer many people have had the chance to drink a little piece of Western MA. Tried and true time winner in my book. Great repeatability in the flavor and the taste. I learned to really appreciate such a well made session brew. Well worth giving this beer a try. From non-micro drinkers alike this one can hit the nail on the head for many. Glad to see the distribution hitting RI now.

bigone4, Oct 14, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, this local brew is golden yellow with a nice foamy, frothy white head. The taste is bitter the way a Pale Ale should be but clean and fresh the way you'd expect an unpasteurized beer to be. The taste is of classic malts and yeast, with just a hint of fruitiness on the finish. The body was good, not too heavy or too light and the beer goes down so easy, it could almost be dangerous that this is a 22oz bomber; but at 5.3%, one doesn't have to worry too much.

MattBrooks, Apr 18, 2006
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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.