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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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540 Ratings

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

mcdowelldaniel, May 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

sweisel80, Jan 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Spike, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of robhunta
2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - pours a crisp clear yellow with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

S - smells like a light beer. can't pick out a single aroma, maybe a bit of skunk.

T - very low flavor profile, not much at all. tastes a bit skunky and very much like a heineken.

M - feels like a light beer, bubbly on the tongue, crisp, not too dry.

O - pretty much I thought this was very similar to a macro. didn't do too much for me.

robhunta, Apr 01, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Okisailor, Jul 02, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Noelito76, Nov 19, 2013
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2.4/5  rDev -33%

xICooRsYIx, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Bendurgin
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The guy at the Meat House hooked me up with this bottle. He said it was past due soon so he needed someone to drink it. Done! Best by date is today! Poured into a pint glass and shared with my housemate. This one pours a hazy straw color with just a thin white head that settles quickly.

Weak bitter hops on this one. A little bit of citrus in the background but nothing special. Ugh, again, just weak bitter hops with a little bit of candied oranges. This just seems to be lacking a bit.

The feel is very light on this but the carbonation is rugged. Seems very coarse. Overall, nothing spectacular here. I know this one isn't as fresh as it could be. If I get the chance to try a fresher one I'll rereview but in all fairness, this is within the freshness relm. This one just didn't do it for me.

Bendurgin, May 19, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Billybrewboy, Jun 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Resuin, May 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Rekrule, Oct 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Mark5252, Jun 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Taycro, Jun 19, 2014
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2.52/5  rDev -29.6%

Johnct, Jun 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Kochiss, Jul 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

MAUEX_MFA, Jan 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

MenardMa, Jul 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

J-Bonestradamus, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

shehateme, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured chilled on draft at Sacco's candlepin bowling

A: very thin head, no lacing
S: light, lemony, fruity
T: lemony, more like a summer lager than a pale ale; not very hoppy; alcohol nicely balanced against flavor
M: flat

Didn't finish it, but glad I tried it

Arithmeticus, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of FirstMan
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the third Berkshire Brewing beer that I've had this week, and so far it's probably the best.

Pouring from the 20oz bottle, very little head appears. What does is thin, white and bubbly. The color is gold on the amber side and from the first 3/4 of the bottle, there's no haze to be seen.

The smell is deceiving as it made me think I was in for some serious fruity hoppiness. Not so much, actually.

What I thought might be a nice full hop flavor was actually fairly reserved, although a lingering fruitiness and a crisp character made me wish it was sunny and hot outside as opposed to icy and cold.

While I might buy other beer at the store, I certainly wouldn't turn this down if someone offered it on a hot summer day.

FirstMan, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 3" head which dissipated pretty quickly. Hazy lemonade yellow color. Almost no smell at all, even after warming, and then just a hint of malt. Taste is mild and pretty much an average BMC. Pretty boring. This steel rail certainly isn't the infamous third rail with a jillion volts, it's more like a kiddy ride at a park.

MoreThanWine, Apr 16, 2011
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2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep gold with a slight off white head. Almost clear.

S: Malty almost pilsner lager like smell. Slight sulfer aromas. Hop aroma is unpronounced.

T: Not bitter or particularly hoppy. Strong malt character for a pale ale. Hop flavor is very weak and what is present is citrusy in character. Not very impressive.

MF: Medium light body. Not filling. Moderate carbonation.

D: An unbalanced, oddly tasting APA. Not an impressive offering from one of the best breweries in New England.

Nipitato, Jan 14, 2007
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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.