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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
good

509 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | 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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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-03-2012 19:12:49 | More by chrispoint
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jb413

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, golden hue with lots of rising bubbles. About a finger and a half of white foamy head that lasted a little before leaving a thin ring. Great lacing all the way down.

S - Butterscotch candy is very noticeable. Caramel and maple hints as well. Breadiness. Hops are light and there.

T - Sweet in the front with a nice pale malty backdrop. Some of the caramel/butterscotch from the nose. Fruity hints and bready body. Then the hops come in, floral and herbal and balanced as they duke it out with the malt in the bittersweet finish.

MF - Lighter side of medium-bodied, well-matched carbonation. Buttery and smooth. Pretty drinkable.

O - A well-rounded, nicely balanced pale. A solid pick at the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 00:08:11 | More by jb413
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear amber color. Creamy white head is thick and prominent. Excellent retention. Lots of sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: Sweet on the nose with lots of pale malt. Doughy and grainy with hints of husk. Gritty, earthy yeast. Kiss of floral hops. Simple, but good.

T: Taste basically follows the nose to a tee. Starts off sweet and rife with grainy pale malt tastes and a hint of grain husk. Hop bitterness kicks in mid-palate and provides some balance, though maybe not quite enough. Gritty, earthy yeast plays an integral role, and is far from just background noise. Sweet, doughy, grainy finish.

M: Light bodied. Foamy and a bit creamy. Moderate carbonation. Maybe a very slight husky astringency.

O: A very simple beer. Decent, if you can take it for what it is. Still, I find it a little too sweet. A bit more balance and a more prominent hop profile might do it some good. But why change it? It's the flagship beer, and it is very well known and loved as it is around these parts. It's worth a try, but don't expect anything fancy.

Notes: It actually paired quite well with a meatball grinder.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:05:59 | More by ryan1788a5
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy straw color. Head simmers down to simply a ring of white. Leaves lacing dots along the glass.

S-Mostly sweet and malty. Not much hop aroma here. Pleasant nose. Neither intense nor complex, but smells like a good sip.

T-Sweet with a very humble overall flavor. The finish is this beer's high point. Mild hop flavors. Sweet and a bit fruity. Light yeast. Easy to drink.

M-Lighter body with high carbonation. Not much in the way of bitterness. Lightly sticky.

O/D-A nondescript Pale Ale. I enjoyed this on-tap. Would never pick this out an expanded tap-list, but worth a try. And its local.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 23:07:10 | More by VelvetExtract
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -44.1%

01-16-2012 02:38:19 | More by sweisel80
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briguy9842

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-31-2011 21:58:57 | More by briguy9842
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tsmiller7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-29-2011 21:44:16 | More by tsmiller7
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale lemon pour. 1.5 fingers of white head and decent retention, with a 1/2 finger left at the end of the draw. Thin lace. Medium carbonation. Not a fan of the pale color, but have to appreciate the head retention.

Bread dough nose with hints of grape. Little in the way of a hop note.

More bread dough in the taste. Understated grape and a bit of plum. Bits of yeast show through the dough flavor. Way more bread than anything else here. Getting light lemon in the finish.

Feel is decent, with malt body from all that bread dough. Fairly uninteresting, though.

Overall, a pass.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:24:45 | More by beer2day
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verdict603

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-27-2011 04:13:57 | More by verdict603
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beerman999999

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-26-2011 22:30:36 | More by beerman999999
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-24-2011 03:07:55 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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tylerprince

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a $55 pint glass...apparently they make these; my dad bought a pair for some reason.

A: Pours a hazy yellow copper. Extremely thin white head, but with good retention. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing. Resins float around at the bottom.

S: Smells like a Belgian. Lots of sweet malts/honey up front, finishing with a faint scent of floral hops with some citrus. Not what I would expect from an extra pale.

T: Sweet. Just way too sweet. Starts off all honey and ends tobacco, with a bit of citrus throughout. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

M: Very low carbonation, which I would normally appreciate, but the sheer sweetness and fullness of this beer demands some more CO2. A tad chewy...a weird quality for a PA.

O: Disappointed, again, by a brewery that I remembered as one of the best on the east coast before I started reviewing on BA. I'm starting to think BBC just doesn't make beers for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:17:22 | More by tylerprince
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-15-2011 00:30:43 | More by alamode
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Yallnumbskulls

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-07-2011 21:02:39 | More by Yallnumbskulls
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jilly425

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +39.7%

12-05-2011 02:51:16 | More by jilly425
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-04-2011 15:24:05 | More by ZacharyJ
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-03-2011 07:49:04 | More by zeledonia
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pdbconcord

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +39.7%

12-03-2011 03:12:29 | More by pdbconcord
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rudy611

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-30-2011 03:33:23 | More by rudy611
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-28-2011 23:10:54 | More by Bilco
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

5/5  rDev +39.7%

11-27-2011 23:12:02 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-26-2011 22:18:49 | More by jh1982
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

11-23-2011 02:39:58 | More by PEIhop
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-22-2011 18:04:47 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-21-2011 21:08:24 | More by ElGallo
Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.