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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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509 Ratings

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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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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-18-2011 03:26:23 | More by Burt
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Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-16-2011 03:20:33 | More by semicharmedkind
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-16-2011 02:51:26 | More by virinow
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 22:59:50 | More by fmccormi
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-14-2011 16:17:42 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 14:41:47 | More by Lawnboy33
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2011 14:00:08 | More by s1ckboy
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with a big bubbly head. It goes away quickly and leaves a couple bubbles floating around. Fresh, pale, biscuit malts for the nose. Floral and grassy hops in the back. Body is medium/light. Flavor is smooth caramel malts. Some of the biscuit malts from the nose are present. Earthy, floral hops pop up after the beer goes down. Not dry or overly bitter. Flavorful hop profile with a strong malty rich backing. Nice beer to have a few rounds of hanging out at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 19:11:31 | More by DrinkingDrake
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3.38/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:41:30 | More by philbe311
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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not very appealing, almost a skunky like smell. Appearance is a hay golden color. Taste light, not hoppy, pretty easy to drink, and tasty. Almost a light citrus, lemony flavor that is refreshing in the hot weather. It is smooth on the palate, almost perfect carbonation. Overall, it is a pretty good Pale Ale. Nothing new here, but an easy to drink ale that is well balanced.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2011 18:00:26 | More by skibumma70
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this beer as I've enjoyed the Coffee Porter and River Ale from Berkshire. Seems like a quality brewery.

I poured it into a 22oz. Cantina glass that I purchased at Star Tours at Disney Studios. I noticed a very frothy head and a good amount of carbonation. Has sort of a sweet smell to it.

I wasn't terribly impressed after the first couple of sips but enjoyed it more as it warmed a bit. I believe I served it too cold..40 degrees is ideal apparently. Not much going on as far as hops are concerned - it is super easy to drink and I could see myself very easily drinking 2-3 bombers in one sitting.

As far as pale ales go, it is not as flavorful as Sierra Nevada and Flying Dog Pale Ales (2 of my faves), however I will seek it out here and there as I am a fan of Berkshire.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:46:40 | More by Celtics76
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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:10:48 | More by hoptualBrew
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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very yellow, very "extra pail". Nice and clear with a white head. So-so head retention. Smells like a lager yeast, almost nutty yeast aroma. Also there is a delicious smelling zestiness to the aroma. Highly drinkable, kind of bland in flavors. It is sweet dominant, strong graininess behind the sweetness. Bitterness and hop presence are mild. English yeast for sure. Smooth, low acidity. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 22:58:16 | More by mlazzaro
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New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Prepackaged growler from State Liquors in Worcester Massachusetts.

A white foamy head that starts fading a little fast. Golden body with a decent amount of bubbles.

Big time malt, grain and buscuity smell with some floral aromas.

A little bland for my taste. The aroma is actually better than the taste. I get mostly grain, buscuits and a floral taste with a noticeable amount of yeast. Not a fan of this at all.

Light body, carbonation is on the light side. It's quite smooth and easy to drink once you can get passed the mediocre taste.

I won't be seeking this out again. One of the most bland tasting Pale Ales I ever tasted. I would stay away from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 04:28:56 | More by 9InchNails
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 00:49:23 | More by SunDevilBeer
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at peppercorns poured into standard pint glass.

A - This brew has a nice crystal clear straw color pour with a fluffy two finger head that fades to leave nice side lacing.

S - this has pretty standard and somewhat uninteresting aroma with light malts and hops.

T - more of the same here. Light malts add some light grassy hops. Light biscuit too.

M - pretty nice feel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Overall this is an ok apa. I enjoy bbc but this is just okay.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 17:20:16 | More by rudzud
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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local restaurant, served in a sam adams signature glass.

A - Golden yellow color. Nice two finger white head. Some nice lacing.

S - Light citrus, hops, yeast, and some grassiness.

T - Lemon and some light grapefruit, bitter hops, grass, and a nice malt finish. Very fresh and a nice balance between hops and malt. Drinkability is quite high.

O - I really like this beer, and brewery. I've had a growler of this before and had the same thoughts. Its a nice well balanced PA that's at a great price point. To be able to find bombers of this at under $4 at every beer store in the area is fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 17:04:17 | More by davey101
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear light golden color, very thin head and slight lingering lace, has a bubbly look

S: grain and light hops and a little fruitiness

T: sweet pale malts and a fruity yeast flavor, citrusy throughout

M: light and criso carbonation balances the sweetness just right

O: still impressed by Berkshire, they always make quality beers

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:00:06 | More by abgba121
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours a clear light gold/orange with a fleuffy white head. Nose is fresh grains, light hops. Mouth is soft, as usual a tightly balanced collage of grains and hops. A slight off note, something lightly papery about it. But still very nice, drinkable stuff. Berkshire always does a good job with the low abv stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:52:58 | More by JAXSON
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New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap - 16oz pour into pub-style pint glass

A: Light golden yellow, almost straw colored, clear, about a finger and a half of white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Pale malts with mainly a biscuit and hay like flavor. Light earthy and floral hops. Slightest bit peppery.

T: Much like the nose: layers of light, toast malt, biscuits, hay, light hops. A very reserved and traditional flavor. English styled hops with a floral and earthy flavor, in small quantities. Almost completely devoid of any citrus hop flavors. Light, clean, and crisp finish.

M: Light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Light and crisp. As close to a light sessionable pale ale as it gets without completely losing malt flavor.

O: I'd say this is more of a traditional light english pale ale than an american. The hop character I guess is a bit stronger than most english style, though it's definitely more of an english/european flavor than american (practically no citrus and little floral, almost completely earthy). Lots of biscuit malt. Not a bad pale, definitely easy drinking and sessionable, but I prefer less biscuit-like/hay malt and more caramel malt and citrus hops.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 04:35:22 | More by Satchboogie
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:45:03 | More by Bendurgin
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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a Best By Date of 07/26/11. Pours a semi translucent light golden color with very little head. Some lacing. Aroma is biscuity with some cut grass, slight hops, and a bit of citrus. Taste is bready, a bit tangy and metallic. Very slight bitterness. Somewhat watery. This is a fast drinking beer but it doesn't have a whole lot of flavor. Not bad, not great. Overall, its alright but there are a bunch of better Pale Ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 03:47:43 | More by PicoPapa
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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Daedalus in Harvard Square.

Cloudy golden with a long lived white head and fair amount of lace. Toasted grain aroma with faint grassy notes. Medium feel. Flavor of lightly toasted grains, biscuit, and grassy hops. Faintly bitter finish. Relatively well balanced, leaning towards the malty side.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 00:28:31 | More by LittleDon
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3.33/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 21:42:26 | More by StevenBilodeau
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured clean, clear straw yellow with bright white fluffy head.. Light rising carbonation, lacing is patchy.

Floral aroma hops, marigold? stand out with a skunkiness that isn't too offensive. The smell reminds me of some typical american lagers. There is a light sweetness buried under the hops, not much character with pale malt.

The aroma is nothing like taste, a good balance of malt and hops. The malt wins throughout with a clean smooth taste. Slight bitterness at the end but makes me want more. No aftertaste.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is not very dry or super crisp but refreshing overall.

Surprised at the taste after the nose on this brew, a total fake out. It would be good with lighter foods or even snacks.
Will grab this again when its available at the store for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:56:08 | More by bierschmecktgut
Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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