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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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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of scottg


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Had on cask at the Real Ale Regalia at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.
Served in a pint glass.

Has a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Light malts and some peach & citrus fruit aromas. Up front flavors of sweet orange hops leading to light malt, banana, and cloves finishing with some lemon hops then tea like hops. Medium body and light carbonation leaves a dry mouthfeeel. Smooth drinking beer, very nice.

06-02-2008 19:55:55 | More by scottg
Photo of TeddyBG


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy, golden color. Nice head that slowly recedes but always sticks around. Good lacing.

S: Minimal fruitiness with some grain.

T: Some sweetness with grains being the dominant flavor. A little hop bite at the end.

M: Well carbonated. Very light and very crisp.

D: This was my introduction to BBC and this is one of the best sessionable ales out there.

05-14-2008 21:42:20 | More by TeddyBG
Photo of Maudite


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Got this excellent pale on trade from CurrySage1, a fine Mass. trader.

A- Copper/golden, a deep, slightly hazy amber orange. Poured with a nice, retentive rocky white head. Minimal lacing, which is fine as the ehad stayed for the whole bomber.

S- Crisp, clean, mildly floral. A faint hop bitterness, some vague fruit, and a nice spice note. Slightly woody or grassy.

T- Damn good. Clean and refreshing, this APA is a nice departure from the Californians I am surrounded by out here. Very akin to a nice British pale, this one tends toward the malt before the hops, but the two are a singing accompaniment. A smooth caramel malty sweetness is balanced by low alpha hops that make for a great body. This beer finishes clean with a sticky sweet AND a smooth hoppy dryness. Not aggressive, just delicious, the way a nice, smooth drinking pale should be...like a ride on the rails.

M- Clean, crisp, and mildly acidic. A refreshing feel with a nice hop-sticky dry finish.

D- I wish I lived closer to Mass.... This would make for a nice summer beer.

05-14-2008 17:51:09 | More by Maudite
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.4/5  rDev -5%

I had this on tap at the Underground Pub in Pittsfield MA. The beer was golden colored, a little hazy, with a thin head. The smell was mostly neutral, a little citrus. The taste was the same, a hint of citrus but mostly bland, a little but of bitterness in the aftertaste. Not all that exciting, but not really bad either. Just "meh".

03-25-2008 03:56:11 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of BDIMike


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Great look for a pale ale. Hazy golden color. Head perfect size and lasted a long time.
Smells very light. Can pick up a biscuit smell and a bit of citrus.
Good taste. Very biscuity taste. Very light and clean, with a small hint of citrus at the end.
Good thickness for an APA.
Good brew. Interesting taste. Could drink a good amount of these, but I would not say its definitely a session beer.

02-21-2008 02:41:44 | More by BDIMike
Photo of currysage1


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

When poured from growler into imperial pint, this brew has a high pure white head, very cumulus nimbus. Don't know about lacing, the head stays the whole time. Hazy honey color to it, nice small bubbles.

Smell is of grains, bread dough, and light fruit - banana? This is no Hefe.

Taste has a nice balance, good malt to hop. Lots of grain, some fruit, but mostly malt and it ends with slight hop on the edges.

Has a good smooth texture, goes down easy but it has alot of body to it.

Well the drinkability is great, I've had the whole growler and am ready to move on to my homebrew cellar. Very smooth and balanced a very sessionable beer.

02-12-2008 02:20:24 | More by currysage1
Photo of Durge


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

A slightly cloudy amber color brew with nice fizzy white head and thick lacing. The aroma is a simple dry biscuit/hops. Tastes a bit lemony with graham cracker and oat meal. A mild bitterness and sweet bread. A solid feel, a little creamy and well carbonated. A fairly pleasant surprise overall. I would recommend this for a try with some subtle complexities and pretty drinkable stuff. Not what I expected but I would drink this again for sure.

01-17-2008 04:46:34 | More by Durge
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3.83/5  rDev +7%

I think I get so caught up in trying all the crazy-hoppy IPAs, I forget how enjoyable something like this can be. Pours a nice light golden color with a pretty good size foamy white head. Taste is just really smooth and balanced. Certainly not too hoppy, and not too malty either. Just an easy-to-drink beer across the board. I'd have this again, without a doubt. I've been slowly trying all the BBC beers I have access to, and this is a real solid choice.

12-20-2007 23:55:23 | More by corey0212
Photo of deanhead


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Smell- Sweet, hints of candy sugar.

Appearance- Nice Golden color, moderate head which faded quickly.

Taste- sweet and malty, very low hop profile with a dry finish. The sweetness just disappears at the end.

Mouthfeel- light in body, big on a crystal sweetness. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability- very quaffable, nice flavor and taste. A truly drinkable Pale Ale. This beer could use some more hops to add dimension to it, and balance out the sweetness.

11-26-2007 13:58:35 | More by deanhead
Photo of Brad007


3/5  rDev -16.2%

Pours a pale golden color with a one finger head. Aroma is rich and malty on the nose. Taste is more malty with some fruitiness and a nice, dry aftertaste where the malt shows through quite well. Somewhat sweet at first. The malt shows through more than the hops here. It's an interesting take on the style that I feel doesn't match up that well. There was no date code as well. Not bad but not impressive either.

11-11-2007 04:46:12 | More by Brad007
Photo of fitzy84


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

Purchased one of their bottles at Spirit Haus. Appearance wise it seems pretty average for me. For a pale ale, it seems too light by sight. However, that smell is great: light, like its appearance, but distinct citrus aroma. Its taste is great; sourish and bitter with a good hops punch. With a very high carbonation, this is a very accessible pale ale. Berkshire does it again!

11-08-2007 04:54:40 | More by fitzy84
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Thanks goes out to goodbyeohio for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is slightly sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, some spices, and slight caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slightly sweet/spicy, some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Pale Ale, but I've had better, glad though to have had a chance to try.

10-27-2007 23:40:05 | More by Wasatch
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured a light amber color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is very light with only a slight sweetness noted.
Taste is pleasantly fruity. A light malt character with some bread-like properties.
Finish is light and thirst quenching.
A very simple beer. Easy to drink, but nothing special.

10-21-2007 00:15:15 | More by tgbljb
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.65/5  rDev +2%

22oz bottle

light straw color, cloudy from yeast, which i agitated before opening. nice head, very sticky lace.

smells a little like pears with yeast background.

flavor is very malty! hops do come into play, but play supporting role. some traces of fruit, again pear or apple. mildly bitter, trace of acidity.

thin and crisp.

not sure if this should be classified as just another APA. seems out of place in that regard. still, a decent and refreshing ale.

08-26-2007 02:43:46 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of BuckSpin


4.08/5  rDev +14%

Presentation: 64oz growler in a classic conical pint glass

BAside: thanks to a good BA friend for this rare treat!!

Poured crisp & clean. Crisp, light nose, hops fragrant with early spring pine, but also subtle warm pineapple and grapefruit. A faint buttery quality is present and grows in intensity with some air. With more bloom the aforementioned citrus fruits grow even bolder & cleaner...a very nice and pleasing nose.

Head was a good pencil's worth of loose pearl white foam that settled to a sheet overtop one of the palest, dull lemon golden hued bodies I've seen, yet the "speed" (actually lack of) that the few bubbles rising thru it embrace belies a thicker body than the color portrays.

Clean, super balanced, maltier than it looks. Semi-dry in feel with a wet crunchiness, the hops squeak sharply with dull pine & citrus ring, but also quickly and to a point, adding a nice play-off to the surprising full body malt profile. I admit I was not expecting this much backbone based on my visual & aromatic initial observations. This is quite nice in its balance, and is also a bit more hopped than most APAs I've tried.

The semi-dry aspect continues to roll thru to the palate, but fading like a long echo (this is going down very easy, by the way) as it grows a little thicker, more bittersweet (some faint orange butterscotch, anyone?), finally fading away in a leathery, straw-like finish that is bittersweet, filmy, yet clean and subtly citrused...nice.

A very nice APA! Admittedly not my genre of choice, but this was rather enjoyable. I dug the hopped & malted meat on its bones, and it went down very easy. Would pare well with whitefish, lightly seasoned seafood & chicken and most simple pub or summertime grill fare. Now...what to do with those remaining 48ozs? Excuse me, please...

07-18-2007 01:53:54 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

07-15-2007 18:38:51 | More by Sammy
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with some bisquity/breadlike notes. It also has a mild hop aroma and a yeasty scent. The taste is average. It has an earthy breadlike flavor that's a bit malty, but nothing over the top. It boasts of pale and bisquit malts along with a light hop and yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average beer, nothing more. It's full flavored, but I'm not sure I'm a fan of the flavor. It's one and done for me.

07-12-2007 00:05:17 | More by WesWes
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

22oz bomber. Deep golden color with chill haze and a 1/2 inch head that falls but leaves sticky lace. Tiny sediment floats in suspension. Very light sweet malt aroma. Fruity aromas of apricot and peach. Taste is very light but complex. Juicy fruit malt sweetness with balancing bittering hops. Very light citrus hint from aroma hops. Slight butteriness and saltiness towards the finish. Low carbonation with tiny bubbles give a cream ale like mouthfeel. I was looking for something light but flavorful and Steel Rail filled the bill nicely.

07-06-2007 14:22:31 | More by mshallah
Photo of geexploitation


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a very pale golden color, cloudy with some remaining yeast, and sporting a bright white head that leaves some nice lacing. It looks like a cream ale. The aroma is a bit funky, with some saltiness and an herbal quality. It has an unpleasant aspect to it, too -- more dirty than funky. On the palate it's first fresh and hoppy, but then things take a turn toward a sweet, cloying graininess that sticks to the tongue through the finish and into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good -- light, effervescent and not too filling. Overall, though, this beer is average in pretty much every way -- the aroma has some good points that are marred by an unpleasant note; the palate is the same thing redone. I wouldn't turn down a free glass of this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

04-01-2007 00:24:08 | More by geexploitation
Photo of blackie


3.18/5  rDev -11.2%

appearance: Pours a light, bone white head that soon is nothing but a thin ring. The beer is a slightly cloudy bright golden.

smell: Better than the taste, but still not good enough to rise past "average." Pale malts, much like you'd find in a pils or something, are the dominant force here. Light, somewhat crisp hop aroma...almost noble.

mouthfeel: carbonation around medium and a light body

taste: Pretty bland, benign pale malts and a dull, soggy hop flavor. Light bitterness. Finishes almost (though better) like a macro in both flavor and feel. Could be a little cleaner. Nothing off, nothing great.

drinkability: pretty easy...very reminiscent of a Euro Lager or old Pils to me

from gpcollen1 for my bombing

03-29-2007 03:14:30 | More by blackie
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West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

03-08-2007 03:35:27 | More by jcdiflorio
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

02-14-2007 06:31:07 | More by jmz62565
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4.9/5  rDev +36.9%

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.

01-15-2007 17:26:07 | More by billybob
Photo of Nipitato


2.83/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

01-14-2007 21:57:56 | More by Nipitato
Photo of EPICAC


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy copper with a thin head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Some light maltiness, toasty with a bit of raw sugar, and some leafy hops.

Taste: Toasty malts that move into mild sweetness. The finish has a nice hop bitterness with some spiciness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Balanced, a great session beer.

12-20-2006 06:58:20 | More by EPICAC
Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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