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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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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 44 | 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 mtbbaboon
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it, so I picked up a bottle for the sole purpose of reviewing it. A gentle pour left a half inch head that has decent retention. The head never fully went away (until I drank it all). Small amount of lacing. Smells fruity and grassy. Not a real strong aroma, but a pleasant one. The main thing I notice about the taste is the sweetness. It's not *very* sweet, but it complements the mild hoppiness nicely. Small amount of bitterness comes through after the swallow. It's a good taste that is well balanced. Light to medium body to it. It's an easy drinker and an enjoyable one.

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for sending this one my way.

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves spotty lacing behind

S - Has a light nose bready malt and mild hops

T - The bready malt is the main thin that sticks out theres a slight bittering from the hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall a decent beer a little more malty than I expected for an APA but still a good beer worth checking out sometime

Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Birradr14 for sharing the bottle, served in some pint glasses.

This had a pale golden/yellow mix of a color with a certain clarity to it. A semi frothy white head rose up about a inch before going into a cap, loose lines of lacing. The smell was interesting, a good mix of hops and malts with some earthiness. The taste was not far off with some grassy/floral flavors from the hops and just a hint of citrus. Some grain and malt rounding this out. The feel is above light with a crisp finish. The ABV is real low, so I would not mind polishing off a bomber of this on my lonesome.

Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a pint glass at the Red Lion Inn in the Berkshires for lunch. Body is golden-straw in color with a small whitish head. Leaves good lace behind.

S: Faint in the nose -- some cereal-type grains and floral hops.

T: Cereal grains again with some toastyness. Followed by florally hops again. Finishes with a mild, dry lemony bitterness.

M: Light-to-medium bodied. Smooth with good carbonation levels.

D: Very good for what it is -- a light, easy-drinking APA. In fact, calling this one an "extra pale" makes sense on a lot of levels. Not earth-shattering, but solid.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with fine streams of bubbles rising up. A fluffy white head rises up quickly and sizzles back down to a half inch of foam.

Aroma of corn add butterscotch, some grassy notes.

Even flavor of bready malt, notes of corn and butter. Some toffee and honey and slight floral and lemon nuances in the finish. Mild bitterness, low hop profile.

Full and rich mouthfeel, very creamy. Tasty and drinkable beer, nice even sessionable sipper.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle. Thanks to brothercannon for bringing this back from VT. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed golden straw yellow with about two fingers of off white head. Nose and flavor are of toasted grains, earthy citrus hops, lemon, lightly sweet malts. Nice medium body with adequate carbonation for a pale ale. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $4.49.

A: Honey-golden with off-white, 1-2 finger head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Light aromas of light fruit maltiness and floral hops. A very ale-ly aroma.

T: The flavor is too fruity overall and could use a major hops boost, not just because I like hops, but because the balance is not there in this brew. Fruity pear is met with caramel and light grain followed by minimal floral hops. A must-have for those that like very fruity ales.

M: A little slick with a very light body which make me wonder a bit about maltload, althought Berkshire's other offerings have been excellently crafted and malted brews. Carbonation is appropriately low and aftertaste is very fruity and sweet.

D: There's nothing really objectionable about Steel Rail but it is a (too) fruity APA that is somewhat out of balance. I love hops, but also love a malty brew -- this one unfortunately doesn't quite reach the minimum hops bar to keep a reasonable balance.

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up (and consumed)a growler at Gordon's in Waltham on 6/11/09.
This beer pours a slightly cloudy pale golden yellow with a two finger white foamy head to it. Thick lacing is left on the side of the glass the whole way down. Nose is yeasty, pale malts, touch of light citrusy hops. Taste is of pale malts predominantly, touch of graininess and yeast consumes the middle, with a nice citrus hop finish to it. On the lighter side of medium bodied, medium to higher carbonation, clean finish to it. This is a highly sessionable beer and certainly one to help open the door to craft brews for non-craft drinkers.

Photo of mirish72
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler for a BBQ, figured it was a good compromise for the non beer drinkers (those drinking Coors Light).

Overall it was pretty much what I expected, nothing out of this world, but not bad. Pretty standard pale ale, not too hoppy, but an easy drinking casual session beer.

I am not a big growler guy, but with a few folks trying it out, it was the perfect size. I tend to be a fan of BBC so this was a nice change of pace.

Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faint haze and pale yellow with a thin white cap that settled quickly into a collar and skim. A bit of lacing. Subdued hop aroma with notes of lemon, earth, and citrus. Faint malt. Mild lemony bitterness up front with a bit hanging on in the finish. Mild malt sweetness with some fruitiness, citrus hops, hint of hop spice. Soft, buttery texture, lowish carbonation with medium/light body. A decent pale ale.

Photo of dan4th
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very nice head came on this pint of semi-cloudy brew, which lasts surprisingly long and clings to the glass. Color is reminicent of wood-pressed cider- not hard cider, but the new England in autumn stuff. Golden with hints tan with hints of red. The nose is surprisingly sweet, and continues the suggestion of apples. Carbonation is more felt than seen or tasted, both on the tongue, and embarrassingly, in the stomach. Crisp and refreshing, this beer made me think longingly of shandies. Nothing too complicated, but a solid offering and not oppressively hoppy, which is a nice surprise in a pale ale.

Photo of bbeerman
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at the 3rd Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival, Providence, RI.

A..A nice light golden/copper color. Not too much head or lace that I noticed. Average for a pale ale.

S..Average scent. Hops are obvious; slight malt scent as well.

T..Above average taste. Hints of acidic fruits. A good rendition of the pale ale from a noteworthy brewery.

M..Carbonation is apparent on the palette but not overpowering. Certainly light bodied as a pale ale should be.

D..Easy to drink. Seems like a decent beer to have in warmer times. Not the best beer in the world, but a little above average for a pale ale.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light copper body with a small white head. Only a few scraps of lacing hang around.

Smells bready with a touch of citrus.

Taste is the same as the smell. Hops are noticeable but not powerful, giving a citrus flavor to the beer. A little bit mettalic.

Light bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly oily.

Good drinkability. Nothing mind blowing but a decent beer overall.

Photo of jonziefle
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear yellowish golden, with a one finger white head. Diminishes quickly to a thin layer. Visible carbonation. Nice lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet/sour malts and apple. A hint of darker bready malts as well. Didn't get any hops at all.

Taste: A lemony citrus and bitter hop bite up front, but short-lived. Earty, kinda dirt-like, taste in the middle. Bready malt finish. Very grainy and bready overall, with a little sweetness mixed in. Not enough hop balance for an American Pale Ale, more of an English style Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, nothing special. Good carbonation bite up front. Filling.

Drinkability: A decent American Pale Ale, but much more on an English. Not exceptional, but the taste grows on you. A good brew for drinking with food.

Photo of dfillius
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Photo of bsend
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint on tap from a local bar.

The server poured me a nice pint. It had a medium golden color with moderate carbonation (bubbles clung to the side of the glass). It poured a 1 1/2 finger head inbetween frothy and bubbly.

The smell was a general yeasty, but clean smell. Nothing overly noteworthy.

The beer went down nicely. Simple pale ale not too heavy on flavor, but not too light either. Decent mix that provided exceptional drinkability to the beer.

On the mouth, the smooth flavor and moderate (on the lighter side of moderate) provided a decent experience while playing with it in the mouth.

Final Thoughts - Definitely a great session beer. This is my go to beer at the bar when the rotation is less than adequate. Its an easy going, moderate flavor beer which provides the inbetween more serious beer drinkers can enjoy.

Photo of GbVDave
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Best by: 03/11/09

A: Pours a cloudy, pale-gold color with a marshmallow-y pillow of eggshell colored foam on top that tops out at about one finger thick. Retention is excellent and lace is of the drooping rope variety.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, aspirin, biscuit, toasted grains, apple, and a touch of citrus.

T: See above. Pretty much note for note with the addition of even more biscuits/toasted bread.

M: Sweet in the very beginning, with a toasty middle, and dry & hoppy finish.

D: A very nice spring/summer APA or a good gateway beer for someone who thinks Alpha King is too radical.

Photo of goatgoat
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear sunflower yellow. A thin yellow head forms, then falls quickly.
Aroma is light honey caramel and bread.
Generally very light impression. Nothing really stands out but it is nicely done. Well balanced flavor that lets the bitterness take over the finish. Slightly bread and fruit character. Can't really pick out the hops other than the lingering bitterness.
Medium light body.

Not an impressive beer, but definitely a thirst quencher. Easy drinking.

Photo of bigkahunas4
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Body was a golden maize, with a big white head. Retention was great, and there was some nice lacing as well. Nose was non-existent for me.

The taste is weird to say the least. Nutty and bready in a way that I'd think I'd hate it, but I enjoyed this to varying degrees. Also went down quite smooth.

An alright beer - wouldn't recommend going out of your way to have it though.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow straw with a decent fluffy white head. The smell is a mix of barley and hops with a clean citrus scent. The taste is malt dominate with a slight bitter hop and some earth and more lemon. Not as great as the smell but still solid. I'm used to more hop forward APAs so its hard to determine if I like it. The hops don't seem fresh but it might be because they are in the background and the earthiness really dominates. The mouthfeel is creamy and not too thin. This one goes down smooth and is very easy to drink.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful off white fluffy dense head that with stamina. Nice pale clear yellow color.

Taste is very well balanced. fresh mild dry malts and good hop dryness as well. very refreshing and although the body is light for an APA but it has good mouth feel.

I like this beer and will pick up a growler for a good session with the boys and sure i wont grow tired of after a couple of pints.

There is a taste profile to this beer that is very interesting to me and quite to my liking. Cant put my finger on though.

Photo of Duhast500
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

The appearence is a light olden color with a foamy white head.

The smell is very close to bread, yeast and is a bit sweet, just a little bit fruity.

The Taste is malty, with a slight hop feel. A hint of fruits like orange peel.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. Does not over-power the taste buds and is very well rounded.

Photo of brunop
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i guess i don't reall like "american pale ales"--not near enough hops.

but this is better than, say, the new bud "craft" ale. but sadly, not by much.

not much flavor and a thin mouthfeel.

i suppose you could drink a lot of it on a hot summer day.

i wouldn't buy it again. but it was a relative bargain at 3.99 for a bomber.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Steel Rail EPA is golden yellow and pours a thin, fluffy, cloudlike head that leaves some diarrhea splatter lace up top. Minimal retention.

Smells like pears, light malt and Oktoberfest apple juice smell.

No hops here, it's all about the malt. Light and very fruity: predominately pears, granny smith apple and maybe a sour apple blowpop. Heavy jello mouthfeel with ebullient carbonation that doesn't come back up. Some hops would be nice though.

SREPA is a super sessionable girl next door kind of brew: the kind you want to take to a ballgame or a BBQ.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the tap at one of my favorite joints downtown this beer was a pale gold color. The head was frothy, two fingers thick, retained fairly well and left streaks of light lacing. The aroma was lightly citric with some pale malt in the background. The flavors started with a lemony snap of hops followed by the pale malt that came off as rather biscuity and doughy. Though pleasant, they were rather average and non-complex. The body was medium/full and the mouthfeel good albeit average as well. Pleasant enough but not at all their best offering.

Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.