Berkshire Springs Stock Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
3.13/5 rDev +8.3%
Equal parts orange and amber, although probably favoring the former. A few steady streams of bubbles can be see bumping into the underside of a pastel orange-tinted eggshell cap that looks pretty good, both after the pour and as it deflates. Enough lace sticks for me to grant a better than average score.
The nose, while a wee bit underpowered, is pleasant enough. It smells like orange fruity English hops and sweet butter. I don't mind a little diacetyl now and then if it doesn't dominate in the nose or on the palate. More than passable.
First of all, I don't get the Stock Ale thing at all. I think of beer of that style as being stronger and more malty than this. Sam Adams Boston Ale is considered a stock ale though and it's less than 5%, so what do I know? In any case, Berkshire Springs tastes like a weak English pale ale to me.
I'm guessing that the malt bill is predominantly pale with some small amount of caramel malt for color and flavor. I've already alluded to the fruity, lightly herbal British hops. It's unlikely the brewers intended to create a hard water, mineral-laden, Bass wannabe (since this series is called 'Beers of America'), but that's what it tastes like to me.
Barely a hint of butter finds its way to the palate since the flavor profile tends to concentrate on tart fruit above all else. The body/mouthfeel is light for a pale ale and ridiculously light for what I think of as a stock ale. It holds its own though and isn't a drag on enjoyability.
Berkshire Springs Stock Ale isn't at all what I expected. It is a decent all-rounder and would probably match up well with any number of foods, but as a 'go it alone' beer to savor for the flavor... nah.
10-22-2006 14:13:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.03/5 rDev +4.8%
12 oz bottle poured out an orange/amber color. It had a small, foamy head. It did leave some lacing as I drank it. It smelled strongly of hops. You could taste the hops blended with spice and malt flavors. It had a soft, smooth mouthfeel. It is drinkable but it didn't greatly impress me.
07-04-2006 15:10:16 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev +25.6%
The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent that is semi sweet and has a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a thin and dry malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with an earthy wet cardboard taste. It has a mild hop flavor. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent beer, but nothing special. I like the aroma, but the taste is too weak for me.
01-05-2006 01:30:21 | More by WesWes
2.98/5 rDev +3.1%
12 oz received as an extra from jjanega08.... Thanks jozef...
poured into my shaped SA glass... short lasting 1/2" head... the brew is clear deeper gold.
the nose isn't really very good... smells like beer... I guess... sorta like has a "nail polish remover component".. apricots soaked in acetone and dumped into a glass of beer.
flavor is better... marginally... there is still a sorta chemically note to it... other identifiable flavors... pale malts and sorta steeped grains... some hops .. I guess .. mildy citric.. chalky finish with not much going on.. the body is lite and the carbonation crisp..
Thanks again jozef for a chance to try a new beer + brewery.
01-23-2009 22:26:32 | More by JohnGalt1
3.23/5 rDev +11.8%
Very jumpy bubbles for a pale ale.The color looks more like an amber pilsner than a pale ale. Very faint amber hues, mixed with a golden straw. Very faint head. The aroma is a blandlck luster plae ale. Very faint hinst of hops and mufins. The taste is crisp, but lacks the flavor that was expected. Light piney hops, with faint sourdough bread malts. Definetly crisp and hard water makes this a good after work at the pub beer.
12-21-2007 23:38:57 | More by scruffwhor
3.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours a nice clear amber with an average white head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma has a malty core with grassy, caramel and fruity hints. Malty flavor includes a bit of hops, a bit of apple and pear, and a bit of caramel - nice, if nothing to Tweet about. Smooth texture has good fizz and decent body. Better as a party drink, or to go with a meal.
05-25-2012 01:16:47 | More by Cyberkedi
3.18/5 rDev +10%
This pours a hazey amber with a so-so head and fair lacing. The smell is of malt and butterscotch and molasses though not real strong. Mildly carbonated with medium to light body the taste is a bready sweet malt, pretty thin with just a slight peppery finish. There is a touch of citrus. Very easy to drink but perhaps a bit too watery to want very much. It's definitely OK but can't recommend going out of your way to try this. Right direction but weak.
10-04-2007 03:59:15 | More by Durge
1.9/5 rDev -34.3%
Review from notes on 9/18/09
A - poured clear golden amber, rather still, with a short lived bubbly white head. A small patch of lace reminds me of its sadness. 2.0
S - Very faint. Couldn't get much out of it except some grainy malt sweetness. 2.0
T - Rather bland. Touch of malt, metal, slight twang of hops. No real aftertaste, not much to offer. My tastebuds are bored. 2.0
M - Thin, very carbonated. Next...2.0
D - Meh, I've had better and worse. The thing is that it drinks like soda water, which I do not like at all. Would not get this again. 1.5
Overall - As part of the History of Beers in America or whatever pack, it's one of the crappier ones. Doesn't reflect craft brewing or APA's at all.
04-07-2010 19:44:00 | More by DmanGTR
3/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours out a dark coppery orange with a thin white head that holds okay. Not a magnificent appearance, but decent enough.
Smell is pretty thin, with a little bit of caramel and bread malt in the nose, but not a whole lot else. It's listed as an APA, but I'm not finding much in the way of hops.
Flavor is a little stronger, with a good malty presence of caramel flavors that finish with a toasty little flourish. Not a whole lot going on, and it's kind of one-dimensional, but it's by no means bad. A tiny hoppiness slips in on the end, but not enough for an APA. A little bit watery, and a little bit sweet, but not too bad. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin.
Overall: Not a great beer, but not too bad, and since it was a gift, I'm happy to drink it. Would I buy it again? Nope.
11-24-2005 01:24:48 | More by whartontallboy
2.98/5 rDev +3.1%
12 oz bottle pours clear pale yellow body with a small and fleeting offwhite head. Aroma is negligible, just hints of grainy malt and faint grassy hops. Light body is crisply carbonated. Taste is subdued but decent. Some toasted malt sweetness and vague hop bittering. Easy drinking, but I wouldn't call it a pale ale.
03-03-2008 21:12:34 | More by merlin48
3.23/5 rDev +11.8%
My third selection from the Beers of America Collection. Poured a medium amber color with white puffy head. A bit of caramel is to be found in the smell, but not much. Taste is slightly sweet, a little toasty, and kind of caramelly. Finishes with some malt sweetness but little else. Middle of the road beer.
12-06-2005 01:15:37 | More by tgbljb
3.38/5 rDev +17%
Sampled as part of the Beers of America collection. Appearance is a solid copper color, unfortunately head is almost zero. Smell is lightly hoppy, decent but nothing special. Taste is fairly balanced, but just hoppy enough for the style. Overall I'd rate the taste as above average. Drinkability is very good. As far as APAs are concerned, you can find a lot better than this. I wouldn't buy the sampler again just for this.
01-03-2005 03:57:43 | More by Gagnonsux
3.45/5 rDev +19.4%
An aggressive pour gives me 2.5 fingers of head over top of the super clear ambered golden colored beer. The nose is caramel malt with a small bit of spicey hop dancing in there as well. The flavor is not too bad. I believe the hop is saaz or hallertau. I kinda like it. The caramel malt is a touch weak. The feel is thin to moderate, with a moderate carb. This is refreshing and enjoyable. Still nothing great, but something nice for the summer maybe.
03-06-2005 01:10:40 | More by kmpitz2
2.88/5 rDev -0.3%
Extremely tame hop aroma. Seems right if it's an APA, it just takes some searching to find it and it's not all that impressive once found. Similar with the light malt background. Nothing wrong, just not enough.
Pours with huge rather white head that takes it time to settle. A little cloudy, gold.
Flavor is similar to aroma (light and carrying some appropriate characteristics), but it also holds not so pleasant flavors. Holds a sweetness that seems like a light lager (this is short lived). A mild hop flavor with a tad of bitterness. A bit of dryness on the finish, but it's more sweet.
Full carbonation that's fairly soft. Body is about right.
This drinks okay, just wish the flavors were more interesting. I'll give it credit that there are a lot of flavors, just some that shouldn't be there IMHO.
02-09-2009 01:09:43 | More by garymuchow
3.5/5 rDev +21.1%
Appearance: Medium golden color, with a small off-white head, which retains well, thick broken lace, and profuse streams of carbonation.
Aroma: Light fruit and pale malt dominate the aroma, there are mild, grassy hop notes as well.
Taste: Opens with a mild, slightly nutty malt flavor. Midway through the taste, there is a brief wave of sweet malt. There is a mild, lingering hop bitterness at the close of the taste. The finish is rather dry.
Mouth feel: Soft, smooth, full, and pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: Interesting in a number of aspects, this beer seems mild in terms of hops for an APA, but has a somewhat higher ABV at 6% than is typical. Well worth a try.
01-15-2006 16:34:37 | More by Pegasus
3.53/5 rDev +22.1%
Light brown, nearly yellow in color, 1/4" of off-white head. SMells of light malt and a sizable portion of hops. Flavor has the makings of a good beer, but falls short. Clean malt base, but the hops are very subdued, and make this beer somewhat bland. Very good drinkability. I could sit back with a 6er and have no toruble finishing the whole thing.
12-04-2004 21:05:01 | More by TastyTaste
3.15/5 rDev +9%
Pours a light amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is very subdued - some slight maltiness in there. Not much else. The flavor is really tame also. Slight hop flavor with a slight caramel backing. Very watered down. Nothing special to see here.
02-07-2005 18:14:19 | More by clvand0
2.55/5 rDev -11.8%
Another one from the "Beers of America" package that was given to me. This beer had a darker golden color with bronze highlights. Head was weak and lacing was nonexistant.
Aroma seemed very weak but I got some caramel notes and a faint cherry wood character.
Begins sweet on the tongue then some hops show themselves but at the top a sour note takes form. It's kind of medicinal and reminiscent of band aids. This sour note carries through to the finish along with some fruity characteristics.
This small bottle became difficult to finish for me. Luckily the body was thin and I could consume easier than if it were thick. I like to give every bottle a full chance so no drainpour. And there were good qualities to it, but that medicinal/band aid characteristic was overwhelming imo.
08-04-2005 12:56:14 | More by granger10
2.7/5 rDev -6.6%
A - Clear and gold with a light touch of amber. The head is initially one finger before settling down to a thin cap and a fatter collar. No real lace or anything. Sort of bland looking.
S - Gentle grassy hops and lots of grainy aromas with some nuttiness also. Sort of like a whole wheat cereal with nuts and a touch of honey.
T - More hops than the nose, with an additional wine-like tartness that comes off as almost puckering. Again, very grainy like a malt liquor and I don't really like that here.
M - Medium bodied, aggressively carbonated, with a dry finish.
D - A slightly below average APA. It's got a lot of things jumbled together that don't really work and although there are no real major flaws I just don't care for this one much.
01-07-2008 17:33:40 | More by pmcadamis
3.38/5 rDev +17%
Pours out to a bronze / orange color with a smaller white foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, hits of hops and some caramel.Smells quite fresh, as it it was bottled very recently. Taste is decent; malt, hops, caramel, and some dry grain. Mouthfeel is fair, somewhat thin and light, but the carbonation adds a nice zesty element. Decent drinkability. Worth sampling.
12-26-2005 22:53:29 | More by Frozensoul327
3.63/5 rDev +25.6%
Part of the "Beers of America" boxed set my girlfriend's parents gave me for Christmas., which was a nice gesture although so far I've been pretty unimpressed with most of the offerings. This pours an orange amber with a little thin head and a little lacing. Nose is much maltier than most APAs but not really very English stock ale sniffing either..slight fruit and alcohol also residing in the olifactory sensors Mmmm..
Decent initial bite of hops followed by robust nutty malt and a decently bitter aftertaste. It does have lots of flavor but that's partially offset by the noticeable metal tones, particularly in the aftertaste. Still, this is a halfway decent beer, even if it doesn't really fall into an individual style. I could drink this at length without too much trouble.
01-05-2007 02:28:54 | More by daliandragon
2.15/5 rDev -25.6%
Got it out of the Beers of America 18 pack. This is the last one to try.
Pours a pale yellow color with a little head, no lacing.
Smell is somewhat sweet, very faint though, slight grassy aroma.
Taste is pretty much only slights across the board, slight hop taste, slight malt taste, odd bitterness, thin tasting, sorry for being nondescript but it's hard not to be with this beer.
02-13-2008 02:02:56 | More by deltatauhobbit
Berkshire Springs Stock Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.