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Shackmeister Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
When our friends at Shake Shack asked us to make a beer to match their legendary burger, we were excited. After much "research" (aka ShackBurgers), we bring you Shackmeister Ale® - a zippy pale ale with just the right malt flavors to complement the beef, and bright hops to refresh the palate.

(Beer added by: Douglas14 on 09-01-2008)
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Reviews by Douglas14:
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4.45/5  rDev +25.4%

Pours a golden color with a thick fluffy head. The aroma is of hops and malt...and the flavor is the same, with a little bit of twist. The flavor is hoppy and malty and has a nice refreshing touch to it...kinda cool. Medium body and very drinkable and refreshing. Tastes like summer. The dry hopping at the end is noticable and awesome.

Below is from Garrett Oliver:

"Shackmeister is a 12 Plato pale ale brewed from English malts and dry-hopped with Glacier. I formulated it specifically to complement Shake Shack's food..."

Garrett Oliver, 8/30/08

It is only available at Shake Shack.

09-01-2008 22:38:21 | More by Douglas14
More User Reviews:
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-05-2013 20:28:42 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Review from notes, had at Shake Shack on Columbus.

A: Served in a plastic cup...nice. The beer is a clear golden color with a one finger off-white head. Lots of small carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Very light citrus, but much more malt heavy in the aroma with some caramel, light bready notes, and some grainy/sweet malt.

T: Similar to the aroma with light citrus/grassy hops and more dominant in the malt bill. Slightly sweet with caramel, bready, and grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Easy to drinking, slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty cool that Brooklyn makes a beer just for Shake Shack. While it isn't amazing, if I am not going to get a shake, I am definitely going to get the Shackmeister to go with my Shackburger.

01-05-2012 20:42:21 | More by mdaschaf
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-09-2014 17:00:08 | More by Psberrier
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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

04-06-2014 00:29:39 | More by earlholman
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New York

3.52/5  rDev -0.8%

08-19-2014 19:21:58 | More by FrankTheTank7
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Brewed exclusively for Shake Shack (shakeshacknyc.com) in NYC. I stopped at the Upper West Side location for a burger and a brew on my way to the Javits Center to pick up my NYC Marathon bid #. Poured a relatively clear light amber into a 16oz plastic cup. Nice white head, which was topped off after it settled down a bit. Left some nice lacing down the side of the cup. Smelled the Glacier hops a bit upfront. Taste of bready malts, followed by the slight citrus character of the hops. Not overly hoppy, but very easy drinking and I think that's what Garrett wanted as this beer is being sold in a relatively fast-food joint. Light to medium-bodied. ABV is probably around 5%.

11-18-2008 15:03:34 | More by BeerFan
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New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

22oz growler from New Beer.

Only available at the Shake Shack & at that joke of a Shake Shack in Citi Field. Note: Citi Field itself is awesome. Well, that random Verizon store in center field sucks too. Can't buy any edible chocolate phones or beer coozies disguised as the latest model cell. Also, I consider it the best of the four "exclusive" Brooklyn beers served there: this, Blue Smoke Ale, Blanche de Queens(bdBrooklyn relabel), & Sabroso Ale.

Pours out a filtered honey amber. Decent plop of thin, eggshell head, with a random, infrequent splattering of lace.

Smells is big on crackers & lemon zest. Scents of wheat & yeast move it in an unexpected, but interesting direction. Fresh, leafy & zesty hops continue to make things interesting.

Taste is again crackermeal, but with a much more pronounced herbal bitterness. A layer of rind in the middle, finishing a little husky, tinny, & very, very, dry. ..and yes(letting other reviews influence me), I do notice the minty(think wintergreen) aspect. I get that with dirty, cakey tubes sometimes, but this joint's hoses were clean. Just something going on with the hops I figure. Didn't throw off the score too much. It leeched off when it warmed up.

Carbonation is low to moderate. Frothy throughout. Beer almost takes on a wheaty feel.

Exclusive & expensive aren't great characteristics for a pale ale to have. Only at the Shake Shack for a middle of Manhattan pint price, or $7.50 at Citi Field. I think I payed $3 for a 22oz at New Beer. :shrug:

06-18-2009 09:12:35 | More by PEBKAC
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-22-2013 02:56:28 | More by JohnQVD
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North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into a plastic cup at Shake Shack Miami.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming .

S- Bready malt in the nose with a faint hop aroma.

T- More bready malt with even less hop presence than in the nose. Has a weak flavor for a pale ale. Tastes closer to a lager. Still quite drinkable but that's all it has going for it. Not until multiple sips are taken do the hops start to come through.

M- Quite crisp and light. Medium carbonation.

O- Could use a lot more hop character. Other than that, I guess it's an ok beer to pair with a burger.

02-14-2013 05:49:02 | More by Immortale25
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +7%

A: It's amber in color and came with a thin, white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of toasted biscuit and caramel malts in the nose, along with notes of citrus.
T: The flavors are dominated by biscuity malts along with slight hints of caramel. There are some hints of citrusy hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and rather smooth.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and served as a perfect accompaniment to my double ShackBurger at Citi Field.

05-08-2010 12:13:44 | More by metter98
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-29-2014 19:24:48 | More by mendvicdog
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-12-2013 01:58:55 | More by WeisGuy
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

Made just for Shake Shack, the only bad part about getting this beer is it can only be served in a plastic cup from the Shake Shack which takes away from how good of a beer this is. Very tasty with a pumpkin and/or spice finish; medium ale in drinkability, that has a nice flavor and is smooth plus goes so well with a nice greasy cheeseburger. Worth a trip to the Shake Shack to enjoy this combo of a good beer and a great burger!

2010 Review: Pours a clear gold in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head; bubbles race up the brew which leaves a creamy layer on top and decent lacing on the side. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light brown sugar and some yeast or grains; nice ale aroma. Tastes like it smells with an above average flavor consisting of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light brown sugar, light yeast, flowers, piney hops and some light toasted grains; this is hoppier than the last time I had it and much tastier.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and creamy, this has medium carbonation, a medium body and a slight bitter grainy finish. High drinkability, this is a good session beer that always washes down a Shake Shack burger well!

01-25-2009 04:05:02 | More by CHickman
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-10-2013 20:03:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-03-2014 02:36:49 | More by Gator_Nation
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-23-2014 20:01:40 | More by KevMo84
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

04-19-2014 20:07:57 | More by SnifterLifter
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-03-2014 20:57:12 | More by gailsev
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-26-2012 03:49:28 | More by CBPAS
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-16-2013 20:33:27 | More by thedirtystayout
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Drank on-tap at Shake Shack, New York, NY
Served in a plastic cup

Nearly clear amber in appearance with a thin, frothy, white head that faded to a flimsy film. Thin spiderwebs of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was interesting. Slightly hoppy. Sweet and fruity with notes of candied orange peel. Toasted malts were apparent as well.

The flavor was quite smooth. Crisp and fruity with a noticeable biscuity malt presence. The finish was moderately hoppy with distinct earthy and herbal notes. Citrus fruits came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fairly aggressive, large bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer was flavorful and quite quaffable. It made the perfect accompaniment to my fantastic Shake Shack burger.

12-31-2009 23:45:16 | More by Damian
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-05-2014 01:58:15 | More by -ronin-
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3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

Looks like a pale ale. Mild head, recedes quickly. Standard malts and hops in the nose, nothing special so far.

Good body and carbonation; refreshing balance of hops and malts. A simple, well-executed formula for a beer with wide appeal. Great for a summer day in MSP with a Shake Shack burger.

07-14-2011 18:56:04 | More by brystmar
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New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-05-2014 23:07:52 | More by JayGlogovsky
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Shackmeister Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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