Hopland Pale Ale
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,360
Ranked #39,869
3.6 | pDev: 12.5%
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Hopland Pale AleHopland Pale Ale
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 25, 2017
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Griffith from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 17, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery 9/13/19
Reviewed Pint can at home 9/14/19

A deep copper color, practically clear with a low lying off white foam cap. Settles in fast. Intricate lacing.

A rich buttery malt aroma hits my nose first. Subtlety sweet fruitiness and pine from the hops.

Man, this is a straight old school style Pale Ale with balance in mind, as the malt and hops are on equal terms. The English style buttery malt and honey effect is smooth feeling, medium bodied but classically easy to drink as the hops provide a snappy kick. Subtle pine and green earthiness in the hops and then the malt rolls in smooth and easy.

Drinkabilty is really high due to the basic balance of the beer. Nothing pops out as extraordinary, the malt might have too much charecter and hops need a boost. Overall, I really enjoyed it on tap and with my meal. Alone, at home... Not so much.

Sep 17, 2019
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kelticblood from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall good beer.It was heavily hopped just the way I like my Pale Ale's.Dark gold in color with a light body.Presented foaming white lace.Had a crisp clean mouthfeel that wasnt watered down.Very bitter but had a refreshing quality to it.I would certainly try this again.I should of brought a growler home.

Aug 15, 2003
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kennyo from New York

2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

purchased a bottle to go from the brewery, label say Pale Ale. pours a deep gold with a head that dissapates fairly quick. Very nice malt aroma along some piney hops, not overpowering, very enjoyable. Taste - a little malt, a little bitterness, a little hop flavor. Really not much going with this beer.

Aug 19, 2004
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longpondbeerman from Maine

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this reasonably full-bodied and hoppy pale ale at a cookout, and I was pleasantly surprised. It has a light amber pour with a solid and frothy white head, and the hops come through immediately in the smell, but there's also a touch of pine and citrus (lime?) in the background. The mouthfeel is effervescent, and the taste is very consistent with the smell: nothing particlarly intricate, but a refreshing and palatable brew. The malts are understated but evident.

Aug 29, 2003
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Domaney's Wines & Liquors, Great Barrington, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the medium amber brew. Head is lasting, with good lacing. Aroma is slightly malty, giving way to piney/citrusy hops. Flavor is a pleasant intensity of bitter hops, with enough pale/caramel malt to hold it all up. Mouthfeel and drinkability both good, a nice pale ale.

Nov 25, 2004
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light head but it does leave some streaky ring lace. Light haze with a bright copper color.

Mild aroma that leans to the malty side.

Wow, surprisingly hoppy finish...a complete contrast to the smell. I find this to make this beer very interesting. The finish is long lasting. The body is as one would expect from an American Pale Ale.

Aug 14, 2011
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aquatonex from New York

2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was looking for a lighter option to pair with my baked cod sandwich.

Pours medium amber colored with minimal bubbly head. I was expecting more carbonation, seemed a bit flat (tap issue?). Smell was pretty decent, consisting of wheats, citrus, and a little bit of malt. Taste followed suit, but was rather watery! Would have been a great beer if all the flavors actually came out. Was subdued by wateriness. Mouthfeel suffered from the wateriness also. Overall, was OK for drinkability. Lost points for the flatness and wateriness. Would have been quite good otherwise.

Jun 19, 2005
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plaid75 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate citrusy hop and a light graininess.

The taste consisted of a slightly thin biscuity malt but was boosted by a rather oily citrusy hop. Good doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking APA.

Jan 21, 2008
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albern from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an okay APA, and nothing to get overly excited about. It is a bit too watery and thin for my liking. It pours a slight yellowy amber color with a creamy and foamy head if you dump the pour into the glass. The head doesn't retain well and there is some lacing going on. The nose is very typical APA with a grassy, bready, and herbal aroma. The hops are a bit more enticing in the nose than what you get in the taste. The nose isn't overly assertive, but it's okay.

The taste a rather sweetish malt, with some leafy hop, probably Cascade, maybe a citrus twang in there. There is a slight sourishness to the beer that is reminiscent of not a high caliber product. There is a bit of grassiness in the beer, some bready qualities underneath, maybe a touch of saltene in the finish. There are plenty of very typical, by the book, APA qualities in this beer, such as some crystal malt and caramel flavors. I'm liking this beer less and less as it settles. The leafy hop doesn't dance well with the sweetish malts and the sourish grassy quality. This APA needs a bit of work.

Apr 24, 2010
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Hautacam from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light amber with a nice foamy off white head.
Smells mostly of piney hops.
This one is bitter from start to finish. There's lots of piney and citrusy hops with an astrigent bite. The malts are there, but pretty much in the background.
Mouthfeel was on the light side , but seemed about right for the flavor intensity.
This was a really nice hot weather pale ale.

Aug 13, 2007
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Oct 20, 2013
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paulmcm from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Nov 15, 2011
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chefnash51 from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber
Nice foil wrapping on the top
Bottle states - Berkshire Mountain Brewers

A- Beautiful crystal golden. Frothy white head that reduces to uneven layers. Rows of lacing with each sip are left behind.

S- Piney hops flout up to my nose.

T- Very thirst quenching indeed. A nice buttery hop aftertaste.

M- Perfect carbonation. Maybe on the thinner side, but went down very nicely.

D - This is a very refreshing and drinkable American Pale Ale. Nothing bad about this beer.

I have been seeing this at a couple different package stores for sometime now. Glad I decided to get it. At only $2.99 a 22 oz, this is going to be a repeat offender. Paired very well with my Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
Seems like no one really knows of this brewery, but I am strating to see this offering on more stores. I will be looking for other style. Next time I will pick up a couple of these.

Might take a ride up north to their restaurant/brewery and see what they are all about.

Aug 30, 2007
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Durge from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Discovered this one on tap at Original Joes in Watertown, CT. It is a light yellow gold color with fair carbonation evident, a decent white head and fair lacing. The aroma is mild but pleasant bready citrus hop and a touch of caramel malt. The taste is pretty similar to the aroma, more of a biscuit and mild citrus hop. Thinish in body, refreshing and very drinkable, easy hop enjoyment but nothing too distinctive.

Sep 04, 2009
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in the sampler at the brewpub. Noticed two entries for the same beer here so I will review this one. The beer had a lovely copper-amber look to it with some good lacing on the sides and a thin head. Aromas were typical pale ale with a slightly increased hop degree. Taste had a good spice punch to and a bitter aftertaste. A great mixture of hops and citrus flavoring. Solid body made it a bit heavy to drink outside the sun but bitterly refreshing overall. In the end, a typically good pale ale.

Aug 31, 2008
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap while golfing in Great Barrington, MA. Stopped at the brewery after the round and bought a couple bottles of this and the IPA.

There is a thin finger of foamy white head that does fade rather quickly. Bright, clear orange/ amber color. Quite a bit of nice lacing.

Rather floral aroma, slight brad like and a touch of butter. Anticipate diacetyl.

I really enjoy the flavor of this Pale Ale. I loved it that day and I have not changed my mind today as I sit and write this. Very bready, slight diacetyl, but not too bad. Some nice fruity esters and then the toasted bread flavor returns. There is a subtle hop finish that seems very fresh.

Very slight carbonation, Medium mouth feel

I find this to be very drinkable. I wish this was available near my home, I would make this a standard APA. Hats off to Great Barrington Brewers...

** I am totally confused by the branding here. The label clearly says "Berkshire Mountain Brewers" the label says Berkshire Mountain Brewers. I think they are trying to change their name, but I am not sure.

Oct 01, 2009
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jeffthecheff from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a small local pizza restaurant, this was the only local and the only beer I haven't tried so I figured I would check it out. It arrived in a pint glass, dark gold in color and a typical, thin head pour. Good clarity.

American hops are in the nose with decent strength. They smell pretty typical, I'm guessing it's mostly cascade. Slight citrus and pine, very basic and typical of a pale ale, but good.

On the palate this beer is crisp and bubbly, perhaps with too much carbonation. The body is medium, and I am very surprised to see this is only 5% abv. It tasted bigger than most pale ales; I would have guessed 6%. It has a very solid bitterness, I'd say above average. Behind that is sweet malt with a touch of caramel. Slight citrus in the finish. A bit of burnt sugar in the after taste. Again, it's very basic.

It was good enough for me to order a second glass of, so it scores good for drinkability. It did seem a bit bigger than I was expecting, but that doesn't bother me very much. I hear great things about this brewpub from some non BA friends, and I'd love to check it out. I'm sure this beer would be better experienced at the pub after a ski trip, and the beer itself was good enough I would order again if I was in the mood for a pale.

Jan 07, 2010
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub on July 27, 2013.

The color was a sort of olive-amber pour with a thin white head and regular carbonation.

The aroma was nothing outstanding with a basic biscuit malt character and maybe some light hops. Fairly routine.

The body was light to medium.

The taste tended to lean on sweet malts upfront with a low to moderate bitterness at the finish. But as it warmed it seemed to improve.

Jul 29, 2013
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Aug 10, 2013
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julie3231 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Aug 10, 2013
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donniecuffs from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper hue with an average head that laced spottily. Not that much of a nose, with very subtle malt and citrus scents. The flavor was a little stronger, but lacked the hop presence that American pale ales have come to be known for. Very nice medium body though. Could definitely sit down for a few of these but adding more hops (possibly dry-hopping?) would do wonders for this beer.

Sep 25, 2009
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this on-tap at the barrington brewery & restaurant

orangey amber light head. had solid lacing despite the head dissipating.
bountifully hopped. piney
the taste was excellent... hopped well for a pale ale. caramel malt is present as well.
perfect carbonation, just a slight aftertaste keeps it from a 5.
very drinkable beer. enjoyed a pitcher of this with my friends after a trip up to ski.

Jan 07, 2011
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Sam21 from Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchase by January 2011 notched on label.

Appearance - Amber body underneath a sticky white head that leaves great sheets of lace. Light haze. Looks really nice.

Smell - The nose is very balanced between caramel malt, light fruity esters, and citrus hops.

Taste - Juicy malt up from with some clean grains midway through. Juicy citrus fruit comes through in the dry finish with light bitterness. The finish is almost too dry for this beer, but it keeps me coming back sip after sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. Creamy feel at first that gives way to some light tingly carbonation that tickles the tongue.

Drinkability - Fresh, local, and drinkable. Goes down very smoothly. Nothing too mind-blowing but it is well balanced and approachable.

Nov 22, 2010
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