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Pale Ale | Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerSox on 12-18-2006

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by FatSean:
Photo of FatSean
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an odd Pale Ale. It seems closer to a British Pale Ale than an American. I've been buying it in bombers ever since stopping into the brewery this summer. The sweet malts balanced with some odd hop choices are what make me crave this beer. Very drinkable, but many friends found it overly sweet and disorganized. Give it a shot!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale copper colored with a thin off-white head that settles out very quickly.

Low aroma of bready malt, ripe fruit, honey and floral hops.

Thin flavor of grassy hops, metal, piney bitters, and some honey malt with notes of cinnamon. Sharp hop bitterness lingers.

Thin mouthfeel, a little slick, manages to have a tingle in the finish.

Pretty average, but decent drinkabiity.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerSox
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Crystal clear amber color, however it becomes a little darker and cloudier when you get to the bottom of the bottle. It comes with an egg-shell white one inch head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stacked stringy lacing along the glass.

Citrusy and piney smell mixed with the grainy malts. Estery fruit notes.

Bitter hops are the main ingredient in the flavor. The malty base is mostly overpowered, but that's expected with the style. A little bit of buttery diacetyl can be detected. The medium carbonatoin gives the tongue a little tickle with each sip. The finish has the bitter hops lingering in in the back of the mouth.

A very enjoyable beer from a brewer that is little known outside of Western Massachusettes. I would put this one up with the best, as it has a fresh strong piney hop character, without any unpleasantries. If you're in the area of Springfield, Massachusetts try some of this.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rockrob
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Nejaime’s wine cellar in Lenox MA.
Pours a fairly clear medium gold color with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap and lots of lace. The nose holds lots of malty caramel and toffee with huge English earthy sulfur mineral water aroma to it. The flavor is rich and malty with a fair amount of toffee and caramel coming through. Light earthy hop to counter but this one remains a malty affair. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent English style pale ale, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of shortkut
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Durge
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of vfgccp
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at AJ's Bar & Grill, Watertown, Conn.

A: Pours a light amber color with a hazy, yellow-orange tinge to it. A small white head of uneven froth hangs til the midpoint of the brew.

S: Smells of citrus and pine, a little malt, but mostly those hops.

T: A refreshing blend of bittersweet citrus and floral hops. The malt helps this pale ale finish very clean and with enough balance to keep it from being too bitter.

M: Sharp hop and underlying carbonation wash the inside of my mouth. The malt comes in at the right time to sweeten it up a little and wash it down clean and smooth.

D: Considering there wasn't much else on-tap of noteworthiness here, I'd go back for the Berkshire Mountain Pale Ale again and again.

I've seen other Berkshire Mountain varieties in stores before, and though I prefer the Nut Brown to any of the three I've had, this APA is a nice addition to the crew. I'd like to stop in the microbrewery itself, but I'll settle for having an out off the way brew a bit closer to home.

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Photo of JMD
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy auburn with frothy white head that fades very slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S: Very hoppy aroma. Fresh citrus and pine. Some light malt as well.

T: Nice hop flavor. Citrusy with hints of grapefruit and lemon zest. Malt is present as well with some nice carmel sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: This is a nice APA. Good flavor and goes down easy. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbrumberg
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of chefnash51
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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- mmm, Piney hops flout up to my nose.

T- This is a hoppy pale ale. 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, and I have only seen this offering in 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.

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Photo of Mattdy
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thespaceman
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz gold foil capped bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pale ale pours a light copper in color, medium sized white head with good lacing and retention all around. Nice coloring and slightly cloudy appearance.

Smell: A beautiful aroma of fresh citrus is first noticed, followed by a sweet underlying crystal malt backround. Grapefruit, mango, honey and a tinge of malt spice make this one a pleaser in the nose. A bit of metallic undertone is present but not enough to affect this brew too much.

Taste: Pine like hops zip through the palete, citrus and mango treat the tastebuds sharply, letting off for just a small hint of malt backbone which isn't fairly noticeable. Hops play the big part here. A bit sour to say the least, with that metallic hint from the nose showing up here as well. Not bad tasting at all just a bit sour and unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light bodied on the tongue with a decent amount of bitterness. Sits on the tongue fairly well and holds up on the palete.

Drinkability: Being a bit unbalanced, this one needs some work. Hops run rampant and can't find a good balancing point between the malt which makes this a little too hoppy for an APA. Metallic finishes in the aroma and taste along with a bitter sour finish on the palete make this brew a bit hard to enjoy. It had it's good points, but I'd much rather have their IPA over this one any day to say the least.

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Photo of rousee
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color. Small amount of head --not much lace. Very translucent and orangey-apricot color. The nice smooth woody and nutty flavor is present and unfortunately it doesnt compare to the Bear republic one I just had of the same style. Its a decent small batch pale ale and it hits the style pretty well but its not going to win any awards at this point. Barrington brewery is more about the scenery anyway.

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Photo of berkshire413
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Pale Ale from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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