Hoosac Tunnel Pale Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

BA SCORE
36.4%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 33 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshirebrewingcompany.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Nichols33 on 06-20-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,362
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
33
Liked:
12
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
7.18%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by far333:
Photo of far333
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Toasted chestnut colored with an off-white head of foam that lingers long. Low aroma of caramel and biscuity malt. Malty flavors upfront, toffee and caramel and biscuit, but not overly rich or complex. Moderate bitterness, but no hop flavor. There's an odd flavor in the finish that's hard to pinpoint, slightly metallic. An herbal bitterness lingers. Moderate carbonation, even mouthfeel. I like this one a lot, but wish I could say I loved it. It feel off a bit for me as it warmed and lingered.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrewBest
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a bit brighter than the normal "amber/red ale" that I'm used to seeing. Still a nice soft finger's worth of white foamy head slid off at a nice pace to leave some light speckled lace running here and there.
The aroma softened with a nice balance of sweet caramel/toffee malts to a quaint semi-sweet citrus to piney hops accompanying an ever so slight earthiness coming in underneath.
The flavor was a nice balance between all of the previously mentioned aromas to adequately follow through as I expected on into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Finished with a nice smooth clean maltiness.
Overall, as an amber ale, it works and would be one I'd have again.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Holderness
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-hued amber with a one finger cream colored head that dissipates to a sudsy layer fairly quickly. Moderate lacing and carbonation. Malts, caramel, and molasses dominate the smell, with hints of maple, brown bread, and honey. As prior reviewers have noted, the taste largely follows the smell, but is drier than expected, with a hint of stone fruit. Medium bodied, with a somewhat sour and astringent finish.

78/100

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Michaelcc73
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

'Hoosac Tunnel Amber Ale'... but who's taking count anyways.

A- Amber, a deep one at that, pour from the 22oz bottle into a pair of tulips. A large puffy head rises to just around two fingers high and displays good retention with a large pillow and ring always existent. Lacing comprised of several massive rings and tons of spottiness.

S- A maltier example of the style with plenty of depth given by the grains. Nutty, toasty and bready barley as well as some medium-deeply caramelized caramel. Yeast pokes through with slight hints of dark fruits and bread.

T- Follows the nose with no real surprises sticking to the malt-forward side of the style with just a hint of earthy hops. Toasted nuttiness, semi-sweet caramelized sugars, amber toasted grains, moderate dark fruit esters and a slight roast coffee hint.

MF- Medium overall thickness with a smooth and creamy texture. Carbonation towards the high side but buffered by the frothiness of it all. Finishes with a spicy, nutty bitterness.

Bring on the grains and they were brought. A smooth blend of nutty, caramel and toasted barley mixed with a slight touch of dark fruits. For whatever reason this reminds me of the first few years I got into craft beer and I'm loving it. Keep it up BBC.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and fruit. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Uno. Pours dark red with fluffy white head. Aroma is of bready malt and red fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Herbal hops, pepper, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and peppery. Overall it is good brew.

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Photo of rms3434
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is not a pale ale, but an amber ale. Super, super malty, you get almost no hop taste until the very end. Honestly I love Berkshire, and namely Lost Sailor, but this one fell a bit short. It has such a dark malty body, it almost gives you that bitter taste like a porter/stout would.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange brown color and very cloudy. Off white, moderate head which leaves some chunky spots and streaks.

Lots of caramel sweetness to the nose. There's a touch of alcohol in the background. Nearly no hop aromas.

The taste mimics the smell. Caramel flavor, though drier than the smell suggests. The taste leans toward "brown", meaning there are toasted bread notes. There's also more hop to the taste, but this is still a very malty beer, bordering on a Scotch Ale in terms of flavor. Full bodied with a diminished carbonation level.

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Photo of Prost76
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LJTate
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Larueminati
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of digs5446
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbertsch
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Resuin
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DBosco
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RichD
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuck13
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Celtics76
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsouza
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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Hoosac Tunnel Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 36.4% out of 100 with 33 ratings
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