Imperial Steel Rail
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,431
Ranked #27,800
3.78 | pDev: 14.02%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Imperial Steel RailImperial Steel Rail
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 29
Photo of DBosco
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat hazy orange honey color with little head. Malty smell with little hops. Taste is sweet with some puckering bitterness and the high alcohol (10.4 % in this years batch, more than the original description from 2007). Mouthfeel is low carbonation and smooth but with a bitter bite.

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Photo of Dannyz92
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a bit of a homer with this brewery living in Western Massachusetts and everything. The original steel rail is my go to beer if i want to session something, but this is a pretty sizable 10.4 percent beer. The color was gold/ light copper, smelled of nice malts and just enough hops to be noticeable sweet notes throughout. The mouth feel was a heavier than what I am used to from this beer being bigger. Taste was great slightly sweet, with a nice bitterness on the back end. loved this offering

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Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light clear copper color with a 3 F head in a Stone Imperial pint glass.

At first, there is a bubblegum aroma which becomes a strong pine after a few minutes.

MF: excellent and unusual. Sweet,molasses, lightly bitter, and carbonation on the back of my tongue.

The MF transitions to a raisin-fruit taste with a light bitter carbonated finish.

I am a fan of Steel Rail and this brewery. This is an well thought out beer. Lots of complexity
Excellent taste and MF. It may be better at 48-50°F.

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Photo of SABERG
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Honey and mandarin mash up in color, gentle train of refined carbonation, feeds a super thin cap. A cirrus style lacing clings to the very end.
S - Musk melon, dried citrus, a bit of grassy hops.
T - Right down the middle, a sweet start, then a full caramel, (english pale feel) then a bite of bitterness.
Finishes with a slick honey taste that lingers for some time.
F - A bit oily, with a slickness that compels for the next sip, the carbonation seems trapped in the viscosity of the offering. The finish seems never ending, you know relatives who live near by but still wont leave the party!
O - I enjoyed the bottle, and what BBC does. They after 21 years now are still working hard.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Summit. Sample from draft. Poured a deep golden color with some frothy head. The aroma was sweetly grainy with some hop pushback as well. Flavor was also fairly nondescript. Sweet grains, citrusy and grassy hops. Mostly balanced. Finished with a slight booziness. Fuller bodied. This is another one that could probably use a larger sample size for me to dissect.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/10/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, light caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of citrus and some caramel. There's a bit of an alcohol bite that comes in along with a strong but not over-powering hops presence. The malt character is a little on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer overall but I don't think taking the regular Steel Rail and making it "Imperial" did anything to improve it.

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Photo of capo56
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Steel Rail has gold body with a thin moderately-lasting bit of white creamy topping, and with a slight under toning hints of light fruitwood smoke. They hide the APV in the fruity type flavor under tones of peach, caramel and a slight touch of honeysuckle. A good beer for a hot day take it out of a nice icey cold cooler

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8.5%, on tap at amherst brewing company

super sweet aroma with honeysuckle and candy apple notes. slightest bit of hop freshness adds a giant pepper-sneeze effect to the deep, sugary breaths. marshmallow and rose petals show up with warmth in the nose.

first sip screams maibock, drier. quick white pepper spark evens out the fresh, grassy honey smoothness. medium body, a bit on the heavy side as drinking continues and the beer warms. flavor intensity becomes prohibitive. a little bit too much alcohol separation in the finish, i think the beer would mellow over a short period if bottled and aged.

a bit of mint and hop oil linger and i am left wondering how exactly this beer was conceived. it's good, unique, green, and confused. oh, and absolutely nothing like steel rail. i hope they bottle some.

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Photo of bigone4
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Amherst Brewing Co. last Saturday during the 72 degree January weather. Came in a 12 oz. chalice for the serving. This brew is quite yellowish orange with a nice haze. Clean white head that dissipated rather quick but left a decent lace around the glass. Smell is of a light hop citrus scent followed up by a mild pale malt tone. Not an over powering hop scent but rather a delicate bouquet of the hops and malt. Has a distinctly stronger flavor to it rather than the traditional Steel Rail EPA. This one hides the ABV quite well. Has a smooth and refreshing taste. This beer is quite drinkable with the fine balance between the malt and hops. Starts out with the pale malt tones and then finishes with a solid hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. Has a rather fruitiness from the hops mixed in there that came out after a few tastes. I really enjoyed this juiced up offering of Steel Rail. Nice big bold bodied brew that has pretty much every characteristic you want in an imperial offering. Well crafted and I hope to get my hands on some more really soon. Any bombers out there? I suggest getting out there and hunting some down to try before this one disappears.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very limited release from BBC. On tap at Amherst Brewing Company. Steel Rail is one of my all time favorites, and in some rights, it is the quintessential "newbie" beer for people getting in to craft beer. A true flagship brew of New England. Does not get the ratings it deserves because it does not travel well. Their loss!

On to the Imperial. 12 oz. serving. All of the wonderfulness of the original multiplied by three. Spicy nose, with hints of fruit and wheaty hops. As much as any beer I've every had, this has the characteristics of a blended scotch. Warming, fuzzy, with a pretty serious kick at the end. Actually comes off a little "tripel-ish" with a sour finish.

By far the biggest beer I've tasted from the BBC. Towards the end of the beer I had trouble getting it down because IMO had warmed too much.

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Imperial Steel Rail from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 29 ratings