Imperial Steel Rail | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by FLAbeergutinMASS on 01-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
28
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of rorjets
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MA08
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DBosco
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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 DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justin82
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zanthus
2.37/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Alchohol content overpowers the beer

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Photo of Dannyz92
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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 gdub
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PatGreer
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucienbel
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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 -1.6%
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.
Cheers

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Doomcifer
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DJoe
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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 sdm
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Pour_Me_Another
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jrep21pr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Drasherweizen
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 +18.9%
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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Imperial Steel Rail from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.8 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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