Berkshire Ale Traditional Pale Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Ale Traditional Pale AleBerkshire Ale Traditional Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. A pretty reddish amber color with a medium head that leaves some nice lacing. It had a sweet, fruity aroma, along with a whiff of caramel. Taste was primarily caramel, with a very subdued hops presence. An enjoyable, but not outstanding, beer.

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Photo of Todd
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking beer; huge creamy pillowy head and a bright mahogony liquid beneath. Aromatics are very nice with big floral aromas, some spicy hops ... did I mention loads of malty goodness? Taste is blissful, balanced, even. A straight-up malty character clashes into an equal hop bitterness/character. Malts are sweet (not overly) with woody and fruity ester notes. Hops have a leafy texture with a spicy tea-like flavour and zesty punch that pulls back just enough to not knock you out. Finish is sweet-ish, but clean overall. There's some hop zest on the edges of the tongue, too.

A nice change from the over-the-top Pale Ales that usually hail from the US ... hence it being "traditional".

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Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber bottle with a blue label. Pours the color of an old penny, with plenty of lacing and a fruity, earthy, estery aroma.

Great roundness to the flavor - toffeelike notes alongside hints of plum and earthy English hoppiness, a good underlying bitterness, and hints of toast and faint diacetyl way in the background. Some nuttiness in there too. Really complex finish - all of the above flavors sit there happily on the tongue. One of those brews that just hits me right. Almost like a cross between an English pale ale and a nut brown, and so very quaffable. Get me a cask of this and I ain't never coming out - well, at least until that thing's finished.

These folks brew outstanding beer. It says "Brewed with delight" on the bottle. It says "Consumed with delight" on my taste buds.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking BBC Berkshire Ale for around 10 years now, finally decided to give it a formal review.

Pours a dark copper color with a nice head that stays around for a bit. Aroma is of caramel and muted hops.

Initial taste is a delight. A bit sweet and the same caramel at first, then biscuity and hoppy toward the end of the sip. Perhaps a slight bit of dicacetyl, but it totally works...this is an English Ale after all.

I've grown to love this beer recently. It is in my fridge often & I appreciate it as one of the underrated best values in craft beer today ($3.45 per bomber).

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber “purchase before date notched” is scored. Ben & Jerry style picture of the owners on the label.

Appearance: Mild chill hazed ruby reddish brew with a very stable off white lace that stays around for a while. Very good stickage.

Smell: Complexly fruity, undertones of plums and cherries as well as alcoholic esters flex in the aroma. A faint buttery malt side as well as some hops makes their way to the nose.

Taste: Well placed carbonation on the moderate side, smooth mouth feel with a round crispness in a medium body. Pale and caramel malt sweetness plays around on the tongue for a bit, fruitiness is quite noticeable with traces of plums. Esters show off a little with a perfume-like alcohol on the breath. Hops are a little coarse though still flavourful with herbal and earthy characteristics. Ghost like buttery diacetyl flashes in the mouth. Pinch of nuttiness from the yeast as well as the malt complements the hop bitterness which is a tad prickly on the tongue and cleans the palate up real nice in the finish.

Notes: All in all this is a great pale ale, English style all the way. A bit bossy with the esters yet who says you can’t have that in a pale ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a pint or two from a fresh growler, Pours dark honey amber, cloudy, leaving real nice soft, loose,fine lacing. fruity, malty nose.. this is a fairly malty brew for the style, hops are somewhat subdued. Some earthy spicing thing going on. Resulting in a nicely balanced, malty, medium bodied ale. Sturdy/worthy sessioner.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice hazy pale body. Creamy thick one and a half finger off white head.

Smells of some citrus hops, sweet malt, maybe some lemon grass.

Tastes of lemony citrus, some caramel, a touch of grass and lingering earthy hops on the finish.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium dry finish.

Quite drinkable and delicious. I'd get this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, caramel and some grassy hops. The flavor is toffee and cocoa, as well as some grassy and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special in my opinion.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 22oz brown bomber with a crimped on cap. The best before date wasn't notched.

Cloudy,reddish/orange (unfiltered) Tall,creamy,pillowy slightly off-white head with good retention and some curtians of lace.

Faint to moderate aromas,pine/citrus with some nutty/carmell aromas. Clean and fresh wish the taste was a bit more pronounced.

Tangy pine,fruity,citrus with a light sugary taste some nutty/carmell tastes.
Very well balanced feels like an English style.Finishes with some pleasing tartness with a slight bit of citrus.

The mouthfeel was very creamy.One of the creamest bottled beers i've had.
A kind of nitro feel to it.

Very smooth,velevety,not a real strong tasting brew,but still enough to be pleasing. This beer just got better with every taste. I could drink this all night,loved the creaminess. Reminded me of a cask beer when it warmed.
I recommend give this beer a try, just stick with it, it gets better and better.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cambridge Common, in Cambridge, MA.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of deeper caramel malts and floral hops. Also present are mild amounts of earthy and lightly herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Smooth pale malts up front are joined quickly by deeper caramel malts and hints of herbal hops. Midway through the hop influence turns more bitter with the addition of earthy and slightly leafy hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a solid enough beer, but it wasn’t quite clean enough to be one that I’d try again.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another solid offering from the BBC

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a 22 oz bomber bottle

A- nice amber color, a hard pour revealed a big off white head

S- some hops some citrus nice balance

T- crisp up front with some hop and bitterness in the back end yet not to overpowering

M- good mouthfeel not to thick or to thin

D- solid drinkability not quite as drinkable as the Steel Rail BBC, yet few beers are. Another solid offering from BBC, I have yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of justme
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of alesaram
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of DrewBest
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with a giant white foamy head. An almost burgundy color with the solid white head makes this a real nice and memorable looking beer. The smell has malt and some hops,but the aroma"s not too strong. The taste is a mixture of sweet malt and bitter hops. Carmel and a good dose of carbonation makes this very tasty. The m/f is light and the flavors mix pretty well. A damn good beer. Cheers.

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Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler brought up by a friend of a friend. aka, i have no idea how fresh this was when it came off the tap.

Pours a very nice looking ruby reddish color with almost a brown tint. Clear and deep red when held to the light. A nice head of off white foam retains well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is fairly subdued. There is definitely some bready malt in there, and some very mild hop aromas.

Taste sort of reflects the nose. Some bready malt in the beginning. Mellow and unbitter hop flavors kind of rise as we approach the finish, the malt profile staying almost dominant throughout. There is a touch of tiny bitterness as the finish is reached. This one *almost* has an english style to it, but is still american in style as well. slight sweetness lingers on the aftertaste with small hop notes but next to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard. Carbonation is dead on, but this one is a tiny bit more viscous than i would like it to be. Feels soft and heavier than it should on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty strong aside from the minor mouthfeel issues. Doesn't seem hot, but isnt entirely slammable either. I could (and did) drink a few.

Overall a decent pale. A kind of flagshippy type of not boring but not exciting either pale ale. I think it could use a bit more of a hop profile, but i am WC bias too. I think if the viscosity was slightly reduced it would be a bit more drinkable as well. Certainly not a bad pale ale, but really nothing exciting either. meh.

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Berkshire Ale Traditional Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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