Berkshire Ale Traditional Pale Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

very good
254 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review has been a long time coming. I reviewed this beer about a year ago, and I must say my affinity and appreciation for the beer have increased immeasurably, well actually .8 points. Simply put, this is one of this finest beers made in America or for that matter the world. It all started on a brewery tour, where I was privy to several hundred gallons of this juice of the gods in its full maturation before the next step of casking, or bottling. Just completely overwhelming on the olfactory sences.

Deep ruby, slight tint of orange and caramel. Depending on how aggressively poured, you can end up with a monster of a head. Frothy or wispy, depending on my mood.

Exceptionally complex malts and only the slightest tinge of bitterness. This beer is wild on the tongue. It really can take whatever form you want. If youÂ’re in the mood for some hops, you got it, malts, you got it! It's that complex.

When I first started reviewing beer, I thought that I'd never give a beer "fives" across the board. Considering how much of this beer I've consumed in the past six months says volumes about its drinkabilty.

This is one of my all time favorites.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of PowerSeed
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since this is my first review, I'll leave the nuanced, flowery prose to the real aficionados. Suffice it to say that I met this darkish, strawberry blond at the Flat Street Pub in Brattleboro, VT and it was love at first sip. This babe has it all, a beautiful head, a smooth, full body, a yeasty aroma, and a delightfully balanced taste with just the right amount of carbonation. All in all, wonderful, easy-drinking session brew!

I recently moved out of the Berkshire Brewing distribution area and am experiencing TPA withdrawal big time. If anyone can suggest a replacement ale of similar character (I'm in the Philly area now), I love to try it.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of billybob
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

good looking beer in the glass tight half inch off white head holds up well against the cloudy deep amber beer and lots of sticky lace to the finish. nice fruity, spicy aroma lots of malt in the taste which is complex and balanced. smooth medium mouthfeel just adds to that great taste. just wish they had it in a 12oz bottle instead of a 22oz or growler.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a fan of BBC for quite some time,this beer poured a deep caramel, good head with retention, smell was fruity, and piney sweet smelling malts, taste follows, complex, interesting blend of malt, fruit(Rasberries) and piney New England flavor, this just screams New England to me, just as much as clam chowder. Mouthfeel is beautiful, moderately carbonated, creamy, smooth, the drinkability is fantastic! just watch the abv, it will boot ya in the ass!, if you pound too many! but excellent drinkin beer, especially on those cold day's of winter!
edit: This beer is just fantastically complex....I've tried many beers, but this one has a special place in my heart as being so unique, everytime I try one of their's just so complex, and appealing!

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Photo of gfreed
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A delightful bottle of beer! While the color and the head are nothing special (deep copper color; thin, floaty tan head; both of which are still attractive), the aroma and the taste border on exceptional. Plenty of hops in the nose, with hints of iced tea and a tinge of bitterness that borders on grapefruit. But the bitterness is quite mild in the taste, which is dominated by malt but not in a heavy-handed manner. The hops are still present enough to be tangy at the back end, and there's enough citrus to remind one that the hops are available, but the malty backbone provides wonderful balance. Don't buy one expecting the sourness of so many American IPAs-- it's an APA, after all-- and you won't be disappointed. Berkshire Brewing is a pearl!

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Photo of jward
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This 22 oz. bottle pours a beautiful, deep copper-red, with a full, frothy off-white head and decent lacing. The nose combines citrus and berry, with notes of buttery sweetness that are especially pronounced as the glass is raised to the mouth. This sweetness provides an appropriate counterbalance to the bitter citrus flavor that initially greets the palate. It's a bitterness that disappears almost completely, as the soft malts step forward, with notes of yeast and caramel. The hops return at the finish, which is as long and strong as any beer I've had in quite some time. The complexity of this beer lies in its alternating moments of bitterness and fruity sweetness. With a full and bold (almost chewy) mouthfeel, this is a fine brew, and an excellent example of its style. It's one of my personal favorites.

Berkshire really is to be commended for this English Pale Ale and other outstanding products. If you haven't tried a BBC beer, do so.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a great orange-red-brown combination, with a fairly fluffy head and a nice lace around the rim of the glass. The smell was smooth malts first and foremost, then hops that were a little bit citrus and piney, some sweet smells, and a bit of dark fruity aromas. The taste was very nice: it was dominated by the malts that I was ready from from the smell For the hops, the flavor was mellow and smooth. Complimenting that, there was a drop of sweetness, a general taste of herbs, some pineyness, and some buttery malts too. Complex and delicious. Malts up front, a dry-but-not-too-dry hop finish. A very drinkable beer, very enjoyable. I liked it a lot, and although I just drank a big bottle of it, I already want some more.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Berkshire Brewing has been a favorite for awhile. Yet it took awhile to discover their Traditional Pale Ale. Good name fer it. Really feels traditional. This is a report on my 3rd growler. (No, not tonight!)

A beautiful unfiltered copper-colored swill poured forth from the jug. T'was bustin' with fresh hops. Schwigged some schwag... Delicious, very malty. Schwigged another schwag... Nice lacing, very, very nice. Flavorful. Yet another... Yep, a classic. So well balanced - come to really love and appreciate this sort of quality in recent years. This is 'Up On Cripple Creek' by the Band. Stands with Ipswich Ale as a go-to.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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