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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 253
Photo of mjrod2142
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

This beer has a deep copper color and an excellent head that left thick trails while slowly dissipating. The aroma is buttery, smooth and sweet like caramel.

The taste was also sweet, which caught me off guard. I didn't pick up any bitterness or any hint of hops. This is a pale ale?

Is it brown sugar I'm tasting? I can't for the life of me place the flavors I'm experiencing. I think I'm getting floral notes. This was a huge disappointment because I'm a fan of other BBC varieties.

I'm not a fan.

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Photo of sstackho
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Called "Berkshire Ale with Dry Hopped Cascades" on cask at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours cloudy with a big head. The aroma is not very strong for a dry hopped cask beer. The flavour is rather thin and feels watered down. This was disappointing. I expected more.

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Photo of doerickson
3.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark honey color with a thick, frothy, clingy white head. Aromas of citrusy/piney hops, and a slight buttery character. Mouthfeel is very weak; the carbonation is almost non-existent, as if it all disappeared into the head during the pour. Very flat and watery. Acidic/medicinal flavors, with a bit of fruity maltiness and some citrus hop cutting in. The nice aroma sucks you in, but the taste never delivers. Definitely not up to the standards of the other BBC beers I've had (e.g. the IPA and Coffeehouse Porter)--could be an off bottle, and given the quality of their other beers in my experience, I would give this another chance sometime.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark brown/reddish amber. Slightly cloudy. Off-white one finger head, that reduces to a thin layer. Some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Smells of darker hops, mostly apple, and some malts. The apple scent is overwhelming.

Taste: Sweet syrupy hops up front with a smooth finish and little aftertaste. Very simple taste, a very basic ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, with some carbonation. A "slick" feeling while drinking.

Drinkability: A very simple ale, easy to drink. Decent, but not memorable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a solid beige head that stays and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and medium body. Easy to drink. This does not look like a pale ale. Starts with a good mix of malts and hops but finishes slighly hoppy. The ABV is 6.3%. $2.95 for a 22oz.

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Photo of Brad007
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber color with a small head and some lacing. Aroma is malty/bready with some mild bitterness in the nose. Taste starts out strong and fades into more of a malty/fruity aftertaste. A second sip confirms much of the same except that the bitterness is more pronounced and lasts somewhat at the back of the throat. Tastes kind of big for a traditional pale ale.

I would say this is slightly above-average at best and a good crack at the style.

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Photo of shivtim
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found a bottle at a liquor shop while visiting Connecticut.
Murky brown with slight red hints. Lots of visible carbonation. Half inch of beige/white head.
Nose is great. Sweet grassy hops and a nice balancing biscuit malt. Slightly nutty.
Hops don't come through as much in the taste. It's mostly cloying malts. Flowery and an odd chemical taste.
Decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick pillow of head atop a reddish brown (or brownish red). The head dies down quickly, but the lace defiantly remains.

Some pale malts in the smell mingle with deep roasted -- almost amber -- malts. A little musty but appropriate for style. Decent, mild hop.

The flavor here is much more of a musty, funky amber ale than a pale. ALmost hte flavor of an old Killian's. Not unpleasant, but not a favorite. Some crisp pale malt flavors toward the end.

This one is thick for a pale. Creamy, not spiky. Actually unusual for style. I'm not so sure this is even a pale; it's a decent enough brew, but not a sock-blower-offer.

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Photo of changeup45
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first ot two different growlers to sample from the brewery. Pours a somewhat cloudy, brown-amber body. Nice thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet with a sugary maltiness to it. Sweet with a pretty nice hoppy taste with small amounts of malt too. A little sour aftertaste and there is just something missing from the mouthfeel. Nonetheless, a very enjoyable beer and I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of warchez
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a great pale ale should look like. Good head from the 220z bottle into a regular pint glass; gold hued to brown color, tight bubbles. No lacing in glass. Beer color was almost red. Great redish brown hue to strong copper.

Aroma seemed a bit malty for a straight pale. But some hops are noticable is smell.

The body of this beer was almost too much for its style. Perhaps the bottle conditioning was responsible for this and filtering would "crisp"it up. However, it is very drinkable and pleasing. The hop levels are enough for good flavor, but not much bite (which I like). The maltiness seemed a bit tart though. Again this left to a less than crisp mouthfeel and finish that I prefer in straight Pale Ale. Can't discern if this is intentional or just a batch thing.

Overall, a better than average session beer. An above average looking beer, perfect "pin up" beer for an ad or something.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty reddish amber with an off-white head of thick, soft bubbles. Subdued aroma of grainy, nutty malts, and surprisingly little hops for a pale ale. Big caramel malt flavor on the palate, with just the barest balancing bittering hops and a hint of metals at the end. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and pretty high in gravity for the style. Overall, this is a tasty, drinkable beer, but I would classify it as an English pale ale instead of an American one. It doesn't have a significant hop flavor, as an APA should, but neither does it have an ester profile appropriate for an English pale ale. Oh well. Style isn't everything. Decent but nothing special.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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 JordonHoltzman
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours and orange-brown amber color with a thick tan head.
i get a lightly hopped smell w/ some fruitiness in it. not as malty as i would expect.
the taste is better than the aroma. light caramel malt. a little toasty too. subtle hop taste as well as a bit of fruitiness as well.
pretty good mouthfeel. no alcohol taste for something that is a point higher than average pale ales, although i enjoy the warmth that it brings going down. i get some corn in the aftertaste.
this is a relatively drinkable beer. overall it is enjoyable, good local brew.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a good beer. The color is eye pleasing, almost a maroon amber with very little lacing. The head was almost non existent. The smell is pleasant with the malt being more present. The taste is a little dry for my tastes. Would prefer more hop flavor from an IPA, but the taste was very well balanced.
Will not add this beer to my wants, but would not have an issue drinking it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a wonderful deep amber color with a big off white colored head. The head has fantastic retention and retains its strength for quite some time but it eventually fades over time to give a decent amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is on the lighter side with hints of roasted malt some caramel smells as well as some floral and citrus hop aroma.

Taste – A sweeter bready malt flavor with hints dark fruit are the first to meet the tongue. As the taste moves on light hop flavor of a floral and very light citrus flavor come to the tongue. The beer seems to bitter more toward the middle with the advent of the hop, but then again seems to sweeten toward the end where flavors of a caramel nature meet the tongue Where a slightly bitter caramel and malty flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with the carbonation level being the same.

Overall - A pretty good “not so” pale ale with nicer roasted grainy flavors. While it has god flavors it is nothing to really go out of the way for.

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Photo of Durge
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber colored brew with a thin off-white head and fair lacing. It has only a vague aroma of wheat and malt, hard to discern. Peppery wheat flavor with earthy malt background and a tangy carbonation. There is a very mild grapefruit hop finish and more of this bitterness is obvious as you go. It works out to be a pretty nice blend with an accent on citrus that is very drinkable. Definitely worth a try and I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.49/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of zeledonia
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 24 November 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium, slightly cloudy amber, rather dark for a pale ale. An inch of cream-colored head with fantastic lacing and adequate retention.

Smell is grassy vegetable hops. Wet hay, with a bit of pale malt behind it.

Light malt base which is rather grainy and bready. Not sweet at all. Some grassy hay-like hops that pull up at the end, bringing a low, lasting bitterness to the finish. The taste has this odd rounding-up feeling at the end, which I have a hard time describing, but I think is some element of the hops coming through.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-light body. Feels like a pale ale should.

A very expected, decently tasty pale ale. Light, bready, wheaty malts, well-balanced with grassy hops.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Can't go wrong with a beer from Berkshire.

Appearance: Traditional Pale Ale pours out a beautiful amber copper color that is quite deep and dark, and a bit hazy. Almost looks brown in the glass. A somewhat hard pour results in about a finger of thick off-white foam, that fades somewhat quickly. Minimal lace is left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Aroma of this beer is thick and has a strong toasted malt presence. Almost has a grainy, cereal like note to it. Short hints of mellow hops are noticed in the background. Has an underlying fruit and yeast aroma.

Taste: Nice full flavor here. Nice thick malty flavor with a balancing bitter hop bite. More of the yeasty fruitiness that was noticed in the nose. Slight hints of caramel in the smooth dry finish. Not a bit of noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Feels lighter than it actually is.

Drinkability: Pretty decent drinkability. Goes down smooth and easy. Another tasty brew from Berkshire.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Big 22 oz. Double deucer browner with a plain blue body label depicting two blokes toasting their brewskies. Freshness notch indicates “Purchase before OCT.”

Mammoth khaki tightly densely packed cratered-surface-of-the-moon head topping off a deep amber hued pour with plenty of rising champagne bubbles. Excellent pillowy head retention. Slight lace streaks.

Light cake like malts and some mystery citrous hops in the background.

First Swigs: Spiced up malty ale. Some peppery like spices and nutmeg notes. Ginger ale vanilla flavors rise out. Bisquick flavors turn up.

Gently carbonated but befitting of the style. Easy feel but a heavy ale body.

Last Swigs: Vanilla and pancake malt ale. $3.99 is a good deal. More of a malt character than hops which missed my preference bullseye. Thanks to my friend JBDubs for bringing me the bottle. 6.3% ABV. Could fooled moi! This is not American Style at all. English style all the way.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of currysage1
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, into a large stein. Very light head, almost a quarter inch. Disappears quickly into a nice hazy lace. Color is a brick red with some medium brown mixed in, it has a haziness to it but a light one. I'm used to a much lighter Pale Ale.

Tickles my nose with lots of malty goodness. Smells of raisins, and broken grainy bread come to mind.

The taste was good with a alcohol overtone that evened out into some light raisins and spiciness (clove perhaps?). Not like a winter beer, but much more subtle.

Very clean with the mouthfeel, no residue what so ever. Only a slight malty taste on the top of my mouth.

Drinkability is good, but not the best this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this. Poured a 1" head which dissipated to a trace. Gorgeous gazy rust color. Smells like a mild IPA with pine, citrus, and caramel, and tast is a mild version of the same. Very drinkable yet it has more to it than the typical pale ale. Frankly not too pale at all.

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Photo of bboven
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper hazy body with a thin layer of foam and hardly any lacing.

This smells more like a weak barley wine with a big aroma of raisin first and foremost.

Taste is the same with a little added grassy flavor from the hops. Not bad, but not what I expected.

Too highly carbonated. Slightly coating, anyways, though.

Good beer, a little maltier than I thought, but blindly, without reading pale ale on the label, pretty good.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a growler for a night of watching football.

App- Rich dark amber caramel color. Huge, thick and fluffy tan head. Laces very nicely.

Smell- Fairly muted. A little nutty, a hint of citrus from the hops. Some yeast esthers, unexpected.

Taste- Pretty nutty, a little sweet. And some bread, sort of like a rich black bread taste. Hops are very muted. Definitely an English interpretation.

Mouthfeel- Not bad, carbonation is pretty low. Creamy.

Overall- A nice English pale ale, well balanced and nice. Very quaffable, but nothing special. Could have a couple, plan to in fact.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown in color. Clear around its edges but murky towards its core. Large head that receded to a thick film. Lots of lace at first which lingered to the end but there was no lace towards the bottom of the glass.

Nose is malts and I can even smell alcohol coming from this beer.

Flavor is nice and solid. Smooth and malty for an APA. Biscuity and lemon. Bits of lemon zest come from the hops. But other than that the hops are particularly mild. I cannot taste the alcohol so much as feel it in the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel is rather full bodied for an APA. Kind of pushes my cheeks out. Oily and slippery as well.

Nice drinking beer and but alcohol sensation is a bit odd and makes me want to sneeze.

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