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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus (orange & tangerine), caramelized malt and a little bit of hops.

T: The flavor is well-balanced, but on the malty side. There are flavors of caramel & citrus with a mild hops character. The after-taste has a touch of sweetness and a touch of hops bitterness.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, it has a good kick but it’s not too strong. This is a good beer to stick with for a while. I thought this beer would taste similar to Berkshire’s Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale which is in the same style. However, while the two beers are very different, both still remain true to the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had been sitting on this bottle for a while in the fridge and finally got around to getting it out tonight. Bottled last fall, this one was poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 03/30/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich copper colored amber with a smooth, even body to it. Lots of carbonation bubbling up through the surface of the glass, settling into a smooth and rounded head of around two inches in height. Nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass on this one as it rolls through and leaves a nice mellow layer to it. The aroma was nice and deep pine resin hops with a sharp cutoff and bite to it that were really nice, and quite sweet. Rich notes of light caramel and a smooth biscuit like presence came up nice and clear come mid palate and the long and drawn out finish was equally hoppy and bitter as it was mellow and malty. Nice touches of orange coming through in the aftertaste as the last thick and resin filled sip fluttered past my tongue.

Overall I was very, very impressed with this one. One of the better pales I have had in quite some time. I am very certain I would go after this one again.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange-light brown. Modest head but it leaves good patches of lace on the glass.

Lots of caramel sweetness with a light hop bitterness in the background.

Creamy mouthfeel which gives this beer a smoothness not common in most beers. This leans to the malty side, but it has a dry finish. This is similar to an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On each of my thrice-yearly trips up to BOS, I try to pick up a couple of offerings from BBC, not just because they are so attractively priced, but also because they never disappoint.

This poured with a finger of deep-tan head with decent retention. The color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose was an interesting combination of flowers and light chocolate, like a date with your girlfriend. Mouthfeel was medium with a light cocoa flavor on the tongue. The finish had a powdery chocolate quality. Heck, a bottle of this in lieu of chocolates!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cask in a true pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, vibrant, rich copper-amber coloring with a slight, white, whispy film covering the surface. Aromas are rich, nutty, and toffee sweet. Very smooth on the nose. Flavors are roasted and dark malty sweet, with more of a butterscotch backbone and very light, subtle, floral hopping at the end of the palate. The body remains creamy smooth throughout, with a decent lacing along the glass. Some cream and hops tang blend into the mild aftertaste, leading up to a smooth finish, with a slight bitter hint at the very end. Decent offering for the style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 tempest
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT. It's a tasty, drinkable beer, but on the malty end of the style. It'd be fair to even call this an amber, based on the amber color and bready character. The malt has a whole-grain dark bread flavor with a dry, toasty and toffee edge. There's a candy sweetness in the middle, but gentle citrus hops kick in at the finish with a slight cocoa note. Overall a lovely session beer, I imagine it'd make for a great cask pour, just don't expect a traditional hop-heavy pale ale.

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Photo of WesWes
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with some fruity yeast esters. It doesn't look pretty, but the aroma really impresses. The taste is good. It has a full flavored malty profile that goes down easy and finshes creamy with some bitter hops and English ale yeast. This says APA on this page, but I'm thinking this is more of a traditional English pale. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. Like I said, it looks suspicious, but it drinks well.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky to have this on cask at Bukowski's a week ago. On to the beer:

Deep copper orange with a creamy head marks the appearance on this one. A well balanced pale ale to say the least. The aroma was of caramel and toasted malts, but was faint, and the taste was fruity and sweet. I enjoyed every last sip of it, and one I drank with the chili dog lunch.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to goodbyeohio for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, and a really good dose of caramel. The taste is sweet, slight hop bite, but not much, lots of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome Pale Ale, more on the malt side, but very very tasty. I'm liken this brewery so far.

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Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a two and a half finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a a light citrusy hop and a toasted grainy malt.

The taste was very well balanced. An initial sweet orangey hop that slowly gave way to a robust toasted malt. Some subtle smoke as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall an excellent APA. Very well balanced with a robust grain profile. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 17, 2011 from the 22 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is a deep copper-amber that builds to about a three-quarter inch off-white head, which dissolves to a ring. The upward carbonation continues. The aroma tends to be grainy with barley and yeast notes. Yet there is also a slight sweetness around the edges. The flavor is nicely bitter with a simple scrumptious yeast strain, bits of sediment to chew on, and a nice hop ending. Likeable all around.

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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 ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz pre-packaged growler bottle enjoyed at my parents' over Thanksgiving dinner.

Poured into large blue plastic tumbler (apparently they have a glass breakage problem over there), formed a dense 1/2" beige head above the light brown brew. Aroma is malty and hoppy, leading to the well-balanced taste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Check it out, although note that the "traditional" label means not as hoppy as most American IPAs. I feel this is not always a bad thing.A pleasant brew that fits most all occasions.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber with a short cap of light beige bubbles. Lacing was a little streaky and spotty. Nice hop aroma, tangerine and orange with a bit of strawberry, mild toasted malt. Moderate bitterness that lingered in the finish. The flavour had the same fruity hop character as the aroma, oranges and strawberry, with the citrus really taking hold towards the end. Malt gave it a pleasant balance, light caramel and biscuity, toasted notes provided just the right amount of sweetness. Medium bodied and very smooth, a little lighter than usual on the carbonation without feeling lifeless. Slight dryness. This beer was really quite drinkable, well balanced and flavourful without being intense.

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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 cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one a few times, finally getting to review some of the Berkshire beers I have enjoyed over the last year.

A- Crystal clear red with a creamy off-white head. Head retention is good and the size is decent. A nice coat of lace sticks to the glass.

S- A good blend of malt and hops. Pine, citrus and earthy hops up front blended into caramel malt and yeast breadiness. Slight floral in there.

T- Just like the nose, it brings a nice balanced blend of hops and malt. The hops to me are mostly pine, citrus and floral. The malt is a laid back light caramel and grainy flavor. Certainly some breadiness in here too.

MF- Creamy body that feels moderately thick. The carbonation is at a high-end amount and feels appropriate for the flavor. Somewhat bitter finish.

DB- A pale ale I have enjoyed many of times and probably will many more. Has a nice hop profile without being very hoppy like many other pale ales today (that seem like IPAs). A beer that is flavorful and very refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Pittsfield Mass. It was a pretty good session-type beer. It had a little more fruity component to the flavor than most pale ales I've tried, and I could taste hops mainly in the after-taste.

I've never seen this in stores back in Ohio so maybe it's not distributed too far west. Really pretty good every-day beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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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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 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 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 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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