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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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 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 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 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 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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4/5  rDev +2%

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 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 Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a murky dark orange color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had some herbal to earthy hop qualities blending with some smooth semi-sweet cereal to biscuit-like malts. Light butterscotch and some caramel to toffee malts even come out to balance fairly nice. The flavor had the semi-dry and semi-sweet clean malt quality about it with a low hop bitter character about it. Sly aftertaste of this malt rides into the finish with the same low hop quality about it. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable smooth aspect to it. Hop bitterness was quite contained. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Overall, pretty good pale ale, seemed close to an English styled one, but still worthy of coming back to.

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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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4/5  rDev +2%

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 Nichols33
4/5  rDev +2%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Berkshire Ale Traditional Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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