Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,627
Ranked #44,004
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Berkshire Brewing Company's flagship brew is a light colored, medium bodied ale exhibiting exceptional freshness through its 2-Row Pale malt backbone and signature hop flavor and aroma. In the words of renowned beer writer Lew Bryson, Steel Rail EPA is “what the water in heaven oughta taste like.”
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Pint size, on tap from the Eastside Grill, Northampton, MA.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, with a smooth white head that left rings around the glass as the level went down.

Smell: This brew had a nice clean balance of malt and hop aromas, with hints of a pleasing citrus smell.

Taste: A very light ale, with an extremely refreshing amount of carbonation. Lovely honey, lemon, and nut overtones followed by light sweet malt afters.

Notes: By far on of the best American Pale Ales in the NE on tap. The chicken, shrimp, and andouille jambalaya complemented this extraordinary brew. Mexican and other Cajun meals would also be recommended.

(From notes written on a napkin.)

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Photo of JASnyder
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

From a 5 month old can.
I would say... It's ok. Like a slightly more mature Budweiser that knows how to show a hint of bitterness in a way that you're not sure you like but you're ok with respecting.

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Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Densely tiny bubbled lace sticks everywhere, dusty weather golden colour comes close to a beige hue.

Smell: Biscuit dough, yeast and flour … light hops, malt and fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A grand smoothness softens the yeasty blow, not that the yeast has a bite but it is there like a thick blanket after a winter storm. The maltiness has a sturdy steam and branches off into biscuity and grainy flavours. Bread wheat malt. Hops are mild with a monotone citric flavour.

Notes: A simple ale, small in stature but still flavourful.

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Photo of JasonCoop
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy straw yellowish color with decent fluff and lace.

smells quite sweet nice mellow hops, wheat elements with a little fruit. smells very light. smells similar to a wheat beer.

tastes very light. very mellow sweet malts with the tiniest dash of hops. is that a bit of green grape? if i got this without knowing what it was i would assume it was some kind of wheat brew. it's really pretty good.

mouthfeel is quite light and bubbly. not bad but i prefer something a bit more full. very drinkable though due to this lightness. this is a really good beer that i would never buy again, if that makes sense.

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Photo of Chrisx6
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a very interesting beer, I had to check reviews online because it almost tasted skunk. But apparently it was normal.

S- 22oz Bottle

A-Clear, light pale beer

S-Nothing like I've ever smelled before, kind of like an american wheat beer but doesn't describe the taste.

T- Mostly wheat taste, a little like Harpoon's UFO, but with a little bite.

M- A little bit dry but very refreshing. Something I could drink all night without regretting it in the morning.

O-A very drinkable beer but it took some time to get used to. I would like to try more from this brewery. Very different than a normal pale ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of akahn
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharing a growler with friends, fresh from South Deerfield, just two towns over. "Brewed with Delight"

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color. Extra pale, indeed. Lasting white creamy head that sticks around, tons of streaming bubbles. Nice patterned lacing.

Wheaty aroma, I could have taken this for an American wheat ale, had I not known that this is called an APA.

Pale and wheaty in flavor as well. This is like a cross between a wheat ale and an APA. There is also a grain husk flavor that unfortunately reminds me of a macro lager. A slight yeasty sourness adds some interest.

Light bodied, but not watery. Gentle carbonation all around.

Definitely goes down easy, but not sturdy enough to remain interesting for more than two, as as the palate numbs some.

This is an extremely popular beer out here in the Pioneer Valley, and I can see why. This is a quaffable and accessible beer. That said, I would take Berkshire Ale or Lost Sailor IPA over this any day for a session.

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Photo of sailorastro
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steel Rail is the beer I recommend friends to try who are new to craft brews or are visiting from a place where microbreweries have a small nitch in their market. It's an easy beer to like, and even easier to come back to again and again.

Appearance: Heavy carbonation caused a three finger head to settle on its clear, golden yellow body. Good lacing.

Smell: Wheat; brown sugar; grass; grapes; cotton; bread.

Taste: Toasted malty flavor, finished with a slight bitterness that's almost transparent between sips.

Body: Light bodied. Clean taste left on the palate.

Served from a pint glass.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Underground Pub in Pittsfield MA. The beer was golden colored, a little hazy, with a thin head. The smell was mostly neutral, a little citrus. The taste was the same, a hint of citrus but mostly bland, a little but of bitterness in the aftertaste. Not all that exciting, but not really bad either. Just "meh".

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Wasatch
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to goodbyeohio for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is slightly sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, some spices, and slight caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slightly sweet/spicy, some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Pale Ale, but I've had better, glad though to have had a chance to try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not much to this one, and a major let down after how good the dark wheat was last night. maybe it was crappy tap lines at the umass u-pub, but it poured totally flat. honey colored and thin, no bubbles or head at all, not real appetizing. the nose is decent, generic mix of light pale malt and c variety hops, but its all balanced up. the flavor too is nothing really to speak of, I mean, a refreshing hop forward beer with a light body and a dry finish, but not anything distinct to any of it, nothing stands out, it bores me to tears. more carbonation is needed, maybe the bottled version is better? I am still holding out hope that this lost sailor ipa is going to kick butt!

edit: i must have had a less than stellar experience with the beer the first time, dirty lines, old beer, i dont know, but i thought this was great when i had it recently, nice full fluffy body pushed on by high carbonation, good head on it in the glass, and a bright hop profile than i remember. perhaps the recipe has been tweaked, or i just had it at a better bar, but i thought this was really good and was surprised to see such a poor review the first time around. i am increasing almost all the scores here to reflect how this was drinking most recently!

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, I like the label work - traditional yet appealing.

I poured pretty aggressive - comes out a light & mildly hazy golden straw. A frothy off white head mellows down to a thin layer & leaves a trail down the glass.

Belgian-like yeast funk, pale malts, mild earthy hops & some citrus come through in the nose. Looks like Saison meets APA.

Wow, clean & crisp come to mind real quick. Solid malt backbone come together with a moderate amount of hop character & a punch of lemon zest. This pale is a very balanced and refreshing brew. All the components stick together throughout very well with just a touch more citrus in the aftertaste than on the tongue.

Prickly carbonation & foamy effect work well with the refreshing taste - cleansing the palate nicely. Medium body (5/10) makes for great drinkability, dangerously sessionable. This brew would be perfect with a rack of dry rub BBQ ribs.

Thanks goes to my beautiful girlfriend for bringing this back to me from her trip to Boston.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mshallah
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Deep golden color with chill haze and a 1/2 inch head that falls but leaves sticky lace. Tiny sediment floats in suspension. Very light sweet malt aroma. Fruity aromas of apricot and peach. Taste is very light but complex. Juicy fruit malt sweetness with balancing bittering hops. Very light citrus hint from aroma hops. Slight butteriness and saltiness towards the finish. Low carbonation with tiny bubbles give a cream ale like mouthfeel. I was looking for something light but flavorful and Steel Rail filled the bill nicely.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 700 ratings