Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Steel Rail Extra Pale AleSteel Rail Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 08-22-1996

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that forms a solid collar. Solid tubes of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fruity peach, apricots, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with a fruity blast of melon and apple.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and chewy on the finish.

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4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber stamped Best By 03/07/12. Sampled on February 27, 2012. The pour is a cloidy pale yellow with a tremendous head building up from active carbonation bubbles. The aroma has malts, a little yeast, and clean hops in there but there is something else akin to citrus. The body medium and holds its texture well when swirling on my tongue. The taste has a kind of grainy, malt sensatioin along with this hard to define tart, citrus note. The hops end clean. Likeable.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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 -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, golden hue with lots of rising bubbles. About a finger and a half of white foamy head that lasted a little before leaving a thin ring. Great lacing all the way down.

S - Butterscotch candy is very noticeable. Caramel and maple hints as well. Breadiness. Hops are light and there.

T - Sweet in the front with a nice pale malty backdrop. Some of the caramel/butterscotch from the nose. Fruity hints and bready body. Then the hops come in, floral and herbal and balanced as they duke it out with the malt in the bittersweet finish.

MF - Lighter side of medium-bodied, well-matched carbonation. Buttery and smooth. Pretty drinkable.

O - A well-rounded, nicely balanced pale. A solid pick at the price.

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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear amber color. Creamy white head is thick and prominent. Excellent retention. Lots of sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: Sweet on the nose with lots of pale malt. Doughy and grainy with hints of husk. Gritty, earthy yeast. Kiss of floral hops. Simple, but good.

T: Taste basically follows the nose to a tee. Starts off sweet and rife with grainy pale malt tastes and a hint of grain husk. Hop bitterness kicks in mid-palate and provides some balance, though maybe not quite enough. Gritty, earthy yeast plays an integral role, and is far from just background noise. Sweet, doughy, grainy finish.

M: Light bodied. Foamy and a bit creamy. Moderate carbonation. Maybe a very slight husky astringency.

O: A very simple beer. Decent, if you can take it for what it is. Still, I find it a little too sweet. A bit more balance and a more prominent hop profile might do it some good. But why change it? It's the flagship beer, and it is very well known and loved as it is around these parts. It's worth a try, but don't expect anything fancy.

Notes: It actually paired quite well with a meatball grinder.

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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy straw color. Head simmers down to simply a ring of white. Leaves lacing dots along the glass.

S-Mostly sweet and malty. Not much hop aroma here. Pleasant nose. Neither intense nor complex, but smells like a good sip.

T-Sweet with a very humble overall flavor. The finish is this beer's high point. Mild hop flavors. Sweet and a bit fruity. Light yeast. Easy to drink.

M-Lighter body with high carbonation. Not much in the way of bitterness. Lightly sticky.

O/D-A nondescript Pale Ale. I enjoyed this on-tap. Would never pick this out an expanded tap-list, but worth a try. And its local.

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale lemon pour. 1.5 fingers of white head and decent retention, with a 1/2 finger left at the end of the draw. Thin lace. Medium carbonation. Not a fan of the pale color, but have to appreciate the head retention.

Bread dough nose with hints of grape. Little in the way of a hop note.

More bread dough in the taste. Understated grape and a bit of plum. Bits of yeast show through the dough flavor. Way more bread than anything else here. Getting light lemon in the finish.

Feel is decent, with malt body from all that bread dough. Fairly uninteresting, though.

Overall, a pass.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a $55 pint glass...apparently they make these; my dad bought a pair for some reason.

A: Pours a hazy yellow copper. Extremely thin white head, but with good retention. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing. Resins float around at the bottom.

S: Smells like a Belgian. Lots of sweet malts/honey up front, finishing with a faint scent of floral hops with some citrus. Not what I would expect from an extra pale.

T: Sweet. Just way too sweet. Starts off all honey and ends tobacco, with a bit of citrus throughout. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

M: Very low carbonation, which I would normally appreciate, but the sheer sweetness and fullness of this beer demands some more CO2. A tad chewy...a weird quality for a PA.

O: Disappointed, again, by a brewery that I remembered as one of the best on the east coast before I started reviewing on BA. I'm starting to think BBC just doesn't make beers for hopheads.

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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.58 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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