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

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Added by UnionMade on 08-22-1996

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Photo of skibumma70
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not very appealing, almost a skunky like smell. Appearance is a hay golden color. Taste light, not hoppy, pretty easy to drink, and tasty. Almost a light citrus, lemony flavor that is refreshing in the hot weather. It is smooth on the palate, almost perfect carbonation. Overall, it is a pretty good Pale Ale. Nothing new here, but an easy to drink ale that is well balanced.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this beer as I've enjoyed the Coffee Porter and River Ale from Berkshire. Seems like a quality brewery.

I poured it into a 22oz. Cantina glass that I purchased at Star Tours at Disney Studios. I noticed a very frothy head and a good amount of carbonation. Has sort of a sweet smell to it.

I wasn't terribly impressed after the first couple of sips but enjoyed it more as it warmed a bit. I believe I served it too cold..40 degrees is ideal apparently. Not much going on as far as hops are concerned - it is super easy to drink and I could see myself very easily drinking 2-3 bombers in one sitting.

As far as pale ales go, it is not as flavorful as Sierra Nevada and Flying Dog Pale Ales (2 of my faves), however I will seek it out here and there as I am a fan of Berkshire.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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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Photo of mlazzaro
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very yellow, very "extra pail". Nice and clear with a white head. So-so head retention. Smells like a lager yeast, almost nutty yeast aroma. Also there is a delicious smelling zestiness to the aroma. Highly drinkable, kind of bland in flavors. It is sweet dominant, strong graininess behind the sweetness. Bitterness and hop presence are mild. English yeast for sure. Smooth, low acidity. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Prepackaged growler from State Liquors in Worcester Massachusetts.

A white foamy head that starts fading a little fast. Golden body with a decent amount of bubbles.

Big time malt, grain and buscuity smell with some floral aromas.

A little bland for my taste. The aroma is actually better than the taste. I get mostly grain, buscuits and a floral taste with a noticeable amount of yeast. Not a fan of this at all.

Light body, carbonation is on the light side. It's quite smooth and easy to drink once you can get passed the mediocre taste.

I won't be seeking this out again. One of the most bland tasting Pale Ales I ever tasted. I would stay away from this beer.

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

Ahh, my old friend Steel Rail.

I've been drinking it for years as I enjoy its simplicity and drinkability year round.

Recently got a sixtel of it for a backyard BBQ on a hot summer day.

Pours a clear bright yellow with a decent head retention. Aroma is unique - biscuity and hoppy, though not the ultra-bitter smell. Very inviting to take a sip.

More faint biscuit taste in the mouth with restrained hops. Finishes with a slightly sweet malt finish. Each sip begs another as it's balanced and ultra-clean.

I never really thought of this as a summer beer, but I do now. Sooo easy to drink many of these.

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Photo of rudzud
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at peppercorns poured into standard pint glass.

A - This brew has a nice crystal clear straw color pour with a fluffy two finger head that fades to leave nice side lacing.

S - this has pretty standard and somewhat uninteresting aroma with light malts and hops.

T - more of the same here. Light malts add some light grassy hops. Light biscuit too.

M - pretty nice feel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Overall this is an ok apa. I enjoy bbc but this is just okay.

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Photo of davey101
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local restaurant, served in a sam adams signature glass.

A - Golden yellow color. Nice two finger white head. Some nice lacing.

S - Light citrus, hops, yeast, and some grassiness.

T - Lemon and some light grapefruit, bitter hops, grass, and a nice malt finish. Very fresh and a nice balance between hops and malt. Drinkability is quite high.

O - I really like this beer, and brewery. I've had a growler of this before and had the same thoughts. Its a nice well balanced PA that's at a great price point. To be able to find bombers of this at under $4 at every beer store in the area is fantastic.

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Photo of abgba121
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear light golden color, very thin head and slight lingering lace, has a bubbly look

S: grain and light hops and a little fruitiness

T: sweet pale malts and a fruity yeast flavor, citrusy throughout

M: light and criso carbonation balances the sweetness just right

O: still impressed by Berkshire, they always make quality beers

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Photo of JAXSON
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours a clear light gold/orange with a fleuffy white head. Nose is fresh grains, light hops. Mouth is soft, as usual a tightly balanced collage of grains and hops. A slight off note, something lightly papery about it. But still very nice, drinkable stuff. Berkshire always does a good job with the low abv stuff.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap - 16oz pour into pub-style pint glass

A: Light golden yellow, almost straw colored, clear, about a finger and a half of white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Pale malts with mainly a biscuit and hay like flavor. Light earthy and floral hops. Slightest bit peppery.

T: Much like the nose: layers of light, toast malt, biscuits, hay, light hops. A very reserved and traditional flavor. English styled hops with a floral and earthy flavor, in small quantities. Almost completely devoid of any citrus hop flavors. Light, clean, and crisp finish.

M: Light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Light and crisp. As close to a light sessionable pale ale as it gets without completely losing malt flavor.

O: I'd say this is more of a traditional light english pale ale than an american. The hop character I guess is a bit stronger than most english style, though it's definitely more of an english/european flavor than american (practically no citrus and little floral, almost completely earthy). Lots of biscuit malt. Not a bad pale, definitely easy drinking and sessionable, but I prefer less biscuit-like/hay malt and more caramel malt and citrus hops.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.47/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The guy at the Meat House hooked me up with this bottle. He said it was past due soon so he needed someone to drink it. Done! Best by date is today! Poured into a pint glass and shared with my housemate. This one pours a hazy straw color with just a thin white head that settles quickly.

Weak bitter hops on this one. A little bit of citrus in the background but nothing special. Ugh, again, just weak bitter hops with a little bit of candied oranges. This just seems to be lacking a bit.

The feel is very light on this but the carbonation is rugged. Seems very coarse. Overall, nothing spectacular here. I know this one isn't as fresh as it could be. If I get the chance to try a fresher one I'll rereview but in all fairness, this is within the freshness relm. This one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a Best By Date of 07/26/11. Pours a semi translucent light golden color with very little head. Some lacing. Aroma is biscuity with some cut grass, slight hops, and a bit of citrus. Taste is bready, a bit tangy and metallic. Very slight bitterness. Somewhat watery. This is a fast drinking beer but it doesn't have a whole lot of flavor. Not bad, not great. Overall, its alright but there are a bunch of better Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Daedalus in Harvard Square.

Cloudy golden with a long lived white head and fair amount of lace. Toasted grain aroma with faint grassy notes. Medium feel. Flavor of lightly toasted grains, biscuit, and grassy hops. Faintly bitter finish. Relatively well balanced, leaning towards the malty side.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good beer.

Pours a nice yellow... nice head...

This is a crisp tasty beer, clean, but flavorful.

This is a great traditional beer fro non-craft beer drinkers, the beer reminds me of the old school beers, 'but better' I loved it.

I would really suggest this beer to anyone trying to adventure...

I love this beer.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured clean, clear straw yellow with bright white fluffy head.. Light rising carbonation, lacing is patchy.

Floral aroma hops, marigold? stand out with a skunkiness that isn't too offensive. The smell reminds me of some typical american lagers. There is a light sweetness buried under the hops, not much character with pale malt.

The aroma is nothing like taste, a good balance of malt and hops. The malt wins throughout with a clean smooth taste. Slight bitterness at the end but makes me want more. No aftertaste.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is not very dry or super crisp but refreshing overall.

Surprised at the taste after the nose on this brew, a total fake out. It would be good with lighter foods or even snacks.
Will grab this again when its available at the store for the summer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 3" head which dissipated pretty quickly. Hazy lemonade yellow color. Almost no smell at all, even after warming, and then just a hint of malt. Taste is mild and pretty much an average BMC. Pretty boring. This steel rail certainly isn't the infamous third rail with a jillion volts, it's more like a kiddy ride at a park.

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Photo of Chrisx6
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
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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Photo of robhunta
2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - pours a crisp clear yellow with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

S - smells like a light beer. can't pick out a single aroma, maybe a bit of skunk.

T - very low flavor profile, not much at all. tastes a bit skunky and very much like a heineken.

M - feels like a light beer, bubbly on the tongue, crisp, not too dry.

O - pretty much I thought this was very similar to a macro. didn't do too much for me.

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Photo of HosP
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber sent by a generous ipatsfan. Thanks for the extra!

A- Light golden straw color. White head. Recedes down to almost nothing. Some traces left on glass and around the edges.

S- Sweet smelling beer. Fruity, almost like a faint apple cider. Seem to go back in forth between faint hop and malt aromas.

T- Very sweet malt flavor. Some fruity hop flavors are present as well. Very reserved flavors here. Could ask for either the malts or hops to step up a little. Not bad though.

M- Lighter body with moderate carbonation. Slighty drying. Almost no bitterness detected.

D- Good beer here for a lighter drink. Would like to see a little more of the flavors come through as they are nice, just subtle.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly hazy and tan with an ok head but nice lacing.

Smells slightly heffish, you can detect a little bit of yeast. It's also a bit fruity with a nice malt character and just a touch of hops.

Taste is much like the smell. Yeast, hops, malts, fruits, sweetness, biscuit, some grains and wheat, and a bit of citrus make for a very pleasant tasting brew. Not quite typical for a pale ale, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Feel is quite rich and smooth, with fine carbonation, thicker than expected, leaving a slightly slick feel in its wake.

Drinks well. This beer is good, but honestly it's a bit more of a wheat beer or hefe than a pale ale. Either way, I'll happily drink it again.

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Photo of confer
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this is the 22 ounce bottle. The color is pale yellow with no head to speak of at all and almost not carbonation activity. It looks pretty flat.
The smell is buttery and grassy.
The taste is pretty drab like a dull American wheat ale. I don't know if this bottle was mishandled or not.
It is easy enough going down just not all that enjoyable to me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at texas bbq

Super clear pale yellow golden colored beer, light 1/2 finger head fades semi slowly with a bit of sticky lacing.

Nose brings some light herbal and grassy hops, light bitter hop aroma, crisp light ale aroma.

Light crisp ale, almost lager like, bit of herbal hops, mild floral and grassy, mild bitterness, finishes mostly clean and crisp with a bit of lingering herbal and grassy hop bitterness. Lacking a bit in the "extra".

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing with decent carb.

Drink is good, crisp and clean finish, mild bitterness, mostly light overall.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Super clear pale straw hue with a big creamy cap. The white head has good retention and really makes this one look nice. Nice spots of lace along the glass.

S- I think pale and light is a good way to describe it. Just a bit of grainy malt and some nice light hops as well. Some fruit hints.

T- The biggest thing to me is a bready yeast presence and grainy malt. One of the lightest craft beers I have ever had. Just a bit of spicy and floral hops, obviously nothing powerful

MF- Smooth, light and easy to drink. Fairly creamy body with just tiny bitter finish.

DB- Certainly one of the more drinkable beers. It has a nice enough taste mixed with a very refreshing and light feel, let's just say it goes down easily.

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Photo of IHC
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden color with minimal to almost no head. Very little in terms of carbonation

Smell- couldnt smell much of anything other than typical beer smell.

Taste- Surprisingly good, almost lager like in flavor this is a great session beer and went well with the pizza I was enjoying.

Mouthfeel- clean and crisp with a bit of bitterness.

Drinkability- Yeah this is definitly a sessionable beer. It go great on a hot summer day or for celebration that calls for multiple beers. It also seems like a very good beer to introduce to those who might not have tried craft beer yet.

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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.58 out of 5 based on 663 ratings.
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