Shackmeister Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,730
Ranked #45,534
3.52 | pDev: 11.08%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Shackmeister AleShackmeister Ale
Notes: When our friends at Shake Shack asked us to make a beer to match their legendary burger, we were excited. After much "research" (aka ShackBurgers), we bring you Shackmeister Ale® - a zippy pale ale with just the right malt flavors to complement the beef, and bright hops to refresh the palate.
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange body with good head and lace ring down glass. Aroma is mildly citric with some maltiness as well. Clean, dry, moderate citric hops along with a touch of malts in a basic beer. Slightly vegetal beer at times and rather a mediocre beer with clean but overly bitter finish.

May 15, 2020
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Jsteez from Utah

3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Shake Shack. A standard pale ale that is drinkable. Not hoppy, a more balanced hop/malt ratio. Perhaps some zing in the finish. Nothing special, just a solid ale for a session.

Dec 03, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Shake Shack on November 27, 2019. Hearty pale ale with plenty of malts to match the rich, griddled beef in every Shackburger.

Dec 03, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an delicious looking white and creamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice clear golden amber that looks really nice. The tiny carbonation bubbles floating to the surface look good too.

The smell is good. It has a nice sweet and breadth yeast note balanced with a good orange citrus smell to it. The malt comes out a little ahead.

The taste is good. It has the same notes but the orange citrus comes out ahead while the malt is slightly muted.

The feel is good. It has a light to medium body with a bit of carbonation to it. It has a slightly dry finish but mostly refreshing.

Overall, it’s a fairly good beer and worth it.

Aug 15, 2019
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a plastic cup at a Shake Shack in D.C.

Pours a straw color. Clear. Rocky white head.

Nose is bread, floral, citrus.

Taste is very bready. Citrus, a bit floral and piney. Finishes a touch bitter with some minerality. Slightly sweet throughout.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth barely detected.

Overall, a solid Pale Ale that I wouldn't hesitate to get if I saw it bottle on a shelf or next time I find myself at Shake Shack.

Jan 05, 2019
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DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On its own it is a rather basic albeit uninteresting bland ale, reminiscent of a genny cream, however with a double shack burger and fries it goes pretty there’s that.

Apr 17, 2018
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle at the shack

This is really nothing special, just an overly hopped amber ale brewkit that wouldn't offend your grandma. I think that neatly sums it up in just one sentence

Okay, just nothing nearly worth seeking out

Sep 20, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a long day that probably should been a vacation day I decoded to go on a quest for a treat you self kinda lunch. after striking out on tree favorite spots that were either closed for the pending holiday or just close on Mondays in general I found myself at shake shack and if I am to get a beer, why not this one?

as others have stated in review after review this is no stunner, but what it a soft approachable pale ale heavy in malt and grain...almost deliberately targeted to he a crossover craft brew. nice enough for the burger and now but this is not an everyday drinker for me.

Jul 03, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Shake Shack, MGM Grand, National Harbor. Lightly hazy burnt sunset orange body, steady and ample effervescence, quarter inch of off-white head. Aromas of grain, adjunct. Light in body with macro brewery flavors. Corn, grain, earthy hops. An easy pairing with burgers and fries, but this doesn't stand up on its own.

May 21, 2017
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AngryPenguinBrewCo from New York

3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-Amber with visible carbonation. Has a small white head that laces the plastic cup slightly. Not much on the aroma, definitely not aggressively hopped. The flavor is clean with biscuit malts and slight earthy bitterness. This drinks more like a Budweiser than an ale, with a more well rounded flavor but still containing slight skunky notes. Pairs well with the delicious burgers and refreshes the palate rather than competing or overpowering it.

Apr 23, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at a Brooklyn ShakeShack.
Clear Amber.
Smells lagerish and sweet. Grainy.
Pretty nice. Actual hop presence as a mild bitterness and citrus zest. It still smacks of Lightly skunky? Amber bock Michelob? Grain wash? It doesn't get any better. But it is crisp.

Jan 30, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint deep golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted, biscuit, and caramel malts with light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit malts along with lighter flavors of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable pairing well with the burgers, fries, and shakes at Shake Shack.

Dec 14, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Shake Shack inside Union Station in Washington, DC.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent, but the aromas and flavors are quite subtle to me.

Serving type: on tap.

Sep 08, 2015
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Greywulfken from New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised by this - nice body, feel, and flavor - reminded me of an English ale merged with an APA. If you're at Shake Shack, cough up the $5.50 and try one.

Jun 14, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served at the Shake Shack on Newbury in Boston.

Amber color with a slight haze. Small and lasting head. Leaves blanketing lace on the glass.

Smells of Crystal malt and toast.

Nice blended biscuity malt and pepper-like hop. Moderate aftertaste. Goes well with my burger. Average body with an elevated carbonation.

May 17, 2015
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at Shake Shack in Covent Garden, London. A pint in a thin plastic cup. I believe I probably had this beer before at Shake Shack in NYC as well, but I didn't take any notes on it last time.

Pours fairly clear, with a faint haze to it, and deep golden in hue. Head is a frothy and persistent off-white crest. Lacing is solid, carbonation is fine. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is fair: clean malt underpinning with a touch of nuttiness. Very mild hops make an appearance, although they're fairly neutral—it's "hops" without much in the way of character. There's not a lot going on, but it's not bad either.

Taste is a little better. There's a tang of ginger or something spicy on the front, backed with some clean faint malt supporting it. Hop character is muted but pleasant leading to a slight sting of herbs or spice on the back. It's decent stuff.

Feel is pretty smooth but a bit lightweight overall.

Overall, it's pretty drinkable without being really interesting. It works fine with the smokestack burger I had, which I guess is the point, right?

May 04, 2014
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup at Shake Shack Miami.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming .

S- Bready malt in the nose with a faint hop aroma.

T- More bready malt with even less hop presence than in the nose. Has a weak flavor for a pale ale. Tastes closer to a lager. Still quite drinkable but that's all it has going for it. Not until multiple sips are taken do the hops start to come through.

M- Quite crisp and light. Medium carbonation.

O- Could use a lot more hop character. Other than that, I guess it's an ok beer to pair with a burger.

Feb 14, 2013
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palma from New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shake shack midtown. Very pretty golden orange body. Very slight haze. Almost no head. Weak but visible lacing.

This beer is very clean and crisp. Good for burger of course. Light malty backbone. Up to apa hop standards however I was looking for the malt to show more. Finishes very crisp with a lingering light breadyness. Toasty with some dryness in the hop finish. Nice aftertaste.

A very good easy drinking beer that is still very tasty. I like that this is a consistent beer here. Nice move by Brooklyn brewery to get on board with this.

Aug 20, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Madison Square Shake Shack.

A: Slightly hazed medium amber body under a finger of creamy eggshell head. Good retention, and plenty of lace on the plastic pint cup. Nice.

S: Bready malt, spicy, herbal hops, and some leafiness. Ok.

T: More purely malty here, with some pleasant nuttiness joining the bready notes. THe herbal hops get relegated to the clean, spicy finish. Tasty, but a little underwhelming.

M: Frothy medium body. Pleasant enough.

O: Inoffensive and entirely drinkable, but nothing to write home about. If I go back to this particular Shake Shack location, I'd definitely get the Sixpoint Crisp instead of this.


May 21, 2012
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, had at Shake Shack on Columbus.

A: Served in a plastic cup...nice. The beer is a clear golden color with a one finger off-white head. Lots of small carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Very light citrus, but much more malt heavy in the aroma with some caramel, light bready notes, and some grainy/sweet malt.

T: Similar to the aroma with light citrus/grassy hops and more dominant in the malt bill. Slightly sweet with caramel, bready, and grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Easy to drinking, slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty cool that Brooklyn makes a beer just for Shake Shack. While it isn't amazing, if I am not going to get a shake, I am definitely going to get the Shackmeister to go with my Shackburger.

Jan 05, 2012
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airforbes1 from California

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Shake Shack at Saratoga Race Course, served in a plastic cup. Pours a hazy orange with a nearly non-existent head, or maybe it was just a bad pour. The aroma is pretty unremarkable with the typical malt smell.

The taste is a pleasant surprise. The basic malt backbone is followed by a strong hop presence, for APA standards. It reminds me of a lighter version of an IPA, with some pine, orange, and grapefruit. Nothing too overwhelming, though, as it's supposed to complement the food.

I really enjoyed this beer and I'd buy it from a bottle if it was provided. It's hoppy enough to intrigue me while remaining highly sessionable. Brooklyn achieved an excellent balance with this brew.

Aug 12, 2011
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brystmar from Texas

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a pale ale. Mild head, recedes quickly. Standard malts and hops in the nose, nothing special so far.

Good body and carbonation; refreshing balance of hops and malts. A simple, well-executed formula for a beer with wide appeal. Great for a summer day in MSP with a Shake Shack burger.

Jul 14, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's amber in color and came with a thin, white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of toasted biscuit and caramel malts in the nose, along with notes of citrus.
T: The flavors are dominated by biscuity malts along with slight hints of caramel. There are some hints of citrusy hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and rather smooth.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and served as a perfect accompaniment to my double ShackBurger at Citi Field.

May 08, 2010
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Damian from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Shake Shack, New York, NY
Served in a plastic cup

Nearly clear amber in appearance with a thin, frothy, white head that faded to a flimsy film. Thin spiderwebs of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was interesting. Slightly hoppy. Sweet and fruity with notes of candied orange peel. Toasted malts were apparent as well.

The flavor was quite smooth. Crisp and fruity with a noticeable biscuity malt presence. The finish was moderately hoppy with distinct earthy and herbal notes. Citrus fruits came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fairly aggressive, large bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer was flavorful and quite quaffable. It made the perfect accompaniment to my fantastic Shake Shack burger.

Dec 31, 2009
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Citi Field. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. This was better than the Blue Smoke, worse than the Sabroso. Flavor is mostly caramel malt, maybe a touch of citrusy hops (but very faint), and some mineral character. Decent, drinkable.

Aug 27, 2009
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