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Shackmeister AleShackmeister Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Douglas14 on 09-01-2008

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.97/5  rDev -18%
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 something...cheap. Lightly skunky? Amber bock Michelob? Grain wash? It doesn't get any better. But it is crisp.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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?

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Photo of Immortale25
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of palma
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz growler from New Beer.

Only available at the Shake Shack & at that joke of a Shake Shack in Citi Field. Note: Citi Field itself is awesome. Well, that random Verizon store in center field sucks too. Can't buy any edible chocolate phones or beer coozies disguised as the latest model cell. Also, I consider it the best of the four "exclusive" Brooklyn beers served there: this, Blue Smoke Ale, Blanche de Queens(bdBrooklyn relabel), & Sabroso Ale.

Pours out a filtered honey amber. Decent plop of thin, eggshell head, with a random, infrequent splattering of lace.

Smells is big on crackers & lemon zest. Scents of wheat & yeast move it in an unexpected, but interesting direction. Fresh, leafy & zesty hops continue to make things interesting.

Taste is again crackermeal, but with a much more pronounced herbal bitterness. A layer of rind in the middle, finishing a little husky, tinny, & very, very, dry. ..and yes(letting other reviews influence me), I do notice the minty(think wintergreen) aspect. I get that with dirty, cakey tubes sometimes, but this joint's hoses were clean. Just something going on with the hops I figure. Didn't throw off the score too much. It leeched off when it warmed up.

Carbonation is low to moderate. Frothy throughout. Beer almost takes on a wheaty feel.

Exclusive & expensive aren't great characteristics for a pale ale to have. Only at the Shake Shack for a middle of Manhattan pint price, or $7.50 at Citi Field. I think I payed $3 for a 22oz at New Beer. :shrug:

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plastic cup at Shake Shack.

Pours a clear gold-orange with a nice, white, creamy head.

Nose is mainly cool, soft pine notes, maybe a bit of sweet fruit in there also. Hard to get a handle on it in a plastic cup, but not like I have a choice.

Taste starts off with a nice balanced offering of dry, biscuity malt and a smooth hop quality that's a bit piny, with an almost minty coolness; light bitterness that balances well but doesn't linger. Finishes very clean, dry, almost no lingering bitterness on the palate.

Light bodied but full flavored if that makes sense, with moderate but not overpowering carbonation. Just enough to make it work with the food without getting in the way of the flavor.

Really superb pairing for the fantastic burger - if they bottled this, it would be my go-to pale ale with just about any food.

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made just for Shake Shack, the only bad part about getting this beer is it can only be served in a plastic cup from the Shake Shack which takes away from how good of a beer this is. Very tasty with a pumpkin and/or spice finish; medium ale in drinkability, that has a nice flavor and is smooth plus goes so well with a nice greasy cheeseburger. Worth a trip to the Shake Shack to enjoy this combo of a good beer and a great burger!

2010 Review: Pours a clear gold in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head; bubbles race up the brew which leaves a creamy layer on top and decent lacing on the side. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light brown sugar and some yeast or grains; nice ale aroma. Tastes like it smells with an above average flavor consisting of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light brown sugar, light yeast, flowers, piney hops and some light toasted grains; this is hoppier than the last time I had it and much tastier.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and creamy, this has medium carbonation, a medium body and a slight bitter grainy finish. High drinkability, this is a good session beer that always washes down a Shake Shack burger well!

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Photo of BeerFan
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed exclusively for Shake Shack (shakeshacknyc.com) in NYC. I stopped at the Upper West Side location for a burger and a brew on my way to the Javits Center to pick up my NYC Marathon bid #. Poured a relatively clear light amber into a 16oz plastic cup. Nice white head, which was topped off after it settled down a bit. Left some nice lacing down the side of the cup. Smelled the Glacier hops a bit upfront. Taste of bready malts, followed by the slight citrus character of the hops. Not overly hoppy, but very easy drinking and I think that's what Garrett wanted as this beer is being sold in a relatively fast-food joint. Light to medium-bodied. ABV is probably around 5%.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a thick fluffy head. The aroma is of hops and malt...and the flavor is the same, with a little bit of twist. The flavor is hoppy and malty and has a nice refreshing touch to it...kinda cool. Medium body and very drinkable and refreshing. Tastes like summer. The dry hopping at the end is noticable and awesome.

Below is from Garrett Oliver:

"Shackmeister is a 12 Plato pale ale brewed from English malts and dry-hopped with Glacier. I formulated it specifically to complement Shake Shack's food..."

Garrett Oliver, 8/30/08

It is only available at Shake Shack.

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Shackmeister Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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