Shackmeister Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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 AleĀ® - 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
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0
Gots:
26
For Trade:
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by JohnQVegas:
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beersilio
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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 dcbeers
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Psberrier
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of andrew8626
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cooper
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of earlholman
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FrankTheTank7
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bieniek30
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerFan
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Bapplebaum
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bjartur
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of buzzy
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of user785335
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PEBKAC
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Shackmeister Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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