Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale (Berkshire Brewing Company)

Style: American Pale Ale

5.3 % ABV

(Rated #1 Pale Ale in New England by Boston Magazine)


The bottle of this beer is a classic beer bottle.  It is a very lovely oval with an old train in it.  It even has a copyright date from 1994…  It feels a little old and boring.  The text for the brewery name is awesome but the rest of the text is so boring and textbookish that I almost forgot about it.  I actually don’t hate the black and white train with a man/dame on it either, the color scheme makes the beer feel old though.  I feel like I should sip this at a local old folk’s home.  It seems like the bottle is trying to be simple and old timey, but the font really just ruins everything.  This one is not worthy of my shelf.

The beer pours a very hazy lemony pale yellow gold with  a nice finger wide head of white soapy bubbles.  This could definitely be a dehydrated piss beer.  The head fizzles away to a thin skimming on the top of the beer quite quickly but there is some great fanged lacing drizzling down the sides of the glass.  It smells like sour sweet bread with a wonderful spicy background aroma that reminds me more of a saison or a wit than of a pale ale.  The sour sweet damp smell could be hops peaking through, but they might also be the sweet malts.  The beer tastes very bready with an almost bubble gum-like citrus burst in the middle of the taste, which mellows into a ghost of itself in the after taste with some nice biscuitiness as the main flavor.  This seems more like an English Pale Ale to me as the hops are not the main thing in this brew, and only a part of its complexly balanced flavor.  The mouth feel is a little harsh with carbonation in the initial sip, but mellows out into a slight prickle coating over the inner mouth and a raspy wet feel on the tongue that is slightly dry.  Overall this is a very sessionable ale that sits right above the “session-line.”  Nothing is very dominant in the flavor, which gives it a great balanced feeling.  I could drink a lot of these I just am not sure if I want to…

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