Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale

Massachusetts
United States
Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale Berkshire Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

BBC’s flagship brew is a light colored, medium bodied ale exhibiting exceptional freshness through its Two-Row Pale malt backbone and signature hop flavor and aroma.  In the words of renowned beer writer Lew Bryson, Steel Rail EPA is “what the water in heaven oughta taste like.”

Profile

ABV: 
5.3%
IBUs: 
20
Served at: 
40 - 45° F
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale
Judges Review 
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Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This slightly hazy, light golden ale pours with a lofty stand of snow-white foam that seems to dissipate rather quickly. Very light fruity esters, reminiscent of lemon meringue pie and earthy papaya, stand out in the sweet nose, while similar flavors of sugary, earthy, pale malt and melon-like notes emerge on the tongue. For an American Pale Ale, the hop profi le comes across as subdued, with hop resins being muted in aroma, flavor and bitterness. The beer finishes smooth and slightly sweet with an appropriate medium/light mouthfeel, but the understated hop profi le may leave some drinkers feeling somewhat unfulfilled.