Thursday, January 17, 2013

Berkshire Brewing Company's Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale

I rarely have anything negative to say but this tastes like a sweat sock was dunked in Maxwell House coffee for a week and rung out into a glass that was previously occupied by jock straps worn by Sinbad from the movie "Necessary Roughness". Extreme? Definitely. Accurate? Not so much. Disappointed? Totally!

We first reviewed BBC in their Drayman's Porter here and I was not only totally stoked, but also, mildly "whoa". So when I saw the opportunity to try another tasty beverage from BBC during one of my fantastically amusing drug delivery and diagnostic global business bi-annual conference, you could imagine my interest piqued like Orlando Bloom's woodstock when he first saw Smeagol in a loincloth. The happiness sunk faster than the Titanic after my first sip. What a crock!

First as you can tell by the picture, this beer had less head than Gargamel ever got in college. The bubbles were about as evident as washing your hair after 10 days of slothfulness, and it tasted like that one time you made out with your dog when you were sort of experimenting with things.

The taste? Bitter and dry. The smell was non-existent. I gotta hand it for the look though because it sort of resembled that amber cane that old dude had in Jurassic Park, though I thought that movie totally blew.

I would love to blame the bar for having a skunked keg but I have no evidence to persuade me otherwise. This tasted like a "badder" Coors Light which puts it close to the mark of formaldehyde.

This was free for me (thank God) and has a ABV of 5.3%. I assume it'd be around $5 a pint. The IBU's are around 20 which, call me a critic, or an asshole, but an extra pale ale should have an IBU count higher than 20, in my humble opinion.  BBC is a pretty well respected name in Massachusetts and I was quote disappointed in this. I'd try it again only to see if this sample was a fluke. But if anyone ever drinks this again ever you should probably just live on the moon, you dodo.

Other Berkshire Brewery Reviews:
Drayman's Porter

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste: 2/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 5/10

Overall: 4.5/10

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