johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Nejaime’s wine cellar in Lenox MA.
Pours a fairly clear medium gold color with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap and lots of lace. The nose holds lots of malty caramel and toffee with huge English earthy sulfur mineral water aroma to it. The flavor is rich and malty with a fair amount of toffee and caramel coming through. Light earthy hop to counter but this one remains a malty affair. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent English style pale ale, I enjoyed it.
Chad9976 (1019) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had a before date of 8/2013. It cost $4 ($0.18 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark gold/copper hue. Mostly clear but slightly cloudy with suspended sediment. Forms a large, eggshell, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Light malty notes, almost cereal-like with hints of orange citrus.
Taste: We Americans tend to forget that you can actually get plenty of flavor out of relatively light beers. Berkshire Mountain Brewers Pale Ale is a good example, as it seems to be brewed in the traditional British pub style with its prominent malty character, but does have a slight American hop presence as well.
There’s a general cereal-like character at the beginning of the palate. Reminds me of Cheerios or some kind of wheat flakes. A slight nutty flavor as well, though nothing particularly toasty or overly sweet. At the apex there’s a quick hop bite with residual orange citrus flavor on the backend. More biscuity malt character as well. It’s not all that robust of a palette, nor complex. But what’s here is pretty tasty with no off flavors.
Drinkability: What really sells me on this beer is how easy it is to drink. The mouthfeel is quite comfortable with a light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation and smooth finish. At only 4.5% ABV, Berkshire Mountain Brewers Pale Ale is indeed an American session beer as it would be ideal to sip on for hours on end since it doesn’t fatigue the palate or feel heavy on the system.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel, grassy PA aroma. Bad label, brown-gold brew. Floral, slightly sour, lightly sweet and grassy flavor with a moderate hop sting. Medium body. Sour fruit aftertaste. Fair. Thanks to LuckyDog.