Berkshire Brewing Company Imperial Steel Rail

Posted: November 16, 2016 in American Pale Ale, Berkshire Brewing Company Inc., Reviews

When I was a kid, I used to love trains. My Dad bought me a train set and I set it up in the basement and used to play with it all the time. For Christmas one year, he got me a train I could use a remote control to run. Given that, it makes sense that my Dad would pick out this beer for me when he saw it in Massachusetts.


ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “The rail profile is the cross sectional shape of a railway rail, perpendicular to the length of the rail. Early rails were made of wood, cast iron or wrought iron. All modern rails are hot rolled steel of a specific cross sectional profile. Typically the cross section (profile) approximates an I-beam but is asymmetric about a horizontal axis (however see grooved rail below). The head is profiled to resist wear and to give a good ride, the foot is profiled to suit the fixing system. Unlike some other uses of iron and steel, railway rails are subject to very high stresses and are made of very high quality steel. It took many decades to improve the quality of the materials, including the change from iron to steel. Minor flaws in the steel that may pose no problems in other applications can lead to broken rails and dangerous derailments when used on railway tracks. By and large, the heavier the rails and the rest of the trackwork, the heavier and faster the trains these tracks can carry. The rails represent a substantial fraction of the cost of a railway line. Only a small number of rail sizes are made by steelworks at one time, so a railway must choose the nearest suitable size. Worn, heavy rail from a mainline is often reclaimed and downgraded for re-use on a branchline, siding or yard.”

Random: How do breweries these day not have websites?

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, slightly off white head. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with lots of floaties in it and insane carbonation visible. The nose had toasted malt and astringent booze that wasn’t inviting. After a few sniffs, there was some old grass clippings as well. The taste was sweet up front with honey and toasted malts. Then, the same old grass clippings came through and lots and lots of booze. It really warmed the back of my throat. The body was thick and had a slick characteristic with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and again, with a lot of warming from the booze. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. After some research, it looks like their previous version of this was a bit lower in ABV, and I wish I could have tried this one. Not that I think I’ll be able to get it again (this bottle was a gift and BBC isn’t distributed in Jersey), but even if I could, I wouldn’t try to find it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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