January 23, 2008

Berkshire Springs Stock Ale

My father sponsored tonightís beer review. For Christmas he bought me a case of beer labeled, ďThe History of Beer in AmericaĒ. It came with a book and 8 different kinds of beers. When given a gift like that, itís hard not to crack into it right away. After drinking the backlog of beer given to me by readers, I decided it was time to crack it open. The first one Berkshire Springs Stock Ale by MDII in Rochester, NY. I canít find anything on them, so I think itís a cover name for a larger brewery that seems to have made this beer for Samís Club.

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The standard 12oz brown bottle once again makes itís appearance. There is a maroon label with an oval logo on it. The name of the beer is on the top of the oval and the type cuts the oval in the middle. The bottom of the oval claims ďMade from best malt & hopsĒ There is a brief description of the beer in the middle.

The color is a clear golden yellow. It poured a finger width white head with large bubbles that faded quickly to a film and then nothing. There is no lacing on the side of the glass.

A very simple mix of hops and citrus is the first thing I noticed when smelling it. There is a hint of malts to it, but itís barely detectable. As you sip this beer you get a balanced mix of hops and malts. Itís not very complex, but a good taste. There is a slight bitterness that fades away quickly. After a couple of drinks you can get a hint of butterscotch on the tongue.

This is a medium bodied beer. It is pleasant and easy to drink.

This isnít the fanciest beer Iíve ever drank and it definitely isnít the plainest. Itís a good drink and would probably go well with a sandwich or a pizza. Iíll give it 4.5 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at January 23, 2008 06:43 PM | TrackBack
Comments

According to both RateBeer and BeerAdvocate, this is made by Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, WI.
These sites also say this brewery makes Berghoff, but neither of these brews is actually on their web site - all they admit to there are some really s**tty malt beers - yet the photo of their "brewmaster" shows him pulling on a Berghoff tap... so I dono what the deal is with that...

Posted by: Shadoglare at January 23, 2008 07:52 PM

I found that too, but the bottle states it was made in Rochester, NY.

Also booth BeerAdvocate and RateBeer say there is some confusion as to who actually makes it. I checked there and other message boards when trying to find out who MDII was. All I know for sure is that it was made specifically for Sam's Club.

Posted by: Contagion at January 24, 2008 08:17 AM