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Railbender Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Railbender AleRailbender Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

679 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2001)
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Reviews by Foam:
Photo of Foam
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps my favorite of Erie Brewing's repetoire ... a take on Scotch Ale minus some of the candy sweet-ness that one finds in the real-deal Scotch Ales but , good enough , given the price ... As the B.A. Bros. state "beware of its drinkability." Yes, I concur .
Strong but , I consider it a session brew ... ideally, when you've got some cheese and meats around for buffering the stomach and not getting too warped ...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a big seller last night at the Pizza Plant quite popular with the patrons,poured a dull lighter amber with a thinner off white head.Fruity malt and brown sugar in the nose with some lighter sweet dough notes as well.Lightly sweet and somewhat fruity definently malt tilted,some brown sugar and cookie dough in the finish.Hmm not a bad ale quite good but seems its just misisng something to make it a real winner but still good as it is.

Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

A bit surprising to see a year-round Old Ale--surprising in a good way as most brewers use this style for one-offs or winter seasonals.

Decent foaming action from a medium pour, the head does dissipate to a thin lacing but still sticks to the glass. Clarity is a touch hazy but it's more of a temporary chill haze as it does become completely clear when the beer warms up. Big caramel toffee note in the front of the house, smells a little bit like taffy but the faint alcohol and bready grain brings the aroma down to beerdom. Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel, malt flavor comes across as very pleasing right from the start.

Fresh-baked bread with caramel tones, a little nutty and a faint husky note in the back. Hops drop a little bit of bitterness and a kiss of herbal flavor. Fruitiness is kept to a minimum with a trace, dried plum flavor. Finishes semisweet with a long lingering malt flavor on the palate.

This beer is just more proof that great beer comes from PA. Beware of its drinkability.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of elinash
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber colored hue with light head, disappearing quickly. Medium to light bodied for a scotch ale. Comparatively less dense than Old Chub or Belhaven. A very flavorful session/ pub beer. Warming with spices and slight roasted flavors up front. It's chestnut season, so maybe I'm reading into it...but there's a nuttiness in there. Nice lingering spicy finish. Perfect for late fall/ winter.

Photo of shapudding
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very cloudy and unclear amber, looks like home brewed iced-tea. Good amount of milkshakey almond froth went away disappointingly quick, with no retention. -Left as quickly as it had piled up and left only a very thin dusting in a minute or two. Warm scents, just a bit of alcohol floating up from it, I kind of think I am imagining the slight aroma of scotch in the background... then mostly oranges. Nice citrus flavors, but not too intense. Kind of like having one of those odd fruit cups where you get the grapefruit, pineapple, and oranges... but they have been soaking together too long to be able to taste which is which with your eyes closed...? They all taste good, but the same. Just a bit of peppery grapefruit rind countered with a bit of honey sweetness at the end. The carbination is noticable, it foams up over your tongue and creates a bit more of a medium body. Decent flavor, bit sweet in the lingering flavors... left with a candi-sugar...maybe even artificial sweetner flavor?... on the tongue. Bit of darkened toast... There is just alot of flavor left sitting around in the mouth. This is not one I would really go back for again, but I do think it is more of a summer drinker than one to have had when it was 18 freakin' degrees out.... I will have to come back to the Erie's again.
I did grab this case of mixed for my Dad, since this was his birthplace and made a fun gift for a split with him, in his venture into following me into the world of craftbrew.

Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light golden color into the glass. Almost no head of loose almost-white foam quickly disappeared into just a hint of lace on the surface. Beer is rather cloudy and a light apricot-orange when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Freshly, lightly toasted malts. Caramel, with hints of butterscotch and lighter dried fruit, like apricots, and a touch of orange marmalade. Alcohol pushes its way into the nose. Overall, a soft nose.

T - Taste is rather muted. Light whole-grain bread and lightly toasted malts. Caramels appear as it warms in the glass. Touches of a tangerine/apricot Jolly Rancher. It seems to want to be a bigger beer, but the taste profile is really turned down and washed out.

M - Somewhat fizzy. Certainly more carbonation than the pour suggests. Rather crisp. Structure is on the lighter side and a bit thin. Almost no finish to speak of, but what's there is rather dry - it looks like most of the sugars went toward pushing the ABV up.

O - The flavor profile of this beer has promise, but everything about it is so muted and soft, except, perhaps the ABV, that it seems a shadow of what it could have been. It's inoffensive, and definitely not at all hoppy, so it might be an acceptable introduction for someone wanting to move up from BMC and see what the craft fuss is about, but a more experience pallate is likely to find it wanting. It's classified as a Scotch ale, but it strikes me as recipe that started out as a slightly flavored wheat beer, and when they went to brew they discovered they were out of wheat, so they used golden toasted malts instead. Once this six-pack is gone, I can't imagine buying this one again.

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date indication. Pours clear, dull coppery amber. The head is slight, light khaki and quickly goes bye bye. Leaves just the faintest of tiny bubble films and minor bits of lace. The nose is equally non impressive, with just a moderate wiff of malt picked up. Malty brew, smooth and easy enough to knock back. A bit of smoke, a bit of earthyness and a respectable, maple tinged malt carraige. Easy drinking malty ale. NOthing earthshattering going on here, but decent enough. Would work as a stronger sessioner. Good to keep some of this type of sweater brew around for the base of a meaty marinade

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, orange/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: peat, caramel, and earth

Taste: strong caramel, earth, peat, and some florals

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, light body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice and malty Scotch ale. Nothing horribly out of the box, but a solid beer I could have a couple of.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of captainhowdy39
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of brewman1526
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer from Erie... who would have thought? Pleasant maltiness, gentle alcohol warmth, a slight hop presence... this is not representative of most Scottish ales I've had, which I'm pretty sure is what it's intended to be, but still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Kraken
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, consumed 5/15/09
Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into my gold rimmed Stella glass. Firm pour conjures a short lived 1/8 inch head. Head falls quickly and leaves a barely perceptible scant of lace around the edge of the glass. Color is a deep and enticing copper.

Nose- Rich toasted nuts, specifically almonds and pecan. Burnt caramel, and peat.

Palate- Some bitterness, initially, like eating the skin from a peanut only less intense. Followed by a substantial nuttiness again with almonds and pecan. Some burnt caramel and peat come through with a hint of hop bitterness in the end. Finishes on the long side with lingering nuttiness, some toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel- Dry with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Very good. I find myself wanting more. This is a very nice beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this off of a trade from a local friend of mine. poured from 12 oz. bottle at cellar temperature into pint glass. pours a copper, almost dark copper, amber color, with a tiny bit of off white head that faded almost immediately to just a thin ring of foam on the outside of the glass. pretty much no head retention. hardly any lacing as well.

not a huge aroma, but there is some maltiness there. caramel notes coming in as well. slightly earthy.

the taste is pretty pleasent. very reminiscent of most amber ales ive had before. rich maltiness greets you at the begining of the sip and finishes with an earthy caramel malt finish. also some nuttiness in there. slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

medium body, with average carbonation. pretty drinkable beer, but i couldnt see myself buying this all on its own. its worth a try, but i wouldnt suggest going out of your way to pick this up.

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an american pint glass.

Appearance: copper colored brew with a modest head
Smell: malty and sweet; very unassuming; typical to style
Taste: great balance; nice malty sweet taste up front with a lingering malt finish. The malt is there but not over dominant, just the right balance. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and a nice level of carbonation which lends to it's drinkability
Drinkability: the more I drink the more I like it. This beer is so well balanced and as the beer hits it's optimal drinking temperature where all the depth of the malts come out. great stuff

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased to see this one flowing on draft tonight at Lancelot's in Wintersville, OH...appears a copper amber tone with an off white cream head leaves nice lacing around my glass even with each sip. Aromatics mild caramel and warming nutty edge very light herbal hops rather clean with a slight mineral character as well. Flavor is clean with a good mix of hops and malts nutty caramel tone with a clean mild herbal hop finish. Mouthfeel is in the light to medium body range with moderate carbonation very nice stuff. Drinkability is really good stuff not the most complex brew but quaffable beer from up in Erie...one of my first bottle reviews I take it back not bad at all.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a Laughing Skull pint glass. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle -- added mid-tasting.

Pours a deep amber with a moderate off-white head that has limited retention and only leaves a small ring of lacing on the glass.

The smell is malt, with hints of musty earth, floral soap, peat and a trace of smoke. The taste is better, with more toasted malt, no mustiness, and some caramel and nut flavors.

M: enough carbonation to impart some crispness; somewhat smooth; slight dryness in finish; body is too thin and watery for style.

O: a decent brew, despite the poor nose. Higher ABV evident in feel but not the flavor or aroma.

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beer21
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.