Railbender Ale - Erie Brewing Co.
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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.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2010 14:11:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Having had this fantastic Scottish ale in bottle form, the tap version is just as good if not better. Pours a deep amber with light quickly dissipating head that leaves light white lacing. Smell of caramel, toffee, fresh biscuit, with a light peat smell. Taste is excellent with rich caramel malts and peat malt shinning through. Silky smooth mouthfeel, refreshing for a beer coming in at a higher ABV. Light toffee taste in the back with caramel malts and almost zero bittering hops. Excellent as always and one I would suggest to turn newbie beer lovers onto as well as the experienced beer nut. Cheers.
Serving type: growler
06-14-2014 19:51:34 | More by Brutaltruth
Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.