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Railbender Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Railbender AleRailbender Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

669 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 20
Gots: 43 | 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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Ratings: 669 | Reviews: 313 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

ericruud, Jul 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

JSTpt1022, Jan 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

d_brommer_nh, Nov 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Jerid, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of gfreed
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

As I've said elsewhere, the downside of the current beer explosion in America is the river of average or below-average beer crashing into stores everywhere. The trick is picking out the good beer from the cases of junk. I like a beer adventure as much as the next drinker, but I do get tired of dragging home one crappy beer after another. This brew plops neatly into the crap trap: beef-broth color and beef-broth taste from the beginning all the way to the tired, bitter end. And not good beef broth, either: it's the ick your grandmother used to make from 10-year-old bullion cubes that had been sitting in a glass jar with a red rooster on the label. Avoid. Or, if you must have beef broth, make it from cow bones.

gfreed, Jun 02, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

derekdenim, Jan 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

dan027, May 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

notarealperson, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of yesyouam
2.1/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Erie Railbender Ale is very clear and brown with a white head that quickly vanishes. It has an odd aroma, with notes of fusel, spoiled fruit, resin and cardboard. It's medium-full bodied and pretty smooth with a slightly ragged finish. It tastes better than it smells, but it's a very boozy flavor and fusel is present. There is a slight sweetness, like sorghum, with notes of wood resin and chocolate. There is an herbal bitterness at the finish. This stuff burns all the way down.

yesyouam, Jul 18, 2010
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2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The appearance was good; color and clarity were fair. Head retention was okay as well; but it was all down hill from there.
There was little-to- no aroma; and flavor was very poor.
Unfortunately, I bought a whole case--took a while to get rid of it.
A very disappointing beer!
Pony up the extra dough and buy a good beer.

eandolina, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of ski271
2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A good bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. A careful pour produces a mostly clear, medium amber beer with a tinge of red. Almost no head, just a small ring of slightly off-white bubbles. Smell is of mild citrus and grain. Nothing all that special. More of the same in the taste, along with some rather unpleasant yeast flavors. It has a medium-light body, dry texture and moderate carbonation. Overall, it wasn’t a very good beer experience. It’s not bad, but there’s nothing about this beer that would ever make me want to pay that much for another.

ski271, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of dansm
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light to medium amber with a small off-white head.

S-Mostly grainy with a hint of alcohol. Not too aromatic.

T-The taste isn't bad, just not very memorable. A little grainy with some hints of citrus, and just a little bitter kick at the end.

M-medium bodied and dry, with a little carbonation. Again not bad.

D-This is a fairly drinkable beer.

dansm, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of weeare138
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a transparent honey toned gold with a 2 finger fluffy white head that quickly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is grainy, grassy, along with cake that's been drizzled with honey...interesting combination to say the least. I'm getting the feeling that this isn't the "Scottish Ale" (as BA claims...should be an English Ale as another reviewer posted) that I was getting into.
Taste is of bitter skunk weed with sugar and dishwashing soap. What the hell happened here?
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth, sweet up front before becoming bitter with a gritty, semi-dry finish.

weeare138, Feb 02, 2007
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2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Breeze for hooking me up with a sixer of this one that's not distributed here in North Jersey. Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a caramel reddish amber into the glass, where a full two finger head is slowly building. There are steady streams of many tiny bubbles rising, with moderate and sporadic lacing. It's definitely a solid looking beer.

Smell- After sampling this beer five times previously, the first aromas I've been getting are caramel malts, but now I'm smelling just a wisp of smoky wood... and maybe something plummy. Not bad, I do get a sense of the alcohol in the nose though.

Taste- Here's the problem... the beer doesn't come together well, considering the potential complexity in the taste. While the initial malt character envelops the tongue, the alcohol heat and generally unpleasant hop bitterness is far too aggressive. It's heavy and hot thoughout the middle and the entire finish, which could be considered appropriate if this were an IPA.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Initially the texture is prickly and borderline overcarbonated... halfway through the tasting it mellows, but never becomes anything exciting. Since the taste and overall enjoyment of this beer defines the drinkability score, it doesn't fare well at all... I couldn't suggest this or promote it in any way.

yelterdow, Dec 20, 2007
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2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I really saddens me to dump on the flagship beer of my hometown brewery; but alas it is not near one of my favorites.

A very strong ale.
Dark red to brown in color.
there is almost never a head on this brew- which is always disappointing.
The malts totally over power both the beginning and finish of this beer.
Historically batches have not been overly consistent - but there is evidence that that has improved over the past few years.
The taste is not complex- some bitters but overall is just kinda blaaaa
No evidence of hops in my estimation as the beer is soooo malty.

the positives are it is a nice color, it is not very expensive, and it will quickly do the trick if catching a buzz is your goal.

Turbansurfer, Apr 17, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Lockbreeze925, Oct 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

MPSTARR, Jun 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Brewsed, Sep 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

mmsimmons, Feb 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Mark5252, Mar 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

jtennyson99, Oct 28, 2013
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2.64/5  rDev -27.5%

BcOneSeven, Aug 26, 2014
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.

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 13, 2012
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Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.