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Railbender Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Railbender AleRailbender Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

634 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 33 | 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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ericruud

Illinois

1/5  rDev -72.5%

07-13-2012 21:54:53 | More by ericruud
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JSTpt1022

New York

1/5  rDev -72.5%

01-16-2014 16:22:51 | More by JSTpt1022
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d_brommer_nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -45.1%

11-25-2013 23:48:30 | More by d_brommer_nh
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gfreed

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:30:45 | More by gfreed
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derekdenim

New York

2/5  rDev -45.1%

01-04-2013 21:30:52 | More by derekdenim
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dan027

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.1%

05-17-2013 02:22:49 | More by dan027
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yesyouam

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 09:17:39 | More by yesyouam
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eandolina

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 03:17:07 | More by eandolina
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ski271

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 20:33:49 | More by ski271
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dansm

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 22:25:31 | More by dansm
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 14:56:27 | More by weeare138
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 02:15:38 | More by yelterdow
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Turbansurfer

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 17:50:16 | More by Turbansurfer
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

01-04-2012 01:58:04 | More by IdrinkGas
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Lockbreeze925

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

10-22-2013 16:15:54 | More by Lockbreeze925
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

01-31-2012 05:38:15 | More by slimntubbs
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MPSTARR

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

06-12-2013 00:09:06 | More by MPSTARR
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Brewsed

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

09-27-2012 01:51:57 | More by Brewsed
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

02-19-2013 01:48:08 | More by mmsimmons
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

03-02-2013 21:15:56 | More by Mark5252
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jtennyson99

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

10-28-2013 00:51:30 | More by jtennyson99
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 14:55:25 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What a surprise, an average beer from Erie Brewing. Again, there is no risktaking with this ale but it does take a risk with the high ABV of nearly 7%.

This one you see alot locally maybe because it has a cool name...try one to make sure its not for you but I am not impressed by the lack of risktaking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 01:19:08 | More by woodske1
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chickenflea

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost clear ice tea color with a small fizzy off-white head. Fruity malt aroma with a touch apple vinegar and spice. Not at all what I expected from a Scottish ale. The taste is equally conflicted. Big sour front end moderating into a malty midlife and finishing off fruity sour apple peel bitterness. Light-medium body with a lively mouthfeel. Tangy. I liked it, but it was unusual and not at all what I expected for a Scottish ale. I downgraded it for missing the mark for its style. I upgraded the overall score because I liked the beer even though it tasted more like a bier de mars or a farmhouse.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 18:49:21 | More by chickenflea
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jhollick

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a minimal head, but had impressive lacing throughout the beer. The smell is not strong, mostly of malt and farmhouse type smells. The taste is biscuity and doughy with a dry aftertaste. Some raisin and plum flavors come through as well. The alcohol is well hidden, most likely leading to the dryness, as there is little to no hop presence in this beer. I am not a fan of the aftertaste at all; it actually overshadows the taste of the beer for me. I had this a couple months ago on tap and didn't care much for it, but I thought I'd give it another try. My mind hasn't really changed.

Overall, I can't call this drinkable because it isn't very well-balanced, its somewhat high in alcohol, and the sticky and dry aftertaste really stays with you. I won't be reaching for this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 18:22:28 | More by jhollick
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Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.