Railbender Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Railbender AleRailbender Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

316 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 707
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 19
Gots: 80 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2001

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Railbender Ale pours a clear copper color with a small creamy head on top. The foam settles down to a ring around the beer leaving behind a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with light fruit (white grape?) and pale malt notes.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty with crisp notes of toasted malt and light fruit (white grape again) notes. A little honey and pepper notes towards the end. It finishes dry with lingering malt and fruit notes when gone.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Would go great with a bbq. (597 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not real sure exactly what style this thing is. The first thing i notice is the spicy nature. Its definitely got the spicy rye base going on. It smells and tastes like a good rye beer. Then I get hints of Belgian yeasty esters as well. I get hints of cereal grains as well. Very complex, smooth, and drinkable for what it looks like.

God bless stumbling into this thing at an Applebees off of St Rt 2 in Sandusky, OH! (418 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Very hazy, copper brew with a moderate head and no lacing.

S - Potent concord grapes are accompanied by fainter malt and hay.

T - Slight honey sweetness, a bit of red grape skins and malt. Aftertaste is a malty bitterness bordering on medicinal.

M - Thin, smooth, a little refreshing.

D - Meh. Nowhere is it great - or even very good. It doesn't seem overly scottish to me either. I don't think I'll buy this six pack again. (432 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Shows a clear copper on the pour with a thin cap. Retention is a bit too swift however.

Bit of smoked malts on the nose, coming as a bit of a surprise for the light colored pour. Offers a neutral graininess and a light hop presence initially, expanding with warming to add a touch of lager like oktoberfest caramel to the mix.

Flavors of lemon bread and light grains along with some orangey caramel notes. Seems a bit artificial in nature and has an odd 'bitterness' on the close. Feel is moderate but the finish detracts a bit given the additive type flavor profile. Overall the finish has a sweet component but is really rather dry and a bit chalky in nature. A rather light bodied Scotch Ale which still manages to mask its might with ease. (792 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A coppery colored brew with maybe a 1/2 finger of white head that has relatively short retention and only has a little bit of lacing.

S: Big aroma on this beer. Lots of sweet malts are up front bringing a huge amount of caramel notes, with a nice bready, yeasty backbone. Really a rich, full-smelling beer.

T: Not nearly as sweet as I had feared from the aroma. A fair amount of nuttiness comes through with the original caramel malt push, followed by a yeasty flavor and some dark fruits. The finish is sweet, with a little bit of bitterness to keep it from being cloying.

M: Medium bodied and light on the carbonation. This beer is creamy and slightly sticky.

O: Not a flawless beer, but a darn good one. Lots of malt flavors and aromas, and well balanced. It hides its 6.8% well, so I could see this being rather dangerous. (834 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Snifter.

A-Dark ruby red, brown

S-Toffee, caramel, heather, really nice from beginning to end

T-Awesome, this is really a very pleasant surprise, haven't previously reviewed many Scotch Ales, but this is a definite keeper

M-very solid, nothing unpleasant

O-really enjoyable, if looking for something a bit different, this is it (371 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent orange/amber, not much head and lacing, decent retention, nice color. The aroma is full of caramel and malts. There's also some minor hints of chocolate, toffee, and a touch of apple. The flavors match up with the aromas. More caramel and toffee. It kind of tastes like a caramel apple. Bittersweet with an earthy hop bite. Mouthfeel is really nice, smooth, spritzy. Finishes clean and dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed; easy drinking and refreshing which is the best part.

This is a "meat and potatoes" kind of beer. Nice Irish vibe, nice Scottish Ale, really nice for the style.. I'm surprised it's taken so long for me to try this one, but I'd have it again. (711 characters)

Photo of Garlicjosh
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-
One finger head that fades fast into a light ring on the edge
Light brown / copper in color with a decent, constint stream of carbonation bubbles.

S;
Roasted Malts right away with nutty and toffee not far behind. Roasted smell lingers in my nose as I go to take my first sip

T;
Almost spot on to the smell just more of it. The roasted smell makes no attempt to blend in. The nutty that I got in the smell trails behind and starts to blend in more towards the back of my palate in which it meets up with a hint of wood. No alchol and really no lacing on the glass...none that sticks around long anyway.

M;
nicely heavy but still smooth making it easy to drink...on a dangerous level.

O;
I find this to be a fantastic ale. Has made me decide to seek out more scotch ales. I love the complexity while still having a high drink ability. (839 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vibrant and clear orange with a thin lace of crystal head. Caramel roasted maltiness on the nose with a touch of either smoke or wood. Mild in body with lots of carbonation.
Toffee like sweetness followed by a hint of balancing smoke. Very neutral aftertaste. No alcohol detection but a warming finish in the throat. Flavors are subdued but the body holds up magnificently and the light toasted and caramelized notes are complimented very well by just the right touch of smoke. Detectable, but not overbearing. Dangerously drinkable. Nothing to crazy but overall pretty decent brew by Eerie.

This beer is what it is, doesnt go over the top and doesnt try to compete with bigger scotch ales. It wants to be a drinkable scotch ale and it does it well. (750 characters)

Photo of AMiz602
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To begin with it has a chocolate smell, a very fresh roasty bean sort of smell with dark red cherry, syrupy flavor. All I can say--it smells very sweet.

It has a moderate head, but is a medium based carbonated beer.

The taste is that of roasted cocoa beans with a nice hoppy aftertaste. It finishes pretty dry, and the slight carbonation helps to bring out and balance the sweetness in the beer. (398 characters)

Photo of shand
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a clear red-orange color with a small head. Aroma is biscuity malts and grains, that's about it. The taste is good, if uncomplex. Sweet malts and grains dominate for a while, but the aftertaste is the most pleasant thing about this ale, with a lingering biscuity malt taste. The mouthfeel is fairly well-carbonated with a medium body, and the drinkability is good. It's a fairly average beer, all said and done. Could be good to give to macro drinkers, as it has a bit of "that taste" with the grains and sweet malts, but with a much higher quality of ingredients. (628 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Eric Railbender, which was brought back from PA by my boss over the Xmas holiday. The beer poured a clear amber with virtually no head and obviously no lace. The smell includes sweet malt and a waff of alcohol. The taste was a decent amber ale with nice sweet malt and just a touch of hop for a clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium body with ok carbonation. Overall it is a good beer which could be sessioned. (417 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-golden amber with a nice cream colored head

S-smells like licorice and peppermint. also like light honey and barley. medium strength

T-comes in with a taste of licorice and sweet barley. its a smooth taste. its a simple and balanced taste as well. it has a matching after-taste. some biscuit in the after-taste too.

M-medium carbonation with a sticky finish

O-its fairly drinkable, but i'm not a big fan of this one. its a unique taste but its just not the type of taste i want a whole glass of. it gets old quickly. i'll pass this when i see it (551 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a tan head.

Smells of roasted malt and caramel, backed by a floral bouquet with fresh berry notes.

Roasted malt bready mouth feel dominates giving way to caramel with some bitter burnt sugar notes. Finishes dry with a slight bitter herb taste. An excellent beer with big malt flavor. (304 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, orange-amber color with a half inch thick, off-white head that dissipates after 2 minutes. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Scotch for sure.. With a subtle sweetness and maybe some toasted malts. That's all I can detect.

Taste - Scotch flavor is the most dominant. Along with a light sweetness and nutty character. Lightly toasted malts and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I don't normally drink this style of beer.. they gross me out. This is the first one that didn't, although I wouldn't drink more than one bottle.. (587 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangish amber with a thin layer of loose, soft, off white head that lingers. The nose has notes of caramel and butterscotch as well as some faint fruity aromas. The flavor is heavy caramel with some faint butterscotch notes and a mild bitterness in the finish. It has a medium body and is very smooth though a little heavily carbonated.

This is a very refreshing beer. It's easy to drink and offers a very smooth, balanced flavor. It's a little more carbonated than I would like, but nonetheless, enjoyable. (523 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a nice color, looks to be a mixture of golden and amber. There is a minimal head which dissapates quickly and almost no lacing in the glass.

The smell and taste of fruit are heavy; I can't tell exactly which type of fruits are in the brew; perhaps cherries and oranges.

This beer is very sweet, no bitterness at all. It is almost too sweet. Just a little bitterness would have been nice.

The mouthfeel is 'fruity', the brew goes down smoothly with no bitterness or aftertaste. There is no alchohol taste either.

This beer tastes like it would be good in either the summer or winter. Overall I would not turn it down but I won't be going out of my way to obtain more. (689 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some malts are apparent. Tastre is also mild, some malts, a touch of fruit, delicate flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer. (252 characters)

Photo of brewpig
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got a case from my son for xmas after i told him to buy me a six pack of craft beer (w/my money)...did not even know this beer existed but saw it was a scottish ale and had never had one before so was looking forward to trying it out.

smell was a malty w/maybe some nutty esters and a little scotchy also.

heavy mouthfeel but smooth very little carbonation.

taste was not exactly what i expected...watery w/bitterness and malty aftertaste w/ahint of scotch.

not bad but this is a tad harsh and not sessionable...2 or 3 is about it. (535 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/18/11 notes. Shared by nmann08; thanks Nate. 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a transparent dark amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light spice.

t - Tastes of nuts, caramel malts, toasted malts, light cinnamon and spice, light fruit, and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. Lots of nuts and caramel malts and pretty easy to drink. Would have again. (557 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red brown with almost no head and lacing. It looks very maple syrup like.

S- Mild malt tones with some sweet and smokey notes.

T- Light sweetness upfront followed by mild malt flavor and a slight smokiness.

M- Medium light bodied with low carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable, this is defiantly one of my favorite Scotch Ales. (335 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i really like this one. a red ale (not sure why it says scottish?) but its a red through and through, all malty and sweet, but this one has a nice hop kick as well, and a really jivey carbonation which makes it really drinkable. medium body, medium abv, great palate. the nose and taste are both overloaded with amber malt and crisp american hops. i think it is erie's flagship beer. would like to see this one get a little broader distrobution. nice local product for northwestern pa, otherwise a beer wasteland (512 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle ---> Pint glass. Dark amber. Small white head. Little lacing.

Smell is balanced yet restrained. Nice hop aroma and buttered bready malts. Some maple sweetness and a crisp herbal touch.

Taste is also balanced between sweet roasted grain and fresh hops. The guy at the bottle shop described it as a mix between pale ale and IPA. Nice aroma without the bitterness.

Could throw back a few of these..very nice.

Tasty brew. I just wish there was more info on the bottle (477 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber. A little hazy. Forms a small 1/8" of off-white head that has very poor retention and quickly reduces down to a minimal surface coating. Minimal lacing as well.

S: Slightly creamy. Some bread and an mild alcoholic "brightness."

T: Creamy, toasty, and bready. Peanuts. Slight, dull cinnamon spice. Flavor fades quickly to a seltzery finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side. Meaty and slightly viscous.

O: A decent brew. Flavorful, but unexciting. Would have never guessed it was a Scottish ale. (539 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper. Small to medium sized head. Smell is pleasant sweet malt. Toffee. Taste has mild sweetness. Toasty malt. Some herbal and grassy hops. Very nicely balanced and tasty. Very clean and crisp. Medium bodied. Very nicely carbonated. Great feel. Overall, a really nice beer. Very drinkable and sessionable. Doesn't show its abv at all. (355 characters)

Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
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