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Derailed Black Cherry Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 209
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kyle7996
4.14/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good taste although on the sweet side not overly, smooth after taste. Not overly carbonated towards the end making it easy to drink. A good fruit beer. (153 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A:Light orange with a one-finger head
S: Some wheat/malt, a bit of cherry, light/straightforward
T: A bit sweet, black cherry but artificial/a bit soda-like
M: Light-bodied, a bit sweet
O: Reminds me more of soda than beer. Sweet/simple, tasty though artificial (298 characters)

Photo of chessiejackson
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's almost summer and this is a great refreshing beer. I wish I had discovered it earlier because the new labels don't have an engine on them and I save every label with trains on them because I'm a railfan, but this and their soleil are a heck of a lot better than other fruit beers I've had. (294 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very authentic on cherry flavor as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good fruited cream ale. All around good robustness and balance of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,395 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky deep gold with a rose tint producing 2 fingers of white, fizzy, foamy, shortlived head that leaves a thin surface cap, collar ring & no lace. Before I get started let me say that this is more like one of the sour ale styles or a fruit beer than a Cream Ale. In fact it puts me in mind of a Berliner Weissbier. It also reminds me slightly of Boulevard\'s Hibiscus Gose, though not of that quality. Is this brewed with Lactobacillus? Aroma is very thin & weak biscuit malt, with a sour note that suggests lemon & vinegar but nothing I would call cherry, some weak fruity hint is there, but my nose does not recognize it as cherry, black or otherwise. Taste is tart: Sweet tarts married to mineral water smothering hints of biscuit malt, honey & fruit that show up primarily in the finish. I can imagine a little cherry here. Afrertaste is rapidly fading mostly fruity tart & then nothing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation producing a prickly bite, a little slick, dry & crisp. (1,004 characters)

Photo of JDW4195
4.63/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not near as fruity as it sounds. Drinks like a lager, the black cherry is not overpowering, but it is pronounced. Good beer. I would like higher ABV, though. (157 characters)

Photo of jpro
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

A pretty bland beer... not much body and the finish is lackluster. Has more of a wheat beer character than a cream ale, and the tartness from the cherries / weird fermentation is pretty kickin’. Kind of dry and very tart - not really much else, though. It is refreshing, though... I'll give it that. (305 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

August 21, 2014

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Amber, a lot of orange especially where the light shines through easily. A decent ¾ inch head that drops down to a couple centimeters, very white.

S – Definitely getting some cherry notes, as expected based on the description, but some caramel and sugar as well. Might even say there’s a hint of alcohol.

T – Very tart, actually a lot of characteristics of a sour beer. Not as sweet as expected based on the smell, but definitely makes me pucker a little bit. It’s not necessarily like Warheads, but it’s not that far off from Shock Tarts. Amazingly, I’m not saying this actually a bad thing. Because it’s carbonated very well there’s quite a good balance with the sourness and the sugar I am getting. Tartness lingers briefly on the finish.

M – Very highly carbonated, effervescent. The sour and sugar are there and then just as quickly gone, with just the mild tart finish.

O – Not at all what I expected when I opened the bottle, from the appearance through to the flavor. It definitely has cherry, but much more of a tart, sour version than the sweetness I thought would be there. Don’t know that I could drink these all day, but as a one-off I am pleasantly surprised. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%

Undated bottle at 35 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of rotten cherries which quickly (fortunately) fades into maltiness
Head small (1.5 cm), off white, fizzy, immediately diminishing to partial 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body medium yellow, chill haze
Flavor pretty weak – just a hint of cherry which quickly vanishes leaving only malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 2.75 Final score: 2.76
Another weak offering from Erie Brewing. The initial rotting cherry odor assaulted my nose and nearly made me drop the bottle. Fortunately it quickly dispersed leaving behind only a weak cherry odor. After that, I was surprised that the beer actually didn’t taste completely horrible – what little cherry flavor was present rapidly gave way to a moderate maltiness. The lack of lacing and the short-lived fizzy head were somewhat disappointing. It seems a shame that, considering the proximity of Erie to the cherry and grape growing region of PA, no cherries were harmed making this beer. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

While a lot of brewers find cherry flavors best suited for strong, dark beers, this one goes a completely different route. It doesn't look like anything that would have black cherry in it, it does fit the look of a cream ale. It pours the palest white gold, but what ends up in the glass is a dark gold with a brown-orange hue deep within. An aggressive head foams high, eventually settling to a dense lump of pure white that drops down nice, chunky patching that connects with thick webbing.
The aroma gives up cherry in good measure over dry, wheaty malts. It's definitely much more strongly malty, but a hint of herb comes through. It's simple, but it works.
The flavor follows closely. Cherry is more sweet than tart with just the faintest hint of sour. There seem to be more fruits, though, pale flesh with a little bit of something like pear, and leaning quite sweet. Malts add a necessary dryness, though the sweetness is still foremost. The light herb still comes through on the end.
I don't know if this beer has been revised, people have had bad bottles, or I've somehow gotten an exceptionally good one, but the mouthfeel is fantastic. It's softly fluffy, creamy smooth with an excellent crispness flowing with the rolling smoothness. Just the right note of dryness cuts through the sweet, preventing any cloying feel or stickiness. (1,343 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegmans, poured chilled from the 12oz into a willybecker.

The color is light amber with a light haze and thin pale pink head which falls to a ring of fine beads, carbonation is visible and rises rapidly. The smell is faintly fruity with a creamy malt/yeast ester with light berry/cherry sweetness in the aroma. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and slight sweetness upfront with medium body and slight tangy cherry with semi-dry finish.

The flavor is as expected, pretty safe with slight cherry taste that adds a hint of fruit sweetness with a light yeast tanginess and mild creamy texture of malt in the back with a subtle, semi dry mild finish. The flavor is pretty good, not exceptional but it did exceed my expectations -worth a try however I probably will not purchase it again. (818 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer and it has a light rose color body with a very small head. The aroma is sweet and with a cherry notes. The taste is sweet but not overpouring of cherry, imo it coild be a little more tart. The mouthfeel is watery but goes down easy and overall a good beer. I would drink this in the summer. (309 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Somewhat hazy bright amber color with orange hightlight. Head is a solid 1/3 inch that settles to a mild lace ring.
S - Smell is rather bready, mild grainy hops, and a sort of brown sugar pure black cherry juice thing going on.
T - Well I reached for a fruit beer and got a good one! Sweet ripe black cherries meets a mild sweet malts and a somewhat muted hop edge so guess what it taste more like fruit than beer. Not too overly sweet or tart just fruity.
M - Light to medium easy to chug even right out of the bottle.

Overall they really made quite a good fruit beer maybe too fruity but its far from watery and has enough hop balance for it to be a beer. I would get it again. (684 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like black cherries and bready/grainy malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma, full of bready/grainy malt and sweet cherries. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and surprisingly creamy. It has good, soft carbonation which helps make this brew easy to drink. I think it's a solid beer overall, I certainly wouldn't turn one down! $1.79 a single. (574 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mystery beer at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan. Figured I'd give it a try... never heard of the beer or brewery before.

Well... I'm surprised this beer is classified as a cream ale. What? It's the very definition of a fruit beer. The black cherry is on the front and back and everywhere in between. It's in the smell, and it's all around. The aftertaste is somewhat tart and pretty sweet, with a malt body that reminds you that this is a beer and not some sort of a wine cooler. Make no qualms about it, this is a fruit beer. It's not a beer with fruit juice added, it tastes like fruit juice with beer added ... take that as you will. It's not an awful beer, but one was enough for me, and I doubt I could ever have more than two in a session. The dominance of the cherry makes this a super "girly beer". Some malt, lots of tart and sweet cherries. It's not bad by any means, but it's far from great. (910 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pouring to a light tan/orange hue, this beer has little foam, moderate carbonation, and a nose that is rather faint, with scents of wheat, grain, and a small amount of fruit. There is little or no lacing and the body of the beer is completely clear.

Taking a taste of this beer, I can detect a little bit of dark fruit, some apple, a touch of honey, and some lightly toasted malt and biscuits. There isn’t much hop character and the beer finishes light and clean. The fruit taste is a little sweeter than tart overall.

This beer is made with natural black cherry flavor but I find the cherry qualities a little more subdued than expected. I have tried other cherry beers and, from the very first sip, it is obvious that the beer in front of you is a cherry brew. With this one, not so much. You can taste some fruit, but it is a little more subtle than others and I can see how some may mistake the cherry for different fruits.

Fruit beers are sometimes difficult to get right. With this beer, the flavors seem a tad off. It’s an acceptable beer, but not one I would seek out in the future. (1,098 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a mostly clear (with just the slightest hint of haziness) dark honey to apricot in color with moderate amounts of fine carbonation and some dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of black cherries over the top of light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with light to moderate flavors of black cherries. Lightly sweet with mostly natural fruit flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink and enjoyable - especially on a steamy hot early summer afternoon. Overall the aromas and flavors are light enough and blend well in the cream ale style. Refreshing. (915 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color with some hues of brown and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of black cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has muted flavors of black cherries and malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely feels like a cream ale but the cherry flavors seem artificial and not strong enough. (585 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish gold with a big, soapy, soft, white head that has decent retention

S - grainy with some faint cherry notes

T - cereal grains, sweet, black cherry syrup

M - a bit sticky, medium bodied, crisp

This concept has potential. I like the creaminess of the beer and the cereal grains seem spot on. Had real black cherries been used this would probably be a hit. As it is the artificiality of the cherry flavoring is off putting. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't seek it out again. (488 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy pale copper with a faint reddish tint. The small white head dissipates rather rapidly leaving just a ring and decent lacing.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma with a subtle cherry character that seems more natural than artificial.

Taste: light malt flavor with a fair bit of sweetness. The cherry is less subtle, and more tart (thankfully) than anticipated from the nose. Still, (acceptably) sweet overall.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; medium carbonation; smooth. Nice, but seems too watery.

Overall: a decent and refreshing cherry ale; just don’t expect a lambic or kriek. Not really a cream ale either, (694 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an odd color not red but not amber. Has a slightly pinkish tint to foamy top.slight lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is of big sweet cherries light malts and little if any hop, if its there I dont smell it.

T: Taste is at first malt which slides into a sweet cherry wine type taste.

M: Mouthfeel is of a medium body and good carbonation level.

O: Overall an all around decent beer, had no idea what to expect. Really hoped it would not taste like a cooler which it does not to me has a beer taste and feel.Would drink this again in a heartbeat. (552 characters)

Photo of Mordkanin
2.03/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It basically tastes and smells like carbonated apple juice. No sour notes whatsoever, so it doesn't even have a nice hard cider appeal.

I'm not getting any cherry from it. Finished two bottles, served in a pint glass. Overall, pretty disappointing. (249 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
4.46/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at tallahssee brewfest.

My rating is overall very high, and their is a reason for this. This beer claims to taste black cherry like.
Ive never had a beer that claimed to be "cherry" do anything cut suck and have a grattey chemicly taste....

this one actually tastes like a cherry beer should taste. For that, Ive give it a lot of credit.
If you want to have something cherry like that doesn't taste like cough syrup, give it a shot!
you wont be dissipointed (468 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the IGA in Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Slightly hazy gold colour with a huge size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, citric acid, tart cherries

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a ton of carbonation - bubbles bouncing all over the place; almost like a seltzer. I can taste grains/bread mixed with citric acid and tart cherries. There is also a bit of butterscotch/caramel and a rustiness. It ends with a tart aftertaste.

Overall – An interesting beer.. not really what I was expecting. There isn't as much cherry flavour but maybe that's a good thing. It's got shades of a sour beer, so fans of that style might enjoy this beer. The mouthfeel is off, but other than that it's a beer worth trying once. (870 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a lightly hazy golden orange color with a small white head. The head faded fast leaving a light lacing.

Smell – Aromas of a malty base mixed with cherry are the most prominent. With these are some lighter aromas of yeast and some banana.

Taste – The flavor begins of a sweeter cherry and lighter malt base. As it moves on the sweetness fades slightly but by no means does the cherry flavor becomes more dry. Toward the middle and the end of the taste notes of vanilla shinning through and create a palatable flavor on the tongue that lingers on.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather average with the carbonation level being slightly above. Both were quite fitting for the sweeter and fruitier flavors of the beer, making it more refreshing on the tongue.

Overall – While on the sweeter side this was a very tasty and refreshing beer. One that is good on a summer day and one well worth a try if you have never had it. (998 characters)

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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.