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Derailed Black Cherry Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 20%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 10-15-2009

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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by DrDemento456:
Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad for what it is, they threw some artificial cherry flavoring into a cream ale (a popular style up north in these parts) with Genny's Cream ale, and other Canadian versions making some sales. This is a niche beer for those that like this style, and it actually works it's drinkable, pours a pink tinted golden amber hue with a light pink head. Minimal lacing. Aromatics tart cherry with a bread malt base with some cooked veggies and herbal notes. Flavor was sweet but not cloying tart cherries in addition to a nice light cream ale base. Mouthfeel a bit strong with carbonation a bit sweet but drinks smooth, will be popular with the ladies. In closing it's not my style but I always try to give a fair shake to local PA beers especially one like Erie that I've been drinking since I've found good beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev +9.8%
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,

Photo of tallfellapgh
4.37/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Took awhile to find but blows away Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Now need to find on draught!

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of asabreed
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A light peach color with some orange thrown in, a lot of carbonation, and a decent off-white head, leaving some nice lacing and drops around the top of the glass.

Smell: The corn and sugar sweetness is there, along with some grain aromas, and finally some syrupy light black cherry or lighter blackberry.

Taste: Going along with the aroma, there's some sugar sweetness and light black cherry, seemingly syrup, and lingering semi-sweetness. Soda-esque, but somehow not as bad as I'd anticipated for a brew like this, and easy-drinking.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied and fairly creamy, and the levels seem to be just right to handle the sweetness.

Drinkability: For what it is, this isn't a bad brew, though I don't think I could have more than maybe two max in a session. And as far as fruit beers, which I'd also consider this, I'd rather drink this than many others out there, and I'm pretty sure my wife's going to like this and agree with me on that point.

Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out in a nice carbonated swirl. It's very light, pretty much pink. I would like this better, but it ends up kind of flat.

Smell: High points here. Nothing too complex, just a whole lot of cherries. Sweet and sour at the same time. What can I say? I'm a sucker for fruity beer smells.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not my favorite taste or mouthfeel. Some sweet and sour cherries and that's it. It's a bit too sweet, yet still dry at the same time. It's almost like one of the those kiddy cocktails or Shirley Temples (or whatever you called it). Mouthfeel is extremely flat and watery.

Drinkability: The odd flavor and mouthfeel combination throws this out of balance.

Overall: A miss overall.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My boss brought back a bottle of Derailed from Eric Brewing from his annual Xmas trip to PA. The DBCA poured a clear copper color with fizzy white head that is not lacing. The smell includes hints of cherry...very mild. The taste has a cherry flavor to it and very light malt. The mouthfeel was a lighter bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall it isnt bad, just dont think I could make an evening out of drinking just this beer.

Photo of cjgator3
2.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a huge off-white head with great retention and lacing. 

S- The first thing I smell with this beer is the toasted malts.  The black cherry notes are a nice compliment to the malt in the aroma.

T- The black cherry flavors stand out in the taste immediately. The taste is definitely on the sweet side, the sweetness surprised me a little bit at first, I was expecting something more on the dry side. There's not much hops in the finish, just a lingering sweetness in the finish.

M- the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this beer was not horrible but the sweetness was just too much for me. 

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.26/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light color, odd considering it is a black cherry ale. Crystal clear.

I don't smell much out of this beer, smells like watered down apple or grape juice.

Clean and refreshing. Tastes like apples and cherries along with a subtle hop and malt bill. There seems to be a clean juice taste without fruit skins, which contributes to how it feels. Subtle feel, no tannis, watery and light. Very drinkable.

Photo of DerekP
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Erie Brewing Co either impresses me or lets me down. There are a few of their beers that I really like, and I few others I don't really care for, but I always give them a shot when I see a brew of theirs that I haven't had yet. That being said, it's time to move on and review Erie Brewing Co's Derailed Black Cherry Ale.

The brew pours a hazy amber brown from what I can tell; let's just say I don't have the pleasure of natural light right now. There also seems to be a faded grayish-red hue toward the corners of the glass (2-D perspective). A silky, multi-layered rim collects itself after a few minutes.

The smell is delicious, albeit it is probably derived from some sort of cherry extract. Canned cherries; that's all I can gather from the smell.

The taste is a little bit of husk up front, with a sweet cherry finish. Muted malts and a pseudo oxidation taste at first, but the cherry sweetness soon washes that away. Still, I'm left with a syrupy tongue more akin to a few maibocks I've run into in the past than a cream ale.

Not a bad brew, but not one I would drink a lot of.

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with a sticky 2 finger head. Subtle nose of biscuits with lightly sugared cherry jam.

Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet biscuit graininess up front followed by a subtle floral and earthy hop presence. Finishes with just a touch of cherry tartness. Lingering black cherries in the mouth but nothing too overbearing. Nice feeling in the mouth but a little too much lingering sweetness. Also, its a little boring, even for a fruit beer which usually have some interesting qualities be it good or bad.

Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet cherries. Taste is also dominated by sweet cherries, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a different and good quality beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a nectarine orange with a bright clarity and an off white, patchy head that did little to stick around or impress. Visible effervesce was light, of tightly bound micro-bubbles that lazily rose to the surface. The color was not what I had in mind from the name, the head was sudsy and a non-factor and overall this just had no visual appeal.

S: The nose had light hints of cherry juice against a sugary cereal grain backing. Wish there was more to say here but mundane and again average at best.

T: The flavor was sweet, loaded with syrupy essence of cherry juice. Fruity with a touch of dry cherry skins sneak in midway through the experience before giving way to a slight tart finish. Overall the flavor was one-dimensional and overbearingly sweet and fruity.

M: The mouthful was flat, oily in texture and rather boring. A light to medium fullness.

D: Overall drinkability was less then average by my regards, way to sweet and overbearing to consume more then 1 with even that being a struggle. Halfway through the drink I questioned if it was worth it to finish.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a cream soda like color. Minimal head and light lacing. Quite clear and carbonated.

S- sour tart cherry smell. mild caramel malt and wheat smell hints at the nose.

T- a dark cherry tart flavor that is actually half decent. The flavor complements the sweet malts as well. It reminds me of a cherry jolly rancher that is melted.

M- light-bodied and tartness coats the mouth. Smooth and crisp.

O- i was actually impressed and i do like this beer. Erie has hits and misses but this is a hit. A nice sixer for a fall leaf raking is nice.

Photo of Immortale25
3.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable fresgbess date.

A- Pours a light copper color with a 1/4 inch head that wastes no time passing away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and very little surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Mild cherry smell up against some light malt.

T- Artificial fruit flavor that’s surprisingly not too sweet and doesn’t taste like cough syrup, both of which are pluses. Hardly any bitterness to speak of and doesn’t have an especially strong malt base. Sweet raisin aftertaste.

M- Pretty standard. Feels more like a lager. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Easy to drink but also not exciting to drink. At least it doesn’t suck.

Photo of JDW4195
4.63/5  rDev +47%
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.

Photo of metter98
2.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ah, one of those beers that, because you can grab a single, you decide to give it a go, despite some reservation about beers that note they are "malt beverage with fruit flavor added." Then it languishes in the beer fridge, repeatedly pushed aside until dwindling stock impels you to take the plunge.

This is the part where I would like to turn the corner and write that it turned out to be great beer. Alas, 'tis not to be. Poured a rather odd pale, reddish-pink tinge. Some sweet cherry notes in the aroma. Very little actual beer flavor. Primary flavor was a somewhat sweet cherry note, and with the high level of carbonation, this could easily have passed for watered down carbonated cherry Kool-aid.

Derailed ale. Puns are too easy here.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of lehows
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Tap Room on St. John, USVI. Poured a pale pinkish yellow color with a fizzy white head. Aromas of cherry, with a faint wet grain smell. Taste is quite pleasant and thirst quenching with cherry being the obvious dominating flavor. This basically tastes like soda with a mild malt flavor. Tasty if you are thirsty on a hot day but otherwise not much going on here.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I rate this beer a 2.5 out of 5.

Photo of spinrsx
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.