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Derailed Black Cherry Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Derailed Black Cherry AleDerailed Black Cherry Ale

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.75%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 10-15-2009)
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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.75/5  rDev +51.3%

Photo of jucifer1818
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%
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

Photo of FHSPSU67
4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.15/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Smooth creamlike mouthfeel. Sweet and tart cherrys, with a malty ale underneath. Very drinkable during the warm weather. A little lighter than the railbender ale, with some sweetness that makes this very drinkable.

Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev +29%
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 Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of swright13
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of brighteyes868
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of Impalafrank
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of Conniehophead
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of Gravesnyper
4/5  rDev +27.4%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of WrathsU
3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brilliantly clear light golden body with just a hint of ruby. Small white head that dissipates quickly, lacing is minimal.

S - A big dose of sweet malt up front. Cherry flavor is moderate which is great since I would hate an overpowering or underwhelming smell. Maybe a slight touch of bread towards the end. Not a lot of complexity but good enough.

T - Sweet cherry up front and it transforms into some tart cherry afterwards. A nice malt backbone helps keep the fruit in check and there is even some nice noble hop flavor in here as well. Perhaps the cherry should be toned just a bit as it is overall pretty sweet.

M - Light-medium body with good carbonation levels and no perceivable alcohol heat.

O - Overall it is a solid beer. I'm not a huge sweet beer fan so it's just a bit overboard for me but even so it's quite good. I think they balanced it pretty well with the malt and hop profiles.

Photo of longdivision
3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a reddish hued champagne color. Thin head. Slightly hazy.

Smell - Sweet, Fruity, definite strong notes of cranberry.

Taste - Sweet and apple up front. cherries and tartness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lightly juicy, wet but not heavy. Fine carbonation throughout and some creaminess.

Overall - I could drink a few of these. I can imagine really enjoying this in nice weather.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.9/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-amber, with a reddish tint - maybe the cherries?

s- wonderful cherry smell. Deep and sweet.

t- cherry maltiness start to finish. super smooth. great creamy taste, as if your actually eating a cherry.

m- medium body. frothy, smooth. goes down very easy, with a perfectly balanced carbonation.

d- easy to drink. delicious beverage with a nice feel to it. fun drink to have, considering the awesome cherry flavoring. you could have a few of these.

Photo of goblue3509
3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a very slight head and very minimal lacing if any. The aroma is of black cherries, but it isn't a cheap manaufactured smell. The smell is more of real cherries and there is a hint of earthy hops. The taste is of a perfect amount of cherry and some earthy hops. The taste is very smooth and well balanced. The mouthfeel is slightly watery but not too bad with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall the drinkability is good, the taste is crisp and clean and not overpowering and leaves you wanting more. You could drink a lot of these in a session.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.83/5  rDev +22%
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 Dmorrison
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the ideal, refreshing fruit beer. Many fruit beers have a gross, nyquil taste, but Erie's black cherry smells, and tastes, like honest cherries. The rest of the beer has a mild, prickly carbonation and a simple, malty flavor. There's no head to speak of. It's like a tasty, malty, cherry soda that will get you drunk. That might not sound like much, but many breweries have tried, and failed, to craft it before. I will definitely have another, some day at the bar.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +19.7%
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 harripat
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of infinitebruner
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

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. (4.00)

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. (3.25)

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. (3.50)

M – Very highly carbonated, effervescent. The sour and sugar are there and then just as quickly gone, with just the mild tart finish. (4.00)

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. (3.75)

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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.