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Derailed Black Cherry Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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73
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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 20.06%
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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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

crowsnest, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

pcsnyder, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of garcia2a
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a red toned golden color, clear with light carbonation and a two finger head.

The nose had nice cherry fruit tones, noticeable but not overpowering. I got a slight grass and bread note at the end.

The fruit carried well to the taste, again prominent but not overpowering. A reasonable dry finish with an earthy grain faint aftertaste.

The body is good for the style. Mouthfeel is good, making this a pretty easy drinking beer.

garcia2a, Oct 20, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

52P48, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

wrightst, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

DuffDaddy, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

spikechiquet, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

rpenterics, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of pzrhsau
3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good reddish hue accentuates the deep golden color of the beer. Decent sized head but didn't retain well.
Smell: A good deep fresh cherry aroma.
Taste: Crisp clean cherry flavor. Very deep, I almost got the feeling that the cherries were dried. There was some subtle malt flavor as well.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very drinkable, crisp with a light carbonation making it easy to enjoy.

pzrhsau, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  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.

Brenden, Apr 09, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

DrDemento456, Aug 16, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint: Light golden-orange, clear & slightly hazy, with a finger of head that drops quickly, leaves a dusting & collar.

Banana & clove in the aroma, very weizen-like, a little vanilla. No cherry to be found, slightly musty, hay.

Taste is initially wheaty, too, gummy. Then comes the cherry, with a moderate balance of sweet candy & tart finish, not overly cloying. Finish is a little gummy again, a little cherry in the aftertaste.

Medium-light-bodied, a little thickening & sweet but ends pretty smoothly with getting too sticky.

Nicely light but flavorful fruited beer that's neither hitting you over the head nor taste weak & artificial.

OneDropSoup, Jun 08, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy pale-orange hue with a very light pinkish cast. There's a moderate effervescence and a finger of frothy white foam, which seems to be dissipating rather rapidly. Not too bad.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma with a good cherry character. It's a bit on the sweet side but the fruit smells quite natural. I like it.

Taste: light malt flavor with a fair bit of sweetness. The cherry here is tasty enough, but it just doesn't feel correctly balanced. There needs to be either a lot more or a bit less fruit character. I like it, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light mouthfeel with a big carbonation and concomitantly good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer isn't perfect, but I'm partial to cherries so I can overlook some of its flaws. I think it would be better classified as a fruit beer than a cream ale, though, as the cream ale character is absolutely buried here.

flagmantho, Jun 28, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a white lacing.

Smells of tart and sweet cherry over barley malt.

Flavor is sweet/tart cherry over somewhat bitter lager-like barley malt flavor.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall, interesting but not great. Glad I tried it, probably won't try it again. I was expecting the sweetness to come through more in the taste. That it didn't might be a good thing or a bad thing.

Cylinsier, May 16, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber/honey color. Very little head or retention, all white and a thin film. No lace at all.
Smell is hops, malt, cherry syrup, pretty well balanced.
Taste is a good balance of hops and malt with a sweet, black cherry flavor throughout.
A tangy effervescence fades to a smooth finish, slightly dry with a mellow sweet cherry aftertaste. A nice beer overall. Would gladly have several more of these. Looking forward to trying others from Erie Brewing.

PorterLambic, Jul 28, 2010
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3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

tdm168, Apr 05, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

This is the second chance I've tried this beer. First time, the bottle was obviously old, it gushed out the bottle as soon as I opened it and did not smell good at all. This time, it was in as new stock, so I jumped on the chance to try it, given my obscene love for black cherry soda. Pours a golden color with a small head. Aroma is mild, grainy, and sweet, with a touch of cherry. The taste has a bit more of the cherry in it, along with the aformentioned sweet, grainy malts. There's not too many other dimensions in here, it's a pretty simple brew. I wouldn't mind more cherry flavor, it's present on the beginning and leaves a slight lingering flavor, but for a "black cherry ale", I expected more fruit. The mouthfeel is satisfying, with a nice level of carbonation, and the drinkability is good. It's an alright brew, I can't help but want something more though.

shand, Feb 17, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of loose, bone white head on top of a golden brown body. The head has surprising staying power and leaves decent lace.

S - Light, grainy malt with lots of berry-like fruit aroma. Raspberries and black cherry.

T - A big, sweet note of juicy raspberryies and pears up front. Some light toasted malt backing up the fruit.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish

D - I didn't expect too much from this beer, but it is actually pretty dectent. It is not at all complex, with the fruit flavor thoroughly dominating anything else, but it is relatively mild and it avoids becoming cloyingly sweet or cough syrup like. If you want a mild, non wheat dominated fruit beer, this would be a decent choice.

nickfl, Oct 18, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

UfosBigRigsnBBQ, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

TonyY, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

MightiestBeard, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange colored beer with a very rapidly fading head.Aroma is dark cherries.Taste is the same dark cherries and and a tiny bit of taosty malts.Overall a pretty average beer not great not terrible.I probably wouldn't try again but it might be worth to try at least once.

matty, Oct 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

abcdefghijkyle, May 24, 2013
Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.