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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: 168
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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1/5  rDev -68.2%

klein, Jul 22, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -60.2%

Larrydoherty, Jul 04, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Ktjonesy, Aug 04, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

oneturbucfan, Dec 26, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

maznblue80, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -47.5%

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.

jtierney89, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Mordkanin
1.98/5  rDev -36.9%

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.

Mordkanin, Jan 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

Pensfan0782, Jan 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

bilhelm, May 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

Papabeans, Jan 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

Lare453, May 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

mcewesr, Apr 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

TequilaTom, May 26, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

craigdb, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of speter
2.2/5  rDev -29.9%

12-oz bottle into nonic.

A: Copper colored with a substantial head that fades to impressive lacing.

S: Metallic cherry cough syrup. It's difficult to get past that.

T: Unfortunately, much like the smell. There is an overpowering cherry sucrettes taste that overpowers any other tastes present. Cherry up front, in the center and as a lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium body with a pleasant level of carbonation. Just about right for an ale.

D: The mouthfeel makes me think that this could be a half-way decent ale if the overpowering sweetness of the cherry were toned down. Maybe I could use this in a chocolate cake.

speter, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of ESchweers
2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

ESchweers, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of bpw28
2.42/5  rDev -22.9%

Look: Very small bleach white head, orange (about a 13 SRM), good lacing, slow light carb.

Smell: Light roasty, grassy, fruity (cherry of course), earthy, fresh fig. Very clean nose.

Taste: Cherry, light malt, slight candiness. Body is light.

Final Thoughts: I hate to say it like this, but it's almost like a four loko without the big alcohol. It just seems like candy cherry with malt. Not one of Erie's best I've had so far.

bpw28, Aug 15, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

malfunxion, Sep 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

LoveStout, Jan 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

MeisterMayhem, Jun 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

deonreds, Mar 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

djrn2, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

beerthulhu, Mar 29, 2010
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2.53/5  rDev -19.4%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange sunset color with a creamy looking white head. The bubbles are small, the formation is pillowy, with only 1/4" of height and not much retention at all.

Smell: Barley, biscuits, cranberry, old cherry.

Taste: Fairly light flavors of lifesaver cherry mixed with fresh cherries. The barley malt is flat and simplistic. Nothing fantastic here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin and partly tart. Some sugar and very little detectable alcohol.

Drinkability: Not an overtly complex beer, but it is slightly fruity and approachable for novices. Worth drinking as a lawnmower brew.

Risser09, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Brent
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

Brent, Apr 20, 2011
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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.