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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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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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Photo of Risser09
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
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.

Brent, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a bright light pinkish-orange color with a large fizzy, soda-like head that falls quickly into a very thin collar. Nose brings forward some fake cherry character and not much else. The flavor is strange with some artificial cherry and almost tastes like a cherry Tootsie Roll without the chocolate. Light body and plenty of carbonation. Interesting, but not something I'd drink very much of.

Thorpe429, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Suds
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In general, I haven't been a fan of fruit beer. Unfortunately, this brew supports that predisposition. It's a pale copper color with a very slight, fizzy head. The aroma is strong with cherry (it reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry candy). It's go t a decent malt aroma, hidden beneath the cherry. It's not a beer-like aroma, however. The taste is moderately sweet, with a bit of twang. It's got some malt, and a lot of fruit. Still, it seem artificial and misplaced. It doesn't have a lot of balance, and just seem to miss the spot. Medium in body. All in all, it's not a really enjoyable beer...although it is interesting.

Suds, Oct 10, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

ZachKelly, Jun 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

gpblackgt, Jul 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

tommyguz, Apr 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

rderedin, Nov 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

egrace84, May 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

skaboom420, Sep 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

JimmyFlatRock, Apr 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Coreynezy4, May 01, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

Ozzylizard, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of GameOfBeers
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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. 

cjgator3, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of jpro
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

jpro, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of pwoody11
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from notes:

Poured a copper color with a red/pink tint to it. Head is off-white in color and minimal but not awful. Nose is cherry up front with some grain and malt in the background. Mostly cherry though.

Taste is similar to the nose. Mostly cherry. Unfortunately, the cherry comes off a little too artificial for me. Not sure if they used artificial flavors or not, but thats the vibe I get. Kind of like a cherry soda.

I think this would be a good beer to help someone cross over from BMC brews, but not something I'd seek out on a regular basis.

pwoody11, Jul 17, 2010
Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.