Derailed Black Cherry Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Derailed Black Cherry AleDerailed Black Cherry Ale

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 205
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -50.6%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a quarter inch of bright white fizz settles onto a bright tangerine colored body. other than sweet cherry medicine aromas there isnt much going on in the nose. once more the sweet cherry overpowers the tastebuds, but there is a hint of some citrus from hops in there as well. mouthfeel is a little thin and the carbonation seems to be lacking a touch. overall this is drinkable if you like a dominate cherry flavor, if not, grab one anyway it's not that bad. (458 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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. (424 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking for something light & airy to start the night off with & this has a single digit next to the ABV...I just don't have enough of that kind of beer in the fridge right now. Thanks to stormking47 for this extra. 12 oz. bottle shared with my wife.

Pour is a light burnt sienna...I have too many crayons in my house. Minimal carbonation. Even with an angry swirl I can't coax much stink off this brew other than a bit of light grain. Huh.

Derailed treads well-stamped ground in the kinda artificial fruitiness territory. Light black cherry is up front but not obnoxious, light sweet malts and, well, that's it. Very quiet, simple beer. Drinkability is the strong point here.

I feared this beer would veer into cough syrup territory, but it's quite restrained. Not much to it, no obvious flaws, certainly decent enough. (826 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
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.  (709 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Derailed Black Cherry Ale pours a hazy amber with a thick white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy with a hint of sweetness. The flavor is grainy and perhaps a bit metallic at first. This is a light bodied, mildly cherry flavored beer. Not particularly good and doesn't compare particularly well to other fruit flavored beers. (350 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of WrathsU
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of shand
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a golden color with a fizzy white head on top. Not much retention or lacing here. The smell of the beer was pretty heavy on the cherry. The taste of the beer was also pretty big on the cherry too. It's a sweet cherry flavor not a tart one which I personally enjoy. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and refreshing. Overall this brew wasn't terrible, but nothing too exciting either. (403 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nicely balanced and medium flavored throughout, this generally non-descript ale places cherry fruit at the forefront for interest, sweetness, and tartness. A very sensible fruit beer.

Pouring a clear medium amber color, the beer releases a white medium-dense blanket of foam that reduces to a broken sheet across the surface and with minimal lacing.

Grainy sweet aromas of thin caramel, raw barley, and sweet scents become a firm and amplified character for fruit notes of black cherry, plumbs, and prunes. Low hop rates might allow for the faintest herbal scent to rise through the fruity and malt aromas.

Grainy sweetness also carry the aromas with a simple sugar sweetness and herbal flavor that reminds me of fruited teas. Black cherries become the focal point of flavor with obvious fruit additions, but other fruit flavors of plumb, prune, apple, and grape may be spin offs from the cherries or a character of yeasty esters. Low hop bitterness allows for the cherry flavor and sugar sweetness to carry deep into the finish.

Medium bodied with early but fleeting creaminess leads to an extended sticky-sweet feel that's nearly void of dryness and only modest crispness. A terse alcohol warmth helps but only to a slight degree.

Tasty, but nearly in the same was as are wine coolers or fruit flavored soda pops. The undefined base beer, slighted hop character, and syrup deriven cherry flavor causes the beer to side more closely with alcoholic soda pops than real ales. (1,479 characters)

Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. No freshness date. Come on Erie... catch up with the times.

Pours a unique looking peach color with good clarity (just a touch hazy). Fizzed like soda immediately following the pour. Head rose to about a half inch, then quickly settled to absolutely nothing. No head retention or lacing to speak of. It honestly looks like carbonated juice

Very mild aroma of grains and fruit juice.

Pretty one dimensional taste. It's malty and sweet throughout. There's an underlying tartness, but the sweetness doesn't allow it to shine (too bad, this is just too sweet).

The mouthfeel is thin up front, but heads more towards medium in the middle with that cream ale feel. Low carbonation.

Not too excited about this one overall. I knew that there was I reason that I had yet to try this one.

Morey's Bottom Line: Let me just say that the name "Derailed" should have been saved for a DIPA, Barleywine, or a RIS. Maybe even an Imperial version of Railbender?! (964 characters)

Photo of bpw28
2.49/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (430 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of beergod1
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember liking this better at the Beer on the Bay Beer fest in Erie PA last year (July 2010). It poured a Nice ruby and copper colored body with a super thick, frothy white head and bubbles floating from the bottom are visible. Aroma of cherries, malt, fruit, and maybe Wheat? Tastes just like it smells. Almost like a wine cooler, but I guess better. They go down quick, watch out for the 5%. I guess a good Summer beer. But a little too sweet. (448 characters)

Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (746 characters)

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