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Derailed Black Cherry Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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71
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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 djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

djrn2, Jan 20, 2014
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -4.5%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color with some hues of brown and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of black cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has muted flavors of black cherries and malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely feels like a cream ale but the cherry flavors seem artificial and not strong enough.

metter98, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -4.5%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

kylehay2004, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Knapp85, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of nickfl
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
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegmans, poured chilled from the 12oz into a willybecker.

The color is light amber with a light haze and thin pale pink head which falls to a ring of fine beads, carbonation is visible and rises rapidly. The smell is faintly fruity with a creamy malt/yeast ester with light berry/cherry sweetness in the aroma. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and slight sweetness upfront with medium body and slight tangy cherry with semi-dry finish.

The flavor is as expected, pretty safe with slight cherry taste that adds a hint of fruit sweetness with a light yeast tanginess and mild creamy texture of malt in the back with a subtle, semi dry mild finish. The flavor is pretty good, not exceptional but it did exceed my expectations -worth a try however I probably will not purchase it again.

Slatetank, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

oline73, Sep 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pale light red incolor with a short head. No lace develops on the glass.

Smell: cherry sweetness is plentiful here and easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: very sweet beer as the mild malt profile is loaded with a cherry syrup flavor. Very little bitterness here to balance it out. Almost soda-like IMHO.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Very crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Cherry filled aftertaste lingers a bit.

Drinkability: this grew tiring on the tastebuds quickly. If you want a quick fruity refreshing beer, a small glass of this will do. Overall just a bit too sweet.

Gavage, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

wrightst, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a mostly clear (with just the slightest hint of haziness) dark honey to apricot in color with moderate amounts of fine carbonation and some dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of black cherries over the top of light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with light to moderate flavors of black cherries. Lightly sweet with mostly natural fruit flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink and enjoyable - especially on a steamy hot early summer afternoon. Overall the aromas and flavors are light enough and blend well in the cream ale style. Refreshing.

dbrauneis, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -4.5%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of tdm168
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
Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy pale copper with a faint reddish tint. The small white head dissipates rather rapidly leaving just a ring and decent lacing.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma with a subtle cherry character that seems more natural than artificial.

Taste: light malt flavor with a fair bit of sweetness. The cherry is less subtle, and more tart (thankfully) than anticipated from the nose. Still, (acceptably) sweet overall.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; medium carbonation; smooth. Nice, but seems too watery.

Overall: a decent and refreshing cherry ale; just don’t expect a lambic or kriek. Not really a cream ale either,

chinchill, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -4.5%

harpus, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
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
Photo of WoodBrew
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
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.

tone77, Jul 31, 2010
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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.