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Derailed Black Cherry Ale - Erie Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 32.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 Suds
2.73/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of Morey
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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?!

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.62/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now it did say this was a cream ale on the six pack holder but not on the bottle.

Poured into a perfect pint. Pours a pinkish-amber hazy color. With an insane white heading on it. The foam raised well above the rim and held. Left soapy lacing all throuhgout the tasting.

Smell is very subtle in cherry notes and fruitiness.Slight earthiness to it as well.

Taste is very cherry sweet with an almost soda-like taste. Alot smoother than first anticipated. Does leave a linger of cherry in the aftertaste as well as some nuttiness.

Mouth is way overcarbonated but is still very smooth not watery like most overcarbonated beers. A light to medium type beverage.

A bit too much bubbliness for my liking but not too bad. I guess it's kind of geared towards the champagne folk. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a very slight head and very minimal lacing if any. The aroma is of black cherries, but it isn't a cheap manaufactured smell. The smell is more of real cherries and there is a hint of earthy hops. The taste is of a perfect amount of cherry and some earthy hops. The taste is very smooth and well balanced. The mouthfeel is slightly watery but not too bad with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall the drinkability is good, the taste is crisp and clean and not overpowering and leaves you wanting more. You could drink a lot of these in a session.

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Photo of shand
3.52/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A:Light orange with a one-finger head
S: Some wheat/malt, a bit of cherry, light/straightforward
T: A bit sweet, black cherry but artificial/a bit soda-like
M: Light-bodied, a bit sweet
O: Reminds me more of soda than beer. Sweet/simple, tasty though artificial

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Photo of chefhatt
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer and it has a light rose color body with a very small head. The aroma is sweet and with a cherry notes. The taste is sweet but not overpouring of cherry, imo it coild be a little more tart. The mouthfeel is watery but goes down easy and overall a good beer. I would drink this in the summer.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Beautiful amber with a pinkish hazy tint, thick creamy head, great retention and creamy walls of lace.

S- Very faint, biscuit malts, earthy notes of hops, and tart black cherry in the background.

T- Biscuit, watery, hints of caramel, an earthy floral hops, a finish of tart cherry with a bit of a sweet dherry in the back. Earthy woody notes. Overall watery.

M- Thin and watery with filmy aftertaste

D- Very faint on flavors, but subtle cherry makes it enjoyable. Thin and watery, goes down easy. I just don't think it hit the mark of what I expected.

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Photo of asabreed
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mystery beer at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan. Figured I'd give it a try... never heard of the beer or brewery before.

Well... I'm surprised this beer is classified as a cream ale. What? It's the very definition of a fruit beer. The black cherry is on the front and back and everywhere in between. It's in the smell, and it's all around. The aftertaste is somewhat tart and pretty sweet, with a malt body that reminds you that this is a beer and not some sort of a wine cooler. Make no qualms about it, this is a fruit beer. It's not a beer with fruit juice added, it tastes like fruit juice with beer added ... take that as you will. It's not an awful beer, but one was enough for me, and I doubt I could ever have more than two in a session. The dominance of the cherry makes this a super "girly beer". Some malt, lots of tart and sweet cherries. It's not bad by any means, but it's far from great.

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -49.8%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out in a nice carbonated swirl. It's very light, pretty much pink. I would like this better, but it ends up kind of flat.

Smell: High points here. Nothing too complex, just a whole lot of cherries. Sweet and sour at the same time. What can I say? I'm a sucker for fruity beer smells.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not my favorite taste or mouthfeel. Some sweet and sour cherries and that's it. It's a bit too sweet, yet still dry at the same time. It's almost like one of the those kiddy cocktails or Shirley Temples (or whatever you called it). Mouthfeel is extremely flat and watery.

Drinkability: The odd flavor and mouthfeel combination throws this out of balance.

Overall: A miss overall.

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Photo of pwoody11
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jpro
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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Photo of beergod1
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.