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: 209
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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 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 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 OWSLEY069
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, an English malt and semi dry black cherry note. In the taste, black cherry, not too sweet, more tart, and thin maltiness. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of tart black cherry in the aftertaste. OK, but kind of thin with a decent cherry flavor.

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Photo of DerekP
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Erie Brewing Co either impresses me or lets me down. There are a few of their beers that I really like, and I few others I don't really care for, but I always give them a shot when I see a brew of theirs that I haven't had yet. That being said, it's time to move on and review Erie Brewing Co's Derailed Black Cherry Ale.

The brew pours a hazy amber brown from what I can tell; let's just say I don't have the pleasure of natural light right now. There also seems to be a faded grayish-red hue toward the corners of the glass (2-D perspective). A silky, multi-layered rim collects itself after a few minutes.

The smell is delicious, albeit it is probably derived from some sort of cherry extract. Canned cherries; that's all I can gather from the smell.

The taste is a little bit of husk up front, with a sweet cherry finish. Muted malts and a pseudo oxidation taste at first, but the cherry sweetness soon washes that away. Still, I'm left with a syrupy tongue more akin to a few maibocks I've run into in the past than a cream ale.

Not a bad brew, but not one I would drink a lot of.

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Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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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 pwoody11
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.19/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Smooth creamlike mouthfeel. Sweet and tart cherrys, with a malty ale underneath. Very drinkable during the warm weather. A little lighter than the railbender ale, with some sweetness that makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of lehows
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Tap Room on St. John, USVI. Poured a pale pinkish yellow color with a fizzy white head. Aromas of cherry, with a faint wet grain smell. Taste is quite pleasant and thirst quenching with cherry being the obvious dominating flavor. This basically tastes like soda with a mild malt flavor. Tasty if you are thirsty on a hot day but otherwise not much going on here.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of speter
2.2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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 Dmorrison
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the ideal, refreshing fruit beer. Many fruit beers have a gross, nyquil taste, but Erie's black cherry smells, and tastes, like honest cherries. The rest of the beer has a mild, prickly carbonation and a simple, malty flavor. There's no head to speak of. It's like a tasty, malty, cherry soda that will get you drunk. That might not sound like much, but many breweries have tried, and failed, to craft it before. I will definitely have another, some day at the bar.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a light single finger white head. Moderate retention with a small amount of lacing. Hazy body...brownish in the middle fading to pink edges.

The nose is fermented fruits, grains and sour cherries.

First taste is sweet almost fake tasting fruit syrup. This gives way to a sour cherry middle before an odd grainy finish.

Mouth feel is light, semi astringent with virtually no carbonation.

Drinkable, but will probably not seek out again.

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

When poured into a glass it was darker than average with a redish hue. And it smelled good; a little sweet; I'm not sure I could identify cherrys, though. This beer is easy to drink, kind of like soda pop. In fact I think the label says it all: "Malt Beverage with flavor added". So does that mean it is not really beer ?? Do they add syrup to it after it is done ??

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.79/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good reddish hue accentuates the deep golden color of the beer. Decent sized head but didn't retain well.
Smell: A good deep fresh cherry aroma.
Taste: Crisp clean cherry flavor. Very deep, I almost got the feeling that the cherries were dried. There was some subtle malt flavor as well.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very drinkable, crisp with a light carbonation making it easy to enjoy.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.89/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-amber, with a reddish tint - maybe the cherries?

s- wonderful cherry smell. Deep and sweet.

t- cherry maltiness start to finish. super smooth. great creamy taste, as if your actually eating a cherry.

m- medium body. frothy, smooth. goes down very easy, with a perfectly balanced carbonation.

d- easy to drink. delicious beverage with a nice feel to it. fun drink to have, considering the awesome cherry flavoring. you could have a few of these.

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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 garcia2a
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a red toned golden color, clear with light carbonation and a two finger head.

The nose had nice cherry fruit tones, noticeable but not overpowering. I got a slight grass and bread note at the end.

The fruit carried well to the taste, again prominent but not overpowering. A reasonable dry finish with an earthy grain faint aftertaste.

The body is good for the style. Mouthfeel is good, making this a pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of longdivision
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a reddish hued champagne color. Thin head. Slightly hazy.

Smell - Sweet, Fruity, definite strong notes of cranberry.

Taste - Sweet and apple up front. cherries and tartness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lightly juicy, wet but not heavy. Fine carbonation throughout and some creaminess.

Overall - I could drink a few of these. I can imagine really enjoying this in nice weather.

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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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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
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