Railbender Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
good
794 Ratings
Railbender AleRailbender Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
eriebrewingco.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Erie Brewing Company flagship beer features a deep malt flavor, caramel sweetness lingering in a soft hop flavor. Dark Amber.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
794
Reviews:
336
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.68%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
127
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 794 |  Reviews: 336
Photo of jschwamb
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flgimp
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good Scottish ale. One of my favs.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow glass: color is copper to amber, head is light tan with small bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a small top with light lacing.

Smell is a pleasant blend of toasted and caramel malts, light raisin/grape notes, bit of toffee and rum like flavor.

Taste from this bottle seems a bit lighter and less malty than in previous tastings and on draft (which they consistently have at the Moon & Raven in Williamsport, PA). Even still the malt flavor is high quality and delicious, the lighter quality in this bottled selection makes it very drinkable. Flavors are similar to the aroma with light toast/caramel/toffee malt, lighter hints of grape/raisin.

Mouthfeel is pleasant with crispness and moderate carbonation, the bottled version seems to have a higher carb level than many of the drafts i've had.

Overall, this is a great beer with great focus on high quality malt presence with moderate hoppiness and great drinkability. I'll look to re-review with a draft version to adequately describe this beer.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass. I enjoy Scottish Ales, but did not find myself enjoying this one. In my mind, I kept thinking "malt bomb", with the amount of malt forwardness on this beer, as expected, but it remained all the way through in the aftertaste. I was not getting any sweetness or hint of hop.

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Photo of BigMike
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dogleg
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of shoremuad
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hendry
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Njrayzor
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: May 5, 2016... OCCASION: a cold night is the right night for a Scottish ale... GLASSWARE: Celebrator Doppelbock pokal... APPEARANCE: pours a bright copper color with sparse effervescence... the off-white head fizzles to a pencil-thin ring... AROMA: peat to start, with sweet bread and toffee-sweet richness... PALATE: medium-bodied and more lively than expected... sweet at the the lips and staying power at the finish... sneaky strong at 6.8%... TASTE: rich caramel and toffee strike a powerful 1-2 punch... toasted malts overtake any hop suggestions... the fruity esters are pear, maybe, and faint citrus... peat late... not enough impact to be considered a strength OVERALL: a solid offering that maintains the genreā€™s integrity... highly drinkable... hearty and warming, to boot--not a bad introduction to the Erie mix case, and a flagship that might not be worth revisiting in a sixer...

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of shanegatter
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sweet smell but had a slight sour taste

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Photo of Muss42
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sherm570
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MDDMD
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brenstep
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Amber brown, some lacing after soft pour that disappeared quickly.
S: A fresh and very slightly tart malt.
T: Fruity esters mid sip, finishes with smooth malt. Not what I was expecting and a little weird, but not bad.
F: Low carbonation, pleasant thin mouth feel.
O: Not quite sure what to make of this.

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Photo of mds1101
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmaskell33
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Almasi_
4.73/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JMili
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChevyNexus
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky look
Little to no smell
Berry and wheat taste
Lite feeling beer.

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Photo of Dr-Baltar
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Not in a glass I am comfortable judging from, so automatic 5!

Smell - Smells malty and a little sweet. A touch of smokiness

Taste - It is well balanced. It is not a robert the bruce or another very forward beer. Malty, caramelized, a little roasty, a touch of hops. Very nice

Feel - Nice carb and a little heavier.

Overall, it is a nicely balanced beer. I wouldn't mind a little more malt and hops, but still very nicely balanced.

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Photo of jp32
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Auburn colored in the glass. Transparent. Not much head retention.

Smell: Caramel-covered sweet nut bread.

Taste: In the front it's sweet and big on caramel and toffee. A certain nuttiness is present. But all of this quickly fades into a finish that is insanely bready. That bread-like aftertaste lasts and lasts, at times almost becoming the most assertive aspect of the flavor profile.

It's medium bodied. The carbonation and mouthfeel are smooth, seemingly right where they should be.

I enjoyed this beer, and I hope to enjoy more from Erie Brewing again soon.

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Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 794 ratings.
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