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Railbender Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Ratings: 797 |  Reviews: 336
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Very hazy, copper brew with a moderate head and no lacing.

S - Potent concord grapes are accompanied by fainter malt and hay.

T - Slight honey sweetness, a bit of red grape skins and malt. Aftertaste is a malty bitterness bordering on medicinal.

M - Thin, smooth, a little refreshing.

D - Meh. Nowhere is it great - or even very good. It doesn't seem overly scottish to me either. I don't think I'll buy this six pack again.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Shows a clear copper on the pour with a thin cap. Retention is a bit too swift however.

Bit of smoked malts on the nose, coming as a bit of a surprise for the light colored pour. Offers a neutral graininess and a light hop presence initially, expanding with warming to add a touch of lager like oktoberfest caramel to the mix.

Flavors of lemon bread and light grains along with some orangey caramel notes. Seems a bit artificial in nature and has an odd 'bitterness' on the close. Feel is moderate but the finish detracts a bit given the additive type flavor profile. Overall the finish has a sweet component but is really rather dry and a bit chalky in nature. A rather light bodied Scotch Ale which still manages to mask its might with ease.

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Photo of sevenmoist
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Edgewater
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of smbrook3
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DaveBlack
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A coppery colored brew with maybe a 1/2 finger of white head that has relatively short retention and only has a little bit of lacing.

S: Big aroma on this beer. Lots of sweet malts are up front bringing a huge amount of caramel notes, with a nice bready, yeasty backbone. Really a rich, full-smelling beer.

T: Not nearly as sweet as I had feared from the aroma. A fair amount of nuttiness comes through with the original caramel malt push, followed by a yeasty flavor and some dark fruits. The finish is sweet, with a little bit of bitterness to keep it from being cloying.

M: Medium bodied and light on the carbonation. This beer is creamy and slightly sticky.

O: Not a flawless beer, but a darn good one. Lots of malt flavors and aromas, and well balanced. It hides its 6.8% well, so I could see this being rather dangerous.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Snifter.

A-Dark ruby red, brown

S-Toffee, caramel, heather, really nice from beginning to end

T-Awesome, this is really a very pleasant surprise, haven't previously reviewed many Scotch Ales, but this is a definite keeper

M-very solid, nothing unpleasant

O-really enjoyable, if looking for something a bit different, this is it

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Photo of bushwack
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jra4177
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent orange/amber, not much head and lacing, decent retention, nice color. The aroma is full of caramel and malts. There's also some minor hints of chocolate, toffee, and a touch of apple. The flavors match up with the aromas. More caramel and toffee. It kind of tastes like a caramel apple. Bittersweet with an earthy hop bite. Mouthfeel is really nice, smooth, spritzy. Finishes clean and dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed; easy drinking and refreshing which is the best part.

This is a "meat and potatoes" kind of beer. Nice Irish vibe, nice Scottish Ale, really nice for the style.. I'm surprised it's taken so long for me to try this one, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of Garlicjosh
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One finger head that fades fast into a light ring on the edge
Light brown / copper in color with a decent, constint stream of carbonation bubbles.

Roasted Malts right away with nutty and toffee not far behind. Roasted smell lingers in my nose as I go to take my first sip

Almost spot on to the smell just more of it. The roasted smell makes no attempt to blend in. The nutty that I got in the smell trails behind and starts to blend in more towards the back of my palate in which it meets up with a hint of wood. No alchol and really no lacing on the glass...none that sticks around long anyway.

nicely heavy but still smooth making it easy to drink...on a dangerous level.

I find this to be a fantastic ale. Has made me decide to seek out more scotch ales. I love the complexity while still having a high drink ability.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vibrant and clear orange with a thin lace of crystal head. Caramel roasted maltiness on the nose with a touch of either smoke or wood. Mild in body with lots of carbonation.
Toffee like sweetness followed by a hint of balancing smoke. Very neutral aftertaste. No alcohol detection but a warming finish in the throat. Flavors are subdued but the body holds up magnificently and the light toasted and caramelized notes are complimented very well by just the right touch of smoke. Detectable, but not overbearing. Dangerously drinkable. Nothing to crazy but overall pretty decent brew by Eerie.

This beer is what it is, doesnt go over the top and doesnt try to compete with bigger scotch ales. It wants to be a drinkable scotch ale and it does it well.

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Photo of AMiz602
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To begin with it has a chocolate smell, a very fresh roasty bean sort of smell with dark red cherry, syrupy flavor. All I can say--it smells very sweet.

It has a moderate head, but is a medium based carbonated beer.

The taste is that of roasted cocoa beans with a nice hoppy aftertaste. It finishes pretty dry, and the slight carbonation helps to bring out and balance the sweetness in the beer.

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Photo of joshtrich
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of RockinRob925
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of shand
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a clear red-orange color with a small head. Aroma is biscuity malts and grains, that's about it. The taste is good, if uncomplex. Sweet malts and grains dominate for a while, but the aftertaste is the most pleasant thing about this ale, with a lingering biscuity malt taste. The mouthfeel is fairly well-carbonated with a medium body, and the drinkability is good. It's a fairly average beer, all said and done. Could be good to give to macro drinkers, as it has a bit of "that taste" with the grains and sweet malts, but with a much higher quality of ingredients.

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Photo of electtodefer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Sagehawk
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Otisimaas
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of andrewj17
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kizyle
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 797 ratings
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