Railbender Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

790 Ratings
Railbender AleRailbender Ale

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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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a tan head.

Smells of roasted malt and caramel, backed by a floral bouquet with fresh berry notes.

Roasted malt bready mouth feel dominates giving way to caramel with some bitter burnt sugar notes. Finishes dry with a slight bitter herb taste. An excellent beer with big malt flavor.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, orange-amber color with a half inch thick, off-white head that dissipates after 2 minutes. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Scotch for sure.. With a subtle sweetness and maybe some toasted malts. That's all I can detect.

Taste - Scotch flavor is the most dominant. Along with a light sweetness and nutty character. Lightly toasted malts and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I don't normally drink this style of beer.. they gross me out. This is the first one that didn't, although I wouldn't drink more than one bottle..

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Photo of nicholas527
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of hopsandstouts
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangish amber with a thin layer of loose, soft, off white head that lingers. The nose has notes of caramel and butterscotch as well as some faint fruity aromas. The flavor is heavy caramel with some faint butterscotch notes and a mild bitterness in the finish. It has a medium body and is very smooth though a little heavily carbonated.

This is a very refreshing beer. It's easy to drink and offers a very smooth, balanced flavor. It's a little more carbonated than I would like, but nonetheless, enjoyable.

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Photo of Pugsly
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of ucfbeer
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of BoOmerG
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SaintJonah
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of asamos
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of drperry11
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Rob315
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jtoll77
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a nice color, looks to be a mixture of golden and amber. There is a minimal head which dissapates quickly and almost no lacing in the glass.

The smell and taste of fruit are heavy; I can't tell exactly which type of fruits are in the brew; perhaps cherries and oranges.

This beer is very sweet, no bitterness at all. It is almost too sweet. Just a little bitterness would have been nice.

The mouthfeel is 'fruity', the brew goes down smoothly with no bitterness or aftertaste. There is no alchohol taste either.

This beer tastes like it would be good in either the summer or winter. Overall I would not turn it down but I won't be going out of my way to obtain more.

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Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ajf0259
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Kuromaru
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tone77
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some malts are apparent. Tastre is also mild, some malts, a touch of fruit, delicate flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of eaphikap
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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

got a case from my son for xmas after i told him to buy me a six pack of craft beer (w/my money)...did not even know this beer existed but saw it was a scottish ale and had never had one before so was looking forward to trying it out.

smell was a malty w/maybe some nutty esters and a little scotchy also.

heavy mouthfeel but smooth very little carbonation.

taste was not exactly what i expected...watery w/bitterness and malty aftertaste w/ahint of scotch.

not bad but this is a tad harsh and not sessionable...2 or 3 is about it.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 790 ratings.
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