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Railbender Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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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 microbrewlover
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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 -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tone77
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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 -17.8%

Photo of brewpig
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/18/11 notes. Shared by nmann08; thanks Nate. 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a transparent dark amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light spice.

t - Tastes of nuts, caramel malts, toasted malts, light cinnamon and spice, light fruit, and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. Lots of nuts and caramel malts and pretty easy to drink. Would have again.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of malthus617
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jponiatowski
5/5  rDev +37%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of y2jrock60
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red brown with almost no head and lacing. It looks very maple syrup like.

S- Mild malt tones with some sweet and smokey notes.

T- Light sweetness upfront followed by mild malt flavor and a slight smokiness.

M- Medium light bodied with low carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable, this is defiantly one of my favorite Scotch Ales.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ALLISON01
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i really like this one. a red ale (not sure why it says scottish?) but its a red through and through, all malty and sweet, but this one has a nice hop kick as well, and a really jivey carbonation which makes it really drinkable. medium body, medium abv, great palate. the nose and taste are both overloaded with amber malt and crisp american hops. i think it is erie's flagship beer. would like to see this one get a little broader distrobution. nice local product for northwestern pa, otherwise a beer wasteland

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Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 799 ratings
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