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 mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jponiatowski
5/5  rDev +38.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of y2jrock60
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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 +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle ---> Pint glass. Dark amber. Small white head. Little lacing.

Smell is balanced yet restrained. Nice hop aroma and buttered bready malts. Some maple sweetness and a crisp herbal touch.

Taste is also balanced between sweet roasted grain and fresh hops. The guy at the bottle shop described it as a mix between pale ale and IPA. Nice aroma without the bitterness.

Could throw back a few of these..very nice.

Tasty brew. I just wish there was more info on the bottle

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Florida9
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber. A little hazy. Forms a small 1/8" of off-white head that has very poor retention and quickly reduces down to a minimal surface coating. Minimal lacing as well.

S: Slightly creamy. Some bread and an mild alcoholic "brightness."

T: Creamy, toasty, and bready. Peanuts. Slight, dull cinnamon spice. Flavor fades quickly to a seltzery finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side. Meaty and slightly viscous.

O: A decent brew. Flavorful, but unexciting. Would have never guessed it was a Scottish ale.

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Photo of burnstar
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper. Small to medium sized head. Smell is pleasant sweet malt. Toffee. Taste has mild sweetness. Toasty malt. Some herbal and grassy hops. Very nicely balanced and tasty. Very clean and crisp. Medium bodied. Very nicely carbonated. Great feel. Overall, a really nice beer. Very drinkable and sessionable. Doesn't show its abv at all.

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Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy amber color. There was a very small off-white head that didn’t linger or leave any lacing. /decent enough nose. Caramel malt, maybe some traces of fruits, grain and maybe a faint earthiness. The taste is pretty good. Some sweet caramel malt, grain, just a faint bit of roast, bit of dryness to the finish. Maybe some breadiness also. Worth a repeat purchase.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden color with a moderate head and nice lacing.

S: Mild roasted malt aroma of caramel eith a hint of grain.

T: Caramel sweetness along with some roasted malt. A nice hint of bitterness with a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp, very smooth and quite refreshing. Well balanced, no hint of the 6.8% ABV.

O: very easy drinker, had a second with no hesitation. A nother good beer from Erie Brewing.

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