Derailed Black Cherry Cream Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Derailed Black Cherry Ale

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,420
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
243
pDev:
19.12%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
39
Trade:
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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 243
Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Derailed pours a darkish reddish copper color, with a huge fizzy, long lasting head. Big natural cherry aroma. Flavor is sweet, with a big fresh cherry flavor, slightly tart,. Good body and feel. Overall, pretty good beer, very sweet.

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Photo of CoolAxioms
2.74/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pinkish gold color. Finger head that dissipates to thin head. Nose of apple & tart cherry. Tastes more like a sour or a fruit beer than APA; tart cherry soda with a bit of malt grain and the slightest hint of Dr Pepper. Light body.

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Photo of drexeldan
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The reviews for this brew are disappointing and, to my thinking, misguided. This blackberry cream ale is, in fact, a nice sour. It may be that many reviewers don't care for sours. In any event, I got this as part of a 12 pack of Erie brews at my local outlet in Lancaster County PA. The first two I've had - the other was a decent session blonde ale called Bayfront Blonde - were good enough to merit the selection.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- The beer pours a light pinkish gold. The head is a finger and a half of large white bubbles. The head recedes quickly to a thin ring.
S-The nose is almost exclusively tart cherry.
T- The tart cherries in the nose are the first thing perceived. They are strong enough to make this seem like a wild ale. The longer I drink the beer, the more the tartness fades and some sweetness lingers in the finish of the beer.
F- Mouthfeel overall is light with a prickly carbonation. The tartness does not limit the drinkability in any way. Something that you could consume in multiples on a hot summer day.
O- More fruit beer than cream ale really. Still it's not something I'd shy away from on a hot day. It's an interesting amalgam of styles. Part Cream ale, Part fruit beer, and part sour.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Erie Brewing Co. "Derailed Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without packaging codes or freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: "Black Cherry Cream Ale"... sounds pretty good to me! It pours a hazy pinkish amber body beneath a creamy head of lightly pinkish white. The head retention unfortunately doesn't seem to be too good. The aroma offers a light fruitiness, a lightly toasty and grainy malt base, and some earthy spiciness. Not too promising. But oh, am I wrong! The flavor is loaded with bright black cherry. I'm not sure if it's real... ah, no, it says on the label "Beer with Natural Flavor Addded" but it's certainly nice. It's sweetish but not too sweet, and also slightly tart, which helps to balance it as well. The grainy and lightly toasty malt works well with it, balancing it so that it's not too much cherry; and there's also that earthy spiciness found in the nose, I'm guessing from hops. There's only a minor bitterness to it but it manages to finish fairly semi-dry with the cherry fading quickly while some malt remains shortly; and I think a little sweetness is to be expected of a fruit beer. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. Overall nicely done. Well-balanced, and refreshing.

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Photo of Act25
3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a fan of fruit beers except in the hands of folks like Carton, Oskar, Ballast...
3.14 score makes this a 'cherry pi'.

A: Pours a slight hazed, mostly clear dark honey. As with fruity beer head neither lasts nor laces.
S: Natural black cherries over cereal grain malts. A bit of Dr Pepper.
T: I get cherry first, over sweet malts, and it's all too sweet.
F: Creamy like cream soda. Too sweet.
O: Might blend well with a roasty stout like No Hero. (AHHH! That saved it)

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Really great color,smells like black cherry soda. Taste wise it was a bit of a cross between a shandy and a sour. A bit more like a soda than a beer but did have some malt grain taste. I liked it but not sure I would go out of my way for it

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Photo of gestyr
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this in a sampler 12 pack from Erie Brewing.
12oz bottle
Pours a nice gold/oramge with a lot of foam that subsides to a 1 finger head of creamy white bubbles. It has a nice cherry aroma along with some malt sweetness. The taste follows through with a good sour cherry flavor backed up by malt sweetness. The body is appropriate for the style. Overall, this is a nice, tasty beer. I will buy again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Today is the eve of All Hallow's Evening, aka Hallowe'en, and my treats for the remainder of the day will consist of beers from (e)Erie Brewing Company in (e)Erie, PA. No tricks, hopefully just treats and plenty of eerie goings-on as I work on the systematic eradication of my bottle backlog.

From the bottle: "enjoy erie brews".

The Pop! of the cap on this one was much less eventful. I got the pour going and then had to back off as the foaming action began coming up rather quickly. I would up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head that seemed to take forever to fall. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with a sweet black cherry smell, kind of like black cherry ice cream or black cherry pop, both memories of childhood. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was definitely of cherry, but it was less sweet than the nose had led me to expect. Instead, it had a slight tartness to it that made it all the more pleasant to me. That said, if we are to be reviewing to style and not to taste, then this was not really what I would consider within spec for a Cream Ale. Finish was semi-dry, a direct result of the adjunct cherry flavoring, but it was a departure from most people's expectations for a Cream Ale.

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Photo of farrago
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head, clean white, enough larger bubbles to hurt retention, a good swirl creates thick splotches but they lack the stickiness to last. Coppery orange colored liquid with a good amount of particulate floating around inside, only a few lazy bubbles visible within. The nose first impresses with the cherry but there’s also a sizable percentage of cereal, baking dough, doses of lemon zest, honey then iron and earth, almost savory like balsamic vinegar. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and loses lots of presence past the mid-palate. Carbonation is negligible. The cherry and vanilla cream pairs well but lacks intensity. That burst of lemon helps keep it lively. At times it tastes like black cherry soda, nothing in the flavor profile to suggest beer. Does have that grain and cereal component and moments of flower water. Not that sweet, albeit at times you wish it were so. Overall, it’s easy to sip and nothing really strikes you as an overt flaw. But, again, were the flavors more concentrated it might hold your attention longer.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured in a stemmed, tulip style glass. "Fruit Beer" on Untappd, "Cream Ale" on Beeradvocate, but in the end, this beer tasted like a sour, with nice tartness. Light cherry color hue to the beer, cherry aroma, and tartness. I think this beer should be simply named "Sour Cherry" :)

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Photo of Tone
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, earthiness, slight citrus, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight citrus, and an earthiness. Overall, the earthiness is odd, the cherry and cream are hard to distinguish, and weak appearance.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red color with a thin head. Immediately get a nose full of sour cherry and crab apple. Mostly tart with a good amount of sweetness. Flavor is there at the beginning and middle but thins out quickly at the end. Very unique beer. Not a session beer but good every now and again.

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Photo of kyle7996
4.14/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good taste although on the sweet side not overly, smooth after taste. Not overly carbonated towards the end making it easy to drink. A good fruit beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A:Light orange with a one-finger head
S: Some wheat/malt, a bit of cherry, light/straightforward
T: A bit sweet, black cherry but artificial/a bit soda-like
M: Light-bodied, a bit sweet
O: Reminds me more of soda than beer. Sweet/simple, tasty though artificial

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.09/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's almost summer and this is a great refreshing beer. I wish I had discovered it earlier because the new labels don't have an engine on them and I save every label with trains on them because I'm a railfan, but this and their soleil are a heck of a lot better than other fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very authentic on cherry flavor as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good fruited cream ale. All around good robustness and balance of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky deep gold with a rose tint producing 2 fingers of white, fizzy, foamy, shortlived head that leaves a thin surface cap, collar ring & no lace. Before I get started let me say that this is more like one of the sour ale styles or a fruit beer than a Cream Ale. In fact it puts me in mind of a Berliner Weissbier. It also reminds me slightly of Boulevard\'s Hibiscus Gose, though not of that quality. Is this brewed with Lactobacillus? Aroma is very thin & weak biscuit malt, with a sour note that suggests lemon & vinegar but nothing I would call cherry, some weak fruity hint is there, but my nose does not recognize it as cherry, black or otherwise. Taste is tart: Sweet tarts married to mineral water smothering hints of biscuit malt, honey & fruit that show up primarily in the finish. I can imagine a little cherry here. Afrertaste is rapidly fading mostly fruity tart & then nothing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation producing a prickly bite, a little slick, dry & crisp.

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Photo of JDW4195
4.63/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not near as fruity as it sounds. Drinks like a lager, the black cherry is not overpowering, but it is pronounced. Good beer. I would like higher ABV, though.

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Photo of jpro
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%

A pretty bland beer... not much body and the finish is lackluster. Has more of a wheat beer character than a cream ale, and the tartness from the cherries / weird fermentation is pretty kickin’. Kind of dry and very tart - not really much else, though. It is refreshing, though... I'll give it that.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

August 21, 2014

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Amber, a lot of orange especially where the light shines through easily. A decent ¾ inch head that drops down to a couple centimeters, very white.

S – Definitely getting some cherry notes, as expected based on the description, but some caramel and sugar as well. Might even say there’s a hint of alcohol.

T – Very tart, actually a lot of characteristics of a sour beer. Not as sweet as expected based on the smell, but definitely makes me pucker a little bit. It’s not necessarily like Warheads, but it’s not that far off from Shock Tarts. Amazingly, I’m not saying this actually a bad thing. Because it’s carbonated very well there’s quite a good balance with the sourness and the sugar I am getting. Tartness lingers briefly on the finish.

M – Very highly carbonated, effervescent. The sour and sugar are there and then just as quickly gone, with just the mild tart finish.

O – Not at all what I expected when I opened the bottle, from the appearance through to the flavor. It definitely has cherry, but much more of a tart, sour version than the sweetness I thought would be there. Don’t know that I could drink these all day, but as a one-off I am pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%

Undated bottle at 35 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of rotten cherries which quickly (fortunately) fades into maltiness
Head small (1.5 cm), off white, fizzy, immediately diminishing to partial 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body medium yellow, chill haze
Flavor pretty weak – just a hint of cherry which quickly vanishes leaving only malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 2.75 Final score: 2.76
Another weak offering from Erie Brewing. The initial rotting cherry odor assaulted my nose and nearly made me drop the bottle. Fortunately it quickly dispersed leaving behind only a weak cherry odor. After that, I was surprised that the beer actually didn’t taste completely horrible – what little cherry flavor was present rapidly gave way to a moderate maltiness. The lack of lacing and the short-lived fizzy head were somewhat disappointing. It seems a shame that, considering the proximity of Erie to the cherry and grape growing region of PA, no cherries were harmed making this beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

While a lot of brewers find cherry flavors best suited for strong, dark beers, this one goes a completely different route. It doesn't look like anything that would have black cherry in it, it does fit the look of a cream ale. It pours the palest white gold, but what ends up in the glass is a dark gold with a brown-orange hue deep within. An aggressive head foams high, eventually settling to a dense lump of pure white that drops down nice, chunky patching that connects with thick webbing.
The aroma gives up cherry in good measure over dry, wheaty malts. It's definitely much more strongly malty, but a hint of herb comes through. It's simple, but it works.
The flavor follows closely. Cherry is more sweet than tart with just the faintest hint of sour. There seem to be more fruits, though, pale flesh with a little bit of something like pear, and leaning quite sweet. Malts add a necessary dryness, though the sweetness is still foremost. The light herb still comes through on the end.
I don't know if this beer has been revised, people have had bad bottles, or I've somehow gotten an exceptionally good one, but the mouthfeel is fantastic. It's softly fluffy, creamy smooth with an excellent crispness flowing with the rolling smoothness. Just the right note of dryness cuts through the sweet, preventing any cloying feel or stickiness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegmans, poured chilled from the 12oz into a willybecker.

The color is light amber with a light haze and thin pale pink head which falls to a ring of fine beads, carbonation is visible and rises rapidly. The smell is faintly fruity with a creamy malt/yeast ester with light berry/cherry sweetness in the aroma. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and slight sweetness upfront with medium body and slight tangy cherry with semi-dry finish.

The flavor is as expected, pretty safe with slight cherry taste that adds a hint of fruit sweetness with a light yeast tanginess and mild creamy texture of malt in the back with a subtle, semi dry mild finish. The flavor is pretty good, not exceptional but it did exceed my expectations -worth a try however I probably will not purchase it again.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer and it has a light rose color body with a very small head. The aroma is sweet and with a cherry notes. The taste is sweet but not overpouring of cherry, imo it coild be a little more tart. The mouthfeel is watery but goes down easy and overall a good beer. I would drink this in the summer.

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Derailed Black Cherry Cream Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 243 ratings