Derailed Black Cherry Cream Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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Derailed Black Cherry Cream AleDerailed Black Cherry Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Derailed Black Cherry Ale

Added by TheFightfan1 on 10-15-2009

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Photo of edthehead
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kimlhurst
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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 Dface
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 FrancisM12
2.64/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jmerchlinsky
4.11/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of White_Whiskey
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 mikr
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 paulish
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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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Derailed Black Cherry Cream Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 242 ratings