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Derailed Black Cherry Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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Derailed Black Cherry AleDerailed Black Cherry Ale

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 224
Photo of JDW4195
4.63/5  rDev +40.7%
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 jucifer1818
4.46/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at tallahssee brewfest.

My rating is overall very high, and their is a reason for this. This beer claims to taste black cherry like.
Ive never had a beer that claimed to be "cherry" do anything cut suck and have a grattey chemicly taste....

this one actually tastes like a cherry beer should taste. For that, Ive give it a lot of credit.
If you want to have something cherry like that doesn't taste like cough syrup, give it a shot!
you wont be dissipointed

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Smooth creamlike mouthfeel. Sweet and tart cherrys, with a malty ale underneath. Very drinkable during the warm weather. A little lighter than the railbender ale, with some sweetness that makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of kyle7996
4.14/5  rDev +25.8%
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 chessiejackson
4.09/5  rDev +24.3%
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 tone77
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet cherries. Taste is also dominated by sweet cherries, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a different and good quality beer.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brilliantly clear light golden body with just a hint of ruby. Small white head that dissipates quickly, lacing is minimal.

S - A big dose of sweet malt up front. Cherry flavor is moderate which is great since I would hate an overpowering or underwhelming smell. Maybe a slight touch of bread towards the end. Not a lot of complexity but good enough.

T - Sweet cherry up front and it transforms into some tart cherry afterwards. A nice malt backbone helps keep the fruit in check and there is even some nice noble hop flavor in here as well. Perhaps the cherry should be toned just a bit as it is overall pretty sweet.

M - Light-medium body with good carbonation levels and no perceivable alcohol heat.

O - Overall it is a solid beer. I'm not a huge sweet beer fan so it's just a bit overboard for me but even so it's quite good. I think they balanced it pretty well with the malt and hop profiles.

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Photo of longdivision
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a reddish hued champagne color. Thin head. Slightly hazy.

Smell - Sweet, Fruity, definite strong notes of cranberry.

Taste - Sweet and apple up front. cherries and tartness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lightly juicy, wet but not heavy. Fine carbonation throughout and some creaminess.

Overall - I could drink a few of these. I can imagine really enjoying this in nice weather.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.89/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-amber, with a reddish tint - maybe the cherries?

s- wonderful cherry smell. Deep and sweet.

t- cherry maltiness start to finish. super smooth. great creamy taste, as if your actually eating a cherry.

m- medium body. frothy, smooth. goes down very easy, with a perfectly balanced carbonation.

d- easy to drink. delicious beverage with a nice feel to it. fun drink to have, considering the awesome cherry flavoring. you could have a few of these.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a very slight head and very minimal lacing if any. The aroma is of black cherries, but it isn't a cheap manaufactured smell. The smell is more of real cherries and there is a hint of earthy hops. The taste is of a perfect amount of cherry and some earthy hops. The taste is very smooth and well balanced. The mouthfeel is slightly watery but not too bad with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall the drinkability is good, the taste is crisp and clean and not overpowering and leaves you wanting more. You could drink a lot of these in a session.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a cream soda like color. Minimal head and light lacing. Quite clear and carbonated.

S- sour tart cherry smell. mild caramel malt and wheat smell hints at the nose.

T- a dark cherry tart flavor that is actually half decent. The flavor complements the sweet malts as well. It reminds me of a cherry jolly rancher that is melted.

M- light-bodied and tartness coats the mouth. Smooth and crisp.

O- i was actually impressed and i do like this beer. Erie has hits and misses but this is a hit. A nice sixer for a fall leaf raking is nice.

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Photo of Dmorrison
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the ideal, refreshing fruit beer. Many fruit beers have a gross, nyquil taste, but Erie's black cherry smells, and tastes, like honest cherries. The rest of the beer has a mild, prickly carbonation and a simple, malty flavor. There's no head to speak of. It's like a tasty, malty, cherry soda that will get you drunk. That might not sound like much, but many breweries have tried, and failed, to craft it before. I will definitely have another, some day at the bar.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.79/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good reddish hue accentuates the deep golden color of the beer. Decent sized head but didn't retain well.
Smell: A good deep fresh cherry aroma.
Taste: Crisp clean cherry flavor. Very deep, I almost got the feeling that the cherries were dried. There was some subtle malt flavor as well.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very drinkable, crisp with a light carbonation making it easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a lightly hazy golden orange color with a small white head. The head faded fast leaving a light lacing.

Smell – Aromas of a malty base mixed with cherry are the most prominent. With these are some lighter aromas of yeast and some banana.

Taste – The flavor begins of a sweeter cherry and lighter malt base. As it moves on the sweetness fades slightly but by no means does the cherry flavor becomes more dry. Toward the middle and the end of the taste notes of vanilla shinning through and create a palatable flavor on the tongue that lingers on.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather average with the carbonation level being slightly above. Both were quite fitting for the sweeter and fruitier flavors of the beer, making it more refreshing on the tongue.

Overall – While on the sweeter side this was a very tasty and refreshing beer. One that is good on a summer day and one well worth a try if you have never had it.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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 bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like black cherries and bready/grainy malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma, full of bready/grainy malt and sweet cherries. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and surprisingly creamy. It has good, soft carbonation which helps make this brew easy to drink. I think it's a solid beer overall, I certainly wouldn't turn one down! $1.79 a single.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a red toned golden color, clear with light carbonation and a two finger head.

The nose had nice cherry fruit tones, noticeable but not overpowering. I got a slight grass and bread note at the end.

The fruit carried well to the taste, again prominent but not overpowering. A reasonable dry finish with an earthy grain faint aftertaste.

The body is good for the style. Mouthfeel is good, making this a pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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 DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Somewhat hazy bright amber color with orange hightlight. Head is a solid 1/3 inch that settles to a mild lace ring.
S - Smell is rather bready, mild grainy hops, and a sort of brown sugar pure black cherry juice thing going on.
T - Well I reached for a fruit beer and got a good one! Sweet ripe black cherries meets a mild sweet malts and a somewhat muted hop edge so guess what it taste more like fruit than beer. Not too overly sweet or tart just fruity.
M - Light to medium easy to chug even right out of the bottle.

Overall they really made quite a good fruit beer maybe too fruity but its far from watery and has enough hop balance for it to be a beer. I would get it again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy pale-orange hue with a very light pinkish cast. There's a moderate effervescence and a finger of frothy white foam, which seems to be dissipating rather rapidly. Not too bad.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma with a good cherry character. It's a bit on the sweet side but the fruit smells quite natural. I like it.

Taste: light malt flavor with a fair bit of sweetness. The cherry here is tasty enough, but it just doesn't feel correctly balanced. There needs to be either a lot more or a bit less fruit character. I like it, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light mouthfeel with a big carbonation and concomitantly good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer isn't perfect, but I'm partial to cherries so I can overlook some of its flaws. I think it would be better classified as a fruit beer than a cream ale, though, as the cream ale character is absolutely buried here.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint: Light golden-orange, clear & slightly hazy, with a finger of head that drops quickly, leaves a dusting & collar.

Banana & clove in the aroma, very weizen-like, a little vanilla. No cherry to be found, slightly musty, hay.

Taste is initially wheaty, too, gummy. Then comes the cherry, with a moderate balance of sweet candy & tart finish, not overly cloying. Finish is a little gummy again, a little cherry in the aftertaste.

Medium-light-bodied, a little thickening & sweet but ends pretty smoothly with getting too sticky.

Nicely light but flavorful fruited beer that's neither hitting you over the head nor taste weak & artificial.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a hazy reddish brown with a white lacing.

Smells of tart and sweet cherry over barley malt.

Flavor is sweet/tart cherry over somewhat bitter lager-like barley malt flavor.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall, interesting but not great. Glad I tried it, probably won't try it again. I was expecting the sweetness to come through more in the taste. That it didn't might be a good thing or a bad thing.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber/honey color. Very little head or retention, all white and a thin film. No lace at all.
Smell is hops, malt, cherry syrup, pretty well balanced.
Taste is a good balance of hops and malt with a sweet, black cherry flavor throughout.
A tangy effervescence fades to a smooth finish, slightly dry with a mellow sweet cherry aftertaste. A nice beer overall. Would gladly have several more of these. Looking forward to trying others from Erie Brewing.

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Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish gold with a big, soapy, soft, white head that has decent retention

S - grainy with some faint cherry notes

T - cereal grains, sweet, black cherry syrup

M - a bit sticky, medium bodied, crisp

This concept has potential. I like the creaminess of the beer and the cereal grains seem spot on. Had real black cherries been used this would probably be a hit. As it is the artificiality of the cherry flavoring is off putting. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
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