Derailed Black Cherry Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheFightfan1 on 10-15-2009

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223
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
32.22%
 
 
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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with a sticky 2 finger head. Subtle nose of biscuits with lightly sugared cherry jam.

Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet biscuit graininess up front followed by a subtle floral and earthy hop presence. Finishes with just a touch of cherry tartness. Lingering black cherries in the mouth but nothing too overbearing. Nice feeling in the mouth but a little too much lingering sweetness. Also, its a little boring, even for a fruit beer which usually have some interesting qualities be it good or bad.

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Photo of Mordkanin
2.03/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It basically tastes and smells like carbonated apple juice. No sour notes whatsoever, so it doesn't even have a nice hard cider appeal.

I'm not getting any cherry from it. Finished two bottles, served in a pint glass. Overall, pretty disappointing.

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Photo of speter
2.2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle into nonic.

A: Copper colored with a substantial head that fades to impressive lacing.

S: Metallic cherry cough syrup. It's difficult to get past that.

T: Unfortunately, much like the smell. There is an overpowering cherry sucrettes taste that overpowers any other tastes present. Cherry up front, in the center and as a lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium body with a pleasant level of carbonation. Just about right for an ale.

D: The mouthfeel makes me think that this could be a half-way decent ale if the overpowering sweetness of the cherry were toned down. Maybe I could use this in a chocolate cake.

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Photo of bpw28
2.49/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: Very small bleach white head, orange (about a 13 SRM), good lacing, slow light carb.

Smell: Light roasty, grassy, fruity (cherry of course), earthy, fresh fig. Very clean nose.

Taste: Cherry, light malt, slight candiness. Body is light.

Final Thoughts: I hate to say it like this, but it's almost like a four loko without the big alcohol. It just seems like candy cherry with malt. Not one of Erie's best I've had so far.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a nectarine orange with a bright clarity and an off white, patchy head that did little to stick around or impress. Visible effervesce was light, of tightly bound micro-bubbles that lazily rose to the surface. The color was not what I had in mind from the name, the head was sudsy and a non-factor and overall this just had no visual appeal.

S: The nose had light hints of cherry juice against a sugary cereal grain backing. Wish there was more to say here but mundane and again average at best.

T: The flavor was sweet, loaded with syrupy essence of cherry juice. Fruity with a touch of dry cherry skins sneak in midway through the experience before giving way to a slight tart finish. Overall the flavor was one-dimensional and overbearingly sweet and fruity.

M: The mouthful was flat, oily in texture and rather boring. A light to medium fullness.

D: Overall drinkability was less then average by my regards, way to sweet and overbearing to consume more then 1 with even that being a struggle. Halfway through the drink I questioned if it was worth it to finish.

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Photo of Risser09
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange sunset color with a creamy looking white head. The bubbles are small, the formation is pillowy, with only 1/4" of height and not much retention at all.

Smell: Barley, biscuits, cranberry, old cherry.

Taste: Fairly light flavors of lifesaver cherry mixed with fresh cherries. The barley malt is flat and simplistic. Nothing fantastic here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin and partly tart. Some sugar and very little detectable alcohol.

Drinkability: Not an overtly complex beer, but it is slightly fruity and approachable for novices. Worth drinking as a lawnmower brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a bright light pinkish-orange color with a large fizzy, soda-like head that falls quickly into a very thin collar. Nose brings forward some fake cherry character and not much else. The flavor is strange with some artificial cherry and almost tastes like a cherry Tootsie Roll without the chocolate. Light body and plenty of carbonation. Interesting, but not something I'd drink very much of.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ah, one of those beers that, because you can grab a single, you decide to give it a go, despite some reservation about beers that note they are "malt beverage with fruit flavor added." Then it languishes in the beer fridge, repeatedly pushed aside until dwindling stock impels you to take the plunge.

This is the part where I would like to turn the corner and write that it turned out to be great beer. Alas, 'tis not to be. Poured a rather odd pale, reddish-pink tinge. Some sweet cherry notes in the aroma. Very little actual beer flavor. Primary flavor was a somewhat sweet cherry note, and with the high level of carbonation, this could easily have passed for watered down carbonated cherry Kool-aid.

Derailed ale. Puns are too easy here.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Suds
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In general, I haven't been a fan of fruit beer. Unfortunately, this brew supports that predisposition. It's a pale copper color with a very slight, fizzy head. The aroma is strong with cherry (it reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry candy). It's go t a decent malt aroma, hidden beneath the cherry. It's not a beer-like aroma, however. The taste is moderately sweet, with a bit of twang. It's got some malt, and a lot of fruit. Still, it seem artificial and misplaced. It doesn't have a lot of balance, and just seem to miss the spot. Medium in body. All in all, it's not a really enjoyable beer...although it is interesting.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%

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 jpro
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%

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 cjgator3
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a huge off-white head with great retention and lacing. 

S- The first thing I smell with this beer is the toasted malts.  The black cherry notes are a nice compliment to the malt in the aroma.

T- The black cherry flavors stand out in the taste immediately. The taste is definitely on the sweet side, the sweetness surprised me a little bit at first, I was expecting something more on the dry side. There's not much hops in the finish, just a lingering sweetness in the finish.

M- the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this beer was not horrible but the sweetness was just too much for me. 

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Photo of foamee
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When poured into a glass it was darker than average with a redish hue. And it smelled good; a little sweet; I'm not sure I could identify cherrys, though. This beer is easy to drink, kind of like soda pop. In fact I think the label says it all: "Malt Beverage with flavor added". So does that mean it is not really beer ?? Do they add syrup to it after it is done ??

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Photo of pwoody11
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from notes:

Poured a copper color with a red/pink tint to it. Head is off-white in color and minimal but not awful. Nose is cherry up front with some grain and malt in the background. Mostly cherry though.

Taste is similar to the nose. Mostly cherry. Unfortunately, the cherry comes off a little too artificial for me. Not sure if they used artificial flavors or not, but thats the vibe I get. Kind of like a cherry soda.

I think this would be a good beer to help someone cross over from BMC brews, but not something I'd seek out on a regular basis.

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Photo of Tone
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
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 metter98
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color with some hues of brown and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of black cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has muted flavors of black cherries and malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely feels like a cream ale but the cherry flavors seem artificial and not strong enough.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nicely balanced and medium flavored throughout, this generally non-descript ale places cherry fruit at the forefront for interest, sweetness, and tartness. A very sensible fruit beer.

Pouring a clear medium amber color, the beer releases a white medium-dense blanket of foam that reduces to a broken sheet across the surface and with minimal lacing.

Grainy sweet aromas of thin caramel, raw barley, and sweet scents become a firm and amplified character for fruit notes of black cherry, plumbs, and prunes. Low hop rates might allow for the faintest herbal scent to rise through the fruity and malt aromas.

Grainy sweetness also carry the aromas with a simple sugar sweetness and herbal flavor that reminds me of fruited teas. Black cherries become the focal point of flavor with obvious fruit additions, but other fruit flavors of plumb, prune, apple, and grape may be spin offs from the cherries or a character of yeasty esters. Low hop bitterness allows for the cherry flavor and sugar sweetness to carry deep into the finish.

Medium bodied with early but fleeting creaminess leads to an extended sticky-sweet feel that's nearly void of dryness and only modest crispness. A terse alcohol warmth helps but only to a slight degree.

Tasty, but nearly in the same was as are wine coolers or fruit flavored soda pops. The undefined base beer, slighted hop character, and syrup deriven cherry flavor causes the beer to side more closely with alcoholic soda pops than real ales.

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Derailed Black Cherry Ale pours a hazy amber with a thick white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy with a hint of sweetness. The flavor is grainy and perhaps a bit metallic at first. This is a light bodied, mildly cherry flavored beer. Not particularly good and doesn't compare particularly well to other fruit flavored beers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking for something light & airy to start the night off with & this has a single digit next to the ABV...I just don't have enough of that kind of beer in the fridge right now. Thanks to stormking47 for this extra. 12 oz. bottle shared with my wife.

Pour is a light burnt sienna...I have too many crayons in my house. Minimal carbonation. Even with an angry swirl I can't coax much stink off this brew other than a bit of light grain. Huh.

Derailed treads well-stamped ground in the kinda artificial fruitiness territory. Light black cherry is up front but not obnoxious, light sweet malts and, well, that's it. Very quiet, simple beer. Drinkability is the strong point here.

I feared this beer would veer into cough syrup territory, but it's quite restrained. Not much to it, no obvious flaws, certainly decent enough.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a light single finger white head. Moderate retention with a small amount of lacing. Hazy body...brownish in the middle fading to pink edges.

The nose is fermented fruits, grains and sour cherries.

First taste is sweet almost fake tasting fruit syrup. This gives way to a sour cherry middle before an odd grainy finish.

Mouth feel is light, semi astringent with virtually no carbonation.

Drinkable, but will probably not seek out again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a mostly clear (with just the slightest hint of haziness) dark honey to apricot in color with moderate amounts of fine carbonation and some dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of black cherries over the top of light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with light to moderate flavors of black cherries. Lightly sweet with mostly natural fruit flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink and enjoyable - especially on a steamy hot early summer afternoon. Overall the aromas and flavors are light enough and blend well in the cream ale style. Refreshing.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pouring to a light tan/orange hue, this beer has little foam, moderate carbonation, and a nose that is rather faint, with scents of wheat, grain, and a small amount of fruit. There is little or no lacing and the body of the beer is completely clear.

Taking a taste of this beer, I can detect a little bit of dark fruit, some apple, a touch of honey, and some lightly toasted malt and biscuits. There isn’t much hop character and the beer finishes light and clean. The fruit taste is a little sweeter than tart overall.

This beer is made with natural black cherry flavor but I find the cherry qualities a little more subdued than expected. I have tried other cherry beers and, from the very first sip, it is obvious that the beer in front of you is a cherry brew. With this one, not so much. You can taste some fruit, but it is a little more subtle than others and I can see how some may mistake the cherry for different fruits.

Fruit beers are sometimes difficult to get right. With this beer, the flavors seem a tad off. It’s an acceptable beer, but not one I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of Morey
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. No freshness date. Come on Erie... catch up with the times.

Pours a unique looking peach color with good clarity (just a touch hazy). Fizzed like soda immediately following the pour. Head rose to about a half inch, then quickly settled to absolutely nothing. No head retention or lacing to speak of. It honestly looks like carbonated juice

Very mild aroma of grains and fruit juice.

Pretty one dimensional taste. It's malty and sweet throughout. There's an underlying tartness, but the sweetness doesn't allow it to shine (too bad, this is just too sweet).

The mouthfeel is thin up front, but heads more towards medium in the middle with that cream ale feel. Low carbonation.

Not too excited about this one overall. I knew that there was I reason that I had yet to try this one.

Morey's Bottom Line: Let me just say that the name "Derailed" should have been saved for a DIPA, Barleywine, or a RIS. Maybe even an Imperial version of Railbender?!

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Photo of JayS2629
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Beautiful amber with a pinkish hazy tint, thick creamy head, great retention and creamy walls of lace.

S- Very faint, biscuit malts, earthy notes of hops, and tart black cherry in the background.

T- Biscuit, watery, hints of caramel, an earthy floral hops, a finish of tart cherry with a bit of a sweet dherry in the back. Earthy woody notes. Overall watery.

M- Thin and watery with filmy aftertaste

D- Very faint on flavors, but subtle cherry makes it enjoyable. Thin and watery, goes down easy. I just don't think it hit the mark of what I expected.

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Derailed Black Cherry Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.
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