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: 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
232
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
18.84%
 
 
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7
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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a golden color with a fizzy white head on top. Not much retention or lacing here. The smell of the beer was pretty heavy on the cherry. The taste of the beer was also pretty big on the cherry too. It's a sweet cherry flavor not a tart one which I personally enjoy. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and refreshing. Overall this brew wasn't terrible, but nothing too exciting either.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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 chinchill
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy pale copper with a faint reddish tint. The small white head dissipates rather rapidly leaving just a ring and decent lacing.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma with a subtle cherry character that seems more natural than artificial.

Taste: light malt flavor with a fair bit of sweetness. The cherry is less subtle, and more tart (thankfully) than anticipated from the nose. Still, (acceptably) sweet overall.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; medium carbonation; smooth. Nice, but seems too watery.

Overall: a decent and refreshing cherry ale; just don’t expect a lambic or kriek. Not really a cream ale either,

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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 nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of loose, bone white head on top of a golden brown body. The head has surprising staying power and leaves decent lace.

S - Light, grainy malt with lots of berry-like fruit aroma. Raspberries and black cherry.

T - A big, sweet note of juicy raspberryies and pears up front. Some light toasted malt backing up the fruit.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish

D - I didn't expect too much from this beer, but it is actually pretty dectent. It is not at all complex, with the fruit flavor thoroughly dominating anything else, but it is relatively mild and it avoids becoming cloyingly sweet or cough syrup like. If you want a mild, non wheat dominated fruit beer, this would be a decent choice.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev -3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My boss brought back a bottle of Derailed from Eric Brewing from his annual Xmas trip to PA. The DBCA poured a clear copper color with fizzy white head that is not lacing. The smell includes hints of cherry...very mild. The taste has a cherry flavor to it and very light malt. The mouthfeel was a lighter bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall it isnt bad, just dont think I could make an evening out of drinking just this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad for what it is, they threw some artificial cherry flavoring into a cream ale (a popular style up north in these parts) with Genny's Cream ale, and other Canadian versions making some sales. This is a niche beer for those that like this style, and it actually works it's drinkable, pours a pink tinted golden amber hue with a light pink head. Minimal lacing. Aromatics tart cherry with a bread malt base with some cooked veggies and herbal notes. Flavor was sweet but not cloying tart cherries in addition to a nice light cream ale base. Mouthfeel a bit strong with carbonation a bit sweet but drinks smooth, will be popular with the ladies. In closing it's not my style but I always try to give a fair shake to local PA beers especially one like Erie that I've been drinking since I've found good beer.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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 Lare453
2/5  rDev -39.2%

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Derailed Black Cherry Cream Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
3.29 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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