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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Scottish Style Ale: Erie Brewing Company flagship beer features a deep malt flavor, caramel sweetness lingering in a soft hop flavor. Dark Amber. 16.5°

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Erie, Pennsylvania, the site where three sets of railroad track gauges met, was an important transportation hub in the mid-nineteenth century. Railbender Ale is named after the laborers who laid the railroad tracks. It is brewed with pride, strength and purity; symbolic of Erie’s historic railroads and their workers. Railbender is a strong Scottish Style Ale with astonishing drinkability. One try and you’ll want to “Bend the rules and ride the rails!”

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (5797) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small diminishing white head. Avereage aroma of grain, fruit and hops. Flavour’s slightly better and follows the aroma with a decent bitter finish. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. Not bad, I enjoyed it, but it’s no ’Scottish Ale’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Pours a light amber pure copper color with almost no head. Aroma is lightly fruity herbal hops, tea leaves, light crystal malts. Flavor is pretty weak despite the 6.8% abv, light crystal malts, herbal and spicy hops are faint. Has a slightly harsh bite to it in the end that assaults the tongue- prickly. Not bad at all, but very one dimensional and weak overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3235) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Pours a hazy orange with little head. Aroma is lagery and buttery, tobacco and light saaz. Very alcoholic in taste, unbalanced, high on the european hops and light on the malts. Vegetably and buttery in the taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 10, 2006
Pours a deep clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma is cookieish, but only lightly, nothing much else. The body is wicked sweet and slickish. The flavors are sweet malt but nothing too characteristic. Finishes cloyingly sweet. Time to pick a more attenuative yeast and use more quality crystal malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sregnar35 (951) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - APR 1, 2006
Not too shabby, very underrated IMO. Pours yellow orange with no head. Aroma is sweet and a bit hoppy. Flavor is weak an sweet, but refreshing. I’d finish off a six pack for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
An orangey copper color with a thin head of off-white foam that darkens at the edges. Juicy and sweet in the nose with a perfumey, sweet, spicy hop aroma. Flavor is very nice. Fruity malt, a lush, full body, nice sweetness, a touch of bitter spice, even some tropical, pineapple-like hop flavor, and just the right amount of acidity to balance and lengthen and fatten the long finish. This is nicely complex just slightly too syrupy to drink a lot of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Like a mix of Flemish (sour), Scottish (peaty) and pale (grapefruit). But site says it’s an amber. Oh, I’m so confused. Beyond the confusion I find clear sweetness reminding me of iced tea and a finishing bitterness that dissolves into a building sticky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teamfowler (3) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006 does not count
rich, creamy texture, slightly fruity taste. somewhat alcohol taste. syrupy but dry finish. very enjoyable. purchased as part of an Erie sampler pack at Save on Beer on McKnight Rd. in Pittsburgh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle... Hazy, amber ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. Great retention. Soapy, fruity nose with notes of pear, fruitcake and sour apple. Whispers of nutmeg, cinnamon and maybe allspice. The flavor is very Flemish. Not sure what to make of this, but I do like a certain degree of sourness. Underripe apple? Medium-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Tart, dry finish. Probably an infected bottle. However, if so (probably so), it actually added some flavor to an otherwise bland ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4886) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 25, 2005
The DM & Hotstuff vacation tour July 2005. This draft brew from Porters in Erie, PA poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized of unnoted length off-white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was transparent and golden brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of very mild malt and hops. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a thick palate and a smooth aftertaste. Its flavor contained malty hoppy notes. The flavor thickens as you drink it.

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