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RATINGS: 440   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
artmcd8 (1998) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Pours a copper color with a white head. Not much of an aroma. Some grape. Tastes sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rondphoto (2543) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Clear dark amber with a big rim head, splotches of lace. The taste is lightweight, particularly for 6.8% abv. There is assertive malt, followed by some sort of cloyingly sweet butterscotch, and just a bit of hops at the end. It is filling, but not satisfying. It is drinkable, of course, but not enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2013
16oz draft 7/25/13 (Erie Sea Dogs Game)-Pours a medium amber with a small head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same with a little nutty taste. This medium bodied brew was not bad. Filled the need.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkSachon (671) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
12 oz bottle from the sampler case. Very little flavor and lots of dryness I’ll pass on the next one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ed5388 (2408) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with an inch of white head. Aroma of nuts, caramel malts, some spice, a light fruitiness, and some booze. Tastes of nuts, caramel and toasted malts, spice, light fruit, and an alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wickedwort (5) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2013 does not count
Bottle: Pours clear copper color with thin off white head that dissipates rather quickly and then falls pretty flat with no lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel and a little biscuit. Taste is similar but with slight raisin and spice in middle and dryer finish. Missing some complexity and slight artificial aftertaste, plus beer was literally flat soon after pour. Not my favorite Scottish ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Smooth, malty, not a big finish but a little woody on the end.. Good body, not much lacing. Overall a very nice ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christpuncher (1634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
An average beer. Very strong and very bold in taste. Smells really malty and tastes very malty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
floydslip (226) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Copper colored beer with a thin white head. Nose is sour and a little sweet with a somewhat acidic scent. Flavor is a bit tangy initially which gives way to a slight bitterness, and then it kind of falls flat. The mouth feel is pretty lame with little in the way of body. This is boring. Maybe I have a bad bottle. I will re-rate this if the next one is better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (6154) - Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks decent; light for a Scottish Ale though. A transparent orange with white head that dissipates into thin lacing. Smells sweet and malty with a notable caramel presence. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Eh.

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